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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. ❤️

Sunday

Which one of us can truly say, “I am free from sin in my life, for my heart is clean and pure”? Mark it down: God hates it when you demonstrate a double standard— one for “them” and one for “you.” (‭‭Prov 20:9)

Let’s face it we have ALL performed with double standards at one time or another. But GOD in Jesus shows us how to behave.

When the religious rulers dragged the woman caught in adultery before Jesus in order to stone her to death they weren’t doing it out of any perfect ideal – they just wanted to trap him into saying or doing something that would break the law. Instead Jesus tells them: “Let’s have the man who has never had a sinful desire throw the first stone at her.”‭‭ (John‬ ‭8:7‬).

And then, when all the religious men had left with a convicted conscience, he turned to the woman and said: “Dear woman, where are your accusers? Is there no one here to condemn you?” Looking around, she replied, “I see no one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Then I certainly don’t condemn you either. Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin.” (John‬ ‭8:10)

Only GOD in Jesus can free us from a life of sin. And when we come to him and pour out our woes before him, the stones of judgement will all fall away and we too will hear him say: “Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin.” ❤️

Thursday

(Jesus speaking) “… And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!” (John‬ ‭16:33‬)

In a world of constant flux and associated turmoil everyone is looking for peace, space to think, rest, hope … love.

Just yesterday, I received a fabulous WhatsApp from a beautiful brother in Italy which I’d like to share with you.

“… yesterday my boss opened up about all his difficulties (he has been really discouraged lately and in much confusion) after hearing my testimony about how Jesus came into my life and saved me from all my fears and problems, he wanted to receive him too. We prayed together and the anointing of the Holy Spirit fell on him. God is Good!

Thank you Lord for your awesome saving grace. Please rescue all who hear this testimony from their fears too. Amen. ❤️

Wednesday

And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God. (‭‭2 Cor ‭5:18‬)

Everyone seems to be going through tough times right now and because I act as a key worker (and am therefore still working), I suppose I get to see a lot more ‘issues’ than most – and yesterday was no exception.

I’ve been trying to share the Lord’s Peace with a terribly hurt and disappointed guy at work who’s going through a very horrible divorce right now.

At one point in the day he’d just received a particularly difficult email and came rushing over and picked up my telephone and started punching through my contacts. “Who are you looking for?” I asked. “Jesus!” He exclaimed. “I need to speak with him …!” I said, “He knows you’re looking for him and he will come!”

Thank you Lord for your Faithfulness to all who call on your Name. ❤️

Friday

What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him.

Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me.

The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily. (Gal 2:19)

AW Tozer wrote: “I used to ask GOD to help me. Then I asked if I might help him. Finally I ended up by asking him to do his work through me.“ ❤️

Thursday

(Jesus speaking) “To see me is to see the Father. (‭‭John‬ ‭14:9)

I saw this in my weekly eDrash and just had to share it as I’d never seen it put this way before.

“The Master compared himself to a son apprenticed by his father: “The Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19). A son who learns by apprenticeship acquires the skills of the trade by watching his father’s work and carefully imitating it. He learns the tricks of his father’s craftsmanship and is one day able to do the same work that he has learned from his father. Likewise, Yeshua learned His trade from observation of the Father. In that way, He attained holiness from imitation of the Father, as it is written, “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.”

Lord help me to be a good and faithful apprentice to You. ❤️

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. ❤️