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

18 April 2019 – Psalm 31:5 (NIV)

Scripture

Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

Reflection

In the first four verses the psalmist, most likely David, is in some real trouble, like one caught in a net. What is also real is his trust in God; God’s commitment to see justice done and his ability to deliver. When Jesus quotes this verse from the cross, he only quotes the first half, “Into your hands I commit my spirit” The word “your” indicates the intimacy Jesus has with the heavenly Father, the one he calls “Abba”, a name of endearment. He does not ask his Father to deliver him, to save him from the cross. The Father and the Son have something altogether different in mind; the Father will not rescue him from the cross; he will raise him from the dead!  (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God and Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about people?
  • 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

ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S POWER As humans, we can forget that ultimately, God has created the world and is not absent from it but all-powerful in it: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all who live in it.” – Psalm 34.

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By |April 18th, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

17 April 2019 – Luke 19:37-38 (NIV)

Scripture

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Reflection

Welcome to the Festival of the Passover! Bless you as you enter; we bless you with peace – hosanna! “What Jesus implied (Matthew 21:42, 45) the crowd enthusiastically embraces.” ‘Hosanna’ means save. The man who has fed them, healed them, delivered them and raised their dead is welcomed into the capital city as a Savior and rightfully so. He WILL save them but not the way they anticipate. He will save them by offering his life as a sacrifice, he will take their place and take on himself their/our penalty – the penalty is spiritual death and Jesus will pay it on our behalf. This a victors welcome but there is still price to be paid – Jesus knew it and so should we (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • Is Jesus the Savior in every part of your life?
  • 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 our sister international fellowships; AGIF, ICS, SWIF, TEF as we celebrate Easter on Sunday.

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

16 April 2019 – Psalm 118:1-2 (19-29) (NIV)

Scripture

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

Let Israel say:
    “His love endures forever.”

Reflection

The Servant has been told that hardship is coming, gross and inhumane hardship. (Mark 15:16-20) He is also told ahead of time that all of this This Psalm begins with a familiar and joyful call to worship and will end the same way it begins. (118:29) As the celebrants gather, their joy is anchored in the stirring memories of God’s great and mighty deeds; of rescue and battles won. It is a good thing that his “love endures forever” because our King will need this enduring love and a timely victory to win the day. Before the struggle is over he will have a new song of praise and we will sing it with him. Our King is exalted on high! (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • During difficult times do you remember God’s love endures forever?
  • 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 THOSE IN POWER Leaders across our world are humans, just like us, who need prayer: “… for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” – 1 Timothy 2:2-3.

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By |April 16th, 2019|Categories: Week 3|

15 April 2019 – Isaiah 50:6-7 (NIV)

Scripture

I offered my back to those who beat me,
    my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
    from mocking and spitting.
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
    I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
    and I know I will not be put to shame.

Reflection

The Servant has been told that hardship is coming, gross and inhumane hardship. (Mark 15:16-20) He is also told ahead of time that all of this will happen in a courtroom, the last place where the Servant or anyone for that matter, should have to experience this kind of humiliation. (Mark 15:3) Yet, someone, somewhere believes that they are doing the “right” thing. With the knowledge that he will stand before a higher court and be vindicated, the Servant endures the shame. Jesus once said, that we love darkness rather than the light. (John 3:19) Darkness is descending but we can still choose to love the light; it’s not too late. (Mark 15:39) (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • 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 children of Cambodia and those who work with them.

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

12 April 2019 – John 12:8 (NIV)

Scripture

You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

Reflection

Yesterday we read Jesus’ response to Judas Iscariot’s question as seen in verse 5 namely ‘why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages’. Judas Iscariot wasn’t really concerned about the poor, but he was only thinking of himself. Verse 6 tells us he was a thief who helped himself from the moneybag, thus knowing the perfume is worth a year’s wages, he will benefit more from it.

With such a response (v.8) Jesus is not only revealing Judas Iscariot’s sinful nature, but also reminds those around him, not to get fixed on worldly concerns (even if it seems nobble like taking care of the poor), and in the midst of it all, forget about Him.

We can learn from this account that it’s easy to sometimes fool ourselves by justifying certain actions, regardless how noble it sounds, and forget about Jesus and seeking Him first. Let Jesus always search your heart to discover the real intentions behind your motives (Con).

Thoughts for the day

  • How easily can you justify your actions, regardless the degree of nobleness, to benefit your own personal interest?
  • 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 a specific situation where you need God’s presence. Invite the Holy Spirit into the place where you (or another) need help, guidance or peace.

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

11 April 2019 – John 12:7 (NIV)

Scripture

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.

Reflection

It’s interesting to note, this account as seen in chapter 12 occurs six days before Passover. There’s a direct correlation between the Old Testament’s Passover events and that of Jesus’ crucifixion. On the same day (10th day of the first month) the Israelites had to choose an unblemished lamb to be slaughtered for there sins. Jesus (being sinless and a substitute for the unblemished lamb) entered Jerusalem on a donkey. On the 14th day of the first month, the unblemished lamb had to be offered for the sins of the Israelites. On the 14th day Jesus was crucified for the sins of the whole world – once and for all.

It is with this in mind, that Jesus told the disciples; Mary saved the perfume (which was equivalent to one year’s of wages (v. 5) for his burial to show her respect and unconditional love towards him. Through this selfless and loving act of Mary, we can now join in Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection and know we too stand blameless before God due to what Jesus did on the cross for us (Con).

Thoughts for the day

  • 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 a renewed sense of the Holy Spirit with you.

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