A pure heart to shine God’s light… - Our hearts so easily grow hard, filled with darkness and hopelessness as we look at the world around us. But we serve the great I AM, the Creator of heaven and earth… the One who calls us to be light-bearers, confounding all darkness in this world… the One whose greatness, power, glory and majesty is beyond what we can fathom… the One who provides us with wisdom and strength… and the One who purifies our minds and restores our hearts by filling us afresh with light, love, peace, joy and hope. Let us stand in awe of Him! (Psalm 51:10-12)
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Praising God regardless… - Let us not react to current circumstances, but respond with worship and thanksgiving towards our Heavenly Father for His mercy, goodness, faithfulness, nearness, direction, provision, kindness, grace, unfailing love and blessings! May we reject the prevailing voices and opinions that are based only on external, visible realities; and instead go back to God’s Word (the Bible) as our foundation and only source of truth! And, may we pray like never before! (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Called to live victorious lives! - We often find ourselves feeling defeated by the circumstances around us. We may feel confused about our purpose, stressed out, isolated, lonely, desperate or even overwhelmed. BUT let’s remember that because of JESUS and the POWER and WISDOM we have received from the HOLY SPIRIT, we can live victorious lives – knowing that God is with us ALWAYS. Jesus is walking with us, gently leading and prompting us to surrender all to Him – so that His will can unfold through our lives! Let us live lives worthy of our CALLING – as we glorify and serve Him during this time. (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 4:1; Proverbs 3:5-6)
Behou die goeie! - Kom ons ondersoek ons harte hierdie maand. Vra jouself die volgende 4 vrae: 1) Wat was/is vir jou die slegte gedurende ‘lockdown’? 2) Wat was/is vir jou die lekkerste gedurende ‘lockdown’? 3) Wat sal jy graag wil vergeet van hierdie tyd? 4) Wat sal jy graag wil hê moet ons as ‘n gesin behou na COVID – wanneer ons weer in ons ‘nuwe normaal’ leef? Kom ons leer uit ons antwoorde en besluit om die goeie uit hierdie seisoen te behou. Kom ons vra Jesus om ons te help. Hy is aan ons kant! (Filippense 4:6)
God’s ways are higher and His perspective is eternal! - Our Heavenly Father is so much bigger than we could ever begin to think or imagine! Isn’t it amazing how He works and creates? He gives good seed to faithful sowers, so that we can produce a great harvest for His Kingdom. But in doing good, let us not grow weary, fearful or loose heart. Let us persevere in seeking His Kingdom and righteousness above all things. Let us lean in, trusting we will see things as God sees them; and let us be still and know that God is greater than any of our circumstances. His ways are higher than our thoughts and the plans He has for us are all good! (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Here I am Lord, send me! - As we look back over history – at previous seasons of global crisis, and even great times of revival, we are reminded that God is always at work. He is constantly bringing restoration, and moving us forward in faith as He creates new ways when there seems to be no way. May the prayer of our hearts be: “Lord, open our eyes to see what You are doing in the world around us; Fill us afresh with Your living Spirit so that we can experience the HOPE that is found in You; May we speak LIFE in dead or stagnant situations; and May each of us declare today: “Here I am Lord, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)
Let us not stand idly by… - In Matthew 5 we learn that God sees us in this world as salt and light – bringing flavour and much needed illumination. Are we allowing God’s Spirit to restore and renew us with His life-giving courage and strength? He is waiting to fill us afresh with JOY, LOVE and PEACE, so that our lives brim over with HOPE! Are we shining our lights and living out our Kingdom mission here on earth so that those who are seeking can FIND, and those who are feeling hopeless can come to know the HOPE of the world – our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? (Matthew 5:13-16)
The joyful HOPE that is set before us! - We often find ourselves in seasons of waiting: these may cause us to grow weary, impatient, frustrated or even hopeless. But in most instances, looking back at those seasons, we see how our Lord has led us to grow in our faith and reliance on Him to fill us with His life-giving HOPE! May we rejoice in the FAITHFULNESS of our Lord; and allow GRACE to move us into the JOYFUL HOPE that is set before us. (Romans 15:13)
Jesus is on HOOP! - Ons is soos lammetjies. Jesus is ons Skaapwagter. Hy wil die beste vir ons hê, ons beskerm, en help in alles wat ons doen. Maar ongelukkig is daar klein jakkalsies orals rondom ons wat ons in ‘n strik wil vang om onwaarhede te glo oor ons Hemelse Vader, oor onsself en oor ons situasie. Maar ons het HOOP: Jesus is vir ons! (Matteus 7:15-16)
The faithful King of our hearts! - Let us examine our lives today – to see whether God is enthroned as King of our hearts. We need to recognise that relying on His strength to carry us through life is what delivers us from the anxiety and stress of trying to come up with our own plans! Do we strengthen our faith by reminding ourselves and others of the goodness and faithfulness of God? Do we wholeheartedly trust God with every detail of our lives? Our first response should be to praise and rejoice in our Lord, regardless of our circumstances! (Matthew 6:31-33)