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by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: John 14:15-31; Psalms 21

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
John 14:23
Jesus answered and said to him, ├ČIf anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”

REFLECT
Jesus states it clearly – we can’t say we love Him if we don’t obey what He says. No matter how intense is our worship and how emotional our declaration of love – the bottom line is whether we follow His instructions. But it’s more than obedience; it is opening our hearts for God to live comfortably in us. It’s communion at the deepest level. It’s trusting Him with our everything.

RELATE
How does it feel like to have God live in me? Is it a mushy, warm feeling? Is it deep joy and peace? Is it power to overcome all the adversities of life? To me, it’s a mystery. It’s not something to be defined, as something to be decided. I choose to believe that what Jesus said is true, even when my circumstances look grim and the fuzzy feeling is gone. I take Him at His Word, and live on. And I keep talking to Him, because we are at home with one another.

REST
Father, train me to be a true son after Your own heart. Reveal to me Your love, and receive mine. Amen.

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Day 223

by Rev Joel Yong

Ezekiel 32:2
Son of man, raise a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: You consider yourself a lion of the nations, but you are like a dragon in the seas; you burst forth in your rivers, trouble the waters with your feet, and foul their rivers.

The king of Egypt felt he was a majestic lion on land but God likened him to a dragon in the seas.

Some translators render this as “crocodile”. But “dragon” in biblical imagery is more consistently used to describe serpentine creatures that are seen as evil in disguise.

In addition, the reference that this serpentine creature comes from “the seas”, adds to the idea that it is evil in nature.

Evil is linked to “the seas”.
It is thought to be the source where evil comes from.

Revelation of John 13:1
I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns, seven heads, and ten crowns on its horns. There were insulting names on its heads.

So while the king thought himself to be great, God saw him as evil and a bane to the nations.

Who we think we are is not as important as who God sees us to be.

Who do YOU think you are?

Great entrepreneur with the business mind to make millions each year?
Staff who is the star player in the office team?
Parent whom your kids ought to be thankful to have as their dad or mom?
Pastor that inspires the masses?
Church leader that wields great popularity in the congregation?

Beware.
Whom we think we are – is seen through our own colored lenses.
What God thinks of us – matters most.

Seek His views above all views today.
Please God above all others.