Day 334

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Peter 4:4
Unbelievers insult you now because they are surprised that you no longer join them in the same excesses of wild living.

If you are insulted because you are now trying to follow God – it’s a good thing.

What could be worse – if our enemies actually spout truth about sinful acts we are currently committing, and use them to attack us!

But if they have nothing better to say- than to attack our piety to God then, we have become like the prophet Daniel!

When his enemies sought to destroy him, the only thing they could use against him – was that he prayed frequently and daily!

What a testament to his character and the work God was doing in his life that was!

Day 333

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Peter 3.1-5
Wives, in a similar way, place yourselves under your husbands’ authority. Some husbands may not obey God’s word. Their wives could win these men for Christ by the way they live without saying anything.
Their husbands would see how pure and reverent their lives are.
Wives must not let their beauty be something external. Beauty doesn’t come from hairstyles, gold jewelry, or clothes.
Rather, beauty is something internal that can’t be destroyed. Beauty expresses itself in a gentle and quiet attitude which God considers precious.
After all, this is how holy women who had confidence in God expressed their beauty in the past. They placed themselves under their husbands’ authority.

This is a difficult passage for some. Perhaps you might wonder, but what if I feel my husband has done nothing for me lately, why then should I place myself under his authority?

Let me explain, the text here seems to be saying, that such submission is more powerful than words one can use. Verse 1-2 shows there is a radiance that comes from Christian wives who place their trust in the Lord AND as a result are able to submit to their earthly husbands even though they are imperfect.

Verse 3 reminds us that what creates appeal for a Christian woman, is that she has an internal attitude- a godliness that appeals. And that shines better than outward beauty.

The reason is simple.

Ladies, if you desire godliness in your spouse, then your godliness that comes from within, will draw it out of him. Not quarreling and sarcastic remarks or bad mouthing his family or him. What you fish with, determines what you catch. Christ has called us to be fishers of men and to fish for souls, godliness that comes from within us, is the key tool to use!

The story is told of a man from India who resisted a missionary’s preaching but when his wife got converted, he tried his best to pressure her out of it by being hard on her over everything. Instead of fighting back, she tried harder to submit to him, to love him, and serve him thus showing the love Christ had for her – was flowing through her and towards her spouse.

As a result, while the man resisted the preaching of the missionary, he could not deny the life transformation exemplified by his wife and he too gave his heart to Christ.

Day 332

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Peter 2:2
Desire God’s pure word as newborn babies desire milk. Then you will grow in your salvation.

Babies love their milk. They want it constantly.
When they cry, drinking it can soothe them.
When they need to sleep, drinking it can help ease them peacefully to slumberland.
When they hunger, it satisfies them.

Love the Word, like babies love their milk.
It will bring you comfort in times of trouble.
It brings you peaceful rest when tiredness envelopes you.
It satisfies you when you thirst and hunger as a result of the journey of life and fuels you for the journey ahead.

Open that Bible today and read a chunk … A full meal of the Word, not just a drop.

Day 331

by Rev Joel Yong

1 Peter 1:3
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! God has given us a new birth because of his great mercy. We have been born into a new life that has a confidence which is alive because Jesus Christ has come back to life.

It seemed like all was lost when the stone was rolled over the tomb to seal its entrance.

Yes, it’s entrance. Because tombs have no exits. You die and you don’t leave.

Or do you? Christ did.

The stone got rolled away and He came to life, achieving the impossible.

He made sure the words said by the angel to His mother, Mary at the annunciation of His coming birth- ‘What is impossible for man, is possible for God.’ -would be said about Him even from the tomb.

Because He came back, all is possible for you and me. Nothing seals our demise anymore. No stone stands in Jesus’ way.

Have faith. He will come and save you.

Day 330

by Rev Joel Yong

James 5:8
You, too, must be patient. Don’t give up hope. The Lord will soon be here.

It’s tough, waiting.

In some, we don’t know if the person overslept, forgot, or plain couldn’t be bothered to come.

In others, we doubt ourselves, if we got the information wrong, or didn’t notify the right people accordingly.

But waiting for God is unlike waiting for men.

Firstly it’s fueled by the certainty that He is coming to deliver us. It’s not an IF God comes but a WHEN God comes.

He promised us in His Word that the end will come and the imperfection of this world as we know it, will cease.

Secondly, the knowledge of the certainty of His coming, produces joyful patience in us. We await a joyous day of redemption.

Thirdly, it affects our behavior in the present. While awaiting the fulfillment of His promise, we live in anticipation. Not as people who only exist in the here and now. Nope. We live as people who are awaiting pickup. We have tickets and are keeping an eye on when the flight departs. Just waiting for the gates to open.

Day 329

by Rev Joel Yong

James 4:8
Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners, and clear your minds, you doubters.

What a comforting thought!

If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us!

He isn’t elusive; instead he yearns to be near us! So godliness isn’t a mystery we have to crack but rather it is a guarantee to those of us who sign up for it.

Too often, we persist in our fleshly ways, untransformed by God’s power because we have no desire to draw near to Him.

Pick up the Bible, read it daily.
Find a place and spend time daily in conversation with God.
Tell Him what concerns you.
Ask Him what He thinks about your lifestyle and direction.
Tell Him how you appreciate what He has done.
Tell Him what help you need in a certain area of your life.

When you do, He draws near to you. You will start to feel Him in every thought, every decision, every remark you make.

Try it.

Day 328

by Rev Joel Yong

James 3:5-10
In the same way the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can brag about doing important things. A large forest can be set on fire by a little flame.
The tongue is that kind of flame. It is a world of evil among the parts of our bodies, and it completely contaminates our bodies. The tongue sets our lives on fire, and is itself set on fire from hell.
People have tamed all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures.
Yet, no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil filled with deadly poison.
With our tongues we praise our Lord and Father. Yet, with the same tongues we curse people, who were created in God’s likeness.
Praise and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen!

Our tongues and the power of their words, can cause much harm or much joy.

At the same time, the words we utter can bring us praise or it can bring us condemnation.

Be very careful therefore what you say before God and men.

And very often, it is better to say less than more. So do not indulge in gossip nor speculation. Let your praise be sincere and not superficial. Let your words of anger be measured and may our rebukes be few, such that when uttered, they are taken seriously.