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11 July 2020

Psalm 37:1-11
Of David. Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
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.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.
For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found.
But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

According to Psalm 37 the truth of ungodly leaders ruling and prospering for seasons have always been difficult for children of God to accept and understand. It has always served as a stumbling block for many a believer. The danger is that anger can grip our hearts and judgement can consume our thinking. If we act from a place of anger or decide from a place of judgement, the fight will be ours to fight. However it is clear that if we trust the Lord and hope only in Him with meek and humble hearts, the fight becomes His.

Psalm 37:11 
But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.

Let’s pray through the following points with sincere hearts:

–     Lord Jesus please help us to keep the main thing the main thing and not lose focus of You.
–     Father, please forgive us for wanting to fight certain battles on our own and in our own strength.
–     Lord, please grant us understanding of your ways of doing.
–     Holy Spirit please guide us as the body of Christ to move in the opposite spirit and showcase humility.
–     Ask God to restore discernment and decisive action in the church and to show us where judgmental hearts are overshadowing our vision.
–     Father please restore the voice of the church in the community as a leading voice in difficult matters.
–     Lord we declare that Your children will inherit the land by following your ways faithfully!!

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!

 

27 July 2020

In the book of 2nd Corinthians Paul describes his many sufferings:
 
I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 2 Cor 11:23-27 NIV
 
After reading this list I wonder how Paul was able to keep going. What drove him? What made him stand up after the 1st 39 lashes and then go through it another 4 times?
 
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 2 Cor 5:14 NIV
 
Paul’s mind was forever changed when he experienced the love of God. The way he perceived the world was never the same again. From that moment the only thing that mattered was Christ. Gaining a better understanding of who He is and sharing Him with as many people as possible. He strains toward the goal of Christ and encourages us to do the same.
 
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. Phil 3:12-15 NIV
 
Personal Prayer
    •    Ask God to again pour out His love in your heart (Rom 5:5)
    •    Ask God to reset your focus to Him and Him alone (Heb 12:2)
    •    Repent of things that have distracted you from following Christ 100% (Heb 12:1)
 
Pray for the Church of Christ worldwide
    •    Ask God to protect all Christians from becoming lukewarm
    •    Ask God to open doors for the spreading of the gospel (Col 4:3-4)
    •    Pray for your fellow Christians to keep their focus on Jesus
    •    Pray for all who share the good news of Jesus to be filled new energy and boldness (Eph 6:19)
 
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!

 

20 July 2020

Jesus knew the value of becoming quiet. Today, as our lives our filled with 24/7 communication channels we rarely get to be truly quiet. In Mark chapter 6 we read of a day that would have overwhelmed me. Jesus gets rejected in his hometown. Then He gets the news that John (his cousin) had been beheaded. People just kept on coming to Him – one after the other – until crowds surrounded Him. Jesus’s answer is to get to a quiet place.

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.””
Mark 6:31 NIV
 
But still they can’t escape the pressures of life. Next Jesus has to feed 5000 men (without the women and children)! Most might think that a miracle would fix everything – but Jesus knows better. He stays behind by Himself and spend quiet – alone – time with His Father.
 
That is how Jesus handles a day that might have gotten the better of most of us. How are you managing your difficult days?
 
 
“Be still, and know that I am God” Psa 46:10 NIV
 
This week’s prayer point is just one:
 
    •    Make time to be still with God.

 

13 July 2020

“We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously.”  (1Co 10:13, TPT)

The Word of God is so clear on the fact that God filters and screens all our challenges and He makes perfectly sure that His children are able to make it and to overcome. Yet we have to understand that the fruit of self-control is a reality for all of us and not just a possibility. In the moments of confusion we should use our human choice to make decisions that will align our behaviour with God honouring actions, showing that we believe Him.

 “So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”  (Php 4:8, TPT)

The attack on our sanity and peace is severe and real. We should fervently pray and trust God to help us cultivate the fruit of self-control so that we can choose against the negative forces of today and focus on Him alone.

Personal prayer:
–     Let’s repent of allowing the fear and negativity of the day to control us.
–     Ask the Holy Spirit to constantly show and remind us of the good things in our lives.
–     Make a willing decision to thank God for every good thing in your life, small or big!
–     Thank the Lord for the fruit of self-control in your life and trust Him to help you grow it.

Community prayer:
–     Let’s pray for all schools in our area to stay safe and have no major outbreaks of the virus in their midst.
–     Let’s pray for all school principals and teachers for wisdom and courage to do their jobs.
–     Trust the Lord for our local hospitals to be able to manage the pressure and deal with the surge in covid cases.
–     Pray and ask God to protect our community against major loss of life.

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 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!