Posted in The word of hope

The Spirit helps us die

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. —1 Peter 4:14
Corrie ten Boom tells how she worried as a girl whether she would be able to stand against the Germans if she was threatened. She felt so weak when she thought about what might happen. Her father, I think it was, gave her a great illustration. He said, “When you are going to take a journey on the train, do I give you your ticket three weeks early or just as you get on the train?” She answered, “As I get on the train.” “So God will give you the special strength you need to be strong in the face of death just when you need it, not before.”

I believe 1 Peter 4:14 promises that in the hour of greatest trial God comes to his children to give them courage and faith which they did not know they were capable of. The Holy Spirit will help you die.

Good tradition tells us that Paul was beheaded by Nero. Paul’s last letter was probably 2 Timothy. His trial had already begun. Picture the old soldier, battle scarred for his Commander, in custody in Rome. He is called before the court. Everyone knows his days are numbered. He’s a marked man. So none of his friends stand by him. He makes his defense. The decision is made to hear him once again—then the end. He goes back to his quarters and writes these words to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:16–17), “At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me.”

I pray that you will remember these words: The Spirit will help you die. He will stand by you when there is no one else. He will sustain your faith. He will give you glimpses of glory. He will cause you to magnify Christ in your death. Courage which you never thought was possible will be yours. The Spirit of glory and of God will rest upon you and carry you home.

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Posted in Passion of Christ

Passion week Silent Saturday

As the sun rose on Saturday, sadness filled the hearts of Jesus’ disciples, family and friends. None of them understood that the death of Jesus — the most undeserved death imaginable — would yield a divine return. When Jesus drew His last breath, He disarmed the powfers of darkness and triumphed over all authorities marshaled against the reign of God (Col. 2:14-15).

Let God fill your mind with a knowledge that even death could not contain Jesus. God’s light has triumphed over darkness.

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Posted in Passion of Christ

Passion week Monday

In Passion Week, Jesus prepared to take the wrath of Judgment Day for all of us. He knew what was coming and made the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus wasn’t surprised. He was obedient – even to death on a cross!
Join in prayer and approach the cross with a renewed sense of awe, humility and gratitude.

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This was taken from “celebrate passion week” plan on Bible youversion app

Posted in Passion of Christ

Palm Sunday

Zachariah 9:9 Rejoice  greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O  daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King  cometh unto thee: he is just, and having  salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass,  and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 10 And  I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and  the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle  bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak  peace unto the heathen: and his dominion  shall be from sea  even to sea, and from  river even to the ends of the earth.  11 As  for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant  I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the  pit wherein is no water.  12 Turn you to  the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even  to day do I declare that I will render  double unto thee;
Let’s begin our celebration of Easter Passion Week by thinking of Jesus’ humble entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. No other king could arrive to conquer warhorses and warriors while humbly riding on the foal of a donkey. No other king could break the backbone of all warfare by the brokenness of the cross.

Deepen your reflection on Christ’s passion through this two minute audio prayer. Marvel and wonder at God’s plan, and thank Him for the richness of His grace.

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Posted in Call to actions

God’s guidance system

In Matthew 6:22-24, Jesus tells us the impact when God has our whole heart,

“The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

While it may not seem like it, Jesus is talking about the heart.

As we learned in our previous devotionals, if you give to God, and give for the right reasons, God has your heart. Your heart belongs to Him. When God has your heart, He can lead you; because that is how God leads, He leads through your heart.

That’s really what this illustration is about. That is what He means by, “The lamp of the body is the eye.”

Think about the difference light makes when trying to walk on a narrow, craggy path. When light comes into your eye, you can see your way. Your eyes, when the light is able to come in, are a built-in guidance system, aren’t they?

Well, you know what? You have a guidance system God uses to lead you. That guidance system is called your heart. If God has your treasure, He has your heart. But God can’t lead you through your heart if He doesn’t have your heart.

If God has your heart, then He can begin to lead you. You can go anywhere He tells you to go. And interestingly enough, the loyalty of our heart is expressed through our giving. Giving and guidance tied together? According to Jesus…definitely!

This is taken from@YouVersion Plan Give God Your Heart And Keep Your Motives Pure. Check it out here:

Posted in Vices of the devil

God has it all covered

Isaiah 49:13 Sing,  O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and  break forth into singing, O mountains: for  the Lord hath comforted his people, and  will have mercy upon his afflicted. 14 But  Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and  my Lord hath forgotten me. 15 Can a  woman forget her sucking child, that she  should not have compassion on the son of  her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I  not forget thee. 16 Behold, I have graven  thee upon the palms of my hands; thy  walls are continually before me. 
When we are confronted with problems, we might think God has forgotten us. Thoughts comes to mind to weaken our heart, even the devil ceases opportunity to feed us with diverse lies, through it all do not forget that God has you in mind.

I love this hymn, “what a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grieves to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer”. Everything to God in prayer, means whatever, simple situation, complex situation, your secret, your fear, your worry, EVERYTHING to God in prayer.

God’s love is everlasting, never changing, upholding and lifting. Its power is always there to work for us. Do not permit the devil to stress you unnecessarily with worry. Anxiety does not solve a problem, it drains your ability to solve the problem. A popular saying is “HAKUNA MATATA” means “Don’t Worry”. Relax in God. God is bigger than that problem, he is bigger than your questions, bigger than any mountain, you can or cannot see.

A song rings in my heart whenever worry comes and it works for me; 

Why worry? When you can pray

Trust in Jesus and he will lead the way

Don’t be a doubting Thomas

Just keep on trusting Jesus

Why worry, worry, worry?

When you can pray.

Prayer is being emphasized upon here. My Father in the Lord once told me never to underestimate the power of Prayer. Prayer is the key, it is the master key. Take it all to God in prayer and leave it all to him knowing he cares for you, and see God stand for you. Don’t forget to appreciated him for his Love, Care and Mercy. Hallelujah.