John 3:16 Arrow For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life ^DREAM interpretation ministry

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DAY 11
Breaking Habits

The weapons we fight with … have divine power to demolish strongholds’ 2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV

WE ALL STRUGGLE WITH HABITS – what’s yours? Be honest! For many of us it’s our attitude that keeps us from growing, excelling and soaring to the heights God planned for us (Psalm 139:23–24 NIV). Bad habits are ways of thinking and acting that become part of our everyday lives; ways of trying to meet a need or fill a void. They’re like crutches we use to get through life When a habit takes control of us, the Bible calls it a ‘stronghold’ (it has a strong hold on us). Do you have a habit you want to be set free from? As long as you think you can break it in your own strength, nothing will change. By operating in your own power, you’re disconnected from God’s power.

Jesus said, ‘No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.’ (John 15:4 NIV). You must come to the place where you make a conscious decision each day, and sometimes each hour, to turn your life and your will over to God. To pray, ‘Lord, I don’t have the ability to overcome this. I choose not to give in to it. Strengthen me now by Your Spirit’ is a prayer God will answer, for He always empowers our choices when they line up with His will! Whatever you’re struggling with today, remember, ‘we ... have divine power to demolish strongholds.’

Prayer Point :
Lord, I’m going to focus on the most influential habit in my life and remove myself from its grip in Jesus’ name. I pray for Your help and guidance during the next few weeks as I break its stronghold in my life. Help me find a friend who I can be accountable to and I pray that You reveal encouragement to me in Your Word to keep fighting until this habit is overcome. Amen!
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DAY 12
Power to quit

‘… Honour God with your body
Corinthians 6:20 NLT

ARE YOU AS MOKER? If you are, the odds are stacked against you. ‘But it’s my life,’ you say. No, listen: ‘You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honour God with your body’(1 Corinthians 6:19–20 NLT). Why indulge in a habit you wouldn’t recommend to others, or risk not living long enough to fulfil your life’s purpose? And what about those who love and need you? A lady wrote to columnist Ann Landers saying, ‘A few weeks ago we buried one of the dearest people I’ve ever known. He was married for 43 years to our eldest sister. We adored him. He was meticulous about detail, the perfect choice to take charge of any family project; dependable, industrious, thorough. Integrity was his middle name. But this man who did everything right, did one thing wrong. He smoked two packs a day for 30 years. This senseless addiction deprived him of the joy of seeing his grandchildren marry. It also denied us who loved him the pleasure of his beautiful presence. For God’s sake, stop smoking. Do it for yourself and for the people who care about you.’ Are you like the man who said, ‘Quitting’s easy; I’ve done it a thousand times?’ That’s because you’ve tried in your own strength. The Bible says, ‘But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God’ (John 1:12 KJV). Make the choice, then turn to God and He’ll supply the power to quit!

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DAY 13
Clean-up time

Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart’ Matthew 5:28

IT HAPPENED YEARS AGO to a prominent religious figure. His addiction to pornography was exposed, twice! Afraid, ashamed and alone, he wrestled with it, preached against it and prayed over it. When did his problem begin? As a teenager. Every time he picked up another pornographic magazine he filed a mental image for the enemy to pull up in moments of temptation. Ultimately it drove him to forfeit and destroy all he held near and dear. Jesus said, ‘Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart’. Are those words compelling enough to stop you from looking? Or are you willing to suffer the consequences of continually drinking from the well of sexual impurity? Sometimes the consequences are difficult to envision, but they’re there. They come in the form of lost opportunities for intimacy. Every lustful glance damages your marriage bond. The less you desire your mate, the more you’ll look for things in them to justify your turning away. You’ll become critical of them so that you can feel ‘entitled’ to play mind games with others who cross your path. The saddest part is you’ll never know what your marriage could have been because you chipped away at its foundation, one visual turn-on at a time. Today, turn to God in repentance. Ask Him to give you a clean heart (see Psalm 51). Then go home and fulfil the command, ‘Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her’ (Ephesians 5:25 NIV).

Prayer Point

Help me, Lord, to stop living in denial and admit to You the areas of my life where lust takes control. Father, I want to break free of this, I want to live a clean thought-life. I pray that from today, Your Holy Spirit would bring a sense of conviction over me every time I fall into this temptation so I would look away and focus on You!
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DAY 14
Defences Against Lust

I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully…’ Job 31:1 NIV

TO WIN THE BATTLE against lust, you must decide once and for all to be fully committed to God. Steve Arterburn says that means establishing three perimeters of defence: 1) Your eyes. Job said, ‘I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully...’ It’s the lingering look that opens the door to trouble. Before David messed up with Bathsheba, we read that he: a) saw, b) inquired, and c) took. Train yourself to pull your eyes away immediately. What you’re looking at isn’t yours. God says, ‘Leave it alone.’ 2) Your mind. Paul writes, ‘Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV). Does your mind traffic in double-entendres, daydreams, the internet, magazines, movies, and anything else that can alter your mood at a glance? Replace these things with memorised Scriptures and mental images of your best moments with your mate. It’ll work! With your transformed mind actively policing itself and capturing rogue thoughts before they capture you, your defences will begin to grow strong. (3) Your heart. Listen: ‘Above all ... guard your heart’ (Proverbs 4:23 NIV). Work on strengthening the bond with your mate. Begin to repay the debt you owe from the times you neither honoured nor cherished them. Decide to love, even though you don’t ‘feel’ like it and watch yourself become their biggest fan. No matter how badly you’ve failed, victory can be yours if you’re willing to humble yourself; ask for God’s help and make a covenant with your eyes, your mind and your heart, to live in purity!
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DAY 15
It’s a process

Unwrap him and let him go!’ John 11:44 NLT

WHENEVER YOU ACCEPT CHRIST, He changes you from the inside out. But certain experiences in your past can slow you down, keep you bound, and determine how you see yourself. While the Holy Spirit does the initial work, transformation is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time. When Jesus stood at His friend’s grave and called, ‘Lazarus, come forth’, His friend who’d been dead for four days shuffled out, still bound from head to toe like a mummy. Notice, his old grave clothes which were a major hindrance to him, didn’t just fall off the minute Jesus called him. No, Jesus told his friends ‘Unwrap him and let him go!’ and with their help, Lazarus was freed to pursue a new life. The Bible says, ‘anyone … in Christ … is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV). When Jesus saves you, you emerge from the tomb wrapped in the grave clothes of your past. What past? a) negative influences and thought patterns, b) low self-esteem, c) old addictions and habits, or d) destructive relationships. That’s why God sends people to love you, unwrap you and release you into your potential. It’s important that you identify these relationships and build your life around them. It’s also why you need to develop an intimate relationship with God through prayer and Bible reading. Through His Word you get an accurate picture of how He sees you. Through prayer you get to know His heart and start seeing yourself through His eyes. When that happens, you’ll never see yourself the same way again!
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DAY 16
Worship your way through

When he saw Jesus … he ran and worshipped Him’ Matthew 5:6 NKJ

WOULD YOU like to stop wrestling with so many issues? Then learn to worship your way through them! The Bible says that when the man with the unclean spirit ‘saw Jesus ... he ... worshipped Him.’ Note, this man did not get healed first and worship later. No, after he started worshipping he was set free. There’s an important principle here: Paul says, ‘At the name of Jesus every knee should bow ... in heaven, and ... on earth ... and ... confess that Jesus ... is Lord’ (Philippians 2:10–11 NKJ), because even satan has to acknowledge God’s ability and willingness to change your situation. James says, ‘...even the demons believe – and tremble!’ (James 2:19 NKJ). The Bible says, ‘No weapon forged against you will prevail ... This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord...’ (Isaiah 54:17 NIV). That includes anything that would rise up to destroy you and your family; old wounds, painful memories, addictions, past sins, they must all bow in submission when the Name of Jesus is lifted up in praise. Notice, when the man from the tombs began to worship, the forces of evil cried out, ‘What business do we have with each other ... Jesus ... Son of the Most High God?’ (Mark 5:7 TM). The truth is satan’s hosts have nothing in common with Jesus; no association and no alliance. And the only business He has with them is to cast them out! David said, ‘my head is lifted ... above my enemies all around me ... I will sing and make melody to the Lord’ (Psalm 27:6 NRS). Worship is one of the keys to your breakthrough. So run to Jesus today, fall at His feet and begin to worship your way through!
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DAY 17
Living in God’s approval

We have been approved by God’
1 Thessalonians 2:4 NKJ

LIVING in the approval of God is so liberating! It frees you from ‘approval addiction’ – worrying about what other people think. When you are addicted, no matter how much of your drug of choice you get, it’s never enough; and like all junkies, you go crazy when your drug is withheld. Approval addicts are always at the mercy of other people’s opinions. As a result their lives become an emotional rollercoaster of highs and lows. Paul was free to speak the truth in love: to confront people, or be gentle with them. When someone told Paul they didn’t like him, he didn’t lose sleep over it. That’s because his life wasn’t built upon their approval. Paul didn’t go around needing to a) compare himself with others, b) demonstrate his superiority, c) impress or compete with others, or d) be the top dog or the one who’s always in charge. Living in God’s approval set him free from such ulcerinducing anxiety, and meant he could enjoy the life God called him to live. When we’re young and insecure we tend to worry about what others think of us, but as we become more mature, we realise that most of the time they weren’t thinking about us at all. They were too busy worrying about what we thought of them! Living in God’s approval frees us from all that stress. It gives us the strength to deal with criticism and conflict, because we know our identity. And our identity is this: we are God’s redeemed children. And since we are accepted and approved by Him, what else matters?
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DAY 18
The ‘But God’ factor

But God … hath raised us up’ Ephesians 2:4–6 KJV

, there’s nothing that can fill the emptiness of the human heart – but God. There’s no solution to war, prejudice, and injustice – but God. There’s no satisfaction for the cravings of the flesh – but God. There’s no healing for the broken-hearted, lonely and desperate – but God. There’s no turning point for human depravity – but God. There’s no deliverance from addiction and heartache– but God. The ‘But God’ factor breaks every generational curse that reaches you through Adam’s sin. One Greek translation of the word ‘spirit’, is ‘air’. When you were ‘dead in trespasses and sins’ (Ephesians 2:1 NKJ), God breathed divine air into you. Paul says, ‘And you [He made alive], when you were dead [slain] by [your] trespasses and sins’ (Ephesians 2:1 AMP). The truth is, you never really lived until you met the Lord! The ‘But God’ factor turns tragedy into triumph. It is the turning point in your story. Hell would be partying today, ‘but God’ chose to lavish His mercy and grace on you. Listen: ‘…that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich’ (2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV). Rich in wisdom. Rich in achievements. Rich in relationships. Rich in ‘all things’. Despite satan’s efforts to destroy, diminish, defame and discourage you, God never once took His hand off your life. He brought you to an understanding of Jesus as your Saviour and Lord; now He’s raising you up to fulfil His purposes. No matter how bad things may look today, rise up and declare ‘But God.
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DAY 19
Lessons from a public house

Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’ John 13:35 NIV

CHUCKS WINDOLL WRITES: ‘One day, a Marine Corps buddy who came to Christ told me, “Chuck, the thing I still miss most is the fellowship I had with the guys at the pub. I can’t find it amongst the Christians I’ve met. I no longer have a place to admit my faults and talk about my struggles, where somebody won’t preach, frown, quote a verse, or blab it all over the place.”’ The local pub is an attractive counterfeit for the church. Ever watch Cheers? It’s an imitation, dispensing liquor instead of grace, and escape instead of reality. But it’s an accepting and inclusive fellowship; brazen and democratic. You can tell them your secrets and they usually won’t tell others. It flourishes not because its patrons are all alcoholics, but because each of us has a Godgiven desire to know and be known, love and be loved, and we seek these things for the price of a few beers. Christ wants His church to be brazen; a fellowship where people can come and say, ‘I’m beat... I’ve had it,’ and find real answers! Now, before you shoot me for comparing your church to a pub, ask yourself a) if you discovered your spouse had been unfaithful, who could you confide in? b) if your biopsy confirmed cancer, who would you turn to? c) if you were lonely, where would you go? Jesus said, ‘…Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another’ And love isn’t what you say, it’s what you do.

Prayer Point

Father, help me find a group of friends that I can confide in and who can confide in me. Help me not to be so ‘standoffish’ with others and trust people enough to open up my heart in friendship. I pray, Father, that You bless and encourage me in this, that as my friends are honest with me, I see that as an opportunity to grow in You. Shape me for the greater good Lord, Amen!
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DAY 20
A fruitful life

...'He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so
they will produce even more’ John 15:2 NIV

WITHOUT REGULAR PRUNING, a vine will live up to only a fraction of its potential. Vineyards have only one purpose – grapes! Energy spent on anything else, no matter how impressive is wasted. Expert pruners have four things clearly in mind: a) removing anything that’s dead or dying, b) making sure sunlight gets to all fruit-bearing branches, c) increasing the size and quality of the fruit, and d) encouraging new fruit to develop. To make room for the kind of abundance God created you for, He will begin cutting away the parts of your life that are draining precious time and energy from what’s truly important. To accomplish this, He’ll even risk your misunderstanding of His methods and motives. His purpose for you requires the cutting away of: bad habits and attitudes, wrong relationships, lesser priorities – anything that distracts from your highest calling. Are you praying for God’s abundant blessings in your life? Are you asking Him to use you in His service? If so, you’re asking for the shears! Pruning is how God answers such prayers! If you’re being pruned today, follow these steps: a) pay attention. Don’t waste this season of preparation, and b) ask God whether you’re being pruned for greater fruitfulness or disciplined because of sin; there’s a difference. If it’s sin, repent and get back on track. If your response to the pruning process is right, your rewards will be great!
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