Here are a couple of recent World Challenge devotions ... both David Wilkerson and his son Gary are gifted at getting to the heart of scripture and these meditations are fine examples for us to engage with and be pointed towards a deeper relationship with Christ.
JESUS NEVER FAILS
April 15, 2019
“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me from the foundation of the world” (John 17:24, my emphasis). Jesus prayed for his disciples — and that includes us. He asked the Father that we may see his glory, meaning that we would know him.
At certain times in the Old Testament, Jesus revealed himself in human or angelic form, with varying results. For instance, Jacob’s hip was broken when he tried wrestling with the Lord. And when Moses said to God, “Please show me Your glory” (Exodus 33:18), the Lord told him, “I have to cover your face and hide you behind a rock, and then you can see only the trailing afterglow of my presence.” In other words, he had to protect Moses from the full revelation of himself.
In the New Testament, when the apostle John heard the Lord’s voice and received the Revelation on the island of Patmos, he fell on his face. The normal response of men and women when they saw Jesus was awe and wonder. I wonder what would happen if we saw him in all his beauty and splendor as Moses or John did.
The truth is, Jesus is beautiful in a sense far deeper than our usual usage of the descriptive word. We remark that someone is lovely or handsome, but Jesus is far more. He is glorious, wonderful, separate, unique, special. He is also tender, kind, precious, full of majesty. He is wondrous, strong, mighty, powerful, wise, outstanding. And he never fails!
Even in his human nature, Jesus remained sovereign, one with God (see Colossians 2:10). Consider some of his beautiful attributes: full of justice (John 8:16); perfectly righteous (John 8:46). And he is love (John 13:34) — a love that is unfathomable.
We are totally undeserving of this love, but that is the beauty of our amazing, incomparable Savior. Give him praise today for his unspeakable sacrifice and gift of salvation.
David Wilkerson (1931-2011)
April 17, 2019
“Blessed be the … God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). All over the world, people are going through sufferings and trials and the Lord has promised to comfort us in them. Notice that nothing is said here about deliverance from the battle; we are told only that the Holy Spirit gives us comfort to endure and stay steadfast in our trial.
This comfort, provided by the Spirit in the midst of our troubles, is not simply a temporary lifting of the burden. It is not a sigh of relief, a shutting out of troubling thoughts or fears. Rather, it is supernatural. Such comfort is the exclusive ministry of the Holy Spirit, accomplished by faith as we trust in his love for us.
Scripture tells us, “You will comfort those in Zion. You will have a word of healing for those who are in despair and fear” (see Isaiah 61:2-3). In response to our faith, God’s Spirit promises to create something in us that will bring comfort in every conceivable trouble and fearsome circumstance. He will put in us a word that can heal, comfort and encourage others.
The Spirit said through Isaiah, “I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him … I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace” (Isaiah 57:18-19). This is one of the most encouraging promises in God’s Word. The Lord says he will drive out from us the spirit of fear and implant in us his supernatural spirit of peace. Isaiah repeats the word “peace” here to emphasize it is a continual peace. Simply put, the Holy Spirit promises, “I will create peace in you.”
As the gathering clouds cause fear in the world, may you walk according to this word from Paul: “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15). Amen!
Tuesday 6th November 2018
Today's Free Devotional from Ellel Ministries
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
John 10:10, AMP
Are you living victoriously? Or are you overwhelmed by guilt, fear, despair and uncertainty? Today’s scripture tells us that Jesus longs for us to enjoy life in abundance; that’s why He came and why He suffered for us on the cross. He knows so well that the enemy’s agenda is to see us defeated. The enemy steals from us by filling our minds with lies and twisted truths; he destroys our hope and freedom in the Lord. But the Word says: ‘Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us’ (Romans 8:37).
Even though Jesus longs for us to live a life that overflows, we often battle to experience this victorious life. Sometimes guilt and shame become a heavy yoke upon our shoulders and we often feel condemned, and wrongly believe that God sees us as not good enough. The truth is found in Psalm 34:22, ‘But the Lord will redeem those who serve Him. No one who takes refuge in Him will be condemned’..
The Lord is never the one who condemns you and will never tell you that you’re not good enough. If this is what you’re believing about yourself, it isn’t the voice of your heavenly Father speaking these words. The Lord will convict us of sin or wrongdoing in our lives, but He won’t condemn us. There’s a significant difference between condemnation and conviction. Condemnation is always accompanied by guilt, shame and feeling lost. It also offers no solution – this isn’t the way of our loving Father.
When the Holy Spirit points out sin in our lives (convicting us), His purpose is always to lead us to acknowledge and confess it. Once we realise that there’s an area of sin in our lives and bring it before the Lord, He can change us. He will always provide a way forward. When the Lord speaks to you, His words will carry continued hope of intimacy, friendship and a reconciled relationship. But the enemy wants to cloud our vision with feelings of guilt, shame, fear and confusion. In this way, he can twist the truth of God’s Word. God’s Word says, ‘So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus Christ’ (Romans 8:1).
To live in victory, we need to start by believing the Lord’s truth over us. He says we’re righteous (completely acceptable) in Jesus and that He delights is us. Nothing we do or don’t do, can make Him love us less. ‘Therefore, since we are justified ( acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)’ (Romans 5:1). Also Psalm 37:23, ‘The Lord direct the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives’. ‘So let’s come boldly to the throne of our gracious God’ (Hebrews 4:16) and receive His mercy and truth over our lives.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I long to enjoy the abundant life You came to give me. Please show me where I’m believing lies from the enemy about myself and reveal Your godly truth to me in every situation. I need Your discernment to recognise the voice of the enemy and to stand against his lies, in Your strength and truth. Thank You for Your grace in my life and for loving me just as I am. Amen.
Today's Writer : Annalene Holtzhausen Annalene Holtzhausen is on the Associate Team at Ellel, Africa. She is married to Renier, who introduced her to Ellel Ministries. She is a full-time mother to their two boys. Her passion is for the restoration of women’s hearts and for people to find their worth in the Lord
We felt that this devotional from Seeds of the Kingdom today, was not only relevant to all, but specifically for Cornerstone Fellowship at this time, as we approach the first anniversary of our Sunday meetings.
Sunday 26th August 2018
Devotional from Ellel Ministries
"Therefore put on God’s complete armour, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]."
Ephesians 6:13 (Amplified)
Recently, my husband and I, and a friend visiting us, found ourselves in a situation where our lives were in danger and our safety violated. The incident left us somewhat shaken and feeling quite vulnerable. Some precious friends from Ellel Ministries spent time with us ministering into the trauma, and we’re so grateful to the Lord that, as His children, we never need to remain stuck in a place of fear.
The morning after this distressing event, I woke up with Ephesians 6:13 in my spirit: ‘Therefore put on God’s complete armour, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]’. Three truths in this scripture struck me:
Firstly, the reason why we need to be wearing the full armour of God is because the ‘evil day of danger’ is bound to come in some shape or form during our journey here on earth. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). James 1:2-3 says, ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance’. As long as we live in this fallen world, we’re bound to be faced with trials and troubles of varying degrees. But the great news is that, when we’re positioned in Jesus, covered with His armour, we’ll be able to stand our ground in the face of adversity.
Secondly, Ephesians 6:13 says, ‘and having done all the crisis demands, to stand firmly in your place’. I don’t believe that the Lord intends for us to live with our heads in the sand when trouble comes, and to pretend we’re not affected by the brokenness and distress it often brings. As God’s children, we may be under the impression that we should move on very quickly from a traumatic event, a loss, or even a relationship where we’ve been wounded. We’re to continue to keep that smile on our face, put the ‘coping mask’ on, and forge ahead. But this verse speaks about the fact that the crisis may demand some things that need to be done, some realities needing attention. This may include practical things like taking time out to recover, asking for prayer support while you’re processing something, or perhaps getting godly counsel and prayer ministry to bring God’s healing.
Thirdly, we’re encouraged to ‘stand firmly’ in our place after we’ve done all. I read an article the other day about cheetahs – those beautiful wild cats. It explained what to do, should you encounter a cheetah while you are on foot in the wild. One of the warnings in the article is not to run or show any signs of fear, because if you run, the cheetah will instinctively chase you. You’re encouraged to stand your ground and slowly move to safety. The Bible speaks of our enemy roaming around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. ‘Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined]’ (1 Peter 5:8-9). God’s Word and His promises are our anchor when we’re walking through difficult experiences. It’s the sword with which we can fight the enemy. The name of Jesus is our strong tower where we can find shelter, and His love is our safe place which drives out all fear. We are positioned in Him.
My desire is for God to be glorified through our experience; ‘But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring about as it is this day, to save many people alive’ (Genesis 50:20, NKJV).
Prayer: Lord, I want to thank You that You’re my safe place and the One who`ll never allow me to be tested beyond what I can bear. Thank you for Your perfect provision for everything I may face in this life. Help me to remember that You’re my source of comfort and strength, and the one in whom I can be secure, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today's Writer : Christel Baxter Christel Baxter joined the Associate prayer ministry team at Shere House, S.Africa in 2008 after attending the 20 day school. She is married to Gary, who serves with her on the associate team. Their children, Liezl and Wesley, are both married and they adore their son-in-law and daughter-in-law! Christel is passionate about seeing broken lives restored and especially loves ministering God`s love and healing to women of all ages.
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