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    LENT DAY 11 – THE SON

    Psalm 2 (ESV)
    Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
    The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
    “Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”
    He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
    Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
    “As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”
    I will tell of the decree:
    The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
    Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
    You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
    Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
    Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
    Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

     

    Lent is a season of repentance and humility, a time where we are called to consider our human sin and frailty in light of the splendor and perfection of God our King. Psalm 2 is the first of many so-called “royal Psalms,” focusing on God’s kingly character. The psalm opens with a question that answers itself, establishing rebellion and the throwing off of God’s yoke as the desire of the nations and kings who conspire against the true King. The reaction of “He who sits in the heavens” is scornful laughter, highlighting the ridicule of one who will not be mocked.

    The reaction is not only derision, but action. The Lord refers to his Son, the real and true king, who will come and accomplish everything that was originally expected from David and his entire lineage. All is his and his reign over all false kings and nations betrays the attitude of rebels as not only foolish, but dangerous. In a jarring and ironic poetic image, the “potter” (Isaiah 45:9) will smash their lives like broken pottery, which becomes trampled underfoot and ultimately insignificant — trash on the ground.

    While this psalm is sobering in its judgment, it also offers great hope. It points forward to the true divine Son who came to be the final and only truly righteous king, the one who obeyed his Father perfectly and broke the yoke of sin to set us free. Because Christ accomplished his mission on earth, he could definitively say: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). He is the one the scriptures call “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” (Hebrews 1:3).

     

    Prayer 

    Our King and Father, where you are there is majesty and perfection. Thank you for giving us your Son, who reflects your glory and intercedes for us, advocates for us, and sends us the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

     

    TFC Prayer Points

    1. For all the TTC women in our community to get their  :bfp:
    2. For all the Pregnant women in our community to have smooth and safe pregnancies and deliveries
    3. For all the Mothers in our community to be blessed and guided as they journey the wonderful road of parenting
    4. For all the career and business aspirations of the women in our community…that we may excel in whatever it is we undertake for our daily bread.
    5. For all our individual personal intentions

    May the GOOD LORD meet us all in our points of need. AMEN!

     

    Source: http://www.redeemer.com

     

    cc: @ldike@adaoraa@sommie@mrs-al@naaadzane@mimibabe@eggy@oluwakemine@fifi@nadia@paula@machylicious@victorsmum@mavis_brown@bosa@bigmummy@bibi

     

    I’m so sorry for missing the last 2 days. I was unavoidably offline  :dohh:. I promise not to miss any more days. Also, please let me know if you want to keep being tagged. I really don’t want to Spam anyone’s Inbox with notifications, so please indicate if you want to keep being tagged. Thanks…and God bless :heart:

    #13131
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    LENT DAY 12 – THE STONE

    Psalm 118:22-24 (ESV)

    The stone that the builders rejected

    has become the cornerstone.

    This is the Lord’s doing;

    it is marvelous in our eyes.

    This is the day that the Lord has made;

    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

    In the parable of the tenants, the owner of a vineyard leases his property to others and travels abroad. While away, he sends his servants to collect his share of the fruit from the land, but the tenants beat his servants and then kill them. Finally, he sends his son to collect the fruit, reasoning, “They will respect my son” (Mark 12:6). But he is wrong. They kill his son too.

    Jesus explained what the parable meant by quoting Psalm 118: “Have you not read this Scripture: ‘This stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” (Mark 12:10-11, cf. Matthew 21:42). In other words, God is the owner of the vineyard. The tenants are his people. They were supposed to give him the fruit of their lives through worship and obedience. But they rejected his prophets and messengers. Finally, he sent his Son. But they rejected him too. In rebellion, they would not respect or honor him as the Son of God. Instead, they killed him.

    Yet Jesus was not swept away by a storm of angry and uncontrolled men. His rejection was according to the intentional plan of God — “the Lord’s doing.” This is “marvelous in our eyes” because the death of Christ defeated death itself. We rejoice because God picked up Jesus from the grave and made him the cornerstone of salvation for everyone who believes. In him, therefore, we will live and never die (John. 11:25-27).

    — By The Park Forum (Bethany Jenkins)

     

    Prayer

    Lord, you work everything according to your good will. Although Christ’s death seemed like defeat, you vindicated him by raising him from the dead. In him, therefore, we sing, “We shall not die, but we shall live” (Psalm 118:17). He is our salvation. It is marvelous in our eyes. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

     

    TFC Prayer Points

    1. For all the TTC women in our community to get their  :bfp:
    2. For all the Pregnant women in our community to have smooth and safe pregnancies and deliveries
    3. For all the Mothers in our community to be blessed and guided as they journey the wonderful road of parenting
    4. For all the career and business aspirations of the women in our community…that we may excel in whatever it is we undertake for our daily bread.
    5. For all our individual personal intentions

    May the GOOD LORD meet us all in our points of need. AMEN!

     

    Source: http://www.redeemer.com

     

    cc: @ldike@adaoraa@sommie@mrs-al@naaadzane@mimibabe@eggy@oluwakemine@fifi@nadia@paula@machylicious@victorsmum@mavis_brown@bosa@bigmummy@bibi

     

    #13150
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    Amen! :dust:   :dust:   :dust: to all our TTC moms,  :bfp:   :bfp:   :bfp: very soon.

    #13160
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    LENT DAY 13 – THE SCORN

    Psalm 69:1-12 (ESV)

    Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim with waiting for my God. More in number than the hairs of my head are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me, those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal must I now restore? O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you. Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord God of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel. For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach, that dishonor has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mother’s sons. For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. When I wept and humbled my soul with fasting, it became my reproach. When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them. I am the talk of those who sit in the gate, and the drunkards make songs about me.

     

    David is drowning in his troubles (vv. 1-3). He is crying out in solitary agony, cast aside by his friends and family (v. 4) and set upon by his foes (v. 8). His reputation is under attack. The champion whose name was once celebrated in the streets is now being mocked in the taverns (v. 12). Israel’s savior is crying for salvation and he hears no reply (v. 3).

    The pain we feel when our reputation is under attack is uniquely excruciating. No matter whether we come from cultural backgrounds that prize the family name or are individualists who seek to make a name for ourselves, that name is our resumé. Kill it and we are in danger of a full-blown identity crisis. How are we tempted to respond when it is our reputation that is being assaulted? Do we cover up our flaws? Do we succumb to despair? Do we drive ourselves (and others) crazy in a hopeless quest for perfection? David is on a different track.

    Even in his distress, David’s mind is not on himself. He is not preoccupied with his own honor. His zeal is for the Lord’s house. This is what consumes him (v. 9). Honestly confessing his faults, he prays there would be no collateral damage from his own folly that would defame the God of Israel or those who look to him (vv. 5-6). David makes his appeal, boldly staking his claim upon the steadfast love and faithfulness of his just and omniscient Lord (v. 13). In short, he locates himself in God’s own reputation.

    Many years later, the one called the Son of David entered the temple in Jerusalem at Passover, driving out the merchants and money-changers. His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house has consumed me” (John 2:17). This confrontation sparked the events that would culminate in the greatest loss of dignity imaginable. The creator of the universe, humiliated as a criminal on a cross, prayed for his enemies, offering them all the benefits of his good name. In Jesus, we inherit an eternal reputation that can never be tarnished.

     

    Prayer

    Lord Jesus Christ, Son of David, Son of God, we confess that we have sought too much to make a name for ourselves, and have considered too little the name You have given us. You, whose name is above all names, made Yourself of no reputation. You humbled Yourself, taking the form of a servant, and endured the violent scorn of those to whom You offered your title. Through the ultimate exchange, You have written Your name on our foreheads, and written our names, indelibly, in your Book of Life. Give us the wisdom and faith necessary to humbly receive Your exaltation. Teach us by the Spirit and the word to grow together into that name, and thereby to begin to reflect the traits associated with it. For Your kingdom, by Your power, for Your glory, Amen.

     

    TFC Prayer Points

    1. For all the TTC women in our community to get their  :bfp:
    2. For all the Pregnant women in our community to have smooth and safe pregnancies and deliveries
    3. For all the Mothers in our community to be blessed and guided as they journey the wonderful road of parenting
    4. For all the career and business aspirations of the women in our community…that we may excel in whatever it is we undertake for our daily bread.
    5. For all our individual personal intentions

    May the GOOD LORD meet us all in our points of need. AMEN!

     

    Source: http://www.redeemer.com

     

    cc: @ldike@sommie@mrs-al@oluwakemine@bigmummy

    #13191
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    LENT DAY 14 – THE APPEAL

    Psalm 109:21-31 (ESV)

    But You, O God my Lord,

    deal on my behalf for Your name’s sake;

    because Your steadfast love is good, deliver me!

    For I am poor and needy,

    and my heart is stricken within me.

    I am gone like a shadow at evening;

    I am shaken off like a locust.

    My knees are weak through fasting;

    my body has become gaunt, with no fat.

    I am an object of scorn to my accusers;

    when they see me, they wag their heads.

    Help me, O Lord my God!

    Save me according to Your steadfast love!

    Let them know that this is Your hand;

    You, O Lord, have done it!

    Let them curse, but You will bless!

    They arise and are put to shame, but Your servant will be glad!

    May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;

    may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!

    With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;

    I will praise Him in the midst of the throng.

    For He stands at the right hand of the needy one,

    to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

    In a world that is broken, the psalmist appeals to God to deal with his false accusers. The idea of such a plea (“May my accusers be clothed with dishonor”) can be uncomfortable to those of us who are not exposed to the injustices of war, genocide and sex trafficking as others throughout the world are. And yet, at some point we have all chosen to repay evil for evil. But instead of addressing injustice on his own, the psalmist takes this injustice to God and appeals to Him to act on his behalf. He chooses to allow a just and holy God to deal with those who have wronged him instead of seeking retribution himself.

    If God were only forgiving but not just, there would be nowhere for us to go when we are sinned against. But God’s holiness will not tolerate injustice. As comforting as that sounds at first, we also are unjust, so unless there is some remedy for us, we will be judged with the same judgment as our oppressors. The only reason the psalmist (or we) can appeal to God is because Christ has already spoken on our behalf. When Christ cried out to God from the cross, he was rejected and scorned because he was taking the place of a sinful humanity. Now we can appeal to God because he looks at us through the sinless Christ who spoke on our behalf.

     

    Prayer

    God, our Father, we praise You for sending Christ to cover our own acts of injustice towards You so that we can have a relationship with You, who are perfect in holiness. We thank You that You listen to our appeals when we have been wronged and that You will hear us in Your compassion and mercy. Help us to bring our pleas to You instead of seeking our retribution when we are sinned against. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

     

    TFC Prayer Points

    1. For all the TTC women in our community to get their  :bfp:
    2. For all the Pregnant women in our community to have smooth and safe pregnancies and deliveries
    3. For all the Mothers in our community to be blessed and guided as they journey the wonderful road of parenting
    4. For all the career and business aspirations of the women in our community…that we may excel in whatever it is we undertake for our daily bread.
    5. For all our individual personal intentions

    May the GOOD LORD meet us all in our points of need. AMEN!

     

    Source: http://www.redeemer.com

     

    cc: @ldike@sommie@mrs-al@oluwakemine@bigmummy

    #13195
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    Today’s prayer is particularly touching for me, the psalms and this part of the prayer, @the only reason the psalmist (or we) can appeal to God is because Christ has already spoken on our behalf. Thank your Lord,  even as we bring all our requests as a community before you, in the full understanding that Christ has already spoken on our behalf.

    We wait till your Will is done concerning our lives. Amen.

    #13202
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    @oluwakemine, I felt the very same way. It really resonated with me today  :cloud9:

    #13243
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    LENT DAY 15 – THE FORSAKEN

    Psalm 22:1-11, 29-31 (ESV)

    My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?

    O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer,

    and by night, but I find no rest.

    Yet You are holy,

    enthroned on the praises of Israel.

    In You our fathers trusted;

    they trusted, and You delivered them.

    To You they cried and were rescued;

    in You they trusted and were not put to shame.

    But I am a worm and not a man,

    scorned by mankind and despised by the people.

    All who see me mock me;

    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;

    “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;

    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

    Yet You are He who took me from the womb;

    You made me trust You at my mother’s breasts.

    On You was I cast from my birth,

    and from my mother’s womb You have been my God.

    Be not far from me,

    for trouble is near,

    and there is none to help.

    All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;

    before Him shall bow all who go down to the dust,

    even the one who could not keep himself alive.

    Posterity shall serve him;

    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;

    they shall come and proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn,

    that He has done it.

    Psalm 22 is the first in a cluster of psalms that describe the suffering of someone which seems to echo the accounts in Isaiah of the suffering servant of the Lord. The first line of this psalm is likely to be familiar to us because Jesus cried out these exact words when He was being crucified on the cross. Yet this psalm was written by David, many generations before that. Whatever suffering of his own that David was recounting, he was also prophetically describing the redemptive suffering of Christ on the cross thousands of years later.

    Jesus would have read this psalm many times in His life during worship at the temple. He no doubt had it memorized, for it to come so readily to His mind when He was on the cross.

    Knowing what He was going to face, Jesus could have spent His life in fear or dread. Instead, He, like David before Him, clung on to what He knew was true: God is holy, God is His God, and God has been trustworthy throughout His life. And then, based on these truths, David appeals to God to stay close to him. Jesus knew, though, that the greatest suffering he would face would be abandonment by God, so that God would never abandon his people.

    The psalm ends with praise and a note of triumph at the end: “for He has done it.” Jesus stayed to the end, bore our sins, and purchased our reconciliation with God. The messianic nature of the psalm becomes clear as David declares that past generations that have died as well as future generations not yet born will all come to know that his God is a God who delivers his people from suffering. After all because Jesus really was completely forsaken by God (for us!), we can be confident that we never will be abandoned, even if, in our suffering, God seems far away or silent when we call out.

     

    Prayer

    Gracious God, we glorify You that because Jesus knew what it meant to be utterly separated from You, we will never have to experience that. Strengthen our faith to truly believe this especially when we think we have reasons to doubt it. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

     

    TFC Prayer Points

    1. For all the TTC women in our community to get their  :bfp:
    2. For all the Pregnant women in our community to have smooth and safe pregnancies and deliveries
    3. For all the Mothers in our community to be blessed and guided as they journey the wonderful road of parenting
    4. For all the career and business aspirations of the women in our community…that we may excel in whatever it is we undertake for our daily bread.
    5. For all our individual personal intentions

    May the GOOD LORD meet us all in our points of need. AMEN!

     

    Source: http://www.redeemer.com

     

    cc: @ldike@sommie@mrs-al@oluwakemine@bigmummy

    #13264
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    LENT DAY 16 – THE CHAMPION

    Psalm 68: 7-18 (ESV)

    O God, when You went out before Your people,

    when You marched through the wilderness, Selah

    the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,

    before God, the One of Sinai,

    before God, the God of Israel.

    Rain in abundance, O God, You shed abroad;

    You restored Your inheritance as it languished;

    Your flock found a dwelling in it;

    in Your goodness, O God, You provided for the needy.

    The Lord gives the word;

    the women who announce the news are a great host:

    “The kings of the armies — they flee, they flee!”

    The women at home divide the spoil — 

    though you men lie among the sheepfolds — 

    the wings of a dove covered with silver,

    its pinions with shimmering gold.

    When the Almighty scatters kings there,

    let snowfall on Zalmon.

    O mountain of God, mountain of Bashan;

    O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!

    Why do You look with hatred, O many-peaked mountain,

    at the mount that God desired for his abode,

    yes, where the Lord will dwell forever?

    The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,

    thousands upon thousands;

    the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.

    You ascended on high,

    leading a host of captives in your train

    and receiving gifts among men,

    even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.

    Psalm 68:7-18 is a song of praise for the power of God as seen in salvation. There are three movements in this passage. Verses 7-10 describe the power of God in delivering the people of Israel from their bondage in Egypt. Then, verses 11-14 recount the power of God in the present to preserve His people as they lived amongst their enemies. Finally, verses 15-18 rejoice in the power of God that will safely bring His people home to the mountain of God.

    These three movements describe the life of a Christian. We are those who have been brought out from the bondage of sin and death, are being preserved in our present journey, and have been given a promise that we shall arrive safely home. How are all these wonderful truths possible? These benefits are secured for us because of our champion.

    Psalm 68:18 refers to One who ascended on high, leading forth a host of captives in his train. According to St. Paul, this passage is describing Christ Jesus, particularly the victory accomplished by Him through His resurrection from the dead (Ephesians 4:8).

    In Hebrews 12:2 we are told to keep our eyes on Jesus, the archegos of our faith. Although it has been variously translated as “author” or “pioneer,” the best translation would be “champion.” In other words, Jesus went toe-to-toe with sin and death and won! He fought the battle on our behalf with death and secured the victory. Now, we can rest in Him, knowing that the very same power that raised Jesus from the dead is also at work in us (1 Corinthians 6:14).

    Do you find yourself anxious today, maybe fearful of what the future holds? Let the truth of these verses be a reminder that the power of God is present in your life because of the work of our champion. Because of Him we have been brought out of bondage, are being preserved day by day, and through His grace we shall arrive safely home.

     

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, we give You thanks for the power present in our lives because of our champion, Christ Jesus, and would ask that today we would find ourselves equipped with courage and joy because of Him who ascended on high. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

     

    TFC Prayer Points

    1. For all the TTC women in our community to get their  :bfp:
    2. For all the Pregnant women in our community to have smooth and safe pregnancies and deliveries
    3. For all the Mothers in our community to be blessed and guided as they journey the wonderful road of parenting
    4. For all the career and business aspirations of the women in our community…that we may excel in whatever it is we undertake for our daily bread.
    5. For all our individual personal intentions

    May the GOOD LORD meet us all in our points of need. AMEN!

     

    Source: http://www.redeemer.com

     

    cc: @ldike@sommie@mrs-al@oluwakemine@bigmummy

    #13317
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    pls tag me @nicole

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    LENT DAY 17 – THE NAME

    Psalm 72: 12-19 (ESV)

    For He delivers the needy when he calls,

    the poor and him who has no helper.

    He has pity on the weak and the needy,

    and saves the lives of the needy.

    From oppression and violence He redeems their life,

    and precious is their blood in His sight.

    Long may He live;

    may gold of Sheba be given to Him!

    May prayer be made for Him continually,

    and blessings invoked for Him all the day!

    May there be abundance of grain in the land;

    on the tops of the mountains may it wave;

    may its fruit be like Lebanon;

    and may people blossom in the cities

    like the grass of the field!

    May His name endure forever,

    His fame continue as long as the sun!

    May people be blessed in Him,

    all nations call Him blessed!

    Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

    who alone does wondrous things.

    Blessed be His glorious name forever;

    may the whole earth be filled with his glory!

    Amen and Amen!

    At the inauguration of a king of Israel, the Israelites would offer a prayer like Psalm 72. This prayer was not only an acknowledgement of the king, but also expressed a set of expectations and criteria for their leader. The king was viewed as the means by whom blessings came to the people from God and he was expected to uphold divine standards of justice and righteousness. Looking to the king for compassion and deliverance for the weak was not naive or wishful thinking, but a hope rooted in the character of the one who had anointed him. The God of Israel is by nature a rescuer and helper to the helpless, so must the king be. Prayers for the endurance of the king’s name were based on that expectant hope, that the king would fulfill his commitment to the weak, so prayers for him meant safety and happiness for all.

    From then until now, however, no king or leader has ever been able to fulfill these divine standards. Today many have lost faith in our leaders and distrust them all, while others spend their lives and money promoting this name or that name as the one who will finally save us. As followers of Christ, we can know that God has given us the One in whose name the needy, poor and helpless will truly find deliverance. We can know that in Christ, we have a king who is not only concerned with our needs and suffering, but compassionately identifies with them. We can know that in Christ, prayers for the flourishing of his name and reign will mean peace and blessing for all. Do you know that the King truly cares for you and all of your needs? Have you called on his name?

     

    Prayer

    Almighty God, we praise You that Your Son is the king we all want and need; that His compassion far outweighs anything we have ever seen. Help us to trust and obey You as our righteous King, and may Your name be forever praised. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

     

    TFC Prayer Points

    1. For all the TTC women in our community to get their  :bfp:
    2. For all the Pregnant women in our community to have smooth and safe pregnancies and deliveries
    3. For all the Mothers in our community to be blessed and guided as they journey the wonderful road of parenting
    4. For all the career and business aspirations of the women in our community…that we may excel in whatever it is we undertake for our daily bread.
    5. For all our individual personal intentions

    May the GOOD LORD meet us all in our points of need. AMEN!

     

    Source: http://www.redeemer.com

     

    cc: @ldike@sommie@mrs-al@oluwakemine@bigmummy, @bosa

    #13382
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    Amen!!! And by His eternal name, all our prayer requests will be answered.

    :dust: :dust:   :dust:

    #13412
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    LENT DAY 18 – THE CHOSEN SERVANT

    Isaiah 42: 1-9 (ESV)

    Behold my servant, whom I uphold,

    my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

    I have put my Spirit upon him;

    he will bring forth justice to the nations.

    He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,

    or make it heard in the street;

    a bruised reed he will not break,

    and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;

    he will faithfully bring forth justice.

    He will not grow faint or be discouraged

    till he has established justice in the earth;

    and the coastlands wait for his law.

    Thus says God, the Lord,

    who created the heavens and stretched them out,

    who spread out the earth and what comes from it,

    who gives breath to the people on it

    and spirit to those who walk in it:

    “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;

    I will take you by the hand and keep you;

    I will give you as a covenant for the people,

    a light for the nations,

    to open the eyes that are blind,

    to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,

    from the prison those who sit in darkness.

    I am the Lord; that is my name;

    my glory I give to no other,

    nor my praise to carved idols.

    Behold, the former things have come to pass,

    and new things I now declare;

    before they spring forth

    I tell you of them.”

    In previous chapters, God through the prophet Isaiah has been building a case; he says that though we pursue false idols, they continue to delude, enslave and ultimately fail us. In this passage, God’s chosen “servant” is called to bring about justice and free those bound in “the dungeons” (v. 7). This was the lesson for Israel and remains the lesson for us today.

    The nature of idolatry is that we worship and serve that which does not deserve it. At the heart of the Christian message, however, is that Jesus Christ “the Chosen One,” who truly deserves worship, has served us first.

    How can we know God’s pleasure in such a way that we begin to replace the idols in our lives with true worship? In verses 1-4, we are taught to “Behold” the one in whom God himself “delights.” To behold means to both see and consider. Isaiah calls Israel to see and consider the Lord through his servant; appointed by God, and supported by his Spirit. In beholding this servant we are able to clearly distinguish what is real from what is counterfeit, a “metal image” full of “empty wind” (Isaiah 41) to a Spirit-filled servant who has come in the flesh (John 1). This servant, who has from afar long beheld us, knows that we are wounded and always on the verge of losing hope and will complete his task with the gentleness of a friend (v. 3). Behold the pleasure the Son found in serving the Father even unto death, for you. Then, “delight” in Jesus and be free.

     

    Prayer

    Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise you that the fullness of the Godhead is at work and in full view here in this passage to bring an end to idolatry and the suffering that comes from it. We thank you for your word that we may gaze into it and ponder how you covenant with your people. We delight in you for sending a servant-king, Jesus Christ, who truly has “set the captives free” (Luke 18:4). In Christ’s Name, Amen.

     

    TFC Prayer Points

    1. For all the TTC women in our community to get their  :bfp:
    2. For all the Pregnant women in our community to have smooth and safe pregnancies and deliveries
    3. For all the Mothers in our community to be blessed and guided as they journey the wonderful road of parenting
    4. For all the career and business aspirations of the women in our community…that we may excel in whatever it is we undertake for our daily bread.
    5. For all our individual personal intentions

    May the GOOD LORD meet us all in our points of need. AMEN!

     

    Source: http://www.redeemer.com

     

    cc: @ldike@sommie@mrs-al@oluwakemine@bigmummy@bosa

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    LENT DAY 19 – THE SERVANT ISRAEL

    Isaiah 49:1-6 (ESV)

    Listen to me, O coastlands,

    and give attention, you peoples from afar.

    The Lord called me from the womb,

    from the body of my mother He named my name.

    He made my mouth like a sharp sword;

    in the shadow of His hand He hid me;

    He made me a polished arrow;

    in His quiver He hid me away.

    And He said to me, “You are my servant,

    Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”

    But I said, “I have labored in vain;

    I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;

    yet surely my right is with the Lord,

    and my recompense with my God.”

    And now the Lord says,

    He who formed me from the womb to be his servant,

    to bring Jacob back to Him;

    and that Israel might be gathered to Him —

    for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord,

    and my God has become my strength —

    he says:

    “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant

    to raise up the tribes of Jacob

    and to bring back the preserved of Israel;

    I will make you as a light for the nations,

    that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

    How do we know God is good? Isaiah 49 begins as a letter sent out to all nations (v. 1, “the coastlands … and peoples from afar”), but it is being read and heard by the people of Israel. Therefore, the writer is essentially talking to everybody. The Jews had been taken into exile and longed to be brought back and they wondered where that salvation would come from. Isaiah makes the wondrous claim that “the servant” (v. 3), who has been prepared for this very hour, will be the one who brings the people back, but the manner would not be through military might, but through the power of his mouth (v. 2). That is, what he says and does will bring real salvation, not just physical deliverance.

    The twist comes in the fact that this mysterious servant is named Israel (v. 3) — and while he is a person, he is the ideal person who embodies all the characteristics the nation of Israel should have had. For this text we need to remember that the nation of Israel was meant to have been a blessing to all nations (Genesis 12), a command they never fulfilled. Who will do so? This man would have to be perfect to be the ideal version of Israel, and then save not just the Jews — for God to be really glorified (v. 3), he will also have to be “a light to all nations” (v. 6).

    We know God is good because he saw his own wayward people and all the rest of the world and brought them back into relationship with him (v. 5). How? Our translation says in v. 6, “that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth,” but the Hebrew grammar reads more plainly, “to be my salvation to the ends of the earth.” Jesus as the servant is not merely the means to God’s salvation but he is that salvation — through his death and life.

     

    Prayer

    Lord Jesus, suffering servant and Redeemer, You have brought us back into relationship with You by being our salvation, purchasing us with Your life, ransoming us from certain death. Give us hearts of flesh, warmed by the truths of Your goodness found in the certainty of Your love for us through Your death and resurrection. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

     

    TFC Prayer Points

    1. For all the TTC women in our community to get their  :bfp:
    2. For all the Pregnant women in our community to have smooth and safe pregnancies and deliveries
    3. For all the Mothers in our community to be blessed and guided as they journey the wonderful road of parenting
    4. For all the career and business aspirations of the women in our community…that we may excel in whatever it is we undertake for our daily bread.
    5. For all our individual personal intentions

    May the GOOD LORD meet us all in our points of need. AMEN!

     

    Source: http://www.redeemer.com

     

    cc: @ldike@sommie@mrs-al@oluwakemine@bigmummy@bosa

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    LENT DAY 20 – THE SINLESS SERVANT

    Isaiah 50:4-9 (ESV)
    The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of those who are taught,
    that I may know how to sustain with a word
    him who is weary.
    Morning by morning He awakens;
    He awakens my ear
    to hear as those who are taught.
    The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious;
    I turned not backward.
    I gave my back to those who strike,
    and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
    I hid not my face
    from disgrace and spitting.
    But the Lord God helps me;
    therefore I have not been disgraced;
    therefore I have set my face like a flint,
    and I know that I shall not be put to shame.
    He who vindicates me is near.
    Who will contend with me?
    Let us stand up together.
    Who is my adversary?
    Let him come near to me.
    Behold, the Lord God helps me;
    who will declare me guilty?
    Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment;
    the moth will eat them up.

    In these verses we observe the contrast between the obedient servant of the Lord and those who persecuted and abused him. Astonishingly, it is the obedient servant who is called to suffer on behalf of the disobedient people – to be struck, spat upon, and mocked. And yet, he “sets his face like flint” toward the road of suffering and will “not be put to shame.” He knows that his suffering is not in vain because by it his people shall be redeemed.

    The writers of the New Testament recognized that the servant of the Lord, referenced in this passage, is none other than Jesus Christ. He “set his face” toward Jerusalem, knowing the pain that awaited him there (Luke 9:51). He was struck, mocked, and spat upon (Mark 15:19-20). He suffered, not because of his sin but because of ours, and his life was marked by perfect obedience, even to death on a cross (Philippians 2:5-9).

    Through all of this, Jesus remained the sinless servant (Hebrews 12:2). How was Jesus able to endure such treatment and yet be confident that ultimately he would not be put to shame? The answer, in a word, is joy: for “the joy set before him, he endured the cross.” The joy that motivated Jesus was the fact that by his suffering his people would be redeemed.

    We too have a great joy set before us today. Certainly there is pain and suffering on our journey, but being united to Christ by faith, we will not be put to shame! Let us take up our cross and follow Christ, the sinless servant.

     

    Prayer 

    Heavenly Father, we thank You for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, our sinless servant. May this good news bring strength to us as we pursue joy in the midst of our pain and suffering. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

     

    TFC Prayer Points

    1. For all the TTC women in our community to get their  :bfp:
    2. For all the Pregnant women in our community to have smooth and safe pregnancies and deliveries
    3. For all the Mothers in our community to be blessed and guided as they journey the wonderful road of parenting
    4. For all the career and business aspirations of the women in our community…that we may excel in whatever it is we undertake for our daily bread.
    5. For all our individual personal intentions

    May the GOOD LORD meet us all in our points of need. AMEN!

     

    Source: http://www.redeemer.com

     

    cc: @ldike@sommie@mrs-al@oluwakemine@bigmummy@bosa

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