Overcome my Distress & Sorrow ?



Verse for Today

Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭116:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Return
  • Rest
  • My Soul
  • Lord
  • Good
  • To me


Reading for Today

Psalm 115 – 116

“Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. All you Israelites, trust in the LORD — he is their help and shield.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭115:3-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • How do we fool ourselves so easily? Do we honestly believe that god we made with our hand will save us? What we are really saying we are a god because we made a god!!! What are some god’s in our lives today? Our feelings, our car, our houses, our friends, … Will they save you in the end? Will you spend eternity with them ?

“I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.

  • What is your anchor in life when things get really tough? Alcohol, drugs, something to easy the pain and make you forget or ignore the situation. Or do you run to God?

Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.

  • You see you will only find rest for your soul in God. Did the other “solutions” really work for you?

What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.” – Psalm‬ ‭116:1-3, 7, 12-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • How can we show our thankfulness to God? Or should I say how can I make my wife radiant? It is just my being the best version of me when I am with that person!!! That which is not Godly I deny myself off. It’s like me when I was at varsity, (on my way driving to write a test) and feeling like I want to be in an accident so I don’t have to write the test. If I make an accident will the test go away? No, I still have to face it anyway. Pray and trust God He knows what He is doing, in the end it is His Story.


Prayer for Today


God truly You are my refuge in times of trouble. Help me always to make You my anchor and not anything else. My peace lies in You and You being in control of life. I still have to do my part in being righteous. Help me to envision what is the best version of me through Your scriptures today and live my life to make it an reality. Discarding the dross and clinging to the good. Solomon said he testes folly and that also seems to be meaningless. You are the only one that give my life meaning!!!

Thanks You for standing by me through times of trouble. For really carrying me through it. Lord I praise Your name. I pray that I will share Your goodness with people today, to make You known. You are the rock they are looking for. You have places eternity in their hearts, I pray that I might help them to find You. Love you my Lord and Saviour, my rest for my soul. Amen

Jesus’ enemies a footstool for His feet


Verse for Today

“The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭110:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • The Lord
  • Says
  • My Lord
  • Sit
  • Right hand
  • Until
  • Enemies
  • Footstool 
  • Feet

Reading for Today

Psalm 109 – 110

“My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; 

they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. 

In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. 

They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship. 

Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand. When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him. May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may blot out their name from the earth. For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted. He loved to pronounce a curse— may it come back on him. He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him.
May this be the LORD’s payment to my accusers, to those who speak evil of me. 

But you, Sovereign LORD, help me for your name’s sake; out of the goodness of your love, deliver me. For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.
Help me, LORD my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you, LORD, have done it.

May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.

For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭109:1-9, 15-17, 20-22, 24, 26-27, 29, 31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.” – Psalm‬ ‭110:1, 4-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Prayer fot Today

Lord of my Lord I praise you this morning. The apostle’s quoted Ps 109 when they replaced Judas with Matthias. This is a really scary psalm Lord. It is intense what You will do to Your enemies who false accuse You. 

They basically will wear their curses as a cloak, how intense is that and totally wicked (not good as we would say nowadays and have made sin good). 

God I know how it feels to be falsely accused and it makes you insecure at times. When you want to do a good job people will see it as meaningless and a poor effort to cover their shortcomings. 

God I do know that You uphold the cause of the righteous and fight their case. May it be to them what this Psalm prophesied. 

The awesome thing is that they will be Jesus’ my Lord footstool. Praise God, Father I am glad that they are in Your hands and I will not pay retribution. 

It really challenges me God that this guy was a guy of fasting and he saw himself as a man of prayer. Seems like he saw that as his weapons of choice, a truly spiritual man. 

The challenging thing is also that this guy was a friend to his accuser still.
I pray that I might help the helpless and be kind to the broken-hearted.

A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by

Verse of the day

“A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” – Psalm‬ ‭90:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Key Words

  • Thousand
  • Years
  • Like a day
  • Just gone by
  • Watch in the night

Reading for Today

Psalm 90 – 93

“You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

God knows everything about us even our secrets. Put your heart before God and your struggles He wants to help you and lead you to peace.

Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

Wow God has given us 70 to 80 years to live. It is reassuring that God says they are but trouble and sorrow. So if I have an unrealistic expectation of life I will be disappointed most of the time. 

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Your days are numbered whether you accept it of not. Almost sounds like a project manager gantt chart with project duration and relationships on it. I think if we view it like that we will use our days so much more effectively.

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Do you have an emotional connection with God. How real is God to you?

May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭90:4, 8, 10, 12, 14, 17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Amazing to think God establishes us in our work. So if you are having problems at work, take it to God through prayer. 

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Almost sound like the umbrella of Santam protecting you. God is our insurance policy forever.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Have you seen a mother hen cuddling her chicks under her wing. And all the girls go, ahhhhh. It is quite a cute scene. As men we would say that is for women, but don’t you appreciate a nice hug from a loved one. It is pretty much like that with God caring for us. It is intimate and reassuring.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

The battle is really the Lords, just give it to Him.

If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” – Psalm‬ ‭91:1-2, 4, 7, 9-10, 14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

For you make me glad by your deeds, LORD; I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand, that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”” – Psalm‬ ‭92:1-2, 4, 6-7, 12-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the LORD on high is mighty.” – Psalm‬ ‭93:4‬ ‭NIV

How does ut feel when you swim in the sea, quite humbling. That is how we should approach God.


Today’s Prayer 

Lord we are but a mist that appears, then is gone. Father I do trust that you will work out things according to your Glory. Helpme to be thankful and at peace of what You are doing. I pray that I will make today count. The world is so fleeting and empty. How awesome is Your nature, I stood in awe of the mountains yesterday missing my turnoff to work in Ellisras. Lord I am encouraged by my friends heart that after our bible study‬‬ he already invited a lady to join us. God you are at work in people’s hearts, I pray that I might be a good instrument to guide them to You, not a faulty one. Father I do know that people will lie and tell false truths about us. But like Jesus we should most probably just keep silent and let Your will be done.

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“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” – Mat 28:18-20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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““A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”” – John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. – ‭‭Mat ‭24:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I declare to you the gospel, by which you are saved. Christ died for our sins, he was buried, he rose again – 1 Cor 15:1-4

When you are baptised in Christ Jesus, you are buried with him through baptism into death so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the farther, you too may live a new life 

If you have been united with him in a death like his,you will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his – Rom 6:3-6

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One Thing I do

What is the one important thing that you do ?

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (Philippians 3:13 NIV)

Inspection


Who has gone to the army ?

That is where you get up at 5 am to make your bed, clean the floor and make sure your clothes and “trommel” is neat.

That inspection will have one of two outcomes. If there is a lot of cutlery flying through the air on the first guy you will run a lot that day, if not you will still do a lot of running that day (smile).

Do our preparation in actions have an effect in our daily lives, even so at work?

So what is in my heart (emotions/soul) and mind (thoughts) about God. Those emotions and thoughts will determine my actions. 

What does my daily conduct say about my faith? What does my deeds deserve ?

The two most obvious choices are; living for the world which 95% of people do or living for God that fills the rest.

So living for the world; what does that encapsulate? What is that saying “Money makes the world go round and round.” 

What does Solomon the richest guy who ever lived say about money?

“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” – ‭Ecc‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Do you have enough money? Are you happy with your salary? Wow, convicting hey!!!

Am I thankful in all circumstances ?

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thes‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Living for God starts the day by focussing on our most important relationship and that is love for God.

What is your prayer life like? Consistent, deep, meaningful? 

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” – ‭‭Heb‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Man, what is my submission before God like ?

Why submit to God in this way? 

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” – ‭Phil‬ ‭2:12-13 NIV

If I am close to God He will work and act through His Holy Spirit in my live. 

So if you were to rate your prayer life and give it a point out of 10, what will it be ito the following criteria?

  • Time spend
  • Petitions, loud cries & tears.
  • Consistency
  • Randomness
  • In situations
  • Structure
  • Priority

Feeling Blissful and Loved by God Continually 


“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – ‭‭Phil‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

How is that; peace that transcends understanding!!! So that means that even in a difficult situation you can have this peace!!! Wow !!!

I have been reading Ps 23 and it it such an inspiring, soothing, focussing on God psalm.

Just studying out the meaning also gives it such depth Psalm 23 Explained

Following another link Feeling connected with God, made me realize we can live in a state of bliss in a spiritual way. 

I know that in a worldly way we can live in such a state temporarily but I almost feel guilty to live like that in a godly way. 

When we get baptized for the forgiveness of our sins after we have repented and became a disciple we should feel this bliss all the time !!!

Sadly we don’t always. 

What is it then that bogs us down and make us unhappy ?

Isn’t it the “The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.” – Mat 13:22‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So not being fruitful is a sign that we are being choked!

Riggggght ! So what is the fruit that the bible is referring to ???

It can be: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Gal‬ ‭5:22-23, but to what end?

Is our lives only meant that we live a happy life by ourselves peaceful in the woods in a cabin, self sustained by a big lake and catching fish?

No, God would not allow us to live a selfish life with no end !!! I believe the fruits of the Spirit should lead to the other part of the greatest commandment, “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”” – ‭Mark‬ ‭12:31‬ ‭NIV‬‬

How do I love myself? It is that picture by the lake, but with my neighbor. Pretty simple hey? 

No, that involves sharing my faith (That is not an invitation to church), awkward talks, constantly following up, denying myself, even being rejected time and again by my neighbor because of God; even if he is very religious but not righteous.

How will I be able to to that? Only being part of God’s family that lives like that. We need the support, encouragement and likemindedness to be able to “Survive” / cope with non christian people.

Are you fulfilling your purpose that God commands you to do? 

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” – Mat ‭28:18-20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You might say but that was only meant for the apostles.

The bible says: “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.” – Mat‬ ‭28:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So Jesus was speaking to his disciples and telling them to go and make what ?

Disciple’s!!! So a disciple makes a disciple. Wow! An article for another day!

What happens then ?

You baptize the disciple. Why?

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” – Acts‬ ‭2:38‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Wow, for the forgiveness of your sins and the receipt of the Holy Spirit. Amazing!!!

Is that where it stops?

Nooooo, teaching them to obey. Why does it say that we need to be taught to obey? Because it is not natural in the world to love someone unconditionally, it is tough. That is why we need the Holy Spirit and our friends teaching us to obey.

Let’s wrap up. 

We started with the need to have blissful peace and love in our lives. We thought we will attain it by a selfish life. We discovered that love; is not love if it not shared. We realize to share love is not that easy, but to conclude what the richest man that had everything his heart desired concluded.

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”  – Ecc‬ ‭12:13-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It is about fearing God (A healthy respect) and keeping His commandments. And that my friends is our duty.

Broken pottery with Christ shining His light through us

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – ‭‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭

How self aware are you ? (Do you acknowledge your weaknesses and struggles?)

Do you feel that you have to be perfect to follow Christ and receive His acceptance? (You might feel guilty or inadequate all the time)

What is ur understanding of grace ? (Being at peace with God and righteous)

Do you feel healthy spiritually and content? (You’re not up at night contemplating the meaning of life and why you are here)

“So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” – Acts‬ ‭24:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” – ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭3:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

So I think having a clear conscience by confessing our sins and shortcomings gives us peace before God and men.

Find someone who you trust and loves God and open up. 

I am sure the ….

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – ‭‭Phil‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

What is your mission on earth ? 

Historically, the term “mission” was used to describe the acts of God, rather than the activities of churches. 

Mission is not something the church does for God. It is the church getting in sync with the heart of God and cooperating with the activity of God on Planet Earth. – Tom Jones

http://churchplants.com/articles/3033-church-planting-and-the-heart-of-god.html