Do you remember when you were a child (some of you may need to rack your brains) but remember when your mum or dad told you NOT to do something that you thought at the time was a great idea?
Do you also remember the times that their well meant words fell on deaf ears as your under developed senses felt that jumping up and down on the bed was the best thing to do and you in fact jumped higher?
Do you also remember falling off soon afterwards and discovering painfully that perhaps, just perhaps, your parents had a wise thought about the whole bed jumping thing?
Of course you could insert many examples of childhood remembrances into this same train of thought.
Don't touch the flame, put down the knife, cats scratch, dancing on the table is a no no.
Now apart from you sounding mildly homicidal as a child right now, we're also trying to bring home an important point.

Life has the potential to knock you down, let's face it it's extremely hard at times to maintain your "I'm above and not beneath" mentality, but the word says we ARE able to rise up and overcome! 
Your circumstances may have you pinned down beneath them, you may feel discouraged at your lack of progress in those areas of your life that your struggling to win the battle but the good news, nay, the great news is that residing on the inside of you is someone GREATER! 
He's greater than your problem, greater than your fear and able to help you rise up over the mountain your facing. 
Chose to believe that you can overcome, don't chose to listen to the voices that come filled with their negative advice, ie: "give up its hopeless".
And listen for the voice of God in your heart that's telling you "you are more than a conquerer through Christ who strengthens you!" 
Often we allow our problems to enclose us like dark clouds round the top of a mountain and we get swallowed up in the murk of it all but we need the light to be switched on as we come into Gods presence and have him reveal a different vision and picture in our hearts. One of victory and of us rising high above our troubles on the wings of his grace. 
It says in the word that in the last days we will be like the sons of God, overcoming and strong! 
In the book of 1 John the word says that "you are strong and you have overcome (risen above) the wicked one!" 
Jesus said "I am the resurrection and the life, he that believes in me shall never die!" 
We have received the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, therefore within us is his same mighty Spirit to give us the power to rise above so that yes, we will be "above and not beneath" our troubles or enemies. 
Gods Spirit within us is unsinkable, unshakable, unovercomeable!! (I'm not sure that last ones a word, but it says it all). 

There's an amazing passage of scripture in 1 John 4:4 that says these incredible words. 
"Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world!" 
Do you really realise the true nature and reality of the person who lives on the inside of you? 
When your born again, the son of God comes into your life! Jesus makes his home in your heart by the Spirit of God who lives and abides with us forever. 
Someone greater than you, someone greater than the power of sin and death, someone greater than this world, in fact greater than everything and everyone, came into your heart and changed your destiny… FOREVER! I'm sure I'm hearing amens all over the place right now! 
This incredible person now lives within you, by a miracle of the Spirit who is inside us! How can we get hung up on our problems, how bad the economy is, how fearsome the devil is, how inadequate we are to do life, and even “how can God be all he says he is”, if we're like we are! But your problem is simple, your eyes are on your flesh and not on understanding who you've received!

Hi Guys. We're entering a new week and I thought it might be good before we set off, to just focus on our motive in everything were going to do!
Having God as your focus and that you want to please him in the way you live, is the best motive possible!
Too often we can have our minds solely on the everyday problems and the things we need to accomplish that You and God can become disconnected in your week and life becomes about us and not him.
But life for us as Gods children, isn't the same as those who haven't had that revelation of who Jesus is, for us it should and always should be, about him!!
Paul said in Galatians 2:20 that he was 'crucified with Christ!' dead to his old man and sinful ways but added that 'nevertheless I live, because of Christ who lives in me!'
This is an amazing truth to grab hold of with all your might, that Christ, by faith actually lives on the inside of you and that means if we're open to his leading, he's always going to point you to God!
So you and I this week need to make him our motivation to spur us on to bigger and better things. Our lives have far more meaning and purpose to them, than just living life for the sake of it.
We have an incredible destiny in front of us and a goal to attain to, to become more like Jesus and less like ourselves. We're told to put on Christ, to literally clothe ourselves in him, his strength, his love, his peace and through the power of his Spirit grow into people who really do glorify him with their lives.
So let me encourage each one of you to spend some time with him and make all you do this week, be about pleasing him!
Hope you all keep well and live for Jesus and make him your motivation.