Sunday, February 16, 2020

Announcements

Lt Daniel and Lt. Kokilavani Wedding Invitation
Date: 22 Feb 2020
Time: 10am (Wedding Service), 6:30pm (Wedding Dinner)
Venue: The Salvation Army Melaka Corps & MPHTL Bukit Beruang Melaka

The General Visit
Date: 7th - 8th April 2020
Venue: Penang Corps & Penang Children's Home



Tuesday, December 31, 2019

I will be your safe place in difficult times.

Nahum 1:7 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord is good,
    a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him,

The NIV Bible says Nahum 1:7 this way... The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. In Ecclesiastes it says that there is a season for all things, so there is no escaping the fact that we will all have difficult times in our life. Jesus reminded us in John 16:33 that though we will have trouble in this world, we can take heart, because He has overcome the world.

In today's promise, we are reminded that because the Lord is good, and because He cares for those who trust in Him, He will be our refuge in times of trouble. He will be our stronghold, our safe place, our haven of rest in the midst of the storm.

My prayer today is that we would be comforted by this promise and take up residence in the secret place of the Most High (Psalm 91) so that He might be our refuge in times of trouble.

Monday, December 30, 2019

I look throughout the earth to strengthen those who belong to Me.

2 Chronicles 16:9 New International Version (NIV)

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.

God is always watching us. His eyes are running to and fro throughout the entire world looking to strengthen those who belong to Him. He never abandons us or leaves us to our own devices. He is always there and an ever present help in our times of trouble. Even in the darkest times when you feel completely alone, you aren't. God is with you and His heart is to strengthen those who belong to Him.

In Hebrews 12:1-2, it says that we are to fix our eyes on Jesus and run the race marked out for us. Think about this for a moment... When we are fixing our eyes on Jesus, He is fixing His eyes on us! Amazing huh? May the tangible reality of feeling God's gaze become more and more real so that we might find the strength we need to live today.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Just ask and you will receive.

Matthew 7:7 New International Version (NIV)

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Our God and Father has a way of making the very complex very simple. In today's promise, Jesus points us to His Father and simply says... Just ask and you will receive. Just seek and you will find. Just knock and the door will be opened. The next few verses Jesus goes on to tell us that God has a father's heart for us and He promises to give good gifts to those who will simply ask.

So what do you need today? Just ask! Jesus also told us that the Father knows what you need before you even ask for it. (Matthew 6:8) So ask Him! He is the Father of Lights and every good and perfect gift comes directly from His hand (James 1:17). 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Delight in Me and I will give you the longings of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 New International Version (NIV)

Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

In today's promise, King David is making the declaration that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts. I have always been intrigued by this Bible verse because to me, it is saying that if I focus on and enjoy my relationship with God, that He will give me the deep longings of my heart.

I think many people struggle to even know what the deep desires of their hearts truly are. I am not talking about temporal spur-of-the-moment desires, but the deep longings that we have in the core of our being. What good works were we created to do? What gives life to the depths of our soul? If we believe that God loves us the way He made us, we will be convinced that He has placed within us desires that He wants to fulfill.

In Philippians 2:13, it says... for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (NIV) I believe this verse tells us that God actually uses the desires of our heart to fulfill His good purpose for us. St. Augustine, one of the early church fathers said it this way... “Love God and do what you will.”

I truly believe that the more we love God and enjoy His fellowship, the more we will get in touch with our heart's desires. And the more we get in touch with our heart's desires, the easier it will be to live a life flowing from our heart instead of our head.

May today be another day where we go deeper into the simple delights of being in relationship with the One who is absolute and complete love. And may today be a day where He brings into fulfillment the secret longings that He has placed in each one of our hearts.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Delight in Me and I will give you the longings of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 New International Version (NIV)

Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your hear

In today's promise, King David is making the declaration that if we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our hearts. I have always been intrigued by this Bible verse because to me, it is saying that if I focus on and enjoy my relationship with God, that He will give me the deep longings of my heart.

I think many people struggle to even know what the deep desires of their hearts truly are. I am not talking about temporal spur-of-the-moment desires, but the deep longings that we have in the core of our being. What good works were we created to do? What gives life to the depths of our soul? If we believe that God loves us the way He made us, we will be convinced that He has placed within us desires that He wants to fulfill.

In Philippians 2:13, it says... for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (NIV) I believe this verse tells us that God actually uses the desires of our heart to fulfill His good purpose for us. St. Augustine, one of the early church fathers said it this way... “Love God and do what you will.”

I truly believe that the more we love God and enjoy His fellowship, the more we will get in touch with our heart's desires. And the more we get in touch with our heart's desires, the easier it will be to live a life flowing from our heart instead of our head.

May today be another day where we go deeper into the simple delights of being in relationship with the One who is absolute and complete love. And may today be a day where He brings into fulfillment the secret longings that He has placed in each one of our hearts.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

I will comfort you with My everlasting encouragement.


2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 New International Version (NIV)

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.


The NIV Bible says 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 this way... 16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

God is our eternal encourager. He never stops pouring out His love on us and He never stops encouraging us. I love the dictionary.com definition for the word 'encouragement'. ...to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.

God is our friend, our Brother, our Father, and the lover of our soul. He has no self-interest but is wholeheartedly for us in every way. In Hebrews 12:1-2, the writer says that we should keep on running the unique race that the Father has set out for us, all the while fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. The race that is referred to in this passage of Scripture is the kind of race that was run within the walls of ancient stadiums with stands packed full of people!

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are all cheering you on as you run your unique race today. You are being encouraged every day by all the resources of heaven to not give up, but to keep on going! The Triune God never tires giving us the encouragement that we need so that we might find the strength to do every good deed that is in line with our destiny.