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During this season when the world is focused on fear, we want to speak truth. Join us daily for a devotional that speaks life for you and your family!

SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2020

“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming.”

1 Peter 1:13 NIV

 

There is a story of an older man who was given a joy ride in an old biplane by his kids… He was hesitant about getting in the plane, but he summoned up the courage and took the flight.

When the plane landed his kids asked him, “Did you enjoy the flight?” To which he replied, “Well yes I did but you know, I never did put my whole weight on the seat.”

 

I wonder if we go through life at times not fully putting our hope in the grace of God?

 

A few months ago, we spent time with some people who each week were “hoping against hope” that their numbers would come up in the lottery.

The trouble with that kind of hope is that it is a one in a million chance of winning something, and even then, there is no guarantee that a win will make someone happy.

 

As Christians we are guaranteed an eternal future through Jesus and our hope needs to rest totally in Him. Everything else of this Earth will wither and die – it will fade away.

 

We are grateful for the country in which we live, for technology that is available, for law and order, government and for doctors, but we do not look to these things for our salvation.

 

Let’s honour those in leadership, let’s make the most of what we have available to us, let’s do what we can with what is in our hands, but let us be ever mindful that our only guarantee is in and through the grace of God.

 

The Apostle Paul wrote this in a letter to his disciple Timothy: “…For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded (convinced) that He is able to keep what I have committed (totally trusted) to Him until that Day.” (2 Timothy 1:12).

 

Today why don’t you rest your weight fully on God’s grace - He will hold you.

FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2020

Proverbs 3:5-8 NKJV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him, 

And He shall direct your paths.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; 

Fear the Lord and depart from evil.

 It will be health to your flesh,

 And strength to your bones.

 

Every now and then when reminiscing on times passed, our kids still jokingly refer to the time I accidentally dropped one of them while playing around. The thing is, they trusted me to hold them but, in the moment, I failed (and by the way they weren’t hurt!!)

 

When it comes to trust, we can too often look back to a time when someone failed us or let us down and it may be that we have some trust issues as a result. Human fathers may fail, other people may fail us, even friends may fail us at times, however, our heavenly Father will never fail us.

 

I think of Abraham who had been promised a son by God, and yet for years afterward there was no sign of the promise. As he got to an old age and well past his own ability to father a child, he could have given up trusting. 

 

Instead the Bible tells us:

“And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham Believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God.” (James 2:23 NKJV)

 

There are many promises of God written for our encouragement including the fact that “…He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 NKJV)

 

Today don’t allow the memories of human failures prevent you from trusting in your heavenly Father. Don’t allow what seems to be a long delay prevent you from holding on to God’s promises.

 

Today remember that you are not in this alone.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)

THURSDAY 26 MARCH 2020

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NIV

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

 

Following Jesus doesn’t mean bad things won't happen. It doesn’t mean life will be easy. It doesn’t mean problems won’t come our way.

 

As we build our lives on Kingdom model and obedience, there is built-in blessing, favour and protection BUT remember we are in a war with an enemy that actively works to harm and damage people.

 

When challenges come our way, the big difference is that we have Jesus in us, with us and working for us to help us through each season, to emerge in a stronger and more consolidated position than before.

 

You can’t control what happens TO you, but you can control what YOU do.

 

Because you have Jesus, you WILL NOT be crushed.

Because you have Jesus, you WILL NOT be in despair.

Because you have Jesus, you WILL NOT be abandoned.

Because you have Jesus, you WILL NOT be destroyed.

 

Keep your response strong today. You have Jesus leading you. You have the Holy Spirit equipping you. You have a Kingdom assignment waiting for you. You matter to God and you matter to those around you.

WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2020

Exodus 33:14 NIV

And He said, "My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”

 

What an amazing promise from the Word - God will give you rest.

 

The word "rest" here in Hebrew is the word “nuwach". One meaning of this is to “cause to settle.”

 

When worry and anxiety try and take over, settling yourself can be difficult. Emotions, experiences, fears and the 'what ifs' make our thoughts race. This can cause sleepless nights, worrisome days and can begin to affect our health, relationships and even our faith.

 

In the face of unsettling challenges, God’s promise to help us settle is incredibly important.

 

When a baby is in pain or if they are hysterical, upset or unsettled, parents give them a dummy or a pacifier. This immediately stops the pattern of emotion, pain or hysteria. It breaks the downward spiral and helps to soothe and settle.

 

The "rest" God speaks of is not some cosmic calming plunge pool. It is a daily, immediate, personal calming that enables us to stay spiritual, while also breaking the pattern of worry and anxiety. 

 

The Holy Spirit will begin arresting our emotions by reminding us of His Word. 

The Holy Spirit will reassure us when we ask, “what if?”

The Holy Spirit will comfort when fears try and overwhelm.

 

Today if you feel the downward spiral, ask God, “Help me settle." 

You are designed for rest, confidence and peace. It’s your inheritance.

TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2020

Heb 10:23 NIV

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

 

Fact: God has powerful promises for you. 
They exist when we see them.
They exist when we can’t see them.
They exist when we feel circumstances aligning to help out.
They exist when circumstances seem intent on blocking them out.

The fact is, God’s promises exist without a dependence on our circumstances. They existed before we were born and every day they intersect our lives at the perfect moment. God sends angels, people and His Spirit to help. He also uses our enemies and their attacks to assist His master plan for our lives and He can even use the Coronavirus.

Many people have had big 'swerves' in recent days when health, employment, emotion and many other things were jolted out of their regular pattern. It caught us by surprise and came out of the blue for most.

Circumstances may have swerved, but God’s promises haven’t.
They are STILL on a perfect trajectory to intersect your life. God is STILL sending people, angels, His Spirit and more to assist His promises to meet us. He is STILL using your enemies and their attacks to help you. He is STILL using the Coronavirus.

So NEVER EVER swerve to find a promise. Be unswerving. Be unwavering. Hold your ground. Trust God. Go back to your faith declaration: He who promised is faithful!

Today, stay on track. Lift up your eyes. Look for the angels helping. Look for the people God is sending your way. Listen for His Spirit to encourage, comfort and stir you. Your promises are still on their way.

His promises haven't swerved.
So you don’t need to swerve.
For He who promised is faithful.

MONDAY 23 MARCH 2020

Matthew 12:30 NIV

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."

 

Everything about the enemy scatters. 

Everything about Jesus gathers.

 

Everything that God ever did and continues to do is about connecting people to Him and each other. Forgiveness, compassion, justice, the fruits of the Spirit, love and redemption are all tools and signposts towards having healthy and helpful connections with others. You were never designed to be alone and you are at your best when you are connected to others.

 

His kingdom isn’t exclusive. He never fractures. He never tears people apart.

He gathers. 

He heals.

He puts the lonely in families.

He softens hearts.

He gathers.


This week our Church method of gathering changed, but if we’re honest, gathering isn’t a method: it’s an attitude. You can attend church for years and still be disconnected. You can have thousands of Facebook friends, but still be incredibly alone.

Gathering is an attitude and a bold commitment (and even a sacrifice) to reject scattering. It says, “I WILL have meaningful, fruitful connection with others”. It says, “I WILL use all the tools at my disposal to stay connected, soft and invested”.

 

In this season as we gather online, may we remember that gathering is never about being in a certain room or doing things a certain way. Gathering is about having a heart that is filled with love, openness and connection with others.

 

Make a commitment to gather.

Make a decision to never scatter.

You are equipped by the Holy Spirit with everything you need.

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