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Devoted!

As humans our commitment and our devotion is very short lived. We see that even today with covid-19 still around, we don’t seem to be as devoted to doing the basic things we did a few months ago. The same can be said about race issues, as we get devoted during incidents, but a few months on our commitment to the cause drops off. What are you devoted to in your life? Being devoted to something is simply being loyal by giving of your time, affection and resources.

Many people today are devoted to certain restaurants, television programs and even their cell phones. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, but we have to examine our own hearts and see if we are being devoted to God, and to the people He has placed in our lives. Are we devoted to honouring others above ourselves like today’s scripture says? The world’s system says to “look out for number one—yourself,” but God’s system says “look out for others, and I will look out for you.”

Today, as you examine your own heart and life in regards to devotion and commitment, ask the Lord to show you ways that you can honour Him and others. One way is by simply being faithful to your word. Be a person of integrity and honour. Do what you say! As you live your life devoted to one another and honouring others, you are actually honouring God. He will repay you for your kindness and reward you in this life and in eternity!

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

(Romans 12:10, NIV)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, I want to be a person of honour and integrity. Father, teach me to be devoted to others through my consistent support the way You want me to. God, fill me with Your love and help me to focus on my devotion to eternity. Help me not to be fragile in my devotion to the injustice that affects my community. I bless You and thank You for Your goodness and unwavering devotion in my life, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

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Get A Bigger Blessing Bucket

Many churches have seen their numbers increase at weekend services, at prayer meetings, and at youth meetings since lockdown. Zoom, Google meets and Facebook have reached more people spiritually than at any other time in the history of the internet. Could it be that God allowed covid because He wants to enlarge our territory and also to increase our capacity?

Trials come to enlarge us and increase us. God has many blessings in store for you! He has favour in your future like you’ve never imagined. He wants to take you places that you’ve never even dreamed. But in order for us to partake of all these blessings, we have to increase our capacity to receive.

You may have heard me say this before, if you have a one gallon bucket and someone has fifty gallons to give you, the problem is not with the supply. The problem is that you don’t have the capacity to receive the fifty gallons. But, if you get rid of that small container and get something larger, then you will be able to receive more. It’s the same way with God. If we think we’ve reached our limits, the problem isn’t that God doesn’t have the resources or the ability. The problem is that our container is too small. So, God will allow trails like covid to stretch us.

Today, we have to enlarge our vision and make room for the new things God has for us. After covid and lockdown our attitude should be, “yes, the economy is down, but I know God is still on the throne. I know wherever I go His goodness and mercy follows me.” When you have that kind of attitude, you’re increasing your capacity to receive in abundance, so get ready with your bigger blessing bucket, so that you can receive all He has in store for you.

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back…”

(Isaiah 54:2, NIV)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, I thank You in advance for giving me abundant blessings. Thank You Father that during Covid-19 you are, and have, increased my capacity to receive from You. God, I let go of limited thinking and old mindsets, and I open myself to everything You have in store for me. Show me Your ways that I may walk with You, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

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Our Freedom And Restoration Will Come

As I consider the pandemics that seem to have this world in captivity, I’m reminded of God’s people In the Old Testament when they were going through a very dark time. They were being held captive against their will and mistreated by other nations. God sent this word to encourage them and give them hope for their future. He will give them double for their trouble. When the time came God set them free from the oppressor, He was faithful to His Word! Hallelujah!

I know we’re going through a hard time globally, but in your personal life are you going through a difficult time with bills, relationships, mental health and other things? Let this word bring you encouragement too. God wants to give you double for your trouble. He is the God of restoration—that means He’s not going to just repay you for every wrong done, He’s going to go above and beyond and make things even better than they were before.

Today, if you are facing challenges, or going through a time of adversity, remember, it’s always darkest just before the dawn appears. Your days are destined to shine brighter, because God is faithful. As you stay in faith and are obedient to His Word, you’ll receive double for your trouble and the blessings He has in store for you! Hold on to Him and we will see the global captives of covid-19 and racism disappear, and we will be set free and abundantly blessed!

“Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.” (Isaiah 61:7, NIV)

Pray With Me

耶和华,这灯我爸爸谢谢你的词th and guides my steps. Father, I will put my trust and hope in You beginning today. God, give me the strength to hold on to You as I face the double assassin of covid-19 and racism. Thank You for the promises of freedom and restoration. I receive them right now by faith into my life, as I keep my heart and mind stayed on You, in Christ’s Name! Amen.

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Get Hope, Get Strength

As we protest against racism worldwide, many of us are tired and weary in a struggle that has taken generations. Are you feeling tired or weary? Do you need strength for today and the road ahead? The Scripture tells us that when we hope in the Lord, that’s exactly what we will get—strength! Therefore get hope, get strength! No hope leads to weariness and fatigue!

If you’ve grown weary and tired, overwhelmed by the cares of this world, it’s a clear sign that you need to change what you’re putting your hope in. Are you putting your hope in your job? The government? The economy? Another person? Or worldly organisations? All of these things will keep you focused on earthly things, making you mentally and physically tired. But when you hope in the Lord, you are investing in the Rock of Ages. He never gets weary! He is the only solid foundation for your soul, with a clear plan for your success.

Today, find strength by simply putting your hope in God. Declare out loud, God, I place my hope in You. I trust You are working in my life, even though at times I can’t feel or see You, I will rest in You. Now, feed your hope and faith by meditating daily on the Scriptures. As you renew your mind with the Word of God, you’ll find strength, you’ll find hope, and you’ll find His victory for all the days of your life!

“但那些希望在主的人将更新他们的力量。他们会在老鹰等翅膀上翱翔;他们会跑步而不是疲惫,他们会走路而不是微弱。“

(Isaiah 40:31, NIV)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, thank You for renewing my strength as I put my hope in You. Father, help me to have a spiritual revival, because I’m tired of following earthly human ideologies that focus on secular issues. I declare today that I love You and trust You. I know that You are working in my life and in the life of others. God, please don’t allow me to get so distracted that I lose hope in You. Fill me with Your peace and joy as I wait on You, in Jesus’ Name! Amen.

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Trust God During The Delay

什么周末。很多行进,很多谈论,以及很多情感,所有这些都是好的。我们不能忘记战斗不公正的精神因素。你可能一直在祈祷并站在上帝的话语上,尚未见过结果。圣经有在耶和华等待时如何做的原则,以及如何在等待时制作上帝的计划和发展信仰。

经文在约翰11诗句中说:“当耶稣听到拉撒路生病时,他住在两天的地方。”一个翻译说,“他坐下来。”现在,这是对拉扎勒的家人在寻找的反应。“耶稣,当我们最需要你时不要坐下。”换句话说,“上帝,当我打击种族不公正时,不要坐下,当我的财务状况很低。”“当我的问题很大时不要坐下。”然而到底,上帝不仅愈合拉撒路,他从死中抚养了他!Hallelujah!你会受到沮丧,甚至生气,但是当你与上帝的方式处理,基于他的话语和祷告,即使上帝必须养死!

Today, your mind may be telling you it’s a waste of time, it’s too late, it’s never going to happen, things will never change. No, you’ve got to know at times there is a God-given reason for the delay. God is planning something greater. You’re thinking of a healing, He is thinking of a resurrection. You may be thinking how I can survive, but God is thinking how you can thrive. Remember, His ways are higher than your ways, and you can trust that He is going to amaze you with His goodness in every area of your life!

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

(Isaiah 55:9, NIV)

Pray With Me
耶和华,今天我选择在我无法追你的时候相信你。父亲,我相信你代表我在幕后工作。我释放了所有的关心和担忧,知道你在商店里有更大的计划。上帝,让我在延迟时挂在那里的力量,在基督的名字!阿门。

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At Times Like These Create A God File

Watching the memorial service yesterday for George Floyd, I was left thinking about the joint pandemic of racism and covid-19. It led me to ask this question – when things happen in your life that you don’t plan, do you find yourself trying to reason it all out, or looking for a place to file it all in your mind? What happens when you can’t find a “file” to put it in? What if you can’t make sense of it all?

This may be an answer: create a file in your thinking called an “I Don’t Understand It” file. When things come up that don’t make sense or you can’t figure out, instead of losing hope or becoming confused, simply put it in your “I Don’t Understand It” file and leave it alone by faith.

Today, especially at this time, don’t start moving forward with old frustrations. Don’t carry bitterness into your season of new beginnings. Don’t put a question mark where God has placed a full stop. Trust that He is good. Trust that He is working things out for your good. Keep believing, keep praying, keep hoping for the future. Let go of what didn’t work out and what’s causing you stress, and get ready for the new season God has prepared for you!

“Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me.”
(诗篇131:1,NKJV)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, right now I surrender my unexplained questions; I surrender my negative past; I surrender my frustrations; I surrender my need to have all the answers in my “God take care of it” file. God, I trust that You have all the answers, and You will reveal all things in time. Teach me not to stress and worry about world events, because you are still in control, in Christ’s Name! Amen.

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Meditation Is Part Of The Solution

One of the things that will bring you sanity during these chaotic times is meditating, particularly before you start your day, or at the end of the day. To meditate on something simply means to think about it, and let the meaning of it sink deep down into your heart.

Meditation is a spiritual practice that’s encouraged throughout scripture. The key is to draw on God’s wisdom found in His Word, which is filled with the blessings and benefits of meditating on its principles. For example, meditating on God’s Word will give you spiritual, physical and emotional success. That’s exactly what God told Joshua as Israel got ready to enter the Promised Land.

今天,当每个人都在寻找解决方案,success, God’s definition of both of these is to know Him better. One way you can do that is to read and understand His Word. Another benefit of meditating on God’s Word is that it will help you keep your heart and mind right before Him, especially in these times. The Bible is like a mirror and a lens that accurately shows you where your heart really is, and how to move forward.

“Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.”

(Joshua 1:8, NLT)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, You have said that Your Word is living and active. Father, help me have the appetite for meditating on Your Word daily, so I can live and be successful. God, today I pledge to spend time allowing this living Word to search my heart, and make sure I am right before You, moving forward with vision and vigour, in Christ’s Name! Amen.

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Please Take Care of Yourself

当我们看着英国的悲惨现实时,少数民族比白人朋友更有可能死于冠心病的三分之一。虽然可能有许多不同的因素,但在向别人看之前必须被问到的问题是“我能做什么来保护自己?”我们可能不得不减去以乘以繁殖,我们可能不得不削减才能向前迈进并有更光明的未来。因为我们用价格买了,我们必须尽我们所能要照顾上帝最宝贵的创造 - 我!

There is no doubt that being in shape spiritually is the most important kind of fitness. But being in shape physically is just as important. Most of us know our Bible well, we pray often and we know what to do, but then don’t have the physical energy to do anything at all. All three parts of your being physical, emotional and spiritual should be healthy and in sync for you to function most productively.

今天,在这一时期的冠状病毒,我们hould do all we can to look after ourselves, remembering that our body is the temple of the most high God, and you must honour Him with the care you take of it. Seek a balanced diet, and try to be healthy and God-honouring in every part of life.

“For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God because He owns it.”

(1 Corinthians 6:20, TLB)

Pray With Me
Yahweh, thank You for giving me the ability to honour You with my body. Help me to take care of my body physically, mentally and spiritually, realising that my body is my responsibility. God, show me what needs to change to make my body a stronger and healthier temple for You. In Christ’s Name! Amen.