2020 - MONDAY 29 JUNE WHEN WE ARE SEPARATED Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. DECLARE YOUR LOVE The one-another commitment of the early church was amazing. They knew they were better together - and they worked at it. They knew that love overcomes all things. DECLARE RECONNECTION The times of separation were difficult for Paul and he made it known. He longed for their fellowship in all forms. He declared his desire to be with them in person. DECLARE YOUR JOY Make the people in your world your joy. Find the good and celebrate it together. Find the funny and laugh. Find the deep and share it. Find the pure and honour it. DECLARE YOUR CROWN The people in your world are your crown. You are known by the company you keep. Paul declared his friends to be his crowning glory. DECLARE YOUR STEADFASTNESS By your steadfastness - you inspire your family & friends to be steadfast. DECLARE YOUR LOVE AGAIN Never leave a conversation without reaffirming your love for the person. Paul was the master at doing this. He could disagree with others - but knew that he must reaffirm the bond that tied them together. That eternal bond was their love for God - their love for His word- and their love for one another. LOVE BINDS US TOGETHER
2020 - SUNDAY 28 JUNE PRAYER CHANGES THINGS I am convinced that many of life’s difficulties can be conquered and overturned through the power of simple prayer & praise. MORNING PRAYERS Begin every day by lifting your voice - and raising your head to look toward God. Commit your day and your way to the Lord. Pray for your children and your parents. Pray for your leaders to know God’s wisdom. Pray for His path to be perfected in your steps. MIDDAY PRAYERS Stop during the course of your day to remind God of His promises - and give Him thanks. Being thankful is fuel to the soul. Find a promise and give Him thanks - believing for it to come to pass. EVENING PRAYERS Set up an altar of worship before bedtime. End the day declaring the goodness of God toward you. Deal with your anxieties and fears by exalting the Lord God. Now sleep the sleep of those who trust in God. Psalm 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for you, Lord, only make me dwell in safety.
2020 - SATURDAY 27 JUNE REAL SIMPLE Jeremiah 17:7&8 But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They're like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. DISOBEDIENCE BRINGS DEATH OBEDIENCE BRINGS LIFE In the middle of Jeremiah’s prophecies of God’s judgement upon Judah and Israel - he again reminds them of the remedy. Turn back to God and simply obey His commands. THE CALL TO RETURN Is a threefold action. TO TRUST IN GOD The simplicity of trusting God and His commands can never be ignored. Obedience is the evidence of trust. Simple. TO BEING PLANTED IN HIS LAND Being planted in the land of promise means to - live by faith in God’s promises. Simple. TO PUTTING YOUR ROOTS DOWN BY HIS RIVER OF LIFE Putting your roots down means abiding in Christ. Simple. THE RESULT WILL BE... NEVER A WORRY Worry is an evidence of pride. Peace is the evidence of trust. NEVER DROPPING A LEAF Leaves are the evidence of life and blessing. STAYING CALM & COMPOSED Keeping your calm in the storm is the evidence of overcoming. BEARING FRESH GOD FRUIT The peaceable fruit of righteousness is the evidence of obedience and faith. IT IS REAL SIMPLE.
2020 - FRIDAY 26 JUNE GETTING GODS ATTENTION Mark 12:42&43 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and said to them, BEHOLD THIS WOMAN... SEEK HIS KINGDOM FIRST This woman had made God’s House her chief joy. God’s purpose for her life was central to all she stood for. IGNORE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES Sadly this woman’s husband has died leaving her without an income and in difficult circumstances. She made an intentional choice. Focus on God and His promises. DON’T CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOUR Despite her world changing for the worse - she maintained her behaviour of putting God first. She knew her inner world had not changed - and her God still ruled over her outer world. GIVE YOUR ALL She came to the offering as was her usual behaviour - and put all she had into the treasury. She was not giving out of her overflow - she was now giving out of God’s abundance. Her act of faith was her declaration - there is more where that came from. BEHOLD THIS WOMAN Look and learn from a woman with great faith. Your actions in your down seasons say more about you than when you are riding high. KEEP THE FAITH AT ALL TIMES