Thursday, 22 October 2015
During a class reunion, a close friend said, “Among the five of us, Vivien is the most successful.” I realized that my friend defined ‘success’ according to how much money a person has.
Why did the RICH young man (Matthew 19:16-24) go away SAD?
Jesus said that it is hard for a RICH man to enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:23)
The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12)
Blessed are the poor in spirit … Blessed are those who mourn … Blessed are the meek … Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness … Blessed are the merciful … Blessed are the pure in heart … Blessed are the peacemakers … Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness … Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me …
Dear Father God
Paul had prayed that the eyes of our heart be enlightened in order that we may know the HOPE to which You have called us, the RICHES of Your glorious inheritance and Your incomparably GREAT POWER for us who believe. That POWER is like the working of Your mighty strength, which You exerted in Christ when You raised Him from the dead and seated Him at Your right hand in the heavenly realms, FAR ABOVE ALL rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And You placed ALL things under His feet and appointed Him to be HEAD over EVERYTHING for the CHURCH, which is His BODY, the FULLNESS of Him who fills EVERYTHING in EVERY way.(Ephesians 1:18-23)
Jesus is our peace. Through Him we have ACCESS to the Father by one Spirit. Hallelujah!
The mystery of Christ is being revealed to us – through the gospel - the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of ONE BODY, and sharers together in the PROMISE in Christ Jesus.
Paul became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given him through the working of His POWER.
In Christ and through faith in Him we may approach You with freedom and confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)
Father God, help us to let go of ALL things that are temporal. Help us to DIE to self-will, seek Your PERFECT WILL and walk in it.
In Jesus’ mighty name I pray. Amen.
Lam Yee Ling