Sunday 20 August 2017

A Hope that is assured by His promise

Day 14 (20 Aug 2017, Sunday)


“Hope” is something that we expect will be fulfilled in the future.  It is like a cord to which we can trace its origin and its end.  Daniel discovered from the book of Jeremiah, this cord of hope, which was referred to as “the fulfilment of the seventy years of desolation of Jerusalem” (Daniel 9:2).
The premise of our hope is Jesus Christ and His living Word, and these shall be our hope for salvation and deliverance.

People often put their hope on someone or something, but doubts and perplexities will arise in the event of unfavourable circumstances.  Even if we pray to God, our mind is likened to the wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.
We become people that are double-minded, unstable in all our ways (James 1:6-8).  Therefore, it is impossible for us to pray like Daniel with all this confidence claiming the promises of God which is to bring restoration and deliverance to the nation of Israel.

The hope of our nation lies not on the spoken words or decisions of our politicians though their words and policies will somehow affect our livelihood as a citizen.  Our hope lies on the One who is able to work all things out for the good of those who are called in accordance to His will (Romans 8:28).  Truly it echoes with Paul’s statement in Acts 27:25 when he said,  “…for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.”

Pray for the Federal Territories of Malaysia  :  Kuala Lumpur

Pray that the Lord will be exalted and His glory will be revealed through the Church in the city, and His Kingdom and righteousness shall reign, and all things that exalt themselves above His name shall be brought down (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Pray for the law enforcement to have wisdom and strategies for the eradication of social ills in the city that will result in the reduction of crime, drugs, gambling and other vices.  Pray for “love in action” such as feeding the hungry, helping the poor in the city, and welcoming the marginalized.

Pray that the communal and green spaces will be maintained and increased for all to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation amidst the pollution and congestion of city life.

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Saturday 19 August 2017

A Hope that we have a future

Day 13 (19 Aug 2017, Saturday)


The plan of God is for a “future” beyond now.  It is something that will definitely happen in the days to come.  “Future” refers to the end, thereafter and coming days, etc.  It also refers to the descendants, posterity, and even the remnants among them.

God is the dwelling place of His people throughout all generations.  He is not only the Father of a generation, but the Great King who is from everlasting to everlasting.  His plan never ceases from the beginning to the end.  The generation we are in is but a tiny dot in His eternal timeline.  What men are concerned about is the end of this generation, but God’s heart goes from the beginning to eternity.  He will surely fulfil what He has predestined for the future.

Parents know how to plan for their children.  They are willing to suffer hardship and pain in order to work for a better future.  Even mortal men and women provide for their descendants, and how much more the infinite God will be concerned for them in His eternal will!  At times when we suffer like the exiled Israelites, and as we face our current predicaments and humiliation without any hope of witnessing a bright future in our lives, for us in the coming days.
We can have the joyous hope in the midst of all that goes against the hope that we know of because we can be sure that he has destined a hope and a future for us.

Pray for the States of Malaysia  :  Sarawak

Pray for improvement in the areas of health, education, communication and transportation in the rural communities, especially in regions like Kapit, Belaga and Baram.

Illegal logging activities and dam projects have brought forth destruction and pollution upon the natural resources and resulted in massive forced dislodgement of villagers.  Cry out on behalf of these interior communities for God to extend His mercy to them and for them to be spared from the unjust treatment.

Pray for Christians who are the majority group in Sarawak to be passionate in sharing Christ and engage in disciple-making, and to be united in bringing hope and transformation to the society.  Pray against the spread of social ills such as alcoholism, promiscuity and glue sniffing, just to name a few.

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Friday 18 August 2017

Prayer Requests

Today's Prayer Requests

Lacey Buckingham | n need of prayer. My life has been turned upside down. I live in a body prison of mental illnesses and my body's weight. My health is at risk. I have sinned and am asking for chains of lies and ill behaviour to be broken.

Mary | Please pray for us so my husband can be released from prison & have our family reunited once again

emma bolduc |  I have a pain in my right hip for years due to a fall at work the pain is awful 24/7 never stop and cause problem when I walk I'm a nurse and love it but this what it's stopping right now thank you

Robert H. Martyne III | Dear lord Jesus, I pray that you forgive and forget all of mine and my girlfriend Stephanie Ann Smith Leonard sins now and forever, and that our names are written in the book of life never to be removed, or erased. And that we will be one with you Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ our lord and savior, and the Holy Spirit Now and Forever Amen and Amen !!! May God Bliss us all, now and forever !!! Amen and Amen !!!


Andy Garland  | pray for wedy steve steve jerry doug ann mildred max babara maz angela william pray for chris and susan to get rid of demonic spirits

M.S | Thanks for today's study. Please I want to make a prayer request for financial breakthrough so as to pay a massive debts.

Pastor Adam |  my name is Adam Maila iam pastor of baptist church in India , so many poor familay come to church i want to give free bibles to them, brother if any missioners are their to help to build our  church i will be thankful to christian brothers in USA. So please this is my request and pray for our church in India.

"vijay aggarwal | Plz pray for money in abundance for a comfortable life

Samantha |  Pray for my son who's been removed from us at 4 years old. YOU HEAR THE HORROR STORIES AND THEN YOU ARE I'M THE NIGHTMARE AND CANNOT WAKE UP. He's never spent a day or night away from us AND THEY TOOK HIM on NO grounds for an 'odor' In my clean home that no one can tell me why, by a social worker trying to cover herself and her bad decisions on a false complaint to my family. we cannot afford a lawyer and the court appointed ones are so far between that actually want to help. We were forced into complying, proved beyond doubt our home is more then stable and our son healthy and loved, and they still came back just hours later and stole him away with no reasonable explanation as to why. I need MY baby home. I am a good mom, we are good parents and our child ALWAYS comes first. I don't understand how this happened. Please pray he's able to come home VERY SOON. GOD BLESS!

Opoku Martin | Pls help in prayers for my finances,the family has been in a curse of financial burden,since Adams time, no one in my family have been able to build a single house, not even a single room,buy a car,attend university or do government work.But we have come to Jesus n believing in his miracle to turn things around for our good. I have also suffered numerous promise n fail in life,pls assist me in severe prayers to redeem myself from every satanic entanglements.

Florence M.| I need God's help with mental health needs and finances. Please protect my family and friends.

Jennifer | Please pray for me to overcome all of my financial needs. As well as to find the will of God. Actually the building is remaining without any functions. So please pray for the place to be used for the Lord's glory. I've many ideas but financial obstacles are there. So Jesus ought to open a wide door for His glory. Not my will but His will be done

Pete A | I am asking prayer for Finances and health. The enemy has come and has attacked my household with sickness and financial difficulties, Please pray for us. thank you God Bless.

Wisdom on Finances

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 19

Proverbs 19 (KJV)

19 Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.

4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.

7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.

8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.

11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.

14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.

17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.

20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.

23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.

26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

Scripture Meaning

1: A poor man who fears God, is more honourable and happy, than a man without wisdom and grace, however rich or advanced in rank.
(2). What good can the soul do, if without knowledge? And he sins who will not take time to ponder the path of his feet.
(3). Men run into troubles by their own folly, and then fret at the appointments of God.
(4). Here we may see how strong is men's love of money.
(5). Those that tell lies in discourse, are in a fair way to be guilty of bearing false-witness.
(6). We are without excuse if we do not love God with all our hearts. His gifts to us are past number, and all the gifts of men to us are fruits of his bounty.
(7). Christ was left by all his disciples; but the Father was with him. It encourages our faith that he had so large an experience of the sorrows of poverty.
(8). Those only love their souls aright that get true wisdom.
(9). Lying is a damning, destroying sin.
(10). A man that has not wisdom and grace, has no right or title to true joy. It is very unseemly for one who is a servant to sin, to oppress God's free-men.
(11). He attains the most true glory who endeavours most steadily to overcome evil with good.
(12). Christ is a King, whose wrath against his enemies will be as the roaring of a lion, and his favour to his people as the refreshing dew.
(13). It shows the vanity of the world, that we are liable to the greatest griefs where we promise ourselves the greatest comfort.
(14). A discreet and virtuous wife is more valuable than house and riches.
(15). A sluggish, slothful disposition makes men poor; it brings them to want. And this applies both to the present life and that which is to come.
(16). If we keep God's word, God's word will keep us from every thing really hurtful. We abuse the doctrine of free grace, if we think that it does away the necessity and advantage of obedience. Those that live at random must die. This truth is clearly taught in words enough to alarm the stoutest sinner.
(17). God has chosen the poor of this world, to be rich in faith, and heirs of his kingdom.
(18). When parents keep under foolish tenderness, they do their best to render children a comfort to them, and happy in themselves.
(19). The spared and spoiled child is likely to become a man of great wrath.
(20). Those that would be wise in their latter end, must be taught and ruled when young.
 (21). What should we desire, but that all our purposes may agree with God's holy will?
(22). It is far better to have a heart to do good, and want ability for it, than to have ability for it, and want a heart to it.
(23). Those that live in the fear of God, shall get safety, satisfaction, and true and complete happiness.
(24). Indolence, when indulged, so grows upon people, that they have no heart to do the most needful things for themselves.
(25). A gentle rebuke goes farthest with a man of understanding.
(26). The young man who wastes his father's substance, or makes his aged mother destitute, is hateful, and will come to disgrace.
(27). It is the wisdom of young men to dread hearing such talk as puts loose and evil principles into the mind.
(28). Those are the worst of sinners, who are glad of an opportunity to sin.
(29). The unbelief of man shall not make God's threatenings of no effect. Christ himself, when bearing sins not his own, was not spared. Justice and judgment took hold of our blessed Surety; and will God spare obstinate sinners?

Scripture Application

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue with the Book of Proverbs with Chapter 19. In our text today we continue in wisdom with a focus on money and how we respond to it.

In making application we see the money is just a means of exchange but the Bible tells us that love of money is the root of all evil. I have been blessed - and been in need - and can testify that the Lord is with you every step of the way. Puttng God first will keep your heart in balence and allow you to see the true purpose for money. How about you ? Do you love money or just see it a means of exchange?

Let us learn from our text today to remember to put God first with our money understang that God owns it all and has given us stewardship over many things so we should be faithful in following the Lord.

A Hope that God means well for us

Day 12 (18 Aug 2017, Friday)

A man’s “plan” (or thought) determines his subsequent actions and the end result of it.  When we say that one is plagued with evil thoughts, we are not expect anything good to come out of him.  Even if he is a master of disguise, the damage done by his actions that were oriented by the evil in his heart will be difficult to reverse.

The Lord has good intention for His people, for His plan is for their welfare, and not to bring harm upon them.  The term ”plan” (Hebrew’s transliteration is “machashabah”) carries the meaning of intention, thought, devise, design, etc.  A plan for one’s welfare provides security and is safe in nature, it means well and is favourable, it carries with it prosperity and health.  The Jews might perceive their exile to be something extremely humiliating, but it was God’s special design and plan for them to go through it, in order that they would be perfected in all ways.

The exile of Israel was the beginning of God’s restoration and revival of the Davidic Kingdom.  In reality, we are frequently brought to our hopeless predicaments by Him because, it is there that He starts to rebuild and restore our lives.
We might not understand God’s way of dealing with us but we have to trust His heart.  He is a God who has good intentions through His will for us.  What He does in the lives of our nation, family and individuals will mean well for us and it is for us to be edified in Him.

Pray for the States of Malaysia  :  Sabah

Sabah, once the 2nd richest Malaysian state in 70s, has become one of the poorest states now with a high poverty rate of 19.7%.  Pray that the ever-widening gulf between the rich and the poor can be bridged with the poverty issue being dealt with effectively by the state authorities.

Pray against the influx of illegal foreigners from the Philippines and Indonesia.  Pray that the security along the maritime border between Sabah and the neighbouring countries will be strengthened and that there will be a wise solution for this problematic and equally complicated issue.

Many interior native Sabahans are stateless because they do not possess national identity cards and many of the native communities do not have legal rights over their ancestral land.  Pray for both the rural locals and the National Registration Department to be proactive in recognizing the importance of issuing and obtaining identity cards, and for God to be the defender of those who are deprived of their entitlement to their ancestral lands.

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