April 1, 2022 (Friday)
Love and Knowledge
“Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, ‘You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.’ Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come.”– John 7:28-30
Memory Verse: “I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” (John 7:29)
Jesus knew God because he loved God. True knowledge comes from love. When you have love, it will open your eyes to see who God is and who you are. Love takes you into deeper truth. Jesus’ teachings came from his love for God and for the world. With the heart of love, let us learn Jesus’ teaching.
O Lord, fill me with your love. Amen.
April 2, 2022 (Saturday)
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’”– John 11:25-26
Memory Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus also said, those who believe in him will live even though they die. This gives us hope. When we trust what Jesus said, we will not live any longer under fear of death. We will live with confidence and assurance. Nothing, not even death, can take away life given to us.
O Lord, allow me to have faith in you. Amen.
April 3, 2022 (Sunday)
“Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.”– Philippians 3:7-9
Memory Verse: “I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Philippians 3:8)
Knowing Christ brings tremendous blessings to your life. When you know Christ, your life will be transformed. Your mind will be cleansed and purified. You will experience tremendous joy and peace. Focus your mind on Christ. Meditate on him. Open your heart so that Christ may come into your heart. He will give you true rest.
O Lord, come into my heart and purify me. Amen.
April 4, 2022 (Monday)
The Lord Is My Shepherd
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.”– Psalm 23
Memory Verse: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.” (Psalm 23:6)
The Lord is your shepherd. He will guide you to a good place. Even when you walk through the valley of darkness, he will be right there and show you the way out. He will be good to you always and show his mercy to you. You will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
O Lord, thank you for being my shepherd. Amen.
April 5, 2022 (Tuesday)
“Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you.
Do not hide your face from me
on the day of my distress.
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily on the day when I call.”– Psalm 102:1-2
Memory Verse: “Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you.” (Psalm 102:1)
When you are stressed out, do not let it out on yourself or others. Bring your stress before God and cry out to God. God will hear your outcry and provide you with the peace you need and he will assure you that you will be taken care of. Your prayers will be answered.
O Lord, when I am stressed, I trust you. Please give me your peace. Amen.
April 6, 2022 (Wednesday)
“For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share his holiness. Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”– Hebrews 12:10-13
Memory Verse: “Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11)
Becoming holy is possible through disciplines. When life becomes difficult, it is hard to be pleasant. You become vulnerable and can become easily negative in your outlook of life. That is when you can discipline yourself. God gives you this opportunity to train you and teach you about your weaknesses. Discipline can be hard and painful but it will strengthen you. Take your discipline with joy.
O Lord, please give me the strength to go through the times of trial patiently so that I may share your holiness. Amen.
April 7, 2022 (Thursday)
“Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.
My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.”– Psalm 42:5-8
Memory Verse: “By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:8)
During the day, remember God’s steadfast love. At night, give thanks to God for taking care of you today and wonderful things God will do for the next day. Don’t let your soul be cast down. Remember God and have hope in God. When you pray, your soul will be lifted up. Darkness will dissipate and the light will fill your soul.
O Lord, thank you for the strength you give me. Amen.
April 8, 2022 (Friday)
Thirst for God
“As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold
the face of God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me continually,
‘Where is your God?’”– Psalm 42:1-3
Memory Verse: “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?” (Psalm 42:2)
Cultivate a thirst for God. Thirst for God will produce a thirst for life. Living a good life is to live with this thirst for life. When you have thirst for life, everything will come alive. You will appreciate everything that you do. That is how God gives you an abundant life. It all starts with a thirst for God.
O Lord, I thirst for you. Show be your face. Amen.
April 9, 2022 (Saturday)
The Lord Will Keep You
“I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time on and for evermore.”– Psalm 121
Memory Verse: “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and for evermore.” (Psalm 121:8)
God will keep you from harms. God will never leave you alone. He watches over you wherever you are. He will give you help when you need it. He will give you rest when you are tired. He will give you the assurance when you fear. He will show you the way when you are lost. Look to God. Help comes from the Lord.
O Lord, thank you for keeping me safe. Amen.
April 10, 2022 (Sunday)
The Spirit of God
“But, as it is written,
‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him’—
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.”– 1 Corinthians 2:9-12
Memory Verse: “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)
God gave you the Spirit so that the Spirit could help you. God reveals the truth, his desire, and his will through the Spirit. Be connected with the Spirit who is within you. Quiet yourself and let the Spirit speak to you. Pay attention to what the Spirit has to say. Even when you don’t know what to pray for, the Spirit searches your heart, prays for you, and reveals the depths of God to you.
O Lord, here I am. Speak to me through the Spirit. Amen.
April 11, 2022 (Monday)
Bring Forth Justice
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a dimly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
He will not grow faint or be crushed
until he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his teaching.”– Isaiah 42:1-4
Memory Verse: “I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” (Isaiah 42:1)
God put his Spirit on Jesus. Jesus lived his life with the help of the Spirit. Jesus gave you the Spirit to live faithfully, bringing forth justice. There is nothing that you should be afraid of. Just be faithful to the truth Jesus has taught you. He will not break a bruised reed and quench a dimly burning wick. He will faithfully bring forth justice through you.
O Lord, fill me with the Spirit and use me as your instrument to bring forth justice. Amen.
April 12, 2022 (Tuesday)
Sacrificial Love of Jesus
“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.”– 1 Corinthians 1:18-21
Memory Verse: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” (1 Corinthians 1:19)
The message of the cross is the power of God. It has the power to change you. When you look at the cross, you become humbled by the love of Jesus who sacrificed himself for you. Change becomes possible when you become humble, not when you are wise. You can know God when you understand the power of the sacrificial love. Meditate on the sacrificial love of Jesus.
O Lord, help me to daily meditate on the cross. Amen.
April 13, 2022 (Wednesday)
You Are Precious
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.”– Hebrews 12:1-3
Memory Verse: “Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:3)
Do not grow weary or lose your heart because Jesus has lifted up the burden of your sins. Jesus knows your struggles and wants you to know that you don’t have to live, struggling in darkness any more. To Jesus, you are precious, precious enough for him to sacrifice for you. When Jesus even brought death upon himself, what sin can he not forgive? Be confident in Jesus’ forgiveness.
O Lord, I look to you because only in you, I see true salvation. Amen.
April 14, 2022 (Thursday)
“After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”– John 13:12-15
Memory Verse: “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14)
Washing one another’s feet is a sign of humility. It is a sign of serving one another. You are called to live your life, humbly serving one another. As you live with that attitude, you will help many people to appreciate their life and human goodness. This kind of attitude is simple and yet rare to see. Washing others’ feet is an action of a great person.
O Lord, thank you for serving me, a sinner. Help me to live with the attitude of humbly serving others. Amen.
April 15, 2022 (Friday)
“Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.”– Isaiah 53:4-5
Memory Verse: “Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4)
Jesus did not prove himself to be righteous. He was already righteous. Self-justification was not needed because he knew he was righteous. His righteousness was not self-justification but self-sacrifice. He sacrificed his dignity, even his innocence to carry our diseases. That was his righteousness. Miraculously, his punishment made us whole, and his bruises healed us.
O Lord, thank you for your sacrifice. You were misunderstood as being unrighteous and yet still you took my sin upon yourself and got punished. Thank you for your forgiveness and your healing. Amen.
April 16, 2022 (Saturday)
Discipline of Prayer and Love
“The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.”– 1 Peter 4:7-8
Memory Verse: “The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers.” (1 Peter 4:7)
Discipline is the most important thing in spiritual growth. Without discipline, there will be no spiritual growth. Do not pray as you feel like it. Make it as a discipline. As you practice the discipline of prayer, you will be able to enter into God’s presence and experience how God works in your life. Above all, practice a discipline of love. That is the ultimate discipline. Love completes our discipline.
O Lord, teach me how to pray and love. Amen.
April 17, 2022 (Sunday)
You Are Free
“We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.”– Romans 6:6-9
Memory Verse: “If we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” (Romans 6:8)
Sin paralyzes you. Sin does not let you live a life you really want. Sin brings conflicts within you. Sin takes you where you don’t want to go. Don’t let sin have so much power over you. Jesus crucified our sins through his death and claimed victory over sin. Sin has no more power over you. Be united with Christ. Let Christ live in you. You are now free in Christ.
O Lord, thank you for setting me free from sin. Amen.
April 18, 2022 (Monday)
The Path of Life
“I keep the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.
You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.”– Psalm 16:8-11
Memory Verse: “You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
Have joy in your life. God will show you the path of life. When you cannot see what is ahead of you, God will open the door for you. When you are surrounded by darkness and fear of death, God will bring you the light of hope and show you the way. Whatever you do, God will show you the way that leads to life.
O Lord, thank you for showing me the path of life. Amen.
April 19, 2022 (Tuesday)
“For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”– 1 Corinthians 15:16-19
Memory Verse: “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15:19)
If there is no resurrection, our faith becomes futile. Nothing can overcome the meaninglessness that the death brings to us except the power of resurrection. Death does not get intimidated by anything else but the resurrection. When the light comes, darkness cannot do anything but disappear. In the same way, when the life comes, death cannot do anything but disappear. Jesus’ resurrection has brought life to us. Let us celebrate the life we have.
O Lord, thank you for the life you have given to me through your resurrection. Amen.
April 20, 2022 (Wednesday)
“Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually.”– Psalm 105:3-4
Memory Verse: “Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.” (Psalm 105:3)
As you seek the Lord, your heart will be filled joy. As you seek the Lord, you will find that God is very near. God will give you his strength and in that strength, you will find confidence in life. You are not alone. You don’t need to hide anything from him. He is not there to judge you. He already knows everything about you. He is there to give you strength for you to overcome your weaknesses.
O Lord, thank you for being always there for me. Amen.
April 21, 2022 (Thursday)
You Are Beautiful
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honour.”– Psalm 8:3-5
Memory Verse: “what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:4)
God has crowned you with glory and honour. You are precious. God is always mindful of you. God cares about what you are struggling with. God knows and understands your weaknesses. God never leaves you alone in your struggles. God walks through the struggles with you and gives you strength.
O Lord, thank you for crowning me with glory and honour. In you, I find confidence and strength. Amen.
April 22, 2022 (Friday)
Your Life, A Seed
“So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.”– 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
Memory Verse: “It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:44)
Your life is like a seed. There’s nothing fantastic about the seed but it has the power of life. It is sown perishable but raised imperishable. It is sown in dishonour but raised in glory. It is sown in weakness but raised in power. What you sow with your life may look small but God will use it to accomplish his mighty work. Do not be discouraged, seeing your finite existence. Be encouraged, seeing God’s infinite plan.
O Lord, you are the source of my hope. I trust you and leave my life in your hands. Amen.
April 23, 2022 (Saturday)
Death Has No More Power
“‘Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?’
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.”– 1 Corinthians 15:55-58
Memory Verse: “Where, O death, is your victory?Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)
Jesus defeated death. Death lost its sting. Death lost its grip on you. You are free now from fear of death in Jesus Christ. Don’t let death shake you. Don’t let death intimidate you. Be strong and confident in Christ. Just do what is good.
O Lord, thank you for defeating the power of death through your own death. Now I am free in you. Amen.
April 24, 2022 (Sunday)
“When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”– John 20:19-23
Memory Verse: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:23)
You are given the power and the privilege to forgive. The power to forgive is more powerful than all the powers in the world. You have the power to release people from the imprisonment of guilt and fear of punishment. You have the power to give people the joy of freedom. As you forgive others, your sins will be also forgiven. You will experience the joy of being free from sins.
O Lord, thank you for giving me the power to forgive. Help me to live my life, forgiving others. Amen.
April 25, 2022 (Monday)
“The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.”– Proverbs 15:28
Memory Verse: “The mind of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil.” (Proverbs 15:28)
It is important to know how you answer in a given situation. You can make the situation better and everyone gets uplifted or you can make the situation worse and everyone gets hurt. Instead of pouring out the feelings you have, ask God for wisdom. You will know how to answer.
O Lord, give me your wisdom. Amen.
April 26, 2022 (Tuesday)
Reap With Joy
“May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.”– Psalm 126:5-6
Memory Verse: “Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.” (Psalm 126:6)
Your labour will not be in vain. No matter how hard you try, you cannot predict the result. This causes anxiety within you. Do your best and leave the result in God’s hands. What you sow with tears will not become a waste. It will bear fruits and give you joy.
O Lord, thank you for bearing fruits through my humble service. Amen.
April 27, 2022 (Wednesday)
“‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”– John 3:17
Memory Verse: “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17)
When you stand before God, you feel condemned simply because God is so pure and blameless. Jesus was pure and blameless and he had all the reasons to condemn the world. Knowing all your sins and shortcomings, still Jesus came to help you rather than condemning you. Through Jesus’ help, you can overcome your sins and find salvation.
O Lord, thank you for helping me, instead of condemning me. Amen.
April 28, 2022 (Thursday)
God Is True
“The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true.”– John 3:31-33
Memory Verse: “Whoever has accepted his testimony has certified this, that God is true.” (John 3:33)
Everything depends on whether God is true or not. If God is not true, you have no hope. No matter how much you enjoy the life you have right now, no matter how much power and privilege you relish in this life, if God is not true, everything becomes futile. God gave the truth to Jesus and Jesus testified it to us. By understanding the truth Jesus testified, you will know that God is true. The truth itself reveals the trueness of God who gave it. God is not a fantasy we created. God is true.
O Lord, thank you for sending Jesus Christ to teach me the truth and thereby show me that God is true. Amen.
April 29, 2022 (Friday)
God Is Our Strength
“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes—
they shall stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
to live in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the Lord,
and to inquire in his temple.”– Psalm 27:1-4
Memory Verse: “One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)
There is nothing for you to fear. There are a lot of things happening around you that intimidate you. If you let them arouse fear within you, they will take over your life. Your fear will not chase away your problems. It will only draw you into your problems. Your fear will weaken you. Have confidence in God. God will give you the strength to fight your problems. You are in God’s strong hands.
O Lord, you are my strength. Amen.
April 30, 2022 (Saturday)
Wisdom of Words
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.”– Colossians 4:6
Memory Verse: “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6)
Knowing what to say in each situation is extremely important. Do not speak as you feel like it. Once the words go out of your mouth, you cannot take them back and they are beyond your control. Be always considerate and think about what will be the most edifying. You will know what to say. Then say it with graciousness.
O Lord, teach me what to say in any given situation. Amen.