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Evict the freeloaders!

Today marks one month into 2018. It means that the Australian Open has been played and won, the shrimps and lamb have been consumed from the BBQ, most people would be back at work and the kids have begun school. Not to mention the progress, or lack there of for 2018 New Years Resolutions.

What are you changing or sacrificing this year?

Guilt unforgiveness or grudges don’t sacrifice or pay anything to take up residency in your life. Depression anxiety and substance abuse are also freeloaders. Its time to evict them.

In fact you are the one who is making the sacrifice. It has been said that unforigveness is like drinking poison hoping the other person would die. You could say the same about undue guilt that weighs you down or a grudge you are holding against another person for something that they did, or possibly only your perception of an event or incident from… how long ago?

Depression and anxiety are real emotions that many people experience during their lifetime. But you don’t have to set up a tent in the valley of the shadow of despair. It may take you time but its now time to use those roadblocks (boulders) to overcoming these issues as stepping stones. Its time to evict them and rise above.

Substance abuse and other addictions not only hurt you but those close to you. These may cost you financially as you part with money to feed them but the costs are much more than the financial: friendships, relationships employment housing freedoms and liberty. Not so much a freeloader as the others above but by no means without cost.

Mental health is important. Not keeping check on the causes of negative virtues or habits in your life could be contributing to an unhealthy lifestyle.

Have you already broken your new years resolutions for 2018? Maybe some of these issues identified above have contributed to you lack of staying power. Its time to evict the freeloaders in your life and rise above your accomplishments and mistakes of the past.


Don’t stop celebrating!

SCRIPTURE: ACTS 16:16-34 “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.” (v25-26)

OBSERVATION: Amongst the hysteria of the time, there were those who were profiteering of the miracolous works that Jesus and his disciples had demonstrated.  Paul and Silas had been sent to prison for calling out one of these such charlatan by using the name of Jesus Christ to free a girl from demonic possession, and removing the income source this girl was able to provide.

APPLICATION: Things happen in life that bind and restrict people.  The girl in this story was demon possessed, Paul and Silas were bound in chains along with other prisoners.  The sentence given saw them placed ‘into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.’ (v24)  This makes prisons in our modern western culture seem luxurious.  The smells wouldn’t have been fresh, and the lack of natural light could have added to the depresive environment.

Paul and Silas had a chioce – be bitter and angry about the miscarriage of justice, and the circumstnaces they found themselves in; or remember that the God whom they love and served is bigger than anything this world could throw at them.  We read that at midnight, when it always seems the darkest, when things are coming to an end that they were found to be ‘praising and singing hymns to God.’ (v25)  It was their choice to celebrate life and the freedom that they knew they had in God, that could not be taken away from them that changed their environment.  Their spritual focus created a natural response that led to an earthquake that impacted everyone around them.  Their declared words of faith and hope brought them a freedom that impacted those around them.

We can all make a choice in our lives, to focus on how big God is and not how big our problems can appear.  Our praise and breakthrough can overflow into the lives of others.  Do you keep your praise and thanksgiving to God to yourself or do you shout it out and declare it for all to hear?  People are listening, so continue the celebration of praise that Passover represents and see how many people around you receive some of your overflow breakthrough.

PRAYER: God I am so thankful for who you are and praise you despite what my circumstance say, beacuse you have the last say.  AMEN

Celebration Time


SCRIPTURE: Exodus 12:1-28 “that you shall say ‘It is the Passover sacrifice of the LORD, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt when he struck the Egyptians and delivered our households.'” (v27 NKJV)

OBSERVATION:  Passover, or Pesach (Hebrew) is a Jewish festival which commemorates the story in Exodus in which the ancient Israleites were freed from slavery in Egypt.  This year, the passover festival is celebrated from sunset on April 22 for seven or eight days.  This passage outlines the account in Exodus when the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron giving them some commands to follow to see them released from their captors.

APPLICATION: You may not be Jewsish, or interested in remembering anything to do with the history of the Israelite people, but you can still learn something from this story, and this Festival that celebrates the freedom that God wants you to experience.

If you thought about what is going on in your life right now, what could metaphorically represent Egypt.  What barriers, attitudes or mindsets are holding you captive.  The Israelites had no freedom to live their lives how they wanted to, they were expected to live and assimilate into the culture of their captors.  That sounds like the characteristics of an addiction – being held captive to somethig you cannot find a way out from.

Maybe its time to change your perspective on your struggles.  This Passover Festival is a essentially a week long party to celebrate God’s goodness and breakthrough.  Instead of focussing this week on where you haven’t seen your breakthrough manifest yet, why not celebrate those areas that God has provided for, the breakthroughs from your past, the relationships that have sown good fruit into your life.  Give PRASIE to God for those miracolous provisions of resources in times of need.  Give Thanks for the healing that you saw, or the good health that you have enjoyed for so long.  Maybe you have seen someone elses breakthrough and are needing some of that yourself, then PRAISE God for what He did in that persons life.  Ask Him to DO IT AGAIN.  Celebrate life with your friends this week.

The power of the declared word includes your testimony.  Start speaking out, not just in your head, giving thanks for those Egypt’s that you have conquered and watch how your perspective changes.  Like the old Hymn said “Count you Blessings…and it will surprise you what the LORD has done.”

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank you for all that you have already done in my life and for those things yet to come. AMEN