Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Blog updates will be terminated

Dear all,

I have decided to put this blog to a close as I will be working on another devotional material in greater detail. Thanks for all the support! I will still keep this blog as it is for your reference.

God bless,
Kok Sheng

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

'Pain-missed in praise'

Job 6:1-10

1. Why is Job's painful poetry in the Book of God?

It is to allow us to know the fact that both lamentation and exultation can be forms of praise and worship to God by allowing us to face reality with Him.

Job 7:7-21

2. How did he mix pain and praise in the reality of his humanity?

He mix pain and praise by relating the character of God to his problems. His eyes are focused on the Lord.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Is God good?

Job 34:5-12,35-37

1.What did Elihu reveal about Job's lament?

Job speaks without knowledge; his words lack insight.' He might be tested to the utmost for answering like a wicked man. To his sin he adds rebellion; scornfully he claps his hands among us and multiplies his words against God.

Malachi 3:13-18

2. How can we treat God harshly?

We treat God harshly when we say "It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the LORD Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.' "

Monday, August 3, 2009

The road to sin

Mark 10:17-23; Luke 16:19-31

1. What did the rich man have that Lazarus did not?

The rich man had great wealth that Lazarus did not. He was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table.

2. What did Lazarus have that the rich man did not?

The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.'

"But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The right focus

Ecclesiastes 2:4-11

1. How did the author of Ecclesiastes view his great wealth?

He became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem. He denied himself nothing his eyes desired; He refused his heart no pleasure. His heart took delight in all his work, and this was the reward for all his labor. Yet when he surveyed all that his hands had done and what he had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

1 Timothy 6:6-19

2. Why do some people suffer many griefs?

Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

'He will come and save you'

Prov 9:10

1. Write a definition of the fear of the Lord.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Prov 2:1-11

2. How do we come to know the fear of the Lord?

If we accept God's words, store up His commands within us, turn our ear to wisdom, apply our heart to understanding, call out for insight, cry aloud for understanding,look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Face to face with reality

Genesis 3:1-23

1. How did God respond to Adam's sin?

God did not immediately confront Adam with the eating of the forbidden fruit. Instead, God firstly called to the man, "Where are you?"

Adam answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." And God said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

Adam said, "The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

God got to the root of the problem in a confrontation manner, but in a progressive way.

Micah 3:8; John 16:7-8

2. Why was Micah filled with the Spirit?

Micah was filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. For when the Spirit comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.