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Monday, October 19 2020

Proverbs 5 & 6: God’s Commandment

Verse of the Day: (6:23) For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

1.    God’s Children (5:1-23)
Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. (5:7)

King Solomon of Israel, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote this passage to his son, in anguish and regrets, because he committed idolatry and immorality, which God had warned him never to do them. (1 Kings 11) Time and again, God commanded His children to obey Him yet they refused to obey Him since the beginning of time, as in the first couple, Adam and Eve. (Genesis 2-3) However, God has a redemption plan for man, in that while we are sinners, Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, died for the sins of the whole world. Whoever therefore believes in Jesus, shall never perish in hell, but have everlasting life with Him in heaven. (Romans 5) Indeed, let us as God’s children live out our lives by obeying His commandments, and we shall abide with Him forever. (1 John 2)  

2.    God’s Commandment (6:1-24)
My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: (6:20)

At the end of Solomon’s life, he reflected his life through God’s Word, and discovered that he did not truly apply what God commanded him to do. He was slack in his leadership and service to God as he indulged in idolatry and immorality destroying not only his testimony, but also his family and kingdom. God through Solomon commanded Israel and Christians today, the 7 types of people whom He hates; a proud man, a liar, a murderer, a wicked man, a mischievous man, a false witness and a man who sows discord. Tragically, Solomon carelessly and recklessly transgressed against God’s commandments, and he reaped the consequences of his sins, as his family was divided and in disarray, and his kingdom was subsequently subdued by his enemies. Indeed, let us not only love and obey God in word, but in deed, keeping and obeying His commandments. (1 John 3)

3.    God’s Contentment (6:25-35)
He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts. (6:35)

The thing that God commanded Solomon not to do, was the thing he did, when he committed adultery. He fell into the lust of his flesh and pride. This is why God commands man to flee from the lust of the flesh and pride, and be contented with our wife, as godliness with contentment is great gain. Indeed, let us flee from the lust of our flesh and the love of money, and follow after God and His commandment. (1 Timothy 6)

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, please help me to fully trust and obey You and Your commandment.

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Saturday, October 17 2020

Proverbs 3 & 4: God’s Way

Verse of the Day: (3:17) Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

1.    God’s Way (3:1-18)
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (3:5)

King Solomon of Israel understood the principle of sowing and reaping, as he experienced God’s rich blessings and benefits, and pleasantness and peace when he walked in His way and wisdom, while receiving His severe judgment and chastisement when he strayed away from Him. Let us therefore walk in God’s way and wisdom, and trust in Him with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding, knowing that one day, He shall lead and direct us to His eternal home in glorious heaven. (Acts 18:24-28)

2.    God’s Wisdom (3:19-35)
The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. (3:19)

We may think that man is the smartest as we made spaceships that bring us to Mars and beyond, or nuclear warheads that can destroy almost the entire world with the touch of a button, but we fail to realise that God is the smartest. The Almighty God by His wisdom and understanding creates the entire universe with the earth and the heavens consisting of the home of the birds, the home of the stars, planets and the Milky way, and His own everlasting home with streets of pure gold, pearly gates, and a great golden city with the foundations of its wall garnish with precious stones, and having His glory and light shining forever, and His people who never experience pain, sorrow or death, worshipping and serving Him with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Indeed, what a day it shall be when we who truly believe in Jesus Christ get to His glorious heaven! (Revelation 21-22)

3.    God’s Word (4:1-27)
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. (4:4)

Solomon knew that at the end of the day, he must obey God and His Word to help him, especially as the King of Israel, otherwise he would fail in his leadership. During Solomon’s reign, he led Israel to the zenith of power when he completed the construction of God’s magnificent house, and kings, queens and leaders from all over the world called on him to hear his wise sayings and see God’s splendour sanctuary. Alas, Solomon sinned against God as he became proud, and committed idolatry and immorality. God judged him and Israel, and his kingdom was tragically divided, and since then it had never ever regain its power. (1 Kings 1-11) Indeed, let us not only read and study God’s Word, but truly applying it to our life, glorifying and pleasing His name. (James 1:21-27) 

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, please help me to walk in Your way and wisdom obeying Your Word.

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Thursday, October 15 2020

Psalm 149 & 150: God Of Praise

Verse of the Day: (149:1) Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

1.   God Of Praise (149:1-6)
Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. (149:2)

The true and living God, through King David, as well as all His kings, prophets and priests, commanded His people in the city of Zion or Jerusalem, and the nation, Israel, as well as all the people in the whole world, to truly believe and trust in Him, and to praise and worship Him for He is the faithful Creator of all things, including heaven and earth, the sun, the moon, the planets, the stars, the seas, the oceans, the mountains, the plains, the grass, the plants, the herbs, the trees, the fruits, the birds, the fish, the animals, and especially, man made in His own image. (Genesis 1-2) Indeed, let us praise and sing songs including new ones to our God day and night, and using His Word, the two-edged sword, in overcoming the devil’s temptations and trials, that we shall always be to His praise and glory. (Hebrews 4:12) At the end of our fragile and feeble life, at our last breath and heartbeat, let us praise and worship our God in His perfect and sovereign will, amid all our fiery troubles and tribulations, for He is worthy of our praises and worship, as He is our precious Saviour and Redeemer of our souls now and forever. (1 Peter 4)

2.   God Of Punishment (149:7-9)
To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; (149:7)

Though God loves sinners, but He hates sins, and this is why He shall eternally condemn all who refuse to believe and acknowledge Him as their personal Saviour and Lord. (John 3:16-21) Let us thus trust and obey God, the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, and submit to Him and all ordained authorities, as He shall judge and punish all unbelievers and evildoers, and one day, He shall cast their souls to fiery hell forever. (1 Peter 2:13-25)

3.   God Of Psaltery (150:1-6)
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. (150:3)

God has made man with the love for music and this is why His people who are called by His name shall praise, sing and make music through all the different musical instruments, the likes of psaltery, trumpet, harp, timbrel, stringed instruments, organs, cymbals, and even dancing. What a day it shall be when we get to God’s heavenly sanctuary hearing the beautiful songs from the perfect choir and dancers, accompanied by the impressive orchestra, performing with all the musical instruments to our God, and I am sure, David, the shepherd boy and renowned king of Israel, shall be one of them. (2 Samuel 6:1-5) 

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, please help me to praise and sing to Your name in good and bad time.

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Thursday, October 15 2020

Proverbs 1 & 2: God’s Wisdom

Verse of the Day: (1:7) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

1.   God’s Wisdom (1:1-14)
The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; (1:1)

David was very thankful to God that his son and successor, King Solomon, loved and feared the true God of Israel. At the beginning of Solomon’s reign, he asked for God’s wisdom and understanding, when the Almighty God spoke to him in a dream at night for the desire of his heart. God not only gave Solomon His wisdom, but also riches and honour, as He was well pleased that he sought after Him and His wisdom. (1 Kings 3:1-15) God, the Holy Spirit, inspired King Solomon of Israel, to pen the Book of Proverbs, commanding the people of Israel at that time, and even Christians today, that the beginning of His wisdom is to truly believe and fear Him, and obey His commandments, so that His richest blessings be upon us. However, we are fools if we doubt and reject God and His wisdom, and we shall certainly reap the consequences of our sins. At the end of Solomon’s life, he regretted ignoring God’s wisdom, and allowing his heart to seek after idolatry and immorality, that resulted in his family being in disarray, and his vast kingdom divided. (1 Kings 11) Indeed, let us not only seek God and His wisdom of peace and mercy, but to truly live it out, so that it be pleasing before Him. (James 3:17-18)  

2.   God’s Way (1:15-33)
My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: (1:15)

King Solomon, encouraged his son, and even Christians today, to walk in God’s way of righteousness, and in honouring our parents, so that we shall receive His rich blessings and everlasting life in pearly heaven, while those who walk in man’s way of wickedness shall reap the consequences of eternal condemnation in the devil’s hell. (2 Peter 2:21-22)

3.   God’s Word (2:1-22)
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; (2:1)

What went wrong in Solomon’s life? Solomon had God’s wisdom, riches and honour, but tragically he went after the lust of his eyes and flesh and the pride of life, and ignored His wisdom, way and Word. Let us therefore not only seek God and His Word, but to truly live it out, and even to die for it. Indeed, many of God’s believers choose to die for Him and His Word than to deny Him during the Old as well as the New Testament era, and even today, which is the church age. In fact, many more of God’s believers are also willing to die for God and His Word during the 7 years of Great Tribulation, which will begin after the Rapture that is anytime from now, when all Christians shall be caught up with the Lord Jesus to be with Him forever in His heavenly kingdom. (Revelation 20:1-4)

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, please grant me Your wisdom in obeying You and Your holy Word.

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Wednesday, October 14 2020

Psalm 147 & 148: God Of Power

Verse of the Day: (147:5) Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

1.    God Of Power (147:1-13)
The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. (147:11)

The Almighty God, through King David of Israel and many of His prophets and servants, prophesied to Israel at that time, that Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, shall leave His glorious heaven to live on earth, ministering to the people, healing their broken hearts, binding their wounds, and even numbering the stars and calling them by their names, and above all, forgiving their sins by His great power and infinite understanding. Indeed, man delights in the power of horses and their physique, but God only delights in all who fear Him and hope in His mercy. Let us thus believe in and receive Jesus as our Saviour, and repent our sins, and He shall forgive us by His great power and mercy. (Matthew 9:1-8)

2.    God Of Peace (147:14-20)
He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. (147:14)

David could certainly testified the God of peace and power, as he had experienced not only His forgiveness of his sins, but His peace amid chaos, and the abundant provision of the finest food for his family. However, David reaped the consequences of his sins, as his son, Absalom, rebelled against him, his advisor, Ahithophel, betrayed him, and his vast kingdom was subsequently divided during the reign of his successor and son, King Solomon. (2 Samuel) Indeed, let us truly believe in and receive Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, and He shall send His Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to dwell in us, granting us perfect peace and constant comfort amid our all our fiery trouble and tribulation. (John 14:23-31) 

3.    God Of Praise (148:1-14)
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. (148:13)

Since the day David believed in the true God of Israel, he had been praising Him from a lowly shepherd boy to the renowned King of Israel, the most powerful kingdom in that era. David truly enjoyed the presence of God in communing with Him in prayer, pouring out his heart to Him, and praising His holy name. David praised God for His name alone is excellent and His glory is above the earth and heaven. Let us therefore praise and worship our Saviour Jesus Christ, together with the hosts of angels, for He is Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father and The Prince of Peace, and for all that He has done in, for, with and through us, especially in granting us His eternal and precious salvation and home in pearly heaven. (Isaiah 9:6-7) Indeed, let all who fear and believe in Jesus Christ, praise and worship Him now and forever. (Revelation 19:1-10)

Prayer of the Day:

Dearest God, thank You that You are my great power when I am weak and weary.

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