Friday

(GOD speaking) “… All your children will have GOD for their teacher— what a mentor for your children! You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness, far from any trouble—nothing to fear! far from terror—it won’t even come close!

If anyone attacks you, don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them, And if any should attack, nothing will come of it. I create the blacksmith who fires up his forge and makes a weapon designed to kill. I also create the destroyer— but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar.

This is what GOD ’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.” GOD ’s Decree.” (Isa 54:11)

Our sister needed to remember this Promise yesterday, maybe you do today too? Thank You Lord. ❤️

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Thursday

For God, the Faithful One, is not unfair. How can he forget the beautiful work you have done for him? He remembers the love you demonstrate as you continually serve his beloved ones for the glory of his name. (Heb 6:10)

For those who we don’t even know but are praying and interceding for us – right now, to people who can look into our damaged souls and put us back together under the auspices of a coffee and a chat, thank You Lord. ❤️

Thursday

(Jesus speaking), “Do you believe in the Son of God?” (John 9:35)

This one is hard. When I read the parable my heart sank as I thought of all the times I’d prayed – but thought through a plan B…

How can we have a plan B (or C…), when we’re supposed to ‘know’ and ‘believe’ the One who holds our hearts?

Lord, I’m truly sorry for all the times I’ve prayed in faith, and then allowed my thoughts to generate a plan B – just in case you don’t come through. Draw me close enough to hear the words of your heart and trust you wholly. Amen. ❤️

Sunday

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will.

The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. (2 Cor 10:3)

I was watching the D Day celebrations and thinking of all the sacrifices our amazing soldiers gave for our freedom from tyranny. One soldier’s story in particular blessed me. Pinned down by snipers who picked off most of his troop, he calmly prepared his heart for death by quoting Psalm 23…

Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near. (Psa 23:4) ❤️

Friday

But avoid useless controversies, genealogies, pointless quarrels, and arguments over the law, which will get you nowhere. (Titus 3:9)

The big argument right now seems to be focussed on homosexuality.

I was on door duty at church quite a few years ago with a couple of bible students. I overheard their conversation which was focussed on a guy walking up to church who they were adamant wasn’t going to get in as he was homosexual.

I heard myself saying, “What about her over there?” They turned as I pointed out a woman exiting a car on her own. “She left her husband for another man… should she get in?” “Or him,” I pointed out. “He’s just lost his job and his wife’s walked out on him through his heavy drinking.” “Or him,” I turned to another guy, “everyone know he’s been having an affair with his secretary for years, but he’s been a good giver here …!” “Or that lady over there, apparently it started with playing Bingo – now she’s a full on gambling addict!”

“Wouldn’t this world be a lot better if we stopped judging everyone we meet and instead just let them through to meet with Jesus?”

Thank GOD that it’s Jesus’s job to set people free and not ours! ❤️

Monday

(Jesus speaking)“… Father, the time has come. Unveil the glorious splendor of your Son so that I will magnify your glory!

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.

You live fully in me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity, and the world will be convinced that you have sent me, for they will see that you love each one of them with the same passionate love that you have for me.” (John 17:1, 15-16, 23)

Jesus lives FULLY in us!!! In Him we are so much GREATER than ANY situation that manifests!! Hallelujah! ❤️

Sunday

Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honour. (James 3:17)

Some of us ‘older guys’ were discussing The Graces at work the other day.

St Google defines the Graces as: courteousness, politeness, good manners, mannerliness, civility, decorum, decency, propriety, respectfulness …

These Graces were taught to us at an early age: giving up your seat on a bus to an older person or lady – without being asked. Respecting the authority in our elders. Being polite – saying please and thank you. Having decency – not acting or dressing like you’ve been in a gangster or porn movie.

(Jesus speaking) “Wake up and strengthen all that remains before it dies…” (Rev 3:2)