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23 November 2020

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,
Nah 1:7 NIV
 
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Psa 34:8 NIV
 
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psa 100:5 NIV
 
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psa 107:1 NIV
 
Take some time to reflect on the goodness of God. Remember that His goodness is not measured by what we see around us. He is good – it is part of God’s character.
 
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:28 NIV
 
• Bring your personal needs to our Heavenly Father – who is a good God.
• Take a moment to think about the needs of others around you and bring those needs to our Heavenly Father – who is a good God.
• Pray for our local municipality and our nation. Bring all the problems and lack of answers to our Heavenly Father – who is a good God.
• Thank God that He is able to work all things for the good for us who love Him.
 
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

16 November 2020

There are so many things that daily confront our understanding, habits or traditions. We often feel compelled to make a comment or share our opinions about these things. If we are not careful, we can quickly be judgemental and do more harm than good. That is why Jesus clearly says in Mat 7:1  if you are not ready to be judged yourself, rather don’t judge others. However, clear discernment of what is right and wrong is vital as long as we don’t use that to condemn other people but rather help them forward in love, with respect and utmost mercy. What the world needs today is the body of Christ operating in the distinguishing spirit of love, discernment and grace without compromising on righteousness and truth.

Let’s pray and trust God for the following:
– Lord please help us to protect our hearts from growing hard and cold and becoming desensitized. (Eze 11:19)
– Jesus please lead us to repentance of our own wrongs before we point fingers.( John 8:7)
– Holy Spirit please remind us not to condemn or break down with our words but rather build up and encourage. (John 11:8)
– Lord Jesus please help us change the reputation of church from hypocritical to leading examples of Godly living, starting with ourselves. (1 Cor 4:15-17)
– Lord please forgive every reckless judgement we made from a place of hurt and help us to respond in 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, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fulness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
Be complete, be whole, be perfect and full in Jesus name.

9 November 2020

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
Psa 103:13-14 NIV

A less popular word for anxiety is fear. God again and again encourages us not to be fearful. If you have access to a Bible search (if not, Google will work just as well), search all the times God uses these words: “Do not fear”. Some sources say that God says “Do not fear” 365 times. If that number sounds familiar you are correct – it is once for each day of the year.

God made you and God knows you. Jesus says in Mat 6 that each day will have its own worries, but God also says that each day we need not fear – He is with us. So what do I do when I am fearful or worried?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7 NIV

No matter what the fear or worry is – Talk to God about it – and He will replace your fear with His peace.

• Take some time to watch the birds. God cares for them and you are much more valuable. Watch the birds until you hear God promise that He will care for you.
• Make a list of all the things that worry you.
• Take your list to God – cast each of these cares on Him.
• Thank God for His peace.

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!

 

2 November 2020

We are living in a time of shaking and turmoil – not just in South Africa, but globally – and it will cause us to face some of our biggest challenges and greatest fears. However, we should actually see ourselves as fortunate to be able to see and experience the shaking going on in this world because it allows us to see that all the systems of this world are unreliable and the only stability in our lives is found in the Kingdom of God. It should give us the advantage of knowing that we should not put our trust in things that are shaking and falling apart. It should enable us to grab hold of God’s Kingdom with our whole heart and strength. That said, the challenges and fears we face are very real.

Hebr 13:5-6 (Amp)
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money including greed, avarice, lust and craving for earthly possessions and be satisfied with you present circumstances and with what you have; for He, God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake you nor let you down (relax My hold on you)! Assuredly not! So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm, I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me?

– Pray this scripture as a declaration over your life.
– Confess the ways in which you still crave after the things of this world.
– Confess the ways in which you are not satisfied in spite of your present circumstances.
– Bring your fears before the Lord – you can be totally honest with Him. In a simple prayer, confess your fear and ask the Lord to help you to know that He will not fail you.
– Now, trusting God with all your heart, tell Him what you need and ask Him to enable you through His grace to be satisfied with what you have and to be able to wait patiently for what you need.

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!

 

26 October 2020

Every massive movement and every big thing that has ever played out, started with a small beginning. God has designed the very essence of life to start small. Think of the size of a cell or sperm or the size of a mustard seed before it becomes a tree. Unfortunately, life has a way of making us blind to small beginnings and make us  focus only on big things. When times are challenging and we need big solutions for big problems we tend to miss the small opportunities and moments that can lead to big things.

“And sure enough, the seventh time he said, “Oh yes, a cloud! But very small, no bigger than someone’s hand, rising out of the sea.” “Quickly then, on your way. Tell Ahab, ‘Saddle up and get down from the mountain before the rain stops you.’“ (1Ki 18:44, MSG)

The prophet Elijah got message of a “possibility” as small as a man’s hand that had the potential to lead to a massive thunder storm, big enough to break a three year drought. And he responded with great faith as if it were already happening!
We need to develop the habit of responding with expectation to what God can accomplish with small, little, insignificant things in our lives!
Let’s trust God for the following by praying for it to become our reality:
– Pray and ask God to break down the walls that we erected around our hearts to protect us against disappointment.
– Confess and repent for the fact that we aborted faith and trust in God for the everyday breakthroughs.
– Ask the Lord to give us open eyes to recognise small beginnings and not missing possible opportunities because we only focus on big things.
– Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us grow the fruit of faithfulness so that we can be faithful in the small things in life.
– Let’s trust the Lord to make pre-destined small things in our lives explode into the right things at the right time for the right reasons and become the answers and breakthroughs that we are waiting for!
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!

 

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!