O King of Assyria, your shepherds slumber; your nobles lie down to rest. Your people are scattered on the mountains, with no-one to gather them. Nothing can heal your wound; your injury is fatal. Everyone who hears the news about you, claps his hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty. From the book of Nahum 3;18-19. Amen.
The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on His foes and maintains His wrath against His enemies. The Lord is slow to anger and GREAT in power; the Lord WILL NOT leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and storm and clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebukes the sea and dries it up; He makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. The mountains qualke before Him and hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it. Who can withstand His inidgnation? Who can endure His fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before Him.
The Lord is GOOD, a refuge in times of trouble. He CARES for those who TRUST Him, but with an overwhelming flood He will make an end of Ninevah; HE WILL PURSUE HIS FOES INTO DARKNESS. Whatever they plot against the Lord, He will bring to an end; trouble will not come to an end.
From the book of Nahum 1; 1-9
Father, Our daily spiritual bread is very important. From the Our Daily Bread daily magazine, I like these two.
'A new commandment that I give to You, that You love one another'. John 13;34
Bearing peoples' heavy burdens
Shouldering Their pain and grief
Shows the love of Christ to Others
Bringing Them His sure relief...I dedicate this to the Syrian people in the hope that there can be increased aid and safety and to know that We do care about Them although Our government has decided against military intervention. The height of Our love for God is indicated by the depth of Our love for one another.
'Great Priscilla and Aquila...who risked Their own necks for my life'. Romans 15:3-4
The hand of God protects Our way
WHEN We do His will
And even when We take a risk
We know He's with His still.
When You've been rescued, You'll want to rescue Others. Lord, rescue the Syrians from the evil dictator and complicated troubles there. Help Them meanwhile according to Their great needs.
Father and Jesus Christ, the book and time of Revelation is upon Us for the end is close. It is written in the prologue 'Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophesy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.' Help Us understand the GRAVITY of what is coming for there are many still lost. Help Me understand WHY so maThank You. Amen
Father, it is written ' God will make the way of escape, that We may be able to bear it'. God, make that way for me and those else who need a way out. Thank You. Amen
Father in heaven, We are well into the time of tribulation now. What can We do except wait now. And keep holding Our faith. Keep praying and know that everything will change when Christ returns. There are two sides out there and Us who have the truth in Us know the Truth and know that We shall be spared. I am used to persecution now and know that this too will continue until Jesus comes back. I have accepted this now. Help Us wait then and not let go of Our faith. I certainly wont. Help Me accept the way things are and just aim to wait in rest and relaxation, peace and hope knowing what is ahead the other side of eternity and judgement. Thank You. Amen.
fATHER, I THANK YOU FOR SENDING US OUR SAVIOUR, YOUR SON AND OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST. YOU BOTH MONITOR OUR THINKING AND STEP IN TO INTERVENE WHEN WE START TO GO DOWN ON A TRAIN OF THOUGHT ABOUT OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. YOU SEND PEACE, HOPE, STRENGTH AND CHANGE OUR THOUGHTS SO THAT WE CAN COPE AND FUNCTION. YOU WILL NOT STAND BY AND SEE YOUR FAMILY SUFFER AND SEND SUPPORT NIGHT AND DAY. YOU DO SO MUCH FOR US - SENDING RESOURCES, CHANGE AND PEOPLE TO HELP US. YOU CARE EVEN ABOUT OUR THINKING PATTERNS. YOU WORK DAY AND NIGHT FOR US AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR ATTENTIVE CARE AND LOVE. AMEN
For the next new weeks, this section will be a do. This will be to put the theory of the Fruits of The Spirit into practise, Together.
This week, let us then practise being patient. This means withdrawing agitated comment, facial expressions, tuts and sighs,
and showing harrassment in Our body language. This might mean slowing down for some if They live life at a frantic pace, always rushing about. Let Us develop patient endurance which will be a life long skill and stress reliever. While You are waiting, You could be having a blether to God and/or Christ who will keep You calm and content during Your wait whether this be in person, on the phone or out and about with people. I do belive most of Us are extremely patient people but let Us look like We are actually ENJOYING learning patience or demonstrating patience. God and Christ will love it but the enemy will hate it because he loses satisfaction in getting people annoyed with impatience. If need be, to avoid rushing, leave 5 minutes earlier - why make things stressful when there is no need if it can be avoided. So, if You're on the roads, You shouldn't be rushing either breaking speed limits. SLOW down to be within the limits set and again, lave a littl earlier if You're always freaking out at the wheel. You can do it! Lord, thank You, for Your AMAZING patience with Us - You wait and wait and yet don't get annoyed with Us - ever! Thank You that You never rush Us but set a high but realistic target and pace. Let Us help one another then whose life isn't very good at the minute and They are prone to impatience by making allowances for Them. Amen.
Father and Jesus Christ, I thank You that We are no longer condemned - Those who do not live according to the sinful nature, but according to the Spirit. We have Our minds set on what the Spirit desires and we are trying to obey. We are losing the hold that kept Us back and from repeating Our sin/s and are moving forward, starting life anew and afresh every morning. We have such hope in the work of Your Spirit. Who guides Us, leads Us, teaches Us, counsels Us, comforts Us and protects Us from the temptations of the wicked one. We are gaining ground and victory dialy which IS spurring Us on even more. Without You, We would be helpless vessels; but with You, We are being born again through the awesom and sacred power of Your Spirit. Thank You. Amen.
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, as You know, My heart and many Other hearts go out to the syrian peoples and particularly, children. I pray that the aid agencies, including Save The Children - bless Their works please- can get granted FULL access into Syria itself. Save The Children say They have only had access to 80,000 yet but They desperately want to reach All in need. Father, I am SO GLAD to see reports on the tv of toys and educational resources and counsellors at work in the refugee camps. The children are finding therapy and fun again in Their young lives. The children are now into Their THIRD year of going without schooling. THREE OUT OF FOUR CHILDREN there have LOST AT LEAST ONE LOVED ONE and are also grieving on top of losing Their familiarity, Their homes, Their computers and toys and Their childhood so far is stolen. Please, Father and Christ bring an end to the 120+ faction groups out there PLUS the forces of the government who have, it very much looks like, sent out chemical bombs against CHILDREN, MEN AND WOMEN not involved in the fighting. Please comfort all syrians and let Them know that major help is on the way and that they ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. We care about Them very much, very much, and Many are praying for Them. These are CHILDREN OF GOD and so I fully entrust Them to You, Father and Christ. Thank You for what You are going to do for Them All.. Amen.
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