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19 October 2020

Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isa 55:7-9 NIV

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Psa 37:5-6 NIV

No matter who you speak to, all will acknowledge that we live in extraordinary times, but it might be difficult to find two people who agree on the reason for and what should be done in these times. As Christians we have only one hope – Jesus our sure foundation. Yet for many Christians these times are just as challenging and our beliefs and view of God are challenged daily. It might be good to take a moment to remember that God’s ways are not our ways and that means that we need to find His Ways in these times.

  • Thank God that His Ways are good and that no matter what, He is always faithful.
  • Recommit your ways to Him.
  • Trust God to bring vindication as you continue to live in His Ways.

 

In the midst of great uncertainty and differing opinions:

  • Pray for the peace and prosperity of our city and nation.
  • Pray for the hand of God to protect your neighbours.
  • Pray for the peace of God to reign in the midst of racial, economic and social tension.
  • Pray that corruption and crime would continue to be exposed.
  • Pray for the law enforcement and judicial systems to have the capacity to stand and enforce the law.

 

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!

12 October 2020

It is a fact that most of us come to moments when circumstances, challenges or plainly the pace of life bring us to a place of internal exploration, a process of asking questions to ourselves about life and its purpose.This can be some of the most amazing life changing seasons in our lives if we can follow through on all the decisions we make and revelations we get. In the past 6 months many of us have done just that. We came up with clear convictions of life and our purpose in it. The question is “are we prepared to follow through on our decisions and stick to the convictions?”

” You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect. [ Lev 19:2 ]”  (Mat 5:48, AMP+)
Mat 5:48 confirms that if we can stick to the daily process of integrating Godly values and the “Jesus way of living” in our daily lives without stop, the outcome will be amazing!
Personal prayer:
-Ask God to help and strengthen you to stand on Jesus principles in difficult times.
-Pray and ask the Lord to teach you by the Holy Spirit through His Word a better way of living.
-Declare your willingness to be teachable and open for guidance and to develop your Christlike character.
Community prayer:
– Pray and trust God to purify the character of the church as a whole.
– Pray for the image of the church to be restored so that the community will be drawn to Jesus in the Church.
– Ask the Lord to cancel and deal with all false reports about church and its relevance today…
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 

 

5 October 2020

We are living in exceptional times; times that are trying us at our deepest core, testing our strengths and exposing our weaknesses. However, it is a privilege to live in times like these because they open up great opportunity for us to bring our lives into total submission to God and in alignment with His will for us.
 
We are learning about doing life God’s way and that life is not about ourselves. This week, pray the Lord’s prayer as follows:
 
– Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed by Your name.
(It is all about Your name and not mine – I am nobody unless I am in You.)

– Your Kingdom come,
(It is about Your Kingdom and not mine – what I have established cannot compare to Your Kingdom. Establish Your Kingdom in my life.)

– Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
(Your will – not mine. I surrender all my plans, hopes, dreams, opinions and all of my will to You.)

– Give us this day our daily bread,
(You are the source of all good things in my life, You sustain me and I am totally dependent upon You.)

– And forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.
(Your way – not mine. Teach me to be quick to forgive, slow to anger, and to let go of bitterness and resentment.)

– And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
(I choose to follow hard after You and not to give in to the works of the enemy.)

– For  Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
(Lord, You reign supreme in my life, glory be to You forever. I surrender completely to You.)
 
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!

 

28 September 2020

Schools are running at full pace and our children are doing their best to keep up and complete the year. Although a lot has been said and many plans have been made to complete the academic year, the reality is that only once you are in the game, the real pressure and true picture become clear. By now all the children and teachers are experiencing the pressure. No promise can take the place of the work that needs to done. The next two months is the time for hard work and perseverance. Our children and every teacher need our prayers now more than ever. 

“Hard work always pays off; mere talk puts no bread on the table.”  
(Pro 14:23, MSG)

“Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for human masters.”  
(Col 3:23, NIrV)

Please take time and pray for the following:

– Lord we pray for your Godly order in our schools and academic processes.
– Father please grant every teacher wisdom and discernment as they prepare the children for the completion of the year.
– Lord Jesus please strengthen our children with enough energy and commitment to give their best. 
– Lord as your Word teaches us, hard work always pays off. Please protect our children against stumbling blocks so that they can work hard.
– We pray for all parents to be able to support the children with the necessary means to do their best.

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!

 

21 September 2020

When we are confronted with difficult seasons we often become so one-track-minded that we forget about and miss out on a lot of things happening around us. While Covid 19 was raging in our country we still faced one of our biggest challenges – divorce rate and the ripple effect of it. As a nation we face a divorce rate of more than 60%. This has a massive effect on our people and more so on the children! In 2018, 62% of all children that were born in our country only had one parent’s name on their birth certificate.

No wonder Jesus clearly said in Matthew 5 in the sermon on the mount that we should not commit adultery and we should not get divorced. This was never said to state that there is not forgiveness or a way forward when you find yourself in that position, but rather because God knew exactly how massive the negative influence and impact would be on His children.

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Mat 5:28, NIV)

“But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.” (Mat 5:32, NIV)

Personal prayer:

– According to the Word, adultery happens in the mind and heart before it becomes physical. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any wrong thoughts and ideas in your heart and mind.
– Pray and ask forgiveness for any form of adulterous thought crossing your mind.
– Ask God to protect and guide you away from any form of adultery.

Prayer for our community:

– Pray and ask God to restore the level of holiness and honour of the marriage covenant in our community .
– Ask the Lord for protection, healing and provision for all those families who have gone through the unfortunate event of divorce.
– Pray over the hearts of hurting children because of divorce. The Lord is the ultimate healer.
– Pray and trust God for a pouring out of a spirit of repentance and conviction over all those currently in adulterous relationships.
– Lets declare restoration over all marriages currently battling to survive.

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 and the absence of agitation or discord.

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

 

14 September 2020

Anger is all around us. Certain groups in society will justify their anger and the expression of that anger – but Jesus teaches a better way – His Way.

As a nation we are all too familiar with anger and the devastating effect it has. We have one of the highest murder rates in the world. Violence in homes are unacceptably high.
 
But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.
Col 3:8 NLT
 
Personal Prayer Points:
    •        Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and show you the hidden anger in you.
    •        Confess your anger before God and ask for Him to bring his peace.
    •        Pray for God’s protection against the violence around us.
    •        Ask God to use you to show His Way of love.
 
Prayer for the nation:
    •        Ask God to break the cycle of hatred and violence in our nation.
    •        Pray the unacceptably high murder rate would be reduced.
    •        Pray for the Police who have to deal with violent crime daily.
 
 
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!

 

7 September 2020

The context we live in and the pressures and hard realities we face are certainly the most favourable circumstances for normal people like you and me to let go of what we know is best, and to start doing what everybody else is doing. One of those possibilities is to start talking like the world is talking! In the natural sense words are just words, just a way of giving an opinion and making known what my frustrations are. But for children of God, words are not just natural but also very much spiritual. Words are the means through which God created the heavens and the earth! Every word coming out of the mouth of a Jesus follower, has the potential to build or break…

In Proverbs we read so much about the effect of words and in James we read about our responsibility when using words.

“From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.”  (Pro 18:20, NIV)
“From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.”  (Pro 12:14, NIV)
“From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.”  (Pro 13:2, NIV)

It is clear that we can not expect to enjoy anything else than what came out of our mouths before and what will come out of our mouths in the time to come. It is a hard reality and should be taken up with responsibility by every child of God.

For that reason let’s pray through the following points:

–         Let’s repent and ask forgiveness for all the negative and worldly talk we engaged in recently so that the Lord can set aside our words.
–         Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your conversations to result in moments of hope.
–         Ask for God’s power over parents to engage in hopeful conversations with their children.
–         Trust the Holy Spirit to give you positive answers out of the Word for the negative questions you face.
–         Let’s spend time to declare God’s promises over our families, churches, businesses, schools and city!

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!