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WE HAVE JUST MOVED TO SYDNEY NSW from the Whitsundays in Queensland, Australia. I didn't come seeking a better position, certainly not better scenery or more money. We don't even have our own house to live in at present. When we moved, we moved because we knew that God was in it.

Sydney is a big city. It has a beautiful harbour, world renowned opera house and bridge, bright lights, wealth, but the downside is that IT IS EASY TO GET LOST. I constantly need a GPS to get anywhere. That's true spiritually too. Without Christ in my life, I would be lost, without any real purpose in life. My life would lack meaning, and significance and I would have no real love, joy, peace, goodness, faith, discipline, and self-control. I would get it wrong. What about you? Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ and the forgiveness and purpose that He offers to you?

At present I am without employment. I have just finished my long service leave and so I went to apply for unemployment benefits. I live in a country that pays me to look for work! That still amazes me. It seems so strange to be in this position. My assessment was conducted by a young pregnant woman. She smiled pleasantly and made me feel at home, which is not always true when you walk into a Government Service office. In the course of our conversation and my assessment, I discovered she attended Hillsong Church with her husband. They are both Christians making a difference in Sydney. God looks after me. It made so much of a difference to be assessed by a Christian who understood the call of God on my life.

Lord, let this move have spiritual significance as we work alongside our Pastors in our new Church and in this new community. In the decisions of my life I choose this day to allow You to have the say concerning where to live and work, worship, play.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Does God have the say in who you marry, what movies and TV programs you watch, where you work, worship, how you live? Don't move too fast past those questions.

In Genesis 13:1-3, I like what Abram does when they get out of Egypt, and the disastrous situation that occurred there concerning Sarai and Pharaoh. Abram got it wrong, but the first thing he does to rectify that situation is move back to the altar he built in the land God had promised him - Canaan.

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