SPIRIT WORLD IS THE REAL WORLD
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
WHEN HE TOUCHES YOU
A Grateful, Happy Heart
Day 1: A Grateful, Happy Heart
"The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7 NLT
Throughout Psalm 28, David makes bare the state of his heart. It was one filled with gratitude and full of happiness.
A thankful heart is a happy heart and one that, according to Psalm 100, eagerly prepares for the presence of its King, to experience even more joy and happiness. Verse 4 says “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and Bless His name" (NKJV).
In the words of Ethel Wasgatt Dennis: “A grateful heart is a garden, it is where there is always room. For everything lovely, and for God-like grace to come to perfect bloom” Isn’t that beautiful?
I would like the condition and landscape of my heart to be open; having enough room and a welcoming atmosphere for everything God has to blossom and bloom!
So what is the condition of your heart? Is it grateful or ungrateful? Is there room for God and all the beauty His presence brings, or is it closed up to Him?
To embrace a life of gratitude we must first open up our hearts to God. We must seek Him, asking Him to come into our hearts and anoint it with His spirit - of which the benefits are gratitude and praise. We must ask God to fill us with gratitude, so that throughout our days we will always remember to say 'Thank You' to Him regardless of the situation we might find ourselves in.
On that note, here is a challenge for you. Take a pen and paper and write down seven things you are thankful to God for. Then on each day this week, thank God for one of those things on your list. Be deliberate in your act of thanksgiving. If you are consistent, you will notice how being grateful helps you to focus your mind on God and keeps your mood positive.
Make a great day expressing your gratitude to the One who has given you life - and in abundance too! I pray that as you give thanks you will experience - like David - a happy, grateful and thankful heart.
Dear Lord, thank You for giving me life. Forgive me for any ungratefulness I might have shown towards You and all that You do for me. I invite You Lord into my heart today. Please anoint my heart with the power and presence of Your spirit. Make my heart a happy, thankful and grateful heart.
Help me to be thankful for all the big, small and seemingly insignificant things in my life. Help me to be thankful daily for I know being thankful draws me close to You and fills me with happiness too.
I pray that as my heart express gratitude and opens up to You, that You will lift burdens, destroy yokes and make Your Name glorious in my life.
I present my basket of thanksgiving and praise at Your feet and pray that it is acceptable and sweet smelling in Your presence.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Knowing God means Hope
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done." Philippians 4:6 NLT
Philippians 4:6 gives us an insight into the essence of hope, which is when we ‘wish for something to happen and are expectant of its fulfilment’. When we express hope, our stance and mindset becomes positive. Our actions reflect what we are hoping to receive, and all our energy is geared towards the anticipation of its manifestation.
In our own strength it is difficult to maintain a constant stance of hope, especially when life presents us with difficult situations. However, there is One who can, and will (if we allow Him), empower us with an unshakable foundation of hope.
Knowing God, who He is and what He is capable of fuels hope in us like nothing else can or will. Believing completely and totally in Him and His abilities removes all worry, anxiety and uncertainty. All we need to do is build and maintain a thriving relationship with Him; through His word and in prayer (conversations with God).
Do you have hope? If so, what is the foundation of your hope? Get to know God and experience hope like never before. Today I challenge you to give thanks to God for the hope He gives you through His word and His promises to you.
Dear Lord, today I am thankful that my hope is in You. I am thankful because of your Word and promises towards me create an unshakable foundation of hope and faith for a better today and tomorrow. I am thankful because when the trials of life present itself unexpectedly, I can turn to You in prayer and for assurance.
In response, You take away all my worry and anxiety. You renew my confidence and the belief in the fulfilment of my expectations. You patiently and lovingly renew my hope in You, daily. For this I am grateful.
I place my basket of gratitude for giving me Hope at Your feet. I pray that it is acceptable in Your presence today.
In Jesus name, Amen
Lamp and Guide
Day 3: Lamp and Guide
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 NLT
A Satellite Navigation System (Sat Nav) is a computer-operated navigation system that uses signals from orbiting satellites and mapping data to pinpoint the user’s position and plot a subsequent course. In other words, a Sat Nav is used by drivers to find their way to a destination.
One of the amazing things about a Sat Nav is that if the driver makes a mistake when following its instructions, or simply gets lost; it will re-calculate the co-ordinates and redirect the driver back towards the right path and to their desired location.
As a Sat Nav is to a driver, so is the Bible to a Christian. The Bible, through examples of the lives of those who have lived before us, the life of Jesus and His messages, helps us to navigate our way through life today. It locates us wherever we are and maps out the coordinates of God’s will for us, leading us through the route He wants us to take and gets us to where we need to be.
The Bible is the roadmap given to Christians to enable us live the life God has already designed for us. The psalmist David puts it clearly when he says “…Your word [the Bible] is a lamp to guide our feet and a light for our path” (Psalm 119:50).
Where are you in life? Where have your coordinates been mapped out from and where is it taking you to? Why not pick up the Bible today and check to make sure that you are still on the right path and aligned in God’s will. It's great to know that whenever we are feeling unsure of where we are, or where we need to go, the Bible - God’s word and direction for us - is readily available. For this we should really be grateful.
Dear Lord, thank You for thinking about me and making the Bible, Your Word and directions for my life readily available.
I am thankful that whenever I feel lost or don’t know what to do or where to turn to next, that I can turn to Your Word.
Father, I am grateful that Your Word, through Your Holy Spirit, directs me daily as I navigate my way though the terrains of this life. I am thankful for its teaching, encouragement and direction, and for re-routing me when I have lost my way.
I place my basket of thanksgiving for the Bible, Your Word, my very own roadmap through life, at Your feet. I pray that it is sweet smelling and acceptable in Your presence today. In Jesus name, Amen
Day 4: The Restorer
“So I will restore to you…” Joel 2:25 NKJV
Restoration is defined as the re-establishment of someone or something to a former condition, place, or position. It is to take that thing or person back to its original state or condition.
God does not make a promise that He cannot keep. So when He says He will do something, He sticks to His word and does it.
Whatever life has taken away from you, God can and will restore it according to Joel 2:25, as He has promised. That has certainly been me and my husband’s experience this year. We have found that He may have not given us what we wanted, but He gave us what was best and what we needed for restoration.
How about you? What has your experience in restoration been? Have there been times when you thought restoration was no longer possible for you because you’ve wasted so many good opportunities or walked in various levels of disobedience? If so, do not fret; with repentance and reconnection to God, He will restore. His promises for restoration do not change even when we are not faithful to Him. His promises are forever ‘yes’ and ‘amen’.
So what are you waiting for? Get connected and get restored to who God has already created you to be. The fact that we have a God who does not take back His promises towards us is another great thing to be thankful for.
Dear Lord, today I am thankful for your faithfulness and promises to restore unto me everything that has been stolen by the enemy or lost by my own doing.
I thank You Father for meeting me where I am and helping me to get back on my feet. Thank You for restoring me spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, financially and mentally. If it were not for your grace and mercy, I would most definitely be stuck in a desolate place.
I place my basket of thanksgiving for your promises to restore me to who You created me to be at Your feet. I pray that it is sweet smelling and acceptable in your presence today.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
The Great Provider
Day 5: The Great Provider
“For I will pour out water to quench your thirst..." Isaiah 44:3 NLT
During the time of Israel's journey through the wilderness, when God delivered them from Egypt, He provided for them. They never lacked anything. They didn't have to buy new clothes or shoes, they were never hungry nor thirsty. Their clothes grew with them and God provided food and shelter. Whatever they needed God simply provided. God demonstrated to the children of Israel that He IS – not WAS – the Great Provider. He knew what they needed and provided for them.
Just like God took care of the Israelites, God is still taking care of us today. He knows what we need before we even sense that we have a need. He provides and does it really well too! He is our maker and knows everything about us.
What is it that you are in need of and can’t seem to attain? What do you desire to achieve but cannot seem to make happen? There is One who knew you before you were born and knows everything about you - your wants and needs – and able to meet them all. Why not speak to God and tell Him what is on your heart? His hands are open and it is His desire to give you His best and look after you each and every day.
Doesn’t that sound like the makings of a Great Provider? Surely, that's a reason to give Him thanks, right?
Dear Lord, thank You for not just being the Great Provider, but being my provider.
I am glad that I can come to You for everything that I need; both the great and small.
I know that You will always provide for me and give me what I need, not just what I want, because You know me better than I know myself.
I thank You Lord because I have nothing to worry about, for You meet me at every point of my need.
You are capable and more than able, because after all "You own a thousand cattle on a thousand hills", and “all the world is yours and everything in it" (Psalm 50:10, 12 NLT).
I place my basket of thanksgiving for being my Great Provider at Your feet.
I pray that my gratitude is sweet smelling and acceptable in Your presence today.
In Jesus name, Amen.
The Mighty Deliverer
Day 6: The Mighty Deliverer
“Who stood up for me against the wicked? Who took my side against evil workers? If God hadn't
been there for me, I never would have made it. The minute I said "I'm slipping, I'm falling," your
love, God, took hold and held me fast.” Psalm 94:16-18 MSG
A deliverer is described as ‘one who rescues you from harm or danger’. As Christians, God is
our deliverer. He rescues us from harm, danger and the perils of this age.
Have you ever found yourself in a difficult or dangerous situation where you know that it was
only the love and prompt help of God that rescued and saved you? How did you feel? Were you
relieved, overcome with joy and thankful that you knew God?
If it were not for God’s protection over us, most of us would not be here to see this day, or to
even read this book. If God did not protect and rescue us daily from the conniving plans of the
enemy of our souls – satan - we would have been consumed. Now that is something for us to be
exceedingly thankful and grateful for.
Dear Lord, I come to You with a grateful heart.
I am thankful that You are my deliverer.
I am thankful for all the times You have rescued and delivered me from myself, and also from the
enemy of my soul.
I am thankful that Your arm indeed is not too short to save me (Isaiah 59:1 NIV), for indeed You
have saved me; not once but many times.
Father, I pray that my gratitude to You for being my deliverer is acceptable in Your presence.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
God keeps His Promises
Day 7: God keeps His Promises
“I will remember my covenant between Me and you and all living creatures of every kind..."
Genesis 9:15 NIV
A promise is an expressed assurance on which expectation can be based. It is a guarantee that
something specific will be done at a time and place. In today’s world where ‘self’ is king, a kept
promise is becoming a rare commodity. For instance, the promise of ‘Till death do us part’ is
slowly becoming a phrase that’s just uttered at weddings. When two people get married they
promise to love each other unconditionally, forever.
However, we are now seeing that the minute situations are no longer favourable to any or both
parties, they pack up and leave; seemingly forgetting the promise of the vows they made.
An individual desperate for a job promises a prospective employer that they will work hard and stick to the terms and conditions of their contract. But as soon as the work becomes challenging, they pack up and leave, or skive off work.
The list is endless. We've all been there, we’ve made promises that we intended to keep but for
one reason or another were unable to commit to fulfilling them. Now there is One who promises
and delivers all the time. He never fails to do what He has promised. Once He says He will do it, consider it done - God always keeps His promises. His word reveals all the promises He has
made to us, and guess what? He intends to keep every single one of them – both the great and the small.
I am sure you have seen the manifestation of at least one promise of God in your life. And you
probably went ‘Wow, God remembered!’ Well, He never forgets. He is also trustworthy. The
Bible says “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are judgement: a God of truth
and without iniquity, just and right is He” (Deuteronomy 32:4 KJV).
Isn’t that wonderful to have a God who is so trustworthy that He keeps all His promises? Now
that is something awesome to know and be grateful to God for, wouldn’t you say? In gratitude,
we can boldly declare “Now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth and You have
promised these good things to your servant”. Amen.
Dear Lord, I am thankful because You are faithful.
I am thankful that in my life You have proven Yourself (not that You needed to) to be trustworthy by manifesting many promises in my life and that of my family.
I want to say thank You for these.
Father I am thankful that You are trustworthy. Lord don’t let me be like those who promise yet
fail to make good of their promises. Help me to make responsible promises and keep those I
make. Help me to continue to work on my behaviour so that I am a man/woman of my word and therefore can be trusted.
Help me to continue to exercise patience as I wait on You to deliver Your promises in my life. I
thank You for everything. I pray that my gratitude for Your trustworthiness is acceptable in Your
In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Day 8: The Way Maker
“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the
place I have prepared.” Exodus 23:20 NIV
God went ahead of Israel. He cleared the road to victory and freedom for them. Because of this,
they were able to get to the place He had already provided and prepared for them. God will do
everything required to make our progression in life smooth - if we let go and trust Him to do so.
For example, with the children of Israel God sent terror ahead of them to scare their enemies so that they could journey to the Promised Land without being attacked along the way (see Exodus 23:27 NIV).
That’s pretty cool.
When you look back at the days or years gone past, no matter how difficult life might have been, I am sure you will be able to say that indeed God went before you to bring you to today; alive and well. God specialises in removing spiritual, physical, mental and financial obstacles from our paths. Why? So that we can be free to love, praise and worship Him, which will eventually make us the victors He has created us to be.
So are you feeling boxed up where you are and don’t know where to turn? Seek God’s face. It is
a privilege and an honour to have a God who will make a way for you when no one else can
make one. He specialises in making a way where there really seems to be none. Why not thank
Him for that?
Dear Lord, thank You for being the great way maker! You have shown time and time again, in
Your word, and in the life of those around me, that You indeed can and will make a way for Your
children to prosper. Thank You for always making ways for me to progress, at home, at school
and at work.
Lord, I know it is one thing for You to make a way for me, and another thing for me to recognise
and walk in it. So, Holy Spirit help me to always discern your voice and presence. May I always
have the confidence to walk in and through Your way boldly.
May my eyes forever be on You oh Lord for direction in every area of my life.
I place my basket of gratitude for You being my ‘way maker’ at Your feet and pray it is
acceptable in Your presence today.
In Jesus name. Amen.
His Energy Within Us
Day 9: His Energy Within Us
"That energy is God's energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at
what will give him the most pleasure." Philippians 2:13 MSG
Energy is defined as the capacity for vigorous activity. In all that we do and in order to get
through each day, we need energy, we need strength! This could be physical or spiritual. To live
each day to its full potential, we need more than just our own energy, we need God’s energy.
I for one couldn’t get through the day without relying on God’s strength; there is just too much
to do and too many facets of life to coordinate and organise. I am bound to mess up in one area which might cause a catastrophic effect on everything else. When I depend on God's energy everything becomes easy. Yes the work is still there to be done, but with His energy I am
empowered to carry out my tasks effectively.
God’s strength also takes us further than ours on its own ever could. So why not give Him thanks
for His strength being available to you? After all, His strength has meant that you are still here
today and have not consumed by everyday tasks.
Dear Lord, today I thank You for Your strength which You have placed within me.
I thank You for giving me the strength to do all my daily tasks; from looking after my family and
friends, to performing well at work and on all the other projects You have entrusted in my hands.
I know that I will never be able to succeed on my own and so I rely on You and Your strength.
I thank You for making Your strength readily available to me. I am exceedingly grateful Lord.
Keep me humble Lord, so that I may always cling onto You.
I pray that You continue to empower and enable me to prosper every day and in every way.
I place my basket of gratitude for Your strength within me, Your strength that You continue to
I pray that it is sweet smelling and acceptable in Your presence today.
In Jesus name. Amen
Day 10: His Wisdom Guides Us
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding
fault, and it will be given to you." James 1:5 NIV
Wisdom is defined as "the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting”. It is also
considered as having insight"
The wisdom of God is essential in our world today. It is necessary in order to help us navigate
our way through a world full of voices, all vying for our attention and telling us that they are the
truth and the way to live. The wisdom of God helps to keep us on the path He has planned out for us. His wisdom benefits us in so many ways. He lengthens our days and years, filling it with
peace. This talks about the fullness of life and well-being. These are the direct results of the
pursuit of Godly wisdom. He grants us favour in the sight of God and man. His Word becomes
our infallible direction; making our paths clearer and straight and He gives healing to our body
God’s wisdom is awesome and without it we wouldn’t be able to discern right from wrong, and
for that we should definitely say ‘Thank You’.
Dear Lord, today I am thankful for Your infinite wisdom.
I am grateful that You choose to share this wisdom with me.
Lord help me to always rely on Your wisdom in everything I do.
May Your wisdom never depart from me oh Lord.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Day 11: Got Life? Be Thankful
"With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation." Psalm 91:16 NKJV
If you are reading this, then you are alive and have life - Praise God! To be alive is a privilege.
Life is precious and special and it is meant to be lived that way. It is not by our own doing that
we are alive, but by the mercies of God.
Being alive means we have the opportunity to experience God’s goodness through the beauty of His creation, relationships at work or at home. It also means that we have another opportunity to correct the mistakes of yesterday.
There are so many things to be thankful for on a daily basis. To mention a few there are good
health, wealth, joy, a roof over our heads, peace, friends and family who care, strangers who help us when we shed a tear, and God’s presence that takes away our fears. Life is for living, not just existing, and since we have life we must live it to the full - and give God thanks for it!
Do you have life? Then be thankful. Yes, you may have problems and issues, but don’t worry
about them. Instead, present them to God and be encouraged in the knowledge that with God,
there is hope in your future.
Dear Lord, today I am thankful for this life You have given me.
I am thankful for the ability to wake up each day and experience the beauty of the works of Your hands; all that You have created.
I am thankful that there is hope in my today and tomorrow, and that regardless of any issues I
might be facing, life will always be worth living because You are with me.
Lord, help me to live my life with meaning, purpose and dignity.
Help me to make You famous in all I do on a daily basis.
Help me to live my life to serve You and do Your will.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen
A Home is A Privilege
Day 12: A Home is A Privilege
"God sets the solitary in families..." Psalm 68:6a NKJV
A home is defined as "a place where one lives permanently; either as a member of a family or a
household, or alone".
To have a place we can call home, or to be part of a household is precious. Why? Because there
are many people without the covering or shelter of a home; a place that is not only physically
comfortable and acts as a covering, but where love or support is present. A few minutes catching up on world’s news will reveal the dire state many people are in. Floods have misplaced individuals, families, villages and indeed whole cities. They now live on the streets, crowded in street corners and shop fronts, under bridges and in alley ways. They are trying to keep safe in such places and during all seasons (autumn, winter, spring and summer). They have no protection from the weather all year round.
We are not better than these people, and it is only the grace of God that has kept us safe and
sheltered. Imagine that? That is why having a home, or being part of a household, is something
to cherish and be thankful for.
Why not whisper a quick ‘Thank You’ to the One who has provided a roof over your head and
kept you safe from all harm?
Father, today I am thankful for shelter. Just like Your name shelters me from the harm of this
world, You have also provided a physical shelter for me and I am exceedingly grateful.
Thank You for protection from all the elements.
Father, help me to look after my home and share it with those who need it, those whom You send my way.
Thank You for electricity, heating to keep us warm and water to wash ourselves with.
Thank You for the ability to be Your extended arm of help and be a blessing to someone in need of shelter.
I place my basket of thanksgiving at Your feet today and say thank You for having a place I call
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Read | Educate| Knowledge
Day 13: Read | Educate| Knowledge
"For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it." Ecclesiastes 7:12 ESV
Reading helps us to examine and grasp the meaning of written or printed characters, words or
sentences. When we read, we acquire knowledge and educate our minds on a subject matter. To be educated is to be empowered and empowerment carves the way to success.
To be able to read is awesome, for instance you can read a book that will inspire and uplift you
or encourage you to live boldly or give you the answers you need to get out of a situation that
you might be in. Education is also important because it helps us to be knowledgeable. It will for instance make us stand in confidence whilst in a discussion or forum.
As children of God, knowledge is important and one of the major ways to do this is through
reading. Psalm 103:2 tells us “…Do not forget all His Benefits”. For us not to forget God’s
benefits, we have to initially read them to know, learn and understand them and then continue to refer to them constantly so that we do not forget. Being able to read also helps us to engage with the word of God, for ourselves. We are able to verify and test what we are being taught; making sure it is true and viable. We are therefore able to act according to 1Thessalonians 5:20-22 "Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast to what is good". In the words of George Washington Carver “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom” and as the famous saying goes “knowledge is power”.
Are you able to read, be educated and obtain knowledge? If so, why not say a heartfelt thank you to God for this. There are people around the world who would do anything to have an education, be able to read and increase their knowledge.
Dear Father, today I am thankful for the privilege of having been educated, to be able to read
and the opportunity to acquire knowledge. It is a privilege and one that I do not take for granted.
In particular I am thankful for the ability to read Your Word and to verify all that I am being
taught as the truth. I am thankful for the schools I have been to and the continuous education I
am able to receive. It has given me great opportunities for progression in all areas of my life.
I am also thankful for the ability to acquire knowledge. A knowledgeable person can achieve
great things. I place my basket of thanksgiving for the ability to read, get an education and
acquire knowledge at Your feet. I pray it is sweet smelling and acceptable in Your presence
today. In Jesus name I pray, Amen
Day 14: Sanctuary, A Precious Place
"Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in his mighty heaven!" Psalm 150:1
A sanctuary, also called a church is a place of refuge or safety. For Christians, a sanctuary is a
very important place. It is a physical place where the body of Christ can come together; learn to be more like Christ daily as we work and fellowship together with other people. It is a place
where we grow spiritually, emotionally and refined in behaviour. It is also a place where we
become further empowered. It is a place where we can practice the true hospitality nature of
It is great to belong to a Bible believing church, but even more of a privilege to be able to come together physically to worship, pray and praise God. In certain parts of the world, doing that will incur the death penalty or being incarcerated for life.
Many people around the world are not free to be Christians as you might be free to. They are not free to fellowship together openly with other believers or to discuss the Bible.
Do you belong to a Bible believing Church? Are you able to freely and openly come together
with other Christians and non-Christians, to worship and praise God? If the answer is yes, then
give a shout of praise to the one who has given you such freedom. Say a big thank you to the one who has given you liberty to live the life He has called you to live while proclaiming His name along the way.
Dear Father, I am thankful for the sanctuary where I worship. I am thankful for the ability to go
to church without fear of being prosecuted and without shame. I am thankful for the opportunity to fellowship with other Christians, to grow and develop the nature of Jesus Christ. I do not take this for granted.
I am truly grateful.
Help me to take my place in the church, to be a worker in the fields.
Help me not to be a stumbling block but to put my hands to the plough and build the kingdom of God with my fellow brothers and sisters.
Help me to be useful to show love and kindness to all who walk through the doors seeking help
and looking for You.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
The Blessings of Friends
Day 15: The Blessings of Friends
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” Proverbs 27:17 NLT
Where would we be without the gift of friendship? Friends are people whose company we enjoy,
and that we would usually go the extra mile for. They are people who have helped and supported us, and are there for with us through the good and bad times.
Friends help us to be better people. They bring out the good in us – and can also bring out the
bad and the ugly, which works to help refine and sharpen us. With friends, we learn to embody
the true definition of love; we learn what it truly means to be a friend.
Today let us be thankful for the friends that God has blessed us with and for their presence in our lives.
We all need help and support from time to time after all and, really, wouldn’t life be boring
Dear Lord, today I am thankful for the friends you have blessed me with.
Thank You for enriching my life with their presence.
Help me to always remember how much better my life is because of them.
Help me to also be accommodating, and to be a friend to them as they are to me.
Help me to be a friend like Jesus is; a friend to everyone regardless of where they are from and
who they are.
For this I pray in Jesus name, Amen.