Glory of God Prayer Group, St. Cecilia Parish, Wa Diocese, Ghana - Let Your Light Shine

Saint of the Day

The gift of overcoming self

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. Francis of Assisi

A simple smile

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Mother Teresa

Source of the deadliest hate

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Socrates

Forsaken by sin

To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it. Saint Augustine

Pride

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. Saint Augustine

The real problem

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not. C. S. Lewis

Come unto me all ye that labor

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden. Saint Augustine

Importance of Christianity

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. C. S. Lewis

The end of life

The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him. Socrates

Make me an instrument of thy peace

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Francis of Assisi

The future

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. C. S. Lewis

In season at all times

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Mother Teresa

Man lives as to make happiness impossibl…

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. Saint Augustine

Pray and work

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. Saint Augustine

Don't bother about originality

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. C. S. Lewis

It is in giving that we receive

For it is in giving that we receive. Francis of Assisi

Courage

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. C. S. Lewis

Concerns of animal life

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain. Saint Augustine

We must be hatched

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. C. S. Lewis

The souls of the righteous are immortal …

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine. Socrates

It is as if most human beings are configured to be automatically  afraid whenever there are challenges. This auto-panic device makes even some Holy Spirit filled Christians to cry out, complain and wish for a return to their former ways of life when they go through a test.  In fact, when this auto-panic device is activated, it automatically uninstalls any faith application. Therefore, at this stage, anxiety, fear, worry, hopelessness, dejection etc. begin to control such a person.

The people of Israel had this application installed in their system. This made it difficult for them to trust God no matter the number of assurances given to them. So, even when God was working out a miracle for them, their natural response was to question Moses, "Why did you bring us out of Egypt?...It was far better for us to be the slaves of the Egyptians than to die in the desert."

Beloved, if you are saved, faith should be your natural response to the things you face in life. I don't know that which is causing you to panic. I don't know why you want to give up on God. I don't know the things you fear most which are pursuing you. No matter what they are, I want to encourage you with the words of Moses, "Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the Lord will win for you today. These Egyptians whom you see today you will never see them again. The Lord Himself will fight for you; you only have to keep still." Delete any auto-panic device installed in your system and allow God to install the faith application in you today.

Shalom!

Key Text:
Exodus 14:5-18

Paa Sammy
( Adom Fie, Kumasi)

 

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Short memory

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Guarding our social lives to attain spir…

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The rotten generation

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Advice to young girls

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In praise of the Lord

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Respect dignities

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Hail Mary ...

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Understanding the book of Acts

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The 7 UPs

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Marriage Software

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Who pushed me?

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Make your every matter the Lord's

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The unchangeable changer

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