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Day 36 of Level 3 Lock-Down 6 July

Life is filled with problems to be solved. There is a joke that says if a hammer does not solve the problem it is because the hammer you used was too small. We live in a society that values power and despises gentleness. Is it any wonder why Jesus and Christianity is often rejected? Non-believers view it as a “weak” religion. Yet Jesus showed more power than any other – he restrained himself. He took the lowly position, did not seek human admiration. He often withdrew from a town where He become too popular. He always acted with gentleness – never in weakness.
 
A woman is caught in adultery and instead of stoning her (acting in force) He gently rebukes her accusers and restores her. This is the way we want God to act towards us – but it might not be the way we act towards others.
 
Personal reflection:
    •        Ask God to show you the areas where you have tried to solve problems by force rather than with gentleness.
    •        Ask God to show you how to act in gentleness (not weakness) in this situation.
    •        Ask the Holy Spirit to grow the fruit of gentleness in you.
 
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Col 4:5-6 NIV
 
    •        Ask God to give you fresh gentleness when you share Him with others.
    •        Confess your frustration with those who reject Jesus.
    •        Ask God to give you another opportunity to share the wonderful good news of Jesus gently with your loved ones.
 
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and bless you with His SHALOM-Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
 
Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!

 

Day 29 of Level 3 Lock-Down 29 June

We are three months into Lock-Down. By now the realization of what lies ahead of us would have set in. Now more than ever there will be plenty of opportunity to doubt and wonder if God is really willing and able to help in our time of need. BUT “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Num 23:19 NIV)
 
Maybe you were forced by Lock-Down circumstances to break a promise to your loved ones – perhaps a family outing or holiday or something you promised to buy them and don’t have the finances for at the moment. Maybe the pressure has caused you to fall back into old habits – something you promised would never happen again. Use this time to talk about faithfulness. Ask your loved ones forgiveness for broken promises even if it is due to circumstances beyond your control.
 
Pray together as a family
    •        Thank God that He is always faithful and will remain faithful forever
    •        Ask God to open your eyes to His faithfulness in your life
    •        Ask the Holy Spirit to grow the fruit of faithfulness in you
 
God is faithful even when we are not. (2 Tim 2:11-13 NIV).
God is worthy of our faith, we can turn to Him with confidence for His:
 
    1.        Guidance:        For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. (Psa 48:14 NIV)

    2.        Provision:      And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19 NIV)

    3.        Protection:    But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thes 3:3 NIV)

    4.        Presence:        …God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Heb 13:5 NIV)
 
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and bless you with His SHALOM-Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
 
Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!