FOREVER FORGIVEN AND FOREVER RIGHTEOUS IN CHRIST
31 August 2020
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
— Romans 8:1
No condemnation means to be found innocent and not guilty. Passing from death to life, we believers in Jesus Christ will not face the due condemnation of God.
Having said that, our struggles with sin (due to our innate sin nature) exists through the constant temptation of the devil which causes us internally to go to war against our new nature in Christ. Our state of sin be it angry thoughts, uncontrolled speech, lustful mind or bad habits can be controlled and eventually rooted out because we are under the GRACE of god and not under LAW.
As God's beloved children, we are covered by his grace and sins washed away by the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Thus, the more we seek Christ, the more our nature conforms to his nature! Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly father, we thank you for sending your only son Jesus who is perfect to be sin for us so that we now stand righteous and forgiven before you in Christ. Lord, we ask that you renewed our hearts and minds so that our nature changes to become more and more like Jesus infusing the fruits of the spirit into our lives! In Jesus mighty name we pray!
1) Is there a particular sin that you are frustrated with and have troubles curbing it?
2) Upon a relapse of sin, have we asked God for help to overcome it?
LEARNING FROM JESUS OUR BEST LIFE COACH
29 August 2020
“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.
— Proverbs 4:7 (NLT)
Day to day, most of us get distracted having to make decisions about our kids, work and more. We get so busy that we make little or no time to deepen our relationship and ask for wisdom from Jesus.
It is only by asking Jesus that all other wisdom flows from him and into our daily situations.
Armed with Godly wisdom, we gain good judgement in things we do and am able to live a healthy balanced life the way God intended for us to. Today, have we opened up Gods word and search for wisdom from there?
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us even before we knew you. Lord, we ask for your wisdom to be upon us so that we lean on you for understanding and not our own understanding. In Jesus name we pray! Amen!
1) Are there things that takes up much of our time from what we truly desire in our family's life?
2) What are some steps that we can take to grow in Godly wisdom this week?
SOLVING CONFLICTS GODS WAY
28 August 2020
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you
— Ephesians 4:32
The forgiveness we have in Christ involves the release of God’s just penalty against us undeserving sinner. His gracious forgiveness of our sin is to be the measure of our gracious forgiveness of others. To some, forgiveness may seem like weakness or letting an undeserving person win, but it has no connection to weakness or even to emotions.
Instead, forgiveness is a deliberate act of grace a decision to not hold something against another person, despite what they have done to us. Refusing to forgive a person, it builds resentment and bitterness inside us eating at us inside. Choosing to forgive or take it easy, we become more cheerful and easy going! Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us. Lord, please teach us to solve relational issues the Christ-centered way. In Jesus name we pray! Amen!
1) Do we know when to confront and when to let something go?
2) Do we understand that expressing love without truth is just as harmful as expressing truth without love?
EXPERIENCING THE GOODNESS OF GOD
27 August 2020
“Oh, TASTE and SEE that the Lord is GOOD! BLESSED is the man who takes REFUGE in HIM!
— Psalm 34:8
Feeding is first needed for us to taste and experience what's good. What we feed on relates to what we deem as our refuge. Today, are we placing our refuge in financial/job security, people or position?
Deuteronomy 6:10-12 teaches that God can give us blessings. But he also warns against placing confidence in those things and forgetting God as all those are fleeting and don’t provide any true security. Putting our trust in Jesus is not always the comfortable way to go as it requires walking by faith not by sight.
The more we feed on Gods word, the more we experience his love and blessings for us beyond what we think is good for us. Are we ready to accept God's challenge to taste and see his goodness? Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for sending your only son Jesus who's perfect to be sin for us so that we are saved. Lord, we ask for you to teach us that although you can bless us at work, family or health we should be looking to you as the source of all good things. In you, we may grow to become more and more like Jesus! In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) Have we truly taken refuge in God and made effort to dwell in his word?
2) Is there something in our life right that Gods supernatural power can help? Have we seek him as our refuge?
ARE OUR WORDS A BLESSING OR CURSING?
26 August 2020
“But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
— James 3:8
It’s much easier to complain then to speak with restrain. However, let's realise that our words hold great potential to harm and to heal. I am sure we can all recall times when we said something worth retracting either to others, our kids or spouse.
We are not saved by the words we speak as salvation is through Christ alone. But because we are saved, our words are supposed to reflect the presence of Jesus in our lives. How have we been using our words lately? All by Gods GRACE!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for having heard us and for always hearing us.
Lord, we ask for your grace to fill us up even as we face frustrating and trying moments in our relationships so that we speak with love and encouragement instead of hatred. In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) Do we truly recognise that our words carry great potential to harm or heal?
2) Have we been building up our loved ones or simply pointing out their faults?
ASK FOR GODS POWER TO BE MANIFESTED IN YOUR PROBLEMS
25 August 2020
“And all the crowd SOUGHT to touch him, for POWER came out from him and HEALED them all.
— Luke 6:19
Our human life is fragile prone to mental disorders, troubles, sickness and death. This should be our constant reminder that our strength alone is insufficient to go through life. Jesus heals today still just as he did to the multitude of people in this verse and the beautiful thing about Gods word is that Jesus also tells us how to achieve the healing we need in our lives.
We may not be able to touch him today but we can seek (SOUGHT) him by hearing his word, know the truth and be set free!
Dear God our heavenly Father, We thank you for your living word which is made readily today for all of us. Lord, please draw us closer to you so that we lean on your understanding not ours in all that we do. In Jesus name we pray! Amen!
1) Do we know why Jesus came and how we can tap on his power?
2) Facing a problem, do we first go to Jesus or ourselves?
TRUE HUMILITY COMES BY PLACING OUR CONFIDENCE IN GOD
25 August 2020
“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way
— Psalm 25:9
Children of God, lets not be mistaken to think that being humble equates to being weak. In humility, we are free from pride and arrogance knowing that in our flesh we are inadequate hence the need to be guided by Christ. Only when we are humble will our:
· HEARTS be renewed by the holy spirit when we are open to God’s word.
· MINDS be open to the guidance of our heavenly Father in all areas of our life (work, family and health).
· SOULS feel at peace as our God has promised us that he will go before us, because he knows the way.
With all these, we will truly experience a sense of happiness and all will be well with our soul. Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for all that we have. Lord, please give us a spirit of humility as we go about our daily lives with our work and family so that we lean on you to guide our way instead. In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) Have we admitted to God that we need his guidance in all that we do?
2) Do we ask God to lead and wait expectantly or ask with half faith not knowing if he will answer?
LET CHARITY BE AT THE HEART OF TRUE LOVE
22 August 2020
“Do everything in love.
— 1 Corinthians 16:14
Charitable Love are acts of kindness to those in need overflowing from a willing heart and not out of need or expectation. Every day, we are always either at the receiving or giving end of charitable love. The danger of our limited love happens when we do or say something nice but feel the opposite internally ending up feeling bitter and unwilling. Jesus taught that the heart of love is not having to always agree with everyone but learning to be at peace with everyone.
Understanding this truth, we can look pass peoples imperfection knowing we are not perfect ourselves and be delivered from hypocrisy when giving. Have we asked God to help us to love charitably to our family and others today? Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us and for saving us. Lord, as the world only serves to give and expect please give us a heart of charity to love willingly and gracefully so that we will keep shining like a light for you and may everyone come to know you. In Jesus name we pray! Amen!
1) What can we change in our interactions to take a step toward charitable love?
A STINGING LESSON ON HUMILITY
21 August 2020
“For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
— 1 Corinthians 4:7
In modern Singapore where things are abundant and we are not lacking in clean water, safety, etc. There is a high tendency we get complacent, start complaining or think we are better then others. Lets humbly recognise our inability to achieve as all that we have comes from God.
The proud, on the other hand, are blinded by pride thinking that they are better then others because of what they have. Essentially, pride is self-worship as its taking the glory belonging to God and keeping it for ourselves. Friends, anything we accomplish in this would not have been possible were it not for God enabling and sustaining us.
That is why we give God the glory for he alone deserves it.
Dear God our heavenly Father, We thank you for loving us even before we knew you. Lord, even as the world's value system is based on the superficial we are that father you give us discernment so that we live our lives according to your value system instead. We thank you for all that we have!! In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen! Hallelujah!
1) Do we live with a spirit of humble gratitude?
2) Do we treat people differently based on what they wear, drive or look like?
VICTORY AGAINST OUR SPIRITUAL ENEMY!
20 August 2020
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
— 1 Peter 5:8
Peter was safe and walking on water by fixing his eyes on Lord Jesus. But he started sinking by shifting his focus off Jesus and to his external situation (the waves, storm, dark clouds).
Today, are we focused more on asking Jesus for help or looking more to our issues today be it with kids, work or health?
You see, the devil is always wanting us to pay attention to the distractions and havoc in our lives instead of looking to Jesus who can teach us a better way. The truth of Gods word will set us free from the traps of the devil as it reminds us that God knows our way and understands what we face today. Our Lord is always ready to reach out his hand and catch us bringing us to safety.
Will you trust in God today?
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us. Lord, please give us a spirit of discernment and wisdom so that we will always lean in you to protect and guide us in our lives. In Jesus name we pray!! Amen! Hallelujah!
1) What type of danger in your life are you most worried about (financial, relational, health)?
2) What can we do to encourage each other (family or friends) to stand firm and resist the devil’s attacks?
ETERNAL SALVATION OR ETERNAL SUFFERING OUR TRUE END GAME
19 August 2020
“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
— Proverbs 28:13
All of us are sinners and condemned since the fall of Adam and eve. Our loving God fixed it all when he sent Jesus who is perfect to be sin for us so that in him we become the righteousness of God. Therefore, it’s critical as part of our walk to remember our position in Christ.
In the flesh we are weak, will be tempted and may even fall into sin just as King David did with murder and adultery. Upon sinning (bad habit, thoughts or action), we have a choice to keep the sin, hide it from God (rebellion and rejecting God), and possibly do it again when the urge hits.
Or we can confess it to God (submit to him) and claim our righteous state before God through Christ. By the power of the holy spirit, we can continually resist temptation, live pleasing lives to God and in turn experience his blessings and peace. We have a choice to either reject him or to submit and lean on him. Let's choose wisely!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for your love and for revealing your living word through the holy bible so that we may to accept Jesus as Lord and saviour and be secured of our eternal salvation. Lord, even as the world gets more self absorbed and self-centred please remind us and keep us firm in your ways. Always lead us and teach us!!! In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) Today, are we concealing or confessing our sins before God?
2) Do we believe that God can help us or that we are the ones that can help ourselves?
THE DOWNSIDE OF FREE WILL
19 August 2020
“And do not GRIEVE the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
— Ephesians 4:30
As believers, we have the holy spirit living in us that encourages us, comfort and frees us from our sin. However, the bible also teaches that we can resist the holy spirit through free will. A perfect example would be when we get angry at someone (it could be our spouse or children) and knowing about the fruit of the Spirit, we still choose to lash out and speak words that HURT instead of HEAL.
Our Christian walk will be dormant and not reflective of Christ unless we ask the holy spirit to work in us. Let's be encouraged to ask the Holy Spirit to control our thoughts and in turn influence our words and actions for the better! Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for always hearing us. Lord, please help to activate the holy spirit in us so that we can learn to adopt the nature of Christ and being true joy to not just ourselves but others around us. In Jesus name we pray! Amen!
1) What is your understanding of who the holy spirit is?
2) Have we come to him asking for help in our areas of weakness?
ENJOYING GOD'S BLESSINGS IN THE TRIALS AND VICTORIES OF LIFE!
17 August 2020
“The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
— Psalm 34:10
Despite the strength and energy levels of young lions, they are still not able to escape pain and dissatisfaction. Our skills and talents are all gifts from God meant to be used for our benefits and others. The devil though wants to snare us into self-reliance instead of God-reliance.
This verse is a reminder for us to seek satisfaction in our Lord for God is able to give what our abilities alone cannot obtain. We may not always know what's good for us but our loving God will always know what's better for us when we seek him continually! Have we fallen into the distraction of relying on ourselves in our daily hustle and bustle or have we first ask our Daddy God for strength and wisdom to go through our days? Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for having heard us and for hearing us. Lord, we ask that you increase our faith like you did to the apostles and supply the strength and wisdom we need to get through our days till you come back again. In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) How often do we turn to prayer during a busy or stressful day?
2) Let's ask ourselves an honest question!! Do we superficially want Gods blessings or want it sincerely deep in our hearts?
GOD HAS A SPECIAL PLAN FOR OUR LIFE!
15 August 2020
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.
— Proverbs 16:9
God didn’t make a mistake where he has us today. We spend too long figuring out where we want to be or wishing we were somewhere else, instead of allowing God to work in our lives where we are. God's plan can go against our common sense or even what we want to do. At times, he will make perfect sense.
What we feel in a current difficult situation is not an indication that God is not in it. In fact, he is deep in right there holding you up as you go through it The world around us is looking for answers, trying to figure out how to make life work.
We may not have all the answers, but we know about a God who does! It will always be profitable for us as believers to trust in God as his plans will always surpass our plans. Have you asked God to lead your life plans today? Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly father, we thank you for loving us. Lord, as the world seeks and strives to rely on self sufficient. We pray that your will overrides our will instead so that we can live in your plan for us and be protected. May you give us grace to decrease so that you may increase! In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) What is one practical way we can develop greater trust in God?
2) How can we further understand the work at the cross and how can we attain peace in our hearts?
DO WE HAVE HIDDEN MOTIVES AS WE GIVE?
14 August 2020
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver
— 2 Corinthians 9:7
Singapore has been built to be an efficient country and we thank God for that. However, it makes us think very practically in terms of our time, money or efforts used. This has a strong tendency to makes us superficial and void of human touch. We may feel forced, give grudgingly or worst not give at all when there is no benefit to us.
Expecting something in return makes us bitter inside when giving:
· A smile to someone who does not smile back
· Holding the lift/door without getting a thank you
· Making time for one who does not benefit you now or in the future.
Its time for an attitude shift and realise that giving blesses others and in turn give us true joy and gratefulness. Giving was never about glorifying us but glorifying God as we become an active part of his work here on earth! Hallelujah!
Dear God our heaven Father, we thank you for your selfless love upon us. Lord, please teach us to love others like Jesus did to us and to grant us a willing heart so that we do it truly out of love and not out of expectation. In Jesus name we pray! Amen!
1) Have we become complainers especially about the things we do for other people?
2) Have we tried learning to be a voluntary and cheerful giver by observing the way Jesus gave?
THE BATTLE OF FAITH IS INTERNAL
12 August 2020
“And he said to her, “Daughter, your FAITH has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.
— Mark 5:34
This teaching was about a woman who suffered 12 years, did all she could and grew worse. Her breakthrough happened when she HEARD about Jesus and BELIEVED in his power so much that she told herself touching his clothes is enough to heal her. Jesus knew our obstacle to receiving his promise of an abundant life lies in our Faith and so does Satan!
Jesus wants to PULL us towards him but Satan wants to PUSH us away from him. In our chaotic world, it's easy to fear, lose faith and rely on something else to protect ourselves when the "Word of God that builds Faith" is right there in our midst. HEARING and BELIEVING in scripture gives us guidance and reassurance to be OVERCOMERS in life no matter our circumstance! Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for your grace Lord. Please increase our faith so that we continue to look towards you not just in the good times but bad. We ask for your strength and peace to be upon us as we walk through the valleys in life. In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) Is there a situation that has been persistent for a long time in our lives? Have you tried solving it yourself but to no avail?
2) Are we believing in Jesus's power just like how the woman did when we needed help from Jesus?
REVIVING OUR PASSION FOR LIFE
11 August 2020
“Whatever you DO, work HEARTILY, as for the LORD and not for MEN.
— Colossians 3:23
God worked to create the world and Adam was created to take care of the garden of eden.
As such, work is deeply rooted in our lives no matter our roles. Being a stay home mum/dad or spouse is also work. Work is created by God to take care of his creations by having different individuals with different gifts working in harmony to reflect his selfless love.
However, disharmony happens when we seek the praises or acknowledgement of people for our efforts. Instead of being thankful, we become resentful and bitter, grumbling and complaining. Rather than complaining about serving others at home, at work, in church, or community. Scripture reveals that the sustaining joy of working is to not look to people for praises but to look to God for his timely reward. Working for God, we become refreshed and re-energised daily to continue being passionate about our lives! Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for having heard us and for always hearing us.
Lord, as we go through our daily life of work and chores please keep.us refreshed and rejuvenated in you so that your grace will sustain us. In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) How do we feel upon waking up and at the end of the day?
2) What is our life focus and how can we set our minds on spiritual things?
LIFE IS BEST EXPERIENCED LIVING IN GOD'S PLANS
10 August 2020
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
— Proverbs 27:1
One task I often get in my role is to craft and present a long range marketing plan for the next 5 years. A learning point for me is that while it is useful to have a goal, things can change dramatically over the next few months putting the long range plan out of the window.
This verse is a reality check for us to rearrange our priorities and use our time wisely be it spending time with God, spouse, children or doing things that truly matter to us. Its chilling but our tomorrows can run out anytime. Hence, we should not waste our limited time lest we look back in regret!
God did not say for us to not plan or dream but instead to submit everything to him and say “Not My Will But Yours Be Done.” Let's be encouraged that God holds the future in his hands and he will work his plans for our good. Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly father, we thank you for loving us even before we knew of you. Lord, as we worry about our future and try to plan for it ourselves please teach us and guide us to lean you and ask you to plan for us instead as your plans are always better than ours. In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) Have we ever planned, felt confident yet failed in achieving our objective?
2) Have we been focused on something that we may have neglected everything around us?
LET'S CAST OUR NET OF WORRIES INTO GODS ABUNDANT GRACE
8 August 2020
“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
— 1 Peter 5:7
What contributes to your anxiety today? Would it be finances, kids, marriage, single-hood, work pressure, health or dried-up spiritual life? At times, it can be a combination of many factors.
Most of the time, we react to our worries by pouring it out on ourselves. It takes humility to submit to God and most of us do not like to humble ourselves. But we need to know that we have a loving Father who desires for us to come to him with our dreams, dashed hopes, and fears.
Let’s be encouraged to cast our net of worries into our Gods sea of abundant grace stepping back from the pressure of life and into the presence of God. Then, God will speak peace and life over our circumstances because HE CARES FOR US. Hallelujah!
Dear God our heavenly father, we thank you for your grace and mercy poured out on all of us. Lord in this world where the devil continuously seeks to distract us and make us look to our issues, we ask that you give us the strength and faith to look to you instead throwing all our anxieties to you knowing that the battle is yours!! In Jesus name we pray! Amen!
1) What is our concern today? Have we prayed believing in faith that God is fully capable of handling our requests?
2) Have we shared our worries with someone who instead of giving solutions prays for us instead?
FORGING REAL FRIENDSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS
7 August 2020
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Personal Friendships and relationships are amazing discoveries in life as it gives meaning to an otherwise superficial world. It however requires forging with effort and sincerity going through not just good times but there for each other in tough times. The end result will then be lasting and constant.
Real friends or family don’t just humour or flatter. They sharpen and makes us wise by telling us cold hard truth with love.
· Do not gossip behind your back they stab you in the front
· Put themselves in our shoes and provide open advice.
· Do not hold grudges and are forgiving.
With Gods grace in our hearts, our friendships and relationships can be real and personal.
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for the people around us our family and friends Lord, we ask that you strengthen our relationships through Christ so that we forge real and personal bonds that will support us through life. In Jesus name we pray! Amen!
1) What kind of friend are we?
2) When was the last time we asked a friend how they are? Do our friends know we are there for them?
BREAKING FREE FROM SOCIETIES NORM
6 Aug 2020
“How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
— John 5:44
This sharing reminds me of gatherings where relatives compare what their kids are working as or what achievements they have (car, salary or companies that we worked for). Fast forward from then, things are still the same. Worst, this has trickled down to our kids in school comparing cars their parents drive, type of housing they lived in or countries they went to for holidays.
Just as our kids are affected by peer pressure in school, so are we influenced by peer pressure from our workplace and friends.
"One who delights to earn the glory of man is as such prideful".
Pride is the root sin of all sins as it causes us to put up a good front to impress others, while we hide the way that we really are in our hearts. We become more concerned about what others think of us then what God thinks of us. It then eats us away inside until we are empty and soulless.
Instead, let’s turn to God and glorify him humbling towards him in all our weakness and asking for his will to be done in our lives. The power of christ will then rest upon us and we can achieve contentment and peace not having to worry about any comparison with man.
Dear God our almighty father, Lord, as the world looks more and more to the superficial things in life drawing glory from it. We ask that you give us wisdom and discernment so that we learn to seek your glory instead to be manifested in our lives. We thank you for having heard us and for always hearing us. In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) How honest have we been in sharing our spiritual physical struggles?
2) Have we ever thought about what it means to boast in the cross and work of Lord Jesus?
DEVELOPING OUR SPIRITUAL BREATH BY BEING GOD CONSCIOUS
5 August 2020
“Pray without ceasing.
— 1 Thessalonians 5:17
It's easy to go through everyday work and family missing out on how God has been working in our lives. Praying without ceasing means to be God consciousness and realise that he is actively engaged in our daily lives. For us believers, prayer should be like breathing, a natural instinct. Unfortunately, we may hold their spiritual breath for long periods, only praying when we need help.
The good thing is prayer doesn’t have to be solemn always. Just like a son to father, it is a conversation letting our words pour out, casually, simple and real. Let's develop our spiritual breath and dwell in our Lord's security. Hallelujah!
Dear God our heaven Father, We thank you for loving us. Lord, please teach us to seek you and to develop a personal relationship with you through prayer so that we can be guided by you. In Jesus name we pray! Amen!
1) When something weighs heavy in our hearts, have we extended our worries to God and ask him to support us?
2) How often do we talk to your heavenly Father?
CONSTANT PRAYER ACTIVATES GODS TEACHING IN OUR FAMILY
4 August 2020
“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.
— Isaiah 54:13
Our kids are called by God to be a gift and blessing as they are filled with joy, love, innocence, and laughter which are things we can lose sight of growing older. Their very innocence makes them not listen to us at times, asking question always, loud and can be whiny.
At the end/start of a busy day, these seemingly normal attributes of a child piles and wears us down despite trying our best to teach and guide them. Our limited patience and wisdom makes us frustrated and we lash out at them for being them!
We adults just like our kids are very much children of God and Jesus is telling us to be like children coming to him seeking his wisdom and guidance especially in handling our children. Gods GRACE will then overflow in our family and peace will be in the hearts of our children and us!
Lets always be reminded that Gods strength is being made perfect in our weakness!
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for having heard us and for always hearing us. Lord, in this world we too often turn to other sources for guidance and knowledge. Please teach us instead so that we learn from you almighty teacher and dwell in your grace! In Jesus mighty name we pray! Amen!
1) Have we asked for God peace to be in our family and over our kids?
2) How often or how little do we pray over our children and spouse?
HAVE WE BEEN TRUSTING IN GODS PLAN FOR US
3 August 2020
“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
— John 16:24
Skimming through this verse may lead one to think that it’s about material blessings. Read deeper and you will see that Jesus wants our joy to be full.
True joy comes from knowing that God is in control all the time and this allows us to:
· Be thankful and not proud in good times.
· Empower us and to give us strength to go through tough times.
Our prayers to God stems from a father and son relationship. If a child asks his father for something that is not beneficial to the child, the request is denied. Conversely, when the child asks for something that the father knows is beneficial, he will provide it eagerly because he loves his child.
Dear God our heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us even before we knew you. Lord, as we go through our daily responsibilities please teach us to always ask for your guidance so that you alone will guide us. In Jesus name we pray! Amen! Hallelujah!
1) What does joy look like to you?
2) What does biblical joy look like to you?
EXPERIENCING LIFE THROUGH FELLOWSHIP
1 August 2020
“And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you. — Luke 5:18-20
Real friends are the ones who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Praise God for a few good Christian Brothers and Sisters that we have.
They are there to:
· ENCOURAGE us (in keeping faith) in times of trial.
· REBUKE US (bringing us before the lord for forgiveness) in love when we sin against god.
· REJOICE with us in thanksgiving (giving all praise to God and not self) to our God in good times.
In context, the men came as seekers to Jesus as they realised that their friend had a major problem that only Jesus could fix. Despite, encountering obstacles, they persevered by faith until they received from Jesus what they had come for. Jesus saw the faith of both the friends and the paralytic because they had acted on it by coming to him. He then forgive the paralytic's sin and healed him.
The bible says that fellowship is important so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine! Hallelujah!
Dear God our heaven father, we thank you for your grace upon us. Lord, in this superficial world where many put on a mask for various reasons, we ask that you protect us from malicious people and surround us with Godly friends. In Jesus name we pray! Amen!
1) Have we shared testimonies between each other especially in moments where God is glorified?
2) How can we encourage one another in a loving way with our walk with Jesus and life?