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

25 March 2019 – Isaiah 55:6 (NIV)

Scripture

Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.

Reflection

In the core of this season of Lent, an intentional time of self-examination and reflection, a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter, is the active posture of seeking the Lord. The verses that precede verse 6 are an invitation to come ready to listen to Him, with the assurance that we will find life (v.3).

But what does it mean when it says “while he may be found”? Is He hiding from us?

We get a hint in verse 7 as it goes on by telling the wicked to change their ways and to turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. So, it’s more like a warning, an urgent call to turn back to Him, before wondering too far.

Have you ever done something that, at first, you used to feel uncomfortable, convicted that it was just not right by God’s standards, but then, as that pattern re-occurs over and over again, you felt less convicted, less bothered… unmoved, and experienced a hardened heart?

Take time to let Him remind you of what pleases Him.

Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. (Isaiah 55:7 NLT) (Su).

Thoughts for the day

  • Is there an area in your life that you need to repent before your heart becomes too hardened?
  • What does this passage tell you about God and 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

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 |March 25th, 2019|Categories: Week 4|

22 March 2019 – Luke 9:28-29 (NIV)

Scripture

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning

Reflection

What blows me away in this passage is that Peter (along with James and John) witnessed the amazing miracle of Jairus’ daughter being brought back to life and then now witnessing the transfiguration Jesus would eventually deny Jesus? Peter had witnessed all of Jesus’ ministry and yet in a desperate and stressful moment lied and then denied being one of Jesus’ disciples. I would like to think that I would be better in that moment than Peter, but honestly speaking, I don’t know! This is a good reminder for us that even the best fall and we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. We need the forgiveness of sins and the blood of Jesus to wash us clean and stand firm (Joshua).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and 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 focus; fix your eyes back to Jesus and acknowledge Him at the center of everything.

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By |March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

21 March 2019 – Luke 13:34-35 (NIV)

Scripture

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”

Reflection

How heartbroken Jesus must have been to see his beloved Holy City turn into something exactly opposite of its glorious intention? God longed for Jerusalem and Israel to rest under the shadow of His wings, but they were not willing. Instead, it had become a place notorious for killing and stoning the prophets God had sent to them! But God is so good. We know that He is patiently waiting for His people to come back. Oh, he’ll let Jerusalem learn a lesson or two that’s for sure, but God is still waiting for Israel’s return to Him. And when they do, His arms will be wide open (Joshua).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
  • Do you feel there is an area in your life where even God’s open arms aren’t enough anymore?
  • 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 revelation: ask God to show you something of His character, presence or beauty where you are now.

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By |March 21st, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

20 March 2019 – Luke 13:31-33 (NIV)

Scripture

31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.” 32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

Reflection

Have you ever had unsolicited “advice” from people that you didn’t quite trust? Someone who had clearly made it known to you in earlier encounters that they did not like you, wanted you to be around or had ulterior agendas? And then sometime later, they came and tried to give you “friendly” advice? Jesus has a name for those people…Fox. Though Jesus is only addressing Herod as a fox in this passage, let it be known there were more than one in that den! The Pharisee’s came to Jesus as a “friend” to tell him of the possible (likely) scheme of Herod wanting to kill Jesus. They clearly had their own motives as well and as we know they too had blood on their hands. Jesus though, saw right through it. He had a mission and was set out to complete it. (Joshua).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and 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 courage; pray for opportunities to be courageously generous, loving and gracious to those around you today.

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By |March 20th, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

19 March 2019 – Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

Scripture

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?

Reflection

It doesn’t matter who you are or how well put together you may be, sooner or later life catches up to you. And along with life comes difficulties, unexpected hardships and sometimes even enemies. Its easy to read this passage and declare it when you are in a good place, but the real test of faith is can you say this while being oppressed, persecuted, abandoned even? Thankfully, these are truths about God no matter the circumstance. All we have to do is believe and he will shine His light and salvation into our fearful hearts. All we have to do is trust and He will be a stronghold for you EVEN when you are afraid. I love how He works; we just have to believe, He does all the work! (Joshua).

Thoughts for the day

  • Are you going through hardships or difficulties and need to trust God to be your light and stronghold?
  • 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 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 |March 19th, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

18 March 2019 – Genesis 15:1 (NIV)

Scripture

After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.
    I am your shield,
    your very great reward.”

Reflection

In the preceding chapter we read how Abram found himself overpowering four kings. Chapter 15 starts where God puts Abram’s anxieties to rest, by telling him not to fear. Scholars assert this consolation on God’s part refers back to the possible retaliation the four kings might exert on Abram. Through making such a statement God is 1) telling Abram not to fear for He will take care of him and 2) God knows Abram so well that He even knows his fears.

This is great reminder to us today that God knows us very well. He even knows our fears, but He’s calling us to surrender our fears to Him who is our shield and great reward (Joshua).

Thoughts for the day

  • What do you fear currently and are you willing to surrender your fear/s to God?
  • 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

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 |March 18th, 2019|Categories: Week 3|