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