Tuesday, September 22, 2020

22 Sep 2020 - Isaiah 54 : GOD’S PROMISE FOR FRUITFULNESS AND BLESSING

Daily Devotion
Tuesday 22nd September 
Isaiah 54 – GOD’S PROMISE FOR FRUITFULNESS AND BLESSING 
 
This scripture is a beautiful promise of encouragement and affirmation to God’s people. If you have served God faithfully, but you feel discouraged, if you feel that your effort thus far has not borne any fruit, if you feel that you have been despised or looked down upon, this promise is for you. 
 
God tells the “barren woman” to sing and shout for joy, because God will give her the desire of her heart and gift her with more children than she can imagine (v1). This is a prophecy for the increase and expansion of the nation of Israel through the birth of many children, and a promise that the city would be rebuilt. The barren woman could also mean a person or a church that is feeling discouraged, unfulfilled or foolish. Perhaps you feel foolish and discouraged for putting your trust in God for so long, but you have not experienced the results that you expected? If you are feeling discouraged, remember that God has big plans for you. It says in 1 Corinthians 1:21-23, “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe … but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to the Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” God promises that our number will be greatly increased, and that many will be “born” into the Kingdom of God. 
 
God encourages us to be courageous, to “enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back, lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes” (v2). God promises that the descendants of the barren woman will spread out to the right and to the left. God promises that we do not have to be afraid and we do not have to fear disgrace (v4). We will forget the shame and reproach of our past and we will be reconciled to our God. For the Lord our God is our Maker and He is sovereign over all the earth (v5). God Himself is our “husband” (v5). We are eternally committed to Him and He has promised that He will bless us with much fruit (children in the literal sense as well as fellow believers who will be “born again” through their faith in Jesus Christ). He acknowledges our past struggles and our future challenges. He promises to have compassion on us. God tells us that He is our Redeemer (v8). This is a promise to save us from destruction through sin and death. Instead, we will be established in righteousness (v14) and vindicated by the Lord (v 17). 
 
He promises that His unfailing love for us will not be shaken and His covenant of peace will not be removed (v10). We will have nothing to fear, for whoever attacks us will surrender to us (v15). After all, God created everything, even Satan, and he will allow no weapon forged against us to prevail (v16). We will be able to refute every tongue that accuses us (v17) – the very lies of the enemy will be rejected! For this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from God! 
 
Self-reflection 
Do you feel unfulfilled? Do you limit what God can do through you, because of fear or discouragement? Are you feeling discouraged because you have failed in the past? Do you need to be reconciled to God and remember His promises to you? Meditate on this scripture and understand the full measure of God’s promises. There is no need to give in to fear or doubt. God, the Almighty creator of everything in heaven and earth, is your vindicator! He knows your pain, He understands your fears, and He promises to be with you through it all. We should not be afraid to establish ourselves in Him. We do not have to be held back because we know that we have God as our protector. His love and promises are all the validation that we need. 
 
Suggested prayer 
Lord God, thank you for your amazing promise to protect me and save me, to have compassion on me and to love me. Help me to live my life in the assurance and victory that you have won for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

20th Sept 2020 - 2nd Service Sermon

 Hello, church! Let us come together and join us for 2nd Service sermon. Have a blessed Sunday. God bless.

Title: What Is It? (Exodus 16:2 - 15)




Saturday, September 19, 2020

19 Sep 2020 - How is your heart?

Devotion 19 Sept 2020
1 Kings 20
How is your heart?

How is your heart? When ones heart is physically unhealthy every part of the body is unwell. It is the same spiritually. When the bible uses the word heart it refers to the inner most being of a person.

Here is an example of a man where his heart is unhealthy- King Ahad.

King Ahad of Israel witnessed God's power and mercy when God used Elijah on Mount  Carmel and the sending of rain in the earlier chapters. This great revelation of God seems to have little impact on him. He remained unmoved in his idolatrous heart.

In this chapter God delivered him and Israel from the king of Syria and his army in a powerful and prophetic manner. Yet he was quick to make treaty with the king, his enemy.

He simply just keep getting it wrong. No sense of God. Stubborn heart. Fell into the lure of man easily (the offer from King of Syria) and missed out on God's blessing totally. God's love and mercy could not be clearer, yet he did not pick it up. He was easy to be lured or decieved as his heart is unhealthy- stubborn, idolatrous and simply out of touch to God.

Reflection: How is my heart? Let's do a check. Do I see God in my life? Do I hear him easily? King Ahad had prophets. We have a better voice from God, the super mighty Bible. The question is never "Does God speak?" or "Is He in my life?"  Neither is the question "Does God help me?" The right question is "Is my heart healthy spiritually, sensitive and obedient to God?"

Prayer
Lord, your miracles are everywhere. Yet often I missed them or take them for granted. You are speaking always. Yet your Scripture can just be another insignificant book. Heal my heart. Tutor my heart. Protect my heart. That I may be present to you. In Christ's precious Name. Amen

Thursday, September 17, 2020

17 September 2020 - Psalm 73

Psalm 73- 17 September 2020

As one reads and meditates on Psalm 73, one can straight away relate to what the author, Asaph, is feeling. It is a thought that has crossed our minds at one point or another in our walk with God. We know that our God is a good and faithful God. He is our Jehovah-Jireh, the God who provides. But yet, when we look at our life as Christians compared to non-believers, we sometimes doubt that we are blessed as Christians. When we look around us, life seems easy for non believers (v.4-5). We can often find ourselves frustrated when people who do not have a relationship with God are doing better than you. Can we take a moment to reflect if these thoughts have crossed our minds? Is it worth it to obey God and walk with God? One can look around at other’s lavish lifestyles and ponder whether or not they are getting a raw deal with God.

Asaph finds it discouraging and you can experience his emotions- “All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments” (v.14).  So what was causing Asaph to feel this way? It was envy. Envy is to desire what someone else has that we don’t have; it’s a form of jealousy. Envy is very dangerous as it can start small and before we realise it, it will grow into a full-blown discontentment with our lives and with God. The more we dwell on this “unfairness,” the farther it takes us away from God. If you are feeling this way, you need to quickly draw yourself back to God.

This is what happens when we do not think Christ is enough for us  and we must realize that this life is temporary. Despite his frustrations, Asaph finally comes to a realization of the truth in verse 17- until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end”. We are just passing through this world to move on to our final destination. Despite all the health and wealth the ungodly enjoys, unfortunately, this will come to an end. Stop looking at your left and right, and focus onto God. Our perspective will shift from the temporal to the eternal. Even if we are down to nothing, we still have everything, we have Jesus. Asaph took his eyes off the world and focuses upward to God and he is humbled:

Whom have I heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (v.25 to 26).

When we look to the Cross of Christ, we may still have lingering questions pertaining to why God allows unfairness or injustice to continue in this world. But, as Timothy Keller puts it, “it can’t be that He doesn’t love us. It can’t be that He is indifferent or detached from our condition. God takes our misery and suffering so seriously that He was willing to take it on Himself”.

So, while we wait for all injustice to finally be brought to an end (Revelation 21:4), we find meaning and strength in it through the Cross.

Reflection:

    a)      Have you found yourself in a similar situation as Asaph?

    b)      Is there something or someone you are envious of?

Prayer:

Lord, help me find my fullness in you. Help me come to the realization that you are more than enough. Increase my faith, so I will love you more than anything else in life. Help me have an eternal perspective rather than the temporal. I surrender all my discontentment into your hands and to replace it with joy and appreciation of who You are.  


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Devotion - 15 September 2020

Devotion - 15 September 2020

Elijah had just spent 3 years avoiding a king who wanted him dead. Ahab's wife had already massacred many of the prophets and Elijah was on their hit list. But now was the time for confrontation. Confrontation means, to bring face to face, a person or people into a revelation or truth.

TRUTH CAUSES A DIVISION OR CONFRONTATION - EITHER YOU SUBMIT TO IT OR DENY IT.


Luke 12:49-53 In these verses Jesus speaks of bringing division and that we are either for Him or against Him.  

In Luke 2:34-35 we read: Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

Obadiah, although a servant of King Ahab, he revered God and was responsible for saving the lives of 100 prophets, yet when he speaks to ijah, addressing him as 'lord' ( the culturally appropriate way), Elijah said, "Go tell your master...". Obadiah is said to typify the lukewarm church, serving God and the world.

Is the Holy Spirit prompting you about any areas of compromise?  Talk to God. Repent and ask Him to show you a way through. Take the time to wait for Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

13.09.2020 - 2nd English Service Sermon

Good Afternoon Church, here is the sermon for today. Have a blessed day of rest with your loved ones.



 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Isaiah 46 – God revealing Himself and caring for us.

 Isaiah 46 – God revealing Himself and caring for us.

God compares the idols that the Israeli people were worshipping and is telling them He far surpasses them all.  He states that idols are a burden to them.

God goes on to make an amazing statement in verses 3-4:

 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth.  Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he, who will sustain you.”

This is a fantastic promise! Unto the people of God, first Israel and now us, we are assured we have our Father God  watching over us, sustaining and looking after us. When we give our lives to Him, we have the Lord Almighty over the whole universe looking after us, over the whole course of our lives. This is a special privilege that only Christians are given. We rejoice and are glad in the personal care of our God.

He challenges us in verse 5. With whom can He be compared? Certainly not a man-made object of worship. God states regarding idols:

“Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer;

It cannot save them from their troubles.”

But our Heavenly Father does hear and saves us from all our troubles! The Lord Almighty is far bigger than any focus of the human imagination forged into an idol. We may not believe we worship idols today, but we often allow lesser things to draw our attention. We also easily lose touch with the Holy Spirit.

What or whom occupies the majority of your attention? In 2020 we have all had our plans changed against our will. We wanted to go places we now cannot go, we had to avoid seeing people, with whom we wished to, and cannot play sport we wished to play. Some people have lost livelihoods and much more. However, we can always draw near to our Heavenly Father, we can give Him our attention and worship.

When we begin to consider the question God asks in verse 5;

With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
    To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?

The answer is that no-one can compare to His glory! He is bigger, stronger, wiser, better and more imaginative than anyone else! No other can compare with Him. And He invites us to spend time with Him and mature in Christ. In verse 10 He states:

I make known the end from the beginning,
    from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
    and I will do all that I please.’

He knows the past, present and future. All of time is open before Him. When we draw near to Him, he reveals His plans to us, He shows us the way we should take. He saves us from harmful and foolish ways that sometimes appear good at the time but later we often regret. He knows us and knows the best way for us to live our life. He knows much better than we do. We can and should trust Him even when it does not seem convenient or comfortable to do so.

He makes clear in verse 11 No-one can make a fool of Him. No one can ultimately thwart His will.  

What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.

He has a plan to reveal Himself. He says in verse 13:

I am bringing my righteousnessnear,
    it is not far away;
    and my salvation will not be delayed.
I will grant salvation to Zion,
    my splendour to Israel.

Suggested prayer: Heavenly Father. You are far above all others and are worthy of our worship and praise. You are perfect in righteousness and wisdom. We thank You for your wonderful promises. May we continue to seek Your face and make Your ways, our ways. May we set our hearts and minds on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith. May we grow in our faith and obedience and not allow other priorities to have Your place in our lives. In Jesus Name. Amen.