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

8 November 2019 – Acts 8:35 (NIV)

Scripture

35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

Reflection

This passage forms part of the Ethiopian eunuch’s conversion (31-35). The quotation from Isaiah 53:7–8 was perplexing to the eunuch. Welcoming the opportunity to have Philip explain the passage, he invited the evangelist into his chariot. The Ethiopian knew the passage described an individual but was it Isaiah or someone else? Philip seized the opportunity to present the good news about Jesus from Isaiah 53 to the man who then accepted Jesus as his Saviour.

Similarly, like the eunuch, we might know people who have heard about Jesus but they don’t really know much about him. Perhaps like Phillip, you have been placed at a time such as this to explain to them who Jesus.

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 |November 8th, 2019|Categories: Week 1|

7 November 2019 – Romans 10:14-15 (NIV)

Scripture

14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Reflection

In verse 13 we read Paul says “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. “But then in verse 14 and 15 Paul unpacks the logic behind the act to call on the name of the Lord.  He concludes in verse 15 with unless someone is sent, people will not be able to call on the name of the Lord.

The word ‘preach’ in Greek means ‘to be a herald, to announce’. Thus, it’s not limited only to proclamation from a pulpit but it includes you and me also.

So, be encouraged, take the wonderful gift of salvation and tell it to those around you. Be apart in God’s plan to redeem mankind.

Thoughts for the day

  • Who is God’s placing on your heart to share the gospel with?
  • 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

Give God your praise. Give God your praise for the good things you are experiencing and practice gratitude for everything God’s given you at this present moment.

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By |November 7th, 2019|Categories: Week 1|

6 November 2019 – 2 Corinthians 2:12 (NIV)

Scripture

12 Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me,

Reflection

In order to understand verse 12, one has to keep verse 13 in mind as well as the surrounding circumstances and background. Paul had planned to meet up with Titus at Troas to be apprised of the Corinthian situation and to preach the gospel. But Titus did not show up and in addition to his apprehension about the church in Corinth, Paul was also concerned about Titus’ safety. For all Paul knew Titus might have been carrying with him a portion of the proposed Corinthian collection (2 Cor. 8:6) and fallen prey to bandits. As a result, Paul had no peace of mind and decided to say farewell to Troas and head to Macedonia. The door still remained open for Paul in Troas and on his return (Acts 20:5-11) where God used him mightily in their midst.

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

Wherever you are, take time to acknowledge God and trust in Him again. Give God your worries. Take a moment to give each thing you are worrying about back to God.

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By |November 6th, 2019|Categories: Week 1|

5 November 2019 – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4(NIV)

Scripture

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Reflection

Verses 15:1-4 forms part of the overall argument in verses 1-34 about the certainty of Jesus’ bodily resurrection. In verses 1-2 the gospel Paul had preached in Corinth (2:1–2) had not changed; but he feared that just as there had been confusion in the church concerning the message of Christ crucified and its implication for believers, the same was happening with regard to the message of Christ’s resurrection. As the former message was an essential element in the Corinthians’ experience of ongoing salvation, so was the latter. To reject bodily resurrection eviscerated “the gospel” and made faith vain because it had an unworthy object (cf. 15:13, 17). Believing the gospel includes holding firmly to belief in Christ’s resurrection. Unless one holds firmly, his belief is “in vain” (Matt. 13:18–22).

Thoughts for the day

  • Do you believe as verses 4-5 states that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures?
  • 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

What has God been saying to you recently? Where do you need to pause and hear his voice more clearly? Block out some time to listen to God speak.

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By |November 5th, 2019|Categories: Week 1|

4 November 2019 – Mark 1:14-15 (NIV)

Scripture

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Reflection

In verse 15 we read two declarations: 1) the time has come and 2) the kingdom of God has come near, and two commands: 1) Repent and 2) believe.

The first declaration emphasizes God’s appointed time of preparation and expectation, as seen in the Old Testament, now being fulfilled in the person of Jesus (Gal. 4:4; Heb.1:2; 9:6-15). The second declaration reveals that the Kingdom of God is a dynamic concept that refers to God’s sovereign activity and ruling over all of His creation and not to a future messianic kingdom with a king to be established as the Jews believed.

Through making these two declarations, Jesus was telling His readers (who were primarily Jews), that what you have read in the Old Testament about a future messiah, has now been fulfilled in Him, and that God is currently and actively ruling and governing over His creation. They shouldn’t wait for a future messianic king to come and save them. Jesus is that king who is here right now and who is the one who saves them if they repent and believe.

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

Pause and acknowledge God’s presence wherever you are at this moment.

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By |November 4th, 2019|Categories: Week 1|

1 November 2019 – 2 Peter 3:17 (NIV)

Scripture

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.

Reflection

Imagine preparing someone for their first experience of changing subway lines at the People’s Square station in Shanghai for the first time. You would describe the thousands of people squeezed into a small place and the ease with which one is “carried away” by the massive crowd thus missing the desired exit. Be prepared! Be determined! “Fight your way through the crowd” you would say. Never forget dear Christian that you have a secure position in Christ but you must also never forget that there are forces of darkness at play trying to pry you from that secure place. By the grace of Christ you will stand!

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

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

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By |November 1st, 2019|Categories: Week 5|