The disciples once marvelled at the huge marble pillared temples in Jerusalem surrounded by carefully laid cobblestones. Jesus warned them that a day will come when all the buildings will be destroyed!
All over the world,monumental cathedrals have been converted into luxury hotels and nightclubs.
What is your legacy to the next generation? Will you build a monument or plant a tree? If we teach our children the Word we lay down deep roots for generations to come.
‘And there arose a generation that did not know the Lord or the things he had done for Israel.‘Judges 2:10
Today we have a dotted skyline and a generation without the Word!
It’s SALE season again! How do you shop? I pick the items I like, try them on at home, choose the ones that fit and return the rest to the store……..I wish it was that easy to make life’s choices
Our choice of spouse, career, neighbourhood, or children’s school has serious implications for the future. Do you agree that the greatest decision you have made is your choice of spouse? …..A story for another day!
Elimelech left Bethlehem; the land of bread and moved with his family to Moab. His choice had tragic consequences.
Lot chose the rich luscious green land of Sodom and Gomorrah leading to a salty pillar, incest and the birth of the Moabite Kingdom; perennial enemies of Israel!
Grandma Eve also chose to eat that delicious-looking apple!
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but ends in death!” (Pro 16:25)
Simon of Cyrene, a Gentile convert was passing through Jerusalem, when he was seized from the crowd and forced to carry the heavy cross uphill behind Jesus.
Simon just happened to be in the crowd on that day, the heavy cross was forced on him; he did not have a choice! (Luke 23:26)
On reflection, the crosses we bear in life are not of our own choosing, our crosses are just thrust on us suddenly often without warning!
And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. (1 Cor 10:13)
Sorry dear!…..You can’t choose your own cross!
Prayer for the Week
O Lord! The cross I carry feels so heavy, but you continue to provide the strength for me to bear it. Forgive me for grumbling when I have and as I follow Jesus may I find purpose in my pain.
The one positive aspect of the lockdown is that we got an opportunity to share a safe space with our ‘best and dearest’! Did we make use of this time to resolve lingering family conflicts? Have we had those difficult conversations? Did we seize the opportunities to apologise or forgive?
Will our children or spouses be leaving the lockdown with hurt and damaged egos because of what has gone on behind closed doors?
“SORRY” is one of the most powerful words in any language.
Don’t let hurt feelings and damaged egos be the legacy of your own lockdown!
Shoes are not just a fashion accessory in the literal sense; they represent who we are, our social standing, our background, our values, our principles and our experience; the very things that the Lord wants to change!
The burning bush must have been quite a spectacle to behold, but Moses had to take his shoes off before he could approach the miraculous.
Today most of us approach God wearing our designer shoes; expecting preferential treatment and some walk in carelessly with dirty shoes and muddy boots in total disregard for His sacred presence!
The Lord opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.- (James 4:6)
If you want to experience the miraculous like Moses you must take your shoes off too!…..Even if they are Jimmy Choos or Loubs!
Prayer for the Week
Lord forgive for the times I have relied on my own importance and approached your presence without respect. This week teach me to be humble and take my shoes off like Moses so that I also can walk in the miraculous.
Mary was set to marry, her childhood sweetheart, wedding invites had been sent out and it was now public knowledge. Suddenly God changed the plans and Mary was now to birth a child out of wedlock! Her reputation was at stake! What would people say? How would she explain this?
God will oftentimes rain on our parade because He wants to parade His own glory. Mary submitted herself to God’s will and we should also do the same
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled. (Luke 1:38)
Remember! God has no bad weather, even the thunderstorms (and pandemics) serve His purpose!
Sometimes our brollies’ need to come out on Parade Day…..Let it rain Lord!
PRAYER FOR THE WEEK
O Lord You hold the whole world in Your hands. I humbly submit my plans to you, interrupt them as and when You see fit in a way that Your name is glorified, and help me to be thankful.
Happy Monday people!
Isn’t it strange that the key to our miracle is often hidden in plain sight; in the small stuff, the things we take for granted? My friend Lola always talks about appreciating pockets of happiness!
After a major victory on Mount Carmel Elijah expected to find God in the fire and earthquake, but He came in a still small voice.
A certain widow’s sons were to be sold off to pay a debt their father a prophet owed. This widow had a combination of small stuff; a small jar of oil, a few empty vessels and good neighbours. A combination that turned her into a wealthy oil merchant!
It was also a small boys lunch that fed the multitude. Look at the small stuff around you too, you will need them one day.
Small is enough!….You only need mustard seed faith to move huge mountains!
Prayer for the Week
Lord throughout this week help me see you in the things and people that I take for granted. Give me the courage to rebuild broken relationships and may I never despise the little I have because You are in it.
Happy Monday good people! I have often wondered how and why hurricanes are given their names.
This morning let’s remember Jonah; the only man known to have been swallowed by a fish and live to tell the tale! Jonah was running from God’s will; as a matter of fact running in the opposite direction, so God sent ‘Hurricane Jonah’ to hunt him down! God caused also Jonah to be swallowed by a big fish that vomited him onto the shores of Nineveh; the same city he was running away from!….God sure has a sense of humour.
Often God sends a storm to get our attention and lead us to a place where we are ready to do his will.
Yesterday at church we were told to pause and listen to what God is saying.
Perhaps that storm raging in your life right now is a hurricane with your own name on it!….Time to pause, reset then go!