Awesome, I am Yvette van Niekerk, my Book Daily Devotional Ebenezer will be available from May 21, 2017. “Simply put, a one-minute scripture with some of my personal inspirations and prayers. Which can assist you by inviting the Holy Spirit back into your quiet time with the Lord each day? If you hurry now, you are able to purchase a digital copy at Kellanpublishing.com at a discounted rate of 50%, stay tuned …
Awesome, my Book Daily Devotional Ebenezer will be available from May 21, 2017. “Simply put, a one-minute scripture with some of my personal inspirations and prayers. Now you can put the Holy Spirit back into your quiet time with the Lord each day using Daily Devotional Ebenezer.” If you hurry now, you are able to purchase a digital copy at Kellanpublishing.com at a 50% discount rate, stay tuned …
James 1: 26 If any man thinks himself to be religious, while he bridleth not his tongue but deceiveth his heart, this man’s religion is in vain.
How well do you know me? If you truly know me, you will say that I am very judgemental and probably a critical person. I was thinking about this and truth be told you are right with your answer. Sadly I am so sorry for my bad behavior and I have asked the Lord God to forgive me for being so judgemental and seriously critical.
So today in all humbleness I confess I am judgemental and struggle with a critical spirit. I also confess that I am not one that actually bridles my tongue and this has brought me enough trouble.
1 Timothy 2: 1 – 2 I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men; for kings and all that are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity.
Today I want to pray and dedicate all kings, and people in high places, that the Lord God will guide them and help them from becoming judgemental and critical. A spirit of this magnitude can just be detrimental to all other people. May the Lords love and grace surround them, softening their hearts, souls, and minds.
So there, our fast today is on being critical, let go of the past and stretch you forward to a new being. In Jesus Name. Amen
Stop being ungrateful
1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Are you still rejoicing in the Lord? Giving thanks in all your circumstances? Hmm, I do believe we have fallen off the wagon. Complaining about everything, never really being grateful for what we have. Some people are so spoilt they have so much and don’t ever say thank you. It amazes me to watch people that are really well off and are so blessed with so much to see how ungrateful and menacing they have become.
Then I have seen people that don’t know where their next plate of food is going to come from and they are joyful and kind and always so happy. Always thanking you for the little they receive.
So today I won’t complain because I am really grateful for everything I have. In everything I will rejoice in the Lord for blessing me with a beautiful day, loads of fun and time to sit in the sun and enjoy peace and quiet. Thank You, Lord.
Be blessed, you are my blessing!
James 3: 2 “For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.”
“… he is a perfect man,” What a statement, to my mind I am so far from perfect it scares me. My lives journey has been really interesting and I have been through so many different kinds of situations which in turn have made who I am today. The one thing I truly regret is my really low self-esteem and my deadly self-talk.
Now because I struggle tremendously with a really negative self-talk. I would, for instance, ask someone to do something for me and this person would agree and say “yes, I’ll do it now.” From my point of view “now – means now.” This specific person gets up and goes and sits in their bedroom and acts as if I never gave any instructions.
This makes me so angry it is like sticking a poker up …. you know somewhere. But because this person does not obey me I then start to complain and moan and groan and by the end of the day, I am so livered I want to commit a serious crime. Thank the Lord I have not reached that point.
Proverbs 18 verse 21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” So for today, I have decided to stop the moaning and groaning and when someone doesn’t do as I ask to get up and do it myself. It wouldn’t kill me, I will survive. As part of my program, I am also asking the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to help me in becoming aware of my negative thoughts and take them captive unto the Lord.
Some scriptures to help me through today are Isaiah 58 verse 6 “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?” and also Isaiah 58 verse 9 “Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, “HERE I AM.” If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness.”
Keeping to my fast of negative talk and really deadly words my focus is on Psalms 34 verse 1 “I will bless the LORD at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Heavenly Father, O LORD my God, today I am fasting my negative and deadly words, I am also fasting my words of self-condemnation. Holy Spirit I dedicate my life back into Your hands and pray please lift me up. In the powerful name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen