- Deut. 23:14
Lord moves about the homes
of His children.
Throughout their journey to the promised land, the Israelites lived in camps. These camps were movable tents and had no security walls. Security was a real need for them. Here the Lord reveals that He was moving about these camps to protect them and to deliver their enemies into their hands (Deut. 23:14). The Lord did not only accompany them in their journey (Exod. 13:21 -22), He was also moving about in their camps to protect them (Deut. 23:14). But, the Lord required them to keep their camps holy, to enable Him fulfill this responsibility (Deut. 23:14). He promised to turn away from their camps if they did not keep them holy (Deut. 23:14). Today the Lord also moves about the homes and residences of His children to protect them, as He did for the Israelites then (Ps. 34:7; cf. 2Kgs. 6:15 -
17). But He requires holiness of us, as He did of them (1 Pet.1:15 -16). Without holiness, He will turn away from protecting our houses and residences just as He told the Israelites (cf. Heb. 12:14). The holiness of our household makes it
deserving of the Lord's visitation.
1. Father, please move about my home to protect me and my family
2. Father, please make me and my household holy unto you
2 January - Is. 50:1-2
~ Why the Lord abandoned His people
The Lord explains why he abandoned His people. It was not because He divorced them, for He never divorced them (Is.50:1). It was not because He sold them, for He never sold them (Is.50:1). It was because they sinned against Him (Is.50:1) and abandoned Him themselves (Is.50:2). This is the usual consequence of sinning against the Lord and abandoning Him (2 Chron. 15:1 -2). Sin always alienates from God (Gen. 3:8 -11; Jos. 7. 7:10 -12; 2 Chron. 15:1 -2). This is an everlasting rule. A child cannot please the parents by disobeying or rebelling against them. The only way
to avoid God's abandonment is to remove sin and not abandon him. 7:10 -12; 2 Chron. 15:1 -2). And the only way to remove sin is to confess it to Jesus and ask Him to take it away. He is the only one who takes away the sins of the world (Matt. 1:21; Jn. 1:29).
1. Father, please forgive me all my sins
2. Father, please give me victory over every sin
3 January - Matt. 1:22-23
birth of Jesus Christ fulfils prophecy
The birth of Jesus Christ fulfils the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah who lived and ministered in the latter half of the 8th century B.C. Thus, His birth was foretold more than seven hundred years before it took place (Is. 7:14). This prophecy came from the Lord (Matt 1:22). The fact that this birth was foretold by God hundreds of years before it occurred makes it unique. There is no other birth like it. This is a birth with a difference and with a divine mission. In this birth is
Mankind's salvation (Luke 2:10-12). It is a birth of interest and benefit to every human being (Jn. 3:16). With His birth, we can have full confidence in the promises of God. As this prophecy came to pass, so will every other promise of God (cf. Matt. 24:35; Lk. 24:44).
1. Lord Jesus, please be my Saviour and Lord
2. Lord Jesus, please let the blessings of your birth be my portion
3. Father, please let all your promises come to pass in my life
4 January - Ps. 1:1-3
~ The kind of man whom God blesses
What kind of man is he? He is a man with some special attributes (Ps. 1:1). He is one who does not walk in the counsel of sinners (Ps. 1:1), which the Scripture forbids (Prov. 1:10 -19). He is a man of the Scripture (Ps. 1:2), an attribute God requires of His children (Deut. 6:6 -9). This is the kind of man whom God blesses (Deut. 28:1 -14). Those who do not live for God are not objects of His blessings but of His wrath (Deut. 28:15 -68; Ps. 1:4 -6; Ps. 11:5 -6; Ps. 73:27; cf. Job. 7:19 -26; 1Sam. 15:22-23
To become an object of God's blessings one must live totally for Him (Deut. 28:1 -14). Anyone who refuses to live totally for God forfeits His blessings (Deut. 28:15 -68). Where unbelievers appear to be blessed, such blessings are transient and temporal (see Ps. 73:2 -20).
1. Father, please make me like you
2. Father, please enable me to live totally for you alone
5 January - Deut. 23:5
Lord turns our curses into blessings
While the Israelites were in the plains of Moab on their journey to the promised land, the Moabites invited Balaam from Pethor in Aram Naharaim to come and put a curse on them so that they can defeat them and drive them out of their country (Num. 22:1
-6; Deut. 23:4). Due to His love for the Israelites, the Lord did not listen to Balaam but turned his curse into a blessing (Num.23:5
-24:19; Deut. 23:5). The Lord loves all those who acknowledge Him as their God (see Ps. 103:11, 17; Exod. 20:6) and He is ready to turn their curses into blessings as he did for the Israelites. We are entitled to His protection and blessings if we acknowledge Him as our God, love, fear and obey Him (see Ps. 103:11, 17; Exod. 20:6). No one can curse us if we
belong to God.
1. Father, please do not listen to the curses of my enemies
2. Father, please turn all the curses of my enemies into blessings, as you did for the Israelites.
6 January - Gen. 1:26-29
The question of the origin of man remains a subject of intense and ongoing debate. To Christians, no one else but the triune God made man (Gen. 126 -27). Man is the product or handiwork of no other being than God (Jn. 1:3). All other
of man's origin are therefore and hereby illegitimate,
whatever we call such theories. With the teaching of this passage, there is no basis to hold unto or
or advocate any contrary theory or theories of man's origin.
1. Father, please enable me to acknowledge you alone as my maker
2. Father, please enable me to worship and serve you alone
7 January - 1Thess. 1:4-5
gospel must be received with deep conviction
Paul noted that the gospel came to the believers in Thessalonica with deep conviction (1 Thess. 1:4 -5). This means that the gospel had a firm place in their hearts when it came to them. This must also be true of all true believers. Anyone to whom the gospel comes with deep conviction has truly received it. Anyone to whom the gospel does not come with deep conviction has not received it all(see Matt.13:19 -22). It is those who receive the gospel with deep conviction alone who are saved (cf. Rom. 10:9 -10; Matt.13:23). God requires us to love Him with deep conviction (see Deut. 6:5). Therefore, to respond to the gospel with deep conviction is proof of genuine faith indeed.
1. Father, please enable me to receive the gospel with all my heart
2. Father, please take away everything that hinders me from receiving the gospel whole heartedly