Devotional, day 2

2 Jan 2017

First Questions

‘What is your first question going to be?’ I was preparing my cross-examination for one of the first criminal trials in which I was involved when I practised as a barrister. A senior and experienced barrister was helping me prepare. He explained to me the significance of first questions.

Psalm 2:1-12

1. The first question in the psalms is about Jesus

It is all about Jesus. The safest place to be in life is close to Jesus.

Paul, preaching the gospel in Antioch, quotes this psalm. He says, ‘We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second psalm: “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”’ (Acts 13:32–33, quoting Psalm 2:7).

It is Jesus who is his ‘anointed’ (Psalm 2:2). The Hebrew word here is ‘mashiah’ (messiah). He is the Christ, the Son of God, whom we are to love: ‘Kiss his Son’ (v.12).

Acts 13 is just one of the many occasions where Psalm 2 is quoted in the New Testament. The psalm’s original context probably concerned a particular situation involving a human King of Israel. Yet, as we read it with a larger horizon in mind, we see that the very first question asked in the psalms points forward in anticipation to Jesus. Why do people ‘conspire’ and ‘plot’ against him (vv.1–2)?

This is exactly what we see happening in the New Testament in relation to Jesus. We see it even in today’s New Testament passage. Right from the start of Jesus’ life, we see rulers gathering together and conspiring and plotting in vain (Matthew 2:3–4).

Yet the psalm ends, ‘Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are all those who seek refuge and put their trust in him!’ (v.12b, AMP). With all the storms of life, and supremely the storm of Jesus’ coming in final judgment, the only safe place to be is ‘in him’.

Lord, thank you that as I look to the year ahead and all the potential challenges, opportunities and possibilities, the safest place to be is in you.

Matthew 2:1-18

2. The first question in the New Testament is about Jesus

Appropriately, the first question in the New Testament is also about Jesus. The whole of the Old Testament is fulfilled in Jesus.

The Magi (often referred to as ‘the wise men’) sensed the significance of Jesus’ birth. They asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?’ (v.2) They sought and found him. When ‘they saw the child… they bowed down and worshiped him’ (v.11). They recognised that Jesus was the fulfilment of all the hopes and dreams of the people up to his birth.

Jesus is the one who fulfils all God’s promises. In yesterday’s reading we looked at one example of such a fulfilment. Today we see three more examples:

  • Place of his birth
    Matthew saw that even the place of Jesus’ birth was prophesied in Micah 5:2. It was out of Bethlehem that the ‘ruler’ and ‘shepherd’ would arise, ‘for this is what the prophet has written’ (Matthew 2:5–6).
  • Exile in Egypt
    When Herod tried to kill Jesus, the family escaped to Egypt (v.13). Matthew writes, ‘So was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”’ (v.15, see also Hosea 11:1).
  • Slaughter of the children
    When Herod ordered the murder of all boys under the age of two (Matthew 2:16), this fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:15 (Matthew 2:17–18) (see Pippa Adds).

Lord Jesus, today we want to bow down and worship you. I want to offer you everything I have – my life, my all.

Genesis 2:18-4:16

3. The first question in the Bible is about God’s goodness

Do you ever find yourself doubting whether God’s way really is the best? Do you find yourself wondering whether, even though God says it is wrong, something is worth trying anyway?

God gave to humankind everything they could possibly want. The whole created world was made for us to enjoy. Every possible need was catered for. The pinnacle of God’s creation was human beings. The need for community was solved by the creation of other human beings: ‘It is not good for the man to be alone’ (2:18).

It started with the beautiful gift of marriage – the lifelong union of a man and a woman in which sex, another of God’s beautiful gifts, is to be enjoyed with intimacy and freedom, without guilt or ‘shame’ (vv.24–25).

Yet despite this abundant provision of everything good, human beings looked for something more. Adam and Eve were not satisfied with all the wonderful things God had given them, and they succumbed to the temptation to take forbidden fruit.

The temptation started with doubts about God. Here is the first question in the Bible: ‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ (3:1).

Eve’s first mistake was to engage with the serpent in conversation. We are created to converse with God, not the devil.

The devil, in the form of the serpent, fools Eve into thinking that there will be no consequences to her sin – ‘You will not certainly die’ (v.4). He imputes bad motives to God, ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’ (v.5). It is often the case that you swallow a lie about God, before you swallow forbidden fruit.

The fruit looked ‘good’ and ‘pleasing to the eye’ and ‘desirable for gaining wisdom’ (v.6). This is often how temptation appears. Adam and Eve sinned and, as so often happens, cover-up followed the sin: ‘So they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves’ (v.7).

Lord, thank you for your amazing love for us. Thank you that you have created this wonderful universe for us to enjoy. Forgive me for the times that I have fallen for the devil’s lie that I cannot trust you and that I need to experience things that you have forbidden.

4. The first question God asks in the Bible is about you

Whenever you fall away from your relationship with him, God is always searching for you.

Adam and Eve’s friendship with God was broken. When they heard God coming, they hid (v.8). But God immediately came looking for them, and we find his first question in the Bible: ‘Where are you?’ (v.9) God did not give up on them. He came looking for them, wanting the relationship to be restored.

He says to the serpent that one of Eve’s descendants ‘will crush your head, and you will strike his heel’ (v.15b). Jesus is the one who will crush the head of the serpent. But there will be a cost – ‘you will strike his heel’. We see here the first hint of what it will cost to restore the relationship. On the cross Jesus crushed Satan, but it cost him his life. His blood was shed so that we could be forgiven and our relationship with God restored.

Lord, thank you that you are always searching for us. Thank you that through Jesus I receive forgiveness and my relationship with you is restored.

5. The first question human beings ask is about responsibility

‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ (v.8). This is the crucial question for today. Do we have responsibility for others?

The result of the fall is a broken relationship with God. Adam and Eve blamed each other (vv.11–12), and in chapter four we read that their children also fell out with each other. Arguments, quarrelling and falling out with one another began here. It has blighted the human race ever since. Try to avoid arguments. You will rarely win one and they are so destructive.

Cain was angry with his brother Abel. God’s questioning continued: ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it’ (4:6–7).

You will either master sin (now through the power of the cross and resurrection and with the help of the Spirit), or else sin will master you. In Cain’s case it did. He killed his brother (v.8). God asked him yet another question: ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ (v.9a).

In response, Cain asked the first question by a human being in the Bible: ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ (v.9b). Cain wanted to avoid responsibility. He was saying, ‘Do I really have responsibility for anyone other than myself?’

The biblical answer is that we do have responsibility for others. We cannot exempt ourselves from responsibility for what is happening around us – in our city, nation and the world. For example, we cannot accept that thousands of children die every day as a result of extreme poverty and simply say it is not our responsibility.

Not only do we have responsibility towards our fellow human beings, but it is our privilege and joy to bring blessing to our friends, family and all those around us, and to make a difference in the lives of as many people as possible.

Lord, help me this year to fulfil the potential I have to make a difference in other people’s lives.

Pippa Adds

Matthew 2:16

‘When Herod realised that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were 2 years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.’

I always feel traumatised when I read this passage. What a terrible thing Herod did to the vulnerable, just because he felt insecure about his own position. Are you ever in danger of putting others down to try and secure your own position?

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DEVOTION’ day 1

1 Jan 2017

New Year’s Resolutions

I belong to a squash club that is also a gym. Each year on 1 January they bring in extra gym equipment. The place is packed out. By about 7 January, they move out all the extra equipment as most people have given up their New Year’s resolution and the club returns to normal!

Get fit
Lose weight
Reduce drinking
Stop smoking
Get out of debt
There is nothing wrong with making these common New Year’s resolutions. Of course, all of us make resolutions that we fail to keep.

The good news is that each year is an opportunity for new beginnings and a fresh start. But then so is each week. Every Sunday is the first day of the week – a new beginning. Actually, every day is an opportunity for a new beginning.

The first three words in the Bible are, ‘In the beginning…’ (Genesis 1:1). Each of the passages for today tells us something about new beginnings and new opportunities, and suggests some possible New Year’s resolutions.

Psalm 1:1-6

1. Resolve to ‘delight’ in the Bible

If you are beginning the challenge to read the ‘Bible in one year’, this psalm has encouraging words for you.

Make a regular habit of spending time with God, delighting, desiring and meditating on his words.

The promise is that if you ‘thrill to God’s Word’ and ‘chew on Scripture day and night’ (v.2, MSG), your life will be blessed. Happiness comes from what happens to you. Blessing is what happens to you through knowing God and meditating on his words.

God promises you fruitfulness (‘which yields its fruit in season’, v.3b), vitality (‘whose leaves do not wither’, v.3c) and prosperity (v.3d, not necessarily material prosperity!). This message is backed up by a glance across at the ultimate fate of ‘the wicked’. The psalmist does not try and pretend that the wicked don’t sometimes prosper. He simply reminds us of the transitory nature of that prosperity – ‘they are like chaff that the wind blows away… [they] will perish’ (vv.4,6).

The key to lasting – and ultimately eternal – fruitfulness and vitality lies in your relationship with God. If you seek to follow ‘the way of the righteous’ that this psalm talks about, you are assured that the Lord himself will watch over you (v.6).

Lord, thank you for your wonderful promises as I resolve to delight in your word and meditate on it. Thank you that you promise me eternal blessing, fruitfulness, vitality, prosperity and your watchful eye upon me. Help me to keep persevering in seeking you through your word.

Matthew 1:1-25

2. Resolve to focus on Jesus

The focus of our lives should be Jesus. The Bible is all about Jesus. The New Testament opens with his family tree.

As we read the list of Jesus’ ancestors it is encouraging to see that they include the adulteress Tamar, the prostitute Rahab, Ruth (the non-Jewish Moabite), Solomon ‘whose mother had been Uriah’s wife’ (Solomon was conceived after King David’s adulterous affair with Bathsheba), as well as many others. Thankfully, God uses sinful human beings and, therefore, can use us. Whatever your past, however broken your life may seem right now, God can use you to do something great with your life.

The very name ‘Jesus’ means, ‘he will save his people from their sins’ (v.21). Every time we use the name Jesus it reminds us that our greatest need is not for happiness or contentment (although these may both be by-products). Our greatest need, as with Jesus’ ancestors, is for forgiveness. Therefore, we need a Saviour.

The beginning of Matthew shows us that Jesus is the completion of all that is recorded in the Old Testament:

Jesus is the climax of history
Matthew opens his Gospel by summarising the Old Testament story in terms of Jesus’ ancestry (vv.1–17). The Old Testament tells the story which Jesus completes. Matthew sets out the history of the people of God in terms of three equal periods: fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile and fourteen from the exile to Christ (v.17).

In the genealogy, biological generations are skipped over (as was quite common in Old Testament family trees). He was pointing out that Old Testament history falls into three approximately equal spans of time between crucial events. Jesus is the end of the line as far as the Old Testament story goes – the climax has been reached.

In Jesus, all the promises of God are fulfilled
Jesus is not only the completion of the Old Testament story at a historical level, he is also the fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecies and all of God’s promises.

Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies. Matthew concludes each of five scenes from the conception, birth and early childhood of Jesus by quoting the Hebrew Scriptures that have been ‘fulfilled’ by the events described (Matthew 1:22–23; 2:5–6,17,23; 4:14–16).

The first one is the fulfilment in the conception of Jesus: ‘All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”)’ (1:22–23).

All of history, prophesy and promise is completed in Jesus. Your whole life is completed in Jesus.

Lord, thank you for this promise for the new year – that in Jesus, you are with me. Help me to focus my life on you in the year ahead.

Genesis 1:1-2:17

3. Resolve to enjoy God’s creation

You are not here by chance. This universe is God’s creation. You are made in his image.

Genesis gives an account of the beginning of the universe. It goes way beyond the scientific theories of ‘how?’ and ‘when?’ this world began. It answers the questions of ‘why?’ and ‘who?’ Scientific theories do not prove or disprove this explanation. Rather, they are complementary.

Reading this passage through the lens of the New Testament we see the whole Trinity involved in creation. The Hebrew noun for God (Elohim) is a plural noun. The Holy Spirit was involved in creation (1:2). It was through Jesus that creation came into being: ‘And God said…’ (v.3a). Jesus is ‘the Word of God’ and without him nothing was made that has been made (see John 1:1–3).

In the midst of this account of the creation there is an amazing throwaway line showing the immense power of God: ‘He also made the stars’ (Genesis 1:16). We now know there are probably between 100 and 400 billion stars in our galaxy alone, and our galaxy is but one of around 100 billion galaxies. He made them all, just like that!

The pinnacle of his creation was human beings. You are made in the image of God (v.27). If we want to know what God is like, it is men and women together (‘male and female’, v.27b) who reflect his image.

Every human being is created in his image and should be treated with dignity, respect and love. Your ability to communicate with God is a reflection of the fact that you are made in his image.

God approves of all that he created. He said, ‘It is good’. Many people feel worthless, insecure and of no value. But God did not create junk. God created you. He loves you and approves of you. He may not approve of everything you do, but he loves you unconditionally, wholeheartedly and continually.

We see in this passage that work is a blessing. ‘The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it’ (2:15). Work is part of God’s good creation – not a result of the fall. This passage also reminds us that taking care of the environment is right at the heart of God’s plan for human beings.

Rest is not an optional extra. It is what God did (‘he rested’, v.2). These days of rest (days off, holidays) are days of special blessing. ‘God blessed the seventh day and made it holy’ (v.3). Holidays are holy days. They are a time to recharge spiritually.

Don’t work too hard. God took time to rest and enjoy what he had made. You are not supposed to work constantly. You are created with a need for relaxation and rest – taking the time to enjoy your work and the fruit of your work.

In Genesis 2:16–17 we see that God gave Adam and Eve far-reaching permission (‘you are free to eat from any tree in the garden’, v.16), with one prohibition – ‘but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ (v.17a). He warned them of the penalty if they disobeyed (‘when you eat of it you will surely die’, v.17b). You do not need to know and experience evil. God wanted you to know only good.

Lord, thank you for this universe that you have made. Help me to keep well away from evil and to enjoy all the good things you have given us to enjoy.

Pippa Adds

Matthew 1:18–19

How difficult this must have been for Mary, her parents and Joseph. They must have felt embarrassed and ashamed. We see why Joseph was chosen to be Mary’s husband. He was very impressive – the girl he was about to marry was pregnant! He would have been justified in being furious. Yet he didn’t want to humiliate her – he planned to ‘divorce her quietly’. We see how he acts after an angel appeared in a dream and told him to marry Mary (v.24). It must have taken faith to put aside what people thought and raise a child that was not his own.

Eugene Peterson, The Message, ‘Introduction to Matthew’ (Colorado: Navpress, 2004) p. 1321

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From my one year bible reading plan…

Reflections on Gifts (Spiritual/Natural)

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The Bible has taught us that our spiritual gifts such as prophecy, teaching, encouragement and leading are all gifts of grace. (Read Eph 12:6) If these gifts were given to us as an act of grace it is therefore a privilege and not an entitlement. God gave us these gifts as a result of his goodness and it has got nothing to do with us. So we must not be boastful if we have them, or complain and grumble against if we do not have them. 

Gifts comes in different form, there are two types of gifts – spiritual and natural. Spiritual gifts are given to us when we were born again into His kingdom, it is only given to those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, example of such gifts are prophecy, speaking in tongues and teaching (the word of God). There is also another type of gift such as natural gifts, that is put in a person at birth. Such gifts are given to every one at large even to non Christians. These gifts could be gifts of creativity such as writing poem/songs, playing the piano, singing and dancing, what is also commonly know as natural talents. 

But whatever these gifts may be, one thing I do believe is that God never gave us these gifts and intended for us to use them for our own selfish desires/purposes. I believe these gifts are for us to use in His Kingdom to give Him glory and it is also to the benefit of the body of Christ at large. While the bible says that God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), I do believe that our gifts must be used actively, otherwise they might become dormant and as a result we might lose our effectiveness in them. If the Lord has given us any gifts, we should take care that we use them humbly and in the right manner. 

Gifts such as prophecy and teaching, if not used in the correct manner, it can cause a leader to go astray allowing him to start his own false doctrine such as The Prosperity Gospel or Hyper-grace message, drawing crowds of people after themselves. Instead of preaching Biblical truth, they twist the scriptures to please “the people who will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

People who have the gift of teaching and prophecy should teach and prophesy in the fear of the Lord, they should be drawing men to God and not to themselves. We should encourage our sisters and brothers to use their spiritual gifts to edify the body of Christ and not hide them under the rug and collect cob webs. Practicing the gifts of the Holy Spirit is best exercised in a weekly small group meeting, when the members are encourage to give a word of encouragement or a word of knowledge for ministry. 

Sometimes “situational gift” can happen, if a demonized person turns up in a meeting, but the “deliverer” is not available, does that mean that a deliverance ministry cannot take place because of that? Of course not! God will put the anointing to cast out a demon on another person temporarily for the sake of His glory, so that ministry can take place. This particular person may or may not be “anointed” in this form of ministry, but if this person continues to involve himself/herself in this ministry, in time to come she/he might just develop the anointing eventually to cast out a demon. Spiritual gifts operates in the same fashion as natural talent, the more we use it, the better and sharper we become in these gifts. 

Everyone has been given a gift from God, some are left undiscovered and unexplored until we venture out and try it because I personally don’t believe that there is such thing as an un-gifted child of God. We therefore, must always be willing and open to try new things, you never know what you are good at until you try it.  

What natural/spiritual gift has God given you today? How are you using it to glorify God? Go try new things and perhaps you might in the process, discover a hidden talent you never know you possess!

God bless you!
Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;

Princess Michelle –

Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

Tears of Healing

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Tears are my prayers when I’m unable to speak
Lord You see my heart, You know that I am weak
Drop by drop they flow continually from my eyes
Like the rain that is falling from the sky
How loud O Lord is the sound of my cry
How long more O Lord will You continue to pass me by
Every ounce of hurt, with each tear I choose to let go
May Your healing touch through each one of them flow
Receive my tears as my worship and prayer unto Thee
Do not ignore my cries when I’m on my knees
I will continue to wait on You
Trusting Your grace to see me through
For my hope comes from You and You alone
My Abba Father, who sits on heaven’s throne

Written by Michelle Yee

Serving with you in His kingdom with love;

Princess Michelle –

Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

 

 

 

Reflections on love

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What is love? Love is not just a feeling or an emotion, it’s much more than that – Love is an action word. I once heard this quote that if you love someone, you have to let him/her go. Love is not about possessing someone, you can love someone from afar.  Love requires sacrifice and to love someone is a choice. Feelings and affection for someone can fade in time, but true love doesn’t go away that easily. If love is just based on what we feel in our heart, than it can be a dangerous and deceitful thing. If your love is only based on an emotional feeling, than it means that if one day you feel like you love him, you will do anything for him, but if the next day you feel like you don’t love him, you will just walk out on him, because the feeling of love is no longer there. But love is about choosing to stay put and work out all the wrongs to make it right, no matter how hard the circumstance. The Bible tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Let’s look into the Bible for it’s definition of love; “Love is patient, love is kind, and it is not jealous; love does not brag and it is not arrogant, does not act unbecoming; it does not seek its own, it is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness; but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hope all things, endure all things….. But now abide faith, hope, love these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13)

True love was demonstrated to us by Christ, “But God demonstrated His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) “Greater love has no one than this, that he lays down his life for his friends. (John 15:13), “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) Love is always about sacrifice, God gave and gave and gave. That is just His nature, “The one who does not know love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8)

What motivates you to do the things you do?  Is it out of obligation? Out of love? Out of fear? The bible teaches us that “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives our fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18).

Fear however has two types… Irrational fears such as fears of cockroaches and a reverent healthy fear of the Lord, which leads to life, ” The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.” (Proverbs 14:27)

The fear of God, actually drives us towards him, not away from Him. God has shown us so much of His love that, our only response to Him is to love Him and worship Him by following and obeying him. We fear him because, He is God Almighty, Just and Holy and we are mere dust and sinners, damn to hell. God can smite us anytime if our sins arouses Him to anger, but He chooses to withhold His judgement from us because of grace.  “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both the soul and body in hell.”  (Matthew 10:28), “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the father, full of grace and truth”. (John 1:14) “For if, but the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life, through one man, Jesus Christ! “(Romans 5:17), “He made him who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf, that we might be the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21) That’s grace and that’s true love!

Love can be demonstrated in a few practical ways – by words of encouragement, by praying, by works of kindness… “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountain, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-2). Therefore, we ought to “Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16:4), “We love because he first loved us” (John 4:19). “A new command I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Love – because God first loved us and it is a demonstration to the world that we are indeed His disciples! Fear the Lord, because it is life!

God bless you

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

Hope

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Give me faith when my world is crashing
Lift me up when I am falling
Lord, I’m calling out to You
I have no where else to turn to

When darkness covers me
Open my eyes and help me see
You are all that I have
And You are all that I really need

Nothing else matters
No one else will do
Help me to have faith
And truly put my trust in You

You are the light, You are my hope
You are the answer to all I need
Whatever it takes, break me
Bring me to my knees

When all else fail, Your word remains true
Hope draws me back, and I’ll wait for You

Written by Michelle Yee

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Princess Michelle –
Beloved daughter of the Most High King

Good Friday/Easter Reflections

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God made man – man. Man made god – idol.  When God created human it is in the natural. But when man tries to create God who is more supreme than Him, this becomes pride. Idolatry therefore equals pride, as it takes the focus off the Creator to the creation. The creation becomes the object of our worship and when that happens, our sight on our Creator is lost. We than walk away from Him leading our own selfish lifestyle. Idolatry and pride are both sin and require death.

The Bible says that “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23).  Remember that even though your gift is free, it didn’t come cheap! Jesus paid for it with His own blood!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who ever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Are we living in pride? Do we have idols that take the place where God should be. What do we live for? What are our priorities? Have we lost our sight on God and start to pursue other stuff?

As we approach Easter and Good Friday this weekend, let us bring our focus back to our Creator who loved us so much that He will hang on the cross for our sins. “He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we may become the righteousness of God.”  (2 Cor 5:21).

May we all take this time to reflect on our lives and if we find ourselves guilty of any of the above mentioned, may we all repent before the Lord. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:19).

God bless you all…

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;

Princess Michelle –

Beloved Daughter of the Most High King