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Devotional 2017-10-14T06:37:55+08:00

19 APRIL 2018 -Matthew 16:18 (MSG)

Scripture

18 And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep it out.

Reflection

I have had the unique opportunity of visiting the ruins of the ancient city of Geshur (2 Samuel 3:3) I learned there that the “gate” of ancient cities was more like a large room at the entrance to a city. The king would “sit in the gate” to counsel people and sometimes to make plans for war. This may be the meaning behind, “the gates of hell will not prevail against Jesus’ church”. Satan can sit in his gate with his captains and plan all they want on how to destroy the church but none of those plans will ever work. The church will prevail; Jesus will prevail – all eyes on Him! (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about Jesus and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Think of someone you know who could use a little joy in their lives and pray for presence of the Lord to rest on them. “In His presence there is fullness of Joy” Psalm 16:11.

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By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Week 3|

18 APRIL 2018 -John 8:36 (AMP)

Scripture

36 So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.

Reflection

We can appear to be free but not free at all. Jesus died on a criminal’s cross, he had the appearance of condemnation all over him that day yet he was the only free person on the planet. Two sons lived in their father’s house, one ran away and lost his freedom then later found it in his father’s love and forgiveness the other stayed and remained a loyal son but lost his freedom and didn’t know it. Jesus is the great Liberator for those who are near and for those who are far off  (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for the people around you. Take a minute to pray for those you can see; or those who immediately spring to mind.

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By | April 18th, 2018|Categories: Week 3|

17 APRIL 2018 -2 Timothy 4:6-7 (NLT)

Scripture

As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.

Reflection

Unlike his first letter to Timothy, Paul is very aware that this imprisonment will end in his death. He uses several metaphors to communicate this reality. Being poured out like a drink offering is a reference to Numbers 15:5, 7 and 10 where his imprisonment and death are described as an offering to the Lord. “Fighting the good fight” and finishing the race” our athletic metaphors. Having “kept the faith” . . . Even at his trial he was still proclaiming the gospel which had landed him in court in the first place. (4:16-18). It is not easy to accept that something is over, especially if it is something we loved and wanted to see continue. The next and last thing to do is to finish well by remaining true to the faith we have believed all these years (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Pray for a renewed sense of God’s Presence. Allow yourself to stop and acknowledge God’s presence – pray, “Holy Spirit come

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By | April 17th, 2018|Categories: Week 3|

16 APRIL 2018 -Acts 12:6-11 (NIV)

Scripture

The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.

Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”


Reflection

As Pastor Willimon has observed, how ironic that in the same weekend, Passover weekend, when the Jews were celebrating their deliverance from Pharaoh, the Jewish leaders were imprisoning one of their own country mates. Each detail, the light shining in the cell, chains dropping off, doors opening all reinforce that nothing will stop God from accomplishing his will and purpose for Peter in bringing about the advance of the gospel of Jesus Christ  (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

There are 7.5 billion people and 196 countries in the world. How do we start to pray for them? Start with one nation; one that stirs your heart or catches your attention.

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By | April 16th, 2018|Categories: Week 3|

13 APRIL 2018 -2 Timothy 2:5 (NIV)

Scripture

Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.

Reflection

These words are written to Timothy; a younger Christian worker whom Paul had mentored for many years. It’s the second metaphor to help him be successful in leadership. The rules of the contest itself include suffering, if he wants to obtain a “victors crown” – there is no other way. If you want to finish the race with the words, “Well done faithful servant” ringing in your ears then follow faithful men and women who have gone before; follow them as they followed Christ. (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

Ask the Lord for the gift of faith to see, pray and act for the redemption of the situation you’re concerned about.

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By | April 13th, 2018|Categories: Week 2|

12 APRIL 2018 -Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB)

Scripture

But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!

Reflection

While we are not told what the vision is; we are told something about what a vision from God is like. Vision from God is defined with God’s own time stamp; his own pace and confidence. Vision from God moves us forward toward the things he is determined to accomplish. That is to say it’s not circular, it’s not “reincarnation”. We are moving toward the Day of the Lord, a day when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Lastly, from verse 2, we learn that no matter how discouraged we may be, a vision from God will make us want to run. The grammar in this text can mean that you are either someone who read the vision as you passed by, now telling others informally as you go or a herald with the specific function to declare the vision; either way . . . you gotta run (Ps. Dale).

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus and people?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
  • Who can you encourage with this story/message?

Prayer

The simplest prayer can be the most powerful: “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be done, On earth as in heaven”.

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By | April 12th, 2018|Categories: Week 2|