A new way... - We often hear that God wants to do “a new thing” in our lives. Possibly it’s a new way of thinking, or a new way of serving Him or being fruitful in His kingdom. Perhaps it’s a new way of being more accountable with how we spend our time, money or resources; or being good stewards with what He entrusted to us? The one thing I have learnt over the years is that challenges (like this Covid pandemic) force us to change – to get out of our comfort zones, and re-evaluate what it means to live in the fullness of who our Creator God made us to be. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
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Jesus se perspektief... - Vanuit die hemel, kyk Liewe Jesus heeltyd na ons... Hy sien alles – wyd en suid. Dis amper soos om hoog in ‘n boom of uitkyktoring te klim en so ontsettende mooi en wye uitsig te hê van die wêreld om ons. Mag ons op Jesus vertrou om oor ons wag te hou en ons te lei en te bewaar. En mag ons die groter prentjie van Sy liefde en genade verstaan. (Handelinge 1:9)
Surrendering all! - May we understand the importance of not becoming spiritually starved in our relationship with our Lord during this time. May God use this season to help us learn to be flexible; and to trust Him to work out our weeks, days, hours and even our minutes. May we never cease to look to the Holy Spirit for answers and good discernment. Let’s return to God’s Word as our only foundation, as we lay ourselves down and surrender all to Him. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Trust in the God of breakthroughs... - Our Creator God knows our struggles, fears, insecurities – the lies that we believe about Him, ourselves and others. Yet, He chooses to love us unconditionally and has given us the greatest gift of life and hope through the blood of Jesus. Let’s entrust the entirety of our lives to Him. He will come through for all who put their hope in Him. (Lamentations 3:22-24)
Arise and Shine... - We can only live, breathe and have our being in and through our amazing Father God. He is our authority, and through the precious blood of Jesus and the security of being His children we can declare with HOPE, FAITH and CERTAINTY that He is working all things out for our good! As His church, let us arise so that we can shine and reflect His goodness through our words of encouragement, our serving and our worshipping. Even when we feel tired, impatient, or overwhelmed; let us remember that Jesus will give us strength to persevere. He will encourage us to keep fighting the good fight of faith and to shine our Godly lights brighter than ever before! (Matthew 5:14-16)
A Heavenly perspective... - If our Lord did it before, He can most certainly do it again… Where does your help come from during challenging times? Is your life deeply rooted in fruitful soil? How much life-giving fruit is your life bearing, and are you generous with what you have? Through which lens are you viewing your world – do you have an earthly or a heavenly perspective? (Colossians 3:2)
Loving relationships... - Our amazing Father is all about the relationship we have with Him and His people, and how we reflect that to the world around us. How authentic is your relationship with God and those around you? Are we as God’s children coming together to support one another with love, acceptance, kindness and forgiveness? Do we speak words of despair and darkness? Or do we choose to reflect our Heavenly Father’s heart by speaking words of life, hope and comfort to others? (Matthew 22:37-40)
Being Jesus' hands and feet... - Let us open our hearts to see the need around us. Let us become Jesus’ hands and feet here on earth… Let us ask our Lord to help us to reach people with the message of salvation so that they can be freed from fear and be assured of eternal life. And let us draw closer, into greater intimacy with our Heavenly Father during this time. In Him, we can find rest and perfect peace. He is our answer! (1 Corinthians 15:58)
The Way, Truth and Life... - May we remember that there is power and blessing in our words. Let’s allow Jesus to meet us right where we are. He is inviting us to share with Him honestly about the things that are dominating our thoughts and conversations in these days. And let us know that regardless of the storm of uncertainty around us… Or a virus knocking on our doors… Our identity is securely rooted in Jesus! May we, from that understanding, be like Jesus to those around us in this time because: “In Him we live, move and have our being...” (Acts 17:26-28)
At the foot of the Cross… - Let us pray for a whole new revelation of who Jesus is. Let us ask God to refresh and restore us as we remember and celebrate the great gift of SALVATION and being in RIGHT STANDING with Him. Let us remember that nothing is impossible with God. Let us pray for more opportunities, than ever before, to be Jesus’ hands and feet, especially in a time such as this. And let us surrender ALL at the foot of the Cross.