Sunday, 20 April 2014

"The Beauty of the Bride"

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready”(Revelation 19:7 NIV). 


A friend of ours is getting married soon. He has known his wife to be for quite a while now. She had been his girlfriend but when he asked her to be married to him, she became his fiancee. Her position from being just girlfriend changed and she became a bride to be.

As I met her recently I was just so surprised and amazed at the same time to realize this change in her position. Although she was still the same person, I had the impression as I was observing her that she had become something special. It was as if she had been lifted out of her “normal” position of being a single woman and had been crowned with a wonderful worthiness that comes from being a bride and wife. She was more beautiful than usual, she was so radiant, and she resembled a princess, you know somebody that was hand-picked and utterly loved by her husband to be.


The Body of Christ which is made out of all born-again believers needs to be reminded that she is indeed the one and only fiancée of the Lord and the soon to be bride of the King of Kings. She is hand-picked, utterly loved by her bridegroom Jesus Christ, and stands in waiting for her King to come back and take her to become His wife.

So let us reflect this joy today that we are chosen by Jesus to be His bride, and let’s get ready in waiting and in expectation that He will soon come back to be married to us. Hallelujah! What a glorious future awaits us!


Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner 


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Sunday, 13 April 2014

“God’s Keeping Power”

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone” (Psalm 91: 9-12 NKJV). 


My husband Mark, our little Chihuahua doggie Davey and I were once again on our way to Ohio, this time for a family Christmas reunion. Whilst driving at a decent speed on the highway it started to rain a little and I also noticed a truck on the other side of the highway that was spraying salt. I wasn’t too concerned since the outside temperature was increasing to about 38º F. 

Oh was I mistaken and our journey took an abrupt course; we hit a patch of black ice. Mark realized right away what was going on and helped me to maneuver the steering wheel. Everything went really quick; our truck was sliding on the ice and there was nothing we could do. We eventually landed in a ditch. The amazing thing was that although the trucks airbags did not function it was as if the angels we there as airbags protecting us from the inside out. They were like godly bumpers and mighty cushions shielding us of potential harm that was all around us and making sure that colliding with other cars would just not happen. Despite the danger we were perfectly calm in the safe hands of God.

Wow, when I think of this kind of protection I am still in awe at the wonders of the unshakable promises of God. You can imagine that my faith in His keeping power and His angels was definitely promoted to a new level that day :-). So this leaves me with one question for you today: Is your life in God’s hands? I truly hope so.


Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner 


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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

"The Wide Space of the Father"

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he love” 
(Ephesians 1: 4 – 6 NIV).


I made an interesting observation as we recently attended an 8 week Discipleship Training in Switzerland. Our leaders’ 7 year old son David was outside and surrounded by a group of his best friends. To my surprise he was sitting on the driver’s seat of his father’s car, an elegant dark blue English car that had been donated to the ministry. What surprised me even more was that David was holding his father’s cell phone in his hands which had been loaded with a children’s computer game for him to play with. 


And so David was so tickled as he was sitting in his father’s car in the driver’s seat and proudly showing all of his friends what kind of exciting game he had on his father’s cell phone. I think the father himself was not watching his son. He was somewhere in the house talking to some people and must have been totally confident about letting his son have so much freedom.

As I observed this scene with wide open eyes I had to chuckle a little, since this scenario of giving your child a wide space and granting your child this kind of precious trust and love was not something I had experienced a lot in my own child hood. I couldn’t help but think that this is exactly the type of freedom that the Father in Heaven wants to give you as His sons and daughters. You know He loves you so much that He even gave His only Son so that you would have a meaningful life, a life that would overflow with grace, freedom and peace. 


You not only have a generous Father that blesses you as His Child, but also a Father that has a big heart for you. He wants you to enjoy the things He has given you and His trust in you will relax you and you will start to enjoy the wide space that surrounds you all the time as a chosen child of the Most High.



Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner 


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Monday, 31 March 2014

“Blessed Unity”

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:1-3 NKJV). 


I am so happy to be able to practice these verses at my workplace. First of all it is a really safe environment for me because everybody is so nice and respectful to their clients, co-workers and to me. To top it off I work side by side with such a lovely lady that loves the Lord, works hard and has the same work ethic like me.  I truly get to experience firsthand what it means to respect another person higher than myself. She does it for me and I do it for her. 

We watch over each other, we cover each other but most importantly we have a love and respect for each other that finds its origin in the heart of God. I can’t help but get excited about this kind of respect, love and dignity because I know it will result in abundant prosperity, joy and healing for everybody.

It is the will of God that you can experience the same kind of blessed unity in your relationship with your spouse, children, brothers and sisters in Christ and with anybody you come in contact with. The key is to realize that it is not about you but about others. The moment you choose to humble yourself and embrace this kind of lifestyle the Lord creates His imprint in the human heart. I think that’s worth sacrificing all selfish ambition and conceit, don’t you?


Have a wonderfully blessed day! 


Suzanne Tanner



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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Full Exposure

"And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.” (1 Samuel 2:21 NIV).


For quite some time I have been very interested in planting. With the help and insight of God I got to plant a lot of seeds, and then I waited and watched for them to grow. It’s a fascinating project I tell you! 

I learned that I needed a spacious container and good soil for my seeds. Then I would water them day by day and expose them to some light. And indeed, the seeds died and were born again and rose after a while into something green that pushed through the soil and started to grow. After a couple of weeks however, I noticed that my plants were not growing very well. I needed some help and I found it in my husband. 

He took the pots and put them right on the window seal for them to be exposed to more sun. From the rising to the setting of the sun my plants were now exposed to so much light that after the first one or two days I already recognized a significant growth. I realized that the pot, the soil and the watering were a good thing, but the full exposure to the sun was the ultimate requirement for my plants to grow properly into their destiny.

And this is exactly what you need as well! The word of God is essential and is a seed that is planted in your heart. That’s a good thing, and it will grow in you, but what causes the greatest growth for you is when you walk in the presence of the LORD. This is how Samuel became a mighty man of God and his destiny as a prophet and a judge for the nation of Israel was born. 


I encourage you today to make it a point in your daily walk with Jesus to expose yourself fully before Him. As you open your heart to Him and develop this sweet communion with Him, you will grow up to become a mighty testimony of God’s purpose for mankind.

Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner
 

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

"Protected!"

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1 NKJV).


And again the Lord delivered me out of a dire situation. I had to get something out of our ministry trailer where we store expensive music equipment. Because we don’t have enough space on our property, we have parked it alongside a busy street on a property that our friends own. When I closed the trailer, I simply walked away forgetting to secure the doors. 


A few days later my husband and I had to go back to the trailer to get something. My husband right away saw that the doors were closed but not locked. I knew I was in trouble. I thought “If the equipment is not there, he will have a fit”. 

To confront a possible shock he opened the doors right away and what does he see? Nothing is stolen; everything is still where it should be. And I am thinking, “Oh thank You Lord that You watched over my clumsiness! I am blessed by You and Your hand is on my life. I am so grateful that You covered up my carelessness by Your hand”.

Do you realize that many “bummers” don’t happen in your life just because of the Lord’s protective hand? Rest assured that He knows every event that’s going on in your life and He is more than ready to step in and make up for any negligence on your part. This is called complete protection, grace and favor and believe me a wonderful dwelling place for your heart.



Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner
 

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

'Let My Voice be Familiar to You"

“’Lord if it’s you,’ Peter replied ‘tell me to come on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said” (Matthew 14:28 NIV). 


I was thinking that day that a voice truly becomes familiar to us by deeply knowing and experiencing the heart of a person. But let me share with you here exactly what I mean. 

A few days ago I tried to call a good friend of mine. He was not available at that very moment, so I listened to his voice mail. As I was listening to his voice, my thoughts traveled back in time and I realized that I had known him for 15 years, and that was indeed a long time. How comforting it was for me to know that his gentle and loving voice still sounded the same. I thought about how his voice was so familiar to me, and although I hadn’t seen him for a while, his voice was still the same. His voice hadn’t changed in all these years. I was so thankful that day because just by hearing his voice, it felt like a resting place for me. 

Before calling my friend that day I had spoken to another person who I had worked for some years ago and who I had known for about 10 years. When I listened to his voice I thought it was not at all familiar to me, and I concluded that we hadn’t had this deep heart-to-heart relationship in all this years.
I think this was the same that Peter had experienced. Although in that story in Matthew the disciples were terrified because Jesus was all of a sudden walking on water and they thought it was a ghost, Peter knew the voice of the Lord. It was a familiar one to him and as he heard Jesus saying to him, “Come,” he trusted that voice immediately and so he did something unthinkable to him and to the rest of us. He walked on water just because he trusted that familiar voice of love and truth that came from the King of Kings.


This is the core of the Christian Life: being familiar deep down inside of the unique voice of the LORD. As you hear His voice and know without a shadow of doubt it is Him that is speaking to you, you will indeed step out of your own boat, your comfort zone, and begin to walk on the water. This is when all your limitations and fears will be put aside at once. I tell you, it’s a great adventure and only a few get to experience it. Will you dare to be one of them?
 

Have a wonderfully blessed day! 

Suzanne Tanner
 

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