Monthly Devotionals

Turn me into Your PURE donkey
Turn me into Your PURE donkey

Turn me into Your PURE donkey, Jesus.

27 April 2019 Freedom Day, was a special day in South Africa. Why? We as followers of Jesus Christ had to let go of our fear, join each other, stand together and walk the spiritual walk for our country. Why did we do this?

We submit our suburbs, towns, provinces, and country to the Living Yahweh and want the land to be led by YHVH and by Him alone.

I was unsure whether there is a march in my town, Stilbaai, and planned to just stay in Abba Father’s rest. When I received the message about the march in Stilbaai on the morning 27 April 2019, from one of my friends I knew I am supposed to be there.

I was in the process of healing my right knee and hip which meant I could not march, but was adamant about meeting up at each praying point and join in the prayers.

Seeing the crowd dressed in white cause my spirit to be drawn and immediately made me emotional. I realized how important this march is, even though; we do not really SEE anything happen. Praise be to our Living God that we are not to believe in the things seen, but the things unseen. { Romans 8:24 For this is the hope of our salvation. But hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have?}

While I was driving to the last praying point of the march, I prayed and asked for scripture and received Mark 11. I paged in my Passion Translation Bible, and when I read the Heading, my heart leaped in my chest. I was convinced that the first 4 verses are the focus point.

Mark 11 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

11 Now, as they were approaching Jerusalem, they arrived at the place of the stables[a] near Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of his disciples ahead and said to them, “As soon as you enter the village ahead, you will find a donkey’s colt tethered there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it to me. And if anyone asks, ‘Why are you taking it?’ tell them, ‘The master needs it and will send it back to you soon.’”[b]

  • Or Bethphage, which in Aramaic means “the house of stables.” Transliterated into Greek it means “the house of unripe figs.”
  • Only once in the Gospels do we see Jesus ever needing anything. In this case he needed a donkey. More than one commentator has seen a picture here of how the Lord “needs” every believer to be his representative in the world

What I experience every single time I read this, is Yeshua is ENTERING triumphantly into our hearts, our minds, our bodies, our souls, our towns, our houses, our families, our leadership, our government, our structures, and our country. HOSANNA!

Then, I read the rest of the scripture along with the footnotes (as added above). This is what I experienced: Yeshua entered triumphantly even though the figs were unripe. {Luke 6:43-49} South Africa is not bearing the fruit it’s supposed to, yet, but Jesus still enters. Just like the Lord told Abraham, that He would not destroy Sodom for the sake of 10 righteous people {Genesis 18:23-33}, so we humbly stand before our Abba Father and ask Him to save South Africa, to complete the good work He started in her and to allow her to prosper according to His will.   

The last footnote of Mark 11:1-4 portrays that we ought to be Yeshua’s representatives in this world. Does this mean I have to be perfect? Does this mean I have to be Jesus?
No, thank Abba Father for that!

How are we representatives for Jesus? These are the first 3 that popped into my mind:

  • Be Fragrance

2 Corinthians 2:14-15

14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him. 15 For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which ascends] to God, [discernible both] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

  • Be in Right Standing with Yahweh

Romans 4:5

 But to the one who does not work [that is, the one who does not try to earn his salvation by doing good], but believes and completely trusts in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is [Faith is not an equivalent or substitute for righteousness, but God graciously treats it as if it were the same. Otherwise, no one could be saved from sin and have eternal life.] credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God). 

  • Be a Spotless Bride

2 Peter 3:14

14 So, beloved, since you are looking forward to these things, be diligent and make every effort to be found by Him [at His return] spotless and blameless, in peace [that is, inwardly calm with a sense of spiritual well-being and confidence, having lived a life of obedience to Him]. 

Each of the bullets mentioned above is processes that continue throughout our lives. Yes, it is not easy and should not be taken lightly, but the reward of overcoming is great! {2 John 1:8  Watch yourselves, so that you do not lose what we have accomplished together, but that you may receive a full and perfect reward [when He grants rewards to faithful believers]. / Colossians 3:23-25}

As I read this scripture, I saw Yeshua sitting on a donkey, and it hit me; “JESUS should be the only ‘THING’ riding us.”

WOW… Let that sink in for a while. What do I mean by this? Jesus should be behind our every decision, the reason for living, the motivation of our actions and the activation of our purposes. He should be the ONLY GOD we are serving, and we submit to.

Therefore, I ask and pray; Lord Jesus Christ, turn me into YOUR donkey. Just like the donkey has never been ridden before, you have proved me to be worthy by the fact that You GAVE Your body and SHED Your blood for me. Help me, Jesus, that it would not be in vain. Teach me, lead me, guide me and carry me through the purification process to be a spotless Bride, Be in Right standing with YHVH and to be YOUR sweet fragrance. Activate, cultivate and bring forth the peculiar treasure (Mal 3:17) you’ve invested into me. Let this treasure, this pearl, come forth, shine and show YOUR BRILLIANCE! Use me to be ALL YOU want me to be for YOUR GLORY and YOUR KINGDOM. In our town, our province, and South Africa. Breathe Your Breath into me, over and over again, until I am what YOU desire me to be. Abba Father let YOUR very breath give LIFE to my bones, my body, my soul, my tongue, my heart, and my spirit. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for actively working in me, with me, for me and around me. Thank You, Yeshua, for being my Shepherd. I praise YOUR WONDERFUL NAME: YHVH! In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

Elsa Cronje Lessons from the clouds

What do you think of the clouds? I think clouds are extraordinary, magical and magnificent. Have you ever wondered what the power of our Living God could be compared to?I find the clouds to resemble the Living Yahweh with maybe 1%. Yes, I agree, we cannot compare anything to His Power, at all, but I think using the clouds can provide some understanding, so here goes …

I am Yours

I am Yours

I sing because of my new name
You chose me
You embrace me
You forgave me
You washed me with Your Word and saturated me with the Blood of the Lamb

I am the clay, You are the Potter
I am the branch, You are the Vine
I am the flower, You are the Gardener
I am the sheep, You are the Shepherd
I am Your child and You are my Father

Turn me into the Palm Tree 🌴
long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful
Make me grow like a cedar in Lebanon
majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible
Crown me with Your version of Deborah
Form me anew
For Your purpose and Kingdom
I am willing
I am Yours

Be me

Be me

Be my eyes, Most High God
Be my hands, Merciful Father
Be my feet, Almighty Saviour
Be my heart, High Tower of Light
Be my mind, Bread of Life
Be my digestive system, Fountain of Living Water
Be my muscles, Stronghold of my Salvation
Be the moist in my bones, God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac
Be the blood in my veins, Lamb of God
Be the rejuvenation in my cells, Star Breather
Be the beauty glow in my skin, Lord my Shepherd
Be my ears, Horn of Salvation
Be my cover, God my Shield
Be me, Yehovah Yireh

New Creation Because of YOU

New Creation Because of You

On Your shoulders I’m larger than the giants of this world
When I’m dancing on Your feet, I move swift like the swallow…
ever ready for turns and change of direction
When my hand is in Yours, I fear nothing
You are my Shield, to cover protect and comfort
When I’m in Your arms, my heart is transformed restored renewed
When You twirl me I am Free
My soul ignited with Your Holy Vibration elevating me closer to You
When You carry me,
I find refuge under the shadow of the Almighty, my view is lifted
When I bring my ear to Your mouth, You reveal Your Kingdom’s secrets
When I allow You to touch my eyes, I see the peculiar treasure of all Your different designs
When You burn my tongue with Your Holy Coal, my words are sprinkled with salt and light
When You circumcise my heart, it enhances into Your secret dwelling place… it beats with Holy Dancing Fire purifying every single chamber, cell, muscle, and neuro-transmitter
When I exchange my hands for Yours, they turn into a life-giving water stream… Aiding those sent to me
When I give You my mind, You renew, restore and redeem
New Creation, am I, abiding in You and You abiding in me.
I want to praise You, love You, worship You with me knees, tongue, heart, soul and spirit!

Written by Deborah

 

I stay small

i stay small

The Lord of hosts is my High Tower and my fortress
On Him I rely and confidently trust
In His peace I find my joy, uplifting and ever awe-filled worship
I stay small

In His love I find my acceptance
The Blood of the Lamb give me the position of Right-standing with God
In Him, the Rock, I find my righteousness
Strong
Secure
Stable

In Him, my shield, I find my protection
Covered
Comforted
Counselled
In Him, the Light, darkness disappear and I am free
I stay small

What can man to do me?
Under His wings, I find refuge
Where no weapon formed against me shall prosper

You, my King, fight for me
Like You did for my brothers in Egypt before their very eyes.
You, my Shepherd, prepare a table for me
You gave up Your life for me
I am Yours and You are mine
I stay small

The God of Jacob, Abraham and Isaac
Miraculous wonders at Your fingertips
Restoration in Your breath
Rejuvenation in Your touch
So invested in me
Your Peculiar Treasure
I stay small

Written by Deborah