Sunday

Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted. (‭‭Eph 4:30‬)

It was during the early days of my marriage that my wife and I had a huge row. I was still fuming by 10pm and foolishly decided to walk out and go back home to my mother’s house.

The darkness hid my cowardly skulking and the cold sleeting rain my tears.

I could feel the Holy Spirit trying to speak to me, but I didn’t want to listen … then after about 10 minutes I ‘heard’ running footsteps behind me. As they caught up I felt a hand gently searching for mine. I was still angry and shaking the hand away I turned and snapped “GET AWAY FROM ME!”

There was no one there!

‘Something’ in me though told me it was the Lord!

My mother was asleep when I got there so I let myself in quietly and laid on my old bed, I was feeling wretched. What had I just done? It was bad enough falling out with my wife, but now I’d pushed GOD away too! As I lay there in the dark I realised that i had blown it BIG TIME and that nothing mattered anymore. No matter what excuses my mind conjured up, all my pathetic arguments seemed to dissipate into the endless stream of contrite tears from my eyes.

It was hours later when my heart stilled enough to hear His still small voice calling me back – such Joy!

I think I was still apologising to the Lord and my wife for weeks afterward… ❤️

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. ❤️

Tuesday

Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say.

… Lord God, unlock my heart, unlock my lips, and I will overcome with my joyous praise!

For the source of your pleasure is not in my performance or the sacrifices I might offer to you. The fountain of your pleasure is found in the sacrifice of my shattered heart before you. You will not despise my tenderness as I humbly bow down at your feet. (‭‭Psa ‭51:12, 15-17‬)

This reminds me of the beautiful Keith Green song: “If I’d only trusted you…”

Well, I thought I depended upon you
At least that used to be what was happening with me
In those times of our first sweet communion
Nothing got in the way, I heard your voice everyday

When I first trusted you, gave my life to you
When I trusted you
Well, there’s something that needs to be cleared up
I feel so sorry inside, that my first love has died

Cause I’ve tried in my own strength to follow
When I’ve known all along, I just couldn’t go wrong
If I’d only trusted you, give my life to you
If I’d trusted you. ❤️

Saturday

How blessed and relieved are those who have confessed their corruption to God! For he wipes their slates clean and removes hypocrisy from their hearts.

Before I confessed my sins, I kept it all inside; my dishonesty devastated my inner life, causing my life to be filled with frustration, irrepressible anguish, and misery.

The pain never let up, for your hand of conviction was heavy on my heart. My strength was sapped, my inner life dried up like a spiritual drought within my soul.

Pause in his presence

Then I finally admitted to you all my sins, refusing to hide them any longer. I said, “My life-giving God, I will openly acknowledge my evil actions.” And you forgave me! All at once the guilt of my sin washed away and all my pain disappeared!

Pause in his presence

This is what I’ve learned through it all: All believers should confess their sins to God; do it every time God has uncovered you in the time of exposing. For if you do this, when sudden storms of life overwhelm, you’ll be kept safe. (‭‭Psa 32:2) ❤️

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 … ❤️

Thursday

It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat.

It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah. (‭‭Eph‬ ‭2:1)

Maundy – the word just means ‘command’. Maundy Thursday was the day when our Lord Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples and later washed their feet in an extraordinary display of humility. He then ‘commanded’ them (and us) to do the same for each other.

A month ago, we had the ‘Be Kind’ to each other campaign and now Nurses, Doctors and Hospital staff all over the world are showing us all the same kindness as the World fights COVID-19. Let’s all join in by praying for and supporting each other. ❤️

Sunday

Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for you what you desire the most.

Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly! (‭‭Psa ‭37:4)

Spend a few minutes just now and think … “when was the last time I genuinely allowed myself to ‘connect’ with GOD?”

Do you remember how amazing it felt, how all your cares seemed to fade away?

GOD hasn’t changed. Go visit with your Heavenly Papa’ now, He’s waiting for you. ❤️