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2 September 2021 – James 2:14 (NIV)

Scripture

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?

Reflection

It may seem hard to imagine that there would be Christians who are so “heavenly minded that they are no earthly good”, those who want to sit around and talk about heaven while there are people in our community going to bed hungry and suffering from lack when we have plenty. Today’s generation of Christians seem to be more aware of the physical needs around us and less concerned with what we believe or even why we believe it. Perhaps if James were here today he might be cautioning us to not be so busy going about doing good things and miss the intimate relationship with Jesus with whom and by whom all things count.

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

Think of anyone you know who is an essential worker and spend time praying for their specific needs. You could even message them and ask if they would like prayer for anything in particular. Pray for energy and perseverance for essential workers as they continue to serve in their contexts.

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By |September 2nd, 2021|Week 4|

1 September 2021 – Psalm 146:2 (NIV)

Scripture

I will praise the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

Reflection

“From cradle to grave”, this was a way we used to describe the ministry of a local church. The Body of Christ is something we can be a part of for our entire lives. I have had the privilege of having known and knowing people today who have loved Jesus and followed him from childhood until they took their last breath on earth at an old age. It’s hard to find the words to describe the depth and richness of just such a life. This is what a life-time of praise will do for you, it changes the quality of your life for the good. The beautiful thing about God’s grace is that any of us can begin a “lifetime of praise” at any time. You could start today! “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord”

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

Pray for specific people you know; neighbors, friends or those you see when you walk. Or, pray for opportunities to get to know your neighbors better.

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By |September 1st, 2021|Week 4|

31 August 2021 – Isaiah 35:4 (NIV)

Scripture

say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.”

Reflection

This prophetic word has become a song which has brought comfort to many people including me! However, a closer look tells us that this word is a word of instruction that we should be mindful of the people in our lives, especially those who are fearful, weary including the ones who have “shaky knees”. Say to them, “Be strong. Do not fear. He will come to save you” What a joy and privilege it is that our God would choose us to bring this good news. Like ambassadors from another kingdom we come to bring hope to our fellow citizens living in a foreign land, “The Prince of Peace, Mighty God and Everlasting Father is coming for you!”

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

Invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Try asking, “What would it look like for Your kingdom to come to my building” and listen to what God might be saying

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By |August 31st, 2021|Week 4|

30 August 2021 – Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)

Scripture

A good name is more desirable than great riches;
    to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Reflection

Singer/ songwriter Bill Gaither tells the story of when he and his wife Gloria started looking for property to purchase and build their first home. They searched the area, an area where they had been raised all of their lives as well as their parents and grandparents. They found the perfect property but when they started asking about the land, friends all said, the farmland belongs to Mr. Doe and he will never sell, “He always says, ‘No’. Bill was undaunted and made an appointment with Farmer Doe. At first Farmer Doe said, “No” but then he asked Bill again, “What did you say your family name was?” Bill answered, “Gaither” Mr. Doe asked, “Is your grandfather William Gaither?” ‘Yes’, Bill replied. Mr. Doe said, “When I was a young man just starting out I had no money and no experience and was ready to give up until your grandfather stepped in and helped me. Because of what he did for me, it would mean a lot to me to help his grandson. I will sell to you the land you are asking for” The value of a good name can bring benefits for generations; a good name is something we can begin developing today.

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

Lord we ask you to shield the world from panic and despair as Your Church boldly proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. In this uncertain time, may people find true comfort and peace in their souls as they call upon Your Name.

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By |August 30th, 2021|Week 4|

20 August 2021 – John 6:65 (NIV)

Scripture

He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”

Reflection

Jesus is speaking to his disciples and reminding them that no one can decide to come to Him except through the work of the Father in the person of the Holy Spirit who lives within them. We are blind on our own until we receive illumination and conviction from the Spirit of God. He is the ultimate light that guides us out of the darkness. In other words, His light illuminates our sinful nature and through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we are convicted and this enables us to draw closer to Jesus and to seek His forgiveness. In our human strength, we cannot come to this conclusion. The Father is the ultimate source of salvation.

In the same way, the Father will put a conviction in our heart, through the Holy Spirit, to pray for a person or a situation. We should not ignore these unexpected promptings, as this is also the Father at work, using us for His Glory. At times, we are merely prompted to pray, other times we are to reach out and contact the individual.
May we be intentional about the promptings of the Father today.

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 |August 20th, 2021|Week 3|

19 August 2021 – Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

Scripture

“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

Reflection

In this passage, Paul is reminding us of the real enemy at work against us. He is revealing the evil forces that are at work and whose sole purpose is to destroy our relationship with God. These forces of darkness want to pull us away from the light of God. They come to steal and destroy our peace.

So, as we go through our daily life and as we encounter problems and adversaries, it is important to always remember this verse. It will change our perspective and how we respond to these daily challenges. By rebuking the enemy and turning to God for help, we are choosing to allow our problems, no matter how big or small, to pull us closer to God. We should never give the enemy a chance to plant any doubt in our minds about God’s love and goodness towards us. Resist the enemy and he must flee and always remember, He who is for us, is greater, much greater than he who is against us.

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 |August 19th, 2021|Week 3|