Sunday, January 21, 2018
Today is day twenty-one of ‘21 Days of Prayer’ at Refuge as we seek God through prayer and fasting for our church, community and the world. Today’s prayer focus is for Refuge and its ministries. “You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.” Psalm 119:114 NLT
January 25 marks our third anniversary launch date of Refuge when we as a church accepted the Lord’s mandate to be a Refuge, a place for people. At Refuge we believe all people matter to God; it is a place we grow while finding authentic hope, purpose, and love through Jesus. Whatever your age or life story, you are welcome! We are a church that is committed to serve the purpose of God for this generation by helping people discover their purpose, resulting in a life changing encounter with Jesus. We take His message of love and hope to our community and beyond.
We are a church that reaches inward, discovering wholeness in our relationship with Jesus Christ so that we can reach outward. Refuge is outwardly focused in its vision to impact the community. Refuge is committed to building strong families and a strong community. God is a refuge to us and as a church we need to be a place of refuge for people. A refuge is a place of safety, a shelter from the storm, from danger and threatening conditions. “But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.” Psalms 5:11 ESV
Heavenly Father we pray for the ministry of Refuge, and its mission in our community to carry out the great commission. Help us as a body of believers to be faithful to serve your purpose in reaching people with the message of the Gospel.
Pastor Matt #wearerefuge#youbelonghere#dailyinspiration#dailydevotional#church#godisourrefuge
Lord our God, thank You for being our solid foundation - You are the rock in our lives. I ask You to help us to complete an inspection of our “house”. We need Your help to identify areas that are in need of remodeling. We could probably use some new flooring, so we can walk on the path You have laid out for us. We’ll need to install an alarm system, too Lord, to keep us safe. We will need You to guide us through the process so that we can be protected from the enemy. Let’s add some new lighting, so we can begin to see what You see, and continually seek You. I think a space for peaceful meditation on Your Word would be nice, so we can connect more deeply to You and gain wisdom. One more thing Lord, a nice big WELCOME mat. This is, after all, the spiritual house in which we live, and You are always welcome inside. Thank You that You’re always with us, and that Your love never fails. All the glory be to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen. #psalm31v3-4#getyourhouseinorder#godisourrock#godisourrefuge#godistheanswer#naplesflsunset#protectyourselffromtheenemy#openyourheart#openyoureyes#thankyoujesus#followsun78
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Reflection for today: To man, the future is unknown. Only God knows what the future holds for each of us. The unknown can leave us unsettled at times, especially when our life hangs in the balance. It may be the uncertainty of a health issue; marriage challenges; career indecisiveness. Wherever the uncertainty is in our lives, the solution already exists – TRUST IN GOD! Rather than see things as doomed, hopeless, unable to turn around…let’s lean on our Friend! Trusting in Him brings us into calm, and peace in our mind. We trust that He is working everything in our lives for good. He brought us into existence and He knows every breath we will take, from beginning to end. Shouldn’t we trust Him to be with us for everything in between? He wants to hear us tell Him that we trust Him, even when things don’t look the way we hoped. Let’s ask Him for the strength to endure in the times of uncertainty, and to give us wisdom on how to approach our situations. This trust strengthens our bond with God, and it is what He longs for with His children!
Prayer for today: Thank You, Father, that You are greater than any uncertainty or scary situation we will face! Help us to turn to You and the truths of Your Word, and not allow fear to paralyze us. Let us come to You in prayer – You invite us to commune with You anytime, day and night! You want us to open up our hearts to You, to hear what we’re afraid of. You want to help us navigate through life’s storms. Thank You for being our Friend, Protector, Rock, Healer, Refuge, Savior, Redeemer, Life…to name a few! God, You truly are our EVERYTHING. In Jesus’ name. Amen. #psalm56v3#trustingod#letyourfaithbebiggerthanyourfears#godisprotector#godishealer#godisourrefuge#godofmiracles#prayerworks#keeppraying#neverlosehope#thankyoujesus#followsun78
Sharing a bit of my story: I used to live in a refuge shelter when my children were a lot younger. At the time I was going through a divorce & my mom was also dying - she passed away a few months later ❤️ During that season of storms (so much more was going on as well), I heard God say “My grace is sufficient for you”🙏🏾❤️ He brought me through those storms!! What the enemy used to try to break me MADE ME into the woman I am today - STRONG IN CHRIST! Whatever I may have to face, I AM NOT ALONE! God always has been & will continue to be my ever-present help & my shelter - He can be yours too if you trust in Him 😊❤️🙏🏾 have a blessed day! Stay strong in Christ 🙏🏾
Refuge. A condition of being safe or sheltered from danger or trouble. May we always find refuge in our Savior during times of trouble. During times of confusion, may we always find peace in your refuge. During times of sorrow, may we always find joy in your refuge. Your refuge... a place where joy and gladness dwell. Where peace and protection reside. May you always give us a song to sing of your goodness and of your faithfulness! May we always be a testament to your goodness and mercy! Let our praises rise and may it be a sweet sound to your ear!! #rejoice#joy#joysinthemorning #joy #biblestudy#bibleapp#youversion#gladness#godisourrefuge#lovehasaname#letpraisesrise#devotional
God provides a tent and wings (mobile refuge) for when he calls us to move. Read “Better Than a Roof and Broken Umbrellas” by clicking on the profile link. #rainydays#Godisourrefuge
Psalm 5:11..”But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
What a beautiful picture of how to respond to God’s character. He is our refuge, a protection from life’s storms, he cares for us! And this should inspire our joy and continuous praise. If you are struggling to be joyful, thankful or full of praise, make a list of all the ways God has been your refuge and protection. Say them out loud to him! Keep going until the praise is bubbling out of you. No matter how challenging life is, God is worth praising. And by giving praise, your heart and attitude are changed. #rejoice#befilledwithjoy#godisourrefuge#godisourprotector