Fret less, Trust more

Weekly Nuggets March 20, 2023

Psalms 37:5-8 NKJV

Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.

Key Phrase:  Fret less, Trust more

Trust is defined as “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing”

There are some traits or characteristics of the one who we put our trust in…and all these can be found in God the Father.
•Reliable : whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:16)
•Strength: Power belongs to God (Psalm 62:11)
•Ability: is anything too hard for the LORD? ( Gen 18:14)
•Surety:  Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 11:8)

Why then do we fret and worry? Why then do we constrain God to the limit of our finite imaginations? This week,  God is saying to someone “Trust me, it’ll be OK”

Father, please turn every thing causing us to fret into subjects of praise and thanksgiving. Lord, give us a heart that trusts in you no matter the circumstance.  Most of all Lord, grant us wisdom to trust & wait on you until our Joy is full. In Jesus name. Amen

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Grace to succeed & abound

Weekly Nuggets March 13, 2023

Deuteronomy 30:8‭-‬10 NLT

Then you will again obey the Lord and keep all his commands that I am giving you today. “The Lord your God will then make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and he will cause your fields to produce abundant harvests, for the Lord will again delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors. The Lord your God will delight in you if you obey his voice and keep the commands and decrees written in this Book of Instruction, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.

Key Phrase:  Grace to succeed & abound

Success is very much desired in every area of our lives; whether in the market place, in our studies, in our careers, in our social life, in ministry ….. the list is endless, we all anticipate the outcome of success as a reward to all our labour.

God has given us an absolutely fantastic offer in today’s nugget, just obey all His commandments in exchange for success we seek. As we obey, God makes His grace available to us and according to 2 Cor 9:8, His grace makes us abound in every good work.

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work “

Father, we ask for an abundance of your grace in our lives. Lord, we ask for overflowing grace – grace to succeed, grace to abound, grace to overcome , grace to obey.  Most of all Lord, we commit all that concerns us into your able hands; the fruits of our body, fruits of our hands, fruits of our intellect …… may the grace to succeed be our portion. In Jesus name. Amen

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God Will Endorse You

Weekly Nuggets March 6, 2023

Joshua 3:5-7,16,17 NKJV

And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people. And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.

Key Phrase: God will endorse you

Every product, especially new ones require some marketing or advertising to make it attractive to consumers. However, advertising alone is not sufficient for discerning consumers and more is usually required to convince such to switch allegiance from a tried and trusted brand to a new product.

This is where endorsements tip the scale, an endorsement from a credible, reliable and undisputedly trust worthy figure demonstrates that the brand is the real deal.

In this weeks nugget, Moses was a hard act to follow. Everyone knew Moses, they knew his history with God and how the red sea parted for the Isrealites to cross on dry land…… so, now Joshua? God’s endorsement in Verse 7 is very powerful…”And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel”. And God did

God stopped the waters of the Jordan for Joshua and the people of Isreal to cross (again) on dry land, to show the world that indeed, this Joshua has my mandate (Joshua 3:16,17).

Father, please as You were with Joshua, be with us. Lord, demonstrate you power and glory through us as you did through Joshua. Most of all Lord, endorse us, endorse our families, endorse our ministries, endorse the works of our hands, let it be known to all who come across us, that we are the real deal. In Jesus name. Amen

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Inexplicable Sweetness

Weekly Nuggets February 27, 2023

Genesis 15:22-26 NKJV

So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.

Key Phrase: Inexplicable sweetness

Mara(h), bitterness. There are certain circumstances in life that leave a bitter taste in one’s mouth. This is what Naomi experienced that she chose to change her name to Mara in Ruth 1:20 “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me“.

Bitter circumstances can make one loose zeal, loose focus, loose hope. It can make one full of regret and despair. But whatever happens, we must never loose sight that God is the master strategist.

In our nuggets for the week, the Isrealites couldn’t drink the water, for it was bitter. While they cried in despair, God intervened in an inexplicable way and turned the bitter waters sweet. Naomi, which we earlier referenced, though in despair, didn’t loose sight of God, she trusted and followed His leading and bitterness turned sweet through God’s inexplicable and miraculous intervention.

I pray this week, that by His inexplicable ways, every bitterness we experience will be made sweet.

Father, we ask for your everlasting love and inexplicable power. Lord, thank you because there is nothing too difficult for you to do. Most of all Lord, because in your time you make all things beautiful (Eccl 3:11), we ask that you also make all things sweet in our lives. In Jesus name. Amen

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Coded Conversations

Weekly Nuggets February 20, 2023

1 Corinthians 14:1-2 NKJV

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

Key Phrase: Coded dialogue

Just last week in Sunday school, we discussed the relevance of speaking in tongues in the life of a believer. There was the usual lively discussions, but there is nothing as illuminating as a revelation from the Holy Spirit.

This revelation came at a recent event with close family and friends where everyone was chatty and enjoying the communial stories & jokes. But every once in a while, these two siblings would break into their mother tongue to chat, nod, giggle, wink – then return to the communal conversations.

Just as I started giving them ‘the eye’, it hit me that this was a perfect analogue for why the Father desires us to speak in tongues. When we speak in tongues, its a coded language with God the Father – men can’t understand, the devil can’t understand. In tongues, we cry, we laugh, we groan…. we communicate with our Father in a coded language and all the devil can do is give us ‘the eye’ .

Father, we ask for boldness to receive your spiritual gifts. Lord, thank you specially for the gift of speaking in tongues. Most of all Lord, help our weakness when we pray, fill our mouths with unknown tongues, intercede for us (Rom 8:26) for we know not how to pray. In Jesus name. Amen

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Just One is sufficient

Weekly Nuggets February 6, 2023

Matthew 8:16‭-‬17 NKJV

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”

Key Phrase: Just One is sufficient

When it comes to His power, God displays it so there is no ambiguity. He doesn’t operate in an atmosphere of doubt but in one of clarity and assurance.

What we need is faith to receive God’s power through His word. Just one word or one blessing is sufficient to turn our situation around;
•Isaiah 55:11 teaches us that Gods ‘word’ sent to us shall accomplish what He pleases.
•In Matthew 8:8, the centurion said only speak ‘a word’ and my servant will be healed.
•Malachi 3:10 reminds us that there is ‘a blessing’ that is more than enough.
•And in this weeks nugget, a word, just one word subdued spirits and healed all who were sick.

I pray that whatever our situation, God will send a word, a blessing that will turn things around for His glory.

Father, today we ask for A word from you to heal our spirit, souls and bodies, we ask for A word from you to heal our nations. Lord, we ask for A blessing from you to heal our finances. Most of all Lord, send each of us a special word this season that will demonstrate to the world that you are our sufficiency In Jesus name. Amen

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What are you hearing?

Weekly Nuggets January 30, 2023

Romans 10:17 NKJV

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Key Phrase: What are you hearing?

There are only 2 answers to today’s question; the voice of God or the voice of the world?

Our belief systems are built from what we hear over the different seasons of our lives. And what we believe determines how we react under pressure. To hear the voice of God is to hear life. To hear the voice of God is to hear instruction. To hear the voice of God is to receive peace. To hear the voice of God is to be a partaker of signs & wonders.

If we recall the account of the wedding in Cana (John 2:5), even Mary the mother of Jesus knew this truth when she said to the servers “Whatever He says to you, do it”. i.e don’t be distracted by the prevailing situation of confusion, focus on what Jesus is saying; listen, obey and receive instruction, peace and wonders.

Father, help us to focus on what you are saying in this season of our lives. Lord, remind us to only hear “peace be still” in times of storms. Most of all Lord, let your word in our lives overshadow every contrary word in our lives and bring forth wonders. In Jesus name. Amen

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Sharpen the Axe!

Weekly Nuggets January 23, 2023

Ecclesiastes 10:10 NLT
Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 NKJV
If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.

Ecclesiastes 10:10 KJV
If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

Key Phrase: Sharpen the Axe!

Wisdom, the Bible describes it as a tool, a means to an end. Wisdom is a vehicle for success. Wisdom is a defense and gives life (Eccl 7:12). And our nugget for the week summarises this as wisdom is profitable to direct.

We speak often of using the right tool for the right job, but these tools still need to be often calliberated to be sure the right outcome is achieved, to be sure we spend quality time achieving results vs recycling work because our tools are not up to spec.

The NLT version puts it nicely, ‘using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade’…. and it goes on to describe wisdom as the sharpening of the axe so that we might succeed. Ie when it appears we are going round in circles, expending energy and still not making progress- pause and seek wisdom which helps us succeed.

Father, you are the God of all wisdom, teach us to be like you. Lord, where ever we are spending excessive time and energy without results- help us to pause and reassess. Most of all Lord, teach us how to sharpen our axes, teach us how to seek wisdom, teach us to prosper, teach us profit . In Jesus name. Amen

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If we had Bells?

Weekly Nuggets January 16, 2023

Exodus 28:31-35 NKJV

You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue. There shall be an opening for his head in the middle of it; it shall have a woven binding all around its opening, like the opening in a coat of mail, so that it does not tear. And upon its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet, all around its hem, and bells of gold between them all around: a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe all around. And it shall be upon Aaron when he ministers, and its sound will be heard when he goes into the holy place before the LORD and when he comes out, that he may not die.

Key Phrase: If we had Bells?

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14)

God is God all by Himself and He needs no man to be God, but Holiness creates the ambience for God to be God in our lives.He demands it today and He always has.

In our text today, this demand of holiness was literal. Attempting to enter God’s presence required absolute holiness. This is why God designed the priests robe with bells, hearing the bells signified to the worshipers outside that the priest was alive and still in right standing with God. The priests also knew that attempting to access God’s presence in an unholy state was akin to suicide.

Today, if our robes had built-in bells …….?

Father, please grant us grace to set aside everything that contends with our desire to be Holy. Lord, help us to pursue peace with all men in every circumstance. Most of all Lord, we want to be in your presence 24/7, teach us to pursue absolute holiness so that men will see the God in our lives always. In Jesus name. Amen

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God knows you better than you

Weekly Nuggets January 9, 2023

Exodus 4:10-12 NKJV

Then Moses said to the LORD, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” So the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.”

Key Phrase:  God knows you better than you

It’s interesting how we tend to look the other way when God calls. The best of us would always have a ready-made excuse when God calls.

Moses, in this week’s nugget is a classic example of how we try to convince God that He is selecting the wrong person for the job. God directed Moses to go and speak…and Moses says (paraphrased), “who me?, do you remember I’m slow of speech”

Perhaps a breif reminder that God knows. A breif reminder of God’s modus operandi found in 1 Corinthians 1:27-29; God chooses the not so obvious in order that none can glory in His presence.
•God chooses the weak
•God chooses the slow in speech
•God chooses the low
He choses us inspite of our shortcomings so that when it’s all said and done, there can be no controversy whose strength and power was displayed.

Father, thank you for creating us in your image. Lord, thank you for reminding us that no matter what we think are weaknesses, all you see is strength through Jesus. Most of all Lord, when you call, grant us the grace to look beyond ‘self’ and ‘flesh’ and remember that God doesnt call the qualified — He qualifies the called. In Jesus name. Amen

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