Monthly Archives: February 2019

28 February 2019 – Hebrews 10:34 (NIV)

Scripture

34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

Reflection

“Joyfully”? I remember the feeling of frustration and powerlessness the first time I had things stolen from me (yes, it happened more than once!). I recently mentioned to a friend (half joking half serious) that it helped me to be less attached to material things (but no, definitely no feeling of joy!).

Gaining perspective in the midst of suffering and persecution was possible to those for whom this verse was addressed to because they knew they had “better and lasting possessions.” Knowing that Jesus is with us in our suffering and that He will return one day to put an end to all pain leads us to persevere in our faith.

Romans 5:3-5

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us (Su).

Thoughts for the day

  • When you experience suffering or persecution, how do you deal with it?
  • DO you agree with the author of Hebrews and his statement in verse 34?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. Be still and allow the presence of Jesus to bring you rest right now.

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By |2019-02-26T12:32:45+08:00February 28th, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

27 February 2019 – Hebrews 10:11-13 (NIV)

Scripture

11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.

Reflection

Once and for all.

The original audience of the book of Hebrews was Jewish Christians who due to persecution and not wittnessing Christ’s return in their lifetime, caused them to wonder if they had made the right choice to follow Christ and if they should perhaps consider returning to Judaism.

Due to the target audience’s culture and religious background, we see the author time and again compare how things were in the Old Covenant with how much greater things are now in the New Covenent – now that they are in Christ. To go back to Judaism would imply that what Jesus did on the cross was not enough to forgive their sins.

Anything else that says we need to do something else or more to be saved is taking away from what Jesus did on the Cross. When we believe in Christ, he makes us completely right with God. Obedience and service to Him comes out of a loving relationship with the Father, and that pleases Him, but we can’t be saved by any other means or good deeds.

Remember Christ paid it once and for all (Su).

Thoughts for the day

  • How often do you feel you need to do more or something else to fully receive Jesus’ forgiveness?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Pray for those who are spiritually lost that they may surrender to the lordship of Jesus Christ and receive salvation in His name.

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By |2019-02-25T12:42:09+08:00February 27th, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

26 February 2019 – Hebrews 9:28 (NIV)

Scripture

28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Reflection

Do you live your life with a sense of expectation of Jesus’ second coming?

I once heard someone saying he used to pray with his grandma when he was little and he would often hear her praying: “Come Jesus, come… we are waiting for you to come back!” so he would be on the other side of the bed praying: “Please don’t come yet! I’m not ready!”.

We can easily be sidetracked by the life we are living now; thinking all that we have is in the now. I’m not saying we are supposed to stop doing what we do daily: wake up, work, wash clothes, take care of the children, etc… but I believe the way we are currenlty living our lives can’t compare to what it will look like when Jesus comes again.

Are we living our lives getting ready for His second coming? How can we live our lives today with the awareness of the eternal impact it will have in the future (Su).

 

Thoughts for the day

  • If Jesus would come today, will you be received with open arms?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Pray for the people of China.

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By |2019-02-25T10:32:16+08:00February 26th, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

25 February 2019 – Hebrews 9:24 (NIV)

Scripture

24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.

Reflection

The ultimate sacrifice. Eternal Redemption.

Yet we sometimes live our lives feeling like we should pay it again, that for some reason His Blood was not enough. When we struggle with shame, condemnation or a sense of failure our sin moves us away from God instead of closer to Him. The author of Hebrews provides us with a comparison between a pre-atonment life and a post-atonement life. Through Jesus’ death on the cross he atoned (paid the cost) for our sins and now through His blood we don’t have to sacrifice an offering eveytime we sin. Jesus blood paid for ALL of our sins. We don’t have to walk in condemnation or guilt anymore. Repent, ask for forgiveness and walk in the freedom that Christ bought for you and next time when you sing this song remember you are free.

 

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow (Su).

 

Thoughts for the day

  • Do you believe Jesus paid the full price for your sins?
  • Do you believe there’s certain sins that is unforgivable?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Look around you right now at the people who are sitting near you or standing and pray for them.

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By |2019-02-23T20:48:49+08:00February 25th, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

22 February 2019 – Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

Scripture

16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Reflection

Jesus has done it all for us. I hope it is as comforting a sentence to read as it was to type out. Jesus has done it all for us. He descended into Earth, lived a sinless life, crucified on the cross for our sins, defeated death by rising from the grave on the third day…and then to top it all off with a cherry, rose up to heaven to rule over all life and death! It is with this in mind, that we can approach God’s throne with confidence. Jesus experienced all the pain, suffering and humility that this world offers so that we might experience all the glory, love and exhilaration that He now experiences in the freedom of this victory. There is more than enough mercy and grace to help you in your time of need (Josh).

Thoughts for the day

  • Do you feel you have to do certain things before you can approach God?
  • Do you live, act and speak like a free person?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Pray for the leaders of the nations of the world. Pray for the leader of your home country by name.

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By |2019-02-15T11:19:10+08:00February 22nd, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

21 February 2019 – Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

Scripture

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Reflection

“For the word of God is alive and active.” I’m terrible at remembering scripture passages by heart. After lots of practice, a few finally have stuck. Praise God! And you know what? It seems that over and over when I come across a hard situation or when someone is asking advice from me, those few scripture passages I have written on my heart resurface to help me to bring new light to the situation or a fresh perspective to the person asking advice! It has encouraged me to memorize the word even more. It is a tangible reminder that He is indeed a living and active God (Josh).

Thoughts for the day

  • How often do you read God’s Word?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Ask God to deliver you from your troubles to protect you from the evil one and deliver you from temptation.

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By |2019-02-15T11:10:30+08:00February 21st, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

20 February 2019 – Hebrews 4:9 (NIV)

Scripture

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;

Reflection

How is it that even in the obviously good things God has for us, we still find a way to fumble it? God in His amazing and infinite mercy, upon the creation of the world, programmed it for us all to do nothing for one day. Just rest, that’s it, nothing else. That is an awesome thing right? And yet Sin in its deceitfulness ‘helps’ us find a way to mess it up still. Rest is good, not only is it a command, but it is grace. Our Creator knows us better than anyone and desires our spiritual and physical health more than anyone. Isnt it wonderful that for us to experience all that He has intended for us, we need to learn how to pause, be still and rest? (Josh)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, man and Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

As you travel on your daily journey, take a few minutes to pray through your day before it starts: any tricky classes, meetings or people you’ll encounter in your day. Then after your day is done, take time to give everything back to God again as you travel home.

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By |2019-02-15T11:07:16+08:00February 20th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

19 February 2019 – Hebrews 3:12-13 (NIV)

Scripture

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Reflection

Verse 12 warns us of a sinful and unbelieving heart. Those symptoms ultimately lead us away from a relationship with the living God. That is why it is so important for us to encourage others; make it a routine habit in our lives, daily even. As a community of believers, verse 13 reminds us that our words used in this manner helps our friends and families to ward of sin and deceitfulness. It’s often these small and simple acts that help a friend along the way. We should take notice and do so (Josh).

Thoughts for the day

  • Do you surround yourself with a community of believers?
  • Do you believe and live as though He loves you very much?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Take time to praise today. If you’ve got a phone and headphones, carve out time today to listen to worship music, or a song that helps you to connect with God. Start and end your regular routine with praise (remember, you don’t have to sing out loud!).

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By |2019-02-15T11:03:26+08:00February 19th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

18 February 2019 – Hebrews 3:5-6 (NIV)

Scripture

“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

Reflection

Wow. What an amazing claim that we have as His children! How is it then that we don’t live more boldly as children of God? My encouragement to you today is this: know how closely the Heavenly Father holds you in esteem and relation, know His plans for you are greater than even you can imagine, live your life in the glory of confidence and hope! (Josh)

Thoughts for the day

  • How do you view your heavenly Father?
  • Do you believe and live as though He loves you very much?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Use a specific part of your daily commute as a prayer prompt. Perhaps you pass the same landmark or station every day; or maybe your journey involves a few different types of transport. Build a connection, so that when you reach a certain part of your journey, you’re prompted to pray for a certain situation or people.

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By |2019-02-15T10:54:49+08:00February 18th, 2019|Week 3|0 Comments

15 February 2019 – Hebrews 2:17-18 (NIV)

Scripture

17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Reflection

In the closing verses of chapter 2 we gain an insight into Jesus’ true nature and role for humankind. In the Old Testament we read only the high priest was able to access the holies of holies and this was done only once a year (on the day of atonement). The high priest acted as a representative or mediator for Israel to make amends for their sins. But in the New Testament Jesus has assumed the responsibility of our high priest (because he is sinless) by taking on himself all of our iniquities and sins, and through the death on the cross and his resurrection, became our representative and mediator. Through this act we can now have access (not only once a year) but on a daily basis to God’s throne (Con)

Thoughts for the day

  • Knowing the high price that has been paid for you to have access to God’s throne room, how often do you spend time with God?
  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you can share this message with?

Prayer

Flick on a news site on your phone or computer and pray for a situation that is evolving today and the people involved.

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By |2019-02-12T12:45:41+08:00February 15th, 2019|Week 2|0 Comments