Sunday, December 30, 2012

Luke 9

If we mean to follow Christ, we must lay aside the thoughts of becoming great and better person than the others. God does not look at our works and a accomplishments, He looks are our heart, at our humility, at our submission to the authority, and at the simplicity of our life. As we look back to 2012, don't focus on the negative, but the great works of Christ in our lives. Let's make 2013 another great opportunity to serve God in His kingdom. Reading: Luke 9. God bless. PF. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Luke 5


In our story, though Peter had taken nothing, yet Christ told them to let down their nets again to catch fish. In our mission and assignment with God, we must not abruptly quit if we do not success in what we desire. We have to follow the guidance of Christ’s word, or the advice of our elders. The catch of fish here was by a miracle of Jesus, not by their own efforts. Reading: Luke 5. God bless. PF 


  

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Savior


Jesus is the name of the Savior, because He saves His people from their sins. (Matt. 1:21) In saving His people, He saves them from the guilt and power of sin, from the wrath and curse, and all misery, here and hereafter. Indeed, there is a reason to celebrate, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) God bless. PF

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Luke 2


When Jesus was born in a simple and lowly place, this checks men's vanity, envy, and ambition. On that night, the angels appeared not to all Israel but to the shepherds who were keeping their flocks (v9). When they saw the Child they marveled and instanly spread the goodnews (v17). God has few and faithful witnesses in this world, selected from among many. They are in this world, but they do not belong to this world... Reading: Luke 2. God bless. PF

Friday, December 21, 2012

Luke 1


All the prayers men offer up to God are acceptable only through Christ. Prayers of faith are reaching heaven and are not forgotten. Prayers made when we were young may be answered when we are old, like Zechariah. However unbelief closes the door, and by believing opens it again. Mary found favor from God though she didn’t pray to be the bearer of Messiah. Like us, we have also found favor to be a bearer of His word... Reading: Luke 1. God bless. PF


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mark 16


After Jesus had given instructions to go and spread the good news, He went up into heaven, sat at the right hand of God denoting His sovereign power and glorious dignity. Whatever God does in this world, it is now through the Son. The apostles went forth, and preached every where, and the greatest miracle we had seen is the transformation of men’s lives. This is what the world needs today... Reading: Mark 16. God bless. PF

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mark 15


For 3 hours the whole land was covered by darkness, signifying the sinfulness of humanity. The veil of the temple was rent from top to bottom, showing that God’s holy presence is no longer limited to few. Through the cross, God and sinners had been reconciled because the Savior who was wounded and pierced came to save His people from the wrath to come... Reading: Mark 15. God bless. PF

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mark 14


Jesus gave up His life for us, and we must think any precious thing too for Him. This chapter shows 3 types of His followers; Mary who gave her best affection to Christ; Judas who betrayed his Lord for money; and Peter who denied his Friend for fear of men. God will honor those who honored Christ. Good works will only be good to God when we learned that obedience is better than good works... Reading: Mark 14. God bless. PF

Monday, December 17, 2012

Mark 13


As to the end of the world, do not inquire when it will come, for of that day and that hour no one knows (v32). Our duty is to do our mission assignment faithfully, at the same time watch and pray in expectation of His return. So that whenever the Lord comes, He may not find us doing some unimportant issues of life. Take heed that no one deceives you! (v5)... Reading: Mark 13. God bless PF

Friday, December 14, 2012

Mark 11


The incident that Christ looked to find some fruits from a fig tree is symbolical to the nation of Israel of that generation. It was a figure to the doom upon the religious people to which God stepped down to earth from heaven seeking fruit, but found none, except leaves. This story can be true to Christians' experience, that on the Judgment Day God will look for fruits, not activities, but results of our spiritual acts... Reading: Mark 11. God bless. PF


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mark 10


Jesus spoke about the difficulty to receive salvation to those who have abundance in this world. Those who seek the wealth will never receive the prize of Christ. The greatest trial to the Christians is to give up friends, relatives, even families. And the worst is, they should expect sufferings for Him till they reach eternity in heaven. Let us learn contentment, and pray to enable to be part with all in Christ’s service... Reading Mark 10. God bless. PF 


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Mark 9

“Help me with my unbelief!” It was a person’s faith in God that caused him to succeed. It was people’s lack of faith that caused them to fail. Much is promised to our faith in Jesus. It is possible that men’s hard heart may be softened, and their spiritual diseases may be cured. Those who complain of unbelief must look up to Christ for grace to help them against it, and His grace will be sufficient for them... Reading: Mark 9. God bless. PF

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mark 8


Denial of oneself and taking up his own cross are Christ’s requirements if the people want to follow Him and become His disciples. Special blessings including spiritual and materials are God’s response to our faith and humility. There is a day coming, when the cause of Christ will appear as glorious, as some people now think it ridiculous and contemptible. Keep on... Reading: Mark 8. God bless you. PF

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mark 7


One of the main purposes of Christ was the setting aside of the ceremonial law of the OT. He did it by 'fulfilling' the ceremonies, while rejecting the traditions of the elders. The requirements of clean hands and pure hearts are very different from the outward form of the Pharisees. He reproves them for rejecting the commandment of men, because what matters to God is obedience to His eternal Word. Reading: Mark 7. God bless. PF

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mark 6


Jesus was shocked because of the unbelief of the Nazarenes, so he did not perform many miracles there (v6). May divine grace deliver us from unbelief that God may do miracles in our lives. The Christian is like a ship at the sea tossed with tempests. We may have Christ, yet the wind and tide move against us. Christ is our comfort, no difficulties can hinder our service to Him, because He can silence every opposition... Reading: Mark 6. God bless. PF

Friday, December 7, 2012

Mark 5


It is common for people to obtain help from others and try every solution they could before seeking the blessings from Christ. The man was demon-possessed, the woman had a flow of blood for 12 years, Jairus was hesitant if he should ask Christ to go or not. Faith is the only remedy against grief and fear at such a time. Jesus is the hope of glory... Reading: Mark 5. God bless. PF  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mark 4


If people don’t understand the simplicity of the gospel, how shall they learn those more difficult! Be attentive to the message of the word because the devil is busy to the careless and barren hearers. By God’s new-creating grace, our heart (the issue of this chapter) may become good ground, and the good seed of the word may produce in our lives good fruits to the praise and glory of God our Father... Reading: Mark 4. God bless. PF

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mark 3


Christ heals and calls whom He will, for His grace is His own. He had called His followers to separate themselves from the multitude, and gave them power to do their job and ministries in God’s kingdom. Those who go with zeal must expect hindrances, but if we have big heart for God we can do anything and easily bear all things because He is with us... Reading: Mark 3. God bless. PF

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mark 2


The paralytic man carried by 4 friends shows the suffering state of human life. Sin is the cause of human pains and miseries. Many think that they don’t need physician, so they despise the gospel. But the humble sinners will show their faith with meekness. Faith may work in various ways, but it has to be accepted by Jesus Christ. Jesus proved his power to forgive sin, by showing his power to cure the paralytic man...Reading: Mark 2. God bless. PF

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mark 1


Mark is the first gospel to be written. Christ came to bring healing with power and authority (v22). When God sent Jesus into the world, He took care of those who have repented from their sins to prepare the way to the Father. It is only by grace that we can enter His kingdom, even John the Baptist, His forerunner, thought himself unworthy to untie the straps of His sandals (v8). Remain humble and lovable... Reading: Mark 1. God bless. PF

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Matthew 28


The Great Commission is the main theme of the gospel of Matthew. This is the mission of the church from A.D. 33 to present, and this is the purpose of the church’s existence. Our church’s strategy to fulfill this mission is discipleship training; to equip every member for the service of God. It is our duty to go forth among all nations and proclaim the good news with power and anointing... Reading: Matthew 28. God bless. PF

Friday, November 30, 2012

Matthew 27


Evil people see little of the consequences when they commit sins, but they must answer for all to God. Judas, Unrepentant sinners, will face the Divine wrath according to the truth. Judas went far toward repentance, yet it was not to salvation. Let us not be satisfied with partial convictions, and yet remain full of pride and hatred. The blood of Jesus is able to change our ways and give us new life... Reading: Matthew 27. God bless. PF

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Matthew 26


Jesus was betrayed and crucified. It happened so that the scriptures  might be fulfilled. Anything that is happening in our lives is in the Hand of God. He is the One who is in control because He is sovereighn over all the earth. Though Christ was crucified with silence and weakness, it was voluntary. If we are not willing to suffer and submit everything to God, we will fail to conquer our sins and weaknesses... Reading: Matthew 26: God bless. PF

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Matthew 25


We are waiting for the 2nd coming of our Lord Jesus, so let us continue to be faithful and fruitful. In this world we shall have trials and troubles, they will come and go, but the Holy Spirit will never allow us to be defeated. He is our victory. Just remain in our calling as God’s devoted servants in our assigned mission field. We are only pilgrims in this world, our final destiny is heaven... Reading: Matthew 25. God bless. PF

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Matthew 24


Jesus Christ foretells the coming destruction of the temple, and set before the believers the order of the times concerning all men till the end of the age and His 2nd coming. What shall be the sign? It was answered fully by Jesus, and it tends to promote caution than to satisfy their curiosity; not just to know but to be prepared. If you are not blind to see these signs, be ready for He is coming very soon... Reading: Matthew 24. God bless. PF

Monday, November 26, 2012

Matthew 23


The scribes and Pharisees explained the law of Moses, and enforced obedience to it, but they don't follow their examples. Many Christians are "expert" to criticize their brethren but they can't see their own mistakes. This way is hypocrisy! Self righteousness, "holier than thou" reigns over their lives, the sin that torment them. The only solution is to take away your eyes from others and look at yourself... Reading: Matthew 23. God bless. PF 


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Matthew 22


Jesus is the true interpreter of the Law. He declared that many are called to the wedding-feast (salvation), but few have the wedding-garment (the righteousness of Christ and sanctification). The Pharisees and Sadducees were careless for their destruction but Christians are careful for their redemption. Let us examine ourselves whether we are in the faith, and seek to be approved by the King... Reading: Matthew 22. God bless. PF

Friday, November 23, 2012

Matthew 21


Jesus cursed the fig tree because of its barrenness (v19). He rebuked the Pharisees because of their unfruitfulness (43). Our Lord found no fruit except leaves. So let us fear the doom denounced on the barren fig-tree and the unfruitful servants. The unbelief of sinners will be their ruin, but the faithfulness of the Christian will be their eternal salvation. May we be willing to follow him for His name's sake... Reading: Matthew 21. God bless. PF

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Matthew 20

Jesus declared that personal ambition has no place in the kingdom of heaven. James and John desired higher position (v20), the ten upon discovering it were indignant toward them (v24). All of them were guilty! Jesus indicates that those who were leaders acted as lords over their fellows (v42) is ungodly. Rather it has to be done with humility and willingness to suffer. Jesus gave Himself as a prime example. He came not to be served but to serve... Reading: Matthew 20. God bless and happy thanksgiving. PF

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Matthew 19

Christ knew that covetousness was the sin which troubled many people. This young man got what he possessed honestly, yet he could not cheerfully share it with others. Jesus required His people to obey His ordinances, follow His pattern, and in total dependence on Him. However, to sell all, and give to the poor will not serve, but we are to follow Christ.  The gospel of Christ is the only remedy for sinners to obtain eternal life... Reading: Matthew 19. God bless. PF 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Matthew 18


Our Lord set a child before His followers, that unless they were converted and made like little children, they could not enter his kingdom. Children are humble, teachable, forgiving, and dependent on their parents. It means that we need to renew the spirit of our minds, become simple and humble, willing to be the least of all. Let us daily study this subject, and examine our own spirits... Reading: Matthew 18. God bless. PF

Monday, November 19, 2012

Matthew 17


Peter, James and John, together with Moses and Elijah were chosen by Jesus to witness the transfiguration, a picture of our eternity in heaven. Then a divine voice declared of obedience to the Son whose power and glory where thus testified. We too are chosen among many, and heard the voice of God from within to be His witnesses. Let us continue to follow the Lord till the final day of our redemption... Reading: Matthew 17. God bless. PF

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Matthew 16


The religious leaders know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but they don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times. (v3) They failed to understand that to be the Messiah is to suffer for the sin of the world, and to be His follower is to be identified with His suffering. Pray that God will give us wisdom to understand the events that happen in our present time... Reading: Matthew 16. God bless. PF 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Matthew 15

The Lord spoke of their traditions as inventions of their own (v3). He shows that the defilement was not from what entered the mouths, but from what came out of the mouths (v11). When we made promise to God in the hearing of men, but didn't pay much attention to fulfill them, that make us hypocrites; "In vain do they worship me." Futile words will neither please God, nor profit you... Reading: Matthew 15. God bless. PF

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Matthew 14


It is not new thing for Christ's disciples to meet with storms in life. Peter walked on top of the water in the midst of storm . He saw the power of Jesus but realized also his weakness. It symbolizes that when we follow Jesus, look unto Him straight, because when we look off from Him and look at opposing power, we shall begin to sink (v30). But when we call to Him, He will stretch out His arm and save us... Matthew 14. God bless. PF

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Matthew 13


Jesus taught in parables with the purpose. The things about God made more plain and easy to those willing to be taught, but difficult and obscure to those who are not serious to follow Him; seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not understand (v13). These parables tell that the hearts of men are not alike, but Christians are encourage to aim at the highest, to bring forth fruits to God. At the end, He did not perform miracles because of unbelief, a hindrance to receive God’s favor... Reading: Matthew 13. God bless. PF

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Matthew 12

The disciples of Christ are his family in eternity. His mother and brothers stood outside (v46), when they should have been inside listening. This passage tells the importance of priority in life, that we often meet with hindrances in our works, and are taken off by care of this life. Christ was so intent on his work, that no other duty took him from this. It does not mean that He was disrespectful to his family, but the lesser duty must standby while the greater is done... Reading: Matthew 12. God bless. PF 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Matthew 11


We are indebted to Christ for all the revelations we received from Him by the will of the Father, but hidden to others (v25). Jesus has invited all men who labor for sins and heavy-laden of guilt and fear to come to unto Him. Anyone who shall respond will receive rest as Christ’s gift, and obtain peace and comfort in their hearts. But in coming to Him, we must take His yoke, and submit to His authority... Reading: Matthew 11. God bless. PF

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Matthew 10

The word "apostle" signifies messenger; they were Christ's messengers, sent forth to proclaim his kingdom. Christ gave them power to heal all manner of sickness, physical and spiritual. In the power of the gospel there is a solution for every problem. They preached God's kingdom to establish the faith, to animate the hope, to inspire the love of heavenly things, that the men and women of God may prepare for it without delay..... Reading: Matthew 10. God bless. PF

Friday, November 9, 2012

Matthew 9


Jesus visited the wealthy and poor cities, even obscure villages, preaching the word and healing the sick. The souls of men are as precious to Christ, and should be so to us also. The Lord had compassion on the people as sheep scattered, as men perishing for lack of knowledge. Let us pray that the Lord of the harvest, Jesus himself, will raise up laborers in our church who will labor to bring souls to God... Reading: Matthew 9. God bless. PF 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Matthew 8


The cleansing of a leper, the healing of many people, and deliverance of demon possessed show us that when we cannot be sure of God’s will and direction, there is Jesus who is able to help us if we humbly request it as a favor (v2, 5, 19). Those that had been cleansed from spiritual leprosy, go to Christ's ministers (v4) and open your case, that they may advise, comfort, and pray for you... Reading: Matthew 8. God bless. PF

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Matthew 7


Jesus tells at the last part of this chapter (v24-27) that 2 types of people would emerge, one who will understand and obey His teachings, and another whose heads are still filled with empty notions. His teachings will be our foundation in Christian living, and all others are like sand, too weak to bear the heavy hopes of heaven. Storms and trials will come that will try our foundational knowledge, but pray always that the Lord will make us wise builders for eternity... Reading: Matthew 7. God bless. PF

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Matthew 6


Our Lord warned against hypocrisy and outward show in religious duties. Alms (1-4), prayer (5-13), forgiveness (14-15), fasting (16-18), attitude of the heart (19-21), purity of the eyes (22-23), service of God vs service of man (24), worry vs trust in God (25-34). Be careful of these! Jesus had promised  reward to the obedient, but the hypocrites had promised rewards for themselves contrary to the reward God promises to those who do good. Our reward is not because we earned them, but because our Father gives abundantly to His children who serve Him... Reading: Matthew 6. God bless. PF

Monday, November 5, 2012

Matthew 5


No one will find complete happiness in this world or the next, who do not seek the truth from our Lord Jesus by the rule of his word. His message is to abhor what was evil and to seek good and abound in. Blessed means happy and satisfied. We are so blessed to be follower of Christ, because only the Holy Spirit can satisfy our inner and outer desires. Having satisfactions and hopes in this world, we can cheerfully welcome even painful circumstances... Reading: Matthew 5. God bless. PF

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Matthew 4


After Jesus was declared to be the Son of God, He was tempted. The devil was wise and subtle, but his temptation can be resisted. This passage tells that Jesus is the victorious Servant of Jehovah, unlike Lucifer and Adam that had failed God in their calling. 

Jesus suffered for us so that His followers can be victorious in the midst of trials and storms. When the gospel comes in our lives, light comes so we can be part of His eternal plan in this world... Reading: Matthew 4. God bless. PF

Friday, November 2, 2012

Matthew 3


The doctrine John the Baptist preached was repentance (v2). It implies a total alteration in the mind, a change in the judgment and affections. He demanded fruits of repentance (v7), because the change of mind produces a change of the way. The New Testament teaches that we can return to God only through Christ who was anointed by God to forgive sins and judge all things... Reading: Matthew 3. God bless. PF

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Matthew 2


From a distant land of the East, the wise men came to worship the newly born King of Judea (v2). After a long and severe journey, they finally found the place, not without God’s guidance, His star (v3). Our journey in God’s kingdom may be similar to their experience. Be wise, let us not stop moving forward, despite sufferings, & disappointment, in the end we will be with Him forever. God is with us, and His word will be the light unto our path... Reading: Matthew 2. God bless. PF

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Matthew 1


The Messiah who descended from Abraham and David would come “to save His people from their sins” (v21). By the merit of His death, the redeemed are saved from miseries, wrath and eternal hell. Joseph obeyed God as the angel told him without dispute (v24). By applying the written word, we should be careful to take God’s direction in our lives too because this is the safest way to find the end... Reading: Matthew 1. God bless. PF 


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Malachi 4

Jesus is our Sun of Righteousness (v2), & through Him we are justified, sanctified, healed & so are brought to see light. He is our Shield in the midst of the storm. Thank you Lord! Soon & very soon we are going to see the King... Reading: Malachi 4. God bless. PF

Monday, October 29, 2012

Malachi 3


The Lord Jesus prepares the sinner's heart to be his temple. No hypocrite can endure his doctrine, or stand before his tribunal. “Who can stand when He appears?” (v2) Christ came to separate between the precious and the vile. He is the Refiner, to take away the dross in us so that our offerings may be acceptable to God (v3). We should not be afraid in time of fiery trials and conflicts, He allows these things for our growth... Reading: Malachi 3. God bless. PF

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Malachi 2


It is a a great honor to be God's servant, even become member of the covenant to His people. That’s why in the affairs of our souls, we must always consult the written word, and desire instruction and advice from God’s servants who are trustworthy not to mislead the people. The advice may be painful but they are faithful... Reading: Malachi 2. God bless. PF

Monday, October 22, 2012

Zechariah 11


The shepherd’s main job is to find green pastures so he can feed his flock properly. The problem in this passage is that the sheep chose to cleave to false shepherds or teachers. Willful contempt of God and Christ is the great cause of men’s destruction. And if the true Christians rightly valued godly wisdom and Christian virtue, they would not contend about minor and little matters, but promote love and understanding... Reading: Zechariah 11. God bless. PF

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Zechariah 10


The Lord’s promise to make bright clouds and give showers of rain for everyone (v1), is an encouragement to seek the influences of the Holy Spirit, by faith and through prayers. Because of the troubles in this world, we are called to look up unto our Lord Who gives power and strength to His people. God does it so we can defend and protect our young and weak brethren from idol worshippers that speak delusion, diviners that envision lies, and dreamers that give false hope (v2)... Reading: Zechariah 10. God bless. PF

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mind


The human mind is an amazing creation, a powerhouse of potential. However, it is alarming to see the place where an undisciplined mind and life of a so called “Christian” will finish its train wreck. Paul said, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Our ability to achieve greatness has a perfect balance in its capacity for great disaster. And once you use your will and decision has been made, the die has been cast. 

A sharp shooter is the result of a disciplined will. Christians who are not willing to be discipled by his pastor and elders are the most dangerous persons inside the church. They will do whatever they want to do, say whatever they want to say, and act ignorantly without the leading of the Holy Spirit, even despising the words of the wise and seasoned men and women of God. As a result, they are the most troubled person in the community, trials after trials, problems after problems, struggles after struggles, coming and going. Yet, they will claim of “suffering” for the sake of Christ, using the name of the Lord in vain! In this dark and evil world, let us not forget that God has set a place, the church, where true love (not worldly) and freedom (not fleshly) can be exercised in reverence to the holiness of our good Lord, Jesus Christ. God bless. PF

Zechariah 9

The King Messiah who will come lowly and riding in a donkey (v9) is a symbol of humility and righteousness that represents the kingdom of the most High God. He will establish spiritual kingdom on earth by proclaiming the gospel of peace to the nations (v10), and be received by the gentiles wholeheartedly. While we admire the works of Christ in our lives, let us seek His nature and truth may be shown in our own spirits and conduct... Reading: Zechariah 9. God bless. PF

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Zechariah 8

We can see how physically this chapter is being fulfilled in our generation. "I (God) will return to Zion and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem (v3); The streets shall be full of boys and girls (v5); God will bring His people back in Jerusalem from diaspora (v7-8); Jews shall be blessings to the nations (v13); God is determined to bless them now as He was determined to punish them then (v15); AND many people and strong nations shall come and seek the Lord in Jerusalem (v22). Question: Are you observer or participant?  

God bless you. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Habbakkuk 1

Habakkuk was affected deeply by seeing ungodliness around him, and God heard his prayer. God’s answer was to punish Israel for their sin by using Chaldeans, a nation more wicked than them. They would be scourged and bullied by this wicked people. 

Go bless you. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Nahum 2

Assyria (modern Iran) had been terrible and cruel to her neighbors, so the Lord would judge and destroy her power. (v8-10). Nations even in our time are responsible to be good friend and improve their relationship with their neighboring countries. They shall be judged in the last days based on their relationship with Israel.

God bless you. 


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nahum 1

Nahum contrasted the anger of the Lord to sinners with His goodness to His people. He is slow to anger, but will not acquit the wicked (v3). The good news is that the Prince of peace has come to redeem the world, proclaim happiness to His followers so that they can keep the appointed feasts (v15), like Feast of Tabernacle.

God bless you. 




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Micah 7


Today is Day of Atonement, an ancient teaching of God’s provision for the forgiveness of sins (Lev. 23:27-32). Micah emphasized that God pardons iniquity (v18), when we acknowledgement our sins (v9). Praise God for Christ our Lord, His blood takes away the guilt of sin.

God bless you. 



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Micah 6




Sin causes the controversy between God and man. Any proposals for forgiveness and reconciliation that is not in accordance to the gospel are absurd (v6-7). They could not answer the demand for Divine justice, nor erase the wrong done to honor God. Only the blood of Jesus can take away sin of the world.

God bless you. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Micah 5




Though Israel was living in sin and chaos, God will send the Ruler, who came from eternity, and to be born in Bethlehem. (v2). In the strength of the Lord, this ruler will protect his people, give peace, cause to hate idol worship, and cut off their enemies. Jesus is our peace, who has broken down the wall of partition between God and men.

God bless you. 


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Micah 4




God had promised that a glorious church shall be set up in this world in the last days with the Messiah. The Gentiles that worshipped their gods shall walk with the Lord forever (v5). However, nations will be against God's people, so the Lord will strengthen Zion to beat to pieces, as the sheaves threshed on the  floor (v12).

God bless you. 


Friday, September 21, 2012

Micah 3



The prophet Micah had a great love to God and to the souls of men; deep concerns against sin, salvation of men, and glory of God. In this chapter, we can learn that God hides His face (v4), God’s servants live without vision (v6), God doesn’t answer prayer (v7), priests or pastors minister for money (v11).

God bless you .


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Micah 2




God hates evildoers that devise evil at night and rise early to carry it into execution (v.1). If covetousness reigns in the heart, compassion is banished (v.2). Be careful to walk with spirit or error, for they will only lead you to destruction... 

God bless you. 



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Daily Devotional-Micah 1

Micha 1 


The earth and all its inhabitants are called upon to hear the words of God (v.1). The temple, church, great men, or any organization cannot protect themselves from the judgment of God. When the wounds are incurable, divine punishment is the only solution (v.9). Beth Aphrah means house of dust (v10); it reminds us that we’re only dust.

God bless you. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Daily Meditation-Jonah 4

Jonah 4 


The unforgiving spirit of Jonah that troubles himself was completely opposite to the gracious, merciful and lovingkindness of God (v.2). God is so tender to His creation specially the people, even though they are sinful and froward. God waits for one soul to repent because it is of more value than the whole world.

God bless you. 



Monday, September 17, 2012

Daily Devotional-Jonah 3

Jonah 3


The repentance of the Ninevites (v.5), with prayer and turning from wicked ways are means of escaping God’s wrath but obtaining mercy. Indeed there is wonder of divine grace in the spirit of humility. This is what we need everyday.

God bless you. 


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Daily Devotional-Jonah 2

Jonah 2 


When Jonah was in affliction he prayed, even in the belly of the fish (v.1). If our troubles and dark moment will cause us to be closer with God, so be it. No incident or place is amiss with the Lord. Men may stop us from fellowship with one another, but not from communion with our God.

God bless you. 


Friday, September 14, 2012

Daily Devotional-Jonah 1

Jonah 1 


Nineveh, the great sin city is a picture of every individual, while Jonah represents the Christian who is reluctant to obey God’s command. Disobedience to our task brings storms and troubles into our souls and the people around us. Can you sleep on in your own sin when the word of God tells you to arise and do your assignments? 

God bless you. 


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Daily Devotional-Obadiah 1

Obadiah 1


All violence and unrighteousness are sins, and the sins made far worse if it be done against any of God's people; as what Edom did to Judah (v.10). When Christ,  the deliverer from Zion has come (v.21), those who exalt themselves shall be brought down, but those that wait upon the Lord shall be exalted.

God bless you .


Daily Devotional-Amos 9

Amos 9

The preservation of the modern Jews, the revival of Christian faith, and the movement of missionaries in our time are all parts of the restoration of the tabernacle of David which was fallen down (v.11). It was initiated by God Himself through the power of the Holy Spirit, otherwise no one will start.

God bless you.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Daily Devotional-Amos 8

Amos 8

The famine of the word of God is the heaviest judgment to people because this is a total spiritual bankrupt (v.11) But when God visits the place and sends His servants, let us value our advantages and serve the Lord with the best that we can.

God bless you. 


Monday, September 10, 2012

Daily Devotional-Amos 7

Amos 6 

Amos was misunderstood and became enemy of the king for telling them the truth (v.10). However, Amos was their best friend to protect them from the impending judgment. “I was no prophet” (v.14), he said, because prophecy at the time was a big business. 

God bless you. 


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Daily Devotional-Amos 6

Amos 6 


Here is a description of the pride (v8), for which God would reckon. Careless sinners are in danger every where, but God’s people who are vainly confident of themselves and abusing their privileges, are in the greater danger (v14). It is dreadful to know that the Lord Himself had sworn for the ruin of unbelievers.

God bless you. 



Friday, September 7, 2012

Daily Devotional-Amos 5

Amos 5


The 2nd coming of Jesus is a day of judgment, a day of desolation to the whole world, a gloomy day to all unrepentant sinners. A day when God sends darkness so that no one can make light (v18-20). But He still proclaims mercy, seek Him & live (v5-6), for in Him we can find light and protection.

God bless you.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Daily Devotional-Amos 4

Amos 4

People wander from one place to another, seeking something to satisfy their desires, and at the end they would not return to God (v.8,9,10,11) who alone can provide what we need. It is miserable to put our confidence on things that will lead us to destruction.


God bless you. 



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Daily Devotional-Amos 3

Amos 3

God and man cannot walk together, except they are agreed (v3). We cannot expect communion with the Lord unless we seek peace with Him first and be reconciled. Those who are willing to humble are secured in the hand of the good Lord even in the worst of times.

God bless you. 


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Daily Devotional-Amos 2

Amos 2


“For 3 transgression of Israel and for 4,” means neglecting God’s mercies again and again shall add much to the sins men committed. Other nations were judged for injuries done to men, while Judah was judged for dishonoring God’s law. Let us all humble ourselves before the Lord, for all our ingratitude and unfaithfulness.

God bless you. 


Monday, September 3, 2012

Daily Devotional-Amos 1

Amos 1 


Amos was a sheepbreeder, and engaged in agriculture, appointed by God to reprove and warn the neighboring nations of Israel. God used all types of people whom He gives wisdom and skills for His holy purposes. Thanks be to God for using us in His kingdom though we are unworthy.

God bless you. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Joel 2




God’s promise to pour out His Spirit (v.28) has began to be fulfilled at Jerusalem in Acts 2, and was continued in the converting grace and miraculous gifts conferred on both Jews and Gentiles, even today. His promise is that whoever calls on the name of the Lord, Jesus is the name, shall be saved.

God bless you. 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Joel 1




Armies of locusts were coming upon the land to eat the fruits of it (v4), while the flames had burned up all the trees (v19). Even the animals cry out to God when the streams have dried up. God is Lord of all, and has every creatures at His command. The more we delights ourselves to this world, the more we are expose in troubles.

God bless you. 


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hosea 14




If Israel shall return to God and seek His face, it shall not be in vain. God will receive them graciously, take away their iniquity (v2), and heal their backsliding (v4); their long time disease. Those whom God loves, He loves them freely, not because they deserve it but by His own pleasure.

God bless you. 


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hosea 13



Israel had destroyed himself by rebellion, and could not save himself. His help was from the Lord only, his King (v9). Willful sins are destructive! Unless the Lord caused His people to come back to Him, they are powerless to be in His fold. It is the Lord who gives and takes away, all in His love.

God bless you. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hosea 12




The struggle of Jacob with the Angel (v4) is a memorial to all generations. Instead of trusting God, Israel believed in vain hope with Assyria and Egypt (v1-2). The message is continues determination not to give up till we prevail  because God’s promise is salvation and preservation.

God bless you. 


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hosea 11



When Israel were helpless as children, God loved them (v1), and took care of them that they might not stumble and fall. Despite the sins and unfaithfulness, God forgave them and caused them to walk after Him. God knows how to pardon sinners, He is faithful and just to cleanse the repentant heart. 

God bless you. 


Friday, August 24, 2012

Hosea 10

A vine is only valuable for its fruit, and Israel’s fruit is unacceptable to God because their hearts were divided (v2). Their pretenses to the service of God were false, therefore the branch “shall be cut off utterly” (v15). As for us, be faithful in our calling in which we are called.

God bless you. 


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hosea 9




God had found Israel pleasing to Him, like grapes in the wilderness, yet they followed after idolatry (v10). God had blessed them generously, but they misused God’s grace. So the blessing of the land was taken away from the, and they became wanderers among the nations (v17). 

God bless you. 


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hosea 8




The law (Bible) was written so that Israel may know God and worship Him, but they cared not to know. So long as men despise the truths about God's word and the ordinances of His worship, all things are “altars for sinning” (v.11). Services are acceptable to God when done according to His word through Jesus Christ.

God bless you. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hosea 7



In the midst of their trouble, the people of Israel never thought of seeking God’s help, “none among them calls upon Me” (v.7). They are like “cake unturned” (v.8) half-baked, mixture of worship of God, and idolatry with personal pride; but they don’t notice that. Lesson: always check your heart, humility is still our best weapon. 

God bless you. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Hosea 6



The pursuit of the knowledge of the Lord is the greatest thing men can do in this world. His favor is secured as the return of the morning after a dark night, and His grace is like both the latter and former rain unto the earth (v.3), which refreshes our lives and makes them fruitful with the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Praise God! 

God bless you. 


Friday, August 17, 2012

Hosea 4




Israel was a religious nation but there was no truth, mercy, or knowledge of God in their hearts (v.1b); something that is common to many people in the world. They rejected knowledge, forgot the law of God, asked counsel from wooden idols, therefore God will justly reject them (v6). The truth is, Satan takes full control of them and ripen for destruction.

God bless you .


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Hosea 3




This chapter shows the gracious dealing of God to the fallen mankind that had gone from Him, having another gods. God is seeking us and willing to forgive our sins when we respond to His calling. Prophet Hosea is a picture of true God’s servant, willing to obey God, and forgive those that sin against him.

God bless you.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hosea 2



Israel is God’s wife as the Christian is Christ’s bride. This chapter is warning to God’s people that impenitent person will soon be stripped of the blessings they misuse, but favor to the faithful. Let us thank God for our crosses and trials, they are reminder to us that we are one with Christ and His sufferings.

God bless you. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Hosea 1



Israel was prosperous but living in sins. Hosea foretells God’s judgment and mercy in Israel through his actual life. A wife of harlotry, children named Jezreel signifies dispersion, Lo-Ruhamah means no favor, and Lo-Ammi means not my people. But He invites them for repentance with promise of restoration (v10-11). Our God will always be merciful and loving. 

God bless you. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Daniel 12




The angel told Daniel to “shut up the words and seal the scroll until the end time” (v4). In the book of Revelation, the Lamb of God is unsealing the scroll one by one until the completion of all things. The good news is, the wise shall understand, but wicked are confused. The pure shall purify themselves, but the unclean shall remain in the miry clay.

God bless you. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Daniel 11



The angel shows also the succession of the empires; Persia, Greece, Egypt, Syria, while Judea was in between their dominions. God in His providence, sets up one and pulls down the other, while the people were affected. But those who trust in Jesus will enable to stand their ground, bear their cross, and maintain their faith... 

God bless you. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Daniel 10




Daniel, one of the greatest men in the Bible history cannot bear the full appearance of the divine glory; for no man can see it and live. How dreadful it would be when Christ appears to those under conviction of sin on His return. Let each one of us pray, Lord Jesus be our righteousness now & forevermore.

God bless you. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Daniel 9




Daniel prayed earnestly, and immediately an answer was sent to him. If we will be acquainted with Christ and His grace in prayer, we can expect something, for God is faithful. In this ’70 weeks’ prophecy, “the Messiah shall be cut-off, but not for Himself’”(v26) but for the sin of the world.

God bless you. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Daniel 8



This prophecy had been fulfilled 300 years before Jesus. The ‘goat from the west’ was Alexander the Great. In our time, Iran is the ancient Persia, and M. Ahmadinejab is trying to regain the former glory of his nation. Be on guard always, more prophetic events will happen in our time.

God bless you.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Daniel 7


On that day, believers will be persecuted severely by the ‘horn’ until the Ancient of Day, the Messiah, came to destroy every anti-Christian power, and to set up His own kingdom universal upon earth, and to give the believers’ full inheritance (v21-22). We are in the last days, and these may happen soon.

God bless you.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Daniel 6




Daniel was now old, yet he continued serving God and honor His name among the Gentiles. As we profess our Christian faith, let us conduct ourselves so that our most watchful critics may find no occasion for blaming us, save only in the matters of our Savior in which we walk according to Hid words.

God bless you. 


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Daniel 5




Belshazzar consulted Daniel to explain the writing on the wall, and it's mysteries, but never asked the way of salvation; a common attitude of the nonbelievers. As God’s servant, we should despise all gifts and rewards in this world can give (v17), but set our hearts on the eternal things above.

God bless you. 


Friday, August 3, 2012

Daniel 4




Nebuchadnezzar was a great man, but great sinner too who had been humbled but graciously restored in the fold of the Most High. Pride and self-conceit are sins that torment him (v30). This chapter tells us that only God is the source of all power, wealth, and intelligence; everything that we have are His (v25), we are only stewards.


God bless you. 


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Daniel 3




Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego believed God was able to control and overrule all the powers armed against them. If God is for us, we need not fear what man can do unto us. God will deliver us, either from death or in death. We must obey God rather than man; willing to suffer than sin; and avoid evil that good may come.

God bless you. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Daniel 2


The head of gold was Babylon, the chest and arms of silver was the Medes and Persia. The belly and thighs of bronze was Greece, the legs and feet of iron was the Roman empire. The stone cut out without hands is the kingdom of God. All were gone but God’s kingdom remains forever. Indeed, God reveals deep and secret things to His people.

God bless you. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Daniel 1



Daniel and his 3 friends avoided defiling themselves with sin of compromise (v8), a sin that we should fear more than any outward trouble. They kept their faith seriously, so God rewarded them with eminence in learning (v17). As Christians we should endeavor to grow and be a better person for the honor of our Lord.

God bless you. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

Ezekiel 47



The water came up to ankles, then to knees, to waist, then it was a river. Water is symbol of God's spirit. This vision is parallel to our service to God, little by little, slowly but surely and with good result.

God bless you. 


Ezekiel 48



This chapter is the vision of the city of our God (v30). Jesus Christ has opened the gates of the kingdom of heaven to us and to those who shall call upon His name for salvation. Indeed, it is only by grace that we’ve been saved, and for His own special purpose.

God bless you.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Ezekiel 46



Our Lord has directed us to do many duties, but he has also left many things to our choice. Only those who are happy to obey Him with pure conscience, willing to sacrifice and deny himself are fit for Master's works.

God bless you. 


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ezekiel 45



While in diaspora, Ezekiel foretold that Israel shall worship their God in the sanctuary, in the restored land. God will provide honest Prince that will rule the people, to work as head of state and priest at the same time (v16-17).

God bless you.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ezekiel 44



Until today, the eastern gate of the wall in Jerusalem is shut, and no one can enter there. (v1). They are waiting for the ‘prince’ (Messiah) who is to come (v3). This chapter reminds us that no other can enter heaven, the true sanctuary, except through Christ, who open the door for our salvation.

God bless you. 


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ezekiel 43



Ezekiel’s vision of the glory of God (4), points to the sins of the people and the lamb sacrifice to be burned outside the sanctuary (v21). When Jesus came, He entered Jerusalem through the east gate on the last Passover (Mark 11), and crucified outside the gate (Hebrews 13:12) to fulfill the law. We are the fruits of His labor.

God bless you. 


Monday, July 23, 2012

Ezekiel 42



This chapter describes the priests' many chambers or rooms, their use, and functions. Jesus said, In my Father's house are many rooms. The place that we use in church services, icare, prayer meeting, and other ministries is a chamber used for the Master.

God bless you. 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Ezekiel 41



There’s so much detail and specific in this vision of the temple. The prophet wanted to tell that God is a God of plan and particular. To one not skilled in detailed works would be incomprehensible, but to us, faith and obedience is needed to follow God’s instruction.

God bless you. 


Friday, July 20, 2012

Ezekiel 40



This is the vision of the temple that will be restored in the future. Whether the man here (v3) mentioned was the Son of God or an angel is not clear. But Christ is both our Altar and Sacrifice, the Savior of the whole earth, to whom we look with faith when we approach God.

God bless you.



Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ezekiel 39



God will destroy the armies of Gog by miracle, at the same time He shall have mercy on the house of Israel. Christ will hide His face no more, but reveal Himself to the Jews, and the nations shall know that Jesus is YHWH, the Holy One in Israel (v7).

God bless you. 


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ezekiel 38



These events will be in the latter days (v16). Israel will be invaded by her enemies, Gog of Magog, but God will protect His people. It may happen in our generation, so be aware that Satan, our real enemy, shall do his best to destroy God’s people and their plans.

God bless you. 


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ezekiel 37



No one could restore human dry bones to life but God alone (v5). This vision was to encourage the desponding Jews that one day all of them will be restored by their God. Jesus said that those who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth. We are so blessed to have Jesus.

God bless you. 


Monday, July 16, 2012

Ezekiel 36



Israel was scattered because of sin and uncleanness, however God has promised that they will be restored to the land given to their ancestors (v33). This is similar to our redemption through Christ, that a new spirit was given to us through the process of born again experience (v26).

God bless you.