Die Leeu van Juda... - Kom ons koester hierdie feestyd saam as families en vriende. Dit was ‘n anderste jaar, maar kom ons wees dankbaar en kyk op na die Koning van alle konings – want Hy belowe ons: “Hy sal ons nooit alleen los of in die steek laat nie; Hy is ons voorsiener en beskermer; Hy is die groot EK IS; die sterke Leeu van Juda!” (Rigters 14:14)
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Found in Your presence… - May we turn our hearts to seek God – our great I Am – as we become more spiritually aware of His presence in our lives. May we not miss a single opportunity to hear His voice, to obey His will and to stand firm on His promises. May we be steadfast in our devotional time – going back to God’s Word as the foundation of our lives; our source of WISDOM; and the TRUTH that sets us free and gives us eternal HOPE. (Matthew 6:33)
Deeply rooted... - May we be so deeply rooted in God’s Word and His presence, that nothing of this world will be able to shake us – not trials, tribulations, temptations, and not desert or barren seasons. The joy of the Lord is new and reliable every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) and nothing can ever separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39). So, let us ask God to fill us afresh with His perspective. Let’s receive His Spirit of strength, truth, wisdom, revelation, joy and boldness to go out and bear witness to His goodness, love, peace, and joy – and to the hope we have in and through Jesus. (Colossians 2:6-7)
Hope-filled, Grateful, Flourishing hearts… - My prayer for us today is that God will fill us afresh with His joy, peace and hope that truly transcend all understanding… That He will give us the strength to persevere despite obstacles, and live hope-filled lives that brim over with thanksgiving and praise. Let’s worship our Lord for His direction, compassion, promises and blessings over our lives! May we bloom in and out of season, so that we may grow into all He created us to be – for His glory! (Romans 15:13)
Be still and know that I am God! - Lord, today we pray, please help us to be still enough to recognise Your voice. Remove all hindrances that stand in the way of us connecting with You. May we obey You in every aspect of our lives. We praise You for the blessing of Your Word and the opportunity to study it. Transform us and equip us to be doers of Your Word. Fill us with joy, so that we may stand strong in the face of trials. And Father, help us to be faithful as we share Your Salvation message during every season of our lives. May we glorify You in all we do. (Psalm 46:10)
God is amazing! - Ons God is so groot, so sterk en so magtig, daar is absoluut niks wat ons God nie kan doen. So kom ons vertrou op Hom, elke dag en in alles! (Psalm 68:33)
Self-evaluation… BUT in God we trust! - How would you assess the true condition of you heart? Where on a scale from 1 to 10 do you find yourself? Are you spiritually numb (dead) or are you steadfast and growing in your faith (believing for the next miracle, for relational restoration, for revival, and for our Lord to be exalted and glorified throughout the earth)? May we pray today that God would examine our hearts and minds, and give us wisdom and insight to recognise anything that is not pleasing to Him. But also, may we look outward – and ask God to restore our relationships to the perfect picture of unity and trust that displays His love and glory! May we come to understand that there is only one constant – God in whom we Trust. He is always with us and His goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives. (Matthew 7:13-14)
Yes Lord – No buts… - My prayer for us today is that we will have a fresh encounter with Jesus, in order to build our faith and trust in the One Who is our rock and solid foundation. May we surrender everything to our Heavenly Father, our Provider. He has graciously gifted us with all the talent and ability we need to follow His call on our lives. Let’s not lean on our own strength or worldly perspectives, but rather follow the Holy Spirit’s direction! May we stop to look and see the needs around us; and may we surrender every aspect of our lives to our ever-present, Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6)
Steadfast in praying and determined in our faith… - May we remain confident of this: That we will see the goodness of our Lord here on earth. Because of His saving grace and great love towards us, we can boldly push through any circumstance. We don’t have to give up, or grow impatient in our waiting. Let’s rather take heart, and be strong, brave and courageous. Let’s hold on to our hope, because the One within us will never leave or disappoint us. He has already overcome the world, and there is nothing that can separate us from Him and His love for us! So, let us be steadfast in prayer, standing firm on our faith in Jesus; and by His strength, being a blessing to others here on earth. (Romans 8:37-39; Psalm 27:13-14; Daniel 10:18-19)
Goedheid en liefde... - Mag ons ander lief hê soos wat Jesus ons lief het. Mag ons hulle bemoedig en hoop gee. Mag ons vinnig vergewe en help waar ons kan. Mag ons Jesus se lig van hoop en lewe uitstraal orals waar ons gaan. (Efesiërs 4:32)