Tuesday, December 18, 2018

If your parents reject you, I will take you in.

Psalm 27:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
    the Lord will receive me.

It was King David who wrote Psalm 27 and penned the words "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up" (KJV). David was called a man after God's own heart and had a revelation of God's intimate love that was greater than any mother's or father's love. 

We don't read much about David's relationship with his parents other than the fact that his father Jesse, neglected to bring David in from the field when the prophet Samuel was looking to anoint a king from one of Jesse's boys. I don't know if this was an indication of the relationship that David had with his father or not, but for whatever the reason, David knew that the Lord would always receive him whether his earthly parents did or not. 

In a generation where nearly 50% of the homes in Western nations will end up in divorce, this promise is really, really important. No matter what happens in our relationship with our own parents, our God and Father will receive us with His arms open wide. May the Holy Spirit give each one of us a deeper revelation of this truth today. 

Monday, December 17, 2018

As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to My heart.

Isaiah 40:11 New International Version (NIV)

11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.

In yesterday's promise, we talked about the benefit of having a loving Shepherd lead us and guide us. Today we want to continue that thought with an amazing illustration of God's love that comes from Isaiah 40:11. In this passage of Scripture, we see a very intimate picture of how God sees us as His little lambs.

He is the Great Shepherd who feeds us, carries us and leads us into greener pastures. If you struggle to feel God's nearness, I would encourage you to meditate on this Scripture and picture yourself as a little lamb needing to be picked up. God uses many illustrations throughout the Bible to help us comprehend how He feels about us.

A little lamb is helpless, defenseless and completely dependent on its shepherd, just like we are! I pray that God will give each one of us the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation today (Ephesians 1:17) in greater measure so that we will really know that our God and Father carries us in His arms just like a shepherd carries a little lamb. 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Announcement

1. Christmas Caroling
Date: 24th Dec 2018, Monday
Time: 6pm - 12pm
Details: For those who are interested please contact Corps Office.

2. Christmas Day Service and Lunch
Date: 25th Dec 2018, Tuesday
Time: 10am
Venue: Penang Corps, Worship Hall
Details: To those ladies that would like to contribute dessert for this special day, kindly contact Capt Fiona.
Note: There will be Christmas photo session at 10am.
Dress Code:  Christmas Vintage/ Red or Green.

3. Christmas Open House
Date: 25th Dec 2018, Tuesday
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Penang Children’s Home
All are welcome.

4. Sharing Christmas With Others
Date: 25th Dec 2018, Tuesday
Time: 9pm
Details: Food distribution to the streets. If you are interested to e part of this special programme, kindly sign up with Lieut. Daniel.














I am your God and you are the sheep of My pasture.

Psalm 100:3 New International Version (NIV)

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

In today's promise, we are reminded that we are God's people, the sheep of His pasture. There are many references to us being sheep in the Bible. Jesus said in John 10:27 that His sheep hear His voice and will not follow a stranger. In Psalm 23 we read one of the most celebrated passages that tells us that the Lord is our shepherd.

I am not an expert on sheep, but from what I do know about these animals, they are pretty dependent upon their shepherd to lead them and to protect them. All they have to do is to listen for his voice and follow wherever he goes. They are not required to make decisions for themselves or manage their life. They simply live under the watchful care of a shepherd that they know would lay down his life for them if it came to that.

In a world system that celebrates independence and self-sufficiency at every turn, this might be a thought that offends our mind. We don't want to be led ...we want to lead! Yet in Romans 8:14, we read that those who are led by the Spirit of God are the very sons of God.

We were never created to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. We have a Great Shepherd and Lord and Savior who has already done that for us. All we have to do is listen for His voice and follow Him wherever He goes.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Psalm 139:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

In yesterday's promise, we talked about how God uniquely created each one of us with His own hands. I ended my devotional with the Scripture that inspired today's promise. This is a declaration from King David that he was the handiwork of the living God and that he was fearfully and wonderfully made.

Can you say the same thing about your life? Can you look in the mirror and with a joy-filled heart declare to God ... "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made!!!!!" When most people look in a mirror, they only see their imperfections. Even the most popular celebrities and professional models obsess over the smallest of flaws.

In the Great Commandment, Jesus tells us that we are to love God with all our heart, all our mind and all our strength... and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Loving ourselves from God's perspective is not narcissism but rather just agreeing with how God sees us... We are fearfully and wonderfully made!

In some Christian circles, self-hatred can be seen as a form of humility. I personally do not believe that this brings joy to our Father's heart. If He says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, who are we to disagree with the living God?

Friday, December 14, 2018

I created you with My own hands.

Psalm 119:73 New International Version (NIV)

73 Your hands made me and formed me;
    give me understanding to learn your commands.

In today's promise, the psalmist declares that God's own hands created him. What a glorious thought! It makes me think of the tender creation process when our God and Father formed Adam out of the dust of the earth. If God did indeed create each one of us the same way, then God must see each one of us as His work of art!

In Ephesians 2:10, the KJV Bible says... For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. The NLT says that we are God's masterpiece. What a blessed thought!

My prayer is that each and every one of us would know that we are all a one of a kind masterpiece that can never be replaced in the sight of our Father. May faith rise up in our hearts today as we join in the declaration of King David in Psalm 139:14 where he said... I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (NIV) 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

My family in heaven and on earth is named after Me.

Ephesians 3:14-15 New International Version (NIV)

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name.

All fatherhood is derived from the one and only true Father God. The Amplified Bible says Ephesians 3:15 this way... For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name]. (AMP)

When God looks at you and me, He doesn't see nameless, faceless workers, He sees family. He is a loving Father who lovingly relates to His children. Not workers, not servants and not slaves... but sons and daughters.

The more that we begin to see that the Christian life is all about family, the more we will be drawn into His fathering heart. It is the most wonderful revelation when we know that our value to Him is not based on what we do but simply who we are.

My prayer today is that we would all have a deeper revelation that we belong to the family of God. Our very name comes from our heavenly Father. In John 8:35, Jesus said these words... Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. (NIV)

May we all know that we have a permanent place in our father's family where we will belong forever! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

I am God and Father over all creation.

Ephesians 4:6 New International Version (NIV)

one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

The Apostle Paul tells us in today's promise that the Fatherhood of God is the absolute foundation of all that exists in the universe. To grasp the context of this promise, let's read Ephesians 4:4-6 in the World English Bible... 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all. (WEB)

In a world where there is so much instability, it is comforting to be reassured that there is only One God and Father of us all. Our God is the source of all things. While creating is something that He does, Father is who He truly is. All life as we know it comes from His fathering heart.

The Apostle Paul says in Acts 17:28 that we are all His offspring through creation and then Paul goes on to explain how God wants us to become His children through the gift of redemption in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  When everything else in life seems to shift around, be encouraged to know that there is one God and Father over all creation and He loves for you to call Him your Abba!

Romans 8:15-17
15 For you didn’t receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God; 17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him. (WEB)