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

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Key Verse

“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” – Psalm‬ ‭86:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Key Words

  • Teach
  • Rely
  • Faithfullness
  • Undivided Heart
  • Fear


Todays Reading

Psalm 84 – 87

“How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” – ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭84:1-2, 10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” – ‭Psalm‬ ‭85:2, 6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” – ‭Psalm‬ ‭86:4, 11, 15‬ 

Do you have a special place where you spend time with God in the morning ? It really makes a difference when you out in nature or buildings where you fell you can connect with God. When I went to uni there was two places that I love to go and read my Bible and pray they were the botanical gardens and there was a Protea hotel in Sunnyside Pretoria that had a water feature that had the same effect as a waterfall next to the pool. It takes you away from the husstle and bussle of the day and you can just be at peace in a quiet surroundings. 

Do you appreciate being forgiven? Do you believe you are forgiven? Do you know God’s plan for salvation works? Here is a few verses: 

  1. Rom 10:17
  2. Rom 3:23
  3. Acts 2:38
  4. Col 2:12
  5. Mat 28:18-20
  6. Acts 22:16

What do you put ur trust in to bring you joy? Is it that end of the month paycheck? Is it that overseas holiday in the Alps skiing? The Bible says we need to be thankful in all circumstances, for that is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. Tough one hey, how about being falsely accused? How about your boss being out to fire you? Challenging!!! I think if we have a Godly perspective we can be thankful always , because we know God has our best interests at heart. 

Wow, an undivided heart. Not for the faint hearted or weak willed. Truly if we submit to God can we have a undevided heart. He is our first love and we want to please Him first. We do what we love. I think it is Steve Jobs that said you worked your last day at work when you do what you love. 

Compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. What a God we serve!!!! Who in their right minds would not want a relationship with God!!! I guess only those who don’t know Him, sad sad. So it is our job to make Him known!! Get on with it!!

Prayer for Today

Debbies prayer this morning:

In Christ alone i put my trust and i find my glory in the power of the cross in every victory let it be said of me my source of hope love strength is Christ alone amen. Love You so much Jesus Lord King of my heart and life now and forevermore. Lovely Lord You are all to me worthy of honour and majesty Lord how lovely beautiful and dear You are to me. Love you all family. Be blessed. Enjoy your day with and in the Lord amen

Malik’s prayer:

God how amazing Is your love for the people,for us and that no matter what sin you do God can forgive no matter what. As Gods people we need to cry to God for God to really see how badly u seek help. Lord we are touched by you,blessed in you and stay blessed in the word. 

Lord you know us completely. We are depended on you even if we do not recognize it. We live you wholeheartedly and seek to please You no matter what. Love You my Lord and saviour. Amen

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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

What or who strenthens you ?

““Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 

  • Many a times we cause the difficult circumstances that makes us suffer (Pr 19:3) but then we blame it on God instead of repenting and doing God’s will.

The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” 

  • Do I use the talents God has given me ?
  • We dont need super powers in ourselves but realize God will do it through us.

“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”” – ‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:13-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  • We doubt ourselves whether we can do it.
  • If God is with us, we can accomplish anything, because nothing is impossible with God.