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30 Days with Jesus… Day 30

Day 30

All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it.

They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.

If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11:13‭-‬16 NLT

I am a normad…

That’s right, I am a nomad. Because earth is only a temporary place for me. I’m just passing through and I’m longing to go Home.

Jesus was sent by God to rescue His own people. Earth is a war zone (in my opinion) where people fight for fame and other things that last only for this life time. It has been so long that this world is occupied by Sin, causing tears, pain, suffering and death.

I met Jesus when I was 19 and I am really thankful to have met Him. He left me with a message and instructions on how to be ready to be Home. I have been told that there is a better place to be. A place that there is no more tears and death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever, and this place is called Heaven.

Jesus had come to earth giving this Good News that one day we will be free from bondage. While we are still here in this “war zone”, we have hope and we learn how to live God’s way. Our eyes are not on earthly things but keeping the eye on the Promise; the eternal life in Heaven with God. To go there, be gotta be ready!

So why shall we get even when someone causes us trouble? Why do we do things to get attention or the overnight fame? Why do we compare and compete with others and make ourselves despair? Why do we want more when we actually have enough? All these things are meaningless. They make no sense when you know there is something else far better.

Yes, I am a nomad, I’m longing to go Home.

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 29

Day 29

And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out,

“Abba, Father.”

Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Galatians 4:6‭-‬7 NLT

Abba, Father… I like that. So it is by our faith in Jesus that reconciles us to God and we automatically become God’s children. I don’t know about you, but I’m very grateful for this. I mean, I don’t have to be born Jew to be part of God’s family. Oh, I don’t wanna imagine a life without God! 😱

I was abandoned as a child, so I really cherish God as my Father. I’m glad I can go to Him any time and know He won’t reject me. I also treasure His Words because I know they are my instructions.

I remember growing up just to exist each day. Boy, it was horrible! I was like a tree that was growing without any support or attention. That tree wasn’t well grown and healthy. Until I became a Christian and had a child of my own and then I realised that parents are very important to children.

A child who just grows up without parent(s)’ instructions will just do whatever they want. They only please themselves and they don’t care about anything else. I guess that’s just our sinful nature that tends to rebel.

But I’m glad and thankful that I now have a Father who always listens. His Words comfort and encourage me. Also many times I’d remind myself about the instructions in different situations. So often I’d be reminded to do the right thing or to simply forgive because God first forgives me.

On the other hand, it is like monkey see, monkey do. A child would repeat whatever the parents do. As a parent myself, I’ve learned that I cannot tell my boy not to do something if I do it myself. For example, I told him not to spend so much time on screen and he wouldn’t listen. Why? Because I’ve also been on the screen!

Then I realised how important it is to be a good role model. I am so glad that God is my Father. He is my role model who is holy and good. Now as a grown-up, I know I can trust Him when He says do this or that and I’m ready to backoff when He says No (there’s no point to be silly). For His intention is pure and He always means well. You can just rest assured that there is no any monkey business with God.

Abba, thank you.

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 28

Day 28

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”

John 3:16‭-‬17 NLT

Have you heard of this verse before? I have and that was one of the reasons why I became a Christian.

I remember when I began to read the Bible at the age of 19, this verse captivated me. Who am I that God sent His only Son to save? And save me from what?

The more I read the Bible, the more I realise how sinful I am and how good and Holy God is. Without God, I’m just a sinner. Without God, I’m completely lost heading the wrong direction.

So by knowing Jesus, I realise that even the Son of God had to face horrible people. He feels our pains and suffering yet He does not sin. So when Jesus says He’s the truth, the way and the life back to God, I believe Him. I am following Him because I know He feels me and He knows better.

Folks, I have done things that God hates. Bad and horrible things. But I’m glad I’ve found Jesus. He’s like a torch that shows me the way… The way to heaven. Without Him, I get lost in the mist of materialism, narcissism and whatever-ism may be.

I’ve always believed in heaven and hell since I was a child. As a non believer back then, I used to believe that if I tried to be a good person, I’d escape hell. But can I be a “good person” every day? No, I can’t! Can you? Sin is lurking in me all the time. Where does sin start? How do we measure when we sin? Don’t we sin from having our evil thoughts even before we actually act on them? Sin sparks from our mind to our action, and from action to life.

And where do you think sinners go? 🤔

Sinners go to hell. Hell according to the Bible is a horrible place. It is a lake of fire where no water can quench and I don’t think people will be partying there. Hell is eternal which means it never stops! It goes on and on and it scares me. But I’m glad that Jesus has come to save me from hell. And the good news is, Jesus had died for you too.

Dear you, for whatever reasons you are reading this. Please know that God also loves you so much that He sent Jesus to die in your place. He took it all on the Cross. He paid all our depts. When we follow Jesus, His Word will guide us and the Holy Spirit will help us to live right. Something is shifting in the air.

Thanks heaps, Jesus. 👆🏻

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30 Days with Jesus… 27

Day 27

Light: The One who is with us

When the first twinkling lights show up in December, we know a magical, meaningful season has begun.

The boy Jesus would have loved the holidays as much as we do. When Mary lit the candles for Hanukkah, picture Him staring at the menorah, excited each evening to light one after another until all eight candles flickered in the darkness. It had been less than 200 years since God had rescued Israel from Syrian takeover and this sacred candelabra told the story of “nes gadol haya sham,” the great miracle that happened.

In 165 b.c. the Syrian king, Antiochus took over Israel and demanded the Jews abandon God and His ways. He declared it illegal to read God’s Word. Illegal to circumcise. Illegal to pray. To make sure no one could worship God in the temple, Antiochus sacrificed a pig on the altar.

Leading the miraculous revolt against Syria were the Maccabees, a family of courageous priests. Tradition says in the middle of the take-back, they lit the sacred candelabra in the temple, a symbol of God’s presence with them, and a day’s worth of oil supernaturally burned for eight. The celebration commemorating the temple’s re-dedication is called Hanukkah (dedication), the festival of lights.

Jesus celebrated Hanukkah His whole life. In John 10:22-24 we read He was in Jerusalem at the temple, celebrating the Festival of Light. No surprise—there was no other place He’d rather be for Hanukkah.

Jesus’ arrival ended the 400 years the Jews had followed God in His silence. The menorah’s light reminded them of God’s promise, “I will be with you.” In that holy season, Jerusalem was lit up like a Christmas tree.

When John in his gospel describes how Jesus came into the world, he didn’t talk about the manger or the angels or a star, but instead he wrote, in Jesus was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

How oddly beautiful it must have been for Jesus, fully God and fully man, to see the lit menorah blazing in the night and remember when as Creator, He spoke the world out of darkness. “Let there be light” and there was.

Or to remember how for 40 years in the wilderness, night after night, He was with His people as a pillar of fire, a flame to light the way. For more than 14,000 nights He reminded them, “you’re not alone in this darkness. I am with you.”

He told the Maccabees the same message in the oil that didn’t run out. I am still with you.

The same thing He tells us when by faith we stand like a candle against a dark world, I am with you. Just as today there’s no other place He’d rather be than with us.

Thank you, LORD.

Cr. One on One with Jesus Devotion

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 25

Day 25

But Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often.

Luke 2:19 NLT

Mary, the mother of Jesus. A young girl from a small village, Nazareth. She was chosen to bear Jesus in her womb.

From getting pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit, to raising Jesus, living with Him, and to see Him die on the Cross and then she later saw Him alive again. I bet Mary had so many things to tell.

How was Jesus as a baby? How was He when He was a child and became a teen? How was He when He was learning the carpentry from Joseph? How were other family members around Him?

We all have so many things happening in our lives. I, myself am raising a child and it’s been extraordinary to see him grow. But for Mary to raise the Son of God is another thing.

I’m so blown away when I think about this.

À demain.

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 5

Sigh… So hot. 😌

Day 5

Reading from Luke 1:39-45

A few days later (after she met angel Gabriel) Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived.

She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?

When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” Luke 1:39‭-‬45 NLT

Wow, that’s amazing! I love it how baby John leaped for joy when the mother of Jesus came to Elizabeth’s house.

Besides being mothers, these two women bore great responsibilities. One was to raise a child who would be born to prepare God’s people’s hearts and the other was to raise the Messiah. Each person has their own role or purpose.

We are all born for something.

Soli Deo Gloria

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30 Days with Jesus… Day 4

Day 4

Reading and reflecting about Mary, Jesus’ mum. From Luke 1:26-38 and Isaiah 7:14.

This is about Mary, the girl who trusted God and carried out the given task. What task is that you ask? It’s the task to carry and and give birth to the Messiah.

I think if I were Mary I’d be having pretty much mixed feelings; scared, excited, and surprised. As a Jewish girl, she must have heard about the Messiah through the reading from Isaiah 7:14 so many times.

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

This was one of the prophecies from prophet Isaiah, and then the prophecy was fulfilled with her! Mary was the chosen one who was meant to carry Jesus Christ, the Messiah. That’s a relief. For so long, the Jews were waiting for the One to come release them from bondage.

What captivates me the most in today’s reading is how the young Mary was so obedient. She believed and received the message without questioning how big or how hard the task would be. She must have loved God so much… A childlike faith is extraordinary.

Fin.

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