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Day 27 of Level 4 Lock-Down 27 May

A general question that has bothered people forever is, “Why doesn’t God take away every bad thing at once and purify the earth by wiping away all evil?”
That would be so much easier. Imagine a world without evil around us. Unfortunately most evil is born inside the human heart and that includes my heart and yours. However, as children of God we are covered by the grace of God to make sure that the evil in our own hearts is paid for completely but not dealt with completely. The dealing with our hearts, minds and habits is an ongoing process that will last until we meet Jesus face to face. Many times adversity and difficulty are allowed in our lives just to show our character under pressure and to convict us to commit to growth. Maturity in Christ is the goal!
 
“These are the nations that GOD left there, using them to test the Israelites who had no experience in the Canaanite wars.”  (Jdg 3:1, MSG)

“They were there to test Israel and see whether they would obey GOD’s commands that were given to their parents through Moses.”  (Jdg 3:4, MSG)
 
After so many days in this testing process it will be beneficial to search our own hearts and make sure that we recognise areas for growth in our own lives. Let’s trust God in prayer to help us forward in our journey of maturity in Christ.
 
–         Like King David, ask God to search your heart.
–         If God shows you an area for growth, repent of your old way of doing.
–         Ask God to show you a new way forward.
–         Commit to start a new habit and follow through on it.
–         Rejoice in the opportunity to grow and use every day to the max!
 
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, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
 
Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!

 

Day 25 of Level 4 Lock-Down 25 May

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Pro 4:23 NIV
 
This has possibly been the hardest thing we have had to do often the last 2 months – guarding our hearts. Keeping our emotions and thoughts in check as we are bombarded with so much information and opinions, has been a challenge. Is has been easy to lose our joy, but joy is a strength that can carry us through the most trying of times.
 
God in his grace can help us to remain joyful no matter the circumstances we are facing and that joy is founded in him and in the salvation He provides.
 
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psa 16:11 NIV
 
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
Isa 12:2-3 NIV
 
 
    ◦        Spend time with God remembering the joy you experienced at salvation.
    ◦        Confess that you have allowed your emotions to get the better of you at times over the last 2 months of lock-down.
    ◦        Ask God to help you to find and experience his joy in all circumstances.  
    ◦        Ask God to fill you to overflowing with joy so that you can be a source of hope to others.
    ◦        Pray against the spirit of hopelessness that is gripping our nation.
    ◦        Pray for the lost to turn to God and find true joy in this time.
 
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, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
 
Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!

 

Day 20 of Level 4 Lock-Down 20 May

So many people enroll in courses, studies, events, races and challenges but not all can claim that they finish what they have started. The name of the game will forever be to complete, finish and reach the goal. Against our will and without asking for anything we were placed in this interesting time with all its challenges. From the first day in Lock-Down many decisions were made by men, women, children, families, government, churches and organisations. The intent of many decisions were to benefit all of us, individually and also those around us. However, the power of decisions is only evident in the actions flowing out of it and the final results. The outcome of this process depends a lot on our personal commitment to finish this race well, and not give up when the going gets tough. Life is about preparation, pain and purpose. Preparation and pain are in the process and purpose is unfolding!

“Therefore I do not run uncertainly without definite aim. I do not box like one beating the air and striking without an adversary. But like a boxer I buffet my body handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit.”  (1Co 9:26-27, AMPC+)

“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up close to God as eagles mount up to the sun; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. [Heb 12:1-3]”  (Isa 40:31, AMPC+)

Our Father is the beginning and the end and all that fits in between. In Him we find what we need in this season. Let’s pray passionately for the following points:

– Pray for an enduring spirit to be upon us to keep on praying fervently for good outcomes.
– Let’s ask God for the strengthening of the Holy Spirit within us to stay committed to all the good decisions that have already been made.
– Trust the Lord for the strengthening of feeble knees to keep on standing and not give up.
– Pray that people will have favour in all their applications for various financial helps.
– Ask God to unfold purpose in front of our very eyes so that hope will arise.
– Let’s pray for our government and leaders, especially our President, to follow through on decisions and stand strong against adversity.
– Keep on praying for available heavenly strategy and provisions for every child of God.

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, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!

 

Day 18 of Level 4 Lock-Down 18 May

In this season our weaknesses, deepest fears and core believes are being exposed. What drives you? Why do you do what you do? What do you hope to achieve?
 
God has only had one purpose and that was to make us His children. Children that know His love, live in His love and have our actions motivated by His love.
 
For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us, because we are absolutely convinced that he has given his life for all of us. This means all died with him, so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again.
2Co 5:14-15 TPT
 
Take a moment to reflect on this question: Is the love of Christ the motivation behind what you think, say and do? Is what you think, say and do for the purpose of showing other the love of Christ so that that they might also know this love?
 
Allow the Holy Spirit to pour the love of God into your heart.
 
And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives
in us!
Rom 5:5 TPT
 
    •    Ask God to show you your hidden motives.
    •    Ask God to pour out His love anew in your heart.
    •    Ask God to open your eyes to those around you who need love in action.
    •    In a time of uncertainty, ask God to let the church arise as His instrument of love.
 
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, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!

 

Day 15 of Level 4 Lock-Down 15 May

The big elephant in the room at this stage in most families, is the vague and open-ended picture of our children’s academic years. Whether your child is still in school or university, this is becoming a huge point of concern as time is ticking and the year is running out. In our human minds and with our parent’s hearts we just want the best for our children. To be honest, we want to feel in control and at this stage we have lost every bit of control we thought we had. Perhaps this is the best time to totally surrender into God’s hands. Although we have a responsibility to fight for our children and make sure they get the best, we have to realise that God’s heart is for them and that His plans will never fail.

“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for (your children,)’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give (your children) a future and a hope.”  (Jer 29:11, AMP) paraphrased

…”I WILL NEVER [under any circumstances] DESERT YOU [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], NOR WILL I FORSAKE or LET YOU DOWN or RELAX MY HOLD ON YOU [assuredly not]!”
(Heb 13:5, AMP+)

It is clear that our Father is not planning to desert our children, instead He is ready with an outcome that will surprise us! With certain hearts, let’s pray and trust God on behalf of our children for the following points:

–         Pray that God will make a way where there seems to be no way.
–         Confess your fear as unbelief in the Lord’s ability to save the situation.
–         Let’s petition God for all practical things to fall in place in time for the first children to go back to school early in June.
–         Declare and make it known that you trust our God to protect our children’s lives against the virus.
–         Let’s pray constantly for a supernatural anointing to be on our children to be agile and resilient to complete the year!
–         Let’s pray for heavenly provision for parents and commitment from parents to keep the school’s finances healthy and the system going.

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, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!

 

Day 13 of Level 4 Lock-Down 13 May

There is clear instruction in the Word of God that we should pray for all those in authority for numerous benefits. If we pray for our leaders in our country, the result will be not only outward benefits but also inward peace, because we stand in the mandate God has given us. We are all currently waiting in anticipation for the next level of the lock-down to be announced. However, we don’t want to be the group of people thinking we know what is right, but rather want the right thing to take place. That can only happen through constant prayer.

 

“FIRST OF all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.”  (1Ti 2:1-2, AMPC+)

 

You might think that your prayer on behalf of someone else won’t be effective but according to Mark 2:4-5 the prayer of the people around the lame man, saved him, not his own…

 

“Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.””  (Mar 2:4-5, NIV)

 

Let’s lock shields together in prayer and trust God for His will for the following points:

– Pray that our President and his team will have discernment and correct judgement of our current situation.

– Pray that the implementation of next levels will be conducive to saving lives and boosting our economy.

– Pray that different opinions won’t lead to the unraveling of the process and that we as a nation will have the tenacity to push through.

– Whatever decisions are made, it will have positive and negative results. Pray for willing hearts and unified efforts to come up with solutions.

– Pray for a supernatural blessing to be on the body of Christ in these times!!!

 

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, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

 

Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!

 

Day 11 of Level 4 Lock-Down 11 May

As believers one of our biggest battles is our thoughts. If we start to think negative thoughts, it will soon manifest in the way we feel, the way we speak, and the way we act. Left unchecked, it can lead to hopelessness.
 
Focusing our thoughts, is something we need to intentionally work on.
 
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Col 3:1-2 NIV
 
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Php 4:8 NIV
 
“When you fix your thoughts on God, God fixes your thoughts”
 
 
–        Confess your own negative thoughts before God.
–        Ask God to help you to focus your thoughts on Him.
–        Pray for friends/family members by name (as God lays them on your heart) to have a renewed desire to think Godly thoughts.
–        Pray for our nation that is confronted with so much negative information.
 
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, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
 
Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!

 

Day 8 of Level 4 Lock-Down 8 May

When God created you, He did it with a perfect picture in mind. A picture that will take your whole life-time to develop. Every moment of everyday is loaded with potential for growth and development. So be encouraged to lean in and seize the day, to take the most out of it and to give as much as possible back to God’s Kingdom.
 
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.”  (2Th 1:11, NIV)

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
(Psa 90:12, NIV)
 
We need the Lord’s guidance, grace, empowerment and provision for every step of the way, therefore let’s pray together for the following points:
 
–         Let’s pray for Godly opportunities to arise in our daily lives to do good to others.
–         Let’s pray for hearts of obedience to act when God asks of us to do good.
–         Let’s pray for creativity and resourcefulness to enable us to keep on doing good.
–         Let’s pray and trust God to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others.
–         Let’s trust God whole-heartedly to meet the needs of every person in our congregation.
 
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, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
 
Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!

 

Day 6 of Level 4 Lock-Down 6 May

Our faith-based expectations and Jesus-centred hope are vital ingredients to strengthen us on our forward journey. A clear picture of the promised land in the mind and the spirit of a believer is crucial to navigate uncertain times. This is only possible if we base it on a correct understanding of the character of the Lord! Please read the following scripture with an open heart so that the pure truth of His being can fill your understanding.
 
“Lord, if you measured us and marked us with our sins, who would ever have their prayers answered? But your forgiving love is what makes you so wonderful. No wonder you are loved and worshiped! This is why I wait upon you, expecting your breakthrough, for your word brings me hope.
O Israel, keep hoping, keep trusting, and keep waiting on the Lord, for he is tenderhearted, kind, and forgiving. He has a thousand ways to set you free!”
Psalms 130:3-5, 7 TPT
 
Let’s pray together for the following points:
 
–         Pray and ask the Lord to help people move from condemnation to conviction.
–         Pray that people will experience the Lord’s love in a personal, first-hand way and be enabled to come to Him boldly.
–         Pray that people will find courage to dream and hope on a blessed future even in this season.
–         Pray that the Lord will use a 1000 ways to come through for His children in unimaginable means!
 
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, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
 
Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!

 

Day 4 of Level 4 Lock-Down 4 May

We are slowly moving forward out of formal Lock-Down and we are progressing through the different phases to a new normal. Although the familiar has changed for now, the source of everything, whether familiar or unfamiliar has not changed. Our God is still God, the everlasting unchanging One! The Character of God has also not changed and will forever stay the same. According to Heb 11:6 He is by character a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him out. Although it might seem difficult to believe God for certain things in this unstable season, we can rely on His unchanging character to come through for us. Isaiah 62 inspires us to never give up or rest in our quest to receive our promises from Him and to be established by God. We should also not stop or slow down in our quest to see His Kingdom come. 

 

“But without faith it is impossible to walk with God and please Him, for whoever comes near to God must necessarily believe that God exists and that He rewards those who earnestly and diligently seek Him.”  (Heb 11:6, AMP+)

“And give Him no rest from your prayers until He establishes Jerusalem and makes her a praise on the earth.”  (Isa 62:7, AMP+)

 

“And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, even among the survivors whom the LORD calls.”  (Joel 2:32, NIV)

 

We have a mandate to engage with fresh passion and energy in prayer to see God’s promises fulfilled.

 

– Let’s pray that we as children of God won’t loose sight of the most important matter- new salvations!

– Let’s trust God for a massive harvest of new believers to come in. 

– Let’s pray earnestly for all those family members that we have been trusting God for so long, to come in.

– Let’s pray for the Global church to grow exponentially in these times.

– Let’s ask God to use us in the lives of other people to lead them to Jesus .

– Let’s thank the Lord for providing in all our needs as we seek His Kingdom first!

 

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 1 of Level 4 Lock-Down 1 May 2020

As believers we are privileged to share in the greatest power known to man – prayer.

 

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

Jas 5:16-18 NIV

 

As we start the next phase in combating Covid-19, let us renew our prayer efforts. Let us call on the Name of our Lord to deliver us form this disease that threatens to destroy our nation.

 

  • Declare anew your belief that God is able to save us from this disease.
  • Pray against the rapid spread of Covid-19 as more people return to work today.
  • Call out to God to stop Covid-19 in its tracks.
  • Pray a blessing on all research and medical efforts and ask God to guide and direct these teams for His purposes.

 

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Php 2:9-11 NIV

 

“Jesus we declare Your Lordship over all. Your Name is above all other names. You are the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. Jesus I declare your Lordship over my life. Lord Jesus we call on You to establish your rule over this present season. We declare boldly ‘Let it be on earth as it is in heaven’. Lord Jesus we declare in Your Name that the reign of Covid-19 will come to and end. May Your Kingdom come”

 

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, tranquillity, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

 

Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name!