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1 October 2019EAT AND REPEAT
We have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna.
Numbers 11:6
Just imagine eating the same meal as the Israelites did, for forty years.
. Each morning they gathered the sweet ‘super food ‘God supplied and cooked it. (no leftovers unless the next day was sabbath, (Exodus 16:23-26).
Oh, sure, they got creative, baking it, boiling it (vs23) and probably roasting it. But, oh, how they missed the good food they had enjoyed in Egypt (vs 3; Numbers 11:1-9), even though that nourishment had come at the high cost of cruelty and enslavement.!
We too may sometimes resent that our life isn’t what it once was. Or parapsychology the ‘sameness’ of life has caused us to be discontent. But exodus 16 tells of God’s faithful provision to the Israelites, causing them to trust and depend on his care each day. God promises to give everything we need. He satisfies our longings and fills up our soul with “good things”
(Psalm 107:9).
2 October 2019CATCHING FOXES
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyard.
Song of Songs 2:15.

Out of ignorance, the first time I had chicken in my backyard, I never imagined there would be foxes in an area far from the bushes and farms. So, I did not even bother to shut the door of the coop, Guess what!

In songs of Solomon 2:15, Solomon writes of the dangers of “little foxes” which can ruin the vineyards”. Symbolically, he’s speaking of threats that can enter a relationship and ruin it. Now I don’t mean to offend bat or fox lovers but keeping them out of the vineyard is a bit like dealing with sin in our lives. (Ephesians 5:3)
By the grace of God, the Holy Spirit works within us so that we don’t have to live” according to the flesh but according to the spirit” (Romans 8;4). By the spirits power we can resist the temptation to sin.
Praise to God that In Christ, we are now “light in the Lord” and can live in a way that “pleases” Him. The Lord’s spirit helps us catch those little foxes.
3 October 2019LOVES LONG REACH.
Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God.
Romans 11:33
Human knowledge and technology reach only so far. But you and I can never evade God’s awareness throughout every moment of our lives. David prayed,“where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence.? If I go up to heavens, you are there; If I make my bed in the depths, you are there” Psalm 139:7-8) “such knowledge is too wonderful for me” he exclaims gratefully. (vs 6).
God chooses to know us because he loves us. He cares enough not only to observe our lives but also to enter into them and make them new. He drew near through Jesus’ life death and resurrection, so we could know Him and in Return love him for eternity. We can never go beyond the reach of God’s love.
4 October 2019HE CALMS THE STORMS.
But Jesus immediately said to them. “take courage! It is I, don’t be afraid.
Mathew 14:27.
Peter one of Jesus’ disciples needed God’s comforting presence. One night he had the other disciples were sailing across the sea odd Galilee when a strong storm arose. All of a sudden, Jesus showed up walking on water,
Naturally this took the disciples by surprise. He reassured them: Take heart! It is I. Don’t be afraid”
Peter impulsively asked Jesus if he could join Him. He stepped out of the boat and walked towards Jesus. But he soon lost focus, became aware of the dangerous and humanly impossible circumstance he was in and started sinking. He cried out. “Lord save me” And Jesus lovingly rescued him (vs 30-31)
Like peter, we can learn that Jesus, the son of God, is with us even in the storms of life.
5 October 2019TRUST YOUR ARMOUR.
Go, and the Lord be with you.
1 Samuel 17:37.
We don’t get the impression that David the young shepherd was unsure of himself when it came to wearing Saul’s armour to fight Goliath 1 Samuel 17:38-39). He simply couldn't move around in it. David realized one man’s armour can be another man’s prison. “I cannot go in these “(vs39) so he trusted what he knew. God had prepared him for that moment with just what was needed. (Vs 34-35). The sling and stones were what David was used to, his armour, and God used them to bring joy to the ranks of Israel that day.
Have you ever felt unsure of yourself, thinking if I just had what someone else has, my life would be different? Consider the gifts or experiences God has given specifically to you. Trust your God given armour.
6 October 2019DO WHAT IT SAYS.
Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.
Luke 11:28
Have you ever been convicted by scripture that you read or heard but found it difficult to carry out.? You’re not alone. It’s easier to read and listen to God’s word than to obey it. That’s why James challenge is so fitting: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22). His mirror illustration makes us smile because we know what it means to observe something about ourselves that needs attention. But were deceived if we think observing alone is enough. When James nudges us to look intently into” And continue in God’s truth (vs 25), he encourages us to do his will and live it. God word calls for it, and he deserves nothing less.
7 October 2019GOD ‘S HEART FOR HYPOCRITES
She is more righteousness than I.
Genesis 38:26

The Genesis 38, Judah’s hypocritical behavior nearly had deadly consequences. After two of his sons died soon after marrying Tamar, Judah had quietly abandoned his duty to provide for her needs. In desperation, Tamer disguised herself by wearing a prostitute’s veil, and Judah slept with her. (Vs 15-16)
Yet when Judah learned that his widowed daughter in law was pregnant, his decision was murderous. “Bring her out and have her burnt to death” he demanded. (But Tamer had proof that Judah was the father (Vs 24-25)
Judah could have denied the truth, instead he admitted his hypocrisy, and also accepted his responsibility to care for her, saying, “she is more righteous than I”
And God wove even this dark chapter of Judah and Tamar’s story into history of our redemption. Tamer’s children (vs 29-30) would become ancestors if Jesus (Mathew 1:2-3)
Why is Genesis 38 in the Bible? One reason is because it’s the story of our hypocritical human hearts and of God’s heart of love grace and mercy.
8 October 2019SHELTER FROM THE STORM

When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the Rick and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.
Exodus 33:22.
As the story goes, in 1763, a young minister, traveling on a cliff side road in Somerset, England, ducked into a cave to escape the flames of lightening and pounding rain. He pondered the gift of finding a shelter and peace in God. Waiting there, he begun to write a hymn. “Rick of ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee”
We don’t know if Augustus Top-lady though about Moses’s experience in the cleft of rock while writing the hymn. (Exodus 33:22) but perhaps he did.
The exodus account tells of Moses seeking God’s reassurance and God’s response.
When Moses asked God to reveal His Glory to Him, God answered graciously, knowing that “no one may see me and live” (vs20). He tucked Moses into the rock when He passed by, letting Moses only see his back. And Moses knew that God was with him. We can trust that just as God said to. Ones “my presence will go with you” (vs 14) (so too we can find refuge in Him. We may experience many storms in our lives, as did Moses and the English minister in the story, but when we cry out to Him, He will give us the peace of his presence.
9 October 2019HANG IN THERE
I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.
Isaiah 41:10
“Hanging in there “- the Bible calls it perseverance. Isn’t through mere willpower. We persevere because God promised, over and over, that He’s with us, that Hell give us strength, and that He’ll accomplish His purposes in our lives. That’s the message He spoke to the Israelite s through Isaiah: so, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and He will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
What does it take to “hang out there”? According to Isaiah the foundation for hope is God’ s character. Knowing God’s goodness allows us to release our grip on fear so we can cling to the father and His promise that He will provide what we need each day: Strength, help and God’s comforting, empowering and upholding presence.
10 October 2019DONT’N FORGET
He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight (Acts 1:9)
In acts 1, the disciples watched as Jesus was “taken up before their very eyes” into the sky. (vs9). I wonder if they thought they might be forgotten by their master. But He’d just promised to send his spirit to live in them and empower them to handle the persecution that was to come. (Vs 8) And He’d thought them He was going away to prepare a place for them and would come back and take them to be with Him. (JOHN 14:3). Yet they must have wondered how long they would have to wait. Perhaps they wanted to say, don’t forget us, Jesus”
For those of us who have put our faith in Jesus, He lives in us through the Holy Spirit. We still may wonder when He will come again and restore us and His creation fully. But it will happen, He won’t forget us. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up”
(1 Thessalonians.5:10-11)
11 October 2019THE MAIN ACTOR
The Lord has done this.
Psalm 118:23
The scripture insists that God is the true subject of our lives, the true force. Even our necessary acts of faith are done “in the name of the lord” In the lord’s power (Psalm 118:10-10) God enacts our salvation. God rescues us. God tends to our needs.
“The Lord has done this” (vs 23)
So, the pressures off. We don’t need to fret, compare, work with compulsive energy, or feed our many anxieties. God is in charge. We need only trust and follow His lead-in obedience.
12 October 2019FILL IN YOUR NAME
He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.
Isaiah 40:26.
When God spoke to the Israelite s directly through the prophet Isaiah, He called their attention to the heavens. The lord affirmed that he controls “the starry host.” Isaiah 40:26) determines each star’s individual value and directs each one with love. He assured His people that He won’t forget or lose one star... or one beloved child that He’s sculpted with deliberate purpose and endless love.
As we celebrate our almighty Lord’s intimate promises and proclamations of love with scripture, we can fill in our names. We can trust and declare with childlike delight; God loves me too.
13 October 2019WORTH THE WAIT

We eagerly await a saviour.
Philippians 3:20.

An old widower had a dog who was a very close companion. He used to commute to his shop but left the dog to guard the home while he was away. The dog would escort him to the gate and at the exact time he came home the dog would welcome him at the gate.
This happened for many years, one day this man didn’t come back because he was taken ill at work and died.
Up to the middle of the night the dog was waiting at the gate. When this man came home in a coffin for burial the dog could not move away from the burial site.
Paul commends Thessalonians for their faithfulness citing their “work produced by faith” lay our prompted by love and endurance inspired by hope in our lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:3). Despite harsh opposition, they left their old ways “to serve the living and true God and wait for his son from heaven.” (vs9-10)

These early believers’ vital hope in their saviour and his love for them inspired them to see beyond their difficulties and share their faith enthusiastically. They were assured there was nothing better than living for Jesus. How good is it to know that the same Holy Spirit who emboldened them, (vs 5) still empowers us today to faithfully serve Jesus as we wait His return.
14 October 2019STRENGTHENED IN SONG
I will sing of your strength; In the morning I will sing of your love. For you are my fortress.
Psalm 59:16.
In another dangerous time, David sang when his enemy Soul sent night-time assassins to his house. His use of music wasn’t a signal; rather, it was his song of gratitude to God his refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 59:16)
Such singing isn’t whistling in the dark during danger. Instead, David’s singing conveyed his trust in almighty God.
“You, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I rely (vs 17)
David’s praise offers an invitation to bless God today with our singing making melody to him despite the worries of life. His loving presence will respond, strengthening our hearts.
15 October 2019UNSTOPPABLE PRAYER

You help us by your prayers.
2 Corinthians 1:11
Our Heavenly Father is delighted when his children approach Him with a common request. It’s like a family gathering where they’re united in purpose, sharing common burden. The apostle Paul acknowledges how God helped him through the prayers of others during a time of severe suffering: “He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” especially our prayers together, to accomplish His work in the world. No wonder the verse continues:” Then many will give thanks ... (for the) answer to the prayers of many”
Let’s pray together so we can rejoice together in God’s goodness. Our loving Father is waiting for us to come to Him so He can work through us in ways that reach far beyond anything we could ever imagine.
16 October 2019EAT AND REPEAT
We have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna.
Numbers 11:6
Just imagine eating the same meal as the Israelites did, for forty years.
. Each morning they gathered the sweet ‘super food ‘God supplied and cooked it. (no leftovers unless the next day was sabbath, (Exodus 16:23-26).
Oh, sure, they got creative, baking it, boiling it (vs23) and probably roasting it. But, oh, how they missed the good food they had enjoyed in Egypt (vs 3; Numbers 11:1-9), even though that nourishment had come at the high cost of cruelty and enslavement.!

We too may sometimes resent that our life isn’t what it once was. Or parapsychology the ‘sameness’ of life has caused us to be discontent. But exodus 16 tells of God’s faithful provision to the Israelite s, causing them to trust and depend on his care each day. God promises to give everything we need. He satisfies our longings and fills up our soul with “good things”
(Psalm 107:9).
17 October 2019CATCHING FOXES
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyard.
Song of Songs 2:15.

Out of ignorance, the first time I had chicken in my backyard, I never imagined there would be foxes in an area far from the bushes and farms. So, I did not even bother to shut the door of the coop, Guess what!

In songs of Solomon 2:15, Solomon writes of the dangers of “little foxes” which can ruin the vineyards”. Symbolically, he’s speaking of threats that can enter a relationship and ruin it. Now I don’t mean to offend bat or fox lovers but keeping them out of the vineyard is a bit like dealing with sin in our lives. (Ephesians 5:3)
By the grace of God, the Holy Spirit works within us so that we don’t have to live” according to the flesh but according to the spirit” (Romans 8;4). By the spirits power we can resist the temptation to sin.
Praise to God that In Christ, we are now “light in the Lord” and can live in a way that “pleases” Him. The Lord’s spirit helps us catch those little foxes.
18 October 2019LOVES LONG REACH.
Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God.
Romans 11:33
Human knowledge and technology reach only so far. But you and I can never evade God’s awareness throughout every moment of our lives. David prayed, “where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence.? If I go up to heavens, you are there; If I make my bed in the depths, you are there” Psalm 139:7-8) “such knowledge is too wonderful for me” he exclaims gratefully. ( vs 6).
God chooses to know us because he loves us. He cares enough not only to observe our lives but also to enter into them and make them new. He drew near through Jesus’ life death and resurrection, so we could know Him and in Return love him for eternity. We can never go beyond the reach of God’s love.
19 October 2019
HE CALMS THE STORMS.
But Jesus immediately said to them. “take courage! It is I, don’t be afraid.
Mathew 14:27.
Peter one of Jesus’ disciples needed God’s comforting presence. One night he had the other disciples were sailing across the sea odd Galilee when a strong storm arose. All of a sudden, Jesus showed up walking on water,
Naturally this took the disciples by surprise. He reassured them: Take heart! It is I. Don’t be afraid”
Peter impulsively asked Jesus if he could join Him. He stepped out of the boat and walked towards Jesus. But he soon lost focus, became aware of the dangerous and humanly impossible circumstance he was in and started sinking. He cried out. “Lord save me” And Jesus lovingly rescued him (vs 30-31)
Like peter, we can learn that Jesus, the son of God, is with us even in the storms of life.
20 October 2019TRUST YOUR ARMOUR.

Go, and the lord be with you.
1 Samuel 17:37.
We don’t get the impression that David the young shepherd was unsure of herself when it came to wearing Saul’s Armour to fight Goliath 1 Samuel 17:38-39). He simply counts move around in it. David realized one man’s Armour can be another man’s prison. “I cannot go in these “ (vs 39) so he trusted what he knew. God had prepared him for that moment with Just what was needed. (Vs 34-35). The sling and stoneswere what David was used to, his armour, and God used them to bring joy to the ranks of Israel that day.
Have you ever felt unsure of yourself, thinking If I just had what someone else has, my life would be different.? Consider the gifts or experiences God has given specifically to you. Trust your God given Armour.
21 October 2019
DO WHAT IT SAYS.
Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.
Luke 11:28
Have you ever been convicted by scripture that you read or heard but found it difficult to carry out.? You’re not alone. It’s easier to read and listen to God’s word than to obey it. That’s why James challenge is so fitting: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22). His mirror illustration makes us smile because we know what it means to observe something about ourselves that needs attention. But were deceived if we think observing alone is enough. When James nudges us to look intently into” And continue in God’s truth (vs25), he encourages us to do his will and live it. God word calls for it, and he deserves nothing less.
22 October 2019GOD ‘S HEART FOR HYPOCRITES
She is more righteousness than I.
Genesis 38:26

The Genesis 38, Judah’s hypocritical behaviour nearly had deadly consequences. After two of his sons died soon after marrying Tamar, Judah had quietly abandoned his duty to provide for her needs. In desperation, Tamer disguised herself by wearing a prostitute’s veil, and Judah slept with her. (Vs 15-16)
Yet when Judah learned that his widowed daughter in law was pregnant, his decision was murderous. “Bring her out and have her burnt to death” he demanded. (But Tamer had proof that Judah was the father (Vs 24-25)
Judah could have denied the truth, instead he admitted his hypocrisy, and also accepted his responsibility to care for her, saying, “she is more righteous than I”
And God wove even this dark chapter of Judah and Tamar’s story into history of our redemption. Tamer’s children (vs 29-30) would become ancestors if Jesus (Mathew1:2-3)
Why is Genesis 38 in the Bible? One reason is because it’s the story of our hypocritical human hearts and of God’s heart of love grace and mercy.
23 October 2019
SHELTER FROM THE STORM

When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the Rick and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.
Exodus 33:22.
As the story goes, in 1763, a young minister, traveling on a cliff side road in Somerset, England, ducked into a cave to escape the flames of lightening and pounding rain. He pondered the gift of finding a shelter and peace in God. Waiting there, he begun to write a hymn. “Rick of ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee”
We don’t know if Augustus Top-lady though about Moses’s experience in the cleft of rock while writing the hymn. (Exodus 33:22) but perhaps he did.
The exodus account tells of Moses seeking God’s reassurance and God’s response.
When Moses asked God to reveal His Glory to Him, God answered graciously, knowing that “no one may see me and live” (vs20). He tucked Moses into the rock when He passed by, letting Moses only see his back. And Moses knew that God was with him. We can trust that just as God said to. Ones “my presence will go with you” (vs 14) (so too we can find refuge in Him. We may experience many storms in our lives, as did Moses and the English minister in the story, but when we cry out to Him, He will give us the peace of his presence.
24 October 2019HANG IN THERE
I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.
Isaiah 41:10
“Hanging in there “- the Bible calls it perseverance. Isn’t through mere willpower. We persevere because God promised, over and over, that He’s with us, that Hell give us strength, and that He’ll accomplish His purposes in our lives. That’s the message He spoke to the Israelites through Isaiah: so, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and he
P you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
What does it take to “hang out there”? According to Isaiah the foundation for hope is God’ s character. Knowing God’s goodness allows us to release our grip on fear so we can cling to the father and His promise that He will provide what we need each day: strength, help, and God’s comforting, empowering and upholding presence.
25 October 2019DONT’N FORGET
He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight (Acts 1:9)
In acts 1, the disciples watched as Jesus was “taken up before their very eyes” into the sky. (vs9). I wonder if they thought they might be forgotten by their master. But He’d just promised to send his spirit to live in them and empower them to handle the persecution that was to come. (Vs 8) And He’d thought them He was going away to prepare a place for them and would come back and take them to be with Him. (JOHN 14:3). Yet they must have wondered how long they would have to wait. Perhaps they wanted to say, don’t forget us, Jesus”
For those of us who have put our faith in Jesus, He lives in us through the Holy Spirit. We still may wonder when He will come again and restore us and His creation fully. But it will happen, He won’t forget us. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up”
(1 Thessalonians.5:10-11)
26 October 2019THE MAIN ACTOR
The Lord has done this.
Psalm 118:23
The scripture insists that God is the true subject of our lives, the true force. Even our necessary acts of faith are done “ in the name of the lord” In the lord’s power ( Psalm 118:10-10) God enacts our salvation. God rescues us. God tends to our needs.
“The Lord has done this” (vs23)
So, the pressures off. We don’t need to fret, compare, work with compulsive energy, or feed our many anxieties. God is in charge. We need only trust and follow His lead-in obedience.
27 October 2019
FILL IN YOUR NAME
He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.
Isaiah 40:26.
When God spoke to the Israelites directly through the prophet Isaiah, He called their attention to the heavens. The lord affirmed that he controls “the starry host.” Isaiah 40:26) determines each star’s individual value and directs each one with love. He assured His people that He won’t forget or lose one star... or one beloved child that He’s sculpted with deliberate purpose and endless love.
As we celebrate our almighty Lord’s intimate promises and proclamations of love with scripture, we can fill in our names. We can trust and declare with childlike delight; God loves me too.
28 October 2019WORTH THE WAIT

We eagerly await a saviour.
Philippians 3:20.
An old widower had a dog who was a very close companion. He used to commute to ships shop but left the dog to guard the home while he was away. The dog would escort him to the gate and at the exact time he came home the dog would welcome him at the gate.
This happened for many years, one day this mad didn’t come back because he was taken Ill at work and died.
Up to the middle of the night the dog was waiting at the gate. When this man came home in a coffin for burial the dog could not move away from the burial sitePaul commends Thessalonians for their faithfulness citing their “work produced by faith” lay our prompted by love and endurance inspired by hope in our lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:3). Despite harsh opposition, they left their old ways “to serve the living and true God and wait for his son from heaven.” (vs9-10)

These early believers’ vital hope in their saviour and his love for them inspired them to see beyond their difficulties and share their faith enthusiastically. They were assured there was nothing better than living for Jesus. How good is it to know that the same Holy Spirit who emboldened them, (vs 5) still empowers us today to faithfully starve Jesus as we wait His return.

29 October 2019
STRENGTHENED IN SONG
I will sing of your strength; In the morning I will sing of your love. For you are my fortress.
Psalm 59:16.
In another dangerous time, David sang when his enemy Soul sent night-time assassins to his house. His use of music wasn’t a signal; rather, it was his song of gratitude to God his refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 59:16)
Such singing isn’t whistling in the dark during danger. Instead, David’s singing conveyed his trust in almighty God.
“You, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I rely (vs 17)
David’s praise offers an invitation to bless God today with our singing making melody to him despite the worries of life. His loving presence will respond, strengthening our hearts.
30 October 2019UNSTOPPABLE PRAYER

You help us by your prayers.
2 Corinthians 1:11
Our Heavenly Father is delighted when his children approach Him with a common request. It’s like a family gathering where they’re united in purpose, sharing common burden. The apostle Paul acknowledges how God helped him through the prayers of others during a time of severe suffering: “He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” especially our prayers together, to accomplish His work in the world. No wonder the verse continues:” Then many will give thanks ... (for the) answer to the prayers of many”
Let’s pray together so we can rejoice together in God’s goodness. Our loving Father is waiting for us to come to Him so He can work through us in ways that reach far beyond anything we could ever imagine.
31 October 2019