15 January - Acts 13:9-11 ~ God
honours His servant and his words
Paul started his missionary work after he was commissioned
by the Holy Spirit and sent out by the Church (Acts 13:2-4). At Paphos,
a Jewish sorcerer called Bar-Jesus or Elymas, who opposed his ministry
(Acts. 13:6-8). Filled with the Holy Spirit, Paul called down a curse
upon the sorcerer, and immediately his words came to pass against
him (Acts 13:9-11). Thus, God honoured His servant Paul, and the words
he spoke against the sorcerer. This was not the only case or instance
where God did so. There are numerous instances where He also honoured
His servants and their words (1 Kgs. 18:36-39; 2 Kgs. 6:15-18; Acts
3:2- 10; Jam. 5:17-18; Acts 14:8-10; Acts 16:18). Many of us long
be honoured and heard by God, but quite a few are willing and ready
to be truly and wholly devoted to Him. If we desire Him to honour
us and our words, we must be truly and wholly devoted to Him, for it
the prayer of the righteous that is powerful and effective (Jam.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please make me truly and wholly
devoted to you
2. Father, please honour me and my words as you honoured your servants
and their words.
16 January - Gen. 1:26-29
made ample provision for man
God made ample provision for man when He created him
(Gen. 1:26-29). He gave him fruitfulness and increase (Gen. 1:28),
(Gen. 1:28), and food (Gen. 1:29), all in abundance. He is indeed
and caring God (Ps. 23). God did not only make man, He made
adequate provision for his well being. His care for His children is
to us today. Our satisfaction truly lies in God, and in no
other. Someone said He made us for himself, and that our hearts are
they rest in Him. This is quite true. No man can live a satisfied
and fulfilled life outside of Him our maker (cf. Jn. 15:1-6).
When we go
to Him, we will certainly find Him as good and caring today
He was when He first made man.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please meet all my needs according
to your riches in Christ
2. Father, please enable me to trust you alone
17 January - Ezra 2:68-69
According to this passage, some of the heads of families
who gave towards the Babylonian exile gave according
to their ability
From the figures available from the passage they gave
generously but according to their ability (Ezra 2:69). The Scripture
is quite consistent
in teaching that giving must take place according to
cf. 2 Cor. 9:7). This means that giving that is believers
must be done voluntarily and without compulsion (2 Cor.
indeed loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7). But this
If we have respect for God and His word, we must follow
it wholly with regard to giving. To refuse to follow Him and
His word in
giving would amount to rebellion (cf. 1 Sam. 15:22-23).
No excuses are tenable before God for not following His word
Any act of giving that is not according to at all, and
will not be
blessed (cf. Matt. 6:1-4).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please give me the ability to give
to you generously and cheerfully
2. Father, please enable me to obey you wholeheartedly
18 January - Acts 1:4-5
gift of the Holy Spirit
Jesus commanded His disciples to wait in Jerusalem
until they received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
According to the Scripture,
Spirit is offered to believers as a gift (Acts
Acts 2:38-39). As
far as the Christian life is concerned, it is an
indispensable gift. No one is equipped for life without this gift.
Anyone who lacks this
gift lacks everything, regardless of the resources
at his disposal. There can be no effective or successful
this gift. The Holy Spirit is indeed a gift. Therefore
it cannot be bought
or sold (Acts 8:18-23). As a gift it can only be
and received. Let the believer ask for it, and
it will be his.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please give me the gift of the
2. Father, please take away from me whatever
is hindering this gift in my
19 January - Acts 13:2-3 - The need to be
set apart unto God
God requires His
true followers to be completely set apart unto Him (Acts 13:2). Thus,
Barnabas and Paul
to be so set
unto Him for the work to which He called them
(Acts 13:2). And they were
duly set apart unto God as He directed (Acts
13:2-3). Like Barnabas and Paul, every believer or minister,
duly set apart
unto God (cf.Lev.20:7). Anyone who is not truly
and wholly set apart
does not belong to Him. He lacks legitimacy
and unction, and cannot live for God or serve Him
Church can only send forth one who is duly
the act of sending forth is vain and illegitimate.
The Church cannot convey
legitimacy on the one who is not duly, truly,
and wholly set apart unto God. To be set apart unto
God, one must
his heart and obey Him wholeheartedly (Deut.6:5).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please set me apart unto
2. Father, please take away everything that
hinders my being set apart
20 January - Ps. 3:4
about our problems
We are told in this passage that David cried
to the Lord about his problem (Ps. 3:4).
To cry to
refers to prayer.
means that David presented his case to
the Lord in prayer (Ps. 3:4). To cry
aloud does not only voice but to pray
with all of prayer. He knew that it is only
could be solved.
the teaching of Scripture. Believers
are invited to present their problems to God
(Matt. 7:7-8; Phil.
the prayer of
the true believer prevails (Jam. 5:13-18).
no need to bear our problems by ourselves
when we can take
PRAYER: 1. Father, please attend to all
2. Father, please enable me to trust
you to solve all my problems
pray to you
all my problems
21 January - Ps. 13:5-6
to the Lord dispels despair
Despair is a rampant and damaging emotion.
In response to his despair
(Ps. 13:1- 4), the psalmist
Lord (Ps. 13:6).
The reason for his singing
is that in spite of his present circumstances
been good to
him. His act of singing
becomes an effective remedy
against despair. The Lord is good, regardless
of our circumstances (see Rom.
8:37-39). When we acknowledge this, whatever
despair we may face disappears.
There is no room for despair when the fe.
to the Lord
in the face
of despair is most
certain to overcome it (see
Acts 16: 25-
26). Any believer who faces
despair is most certain
over it if he No despair
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable
me to sing unto you, my circumstances
2. Father, please enable me to
remember all your goodness in
moments of despair