PSALM 103:1-5 NKJV
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagleâ€™s.
Praise God for the beautiful sunshine we have had over the last few weeks. As usual many people will be taking some form holiday, or rest. There are many exciting camps such as River Camp or Faith Camp that will be a great blessing to many. Whatever you do try and make time to enjoy the summer and spend some quality time with friends and family. However, we must not forget who we are and do things that are dishonouring to the Lord.
The Psalm above reminds us to be intentional about giving thanks. Don’t be ungrateful and don’t focus on what you don’t yet have, rather focus on what The Lord has done for you. Sometimes we forget how blessed we are.
So I encourage you to make a list of some of the things The Lord has blessed you with. This will uplift your faith and help you to stay in expectation of what
you are believing Him for.
Philippians 4 v 6-7 encourages us: ‘Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’
Sometimes we are robbed of our peace when we are not intentionally grateful.
The Psalmist encourages himself to bless The Lord, this reveals the significance
of the words that we speak. Did you know that the speech centre controls the
entire nervous system? Words have the power to bring life or death.
(Proverbs 18 v 21) Therefore, we need to declare the truth of who God is and who we are in Him.
Let us remember to be praying for one another and love one another in word and deed.
As part of this we will seek to encourage fellowship after the Sunday services where we deliberately get to relate more socially. I encourage you to look out for others and intentionally get to know somebody else in the church.
Please remember there will be no Sunday School in August. The children will join us during the 11am service. We will therefore aim to make the services family friendly.
We look forward to a very exciting autumn. With our Family Conference in September. Prayer and Healing in October and our special Outreach and Giving in November. Also, please note that we will be having our Big Church Day Out on September 1st not the 14th August as stated in the calendar.
Stay blessed and love The Lord.
Thursday, August 1st, 2013 @ 20:55 by Pastor Harold Afflu