Sunday, January 24, 2021

#SermonSeries: Equipped in God's Promise - Salvation


Good afternoon, church! Come and join us for 2nd service sharing.


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Saturday Devotion: 2 Chronicles 20

The story of Jehoshaphat (2 Chron. 20:1-30) shows us how to have confidence in a crisis-- Jehoshaphat was shaken one morning when his intelligence sources came running in with the horrifying news, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. Jehoshaphat’s life and his entire kingdom were on the brink of extinction! Talk about a reason to panic!


What would you do if you heard some threatening news that affected your future and maybe your life? This godly king did the right thing. Jehoshaphat turned his attention to seek the Lord and called the nation to prayer and fasting. He did what was not automatic in a crisis: He prayed. Many times, we think of prayer as a last resort. After we have exhausted every other possibility, all we do is pray. Jehoshaphat resisted the temptation to panic, or trust his army. He recognized his great need, so he prayed. Yes, recognition of our great need should drive us to prayer.

The Apostle Paul writes that in Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Jehoshaphat starts by (20:6) reciting God’s attributes: “You are the God of our fathers” Jehoshaphat didn’t look at the approaching army but at the greatness of His God. If we fill our prayers with the greatness of our problems, we’ll shrink our faith. But if we fill our prayers with the greatness of our God, we’ll excite our faith.

A battle so big, you have no idea how to face it or a battle so unexpected, you had no time to prepare? Realize the battle is the Lord’s – (2 Chronicles 20:14- 16). We must lean into our faith walk and trust in the promise that, in the battles that are bigger than us, we rejoice that we will not have to fight them. We are assured that when we stand with God, we get to see the deliverance that the Lord brings when He fights the battle for us.

After consulting with the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
‘Give thanks to the Lord, For his love endures forever’” (20-21).
This was a bold, audacious move. As they began to sing and praise, God set ambushes for their enemies, and their enemies were defeated. Worship opens the door for God’s delivering power to flow into our desperation. Worship is our means of spiritual victory.

Just as God promised, the battle belonged to Him and He won the victory on behalf of Judah. Praise is sure evidence of your faith. When one really believes the words and promises of God, they cannot but help to praise Him.

PRAYER
“Heavenly Father thank you for fighting the battles that are bigger than me. Lord, thank you for the promise of deliverance when my worldly vision sees defeat.  Thank you for victory when the enemy tells me I’m crushed. Give me supernatural strength to grow stronger in my faith in you through the big battles. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Friday, January 22, 2021

Devotional Friday: 2 Chronicles 18 - 19

Good morning, church! Today we are blessed with the devotion from our youth. Let us come together and encourage them as they are growing each day with God's word!

Have a blessed day & stay safe.

God bless!



Thursday, January 21, 2021

Thursday Devotion: The New Me (1 Corinthians 6)

Corinthians 6:6 captures the spirit of today, “I have the right to do anything". Freedom is today idolatry. 1 Corinthians speaks of conflict and taking one another to court,  sexual immorality, greed, drunkardness,  slandering and swindling. Today the world says these are okay. Everything is relative. You determine what is right or wrong. No one else should do it for you. 


"I have the right to do anything". This is the root of our sins and we must repent, not just the behaviour but our sinful pattern of thinking. There is a very wrong and sinful way of thinking. We must turn away from it, otherwise we will always let sin rules. 


Paul refuted all these sins in a very simple way, you are a new creation in Christ. This is the 'new me'. Why should I not go to court to settle conflict with a fellow believer? Because my eternal destiny is to rule and judge with God. Why should I not commit sexual sin? You body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 


To Paul it is that simple, your identity in Christ determines everything. And not the identity the world tells you, which is basically 'You are god' as only God determine what is wrong and right. And when we truly understand this 'new me' in Christ, we live completely different. We no longer let the loud voice of the darkness rule over us. Instead we live with a renewed life and a renewed mind. 


Reflection:

What is your identity? You belong to Christ or you belong to the world? If you answer is the former, let it shapes your living and thinking in such a way you live for eternity right now and you honour God right now. 


Prayer

Lord Jesus, so often I want to be like the world, choosing my wrong or right. I get lost and forgot who I really am. Today I remember and affirm that I am a new creation in you and I belong to you. And I have an eternal destiny in you. What a amazing grace. Let me live in such a way that I think and live as one, and not as the world. In your precious Name. Amen

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tuesday Devotion: Do not Fight With One Another (1 Corinthians 6:1 - 8)

The Corinthian church had some serious problems that greatly concerned the apostle Paul. In this chapter, Paul is clearly enraged by what is going on between believers in the church. There appear to have been disputes that had been taken by church members to the civil courts. Paul is not talking here about serious criminal offences, but about trivial (v2) disputes. He is angry that these have not been settled between people who are supposedly guided by the Holy Spirit and of one family in Christ. Instead, they have taken their complaints to the secular courts, whose way of life was different to Christians because they did not live by the word of God. Paul wonders how this can be. He tells the church, “Dare you take this before the ungodly for judgement?” (v1), and tells them that their behaviour is shameful (v5). He is angry because this indicates that the people valued their pride, selfishness and desire to be ‘right’ above the instructions given to Christians to be united.

Colossians 3:13 tells us, “bear with one another and forgive one another if anyone of you has a grievance against someone”. Ephesians 4:2 tells us to be “completely humble and gentle, to be patient, bearing with one another in love”. Going to court over trivial matters goes against this teaching. Fighting each other in public is a terrible witness. People are not going to be at all impressed with the church or with Christians, if they see us having petty arguments and fighting. It makes us look proud, mean and argumentative. Nobody is going to want to follow whom you claim to follow if they see this kind of foolishness. Unfortunately, we have all seen examples of in-fighting amongst Christians. The motivation is often pride, selfishness and the desire to be ‘right’. The desire to please God is often the last thing on peoples’ minds when they engage in petty fights and one-upmanship. It is not edifying to God. Paul states in v7 that the very fact that there are lawsuits among them means they have been defeated already. We cannot fight the good fight if we are divided and engaged in useless arguments. Paul states in v8 that it is preferable to be wronged by another believer and leave it at that, instead of taking is further. What he means here is that we should practice forgiveness, grace and mercy, which is what Jesus Christ showed us when He died for us on the cross.

2 Timothy 2: 23-24 states, ‘’don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed’’. This reminds us to be careful of what our aim is, when we discuss matters with our brother or sister in Christ. The relationship and fellowship should be prioritised. Beware of those who claim that they know the ‘truth’ and insist on being the one who is ‘right’ whilst others are ’wrong’. The intention when speaking to others should be to build the other person up in Christ, to encourage them in their walk with God and to strengthen the fellowship. If the intention is to assert your superiority or righteousness, then it is likely to be motivated by pride and sin. Be mindful of your intentions before you speak. Be careful of those who bring strife and encourage divisiveness instead of peace and unity. Remember that Romans 12:18 teaches us to ‘’live at peace with all men as far at it depends on you’’.

Suggested Prayer

Father God, teach me to deal with my brothers and sisters in Christ with grace, kindness and humility. Help me to be an encouragement to others and help me to avoid any foolish arguments. Give me the wisdom to know how to speak and act according to your teaching. Forgive me for any foolish words I may have spoken to others and help me to do what is right according to your will. Cleanse my heart of the sin of pride and self-righteousness and help me to be kind and gracious to others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

#SermonSeries: Equipped with God's Promise - Reward


Good morning, church!

Come and join us for Sunday Service as we focus on God's Promises this week. Have a blessed Sunday and stay safe! God bless!

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Saturday Devotion: Seeking Wise Advise (2 Chronicles 10 & 1 Corinthians 5:1-5)

2 Chronicles 10

After Solomon’s death, his son Rehoboam became king. The people approached King Rehoboam seeking relief from Solomon’s heavy taxes. The young king then sought out advice from the elders. The elders advised him to be kind to his people but King Rehoboam rejected their advice and consulted instead the young people who had grown up with him (v6-8). Presumably, he was looking for people to advise him to cater to his own intentions. The results were disastrous and the advice that his friends gave backfired. It led to conflict and rebellion.

We face difficult decisions constantly. Where do we go to for advice? We must first seek God, above all others. Proverbs 3:5 says: lean not on our own understanding but to lean on God. It is wise to seek advice and views from your elders. It could be from our pastors, lay leader’s of the church or people who are close to you. After receiving the advice, we have to discern if the advice given applies to God’s word to our situation. To accept other’s advice means we must practice humility and not to be too proud to reject it when the advice does not suit your intentions.  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice (Proverbs 12:15).

1 Corinthians 5:1-5

The next passage we have a passage where the Corinthian church did not seek God for His counsel when they faced a sin issue in their church. Paul was writing a firm and stern warning to the Corinthian Church on the issue of sexual immorality practiced by someone in the congregation. Paul was taking the Corinthian Church to task by asking them why are they allowing such behavior in their church. The Corinthians knew about the situation but were not upset about it. If they had turned to God’s word, they should have known it is declared sin by the Bible (Leviticus 18:8) and should not have tolerated such behavior. Perhaps, they could have written to Paul for advice but they did not.

Application: For some of us, it can be difficult to confront a friend or a family member when they are committing a sin. How does one balance between being loving and being too judgmental?   First, we obtain guidance from God’s word: We can look to the example Jesus gave when he confronted the woman caught in adultery in John 7:53 to Joh 8:11. Although Jesus said her sins was forgiven, it was not excused. Jesus did not ignore her sin. Jesus never teaches us to shy away from sin or to tolerate sin. All of us have a responsibility to confront sin when we see it and lead them to repentance. Secondly, we can turn to Matthew 18:15-17 on how to deal with sin amongst church members.

From these two passages:

a)       We learn to seek God first for wisdom comes from the Lord;

b)      Even if we seek advise from our closest friends or elders, we must check it with God’s word; and

c)       The best advise will come from someone who can apply God’s word to your situation and encourage you to come to your own decision in alignment with God’s will.

 Suggested prayer:

Heavenly Father, we look to you when we are faced with difficult decisions. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Guide us by the power of Your Holy Spirit to make the right decisions in accordance to Your Will.