Sunday, September 27, 2020

2nd Service Sermon 27th September 2020 - Obedience

 Hello this is the sermon from 2nd Service. Have a blessed sunday!



Saturday, September 26, 2020

 26th September 2020 - Daily Devotion

Isaiah 58.  Doing good things but with an unloving heart

 

Is it possible for a Christian to spend time reading the Bible and praying to God, to seek Him out, to fast, and still to be disobedient to what God wants us to be?


Read verses 1 and 2 again to see that the answer is shockingly; yes! This may surprise many Christians. 

 

We can think we are good Christians because we “tick boxes” in our minds. We give to God our 15/30/60 minutes in prayer! We have our “God slot” and then think we can do what we feel like with the other 23+ hours of the day! We put God in a brief part of our day and exclude Him from most of the rest of our lives!

 

Does God reveal Himself to You in your quiet times? Do you perceive what He is saying to You? When is the last time you heard His Voice?

 

For some, the answer is that God speaks to us through His Word most days. For others, they do not discern what He is saying at all. If you are not hearing from God for weeks and months, and sometimes years and decades, something is wrong with your relationship with your Heavenly Father. 

 

If you have stopped being in a relationship with Him, it is important to take time and effort to find out what has gone wrong. When did you stop hearing from God? Has He given you an instruction to do something? Have you not done it? Did you fail to encourage someone, have you cheated people? There are many reasons why we don’t hear from God. 

 

Verse 4 says:

 

Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.

 

If you cannot hear from God, now is the time to seek Him anew! How do we go about fixing the problem? Isaiah 58 gives us good advice. In verse 5, we are to humble ourselves, this means to admit we are fallible people who get it wrong and need to be in submission and obedience to our heavenly Father. We need to show love to people!  We are commanded to overcome injustice and help others with their problems (verse 6). For example, verse 7 instructs us to provide food and shelter and clothing, and help our families. 

 

God gives us a conditional promise. When we obey Him, He says in verse 8: 

“Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.”

We sometimes need to do things, not for salvation but to break down the barriers between us and God. We need to prove ourselves in His sight. God often tests people in the Bible. Not because He doesn’t already know the outcome but to lead us into maturity. Doing these things may not always be easy but the rewards as described in verses 8-14 are fantastic! As Jesus said in Matthew 22:37- 40 the greatest commands are to love God with all of our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves. 

We can falsely believe we love our God. When we are not loving towards people, our love for God is not evident. The New Living Translation of Romans 12:9 reads:

 

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly       to what is good.”

 

Suggested prayer: Father God, we pray You to fill us with Your Spirit so we have a sincere and authentic love for You, that overspills into loving our neighbors. Forgive us for the times we have been angry, selfish, and less than loving towards those around us. We want to be loving like you and experience the joy of living in Your Presence every day. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

   

 

 

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

DAILY DEVOTION

Reading Passage for 24th September:

Isaiah 56
Keep justice, and do righteousness, for My salvation is about to come.

This prophetic Word is directed to God’s dejected people, who have slacked in obedience and righteousness. God shakes them out of this by calling them to keep justice and do righteousness in anticipation of what He will do. But Isaiah offers the reason why the people are to make these changes to their lives. “For soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed” (Isaiah 56:1). Salvation is coming so change the way of living, Keep the covenant God has made with you because His righteousness is on the way. Consider how this message was repeated by John the Baptist. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Salvation and righteousness were coming quickly and it is time for the people to change their ways and draw near to the Lord.

This salvation is life-changing. We desire to live differently because God’s salvation has come through Jesus and now, we wait eagerly for its full consummation. To say this another way, obedience is to be lived out in response to this salvation that has been revealed to you and me.

Vs 2 But God wants to make it clear that this invitation and glorious offer is not extended only to Israel, but to all people. The foreigner is not to think that he will be kept separate from the family of God. No one will be distinguished or separated among God’s people. Anyone who holds to covenant are going to be offered rich blessings.

Notice that verse 4 emphasizes the keeping of the Sabbath. We must understand the purpose of the Sabbath and what the Sabbath was commemorating. Deuteronomy 5:12-15 gives us clarity on the purpose of the Sabbath. And he reminds us this again in Isaiah 56. The purpose of the Sabbath was to remember that they were slaves in Egypt and that God brought them out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Now the eunuchs are told to keep the Sabbath (56:4) and the foreigners are commanded to keep the Sabbath (56:6). Why? The Sabbath observance represents the covenant relationship of God with his people.

To these who keep God’s covenant and choose to do the things that please the Lord (56:4) God says He will give something far better than a physical family. Far better than sons and daughters, God will give all people in the house of God and within the walls of His kingdom a monument and name that is everlasting and will never be cut off.

Now, who are these people who are enjoying these privileges and blessings in the Lord? Notice verse 6. These are people who join themselves to the Lord, serve the Lord, love the name of the Lord, will be the Lord’s servants, hold fast to God’s covenant, and keep the Sabbath.

The Result (56:7-8)
“These I will bring to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer.” Notice that by coming into a relationship with the Lord, belonging to his covenant of peace, and choosing to do the things that please the Lord his people will be joyful in the house of prayer. What a powerful picture!

God is still calling for more outcasts to come to him (56:8). Woe to us, if we do not present to every person the opportunity to hear the gospel and come into a joyful relationship with our God. God has made a new family in Christ and those who choose to do the things that please the Lord enjoy being in this family. And God is calling more people to come into his family. Let us be the family of God that represents the house of prayer joyfully communing with God, let us remember to invite, invest, and include people in our lives and church.

Self-reflection
1. Can God trust you with implicit obedience?
2. What does the Covenant relationship with God look like in your life?
3. What have you done to include someone in church, a Care Group, or family, that they may know Christ?

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.