Luke 13:13

by Rev Joel Yong

Luke 13:13 records Jesus as saying “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

Jesus pointed out the fallibility of humans to become slaves to wealth that they have accumulated. The riches they have make it tough to focus on God as the center of their lives. Note that the Bible never teaches that it is wrong to have wealth – many texts speak of the likes of Abraham and others being blessed with many possessions. However the danger is when these blessings of wealth distract us from the Source of blessings – God Himself. Choose today, to serve God and not money.

Judges 15:15

by Rev Joel Yong

Judges 15:15 states: “He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand, took it, and killed 1000 men with it.”

Samson had no proper weapon – neither sword nor spear. But he took what lay before him – a donkey’s jawbone, and with it, slew 1000 men. He was able to do this because it is said in verse 14, that the Spirit of the LORD took control of him. When God is with us, it doesn’t matter if we have the right tools, or if we have the right support. He is more than enough and with Him on our side, victory is assured. This week, would you call out to God, in your time of struggle? When you seek Him, with all your heart, He will come alongside you and lead you to a victorious life. Trust in Him, not in the strength of your arm nor the power of your sword.

Nehemiah 4:6

by Rev Joel Yong

Nehemiah 4 begins with the likes of Sanballat and Tobiah, who were enemies of the Jews, cursing them and predicting that their efforts would come to naught.

The people paid no attention to these things, instead Nehemiah 4:6 records: “So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.”  They were focused on what they needed to do, and did not waste their time thinking about the negative words, and discouragement that came from their enemies. Set your eyes on God, nothing else, as you seek to follow Him with all your heart.

Matthew 4:5

by Rev Joel Yong

Matthew 4:5 records: “But He answered, “It is written: MAN MUST NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD.”

Whilst fasting in the wilderness, Satan came to tempt Jesus. Here, Satan was asking Jesus to stop his fast. Satan was asking him to cease dependence on God the Father and challenged Jesus to produce His own food. Sin attempts to draw us away from God and try to be our own providers. Jesus’ reply, states that only God can give us life. Our own efforts at providing for ourselves, produce no real life. Lean on God this day, won’t you?

Psalm 5:7

by Rev Joel Yong

Psalm 5:7 records: “But I enter Your house by the abundance of Your faithful love; I bow down toward Your holy temple in reverential awe of You.”

The Psalmist outlines 2 key considerations in worshipping God. Firstly, we enter into worship, not as our right – but rather out of God’s gracious love towards us, He makes it possible for mankind to encounter Him. Secondly, we approach Him not flippantly, but with deep respect, aware of how powerful and yet loving this God is. Let’s approach God in thanksgiving for His grace and in awe of His greatness and love.

Romans 12:2

by Rev Joel Yong

Romans 12:2 states “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

We can become like the people of this world – because of how and what we think in our minds. We become used to the world’s way of thinking. But rather, God wants us to be changed, and He does this by changing our minds – the way we think and consider the issues of life. So doing, we will be able to live in the way that God desires of us. Fill your minds this day with the things of God – whatever is godly and pleasing unto Him, think about these things!

Psalm 138:4

by Rev Joel Yong

We live in a world that honors our kings and leaders, and they are often greeted with bows made in reverence.

But Psalm 138:4 records: “All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord. When they hear the words of Your mouth.” But even kings and the other leaders of the world alike, will have to praise God when He speaks.  For there is none like Him in power and none like Him in mercy. Verse 6 says: “Though the LORD is on high, Yet he regards the lowly.” We can trust that God is not only willing but also able to save us.