How’s it going?

Verse of the Day

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. [NIV] Mark 11:22

Certain things may not be making sense. Things may not be going according to planned or expected. Today I am encouraged, that even if things may not be going my way, that all I need do is have faith in God, and all will work out well. #Verseoftheday #Devotional

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Forget not the joyful songs

I think of the good old days, long since ended,

When my nights were filled with joyful songs.

I search my soul and ponder the difference now.

Has God forgotten to be gracious?

Has he slammed the door on his compassion?

And I said, “This is my fate;

The Most High has turned his hand against me.”

But then I recall all you have done, O LORD;

I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.

[NLT] Psalm 77:5-6; 9-11

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It doesn’t matter what season you’ve found yourself in, may be now things are not quite as pleasant as it once was. Don’t let that trouble you. Remember the wonderful things God did for you, it may be a distant memory now because of the current challenges, nevertheless He did come through for you then, and He will do it again. All that is good, wonderful most excellent about your life think on it, and in His time, He will do it all again. Remember the days, nights when you couldn’t help but burst out laughing for no reason, danced till you could dance no more, think on them, and don’t let anyone deceive you into thinking that you’ve been forgotten. On the contrary, your current challenges, your weaknesses are signs that your creator is much closer than you could ever know. Cheer up, your better day are near! #HappyFridayEveryone #Verseoftheday #Devotional

 

You’ve been marked for Distinction

Verse of the Day

But among the Israelites it will be so peaceful that not even a dog will bark. Then you will know that the LORD makes a distinction between the Egyptians and the Israelites. [NLT] Exodus 11:7

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Following God’s appearance to Moses in the form of the burning bush and his return to Egypt to deliver the message of God to Pharaoh king of Egypt to release the children of Israel living among them from their enslavement, many plagues were inflicted upon Egypt with the rod in his hands, because of pharaoh’s refusal to let the Israelites leave Egypt. And even though the land and the people of Egypt were besieged by one form of plague after another, none of the plagues affected the community of the Israelites living among them. Since God had marked them for distinction, God made sure that there was a clear separation between the Israelites and the Egyptians. Are there some unsettling news hovering around your work place, your neighbourhood, your home or your area of business? Remember, since God has distinguished/exempted/separated you, you have no need to fear, because none of it will get to you. Our Father in heaven, creator of the heavens and the earth has place a clear distinction on you, so that all eyes that see you, will see the difference having Jesus in your life makes in your life in times of distress. Have no fear, Jesus is with you, and He’s made sure that none of the plagues hovering around will come near your resting place.

He’s working on His time!

Verse of the Day

 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. [NIV] 2 Peter 3:8

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Never ever forget this! God is not slow in answering prayers; He just has His ways of doing things. And in His time, regardless of how long it may have been, or that you’ve waited for that much needed promotion, one thing is certain. He does show up, and He will never abandon you in that situation. You are not forgotten! You’ve not been abandoned. He will must definitely show up, and you’ll realise He was worth waiting for.

The Untouchables

Verse of the Day

Then Abimelech issued a public proclamation: “Anyone who touches this man or his wife will be put to death!” [NLT] Genesis 26:11

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In this story, Abimelech had taken Rebekah, Isaac’s wife because Isaac had told him she was his sister – on account that he was afraid that if they found out she was his wife, they might kill him and take her. Truth be told, there is nothing in Isaac’s denial of his wife that should be excused, especially since, this was the same temptation that overcame his father (in Genesis 20), and therefore he should have learned from it and made sure it was not repeated in his generation. Even though this current Abimelech was not the same one during Abraham’s time, they both acted justly. Once Abimelech found out that Rebekah was indeed Isaac’s wife, he issued a decree that anyone who touches them will pay with their lives. If an earthly king could make such a decree how much more our heavenly father who is the King of kings. His word in Psalm 105:15 issues a decree that “His anointed should not be touched”. You may be wondering, who is God referring to? In 2 Corinthians 1:20, we are told that God has established us in Christ and anointed us, and in 1 Peter 2:9, He has chosen us. So we, not a selection of people, we, you and me, are God’s anointed. And since God has already made a decree that we his anointed should not be touched, what then does that make us! It means, we are “The Untouchables”. Yes, struggles/challenges will come, but we have to remember to not let it touch us. We need to identify the purpose of it, but have to remember because of who we are in Christ, “The Untouchables”, that struggle will not be to our detriment! I think a more appropriate expression is that as untouchables, because of Christ, we have become bullet proof to every form of challenges shot at us. Yes we might get wounded, but because we’re wearing Christ as our armour, those trials will not be the end of us. #Devotional #Verseoftheday #Bible #Isaac #Abraham

Faith to have faith!

Verse of the Day

Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” [NLT] Mark 9:22b-23

As Christians, we need to understand that there will be times in our walk with Christ when some areas of our lives will encounter challenges. In as much as you are hurt, disappointed and frustrated, don’t let it all get the better of you. Don’t allow yourself to indulge in doubt/unbelief. Don’t give in to the temptation to lash out, complain or give up on your faith in God. Yes you might feel, you’re all prayed out and faith”ed” out, but that desired change still remains unanswered, so what is the point? When it seems you’re all faith”ed” out, see this as that opportunity to go back to God asking Him to restore or even re-ignite your faith in Christ Jesus again. Never underestimate how important it is to ask God for His help in restoring or re-establishing your weakened faith foundation. Someone once said that sometimes, what we need during this time of waning faith is the “faith to have faith”. Ask God for the “faith to have faith” and He will give it to you. And you never know the answers to your breakthrough that may have eluded you for so long, may be hidden in a prayer that you’ve yet to utter. Nevertheless, in times of wavering faith, ask the Holy Spirit of God to re-ignite your faith so that you can finish the race set out before you well!

Our Children’s peace!

Verse of the Day

All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace. [NIV] Isaiah 54:13

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It is important for our #children to know what it means to put their faith in #Christ our #Saviour, and the importance of how following Him will help them navigate this troubled world with His peace. We may not realise this, but children also face many forms of adversities and trials, and so developing faith in Christ and hope for their futures based on the knowledge of the Love of God, will be irreplaceable in their journeys through life. It is also just as important to pray continually for them, so that what they will never depart from the Lord, in-spite of life’s travails, all the days of their lives in Jesus name. Amen. It is my prayer that our children will be personally taught by the Lord, so that they will know Him in Spirit and in truth, and need no one to persuade them who Christ is, because they will know Him truly! #Verseoftheday #Children #Devotional #Bible #Peace

 

Prayer: I confess the word of God over my children. I confess that all of my children are taught of the Lord and great is their peace and undisturbed composure. [Is 54:13]. They will grow in wisdom and stature and have favour with God and man. [Luke 2:52]. I will train up my children in the way they should go, and when they are old they will never turn from it. [Proverbs 22:6]. The angels of God will keep charge over my children to accompany and defend them and preserve them in all their ways. [Ps 91:2]. You Lord are their refuge and fortress. You are their glory and the triumph of their heads. [Ps 91]. I confess that my children will delight themselves in the Lord and God will give them the desires of their heart. [Ps 37:4]. I confess that my children are more than willing and obedient, and will eat the best of the land. [Is 1:19]. I confess that my children will obey their parents in the Lord. They will honour, esteem, and value as precious to them, us their parents, for this is the first commandment of God with a promise, so that it will be well with them and that they will live long on the earth. [Eph 6:2]. My children will choose life and love you Lord and obey Your voice and cling to You; for You are their life and the length of their days. I hide them in Chrsit Jesus and Christ in the Father and plead the blood of Jesus over all the days their lives, in Jesus name. Amen.