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Scripture Minute – Titus 2:14

He “gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:14, KJV)

In his epistle to Titus, here Paul is writing about Christ’s sacrificial act for humanity. The Holman Christian Standard Bible reads: “He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.” This verse speaks about the fact that Jesus willingly offered Himself on behalf of humanity in order to redeem us from sin and condemnation. Through His sacrifice, Jesus Christ seeks to cleanse and purify us, creating a distinct community of believers who are faithful in the Word and zealous for righteousness. This particular verse focuses on the life-changing power of Christ’s selflessness and its impact on shaping a righteous and sanctified body of believers.

A Beacon Illuminating our Path

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

In the depths of darkness and uncertainty, when our path seems obscured by shadows, there is a guiding light that shines forth with unwavering brilliance. It is the light of God’s Word, a lamp unto our feet and a beacon illuminating our path. The words penned by the psalmist in Psalm 119:105 resonate with timeless truth and offer solace and direction to our weary souls.

In a world fraught with distractions and conflicting voices, the Word of God stands as a steady source of light, leading us along the right path. It serves as a divine compass, showing us the way to walk and providing clarity amidst the complexities of life. Just as a lamp reveals the next step we should take in a dark room, the Word of God shines its light upon our circumstances, guiding us in our decisions, relationships, and endeavours.
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Scripture Minute – Psalm 40:11

“Lord, you do not withhold your compassion from me. Your constant love and truth will always guard me.” (Psalm 40:11, CSB)

In this verse, we see that the psalmist David makes a plea to God asking for His mercy and loving-kindness to be bestowed upon him. David expresses his desire for God’s compassion and faithfulness to always protect and sustain him.

In broader terms, this verse helps us to see the importance of relying on God’s mercy and loving-kindness in times of need. It acknowledges our loving Father’s role as a source of support, preservation, and truth in our life. The verse reflects a deep longing for the continuous presence and care of God.

The Way, the Truth and the Life

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Before we begin, let’s turn to an oft-quoted passage in the Bible – John 14:6.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus’ declaration, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” encapsulates the very essence of our faith and offers us the only path to follow, the only truth to embrace, and the only life to experience in Him. Let’s take a closer look at each of these aspects and how they shape our walk as Spirit-filled believers.
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Scripture Minute – James 3:2

“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” (James 3:2, KJV)

In this particular verse, James is writing about the power and challenges of controlling one’s speech and the significance of doing so. We all make mistakes and stumble in many things. Humans are prone to making errors and offending others in various ways. However, if we are able to avoid causing offence through our words, we are considered a “perfect” or mature person. In this context, “perfect” refers to a level of spiritual and emotional maturity rather than absolute flawlessness or being without sin.

James also highlights the importance of controlling our tongue and the impact it has on a person’s character. If we can effectively control our speech, then we have the ability to control our whole body. In other words, the ability to govern our words is a significant indicator of self-discipline and mastery over our actions.

Scripture Minute – 1 John 1:6

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” (1 John 1:6)

If someone claims to have fellowship or a close relationship with God, but continues to live in darkness or sin, they are not being truthful. “Walking in darkness” refers to living a life characterized by sinful behaviour, ignorance of God’s truth, or a lack of moral integrity. In this verse, John is focusing on the importance of living in accordance with the truth and the teachings of God. If someone claims to have a relationship with God but their actions contradict this claim, they are not genuinely following the truth.

This verse is a reminder that we are to live a life that aligns with God’s will and to avoid hypocrisy. As members of the Body of Christ, it is our duty to pursue a genuine relationship with God, characterized by righteousness, holiness, sanctification and truthfulness in both words and deeds.

Seeking God’s Revelation

Almighty God reveals Himself to us in wondrous ways! Does he not? As Holy Spirit filled believers, we embrace the power of the Holy Ghost and the transformational experience of God’s revelations. Let us look to the Bible, where we find the foundation of our faith and encounter the divine revelation of God.

In the book of Acts, we witness the extraordinary outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. As the disciples gathered in one place, “suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them tongues parting asunder, like as of fire; and it sat upon each one of them”. (Acts 2:2-3, American Standard Version) The Holy Spirit descended upon them, empowering and equipping them for the Great Commission. This blessed event marked a powerful revelation of God’s divine presence among His people.
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Relying on God’s Guidance

One of the verses in my Bible reading today was Psalm 119:33. This chapter, which is the longest chapter in the Book of Psalms, focuses on the importance of God’s law and the psalmist’s commitment to following it. In this particular verse, the psalmist is expressing a desire for God to teach him the way of His statutes.

“Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.”

The psalmist, most likely King David, acknowledges that he needs divine guidance and instruction to understand and follow God’s commandments. By asking the Lord to teach him, the psalmist humbly seeks wisdom and understanding in order to live according to God’s Will.

The phrase “the way of thy statutes” refers to the path or manner in which the statutes, or commandments, of God are to be followed. The psalmist desires to gain insight into the correct and proper way to obey God’s laws. This indicates a deep longing for a close relationship with God and a commitment to living in accordance with His will.
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The Divine Inspiration of the Bible: A Testament of God’s Faithfulness

“Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16, ASV)

Today, let us delve into the precious Word of God and contemplate the divine inspiration that flows through every page of the Bible. As members of the Body of Christ, we hold steadfastly to the belief that the Bible is not just an ancient collection of stories, but rather a living testament that continues to shape our lives and direct our paths. The Apostle Paul, guided by the Holy Spirit, reminds us in 2 Timothy 3:16 that “All Scripture is inspired by God.” Every word, every verse, every chapter is divinely orchestrated and breathed into existence by the very Creator of the universe. It is through the most sacred text that God reveals Himself to us, conveying His love, His wisdom, and His divine plan for our lives.

In this age of scepticism and uncertainty, the inspiration of the Bible serves as an unwavering anchor for our faith. It reminds us that God’s hand has been upon His Word since its inception, ensuring that it remains relevant and powerful across generations. From the ancient scrolls to the modern-day translations, the message of the Bible has not lost its life-changing power or its ability to pierce the depths of our hearts.
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John Bunyan on Various Attributes of God

GLORY OF GOD

God is the chief good — good so as nothing is but himself. He is in himself most happy; yea, all good and all true happiness are only to be found in God, as that which is essential to his nature; nor is there any good or any happiness in or with any creature or thing but what is communicated to it by God. God is the only desirable good; nothing without him is worthy of our hearts. Right thoughts of God are able to ravish the heart; how much more happy is the man that has interest in God. God alone is able by himself to put the soul into a more blessed, comfortable, and happy condition than can the whole world; yea, and more than if all the created happiness of all the angels of heaven did dwell in one man’s bosom. I cannot tell what to say. I am drowned. The life, the glory, the blessedness, the soul-satisfying goodness that is in God, are beyond all expression.

It was this glory of God, the sight and visions of this God of glory, that provoked Abraham to leave his country and kindred to come after God. The reason why men are so careless of and so indifferent about their coming to God, is because they have their eyes blinded — because they do not perceive his glory.
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