Saturday, December 26, 2015
All believers are called by God, cleansed by water, the emblem of the Holy Spirit. It is a gift of God, so that when He gave the Holy Spirit, He will give all other blessings to us. "I will pour My Spirit on your descendants and My blessing on your offspring" (v3). God is very much willing to support His people, that's why He told them: "You are My witnesses. Is there a God beside Me?" It means that God wants His people to put their confidence in Him because He is the First and the Last, there is no God besides Him. Unlike the graven images, those that worship them are like them; having eyes but can't see, having ears but can't hear, having feet and hand but can't move. But our God is in heaven Who knows all things, even our inner most being. In such a time as this, let us be aware that we will be with God literally in the future. Many had done their assignment faithfully and successfully, and they are now with their Creator. I pray that we will be able to finish the race, and do the right things that God wanted us to do until eternity. .. Reading: Isaiah 44, God bless.
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Friday, December 25, 2015
The Savior was born today, Who is our Creator, Redeemer, Protector, Holy One and Mighty. As God's special people, we are precious in the sight of the Lord, above any people. Though we went as through fire and water, we don't have to be afraid, because we shall not be burned nor consumed.
God is our deliverer who knows the power of His grace, and the sweetness of His comforts for the sake of His people. "I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior" (v11). However, those who neglect to call upon Him are weary, tired, and will always be spiritually drained. As fallen human being, we have no reason to expect forgiveness, except we seek it by faith in Chris who came to save His people from their sin. As we celebrate Christmas, let us put Jesus in remembrance to our hearts, the only way which is the sure way to heaven... Reading: Isaiah 43, God bless.
God is our deliverer who knows the power of His grace, and the sweetness of His comforts for the sake of His people. "I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior" (v11). However, those who neglect to call upon Him are weary, tired, and will always be spiritually drained. As fallen human being, we have no reason to expect forgiveness, except we seek it by faith in Chris who came to save His people from their sin. As we celebrate Christmas, let us put Jesus in remembrance to our hearts, the only way which is the sure way to heaven... Reading: Isaiah 43, God bless.
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Thursday, December 24, 2015
This prophecy was fulfilled in Christ. The Holy Spirit rested upon Him, and without measure. His kingdom is spiritual, though without earthly honors. By a long course of wonders and miracles, including His resurrection, He showed the truth of His church. The work of redemption brings back man to the obedience he owes to God. Jesus is the light of the world, and by God's grace He opens men's understandings and sets them from the bondage of sin. Then, He makes new promises, His second coming, which shall be fulfilled as the old ones were. To those who by nature were blind, God will show the way to life and happiness by Jesus Christ. They are weak in knowledge, but He will make darkness light. Therefore, let us give to God those things which are His, taking heed that we do not serve the creature more than the Creator... Reading: Isaiah 42, God bless and Merry Christmas.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
God spoke with tenderness to His people, encouraging them not to be carried away from the false belief and evil worship. "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I will strengthen you" (v.10). God wanted to tell His people and clarify that they have been chosen and have not cast away. Like Abraham who was a friend of God, the highest title ever given to a mortal being, we too can be friend of God. Jesus once said to His disciples that they were no longer servants but friends, and so our relationship with Jesus would be more intimate and personal. We are happy if we walk with Jesus in faith and holy obedience, not of fear and wavering. Be thankful to God always that He opened our eyes to know the gospel, a mystery that is hidden from ages and generations... Reading: Isaiah 41
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The prophet cries and asks the people to prepare the way of the Lord. Believe in His word, because everything in this world will pass away but not the Word of God, it shall stand forever (v8). Our God is mighty and incomparable to any other being. The most powerful kings and nations are only small things, a drop in a bucket to compare with Him. He has no adviser nor teacher that will teach Him the right wisdom, because He is the Teacher and the Source of all wisdom. He cannot be liken to any graven images made by hands because the whole world was created by Him. And if you believe and wait upon the Lord, your strength will be renewed, your faith will grow, and as you walk and do the works of God, you shall not be weary because God is our strength. Glory to God in the highest.... Reading: Isaiah 40, God bless.
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Monday, December 21, 2015
The Babylonians visited the newly recovered Hezekiah, and with joy and excitement, the king showed them all his treasures and armors, and other proofs of his wealth and power. But at the end the Lord was displeased for his action, saying that all shall be carried to Babylon and nothing shall be left (v6) Why? We were not given an exact reason, but we can assume that his problem is pride. Instead to praising God for his healing, or glorifying God for his accumulated wealth, or ascribing his power and everything to God, he forgot to praise and adore Yahweh, Who is the Source of all and reigning over all the earth. Don't focus too much on materialism, but focus on evangelism. In our lives, let us be thankful always to God, for what He has done, for all He is doing, and the things He will still do in us. Glory to God in the highest... Reading: Isaiah 39, God bless.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
King Hezekiah got sick and recovered, God gave him new life, fifteen more years to stay on earth. This life is no longer his life, but new life that comes from the Lord. This life is heavenly not earthly, exclusive for the purpose of God. Similar to our experience, we are dead already, but Jesus gave us new life when He became our Lord and Savior. We are new creation, brand new person, new spirit inside of us. The life that we have now is His life from heaven, with eternal purpose in this age and the age to come. So let us use this opportunity and maximize to use this new life for the expansion of His plan and purpose in this world.... Reading: Isaiah 38, Gdo bles.s
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Friday, December 18, 2015
Hezekiah found deep troubles on what he heard when the Assyrian dishonored and blasphemed his God. His initial reaction was to pray and seek God's advice through prophet Isaiah. Indeed, this is the never-failing resource of a godly man, whether struggling with inward difficulties or outward enemies. In our lives, the best weapon that we have is the Spirit of God, who is within us. There is a miracle when we believe, for nothing is impossible with our God. Let us not use our rational knowledge and intellect, but use faith so that God can perform His power in our lives. As expected, God himself undertakes to defend the city, that 185,000 enemies died in one day alone. May our hearts be as good ground, that His Word may strike root inside of us, and bring forth fruit in our lives... Reading: Isaiah 37, God bless.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Rabshakehof Assyria came to Judah and had tried to convince the Israelites, that it was to no purpose to stand for Hezekiah. He told them not to listen to their king, because Yahweh, the God of their king is powerless to deliver them from their adversary. This speech was a great deal of pride, malice, falsehood and blasphemy. This is similar to false Christians (the Bible call them anti-Christ) who will come to the church and speak evil things against the pastors and leaders of the church. Their goal is to fulfill the plan of Satan against God's people to destroy and scatter them. But Hezekiah held his silence, and it made Rabshakeh to be more proud and secure in his own understanding. The best thing to do with such evil person is to leave them, ignore their evil words, and submit totally to the perfect will of God. Jesus has promised that He will be with us always until the end of the age... Reading: Isaiah 36, God bless.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
When a person was converted to Christian faith, great things happened in his/her life. And when the Holy Spirit came upon us when we heard the gospel and believe, the fountain of new life opened. The dead soul became alive, spiritual water exploded in our dry lifestyle. The conversion made the soul to rejoice with great joy and singing, while the feeble and faint-hearthed is encouraged. The newly converted soul began to walk in the highway of holiness where there is no wicked lions, ravenous beasts and immoral dogs, but a narrow way full of joyful people redeemed by the Son of the Living God. This way is the way of God's commandment, the good old way, the way to heaven so we can meet our Creator. Let us then go forward cheerfully, assured that the end of this way shall be everlasting joy, and complete rest for the soul... Reading: Isaiah 35, God bless.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
All nations must be concerned because the indignation of the Lord is against all nations, its leaders and citizens. As the people receive all the blessings and benefits of His providence, so all must expect to experience God's resentment in the right time, on "the day of the Lord's vengeance" (v8). The bloodshed suggests tremendous idea of divine judgments, denoting the nations that are at war against God's plan in this world. "The sword of the Lord is filled with blood" (v5). Those who aim to destroy the church can never do that, instead they themselves shall be ruined. Let us compare all we discover in the book of the Lord, we can see that the wordings are reliable and accurate even from the ancient time; reward to the obedience, but revenge to the disobedience. It means that what the mouth of the Lord has commanded, his Spirit will perform it. Be aware of it... Reading: Isaiah 34, God bless.
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Monday, December 14, 2015
Those who humbly wait for God's gracious presence shall be rewarded. They shall find protection and salvation while their enemies shall be scattered. When we start exalting God's name in our lives, true wisdom and knowledge shall lead us to strength which renders us steadfastly in the ways of the Lord. Only the true devotion to God is the act that can never be taken and removed from our lives. But those who rebel against the commands of the word cannot take its comfort in time of needs. That's why the true believer watches against all occasions of sin. The power of God will keep them safe, and their faith in God will keep it easy. Every blessing of salvation is freely bestowed to all that ask from God with humility and prayer. By faith we take Jesus as our King and Savior, who look upon Zion and His redeemed people to reign in our lives forever. May God grant us His favor always and forever... Reading: Isaiah 33, God bless.
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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Isaiah prophesied that there will be a king who will reign in righteousness, and his princess will rule with justice (v1). It is obvious that it had been fulfilled by King Jesus and His true disciples, and this righteousness is being duplicated by the true Christians in all generations. As they lead, the eyes of men shall see, the ears shall hear, and they shall understand the things about God, and generosity shall see in His reign. Women shall be part of His reign and they shall receive the Spirit of God, so that the barren desert of God's kingdom shall become a fruitful field. It shall be a blessed time for all followers of this King, because peace and quietness shall be found in their lives, works, and homes. The good seed of the word of God is sown in all places by the faithful servants of the King, and God will cause them to increase and bear fruits... Reading: Isaiah 31, God bless.
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Friday, December 11, 2015
In the time when Israel was in trouble, they go down to Egypt for help instead of God. They look for the power of the Egyptians, their armies and the multitudes of horses. But God was displeased, because they sought help from the workers of iniquity. In our case, if we are in trouble it is better to seek help from the Lord, and pray with fellow Christians, than to consult men who were nonbelievers and workers of iniquity. God promises that He will come down to fight for Mount Zion, for His people like us (v4). So God asked them to return to Him, and their backsliding shall be healed. Though they have sunk deep into misery and idolatry, God is in their midst and ready to help. Let us not be swayed by our situation, God is able to keep up the fire of holy love and devotion in our hearts and homes, that we may depend upon Him to protect us through Christ our Lord... Reading: Isaiah 31, God bless.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Trust God not Egypt, says the Lord. Men's present condition has always been prone to lean in their own understanding, but this will end in their shame and misery (v3). God is our strength by sitting in humble dependence on Him, with His goodness and quiet submission to His will. But people do not like to hear His commandments, but think themselves wiser than God. If men will not repent, turn to God, and seek happiness in His favor, they will be in big trouble (v13). But if we trust in the Lord, "He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry" (v19). God promises that He will set right direction when we doubt and prevents from going wrong. He will heal us from idolatry, and we shall hate sin. The effect of this should be comfort and joy to God's people. Light, that is, knowledge, shall increase (v26). This is the light which the gospel of Jesus Christ brought into the world, which proclaims healing to the broken-hearted... Reading: Isaiah 30, God bless.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Ariel literally means Lion of God (Ari El), signifying the city of David, Jerusalem. But let the people who dwell in this city know that God hates outward religious services. Hypocrisy can never please God, nor make their peace with Him. The Bible is a sealed book to all (v11), learned and unlearned, and the spirit of deep sleep shall cover their eyes and mind closed to spiritual things. It will only be unsealed when a person begins to study it with a simple heart and teachable spirit, that they may then learn the truth and the will of God. Those who make religion no more than a pretense but a real search for the truth shall find God, otherwise it will forever a dead religion to them. When Christ came to this earth, He redeemed the people of Abraham out of their troubles and difficulties. It became a great comfort to all who believe because we saw the light not dark, we perceived the true knowledge about God not idols, we were able to walk in the path of holiness not wickedness (v17-21). Glory to the name of Jesus, the Savior from the tribe of the Lion of Judah... Reading: Isaiah 29, God bless.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Samaria and Jerusalem shall be desolated because of sins. The nations were being led by drunkards, including the priests and prophets. Their tables are full of vomit and filth, and they are surrounded by uncleanness. The leaders and advisers can't see the vision, things that God wanted them to see and understand. They were just like children, "a little here-a little there, precept upon precept", which means, they need to be fed with milk and can't contemplate with solid spiritual food. However, there is a solution for their immaturity and wickedness. God will lay the stone in Zion, a foundation for their growth and development (v16). They will be saved from the covenant of death which they have covenanted with the wicked one. But they need to hear and obey God's voice, who is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in guidance... Reading: Isaiah 28, God bless.
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Monday, December 7, 2015
Leviathan that twisted serpent is the enemy of God's people (v1), from ancient to present, the spirit that corrupted the mind of the leaders and ordinary people everywhere. But with God's strong sword, the spirit of the Lord will destroy that old serpent that controls the fruitless world and worthless wilderness. Isaiah declares that Jacob is God's vineyard, and it shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the earth with fruit. Jesus Christ has represented the people of Jacob when He built His church by calling out all people from darkness to follow His teachings. The church is the Lord's vineyard, a place that has great care taken of it, and from which precious fruits are gathered. Though there are times that the Lord contends with His people because of briers and thorns, meaning sins, yet He graciously waits to be reconciled unto them. As part of this vineyard, let us water the Lord's vineyard daily with clean water and fertilize it with His organic words... Reading: Isaiah 27, God bless.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Restoration is the desire of the Lord to the whole creation, and it must begin from His chosen people, first to the Jews, then to the righteous Gentiles. The door of the His city will be opened and allowed many people to enter in and find with perfect peace and harmony. But we must trust in Him because His power and strength is everlasting and without end (v4). The proud will be brought down, while the humble will be lifted high. Though the Lord will show grace both to good and evil men, yet many will resist and continue their wickedness at their own destructions (v14). Jesus came to fulfill this prophecy, so that when the gospel was preached to all people, indeed nations were increased, His name glorified, and His kingdom was expanded without border (v15). The sick healed, dead rose to life, evil destroyed, darkness ceased, grief banished, and many served God. Nevertheless, when dangers threaten us, it is good to hide ourselves with God who is able to protect those who abide in His love... Reading: Isaiah 26, God bless.
Friday, December 4, 2015
As God weakens the proud and those that feel secure, so He strengthens the weak that are humble and submissive to His will. He protects His people, and shelters those who trust in His words (v4), and He will always be the Refuge of distressed believers. God's salvation is open to all people, Jews and Gentiles alike are invited in His holy mountain. The veil that is spread over all nations (v7), and the sins of darkness that ruin their lives shall be destroyed by the power of His Words. Then grief shall be banished, perfect joy shall be endless, and those that mourn for sin shall be comforted as God wipes away tears from their faces (v8). Moab, a symbol of believer's persecutors shall be devastated, while all believers will triumph with Jesus Christ. Therefore, be steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord, for our labour in Christ is not in vain... Reading: Isaiah 25, God bless.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Sin has turned the earth upside down, and the earth is become different from what it was when God first created it to be humanity's habitation. It became a world of disappointment, a vale of tears and full of troubles. Sin brings these calamities upon the earth, it became polluted, a burden to the whole creation. Therefore the whole world is made desolate by God's judgments. But there shall be a remnant preserved from judgment, and they are devout and pious people. The Lord knows who are His; but the world does not. Those who rejoice in the Lord can rejoice in tribulation, and by faith may triumph when all about them are in tears. Let us learn to mourn for sin, and rejoice in God, because no man or event can take the joy from us in Christ our Lord... Reading: Isaiah 24, God bless.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Tyre and Sidon are located in modern Lebanon, noted for high spirit, business, and joyful celebrations; but would be overthrown by the Lord Himself. The merchants and people should abandon the place, and should go uneasy from city to city like Cyprus or Tashish. When God's judgment pursue the sinners, they cannot hide themselves, and this judgment shall overtake them, "for they shall rejoice no more, and shall have no rest" (v12). God will do it, who has all power in His hand; but the Chaldeans shall be the instruments (v13). But this desolation shall not be forever. The Lord will visit them, and those tho will repent and humble shall find mercy and forgiveness (v17). When we abide with God in our calling, when we do all to advance the gospel, then our merchandise and business with the Lord shall be holy and blessed. Let us look to His glory, and make it our commitment that God will be our partner in all of our plans... Reading: Isaiah 23, God bless.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
God could not spare Jerusalem from judgment as He judged all other nations. God hates sin and wickedness, and they are to be punished. Unfortunately, this chapter tells that many people are not serious about their second life. Instead of weeping, fasting, and humiliation before God, they had given themselves to feasting and party, and their language is, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die" (v13). They look to no future state, no prospect for righteousness, no desire of heaven, but only material things and enjoyment. Isaiah said that there is no atonement for them who think this way. However, there is always forgiveness in the heart of God. The key is in the house of David, His name is Jesus. When He opens the door, no one can shut; and when He shuts it, no one can open. Praise be to God for the grace He had showered upon us, for we were allowed to get in at the house of the Son of David... Reading: Isaiah 22, God bless.
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Monday, November 30, 2015
The destruction of Babylon, Edom and Arabia were prophesied by Isaiah, and this could be compared with the destruction of false churches in the book of Revelation. They pretend to be servants of God but actually serving idols and gods for their own gain. Isaiah proclaimed that prophets and believers are watchmen in all places in time of peace and trouble. Revelation proclaimed to come out from Babylon, and from false religion, but rejoice heaven and faithful believers, "for God has avenged you on her" (Rev. 20). It is our wisdom to improve the present situation while there's still time, and we are urged to do it quickly, for the night is coming when the darkness could prevent us to do it. Our most important job is to share the good news to people, because trouble is imminent and only God can protect us from the coming judgment... Reading: Isaiah 21, God bless.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Isaiah's unusual dress by removing sackcloth and go barefoot as he walked in the streets was sign to all people that God was working in their midst. The Egyptians and Ethiopians, enemies of Israelites should be led away captives by the king of Assyria stripped. The Lord is against the disobedient of the Israelites, however, if His people shall be engaged at war, the Lord shall intervene to protect them. Like the Christians, we may be persecuted and insulted by the people around us, but Jesus will always be with us and never leave us. Therefore do not be lose hope nor disappointed when trials come, but they should drive us to walk with the Lord closer, and look to Him especially in the moment of necessity. Thank you Lord Jesus that you are with us always... Reading: Isaiah 20, God bless.
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Friday, November 27, 2015
God shall come into Egypt with His judgments, and shall cause the Egyptians to fight among themselves. He shall judge their sun worship and idolatrous practices, and evil leaders shall rule them. In ancient time, Egypt was known for wisdom and science, yet the Lord would give them up to their own perverse schemes, till their land become an object of contempt and pity. But God has a good news for the Egyptians, because He will forgive their sins, and sanctuary for the Lord shall be constructed in the land. When Joseph and Mary escaped the sword of Herod, they went to Egypt, with the Savior and the Mighty One, Jesus Christ (v20). Today, the Coptic Church has more than 10 million Egyptian members who worshipped the God of Abraham. Another good news is that, there will be true peace between Israel, Egypt and Assyria (v23). The Assyria had been divided in five nations; Turkey, Syria, Armenia, Persia and Iraq. This peace treaty shall be performed by the Lord Himself... Reading: Isaiah 19, God bless.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
God is also concerned to a nation called Ethiopia, and all other nations in the world, like America. All the dwellers on the earth must watch the motions of the Divine Providence, and wait upon the directions of the Divine perfect will. God is willing to give us rest, and assurance of His protection like a clear heat in sunshine, and cloud of dew in the heat of the harvest (v4). A present or gift of praise and thanksgiving should be brought to God for everything He has done to us (v7). As we celebrate Thanksgiving today, let us remember the happy days that God wrought upon us, and the day when He allowed us to be born in the eternal kingdom of God. Happy are those who take pleasure in serving His holiness, and faithfully waiting upon His return. May the Lord give us more joy, pleasant life, contentment, and may He bless each one of us, even our families and community today and for ever... Reading: Isaiah 18, God bless.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Like other idolatrous nations, Syria will be destroyed and ceased from being a city. Those who are partakers in sins will also be made partakers in destructions. But mercy and favor are reserved in the midst of judgment for a remnant who are afraid of God. These few people shall receive salvation to return to God, and they shall acknowledge Him as their Maker. They shall look no more to their idols, the works of their hands. Those who acknowledge God as their Savior, and rely on His power and grace will be happy and blessed. Our trials and troubles will be short and temporary, but the prosperity of God's enemies will also be short and temporary.... Reading: Isaiah 17, God bless.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
God informed the leaders of Moab to to send the lamb, or tribute to the land of Judah, mount Zion, in order to prevent destruction of their own land. If they would submit to the power of the king of Judah, they will be protected, if they will repent from their sins and idolatrous practices, they will be forgiven. "Be a shelter to them from the face of the spoiler for the extortioner is at the end" (v4). This is a good advice from Isaiah with spiritual meaning to all people. When we come to God, to the One who sits in the tabernacle of David, and submit to Christ's authority, we are safe and protected. Otherwise, like Moab, we will be like birds wander from nest to nest, which can be snatched as victims any moment by the enemies. Moab was very proud (v6), and many people are ruined by pride than any other sin whatsoever. However, by subjecting our lives to Christ, we may enjoy His protections, free from fear, and have peace of conscience... Reading: Isaiah 16, God bless.
Monday, November 23, 2015
In the previous chapter, Isaiah proclaimed God's judgment against Babylon, Assyria and Philistia; this time, Moab. Their cities should be surprised by their enemies, and the people would cry out and wail because of destruction, flood of blood and killing. Their countries should be plundered and famine spread everywhere in the land. In the heart of Isaiah, though they were enemies of God's people, yet as fellow-human being, their calamities should cause grief in their hearts to see such calamities. This is the difference of God's people compare with their surrounding. The nonbelievers rejoiced for our destruction, while the people of God grieved and mourned for their destruction. God is reigning over all the earth, let us continue to pray that more people will realize that they need God, and they may seek and find forgiveness of their sins... Reading Isaiah 15, God bless.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
The prophet Isaiah compared the life in Babylon to hell, where the king oppressed its citizens, ruling with wrath and anger. The king resembled one spiritual being named Lucifer who was fallen from heaven, being judged and cut down to the ground by God. Because of his own lust and passion for power, Lucifer had desired to exalt himself above the stars of God, to sit at God's throne, and to be like the Most High. But God who is omnipotent and omniscient, had already seen what was in the heart of Lucifer. Indeed, nothing can be hidden from the eyes of the Lord! Isaiah wanted to warn those who would desired to exalt oneself, leader or citizen alike, that they will suffer the same fate as Lucifer, being brought down to the lowest of the Pit (v15). Since God is God and everything in the universe were crated by Him, no one can stop Him in all of His plans. "As I have purposed, so it shall stand" (v24). If we believe that we have been called by God to His purpose, let us follow His plans and live according to His perfect will... Reading: Isaiah 14, God bless.
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Friday, November 20, 2015
Babylon was the most powerful nation at the time, but they were cruel and merciless people. Yet the Lord called it the mighty ones because they had their strength from God, and they were used as weapons of indignation to destroy the wickedness of the people of the land of Judah (v5). However the Babylonians had abused their power and became proud. God had no choice but to counter their wickedness by using another world power, this time the Medes (v17). Babylon will collapse and never again a commercial center and superpower of the world. Today, Iraq (the modern Babylon) is just an ordinary but chaotic nation in the Middle East. Lesson: God gives the grace, skills, talents, wisdom and power, but when we abuse it and didn't use for the glory of God, we shall pay the consequence of it... Reading: Isaiah 13, God bless.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
This chapter is a psalm of praise for what the Lord has done in our lives. The promises contained in it are very rich and the benefits can be enjoyed through faith in Christ Jesus. God has forgiven us and taught us to renounce evil ways including immorality, dishonesty, self-righteousness and idolatrous practices. By singing and praising His name, God is the the strength of our lives so that we can stand firm to face trials and challenges. This salvation is from the love of God the Father, flowing through His only Son, and it is applied by the new-creating power of the Holy Spirit. The enabling and purifying influences of the Word of God allowed us to bring the everlasting gospel to all parts of the world, that they may know that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior reigning overall the earth. Let's cry our to God for the salvation of the people around us... Reading: Isaiah 12, God bless.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
The Savior shall be called a Rod from the Stem and a Root of Jesse, signifying tenderness, a shoot that will grow gloriously. He is not only the Son of David (Branch), but also the Lord of David (Root). The Spirit of God shall rest upon Him (v2). This prophecy was fulfilled after the baptism of Jesus when "the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him" (Matt. 3:16). The Savior-Messiah will be just and righteous in all His dealings. He shall take care of His flock, and they shall be delivered not only from evil, from the fear of it. When the gospel preached publicly, and later to the four corners of the earth, the Gentiles sought Jesus to be their Lord and Savior, and indeed they find rest of their soul (v10). Jesus is the only hope of this chaotic world. Let us continue to worship Him and wait for His grace and mercy, looking to Him to prepare our way that will separate us from this world to eternity... Reading: Isaiah 11, God bless.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
God saw the injustices and wickedness of the leaders and those who are in a government positions. Those who advocate unlawful decree and promote unrighteousness, calling evil good and good evil, were not hidden from the eyes of the Lord. As the Lord used the more wicked nations like Assyria to punish the northern kingdom of Israel (722 BC) and Babylon for Judah (586 BC), God can also use other more wicked nations like ISIS to punish the apostate Christian nations and backsliding people in our time to ignite awareness that Jesus Christ is reigning over all the earth. The Lord wants the remnant to return to Him (v20), and be subjected to His word and plan in this world. God is sending a message to all people in the world that now is the time to return to the old paths of righteousness and stop emulating the people of the world in vanities. Let us not worry on what is going on in this world now, but let us be worried in our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ... Reading: Isaiah 10, God bless.
Monday, November 16, 2015
This prophecy of the Child to be born is the Son of God (v9), came in the flesh for the benefit of the fallen humanity. He is Wonderful because His love is the wonder of all the redeemed. He is the Prince of Peace of our hearts, and the everlasting Father who will guide His children into eternity. There is no end to the expansion of His government and power, and by His grace we shall be upon His shoulder. Not only in Galilee but also in the entire world that those who dwell in darkness shall see great light and receive the Spirit of understanding (v2). Yet many will reject Him, and the leaders shall misled the people because they are living in hypocrisy, double standard. Today we can see that wickedness is universal, and the people around us are infected by it. Only Jesus, Immanuel, is the cure to this worldwide illness... Reading: Isaiah 9, God bless.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Isaiah spoke about the enemies of the people of God, and he challenged them that their efforts would be in vain and themselves shall be broken to pieces (v9). If God is for us, and if Immanuel is in us, no enemy can destroy our connection with the Living God, nor deprive our eternal inheritance. But Isaiah also challenged his people that the Lord will be a Sanctuary to those who trust in Him, but will be a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense to those who put their trust in hand-made idols. Today, the crucified Messiah became a stumbling block to unbelieving Jews and Gentiles (1 Cor 1:23). The message of the cross is foolishness to them, and His gospel offends their belief. The prophet foresaw that the Lord would hide His face (v17), because many people will seek mediums and wizard. (v19.) But, if we will seek God with all our hearts, and go deeper in understanding His Words, surely God will reveal Himself to us... Reading: Isaiah 8, God bless.
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Friday, November 13, 2015
Judah was in trouble, for the enemies, Pekah and Rezin had plotted evil things against them. King Ahaz and the entire land were afraid to hear the bad news. God in His sovereignty spoke through Isaiah, that they should not fear but trust in the Lord. The prophecy of virgin birth was given as God's sign of protection against the invading enemies. The Son to be born shall be called Immanuel, and he shall know to refuse evil but obey God's purpose. Jesus came into our lives to teach us to refuse the call of the world but embrace God's perfect will. We may have trials and difficulties, ups and downs, but the promise of Jesus that He will be with us until the age of the age will always be true and eternal, Immanuel, God with us. Like Isaiah, let us learn to listen to God, understand His message, share it with others, and be a messenger of God's blessings to others... Reading: Isaiah 7, God bless.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015
The Lord opened the spiritual eyes of Isaiah to see God sitting at His throne of grace, and above it stood the seraphim, literally means "burners." John 12:41 said that the One seated on that throne was the pre-incarnate Christ, the Savior of the world. This vision overwhelmed the prophet, and instantly saw his own filthiness and disgrace in the holy presence of God. God cleansed first the unclean lips of Isaiah, forgave his sins (v7) so that he can be effective in the ministry. Taking away sin is necessary for evangelism, so that the fruit is not based on our efforts, but the power of the Holy Spirit. God sent Isaiah to tell the coming judgment to the people. Yet God would preserve a remnant, like the tenth, a holy people for God. Today, we belong to that remnant, but let us be obedient to the plan of God before the imminent and dreadful judgment of the Lord... Reading: Isaiah 6, God bless.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
God spoke of a parable to the ancient Israelites about the vineyard. He planted it with the choicest vines, in a very fruitful land, and gave them the most excellent tower and protection. Literally this is the Law of Moises, the temple, the altar, the animal sacrifices, and the Spirit of God that will be with them. So God expects fruits from them for enjoying His privileges, but unfortunately, the vineyard brought forth bad fruits or wild grapes (v2). Wild grapes are the fruits of the corrupt nature, crooked character and attitude. Instead of grapes of justice and righteousness, God saw oppression and selfishness. Then God declares the woes and judgment, that He will destroy the vineyard. In our Christians living, sin weakens our strength. When God's word is despised and His law ignored, what we can expect from Him is nothing but warning, and soon judgment. Therefore, let us continually seek the well-grounded assurance that God is the strength of our hearts forever... Reading: Isaiah 5, God bless.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The Branch of the Lord is the Son of David, the Messiah, who shall be beautiful and glorious, planted by God's power and flourishing in the entire world. The earth shall see the excellent fruits of the Branch after His followers had been forgiven, and washed from their filthiness. They shall be called holy people, separated from the world, and willing to learn and obey God's perfect will. The followers of the Branch of the Lord shall be covered by the cloud at day time and flaming fire at night as protection against heat and storm. This prophetic utterances had been realized in time of Jesus of Nazareth (Nazareth is Hebrew word for Branch). The message of Jesus' gospel is the grace in our souls that transformed our inner being from filthiness to holiness that will shine in this world to the glory of the Father... Reading: Isaiah 4, God bless.
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Monday, November 9, 2015
God was about to judge the land of Judah because of the wickedness of the people. They were rebellious against the law; their tongue and their doings are against the Lord to provoke Him to anger (v8). They were not ashamed of their wicked sins to hide it. Though there was a national prosperity, yet the prophet proclaimed that the Lord would bring them to poverty. That's why Jesus said that life does not consist in an abundance of possessions. And because secular and religious leaders were wicked men, so God will raise up children to rule over them (v4), and women too (v12). It was a time for the Lord to show His might. Let them know that He notices the foolishness, vanities, their hearts' desire, even of their dress. Nothing can be hidden from His eyes. Today, many think that there is no harm in worldly finery, but be sure that it would not affect your relationship with the Lord... Reading: Isaiah 3, God bless.
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Saturday, November 7, 2015
The Day of the Lord is the theme of second chapter; horrible to nonbelievers but redemption to God's people. God will be exalted above all the earth, and His mountain or throne shall be established over all the nations. All eastern ways and superstitions shall be destroyed, including idols, horses (weapons for wars) and evil plans of lofty and arrogant men and women. Rich and poor, men and women, young and old, lazy and complacent 'Christians' including the hypocrites and religious people will be exposed in the light of the gospel, and they shall be afraid of the terror of God. Finally, many people shall humble themselves before the Almighty God, and they shall desire to come to the house of Jacob to learn the ways the Lord. Jesus will finally reign in this planet as the King of kings and the Lord of lords literally. Today let us be excited on the the day of the Lord, putting our full confidence to the finished works at the Cross... Reading: Isaiah 2, God bless.
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Friday, November 6, 2015
The name of Isaiah signifies "The salvation of the Lord." Isaiah spoke about the total depravity of human nature. Animals can recognize their master, but God's people could not. Men are compared to sick and diseased body, that from the sole of the foot to the top of the head, there is no soundness, no good principle inside of them. Without obedience to the word of God, our religiosity and all types of offerings and sacrifices are nothing but hateful to God. Yet despite men's sinfulness, God wanted to invite people to sit down with Him and reason together. Isaiah declares that God's Hand is open for forgiveness and reconciliation. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" (v18). Isaiah tells that there is not such thing as holy city if God is not there, nor holy place, nor holy land. We must be sure always that the presence of Jesus is in our church, homes, and hearts... Reading: Isaiah 1, God bless.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
The Shulamite's wishes for a brother had been realized when God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, not only to be the Savior of the world but a Brother to all believers as well. Wherever we find Him, let us be ready for our relation with Him and to show affection to the Beloved of our souls. Our prayers should be like hers, "Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arms" (v6). May God's favor be shown toward us and our service to Him be acceptable and approved. Those who really love Christ has the fear of coming short of His love, and every temptation to forsake Him will be most dreadful thing to do. But glory to God because the love of Christ will enable of us to triumph in over temptations and from the smiles of the world. As we close this book, think about the love story of Christ and the Church where love and distress can be felt. We are part of this love story, so let's be faithful to Him to be able to look forward to death and judgment without fear because of Christ's love... Reading: Song of Solomon 8, God bless.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The descriptions of the Beloved's lover (vv1-9) refer to the true and faithful people of God and followers of Christ. God honors them and they have been distinguished from others because of their glorious clothing, the garments of praise. The fruits of their lips that give thanks to His name has caused the King to admire them graciously. They are clean and pure because of the blood of the Lamb that washes all uncleanness and filthy things. Consistent believers honor Christ, recommend the good news, and convince and awaken sinners. They are willing to go to the fields and villages to declare and celebrate the triumph of the King (v10). Fellowship with Christ and receiving His spirit, the breath of Christ, is what all believers yearn for as they fulfill the task and bless His holy name... Reading: Song of Solomon 7, God bless.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
When the Christians begin to focus on other things other than Christ, they are moving slowly away from His presence. The Shulamite said, "My beloved has gone to his garden.. to feed the flocks in the garden, and to gather lilies" (v2). Christ's garden is the church, separated from the world. He takes care of it, feeds the sheep, delights in it, and visits it regularly. Christ expects that 'flowers of lilies' and fruits (of the Spirit) shall be found in His special garden. It is Christ who planted the garden and it is He who will sustain and cause it to flourish forever, because only true believers can posses the beauty of holiness. "Return, return that we may look upon you" (13). It means Christ and His faithful followers are inviting either the lost or backsliders to come back to the garden to restore fellowship with them. God loves the believers that they may be with Him forever... Reading: Song of Solomon 6, God bless.
Monday, November 2, 2015
When the Holy Spirit knocks at the door of our hearts, it means we are unmindful of what is going on in our surroundings. He is awakening us from complacency or deep sleep. Careless souls put slights on Jesus Christ, but giving more emphasis to the cares of this world, or making excuses about many personal things. In this chapter the Shulamite can't find her Beloved because he withdrew and hid his presence (v6), and later she was being wounded by the people of the world. The awakened soul goes in pursuit oh Christ by prayer, fasting, meditation, and fellowship with Him and His friends, the bride of Christ. The awakened souls are very sensitive to Christ's presence, and can do great things to make Him known to others. As we meditate His words today, may His love constrain us to live to his glory.... Reading: Song of Solomon 5, God bless.
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Saturday, October 31, 2015
Christ our Beloved sets forth the grace to His church and always with them. Though He is in heaven literally right now, He is spiritually present where ever they are. He knows the color of our eyes, the numbers of our hair, our teeth, our mouth, lips, and everything about us. He knows are weaknesses and strength, our talents and skills, our maturity and imperfections, and He can used them for the glory of His name. The heart of Jesus is in His bride, the believers. We are His delight and treasures that can be used to fulfill all His excellent plans in this planet. The hedge of protection is made around us, so that even the devil cannot touch us. We are protected forever, sealed by the Holy Spirit to make us fruitful, so let us continue to follow our Beloved's path of righteousness... Reading: Song of Solomon 4, God bless.
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Friday, October 30, 2015
The Shulamite sought the king earnestly but she did not find him ((v1). She sought him in the city, in the streets, in the squares, and asking even the watchmen about her beloved. The Lord said that if we will seek Him with all our hearts, we will find Him. When we find Christ, we must take Him first to our hearts, then to our homes, that they too may be blessed and comforted. We should warned ourselves to beware of grieving the Holy Spirit, and provoke the departure of our Beloved. It is impossible to find Christ if He will not come into our lives and open our eyes. "Who is this coming out of the wilderness?(v6). This is a symbol not only of His first coming but also of the final revelation of Christ in the last days. Let's continue to seek His goodness, His righteousness, His love, His judgment and everything about Jesus, the Groom in the day of the marriage of the Lamb... Reading: Song of Solomon 3, God bless.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
The believers are God's beloved, they are beautiful, 'lily among thorns' and 'apple tree among trees of the woods.' It means they are different from among many, separated and holy, adorned with the grace of the Holy Spirit for her groom. The true believers are clothed with the righteousness of Christ and 'lovesick', always in love with Jesus. They pray and talked with Him in prayers, listen to His voice, worship Him every time, connected with His Body, and bear fruits. The daughters of this world who have no love to Christ are the thorns, worthless and useless in God's kingdom. In this group belongs the unfaithful, unfruitful, and carnal Christians, who cares only for themselves, and their own. The love of the Beloved was manifested by His death at the cross, and this is the banner of all Christians, willing to suffer for the sake of the cross... Reading: Song of Song 2, God bless.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Song of Solomon is a wedding song, composed by the king himself. It has spiritual meaning for God's relationship with Israel and Christ's with His Church; Jesus is the groom while believer is the bride. The love of God is more valuable than the best thing this world can offer. The 'kisses of his mouth' means the assurance of God's forgiveness and favor, filling us with joy and peace through the Holy Spirit. Those who love Jesus desire to share this heavenly love with their companions (v8). And to turn aside from Jesus is what they are afraid of more than anything else. "You are fair, my love, you have dove's eyes" (v15). It means the groom gives high favor to his bride, with ornaments and gold (v10), and spiritual gifts bestows on every true believers. Let us continue to desire and love Jesus in our lives... Reading : Song of Solomon 1, God bless.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
We should remember our Creator against our sins by repenting and seeking forgiveness. Remember also our duties and assignments by looking at Him for grace and strength. We should do this while our body is strong, young, and active; for time will come that we are no longer comfortable to do many things because the days of old age has come. We can't stop the time of aging, soon our body will be exhausted and pass away. Then our spirit will return to God in heaven, the place of our eternal home. Many people know about God, but they don't know Him in personal level, that's why we confess that Jesus is our personal Lord and Savior, and it requires miracles to make this possible. The Shepherd of Israelites is the Giver of inspired words and wisdom. He guides and teaches us in all of our ways to give Him importance than the vanities of this world... Reading: Ecclesiastes 12, God bless.
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Monday, October 26, 2015
As we don't know the direction of the wind, where it comes from and where it goes, so also the works of the Holy Spirit in the life of a person. We're doing our best to encourage the non-believers to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, or motivating believers to do the works of the ministry; however, unless the Lord grant them the grace and touch their hearts to move forward, our labors are in vain. As servants of God, we are to trust His words faithfully, and not to be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall all reap. Solomon encourages us to rejoice always and follow our desires, but be assured that God will call us into judgment (v9). "If a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie" (v3b). Like a tree, when soul falls to hell, that's his final destiny, no one can save to bring him up to heaven. So, hold on to the Savior while still on earth... Reading: Ecclesiastes 11, God bless.
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Saturday, October 24, 2015
A wise man has great advantage over a foolish guy who is always at a loss when he has anything to do. Sin is the reproach of fools and sinners, wherever they go they show their foolishness. Solomon cautions men not to seek answer or solution in a hasty manner, nor to yield to pride and revenge. But be patient and to keep from all appearances of evil. The happiness of a land depends on the character of its rulers; that if they are good people are happy, otherwise the opposite. Let's be thankful to God for giving us great King and Lord of our lives, Jesus Christ... Reading: Ecclesiastes 10, God bless.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Good and bad events happened to all men, and we cannot explain all difficulties why, but Solomon said that the works of good people are in the hand of God (v1). And the vast difference of good and evil are their final destinations. As far as the hearts of all men are concerned, they are full of evil (v3), but God has provided solution on that big problem. When Jesus went at the cross, He brought us new life, and those who accepted Him will be granted to receive a new heart, a born again experience. In the eyes of God, we are brand new persons, wearing white garments in spiritual realm, anointed with the Holy Spirit (v8). Now that we belong to the chosen people of God, we use a new and living way in dealing with all kinds of situation, not the strength of this world, nor the worldly weapons, but the heavenly wisdom to combat all difficulties and trials in life... Reading: Ecclesiastes 9, God bless.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
None of the rich, well-educated, and even powerful people can interpret the words of God, or teach aright from His truths and wisdom except those with the spirit of God. The Lord has kept away from men the knowledge of future events, that we may be always ready for changes. We will all die, and no one can prevent the departure of our souls. However, only the followers are Jesus Christ are prepared to meet this solemn day of summon. It will come to our lives slowly or may be abruptly, but it comes surely, since "no one has the power in the day of death" (v8). So, let us always pray that we may view eternal things as near, real, and all-important. Solomon recommends to enjoy life, eat, drink and be merry for this is a gift from God (v15). Enjoy the fullness of life with Christ... Reading: Ecclesiastes 8, God bless.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Solomon tells that honesty, piety, and the attitude of the heart is more desirable than all the wealth and pleasure in this world. It will do more good to go to a funeral than a feast, because humility can be seen in the funeral while pride and arrogance at the feast. He also said that it is better to be patient in spirit than to be proud and hasty in our actions, especially in time of troubles and pressures in life. Be not soon angry, nor quick in resenting the insult of others because vengeance belongs to the Lord. "Consider the work of God, for who can make straight what He has made crooked?" (v13). Some people think straight forward, others think foolishly that complicate simple matters. Those who truly fear God have one end to serve, and they act steadily. But those unstable in mind have divided loyalty between God and the world, and volatile in everything they do... Reading: Ecclesiastes 7, God bless.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Some people are living in abundance yet their souls find nothing in the wealth that they have to give them satisfaction. They still desire for more, covet more material things, and as if they don't enjoy the riches that they had. Solomon said; "All the labor of man is for his mouth and yet the soul is not satisfied" (v7). People are without contentment for the things present before their eyes. Natural desires are still returning and pressing, people want more because contentment is far from many of them. The Bible tells that godliness with contentment is great gain. Both body and soul will be satisfied if men will return to God, and trust in His mercy. The only One that can satisfy our desires is Jesus Who has the power to calm our worldly passion... Reading: Ecclesiastes 3, God bless.
Monday, October 19, 2015
People talk, make promises, make vows and commitments, but at the end they break what they say. The common statements are like this, "The Lord told me... the Lord talked to me... the Lord wants me to do this and that... God said to me.. etc..." At first they seem spiritual, however, the Bible has a message for this. "Do not rush with your mouth... let your words be few" (v2). A broken promise is a mockery to God, and it brings Divine displeasure. We need to keep the spirit of the fear of God so we can fulfill God's plan through us. Therefore, be careful with our promises to fulfill them (v4), and do not be like foolish men whose words are meaningless and empty. The truth is, the more we talk, the more we are prone to sin. Much is given much is required. So, when a person made engagements rashly, he suffered his mouth to cause his flesh to sin... Reading: Ecclesiastes 5, God bless.
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Saturday, October 17, 2015
The more men acquire wealth and properties, the more they wanted to have; having no enjoyment from what they possessed. Selfishness is the cause of this evil desire, and they never think they had enough. A selfish man or woman cares for nobody, and for this reason Jesus came to teach us to be content on what we have. "Better a poor and wise youth, than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more" (v13). The new but obedient Christians are far better than the old yet stubborn believers. The willing servants of the Lord rejoice in Him, and they will serve Him to all eternity... Reading: Ecclesiastes 4, God bless.
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Friday, October 16, 2015
Every thing is made by God, in His time with a purpose. Nothing can be added, and nothing taken away from it, because they are part of the whole creation. We are in error if we think we were born for ourselves, doing things that we only want to do. In God's perfect time, we were born in this world, later we were born anew in His kingdom, and now He made all things beautiful in our lives, putting us in the right place in order to do the purpose of our existence. With God there is a time to redress our past grievances through Christ who came to seek and save the lost like us. But this is only the beginning of a long journey with God, and no one can fully comprehend the eternity that God put in our hearts. Let our seeking for eternity be unstoppable since we have the Savior who called us from darkness to His eternal kingdom... Reading: Ecclesiastes 3, God bless.
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Thursday, October 15, 2015
The attitude of moving from one place to another, changing one job to another, one pleasure to another, are signs of men's restlessness and discontentment. This is merely human, according to Solomon:"As it happens to the fool, it also happens to me" (v15). Though obtaining knowledge is preferable than ignorance, he said that having wisdom is not a guarantee to make a person happy and satisfied. The truth is, even the most educated person who dies without Christ will perish equally in hell with the most ignorant man who is also without Christ in life. Solomon said that the best thing we can attain in this world is to allow ourselves a cheerful use of life, enjoy our labor whether jobs or ministries. Our
happiness arises not from the situation in which we are placed but only through Jesus Christ who gave His life for our redemption from all vanities... Reading: Ecclesiastes 2, God bless.
happiness arises not from the situation in which we are placed but only through Jesus Christ who gave His life for our redemption from all vanities... Reading: Ecclesiastes 2, God bless.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
There is nothing new under the sun, since all things change but never rest. Sun, moon, wind, typhoon, and even people come and go, working and eating but find no rest on itself. Mans's desire, fear, complaint, and doubts are still the same. The statement of one brother or sister five years ago are still the same today, nothing is new. Solomon tried all things, and found them vanity. Even the pursuit of knowledge can be a source of wickedness and misery if not use for God. "What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun?" (v3). Everything that he has will not satisfy his wants and the desires of his soul. His wealth and good works cannot atone for his sins to save him from eternal judgment. Without Christ, a person is nothing. Reading: Ecclesiastes 1, God bless.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised" (v30). This verse is not only applicable to women but also to men. Ancient Jewish rabbis believed that Lemuel (means, belong to God) was actually Solomon, and the mother here was Bathseba; although lack of biblical support. Whether he was Solomon or not, what should be mattered to us is the content of the message and the attitude of our hearts. God loves honest, hardworking, consistent, joyful, willing, and undivided heart for Him.
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Monday, October 12, 2015
Solomon stated four things that are never satisfied in this world; grave, barren womb, earth for water, and fire (v16-17). Yet we can add more; the rich that are always coveting, the lazy that are always resting, the ambitious that are always aspiring for promotion, and the Christians that seek the kingdom of God and Christ's righteousness untiringly. I pray that God will grant us the grace to seek for more wisdom, and that, He may be glorified in our lives and ministries.
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Saturday, October 10, 2015
"A man's pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor" (Proverbs 28:23). The rules of the kingdom of God is exactly opposite of the rules of men. To be prosperous in the kingdom, it means you have to give. If you want to be great, you need to be servant. If you want to be honored by God, you need to exhibit humility. Jesus is given the name that is above all names, and He is exalted by the Father for His humble spirit and obedient heart. Our prayer: Lord grant us the grace to live according to Your will.
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Friday, October 9, 2015
"Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all" (Proverbs 28:6). For this reason, Jesus told His followers to seek the kingdom of God and righteousness, because a person who lacks understanding is perverse in all his/her ways. This kind of man or woman will only promote destruction, division, self-rightesouness, self-centeredness, and every thing that does not glorify our Lord.
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"As iron sharpens iron, so as a man sharpens the countenance of his friends."Proverbs 27:17) We are surrounded by people that can add, subtract, multiply or divide our lives.They may lift us up or put us down. If our goal in life is to be effective and efficient servant of Jesus and His kingdom, we are to encircle our lives with good and productive people that can influence us to make wiser and better person.
“As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.” (Proverbs 26:21) The argumentative person with no humility in his own heart will always cause division and separation. Jesus sent forth His spirit in order to bring understanding that can cause unity in the knowledge of Him.
“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28). A person with uncontrollable emotion in time of distress is similar to a city without wall that can be easily penetrated by the invading enemies. Be on guard to your feeling always because the devil is ready to ruin our lives.
“For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety. (Prov. 24:6) Biblical wisdom and knowledge are important in making daily decisions. Reading, meditation and group study while seeking advices and pondering other's personal experiences can be good tools to lead us in safe living.
“Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding." (Proverbs 23:23) Buying truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding means to pay one's education, specifically to those that are godly. Most of the people are spending money for their secular education but never to sacred. God bless.
“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.” (Proverbs 22:29) Therefore let us be faithful to Him who sits on the throne in heaven who will come to judge the living and the dead in His perfect time.
“The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart" (Proverbs 20:27 ). Born again is not a religion, but a new birth in the spirit from God. We were once living in darkness, but the new spirit will give us light, and bring us into a new and living way in Christ Jesus.
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Saturday, September 26, 2015
No Christians should listen to the lies of evil person, because flattery and false teachings are welcome only to those that live in sinful life. If we love our friends it is our duty to protect them from their failures, however friends should be careful about weaknesses and mistakes, because when you repeat these sins again and again, it will separate your friendship. To render evil for good is even more devilish, because it brings curse upon one's family. If we justify wickedness, it is an offense to God to acquit the guilty or condemn those that are not guilty. In other words, we have to be fair in all of our dealings without expecting anything or bribe behind our back. It is great mercy that God give us opportunity to be joyful and blessed in His kingdom, so do not abuse His lovingkindness by neglecting our obligation both to God and His people. Christ has redeemed us from all curses and condemnation, so be faithful to Him and to our promises... Reading: Proverbs 17, God bless.
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Friday, September 25, 2015
In order to lessen, at least, our mistakes, it is better to commit our works and plans to the Lord. It is wise to consider the attitude of the heart, tongue and spirit before making decisions. If we feel tired and need someone to help lifting the heavy burden, transfer your care unto the Lord, because "man plans his way, but the Lord direct his steps" (v9). If we make God's glory our desire and His will our rule in every aspect of life, He will pour down His favor, that even our enemies shall make peace with us. Beware of pride and self-exhaltation, because it is here where the destruction begins. For this reason, we need to slow down in anger and overcome our passion, for the violent man entices conflict against friends and neighbor. But those that rule his own spirit can encourage even wicked men and women, and those whose hearts are close to the gospel of Christ.... Reading: Proverbs 16, God bless.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
It is wise to acknowledge that God's eyes are in every place, and He knows our pains and sorrows, victory and success. There is nothing that can be hid from the eyes of God, not even our thoughts. That's why even the prayers and sacrifices of the non-beleivers are abomination to Him, unless they repent from their sins, while the prayers of humble and honest people are His delight. God hates those who hate corrections, and they shall indeed perish in their sins. It is better to have a simple life with the fear of the Lord, than to live in luxury but full of troubles and surrounded by worldly people. This chapter tells that following the advise of a wise man like Solomon shall bring our life upward, that we may turn away from falling down. For this reason, Christians need to grow and move upward in the grace and knowledge of Holy Spirit, that they may leave the fire of hell behind... Reading: Proverbs 15, God bless.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
The mocker will try to find wisdom, but they will not find it, yet it is easy to obtain wisdom to those who understands and fear the Lord. Solomon understands that some of our ways will lead to life, but some will lead to destruction if we are not careful. Carelessness, worldliness and sensuality seems right to those that walk in them, simply because they make them happy, prosperous and satisfied. But in the end those things are self-destructive, for there is a way that seems right to us, but the end is death. Our goal in life is not only to be happy but also to be holy. Disobedience to God's voice ruins many families, friendship, and communities, but the righteousness in life raises and strengthens even the weak and feeble knees. Sin is the shame of sinners, and the backsliders shall have the most horrible experience when they reflect in their own ways. Don't give up because the stubborn will be banished from the presence of God, but the righteous has a refuge in Christ's glory and honor... Reading: Proverbs 14, God bless.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
There is great hope for those who hear and obey God's word, than those who hate rebuke. Wise men will be wiser while wicked men will continue doing wickedness. It is wise to be careful with our words, with our spendings, to avoid strife and division, keep away from dishonest transactions, fear God's commandments, walk with godly and learned men and women, and to discipline the younger generation because riches, health, wellness, security and glory will come to them in this time and in the next. On the contrary, there is little hope to anyone who will not hear God's voice, because the ways, schemes, and strategies by the worldly people lead only to misery and destruction. The righteous men are being fed on the words and ordinances, to the satisfying of their souls, with the promises of the gospel that Jesus is our daily Bread of life... Reading: Proverbs 13, God bless.
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Monday, September 21, 2015
Righteous men will obtain favors from God, and those who are rooted by faith in Christ are firmly fixed. Though the evil men may advance their cause in sinful ways, but they cannot settle and secure themselves. Women who are pious, prudent, faithful to husband and household, can bear cross, and fulfill duties for the sake of the Lord are honor and comfort to the entire family of God. As Christians, let us not envy the ways of the ungodly even though they prosper by sin, and let us not wish that we could act in the same way. It is good to detest the sin of lying and to be governed by honesty, for the tongue of the wise promotes health, but all liars go to hell. Be careful to choose company of friends because some evil men flatter themselves believing that their ways are not wrong. Remember that the way of Christ is difficult and narrow, but it leads to life and eternity... Reading: Proverbs 12, God bless.
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Saturday, September 19, 2015
The desires of the righteous are honesty, humility, integrity, faithfulness, protection, good counseling, and these will lead them to life. But the desires of the wicked are dishonesty, pride, perversity, unfaithfulness, destruction of other people, evil company, and these will lead them to death. That's why Jesus told us to seek God's righteousness and He will bless and give us favor; but the wicked will fall from their wickedness. The righteous and generous people scatter and share their blessings, yet increase more; but those who withhold will lead to property (v24). "Give and it will be given to you," not to be applied for money alone but spiritual things as well. The righteous seek good counsel, but the wicked hates good counseling. If the righteous shall be punished when they offend others, much more will the wicked meet due reward for their wickedness. Pray always for the guidance of the Holy Spirit... Reading: Proverbs 11, God bless.
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Friday, September 18, 2015
Solomon compares two types of people, the righteous and wicked. The righteous are blessed forever, their memory will live, they store up godly knowledge, they apply it to their own lives, their lips bring forth wisdom, they stand strong in the midst of storms and whirlwind, they shall never be removed from their present position, they are secure because of their integrity, and because they are wise God prolongs their days. The complete opposite is the wicked and foolish people. They may be rich and look glamorous, but full of sorrow, fear, insecurity, hatred, evil mouth, evil eyes, lying lips, dishonesty, selfishness, empty heart, and their desire is full of envy and self gratification; that's why they are called foolish. The truth is, the righteous people are kept by the power of the Holy Spirit, and nothing shall be able to separate them from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus... Reading: Proverbs 10, God bless.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
This chapter encourages us to be wise in selecting people. If we spend time with foolish men, we will never enjoy the pleasures of holy life. It is wise to keep away from their ways, or we are likely to be corrupted by them. The foolish person hates instructions, so that when you rebuke them, you're only harming yourself. On the contrary, when you give instructions to a wise person, he/she will be still wiser. When you walk with anointed people, you will be anointed and filled with the Holy Spirit too. It is not enough to forsake the foolish people, we must join those that walk in godly wisdom. Jesus said that in the last days, many false teachers will appear and lead many away from the truth. We need to pray always and seek for true wisdom, because the enemy has many ways to entice our souls away from Christ... Reading: Proverbs 9, God bless.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
God's will can be found in two things, His creation (general revelation), and His word (specific revelation). The problem is to get men's attention to engage in instruction and understanding of God's perfect will. This chapter tells to receive instruction more than silver and gold (v10), unfortunately men prefers to do their own will. From verse 12-21, wisdom became first person, "I" which shows the personification of wisdom. New Testament tells that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hidden in Christ, and revealed in our time. Many inventions of men in the past generations are now in ruin and failed to stand the test of time. But the wisdom of God is from everlasting to everlasting, useful not only in this world, but in the world to come. So let us be wise and do not refuse God's favor for revealing His wisdom to us. "Whoever finds wisdom finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord; but those who hate wisdom love death" (v35-36). It is a contempt of Wisdom's instruction when people professed godliness, but seek excuses to learn God's word... Reading: Proverbs 8, God bless.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Once again this chapter is an invitation to learn wisdom, that if we will keep them, we can live a godly life. King Solomon has set before our eyes about the danger of going near the temptation, and the ignorance of handling them. He encourages us to allow the word of God dwell in us as a living member of the family, a sibling that is ready to assist in time of need. Bind them with our fingers, write them on the tablet of our heart, be the apple our eyes, and the central focus of our whole being. Thus we shall be kept away from the disastrous and destructive effects of our own passions and the snares of Satan. So, how to keep the word of God alive in us? When the conviction begins to work, let us pause, listen, and obey. With the power of the Holy Spirit, we can resist the devil and live victoriously in the name of Jesus... Reading: Proverbs 7, God bless.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Here is a list of seven things hateful to God; (1) a proud look, (2) lying tongue, (3) hands that kill innocent, (4) heart that plots evil, (5) feet that race to do wrong, (6) false witness who pours out lies, and (7) a person who sows discord in a family. While these seven are not the only sins that should be avoided, they do sum up most of the wicked things condemned by God. They are special manner to provoke God, because these are hurtful to the comfort of human life, and they are sins that deal with the deep motives of the individual. Since God hates these, we must also hate, shun all such practices, watch and pray against them, and avoid with highest disapproval. All who practice them are guilty whatever may be their rank. But these sins can be forgiven when one humbles himself/herself at the feet of Jesus Christ... Reading: Proverbs 6, God bless.
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Saturday, September 12, 2015
This chapter warns all God's children, young and old, to abstain from fleshly desire, immorality, and from Satan's method of drawing people away from the worship of God into false religion. The direct consequence of this sin is the destruction of both body and soul in this world and in the world to come. We can only avoid the call of this world by engaging our lives in the study of the Bible and the seeking of God's wisdom and righteousness through personal devotion and group study. We should not hate instruction and despise corrections because they are fountains to our lives, the water that sustains our daily spiritual needs. "For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths" (v21). God sees all things and nothing can be hidden from Him. Though secret sins may escape the eyes of our fellow men, yet these are open before the eyes of our God, Who ponders all of our ways... Reading: Proverbs 5, God bless.
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Friday, September 11, 2015
King Solomon's parents loved him, and taught him how to gain wisdom. All wise and godly people agree that true wisdom consists of acquiring knowledge with obedience, and is associated with success and happiness. Your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble (v12). Therefore, get wisdom, more than the wealth of this world, because the soul without wisdom is dead and barren soul. However, the way of evil people seems pleasant, but it is darkness and dangerous. They fall into trouble, they don't know how to avoid it, and they don't know what makes they stumble (v19). In contrast, the way of the righteous is light, Christ is their light, Christ is their way, and Christ is the truth that sustains their daily living. Be attentive to learn God's precept, this is a good sign that His grace is sufficient to work in your heart... Reading: Proverbs 4, God bless.
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Thursday, September 10, 2015
These godly sayings are directly given by God to His children for good health, long life, and peace to be enjoyed, not only in this world but in the world to come as well. We are commanded not to forsake mercy and truth, and to trust God with all our hearts, believing that He is able and wise to do what is best for us. One way of exhibiting this is to honor Him with our possessions in sanctuary work, help the poor and the needy, and assist those who labor in the spread of the word of God. Surely, the Lord shall not neglect the efforts of our faithful hearts and obedient hands. If we make wisdom part of our lives, all that belong to us shall be under the protection of God's providence, so that we shall not fall into sin or trouble. As God's sons and daughters, be sure that our vocation is to observe the precepts of Christ and to follow His example, to love and obey the Father with all our hearts, mind and strength... Reading: Proverbs 3, God bless.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Seeking godly wisdom will enable us to understand the meaning of the fear of the Lord. Most of the people lack this understanding because they are ignorant of the words of God. Depending upon God and seeking Him for wisdom will enable us to keep the paths of correct judgment and righteousness. If we are truly wise, we shall be careful to avoid all evil people who walk in the ways of darkness, and rejoice in evil doings (v13). Our lives will be preserved against corruption and dishonorable principles in this wicked world (v11). So, let the evil conduct of our worldly surrounding be our warnings. The true wisdom is hidden in Christ from the beginning of time, but now revealed to His followers that they may live according to His standard. Seek this wisdom of Christ, because if we are sincere, it will be revealed by the Holy Spirit... Reading: Proverbs 2, God bless.
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The book of proverbs are instructions to all men to discover what is right, practical, and correct views in handling life. It differentiates the wise and fool, godly and ungodly, saints and sinners, true and fake believers. Solomon speaks of important points that will benefit us when we need wisdom and practical knowledge in time of decision. The fear of the Lord is supreme (v7), because without it our life will be full of immorality, compromise, pride and rebellion. The wise person understands it, but the fool despises wisdom. Be careful with the wicked people (v10), for they are ready to seduce us that could lead to evil path of destruction. Three kinds of people are being called here: (1) the simple ones, for God will make known His words to them. (2) Mockers, pretending to be wise, but in reality their wisdom are worldly and evil. (3) Fools, they hate to be taught, having a nature of ungodliness and passion for foolish things. Christ came to redeem and lead us in the path of righteousness... Reading: Proverbs 1, God bless.
Monday, September 7, 2015
In this last psalm, all living things are called to praise the Lord with all their might. Those who praise the Lord in the heavenly display His majestic power, but those who praise Him on earth display God's great works of love and redemption. Let us praise our Savior with strong faith, even in time of failure and success. Let us praise Him with love and delight, in full submission to all the things that happen in our lives. Since life is short, let us praise God while we still have breath in us. The entire psalm was written for the work of praise and worship; written by holy men of God to give us guidance in governing our entire being. God created the whole universe for His own purpose, to worship Him. We became part of His entire creation when we were born in this world, and it became very clear to us when Christ called us, gave His spirit in us, and caused us to grow in relationship with Him. Let us continue to praise Him, for this is the reason why we exist... Reading: Psalm 150, God bless.
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Saturday, September 5, 2015
The children of Israel should not only bless the Lord their Maker, but to rejoice in Him as well for the gift of salvation and the great things He has done for them. They were created by God for a special purpose, that the whole world may know that He is the God who made the heavens and the earth. The nations that believed shall be spared, but the doubters and pessimists shall receive judgment. When Christ came in this world, salvation is individual and personal, not national. The intention of Jesus is to spread the gospel by proclaiming His message with love and humility, not by fire, nor wrath and terrorism. Our weapons are praises and God's word, with the shield of faith, in warfare with the carnal people and evil forces. Christians should be more than conquerors over the enemies of their souls, through the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony... Reading: Psalm 149, God bless.
Friday, September 4, 2015
God's creation in the upper world are praising the Lord; heavens, angels, sun, moon, stars and the waters above the heavens. They are there to give praises unto our God. Also the creatures of the lower world such as clouds, fire, rain, hails, snow, mountains, hills, trees, animals and all people were created to do the same. Visible and invisible things are expected to praise God in the best manner that they can. In this world, the power of nature, whether strong and so stormy, are appointed to give glory unto His name. In our lives, whether they are good or bad, uplifting or disappointing, there are reasons why God allowed them to happen. The Lord had caused His light to shine in our hearts and gave us the knowledge, that we may see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ... Reading: Psalm 148, God bless.
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Thursday, September 3, 2015
The outcasts of Israel went out of the city because they were not satisfied with the leaders' way of handling the entire nation. The leaders spoke the word of God but they don't obey and apply in their lives. But the Lord who can see and read the attitude of the hearts will gather them, heal and bind up their wounds, so that they can sing and praise His name with thanksgiving. Because God loves those who fear Him and hope in His mercy, He will strengthen their faith, bless and touch the hearts of their children. The psalmist said that the Lord had not dealt like this with any nation except in Israel (v20). The believers in Christ were outcasts from their old dead religions and traditions too. Jesus called and build them up, so that He can have a group of people for Himself. Their very purpose is to worship Him, and be a witness of truth in this fallen world... Reading: Psalm 147, God bless.
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
This psalm tells why we should put our trust in God more than a man. Simply because all men die, male and female, and no part of this world would be their own except the grave in which their dead bodies are being laid. Their personal plans vanish and their influences gone. But the God of Jacob is here forever. He holds the present and the future, gives sight to the blind, raises the humble, helps the fatherless, and provides our daily needs. Though Bible teachers and leaders are needed in the communities, but we must verify if their expositions and actions are aligned with the Word of God. Then, let the forgiven sinners run after Him, who is able to bring us to eternity to praise the name of Jesus forever... Reading: Psalm 146, God bless.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
God's words are words of goodness and grace, His works are works of power and greatness. For this reasons, David said that he will extol the name of Yahweh forever. Many may not appreciate God's wondrous acts, but those who understand shall speak and utter the great wonders of the Lord. The most wonderful things that God has done in our lives is our justification from sins. Because of His grace and compassionate heart, God became a man and went to the cross to save sinners like us. His great sacrifice at Golgotha is a demonstration of His tender mercies. God invited people to come to Him, believe in Him, and receive Him as Lord and Savior. Those who come near and call upon Him in truth received everlasting life. Indeed, He is very ready to hear and answer the prayers of his people. May we love and honor the name of Jesus, and walk in His way sincerely... Reading: Psalm 145, God bless.
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Monday, August 31, 2015
Ministry started from the Lord, and when He called us, He will train and equip our hands. David was effective and successful in many of his battles because he was willing to learn the ways and strategies of the Lord. What is man that God is mindful of him/her? David knew that without God, man can accomplish nothing. The first strategy is to humble oneself to God. Submission to God's word is the key for every victory. Second, singing praises and adoration to His presence. "I will sing new song to You" (v9). We need to unlock all gates that hinder us to take the key for success by singing. With these two acts, humbling and praising, we can be assured of God's rescue and deliverance from the hands of the invisible enemies. God's provision is to be desired, that we may also be generous and useful to our friends and those who are in need of our help. Jesus shared His blessing to us that we may also bless others... Reading: Psalm 144, God bless.
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Saturday, August 29, 2015
When David was in trouble, he always looked back and remembered the appearances and works of Yahweh to his afflicted people, and to his personal deliverance (v5). He knew that the more we consider the power of God, the less we shall be afraid of the forces of the enemies. God is righteous, and Him alone can give righteous judgment. David was aware that all human beings have no righteousness of their own to plead to God. Therefore, his only solution to all his troubles was to look up with earnest desires towards God's mercy and favor. He prayed that God would be well pleased with him, and let him know the perfect will of God (10), so that he can handle his situation righteously. As servants and friends of Jesus, our goal in life is not only to live with a happy and abundant life, but full of righteous living and holiness... Reading: Psalm 143, God bless.
Friday, August 28, 2015
David was in danger while writing this psalm. His enemies, who were stronger than him, had set a snare for him, and no one cares for his life in this time of trouble. So he cried out to the Lord by showing his difficulties and concerns, and casting all his cares upon His God. When our spirits are overwhelmed by distress and filled with discouragement, we must reflect with the comfort the Holy Spirit can do for us. Those believers who are sincere to yield on the promises of Jesus shall find refuge and sufficient grace in their lives. Like David, let us pray earnestly to our Father in heaven, coming to His presence without any amount of doubt and worry. Our God had raised Jesus from the grave to be the Advocate and Protector of our souls from here to eternity... Reading: Psalm 142, God bless.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
A good person knows the sins of tongue. When the enemies are provoking us to sin, we need to be careful for the words that we are about to utter. David cried out to the Holy Spirit to guard his mouth and watch over the door of his lips (v3). He prayed, knowing that prayer is a spiritual sacrifice, an offering of the soul on its best affections. He knows the danger of speaking against others without seeking good council. This psalm shows that receiving rebuke from the voice of the Holy Spirit and other brethren should be welcomed, because they are not destructive to our lives, but to our hearts. Though the world is bitter, but the word of God is sweet. Therefore, let us lift up our eyes upon the Lord, and pray that His grace may cloth us with His righteousness and having all the sweetness of His words planted in our hearts... Reading: Psalm 141, God bless.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
We are living in an imperfect environment, and the more danger appears, the more earnest we should be in prayer to God. Let us pray for God's protection from violent people, that God handles our daily activities so that our footsteps should not slip. The Bible said that God is able to keep us from falling and we are safe in His mighty Hand. We should also pray that God would not allow the desires of the wicked men, nor further their secret and evil plans against this world and God's people. The Lord had promised that none can be against us. Surely, the righteous and forgiven people shall dwell in God's presence, and give Him thanks forevermore. Those who are righteous in God's sight are justified through faith in Christ, and the effect of this is harmonious living both with God and His redeemed men and women... Reading: Psalm 140, God bless.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
David acknowledged the all-knowing attribute of God. He understood that God knows what is in his heart, in his mind, acquainted with all his ways, and has perfect knowledge about his life. It means that our thoughts and actions are open before God, even every step, right or left, and all rules we take. Also, we can't flee from His presence because God is everywhere. No veil can hide from Him, not even the thickest clouds. To God, light and darkness are both alike, which means, our success and victory should be treated equally, because all things are in the mighty Hands of God. The Lord knows us thoroughly, but there are times that we are strangers to ourselves. Therefore, we should desire and pray humbly to be searched and proved by His word and Spirit, if there are wickedness or good ways in our lives.... Reading: Psalm 139, God bless.
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Monday, August 24, 2015
David was not afraid to praise Yahweh even in the midst of the gods of the pagan people. He had many reasons for doing this; he experienced God's lovingkindness, he understood that God's words are true and reliable, he received answered prayers when he cried out to God, and in time of trials and to do his duties, he received strength from the Lord. Therefore, he was bound to be thankful to his God, so that "the kings of the earth shall praise You" (v4). Like David, the ultimate goal of God's people is to introduce Jesus to others, that they may know that God reigns in this world. Though some proud will reject our message, the humble will submit to the will of God. This simple things will give glory to our God, and they will not be in vain till the completion of our salvation in the final days of the Lord Jesus Christ... Reading: Psalm 138, God bless.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
The Babylonian had carried the Israelites away from their own land. It was the darkest hour in the history of ancient Israelites. The prophets proclaimed that sins and disobedience to God's law caused them to fall into the hand of their barbaric enemies. While in Babylon, they wept, they cried our to God, they remembered their land and all the festivities. How can they sing the victory songs of Zion in the foreign land where in they are being enslaved. They dare not sing the songs of David in the midst of idolaters and immoral people. This psalm tells that even in time of defeat, we should recollect with godly sorrow God's mercies and promises. Our sins should be acknowledged, because God's punishment is temporary but His grace and mercy endures forever... Reading: Psalm 137, God bless.
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Friday, August 21, 2015
Give thanks to the Lord and don't forget His wonders and mighty power. He is the Creator who created all things, and He can still create a situation for our own benefits. The great thing God did for Israel is the testimony that cannot be erased. He brought them out of Egypt, overthrew Pharaoh, divided the Red Sea, struck down Canaanite kings, and gave the land as inheritance. These acts were the type of Christ's works in our lives. Jesus had created a situation for our salvation; He scattered us! Then, He redeemed us from our past, forgave our sins, released us from bondage of sins, and gave us new life and daily bread. May we understand and feel deeply the redeeming power of Jesus in our lives that we may serve Him in righteousness all our days. Give thanks to the Lord for His mercy endures forever... Reading: Psalm 137, God bless.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015
This psalm brings us back from the creation of heaven and earth to God's marvelous works. There is a God who controls all things, and He is sovereign to choose Jacob, a people to Himself that they might be unto Him for a name and a praise. When God destroyed the firstborn of Egypt and their enemies, and gave His inheritance to Israelites, it shows that His judgment is fair and upright. This is similar to our experience, that when God has chosen the Christians to be His people, no one can question that. However, if His people will not praise Him, they are the most unworthy and ungrateful of all. Be thankful to the Lord, Jesus is alive. Idols are nothing and those who trust in idols will be dead forever... Reading: Psalm 135, God bless.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
This psalm is an exhortation to bless and praise the name of the Lord at night. They gather to worship Yahweh at the sanctuary on day time, but there are servants that continue to serve Him even at night time. It is an excellent time to fill up our spare times with meditation and prayers at night by attending the Bible Study and prayer meeting in the church or in houses. The evening activities should not be a burden to God's servants, that instead of spending our night time in watching TV or other carnal indulgences, spend your night time with God. Our happiness should be in the Lord, not in the world. Pray that God may send His blessing from Zion to our homes... Reading: Psalm 134, God bless.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The unity in spirit and the brotherly love (Philadelphia) brings anointing to each one of us. This unity is the fruit of the Spirit, the evidence of our complete union with Jesus Christ. We are united in our church because of the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and without it, we will be disarrayed. It means we don't rely on our own efforts, but through the power of the Spirit of God. Because God saw the brotherly love, He commands the blessing to descend from top to bottom, from heaven to our home, like the dew flowing down from mount Hermon to mount Zion. Believers that live in love and peace, shall have the God of love and peace with them now, and they shall be with Him for ever, in the world of endless love and peace... Reading: Psalm 133, God bless.
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Monday, August 17, 2015
The psalmist prayed to God using the name and sacrifices of David when the king was still alive. He tied up himself to the past where the faithful people had submitted to God's divine providence and found favor from Him. If we are in Christ, God will never turn from us when we plead the new covenant that Christ had established at the cross. As God dwells in Zion making it His resting place, the Church that Jesus built will be His consecrated body connected with Him as the Head. Therefore, when work is to be done for the Lord, it is good to tie ourselves with His providence, go to His tabernacle first and worship Him at His footstool. Surely, His protection will be upon us and His divine anointing will not depart from us... Reading: Psalm 132, God bless.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015
Humility leads us to be godly, and where there is proud heart, there is a proud look. Knowing God is a learning process that is very high for us. It is our wisdom not to interfere with the things that does not belong to us, but to be content in every condition God allotted to us. However, we need to do the assigned things for us faithfully. God knows that our hearts are desirous of worldly things, but, by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit, a true believer that is made holy is weaned from that materialistic attitude. They are secondary and the focal point is God, Jesus Christ, the Lover of our heart. The psalmist recommends confidence in the Lord, and to all people of God, Israelites and Christians, are to hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord in this world.... Reading: Psalm 131, God bless.
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Friday, August 14, 2015
If God will count our sins, no one can stand, all of us are guilty. However, there is forgiveness in God if we admit the guilt of sin, quit all, and come to the Lord. Apart from Him, there is no comfort and complete joy in our souls. But thanks be to Jesus who justified and cleared us from our misconducts. So if we want to devote our lives to God, let us stay cheerfully to the words of Jesus, because He is able to redeem us from condemnation. Redemption from sin includes freeing from all forms of evil and damnation in hell through the atoning blood of Christ. Putting our hope in God is believing on His promises and staying in His presence. Like those who wait at night to see the dawn and desiring to see the light, let us wait patiently because Jesus will save His people in the day of His return... Reading: Psalm 130, God bless.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
God's people shall experience various ways of bad behaviors and mischief both from non-believers and carnal people. But if we are in Christ and if God is for us, we shall always be delivered graciously from these evil ways. Jesus has built His people upon the solid foundation, and He is able to protect us from the wicked ways they design against us. God is righteous and He has promised to preserve a people for Himself, the Israelites and the Christians. This psalm declares that while God's people shall flourish and live forever, those who hate them shall scatter and wither before they grow. "The Lord is righteous, He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked" (v4). God's people will always prevail and victorious amidst trials and struggles, because His blessings is upon us, so let us be thankful to God... Reading: Psalm 129, God bless.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Only those who fear God are truly holy and happy. Many religious people alway pretend to be happy and holy but in reality they are not. But blessed is the one who fears the Lord; whether he or she be high or low, rich or poor in this world. If you fear God and walk in His way, you shall be well with Him and His people. The entire family will be favored and consecrated, and the whole community will be benefited by this. They shall have many good things God has promised, in which they pray for. In mentioning Israel, it shows that the psalmist was so much concern about the welfare of three thing, first his personal relationship with God, second, his family with God, third his nation or community with God. Every true believer rejoices in the prosperity of the entire church physically and spiritually... Reading: Psalm 128, God bless.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
In all of the affairs of our lives, families, business, ministries, etc. we must look up and depend upon the favor and blessings of our God. But people in this world makes their lives bitter and burdened because their goal is only to get money and more money. Unless God builds the house and prospers all the plans, our labors will be in vain. Our care must be to keep ourselves in the love of God and to seek and understand His ways, so that it may be easier for us to live. Children are God's gifts, and are to be accounted blessings and not burdens. They are given by God for a purpose, that is to produce more worshippers and servants in God's kingdom. They are great support and defense to a family and to the community as well if trained well according to the word of God. Truly, all comforts in this world are uncertain, but our spiritual children are our joy and crown in the Day of Jesus Christ... Reading: Psalm 127, God bless.
Monday, August 10, 2015
The Israelites were so thankful and filled with wonders when God had brought them back to their homeland from 70 years of captivity in Babylon. Their sins had imprisoned them but God's mercy had released them from the power of their enemies. Christians were once in the power of satanic control, and it is by the grace of God that we have been taken out from the power of darkness. The favor of God encourages us to pray and utter praises and adorations. Our sufferings will come and go, but we must stay in His promises, because Jesus said that those who mourn will be comforted, and as we sow in tears, we will reap with joy forever. Indeed, the days are coming when we shall reap in joy, plentiful harvest of souls through the power of our Lord. Thanks be to God for this mysterious wisdom... Reading: Psalm 126, God bless.
Mount Zion is like a hard and solid rock located in the very center of the world, Jerusalem. Earthquakes, storms and thunders may come and go, but it shall never be moved but stay forever. The psalmist compares our faith with Mount Zion that if our faith is certain and firm in the Lord, we can stand strongly even in time of trials and miseries in life. We are protected by the mighty Hand of the Lord. Though we are not perfect yet the Lord will make all things work together for our own good because we put our trust in Him. So if we follow the ways of our Lord, though we may encounter troubles in our way, but the end shall be peace and joy in the Holy Spirit... Reading: Psalm 125, God bless.