Wednesday

The LORD is good, A strength and stronghold in the day of trouble;

He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him. (‭‭Nah ‭1:7‬)

Knowing / to be Known.

When you hear long standing friends talk to each other, it’s almost as if they’re using code. You can catch the basic conversation, but you know that there’s an imperceptible thread to the dialogue that you’ll never catch. Their bond is strong and they ‘know each other intimately.’

Likewise when a husband and wife are together, their intimacy is caught through their eye and hand gestures and expressions. All these are a form of ‘knowing each other.’

Our Father longs – yearns for us to ‘know’ him in this way. He invites us into a ‘living’ relationship – a two-way relationship.

His Spirit is calling – will you come? ❤️

Wednesday

… God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way.

This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet.

Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life.

God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. (‭‭Eph‬ ‭6:10)

Powerful words of encouragement. Let’s all pray for guidance on how to apply them to our lives as well as those we love. ❤️

Tuesday

Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!

Quiet your heart in his presence and pray; keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you. And don’t think for a moment that the wicked in their prosperity are better off than you.

I was once young, but now I’m old. Not once have I found a lover of God forsaken by him, nor have any of their children gone hungry. (‭‭Psa‬ ‭37)

Uncertainty. Anger. Jealousy. Bitterness. Fear… Lord, help me to quiet my heart in your presence as I pray and give all my concerns to you.

I give you the right to direct my life and lead me on the path of true life. Amen. ❤️

Saturday

GOD is in this place—truly. And I didn’t even know it! (Gen ‭28:16)

My wife has an expression – “A dirty Bible, is a dirt life…”

The older I get the more I realise that this statement can have many meanings. For example, a dirty life (like a dirty windscreen), needs cleaning so that we can ‘safely’ see our way forward.

Right now, plagued by an invisible enemy, pretty much most of the world is held in a form of stasis as we all self-isolate during a global lockdown.

Yet life – like a young shoot pushing its way out through concrete, continues to thrive. We too, bereft of direction, look for a way out of this mess – so much so that like the Patriarch Jacob, we can miss the awesome fact that the very One we’re praying to in order to ‘get us out of here,’ is actually here – IN this place ‘with us.’

So … how different would your thoughts be would you know that GOD isn’t reaching down towards you to pull you out, but rather sitting alongside you in the storm with his head on a pillow, seemingly calm and asleep? ❤️

Wednesday

… don’t turn your back on GOD. Worship and serve him heart and soul! Don’t chase after ghost-gods. There’s nothing to them. They can’t help you. They’re nothing but ghost-gods!

GOD, simply because of who he is, is not going to walk off and leave his people (you). GOD took delight in making you into his very own people.

And neither will I walk off and leave you. That would be a sin against GOD! I’m staying right here at my post praying for you and teaching you the good and right way to live. But I beg of you, fear GOD and worship him honestly and heartily. You’ve seen how greatly he has worked among you! (‭‭1 Sam ‭12:20)

Whether we understand it, appreciate it – or even like it, ‘someone’ has been tasked by the Holy Spirit to bring you before GOD – right now, in prayer!

And who instigated it? Not them – your name and need just popped into their heart! How humbling is that? Thank You Lord. ❤️

Wednesday

When I saw him, I fell down at his feet as good as dead, but he laid his right hand on me and I heard his reassuring voice saying: Don’t yield to fear. I am the Beginning and I am the End, the Living One! I was dead, but now look—I am alive forever and ever. And I hold the keys that unlock death and the unseen world. (‭‭Rev‬ ‭1:17)

Jesus is clearly speaking to all of his siblings throughout eternity that we’ve not to yield to fear.

He tells us this because he now holds all the keys that will unlock all that we held dear and feared we have lost – maybe family members, close relationships, even hope itself!

More importantly, he will keep the very souls we entrusted to him for safekeeping from harm.

I bow down and thank you Jesus, thank you Father, thank you Holy Spirit. ❤️

Good Friday

Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father.

Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him.

The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity. (‭‭1 John‬ ‭2:15)

(Jesus speaking) “… I have given them your message and that is why the unbelieving world hates them. For their allegiance is no longer to this world because I am not of this world. I am not asking that you remove them from the world, but I ask that you guard their hearts from evil, For they no longer belong to this world any more than I do.” (John‬ ‭17:14)

Through the Awesome sacrifice of GOD’s Son Jesus, WE have been reborn (born again) into our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom … ❤️