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6 April 2020 -Isaiah 50:4-5 (NIV)

Scripture

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
    I have not been rebellious,
    I have not turned away.

Reflection

This passage juxtaposes those who are ‘weary’ and those who are ‘waken’ morning by morning to hear his words.  God is calling you to spend time with Him, listen to His instruction, and then be a source of encouragement to others.

The mental toll of uncertainty and stress can manifest itself in many ways: being short-tempered, bad sleep, binge-watching TV more than we should, succumbing to the many temptations on the Internet, and general weariness.

God sustains weary people in many ways, including through the ‘well-instructed’ words of fellow believers.  God can indeed use you to bless others by empowering you to speak life-giving truth.

During seasons of adversity, it is easy to indulge in negativity.  Our tendency is to blame and complain.  But when we allow God to work in us and through us, our words can be a source of sustenance for others.

To be a blessing to those who are weary, you must first ‘open your ears’ to God’s gentle voice.  He will both encourage and instruct you. He will reveal His love, unveil His truth, and give knowledge for yourself and others.  But it is imperative that you listen.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Life and Protection. Ask for this for the nations of the world for Shanghai and all of China. Psalm 91.

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By |April 6th, 2020|Week 1|

3 April 2020 -Romans 8:10-11 (NIV)

Scripture

10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Reflection

In these two verses Paul is explaining to his readers, even though their physical body will die because of sin, they don’t need to worry. Since they live according to the Spirit and since the Spirit resides in them, which is also the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, they too will be raised by the Spirit. All this is possible because of what Christ has done on the cross for us (Christ’s righteousness and not ours). Thus, we – as a church –  can take heart, even though we know our physical bodies will pass away, the Spirit will raise us as he did with Jesus and we will get to be with Christ for all eternity long.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

God of all wisdom, we wisdom for the leaders of the WHO, nations, local governments and vital institutions which serve the public. You have positioned them for “such a time as this” give them the wisdom to fight the virus, faith to fight the fear and strength to maintain these vital institutions. This is our prayer:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” Psalm 46:1-2.

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By |April 3rd, 2020|Week 5|

2 April 2020 -Romans 8:9 (NIV)

Scripture

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

Reflection

After speaking about the two types of persons, Paul now addresses his readers directly. He is telling his readers that because the Spirit of God is living inside of them, they can live a life pleasing to God. This means his readers are not controlled or governed by their sinful nature anymore but by the Spirit of God. Such a change from being controlled by the flesh to the Spirit is not only a once off occurrence. It’s a daily transformation. We need the help of the Spirit to guide us towards a holier life. Without the Spirit, we can not do it on our own.

Thoughts for the day

  • Which area in your life right now, needs help from the Holy Spirit?
  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

God who heals with pray for all medical professionals grant them strength and relief from the daily pressures and weariness. Grant them discernment in diagnosis and compassion after compassion. We make this our prayer:

“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17

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By |April 2nd, 2020|Week 5|

Wonderful Words of Life

During times of stress and change, good communication becomes even more important. As the Proverb says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (18:21)

The words we speak to each other are so powerful that they are compared to the “Tree of Life”, a rich image from the Bible that describes how God brings renewal, transformation and communion with Him.

 

“The soothing tongue is a tree of life,
but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4

 

Here are a few practical characteristics of “tree of life” giving words:

  1. They are honest

“Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted,

but an enemy multiplies kisses.” Proverbs 27:5-6

 

  1. Less is more

“Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.” Proverbs 11:12

“Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.”

Proverbs 13:3

 

  1. They bring calm

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

 

  1. They are “fitting to the situation”.

Words that are generally true can bring great delight when they are applied to a particular life situation

“A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!” Proverbs 15:23

 

Speak well and enjoy life in the Son!

 

Pastor Dale

By |April 1st, 2020|Pastor|

1 April 2020 -Romans 8:6-8 (NIV)

Scripture

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

Reflection

In these verses, Paul answered the implied question, namely ‘What does it mean to live according to the sinful nature and according to the Spirit?’ He explained that the former means having their minds set on what that nature desires. An unbeliever cares only for his sinful interests and has no regard for God. The exact opposite is true of those who live according to the Spirit. They aspire for or have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Thoughts for the day

  • Is your mindset on what the Spirit desires?
  • How can you know what the Spirit Desires?
  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

God of all comfort and counsel, we name before you those known to us who are vulnerable and scared – the frail, the sick, and the elderly. God of all comfort you are powerful and merciful. This is our prayer:

“He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him, we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us” 2 Corinthians 1:10

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By |April 1st, 2020|Week 5|

31 March 2020 -Ezekiel 37:14 (NIV)

Scripture

14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

Reflection

Yesterday we read about the vision Ezekiel experienced concerning dry bones being revived (1-10). The vision referred to the nation of Israel who was at that time in captivity. Like the dead bones in the vision, the Israelites were longing for freedom and saw no end to their judgment. The surviving Israelites felt their national hopes had been dashed. Israel had “died” in the flames of Babylon’s attack, and had no hope of resurrection. However, the reviving of the dry bones in the vision signified Israel’s national restoration. The vision showed that Israel’s new life depended on God’s power, and not outward circumstances. The reviving dry bones also signified when God restores Israel, He will renew them spiritually too.

May this account be of encouragement to us during these uncertain times. Don’t allow your circumstances to dictate how you live and feel, but look towards God and let Him restore and transform you spiritually which in turn restores your whole being. God can breathe life into your dire circumstances. Don’t lose hope, God is in control.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Jehovah Shalom, Lord of Peace, remember those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently living in isolation. May they know your presence, your peace in their turmoil, and your patience in their waiting. This is our prayer:

“Do not hold against us the sins of past generations; may your mercy come quickly to meet us, for we are in desperate need.” Psalm 79:8

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By |March 31st, 2020|Week 5|