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    Bos
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    @Bosa

    Amen. May we always remember our joy in the midst of it all.

    #13495

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    AMEN, @bosa!

    #13497

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 21 – THE SUFFERING SERVANT

    Isaiah 53:1-6 (ESV)

    Who has believed what he has heard from us?

    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

    For he grew up before him like a young plant,

    and like a root out of dry ground;

    he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,

    and no beauty that we should desire him.

    He was despised and rejected by men;

    a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;

    and as one from whom men hide their faces

    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

    Surely he has borne our griefs

    and carried our sorrows;

    yet we esteemed him stricken,

    smitten by God, and afflicted.

    But he was pierced for our transgressions;

    he was crushed for our iniquities;

    upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

    and with his wounds we are healed.

    All we like sheep have gone astray;

    we have turned — every one — to his own way;

    and the Lord has laid on him

    the iniquity of us all

     

    Jesus was extraordinary in many ways. But if you were to judge His life by the standards of the world, by most accounts He would be considered a failure. He was poor, rejected, and died a difficult and shameful death. In the ways that others pursue comfort, power, and recognition, He did not.

    Even in His outward appearance, there was no indication whatsoever that He was the creator and sustainer of the universe. He had no beauty or majesty that would have caused others to envy Him, even though He was the very source of all beauty. More than that, He was utterly rejected and despised, a man of sorrows, to the point that people turned away and hid their faces from Him. He was stricken, afflicted, pierced, chastised, crushed and suffered beyond all comprehension. All this and He was the most innocent and righteous person who ever lived.

    Jesus went through all these things in order that we would never have to. He experienced sorrow and grief in a way that we ourselves could never have endured. He was punished for sin, though He himself never sinned. The last verse tells us that we are all like sheep — foolish, helpless and desiring to go our own way, but the Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Though He was rich, yet for our sake He became poor, so that we by His poverty might become rich.

     

    Prayer

    Father, we marvel at the humility and compassion of Your Son. It is only through His wounds that we are healed. Renew us daily in the joy of our salvation and help us to live in light of even greater things to come. 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

    #13537

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 22 – THE WATERS

    Isaiah 55:1-7 (ESV)

    Come, everyone who thirsts,

    come to the waters;

    and he who has no money,

    come, buy and eat!

    Come, buy wine and milk

    without money and without price.

    Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

    Listen diligently to Me, and eat what is good,

    and delight yourselves in rich food.

    Incline your ear, and come to Me;

    hear, that your soul may live;

    and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,

    My steadfast, sure love for David.

    Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,

    a leader and commander for the peoples.

    Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,

    and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,

    because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,

    for he has glorified you.

    Seek the Lord while He may be found;

    call upon Him while He is near;

    let the wicked forsake his way,

    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;

    let him return to the Lord, that He may have compassion on him,

    and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

    In these verses, the Holy One of Israel is crying out through Isaiah, pleading with his people on the eve of destruction to return to the true fountain of life. It is an emphatic call to come without barrier to the eternal spring of living waters. Verses 2 and 3 make clear that this water is the word of God. The invitation is to drink deeply: to receive the word, reason with it, delight in it, to listen to it like they had never listened before. “Listen diligently” (v. 2) is literally, “Listen-listen!” a call for undivided and sustained attention. Ultimately, this word is meant to save them (v. 3), transform them (v. 7), and make them a blessing to the entire world (v. 5). They are being called into communion with their compassionate God (v. 7). But they refuse to hear him (6:9).

    Lent is a time for us to admit the same tendencies displayed by Isaiah’s audience. For reasons conscious and less conscious, we are prone to neglect God’s word, and ultimately, God himself. Given enough time apart from the Scriptures, a kind of spiritual amnesia sets in, where we forget the taste that is sweeter than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb (Psalm 19:10). Lent is an invitation to see Christ as the woman at the well came to see him — as the pure, limitless satisfaction for our thirsty souls. It is our invitation to return to that well and drink deeply. Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life (John 4:14).

     

    Prayer

    Gracious Lord, in compassion You call us. By Your mercy, open our ears to hear Your voice, and hearing You, to return. Remove the scales from our eyes and unveil for us the wonders of Your word. Your glories are revealed there. Be our delight. Be our satisfaction. Awaken in us a new sense of expectancy, as those who put their trust in You will never be put to shame. Glorious LORD, we are Yours. 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

    #13538

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 23 – THE SPIRIT

    Isaiah 61:1-3 (ESV)

    The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

    because the Lord has anointed me

    to bring good news to the poor;

    He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

    to proclaim liberty to the captives,

    and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

    to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,

    and the day of vengeance of our God;

    to comfort all who mourn;

    to grant to those who mourn in Zion —

    to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

    the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

    the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

    that they may be called oaks of righteousness,

    the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

    In the last of our Isaiah texts we end with a hope-giving passage about Spirit-led transformation. The Lord’s anointed, who has been described in previous chapters as both a king and a servant, has come to announce good news for the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives and the imprisoned. This anointed one is both a servant who is filled with compassion for those in need and also a king who has the power to enact this transformation.

    It’s hard not to read this passage without a sense of yearning, joy and hope. Our hearts are drawn to the hope that our mourning can turn into beauty, gladness, praise, righteousness and glory. Our lives are far different from the world of the exiled Jews, yet this passage speaks into the deep recesses of our disillusioned hearts. We resonate with the sense that we too are impoverished, brokenhearted, alienated and trapped by prisons of our own making. We are searching for something or someone who can rescue us from the predicaments in which we often find ourselves because life is beyond our ability to control with our intelligence, money or sheer willpower. Who is this anointed one who leads us to believe that we are not alone, abandoned to our own pathetic and impotent devices?

    Of all the Old Testament passages that He could have used to begin his public ministry, Jesus reads from this Isaiah passage and concludes with the audacious declaration, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). As you consider the things that lead you to feel alone and powerless, remember that the hope of transformation presented in Isaiah has been accomplished, and Jesus is the long-awaited fulfillment of the yearnings of our hearts.

     

    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

     

     

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, you have accomplished through Christ, the anointed one, what I could never do in my own abilities. Yet, in the course of my day-to-day life I turn back to myself, instinctively putting my hope for change in almost everything but you. Help me to see more of the fullness of what Christ has accomplished so that I might place my hope in him and experience the greater healing, freedom and comfort that he graciously gives. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

    #13583

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAT 24 – THE BRANCH

    Jeremiah 33:14-18 (ESV)

    “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’”

    For thus says the Lord: “David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever.”

    It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that God’s love and concern for us rise and fall according to how well we are doing in living the Christian life. After all, we ourselves frequently give and withdraw our love from others depending on whether they are living in a way that is pleasing to us. Thankfully, even though we are marked by inconsistency, God is marked by constancy.

    Through the prophet Jeremiah, He reminds His people that they can count on His promises and that He will always be there for them. He promises His constancy and faithfulness: “David will never fail to have someone sit on the throne … nor will the priests ever fail to have someone offering sacrifices” (vv. 17-18). Ultimately, Jesus is the king who remains on the throne and who has offered Himself as a sacrifice once and for all.

    Jesus is the righteous Branch who offers us His righteousness so that we never fear being rejected by God. Because of that we can bring our own failures and faithlessness to God. Jesus will not turn His back on us. Each day, we can bring our repentance and know He will receive it. We can count on God giving us a fresh start because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We all need that fresh start each day. If you come to Him asking for it, God will be faithful to give it to you.

     

    Prayer

    Lord Jesus, I thank You that Your mercies are new every morning and Your faithfulness is great. Give me grace to repent today of those things which are displeasing to You, counting on the fact that You will never leave me nor forsake me, as I seek to walk in Your ways. 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

    #13584

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 25 – THE GOOD SHEPHERD

    Ezekiel 34:23-31 (ESV)

    “And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.

    “I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. And I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid. And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people, declares the Lord God. And you are My sheep, human sheep of My pasture, and I am your God,” declares the Lord God.

    The image of the people of God as a flock of sheep occurs several times throughout the Bible. In the earlier part of Ezekiel 34, the current shepherds (rulers of Israel) are rebuked for their abuse of power (34:1-22). The prophet describes a situation where they had grown fat and wealthy at the expense of the very people they were supposed to care for. We are told that because of that, God would bring judgment on them. The chapter changes in its focus as the warning turns into a promise for the future in the verses above. Not only will the Lord save His sheep, He will also appoint a king who, like David, will shepherd them in such a way as to bring lasting peace (v. 25). It was peace and rest which humanity lost through sin (Genesis 3:15; 4:8) and which prophets like Ezekiel had been pointing to ever since (Isaiah 9:6-7). This is where we lift our eyes to see Jesus, who is God’s ideal shepherd-king and the opposite of the corrupt leadership described in the earlier part of the chapter.

    The gospel writers tell us that Jesus came to proclaim good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind (Luke 4:18). It is Jesus who weeps over Jerusalem because they didn’t know what would bring them peace (Luke 19:41). It is Jesus who lays down His life for his sheep so that we might have peace with God and one another. And it is Jesus who will one day bring everlasting peace to the world through His return (Revelation 21). In the meantime, there are seasons of disappointment and suffering that can sometimes make us lose hope that God will fulfil His promise. The injustice of the world around us can make us cynical. It is at those times that we must reflect on Jesus as our good shepherd and remember that because He laid down His life for His sheep, we will one day “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

     

    Prayer

    Lord Jesus, thank You for Your love and care for Your sheep. Thank You for laying down Your life on the cross so that I might know Your peace and be adopted into Your family. During this season of reflection, in light of Your love for me, help me to find ways to seek peace in my relationships and lay down my life for others. 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

    #13673

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 26 – THE TREASURE OF THE NATIONS

    Haggai 2:6-9 (ESV)

    For thus says the Lord of hosts: “Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory,” says the Lord of hosts. “The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,” declares the Lord of hosts. “The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former,” says the Lord of hosts. “And in this place I will give peace,” declares the Lord of hosts.

    The book of Haggai was written to those who had returned from Babylonian to rebuild the destroyed temple of God. It was an encouragement and a call to rebuild amidst rubble, hope despite desolation, and belief even during times of hardship and disappointment.

    In verses 6 to 9, Haggai spoke of a time to come when the world would be shaken up as it had never been shaken before. Ironically, this was intended to be a comfort for people who were standing in rubble! While this may seem difficult to understand at first glance, the writer of Hebrews took comfort in the shaking of this world, as it “indicates the removal of things that are shaken … in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain … a kingdom” (Hebrews 12:26-28).

    At the heart of Haggai’s declaration that all of creation (v. 6) and all nations (v. 7) would be shaken, there is the promise that “the treasures of all nations shall come in.” “Treasures” is a Hebrew word that can function as a singular or plural noun. In other words, not only will the treasures of the nations be brought to the house of God in tribute, but there will also be One, the true treasure, who fills the house and is to be prized above all the wealth of the world. For Haggai, it was only when the world was shaken that we could see what really will stand and which treasures will endure.

    When your world shakes, are you shaken with it, or are you unshakable in spite of it? When the treasures of your heart disappoint you, does your heart fail, or does it take hold of the treasure of all nations?

     

    Prayer

    Father, help me to hold onto Your unshakable kingdom when my world is being shaken; to remember that Jesus Christ experienced the earthquake of the cross, so I would not be moved; and to remember that while treasures in the world may fail, You are the treasure of all nations. 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

    #13718

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 27 – THE COMING KING

    Zechariah 9:9-10 (ESV)

    Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

    Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

    Behold, your king is coming to you;

    righteous and having salvation is he,

    humble and mounted on a donkey,

    on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

    I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim

    and the war horse from Jerusalem;

    and the battle bow shall be cut off,

    and he shall speak peace to the nations;

    his rule shall be from sea to sea,

    and from the River to the ends of the earth.

    In the Ancient Near East, a king entered cities riding on a warhorse in order to convey his military power, particularly when he was entering into newly conquered cities where his rule may have been regarded as illegitimate or met with suspicion or outright rejection. The exception to this custom was when a beloved king entered his own capital city. There he would ride in on a donkey — the benevolent king.

    The prophet Zechariah speaks of a day when Jerusalem would see her king return. He would conquer the enemy once and for all, secure a lasting salvation and establish a new reign of peace for all. This hope of the true king, riding on a donkey, led the crowd to shout: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” when they saw Jesus riding into Jerusalem, yes, on a donkey.

    And yet this crowd soon became the angry mob that cried for blood: “Crucify Him!” Jesus, who was once welcomed as the returning king, would be met with the violent rejection of a hostile people. The true king returned to his capital city to find that it had betrayed him. Yet still, he mounted a donkey, not a warhorse, and entered in peace. And he won the ultimate victory for his treacherous people by submitting himself to their violence — our violence — confirming our guilt and achieving our forgiveness in one decisive victory. The enemy this king would conquer turned out to be us, and the cost of the victory we longed for was the death of our beloved king. And he did it. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion. Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

     

    Prayer

    Lord, we rejoice and shout aloud that you would give your life to pay the price for our treachery. We praise you as our beloved king we have been waiting for. Come reign in our heart, our lives and our city. 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

     

     

    #13719

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 28 – THE MOURNING

    Zechariah 12:10-14 (ESV)

    And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself, and their wives by themselves; and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves.

    Although Zechariah spoke these words, they were the words of the Lord. Yet how could this be? How could God say, “They look on me, on him whom they have pierced?” Could God be wounded? Even more puzzling, could God be “pierced” – which indicated a killing? In other words, could God die?

    Jesus Christ fulfilled this prophecy. Not only was he fully God, he was also fully man. Moreover, as the prophecy predicted, Jesus was the “only child” and “firstborn” Son of the Father (John 3:16). He died and, on the cross, he was pierced: “One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water” (John 19:34).

    The prophecy, however, said more. It said that those who pierced him would mourn because God would pour out on them “a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy.” In other words, the Spirit would open their eyes to see what they had done and how grievous their sin had been. This mourning would be widespread yet intimate – “the land shall mourn, each family by itself.”

    In part, this prophecy was fulfilled at Pentecost. Peter said to his listeners, “You crucified and killed [Jesus] by the hands of lawless men” (Acts 2:23). Then, upon hearing the gospel, they were “cut to the heart” and 3,000 were saved that day (Acts 2:37-41). Today, this prophecy is still being fulfilled. As the Spirit fills us with grace, we mourn over Christ’s death because we know that “he was wounded for our transgressions” (Isaiah 53:5). In our sorrow, however, we also rejoice because his death “brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

    – By The Park Forum

     

    Prayer

    Lord, we confess that our sin pierced Jesus. Thus, we mourn and ask you to pour out your Spirit of grace and mercy. In humility, we rejoice that your lovingkindness never fails – while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). 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

    #13743

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 29 – THE LAMB

    John 1:29-34 (ESV)

    The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

    In Genesis 22, Abraham took his only son Isaac to Moriah because God had commanded him to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. Isaac questioned his father, “Where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham responded to his child that “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” As Abraham was about to sacrifice his own son on the altar, God stopped him and provided a ram to take the place of Isaac.

    Jesus is the Lamb that God provided to take away all sins. Abraham did not have to sacrifice his only son, because God chose to sacrifice his son to atone for our sins. Because of this, God views us in the way he viewed his son when John saw the Spirit descend from heaven upon him. He calls us, both men and women, his beloved sons, with whom he is well pleased (Matthew 3:17).

    We no longer have to live in anxiety laboring to justify our existence. Our justification is in Christ, the perfect, spotless Lamb of God who took away our sins and the sins of the world.

     

    Prayer

    God, our Father, we thank you that we are your beloved sons with whom you are well pleased. We pray that you will work deep into our being the truth that we no longer have to labor for our salvation, but we can find rest knowing our identity is in the Lamb of God. Give us an understanding of the depth of the sacrifice that was made to atone for our sin so we may fall more in love with you to grasp who we are and who we shall become. 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

     

    #13744

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 30 – THE FAST

    Matthew 4:1-11 (ESV)

    Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 

    But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,

    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

    Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

    Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 

    Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 

    Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”

    Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.

     

    Here, we learn about three specific ways that Satan sought to tempt Jesus, each one more significant, by challenging his desire for food, urging him to display power sensationally, and encouraging him to use political power to establish God’s kingdom. In this third instance, he was tempting Jesus to bypass the cross. The devil was more than willing to give us all back to Jesus, if only Jesus would worship him instead of God. Skip the suffering, save the people, deny God, do it the easy way. For each response, Jesus relied on Scripture, the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17), to resist.

     

    These temptations occurred following Jesus’ baptism. Right after Jesus was anointed for ministry, the Spirit led him into the wilderness for 40 days and nights of fasting “to be tempted by the devil.” Jesus’ time in the desert reminds us of Moses fasting for the same period on Mount Sinai (Exodus 34:28). After Moses’ 40 days and nights, God gave him the Ten Commandments for the Israelites. Thus, here we see that Jesus is the new Moses come to fulfill the law that Moses was given.

     

    Prayer

    Gracious God, we praise you that you know what it is like to be tempted in every way, as we are. Thank you for showing us how to resist temptation and thank you for enduring the cross and for fulfilling the law, for our sakes, on our behalf. 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

    #13776

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 31 – THE LEPER

    Mark 1:40-45 (ESV)

    And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.

    Contracting leprosy was one of the most tragic things that could have happened to an individual in the ancient world. Whenever a leper was around other people, he was required to shout “unclean, unclean,” so passersby would know to keep their distance. A leper was required to live “alone, outside the camp,” so as to reduce the risk of transmitting his disease to others (Leviticus 13:45-46). To be a leper was to be isolated and humiliated perpetually.

    And then Jesus came and changed everything. One of the great beauties of the Gospels is how frequently they record Jesus’ interactions with lepers. He approached them and was approached by them. He treated them with respect and kindness. He even did the unthinkable: he touched them, and his touch made them clean. Jesus healed the lepers.

    Many biblical scholars have pointed out that there is an analogy between the physical condition of leprosy and the spiritual condition of sin. Sin in our hearts isolates us, both from God and from other people. Try as we might to hide it or remove it, the stain of sin remains present. Like Lady Macbeth, we try to wash away the stain of sin crying, “out damn’d spot,” all to no avail. We are unclean, and we know it.

    The good news of the gospel is that Jesus Christ is the contagiously clean man. When he touched a leper, Jesus did not contract leprosy. Rather, the leper became clean. Those trying in vain to remove their sin must allow themselves to be touched by the contagiously clean man. And, like the leper in the story, may we who have experienced that touch possess an uncontainable gratitude, talking freely about our encounter with the contagiously clean man.

     

    Prayer

    Heavenly Father, we thank you for your Son who makes clean everything he touches. By his grace may our hearts and our actions be touched by him this day and everyday. 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

    #13830

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 32 – THE ADULTERESS

    John 8:1-11 (ESV)

    … but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

    The Law was clear — adultery was a capital offense with two guilty parties: “If a man is found lying with the wife of another man, both of them shall die” (Deuteronomy 22:22). In accordance with the Law, therefore, the scribes and Pharisees came to Jesus with an adulterous woman to be stoned. Where was the man? They didn’t care. After all, their concern wasn’t really with the Law. Their concern was with testing Jesus.

    But Jesus wasn’t fooled. He said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Of course, Jesus wasn’t making a recommendation for a new judicial system; no criminals would be held accountable if judges had to be without sin. Jesus was making a point – a point he frequently made to the Pharisees. He often said things to them like, “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice’” (Matthew 9:13; c.f., Matthew 12:1-8; John 7:21-23). In other words, he was telling them that they were missing the most important part of the Law – that its foundation was love (Matthew 22:34-40; Matthew 7:12; Galatians 5:14). Thus, although they appeared interested in upholding the Law, they were actually breaking it because they weren’t acting on the basis of love, grace, humility and compassion.

    So they went away. And Jesus told the woman, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” He didn’t say, “It doesn’t matter whether you sin.” Instead, he said, in effect, “I myself am establishing your righteousness on the foundation of love and grace. Therefore, don’t sin — not because you fear its punishment, but because you have met me and have been saved by grace.”

    — By The Park Forum

     

    Prayer

    Lord, We exalt the name of Jesus because his righteousness has been imputed to us through grace alone! Therefore, even as we seek to sin no more, let us long for holiness and righteousness out of a deep recognition that we have been saved by grace. 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

    #13877

    Nicole
    Keymaster
    @Nicole

    LENT DAY 33 – THE CALL

    Luke 9:18-27 (ESV)

    Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”

    And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

    And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

    After spending days and nights with Jesus, witnessing His words and works first hand, Peter could make an absolute confession that Jesus was the Christ, the promised one of God. Those further from Jesus were less resolute in their faiths, often believing Him to be a prophet, but those who followed Him regularly knew that He was not simply a messenger, but the message itself. After Peter’s confession, Jesus tried to help them understand His mission and what it looked like to follow Him, but Jesus was not the kind of Messiah they were expecting, and following Him was not what they thought it was going to be like.

    Jesus issues a clear call to those who might follow Him, that allegiance to him requires denying yourself, taking up your cross daily and following him. Then and now, His words are difficult. We live in a culture that teaches us to glorify ourselves and to pursue comfort, control and the satisfaction of our desires above all else. To deny oneself and pursue the things of God can feel like death, but that is what Jesus calls us to. He tells us that to follow Him we will have to relinquish all control and endure suffering and rejection, but He also promises that this will make us like Him. In Him, triumph will come through suffering. Jesus is calling us to lose our lives as we know them, but only so that He might give us real and eternal life in Him. Do you hear Him calling you? Are you willing to deny yourself and take up your cross in order to follow Him? Do you trust that He will lead you to life?

     

    Prayer

    Gracious God, we thank You that You have revealed Your Son to us, that Jesus is the Christ, the deliverer we all need. Please give us the grace we need to follow You. You alone are worthy and we want to give You our lives, but need Your help to do so. 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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