Friday, November 26, 2010

Encouragement for now letter 1

Hey Family,

Greetings in the Mighty Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! This is the word of encouragement for now. Be blessed you all!

"Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.  Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!” Zechariah 4:6&7 NLT

NOTE:- The Lord informs the rebuilder of the temple that the task would not be accomplished through the force of an army nor through the muscular power or physical stamina of the workmen; rather, it would be accomplished by the empowering of the Spirit of God.

The Power of God: The supremacy of God's power is seen in the ways He accomplishes His purposes through mere vessels of clay made mighty because He has infused them His life. The passage above addresses a worn and weary Zerubbabel, who, having gallantly laid the temple's foundation, was about to succumb to discouragement.
But the word of God makes a declaration that, by the Spirit of God, Zerubbabel's hands will complete the work God has destined for him.

Discouragement can always be answered with God's ability to grace and empower the human soul. The might of our Maker is seen by what He does through the weak. His might can be seen through what He does through the insignificant, the powerless*.

Rest in this assurance! As long as your heart is turned toward Him in childlike trust. He will enable you to complete the work to which He has called you.

*Extra Bible examples:- A babe born in little Bethlehem; a timid Gideon; a melancholy Jeremiah; a hand of 12 ordinary men.

My Prayer for you:-
May the story of Zerubbabel be an inspiration to all of you in Jesus' name! May the God of Zerubbabel show forth His power in your lives, in Jesus' name! May your faith in this Mighty One never die. May you trust Him continuously, like a baby trusts his/her mother. It is well with you in Jesus' name, amen!

Have a blessed and victorious day!

Love n peace,

Yinka Opadiya Adapted from the New Spirit Filled Life Bible Copyright 2002 by Nelson, Inc

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My November letter to the ladies

Hello Ladies,

Hope your week is going on well!

It is the end of the 18th day already! We are still on till Sunday!! All glory goes to our God for his abundant grace toward us. It wouldn’t have been possible without that!

Hopefully, we are all involved in it one way or the other. Somebody told me she has been fasting from Facebook and TV so as to devote time to studying the Bible and praying! Nice!

Whatever thing we choose to stay away from, the most important thing is calling upon the name of our Maker for more of him. It is drawing closer to him, turning our hunger from food or whatever thing we have chosen and turning to God. It is drawing near to him through praying, reading his word and meditating on his promises.

Personally, my time in prayer, in the word and meditating has really been a great blessing and very impacting. Praise God! The fasting from food part of it, though made my body weak, my spirit-man took off in a greater and stronger tangent! I’m trying to explain myself here! Ha! Praise the Lord!
It has become clear to me that praying is actually engaging in a spiritual battle with God’s word as our main weapon!  The more you pray the more victories are won!

If we must move forward in the business of advancing God’s kingdom, if we must progress in the ‘high calling’ of God on our lives and our families’, If we must stand against the tricks of the devil, principalities and powers, the rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12), we need to take praying seriously! Much prayer, much power ladies!

Our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ has given us power over all demons. When he sent his disciples out on their mission, he said he was giving them authority over all the power of the enemy. (Luke 10:19).
Jesus’ authority is greater than all satanic power! Alleluia! And with our Lord backing us up we have nothing to fear! Prayer ladies! Way to go!

I have tried to put up a mentoring list for the ladies! Yeah! At last!! (Please see the list).
That has been on for some time. Remember, it was part of our goal for this year!

This is our first list and we hope to improve on it as time goes on.

Our aim is to promote more interaction and spiritual maturity among the ladies/girls in the church.
We need to be our sisters’ keepers.  Eh?

We need to encourage, bless and help one another and the younger ones among us too! (Older ones role modeling younger ones, helping them flesh out what it looks like to be a lady/girl after God’s heart).

We are all in different seasons of life.
There are hormonal issues, child issues, marriage issues, singleness issues, etc.
Whatever the issues are, so many of those revolve around our womanhood and our season of life. Listen. 

Show an interest ladies. Let them know that you care. I’m telling you, so many of these young women really just want to know that somebody cares. 

We’re supposed to teach them. But not just by putting them into Bible studies—that’s important—but we’re also supposed to teach it to them by modeling it to them, bringing them alongside of us in the context of everyday life.

On these note ladies, I’m going to stop writing and go to bed.

Thank you for taking time to read through this mail.

Oh! Lest I forget!

Community Outreach

Remember! “This Saturday the 27th of November we will be having our Community Outreach at KOGARAH AGED CARE at 45 English Street Kogarah. Time: 11.00 am - 12 noon. 

There are 13 Women and 14 Men. Please bring along a gift to bless the oldies. Good gift ideas : Toiletries and Chocolates.

If anyone would like to leave from the church office at  Corner of  Princess Hwy and Regent Street please be there by no later than 10.45 am

Breakthrough Praise Service
Also, our Breakthrough Praise Service’ is this Sunday at Hurstville. Yeah! It’s a combined service with Liverpool.   Let’s all make it on time ladies!

Luv u all!

Yinka Opadiya