2017 - THURSDAY 29 JUNE THE POWER OF DARKNESS LUKE 22:53 But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” When the disciples tried to defend Jesus from the mob who came out to arrest Him in the garden - he told them that even this is part of the Father's plan. Consider; THE POWER OF DARKNESS HAS THREE ELEMENTS. A. DARKNESS The enemy always lurks in the shadows of darkness and confusion. The power of darkness is gone - when the light of God is shone. B. DECEIT Judas the betrayer deceived everyone -including himself - in the hour of the power of darkness. Where sin is - darkness reigns. Never believe a sinner - deceit will be close by. They must come to the light - for sin -sorrow -and salvation - to be revealed. When darkness reigns for an hour or two - and it can - don't react - but choose to stop and get some light in your soul concerning the Father's will for your life. The dark night of deceit and despair will soon turn into the morning of destiny and delight. C. DIVISION Jesus was about to be arrested and separated from his friends. The power of darkness is always seen in it's ability to separate best of family and friends. If your relationships are being stretched and separated - get some God Glue called forgiveness - and destroy the works of darkness. GOD IS NOT DEFINED OR CONFINED BY DARKNESS. IN HIM THERE IS NOT EVEN A SHADOW WHEN HE TURNS. HE MAKES THE DARKNESS SERVE THE LIGHT OF HIS PURPOSE. THE LIGHT OF HIS GLORY SHALL RISE -REST - AND REFLECT - UPON YOU.
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2017 - WEDNESDAY 28 JUNE STRANDED Have you ever been stranded in some place, feeling very uncomfortable like a fish out of water. There are four reasons why we become stranded. 1. STORMS OF LIFE Storms can blow us way off course and bring us into unknown territory. The steps of a good man are ordered by God. Therefore you are not stranded - but appointed. God has a purpose for you in that place. That hospital ward - or that cancelled flight queue. Somebody needs a saviour - and you are the one. 2. ABANDONMENT Ever been to an event with a friend, and they disappear and leave you stranded with strangers. Overcoming your fear of new encounters is important in life. Strangers become new friends when you stop feeling stranded and start being appointed. 3. RUNNING OUT OF SUPPLIES I have a habit of running out of petrol. I try to squeeze another 50 kilometres out of my tank even when the gauge says empty. Being stranded through stupidity is the worst feeling. Learning to fill up on God's grace daily will deliver you from being stupidly stranded. 4. OVER REACHING YOUR ABILITY Ever tried to climb a mountain or cliff, only to become stuck and unable to return to base. God wants us to reach higher. Maybe you need to keep the summit in view - and stop trying to find a way down, every time the journey becomes a little too steep. Being stranded - for whatever reason - provides an opportunity; For God to show Himself faithful. For you to show yourself fearless. For your circumstances to show their true colours. For your prayer life to show it's true value. For you to find inner strength for the next level. CHRIST IN YOU - THE HOPE OF GLORY
2017 - TUESDAY 27 JUNE HEARTS SET ON PILGRIMAGE Psalm 84:10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. People who love the presence of God also love the place of God. His House is the place where His honour dwells. Consider those who set themselves to get themselves into God's House. 1. THEY SET THEIR DESIRE AND AFFECTION - ON THE PRESENCE OF GOD. To set your affection -goes beyond feelings - and is an act of your will. 2. THEY CONSIDER SPIRITUAL THINGS AS BETTER THINGS. Coming together to worship God - strengthens and releases our spirit - and increases our faith. Far better! 3. THEY MAKE GOD'S HOUSE - MY GOD'S HOUSE. Ownership is everything. An owner never criticises his own God House. 4. THEY PURPOSE TO SERVE IN MY GOD'S HOUSE. They want to steward the vision of their God House. 5. THEY CONTRAST THE DWELLING PLACE OF THE RIGHTEOUS WITH THE TENTS OF THE WICKED. No comparison. Light to darkness. The motivation for going into God's House is far stronger than any other desire or need. Deep calls to deep! Listen to your spirit and it will get you up and going - to fulfil your Sunday pilgrimage to the House of God. Even if - when you get there - you are simply the doorkeeper or childminder.