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July 2019

22 July – Taking care of the details

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One thing I have discovered about God is that He is into details. Just have a read of the instructions He gave for the making of the temple or the strategy for going into battle when Joshua marched around the walls of Jericho for 7 days; or how Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac and Rebekah showed up at the local well at the exact right moment. Then consider how the disciples were sent to collect a colt who was positioned at the designated place and time, that had never been ridden so Jesus could fulfil a prophecy spoken hundreds of years beforehand. All these exact dates, times and places were all orchestrated to perfection because God was in charge of the details. (Exodus 26; Joshua 6; Genesis 24; Matthew 21:2)

Whenever we go somewhere, meet someone and have doors open up to us that line up with God’s plan and destiny for us, we can be sure it is a divine setup, with angels working behind the scenes to ensure the right people and the right opportunities all come together to enable us to walk in our destiny. God is very specific in His detailed strategy and how He does things, and if we are listening we will find ourselves consistently moving in divine favour and opportunities. It’s part of learning to walk in the Spirit and not our flesh and own understanding that helps us to do this and to recognise God’s hand and angelic intervention in our day.  (Proverbs 3:5)

Plus the more we get into agreement and speak the promises of God’s word and expect these “God moves” to be happening in our lives the more they do.

The bible actually says that angels respond when we speak God’s Word and that they get busy on our behalf.

“Praise the LORD, all His angels of great strength, who do His word, obedient to … in strength, who perform his bidding, ready to hearken to the voice of his words.” (Psalm 103:20)

However it’s important to also understand that if God is into divine setups and orchestrating His plan, you also need to be aware that the devil also has his own strategy and plans to get us off track, trip us and hold up or prevent us from fulfilling our God given destiny and what we were born for. He and his demons track us, listening in to our conversations, making note of our weaknesses, and also sending people into our lives to distract, prey on our weaknesses and get us off the right path.

Sometimes these people know exactly what they are doing and their actions are quite wicked. They have given themselves over to evil and live out of that space, just as someone who is a follower of Jesus seeks to live in the light. Others may not even be aware they are being used as a tool of the devil; they are just living out what they think is normal and okay, yet the devil uses them to tempt, cajole and redirect our focus and God’s best plan for our lives. These people and the places we can find ourselves in often seem harmless, maybe even pleasant to us and it can not be until it’s too late, harm has been done or time wasted,  that we realise we’ve fallen into the enemy’s trap.

Today I encourage you to not lean on your own understanding or on your flesh. Instead listen up to God, follow the guidelines in His Word (it will keep you out of trouble and on the right path). Speak His promises as you go theough your day, expecting God to intervene, direct and set up things on your behalf. Oh and don’t worry about the details, God has those covered..just choose to do what He says and He’ll setup everything to your advantage. 

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” (Galatians 5:16-18)

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” (Psalm 32:8)

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord … “(Psalm 37:23)  

 “But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure,without fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:33)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Prayer: Lord thank you that you take care of every detail of my life and that you have divine favour and opportunities being set up for me. Please help me to be aware of your presence and leading so that I will always be in the right place, with the right people, at the ordained time. In Jesus name Amen.

21 July – What are you waiting for?

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I read recently about how we can so often wait to deal with issues in our lives. A good example of this is in the bible where there is an account Moses had with Pharaoh. Pharaoh was determined not to release the Israelites from slavery, so God sent a warning and demonstrated clearly that He was more powerful than Pharaoh. One of those demonstrations was in the form of an influx of frogs in Egypt. Frogs invaded the Egyptians homes, their beds, their food, simply everywhere and the people were miserable. Moses presents himself to Pharaoh to ask him when he would like Moses to entreat and ask  God to remove the plague of frogs. Strangely enough Pharaoh replies…”tomorrow”. (From “Faith to Faith”: K&G Copeland)

“Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Entreat the LORD that He remove the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “The honor is yours to tell me: when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?” Then he said, “Tomorrow.” So he said, “May it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God.”(Exodus 8:8-10)

Now if you had a plague of green, slimy frogs invading and infesting your home wouldn’t you reply, Now, today, right now, without any delay?” But Pharaoh didn’t. He was content to put up with those frogs for another day when He could have been rid of them immediately.

How often are we the same as the Pharaoh and content to put up with something that God says He will begin to act upon to remove out of our lives as soon as we ask? How often do we fail to make a decisive decision to change when it comes to dealing with things that cause us discomfort or are not God’s best for us? Just as God had the power and willingness to rid Egypt of those frogs, He also has the power and is willing to rid our lives of those things that cause us to feel like we are living with our “own plague”.

God is a good God, full of compassion and love for all He has made. He sees our struggles, our quiet desperation, our triumphs, and our dreams. He says He will remove our transgressions – our sins from us, as far as the east is from the west and remember them no more. He declares that He is the Lord who heals, who provides, who sustains, and who gives vision and purpose to our lives.

 “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His loving kindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.(Psalm 103:11-12)

“For I am the LORD who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” (Psalm 54:4)

The question for us today is how long will we wait before we seek God on His plan to to remove our plague/s?

Be encouraged that God has the answer. It’s found in His word and in seeking Him. When we receive revelation of what He has to say about our situation we can then take that promise straight to God and make a demand on His supply. In return He promises He will hear from heaven and answer our prayers.

Don’t be like that Egyptian Pharaoh who was content to live another day with something that God was ready to remove. Boldly come to the throne of grace and receive all that you need to live free.

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)

He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honour him. (Psalm 91:15)

Prayer: Lord please help me to come to always come to you and ask for all that I need and desire. You don’t want me to suffer but are willing, ready and able to answer my request. Set me free from ……….today according to the promises in your Word. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

20 July – What’s Your Reality?

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There are times when the reality we are looking at is very different from what we have invisaged or thought our life would look like. We’ve prayed, believed and kept on standing, but somedays it just doesn’t “look” great…..

That’s when what Jesus once said to His disciples while they were in the midst of a storm at sea comes into play. Instead of freaking out or commiserating over their predicament and the risk to all their lives Jesus said, “Be of good cheer.” (Mark 14:22-24) “Be of good cheer,” we say, “Really you can’t be serious.” “Have you seen my week, my bank account, my family, my job, you can’t be serious!”

The sometimes perplexing and even annoying thing about God at these times is that He is completely serious, primarily because He is not moved like we often are by the storm or that our boat looks like it is breaking apart, that we seem to be sinking or what the reality in front of us looks like. No, God is not moved by any of that because He always, always has a plan, and the truth is that what we often focus upon and the reality we see is not actually the reality God sees.

God’s reality rests in the realms of faith and the supernatural, outside of time and space where impossible things happen, where supernatural breakthrough’s are the norm and where faith is the reality, “where we are sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”. (Hebrews 11:1)

As we go through our everyday life what we believe and see in God’s Word; what He has spoken to our hearts and quickened in our Spirit’s will often be very different from what we initially can see in the natural.  The question is who and what do we believe? Our circumstances and the stormy conditions or what God reveals through His Word, to our Spirit and the depths of our heart?”

Who’s reality do we focus on, talk about, believe and be moved by? For, “we have been trained to think that reality is what we can see in the natural. Actually the person who is not living in faith is the one who is not living in reality. Faith is your title deed, the proof of your legal ownership of what you are praying for. Faith is your reality!”(M Munroe)

Jesus said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”(John 15:7). In other words repeat back to Jesus what He speaks to us, because as we do we will enter the faith realm where what He says becomes our reality. Faith always chooses what God says over the circumstances and what we see in the natural, and makes that our reality. Faith enables us to trust in His words, His faithfulness to His promises and His love and care for us, which then causes us to be of good cheer.

Today I want to encourage you to keep believing and speaking of God’s goodness and the impossible things He can bring to pass. God is faithful to fulfil His word and “calls things that are not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17Get in agreement with Him and keep agreeing with what He has said; repeat His words back to Him, align your life with His Word and ways, surround yourself with people who believe what God says, and let “faith become your reality” rather than anything or anyone else.

Prayer: Lord I believe your Word and that when I pray and speak back to you what you have said that all of heaven goes into action to make it so. Please lead and guide me today as I choose to make faith my reality rather than the things I can see in the natural. Thank you Lord that I see with eyes of faith today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

19 July – No Drama

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Many people love a drama, and I’m not talking about the movie or TV type drama’s but the one’s unfolding in or around their lives. We all know or may even be aware of our own tendency towards being a drama queen or in the masculine form some one who fusses and carries on like “a pork chop”. We may have even jokingly commented about one of our kids or friends being one.

I actually wonder if some people thrive on a good drama unfolding and relish all the gory details, intrigue, hurts, strife and pain it can cause.

The problem and negative effect however with continual drama’s being allowed to unfold in our lives is that we are not designed for it and being surrounded by drama, drama, drama all the time has consequences. Apart from being down right exhausting it eventually takes its toll upon people’s health, peace of mind and their spiritual, emotional and physical state, plus the damage it does to relationships.

Instead God has created us to live in and at peace, and to take authority over those issues and forces that would come against us to steal our peace, cause strife and create havoc. We can all become so accustomed to drama within our families, workplace, friendships, churches and pretty much wherever there is people that even if we see drama coming, we often allow ourselves to be sucked into it and in doing so also give up the gift of peace Jesus gave his life for.

Instead God wants us to learn to discern when things are bothering or causing us pain so that we can quickly take the best course of action to deal with them accordingly.  No good comes from simply pushing issues aside or under the surface, for they will just pop up later when they have grown to such a capacity that they now can freely cause drama in our lives.

When external situations look like they are fast turning into a potential drama God doesn’t want us to get down in the thick of it, but instead have the wisdom to rise up and over the drama and react with calm and perspective regarding what is happening. Then we will be able to deal with the issues far more appropriately and effectively.

Even drama’s that are difficult to avoid don’t have to overtake and overwhelm us if we refuse to be sucked in by their whirlwind tactics. Instead it is far wiser to step back and ask God for wisdom and strategy on how best to deal with the situation.

Today, watch out for the dramas around you and refuse to be sucked into their current. Seek God for His wisdom and solution and remember to hold onto your peace.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)

“Cast all your anxiety on Him for He cares for you”. (1 Peter 5:7)

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Prayer: Lord please help me to recognise that a lot of the fuss and bother around us is just that…fuss and bother and it’s designed to steal our joy and peace. Help me to be compassionate to others,  have wisdom to know how to help but also how to stay out of the drama. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

18 July – Who You Were Created to Be

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One of our children struggled for several years with chronic anxiety and went from being a vibrant, happy, bubbly child into someone who for several years was so timid and fearful she couldn’t go anywhere without us and had a panic attack if we left her, to the point of making herself physically sick. We watched as her personality was completely skewed away from who God had created her to be. My husband and I did all we could to work through this challenge, sought the Lord for wisdom and got her some professional help. Over the following months our child appeared once again and now she is an independent, confident, beautiful, young woman who is blossoming into the person God always intended her to be.

A lot of the time who we portray to others and even to ourselves can be very different to who we truly are on the inside and were created to be. The more experiences that we don’t process properly or the negative thoughts or relationships we can have, the less transparent and vulnerable we become. Our personality, the image we project, the way we move, speak and act can be skewed away from our true self, especially when we don’t deal with issues or life’s circumstances. It takes facing those things to remove the layers of protection, habits, mindsets and the vision and version of ourselves that we have become.

Unfortunately we can spend a lot of years not being able to see past that skewed image, when underneath there is a completely different person waiting to emerge. A person who is whole, complete and filled with a passion and a God given purpose for their life. A person who is full of confidence, life and colour.

There is a song I often listen to called “Sails” by Pat Barrett which has a line in it which says, “It’s hard to be honest and keep our hearts open and be who we truly are. Without the excuse, without the façade.” Really, I believe we actually need Jesus to set us free to be who we truly are. To experience and understand that we are loved unconditionally, and that someone will always be patient with us so that who we truly are can emerge and shine forth.

I encourage you to look at yourself in the mirror today. Is the person you see actually who God created you to be or has life and your journey caused you to become someone very different from God’s original design?  Because underneath the layers, the self protection, behind the closed off sections of your heart their will be the real you; who you were born to be, waiting to step forth.

Today allow Jesus’ hand to rest upon you and His words about who you really are bring healing to your heart, mind and emotions so that He can heal, transform and reveal the real, amazing, beautiful you.

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”(Psalm 139:14-16)

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”(2 Corinthians 3:18)

Sails, by Pat Barrett: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sails+pat+barrett

Prayer: Lord please help me to look honestly at who I am and to listen to what you have to say about me. If there is anything in me that is not how you designed me to be, would you please help me to deal with the root cause, so that I can be transformed from the inside out and be truly who you say I am. In Jesus name Amen.

17 July – Really Live

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It would be fair to say my husband and I dream big and are prepared to take risks to go after what God has put in our hearts; we aren’t really happy to sit back and let life happen, but instead want to always be running at everything God has placed in our hearts; a bit like how David ran at the giant Goliath…he didn’t walk into His destiny, He ran into it and claimed His victory.

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” (1 Samuel 17:48)

However with that sort of life there can be from time to time what many might call failures and disappointments. Plus not everyone likes or understands when you stand up and dare to risk it all, to believe God, to take Him at His word or choose to walk an unbeaten path. It makes others who may not have the same outlook in life uncomfortable. Because on that journey there is plenty of room for mistakes, for sharp learning curves, for lots of growing, introspection, disappointment and even pain.

But there is also the joy of seeing, experiencing and living this wild, crazy, exciting adventurous life where you know God is real. Where you get to see and know Him up close and personal, where His presence is tangible, where the deaf hear, the blind see and lepers are cleansed. Where people become all they were created to be rather than settling for the status quo, the comfortable and more of the same.

I want to be known as someone “who lives” and I mean “really lives,” and today I encourage you to do the same. Go after everything that God puts on your heart; stretch your faith, believe big, challenge the status quo, face your fears, deal with any issues that are holding you back, have courage and with Jesus overcome and be someone “who lives”.

Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”(John 10:10)

You make known the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”(Philippians 1:6)

Prayer: Lord please fill me with your power and your passion and purpose to really live my life, and not to settle for anything or anyone that is not your best for me. Give me wisdom to know when to act, how to walk in all that you have for me and to live to the fullest this life you have blessed me with. In Jesus name Amen.

 

16 July – Centre In

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To onlookers my life probably seems ridiculously busy. I’m a wife, a mum of six kids, grandmother, run gatherings in our home, a homeschooler and a manager for one of our daughters. Actually most people comment I’m either superwoman or a little crazy.
However I know what it is to have absolutely awesome, great, productive days and to also have the “what on earth am I doing, I’m exhausted, please give me some quiet” type days.

To help me stay relatively peaceful, a pleasant person to be around and to enjoy my life I’ve learnt to lean in. Leaning in is when I quiet my emotions, mind and heart so I can centre in on the core of who I am and where I find God’s quietness and presence. My heart slows, my mind stops racing and my spirit and soul are energised. When we have a relationship with Jesus this art of “centering” instantly helps us connect with Him better and enables us to focus and renew our strength in God.

With practice we can “centre in” wherever we are and some things that can help us do that are by:
Closing our eyes and slowing our breathing, taking deep, slow breaths.
Focusing our minds on quietness and stillness.
Replacing worrying or stressful thoughts that comes across our minds with God’s Word.
Leaning deeper into Jesus. I sometimes picture just stepping intoJesus, or sitting with Him in a peaceful, quiet place in heaven – our secret place with God.

Once I’ve “centred in” I sit silently in that place; I breathe, rest and soak in Gods presence. I dont necessarily have to “feel” or hear anything because what’s important is that we centre or lean into the source of our peace, strength and joy.

Today take some time to spend in that secret place – God is waiting there.

Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

In returning and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength”. (Isaiah 30 :15)

Prayer: Lord please help me to find and step into that quiet secret place with you so that I can commune with you more, and discover peace and joy in the midst of the busyness of my day. In Jesus name Amen

15 July – Celebrate The Wins

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There is a saying that, “success is a series of small wins”. However when we are busy working at our life; our career, family and the process involved in achieving and reaching our goals we can overlook and underestimate a powerful source of daily happiness and joy in our lives. This source is to be found in celebrating our accomplishments and our to do lists that we managed to get done – essentially our wins! For there is real power in winning, no matter how big or small and a feeling of fulfilment that comes from progressing in our goals.

There is a temptation in many of us to incessantly be driven forward, to keep climbing the ladder; to always be focused on “what’s next”, whilst negating the importance and energy generated by taking the time to acknowledge and properly celebrate our progress.

Wins like getting up to exercise and eating healthy today. Wins such as tackling a difficult project, trying something new or pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone. Wins like  facing and overcoming a fear or negative habit, having a daily quiet time and spending regular quality time with God. Wins like stepping out to share our faith or pray for someone, building into our relationships, making time for our partner and kids, and taking the time to do the things we love.

God is also totally into celebration as is documented all through the bible. For example the shepherds, wise men, and angels celebrated the birth of Jesus with gifts, singing and prayer. God gave Israel many directives to mark their calendar with celebrations such as the Feast of Booths, the year of Jubilee, Passover and later communion and baptism.

Jesus said that He came to give us joyful, overflowing life (John 10:10). He actually expects us to celebrate at every opportunity – both in our relationship with Him and  also in every win we experience in our daily life. It was never God’s plan for us to live dull, boring lives and Jesus’ example shows that as He was even criticised for partying too much by the religious people of the time.

Documenting our achievements and special moments and then celebrating these wins regularly helps us to get in the habit of living in the celebration frame of mind.

Today give yourself permission to celebrate when you win no matter how small. Document when and where you have accomplished something this week or month, remembering it’s the small wins we can easily forget about in the daily routine. Wins like managing to exercise and eat healthy for a certain amount of days for the week or finishing a project or facing a challenge. Keep track of these things and then reward yourself in a productive way. Pause, thank God and savour your achievements, understanding that these wins are the very things that fuel our progress, add to our sense of happiness and give us the motivation to keep going.

At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.” (Nehemiah 12:27)

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”(John 10:10)

Prayer: Lord please help me to recognise and celebrate even the small wins in my life. That I would be able to see the progress and steps I am making to become all that you made me to be and that I would recognise your hand of goodness more upon my life. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

14 July – Soul Tired

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Without being aware we can actually find that we are in constant motion and never truly at rest. This lack of rest can originate from our packed schedules, connection to technology and a pressure to perform. We strive for acceptance, to earn respect, position, love, value and to fulfil our purpose. Unfortunately all this striving and motion with no true rest will inevitably leave us tired; a tiredness right down deep on the inside – we become soul tired.

I realised this week how often I allow myself to get soul tired, when instead of the constant motion I try to stop. It’s perhaps harder than we may think to stop and rest, to cease from our busyness, our constant thoughts and to seek solitude and silence. We may even struggle with guilt or feelings of failure when we can’t. But that’s okay, because not being able to rest actually reveals where we are seeking to be in control, where we are stressing, striving and often living in fear. Where we haven’t surrendered to God.

Being aware of what we are unable to rest about reveals why we feel soul weary, and is the first step towards restoration for our souls and refreshing to our spirits. God wants for us to know true rest, where we know who we are and what our life and purpose is. However we can’t know that rest until we allow ourselves to be still and to face what is actually going on in our thoughts and deep down on the inside of us. Only then as we choose stillness and awareness can God go to work to bring restoration and strength to our tired souls.

When we rest and learn how to remain seated in that rest everything changes. We start to understand our identity and purpose in God and how to walk in our authority. Instead of stress and striving there comes a strength and calm. Instead of fear and worry we live at rest and peace.

Today I encourage you to intentionally set aside some time for the purpose of being still and to rest…even for 10 minutes a day alone where you create stillness in the midst of your usual motion and schedule. No phone, no technology, no noise, no interruptions. Just you, the quiet and God, as you allow Him to do some work.

For He says, “Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 TPT)

In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”(Isaiah 30:15 NLT)

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still water. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”(Psalm 23:1-3 NKJV)

Prayer:Lord I’m choosing to take time for quietness and stillness with you today. Help me to be aware of the places in my life where I am struggling to be still so that I can surrender them over to you. That I would learn how to rest and trust you more, and to remain in that rest all day. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

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