FACTS Jan 14-20, 2018

Published on 14 January 2018 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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2 Chronicles 6:41 (NIV): 41 Now arise, O Lord God, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. May your priests, O Lord God, be clothed with salvation, may your saints rejoice in your goodness.

ADORATION

Psalm 119: 68, 72 (NIV): 68 You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

CONFESSION

Psalm 107:4-9 (NIV): 4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. 5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. 8 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, 9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

THANKSGIVING

Psalm 107:1 (NIV): 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

SUPPLICATION

Psalm 119:65-67, 69-71 (NIV): 65 Do good to your servant according to your word, O Lord. 66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. 69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. 70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. 71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.

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FACTS Jan 7-13, 2018

Published on 07 January 2018 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Exodus 33:19 (NIV): 19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

ADORATION

Psalm 34:8-10 (NIV): 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

CONFESSION

Psalm 34:11-14 (NIV): 11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

THANKSGIVING

Psalm 34:4-7 (NIV): 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

SUPPLICATION

Psalm 37:3-9 (NIV): 3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret — it leads only to evil. 9 For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

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FACTS Dec 31-Jan 6, 2018

Published on 31 December 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Lamentations 5:19-22 (NIV): 19 You, O Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation. 20 Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? 21 Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old 22 unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.

ADORATION

Ezekiel 3:10,12-14,17 (NIV): 10 And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. 12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound — May the glory of the Lord be praised in his dwelling place!— 13 the sound of the wings of the living creatures brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, a loud rumbling sound. 14 The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the Lord upon me. 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.

CONFESSION

Lamentations 5:15-17 (NIV): 15 Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning. 16 The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned! 17 Because of this our hearts are faint, because of these things our eyes grow dim 18 for Mount Zion, which lies desolate, with jackals prowling over it.

THANKSGIVING

Ezekiel 2:1-2 (NIV): 1 He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” 2 As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.

SUPPLICATION

Ezekiel 2:3-4, 7-8 (NIV): 3 He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day. 4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. 7 You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. 8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

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FACTS Dec 24-30, 2017

Published on 24 December 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Revelation 16:15 (MSG): 15“Keep watch! I come unannounced, like a thief. You’re blessed if, awake and dressed, you’re ready for me. Too bad if you’re found running through the streets, naked and ashamed.”

ADORATION

Psalm 147:3,5, 11(MSG): 3 He heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds. 5 Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does. 11 Those who fear God get God’s attention; they can depend on his strength.

CONFESSION

Revelation 16:8-9 (MSG): 9 Burned and blistered, they cursed God’s Name, the God behind these disasters. They refused to repent, refused to honor God.

THANKSGIVING

Nehemiah 1:4 (MSG): 4 When I heard this, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God-of-Heaven.

SUPPLICATION

Nehemiah1:5-6 (MSG): 5-6 I said, “God, God-of-Heaven, the great and awesome God, loyal to his covenant and faithful to those who love him and obey his commands: Look at me, listen to me. Pay attention to this prayer of your servant that I’m praying day and night in intercession for your servants, the People of Israel, confessing the sins of the People of Israel. And I’m including myself, I and my ancestors, among those who have sinned against you.

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FACTS Dec 17-23, 2017

Published on 17 December 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Psalm 143:8 (NIV): 8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

ADORATION

Exodus 15:13 (NIV): 13 In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

CONFESSION

Deut 6:4-4 (NIV): 4 Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is One. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

THANKSGIVING

Psalm 86::11-13 (NIV): 1Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. 12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. 13 for great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

SUPPLICATION

Psalm 27:11-14 (NIV): 11 Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. 13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

 

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FACTS Dec 10-16, 2017

Published on 10 December 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Psalm 91:14-16 (NIV): 14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

ADORATION

Isaiah 26:3-5 (NIV): 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. 5 He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust.

CONFESSION

Psalm 112:7-8 (NIV): 7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

THANKSGIVING

Psalm 57:7-8 (NIV): 7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. 8 Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.

SUPPLICATION

Psalm 27:1-3 (NIV): 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.

 

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FACTS Dec 3-9, 2017

Published on 03 December 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Psalm 80:6 (NIV): 6 Restore us, O God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.

ADORATION

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NIV): 16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

CONFESSION

Micah 6:8 (MSG): 8 But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously — take God seriously.

THANKSGIVING

Psalm 112: 4-8 (NIV): 4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. 5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. 7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

SUPPLICATION

Matthew 5:7 (NIV): 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Luke 6:36 (NIV): 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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FACTS Nov 26-Dec 2, 2017

Published on 26 November 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Hebrews 2:14-15 (MSG): Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.

ADORATION

Hebrews 2:16-18 (MSG): It’s obvious, of course, that he [Jesus] didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.

CONFESSION

Hebrews 2:1(MSG): It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off.

THANKSGIVING

Hebrews 2:10 (MSG): It makes good sense that the God who got everything started and keeps everything going now completes the work by making the Salvation Pioneer [Jesus] perfect through suffering as he leads all these people to glory.

SUPPLICATION

Hebrews 2:11-13 (MSG): Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family, saying, I’ll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you; I’ll join them in worship and praise to you. Again, he puts himself in the same family circle when he says, Even I live by placing my trust in God. And yet again, I’m here with the children God gave me.

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FACTS Nov 19-25, 2017

Published on 19 November 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Lamentations 3:19-21 (MSG): It’s a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God. I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope.

ADORATION

Lamentations 3:22-24 (MSG): God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.

CONFESSION

Lamentations 3: 28-30 (MSG): When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.

THANKSGIVING

Lamentations 3: 31-33, 36 (MSG): Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way: God Speaks Both Good Things and Hard Things into Being.

SUPPLICATION

Lamentations 3:25-27 (MSG):  God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times.

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FACTS Nov 12-18, 2017

Published on 12 November 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Jeremiah 17:12-13 (MSG): 12 From early on your Sanctuary was set high, a throne of glory, exalted! O God, you’re the hope of Israel. 13 All who leave you end up as fools, Deserters with nothing to show for their lives, who walk off from God, fountain of living waters—and wind up dead!

ADORATION

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (MSG): 9 “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. 10 But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”

CONFESSION

Jeremiah 17:14 (MSG): 14 God, pick up the pieces. Put me back together again. You are my praise!

THANKSGIVING

Psalm 119:4-8 (MSG): 4 You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. 5 Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; 6 Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. 7 I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. 8 I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me.

SUPPLICATION

1 Thessalonians 1: 5-6 (MSG): 5 You paid careful attention to the way we lived among you, and determined to live that way yourselves. In imitating us, you imitated the Master. 6 Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit!—taking the trouble with the joy, the joy with the trouble.

 

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