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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

14 February 2019 – Hebrews 2:9 (NIV)

Scripture

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Reflection

So far we have read and seen how the writer of Hebrews have been successfully advocating for Jesus’ supremacy over everything, including the angles. In this verse we see how Jesus takes it upon himself – purposefully to become lower than the angels (an equal to mankind) so that he can die an excruciating death (on our behalf – for the wages of sin is death Rom. 6:23) in order that we can join him (Jesus) as co-heirs and be crowned with glory and honour. And all this was made possible by God’s amazing and sweet grace. What a great example Jesus sets for us to become humble or lower that a status we currently hold for the benefit of others (Con)

Thoughts for the day

  • Do you struggle with pride in your life?
  • How can you use Jesus’ example of humility to make him the center of your life?
  • 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

Look around and pray. It’s easy to forget to pay attention when making the same journey every day. Use your travel time to look around and pray for what you see. Pray for the buildings you pass; the people you see, your fellow travelers. Invite God’s presence to show you your commute through His eyes.

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By |2019-02-12T12:39:58+08:00February 14th, 2019|Week 2|0 Comments

13 February 2019 – Hebrews 2:4 (NIV)

Scripture

God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

Reflection

Chapter 2 continues with the same theme as in chapter 1 – namely the supremacy of Christ. This connection is detectable by the word ‘therefore’ in verse 1. The author uses this word to further apply the truth or doctrine as discussed in chapter 1 by way of exhortation and argument. The goal for this exhortation and argument is to validate the gospel and the message of salvation as we see in today’s verse. This validation should be an encouragement as well as an assurance to us today, knowing that what we profess and belief has in fact God’s hand in it and it’s not something new or man made (Con)

Thoughts for the day

  • Where do you draw your encouragement and assurance from when things get tough?
  • 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

Pray for somewhere in the world that needs God’s attention. Flick to a news app or website, and pick a news story to pray for.

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By |2019-02-11T12:15:48+08:00February 13th, 2019|Week 2|0 Comments

12 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:14 (NIV)

Scripture

14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Reflection

Yesterday we read how the author of Hebrews argued for the supremacy of Christ above everything else including the angles. In today’s verse the author brings this claim to a close, by drawing a comparison between Jesus’ status versus the angles’ nature and their role. We read in the preceding verse (v.13) Jesus’s status and in verse 14 we read the ministerial role of the angels. The writer of Hebrews isn’t disclaiming the importance of the law, prophets or the role of angels, rather he is asserting they all played a part in God’s message, but Jesus is now the Good News. He is the one who saves. He is the one who should be first in our lives. The rest is all secondary (Con)

Thoughts for the day

  • 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

Pray for courage; pray for opportunities to be courageously generous, loving and gracious to those around you today.

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By |2019-02-10T19:57:55+08:00February 12th, 2019|Week 2|0 Comments

11 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:6 (NIV)

Scripture

And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

Reflection

In the first couple of verses of chapter 1 the author of Hebrews has proved that the gospel supersedes the law and that Jesus Christ is above the prophets. He then continues by addressing an obvious objection that some of the Jewish zealots would make by asserting the law was not delivered by men, but ordained by angels (Gal. 3:19), since the scripture has always represented the angels as the most excellent of all creatures including man. But in the wake of this fact, the author continues to state in verses 5-14, that Jesus Christ is even loftier that the angels and that even the angles will worship him. Through this description, the author is expressing and proving that Christ is not only superior to the angels but he is also challenging what or whom the listeners place at the center of their lives (Con)

Thoughts for the day

  • What or who do you place at the center of your life?
  • 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

Pray for revelation: ask God to show you something of His character, presence or beauty where you are now.

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By |2019-02-11T07:40:34+08:00February 11th, 2019|Week 2|0 Comments

08 February 2019 – Colossians 1:17 (NIV)

Scripture

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Reflection

Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne was a particle physicist, and Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University. He had always been active in his Christian faith but when he reached his mid-forties he decided that he’d “done [his] bit for physics”, resigned from his university position, and began a second career in the Church. After a number of years as a parish priest he returned to the academic world and made a significant contribution to the field of science and religion. Polkinghorne describes the universe as a “multi-layered reality”, but what ties those layers together? Polkinghorne’s answer is that they reflect different aspects of God’s character: his rational mind, his joy in creation and his goodness. “You could say that the universe is a world shot through with signs of mind and, as a theist I think that it is indeed the mind of God that is revealed to us in this way.” Some physicists have searched for a ‘Grand Unified Theory’, or ‘Theory of Everything’. Polkinghorne says that “I actually believe that the grandest Unified Theory, the true Theory of Everything, is provided by belief in God.” (Ps. Dale)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • 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 focus; fix your eyes back to Jesus and acknowledge Him at the center of everything.

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By |2019-02-01T12:44:53+08:00February 8th, 2019|Week 1|0 Comments

07 February 2019 – 1 Thessalonians 2:19 (NIV)

Scripture

19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?

Reflection

Paul looks forward to the presence of the Lord Jesus which will be uncovered when he comes. Jesus is presently reigning as Lord at God’s right hand, sharing God’s throne. (Revelation 3:21) The power and the glory of Jesus will be revealed to everyone at that time. Yet, as awesome as that day will be, and taking nothing away from the glory of Jesus, Paul is thinking here of the incredible experience of being able to share that day with his friends. We wear the friendships we have in Christ, as crowns of joy. What a Jesus we have in our friends! (Ps. Dale)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • 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

Bring to mind some of the qualities of God that you know to be true, then spend time giving thanks to God for who He is.

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By |2019-02-01T12:43:19+08:00February 7th, 2019|Week 1|0 Comments

06 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)

Scripture

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Reflection

In this context the word, “glory” refers to God’s glory. It is unique to God alone and Jesus has it because he is the source of this glory and the light which radiates from him. . . . As the stamp of an image on a coin distinguishes the government behind the coin so Jesus has the distinguishing mark of divinity. . . . The seat at the “right hand” is a seat of honor, in fact, of highest honor. (Psalm 110:1) Finally, in the words of the children’s song we gain this last perspective change, “He’s got the whole world, in his hands, He’s got the whole world, in his hands, He’s got the little bitty babies, in his hands, He’s got you and me friend, in his hands, He’s got the whole world in his hands” (Ps. Dale)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • 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

Read the Bible verse above a few times, slowly, and note any words or phrases that jump out to you. Pray for wisdom and revelation as you take time in God’s presence.

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By |2019-02-01T12:41:41+08:00February 6th, 2019|Week 1|0 Comments

05 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:2 (NIV)

Scripture

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Reflection

“In these last days” it may seem awkward to say it this way but from the perspective of the New Testament, from the time of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus we have been living in the “last days”. God, the Father would refer to Jesus as his son when he was baptized, “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased. Luke 3:22 and on the mountain when Jesus was seen by his friends in all of his glory. (Luke 9:35) What Jesus has made he also inherits as the Son. What he has received he also freely gives. (Hebrews 2:9-11) Those who love him can do no less. (Matthew 10:8) (Ps. Dale)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • 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

Grab a piece of paper and write down the different parts of your life where you want to rely on God more. Perhaps your work, time, money or relationships. Then pray through e ach one and invite God to be present.

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By |2019-02-01T12:40:06+08:00February 5th, 2019|Week 1|0 Comments

04 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:1 (NIV)

Scripture

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,

Reflection

As author Donald Guthrie has pointed out, the entire letter makes one large assumption, “God speaks”! God has communicated, he has revealed himself and is doing so today. In the past God spoke in a variety of ways; through dreams (Who can forget Pharaoh’s dream in Genesis 41), Visions (Ezekiel’s vision of a valley of dry bones coming to life in Ezekiel 37) and illustrations (Jeremiah’s visit to the Potter’s House in Jeremiah 18) and mostly through prophets. Individuals allowed God to speak through them what he would say to his people and to us who are living today. Yet God’s greatest revelation had not come; even so come Lord Jesus (Ps. Dale)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through these passages?
  • 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

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day, as if nothing had yet been done” – C S Lewis Today, take time to stop, pause and rely on God again.

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By |2019-02-01T12:38:03+08:00February 4th, 2019|Week 1|0 Comments