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

12 September 2019 – Psalm 147:19-20 (NIV)

Scripture

19 He has revealed his word to Jacob,
    his laws and decrees to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;
    they do not know his laws.

Praise the Lord.

Reflection

The nation of Israel was special to God because through its people He brought his laws and through its people He sent his Son, Jesus Christ.

Although it started with Israel, it didn’t stop with them – we’ve all been invited into a special relationship with God through Jesus Christ. In Galatians 3:28,29 it says:

“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

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 for these organizations who are helping people in need: Home Sweet Home, Renewal Center and Sonflowers.

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

11 September 2019 – Matthew 5:44-45 (NIV)

Scripture

44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Reflection

What a challenging request, to love our enemies. In theory it sounds noble, but in practice… at times we want to take justice in our own hands, looking for some sort of judgment or punishment towards those who persecute and harm us. In these verses we see God’s Sovereignty over all – the righteous and unrighteous. By releasing judgment to the One who can truly judge, we reinforce our belief in His Sovereignty.

What about loving our enemies? If we are to follow Jesus’ steps, these words don’t come lightly. It comes with the understanding that we were once enemies of Jesus, but yet He died for us and saved us from eternal damnation.

Can you think of anyone who have caused you harm? Can you say a prayer on their behalf today?

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 for the persecuted Church, our brothers and sisters across the world who are made to suffer because they are Christian. For more information about who is being persecuted and how to pray, visit www.opendoorsuk.org.

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

10 September 2019 – Amos 9:7 (NIV)

Scripture

“Are not you Israelites
    the same to me as the Cushites?”
declares the Lord.
“Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt,
    the Philistines from Caphtor
    and the Arameans from Kir?

Reflection

God’s ways are just; He is a righteous and upright God (Deut 32:4).

In the book of Amos we see God’s character displayed, bringing judgment over nations, including Judah and Israel, a call to repentance, but also a promise of restoration.

God would judge Israel the same way He would judge other foreign nations, as He is God not only of Israel, but over all the Earth. All people will have to account for their own sins, but God’s desire is to see people coming back to Him.

If He is God over all nations, how much more should we recognize His Sovereignty over our lives!

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 for the spiritually lost among the global community in Shanghai; pray that they will be drawn to God by the Holy Spirit

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

9 September 2019 – Luke 13:1-5 (NIV)

Scripture

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Reflection

It’s so easy to judge others, or to find some sort of reasoning of why bad or tragic things happen to people. Was that God’s punishment? Did they deserve it or not?

In this passage Jesus’ sobering comment reminds us that we all need mercy and grace; that unless we repent, we will also perish. He didn’t explain why some people live or why some people die. Physical death is part of life, but it is not the end. Jesus promises that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

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 for the nation of China. Pray for China’s leaders and for all those who are in authority. May they call on God for the wisdom to lead this country.

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By |September 9th, 2019|Categories: Week 2|

6 September 2019 – Jeremiah 18:5-6 (NIV)

Scripture

Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.

Reflection

The tone of the language implies Israel’s resistance to the Lord’s purpose for them.  This brings me to think of three possible outcomes.  First, imagine what amazing initial purpose the Lord had intended for all of us.  We very often deviate from that intent.  Second, how willing He is to re-form, reshape and repurpose us even after our initial failing.  And third, there may come a point when we’ve resisted His shaping and molding so much that we’ve become a useless piece of clay and the only good thing left to do with us is to dispose of us.  Even though not all the outcomes will be positive, I find peace in knowing God the Potter is willing to take His time and continually work and sometimes rework at a person until He has shaped them into a person who reveals the hands of the Maker.  God is truly gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in love.  He is willing to sit at the potter’s wheel for as long as He’s squeezed every chance out of us.

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

Stop and ask God to place a nation on your mind and heart. Pray for the people to be blessed by God, the church to shine brightly and for God to be present in that place.

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

5 September 2019 – Revelation 21:22 (NIV)

Scripture

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

Reflection

What is the purpose of a church or temple? There are lots of reasons.  For one, it is a physical place the Body of Christ can gather to edify each other by the glorifying of God through service, musical worship, the speaking of tongues, prophecies and knowledge. Another reason is it is the place help ministries and missions are launched to witness to the world.  Additionally, the Jews also saw/see the tabernacle as the special dwelling place of God.

But in the New Jerusalem, there will be no physical temple because the earthly requirements for the edifying of the body of Christ will no longer be needed.  There will be no need for help ministries and missions.  There will be no special dwelling place for God, because in the New Jerusalem, God and the Lamb ARE everything and everywhere.  The time of evidence and witnessing will be over. God’s presence and light will be undeniable and permeate everything and place.  The people of God will get to experience the fullness of God in the fullness of His presence as God has always intended it to be.

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

Identify anything that is making you weary or burdened and give it back to God. You might like to physically represent this by clinching your hands then opening them.

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