Thursday, October 5, 2017
Psalm 135:1-9, 19-21
HOUSE OF ISRAEL, PRAISE THE LORD“All you Israelites, praise the LORD; house of Aaron, praise the LORD.” Psalm 135:19, NIV Praise comes from a heart that is overflowing with joy for the great things that only God can do, and has done. Even in unpleasant situations, there is always something to praise God for, if only we would reflect on His goodness. The psalm for our meditation today was a call to the people of God to praise Him for a number of reasons. He gave them victory over their enemies and fulfilled His promises to them. Like the Israelites, we are also called to praise God for His faithfulness. The psalmist recounts that He is good (v. 3), great (v. 5), and supreme (vv. 6-7). We need to appreciate God’s goodness in our lives and praise His name for the wonders of life (vv. 7-9). God has chosen us to be His own treasured possession not because we are good, but because He loves us. God deserves to be praised for the great favour and goodness He has shown us, which no other god or person can do. In your meditation today, recollect how God showed you His love on you and chose you for Himself; remember all His acts of faithfulness, and, like the Israelites, sing praises to Him.
- Birthday Blessing: “There is no divination against Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The LORD their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them.” Numbers 23:23
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
THE TRIUMPHANT GLORY OF GOD“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1, NIV Ever imagined what the night time will look like without the moon? The moon provides light in the night, and the light it gives cannot be compared to any other source of light. Yet, the moon does not supply this light on its own; it is the light from the sun that reflects on the moon. As the moon gets light from the sun, it dispels darkness. Like the inhabitants of the earth eagerly await the moonlight on dark nights, kings and nations await the glory of the children of God (v. 3). As a child of God, you have the glory of God bestowed upon you. Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the glory of God has been on every believer. Therefore, your duty is to reveal this glory in all you say and do. Live as light in this dark world so that others can see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. God has placed you around people to dispel the darkness that surrounds their lives. When you bring light to the world around you, you showcase the victory you have in God (vv. 4-7). Keep your covenant relationship with God because you can only shine as much as His glory rises on you.
- Birthday Blessing: “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.” Isaiah 50:7
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
PREPARE TO MEET YOUR GOD“And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them… because…the LORD will come down…in the sight of all the people.” Exodus 19:10-11 Important life events demand preparation. We prepare for a wedding, school, a new baby, a new job, and the like. Oftentimes, preparation tells how well or not the event will go. God specified the requirements to prepare the people for meeting with Him. He wanted the Israelites to come in holiness and with due reverence for Him. How do you prepare for worship time in church? Do you come with self righteousness or with humility of heart? The Scripture says that God gives grace to the humble. Therefore, anyone that will receive grace from the Lord must have a humble heart. Will you strip yourself of every form of sin today so you can approach the throne of grace and obtain mercy from God? Will you ask Him to give you a humble heart so that you can enjoy His presence? Again, there is a day that God has set to gather His people to Himself. Though we do not know the exact time, the Scripture enjoins us to keep watch as we await the coming of the Lord. Are you prepared to meet Jesus when He comes? Are you living a life that awaits His coming, or you are living as if this world is the end of life? Don't let Him meet you unprepared.
- Birthday Blessing: “The LORD blesses you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you... Numbers 6:24-26
Monday, October 2, 2017
YOU ARE GOD’S CHOICE“Yet the LORD set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you… above all the nations….” Deuteronomy 10:15, NIV Debby and Nicole were intimate friends right from the university. They were very fond of each other and did many things in common. After graduation, since they both studied accountancy, they always applied for jobs together. On one occasion, both of them were called for an interview in a multinational company. Two weeks later, Debby was given a job while Nicole was not called. Nicole was confused. She had a 21 while Debby had a 22; how come she was not chosen? Out of His own volition and not because of anything they did, God chose the nation of Israel to be His special people. Having chosen them, God required reverence, love, devotion and obedience from them. He also demanded that they kept their history in proper perspective in their dealings with strangers. This implies that they must not forget that they were once foreigners in Egypt. Have you accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour? Then, God has chosen you. But being chosen comes with responsibility. By choosing you, God expects you to be a model of His grace by obeying Him reverently and showing hospitality to the less-privileged. Will you ask for grace to maximise the opportunity of being chosen, and to make God happy all the days of your life?
- Birthday Blessing: “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Genesis 15:1-6, 17-21
ABRAM ENTERS INTO COVENANT WITH GODOn that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land….”Genesis 15:18, NIV Abraham had thought that only a slave within his household would inherit his estate as he might die childless. But God reassured him that the promise He had earlier made will come to pass (vv. 1b, 4). To further assure Abraham of the dependability of His words, God entered into a covenant with him, to give the land of Canaan to him and his descendants. Abraham’s story shows that God has all it takes to attend to our needs, even beyond what we ask. God's words are His bond. Even when circumstances dictate otherwise, God keeps His promises. He is always faithful to His Words and nothing can change His promises towards His children because He cannot deny Himself. However, we need to believe Him and keep our side of the bargain. Don't give up on God’s Word or settle for your own alternatives, perhaps because you feel God is delaying. Rather, learn to wait on God and remain in His will. He will make everything beautiful for you in its time.
- Birthday Blessing: “I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.” Isaiah 45:2