Glory to God!
As we navigate through these challenging times, we are seeing how God has been preparing us for this season. Last year the Lord took us on a journey of transformation that led into 180 days of prayer for 180° reversal in our lives, our church, our city and our nation. We ended last year with God speaking to us about taking back what the enemy has stolen and launching us into 21 days of prayer and fasting to realign, refocus and renew our devotion to the Lord so that reversal can take place.
As we have embarked on this year, the Lord has given us the word: reconcile. In response we began our 6 week study of Danny Silk's book entitled, "Keep Your Love On!" with the purpose of strengthening our relationships, learning to communicate better and learning to establish healthy boundaries so that we continue to build a house of peace that is built on the foundation of love and acceptance and supported by the 7 pillars (love, honour, self control, responsibility, truth, faith & vision) that bring about lasting peace, hope and joy in our relationships.
Despite the disruption of Covid-19, God's purposes will be accomplished and what He has begun in us, He will bring to completion! Consequently, the Lord encouraged us a few weeks ago to depend on Him as our Provider and our Protector and to fix our eyes and minds on Him as we make Him our Priority.
With the present governmental requirement for citizens to avoid all social contact and to stay at home for the sake of managing the pandemic, we are looking at ways to help us as a church continue to be aligned to what God is saying to us as a church, to continue strengthening our connections and to continue seeking to be an influence in our city. For this purpose we are uploading a sermon every Sunday on to our website, a short word of encouragement from our leadership every Wednesday, posting a relevant Scripture and encouragement every Monday and Friday on our Facebook page, encouraging our people to stay connected, committing ourselves to pray every Wednesday from 19:00 - 20:00, and looking for possibilities to help one another and reach out to others. God is calling us to be zealous, intentional and practical so that we will come out of the present crises even stronger than when we entered it!
These past 2 Sundays, the Lord has been encouraging us to trust in Him and to allow change to give us a vision for a better future. In his message entitled, "Unshakeable" Richard spoke to us about the nature of trust and how God calls us to be unshakeable in times of shaking (Heb 12:25-29). We saw how trust is a choice and that God calls His children to trust Him, especially when we don't understand what is going on, or cannot see "backstage." Just as the Lord chooses to trust us as He has faith in the best version of ourselves, so the Lord wants us to trust Him and have faith in His goodness and faithfulness. On Sunday, Alexander shared a message entitled, "Vision for a better future" in which he showed us how God uses times of crises to bring about change as His people internalise change, align their speech to His Word and are willing to go through the process of change to bring about what the Father is doing in heaven on earth.
We praise our unchanging God that His Kingdom is unshakeable and that as we fix our eyes on Him and trust Him wholeheartedly He will help us to be unshakeable and filled with hope for a better future. Hallelujah!