A Church with a Heart for our Community

September 26th Tuesday

Greetings to you in the name that is above every other name, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What a warm and wonderful morning in the Kingdom – a good day to praise God for all He has done , is doing, and promises to do! I trust that you had a good weekend and Monday with an abundance of God’s good and perfect gifts – people, conversations, opportunities, material things, health, strength, a happy heart, and surprises. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to release fresh energy, strength, and healing for body-mind-soul.

We are beginning a new season in church programming and I find myself, as I often do, evaluating and assessing – doing some self-examination. Yesterday as we gathered for our “Praying For The City”, I found myself praying once again for revival. I found myself being challenged by my thoughts…”even though you are praying for the city, are you praying for yourself?” I recalled an often used story that centres around the adage: if you really want revival – draw a circle on the floor – step into it and pray – “send a revival into this circle!”  And then I heard the old chorus…”its me, its me, its me O Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”

Then God graciously reminded me of a moment in my past and a song of recommitment that has been echoing through my thoughts and this morning in my devotions I read: all self-examination is best carried out in God’s presence and after prayer, inviting Him to search your heart – Selwyn Hughes, Every Day With Jesus. At that I understood why God was letting me hear the song, again and again.

Here it is: But my heart at times with care is crowded-Oft I serve with weak, o’erladen hands-And the early joy grows dim and clouded-As each day its heavy toll demands-Have I ceased from walking close beside Thee?-Have I grieved Thee with an ill-kept vow?-In my heart of hearts have I denied Thee?-Speak.,dear Lord, O speak and tell me now – Will Brand. And then that verse is followed by a response in a chorus: By the love that never ceased to hold me-By the blood that Thou didst shed for me-While thy presence and thy power enfold me-I renew my covenant with thee. I believe that every time we come to God in self-examination it should lead us to a renewal of our covenant – our relationship with Him.

Something to think about — be blessed!