Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:16-18
Imagine yourself being a follower of Jesus at the time He was preaching. Imagine that there is much excitement about Him and great hope that He will be the new King and is the Messiah. There would be much hope and excitement about what is to come.
But then, out of the blues, Jesus gives this sermon. He says that His followers will be persecuted and scourged and that this persecution will continue over and over. This must have made His followers stop and seriously question Jesus and wonder if it was worth following Him.
(DAY 3 OF THREE DAYS FASTING)
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:6-7
Anxiety and fear are relentless. These are two of the enemy’s most popular weapons employed against us. As we round off our three-day fasting and prayer today, you are invited to surrender yourself and challenges totally to God, allow Him to have His way in that situation that confronts you.
(DAY 1 OF THREE DAYS FASTING)
Scripture Reading: Psalms 46:1-11
Today we kick start our three-day fasting and prayers. The Holy Spirit wants us to know that God is with us. From verse 4 – 7, the Psalmist doesn’t begin by focusing on the enemies and the threat they might pose. Instead he begins by focusing on how the city of Jerusalem is secured because “God is in the midst of her” – He dwells there. As we begin this fast, we must realise and be convinced that the Lord of Host is with us, no matter the condition we are passing through. Because “God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved”, meaning it will not fall to the enemy, and so the people in the city can be secured. The strength of the holy city was not found in her massive walls or fortifications, but in the fact that her defense is the Ever-present God” who dwells in the midst of her.
Scripture Reading: Romans 6:12
Our horror and hate for sin should not wane by the day. Some within the church in Paul’s days thought that since grace initiates pardon for sin, the Christian does not need to resist sin. In response to this, St. Paul explains that every believer must continually reaffirm and implement his or her decision to resist sin and follow Christ. We are in a generation that is falling into the danger of being comfortable with sin because what we know as sin is now being technically perceived as expression of choice.
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:26-28
On Tuesday, in the word of God to us, we were warned to be cautious of the reality of hellfire always. Today it is worthwhile to address very sensitive issues about hellfire, things that try to rob us of feeling horror for hellfire.
The liturgy celebrates the solemnity of the Blessed Virgin’s Assumption into heaven. This is the day of hope and of light, because all men and women, pilgrims on the earth, are able to foresee in Mary the “destiny of glory” that awaits us. On this day, we contemplate the Handmaid of the Lord in paradise, encircled in regal radiance, where even in her glorified body she has gone before us. We look to her as a sign of sure hope. Indeed, in Mary, God’s promise to the humble and righteous is fulfilled: evil and death will not have the last word…..”
Scripture Reading: Luke 16:19-28
Let us continue on the series of the four precious things we must not lose. Today the Lord charges us to keep alive the fear of going to hellfire. The scripture says, Job tells us that life is short. In Job 14:1-2 the scripture says, “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble coming up like a flower and withers, like flitting shadow, they do not endure.”
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:50
A Christian writer cautions believers to be mindful of the four things that believers should guard as treasure: They are the fearof theGod, the regrets of hell fire, the hate for sin and the joy of Heaven. The truth is that the direction at which the world is moving makes a believer stand the risk of losing these four most precious gifts that a child of God must possess till he or she enters heaven.
Scripture Reading: John 17:6–19
The obituary for Alan Nanninga, a man in my city, identified him as “foremost, dedicated witness for Christ.” After a description of his family life and career, the article mentioned nearly a decade of declining health. It concluded by saying, “His hospital stays . . . earned him the honorary title of ‘The Praying Patient’” because of his ministry to other patients. Here was a man who, in his times of distress, reached out to pray for and with the people in need around him.
Scripture Reading:1 Kings 18:1
The second thing to do during “the dark night of the soul” is to confront known sins in your life. This wasn’t the problem of silence for Elijah, but for the Israelites chasing after other gods and living in total disobedience to God. Sin may not be the reason you don’t sense closeness to God right now, but if you have a known sin in your life it will affect your intimacy with God.