Week 4

25 January 2019 – Habakkuk 2:20 (NIV)

Scripture

20 The Lord is in his holy temple;
    let all the earth be silent before him

Reflection

Awe. Reverence. Who could make all the earth be silent before His Majesty and Holiness?

In Habakkuk chapter 2 we read about the Lord’s reply as He compares Himself with idols created by human hands. If kings and queens of countries with monarchic systems are greeted with reverence and jubilation, how much more should we revere the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords?

Through the blood of Jesus on the Christ we gained access to the Father. Yet, we shall not forget who He is. Godly fear is a quality of reverence and respect of God that truly reminds us of why our hands are raised high when we worship. This can only come through faith.

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty” (Su).

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

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you create a space in your calendar and a place in your life for prayer. Where?

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By |2019-01-19T06:41:50+08:00January 25th, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

24 January 2019 – Acts 13:41 (NIV)

Scripture

41 “‘Look, you scoffers,
    wonder and perish,
for I am going to do something in your days
    that you would never believe,
    even if someone told you.’”

Reflection

After the usual reading of the Torah and the prophets, Paul and Barnabas were given an opportunity to address those who came to the synagogue in Antioch of Pisidia. As they retold the story of Israel from the Old Testament they also shared about Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the prophesies that they so often heard about, and how those who believed in Him were declared right with God, something that the Law of Moses could never do (Acts 13:39). After speaking they would warn those who were listening to not fall in unbelief but to continue to believe in Jesus Christ the Messiah.

Is there anyone close to you who have heard about the Good News but is still walking in unbelief? What do you sense God wants you to do and at the same time say a pray for them today (Su).

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 the leaders of SCF; Elders, Ministry leaders, Staff, Community Group Leaders and all those who serve.

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By |2019-01-19T06:36:25+08:00January 24th, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

23 January 2019 – Hebrews 10:37-38 (NIV)

Scripture

37 For,

“In just a little while,
    he who is coming will come
    and will not delay.”

38 And,

“But my righteous one will live by faith.
    And I take no pleasure
    in the one who shrinks back.”

Reflection

Repetition is a well-known educational tool. Not only does it help us remember facts but from a hermeneutical point (the study of the Bible), repetition is a method authors use to stress the importance of a truth or fact. In the last couple of days we’ve seen Habakkuk 2:4 being quoted in 3 different New Testament passages – “The righteous will live by faith”. It is safe to say that this quote is important and we should remember it.

The letter of Hebrews is directed to Christians who had suffered for the Gospel. It reminds me of that second wind you get when you feel tired, when you don’t have the strength to keep going, but knowing the truth help powers you through to reach the goal.

Have you been tired and or weary lately? Wondering if it is all worth it? Don’t despair. Hope in the One who is coming and who will not delay. Live by faith. Don’t shrink back. Power through and keep going (Su).

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

Follow the ACTS acronym in prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (Asking).

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By |2019-01-19T06:43:12+08:00January 23rd, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

22 January 2019 – Galatians 3:11 (NIV)

Scripture

11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”

Reflection

Today’s verse not only helps us to take the weight off our shoulders by ‘trying’ to be perfect but it also serves as an immense assurance and hope for humanity. No amount of effort or work on our part will ever render us right before God. We eventually mess up, we sin and we miss the mark.

This verse serves as a reality check that there’s nothing we can do by ourselves to earn God’s favour. Even the self-righteous can not save themselves. However, faith is required to live a righteous life as stated in Galatians 3 “The righteous will live by faith”.

Take some time today and let God search your heart. Have you been relying on the law to be justified before God or perhaps you have employed the same lenses to judge others? Turn to Jesus; his yoke is easy and light. Have that weight taken off of your shoulders (Su).

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

Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.

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By |2019-01-19T06:07:08+08:00January 22nd, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

21 January 2019 – Romans 1:17 (NIV)

Scripture

17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Reflection

Have you ever found yourself wrestling with difficult questions? Have you ever thought about bringing them to God? Habakkuk was a man that looked for answers to very difficult questions. Questions that arose as he observed the world around him; the same questions we might be asking today as well namely;

“Why do you make me look at injustice?

Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?

Destruction and violence are before me;

there is strife, and conflict abounds” (Habakkuk 1:3).

In his book we read about the prophet’s questions and God’s answers. One of the revelations Habakkuk received during his encounter with God is  similarly to what Paul echoes in Romans 1: “The righteous will live by faith.” The Gospel reveals to us how righteous God is and how we are made righteous through Jesus Christ – a message that’s full of hope.

By faith, as we trust God, we are saved; we have life both now and forever more (Su).

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

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 |2019-01-19T05:44:42+08:00January 21st, 2019|Week 4|0 Comments

28 December 2018 – Psalm 80:1-7 (NIV)

Scripture

Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
    you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,
    shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
Awaken your might;
    come and save us.

Restore us, O God;
    make your face shine on us,
    that we may be saved.

How long, Lord God Almighty,
    will your anger smolder
    against the prayers of your people?
You have fed them with the bread of tears;
    you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.
You have made us an object of derision to our neighbors,
    and our enemies mock us.

Restore us, God Almighty;
    make your face shine on us,
    that we may be saved.

Reflection

This prayer has been answered and the Lord God Almighty has sent a shepherd. Jesus has come, that great Shepherd of the sheep. He will lead us in green pastures and beside still waters, he will restore our soul and in paths of righteousness. The one who has walked through the valley of the shadow of death and has passed to the other side, invites us to follow him; he knows the way.

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
(Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about Jesus and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • Who can you share this passage with?

Prayer

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you create a space in your calendar and a place in your life for prayer. Where?

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By |2018-12-23T23:08:31+08:00December 28th, 2018|Week 4|0 Comments

27 December 2018 – Hebrews 10:5-7 (NIV)

Scripture

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
    but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you were not pleased.
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
    I have come to do your will, my God.’”

Reflection

For many years’ offerings were made and religious rituals, which included the sacrificed of animals, were carried forward in order to make up for the things we did not do or should have done. As one friend pointed out, Jesus didn’t come however to “point out” the sins of the world, he came to take them away, which he did. “I have come to do your will, my God”  (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about Jesus and people?
  • Do you live in the freedom Jesus bought for you?
  • Who can you share this passage with?

Prayer

Pray for the leaders of SCF; Elders, Ministry leaders, Staff, Community Group Leaders and all those who serve.

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By |2018-12-23T22:59:35+08:00December 27th, 2018|Week 4|0 Comments

26 December 2018 – Micah 5:2 (NIV)

Scripture

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

Reflection

I have been to modern day Bethlehem and it is still a small town; an ornate and large church sits on top of the cave where Jesus was born. According to historian Dr. Lamont Luker, Joseph was from Bethlehem but living far north in the small town of Nazareth. In order to meet the requirements of a recent call for a government census, Joseph brought his pregnant wife Mary to his parent’s home in Bethlehem. Many family members had come “back home” for the same reason so the small, typical 2-bedroom house was overcrowded. Mary, about to give birth and needing privacy moved into the cave which housed the animals and there the Son of God was born. Thus, a large prophecy was fulfilled in a small place  (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about Jesus and people?
  • In what way did the birth of Jesus impact your life?
  • Who can you share this passage with?

Prayer

Follow the ACTS acronym in prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication (Asking).

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By |2018-12-23T22:54:21+08:00December 26th, 2018|Week 4|0 Comments

25 December 2018 – Luke 1:46-55 (NIV) – Merry Christmas

Scripture

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

Reflection

Mary’s “song” is filled with references to the legacy of her people. You will find a reference to a similar song by another woman named Hannah when she found out that she was pregnant (1 Samuel 2:1-10), a reference to Psalm 103:17 which reminds us of God’s faithfulness even we are overcome with our own frailty, principle that God exalts the humble and lowers the proud (Proverbs 3:34, Isaiah 2:11-12) and that God keeps his promises to Israel made in an eternal covenant. (Deuteronomy 7:7-8). In the end Mary doesn’t make this about her as much as she does about her people, her community. Look at what the Lord has done for us! (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about Jesus and people?
  • How can you apply Mary’s song to your community?
  • Who can you share this passage with?

Prayer

Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.

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By |2018-12-23T23:09:50+08:00December 25th, 2018|Week 4|0 Comments

24 December 2018 – Luke 1:39-45 (NIV)

Scripture

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Reflection

This small passage is “pregnant” with meaning (pun intended!) It is the gospel writer Luke who will tell us the most about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Early in the story of Jesus which will be carried forward by these women and others like them; we see the Holy Spirit introduced when he fills Elizabeth and when the baby John leaps within her womb. Many years later Jesus will fill others up with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) and a certain lame man would go leaping at the sound of that name, Jesus (Acts 3:8) Oh that the name of Jesus would still set our feet to dancing even today! (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about Jesus and people?
  • How is the Holy Spirit active in your daily life?
  • Who can you share this passage 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 |2018-12-23T22:43:09+08:00December 24th, 2018|Week 4|0 Comments