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30 March 2020 -Ezekiel 37:1-3 (NIV)

Scripture

The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

Reflection

Verses 1-3 of chapter 37 forms part of the vision Ezekiel experienced concerning dry bones being revived (1-10). It’s interesting to note the question God asks Ezekiel in verse three ‘Son of man, can these bones live? And the command in verse four where God instructs Ezekiel to prophesy over the bones to live. God can breathe life into these dead bones (as the case in the garden of Eden where God breathed life into Adam’s bones). But here, God is asking for human participation. First God wants Ezekiel’s involvement and second God instructs Ezekiel to perform the deed.

This can often be the case in situations in our lives where that particular situation seems ‘dead’ or ‘impossible’. But God wants us to part-take in the miracle. He wants to boost our faith and wants us to partner with Him in the wonders He does. So next time you are facing a seemingly hopeless case, and you feel the Holy Spirit asks you if the hopeless case is salvageable. Remember, nothing is impossible for God, and when God asks you to ‘prophesy’ over the situation, do so with faith and witness how the dry bones come to life.

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

Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus; you are powerful and merciful, let this be our prayer.

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Psalm 57:1

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By |March 30th, 2020|Week 5|

27 March 2020 -John 9:39 (NIV)

Scripture

39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

Reflection

Jesus has already said at the beginning of this story (9:5), that he is in the world and he is the light of the world. After reading 9:39, we discover that Jesus is in the world to bring light and to bring judgement. The presence of light allows us to see, it’s just that we don’t always like what we see when the light is on. It is my response to what I now see of myself in the light that matters. The properties of this light allow me to see my true condition in relationship to Jesus. It’s not the final judgement but an immediate judgement which tells me whether or not Jesus knows me and now that I can see more clearly, it would be a good idea for me to approach him and make myself known. “Hello, my name is . . .”

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

Follow the ACTS acronym in prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (Asking).

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By |March 27th, 2020|Week 4|

26 March 2020 -John 9:1 (NIV)

Scripture

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.

Reflection

It is unfortunate when some people want to look at people with physical problems, like blindness, and assume they have this condition because they did something wrong. Just as some people think that if a Christian is sick, it is somehow their fault because of a lack of faith. Jesus deals with this straight away, this man’s condition is not because of something he did or didn’t do. The restoration of sight which this man will experience on the same day he encounters Jesus, establishes yet again that the kingdom of God has come and that God is good. Whatever our circumstances, God is always good.

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

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring you rest right now.

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By |March 26th, 2020|Week 4|

Making Good Decisions

When I was a teenager living at home with my parents, I asked my dad, “When am I going to get to make my own decisions?” His answer was something like, “Your time is coming,” and “You have a whole life time of decision making in front of you, don’t be in such a hurry!”

We will make many decisions in our lifetime, many of them small: do I want to eat noodles or rice? take the escalator or use the stairs? Some decisions are large – – daunting even: Whether or not to accept a marriage proposal, whether or not to propose marriage; do we stay or do we go? Do we sign the contract or look elsewhere?

Decisions about direction for our lives can feel overwhelming. We don’t want to make a mistake; maybe we feel like we don’t have enough information. Wouldn’t it be great if a visitor from the future would come tell us what we should do? It’s tempting to think how this would be easier if someone else makes the decision for us. We somehow fool ourselves into thinking that by “not” deciding something we have solved our problem. As someone once wisely observed, “to not make a decision is itself a decision.”

This is yet another place where God comes to help us live well by offering his wisdom, a wisdom he has woven into the fabric of the universe. God is giving us direction to help us make good decisions! Here are a few of my favorite wisdom sayings concerning making decisions:

“In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

“A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
    How then can anyone understand their own way?” Proverbs 20:24

It’s not that we don’t plan things. The emphasis is on the access we have to personal direction from the one who knows what is good and knows how to reach it. Our personal humility is the key to this access:

“Humility is the fear of the Lord;
    its wages are riches and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4

In an argument, we often want to have the last word. It requires humility to make preparations and then turn to God and say, “The place of honor is yours; I want you to have the last word about this decision.” It’s not a threat, it’s a comfort.

“To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.” Proverbs 16:1

Hear my prayer O Lord, you have complete freedom over my decision. I have sought you with my whole heart and now I trust you with the outcome.

By |March 25th, 2020|Pastor|

25 March 2020 -Ephesians 5:13-14 (NIV)

Scripture

13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

Reflection

Some people believe that this quote which begins with “Wake up . . .” is from a baptism hymn of the ancient church. Baptism is a picture of what happens to us spiritually, a coming together of both the physical, (in the waters of baptism) and inside us, as the power of the resurrected Christ makes alive what had died within us. In the words of another beautiful hymn, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise Him all creatures here below, praise Him above you heavenly host, praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost”

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

Pray the Lord’s Prayer:

“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be you name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”.

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By |March 25th, 2020|Week 4|

24 March 2020 -Ephesians 5:8-10 (NIV)

Scripture

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

Reflection

“Once darkness” is another way to say, your life before Jesus, before the light came. The things we did while we were under Satan’s control were fruitless, though they seemed good at the time. However, in the light of Jesus’ shining brightly we can see the things that are good more clearly. Then we read . . . “find out what pleases the Lord”. In the light, we can discover what pleases God. Paul could have given us some kind of comprehensive check list, rather we get the call and responsibility in our generation and in the places where we live to discover what pleases Jesus” What an exciting invitation!!

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

Pray through your contacts! Open the contacts on your phone and pray for everyone under the letter “P”, “S’, “T”.

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By |March 24th, 2020|Week 4|