Blood of Jesus

Daily Prayer – 19 June


So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:8-9


Heavenly Father and almighty God through, be with us in our difficult and imprisoned times. We will face suffering in the joy and the sharing of the Gospel Christ Jesus, we thank you for Your grace in these times. Strengthen the grace we have received from Jesus Christ, and let the Gospel be known over all the world to honour Your name, everywhere. Bless us, we pray, and let Your blessing spread from us to others. Let Your light shine through us so that others may question where our joy comes from; and we all answer, our joy comes from the Lord. May Your Word come alive in us and in the world. May Your blessing become our actions, for we want to remain under Your blessing, to the glory of Your righteousness and truth. In Jesus Name, Amen.


Daily Prayer – 18 June

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Daily Prayer – 17 June

Advertisements 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. JohnContinue reading →

Daily Prayer – 16 June

Advertisements 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassedContinue reading →

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The Importance of Fellowship


The Cancer of Sin

In this series of posts, we will look at the New Testament book of 1 John. A letter written by John to the church. Through this letter, we can understand that as Christians we can be certain of our salvation and our position before God. We have been forgiven and justified by the Blood of Jesus. 

The relationship that we have with our Heavenly Father should be complete joy, whether our relationship is developed in our secret place with Him or in fellowship with others. John tells of barriers that prevent this complete joy with the Father, and these are: our sins, our relational problems with our brothers and sisters, and our enemies—the world and the devil. These are barriers preventing us from enjoying and having a close and intimate relationship with God.

John discusses his explanation about the barriers that can hinder our fellowship with God. One small sin in your life, that you know about, can rob you of your Spiritual vitality and hinder your fellowship with God, similarly to how one small coagulated blob of blood can clog up your arteries and cause you to die. It would not rob you of heaven, but it can rob you of the full, abundant life Jesus wants you to have on earth. And that’s what John is trying to prevent at this point in his letter.


4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 1 John 3:4-6


Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness” – this is the warning regarding the character of sin, the very nature of sin itself. There are no sins considered “lesser” or “worse” than another. Sin is sin. The pleasures enjoyed in the flesh by sin is a fatal poison to your Spiritual life. As human beings, we tend to down play sin, make excuses, say things like “but this is my only vice”, but it is crystal clear – sin is wicked.

But there is good news! In 1 John 3:5, sin is cancelled! – But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. Jesus died and rose for our sins, so if you are in Him, there is no sin – your sin died with Him. This should give us the desire to be holy and pure in our daily lives. Sins we know we commit as believers is inharmonious with Christ’s purpose and living Christ-like. Purity should be the priority in our lives because known sin in the life of a believer is a contradiction. 

If you abide in Jesus, sin should not be an option for you. Light has no relationship with darkness, the same as true fellowship with Jesus has no place with your sins. One is the absence of the other. If you are a Christian in close fellowship with Jesus, you want sin out of your life. It is a contradiction to claim fellowship with God and to sin continuously without confession and repentance. 


John calls us to abstinence from sin, but he also reminds us that our Saviour came into this world to take sin away.


Let us walk and abide in Jesus, free from sin and experiencing complete joy!

Move far away from the shallow

Advertisements Reflecting on the last wrote on this subject, I spoke about a song, an earworm, that I had playing in my mind over and over. Well, 2 days later and it’s still there. The song, “Shallow,” a duet by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from the movie “A Star is Born“. To view the firstContinue reading →

Daily Prayer – 20 June

Advertisements For great is your love toward me;    you have delivered me from the depths,    from the realm of the dead. Psalm 86:13 Heavenly Father, may nothing separate us from You today. Teach us how to choose only Your way today so each step will lead us closer to You. Help us walk by the Word and notContinue reading →

An African Dream: Thankfulness Preserves Good

Advertisements I woke this morning with an amazing song in my mind. It’s known as an ear worm when a song keeps playing over and over in your mind. And this a song I’m okay with having in my mind. The song is – My African Dream – Vicky Sampson. ‘Cause in my African dream,Continue reading →

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Daily Prayer – 13 June


Good morning, Heavenly Father! Thank You for a new day. Thank You that Your compassion is renewed every morning and never fails. Great is Your faithfulness and Your steadfast love, O Lord! I don’t know what all is going to happen today, and how much I’ll get done, but You do. So I give this day to You. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, Father. Energise me for Your work, because You know how tired these bones are. Awaken me to the wonder of Your salvation, and quicken my spirit to the reality of Your work in my life. Lord, my mind is filled with creative ideas, but they’re all jumbled. Holy Spirit, come and hover over my mind like You hovered over the waters at creation and speak order out of the chaos! Help me to cease striving and to trust that You will give me all I need today to do the work You’ve given me to do. You will be faithful to complete the good work You’ve started, and as I step out into my day, I declare Your sovereignty over every area of my life. I entrust myself to You and ask that You use me however You see fit. This day is Yours. My body is Yours. My mind is Yours. Everything I am is Yours. May You be pleased with me today. In Jesus Name, Amen.


22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness Lamentations 3:22-23

Daily Prayer – 12 June

Advertisements Lighthouse prayer Heavenly Father, show us, teach us to see others as You would see them, through Your eyes. Help us use the truth as a lighthouse that guides us safely into the harbour. And grace as an outreached hand to the weary. Help us to be Your disciples and faithful fishers of men.Continue reading →

Daily Prayer – 11 June

Advertisements Heavenly Father, we acknowledge you as our Father, we are Your children, who live for You through Jesus Christ. Renew our hearts. Strengthen our hearts. Should fear come over us and we are discouraged and mislead, may the Holy Spirit guide us to truth, to hold us steady again and again, regardless of what difficultiesContinue reading →

Daily Prayer – 10 June

Advertisements Heavenly Father, we pray for You to gather us together to be united as one to praise You with one heart and with one voice. Let this praise be heard around the world in the midst of all the evils, diseases, greed, pride, misinformation and corruption that confront us. Thank you for the deliverance YouContinue reading →

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