Friday, 23 September 2016

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK

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23 September 2016

Dear God-tracker  

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK


This e-devotional / blog is published once a week via godtracker.co.uk. It developed as a result of a radio programme I once produced called, On Track. Listeners of the radio show wrote in asking for copies of the content I shared on-air. I began sending this information out by e-mail once a week. These e-mails later developed into the e-devotional that has become known as, trACker. trACker is sent out to e-mail subscribers and published on several online blog sites every Friday.

I wish to express my deepest appreciation to you for supporting this ministry over the years. Your input invaluable. Therefore, from time to time I request your feedback in the form of a very short questionnaire.

I would greatly appreciate it if you would  email dudley@godtracker.co.uk with your answers to the following questions.

If you prefer, the questionnaire is also available online as an anonymous shttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RR7WBRT

1.    How long have you subscribed to or been reading this devotional?
2.    How do you read trACker? By e-mail or online on a blog or social media site? If so, please tell us which one.
3.    How has trACker helped you in your Christian walk?
4.    Please give us any comments that may help us produce a better service to you

trACker is based on the scripture that reminds us that God knows the plans he has for us. The truth of that statement is, it is indeed, God who knows the plans he has for us; we don’t, not until he reveals them to us, that is. Therefore, to remain walking in God’s will we need to continue to seek and track his plans for us by acknowledging him in all our ways and keeping our eyes on Jesus.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Every blessing

Dudley

Friday, 16 September 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS NEVER QUITTING TO PRAY FOR THAT LOST SOUL YOU LOVE

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16 September 2016

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GOD-TRACKING IS NEVER QUITTING TO PRAY FOR THAT LOST SOUL YOU LOVE

Luke 10:2
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.

Pastor Rod was sipping a cup of coffee at the tea table after church one morning, talking to a lady from the congregation. “You seem down today, Sharon,” he said, noticing that she wasn’t making eye contact with him. “Well, yes,” she answered, “I am feeling a little low. You remember my son, Paul?”

“Yes. Wasn’t he the lad who used to always come with you to church?”

“Yes. Well he’s 17-years old now and has dropped out of school. He went abroad with some friends. I don’t know where he is. Could you please pray for him?” she asked with desperation etched in her voice. “Of course I will,” replied her pastor. Rod faithfully put Paul’s name on his prayer list and prayed regularly for him, that he’d be kept safe and come to find Christ as his Lord and God.

Thirty years later Rod was once again sipping a cuppa at the church tea table after the service. Much had changed. He was now pastoring a new church in a new town and had lost contact with Sharon. A well-dressed middle aged man approached him, whom he’d never seen at church before. “Pastor Rod, we’ve not met. My name is Paul.”

Paul explained how he’d wondered far from the life he once knew growing up in a Christian home. He’d moved from town to town, country to country, living a life of sex, drugs, and decadence. Late one night, destitute and alone on the streets of Ankara a stranger walked up to him and said, “Your life is a mess but you already know the way to get back on your feet. Pray and surrender your life to Jesus. He will rescue you from the chaos you’re in.” Paul dropped his head into his hands and broke down. When he looked up again, the man was gone. “I don’t know if he was an angel or not, Pastor Rod, but one thing I do know, my mother told me you’ve been praying for me all these years. Thank you so much.”

Dear God-tracker, our God is a faithful God whose love endures forever. Scripture tells us that he never abandons us, even when we abandon him. When we pass through fire or the flood he is with us. Jesus taught a parable wherein a young man deserted his father and ran off in seek of fame and fortune only to find himself penniless, impoverished and eating husks fed to pigs just to survive. Coming to his senses and returns home to his father who welcomes him with open arms.

Never, never give up praying for that friend or loved one to come to salvation. God is watching over that dear one and will cause them to hear the message of his love at just the right time. You never know, he may even send his angels to rescue them. Just keep praying!

God-tracking is never quitting to pray for that lost soul you love.

Blessings

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Hebrews 13:1-2
Psalm 100:5
Deuteronomy 31:6
Isaiah 43:1-2
Luke 15:11-32


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Don’t Give Up, Look Up!

I pray that he will respond to the message of your grace and give his life to you

Pray
“Dear God, you know I’ve been praying for this person to come to know you for many years. I thank you that you are a faithful God and you will never abandon him to his depravity. I trust that you will keep him safe and sound, wherever he is, and that he will have opportunity to hear the message of your love, through Jesus. Send workers into the harvest field of his life to reap that crop. Send angels, if need be, to protect him and guide him to a place where he will respond to the Gospel. I pray that he will respond to the message of your grace and give his life to you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.”

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Friday, 2 September 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS ACKNOWLEDGING THAT HE IS YOUR SUCCESS

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02 September 2016

Dear God-tracker

GOD-TRACKING IS ACKNOWLEDGING THAT HE IS YOUR SUCCESS

Proverbs 16:3
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

I was sitting quietly in the prayer meeting pondering the words of Psalm 87 in my Bible, open on my lap. Someone had just prayed about his workload and duties at work, which caused me to think about my own responsibilities – work, family, church, home. As I did so, I became a little overcome by the diversity of my commitments and began to feel my enthusiasm begin to drain from me. Psalm 87 speaks about how God loves Zion (Jerusalem). He founded it and populated it. Then my eye caught verse 5, “…the Most High himself will establish her.”

God’s Word dropped into my heart and quelled my anxieties. If he’s called me to be a father, grandfather, husband and pastor then he will watch over his calling to perform it in my life. I have nothing to defend when it comes to God’s plans for me; he alone is able to fulfil his purposes in my life according to his designs, not mine. Indeed, it was he who gave me those responsibilities and duties in the first place. Therefore, if I continue to acknowledge him in all I do, he will see to it that my work will achieve his goals for my life. All that remains is for me to do is to commit my work to him – to cast my responsibilities upon him.

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed by your responsibilities today? It could be you’ve given your all to your job but, as you stand back to view the results, you’re disappointed by other people’s lack of enthusiasm or commitment. Perhaps you feel you’re undervalued or not appreciated by others and this has left you feeling demotivated and despondent. If that’s you, then my humble advice is to do some care-casting today. That is, cast your cares on him, because he loves you. Commit your workload and all your duties to the Lord and he will see to it that your plans will succeed. Do this and the Most High himself will establish you.

God-tracking is acknowledging that he is your success.

Blessings

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Psalm 87
Proverbs 3:5-10
Proverbs 16:1-4

1 Peter 5:7
Isaiah 55:8-13

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Don’t Give Up, Look Up!

I commit my work to you and cast all my responsibilities upon you

Pray
“Dear Lord, I confess that I have been feeling terribly unmotivated lately. I repent of any slack or apathy on my part and choose to re-acknowledge you in every aspect of my life – my work, family, church, recreation and relationships. I commit my work to you and cast all my responsibilities upon you. Lord, you have called me by your grace and your purpose, so watch over your purposes to perform them in my life. Thank you that YOU will accomplish me. Amen.”

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Friday, 26 August 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS LETTING GO OF OFFENCE BEFORE COMING TO WORSHIP GOD

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26 August 2016
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GOD-TRACKING IS LETTING GO OF OFFENCE BEFORE COMING TO WORSHIP GOD

Matthew 6:14
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you

Jesus said, “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Naturally, in Bible times, people would bring a literal offering to the temple as a burnt offering before God on the altar. It’s in this context that Jesus said these words. This type of offering was an act of worship. Often, offerings were made as sin offerings. In other words, the person bringing the offering was seeking God’s forgiveness for sins committed. It’s clear that Jesus was implying that before we can expect to receive forgiveness from God we need to be prepared to offer forgiveness to those who have offended us. This thought is reflected in the prayer Jesus taught is to pray: “Forgive us our trespassers as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.”

Unforgiveness results from hurts or offences other people cause in our lives, knowingly or otherwise. Unforgiveness is the greatest inhibitor in any person’s life. Unforgiveness will cause a someone to stagnate in their walk with God and their growth in character. Unforgiveness will drag a person out of God’s blessing and into despair, depression and desolation. The one thing that hinders God’s forgiveness of us is our unforgiveness of others. For a Christian, forgiveness is not optional, it is mandatory.

We no longer offer animal sacrifices on an altar before God. Jesus was the great final sin offering, whose holy blood spilled on the altar of the cross brought forgives of sin, once and for all. However, when I accepted this sacrifice of Christ as atonement for my sin, I laid my own life down; I have been crucified with Christ and now live by faith in his sacrifice for my sins. My whole life is laid bare on the altar of God, as it were. Therefore, every time I come to worship God or come to the communion table, I need to be sure I come in forgiveness and grace.

Today, if you hold a grievance against someone or if you’re harbouring unforgiveness, first go to that person and make right with them before bringing your sacrifice of praise before God. And if you have offended someone else, knowingly or otherwise, then be sure to ask their forgiveness before coming to the Lord’s table or offering him your worship. Remember too, forgiveness and apology need to be unqualified. So it’s simply, “I forgive you.” Or, “I’m sorry.” Add no buts or ands to it. I have found forgiveness is the most liberating and empowering act in life; an act of worship in response of the grace of God.

God-tracking is letting go of offence before coming to worship God.

Blessings

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Matthew 5:21-26
Matthew 6:7-14
Galatians 2:20


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TODAY I PRAY, FATHER FORGIVE MY TRESPASSES AND I FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE TRESPASSED AGAINST ME

Pray
“Oh Father in heaven, I realise that I have been harbouring offence in my life. I apologise for my unforgiveness! Before you, I now choose to confess forgiveness of those who have offended me. If I have offended others, dear Lord, then I ask your forgiveness and ask that you help me to make an unqualified apology to them. Today I pray, Father forgive my trespasses and I forgive those who have trespassed against me. Amen.

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Friday, 19 August 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS GETTING UP TO KEEP RUNNING AFTER TAKING A FALL

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19 August 2016  
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GOD-TRACKING IS GETTING UP TO KEEP RUNNING AFTER TAKING A FALL

1 Corinthians 9:24
So run that you may obtain it.

I watch mesmerised as Mo Farah prepares to run the 10,000 metres at the Rio

As a runner, I know the importance of training for a run. A runner needs to prepare well for a race. But no training can help prepare him for the falls that happen in a race. Every fall is unique and unpredictable. When an athlete falls on the track he has one of two choices: get up and keep running or try to make a surreptitious exit from the track.

By the Holy Spirit, Paul writes, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” This Christian life we live is like a long distance race – strenuous and thwart with obstacles. In my own humble race of life, I know what it’s like to take a fall. Having run for many years with confidence and pride, I took a stumble that almost wrecked my whole life. As I ran along my legs became entangled in pride and rebellion. Perhaps this is why we are told in scripture to lay aside sin which so easily entangles us, and run with endurance the race that is set before us. I had one of two options quit the race or pick myself up and continue running. Thankfully, by his grace and mercy, the Lord sustained me and helped me back to my feet so I could stay on track.

Have you had a fall in this race of life? Have you become entangled in pride or sin? Don’t give up, look up! Lift your head and fix your eyes on Jesus. Repent of sin and get back on track. And whatever you do, keep on running!

God-tracking is getting up to keep running after taking a fall.

God bless you

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Proverbs 16:18
Hebrews 12:1-3

Olympics. He’d trained for months for this race. He stands at start line waiting for the pistol to go off. He is confident. He can do this. Indeed, the competition is strong but he is ready for it. Crack! He’s off. Good pace. Middle of the pack. Lap after lap, he is doing well, then suddenly he feels the rough surface of the Tartan Track graze his elbow. He is on the ground! His elbow stung but not as much as the thought that he was out of the race. In an instant he is back on his feet, even before the last runner has passed him by. Mo Farah goes on to win the 2016 Olympic 10,000 metre race to the roar of an ecstatic crowd.

Don’t Give Up, Look Up!

Help me now to pick myself up again and keep running

Pray
“Dear Father, I am sorry for my pride and sin. I have taken a fall. I thought I was running well but then this happened. I confess, I looked away from my goal and became an entangled mess. I repent of sin. I now take my eyes off myself and humbly fix them on Jesus, the author of my life race. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for your forgiveness. Help me now to pick myself up again and keep running. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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Friday, 12 August 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS FILLING YOUR MOUTH WITH GOD’S WORD AND THEN WATCHING HOW HE FULFILS IT


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GOD-TRACKING IS FILLING YOUR MOUTH WITH GOD’S WORD AND THEN WATCHING HOW HE FULFILS IT

Jeremiah 1:12
Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

Yong Jeremiah was stunned as he sat on a rock outside the gates of Anathoth, his home town. He was of the tribe of Levi, which meant he would soon be ordained a priest in the house of Israel. He’d gone for a walk and sat down to think about his future when, all of a sudden the Word of God came to him, “Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah, before you were even conceived or born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

“Ah, Lord God! How so? I’m still young and, anyway, I wouldn’t know what to say.”

But God replied to Jeremiah and said that he need not worry about being too young to become a prophet. He added that he would always be with him; he had nothing to fear. Then the Lord touched his mouth and said, “See, I have put my Words in your mouth.”

It was then that Jeremiah had his first vision. He saw an almond tree branch, of all things. I could imagine he was rather puzzled at this.

“What do you see, Jeremiah?” asked the Lord. “I see… er… an almond branch, Lord,” he replied. “You have seen correctly, young man. You see, I will be watching over my Word to perform it in your life.”

Jeremiah understood immediately why he’d seen an almond branch. It was clear to him, a Hebrew speaker. When God used the Hebrew term for almond he would have said, shaw-kade. And then when he said watching he would have used the Hebrew word, shaw-kad. God was using a pun to instil confidence in young Jeremiah that he would always fulfil the Word he had put in Jeremiah’s mouth. So, every time the young prophet saw an almond tree (which are prolific in Israel) or crunched an almond nut between his teeth he would remember God’s promise that he was watching over his Word in his mouth to perform it.

When I began preaching, many years back, I felt a little like young Jerry. I had no confidence in myself that I would ever deliver a sermon to a group of hungry believers with any measure of success. However, the week before I was due to take my first church service I was reading a leadership magazine. I don’t remember what the article was about or who wrote it but, these words jumped off the page right into my heart: “You may think you’ll run out of words to speak every Sunday when you preach. But take courage, like with Jeremiah, God will put his Word in your mouth and he will watch over it to cause it to impact those who hear it.”

You may not feel called to be a preacher but God has called you to share your faith. We are all called to all the world through the Great Commission Jesus gave us. Are you afraid of what you will say when the opportunity arrives? Don’t be afraid, just pray. God will put his Word in your mouth. And it’s not your job to convince anyone of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit himself will watch over what you say to ensure it bears fruit in the hearts of those who hear it. Jesus said, “For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.”

God-tracking is filling your mouth with God’s Word and then watching how he fulfils it

Go for it!

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Jeremiah 1:1-12
Matthew 28:16-20
Matthew 10:19-20


Don’t Give Up, Look Up!

I will boldly go where you send me and speak out the words you put in my mouth

Pray
“Ah Lord, I often feel inadequate to share your Word. I feel I’m too young or not educated enough. But I realise now that you both create opportunity for me to witness and put the words in my mouth when the opportunity arrives. Thank you that you watch over your Word to perform it. I believe you’re watching over every promise you’ve ever given me and you’re watch over every word I speak, in your name. It’s not up to me to action your Word; I believe that is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. So I will boldly go where you send me and speak out the words you put in my mouth. Amen.”

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Friday, 5 August 2016

GOD-TRACKING IS FAITHFULLY TRACKING GOD’S PURPOSES BY THE SUFFICIENCY OF HIS GRACE

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GOD-TRACKING IS FAITHFULLY TRACKING GOD’S PURPOSES BY THE SUFFICIENCY OF HIS GRACE

2 Corinthians 12:9(b)
Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

“Simon, Simon!” called Andrew as he ran up to his brother’s boat, moored at the edge of the lake. “We have found the Messiah!” John and I were listening to John the Baptist speak when suddenly he pointed to Jesus of Nazareth and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”

“Whatever,” replied Simon as he continued to fold his nets. “No, really. Come see.” Simon reluctantly followed his brother to where Jesus was standing talking to some men. Jesus looked right at Simon and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Peter,” (which means rock).

And so began the life’s adventure of Simon Peter, one of the most dynamic God-trackers of all Bible characters. But Peter was, what we might call, a rough diamond. His outspokenness would land him in most unsavoury situations, more often than not. It was Peter who drew his sword and cut off the High Priest servant’s ear at the arrest of Jesus and it was Peter who denied his Lord three times after Jesus’ arrest. But it was also Peter who acknowledged Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. He was the rock upon whom Jesus built the Church. Simon Peter became the primary leader of the 12 founding apostles of Christianity and he was used of the Holy Spirit to pen several books we now have as scripture in our Bible. Simon Peter was a great man.

Thankfully the Bible is packed with characters like Peter. Men and women who were less than perfect but who were used mightily of God. I take courage as I seek to track God’s will for my own life from the fact that God does not call perfect people to do his purposes. (In fact, there are no perfect people – the only perfect man who ever lived was Jesus Christ himself.) If I was faultless in my lifestyle or my service of God, then I could claim credit for what I do. But, because I am a faulty character (like old Peter) I know that any good thing I do must come from God. Wasn’t it Paul who complained about having a “thorn in the flesh”, but when he talked to the Lord about it Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  

Grace is God’s doing. Grace does not overlook our deficiencies; grace produces God’s efficiency though us. By grace we are saved and by grace we serve. God-tracking is seeking to live by the grace of God, especially through our shortfalls. Grace does not condone sin. On the contrary, it reveals sin to us. Grace pardons our sin on our confession and repentance. And grace has a brother called, faith. We are saved by grace through faith and we serve as God-trackers by God’s grace though faith in his power to equip us for duty.

God had a purpose for Simon Peter and God has a purpose for you. You do not need to be perfect to follow God’s purposes; you only need to step out in faith, believing that, by grace, God is fulfilling his purposes through you, to his praise and glory. That’s living by grace.

God-tracking is faithfully tracking God’s purposes by the sufficiency of his grace.

Blessings

Dudley

READ ALL ABOUT IT!
John 1:35-42
Matthew 16:13-20
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Ephesians 2:8-10


Don’t Give Up, Look Up!

If grace is God’s doing, then Lord, do your will through me!

Pray
“O sovereign Lord, thank you so much for your grace. Thank you that you sent Jesus – the perfect Son of God – to die in my place and redeem me from sin. I confess and repent of all my sin – everything I have done, said or thought that has grieved the Holy Spirit. Praise you for grace that pardons my sin. I now commit my life to serve you, O Lord, not by my credentials but by your grace. If grace is God’s doing, then Lord, do your will through me! I submit to your grace and will continue to serve you all my days, by faith. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

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What is trACker?
GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, On Track. Although On Track went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.

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