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Monthly Prayer Meeting - January 25, 2019

23-01-2019

Our first monthly prayer meeting of the year will hold on Friday 25 January 2019. Come with friends and family. Come expecting your miracle.

Time 7:00pm.

Venue: OHE Main Auditorium.

See you there!

Persistence

23-01-2019

'Let us not become weary in doing good...' Galatians 6:9 NIV

When we hear God’s calling, throw ourselves in and get on with the task, it can be demoralising when it doesn’t seem to be working out. We wonder if we really heard God, or whether we’re doing something wrong, and we can be tempted to give up. But the Bible says: ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’ Nehemiah was someone who could easily have given up on his task. He had a pretty big task: rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He began with enthusiasm. He sought God through fasting and prayer. And then he went and asked the king for permission to go and start the task, and for safe travel and materials. The building work began, everyone pitched in and did their bit (take a look at Nehemiah 3). But then there were some problems. ‘When Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead…they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it’ (Nehemiah 4:7-8 NIV). Nehemiah could have given up. It was a huge task, and now people were going to ruin the work they had already done. But instead of throwing the towel in, they ‘prayed…and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat’ (Nehemiah 4:9 NIV). He also said: ‘Should a man like me run away?…I will not’ (Nehemiah 6:11 NIV). In spite of the obstacles, the enemy, and the pressure, Nehemiah refused to give up. And God wants us to keep going too.

Working Together in Unity

23-01-2019

'All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.' 1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT

None of us can do individually what all of us can do collectively. Paul writes, ‘All of you together are Christ’s body [the church], and each of you is a part of it.’ But His body has been known to misbehave. The brain dismisses the heart. Bible scholars dismiss worshippers. The hands criticise the knees. People of action criticise people of prayer. The eyes refuse to work with the feet. Visionary thinkers won’t work with steady labourers. So Paul writes, ‘The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you”’ (v. 21 NLT). The mega-church needs the smaller church. The liberal needs the conservative. The church leader needs the missionary. Cooperation is more than a good idea; it’s a scriptural command. ‘Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace’ (Ephesians 4:3 NIV). When we work together in unity, the Bible says God ‘commands His blessing’ to be upon us (see Psalm 133:1-3). We haven’t been called to compare, to compete, to complain, or to criticise one another. We’ve been called to complement one another. Jesus said: ‘When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there’ (Matthew 18:19-20 MSG). What an astounding promise. When we come into agreement, Jesus notices. He shows up and He hears and answers our prayers.

New Year resolutions

23-01-2019

'Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.' Philippians 3:13 NLT

Did you make any New Year resolutions last year? Be honest – how many did you manage to keep? When we’ve not been able to keep all of them, we can get upset with ourselves and feel like we’re failures. But it’s difficult to make a lot of changes suddenly, all on one day, and expect them to stick. New Year feels like a fresh start – it’s a great time to introduce changes. If we do decide to make resolutions, let’s see ourselves as works in progress, improving steadily throughout the year. After all, they’re ‘New Year resolutions’, not ‘January resolutions’, or two-week resolutions’. So if you’re thinking of making any resolutions this year, here are a few things to bear in mind: 1) Most importantly, make time to ask God about your resolutions. Ask Him what changes He wants you to make in your life. Put Him at the centre of all your decisions. 2) Tackle one thing at a time. When we try to take on too much too quickly, we can lose focus and struggle to stick with our resolutions. 3) Start small. Take small, achievable steps towards your goal. Think about what you will do instead of what you won’t do. So instead of thinking something like ‘I’m not going to be so critical of others’, think ‘Today I’m going to look for something good in everyone I meet’ (take a look at Philippians 4:8). 4) Regularly self-check your progress. Look back and see how far you’ve come. The Bible says, ‘Throw yourself into your tasks so…everyone will see your progress’ (1 Timothy 4:15 NLT). If you haven’t got as far as you’d hoped, don’t worry; instead ask God to give you a fresh enthusiasm for your goals.

I will do a new thing

23-01-2019

'For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.'Isaiah 55:9 NLT

I welcome you all the month of God’s graciousness Left for me I would not go this way at this time of the year that I heard the Holy Spirit say I WILL DO A NEW THING. initially I was reluctant but I couldn’t change it as nothing else came to me. In the end I yielded when I heard Him say what do you want me to say? Then I understood that He is God and His ways are not our ways and they past finding out. He is all knowing, on earth The year is just days away to end but He is timeless, He is the same till eternity, He does not change. “I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator and King. I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea. I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses. I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned, their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick. “But forget all that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:15-19 NLT “You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.” - Psalms 65:11 NKJV Let your gaze be upon Him, still be expectant for a miracle of a new thing from the one who calls what does not exist as they did, He brings plenty out of nothing. As you wait in anticipation for a shift in your life. I believe your heart is overflowing with a good theme to Him. “Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; And to You the vow shall be performed.” - Psalms 65:1 NKJV May His path drip with abundance of all His fullness for you this season as you believe that He is who says He is and can do what He says He will do. Shalom