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8 July 2021 – Psalm 85:8-13 (NIV)

Scripture

I will listen to what God the Lord says;

he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—

but let them not turn to folly.

9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,

that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness meet together;

righteousness and peace kiss each other.

11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,

and righteousness looks down from heaven.

12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,

and our land will yield its harvest.

13 Righteousness goes before him

and prepares the way for his steps

Reflection

Today’s passage comes after the author pleading God to restore, to revive his people and, in the expectation of answered prayers, the author talks about the immeasurable consequences and blessings of hearing and obeying what God says; yet there is a warning for people to not to return to foolish ways.

The reality of God’s blessings is still valid, whether collectively or in our personal walk with God.

He speaks peace over those who are faithful;

He brings salvation to those who fear Him;

He gives what is good and brings forth fruitfulness.

“Freed from the curse, the grateful garden gives

Its fruit in goodly revenue. Nor frost,

Nor blight, nor mildew fall, nor cankerworm,

Nor caterpillar, mar one ripening hope.

The clouds drop fatness. The very elements

Are subject to the prayerful will of those

Whose pleasure is in unison with God’s.”

Charles H. Spurgeon

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in your current situation

Prayer

Acutely aware as I am that the Enemy wants to attack my breath, I take a few deep defiant breaths now in God’s presence, consciously exhaling fear, quietly receiving his Spirit afresh into my body, rejoicing that the breath of God brings hope not harm, health not sickness and life to the full.

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By |July 8th, 2021|Week 1|

7 July 2021 – Amos 7:7-8 (NIV)

Scripture

7 This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”

“A plumb line,” I replied.

Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

Reflection

A plumb line is an instrument used to ensure a structure is centered. It’s a weight suspended from a string used as a vertical reference line. For the builder, to build following the guidance of the plumb line is to ensure that everything is right, justified and centered; there is a standard to be followed.

In today’s passage we read about God’s decision to carry out judgment over the people of Israel (specifically the Northern Kingdom), who have been guilty of complacency, idolatry and of oppressing the poor. In the previous chapters it talked about God’s judgment on Israel’s neighboring nations, but then we see that God’s measure is the same for all.

God is just and merciful. His correction comes with a promise of restoration (Amos 9:11-15). We are called to be wise people, lining up our lives according to His plumb line.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in your current situation

Prayer

In this time of isolation people need connection more than ever. Thinking through the day ahead, I ask the Lord to put particular people on my heart to call. To give me opportunities to smile and wave to those I might pass in the street. To help me love and listen to those I meet -even if it’s only online

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By |July 7th, 2021|Week 1|

6 July 2021 – Psalm 24:1 (NIV)

Scripture

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,

the world, and all who live in it;

Reflection

Some scholars believe that this Psalm was written by David to celebrate the moving of the Ark of the Covenant from Obed-Edom’s house to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:10-12). These words continue to echo and resonate with us as we sing of songs of worship and praise that proclaim His rule over all the earth.

David proclaims: God is the Creator of the whole world, so all of it, including its inhabitants, are His. In that perspective, we are called to be good stewards of all that surrounds us. God’s sovereignty is not limited to one nation of country: the earth is His, everything in it is His, every living creature is His.

As good stewards, we are called to care, to protect, to respect. It’s a privilege and a responsibility.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in your current situation

Prayer

Remembering the way that Jesus had compassion upon Mary even from the cross, I think now of people who are particularly fearful at this time -the elderly, the unwell and those without work -presenting each one to Christ on the cross and entrusting them to his love.

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By |July 6th, 2021|Week 1|

5 July 2021 – 2 Samuel 6:14,15 (NIV)

Scripture

14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

Reflection

As I dropped by to visit some friends and knocked at their door, I was greeted by their 3 kids. All 3 of them looked so happy to see me, but it was the youngest one that started jumping up and down, like a little bouncing ball, before giving me my welcome hugs. It was like happiness couldn’t be contained! In today’s passage, David’s joy translated into spontaneous dancing.

A linen ephod was the usual clothing of the priests and Levites in their sacred services. For King David to let go of his royal robes signified and declared that although he was the king, he was presenting himself as one who was there serving the Lord. Because of David’s actions, he was judged and criticized by his wife, Michal, who was also King Saul’s daughter. David than replies, in v.21,22:

21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.

That we would not be concerned about the criticism and judgment of others when we present ourselves to God and celebrate before Him!

In the song ‘Undignified’ David Crowder Band sings the following:

(…)

I will dance, I will sing to be mad for my King

Nothing more that’s hindering, there’s passion in my soul

I will dance, I will sing to be mad for my King

Nothing more that’s hindering, there’s passion in my soul

 

[Chorus]

I’ll become even more undignified than this

Some may say it’s foolishness

But I’ll become even more undignified than this, oh yes

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in your current situation

Prayer

I focus my thoughts upon the image of Christ upon the cross, acknowledging its terror but also allowing thanks to arise in my heart for this tangible proof that love wins.

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By |July 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

25 June 2021 – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

Scripture

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Reflection

In today’s verse, we read about a portion of the first letter of the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth. Paul, after explaining earlier in the same chapter, how useless it is to express spiritual gifts without love, he finishes by saying “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Faith, hope and love are so essential to the Christian life, we cannot talk about Christianity without these three virtues, however love is the greatest. The agape love for God and for our neighbor is the first virtue which should be at the core of everything we do, as God is love (1 John 4:8).
May faith, hope and love never lack in our lives.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in your current situation

Prayer

Wherever you are, take time to acknowledge God and trust in Him again. Give God your worries. Take a moment to give each thing you are worrying about back to God

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By |June 25th, 2021|Week 4|

24 June 2021 – John 16:22-23 (NIV)

Scripture

“So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”

Reflection

The presence of the Lord in our lives brings joy, in His presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Though there are times we may experience grief or sorrow, but the Lord turns our sorrow into joy.
As children of God, we are privileged to receive from God the Father anything we ask according to His will in Jesus’s Name (1 John 5:14-15). May we be encouraged and confident to ask anything to God our Father.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in your current situation

Prayer

Ask God to help shape your prayers – countries you should pray for; situations which need God’s power and transformation; lift them up in confidence and faith. “Say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’” Psalm 96:10

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By |June 24th, 2021|Week 4|