Friday, 28 February 2014

New Blog Post: "A House Of Prayer"- Daily Devotional

Help Me To Be Strong

Reading: Mark 9:24

“Receive God’s gift of faith.”


Father, I ask You to make me strong against the unbelief, which is within my family. Firstly, I will ignore their taunts. I will not respond to their scoffing, neither will I respond to their anger or rebuttal. It only feeds the fires of antagonism in them. Secondly, let me quietly and consistently continue in ministry in Jesus Christ to the glory, honour, and praise of God. Do not let me be intimidated by my unbelieving family members. I ask God to enable me to be faithful and to live a life consistent with a vibrant Christian life and before them as a witness. Thirdly, let me draw my strength from Jesus Christ in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit of God. Let me be amongst Christians who will encourage me, bless me, and pray for one another as I need this as they do. I commit this prayer to You in the Name of Jesus Christ with thanksgiving, love, and praise. Amen.

Lessons To Be Learnt

We must ask God to increase our faith in Him. This enables us to overcome the influences of non-believers. It is all about having the right attitude and trusting and having the confidence, which the Bible talks about. Faith is a gift from God. It does not matter how much faith you may think you have, you may never reach the point of being self-sufficient. Drawing faith from God is essential. It is a constant process of renewing our faith on a daily basis and by trusting in Christ Jesus. This is the only way one can live. The enemy tries to taunt us whether it is through family members, friends, or other people. We must not respond to these taunts nor should we become angry. This only feeds the fire of antagonism within them. We must praise and thank God quietly as this defuses anger and antagonism, and we can witness a vibrant Christian life before them and be Christ’s witnesses.

Monday, 24 February 2014

New Blog Post: "In Touch Magazine – Charles Stanley"

“Unshakeable Peace”

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Anxiety is the enemy of a peaceful life. People go to great lengths to get rid of stress: travel ads, promise vacations and will sweep you away from it; gyms offer to help you “sweat it out”; and popular magazine suggests ways to lessen it by adjusting schedules or habits. The problem is that no one can adequately shift circumstances to achieve total freedom from heartache, burdens, or trouble.
However, we can have unshakeable peace during anxious times. Jesus said to seek peace in Him because He has overcome this world (John 16:33). The key is to shift our focus from the scary problem onto God, who lovingly provides whatever we need from His limitless resources and power (Ps. 50:10; Rom. 8:11).
Serenity can’t be manufactured – it’s a gift from our heavenly Father. His Spirit produces a sense of calm in believers who seek the Lord’s protection against anxiety (Phil. 4:7). The Greek word translated as guard in today’s passage literally means “to garrison about.” God wraps hearts and minds in peace, effectively safeguarding both against all-consuming worry or fear. Notice that He doesn’t He doesn’t make problems go away – we may still be under pressure or prone to weep, but we are cushioned against anxiety and encircled by peace as well.
Today’s verses tell us to pray rather than give in to anxiety. These words are Paul’s orders for doing battle against the stresses and troubles of this world. Prayer keeps your mind and heart garrisoned with peace. Keep trusting in God so that your defenses are  strong and anxiety cannot slip in.

Friday, 21 February 2014

New Blog Post: “Salt and Light”

Matthew 5:13 ESV “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

God working through us enables Him to have an impact upon people’s lives. We must be willing to allow His power to work through us. We have been separated and set apart to carry out God’s will. He has commissioned us to do His work. We must not follow the customs of the world any longer. God wants to transform us into a new people changing us to think in His will and ways and not in our own. We are the salt of the earth and need to keep our flavour to preserve, penetrate, create a thirst, and become very quiet and be the healing element in people’s lives. Jesus is the Light who comes into our heart, mind, spirit, soul, and body and He makes us clean and pure. Jesus equips us to drive the darkness and evil spirits away. God’s Spirit uses us to warn others about the evil darkness, through God’s Divine Power. Jesus will convict us for our actions where evil has been in control of our lives; all we have to do is walk in obedience to Jesus Christ and He would do the rest.

Monday, 17 February 2014

New Blog Post: NEW DAY NEW YOU – Joyce Meyer

“Change the Course of Your Day”

I am the Vine you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me (cut off from vital union with Me) you can do nothing. – John 15:5

If you get up in the morning in a terrible mood, the best thing you can do is find a place and spend time with the LORD. Being in His presence transforms us. We can change the course of a day that Satan has negative plans for by learning to seek God quickly, when we sense any attitude or behaviour that is not Christlike. Apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5), but with and through Him, we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). I have learned always have feelings, but I don’t have to let them rule me. I can’t override them on my own; but I seek God for help, He will strengthen me to walk in His Spirit, not in my emotions.
What if someone offends us or hurts our feelings? The Bible says we are not to be easily offended or touchy. We are all commanded to quickly forgive those who hurt us. We may want to do what is right but find the doing of it difficult. That is when we need to take time to pray, spend some time with God, go to His Word and let our hearts meditate on a few scriptures that deal with what we are going through. As a result, you and I will find strength to do the right thing. Remember, we are in a war; we are soldiers in God’s army, and we must be ready at any time to use our weapons. Some of those weapons are prayer, worship, praise and the Word of God.

Friday, 14 February 2014

New Blog Post: “Surrender to God”

Surrendering your life to the authority of Jesus Christ is a daily decision. If we pray our requests before Christ and intercede for His people, then we must expect Him to answer us at His appointed time. We must never give up until we see our prayers answered. After all, He is an all-powerful and an all-knowing God. Whatever is needed in one’s life, He will take care of it for them. We need to pray daily to be empowered by the Spirit of God and be under the Holy Spirit’s leadership. We must stand firm in our faith in Christ. We need the Holy Spirit of God to enable us to do so. He gives us a new middle name “Stand”, and this is what we should intend to do when the enemy tries to steal from us. We stand in God and then throw the enemy back at him. Remembering our past, present, and future experience God has given us leads us to victory against them. God works many miracles within us and helps us deal with the many Goliath's we have experienced. He continues His deliverance within each of us daily and into the future. Walking in obedience and surrendering our lives to Christ is the only option we should want to take.