New every morning
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
A verse to reflect on this morning. Every morning is a fresh start, a new opportunity, a clean slate, a light in the darkness, a ray of sunshine amidst the rain. Each day is a reminder to us of God's grace and mercy which never fail. God is good and His mercy forever endures. He blesses us with new anointing. He restores our soul. We can agree with the Psalmist David, our cup runs over. We are strengthened with power and might in the inner man, to cope with challenges the day throws at us. His love for us endures forever. A very short write up this morning, written to encourage you to rely on God's love and mercy as you tackle the challenges this new day brings across our paths. Lean on Him, when you are weak, hearken to His voice. Listen to what God has to say. Trust in Him to resolve any problems that you may face. Be restored, refreshed and renewed as you draw from the wells of salvation. Let His living water quench the thirsting of your soul. He is our rock and redeemer, my God in Him will I trust. All things are possible for him who believes. Draw strength from God's Word and tackle the challenges of this day in His strength. Be strengthened with power and might in the inner man. Our God reigns, blessed be the rock and may the God of our salvation be exalted. Pray this with me. O Lord our Father, we ask you to walk with us today and help us overcome any obstacles we face. You are the wellspring of wisdom and we draw on your strength and wisdom to handle everything we face today. Let your living water flow over us. Holy Spirit, inspire us we pray. Let not our enemies triumph over us. Keep us in health and strengthen us once again. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Signs in the sky
Acts 2:19-21 (PHILLIPS)
I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and notable day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
On this, the Lord's day, let us reflect on the day of the Lord. The book of Matthew chapter 24 outlines end time events and likens them to birth pangs prior to Christ's return. Any woman who has given birth knows that when she has birth pangs, the baby's birth is near. Sometimes taking a look at world events and listening to the evening news seems to be like re reading Matthew 24. This is not a time to stray from faith in Christ and experiment walking on the wild side. God is merciful and patient, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness and tender mercy. An urgent plea to return to the Father's house. There's a welcome party awaiting your return. The bridegroom's return is close at hand and we need to have oil in our lamps and be on fire for Jesus. The world around us is groping in the darkness. They need to see the light of Christ in us to illuminate their pathway. Christ is the light of the world who dispels the darkness in the world around us. We are to reflect that light to those around us. John 3:16-17 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that every one who believes in him shall not be lost, but should have eternal life. You must understand that God has not sent his Son into the world to pass sentence upon it, but to save it—through him.(PHILLIPS). It's easy to get lost while walking in the dark. We need to turn on the light to illuminate our pathway and find our way back. Just a short exhortation this morning to stay on the strait and narrow. Pay heed to the signs in the sky heralding the imminent return of Christ. Return to the Father's house and seek God's kingdom. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you. Hallelujah. (Matthew 6:31)
F.A.I.T.H vs F.E.A.R
Forwarding all issues to heaven
Forget everything and run
Habakkuk 2:4 (AKJV)...the just shall live by faith.
Isaiah 41:10 (AMPC) Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.
Reviewing the basic concepts of biblical Christianity. Someone explained that the acronym F.A.I.T.H stands for Forwarding all issues to heaven. Faith is the metal on which Christian character is forged. The whole chapter 11 of Hebrews A.K.A the hall of Faith reveals that Faith is the foundation for Christianity. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6 KJV. Faith is the thread on which the fabric of Christianity is woven. Christ said that if you have faith as a mustard seed you can move mountains (Mark 11:22 paraphrased). It takes faith to become believers in the gospel of Christ. God has imparted to us the faith to believe. I have said before, there is in the heart of man a God shaped vacuum which only a relationship with Christ can fill. Faith in God is what helps us cope with the challenges of life. People have written volumes on this topic. In the interest of being concise I refer you to Hebrews 11.
Fear on the other hand is contrary to faith. There are multitudes of times in the Bible where God says fear not. The acronym for F.E.A.R is forget everything and run. Ephesians 6 talks about the armor of God. My pastor emphasized that there is no armor for the back. There are the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit and gospel shoes. We are not to turn back and run in our battle of life. That is when we get hit by the enemy's arrows of doubt, discouragement and despair. There is no covering for our back. We are not to beat a hasty retreat in the battle for our soul. Jesus said the kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12 (KJV). We are to be on the offensive in contrast to being on the defensive. In closing, use the faith God has given you to drive away the fear that the enemy uses to oppress and afflict your soul. You are more than a conqueror through Christ who strengthens you. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The battle is the Lord's. Amen.
Galatians 5:19-26 (CEV)
People's desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. 20 They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are 21 envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God's kingdom.
22 God's Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23 gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these way.24 And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. 25 God's Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit. 26 But don't be conceited or make others jealous by claiming to be better than they are.
Although we have to contend with the enemy of our souls, satan, our biggest adversary is ourselves. It's from within ourselves that lust, envy, hatred, immortality and every vice originates. We have to follow Paul's advice in verse 24, Crucify the flesh with it's lusts therof. We have to wilfully mortify our carnal nature and let our regenerated spirit win. God's Holy Spirit imparts to us His nature. We are created in His image in holiness and righteousness. However, our carnal nature wants to dominate our lives and dictate our behavior. We have to make a choice based on God's written word to follow the Spirit and reject our inherent propensity to sin and disobedience. We have to contend with and conquer the enemy within. Although it seems like the odds are stacked against us because of our inherent carnality, God's Spirit residing within us, enables us to be more than conquerors. Jesus said "I have overcome the world and deprived it of it's power to harm you " (paraphrased) We have to appropriate God's power to overcome our carnal natures and walk in the spirit so we don't fulfill the lust of the flesh. We have to choose to serve God and obey His commandments. The ball is in our court. Do we decide to walk on the strait and narrow despite our selves, or do we choose the broadway to destruction. Joshua said choose this day whom you serve, as for me and my household we shall serve the Lord. Elijah said, if Baal be god follow him, if the Lord be God follow Him God said I have set before you life and death, choose life and you shall live. Jesus said if you love me obey my commandments. God wants to be our walking companion. He walked with Adam in the cool of the day, prior to the fall. Christ restored the broken relationship between God and man. He walks with us and He talks with us and tells us we are His own. Keep the fire of the Spirit burning in the embers of your heart. Amen