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An Author, Book Reviewer, Blogger, Wife, Mom - StepMom - Granny ;-) I love my husband and children, and I adore the Lord.

Desert in Hebrews “Midbar”

Hosea 13: 5 AMP “I knew and regarded you and cared for you in the wilderness, in the land of drought.”

I believe each one of us is going through a season, some people are enjoying summer and others are in fall.  But what about the people that are going through a desert experience – Midbar?  Do you know that the word “midbar” means “the place of the word.”

Awesome wouldn’t you agree, that means that in our desert experiences we are closer to God.  I remember when I had been facing really trying times in my own life, that I was the closest to God.  It seems that I also grew spiritually and that I was able to understand what God wanted from me.

I want to encourage you today that should you find yourself in the desert and maybe you feel all alone.  Stop for one minute and meditate on these words:  “For the mountains may be removed and hills may shake, but My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,”  Says the LORD who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54: 10AMP

Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, thank You, Lord for today, that we may draw near to You in our desert experiences, knowing that we are in the place of the word.  We pray please Lord help us face each day, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen

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Before I …

Proverbs 3: 6 (HCSB) “think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”

Before I do anything these days I feel it is of great importance to sit down and take a moment and come before the Lord my God.  I want to do something and I need to know whether what I am planning on doing will be in my interest and whether I am in God’s perfect will.

You now the Lord Jesus would pray about everything we see that in Luke chapter 5 verse 6 NIV “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”  As you think about what it is you want to do today, even the food you want to eat.  Bring it before the Lord, asking Him to guide you.

We have become so good at making our own decisions and we also are so sure of ourselves that we don’t realize that this might be our last day here on earth.  My thinking these days are Deo volente (Latin) for God willing.  Each time I want to do something I pray about it doesn’t matter how small or insignificant it is I am asking God to guide me.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, Lord, please be our guide and show us the way that You have prepared for us.  Give us the necessary wisdom and insight to identify what we should be doing.  Help us to never lose sight of the fact that You are our CEO in life.  We need Your input in our lives in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour we pray.  Amen

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You Need #Jesus

Do you know God loves you?  He desires to have a living relationship with you and wants to give you salvation, a purpose, and the eternal life.  You must realize the importances of making the right decision that no one else can do only you can take that decision, don’t delay, take it today!

  • We all have a past
    Romans chapter 3 verse 23 says: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
  • A price to pay for Sin
    Romans chapter 6 verse 23 says: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. When you work you earn wages (a salary) but remember the wages of sin is death.  What does this mean?  If you die, you are separated from God forever and that means it is over, but here is some good news.
  • Jesus Christ paid for our Sin
    Romans chapter 5 verse 8 says: “But God commendeth His love towards us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” We know even though we are sinners, Christ loves us so much that He died in our place to pay for our sin.
  • Believe it
    Romans chapter 10 verse 9 says: “that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Do you want to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ today?  Please come and pray this prayer with me today:

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross for me and that Your blood paid for all my sins.  Lord, please forgive me I have sinned.  I want to ask You to be my Lord and my Saviour.  Lord thank You for dying in my place and for forgiving me of my sin and giving me the gift of eternal life.  I am turning away from my sin and I acknowledge You as my Lord and Saviour.  Please, Lord, lead me and guide me in Your ways.  Amen

P.S. I want to encourage you that if you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior today, please go and find a church that teaches about the Lord Jesus Christ.  Attend regular church services.  If you want to know more please feel free to write to me yvettevanniekerk.com go to my web page and drop me a line.  God bless you.

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Show Mercy

Mercy “me”

James 2: 13 PHILLIPS “Anyway, you should speak and act as men who will be judged by the law of freedom.  The man who makes no allowances for others will find none made for him.  I am still true that “mercy smiles in the face of judgment.”

Showing mercy towards one another is probably one of the major factors in today life.  I have come to realize that many people are judgmental and have no consideration or mercy for their fellow man or woman.  Something happened a couple of days ago and it made me realize people don’t have mercy.

Look at Matthew chapter 5 verse 7 TLB “Happy are the kind and merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.”  It is clear that the Lord God wants each one of us to be kind and merciful.  We should strive to be kinder to each other and show mercy before we start judging people.  We all know that the world we are living in is broken and God expect us to be merciful towards each other.

What a mighty God we serve, our God is so rich in mercy, and His love for us extended far beyond what we could every realize.  Yes, we were dead and doomed to our spiritual death of our sins that God gave us back our lives through the Lord Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead – only by his undeserved favor have we ever been saved. (Ephesians 2: 4-5)

Prayer

Abba Father, LORD GOD, thank You for this lesson we are able to learn, open our hearts, souls and minds to receive Your word on Mercy today.  Help us to extend mercy toward family, friend and whoever we meet.  In the precious name of the Lord JESUS Christ, Amen

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An Answer to Prayer

Psalm 5: 3 ICB “Lord, every morning you hear my voice.  Every morning, I tell you what I need.  And I wait for your answer.”

Psalm 27: 4-6 ESV “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.  For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.  And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD.

When you wake up in the morning, is the LORD on your mind first thing?  I wake up and normally say “Thank You, LORD, for another day.”  Some day are difficult and I feel glum but most day’s I am grateful for the new day.

Are you facing a difficult time in your own life? Do you feel alone and without hope?  Do your finances seem impossible, bills to pay and not enough money to cover the costs?  Is your job on the line?  Are you feeling sick and all alone, it seems that no one really cares these days?

Today let me encourage you, God is able to answer each and every prayer of yours.  He is listening and if you want you are able to call out to Him and He will help you.  Yes, we are living in trying times and it seems that the whole world has lost it mind.  God gave us a sound mind, we know He is there for us.

Wait patiently for an answer and do not stop, keep on asking and keep on knocking God is there.  He will answer you, while you are standing in the passage and all the doors are closed start to praise Him.  Pray Psalm 27: 4-6 and see how miracles will come your way.

Prayer

O LORD, today, please let Your ear hear my prayers, please will You hear the calling of Your servant, I fear and honor Your name, please LORD God let Your servant prosper today.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Amen

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Do you love Jesus?

John 14: 23 – 24 AMP Jesus answered:  “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.  One who does not [really] love Me does not keep My words.  And the word (teaching) which you hear is not Mine, but is the Father’s who sent me.”

Where do you find yourself right now on your journey?  Are you in a serious relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth?  Can you honestly say that you spend as much time in The Bible as you want?  Do you make the time to study God’s Word and meditate on the scriptures night and day?

You see Jesus is speaking to you and me today He is saying “Yvette, do you really love Me?  Are you keeping my word (teaching)?”  I am doing the best I can I believe that I spend a lot of time reading Gods word and I study it as best I can.  I believe God is making his dwelling place with me.

Can you say the same?  Are you open to receiving the Lord God into your life?  Do you want to have a truly wonderful relationship with God?  We can only experience this by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior.  After this, we will receive the Holy Spirit and the LORD will come and take up residence in our lives.

Prayer

O Lord Jesus, I believe You died for me and that Your lifeblood paid for my sins.  Please, Lord Jesus, forgive me for my sins.  I want You to be my Lord.  Thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying for me, forgiving my sin and also for the gift of eternal life.  Today I turn away from my sin and I accept and acknowledge You as my Lord and Saviour.  Please, Lord Jesus, guide me in Your ways.  Amen

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#Righteousness

Romans 1: 17 NIV “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.””

How do you understand “Righteousness?”  I think this is being “holy before God” or “in right standing with God.”  How do we receive our “righteousness?”  I believe that the only way we are able to receive our “righteousness” is through faith.  Without faith nothing is possible.  You have to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  I like The Message, it says: “Once you’re convinced that he is right and righteous, you’ll recognize that all who practice righteousness are God’s true children.”

In other words, without Christ Jesus, we are unable to come into a relationship with the “Living God.”  It must be your desire to be right with God and to live as for God.  I believe that it is the only way to live in any case.

For myself, it is my heart’s desire to get to know God and the Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  I want to live a full and abundant like.  I don’t think that it would be possible to live my life any other way.

Without being made right with the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no way you are able to get into heaven.  Absolutely not.  Because “I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.”

Prayer

Father God we embrace the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth and we want to live our lives righteous before You.  We know that You want us to be holy because You are Holy.  We also know that You loved us so much that we are able to be called Your children through the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  We love You and worship You.  Amen

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