No One Like Our God – TWC Daily Devotional 20150805

TWC – The Word Connects: Connecting you to God and to one another … Wednesday 5 August 2015

no one like our god

There is no one like our God! None can compare to Him who rides the heavens, who made the heavens and the earth, who made every plant and animal, every man and woman. He is the Creator of all, Ruler of the whole universe and Redeemer of our souls. The account in 1Sam.5 about the ark of God in Dagon’s temple gives us an insight into what happens when Almighty Creator God is placed side by side with a pagan god. When your faith is tested, when you come into a power encounter or a spiritual battle, fear not, for “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom.8:31). In times of trouble, instead of looking down in depression, look up and declare the Lordship of Jesus Christ over your situation! Know this: “The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” (Deut.28:13) Sometimes, you may look like a tail, just like Jesus on the cross looking weak and defeated, but remember this, just as Jesus’s identity did not change with His circumstances as He was still the Head while hanging on the cross, you too are still the head and not the tail while walking through the valley of darkness. Our circumstances do not change our identity because there is none like our God! He is our Provider, our Protector and He is our Peace. As long as we do not give up, as long as we continue to hold fast to His Word and be led by His Spirit, nothing can separate us from the love of God! In moments like these, you may not feel like being around people, you may want to stay away from Christian fellowship, but that’s the last thing you should ever think of. Because, when you are in a crisis, what you really need other than a strong faith in God and immovable trust in His Word, is the community of saints to surround you, support you and make supplication on your behalf. We are called to be in community, never to walk alone. The devil wants us to isolate us and destroy us, but God wants us to stand together for we are stronger together! As you walk with the Lord today, remember that there is no one like our God. You have believed in the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the Almighty Creator God, the Wonderful Counsellor and the Prince of Peace. When you were born again as a believer, you have also been baptized by His Spirit into the Body of Christ, a spiritual family that is intended to encourage and embolden you. His grace is always sufficient for you and you need not fear or be in anxious about anything. I’ll leave you with this amazing statement of faith on a plaque I came across some thirty years ago which I bought and hung on my bedroom wall for years. It reads, “Help me to remember, Lord, that nothing is going to happen today that You and I cannot handle!” Have a great day!

Barnabas Chong
twcdaily@gmail.com

Today’s Bible Text: “Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon.” (‭1Sam.5:2)‬

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Don’t Mess With God! – TWC Daily Devotional 20150804

TWC – The Word Connects: Connecting you to God and to one another … Tuesday 4 August 2015

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Don’t mess with God! Yes, He is full of grace, He is also full of truth. He is perfectly holy, completely righteous, undeniably jealous and incomparably glorious. Our righteous God hates unrighteousness and He absolutely abhors the deliberate and continuous sinning of those who have tasted His heavenly goodness, those who have been saved by His grace through the finished work of Christ, yet choose to live a life of perpetual unholiness, self-centredness and greed. God is a giver, a generous giver and His intention is for His children to also be givers. Unfortunately, many in the church are takers, they just want to take, take and take more from God. Their prayers are primarily if not only for God to bless them. The Holy One of Israel is nothing more than a god of prosperity to them. They want more of blessing, but not willing to be more holy and more generous in committing themselves to the work of the Lord. They have been misguided. Upon capturing the ark of God in 1Sam.5, the Philistines carried the ark into their own temple and set it beside their god Dagon. For them, the ark of God was a trophy and a subject of their own god Dagon whom they would have attributed their victory over Israel to. They must have thought that putting the ark in Dagon’s temple was a blessing. However, it turned out to be nothing but trouble for them. Within a couple of days, Dagon fell to the floor and his head and hands were broken. The people in that city and whatever other city the ark was transferred to were struck with death and tumours. Holy God cannot dwell amongst unholiness. When God arises, His enemies scatter! Yet, there are churchgoers and even church leaders today who would trifle with the holiness of God, thinking that holy God would co-exist with people who intentionally and perpetually walk in unholiness. Peter told fellow Christians 2Pet.1:5 to “make every effort to add to your faith” a list of seven things including self-control and godliness. Paul said to the Christians in Colossae that all the benefits of the finished work of Christ on the cross (Christ’s physical death) will only remain effective “if you continue in your faith, established and firm” (Col.1:23). We have been saved by grace not to keep sinning but to sin less, and the God of grace and righteousness expects us to live holy lives with His Spirit at work within us and through us. That is why the moment a man or a woman receives Christ as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit begins to dwell in him or her. Since the Holy Spirit dwells in us, would He not be offended if we keep getting ourselves into situations of compromise, sin and unholiness? Of course! As you and I walk with the Lord today, let us give thanks to God BOTH for His grace and holiness. With the help of the Holy Spirit, let us make every effort to add to our faith, amongst other things – godliness and self-control. Don’t mess with God, for anyone who does, things will get messy! Have a great day!

Barnabas Chong
twcdaily@gmail.com

Today’s Bible Text: “Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon.” (‭1Sam.5:2)‬

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Day 5

by Rev Joel Yong

Genesis 13:10 ESV
And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)

Lot chose where he’d live, based upon what his physical eyesight perceived. It was bounteous, well-resourced but lacking in morality. The bracketed words in the verse contrast a pre and post destruction difference in the land. After God had judged it, it was desolate, unfertile and a nightmare to behold.

Are you making a decision about your life? Beware of falling for impressive appearances but hollow content. It’s the same for careers, housing, life partners etc. Without God, nothing lasts.