Day 45

by Rev Joel Yong

Deuteronomy 29:18-19 GW
Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart. This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.

Moses reminded the people of the danger of having members in their midst who turn away from God and unto sin.

It wasn’t meant to promote a “holier than thou” mindset.

It was meant to show how quickly unbelief spreads.
Tolerating those who teach disregard of God’s ways in their midst, would lead to apathy developing in the faith community and ultimately a turn away from God’s teachings.

Who we associate with, influences us to become like them.
The one who occupies the dominant amount of time and focus in our lives- that is who we become to be like.
Be very careful to let God have an overwhelming amount of your time and focus in contrast to all others.

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Luke 3:8

by Rev Joel Yong

In Luke 3:8, John the Baptist warns the people to “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance”,  emphasizing that it is more important for people to live lives testifying to one’s willingness to follow God, than to blindly follow a ritual, and think that through mere ritualism, we may achieve holiness.

Focus this day, on living life God’s way, rather than just speaking of God’s way of life.

Psalm 84:7

by Rev Joel Yong

Psalm 84:7 writes of the journey of pilgrims and says that: “They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.”

Though the journey is long and the distance is far, they grow in strength instead of weariness. Those who focus upon the LORD, as the end goal of their journey – are renewed as they progress closer towards meeting Him face to face. January is over and February is here – has weariness set into your life? Do keep your eyes upon Jesus, and when you do – may His strength fill & renew you as you walk in His light.

Luke 1:36-37

by Rev Joel Yong

Luke 1:36-37 records the angel saying to Mary: “What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but now she’s in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”

Have you been labelled as “hopeless”? When God looks at you, He sees you as His own, redeemed at the cost of Jesus’ life on the cross. Don’t give up – He has a purpose for you. His plans always come to pass.

Isaiah 24:4

by Rev Joel Yong

Everything comes to an end someday. Scripture teaches in Isaiah 24:4 that, there comes a day when: “The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers, the exalted of the earth languish.”

So let us not put our hope in the things of the world. Instead, let us remember that Jesus tells us in John 16:33, that “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Remember, in Christ, we are more than conquerors.

Psalm 40:1-2

by Rev Joel Yong

Psalm 40:1-2 records the Psalmist’s thoughts: “I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”

The dark situation that you might be in, won’t last. What lasts – is God’s love for you. He is faithful and will not just lift you from this low point, but He will place your feet on stable, solid ground so that you can walk forth in confidence.

Romans 13:1-2

by Rev Joel Yong

Romans 13:1-2 declares: “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted and they will be punished.”

Scripture tells us that in submitting to our authorities here on Earth, we honor God. We show that we trust that He is sovereign and in charge – by obeying, even when we find it difficult to submit to our authorities on Earth.