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18 January 2021 – 2 Timothy 4:17-18 (NIV)

Scripture

17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection

In the final verses of the epistle of 2 Timothy we read about Paul’s adversity and God’s faithfulness. Based on verse 6 it seems that Paul had good reason to believe his execution was imminent, hence the emphasis of haste on Timothy’s part. This need was intensified when Demas (someone whom Paul invested in) abandoned Paul to embrace the safety, freedom and comfort of Thessalonica. We also read that Alexander (v.14) had done a great deal of harm to Paul by opposing the gospel (and by implication shedding doubt on Paul and what he preached). The extend of this harm was so severe that Paul felt it necessary to warn Timothy. And to top it all off, we read in verse 16, that the current trial Paul was facing (he’s first defence) he had no support, unlike his first imprisonment. This was most likely because being a Christian in Rome at that time was very dangerous.

Based on these verses we can see Paul experienced abandonment, loneliness, opposition to what he dedicated his life to (namely proclaiming the gospel) and facing execution. But despite all this, we see in verses 17 and 18 how Paul speaks of God’s faithfulness and deliverance during his hardships (v.17) and at the same time be reminded of his eternal hope he enjoys in Christ (v.18). Paul concludes this epistle by declaring ‘To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.’ My prayer is that we too, like Paul, will experience amid our hardships and difficulties God’s faithfulness and deliverance and join him in his exultation by declaring ‘To him be glory forever and ever. Amen’.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage
  • How will you respond/apply God’s Word today?
  • Whom will you share with today’s passage or takeaway?

Prayer

Think of another person in your life who needs God to move in their situation. Ask for God to be at work. Approach the Lord of all with boldness today, knowing that he delights in you, and those you love.

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By |January 18th, 2021|Week 3|

15 January 2021 – Mark 1:10-11 (NIV)

Scripture

10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Reflection

Being sinless, Jesus went to John specifically asking to be baptized, as he knew that this was the way for him to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15), in an act of humbling himself as a man and submitting his will to his Father. Immediately after, God affirmed Jesus as His Son. This was a powerful, landmark moment, where every prophecy about the Messiah is fulfilled, including what John claimed about The One, who has now come. But what is more, can you sense the love expressed in the Father’s voice to the Son? Do you know God the Father says the same thing to every person who accept His Son? He has said that to you when you believed in the Lord Jesus. If you’ve forgotten that moment, take some time to think back on that day: “[Your name], you are my son/daughter, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage
  • How will you respond to God’s love for you?

Prayer

Think of another person in your life who needs God to move in their situation. Ask for God to be at work. Approach the Lord of all with boldness today, knowing that he delights in you, and those you love.

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By |January 15th, 2021|Week 2|

14 January 2021 – Mark 1:4-5 (NIV)

Scripture

And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Reflection

his is an impressive account about a whole bunch of people — all the land of Judea, who realized their sinful state and the need for forgiveness. Hence when they heard John say: “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!” (Matt 3:2), they flocked from everywhere to receive this message.

What impressed me was the response of those who ran to confess their sins and be baptized. Before I became a believer, I heard and read many many testimonies of how people came to accept Christ. They moved me to tears each time, and yet, my heart remained like a stone, not seeing that I was a sinner who needed to be forgiven. But the fact is, we have all sinned. Sin is described as a burden; carrying the thought of what we’ve done wrong not only weighs us down but sometimes causes us to stop moving forward – – even for believers. The act of confession brings great rewards beyond healing and forgiveness. As mentioned in yesterday’s devotion, where John baptized with water, Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit. (Mark 1:8). By believing in The One, we no longer have to run to the “wilderness” to receive His gifts. He will meet us where we are.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • Is there anything that you need to confess before God?

Prayer

Today, take a moment, wherever you are, to ASK God to move in your life: Share what’s on your heart, asking God to provide, protect and encourage you.

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By |January 14th, 2021|Week 2|

13 January 2021 – Acts 19:4 (NIV)

Scripture

Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”

Reflection

When Paul visited the disciples in Ephesus and learned that they have been baptized, he re-affirmed to those believers that they should believe in the One who is to come. Paul then baptized these believers again in the name of the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit fell upon those followers (vvs 5-6).

That sounded just like me when I first accepted Christ. Knowing a Savior who could forgive every wrong that I had ever done, I didn’t know about the Holy Spirit, or rather, I didn’t recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in me. Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit as helper to all those who believe in him (John 14:26). Yet, for years after I accepted Christ as a baptized believer, things stopped there. I thought that going to church and occasionally reading the bible would be enough. I lived my life not too differently than people who don’t know Christ, doing things in my understanding and in my way.

Thankfully, God promised to give us the whole package when we accept His Son. Eventually, I was convicted by the Holy Spirit to want to be more like Jesus. I began to recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in me, to know that He is in me and with me to impart wisdom, power, sanctification, and so much more. We receive a new life and identity wholly in the Father, Son, Holy Spirit. “…He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.” (Titus 3:4-6)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What do you know about the Holy Spirit?(Whatever you wish to know, ASK Him!

Prayer

Pray this prayer throughout the day, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)

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By |January 13th, 2021|Week 2|

12 January 2021 – Psalm 29:3-8 (NIV)

Scripture

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is majestic.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
    Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord strikes
    with flashes of lightning.
The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
    the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

Reflection

I am a city girl through and through, having grown up in the midst of tall concrete buildings and more electricity poles than trees. Never having spent much time in the great outdoors, it was an especially thrilling experience when, on a trip to South Africa, I got to enjoy nature on display. There, I watched flashes of lightning crack through the night skies, falling asleep even with the roar of thunder; during the day I enjoyed long drives with occasional sightings of zebra or other animal too quick for my eye to fully capture.

Reading today’s verses bring me back to those brief times I got to spend in nature during my travels to different places. David, who wrote these verses today likens God’s voice with natural forces such as the water, thunderstorm, and fire. His voice is so mighty that it can break the strong cedar tree, and cause the earth to quake. Being a city slicker, I was not someone who associated God’s creative power and majesty with nature. Thankfully, God’s voice still manages to reach me: convincing me of His divinity, convicting me with His love, confirming me as His child, affirming me as His beloved. That’s the power of God’s voice. May we never fail to recognize His voice and be in awe of The One who created all things.

Thoughts for the day

  • Have you “heard” the voice of God? How would you describe God’s voice? Like thunder? Or a whisper?
  • What do you think God wants to tell you?
  • What do you think you can “do” in order to hear God’s voice?

Prayer

Lord we ask you to shield the world from panic and despair as Your Church boldly proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. In this uncertain time, may people find true comfort and peace in their souls as they call upon Your Name.  Amen.

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By |January 12th, 2021|Week 2|

11 January 2021 – Genesis 1:3 (NIV)

Scripture

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Reflection

“Let there be light,” God said. And just like that, the veil lifted as God began the work of creating order from void and darkness. God called light into being first in this new order, and the fact He called it good shows His intention for the world He created. What was this light source?

The apostle John said, “Through him (Jesus) all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” (John 1:3-4)

Jesus himself said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Why is having light good? Because it is a distinct separation from darkness. Having eyes don’t make us “see”. Light makes us SEE, in the natural, physical way and in the inner realm.

When we accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, Jesus came into our lives to bring in the light, and called us, his new creation, good. Now we are no longer in darkness, but have the understanding that we are set apart. Let this knowledge take root; do not doubt that Christ has done a good work in you, and walk as children of light in this new year to realize God’s intention when He created you.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or 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?

Prayer

Father God, search me and show me how I can be more Christ-like:  in my thoughts and attitudes, in my actions, in my speaking, in my relationships.  Thank you.  Amen.

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By |January 11th, 2021|Week 2|