5 February - Acts 14:3
~ God confirms His word with signs and wonders
God confirmed the message preached by Paul and Barnabas
by enabling them to perform signs and wonders (Acts 14:3). This is
what the early
had prayed for (Acts 4:29-30). The gospel message needed God’s
confirmation, and He gave that confirmation (Acts 14:3). While the apostles
preached the gospel, God was available to confirm it (Acts 14:3). Miracles
are God’s and they are enabled by Him for the confirmation of His
word (Acts 14:3; Jn. 20:30-31). There is no need to fake miracles or
seek them from demonic sources when God is available to enable them.
Our duty is to proclaim the gospel. God’s duty is to confirm
our message by enabling us to perform miracles (Acts 14:3). We must
on God to enable miracles and respect His purpose for doing so (Acts
14:3; Jn. 20:30-31).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please confirm your word with signs
2. Father, enable me to depend on you alone for signs and wonders.
6 February - Lam. 1:5
~ Sin brings exile
The nation of Judah went to exile on account of its
sin (Lam. 1:5). They lose their liberty. What the Lord promised came
upon them (Deut.
64-68). The Lord is faithful to His promises to the righteous and
unrighteous (cf. Ps. 1:1-6). Sin never pays. It always destroys (Ps.
6:23; Heb. 10:26-31). No one ever reaped well from it (cf. Matt.
7:16-20). The only way to escape its consequences is to part with
and be reconciled
to God (1Jn. 3:6, 9; 2Cor. 5:17-21). Ask Jesus to take your sin away
and He will do so. It is His work to do so (Matt.1:21; Jn. 1:29).
To remain in sin is to remain in God’s wrath (Deut. 28:15-68; Ps.
1:4-6; cf. Rom. 1:18-19). To part with sin is to come under God’s
blessing, not His wrath (Deut. 28:1-15; Ps. 1:1-3).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please forgive me all my sin.
2. Father, please cleanse me from all sin.
3. Father, please give me victory over all sin.
7 February - Obad. 15-16
~ The universal
nature of the day of the Lord
Although Prophet Obadiah’s announcement of
the coming of the day of the Lord was primarily meant for Edom, the
Prophet did not exclude
all the other nations as well (Obad. 15-16). When God judged Judah
announced by Prophet Jeremiah, other nations were not exempted
or excluded from His judgment (see Jer. 46:1-51:64). As far as the
day of the Lord
is concerned, the Scripture presents it as a universal event (Acts
17:31; 2Cor. 5:10; cf. Rom. 14:10-12). Since Jesus will be the
judge on that
day (Acts 17:31), those who accept or receive Him as their Saviour
will be justified, while those who refuse or reject Him will be
condemned (Jn. 3:18, 36). Nothing will suffice for anyone on that
in the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 3:18, 36).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to be ready for
2. Father, please take away everything that hinders me from being
ready for your judgment.
8 February - Acts 16:14 - God draws people
While in Philippi in Macedonia, in the course of his
missionary work, Paul spoke to a group of women (Acts 16:12-13).
God opened the heart
of one of the women called Lydia to respond to Paul’s message
(Acts 16:14). While Paul preached the gospel, it was God who gave results
(see 1Cor. 3:6-7). No man can open another’s heart to respond
to the gospel. Only God can do so (Jn. 6:44). Our duty is to preach
and teach the word (2 Tim. 4:1-3). It is God’s duty to give
fruits and results. The natural mind is indeed hostile to God (Rom.
But it is God who draws us unto Himself (Jn.6:44). We must not despair
when and where there seem to be no fruits and results. Instead, we
ought to persist in preaching and teaching the gospel while we trust
God to bless our efforts with fruits and results. And it is His will
to draw all men unto Himself (Jn.12:32).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please open the hearts of people
to accept the gospel message.
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders people from accepting
the gospel message.
3. Father, please open my own heart to accept the gospel message.
4. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from accepting the
9 February - Ezra 2:68-69
~ Giving to God’s
business is a priority
We are told in this passage that some of the heads
of families who returned from the Babylonian exile gave towards the
rebuilding of the
house of God on its site (Ezra 2:68-69). The house of God was at the
center of their lives. Normal life could not return for them until
the house of God was rebuilt. Thus, they did not only make it their
priority project, they gave towards it. Like these returning exiles,
we must make the business of the Church our priority and be willing
to give freely and generously towards it. We have been told of someone
who did so and it counted in his favour (see Lk.7:1-10). When we give
towards Church business, we are giving towards our own wellbeing. Our
own wellbeing is inseparable from the wellbeing of the Church.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please give me the spirit of giving
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from giving to you.
10 February - Ps. 13:5-6
~ How to deal with despair
According to the psalmist, the enemy appears to be
triumphing over him and the Lord has not answered for a long time(Ps.13:1-4).
What does he do? As we find in this passage, the psalmist decides
to trust in God’s unfailing love(Ps.13:5). This is indeed one of
the best things to do in a state of despair. The love of God is unfailing
for His children, whatever their circumstances(Rom.8:37- 39;cf.Rom.11:29).
Whatever situation a believer may find himself, he remains in God’s
love(Rom.8:37-39). This is sufficient comfort in despair. Believers
who are beset or besieged by one circumstance or the other must remember
that God’s love is never withdrawn from them, regardless of their
circumstances. Circumstances are temporary while God’s love remains
forever. In fact, God’s unfailing love makes adversarial circumstances
insignificant. Nothing is worst for a despairing believer than not
to trust in God’s unfailing love.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to trust in your
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from trusting in your love
11 February - Rev.2:26-28
~ The one who overcomes
This passage shows who the one who overcomes is. He
is the one who does Jesus’ will to the end(Rev.2:26). Jesus’ will
is the same as that of the Father(see Jn.10:30; Jn.14:8-11). Therefore,
the one who does His will to the end is the one who not only believes
in Him but remains completely faithful to Him to the end, even to
the point of death(Jn.6:29). This alone, is the one who overcomes(1
No one is an overcomer who neither believes in Jesus Christ nor does
His will to the end. Anyone who desires to be an overcomer must take
Jesus as his savior and Lord and surrender his entire life to be
led by Him(1 Jn.5:5). No one, no matter who he is, can overcome without
Jesus (see Jn.14:4-6). There is no overcoming outside of Jesus Christ.
Obviously this is not the way the world defines an overcomer. But
far as the Scripture is concerned , this is the only valid and legitimate
definition of the overcomer. All contrary definitions are invalid.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to do your Son’s
will to the end.
2. Father, please take away whatever hinders me from doing your Son’s
3. Father, please show me your Son’s will always.