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A reflection on budgeting

Reflections for the day

Proverbs 22

The rich rule over the poor,
and the borrower is slave to the lender.

 

Matthew 6:19-21

 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

1 Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

 

2 Corinthians 9:6

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

 

At night when you can’t sleep, 
don’t count sheep – talk to the Shepherd.

A reflection on budgeting

Heavenly Father,

Thou art almighty, and thou art most powerful, and we praise thou for thou power, and we praise thou for thou mightiness. Thou art Our Heavenly Father that knows all, and thou art Our Heavenly Father that sees all, and thou art Our Heavenly Father that hath possession of all thou facts. We acknowledge that all things come from thou, and we acknowledge that all riches, and all honour, come from thou.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou purpose for all of Mankind is for all of Mankind to draw closer to thou, and we acknowledge that thou purpose for all of Mankind is to emulate thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we acknowledge that all good things happen to a self who can live a life that can be described as godly.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect upon the nature of what is described as budgeting. We acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal much about what is described as budgeting, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal much about thou desire for all of Mankind to be prudent. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to put thou first in all that is thought, and in all that is spake, and in all that is done. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to turn to thou always, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to place a worry, and to place a concern with thou.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures reveal much about how a self should be prudent. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures reveal thou desire is for a self to be prudent by what is described as a saving of money, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures reveal thou desire is for a self is to be prudent by what is described as an avoidance of a collection of  a debt, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures reveal thou desire is for a self to be prudent by what is described as a keeping of an account of an expenditure of money, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures reveal thou desire is for a self to be prudent by what is described as being hard at work.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge that there are many who have what is described as a difficulty with finance, and it is at this time we acknowledge that there are many who are unable to see a way forward in a way that is clear in terms of a finance, and it is at this time we acknowledge that a difficulty which is described as one that is financial, is one that is endured by a number of thou people of thou nations of thou world.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all of Mankind in a life that is daily, and we ask thou to guide a self  to see in a way that is clear an issue  of  concern that is monetary  is an issue that must be addressed. We ask thou to guide a self to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind not to set a hope on an uncertainty of riches in terms that are monetary.

Heavenly Father, thou art Our Heavenly Father who is loving, and thou art Our Heavenly Father who is compassionate, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is there for all, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that endures, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is eternal, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by time, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by energy. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that enables all to love thou with all of a heart, and with all of a soul, and with all of a mind, and with all of a strength. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that overspills into a relationship, and we acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that enables all of Mankind to love thou neighbour, in thou way that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, loves us all.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide a self to love thou neighbour, and we ask thou to guide a self to put a need of another before a self, and we ask thou to guide a self to be content with what a self has.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before all delegates at the United Nations Rio 20 plus Summit, and we ask thou to provide a number of opportunities before all the heads of Government at the United Nations Rio 20 plus Summit, and the opportunities we ask thou to provide are ones to enable all to reflect carefully upon what is described as the current economic situation that exists in thou continent known as  Europe, and to reflect carefully upon the current economic situation that exists in what is described as thou nations of the developed World. We hope and we pray that all will see a need to be prudent, and we hope and we pray that all will see a need to put a need of another before a need of a self, and we hope and we pray that a self will turn to thou always.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that where there is a jealousy and where there is an ambition that can be described as selfish doth exist that there will be what can be described as disorder, and what can be described as a practice in a life of a self which is somewhat less than acceptable, and is somewhat less than desirable.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that all of Mankind falls short in thou expectation, and we acknowledge that a self is, at times, reluctant to be thou obedient servant, and we acknowledge that a self is, at times, rebellious, and is unable to see in a way that is clear a need to place thou first in all that is thought, and in all that is spake, and in all that is done. We ask thou to guide a self  to remain focused on thou always, and we ask thou to guide a self to be obedient to thou, and we ask thou to guide a self to be ready to do thou will.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and we uphold all that hath been spake in thou name of  thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for all of Mankind to redeem all of Mankind from all sins, and to show all of Mankind thou way to thou, and we uphold all that hath been spake in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who lives within Man, and who dwells amongst Man, and who advocates for Man, now and always, for evermore.

Amen


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A reflection on advertising

Reflections for the day

Matthew 6:22-23

 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

When prayer has become secondary, or incidental, it has lost its power. Those who are conspicuously men of prayer are those who use prayer as they use food, or air, or light, or money.”  M.E. Andross


A reflection on advertising

Heavenly Father,

Thou art  Our Heavenly Father who is loving, and thou art Our Heavenly Father who is compassionate, and thou loves each and every one of us. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by time, and thou love for all of Mankind is one that is not bound by energy. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that allows all of Mankind to love thou with all of a heart, and to love thou with all of a soul, and to love thou with all of a mind, and to love thou with all of a strength. We acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that overspills into a relationship, and we acknowledge that thou love for all of Mankind is one that allows all of Mankind to love thou neighbour, in thou way that thou Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, loves us all.

Heavenly Father, thou art the creator of thou world that we live in, and thou hath created all things known to all of Mankind, and thou hath created all things unseen by all of Mankind. Thou art almighty, and thou art most powerful, and we praise thou, and we exalt thou, for thou power, and for thou mightiness.

Heavenly Father, thou sent thou beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into thou world to die for all of Mankind in order to redeem all of Mankind from all sins, and in order to show all of Mankind thou way to thou. We acknowledge that during thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, revealed to all of Mankind that there is a need to focus on thou always, and not on a self.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect upon the nature of advertising. We are able to see in a way that is clear that much of what happens in a life that is daily is one that is directed by a thought that can be described, at times, to be a thought that is materialistic in nature. We are able to see in a way that is clear that some thoughts are ones that can be affected by what is seen, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that some thoughts are ones that can be affected by what is heard in the media.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou world today is one that has an expectation, and we acknowledge that an expectation is one that is to do with, at times, a possession that is worldly. We are able to see in a way that is clear that there is a difficulty for a self to do what is described as take a step back and deny a need for a possession that is worldly. We are able to see in a way that is clear that at times, a self, is in need of thou guidance. We are able to see in a way that is clear that at times, a self is led astray by another, and at times, is led astray by a thought of a possession that is worldly.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that during a time of thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, that there was an occasion when thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was tempted, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that at a time when thou Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, was tempted, was at a time when thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was in the wilderness, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that a temptation was one where Satan tempted thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, with thou world, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, rejected a temptation.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all of Mankind in a life that is daily, and we ask thou to guide a self to guard an eye, and we ask thou to guide a self to guard an ear, and we ask thou to guide a self to guard a heart, and we ask thou to guide a self to turn to thou always.

Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that many can reflect carefully upon a purchase, and we hope and we pray that a self can discern what is needed as opposed to what is desired, and we hope and we pray that a self can see in a way that is clear that a possession that is worldly is meaningless in thou Kingdom of Heaven. We hope and we pray that all of Mankind will see the error of a way, and we hope and we pray that a self will proffer a sorrow for an error of a way, and we hope and we pray that a self will make the changes that are necessary in a life, so that a self is able to have a life that is eternal with thou.

Heavenly Father,we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to turn to thou, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to put aside a worry, and to put aside a concern, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to be prudent with a spending, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to put thou first in all that is thought, and in all that is spake, and in all that is done.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, who together with thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and thou Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is, and was, and always will be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

A reflection on being healthy

Reflections for the day

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.

1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

3 John 1:2

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

 

The word of God is the food by which prayer is nourished and made strong.”  E. M. Bounds

A reflection on being healthy

Heavenly Father,

Thou art Our Heavenly Father, who is loving and thou art Our Heavenly Father, who is compassionate. We acknowledge that many are able to express a love for thou, and we acknowledge that thou love that is expressed for all of Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and we acknowledge that thou love that thou hath for all of Mankind is one that endures, and we acknowledge that thou love thou hath for all of Mankind is one that is eternal. We acknowledge that thou love thou hath for all of Mankind is one that is there for all of Mankind, and we acknowledge that thou love thou hath for all of Mankind is one that thou desires all of Mankind to perceive and to discern.

Heavenly Father, thou art the creator of thou world that we live in, and thou hath created all that is in thou world. Thou art Our Heavenly Father who is almighty, and thou art Our Heavenly Father who is most powerful, and we praise thou for thou power, and we praise thou for thou mightiness. Thou art Our Heavenly Father, who knows all, and thou art Our Heavenly Father, who sees all, and thou art Our Heavenly Father, who is in possession of all thou facts.

Heavenly Father, thou sent thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into thou world in order to redeem all of Mankind from all sins, and in order to show all of Mankind thou way to thou. We acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was obedient to thou always. We acknowledge that thou desire is for a self to emulate thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect upon the nature of eating in a way that is described as healthy. We are able to see in a way that is clear that much of a food that is eaten is a food that is created by thou. We acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou desire is for all of Mankind to preserve thou food in a form that was created, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou desire is for all of Mankind to prepare a food in a form that was created, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou desire is for all of Mankind to consume a food in a form that was created.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that a self lives a life that can be described as one that is busy, and we acknowledge that, at times, a self has a difficulty in preserving a food in a form that was created, and we acknowledge that, at times, a self has a difficulty in preparing a food in the form that was created, and we acknowledge that, at times, a self has a difficulty in consuming a food in a form that was created. We acknowledge that, at times,there is a temptation for a self to consume a food that has been prepared by a self, and by another, in a manner, and in a way, that is excessive, and in a manner, and in a way, that is less than desirable for thouself, Our Heavenly Father.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou desire is for all of Mankind to care for a self in a way that can be described as physical, and we acknowledge that where there is a lack of care of a physical body, a self can be affected in a way that is spiritual. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is fpr all of Mankind to be at a weight that is acceptable, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou desire is for all of Mankind to avoid a temptation of a food that can be described as unhealthy, and a food that is unhealthy is one that is often described as a junk food, and a junk food is one that is, at times, consumed in a quantity that is unhealthy for a self.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide all of Mankind in a life that is one that is led daily, and we ask thou to guide a self to avoid a temptation of a food that is unhealthy, and we ask thou to guide a self to perceive, and to discern, that what another considers as an indulgence can, if consumed on a basis that is regular, be less than desirable for a health of a self.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou desire is for all of  Mankind to turn to thou always, and we acknowledge that thou desire is for all of Mankind to serve thou, and we acknowledge that there is a need to ensure a self remains healthy.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that there is much said in the media about what is described as healthy eating, and we acknowledge that there is much said in the media about a weight of a self. We hope and we pray that a self will reflect carefully upon an advice that is given, and we hope and we pray that a self will make the changes necessary in a life of a self to enable a self to be healthy, and we hope and we pray that a self will turn to thou for a sustenance that is one that is spiritual.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, who together with thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and thou Holy Spirit, is, and was, and always will be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, that reigns over all who are of thou world that we live in, now and always, for evermore.

Amen

A reflection on the homeless

Reflections for the day

Philippians 4:19

 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.


Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your lifeAnd why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

When a man has found the Lord, he no longer has to use words when he is praying, for the Spirit Himself will intercede for him with groans that cannot be uttered. –John Climacus

A reflection on the homeless

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world and all that is in it, and thou hath created all things known to Man, and all things unseen by Man. Thou created us to be born with a particular appearance, thou created us to be born with a particular shape, thou created us to be born with a particular colour, and thou created us to be born with a particular size. Thou created all Man to be equal in thou eyes.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou loves each and every one of us, and we acknowledge that thou love is one that is all encompassing, and we acknowledge that thou love is one that enables us to love thou with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength. We acknowledge that there art no words to describe thou love for Man, and we acknowledge that thou love for Man is one that is not bound by words, is one that is not bound by time, and is one that is not bound by energy. We acknowledge that thou love for Man is one that over-spills into our relationships, and is a love that enables us to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we desire Man to reflect carefully upon the nature of homelessness. We acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was homeless some of the time, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was with thou homeless some of the time, and was with those who were poor some of the time. We acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach us that thou poor and thou vulnerable are the responsibility of Man, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach us that when a person gives unto thou poor, and when a person gives unto thou vulnerable, that person gives unto thou.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thou the good works of St Mungo’s. We are able to see that this is a charity who works with thou homeless, and we are able to see that there is a desire to help those who are homeless, and we are able to see that there is a desire for the homeless to be housed, and we are able to see that there is a desire for the homeless to work, and we are able to see that there is a  desire for the homeless to be able to relate to others, and we are able to see there is a desire for the homeless to be in a state of health that is described as good.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to bless the good works of St Mungo’s and we ask thou to place opportunities before many to enable their good works to be carried out in a way that is fitting for thou.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we ask Man to reflect carefully upon those who are likely to be made homeless, and we hope and we pray that Man will endeavour to remain committed to providing housing for those who are vulnerable, and we hope and we pray that Man will endeavour to remain committed to providing housing for those who are poor, and to provide housing for those who are in need.

Heavenly Father, we ask that Man will turn to thou always, we ask that Man will turn a back on greed, and we ask that Man will turn a back upon ignoring the misfortune of others.

Heavenly Father, thou art a loving Father, and thou art a merciful Father, and thou art able to provide us with all our needs. We desire that Mankind will turn to thou always, and we desire that Mankind will emulate the life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we desire that Mankind will say sorry for the error of a way and make the changes in a life that are necessary.

Heavenly Father, we uphold these words to thou now in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us to save us from all our sin, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who lives amongst us, who dwells amongst us, and who advocates for us,now and always, for evermore.

Amen.


A reflection on conquering evil (one of several)

Reflections for the day

Ephesians 4:27

 and do not give the devil a foothold.

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.  He fears nothing from prayer less studies, prayer less work and prayer less religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.”  Samuel Chadwick


A reflection on conquering evil (one of several)

Heavenly Father,

Thou art a loving Father, and thou art a Holy Father. We acknowledge thou sent thou only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into thou world to save Mankind from all sins. We acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach Mankind that much of the ministry of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was one which can be described as a conflict with evil, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach Mankind that the death of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and thou resurrection of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was one that glorified thou name, and was one that overcame evil.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou art most powerful, and we acknowledge that thou art present always, and we acknowledge that thou art Our Heavenly Father who knows all, and we acknowledge that thou art Our Heavenly Father who sees all, and we acknowledge that thou art in possession of all thou facts.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach Mankind that thou art all that is holy, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach Mankind that Satan is the personification of all that is evil. We acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach Mankind that thou world that we live in is one that is tainted by what can be described as evil, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures teach Mankind there is a  need to always remain vigilant, and a vigilance is one that can be described as one that is watchful of an influence that can be described as less than holy.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was tempted by Satan, and the temptation was one that came when thou Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, was in the wilderness, and the temptation was one that came when thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was faced with a difficulty, and a difficulty was one that was related to the environment, and a difficulty was one that was related to a state of the body which was one that was weakened through what can be described as prolonged fasting.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to help all at a time of difficulty when a body, and when a mind is weakened, and we ask thou to help many to turn to thou always, and we ask thou to help many to emulate thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge that some can be  tempted, and that a temptation is one that is often described as sin, and that a temptation is one that is seen by some as one that is acceptable.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide Mankind in a daily life, and we ask thou to help Mankind to recognise the error of a way, and we ask thou to guide many to turn to thou always, and we ask thou to guide many to say sorry for an error of a way, and we ask thou to guide many to make a change in a life that is necessary.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we are able to see in a way that is clear that there is much said in the media about the payment of taxes, and there is much said in the media about what is described as an avoidance of a payment of taxes. Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that many will reflect carefully upon the payment of taxes, and we hope and we pray that  thou art able to permit a number of opportunities to be  placed before some to pay a tax that is due.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we are able to see in a way that is clear that there is much said in the media about the internet, and that the issues that many are concerned about are ones that are described as an influence, and that influence is one that is seen as corrupt.

Heavenly Father, we ask that a number of opportunities are placed before many at the International Defence Studies in Estonia, and that many will reflect carefully upon the nature of an influence, and we hope and we pray that the right choices are made to safeguard a security, and we hope and we pray that the right choices are made to safeguard a child, and are made to safeguard a  young person, from all that is seen to be corrupt.

Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that Mankind will turn a back on evil, and we hope and we pray that many will turn to thou, and we hope and we pray that good will overcome evil.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, who together with thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and with thou Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is, and was, and always will be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power, and being, that governs all who are of this earth that we live on, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

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A reflection on the individual

Reflections for the day

Luke 6:31

 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Luke 6:45

 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

A reflection on the individual

Heavenly Father,

Thou art the creator of thou world and all that is in it, and thou hath created all things known to Mankind, and thou hath created all things unseen by Mankind. Thou hath created Mankind to be born with a particular appearance, and thou hath created Mankind to be born with  a particular shape, and thou hath created Mankind to be born with a particular colour, and thou hath created Mankind to be born with a particular size. Thou hath created Mankind to have a particular personality, and thou hath created Mankind to be born with a particular intellect.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou loves each and every one of us, and we acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that is all encompassing, and we acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that enables Mankind to love thou with all of a heart, and to love thou with all of a  soul, and to love thou with all of a mind, and to love thou with all of a strength. We acknowledge thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by words, and we acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by time, and we acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that is not bound by energy. We acknowledge that thou love for Mankind is one that over-spills into a relationship, and is a love that enables Mankind to love thou neighbour.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, was thou humble servant, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,  did not come into thou world to be served but came into thou world to serve all. We acknowledge that thou Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, gave up a life for Mankind to show Mankind thou way to thou.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou desire is for Mankind to emulate thou life of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and that thou desire is for Mankind to love thou, and to love another, and we are able to see  in a way that is clear that the love that many have for thou, and the love that there is for another is one that can be expressed in a service to another.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that serving another is one that can be described as one of a ministry, and that as thou followers many are called to be thou servants for thou glory.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide Mankind in a daily life, and we ask thou to guide all to say all, and to do all, to thou glory always, and we ask thou to guide many to look not to an interest of a self,  but to an interest of another.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see  in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures teach Mankind that there are occasions when there is a need to consider an individual. We are able to see  in a way that is clear that these are times when an individual is singled out. We are able to see  in a way that is clear that thou desire is for Mankind to help an individual, and we are able to see that thou desire is for Mankind to put a need of an individual before  a need of a self.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we uphold to thou in prayer all those whose needs are not met, and we ask thou to place  a number of opportunities before many to address a need of an individual, and we ask thou to guide many to turn to thou always.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see  in a way that is clear that the Government of this country desires a pay to reflect a performance, and we are able to see  in a way that is clear that for many who work in a field of business that this is achievable. We are able to see  in a way that is clear that for many who work in a field known as education, and for many who work in a field known as health, that there are a number of difficulties in being able to achieve a performance that can be related to pay,in terms of the fact that the need of an individual is less than likely to be addressed.

Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that many can reflect carefully upon the issue of performance related pay, and we hope and we pray that many can see that there is a  difficulty that relates to addressing the need of an  individual, and we hope and we pray that a common ground can be found to enable a good service to be rewarded.

Heavenly Father, we upheld to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake, in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and  in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is thou way, and who is thou truth, and who is thou life, and who is able to show all thou way to thou, and in thou name of thou Holy Spirit, who together in thou Holy Trinity, is thou advocate for all Mankind, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.


A reflection on corruption

Reflections for the day

2 Peter 2:19

They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”

Galatians 6:8

Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Ephesians 6:17-18

 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Lead Me (Sanctus Real)

So Father, give me the strength
To be everything I’m called to be
Oh, Father, show me the way
To lead them
Won’t You lead me?

A reflection on corruption

Heavenly Father,

Thou art a loving Father, and thou art a compassionate Father, and thou hath made a provision for every need for all Mankind. Thou knowest of the strains and  thou knowest of the stresses there are in a daily life endured by Mankind, and thou knowest of the strains and thou knowest of the stresses that are endured during a service to thou, and during a service for another.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that many beliefs, and that many  thoughts, and that many  ideas, and that many opinions, and that many convictions, and that many prejudices, are ones that are formed by an influence of Mankind. A thought, and an idea, and an opinion, and a conviction, and a prejudice, is one that is formed by what is seen, and is one that is formed by what is experienced, and that all of these things are ones that can be tainted by ways that can be described as sinful, and are ones that can be tainted by ways that can be described as selfish.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal thou world that can be described as one that is corrupt, and we acknowledge that thou Scriptures reveal that St Paul was a man who was unable to condone corruption, and we acknowledge that St Paul was a man who lived a life that can be described as holy, and that St Paul was a man who was ready to do thou will always.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou world that we live in, is one that can be described as a world that is tainted by corruption. We are able to see in a way that is clear that corruption is an act that is one that is destructive, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that it is an act that is wrong. We are able to see in a way that is clear that corruption benefits those who can be described as unscrupulous, and that this benefit is one that is to the detriment of another. We are able to see in a way that is clear that corruption is an act that will undermine a good governance, and we are able to see that corruption is an act that will harm what can be described as economic efficiency, and that corruption is an act that will harm what can be described as economic development, and that corruption is an act that will harm our trade with another, and that corruption is an act that is hurtful to another.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we ask thou to guide Mankind in a daily life, and we ask thou to help many reflect upon the error of a way, and we ask thou to guide many to say sorry for a wrong doing, and we ask thou to guide many in making a change in a life that is necessary.

Heavenly Father, thou desire is for Mankind to conduct a self with honesty in all things, and thou desire is for Mankind to have what is described as a self-control in all that is said, and in all that is done, and thou desire is for Mankind to turn to thou always.

Heavenly Father, we hope and we pray that Mankind will reflect carefully upon an action, and we hope and we pray that many will be honest in all that is said, and in all that is done, and we hope and we pray that many will have an  integrity in all that is said, and in all that is done, and we hope and we pray that Mankind will see that a justice is one that brings a stability, and we hope and we pray that many will bring a worry and that many will bring a concern to thou always.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that is spake in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with thou Holy Spirit reigns on most high, and is the most supreme ,and is the most absolute power and being, that reigns over all who are of this world that we live in, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

A reflection on lust

Reflections for the day

Exodus 20:14

You shall not commit adultery.

Matthew 5:28

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honour, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God

John 12:25-26

 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.

It is not so true that “prayer changes things” as that prayer changes me and I change things. God has so constituted things that prayer on the basis of Redemption alters the way in which a man looks at things. Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man’s disposition.

– Oswald Chambers

A reflection on lust

Heavenly Father,

You art the creator of thou world that we live in, and thou hath created all things known to Mankind, and thou hath created all things unseen by Mankind.

Heavenly Father, we are able to see in a way that is clear that thou art intimately concerned with all relationships. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou concern is not solely for an immediate family and a friend, but in the structure of a society. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou concern is in how many relate to another. We are able to see in a way that is clear that all are born into a relationship which draws a meaning from thou as our Heavenly Father who is loving.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we reflect carefully upon the sin of lust. We are able to see in a way that is clear that thou Scriptures teach Mankind that lust is a thought, and that lust is a desire of one that is sexual in nature, and one that is excessive in nature. We are able to see in a way that is clear that lust is an act that can be described as one that causes pleasure for a self, and that this act can be described as unwholesome in nature, and that this act is one that is done to fulfil a desire which often is without regard to the consequence for another. We are able to see in a way that is clear that the sin of greed, and the desire for possession, are ones that can be associated with the sin of lust.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, came into thou world as a man free from sin, and that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, lived a life that was holy, and that thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, laid down a life for all by taking upon a self the sins of Mankind, and by showing all thou way to thou.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that many are concerned with the breakdown of a relationship, and we acknowledge that some are able to see in a way that is clear that a relationship can at times, break down due to a sin of lust. We are able to see in a way that is clear that when there is a breakdown in a relationship that another will suffer, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that those who suffer are the children of a relationship which has broken down.

Heavenly Father, we ask thou to guide Mankind in a daily life, and we ask thou to guide all to live a life that is above reproach. We ask thou to guide some to avoid a temptation of lust, and we ask thou to guide some to reflect carefully upon a wrong, and to say sorry for all that is thought, and to say sorry for all that is done, and to make a change in a life so that a relationship with thou is one that is right, and to make a change in a life so that a relationship with another is made right.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to thouself, Our Heavenly Father, all that hath been spake, in thou name of thouself, Our Heavenly Father, and in thou name of thou Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with thou Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

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A reflection on being a disciple

Reflections for the day

Matthew 16:24-26

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Psalm 119:37-38

Turn my eyes away from worthless things;

preserve my life according to your word.
Fulfil your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.

When it becomes clear to us that prayer is a part of our daily programme of work, it will also become clear to us that we must arrange our daily programme in such a way that there is time also for this work, just as we set aside time for other necessary things, such as eating and dressing.

– O. Hallesby

The entire day receives order and discipline when it acquires unity. This unity must be sought and found in Morning Prayer. The Morning Prayer determines the day.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A reflection on being your disciple

Heavenly Father,

It is at this time of Lent that we reflect upon the forty days that your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, spent in the Wilderness. We are able to see in a way that is clear that during a period of Lent that many are led into what is described as a repentance, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that through the discipline of prayer many can grow in a grace, and many are able to live a life of righteousness.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, taught Mankind to follow yourself, Our Heavenly Father. We acknowledge that to follow you will mean there is a need to set aside all things that are abhorrent to you. We are able to see in a way that is clear that there is a need to be single-minded and that this is a desire of you in order for all Mankind to place yourself first in all that is thought, and in all that is said, and in all that is done. We are able to see in a way that is clear that this will mean a life of obedience to you, and we are able to see in a way that is clear that there is a need to be able to remain upon a path which is a path that is straight, and which is a path that is narrow, toward your light that is eternal. We acknowledge that this requires a discipline in what is said and in what is done. We acknowledge that there is a need to perceive, and a need to discern your word in Scripture, and that there is a need to uphold your word to another, and that there is a need to be a servant of yours, always.

Heavenly Father, your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, revealed to all in the Sermon on the Mount that there is a need to live a life of righteousness, and that a life of righteousness is one that is formalised by a repentance. We are able to see in a way that is clear that to repent means to incur a change of attitude in all that is said, and in all that is done.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we acknowledge that some lead a life that can be described as one that is of a “worldly living.” We acknowledge that many are able to see in a way that is clear that your world that we live in is a world that is tainted by greed, and is a world that is tainted by materialism, and is a world that is tainted by selfishness.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to guide all Mankind in a daily life, and we ask you to guide all Mankind to turn a back on a life tainted by greed, and to turn a back on a life tainted by materialism, and to turn a back on a life tainted by selfishness, and to ask for a life to be nourished in a way that is spiritual.

Heavenly Father, many will, at a time in the future, desire to lay down a life for you but will fall short in your expectation, and many will, at a time in the future, desire to be your obedient servant but will be reluctant at times to put aside a materialistic way, and many will, at a time in the future, desire to be ready to do your will but will at times be rebellious.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to guide many to be disciplined in proffering a prayer that is daily, and is one that is proffered on a basis that is regular throughout a day, and we ask you to guide many in a reading of your Scripture so that all eyes are open in a way that is continuous, and in a way that will sense your presence in your world.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to yourself, Our Heavenly Father, all that has been said in the name of yourself, Our Heavenly Father, and in the name of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with your Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is, and was, and always will be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, that rules over all who are of this world that we live in, now and always, for evermore.

Amen.

A reflection on the sin of greed

A reflection for the day

James 4:3 
You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.


A reflection on the sin of greed

Heavenly Father,

It is at this time we acknowledge that it is necessary to reflect upon what is a sin in the eyes of you, Our Heavenly Father. We are able to see in a way that is clear that there are a number of references to sin in your Scriptures. We acknowledge that to be sinful is to live a life that is one that is a life that is not in alignment with a thought of yourself. We acknowledge that to be sinful refers to the way a life is led in what is said, and in what is done. We are able to see in a way that is clear that your Commandments that are numbered ten are commandments that you desire all to live by.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time, and in a time in the future, that we reflect upon a commandment of “Thou shalt not covet” which is a commandment that if not obeyed is one that is of a sin of materialism, and is one that is of a sin of greed. We are able to see in a way that is clear that a sin of materialism, and a sin of greed, is one that is evident in a life of a self. We acknowledge that a sin of materialism and a sin of greed is a sin that pervades all of your world. We are able to see in a way that is clear that a sin of materialism and a sin of greed is evident in a home, and is evident in a business, and is evident in a  style of life, in terms of a purchase that is made that is often a purchase that is unnecessary.

Heavenly Father, we are thankful for a number of your people who are able to see a way forward in a way that is clear in terms of upholding what is described by all as a practice that is ethical in a business, and in a company. We acknowledge that many are somewhat dismayed, and many are somewhat angered, by what is described by many as a salary that is paid, and a wage that is paid, that is seen by all to be a salary, and that is seen by all to be a wage that is more than is necessary.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to guide all Mankind in a life that is daily, and we ask you to guide all Mankind to reflect carefully upon a sin of materialism, and to reflect carefully upon a sin of greed.

Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that there are times in the life of a self when there is a need to be prudent with a spending. We are able to see in a way that is clear that for many a life is one that is fortunate, and for some who live a life of a self overseas that a life is one that is less fortunate than the life of a self.

Heavenly Father, it is at this time we hope and we pray that Mankind will reflect upon a need for a purchase, and it is at this time we hope and we pray that Mankind will reflect upon the true meaning of what it is to be in need, and we hope and we pray that many can perceive, and discern, an error of a way.

Heavenly Father, we uphold to yourself, Our Heavenly Father, all that has been said in the name of yourself, Our Heavenly Father, and in the name of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who together with your Holy Spirit, reigns on most high, and is, and was, and will always be, the most supreme, and the most absolute power and being, that reigns over all who are of your world that we live in, now and always, for evermore.

Amen

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