Our Confident Hope: Re-Visited

30th & 31st July

Weekend Edition

Therefore, since we have been right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has bought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.”

Romans 5:1-2

God’s love and grace is amazing. Once enemies, we are now children of God. Once sinners, we are now saved. We have been given the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ. And it is not because of what we have done, as if it was something that could be earned. It simply was and is a gift. A daily gift that you can have as much of as you want. Jesus’ love is limitless. We have been brought with such a high price that we now are seated in the very presence of God, in Heavenly places. Moreover, we are so blessed that God gives us the faith to receive and believe it. We are in Christ and He is in us. We stand in a place of undeserved privilege, yet can share in the blessings of His grace and glory as true children of God.

We now can confidently and joyfully look forward to Jesus’ return and to living eternally in future glory with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Yet while we are on this earth, we bear the responsibility of being His representative, spreading the grace and love of God, our Heavenly Father.

Wherever you are at today, know that God has so much love for you. No matter where you are, what you have done, God’s grace is a real today as it was when we He bled on the cross for our sins. It is because we have been brought with such a high price that we can boldly and confidently share in His love, accept His grace and abide in His presence.

Praying In The Armour Of God: Day 7

29th July

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armour so you will be able to resist the enemy in time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

Ephesians 6:13

Friends, as we reach our last day, let this not be a week long thing only, but rather make it part of your everyday prayer life, so that after you are wearing all of God’s armour, you will still be standing strong against the enemy. Pray in the Spirit at all times, asking God to give you the words to pray. Pray for yourself. Pray for others. And pray for all believers everywhere.

..and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.…..”

Lord, I pray that You would remind me of the promises in Your word. Help me to speak them out with my mouth. Help me to live them out in my life. Let Your word come quickly to mind when I am in need of victory. I pray that Your word will purge out the lies and filth that the enemy tempts me with. I pray that when I read Your word, I will remember all that I read, meditate on it and let it fill my very being with truth. May Your word be my lamp and light. May I live by Your word and the promises found in them. Lead me, guide me and teach me. In Your Name Jesus.

Amen

Praying In The Armour Of God: Day 6

28th July

Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:11-12

What is really going on behind the scenes..? Friends, we are in a spiritual battle. Yet just as Paul said, often our enemy does not come in the form of flesh and blood, but is found in the unseen spiritual world. Yet we are not left as helpless sheep against our wolf-like enemy. We are fully protected by the blood of Jesus and have been equipped with the tools and armoury to withstand the enemy’s strategies. For the next week we will be structuring our devotionals as prayers so that we can guard ourselves against the enemy and his divisive tactics. As you pray the armour of God over your lives, we pray that you will begin to find victory in Him. That fear is swept away and the truth of who you are in Christ we lead you forwards…..

Put on salvation as your helmet.…..”

Lord, I pray that I will stand firm and secure in my salvation. I pray that my mind will be guarded from evil thoughts. Thoughts to harm me and not to prosper me, which is contrary to what You want for me, will not enter my mind. I pray that You will help me fix my thoughts on eternal things, not on natural things which are carnal. I pray that You will fill my mind with Your thoughts and Your plans for me. Help me to discern what is carnal thinking and deal it with accordingly. Let me rest in my salvation. Amen

Praying In The Armour Of God: Day 5

27th July

Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:11-12

What is really going on behind the scenes..? Friends, we are in a spiritual battle. Yet just as Paul said, often our enemy does not come in the form of flesh and blood, but is found in the unseen spiritual world. Yet we are not left as helpless sheep against our wolf-like enemy. We are fully protected by the blood of Jesus and have been equipped with the tools and armoury to withstand the enemy’s strategies. For the next week we will be structuring our devotionals as prayers so that we can guard ourselves against the enemy and his divisive tactics. As you pray the armour of God over your lives, we pray that you will begin to find victory in Him. That fear is swept away and the truth of who you are in Christ we lead you forwards…..

In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.…..”

Lord, I pray that as I hold up the shield of faith, the banner of my salvation, every arrow of discouragement, of fear, of depression, of anxiety and anything else, will be extinguished in the Name of Jesus. I pray that nothing will be able to penetrate the shield of faith and the shield of my salvation. That the fiery arrows of hatred and bitterness will be extinguished before they even get to me, in the Name of Jesus.

Praying In The Armour Of God: Day 4

26th July

Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:11-12

What is really going on behind the scenes..? Friends, we are in a spiritual battle. Yet just as Paul said, often our enemy does not come in the form of flesh and blood, but is found in the unseen spiritual world. Yet we are not left as helpless sheep against our wolf-like enemy. We are fully protected by the blood of Jesus and have been equipped with the tools and armoury to withstand the enemy’s strategies. For the next week we will be structuring our devotionals as prayers so that we can guard ourselves against the enemy and his divisive tactics. As you pray the armour of God over your lives, we pray that you will begin to find victory in Him. That fear is swept away and the truth of who you are in Christ we lead you forwards…..

For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared…..”

Lord, as I go out today, I carry the Good News of the King. May I remember that wherever I go, it’s Your Kingdom territory. I am Your ambassador. I am Your light in the dark places. Equip me to be the salt in conversation. May I speak love and peace to all I meet. May I take Kingdom ground wherever I step, breaking the chains of the enemy, in the Name of Jesus Christ. May boldly share Your Good News so all I meet without fear of man, or what people will say. In Jesus’ Name.

Praying In The Armour Of God: Day 3

25th July

Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:11-12

What is really going on behind the scenes..? Friends, we are in a spiritual battle. Yet just as Paul said, often our enemy does not come in the form of flesh and blood, but is found in the unseen spiritual world. Yet we are not left as helpless sheep against our wolf-like enemy. We are fully protected by the blood of Jesus and have been equipped with the tools and armoury to withstand the enemy’s strategies. For the next week we will be structuring our devotionals as prayers so that we can guard ourselves against the enemy and his divisive tactics. As you pray the armour of God over your lives, we pray that you will begin to find victory in Him. That fear is swept away and the truth of who you are in Christ we lead you forwards…..

“….and the body armour of God’s righteousness…..”

Lord, this day I choose to reject shame, guilt and condemnation. Guard my heart with Your truth. I thank You that through the power of Your grace I am forgiven and empowered to live righteously before You. I thank You that Jesus became my righteousness for me. Thank You that I do not need to tirelessly live a lifestyle of trying to be righteous because You have done it for me. Protect me, in Jesus’ Name from believing in anything less than what you think of me.

Praying In The Armour Of God

23rd & 24th July

Weekend Edition

Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:11-12

What is really going on behind the scenes..? Friends, we are in a spiritual battle. Yet just as Paul said, often our enemy does not come in the form of flesh and blood, but is found in the unseen spiritual world. Yet we are not left as helpless sheep against our wolf-like enemy. We are fully protected by the blood of Jesus and have been equipped with the tools and armoury to withstand the enemy’s strategies. For the next week we will be structuring our devotionals as prayers so that we can guard ourselves against the enemy and his divisive tactics. As you pray the armour of God over your lives, we pray that you will begin to find victory in Him. That fear is swept away and the truth of who you are in Christ we lead you forwards…..

“….Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth…..”

Lord, this day I recognise the lies of the enemy. I recognise that what he tells me about myself, about You and about my circumstances are all lies. I understand his native language is lies. So I choose to reject the lies in the Name of Jesus and stand in the truth of all God says about me. May I be filled with the promises found in Your word. I am a beloved child of God, part of the bride and army of Christ. I am part of a royal priesthood. I am the head and not the tail. God so loved me that He gave His Only Son for me. I am His!

One-ness

22nd July

I am pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are One….

John 17:21a

Jesus, when He walked on this earth, often declared that He and the Father were One; a statement which caused great offence to those listening. It was so hard for people to understand. They saw a man, the Son of Joseph, a carpenter, proclaiming that He and the Father were One. If this were true, it would have surely meant that Jesus was God; and for those listening, that would have been understood as blasphemy. Yet, what the people failed to recognise, is that Jesus’ birth as a human on earth, was long foretold though the very scriptures they read and were familiar with. They just chose to reject the truth, reject the prophetic signs and reject Jesus’ very own words. It was that disunity that Jesus indirectly prayed against. Unity is at the very heart of who God is, and it is the same unity found between the Trinity, that Jesus prayed for for His followers (that includes us too).

Moreover, it is, as Jesus said, “perfect unity” by through which “the world will know that You (the Father) sent Me and that You love them (US) as much as You love Me” (verse 23). It is by perfect unity lived out and shown through the Body of Christ, that the world will know the Father and His perfect love. It is from our actions, words and deeds, lived and breathed out in the spirit of unity, joined and connected by Christ, that the world will know more of who Jesus is and more about the Father’s heart for them. Jesus prayed that for His disciples and for us. Let us live in the truth and answer of Jesus’ prayer. Let us be ONE. Let us live in perfect unity with each other. Let us reject disharmony, disunity and discord and replace it with ONE-NESS in Christ.

Jesus Prayed For YOU

21st July

I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in Me through their message.

John 17:20

Did you know that Jesus prayed for you specifically? If you believe in Jesus, then you are included in Jesus’ prayer found in today’s key verse. You are included in the blessings that He spoke over His disciples and you are included in the covering that Jesus prayed over them. Isn’t that an incredible thought. To know Jesus prayed for you personally. It takes further value when we realise that Jesus and God are the same. Yet Jesus was and is not finished praying for you. Romans 8:34 says that Jesus, the One who died but was raised again, sits at the right hand of God, “interceding for us”. He is constantly presenting Himself as our sacrifice, as our payment and as our ransom, so we don’t have to pay for the sins we commit. His intercession on our behalf, when we confess our wrong doings lead us to salvation and liberty.

Jesus Himself again, showed us another example of His prayers towards man, when He told Peter that He had prayed for Him, in Luke 22:31-32, “satan demanded to have you (Peter), that he might sift you (Peter) like wheat, but I have prayed for you that you faith may not fail.” It was Jesus’ prayer for Peter that helped renew his faith after he had denied Jesus. And what a great influence Peter had in proclaiming the message of the Gospel!

Friends, Jesus prayed and prays for you. He wants you to succeed and is your best supporter.

Make Them Holy By Your Truth

20th July

Make them holy by Your truth; teach them Your word, which is truth.

John 17:17

Jesus often talked about the importance of knowing the truth. Yet what is the truth? Well, in John 8 verses 31 to 59, Jesus has an encounter with some over zealous Pharisees and Jews in the temple. During His encounter Jesus explained the ‘truth’ about our spiritual status before being adopted into His family. He said that the truth is that ‘everyone who sins is a slave of sin’, yet once we become a member of God’s family our status changes from being a slave, to a son and daughter of God. The power of this truth sets you free, and ‘if the Son sets your free, you are truly free’. We become Jesus’ disciples and His children if ‘we remain faithful’ to His teachings. His teachings are the truth about what God says about US and what God says about HIMSELF. His teachings remind us of our status as sons and daughters, liberated from the chains of the slavery of sin. Again Jesus said, ‘you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’.

Friends, let us today be set free by the truth of God’s word! We are loved, we are forgiven, we are accepted, we are not worthless but have worth, we are His, and we are chosen! God chose us to pour out His love. He knows us by name, and loves us despite our sin and shame. That is His truth! May that truth set you free.