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KEEP AN EYE OUT

1 Peter 5:8.                “Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up.”


Ever seen a lion ready to attack? That’s the way the devil lies in wait for us. Eva Noonoo has some ideas on how we can avoid being eaten;

Beloved, admitting our weaknesses and laying it before God is a step in fighting the devices of the devil. This will offer us opportunity and time to trust God more and more. 

When we are connected to God nothing can separate us from Him

Constantly be in tune with the Lord and the devil will flee. Let be the salt, light, Bible etc in the world so that the world will find the answer to all it’s predicament.  

Be an overcomer.


Think About This 

The antelope doesn’t check to see what’s going on with the lion; she focuses on her run

Prayer 

Dear Lord, Please keep me in tune with You and ahead of the devil. Teach me to watch and pray. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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THE TOUGH GET GOING

Galatians 6:9.                               “So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.”


The alarm went off and Emma rolled over to hit the snooze button. She sighed wearily as she got up and padded to the bathroom. Perched on the edge of her bed she listed all the reasons why it was indeed important to get up and start the day. Reminding herself of Galatians 6:9, Emma gave one last look at her inviting bed and then went off to bath.

It can be quit tough to keep going sometimes. There are so many things that would give us reason to give up; bullying, intensity, laziness, the allure of better, peer pressure etc. None of these however stand as true as God’s word.

•There is a set time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

•We were designed to do good (Ephesians 2:10)

•There is a reward for sticking with the programme (Revelations 2:26-28)


Think About This 

How can you keep on when the going gets tough?

Prayer 
Dear Lord, Let me fix my eyes in You especially when the journey gets bumpy. Please give me the grace to continue and see things to the end. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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LIVING TO PLAN

Jeremiah 1:5.                        ““Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations— that’s what I had in mind for you.””

No one understands you. Nobody knows what you’re really like. If only someone would take the time to talk with you, then they’d see what the real you was like. We all go through tough times, sometimes even suffer through an identity crisis. That because we all look for validation from the people around us instead of from the One who made us.
Not only did God make us, but He kept the rough draft, blueprint and noted! God knows us intimately; He knows us better than we know ourselves. Based on His knowledge of us God drew up a plan for us. Yeah there is a collection plan, a grand design if you will, but God made another you-specific plan.

God’s plan for everyone is different but built on the same premise; to make you a prophet to the nations. What does that mean? We’re not called to go wailing in the dessert or declare ‘Thus saith the Lord’. We are called to prompt others into repentance by our prayers, our words and our lifestyle.

What a shame to live this life, celebrating one birthday after another and yet unable to live out God’s plan.

Think About This 

Can others see a reason for God and a call to repentance in your life?
Prayer 

Dear Lord, May I live so that others realize You are missing in their lives but found in mine, may that inspire them to live for You. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 

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HONOUR DUE

Romans 13:7                      “Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders.”

There really isn’t a day for honoring our civic leadership. That doesn’t surprise me as most of us think so little of them. Our governments are corrupt, parochial, selfish and tyrannical. We rant about the government every chance we get.

Keeping it short and simple this morning; has there really never been one good leader all throughout history? This isn’t limited to heads of state; anyone who has civil authority over us should be included in this thought process. Is our response to authority biblical? What are we going to do about it?

We’ll revisit this verse another day

Think About This 

Would we see a difference in our leaders and the country as a whole if you and I fulfilled our obligations as citizens, paid taxes, paid bills and respected authority?

Prayer 

Dear Lord, Please let people see my love for You also in my civic life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 

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GOD OUR FATHER

2 Corinthians 6:18.          “”I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God.”

Not everyone knows their earthly father or has a loving Godly relationship with them. That is a failing of our human condition. What a relief then to know that we all have an equal and open chance to know and have a glorious relationship with our Heavenly Father. Ephesians 1:5 says “he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—”  NIV. We were already earmarked for adoption. It’s as though God walked into the orphanage and declared; “I want them all; sign up anyone who wants to come with me, whether they’re here or not!”

As adopted children, we sometimes have questions hanging over our heads. We’re not sure that it’s for real, unbelievers mock us but in Isaiah 63:16 the Bible assures us that it doesn’t matter what anyone says.  “But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.”  NIV

We have that assurance because God our Father has a crazy love for us. With His love, we didn’t need to be perfect or even act a certain way. He just loved us and want us to be His. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”  1 John 3:1 NIV

When ever in doubt, just whip out your adoption papers as proof that you are indeed a child of God and have the right to call Him your dad. “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “ Abba, Father.”” Romans 8:15 NIV

Remember you were chosen and loved before you were aware of yourself. You were given the choice to become God’s own heir and the right to call him Father. Isn’t it wonderful to the child of He who is “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”?Ephesians 4:6 NIV

Think About This 

You’ve been blessed with adoption into God’s family. What does that mean to you?

Prayer 

Dear Lord, Thank You for choosing me to be Yours. Thank You for making me joint heir with Your only begotten Son. Thank You for showering me with Your love. Amen

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THE GODLY FATHER; 6

Ephesians 6:4.              “Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.”

Everyone knows the verses that come before this one. “Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. “Honor your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.””

Ephesians 6:1-3 

Adults quote them to children with glee as if to say; “Even the Bible is on my side!” And then they snap shut the Bible because the next verse – today’s verse is just too much to deal with.

In as much as this verse talks to fathers, mothers need to listen too. Exasperate, Provoke to wrath, stir up anger, make bitter about life and irritate are the different ways the various Bible versions tell parents to take a chill pill.

Mike Dankson in his sermon “If” – Seven Things I’d Do Differently As A Dad, references today’s verse and it’s comparative verse Colossians 3:21. Mike says;

“If I could go back – I would be less critical…

not so hard to please. I wish someone would have told me that you really CAN parent in a positive way. Instead of blowing a gasket every time they mess up, I would be more patient.

I would give them a more realistic model to follow. I would tell them about the weakness I had to overcome as a young person… that I stumbled and made mistakes, and often failed. I would help them know I understand and am cheering for them, and that they should never doubt that I am in their corner – even when they blow it.

You see, kids are often frustrated with the standard of perfection we set before them. Most kids really believe it is impossible to please their parents. Kids LONG for their parent’s approval – and they get frustrated when they feel like they will never measure up or make us happy. Don’t demand perfection. Sometimes I think we are more concerned with how we LOOK to our FRIENDS than how we look to our kids! If I could go back, I would lighten up.”

https://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/if–seven-things-id-do-differently-as-a-dad-mike-dankson-sermon-on-fathers-day-202534?page=4

The beauty of the relationship with our Heavenly Father is although He is perfect and we are not, He is merciful in His dealings with us.

Think About This 

Are we honoring our parents, are we irritating our children? How can we do better?

Prayer 

Dear Lord, I’m so glad You are merciful towards me even when I don’t measure up. Help me treat others the same. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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THE GODLY FATHER; 5

Proverbs 3:11&12                                  “But don’t, dear friend, resent GOD ’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. It’s the child he loves that GOD corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.”


When I was expecting my first child I read something in a book that took me aback. The author said making your child happy was not one of the functions of parenting. Making your child healthy (physically, mentally, emotionally, financially etc) was. I was sure the author was wrong until I had Baby and realized I sometimes had to correct behavior; it didn’t make Baby happy, but it shaped Baby’s character and kept her safe.

It’s hard to enjoy correction. I can’t think of anyone who likes it! Whether it’s a toddler who must learn the difference between food and potential poison or an adult who is coming to terms with the nuances of ethical behaviour, the correction process is unpleasant.

As unpleasant as correction may be it is necessary for growth. Imagine a tomato plant with a weak stem; it needs extra support to grow straight otherwise any fruit it bears spoils before it is even fully formed. 

Correction is such an unpleasant duty that adults sometimes pass the buck but today’s verse tells us the buck stops with the Godly father. God is described as our father so we may better understand our relationship with Him. We see the parallels between our relationship with our earthly parents and the Almighty. God corrects us in love for our benefit all the time. Our fathers try to do same.

Think About This 

Grab a drink and read this incredible sermon; ‘Care Enough To Correct‘ by Tim Pollock. https://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/care-enough-to-correct-tim-pollock-sermon-on-parenting-201985?page=1

Prayer 

Dear Lord, Forgive my foolishness and straighten my path. Help me accept correction wherever it may come from especially from my earthly father. In Jesus name I pray. Amen