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Monday, 15 January 2018

CONVICTION OF SIN

Solid Rock Devotional
15th January, 2018

CONVICTION OF SIN

But  very  truly  I  tell  you,  it  is  for  your  good  that  I  am going  away.  unless  I  go  away,  the  advocate  will  not come to you;  but  if  I  go,  I  will  send  him  to  you.  when he  comes,  he  will  prove  the  world  to  be  in  the wrong about  sin  and  righteousness  and  judgment:  about  sin, because  people  do  not  believe  in  me.
John 16: 7-9

The  Bible  tells  us  that  both  the  Holy  Spirit  and  the  devil  talk  to  us about our sins  but their voices are very different.
When God speaks to  us  about  our  sin,  He  convicts.  When  the  devil  speaks  about  our sin,  he condemns. He is called ‘the accuser of our brothers and sisters’ (Revelation  12:10).

The  difference  between  his  voice  and  God’s  is this:  The  devil’s  condemnation  is  like  a  wet  blanket  that  sits  on  us, we can’t move from under it. The devil heaps on us a sense of guilt and condemnation.
The Holy Spirit’s conviction however, makes us aware of our sin but at the same time, an awareness of the way out.

The  Holy Spirit  has  no  interest  in  exposing  our  sin  simply  to condemn us, or humiliate us. The reason the Holy Spirit convicts us  of  our  sin  is  so  that  He  may  remove  it  and  liberate  us.  *With conviction  of  sin  comes  the  awareness  of  the  Cross  of  Christ  by which we may be forgiven, and the resurrection of Christ by which we are equipped to live a new life.*

PRAYER: Precious Holy Spirit, please strongly convict me of any sin that I might desist from them, in Jesus mighty name....Amen

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 10:32-42

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

TOGETHER AS ONE

Solid Rock Devotional
13th January, 2018

TOGETHER AS ONE

‘This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ  Jesus.’  Ephesians 3:6

When God created Adam, He created an individual. When He created Eve,  He created something different. He created community.  With the sin of Adam and Eve, individuals fell and community fell apart. The  fragmentation  of  humanity  comes  to  a  climax  in  only  eight more  chapters  of  Genesis,  at  the  Tower  of  Babel  where  humanity became utterly  fragmented  geographically,  socially,  linguistically  and spiritually.

We know the Gospel reconciles us as individual men and women to  God.  That’s  the  message  of  Romans.  However,  the  Gospel  also restores community. That’s the message of Ephesians. Christ is the answer to fallen individuals,  but  the Church is the answer to fragmented  society.  The  Church  is  a  demonstration  of  a  new unity  of  humankind.  

The Apostle Paul  wrote  of  the  Jew  and  Gentile  divide, ‘For  he  himself  is  our  peace,  who  has  made  the  two  groups  one and  has  destroyed  the  barrier,  the  dividing  wall  of  hostility...  His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus  making  peace,  and  in  one  body  to  reconcile  both  of  them  to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near’ (Eph 2:14-17).

How are you experiencing the unity of His people, purchased  by Christ? *The dream of the world living together as one  is  a God-given dream.*

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I humbly ask that you continue to help the world to love you and to live in harmony in Jesus name....Amen.

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 10:1-15

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

TRUE LAMP

Solid Rock Devotional
11th January, 2018

TRUE LAMP

‘Your  word  is  a  lamp  for  my  feet,  a  light  on   my path.’  Psalm 119:105

When we see Scripture as a self-help  manual for living  our  lives  well,  a  handbook  on  psychology, or  a  manual  on  fixing  problems,  the  focus  is  on us,  instead  of  God.  We have active  responsibility of  course,  but  our  responsibility  is  our  ‘response to  His  ability’.  The  initiator  and  enabler  of  our lives  is  God.

The  Gospel  is  firstly  about  being reconciled  to  God,  in  order  that  He  becomes  the source of our strength. Paul  writes,  ‘It  is  because  of  him  (God)  that  you  are  in  Christ Jesus,  who  has  become  for  us  wisdom  from  God   that  is,  our righteousness,  holiness  and  redemption.

Therefore,  as  it  is  written: ‘Let  the  one  who  boasts  boast  in  the  Lord’  (1  Corinthians  1:30-31). He has not given us a manual for do-it-yourself  improvement,  but He has  given  us  Himself  to  be  our  redemption  and  righteousness. *Therefore  we  read  the  Scripture  that  we  might  get  to  know Christ, and  as  we get to know Christ we increasingly  relate  everything  to His  sufficiency,  not  our  own* .  This  does  not  leave  us  passive,  but active in our response to His presence and agenda in our lives.
He has given us Himself (Word) as our guiding lamp.

Unless we take the Scriptures as the source of our spiritual sustenance,  we will wallow around in shallow  and stale waters.

PRAYER: Teach me thy ways oh God and let thy word guide my path in Jesus mighty name....Amen.

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 9:1-17

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A HEART AFTER GOD

Solid Rock Devotional
10th January, 2018

A HEART AFTER GOD

‘Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.’  Psalm  51:10

David was described as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). This did  not  mean he floated twenty inches above the ground, with no cares, trouble,  failure  or  sin. David experienced all of those. Human frailty does not permit perfection,  but the issue of the heart lies in how we relate  to  the  life  of  God  who  indwells  us  in  all  of  our  imperfections.

The Holy Spirit, who by definition is holy, indwells our unholy fallen humanity. Do we face everything in life with dependence on Him, or do we relate things only to human perspectives and abilities?  Psalm 51 is  David’s  prayer  of  repentance  after  his  adultery  with Bathsheba.  He  is  utterly  honest  about  his  transgressions  and  sin, he  pleads  for  mercy  and  cleansing,  but  then  he  addresses  the  heart: ‘Create  in  me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.’  (Psalm  51:10).

The  word  translated  ‘pure’  has  connotations  of ‘clean’ but also of single mindedness. David pleaded for a clean conscience, but now he prays for ‘purity’.  He is asking for  a  heart  that  does  not  deviate  from  God, that  is  single  minded  in  love,  allegiance, dependence  and  obedience to God. This  is the antidote to his failure.

A person with  a  heart  after  God  does  not model perfection but knows where  to go when he or she fails.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please create in me a pure heart which will always be after you, in Jesus mighty name....Amen

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 8:18-34

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF GOD

Solid Rock Devotional
9th January, 2018

LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF GOD

‘In  those  days  the  word  of  the  lord  was  rare;  there  were not  many visions.’ 1 Samuel 3:1

The Book of 1 Samuel records the transition of Israel from a theocracy, to a monarchy. As a theocracy, it was a nation which operated under the rule of God. After the conquest of Canaan, some 250 years earlier, God raised up judges to govern the nation, and poured His Spirit on them to  equip  them  to  lead.

The  people  did  not  elect  them,  but  in time they would recognize them as God’s appointee for the task. In  the  course  of  time,  the  people  of  Israel  wanted  to  be  like  all  the other  nations around them.   They grew tired of their uniqueness, of having to explain their lack of a king, of not knowing where the next leader  was  coming  from  until  God  revealed  him.

Their  desire  for  a king was an act of rebellion against God, but though it appeared as a material and nationalistic issue, its roots were spiritual. Before  the  rebellion  took  place,  in  the  days  when  Eli  was  judge, scripture  tells  us,  ‘ *In  those  days  the  word  of  the  Lord was rare; there were not many visions’ (1 Samuel 3:1).*
When a people no longer hear the  Word of  the  Lord,  they  have  only  their  own  voices  to  listen  to.

God’s ways are different to ours so we often don’t like His ways, and it  becomes convenient to substitute them with our own good ideas, and not to listen to the Word of God.

The moment we stop listening to God, everyone’s opinion is as good as the next.
 *Is  the Word  of  God  getting  rare  in  your  life?*

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I want to hear and listen to your voice. I humbly ask for divine assistance.... in Jesus' name I have prayed.....Amen

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 8:1-17

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

WORRIES OF THE WORLD

Solid Rock Devotional
8th January, 2018

WORRIES OF THE WORLD

Therefore  I  tell  you,  do  not  worry  about  your  life, what  you  will  eat  or  drink;  or  about  your  body, what  you  will  wear.  Is  not  life  more  than  food,   and  the  body  more  than  clothes?  Matthew 6:25

Anxiety  disorders  are  among  the  most  common  mental  health problems. Without being  simplistic,  I  believe  that  many  anxieties  have  a  spiritual cause.  Certainly  not  all  anxieties  are  spiritual  there  are also clinical, biological  and  circumstantial  causes;  but  it’s  the  spiritual  causes of  anxiety  that  Jesus  addresses  in  the  Sermon  on  the  Mount.

Five times  Jesus  says,  ‘ *Do  not  worry,’*  (Matthew  6).  In  case  His  listeners didn’t  understand,  Jesus  gives  a  whole  range  of  things  that  people might worry about. He made mention of clothing, food, the body, length of life etc.

Jesus  wasn’t  just  randomly  talking  about  worry.  This  section begins with Jesus talking about having treasure, either on earth, or in heaven. The reason this is important is that, ‘ *where your treasure is,  there  your  heart  will  be  also.’*  (Matthew  6:21)

Our  treasure  is whatever  our  heart  is  pre-occupied  with.  It  is  either  earthly,  or heavenly;  human-oriented,  or  God-oriented.  When  our  hearts  are fixed  on things  eternal,  we  have  no  reason  to  worry  about  events on earth for our trust is in God.

In this world, it is that which captivates us that motivate  us, and  that which motivates  us  will  control  us, so let us be vigilant.

PRAYER: My Father and my Lord, please enable  me  to  cast  my  cares  on You.

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 3:1-17

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Friday, 5 January 2018

MORE THAN HISTORY

Solid Rock Devotional
6th January, 2018

MORE THAN HISTORY

When  jesus spoke again to the people, he said,   “I am the light of the world.  whoever follows me  will never walk in darkness, but will have the light  of life."
John 8:12

 A man once said that eventually, ‘Jesus would be relegated to a footnote.’ It hasn’t happened, and it will never happen  ever. After  2000  years,  Jesus  Christ  stands  as  the  pivot  of  history,  split into  BC  and  AD.

Every  time  we write  the  date,  we  acknowledge Him.  People  have  opposed  Jesus  throughout  history  but  His truth  marches  on because He Himself lives on. Historical  figures  die,  are  buried  and  quickly  forgotten  and  some  become  footnotes  of  history.  But  Jesus,  though He  died,  was  raised  from  the  dead  on  the  third  day   and  today He  lives.

We  do  not  follow  only  a  historical  figure,  but  are  in relationship  with  the  living,  active  Christ  who  through  His Body,  the  Church,  is  still  making  His  presence  felt  in  the  world today,  and  still  transforming  lives.

His  invitation  remains  the same,  ‘ *Come  to  me’,  ‘abide  in  me’  and  ‘learn  of  me’.*  As  we  do  so, we experience His presence that gives to us the ‘light of life’ that keeps  us from walking in darkness and confusion.

Christianity is all about Jesus and if we get the person of Jesus wrong,  we’ll  get  everything  else  wrong about the Christian life.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please help  me  to  trust  Your  living  presence  in  me  today.

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