Psalms 121Psalm 121
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Today 9th April is one special day to me. I have two Anniversaries that happens today. One is our wedding anniversary. Yeeh, it is the day we said I do. It’s been four years now, four years of pure bliss and happiness. The life challenges have been there but they have only brought us closer. Before I met my love John, I believed that men are selfish and incapable of true love. I had been broken, bruised and I was bleeding. Trust was an issue with me, I couldn’t trust anyone for the betrayal I had gone through was spearheaded by people who were really close.
Somehow, my love realized that words cannot win me over. Instead of telling me he has fallen in love he decided to display his love in actions. In our interactions I didn’t know he was a man on a mission. I loved who he was and his character. Few months later I missed talking to him or spending time with him. We would talk for hours on the phone about anything. There was no pretense or hidden agendas, we enjoyed each other company. It felt like I had found a missing piece of me. I had to be honest with myself eventually and announce that discovery, “I am in Love!!!” What a great position to be, it’s beyond feelings.
Knowing that you truly love someone,motivates and empowers you. Despite the obstacles, you both find a way to be together. And we did! we got married, we had a small beautiful wedding today four years ago.
This union has been a place of growth, and advancement where no dream is too high as long as we support each other. We still have so much to talk about each day. This is not only a marriage but it is friendship.
I thank God for giving me a second chance in the institution of marriage. My purpose of writing this is to encourage someone who feels like all hope is lost, to keep on trusting God for a new beginning. He did it for me and many others I have had the opportunity to listen to or learn from. He can do it for you.
My second Anniversary is the birth of Glorious Power Church. A ministry where we serve the purposes of God in our Generation. Today Mark’s 3years since its launching. All I can say is that thus far the Lord has been Ebenezer. We give God all the glory for all He has done and will continue to do through us.
Happy 4th Anniversary to us!!!
John & Lucy Paynter.
Happy 3rd Anniversary to
Glorious Power Church.
Three weeks on lockdown has done a number on many of us. On Saturday Patience, ( my daughter) came marching in the dinning room and made a declaration. ” Tomorrow I will get up shower and dress up and then walk to Precious(my son) room for church service.” We all bursted in laughter but as a mother I understand her frustration. I have been feeling the same way. On Sunday as true to her words, Patience dressed up in one of her elegant gowns and walked to her brother’s room where the computer has been set up for them to join the Church service via zoom.
We are blessed as a church to have online platforms to broadcast our services. We have a Facebook page, YouTube channel, a zoom account and a Conference line among others. Our Services model have changed, it’s more prayers and checking in with each other than the Praise and worship extending sessions as the norm.
We did not adjust my choice but it’s by circumstances. We tried the norm one Sunday as our Praise and Worship leader Min. SaMSoft led us and we all sang either a few seconds earlier or late. It was such an uncoordinated melody. But I know that God appreciated our efforts. We are still trying to figure out how to sing in unison while on Conference call and others are in zoom.
There are many chronicles of covid 19 quarantine that each of us can record or relate. Let me not get started on homeschooling and it’s challenges. Life as we knew has changed. It feels like we are on Summer vacation but minus the fun activities which always include outdoors and travel.
As I was analyzing this, I wondered how much complaining has filled up the atmosphere. I realized that what any of us is either sad or frustrated with might be someone else prayers. I may be frustrated about homeschooling my kids, (main reason is the maths and the new formulas I know nothing about) but there is a couple somewhere who have no kids. I get to stay at home but there are others who have to go to work no matter what. Add to the list………Let us reduce the complaining.
On the other hand I know that God is working. But when faced with trouble we tend to just see the problem. But I believe that even though we cannot see God at work with our natural eyes, there is another realm where our spiritual eyes become enlightened and we see that He is working everything out for our good.
The servant of the man of God got up early and went out, and behold, there was an army with horses and chariots encircling the city. Elisha’s servant said to him, “Oh no, my master! What are we to do?” Elisha answered, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “Lord , please, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servants eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha.
2 Kings 6:15-17 AMP
Just like the servant in the above text may our eyes be open that we may see. This is my prayer for you and me.
©Pastor Lucy Paynter
Have you ever practiced the discipline of secrecy? You may not have thought of this as a discipline.
The discipline of secrecy, as Jesus taught and modeled it, is intentionally hiding your prayers or good deeds to please only your Father in heaven, “who is in secret”; it’s the practice of denying ourselves the attention and admiration from others that we like and instead to keep our righteousness quiet (Matthew 5:15, 6:1).
Jesus Practiced Secrecy
Repeatedly Jesus went away by himself to “lonely places” to pray to the Father in secret (Luke 5:16).
When Jesus entered towns he often tried to keep it a secret that he was there, but of course he couldn’t (Mark 7:24). In town after town the crowds swelled around him and he taught them and ministered to them but then he withdrew and went on to another town.
When Jesus healed people he often told them to keep it a secret (Mark 1:44).
He called himself “the Son of Man,” which although it was a Messianic term was a lot more humble then trumpeting that he was “the Son of God.” Peter was the first to confess that Jesus was indeed the Son of God but then Jesus told him not to tell anyone yet. And also after his transfiguration he told the disciples not to tell anyone about seeing his glory.
Jesus showed people his divinity in personal, transformational ways and let them come to their own realization that he was God incarnate, come to be their Lord and Savior.
Secrecy is a discipline of abstinence or self-denial. Denying ourselves attention and praise is a powerful practice for soul transformation. It’s way to help us get free of people-pleasing and managing of what people think of us.
It make space for a deeper engagement of love and dependence upon God.
Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. But in as much as we empathize with our fellow humans it is hard to really get the reality unless you are in it.
My grandmother used the above quote so often in our conversations. Whenever I said something judgemental about someone or a certain situation. Her comeback would be that, “Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches”. It was her way of putting me in line. Before I judge someone or condemn them it is important I try to understand their situation.
During Jesus ministry on earth,his greatest impact was on how he related with people.
- Jesus knew how to take initiative.
- Jesus responded to the initiatives of others.
- Jesus left room in his schedule for interruptions by friends and others enlisting his help.
- Jesus usually met people on their own turf.
- Jesus was interested in establishing common ground with others.(bible.org)
When you get a glimpse of someone situation it’s easier to pray, encourage and just be there for them.
During this pandemic we need to empathize and support one another. When it appeared in China to be sincere I only prayed for them weeks later. I did not feel their pain or be bothered at first. But now since I got a glimpse of what they were dealing with my prayers are more intense.
Last week I was rushed to the hospital due to difficulty breathing and what appeared like an allergic reaction. I was wheezing and had hives sprouting all over my body. I had not been exposed to anything I am allergic and that caused me great panic and anxiety. I got a glimpse of what people are going through with the covid19 . The fear that engulfed me was unexplainable. The anxiety kept piling up as I awaited to be seen by the doctor.
As I laid on that hospital bed, I remembered how I had felt the need to rebuke people for fearing and panicking. Yet there I was so afraid, unable to pray for myself. To make it worse, I was alone, they had told my husband to wait at home. This was the first time ever that he would not be allowed to stay with me or visit.
I got a glimpse..
So as we continue to pray and support each other through this pandemic, let’s remember to empathize with each other. Before you say that nasty comment, or pass that judgment remember:
“Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.”
You can do it before you get a glimpse.
Our Service Will be Streaming live Online Tomorrow use this link to connect with us on all our online platforms. Let us continue to pray and hold fast our faith. Shalom.
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Apply this deduction even during this season we are Required to practice social distance.
And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Genesis 50:18-20 KJV
“In the quest for purpose, we must distinguish between proximate and remote purposes. The proximate refers to that which is close at hand. The remote refers to the distant, far-off, ultimate purpose.
We remember the poignant meeting between Joseph and his brothers, when the brothers feared recriminations from their powerful brother for the treachery they had committed against him. But Joseph saw a remarkable concurrence at work between proximate and remote intentions. He said, ” You meant it for evil; God meant it for good.”
Here the proximate and the remote seemed to be mutually exclusive. The divine intention was the exact opposite of the human intention. Joseph’s brothers had one goal; God had a different one. The amazing truth here is that the remote purpose was served by the proximate one. This does not diminish the culpability of the brothers. Their intent and their actions were evil. Yet it seemed good to God to let it happen that His purpose might be fulfilled.
We can rest assured that everything happens together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose.
My friend you may not see the good now when going through the PIT,POTIPHER’S HOUSE AND THE PRISON.But rest assured when you get to your PRIME MINISTER POSITION. You will rejoice and say Iam glad that I was afflicted for I learned to trust the Lord.
©Pastor Lucy Paynter.
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Are you tired? Some of you are running on steam. You’re tired a lot. At the end of the day, you’re worn out and you’re running out of energy, and the reason why is real simple: You’re a human being.
Your strength is limited. God’s strength is unlimited. Your strength is finite. God’s strength is infinite. Your strength is exhaustible — that’s why you get exhausted! But God’s strength is inexhaustible. God never runs out of energy. God never gets tired.
Psalm 84:5 says, “You bless all who depend on you for their strength” (CEV). Do you want God’s blessing in your life? Then you need to depend on God for your strength.
One of the most famous Christians of the 19th century was a guy named Hudson Taylor. He was a missionary to China, and he was a spiritual giant and a brilliant man. In his old age, he lost his health and became very weak. He wrote a letter to a friend that said this: “I am so weak I can no longer work. I am so weak I can no longer study. I am so weak I can no longer read my Bible. I cannot even pray. I can only lie still in the arms of God like a little child in trust.”
Sometimes in your life you’re going to be so weak you can’t even pray, read the Bible, or go to a Bible study. You can’t work. You can’t do anything. What do you do in those moments? You rest in the strength of the Lord, in his arms like a little child, and you trust.
Weakness can actually be a good thing in your life if it causes you to depend on God. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (NLT, second edition).
That’s the paradox of depending on God — the more you’re weak, the more you depend on God. And the more you depend on God, the stronger you get.
The bigger the brighter
And that’s what you’ve been sister
A shining light, never dimming the least
A bright star, shining the most
A vicious soldier, surpassing the best
A pace setter, all can attest
A loving soul, caring a whole
A bright future you have
A shining life you give
An illuminating path
I follow with shades
Cut from the best
A model woman
An unknown pageant
Could have been a model
But chose to mould
To model ’em
A mentor you are
To all and sundry
And befitting in prose
Shying from ad infinitum
Coz a page is less
A book insufficient
A poem lacking
And words failing…
That’s the vastness of your character
Yet a glimpse of who you are
Loved you are, coz loving you’ve been
Happy birthday siz…
This is the intro
Today is my Birthday! Yeah! I was born on 10th March. I won’t tell you the year but feel free to guess. People acknowledge their birthdays in diverse ways. Some throw parties, others treat themselves or a treated to something nice and affordable. While others literally forget their birthday. No matter how you handle your birthday it is an important day. It marks your grand entrance into the world.
In our family, my parents made a big fuss on our birthdays until one reached ten years old. Being the second born in a family of six siblings, I got to celebrate more of their birthdays than they celebrated mine. For instance by the time I was ten years old our last born was almost three years.
Eventually, the only birthday we all celebrated was our youngest brother.
For the Last fifteen years, I have developed a personal birthday tradition which marks the entrance of a new year. I may not share the in and outs of that tradition, but just know that part of it involves praying specific prayers over my life.
Part of this specific prayer was derived from the need to be successful in fulfilling all my God given assignments.
My main purpose of sharing this with you is that you will join me in prayer. As you pray for me please remember to pray for yourself too.
In this day and age we all need wisdom.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
For through wisdom your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.
Proverbs 9:10-11 NIV
As I celebrate another year, I have specifically asked God to increase wisdom in me.
There is a promise of added years through wisdom.
Wisdom to deal with all areas and aspects of my life.
My family, my friends, my foes, I need wisdom.
My purposes, my plans, my pursuits, I need wisdom.
My character, my charisma, my concerns, I need wisdom.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
James 3:17 NIV
The wisdom I desire is not to show off-: how wise I am. But this one from heaven that is;
full of mercy,
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
Psalms 51:6 NIV
In that secret place may I tarry and abide. Yearning and longing to learn from you. In that secret place may you teach me wisdom. Amen.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance?” Isaiah 40:12.
“… Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” Isaiah 40:22.
God is eternal
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Ephesians 1:17-21.