Tuesday

Let the word of Christ live in you richly, flooding you with all wisdom. (Col 3:16‬)

It’s no wonder that revenge movies continue to top the high demand list. People everywhere can relate to the theme and the ‘feel good’ factor of revenge is extremely powerful.

Unfortunately, (as we all know), the ‘feel good’ factor doesn’t last and like an open wound, unless the initial damage is dealt with, then the hurt continues to fester – and spread to ‘others!’

We seem to take offence so easily these days, everything seems designed to tick us off – disruption, queue’s, face masks, etc. But GOD in Christ gave us the solution.

Jesus said, “Forsake the habit of criticising and judging others, and then you will not be criticised and judged in return. Don’t look at others and pronounce them guilty, and you will not experience guilty accusations yourself. Forgive over and over and you will be forgiven over and over.” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:37‬) ❤️

Friday

Then the people of the region came out to see for themselves what had happened. When they came to where Jesus was, they discovered the notorious madman totally set free. He was clothed, speaking intelligently, and sitting at the feet of Jesus. They were shocked! Then eyewitnesses to the miracle reported all that they had seen and how the demonized man was completely delivered from his torment. After hearing about such amazing power, the townspeople became frightened. Soon all the people of the region of the Gerasenes and the surrounding country begged Jesus to leave them, for they were gripped with fear. (‭‭Luke‬ ‭8:35)

This got me thinking that like a child, fear comes through uncertainty – in effect, we fear the unknown, we fear getting it wrong and suffering the consequence (and shame).

If we were faced with a ‘possessed madman’ as a child, we’d probably hide behind our mothers, or as we grow older, our friends or colleagues… we’d adopt their ways, their bravado, their swagger – but taking on a role isn’t believing it!

Only when we can can truly face the unknown can we begin to discover who we ‘really’ are in Christ.

Lord, please let me feel your calming Presence as we walk together today throughout all the ‘unknowns’. ❤️

Saturday

Jesus concluded his instructions to the seventy with these words: “Remember this: Whoever listens to your message is actually listening to me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me, and not only me but the one who sent me.” (‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:16‬)

What message does the world hear us speaking? Is it one of selfishness and self-centredness, or one of love, acceptance, help, forgiveness and grace.

Remember, He who is IN you is greater than he who is in this world. ❤️

Friday

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One day Jesus taught his disciples this: “Betrayals are inevitable, but great devastation will come to the one guilty of betraying others. It would be better for him to have a heavy boulder tied around his neck and be hurled into the deepest sea than to face the punishment of betraying one of my dear ones!

So be alert to your brother’s condition, and if you see him going the wrong direction, cry out and correct him. If there is true repentance on his part, forgive him. No matter how many times in one day your brother sins against you and says, ‘I’m sorry; I am changing; forgive me,’ you need to forgive him each and every time.”

Upon hearing this, the apostles said to Jesus, “Lord, you must increase our measure of faith!” (Luke‬ ‭17:1)

This message must surely be for me only today, I cannot believe that anyone other than me struggles with forgiveness…! “Holy Father, open the eyes of my heart (again) to see just what the sin of my unforgiving attitude did to you on the cross. I choose to forgive those who have hurt me – Lord, help me to release my memories of the events to you. Amen.

Thank you my awesome Father. ❤️

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. ❤️

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. ❤️

Wednesday

(Jesus speaking) “I am a true sprouting vine, and the farmer who tends the vine is my Father.

He cares for the branches connected to me by lifting and propping up the fruitless branches and pruning every fruitful branch to yield a greater harvest.” (John‬ ‭15:1)

There are so many of GOD’s children that are feeling demeaned, downtrodden, unloved… fruitless.

Child of the Living GOD, don’t go by your transitory feelings! Read the Scripture again and ‘see’ how our Heavenly Father is constantly caring for all of ‘us’ as he both prunes the fruitful branches AND helps the fruitless gain fruit!

Come to Him and Trust Him. ❤️

Monday

… Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you! (‭‭Psa ‭27:14‬)

We joke about kids on a car journey always asking, “Are we there yet?” (and we all know how annoying it can be), but are we really any different when it comes to having patience?

The instruction to us in times like these is clear – Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you! ❤️

Saturday

He alone is my safe place; his wrap-around presence always protects me.

For he is my champion defender; there’s no risk of failure with God. So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me? (‭‭Psa‬ ‭62:2‬)

I learned a long time ago that there is GOD’s perfect will and His passive will. His perfect will is that all of mankind should embrace just what He did for us through Jesus the Christ, His Son, by saving us all from ourselves.

His passive will is that because of our free will, He allows us to reject His Salvation and continue blindly along our dead-end paths…

GOD ‘is’ Love however, and that perfectly passionate Love will motivate the Shepherd of our souls to never reject us and continually draw us towards His all- encompassing heart. At that point we too will declare with Praises:

He alone is my safe place; his wrap-around presence always protects me. For he is my champion defender; there’s no risk of failure with God. So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me? ❤️

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. ❤️