Friday, 20 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS KEEPING YOUR EYE ON THE BALL

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20 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS KEEPING YOUR EYE ON THE BALL


 2 Corinthians 5:7
for we walk by faith, not by sight.

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My son, Ryan is a sports lover, so I wasn’t surprised at the image the Holy Spirit gave him as he sat behind the drums at church one Sunday morning during the worship time. “I just had a picture from the Lord,” he called out to the congregation during a lull in the singing. “I saw a fielder in the outfield on the cricket pitch during an exciting game. He was looking upwards with his hands outstretched, ready to make a catch. The sun was in his eyes and the jeers and cheers of the crowd were in his ears. The home crowd were screaming, ‘Drop it!’ but the fielder cut himself off from all distractions around him as he kept his eyes on his prize.”

The interpretation of Ryan’s picture was clear. Sometimes we find ourselves in the outfield of life, frantically backpaddling as we attempt to grab hold of God’s purposes, while the world shouts, “Drop it!” Jesus had an experience like this. The Bible tells us that at his baptism he was affirmed by God as his son whom he loved. After this, he was led into the outfield of the desert to be tempted by Satan. Jesus had his eyes on the prize of God’s Kingdom purposes, but as he drew near to the barrier to make his catch, the devil jeered and shouted, “If you are the Son of God then…” Thankfully, Jesus was not distracted by his temptations and went on to fulfil the plans of God.

“I know the plan I have for you,” says the Lord to you today, dear GodTracker. Indeed, he does have a purpose for you to interact, impact and influence many, many people for his cause through the course of your life. But your enemy, the devil, will appear in many guises to distract you and attempt to you to take your eye off the ball. You are called to walk by faith; and faith pleases God. So, take Jesus’ example – look to the author of your faith – and keep your eyes on the prize.

God-tracking is keeping your eye on the ball

 READ ALL ABOUT ITMatthew 3:13-4:11Jeremiah 29:112 Corinthians 5:6-10Hebrews 11:6Hebrews 12:1-2

DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY

 I take my eyes off the world and shut my ears to their taunts, and I commit myself to walk by faith

“O Lord, the distractions around me become overwhelming at times. I’m sorry for taking my eye off the ball; help me to keep my eyes on the prize. When the world jeers and mocks, help me to remain true to your call. When the devil lures and temps, help me to remain true to the faith. Lord, I put my faith in you that you will fulfil your plans for my life. Lord, I acknowledge you in every aspect of my life and trust you to direct my paths. I take my eyes off the world and shut my ears to its taunts, and I commit myself to walk by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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Friday, 13 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS TRUSTING GOD’S TIMING

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13 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS TRUSTING GOD’S TIMING

"Sometimes we try very hard to plan our moments, but the scriptures remind us that, 'In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.'"


 Proverbs 16:1

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.



I remember when my wife was pregnant with our children. Those were exciting days. I remember the great anticipation of that big day when Karen would say, “I think it’s time,” and we’d need to grab the pre-packed carryall and rush off to the hospital. I remember too, how long those 9 months seemed to take. I think they were the longest months of my life! That great wait through the months of watching my wife swell with delight, till the moment when I heard my daughter’s first cry. I remember the moment I first felt that little kick from inside her womb. The joy! There’s life in that lump, after all! Day by day and week by week I watched as my little one moved and progressed in her development.


Then it happened. We were just about to get into bed one evening when Karen stopped dead on her side of the bed. “I think my waters just broke!” she gasped. It was around 11pm. I looked at my watch then back into Karen’s eyes. “What! Now?!” I gasped in return. Frantically and with great trepidation I changed out of my pajamas, grabbed that formidable holdall and tooth brush and headed for the car. My wife’s time had come. My baby’s arrival was imminent.

No one knows the exact moment of that first breath, and no one knows the exact moment of the last. No one knows exactly when he will meet his life’s partner or when he will be joined by new friends in the race of life. No one knows the exact instant of his next adventure or disappointment or opportunity or loss. Sometimes we try very hard to plan our moments, but the scriptures remind us that, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” So, acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and trust him to direct your times.

God-tracking is trusting God’s timing.

READ ALL ABOUT ITPsalm 31:14-15Proverbs 16:1-9Proverbs 3:5-6


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 Help me to track your will every second, every day and every year

“Dear God, I realise now that all of my life is wrapped up in your purposes for me. As I acknowledge you in all I do, I know that you will direct my paths. So, Lord, I give my plans to you and confess that my times are in your hands. Lead me by your word and your Spirit every moment of my life. I give you the timing of my life: my work, my calling, my relationships, my coming & going, my recreation and in every aspect of my walk, from beginning to end. Open and close doors according to your strategy for me and help me to track your will every second, every day and every year. I commit my all to you, o Lord. Amen.”

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Friday, 6 April 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS WAITING FOR GOD TO FULFILL HIS PLANS FOR YOU



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23 February 2018 


Psalm 25:21
May integrity and uprightness preserve me for I wait for you.

GodTracker is all about seeking and remaining on track with God’s plans and purposes, even when those plans seem to take us the long way round. When I once asked God why he seemingly allowed difficulties into my life or took me on a road that seemed to lead nowhere, he simply replied, “As long as you acknowledge me in all your ways, you’ll remain on course with my will.”

David was a man who knew this fact well. While he was still a boy, God empowered him to rescue his people from a formidable enemy, by killing the giant Philistine, Goliath. Shortly afterward, the prophet Samuel anointed David king of Israel. However, King Saul, who was still on the throne, violently opposed David’s anointing. As a result, Saul was intent on killing young David. But, David was a man of integrity with his heart set on tracking the plans of God. It was years before David eventually came to the throne of Israel, though he was its rightful king. I could well imagine David thinking, “Dear Yahweh, I’ve acknowledged you all my life, why are you taking me the long way round?” Then he might have written, “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.”

Wherever you may find yourself on this track we call the Christian life, be encouraged, God is with you every step of the way. Like David, wait on God as you wait for God to direct your path according to his great plan. The Lord will lead you in his truth and guide you according to his perfect will, as you continue to acknowledge him in all your ways. Keep your heart humble and your eyes on Jesus. As David wrote, “Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.”

God-tracking is waiting for God to fulfill his plans for you.

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DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY

I choose to take David’s example today and walk in integrity as I wait for your promises

Dear Lord, I praise you that you do have a plan for me and that your plans always work out according to your timing and purposes. I continue to acknowledge you in every area of my life and put my trust in your will, as I wait for you to fulfill your plans. Forgive me for grumbling about how long it’s taking to realise my dreams. I choose to take David’s example today and walk in integrity as I wait for your promises. Amen.”

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Friday, 30 March 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS LIFE

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23 February 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS LIFE 

1 Corinthians 15:15
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

 Approximately 1,985 years ago there was an earthquake in Jerusalem. Two women had made their way to a tomb on the outskirts of the town when it happened. When they arrived, they discovered the stone that was used to seal the entrance of the grave, was rolled away. An angel appeared to the women. “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.”

Jesus Christ had been crucified by the Romans on behalf of the Jews. He was surely dead when his body was placed in Joseph’s tomb. But God had planned this auspicious event from the beginning of time. In the Garden, he said to the Serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” At the crucifixion the Serpent (Satan) had bruised the heel of the offspring of Eve. But 3 days later, after bearing the wages of sin on the cross, the Son of God bruised Satan’s head when conquered death, rising from the grave. O death, where is your sting?

Scripture says, “’I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans to give you a future and a hope’” It was God’s plan all along to remove the effects of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we put our faith in Christ’s death and resurrection and confess him as Lord, we gain the hope of a glorious future in God’s purposes from the moment we surrender to Christ. Jesus has promised abundant life – life that begins the moment you accept him as Lord. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, we can enjoy, forgiveness, hope, joy, security, strength and life to the full! So, I ask, have you put your faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus and confessed him as Lord of your life?

God-tracking is life

 READ ALL ABOUT ITMatthew 28:1-10Mark 9:30-32Jeremiah 29:11John 10:10

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 I believe that Jesus died and rose again and choose to confess him as my personal Lord and Saviour

O heavenly Father, thank you for your plan to rescue me from the wages of sin, which is death. Thank you that Jesus died to take the ages of sin, and that he rose to conquer death. I receive this truth for myself. Forgive me for being flippant about the message of the cross. I believe that Jesus died and rose again and choose to confess him as my personal Lord and Saviour. Come into my life Lord. I give my life to you. Amen.”

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GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith. Subscribe by email at http://godtracker.co.uk/#subscribe

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Friday, 23 March 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS A LIFESTYLE OF PRAISE

GOD-TRACKING IS A LIFESTYLE OF PRAISE

Hebrews 13:15
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.  

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In the Bible we read that God actually indwells the praises of his people. That is to say, the presence of the holy God of all creation is evident when a Believer says, “Praise God!” The very sound of his words carries with it the presence of the Lord.

In his book, Prison to Praise, Merlin Carothers shares how praise is related to prayer. He says that when we praise God for a need met, instead of begging him to answer our prayers, we make a faith leap from simply hoping for an answer to the affirmative certainty of needs met. I believe this is true. You see, the God we serve is eternal. This means that he is not restrained by space and time, as we are. Our Lord is already at the point where our needs are met long before we arrive. Therefore, when we praise God for needs met we are proclaiming the reality of our already answered prayer.

So, dear GodTracker, let’s turn our prayer times into praise times. Let’s make a habit of speaking praises to God at every opportunity. Let’s use words like, praise the Lord, praise God, thank you Jesus and hallelujah as part of our everyday vocabulary. The more we speak out praises to God the more we will experience his presence in our lives. The more we speak out praises to God the more other people will see Jesus in our eyes. So, come into his presence with thanksgiving and live in his courts with praise. Remember, God inhabits the praises of his people.

God-tracking is lifestyle of praise

READ ALL ABOUT IT
Psalm 22:3
Psalm 100
Psalm 95:1-7
 
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Lord, help me to live a lifestyle of worship and get into a habit of praise

Praise your name, o Lord. I will give you all honour and praise that your name is due. May my whole life be a sacrifice of praise to you. Dear Lord, I present all the needs in my life to you with thanksgiving. I praise you for answering my prayers even before I see my needs met. Praise you for the problems in my life, because through them I shall see the power of God manifest. Lord, help me to live a lifestyle of worship and get into a habit of praise. Amen.”

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Friday, 16 March 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS WORD BASED

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23 February 2018  

GOD-TRACKING IS WORD BASED

 John 15:7
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Checking my Facebook feed this morning I noticed a quote posted by my wife, Karen. Karen is one of the wisest and most efficient people I know (after all, she keeps me in check). The quote was by C. H. Spurgeon, which said, “If you want to know God you must know his Word. If you wish to perceive his power, you must see his works in his Word. If you wish to know his purpose before it comes to pass, you can only discover it by his Word.” God-tracking is all about seeking and tracking the purposes of God for our lives. It’s clear from what Spurgeon says, therefore, that as a GodTrackers, if we wish to get to know God and his working in our lives, we need to get into his Word and Get his Word into us.

I have been writing GodTracker for 15 years. It’s been my thrill and privilege to write these weekly thoughts, based on God’s Word, to inspire us to seek and track the plans and purposes of God for our lives. Many people subscribe to GodTracker by email, while others read it via blogs and our website, godtracker.co.uk. I am grateful that, over the years, people have occasionally responded to what was written. It is vital for us to receive feedback and comments from our readers to help us better produce these e-devotionals. Therefore, from wherever you’re reading this publication, I am asking you to email me at dudley@godtracker.co.uk and tell me how GodTracker has worked in your life.

Scripture tells us that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and light to our path. And God’s Word does not stand alone; it is always accompanied by the power of Holy Spirit. God’s Word and Spirit are synonymous. The Word confirms the actions of the Spirit while the Spirit activates the precepts of the Word. God watches over his Word to perform it. So dear GodTracker, I say again, get into God’s Word and Get God’s Word into you.

God-tracking is Word based

 READ ALL ABOUT IT
John 15:1-11
Psalm 119:105
Jeremiah 1:12

DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY

 Help me to get into your Word and get your Word into me

O Lord, thank you for giving us the written Word of God. Thank you for all those heroes of the faith who you inspired to pen your Word and collect it together in what we call the Holy Bible. Thank you for preserving the Bible through the centuries so that I can hold it in my hands, today. And thank you, dear Father, for sending Jesus to open the way for me to receive your Word. Thank you too, for the Holy Spirit who makes the written Word come alive in my life. Help me to get to know you by your Word and Spirit. Help me to perceive your power by the works in your Word and know your purpose before it comes to pass, by discovering it in your Word. Help me to get into your Word and get your Word into me.  Amen.”

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GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith. Subscribe by email at http://godtracker.co.uk/#subscribe

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Friday, 9 March 2018

GOD-TRACKING IS A PERSONAL REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

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23 February 2018


GOD-TRACKING IS A PERSONAL REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Psalm 9:10
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you

Samantha was sharing with me about how she had had triplets 25 years ago. Sadly, the 2 boys had died. Her daughter had grown into a lovely woman but, at the time, the death of her two sons had weighed heavily on Sam and her marriage, resulting in separation.

When her daughter was 2, Samantha was invited to attend a church near where she lived. “The people were so caring,” she told me. “They loved us and helped me to come to terms with the death of my other children. Pastor Andy was a lovely man.” Samantha continued to tell me how the pastor and the church folk had helped and cared for her and her little girl. However, after benefitting from their support for a couple of years, Samantha became increasingly disinterested and finally stopped attending the church. The years following were a struggle for Samantha. “Sam,” I said, “I’m so happy your church friends helped you through your crisis, but I am sad to notice that you did not seem to find the one true relationship that would take you on to live a full and secure life; a relationship with God.”

Jesus Christ came to reconcile us to God. Sin separated us from a real relationship with the Father but, because of his grace and love, Father God sent his Son, Jesus to bear the consequences of sin and die for us all (the consequence of sin is death). Then through his resurrection from the dead, Jesus opened the way for us to be reconciled to God. After the work of the cross, God poured out his Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, the Father will send in my name, will come.” Through the work of Jesus on the cross and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, we can all find meaning in life and a real personal relationship with God.

“God’s love is shown through his people, but only through a daily personal relationship with God can we experience a lifetime of comfort and hope,” I said to Samantha. “People may let you down, but the Lord will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God-tracking is a personal real relationship with God

READ ALL ABOUT ITRomans 3:21-242 Corinthians 5:16-21John 14:25-30

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Dear Holy Spirit, I open up every aspect of my life to you

Dear Jesus, I realise now that I have never actually asked you into my life. I have good relationships with many godly people but have never entered into a personal relationship with you. Lord, come into my life; I give my life to you. Thank you for the cross and thank you for the fellowship of your Spirit. Dear Holy Spirit, I open up every aspect of my life to you. I acknowledge God in all my ways and seek you with all my heart. Thank you for the promise that you will never leave me or forsake me. Amen.”

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GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith. Subscribe by email at http://godtracker.co.uk/#subscribe

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