Devotion for Tuesday January 16, 2018
Topic: Ask Me And I Will Tell You
Text: Jeremiah 33:1 – 5
God is so loving and merciful. He knows how best we can live and serve Him better. He doesn’t want to wander aimlessly in the dark. He is the light and wants us to be and walk in the light too. Whatever will bring doubt in us and make us afraid, He will want to eliminate such. Hence, His words form the topic for the day. Life is full of uncertainties. Even this day, we are not sure of what will happen in the next hour. Because of such uncertainties, God calls on us in our bible reading for the day to ask and He will tell us what lies ahead, how best to handle issues, the ways to attain success and the best way to serve Him and humanity. Jesus Christ also gave same assurance in Matthew 7:7. Beloved, do you know what lies ahead of you this year? What do you think will bring success and progress for you? How best do you think you can serve God? How do you want to handle that troublesome neighbour? If really you don’t have answers to these and many more questions agitating your mind, then you should ask God to tell you. Nothing takes God unawares. He knows your tomorrow and what it holds for you. He is in the right position to advice you. Remember that he who asks for direction never misses his way. Ask God for direction on ways to go, how to do things today and all the days of your life, and you will always meet with progress and success. Sing SS&S 319; Abu 249
Food for Thought: Someone who asks questions never misses his way
Memory verse: Jeremiah 33:3
Prayer: Grant, O God that I will always seek your counsel whenever I am confused or in doubt in Jesus name. Amen.
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Devotion for Thursday June 15, 2017
Topic: The God Of All Flesh
Text: Jeremiah 32:26 – 27
There is nothing impossible with God (Genesis 18:14; 2 Kings 19:15; & Luke 1:37). God is the Almighty (Genesis 17:1). What God actually meant was that He is able to do all things if and only Abraham will believe and trust Him. God has ways of dealing with His people when they sin against Him.
The Israelites felt that they were God’s special people and therefore God could not do as Jeremiah had prophesied. However, God categorically said that they should know that He is God of all flesh; He governs and guides them as it pleases Him. He reiterated that as the God of all flesh, He is the author of their captivity for their sins and will also out of His mercies be their Redeemer to restore them again to liberty. Our God is full of love and mercy.
Today, many of us undermine warnings from God about sin and its consequences. We feel that it is impossible for God to destroy the population of the world that throng to churches these days. If God spared only Lot’s family when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He can still do it (Genesis 19:1ff. See Genesis 7:1ff). On the other hand, there is nothing too hard for God to do in terms of protecting, providing, guiding and saving us. He can command all flesh and other creatures to work in your favour. What are the things you believe God to provide for you? Just know that he is the God of all flesh and can cause someone to arise on your behalf. Just keep trusting and obeying God.
Food for thought: Is there anything God cannot do for us?
Memory verse: Jeremiah 32 verse 27
Prayer: God, work out your will in my life to glorify your name in Jesus name.
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Devotion for Sunday May 14, 2017
Topic: A Blessed Man
Text: Jeremiah 17:7 – 8
Today’s text is opposite that of yesterday. Here, the man is blessed who trusts and hopes in the Lord. In Ps. 1:1ff is the record what makes a man blessed. Here, Jeremiah confirms it. God blessed Noah and his sons because they did what was pleasing to Him. Noah was a different man in his generation. Are you different in this generation? Do you hate all the evils of this age? Israelis were contemplating of asking Egypt for military assistance against invading Assyrians and God said that doing so is a curse but when they trust and hope in Him they will be blessed, and will be like a tree planted by the waters (17:7 & 8 compare Ps. 1:1 & 2).
Trusting in the Lord is beneficial to us in many ways – we are blessed, we are fruitful in all ramification, etc. Can you mention other benefits? Do you sincerely trust God in all things or in some things only? Those that put their trust in the living God certainly will continually receive from Him life and all the good things of life too. These will result to heavenly joy and peace which will always fill their souls. God does not intend to place curses on us. We can only be under curse when we wilfully disobey Him. We will be blessed and remain so when we walk in obedience to His word (Deut. 5:33) and when we delight to do His will and please Him. Where do you belong – those who obey God or those who disobey?
Food for Thought: Happiness comes from earthly things; blessedness comes from God.
Memory verse: Jeremiah 17 verse 7
Prayer: Help me O Lord my God to always please and obey you so as to enjoy your blessings in Jesus name.
The enemies of the cross will fight against Christians but they will not prevail because God will always defend them.
Devotion for Tuesday February 28, 2017
Topic: They Will Fail
Text: Jeremiah 1:14 – 19
When God calls us, He gives us details about the intricacies and all that is involved in the call. He tells us what we will benefit and what we will suffer in the process. When God called me into the fulltime ministry, He used Isaiah 43:1 – 10. It has manifested in my life. So He tells us beforehand what we will face in this ministry before they even start manifesting.
This chapter is on the call of Jeremiah with assurance in 1:8. He clearly told him that they will surely fight against him but can’t prevail because God was determined to defend and support him against all his enemies. We know all that Jeremiah suffered; how he was jailed, thrown into a pit and many other things that he suffered. However, in all those trials, persecutions and attack, God saw him through.
Every Christian has a call; a call to live righteously, resist the devil, overcome the world so as to receive a reward at the end. Jesus made it abundantly clear in the bible that in this world we will suffer for His sake. Nevertheless, we should be of good cheers because he has secured our victory (Jn. 16:33). As long as we are in this world, tribulations, trials, temptations will come. They will fight against you but they will not prevail. God will defend you. Are you afraid and has become discouraged? Look up unto God and be focused. God is by your side to fight for you. Just hold your peace.
Food for Thought: Jeremiah 20:10
Memory verse: Jeremiah 1:8
Prayer: God, thank you for your word. Increase my faith and remove any atom of fear in me. Always defend me according to your promises in Jesus name. Amen.
God knows and understands why we pass through trials, temptations, hardship and even imprisonment. In this devotion, He gives us the freedom to ask questions when we are in doubts
ARE YOU IN DOUBT? Devotion for Thursday October 13, 2016
Text: Jeremiah 33:1 – 9 Memory verse: Jeremiah 33 verse 3
There are many things that can challenge our faith and make us question if the promises of God are real. It can only take a man of faith to endure the hardship, trials and even imprisonment without questioning God. An average Christian in a prison (33:1) for a long time simply because of his faith and commitment to God will surely ask if God and all His promises are real. The person will question the love God promised, the protection and deliverance He assured us.
This happens when we come to a cross road and are perplexed. When there seems to be no way out of seemly difficult problem and having fasted, and prayed without an answer, we will act like John the Baptist (Matt 11:2, 3). Before his imprisonment, he announced that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God and the Messiah (John 1:29–36). Unfortunately, while in prison, he questioned the truth that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and had to send his disciples to inquire from Jesus Christ if He is the Messiah. What he saw and passed through led into such doubt. Again, he had a wrong understanding of Messiahship of Jesus Christ. However, in all our doubts, fears and apprehensions, God understands our plight when we come to crossroads.
God saw the ordeal Jeremiah was into and asked the prophet to call upon Him so He might clarify every fears, doubt and apprehensions, and reveal secret things to him. Are you in doubt if indeed God called you as a Christian, a missionary, a Pastor, etc? Are you in doubt if God was the one that gave you that spouse, job, sent you to that mission field, etc? Are you in doubt if your Christianity is real as things are not moving on well with you despite your commitment? It is time to call on God and He will answer and make it clear to you on why you are facing hard times in your call and ministry, and what you will gain by passing through it faithfully. He has reasons for everything happening to you.
Food for Thought: “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt” – William Shakespeare
Prayer: Almighty God and my Father solve every problem that led me into doubting your love and reveal hidden things to me in Jesus name. Amen.