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Devotional2018-09-28T23:40:26+08:00

17 July 2019 – Acts 3:6-8 (NIV)

Scripture

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

Reflection

“Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles”. (Acts 2:43) The healing of the man who was lame from birth was one of those wonders. Peter looked straight at him and said, “Jesus cures you” and healing power flowed through the man lifting him to his feet, dancing and praising God. The healing sparked both the preaching of the gospel and persecution for preaching in Jesus name. I liked Greg Wiley’s observation, “Jesus would have passed this lame man many times but did not heal him. It was like he was leaving this work to be done by Peter and John.” What “work” and what person has Jesus left for you?

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • 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 think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

The Bible is where we can turn when we don’t know how to pray. Take a moment to be still and reflect on God’s word. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105.

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By |July 17th, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

16 July 2019 – Acts 2:36 (NIV)

Scripture

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

Reflection

Peter is speaking immediately after the disciples had experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit as Jesus had promised. The whole encounter (Acts 2:1-4) was evidence again that Jesus was a trustworthy witness, i.e. what he said would happen, happened! Also, it was the fulfillment of a much larger prophecy which also establishes the true identity of Jesus. (Joel 2:32; c.f. Psalm 110:1) And YOU crucified him! It is the mercy of God which allows to come back to something we missed, an encounter with Jesus where we were too busy, to preoccupied with other things or we rejected him. This time . . . open the door!!

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • 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 think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

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 |July 16th, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

15 July 2019 – Acts 1:10-11 (NIV)

Scripture

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Reflection

We often speak of the crucifixion and resurrection as a pair but it is more of a trinity we are thinking of – the crucifixion, the resurrection and the ascension. When Jesus ascended to his Father it was his coronation, (Daniel 7:14), it assured us that the bridge between God and us is secure and it was the necessary event which led to the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us the power to be witnesses of Jesus, to be the light in dark places and to serve in his name.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • 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 think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

When challenges come we can so easily forget where our identity comes from. Today take time to pause and be reminded of God’s love for you.

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By |July 15th, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

12 July 2019 – 2 Timothy 2:12 (NIV)

Scripture

12 if we endure,
    we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
    he will also disown us;

Reflection

Verse 12 forms part of a more significant quotation (vv. 11-13) used by Paul that is part of a baptismal ceremony. The quote sets forth four concepts; the first two concepts are positive (vv. 11a and 12a). Verse 11a expresses the idea of baptism and not martyrdom for Christ. Verse 12a represents the believer’s identification with Christ by drawing a contrast between suffering and glorification. The last two concepts are negative (12b and 13a). Verse 12b talks about people who ultimately reject Jesus. Instead of identifying them with Christ (as the rite of baptism) they dissociate themselves with Christ. Verse 13a speaks specifically about believers and Christ’ ultimate love and faithfulness towards us.

Let these words encourage us to endure in our faith, let us continue to identify ourselves with Christ, and take heart when we sometimes lack in faith, because Christ will always remain faithful to us. Let us not use this great news as an excuse but instead let it spur us on to become more like Him.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • 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 think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Short prayers for the day, “Jesus; let me see you”, “God, I belong to you”, “Holy Spirit, come”.

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By |July 12th, 2019|Categories: Week 2|

11 July 2019 – John 10:3 (NIV)

Scripture

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

Reflection

This narrative in John 10 describes a morning shepherding scene. During Jesus’ time, several flocks (from different shepherds) stayed in one sheep pen (a walled enclosure with one gate). At night the enclosure is guarded by a doorkeeper to prevent thieves and animals of prey from entering. In the morning the doorkeeper will open the gate for the shepherd who enters the enclosure and calls his sheep by name (out from the other flocks). As his sheep hear the sound of their owner’s familiar voice, they follow him out to the fields.

Similar, as Christians, we should be able to hear and recognize Jesus’ voice out from other distractions, opinions etc. and follow Jesus wherever he leads us.

Thoughts for the day

  • When Jesus calls you by name, do you recognize His voice?
  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • 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 think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

PRAY FOR GOD’S KINGDOM TO COME The simplest prayer can be the most powerful: “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be done, On earth as in heaven.

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By |July 11th, 2019|Categories: Week 2|

10 July 2019 – 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV)

Scripture

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Reflection

In verse 6, Peter talks about ‘all kinds of trials’ referring to the persecution of one’s faith rather than life’s everyday problems. Peter continues to state the results of these kinds of trials (1) refine or purify one’s faith – much more than pure gold that lasts for a long time and (2) prove/test the reality or genuineness of one’s faith. Peter is deliberately comparing faith with gold by arguing faith is more precious, of greater worth, than (refined) gold. Although gold lasts for a long time, and highly valuable, it eventually perishes. But faith is eternal, and it is much more valuable since it secures one’s eternal inheritance. It is for this reason that when all kinds of trials come our way, we should gladly rejoice in it for the rewards are eternal in value.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • 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 think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray the promises of God. Remind yourself of God’s character and power by finding a promise from God that speaks to you. Reflect and pray on it today.

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By |July 10th, 2019|Categories: Week 2|