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The power of praying for others

By Lindi Amah

And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed, the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

We see the life of a man who had it all and lost it all in a flash. A man who decided to stay steadfast in his love for God despite everyone around Him including his wife told him to forget God. In the end he received it a even more.

Its so easy to pray and speak blessings on people who love you and pray for you and give you good things . Would you still find it easy to pray for that person that is treating you like rubbish, calling you names making your life miserable?

The truth is as hard as it is, that is what God expects of us as Christians. Jesus says love your enemies, do good to those who hurt you (Luke 6:27-36) . If we only pray for those on our side then what makes us different from non-Christians. We expect God to show love to messy people like us who are sometimes against God just by our thoughts but yet it’s is hard for us to do the same to someone who accidentally steps on our shoe?

How are we God like if we don’t act like the God who loves our messy selves.

I know it is hard, you might be  thinking  “lady you don’t understand , that person does not deserve my prayers” . The truth is if you are expecting from God, if you expecting restoration the only way is to pray for those People especially your worst enemy. When we start to put aside our own feelings, we start to see God work so much for us and truly you will feel much better.

Today I chose to remember to pray for others even those against me and that God is able to bring about restoration in abundance like He did for Job after he prayed for his friends.  

Prayer

God thank You for loving me and accepting me Every time, even when I am absolutely unbearable You still take me in and forgive me over and over again.

Lord help me to be the same.  I pray for all people that have done wrong to me, I pray You will bless them exceedingly.

Thank you that You are always merciful

In Jesus name

Amen

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God will not Forget

Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken.” So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!”
Esther 6:10‭-‬11 NKJV

How does it feel when you are have done your best and don’t get noticed by your boss, or your children, or even your parents I’m sure it’s frustrating. Mordecai also did something awesome, but it was as if it was not even noticed as if the king didn’t care that he saved his life.

The good news is that even though the king had forgotten, God did not forget. His reward came. That is the same for us, God never forgets, He can work on our behalf and cause men to bless us, including men who have forgotten about us or men who want to shame us.

Do not give up going to church, do not give up your ministry, do not give up on your children.

Do not give up on your marriage, do not give up on helping people.

Do not Give up on God.

God is watching you and He sees your good works; He sees the love you are showing.

There is a law of seedtime and harvest, every good thing you do God will reward you. There is a book with all your service written in it, and God will surprise you in this life and in the life to come. God will not forget your labour of love (Hebrew 6:10)

May this be an encouragement to you

Today I choose to remember that the Lord will not forget acts of service. I believe that He can bring them to light in His perfect time to bless me and further His plans and purposes.

Prayer.

Father God

I thank You that You are God who knows everything I have done. All the good I do. I thank You that You will not forget and that You have it all recorded and that You will bless me at the right time.

Help me to be patient instead of feeling discouraged. You said You will not forget our labour of love and that every worker gets paid. I know my payment is coming.

Thank You that You will bless me beyond measure for my service to You, so I will not give up.

In Jesus name

Amen

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The Joy of the Lord

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV

The excited feeling you have when you pass your exam, is that happiness or joy? You have the baby you have been waiting for, for so many years, is that happiness or joy?

These two words are sometimes confused for the other.  Happiness is as a result of what is happening around us.   The above are examples of happiness.

Joy is being excited when you fail your exam or singing and smiling when you have been waiting for a baby for 90 years and no baby is coming.

Joy is different from happiness. Joy is spiritual, it is not a feeling, it is not what is happening around us but what is happening within us. Real Joy only comes from God.

Only God can give us joy that never runs out – (Isaiah 61:7 – unending joy shall be your portion) You might say to me how can I smile when things are going wrong, I have lost my parent, I have failed the most important exam of my life, nothing is working why should I smile?

But that is why it is Joy. It does not make sense to us but in the long run we end up getting energised, our character is built making us complete and we lack nothing (James 1:2-4)

The everlasting joy of our Lord is our strength because there is hope at the end, even though we suffer for a short time God will rescue us and answer our prayer.

Do not let the devil steal your joy or because he wants to make you see things as hopeless (John 10:10)

One way to be joyful is to continuously saturate our self with the word of God and get rid of anything that can steal our joy and mainly negative thoughts the Bible says we pull down every thought that is not of God, thoughts that are toxic thoughts that make us depressed and look down on ourselves, thoughts that say God is not with us and replace them with the word of God (2 Corinthians 10:5)

The only way to experience this is to have Jesus in your life as your Lord and saviour

Today I choose to remember that the joy of the Lord is my strength therefore I will not sorrow.

Prayer

Dear God

Thank You for Jesus. Thank You that You have given me Joy.  May I choose joy regardless of what is happening around me.

Help me not to let anything steal my joy

Jesus be my Lord and saviour thank You for saving me, thank You that only In You can I really have everything that I need, that in You that is where I can be satisfied.

Thank You for saving me , In Jesus name

Amen

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Seeking the Lord through Fasting

By Lindi Amah

Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.” So, we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer. And I separated twelve of the leaders of the priests—Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them—Ezra 8:21-24 NKJV

At the beginning of the year a lot of Christians fast. What is fasting some people tend to think it’s hunger strike so we can be miserable, but that’s not fasting . Fasting is only effective when mixed with prayer and time to seek God and read his word.

Ahava is a Hebrew word for love – not just the simplicity of the English language of just love but this particular love represents intimacy, deep longing, affection ,wanting to just get closer . Based on this prayer and fasting should be birthed from a point of love, a place of I want to know God better, I want get closer to Him to have an intimate relationship with Him. And sometimes the only way that can be done is shutting out everything else and focusing on Him, speaking to Him through prayer and letting Him speak to us.

Fasting is bringing us closer to God not making God come closer to us.

If you find yourself in a point where you don’t know what to do, spend time praying and fasting

It is not about trying to let everyone know how great you are because Jesus told us in Matthew 6 :16-18 that this is wrong. But praying and fasting the right way is in between your God from a point of love.

How to fast – if you can take part in a food fast and you don’t have any health reason stopping you to do so. Start off by skipping breakfast, then maybe lunch the next day and you could fast for a few days and pray as well, it definitely gets easier with time

How do you pray – it doesn’t have to be all big words in formal English. Just imagine that one person You are comfortable talking to and literally just talk to God the same way.

Finally read His word which is the Bible if it’s your first time I would recommend starting with the book of John.

Today I choose to remember to seek the Lord for the right way through prayer and fasting

Prayer

Dad, I thank you for who you are. Help me to pray and fast the right way , not self seeking or to get praise , but so that I can build intimacy with You.

Thank You for everything do for me. In Jesus name. Amen

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Battle is the Lords

By Lindi Amah

Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. For the people of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. And when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. So when Judah came to a place overlooking the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude; and there were their dead bodies, fallen on the earth. No one had escaped.
II Chronicles 20:22‭-‬24

I remember growing up I always wanted an older brother so he could fight my battles.

I really wanted to start crazy fights with people and be like “I’ll get my brother on you” but I guess God knew that it was not the best thing for me.

Right now, with COVID-19 or maybe there is something else going on in your life, that may seem like there is nothing your own strength or your doctors or solicitors or anyone can do.

The truth is, it is okay to be helpless, it is okay to be weak and not know what to do. Sometimes people may tell you to be strong or that as a Christian you should not be upset or stressed. The good news is 2 Corinthians 12: 8-10 says God works best when we are weak when we have no strength left to fight that is when He is strong. God works best when we give Him our stress, problems, our weakness or doubts instead of trying to help ourselves or seeking self-help gurus. This passage has allowed me to let God heal me from my own moments of rock bottom and has let me know that the strength is not our own but Gods.

When you do not know what to do – one thing you can to is sing praise to Him and just give your battles (which could be debt, exams, sickness, marriage, children, church, home etc) to God. When my strength is not enough God will fight for me, because it is His fight.

Today I choose to remember that there are battles, struggles we will not overcome in our own strength because the battle is not ours in the first place but God’s. Our position is to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord with us, to sing praises. Victory shall surely come.

Prayer

Dear God

Thank You so much that You are there for me. Dad, thank You for letting me know that You will fight for me and save me in my battles seen and unseen.

 Thank You that you the mighty God Always come right on time, help to believe in You and rejoice in Your reliable powerful saving ability.

Thank you, God, for everything. In Jesus name. Amen

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Glory to God

By Lindi Amah

Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
I Chronicles 16:29

It’s nice to hear someone tell you you’ve done something great or that you look awesome better yet that they like your name.

We tend to find ourselves sometimes seeking the praise of other people and maybe even longing for the day when God will tell us “well done, good and faithful servant” but yet maybe we don’t really do the same.

As we look at today’s passage, we see all the many reasons to praise God , for all the things he has done . Our main focus today is on praising and worshiping God for his name.

The name of Lord is not just a mere name but a name that Carries safety, deliverance, healing and power .

We see that Jesus also has been given the name that is above every name that every knee must bow at that name. (Philippians 2:9)

So why do we praise Him for His name? The passage above in verse 8 says call upon His name why ? Because He will answer us . 

Praise is the greatest tool that God has given us. Sometimes it may not feel like He is answering or He is there,  but sing to Him any way . You could maybe play some praise and worship music  or sing to yourself with an instrument or acapella. Rejoice and He will come through for you at the right time.

Today I choose to remember  to offer the Lord a song of praise and worship for His name.

Prayer

God I thank You for Your name , I thank You for the name of Jesus .

Thank You for giving me access to Your  name in my moments of despair when I do not know what to do God , help me to call upon Your name

But also in the moments when everything is going okay help me to remember to still praise You and sing and call on Your name. In Jesus name. AMEN

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Give thanks to the Lord

By Hannah Ng’uni

Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!  1 Chronicles 16:8

When someone does something good for you or gives you a gift, it is only right and proper to say ‘thank you’. In the same manner, today we are taking a moment to give thanks to the Lord not only for all He has done but for who He is, why?

Because “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High” (Psalm 92:1)

“For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised…” (1 Chronicles 16:25)

Our gratitude to God is not dependent on how we feel in the moment or when everything is going well in our favour:

“Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]”. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Our gratitude is dependent His promises and who He has proved Himself to be in our lives, in those around us and in His word (the Bible).

So today, in the midst of everything, let us take a moment to reflect on this then give God the praise and thanks due His name.

Today I choose to give thanks to the Lord, sing His praises and make known his deeds.

Prayer:

Thank you Lord for who You are, You are great and greatly to be praised. I choose to return the breath you gave with my praise to You all most high. May I never cease to give you thanks in everything. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Hold fast to the Lord

By Hannah Ng’uni


“He held fast to God—never loosened his grip—and obeyed to the letter everything God had commanded Moses. And God, for his part, held fast to him through all his adventures” – 2 Kings 2:6-7 MSG

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Imagine the ground you are standing on starts to crumble beneath you, with just moments away from falling a strong hand reaches out and grabs hold of your hand. The voice tells you ‘hold on tight, keep your eyes on me and don’t look down, I have got you’. Your only chance of survival rests on you holding on tight to that hand and obeying those instructions, loosen your grip and that is the end. A bit dramatic?! I know but for me that is the picture I get when I consider what it means to hold fast.


If ever there was a time to hold fast, another Bible version says ‘cling to the Lord’, it is now! Today we are faced with many challenges, sometimes it can seem like nothing seems to be going right, life is falling apart.

With so many voices offering different solutions, if we are not careful, we may end up listening to the wrong voice. As children of God, His voice should be the loudest, His voice should be our compass. His word is also His voice.
So how do we hold fast? Lessons from Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:3-7):
§  Do what is right in the sight of the Lord
§  Trust in the Lord
§  Remain faithful to the Lord
§  Do not depart from following the Lord
§  Obey His words, instructions
 
Remember it is not only you who is holding on, the Lord is holding on to you too and He can be trusted. He promises to never leave or forsake you. If He seems far, guess who has moved?


Today I choose to remember to remain faithful to God, obey Him and never stop following Him.


Prayer:
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you that when I draw close to You, You draw close to me. I choose to hold on to you no matter what. Today I make a choice to never depart from following you. I put my trust in You. In Jesus name, Amen


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Lord is able

By Hannah Ng’uni

Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” -1 Kings 3:9 NLT

Picture this, God appears to you and asks, “what shall I give you?” What would be your response? Honestly, I would probably start listing all the things I desire, my dreams and aspirations. Things I feel will make for a happy comfortable life.

God asked Solomon the same question in 1 Kings 3, his response is so unique because he starts off by recalling what the Lord had done for his father David and now for him then humbly admits to not having the experience or wisdom to be a great king. He views his position as God given and the people as God’s people not his.

Solomon’s answer reveals that not only did he recognise he was limited in his own ability to a great king but that in order to succeed, God had to be involved. It is no wonder his response pleased God and he was granted much more than he asked for. Reminds me of Ephesians 3:20:

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think”. NLT

The amazing truth is that God is willing to partner with us and when we allow His mighty power, not our efforts, to work within us, we position ourselves to accomplish infinitely more than our natural minds can imagine. How exciting!

Now think back to our opening question, what would your response be now?

Prayer:

Dear heavenly Father, thank you that You are willing to partner with me and accomplish amazing things in and through me. Like Solomon, I recognise I am limited in my own ability to be all You have destined me to be. I choose to rely on You and your mighty power at work in me. Amen!

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The Lord is faithful

By Hannah Ng’uni

Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” -1 Samuel 17:37

When David stepped up and put himself forward to fight Goliath, he was confident he would defeat him even though he was looked down upon because of his age. He was told being he was young and inexperienced; he would not be able to come up against a man who has been fighting since his youth. He was not even in the army or dressed to fight. There was a reason the army of Israel were afraid of this giant. I imagine some might have laughed at David’s proposal.

What is so encouraging about David’s stance in this story that I believe we can learn from, is that fact that he refused to allow the words of the naysayers to dishearten him and instead stood on his confidence in God who delivered him in the past knowing that He is faithful. It is the same God after all therefore this victory was a given, no doubt. Wow! Now that is the level of boldness I desire.

There comes a time in life when we just need to shut out the voices of the naysayers, sceptics, critics and all enemies of progress, take a bold stand in faith and trust in the Lord’s faithfulness.

“But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for reminding us that You are faithful, You do not change. No obstacle is too big for You to handle, we choose to shut out the voices of the naysayers and choose to stand on your promises. We declare boldness! In Jesus name, amen

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Serve Me

by Hannah Ng’uni

“Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! – Joshua 24:14

In this chapter, we read of how Joshua prophetically spoke to the tribe of Israel reminding them of how the Lord kept them, delivered and provided for them and yet they also served other foreign gods or idols. He challenges them to worship and respect God, to affirm their loyalty to Him and put away those things that were distracting them from being fully devoted to God. The people reflected on what God had done for them and choose to serve Him alone and obey Him (Joshua 24:16-18, 24).

As I reflected on the passage, I thought about how our actions can speak louder than words. For example, if I proclaim love my parents but I dishonour, disrespect or disobey them in any way even after how loving and supportive they have been, someone would struggle to believe me. The love I am proclaiming would come across insincere. Similarly, Joshua is saying to the Israelites and to us that you cannot choose to serve the Lord and still do what displeases Him or place your priorities above Him. When you choose to serve the Lord, those other things must be done away with.

Divided loyalty leads to instability. James 1:8 says “their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do”.

Prayer:

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your love. Reveal to me those things that are distracting me from serving you wholeheartedly. Today I choose to put you first and serve you in sincerity and truth. I boldly declare ‘as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord’. Amen

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The Lord is With me

By Hannah Ng’uni

So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. 16 And the LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.” Judges 6:15-16


How often do we downplay our potential or abilities? For example, an opportunity for a job promotion presents itself, some of us might start to give all the reasons why we wouldn’t get it. Be it ‘I am not skilled, talented, bold, smart, strong, confident enough’ or it could be that we have never visualised ourselves beyond were we are now, be because of cultural background, what others have said, past mistakes and failures e.t.c


Similarly, Gideon had written himself off as not being a suitable candidate for what the Lord assigned him to do even though the Angel assured him of Lord’s presence. In this passage we see a God who views us as we were created, in His image and likeness. He calls us mighty man/woman of valor based on what He as placed inside of us and that is why He wants to use us for His glory. Gideon saw himself as the weakest, but the Lord saw him as deliver of the Israelites through His enabling power because He equips those He calls.


“who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” 2 Timothy 1:9


Prayer:
Dear heavenly Father, thank you that You desire to use me for Your purpose and have thoroughly equipped me for it. Help me to see me how You see me and to draw from what You have deposited inside of me. Amen


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