A Monday with a Difference

There are some key words and phrases in this verse to take note of:

1. Blessed be the Lord – in other words “Praise the Lord” or “He is worthy to be praised!” Why?

2. Daily – meaning EVERY, SINGLE DAY. Without fail; reliable and dependable. That is how God is to us and for that He is worthy to be praised!

3. Loadeth – an old fashioned word yes, but one cannot think of load without picturing something heavy; something difficult to hold up or to bear. Except this time, load is used in a positive way.

4. Benefits – God is heaping a heavy load of good things on us.

Sometimes it can be hard to see the good in the middle of a crisis.

But make a conscious decision, a concerted effort to count your BLESSINGS!

I guarantee once you start, you will surpise yourself at how good God is to you, DAILY.

So God woke us up this morning, let’s give Him the worship He deserves.

We have food to eat and a home to be confined to, let’s be thankful.

We have to work from home, let’s praise Him for having a job.

We have people around who may need help, let’s lend a (figurative) hand in a literal way.

We know someone who may be alone, let’s call them up! Physical distancing is not the same as Social distancing.

Have a marvelous Monday! Make today count!

#MondaysareMarvelous
#MondayMorals
#FaithSteps

How Great is God (An 11 year old’s view)

God is the creator of the universe; without Him we all would be nothing. God has said in the Bible that He has our names engraved in the palm of His hand.

He also said that He knows the number of hairs on our heads.

God is an all-knowing and powerful God, and we should praise and bless His name because there is none like Him in all the earth.

So when we have problems in our lives we should stop for a moment and tell God about our then and trust that He will come through for us.

I speak from experience when I say that He will do what He says He will do no matter the situation.

So I am encouraging you to trust God today.

By: Myah-Michelle Romney

A Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, we come before You today acknowledging that You are God of the universe, and You are worthy to be praised.

The very breath that flows through our nostrils is here only because You allowed it, and for that we thank You.

Father, we know that You are still in control, even in the midst of the chaos the enemy has rolled out on this planet.

Father, we know that you did NOT send this plague. However, in the Bible, whenever you allowed something painful to come to pass, it was meant to bring reconciliation between You and mankind; Father, we have stopped living in accordance to Your will; we have become arrogant; we no longer see the need for You. Forgive us Lord.

We know that our job as Christians is not to figure out Your mind, but instead to have faith and to trust in You.

So Lord, until the time comes when You allow this plague to pass, help us not to waste time with whys but to keep close to You; to keep our eyes fixed on You.

Help us not to give in to fear, knowing that fear does not come from You. Fear is from the enemy; it is a symptom of stress which weakens one’s immune system. This is what the enemy wants, but help us to fight that fear with faith.

Give us the strength to switch off the devices that bring fear into our homes and into our hearts. Instead, bring to our minds the verses of scripture that encourage and uplift us and may we focus on them. Give us your peace Father as only You can give.

Create in us a hunger for Your Word – help us to read our Bibles – to get to know You more and more – the incomprehensible love You have for us and the sacrifice You made to redeem us; the rebellion that the enemy began many years ago that still rages on today; your plan to reclaim this earth and bring an end to all pain and suffering.

God, help us to pray like we have never prayed before – not just for our families but for wisdom for our leaders; for protection for health and all other essential workers who do not have the option of working from home; for our neighbours; for our friends; for healing for those who are sick: for provision for those who lost their jobs; for our church families; for our co-workers; for everyone!

Finally, help us to be your hands and feet – to show your love to others; to call and check on the vulnerable in society who may need assistance; to help, in tangible ways, those who may lack basic necessities of life; to cheer up or encourage someone who may be isolated and depressed. May our actions mirror Jesus’s when He was here.

Father, may You be pleased with the way we interact and react during this crisis. May we truly represent what it means to be a follower of Yours to those who do not yet know You.

May our lives be such a witness that they are prompted to get to know You for themselves.

And until you decide to return, to bring Your redeemed home, may we be found faithful, waiting and watching for You.

In Jesus’s name we pray,
Amen.

Clean

While we are alive, we still have the chance to make things right with God. And if it’s one lesson I’ve learned from the world’s reaction to this pandemic, it is that no one wants to die. None of us are ready.

Everyone is imploring us to wash our hands in an effort to keep ourselves healthy. And we ought to comply – no doubt about that.

But another type of washing is necessary too. We need our sins washed away; we need our hearts and minds cleansed.

And only one person can do that.

In Isaiah we are invited, “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18 NIV

Unfortunately, our stringent handwashing doesn’t guarantee our safety. (But it helps, so let us comply.)

But when Jesus washes us, we are spiritually clean.

Here are three (3) prayers that, like David, we can pray:

1. “Wash away all my evil and make me clean from my sin!” Psalm 51:2 GNT

2. “Remove my sin, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
Psalm 51:7 GNT

3. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10 KJV

Let us take advantage of the opportunity to be cleansed while we still have it.

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 3:15b NIV

#FaithSteps

5R Friday

Remember The Good Shepherd?

Maybe you’ve forgotten amidst this fear-driven landscape in which we find ourselves.

So stop what you’re doing right now!

Read or recite aloud Psalm 23!

Remind yourself that David’s confidence in the Lord’s presence, provision and protection can also be yours in these uncertain times in which we live.

Then refresh someone else’s memory. We can all use some encouragement right now.

#FaithSteps
#FearLESSFriday

Today

Dear Self

If you are reading this, you are still on the right side of the dirt. That’s enough to praise God for right there.

And if you keep digging, you will find many more reasons.

Consider adopting Paul’s attitude, “…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Philippians 4:11‭, ‬13 KJV

Life isn’t perfect…it never was. Maybe you’re feeling a bit shellshocked; life is gradually veering away from what’s considered normal. Seems like every day brings a new change that you must get accustomed to.

But you know what hasn’t changed.
God!
He is the one constant in our lives. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8 KJV

So hold on to that knowledge. Open up your Bible, and be fortified His Word. Then help to uplift someone else. Share something that will encourage instead of incite fear.

These are trying times, no doubt. But having the right attitude can make a world of difference. Stay safe!

#FaithSteps

Taste, Thirst & Temptation

We have a saying in the Caribbean for when someone appears to have developed a strong liking for something. We ask, “you get taste?”

That’s because we realize that this person is repeatedly engaging in a particular experience; whether it is eating a particular food, going a particular place or hanging out with a particular person.

In other words, they’re hooked.

As growing Christians, it is in our best interest to get hooked on Jesus; specifically on the drink He is serving up.

We are reminded of His words in John 4:14 GNT, “But those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give them will become in them a spring which will provide them with life-giving water and give them eternal life.”

We need to “get taste” for Living Water because the enemy is out there concocting all kinds of cocktails to tempt us away from God.

Not many of us like to drink actual water. Many of us prefer sugary drinks.

But when last have you seen a flyer extolling the benefits of those drinks?
I am sure however that you can easily find one listing the many benefits of water.

The point is, we know the benefits that come with the Living Water that Jesus provides. It’s right there on the label so to speak. He says:

1. We won’t thirst anymore. I read this to mean that this Water will be in constant supply. We won’t ever be in need of it.

And isn’t that the way it is with God’s love, goodness and mercies to us? They are in always readily available.

2. We will be so saturated with that Water that a spring will bubble up from within us. We will be filled to overflowing.

When the love of God flows in our lives, people will be able to see it – through our actions and interactions with them. Our relationship with God will positively impact our relationship with others.

3. We will have eternal life. What other benefit from anything out there can conpare to this one?

Not one!

So today, let us ask God to place within us a thirst for His Living Water.

Just as our natural inclination may be to juice or soda, our natural inclination will be to sip from what Satan offers.

But in the same way that our bodies eventually break down as a result of bad health habits, so will our hearts and minds, and we will lose out on eternal life.

It is critical that we develop not only good, healthy habits, but good, spiritual ones as well.

“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…” Hebrews 3:15 ISV.

Love in the Bible

Hello Friend

I’ve been a bit quiet on here, but I’ve been busy elsewhere.

Check out the #LoveInTheBible series on:

Facebook – Uplift Ministries – AXA

Instagram – @upliftministriesaxa

where in the month of February, we are looking at biblical references to love. We are halfway through, but it’s not too late to get caught up.

Day 1 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV

This tells me that God was willing to sacrifice His Son to redeem everyone back to Him, even the ones He knew would reject Him. What unfathomable love!

What does this verse mean to you?

#LoveInTheBible

Short-changed & Stressed

Can we say these words with confidence?

When we consider our lives, are we truly living in a way that reflects this?

I can honestly say no. Not all the time. Not when I think back on the month of January and feeling overwhelmed, anxious and stressed at various times.

I submit to you that God did not intend for us to live like that. “I’ve come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b (ISV)

And why should we when He promised to be there for us?

In the Old Testament we are told, “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you.” Psalm 55:22a (NLT) and in the New Testament we are encouraged to, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

The problem comes when we try to do it on our own; figuring out the future; worrying about our work; and whatever else we try to take on.

All the while, forgetting that God is there – waiting, willing and wanting to help us.

Friends, maybe you’re not like me. Maybe you haven’t fallen into the snare of self-sufficiency. But if you are, we need to make a change. We need to stop short-changing ourselves.

We need to start living the lives that God wants us to live – Christ-dependent, abundant and free.

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This is Your Captain Speaking

I’ve been on an airplane a little too much of late; I’m not a huge fan of flying, if you couldn’t tell.

Nevertheless, since I spend a lot of time communing with God mid-flight, He tends to impress certain things on my mind. And as I completed the last leg of my recent journey, it was no different.

It occurred to me that, in my effort to keep myself calm, I looked forward to hearing from the captain.

I dislike a journey where I do not hear from the captain for an entire flight.

Weird, right?

What can I say; his or her voice reassures me. When we experienced some seemingly-incessant shaking on that flight, I waited to hear what the captain had to say.

When he did not come on to warn of turbulence, I relaxed. If he isn’t worried, why should I be, I told myself.

Then it hit me.

I am super comfortable putting my life in the hands of someone equally mortal.

Someone I haven’t even met.

There I was, taking my cues from a complete stranger.

What about my eternal life? Who am I entrusting that to?

Thankfully, there is God.

He knows the end from the beginning, and I can confidently put my faith and trust in Him. He reminds me, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 22:13 KJV

I believe the airline would not put an incompetent pilot to fly the airplane, and on that premise, I trust that the pilot possesses the requisite knowledge and skills to get me to my destination safely.

How can I know that about God?
Well, I just need to open my Bible.

There are innumerable accounts of how God led people from one place to another; took them through turbulent situations and brought them safely to the other side.

If He did it for them, He can surely do it for me!

As for knowledge and skills, He created this world by speaking it into existence.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…And God said…” Genesis 1:1‭, ‬3a KJV How much more evidence do I need?

And unlike the captain, God knows me.

My Bible tells me, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30 KJV

As I disembarked the flight, I told the captain, “thank you” and he was polite but impersonal in his response, as is usually the case.

Not my God.
He tells me, “…I can never forget you! I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:16 GNT

How personal is that?

When we have conversations, He cares about what I have to say. “But God has indeed heard me; he has listened to my prayer.” Psalm 66:19 GNT

Maybe you’re not like me when you’re flying. Maybe you don’t need the reassurance of the captain’s voice. That’s great!

But I hope you are like me in that you need to hear the voice of God. You need His calm reassurance that everything will be okay, especially given the turbulent times in which we live. “…There are difficult times ahead.”  2 Timothy 3:1‭ MSG

Today, let us listen to our Captain speaking. Let us hear what He has to say.

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