Daily Bible Reflection


December's Daily Bible Reflection

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1 December 2019FREE FROM CONDEMNATION.
If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts.
1 John 3:20
Condemnation, our fear that we’ve done something unredeemable can cannibalism the human soul. Thankfully, the scriptures reveal that “if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts”. Whatever our hidden shame, God is greater than all of it. Jesus calls us to the healing heart act of repentance. (if needed) or simply unmasks the shame consuming us. Then, encountering divine redemption, we set our hearts at rest in his presence. (Vs 19)
Whatever our regrets over things we wish we could undo; God draws us near. Jesus smiles at us and says, “your heart is free.”
2 December 2019INTENTIONAL KINDNESS

I want to show kindness to them.
2 Samuel 9:3
After King Soul and his son Jonathan had been killed, some expected David to kill off any competition to his claim for the throne. Instead he asked “is there no one still alive from the house so soul to whom I can show God’s kindness? (Vs3) Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s sin, was then brought to David who restored his inheritance and warmly invited him to share his table from then on. just as if he were his own son (vs 11).
As beneficiaries of the immense kindness of God, may we look for opportunities to show intentional kindness towards others.
Galatians 6:10
3 December 2019OUR DELIVERER

Colossians 1:13
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves...
Commentary
God doesn't just hear our cries for deliverance; he sends a powerful Deliverer! God sent Moses in response to the Israelites' cries from Egypt (see Exodus 3). God also sent Jesus in response to the world's cries for deliverance from its bondage to the evil prince of darkness. Our new world, our Kingdom, is built on love — the sacrificial love of a Saviour who not only conquered death for us but gave himself up to do so. Jesus is not only our rescuer (saves us FROM something), he is also our Saviour (also saves us FOR something as well)!
Prayer
Loving and eternal God, in Jesus you reached down to my limited and mortal world and rescued me from its mortal limits. Thank you for breaking the strangle hold of death. Thank you for using love to break down the barriers that kept me from you. Thank you for rescuing me and bringing me into your family and your Kingdom. I offer you my thanks, service, and praise in Jesus' name
4 December 2019THE LOST ENVELOPE
Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal
Mathew 6:20
We were on our way home from visiting a family when I found a dirty envelop on the ground. I grabbed it, dirt and all, and looked inside. To my surprise, it contained some money.
Someone had lost that money and was probably frantically searching to find it very moment. I gave my phone number to the staff at the petrol station in case anyone came back looking for it. But no one ever called.
Someone had that money and lost it.
Earthly treasure is often like that. It can be lost, stolen or even squandered. It can be lost in bad investment or even in monitory market over which we have no control. But the heavenly treasure we have in Jesus, a restored relationship with God and the promise of eternal life, isn’t like that. We can’t lose it at petrol station or anywhere else. That’s why Jesus told us to store up “treasures in heaven”. We do that when we become rich in good deeds, Mathew 6:18; or rich in faith “(; James 2:5) Lovingly helping others and sharing Jesus with them. As God leads and empowers us, we may store up eternal treasure even as we anticipate our eternal future with him.
5 December 2019GIFT FROM ABOVE
the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel
Mathew 1:23
According to Mathew’s gospel, Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecy that a virgin would conceive and give birth to a son who they would call Immanuel, meaning “God with us, (1:23)
An amazing Gift of Jesus. He left heaven to become a man, died and rise again, and is God living with us. He brings us comfort when we are hurting and sad; He encourages us when we feel downhearted. He reveals the truth to us when we might be deceived.
6 December 2019WHERE IS MY LIGHT
Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Commentary
For Christians, there is no playing hide and seek with the world. Having been rescued from darkness, we have to let our light shine. That sometimes means that others see God's light reflected in us and learn to glorify God through us. At other times, however, it means that we stand out in a world of darkness and become targets because of our faith. Either way, there is no place to hide. We are light in a world of darkness; we cannot help but shine!
7 December 2019DON'T YOU DARE
Be careful that you do not forget the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:12
In Deuteronomy 6 we see that the future of the nation of Israel involved in the conquest of existing places. So, they would move into large flourishing cities they didn’t provide and benefit from wells, vineyards and olive groves they didn’t dig or plant. All these blessing could be easily traced back to a single source., “the lord your God” (vs 10) And while God lovingly provided these things and more, Moses wanted to make sure the people were careful not to forget.
During certain seasons of life, it’s easy to forget, but let’s not lose sight of God’s goodness, the source of all blessings.
8 December 2019ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15
In one of the snowiest mornings, a postman dropped a parcel in my doorstep. He was in layers of clothes and as I received the parcel in pity I asked, “how do you manage this job in such weather”? He smiled and said, “Year, but at least I have a job” This thrilled me” A lot of people facing hardships in workplaces will never say” am thankful to be working despite....”
I have to admit that I felt quite convicted by his attitude of gratitude. How easily can we lose sight of everything we have to be thankful for when the circumstances of life become unpleasant. Paul told the followers of Christ at Colossae, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15) He wrote to the Thessalonians, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus “(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Even in our times of genuine struggle and pain, we can know God’s peace and permit it to rule our hearts. And in that peace, we’ll find reminders of all that we’ve been given in Christ. In that, we can truly be thankful.
9 December 2019OUR GUIDING LIGHT
You, lord, are my lamp; the lord turns my darkness into light.
2 Samuel 22:29
King David was inspired to write a praise song in which he said, “You lord are my lamp; the lord turns my darkness into light” 2 (Samuel 22:29)
David sang these words after God gave him victory in battle. Rivals from both inside and outside his own nation had been stalking him, intending to kill him.
Because of his relationship with God, David didn’t cower in the shadows. He moved forward into enemy confrontations with the confidence that comes from God’s presence. With God helping him, he could see things clearly so he could make good decisions for himself, and his troops and his nation.
The darkness David mentioned in his song probably involved fear of weakness, defeat and death. Many of us live with similar worries, which produce anxiety and stress. When the darkness presses in on us, we can find peace because we know God is with us too. The Devine flame of the Holy Spirit lives in us to light our path until we meet Jesus face to face
10 December 2019GRACE AT THE END
Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.
Mark 5:34
We see a special kind of trust expressed in actions and words by unnamed woman in Mark 5:25-34.
For twelve years her life had been in shambles (vs 25). “She suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse” vs 26. But having heard about Jesus, she made her way to Him, touched Him, and was freed from her suffering “(v 27-29).
Have you come to the end of yourself? Have you depleted all your resources? Anxious, hopeless, lost, distressed people need not despair. The lord Jesus still responds to desperate faith, the kind displayed by this suffering woman. This faith is expressed in the words of hymn writer Charles Wesley: Father I stretch my hands to thee; no other help I know” Don’t have that kind of faith? Ask God to help you trust Him. Wesley’s hymn concludes with this prayer: “Author of faith, to thee I lift my weary, longing eyes; O may I now receive that gift! My soul without it, dies”
11 December 2019CANCELLED DEBTS
The lord’s time for counselling debts has been proclaimed. Deuteronomy 15:2.
In Kenya, a resolution was passed to release exam results to students who had uncleared fees balances in high schools. It was a regret to those who had recently struggled to clear their fees, but then a relief to those who were struggling. At least the parents of these high school students were better able to put food on the table and spend their money on their daily needs.
It was for this kind of hardship that God called for debts to be forgiven every seven years, (Deuteronomy 15:2) He didn’t want people to be crippled forever by them. Because the Israelites were forbidden to change interest on a loan to fellow Israelites (Exodus 22:25) their motives for lending to a neighbour weren’t to make profit, but rather to help those who were enduring hard times, perhaps due to a hard harvest. Debts were to be freely forgiven every seven years, as a result, there would be less poverty among the people (Deuteronomy 15:4)
Today believers in Jesus aren’t bound by these laws. But who’ve been struggling to begin afresh as contributing members of society. When we show such mercy and generosity to others, we lift up God’s character and give people hope.
12 December 2019OVERCOMING FEAR
Some trust in chariots and horses, but we trust in the name of the lord our God,

Psalm 20:7

Fear ruled Israelites when the Philistines challenged them at the valley of Elah. The treat was real. Their enemy Goliath was 9 feet 9 inches tall and his body Armor alone weighed 125 pounds 1 (Samuel 17:4-5) For fourth days, every morning and evening, Goliath challenged the Israelites army to fight him. But no one dared come forward. No one until David visited the battle lines. He heard and saw the taunting and volunteered to fight Goliath.
While everyone in Israelites army thought Goliath was too big to fight, David the shepherd boy knew he wasn’t too big for God. He said “the lord saves, for the battle is the lord’s (vs 47)
When we are filled by fear, let’s follow David’s example and fix our eyes on God to gain a right perspective of the problem. The threat may be real, but the one who is in us is greater than that which is against us.
13 December 2019ASKING GOD
The lord has heard my cry; the lord accepts my prayer.
(Psalm 6:9)
This is what David Declared during a time of spiritual confusion and despair. His exact situation isn’t explained in this psalm. His honest pleas, however, show deep desire for godly help and restoration. “I am worn out from my groaning “he wrote verse 6
Yet David dint let his own limits, including sin, stop him from going to God with his need. And so, even before God answered, David was able to rejoice, “the lord has heard my weeping. The lord has heard my cry for mercy; the lord accepts my prayer” (vs 8-9)
Despite our own confusion and uncertainty, God hears and accepts the honest pleas of his children. He’s ready to hear us, especially when we need Him most.
14 December 2019JESUS AND THE BIGGER STORY
We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us.
Ephesians 2:10
A generous friend offered to babysit our children so that my husband and I would go out for a date. “You should go somewhere fancy!” She gushed. Being practical people, we decided to go to the supermarket instead. When we returned, shopping bags in-arms, our friend asked why we hadn’t done anything special. We told her that what makes a date special isn’t so much of what you do, but who you are with.

One of the books of the Bible that doesn’t record God directly saying or doing anything, the book of Ruth could seem to be pretty ordinary. So, some read it as touching but largely human drama of two people coming together in a relationship. But in truth, something extra ordinary is taking place. In the final chapter of Ruth, we read that Ruth and Boaz’s union results in a son named Obed, the grandfather of David (4:17). And as we read Mathew 1:1, It’s from David’s family that Jesus was born. It’s Jesus who unveils the ordinary story of Ruth and Boaz and reveals the extraordinary story of God’s amazing plans and purposes at work.
So often we see our own lives in the same way: as ordinary and serving no special purpose. But when we view our lives through Christ, He gives eternal significance to even the most ordinary situations and relationships.
15 December 2019WATER INTO HOPE

Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink
John 7:34
In a certain village in Kenya, after donation of water borehole by compassion charity, children were seen showering in the open and women bringing their cows, goats’ cats and dogs to have a drink and donkeys loaded with gallons ferrying fresh water back home. Access to clean, fresh water gives people hope for the future.
Jesus refereed the ‘living water’ in John 4 to capture a similar idea of continual source of refreshment. Tired and thirsty, Jesus had asked a Samaritan woman for a drink (vs 4-8).
This request led to a conversation in which Jesus offered the source of life and hope within them, like a “spring of water welling up to eternal life” (vs 14)
We discover what this living water is in John, when Jesus said,” Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink “ declaring that whoever believed in Him would have rivers of living water ( flowing) from within them” John explains, By this he meant the spirit.” (7:37-39)
Through the spirit, believers are united to Christ and have access to the boundless power, hope and Joy found in God. Like living water, the spirit lives inside believers, refreshing and renewing us.
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