To Have Complete Fulfillment – TWC Daily Devotional – Friday 28 August 2015

We want all our needs met, all our desires satisfied and all our dreams come true. We all want to feel complete fulfillment! But what many people do not realize is that there is a God-shaped vacuum in every person that only God can fill (Blaise Pascal). That means God is the only One who can completely satisfy our real needs! He is our all in all, our complete fulfillment! Jesus said in Mt.6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” The phrase “all these things” refer to our basic needs and so Jesus said if we seek first His Kingship, His Kingdom and His righteousness, that means to always chase after the things of God, desire what He desires and do what is right in His eyes, led by His Spirit to bear the fruit of the Spirit, then we will have everything we need, and we will have complete fulfillment! But while we may know these things, we often find it so hard to do it. There are so many distractions and desires in our lives, many things we want and want to do. The more we chase after them, the lesser we would chase after God and His purposes. We become easily obsessed with sports, online games and online entertainment, doing well at work in order to move up the corporate ladder, hobbies of every kind, friendships, etc. While these things are not evil in themselves, but the way they take up our time, the way they clutter our hearts and distract our minds, they become evil in the eyes of God for they have become our idols and the reason why we have forsaken the better things – the things that God intends for us to be engaged in. An innocent weekly golf game, a daily swim in the pool, a daily run or walk, a regular book-reading  routine could either enhance our lives or rob us of what God has planned for us. Anything that causes our walk with God and our work in the Kingdom to be compromised is sin and must be eradicated. For we exist for a purpose, a purpose that God has prepared for us from the moment we were conceived in our mothers’ wombs. It’s a purpose that brings God great delight and great glory when fulfilled, and when God is glorified, we too are deeply satisfied. For this reason, the devil will work overtime to make sure you and I are fully distracted, make sure that we have a lot of fun doing other things – anything except what God created us to do. As parents, we should be quite familiar with this. So many fun and satisfying things our children and teenagers enjoy today and spend so much time on will eventually destroy their future. And therefore, every loving and responsible dad and mum will make sure that we regularly remind our children not to be distracted, to stop having so much fun and start getting serious and focused with their studies and their work. We tell them that they will have the sweet taste of success and victory in the end when they put in the hours and work hard now. For a while, it may not be so much fun, but in the long run, it will be sweet! If we can understand that as parents (or even if you’re not a parent, I’m sure you can appreciate the analogy as an adult), why then do we not listen to what our Heavenly Father tells us in His Word and simply live a life of radical obedience? For a little while, we may need to deprive ourselves of some fun and stop doing what we love, but in the long run, we will taste the sweetness of success and victory in the Lord! As you walk with God today, be focused and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you! Have a great day! 

Barnabas Chong

Today’s Bible Text: 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Mt.6:31-33)

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Day 28

by Rev Joel Yong

Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.

Unless you have been poor, one can never imagine what it is like.

Poor people don’t want to be poor.
They wish they can get out of it.
But sometimes because of the lack of exposure, they lack basic skills in financial stewardship and don’t know how to grow wealth.
Paying off existing debts also keeps them unable to rise beyond certain levels.
These are just some obstacles but there are many obstacles the poor have to navigate.

I know because I have been there.
I know debt.
I know envy.
I know lack.

God understands all things, poverty included. And that’s why He asks those He blesses with more, to help those who are struggling.

By aiding the poor, we become aware of the reality of lack. We mature in our faith by being grateful for our blessings, and aware of God as the true source of our wealth and show our trust in Him for our own futures. by obeying Him to help the poor today.