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December 27, 2020 7:00 pm
At seventeen, Dowayne had to leave his family’s home in Manenberg, a part of Cape Town, South Africa, because of his stealing and addiction to heroin. He didn’t go far, building a shack of corrugated metal in his mother’s backyard, which soon became known as the Casino, a place to use drugs. When he was nineteen, however, Dowayne came to saving faith in Jesus. His journey off drugs was long and exhausting, but he got clean with God’s help and with the support of his Christian friends. And ten years after Dowayne built the Casino, he and others turned the hut into a house church. What was once a dark and foreboding place now is a place of worship and prayer.
The leaders of this church look to Jeremiah 33 for how God can bring healing and restoration to people and places, as He’s done with Dowayne and the former Casino. The prophet Jeremiah spoke to God’s people in captivity, saying that although the city would not be spared, yet God would heal His people and would “rebuild them,” cleansing them from their sin (Jeremiah 33:7–8). Then the city would bring Him joy, renown, and honor (v. 9).
When we’re tempted to despair over the sin that brings heartbreak and brokenness, let’s continue to pray that God will bring healing and hope, even as He’s done in a backyard in Manenberg.
Hi and welcome to today's encouragement from the daily by devotional today's reading titled rebuilding the ruins was written by Amy Boucher pie at 17. Dewayne had to leave his family's home in men and Burke a part of Cape Town, South Africa. Because of his stealing and addiction to heroin. He didn't go far. Billing a shock of corrugated metal in his mother's backyard soon became known as the casino a place to use drugs when he was 19. However, Dewayne came to saving faith in Jesus's journey off drugs was long and exhausting but he got clean with God's help and with the support of friends who are believers in Jesus, and 10 years after Dewayne built the casino. He and others turn the hut into a house church.
What was once a dark and foreboding place now is a place of worship and prayer.
The leaders of this church look to Jeremiah 33 for how God can bring healing and restoration to people and places as he's done with Dewayne and the former casino. The prophet Jeremiah spoke to God's people in captivity saying that although the city would not be spared.
Yet God would heal his people and would rebuild them cleansing them from their sin, then the city would bring him joy renown and honor when we are tempted to despair over the sin that brings heartbreak and brokenness continue to pray that God will bring healing and hope even as he's done in the backyard in men and Burke. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Jeremiah chapter 33 verses six through 11. Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it. I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.
I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and I will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me, then this city will bring me renown joy and praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it and they will be in all and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace. I provide for it. This is what the Lord says you say about this place. It is a desolate waste without people or animals get in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted, inhabited by neither people nor animals. There will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness, the voice of the bride and bridegroom in the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying, give thanks to the Lord Almighty. The Lord is good his love endures forever for I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before, says the Lord. Let's pray heavenly father, thank you for The Encouraging Word to Jeremiah that God will bring healing and hope to her land. Everywhere we look we see suffering, fighting, and division among us, and we long for your return, but we are filled with hope because we know you are good in your love endures forever. Continue to work in us that we may share your saving love with others. Thank you father it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries