February 1, 2022 (Tuesday)
Call On God
“Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord,
for to you do I cry all day long.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
listen to my cry of supplication.
In the day of my trouble I call on you,
for you will answer me.”– Psalm 86:1-7
Memory Verse: “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.” (Psalm 86:5)
God saves those who call on God. God forgives those who call on him. God grants unfathomable mercy to those who call on him. Let us call on God every morning. God will come and give us a new life. God will give us a new body and a new mind to face new challenges that come at us. Call on God.
O Lord, your mercy is beyond my understanding. Thank you for answering me when I call on you. Amen.
February 2, 2022 (Wednesday)
Be Free From the Power of Death
“Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people.”– Hebrews 2:14-17
Memory Verse: “He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death.” (Hebrews 2:14, 15)
The devil has the power of death. With the power, the devil threatens us and holds us in slavery. When we live being held by the threat of the devil, we will lose joy and the meaning of life. Jesus came to set us free from the fear of death and now we live trusting in God, enjoying every minute of our life.
O Lord, thank you for freeing us from the power of death. Amen.
February 3, 2022 (Thursday)
“Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults.”– 1 Corinthians 14:20
Memory Verse: “Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults.” (1 Corinthians 14:20)
Being childish and being childlike are two different things. Being childish is lacking wisdom and being childlike is being pure. Living in the world filled with evil, we need both wisdom and purity. Let us be childlike in terms of doing what is good but let us be like adults in knowing what is good.
O Lord, grant me your wisdom and help me to live like a child in doing what is good. Amen.
February 4, 2022 (Friday)
God Is Our Refuge
“This God—his way is perfect;
the promise of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
For who is God except the Lord?
And who is a rock besides our God?—
the God who girded me with strength,
and made my way safe.”– Psalm 18:30-32
Memory Verse: “For who is God except the Lord? And who is a rock besides our God?” (Psalm 18:31)
There is nothing in the world that is like God. There is no place we can take refuge except in God. God is our strength and our protection. We can find true peace and rest in God. God is our rock and in him, we will not be shaken. Let us trust him with all our heart and mind. He will show us his perfect way.
O Lord, you are my God and I trust nothing else but you. Show me your way. Amen.
February 5, 2022 (Saturday)
Be Cleansed By God’s Word
“I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you.”– Psalm 119
Memory Verse: “I treasure your word in my heart, so that I may not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11)
Let us meditate on God’s word. It will transform us. It will give us a desire to live a holy life. Be cleansed and purified by God’s word. We will have moral courage and strength. Confidence comes from living out the truth we find in God’s word.
O Lord, teach me your word and show me the way to live out the truth in your word. Amen.
February 6, 2022 (Sunday)
Message of the Resurrection
“For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to someone untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”– 1 Corinthians 15:3-10
Memory Verse: “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)
Resurrected Jesus showed himself to Paul. That was a big deal for Paul. He experienced God’s grace through the appearance of the risen Christ. It is the greatest blessing to know that we have the resurrection. We need to hear the message of St. Paul who saw the risen Christ. This message will save us. Then we can serve Jesus harder than anybody.
O Lord, help me hold unto the message St. Paul proclaimed about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Amen.
February 7, 2022 (Monday)
Abide In Jesus
“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.”– John 15:4
Memory Verse: “Abide in me as I abide in you.” (John 15:4)
When we abide in Jesus, we have peace. In him, there is peace and joy. In him, there is eternal life. Abiding in Jesus means to be connected with him. Leave your worries and anxieties in his hands. Leave your body and mind in his hands. Leave your future in his hands. When we abide in Jesus, he will come and abide in us.
O Lord, thank you for abiding in me. Amen.
February 8, 2022 (Tuesday)
A Resting Place
“How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, indeed it faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
Happy are those who live in your house,
ever singing your praise.”– Psalm 84:1-4
Memory Verse: “Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.” (Psalm 84:3)
We find a resting place in God. When we feel weak and vulnerable, let us seek God’s presence. When we feel uncertain about tomorrow, let us seek God’s presence. We will be able to find comfort and God will give us assurance that we are in God’s good hands.
O Lord, my soul longs for you. Amen.
February 9, 2022 (Wednesday)
Do Well and Wait
“Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine like the light,
and the justice of your cause like the noonday.
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
over those who carry out evil devices.”– Psalm 37:5-7
Memory Verse: “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices.” (Psalm 37:7)
Just do what is good. Let us practice justice in our lives. Let us not be disappointed because our goodness does not bring out the results immediately. Let us patiently wait for God. God will use our good deeds for establishing his justice.
O Lord, may your justice shine like the sun. Amen.
February 10, 2022 (Thursday)
We Are Blessed
“Remember me, O Lord, when you show favour to your people;
help me when you deliver them;
that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
that I may glory in your heritage.”– Psalm 106:4-5
Memory Verse: “Remember me, O Lord, when you show favour to your people; help me when you deliver them.” (Psalm 106:4)
God shows favour to his people. Chosen people will have the prosperity and enjoy God’s abundant blessings. Let us thank God that he has chosen us and blessed us. God always remembers us. Let us share this abundant blessings with those around us.
O Lord, thank you for your blessings. Help me to share these blessings with people around me. Amen.
February 11, 2022 (Friday)
In God’s Hand
“Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
You hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the Lord.”– Psalm 31:5-6
Memory Verse: “Into your hand I commit my spirit.” (Psalm 31:5)
Let us live one day at a time. Make one day the best day. Let us leave ourselves totally in God’s hand. We don’t know about tomorrow. What we have is today. When we leave our spirit in God’s hand, God will take it and bless it.
O Lord, I commit my spirit in your hand. Amen.
February 12, 2022 (Saturday)
“On that day you will ask nothing of me. Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.”– John 16:23-24
Memory Verse: “Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” (John 16:24)
If we don’t ask, we won’t receive. If we ask, we will receive. That is Jesus’ promise. We should live a life of asking. When there are problems, let us not just give up. Let us ask God to help us. He will come and help us. Asking moves our life forward.
O Lord, thank you for granting what I need when I ask. Amen.
February 13, 2022 (Sunday)
“If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.”– 1 Corinthians 15:19-20
Memory Verse: “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.” (1 Corinthians 15:20)
We enjoy this life. We enjoy every single minute of this life. But we don’t put all our hope only in this life. We enjoy this life because we know that this life is connected to the greater life Jesus gave us. We have the eternal life. Jesus showed us the way by being the first fruit of the resurrection.
O Lord, thank you for the eternal life. Amen.
February 14, 2022 (Monday)
Faith and Doubt
“But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”– James 1:6-8
Memory Verse: “But ask in faith, never doubting.” (James 1:6)
Faith and doubt are two sides of the same coin. There is always a struggle between faith and doubt. When doubt arises from within us, let us not fear. We have faith within us. Let us focus on God’s promises and let us surrender ourselves in God’s hands. God will help us and give us strength to deal with our doubt. God will answer our prayer when we ask in faith.
O Lord, let my faith within me be strengthened with your help. Amen.
February 15, 2022 (Tuesday)
“Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. No one, when tempted, should say, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it; then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death.”– James 1:12-15
Memory Verse: “Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)
Temptation comes from our desire. To endure temptation, we need to train our desire. All kinds of desires arise from within. Not all desires are bad. But there are desires that lead us to sin and these desires will make us weak and powerless. That is greed. Let us pursue desires that promote what is good and beautiful.
O Lord, may my desire to worship you and love you consume all other desires within me. Amen.
February 16, 2022 (Wednesday)
“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.”– James 1:19-20
Memory Verse: “Your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” (James 1:20)
Anger comes from lack of self-control. When we lose our self-control, we let ourselves open to all kinds of evil. Anger is not something we can get rid of. When we try to get rid of anger, we will develop something worse. Let us deal with anger as we take care of a child. Don’t let anger control us by giving into it.
O Lord, help me to live my life with gentleness. Amen.
February 17, 2022 (Thursday)
“My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favouritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Have a seat here, please’, while to the one who is poor you say, ‘Stand there’, or, ‘Sit at my feet’, have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?”– James 2:1-4
Memory Verse: “My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favouritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?” (James 2:1)
Believing in Jesus Christ and discrimination do not go together. Jesus uplifted the poor and the powerless. Jesus ate with them and became their friend. Jesus did not focus on what they had but on who they were. Each person is precious no matter what his/her social status may be. Let us honour each person with love and respect.
O Lord, thank you for loving me. Help me to live my life with the love you have shown to me. Amen.
February 18, 2022 (Friday)
“So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”– James 2:17
Memory Verse: “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:17)
Faith does not exist on its own. Faith is useless by itself. Faith does not exist in our mind. It manifests itself in everything we do. When we believe in God, we will be able to hear what God wants us to do. With faith, we carry on what God wants us to do. That is how faith works in our life. When we have faith, we will be able to do what is beyond our ability.
O Lord, I can do all things in you who strengthen me. Amen.
February 19, 2022 (Saturday)
Speak from Your Heart
“…but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.”– James 3:8-10
Memory Verse: “…but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8)
What we say has to come from our heart. When our heart is corrupted, we don’t speak from our heart. We become deceitful with our words. Then, what we say will not mean anything. We are well trained to say what we don’t mean. Training our tongue is useless when our heart is not trained. Let us give our heart to God so that he may heal us. Then and only then, we can speak from our heart.
O Lord, please heal my wounded heart. Amen.
February 20, 2022 (Sunday)
Enough for Today
“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today..”– Matthew 6:34
Memory Verse: “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34)
Each day has enough trouble for us to handle. Bringing tomorrow’s trouble on our plate is too much to deal with. By doing that, we are not living each day fully. We let our worry take over our day without taking care of our troubles. Let us live each day fully and leave our tomorrow till tomorrow. God will give us strength.
O Lord, thank you for today. Help me to live today fully in your strength. Amen.
February 21, 2022 (Monday)
Wisdom From Above
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.”– James 13:13-18
Memory Verse: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.” (James 13:13)
Wisdom comes from doing what is good. In every situation, let us try to do what is good. God will give us wisdom that we need. Don’t do anything with evil intention. Our minds will be darkened and we will not be able to see what is good and wise. Wisdom that comes from love is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits.
O Lord, please grant me your wisdom. Amen.
February 22, 2022 (Tuesday)
“Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.”– James 4:1-3
Memory Verse: “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:3)
When life is filled with cravings, we will constantly live in conflict. When our cravings are not satisfied, we will become unhappy and we will be at war within us. Instead of cultivating cravings for our pleasures, let us learn to be thankful and satisfied with what we have. We will be able to find peace within us.
O Lord, help me to learn to be thankful for little things in life. Amen.
February 23, 2022 (Wednesday)
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.”– James 4:13-16
Memory Verse: “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:15)
If God is not with us, our plan becomes futile. We live today without knowing what tomorrow may bring to us. We can plan for tomorrow because God is with us. God will provide a way for us. God’s plan for us is much bigger than our plan. God will help us understand his plan for us little by little. Let us humbly seek God’s will for us.
O Lord, thank you, for I am in your great plan. Amen.
February 24, 2022 (Thursday)
Doing Good To Others
“For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.”– Mark 9:41
Memory Verse: “For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.” (Mark 9:41)
God will never forget the good we do to others. Doing good to others is the most beautiful principle of life. That is goal of our life. With whatever we have, we use it to do good to others. If we do good to even those who did evil to us, how much more should we do good to those who bear the name of Christ? God blessed us so that we live a life of doing good to others.
O Lord, thank you for all your blessings. Help me not to be greedy but live my life, doing good to others. Amen.
February 25, 2022 (Friday)
Say What We Mean
“Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘Yes’ be yes and your ‘No’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.”– James 5:12
Memory Verse: “Above all, my beloved, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath.” (James 5:12)
What we say can be deceiving. We say things we don’t mean. Our words can be used to manipulate what others think of us. Let us discipline ourselves to say simply what we mean. The power of words is manifested in simplicity.
O Lord, please purify my lips. Amen.
February 26, 2022 (Saturday)
Good Times and Hard Times
“Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.”– James 5:13
Memory Verse: “Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.” (James 5:13)
When we suffer, we should pray. When we are cheerful, we should sing songs of praise. Prayer and singing are two pillars of life. The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “When life is good, enjoy it. But when life is hard, remember that God gives us good times and hard times.” Accepting both good times and hard times with gratitude is the wisdom of life.
O Lord, thank you for good times and hard times. Amen.
February 27, 2022 (Sunday)
The Spirit Frees Us
“…but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”– 2 Corinthians 3:16-18
Memory Verse: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
We are not completely free. We are conditioned by our upbringing, our environment, our experiences, and our education. These things help us see our reality and make sense of it but sometimes they can be a veil that blinds our eyes and a chain that enslaves us. In the Spirit of God, we can be free from all those things that blind our eyes. Let us ask the Spirit to free us so that we can see things as they are.
O Spirit, come into my heart and free me from my own prejudice and narrow-mindedness. Amen.
February 28, 2022 (Monday)
“In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”– 1 Peter 1:6-9
Memory Verse: “The genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (1 Peter 1:7)
Our faith is precious. It will give us strength to persevere through various trials. It is more precious than gold that is perishable. Through faith, we can see the glory of God. Our future is unknown but through faith, we can have boldness and courage to face our tomorrow. Faith keeps us moving forward.
O Lord, I believe in you. Please come and rescue me from all kinds of trials. Amen.