Thursday, February 28, 2013

Acts 15

Many Pharisees believed in the Lord, but they claimed that circumcision is necessary for salvation. Peter and all brethren believed that we are justified by faith in Christ and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, both are the gift of God. What God require is the purity of heart and avoidance from all appearances of evil things which we formerly practiced. Let us be careful to misuse the word "freedom" by going back to the old evil ways... Acts 15. God bless. PF


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Acts 14

Paul and the early Christians suffered so much as they delivered the gospel to many parts of the empire (v22). If Paul accepted the people's adoration to be Hermes or Mercury, he might have been worshipped, but if he will be a faithful minister of Christ, he shall be stoned and thrown out of the city. The same thing in our time, you could be a faithful idolater, or suffering minister of Jesus. Which side do you belong with? Reading: Acts 14. God bless. PF



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Acts 13

David was a great blessing to the generation wherein he lived (v36), so as Peter, Paul, etc. Yet the unique is, Christ was to serve all generations. So let us look unto Jesus, that by faith we may walk with God, and serve our generation. We were not born for ourselves alone, but also to others who are living around us to glorify our God. And when death comes, may we fall asleep with Him, with a joyful hope for resurrection... Reading: Acts 13. God bless. PF




Monday, February 25, 2013

Acts12

James the brother of John was killed by Herod, to whom Jesus told that they should drink the cup of suffering that He was to drink. Herod did it to please men not God, thus James finished his assignment. But Peter had a different destiny and was spared by God. And if God will work mighty things for His people, all difficulties in their way will be overcome, even the gates of iron are made to open of their own... Reading: Acts 12. God bless. PF 



Saturday, February 23, 2013

Acts 11

The first preachers of the gospel at Antioch were dispersed from Jerusalem, in which the believers were first called Christians. Barnabas was full of faith that works by love. Their preaching was accompanied with Divine power. But he did not do the works alone, he took Saul from Tarsus and encouraged him in God's service. The Hand of God was with them as they proclaimed the gospel to all men. Let's follow this pattern! Reading: Acts 11. God bless. PF


Friday, February 22, 2013

Acts 10

Cornelius was a good man, had faith in God's word, but not as clear faith in Christ. Acceptance to God cannot be obtained on any other ground than through the atonement of the blood of Christ. This is the  work of the Holy Spirit, to bring the gospel to the unsaved. For those who believe, the fear of God and obedience to His words are the substance of true faith. If sin be forgiven, all is well and shall be well forever... Reading: Acts 10. God bless. PF

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Acts 9

Saul saw the Lord and submitted his will without reservation, desiring to know what Jesus Christ would have him to do. For three days Saul took no food, and it pleased God to leave him for that time without relief. When a sinner is brought to a proper sense of his own state and conduct, he will surrender wholly on the mercy of the Lord our Savior, thus God will direct him unto Himself. Happy are those whose sins are forgiven! Reading: Acts 9. God bless. PF

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Acts 8

In these last days, Christians need the baptism of the Holy Ghost; to empower them so that they can do the missions successfully which has been entrusted by Christ. So many are ignorant of this! Simon was not only ambitious to be famous, but also cared not at all to God's works in having the Spirit. He was more desirous to gain honor to himself than to do good for others. Peter shows him his crime that God cannot be bribed... Reading: Acts 8. God bless. PF

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Acts 7

Stephen started with Abraham, and ended up with Jesus, concluding that the Israelites were stubborn and willful. His message tells that there is something in men's hearts (Gentiles too) which always resists the calling of God, a flesh that lust against the Holy Spirit. But in the hearts of God's elects, this resistance can be overcome. Those who continue resisting the gospel are guilty, being tormented by their own conscience... Reading: Acts 7. God bless. PF




Monday, February 18, 2013

Acts 6

The disciples were in one accord, but as they multiplied, many began to murmur. The strategy to maintain the momentum was to select qualified and competent workers full of the Holy Spirit who will handle the new works, without leaving the ministry of the teaching of the words and prayers (v3). All members of the church ought to do the service of the church in accordance to the gifts and skills God gave them. Let's do it for the glory of Jesus... Reading: Acts 6. God bless. PF

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Acts 5

The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was hypocrisy, pretending to be true and hardworking disciples in front of people, when they were not, but something else. It denied them to become part of the community, being covetous of wealth and prominence, distrustful of God and His providence. They thought to deceive the apostles, but God's Spirit is in control. Let us learn how hateful to the God of truth all kinds of lies and falsehood speeches... Reading: Acts 5. God bless. PF

Friday, February 15, 2013

Acts 4

Elohim in time of Abraham, YHWH in time of Moses, (Exo. 6) but in our time, Yeshua (Jesus) is the name given to men of every age and nation by which believers are saved from the wrath to come. But because of corrupt passion that rules men like the Sadducees, people shut their eyes and hearts against the light. The true believers should stand like Peter, so that all who converse with them may take knowledge that they have been with Jesus... Reading: Acts 4. God bless. PF

  

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Acts 3

The time of ‘the restoration of all things’ (v21) referred to in this passage has to do with the restoration of God’s people, Jews and Gentiles, in God’s kingdom. There is a godly remnant in this world that will repent from their sins and turn to God in preparation for the second coming of the Messiah. It has been prophesied both in OT and NT, and will be fulfilled very soon. Let's continue to focus in Jesus and to our role in this restoration... Reading: Acts 3. God bless. PF

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Acts 2

By receiving Christ and professing faith in Him, men will receive remission of their sins, and partake of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (v38). Those who repent of their sins, and give up themselves to Jesus must prove their sincerity by breaking off from the wicked  men. Today, repentance and remission of sins must continue to preach to sinners in the Lord's name because the Holy Spirit still seals the blessing on the believer's heart. Reading: Acts 2. God bless. PF

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Acts 1

Our Lord told the disciples the work they were to do. He had given them instructions for the discharge of their duties, and asked to wait for the baptism with the Holy Spirit that will give them POWER to carry out such a great endeavor. For without such, our witnesses for Christ are as dry as dust, our fruits rotten, our ministries are full of failures and disappointments! Without Holy Spirit's Power, it is impossible to lead men to Christ... Reading: Acts 1. God bless. PF


Monday, February 11, 2013

John 21

Jesus visits His people and makes Himself known to them. We did not discover Jesus, but He revealed Himself to us by the Holy Spirit, with sufficient grace and material blessings which no one else can do. His important command is to cast the net and catch the fish, because we are all fishers of men. Those who are humble and diligent, though their works may be examined, shall be crowned, and there is nothing lost in our hardships if we will faithfully observe Christ’s orders… Reading: John 21. God bless. PF

Saturday, February 9, 2013

John 20

If we will seek the Lord with all our hearts, with joy and tears, we will surely find Him. But many believers complain in seeking Him because of the clouds and darkness they are under. Mary saw angels, some claimed that they saw visions, others dreams, but they are not enough. We need to see Jesus who is able to transform our lives and become new creation. Let us follow Mary's heart how she was in earnest to find Jesus... Reading: John 20. God bless. PF
  

Friday, February 8, 2013

John 19

I find no fault in Him! Yet He was deliver into the hands of wicked and unreasonable men. Christ's rejection was part of counsel of Divine Wisdom (isaiah 53), that the Jews should first purpose in death, and the Gentiles will carry on that purpose into effect. He was crucified for us, nailed at the cross, as a sacrifice bound to the altar, that we might escape God's wrath and judgment. Our response is to love HIm, and live to Him... Reading: John 19. God bless. PF

Thursday, February 7, 2013

John 18

Are You the King of the Jews? Jesus answered this that Pilate might consider the teachings and miracles that He did. Jesus never took up earthly power, nor rebellious principles, because the nature of His kingdom is not worldly but spiritual. It is a kingdom built within men, set up in their hearts. Its riches, power and glory are not temporal but eternal. Its focus is not material, its weapon is not carnal, its force is not men but the Holy Spirit... Reading: John 18> God bless. PF  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

John 17


Our Lord prayed as a man, and as the Mediator of his people, yet praying with majesty and authority, as one with and equal to the Father. Eternity could not be given to believers, unless Christ and the Father was glorified of his life. Jesus prayed for the disciples, as sheep to the shepherd, to be kept; as patient to the physician, to be cured; as children to a tutor, to be taught: thus He will deliver up His charge... Reading: John 17. God bless. PF 


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

John 16

Our Lord Jesus has reminded His true disciples about the coming troubles, that they should not be surprised (v1). It is possible that even the real enemies of Jesus may come and pretend that they have the zeal of serving the Lord (v2). Like Jesus we should look at the fulfilling of Scripture in our lives. The Holy Spirit is in us, and it is wrong to look only on the dark side of the cloud, and turn our eyes and ears to the other side of joy and eternity in Christ... Reading: John 16. God bless. PF

Monday, February 4, 2013

John 15

Believers are branches of the Vine, connected yet weak and unable to stand as they are borne up. The Father is the Husbandman, watching His vineyard, and taking care of it. From a vine He looks for grapes, and from a disciple He looks for a changed life. Doing good things, honest living, and honoring God's word are signs of good fruits. The fruitful branches need pruning, the process of sanctification for all believers... Reading: John 15. God bless. PF

Saturday, February 2, 2013

John 14

Having Christ's commands in our heads, we must keep them in our hearts. The true evidence of our love to Christ is sincere obedience to His laws (v21). It banishes all worries, doubts and fears. The Father will not only love and protect obedient believers, but He will rest upon them as His home. The Holy Spirit will bring to our remembrance all things that Jesus said. That's why we have peace of Christ that this world cannot give... Reading: John 14. God bless. PF 

Friday, February 1, 2013

John 13

Christ had been glorified in many miracles He made, yet He speaks of being glorified now in His sufferings at the cross, a glory that is more than all other glories in His humbled state (v31). It was seen by His followers whom He has redeemed by His own blood. He has set them apart for Himself, loves them to the end, and nothing can separate a true believer from the love of Christ. Our response is to love one another... Reading: John 13. God bless. PF