O Lord my God
How excellent is your name in all the earth
When I consider the work of Your hands,
The sun, the moon and the stars,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You Lord, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
You, O Lord, are perfect in all your ways;
Your Word is tried and proven
In your Word I see myself
In your word I am changed
It is written, ‘You shall be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect’
Therefore with all boldness
I affirm that
As He is; so am I in this world
His righteousness is my righteousness
His wisdom is my wisdom
His grace is sufficient for me
The Lord perfects that which concerns me
He has made me whole
I am complete in Christ
Nothing missing; Nothing broken
My cup runs over
Surely, goodness and mercy
Shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
In Jesus’ Name
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Wed: 9:00am – 12:00noon
Fri: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
I would like to give glory to God by writing about the Lord’s goodness and mercy.
The past few years I went through alot trials and temptations but nothing of it could be compared to what I experienced one morning. I woke up lying in bed, I had this strange feeling in my head. Lying there trying to figure out what this could be, because I never felt this way before. It was like I was going stark mad, like I could run through a wall because of the kind of oppression I felt. I tried my best to get my kids ready for school and by the help of the Lord I manage to take them to school. When I got home, I couldn’t stand it anymore, I broke out it tears before the Lord, asking Him to heal me of this. Immediately I felt Something touching the inside of my head, and the oppression left instantly. I was and am so happy for what the Lord has done and is still doing in my life. Praise His wonderful name.
“Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds?” (Matthew 6:26 TEV)
Is there such a thing as coincidence? The way you answer that question will affect the way you give thanks this week. If the blessing you receive is just an accident, you can be glad. But can you be grateful?
If you understand that any blessing comes from God, then you can be grateful to him as well as the people he sends to bless you. Our ability to see God’s hand in the blessings we receive deepens our faith because we not only see him active in our circumstances; we also see him providing for our needs.
Let me give you an example. Several years ago, I realized one morning that I didn’t have enough money to make my next mortgage payment. No doubt, in this economy, you can relate. I’d been laid off twice by companies forced into bankruptcy. I’d gone through my savings, drained my retirement accounts, and, along the way, I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder.
I’d applied for several jobs and had always been a highly productive worker, but my confidence was collapsing, and, because of the bipolar, I wasn’t sure if I could handle a standard 40-hour-a-week job.
That morning I talked to God about my circumstances. Oh, who am I kidding? I yelled at God about my circumstances (I’m so glad he allows that)! I was tired of the financial pressure. I reminded God I had two graduate degrees and 25 years experience; I deserved better than a minimum wage job.
After I vented my anger, I quieted down and said, “God, I don’t know what to do, but I’m looking to you. I haven’t got a clue. I’ll do whatever you want, God. You’re in charge.”
I sat down on the couch and in a conversation with my Heavenly Father, I said, “You know, I really liked ministering with Rick Warren at Saddleback. And that’s the kind of job I need right now, because they would allow me to work around my (bipolar) energy levels. Do you think you can find something like that for me to do?”
A few days later, the phone rang. It was one of the unsung heroes at Saddleback Church, David Chrzan, who serves as chief of staff.
He said, “Jon, we have a staff member leaving, and I wanted to see if you could help us with an online ministry.”
Was that a coincidence or was it God, the Great Engineer, at work?
If you believe the answer to my prayer above was not a coincidence but from God, why would he do any less for you?
What are some circumstances in your life that you once called coincidence but you now see as blessings from God?
by Jon Walker
YOU ARE REDEEMED
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.- Ephesians 1:7
Redemption! What a powerful word. It implies the buying back of something that was lost.
It also carries the idea of paying a ransom to free an individual who has been kidnapped or held captive. For the Christian, it describes the process by which we were delivered from the power of sin and Satan into newness of life in Christ Jesus.
• Our redemption is made possible because of the high price that was paid to secure our freedom- the blood of Jesus. We do not earn redemption through our good works or efforts but only through the blood of Christ that was shed from the garden of Gethsemane to the cross of Calvary.
• Our redemption offers us forgiveness of sins. Through the blood of Christ, we have the means to have our sins cleansed. No sin is so vile that it cannot be forgiven and no man or woman is beyond redemption.
In Christ, we have the key to unlock hell’s prison doors and the power to live a life of righteousness.
• Our redemption is made available through the riches of God’s grace. His Grace reaches out to us whilst we are still unworthy and welcomes us into life in His kingdom. Because redemption is through grace, it is a free gift that can be received by anyone simply by asking for it.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I ask You to cleanse me through Your precious blood and redeem me from sin and the dominion of Satan.
Scriptural Reading: Ephesians 1:1-14