Monday Prayers

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Father God,

We thank You for giving us eternal life

For the ability to know You

The only true God

And Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

May Your Son Jesus be glorified across the Earth

Father protect us

By the power of Your name

Make us, Your followers, one

As You are one

Protect us from the evil one

Sanctify us by Your truth

Your word is truth.

You in us, us in You

Bring us into complete unity

Into manifest love

So that the world will know

We belong to You

We long to see Your glory.

In the name of Jesus (Messiah), Amen.

-John 17 

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The Great Consumption

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‘For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life’- 2 Corinthians 5 v 4

This is an answer I can give to the next person who asks me why they should become a Christian, a follower of Christ, a believer… “So that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” Of course, this statement may then need to be broken down, depending on the person on the receiving end.

But I believe in the validity and power of this verse, these few words are packed with Gospel truth.

The word mortal is defined as the inevitability of death or that which causes death. The life of every believer is marked by a holy and miraculous transition from death to life. The moment we believed in our hearts and confessed with our mouth that Jesus is Lord is the moment when mortality became swallowed up by life- the great consumption.

As we follow Jesus, we enter into a process of His life consuming death in ours. Many dead parts of us are resurrected instantly, while others slowly and tenderly receive ‘life support’. The ways within us which cause death are consumed, swallowed up by life if we allow it. Swallowed up by the Word of God, consumed by the purifying fire of His Spirit and brought to life by the precious life-giving blood of Jesus Christ, shed for every one of us.

The next time someone asks me; “Why Jesus?” I hope my heart is stirred to declare these words. Stirred to ask them a question in return; “Would you rather have life or mortality? Death or life?”

‘In Him was life, and that life was the light of all people.’- John 1 v 4

Life is in Him. Light is in Him. When we believe, we are in Him.

Let’s get the message out to those living in the clothing of mortality. Let’s reverse the curse and bless those around us with this word of hope…

There is no need to be swallowed up by death, no reason to remain in mortality. Jesus is offering to swallow up what is mortal, and bring nothing but life. 

Time and Eternity

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‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.’-Ecclesiastes 3 v 11

 

I can imagine those words as the opening lines of a stage play, an epic film or a classic piece of literature. The words contain such beauty and mystery; it immediately conjures up images of grandeur in my mind. Images of eternity, and our hearts being divinely connected.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, hearts are everywhere.  Shop windows bulging with cards and gifts- all adorned with the obligatory hearts. Aside from being a vital organ within our bodies, the heart is symbolic of our inner core. Who we are inside, who we were created to be, the centre of our being.

The bible describes our hearts as a source of direction. It can harbour thoughts and treasures. It can grow hard and callous or be softened by understanding. It can bring forth both good and evil and affect the words of our mouths. It experiences grief, can wander far away from others and yearn for endless things.

Our hearts have the capacity and capability to love without measure.

‘Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end’

Anne Louise Germaine de Stael.

Eternity is defined as the quality or state of being eternal.

Eternal then, is defined as ‘having infinite duration, characterised by abiding fellowship with God, valid or existing at all times’ (Merriam-Webster).

What is eternal? Some of my thoughts…

  •   Love (God)
  •   Hope
  •   Joy
  •   Peace
  •   Presence
  •   Goodness
  •   Faithfulness
  •   Our God given personality; the uniqueness of our being.
  •   Imagination
  •   Creativity
  •   Light

The things that are eternal are synonymous with what truly matters.

He has set eternity in the human heart and planted it there for a set time.  This means we can be full of faith and hope when sharing the gospel message- ‘this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son’ (1 John 5 v 11). God has made everything beautiful in its time. There is a set time for every person to connect with the eternity placed in their hearts.

As the word says, we cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end (we often see fragmented parts). So we need not waste any time trying to comprehend when the timing will be. We can take God at His word and share the eternal gospel with everyone.  The connection will happen, and it will be beautiful in its time.

Life is all about timing…the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable becomes available, the unattainable…attainable’. – Stacey Charter

Do you trust in the beauty of God’s timing?