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

07 February 2019 – 1 Thessalonians 2:19 (NIV)

Scripture

19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?

Reflection

Paul looks forward to the presence of the Lord Jesus which will be uncovered when he comes. Jesus is presently reigning as Lord at God’s right hand, sharing God’s throne. (Revelation 3:21) The power and the glory of Jesus will be revealed to everyone at that time. Yet, as awesome as that day will be, and taking nothing away from the glory of Jesus, Paul is thinking here of the incredible experience of being able to share that day with his friends. We wear the friendships we have in Christ, as crowns of joy. What a Jesus we have in our friends! (Ps. Dale)

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

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 |February 7th, 2019|Categories: Week 1|

06 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)

Scripture

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Reflection

In this context the word, “glory” refers to God’s glory. It is unique to God alone and Jesus has it because he is the source of this glory and the light which radiates from him. . . . As the stamp of an image on a coin distinguishes the government behind the coin so Jesus has the distinguishing mark of divinity. . . . The seat at the “right hand” is a seat of honor, in fact, of highest honor. (Psalm 110:1) Finally, in the words of the children’s song we gain this last perspective change, “He’s got the whole world, in his hands, He’s got the whole world, in his hands, He’s got the little bitty babies, in his hands, He’s got you and me friend, in his hands, He’s got the whole world in his hands” (Ps. Dale)

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

Read the Bible verse above a few times, slowly, and note any words or phrases that jump out to you. Pray for wisdom and revelation as you take time in God’s presence.

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

05 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:2 (NIV)

Scripture

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Reflection

“In these last days” it may seem awkward to say it this way but from the perspective of the New Testament, from the time of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus we have been living in the “last days”. God, the Father would refer to Jesus as his son when he was baptized, “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased. Luke 3:22 and on the mountain when Jesus was seen by his friends in all of his glory. (Luke 9:35) What Jesus has made he also inherits as the Son. What he has received he also freely gives. (Hebrews 2:9-11) Those who love him can do no less. (Matthew 10:8) (Ps. Dale)

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

Grab a piece of paper and write down the different parts of your life where you want to rely on God more. Perhaps your work, time, money or relationships. Then pray through e ach one and invite God to be present.

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

04 February 2019 – Hebrews 1:1 (NIV)

Scripture

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,

Reflection

As author Donald Guthrie has pointed out, the entire letter makes one large assumption, “God speaks”! God has communicated, he has revealed himself and is doing so today. In the past God spoke in a variety of ways; through dreams (Who can forget Pharaoh’s dream in Genesis 41), Visions (Ezekiel’s vision of a valley of dry bones coming to life in Ezekiel 37) and illustrations (Jeremiah’s visit to the Potter’s House in Jeremiah 18) and mostly through prophets. Individuals allowed God to speak through them what he would say to his people and to us who are living today. Yet God’s greatest revelation had not come; even so come Lord Jesus (Ps. Dale)

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

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day, as if nothing had yet been done” – C S Lewis Today, take time to stop, pause and rely on God again.

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

01 February 2019 – Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)

Scripture

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

Reflection

It is not easy to keep our faith in times of trouble and hardships. One person who can relate is Zerubbabel who rebuilt God’s temple that collapsed by the hands of the Assyrians. However, there was a time when the construction of the temple was suspended for 16 years due to all sorts of interferences. Yet, he managed to persevere. It was not out of his strength (might or power) but by God’s help (God’s Spirit). When you are faced with difficulties and hardships, do you try to persevere and overcome it by your own strength, plans, and wisdom, or do you look towards God for help? Do you turn to the Bible (God’s Word) for wisdom, and do you pray and seek God’s counsel? How do you keep your faith during hard times? (Woowon)

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 (silently) for the people who are seated close to you as you read this.

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

31 January 2019 – Mark 14:27 (NIV)

Scripture

27 “You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:

“‘I will strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep will be scattered.’

Reflection

Before, during, and after Jesus’s crucifixion his disciples forsook him. The very same people Jesus handpicked himself. People are fallible, weak and they can’t safe themselves. Hence the incredible act of love on the cross. However, when we look around us we see and realize our lives and situations aren’t stable, and our circumstances or will power can’t save us. Yet, many people (including ourselves) end up relying on money, people, and or even our careers instead of God. The Bible calls this “idol worship”.

Are you allowing “idol worships’ to steer you away from God, or does it make you even more so thankful that your salvation is not depended on circumstances, emotions or how well we do in our careers, but on Jesus’ precious blood (Woowon)

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 spiritual revolution; for God to soften the hearts of Bhutanese people and the King towards the gospel of Jesus. And pray for God to grant us boldness to share his Gospel.

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By |January 31st, 2019|Categories: Week 5|