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Pray like Jesus

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Mark 7:31-35Amplified Bible 31 Soon after this Jesus left the region of Tyre, and passed through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, through the region of Decapolis [the ten Hellenistic cities]. 32 They brought to Him a man who was deaf and had difficulty speaking, and they begged Jesus to place His hand on him. 33 Jesus, taking him aside by himself, away from the crowd, put His fingers into the man’s ears, and after spitting, He touched the man’s tongue [with the saliva]; 34 and looking up to heaven, He sighed deeply and said to the man, “Ephphatha,” which [in Aramaic] means, “Be opened and released!”35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he began speaking plainly. When you start reading the New Testament Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John you will notice that the Lord Jesus prayed a number of times. Breaking away from the people the Lord Jesus took time to speak to God.  We should take the time and speak to God, He is waiting for me and you. If the Lord Jesus made time to spe…

#LackOfKnowledge

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1 Corinthians 2:2English Standard Version (ESV)2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I don't believe that I am very smart and I am constantly trying to upskill myself. Lately, I feel that I just can't remember so many things. Hosea 4 verse 6 in the Amplified says "The Lord Himself said, "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge..." I have come to a place in my life where I realize the importance of learning spiritual things. Instead of seeking worlding knowledge, I want to focus all my energies on the Word of God. I want to grow spiritually. Prayer Lord, Jesus, I want to pursue the Word of God, and I want to grow spiritually, I don't want to waste my time with carnal knowledge which won't get me into heave. I dedicate my life, my mind and body, and soul into Your hands, let my spiritual eyes be open to Your Word today, help me in my pursuits of the Word, in the name of Jesus Christ amen

#Sacrifice_all_of_ourselves_to_God

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Romans 12:1(ESV)A Living Sacrifice12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. It is my heart's desire to present my body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. I want to be accepted by God and I want my body to be a temple of my God. I believe that the Holy Spirit lives in my body and that I am supposed to use my body to worship God. I am not perfect and I am sure I need a lot of work but just as I am I concentrate my life into the hands of the Lord. God knows and understands my thinking and I want God's approval in my own life.  I cannot see myself without the LORD in my life. Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, I am taking my everyday ordinary life, my sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life, and I place it before YOU LORD as an offering. I am embracing what YOU LORD is doing for me, I believe LORD you bring the best out of me, deve…

#Thursday_What_is_prayer?

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The definition of prayer is "A devout petition to God or an object of worship.  Spiritual communion with God or an object of worship. The act or practice of praying to God or an object of worship."

To me prayer is communicating with the Lord my God, I would sit down, stand or even walk and talk to God. I was thinking about it the other day, when you speak to me or my children you don't say things like "Dear Yvette, it's me, Jane, how are you today?" No, you say: "Hi Yvette how are you today?"

I know we have a relationship with the LORD when we are able to speak to Him all day long. Saying Good morning Lord, I am happy this day has started. Please, will You guide me and show me what I should be doing today. You know I am not sure of how to take this person on, they seem to take offense all the time. I wonder what my life would look like in a couple of years from now. Lord, thank you also for my home and the kids and my husband. Thank you, also for…

A covenant of Increase from God

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Psalm 115: 14 ESV

May the LORD make you increase, both you and your children.

Deuteronomy 1: 11

May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised.

I know it's not an option or even something I should be saying but there are times I feel like "things aren't getting any better, it feels like it's getting worse!" I confess that I say that at times out of frustration and also probably fear.

Looking at Psalm 115 verse 14 I am so excited at the Word of God, "May the LORD make you increase, both you and your children." The LORD is blessing both me and my children. That is something to hold onto. God is blessing us all today.  I am expecting my life to get better and better to the extent that I will be blessing others as well.

Let's hold onto God's promises for our own lives. When you meditate on God's Word, make it your own.  Let it sink in and don't lose heart.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, LORD G…

We are living in scary times

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Luke 10:19(NIV)19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. We live in dangerous times. Every day thousands of people are kidnapped. It's scary to see young, old, men and women, and children being abducted.And all the killings these days are scary. How will we get through it all? We must trust in the Lord Jesus to carry us through.Every day, something strikes me, and every day I pray for God's grace in my own life and that of my children and family.Remember whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven according to Matthew 18 verse 18.I want to tell you to just receive Jesus peace today as per John 14 verse 27. "My peace I GIVE you, not as the world gives." 
Lord humbly I come into Your presence this morning and I remind you that I am solely dedicated to You. Please Lord help me face today, I accept Your gift of peace in my life and I have the authority to step on serpents and such. G…

Pray for open doors!

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#opendoors; #yvettevanniekerk

Colossians 4: 2 – 4 ESV Further Instructions Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison – that I may make it clear, which is how I out to speak.
Thank You, Abba Father for the rain.It is so lovely, the refreshing smell of rain, the earth is soaking up the water. We have been waiting for this rain and it is so refreshing. Lord, thank You, that You have sent rain.
Today Lord, it is my heart’s desire that I may come into Your presence and bring You, praise. Lord telling You how grateful I am for all the good things You have given me. Lord, thank You for my home, Lord, thank You for my husband and children and grandchildren. Lord thank You that You are in control over my finances and that YOU provide according to my needs. Lord, I am so grateful for the business you provide.
Today, Lord I …

In my Old age I still want to dream big dreams

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Acts 2: 17

"God says, In the last days I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams."

Look at the last part of this verse "your old men dream dreams." I am never going to stop dreaming. I am still praying the Jabez prayer.  "LORD, bless me indeed. Enlarge my territory."  I also believe and confess that "God is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that I can ask or think." Lord, help me to ask and think the way YOU want me to.

Lord, I am asking you to reveal all sin in my life so that I am able to confess it and get it out of the way. I want to live my life according to Your Word. I want to draw near to You and I am asking you to give me big dreams, I want to life my life fulfilled according to Your Word.

I am seated in heavenly places with You LORD Jesus Christ, help me to take up my seat with You. Show me the way forward. Guide me and teach me, create in me a pure heart and…

Small Thinking

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Ephesians 3: 20 – 21 ESV “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Small thinking caused me to limit myself. I didn’t think that I am blessed or even worthy of blessings but God has opened the doors to my wildest dreams. I wanted to travel the world like my sister, go to Europe,  America’s and even to Egypt.
I thought about this and prayed about this, I am not envious of my sister or my brother for that fact, I believe God blesses them each and every day. I was just feeling sorry for myself and because of my small thinking through it impossible to travel anywhere in any case.
Then last year while I was praying I said to the Lord Jesus, Lord I want to visit my brother in Australia, I don’t know how and I don’t know when. I do want to visit him and his family. Anyway, I left that thought with the Lord.My b…

The leftovers

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Mark 7: 28 - 30 "Yes, Lord," she replied, "but even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs." Then he told her, "For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter." She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon was gone."
I know I mess up each and every day. Doing worse the day before. I believe I won't make it through today without making an error. But I really try. Why do I keep on failing? I believe because I am a woman, and human.

I think about the faith of a Syrophoenician Woman, she approached the Lord Jesus hoping that He would heal her daughter who was demon-possessed. She spoke to the Lord Jesus and didn't the feeling of "entitlement" no she said that even the dogs eat the crumbs under the table. She didn't believe that she was "entitled" to receive anything from Jesus.

She was happy to receive any leftovers there may be for her. I look at this and I believe we …

The Power Of God's Love

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Matthew 25: 37 - 40 ESVThen the righteous will answer him, saying,  "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,  or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you,  or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick  or in prison and visit you?"  And the King will answer them,  "Truly, I say to you,  as you di's it to one of the least of these,  my brothers, you did it to me."
I believe the power of God's love works through you and me. We have the ability to help and serve other people. We can identify a need and help that person. Sometimes we don't have the ability but we do know people who do. Then we should help people. 
I am not working right now and I have started up my own little business, I bake cakes and I was under the impression I won't be that busy. God sure has been faithful and boy have I been busy every week. 
Lord please help me to help Your people, in Jesus Christs name amen

Please Lord, help me to be more forgiving

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1 John 2: 11 "He who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes."
Today, Lord I come into Your presence and I want to pray about my own life. Lord I don't want to hate anybody in my life. There are people that irritate me and people that I am angry with today and as I pray about my own life. It is clear to me that I am struggling with hate the root to my unforgiveness right now.
You know the two people I truly despise and cannot stand. Lord, this evening I come humbly before You and I pray to forgive me. I have sinned against YOU Lord and them. Lord, I forgive them and I set them free in Jesus Christ name. Lord, I come asking You to please forgive me. I have been struggling forever with these feelings and I am asking You forgive me. I forgive them and set them free. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen

Learning how to change the way I see myself.

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Someone says something to me and I respond but that's just the way I am.  I want to change my perspective of myself and the best way forward I believe is to improve on my way of thinking. The Word says that we need to renew our minds and I think this renewing has to take place daily. I know I have been referred to as not the "sharpest knife in the draw." The funny thing is I have accepted these comments.

Enough! God has a plan for my life, I cannot stay where I am because people feel they have the right to judge me. I know I am a work in progress, God is changing me each day a little at a time. I feel I want to be flexible and adaptable in God's hands. He is the one forming me right now.

Judgment is something I struggle with, I can see someone and I know what their problem is and I have already made up my mind about them. I actually judged them. O my word. I know and realize the God has begun a good work in me and will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

I am …