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  • THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY

    THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY

     Morning All.

    Lenten Devotional ‘Catching the Wave’ Today is Day 8 ‘ EMPOWERING’. NB. You MAY NOT AGREE WITH THE COMMENTS – that’s okay, as long as you know why!!

    Matthew 28: 18-20 “Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”

    EMPOWERING: The New Testament shows Christianity to be an engaging, transforming experience of God’s presence and power through the Holy Spirit. It speaks about Jesus the Son of God teaching, doing miracles, healing the sick and raising the dead; about a conflict between spiritual forces of good and evil and about the Holy Spirit equipping us to reach the ends of the earth with an amazing message. So who is the Holy Spirit? He is the person and the power behind the message of Jesus. As the third person of the God- head, he comes to make God real to us convicting us of sin, glorifying Jesus, and empowering us to live as we should. He enables us to be witnesses (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit empowered those first disciples to extend the work of Jesus. In Luke 9:1 and Luke 10: 1 Jesus sent the disciples off on a couple of mission trips to do what he had been doing himself: preaching and healing. It turned out to be something they were hugely excited about when they returned. But then after Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to dwell among them they really got going in carrying his life-changing message wherever they went. Jesus had trained them over three years but now through the presence of the indwelling Spirit they continued his work.

    The challenge for us today is to make Christ known to those around us. We participate in this by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is as present today as he was in the first century. We can trust him to give us the words to say and even for signs and wonders to accompany what we do in his name. 

    Rev Kay

    God loves you, No Matter What

    PRAYER POINTS:

    • Pray for more of the Holy Spirit’s power for yourself and others in your church in ministry and mission, holiness and service.

    • Pray that the church will properly engage in the task of making the good news of Jesus known. Pray for church leadership to prioritise this, people who will do it and response to the message.

    • Pray for the ‘demonstration of the Spirit’s power’ as God’s word is preached in churches this Sunday, so that people’s faith will rest not on human wisdom but on God’s power.

    Pray for your ‘big issue’. Pray for your ‘three friends’ Pray for a new wave of revival

    CHORUS:

    Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me;

    Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me ;

    break me, melt me, mould me, fill me;

    Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

  • WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY

    WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY

     Morning All.

    Lenten Devotional ‘Catching the Wave’ Today is Day 7 ‘ WORSHIPPING’ NB. You MAY NOT AGREE WITH THE COMMENTS – that’s okay, as long as you know why!!

    Psalm 63:3 ‘Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.’

    Worshipping: What am I going to get out of it? What’s in it for me? How often we find ourselves subconsciously asking these questions about activities and situations we get involved in! We all have different ways in which we express our worship, but however we do it we face the same challenge. Too often we are the centre of our attention. But worship is not about us, it’s about bringing something of ourselves to God. We are made in the image of God and our greatest calling in life is to worship our loving creator. In a conversation recorded in John 4:23,24. Jesus says that God is looking for true worshippers who will worship him in spirit and in truth. Worship isn’t just about what we do in church – it is an attitude of serving God at all times and in all we do. In Mark 12:30 we are called to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. This is radical! It means everything surrendered to him. The apostle Paul picks this up in Romans 12:1 “Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him”. We are to worship him through our lives: our relationships, attitudes and words and actions. Nothing we do should be devoid of worship. Worship pleases God and allows us to come close to him. The irony is that as we worship without regard for ourselves, we do get something out of it: intimacy with the living God. 

    Rev Kay 

    God loves you, No Matter What.

    PRAYER POINTS: Still yourself: spend time bringing to God your day, your worries, your concerns. Now spend time worshipping God for who he is: our awesome creator, our Holy Lord, our heavenly father whose love endures forever. Pray that in your day’s activities and your relationships you would become less and less concerned with yourself and more and more concerned with what God wants you to be.

    Pray for your ‘big issue’. Pray for your ‘three friends’ Pray for a new wave of revival

    CHORUS:

    We have come into His house,

    and gathered in His name to worship Him.

    We have come into His house,

    and gathered in His name to worship Him.

    We have come into His house,

    and gathered in His name

    to worship Christ the Lord,

    worship Him, Christ, the Lord.

    So forget about yourself

    and concentrate on Him and worship Him.

    So forget about yourself

    and concentrate on Him and worship Him.

    So forget about yourself

    and concentrate on Him

    and worship Christ the Lord,

    worship Him, Christ Lord.

    Let us lift up holy hands and

    magnify His Name and worship Him.

    Let us lift up holy hands and

    magnify His Name and worship Him.

    Let us lift up holy hands and

    magnify His Name and worship

    Christ the Lord,

    worship Him, Christ Lord.

  • TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY

    TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY

    Morning All.

    A Lenten Devotional was recommended to me by a colleague, it’s called ‘Catching the Wave’ Today is Day 6 ( sorry I missed the first 5 days ) I plan to share each day with you. At the start of each new week there is a different topic –This week is Priorities. The introduction encourages us to pray daily for 3 people who you would like to come to know the Lord, a Big Issue in your life and revival in the church. Then there is a reading and reflection. I hope you find enlightenment, discipline, commitment and dedication from these readings over this period. Sunday’s are rest days which gives an opportunity to reflect and catch up. NB. You MAY NOT AGREE WITH THE COMMENTS – that’s okay, as long as you know why!!

    Day 6. TUESDAY 23rd

    Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. Psalm 24:3,4

    Are there things we do which stop God listening to us? Yes! In the Psalms it says “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (Psalm 66:18). Our sin stops God from answering. So if we want God to hear and answer we must pray with a clean heart. Perhaps we need to have a ‘clean-out’. Imagine the dirt-busting, clutter-removing team from the BBC visiting a house today? What do they do? They ruthlessly remove unnecessary junk. They organise the muddle and disorder and apply lashings of all kinds of cleaning materials to purge all the dirt and grime. Within hours they can transform a dirty hovel into an attractive, spacious and desirable dwelling. Now we might not have ‘hovel-like’ proportions of spiritual grime in our lives, but as God is holy, so should we be. How do we get rid of the dust and dirt in our lives? We need to confess where we went wrong – attitudes and actions. How does this work? God has provided a way of being clean. It is through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. We become clean on the inside not by promising to be good, trying harder or praying more, but by faith in Christ’s death for us. To get a clean heart we need to confess our sins. Confession to God is simply naming our faults, our sins, holding back nothing. What will God do when we do this? “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness’ (1 John 1:9). This is how we can be sure that God will listen to our prayer: confess our sin. When we do this, all God’s mighty power is accessible in bringing about the answers we ask of him.

    Rev Kay

    God loves you, No Matter What

    PRAYER POINTS: Ask God if anything is spoiling your relationship with him. If so, confess it to him. Having confessed, thank God for his forgiveness. Christ carried those sins on the cross and God now has no condemnation for you because you are in Christ (Romans 8:1).

    Pray for your ‘big issue’ Pray for your ‘three friends’ Pray for a new wave of revival

    CHORUS:

    Create in me a clean heart, O God

    and renew a right spirit within me.

    Create in me a clean heart, O God

    and renew a right spirit within me.

    Wash me, cleanse me, purify me,

    make my heart as white as snow.

    Create in me a clean heart, O God

    and renew a right spirit within me.

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