September 1, 2021 (Wednesday)
“Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on the one who starts it rolling.”– Proverbs 26:27
Memory Verse: “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on the one who starts it rolling.” (Proverbs 26:27)
Let us not have evil thoughts for others. Let us be pure and live our lives, doing what is good for others even though they may have hurt us and rejected us. If we have evil thoughts within our heart, they will darken our minds and we will be destroyed by them.
Lord, fill my heart with your mercy. Amen.
September 2, 2021 (Thursday)
Be Humble and Thankful
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”– Proverbs 27:1
Memory Verse: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1)
God made our future unknown so that we may always be humble. It is foolish to boast about our wealth, our health, and our success. We simply don’t know what tomorrow will bring to us. Let us always live humbly and thankfully, leaving our life in God’s hands. Let us not worry about our tomorrow. God will give us strength and wisdom to deal with our tomorrow no matter what it may bring to us.
Lord, I leave my life in your hands. Amen.
September 3, 2021 (Friday)
“He also told them a parable: ‘No one tears a piece from a new garment and sews it on an old garment; otherwise the new will be torn, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, “The old is good.”– Luke 5:36-39
Memory Verse: “New wine must be put into fresh wineskins.” (Luke 5:38)
It is hard to become a new person. Our desire to want to change is not enough. We have to understand what is holding us back and not letting us move on. The real change happens slowly and therefore it cannot happen spontaneously. There is no other way but to work on ourselves every day. Let us be mindful and bring about changes within us concretely every day.
Lord, give me your strength when I work on myself every day. Amen.
September 4, 2021 (Saturday)
Holy and Blameless
“And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.”– Colossians 1:21-23
Memory Verse: “He has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him.” (Colossians 1:22)
Jesus’ desire is to present us holy and blameless before God. Our sins are forgiven by Jesus through his death. Forgiven sins do not have power over us anymore. Do not let sins take your hope away and lead you into self-condemnation. Let us trust in the power of Jesus’ forgiveness. Let us seek his forgiveness and he will grant it to us. We will become holy and blameless through his forgiveness.
Lord, please forgive my sins. Amen.
September 5, 2021 (Sunday)
“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”– James 2:14-17
Memory Verse: “Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (James 2:17)
Faith does not exist in isolation. Faith is deeply connected with our life itself. When there is faith, life changes. Faith transforms our thinking, our lifestyle, and our attitude. When there is faith, there is a desire to serve God and to take care of those who are in need. Let us cultivate our faith. That is the best way to cultivate our life.
Lord, please help me with my faith. Amen.
September 6, 2021 (Monday)
“For God alone my soul waits in silence,– Psalm 62:5-7
for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honour;
my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.”
Memory Verse: “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.” (Psalm 62:5)
We need calmness. In God, we can experience calmness. Calmness is peace we experience when we feel secure. God will keep us safe even in the storms we face. God will hold us tight and so we will not be shaky.
Lord, in silence, I look to you and you alone. Amen.
September 7, 2021 (Tuesday)
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”– Colossians 2:6-7
Memory Verse: “…rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:7)
Life needs a process for it to bear fruit. First it needs to be rooted in God. When it is rooted in God, it will be built up with God’s nourishment. That is when our faith becomes established. Through this process, life will bear fruit, the fruit of thankfulness. Life that is filled with thanksgiving is a blessed life.
Lord, every morning, I come to you. May my life be rooted in you. Amen.
September 8, 2021 (Wednesday)
How We Should Live
“1 O Lord, who may abide in your tent?– Psalm 15
Who may dwell on your holy hill?
2 Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
and speak the truth from their heart;
3 who do not slander with their tongue,
and do no evil to their friends,
nor take up a reproach against their neighbours;
4 in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
but who honour those who fear the Lord;
who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
5 who do not lend money at interest,
and do not take a bribe against the innocent.
Those who do these things shall never be moved.”
Memory Verse: “O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1)
Do what is right. Speak the truth from our heart. Watch our tongues. Do no evil to our friends. Fear the Lord. Do not take advantage of others financially. This is how we should live. God will give the eternal peace and joy.
Lord, may my life reflect your glory and truth. Amen.
September 9, 2021 (Thursday)
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”– Colossians 3:12-14
Memory Verse: “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3:14)
Aggressiveness is vexation to our soul. Be gentle and patient. Instead of complaining about each other, forgive as Jesus has forgiven us. This will create a beautiful harmony. When we clothe ourselves with love, we will achieve perfect harmony.
Lord, fill me with your love so that I may live a life of forgiveness. Amen.
September 10, 2021 (Friday)
Path of Life
“I keep the Lord always before me;– Psalm 16:8-11
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.”
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)
Let us keep the Lord always before us. He will make us strong and therefore, we will not be shaky. He will show us the path of life and as we walk on the path of life, we will be filled with joy and gladness. He will not give us up to the darkness but guide us to the path of eternal life.
Lord, I will keep you before me. Guide me to the path of life. Amen.
September 11, 2021 (Saturday)
“‘No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.”– Luke 6:43-45
Memory Verse: “The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)
Our heart, our behavior, and our mouth are all connected. When they are divided, we experience conflict. When we live in disharmony, we cannot grow and bear good fruit. Good life and fruitful life are possible when we find harmony in our heart, our behavior, and our mouth.
Lord, please help me to find harmony in my words, my actions, and my heart. Amen.
September 12, 2021 (Sunday)
“He who vindicates me is near.– Isaiah 50:8-9
Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
Let them confront me.
It is the Lord God who helps me;
who will declare me guilty?
All of them will wear out like a garment;
the moth will eat them up.”
Memory Verse: “God who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?” (Isaiah 50:8)
Confidence comes from God, not from ourselves. Our confidence is our understanding that God helps us and takes care of us. Nothing in the world can destroy us. No evil power will prevail over us. God is for us, not against us. Let us trust God and God alone.
Lord, I trust only in you. Amen.
September 13, 2021 (Monday)
“Blessed be the Lord,– Psalm 28:6-9
for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
The Lord is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
O save your people, and bless your heritage;
be their shepherd, and carry them for ever.”
Memory Verse: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him” (Psalm 28:7)
When we trust God, we experience his power. When we experience his power, we experience joy. This uplifts us and our hearts will be exalted. From this spiritual condition, thanksgiving comes from our mouth. This is how the spiritual life works.
Lord, I trust in your power. Amen.
September 14, 2021 (Tuesday)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 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 3:16-17
Memory Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Condemnation darkens our life. It takes away the light from us when we are condemned. We lose hope. God saw the hopelessness in the world and sent his Son Jesus Christ so that he may give us a new hope. He didn’t come to condemn the world but give light to the world. In Christ, we find light and hope.
Lord, thank you for giving me a new hope. Amen.
September 15, 2021 (Wednesday)
“To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the market-place and calling to one another,– Luke 7:31-35
‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not weep.’
For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!’ Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
|Memory Verse: “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.” (Luke 7:32)
Spirituality makes everything alive. When we are spiritual, we are very much in touch with our emotions. We dance with those who are happy. We cry with those who are sad. We get connected with our emotions and also with our environment. Deep compassion is the hallmark of mature spirituality.
Lord, please allow deep compassion to grow within me. Amen.
September 16, 2021 (Thursday)
God’s Forgiving Love
“One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him—that she is a sinner.’ Jesus spoke up and said to him, ‘Simon, I have something to say to you.’ ‘Teacher,’ he replied, ‘speak.’ ‘A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he cancelled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?’ Simon answered, ‘I suppose the one for whom he cancelled the greater debt.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You have judged rightly.’ Then turning towards the woman, he said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.’ Then he said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’ And he said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’”– Luke 7:36-50
Memory Verse: “The one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.” (Luke 7:47)
Our love for God is our response to God’s love. We cannot love God first. God loves us first. When we don’t experience God’s forgiveness, we cannot truly understand and appreciate God’s love that is shown in his forgiveness. Now when we struggle with our sins, we don’t fall into guilt. We experience God’s love.
Lord, thank you for your forgiveness. Amen.
September 17, 2021 (Friday)
“For we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”– 1 Timothy 6:7-10
Memory Verse: “But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” (1 Timothy 6:9)
As far as money is concerned, we should learn to be content. We started with nothing and we will end up with nothing. Whatever we have is gain. Let us learn to be thankful for the abundance God has provided for us. Let us not fall into our greed. Greed will take joy away from us and we will not be able to enjoy even what we have.
Lord, thank you for the abundance you have provided for me. Amen.
September 18, 2021 (Saturday)
God Is Our Lord
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.– Psalm 100
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Memory Verse: “Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” (Psalm 100:3)
Knowing that God is our Lord is very important. We are not alone. We are God’s children. God takes care of us and shows his goodness to us. God does not change his mind about his love and goodness for us. God is different from any other human being. His love and his faithfulness last forever.
Lord, you are my Lord. I have confidence in you. Amen.
September 19, 2021 (Sunday)
The Wisdom From Above
“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 3:17. 18
Memory Verse: “A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” (James 3:18)
The wisdom from above is pure. It has no partiality or hypocrisy. It is full of truth. It brings reconciliation and peace. Let us pursue the wisdom from above. It is a gift of God that is given to those who seek it and desire it. When we pray for it, God will grant it to us.
O Lord, please grant me the wisdom from above. Amen.
September 20, 2021 (Monday)
Be the Light
“No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light. Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.”– Luke 8:16-18
Memory Verse: “Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.” (Luke 8:18)
The more desire we have to be the light, the more light will be given to us. Life is about seeking to be the light. Jesus called us to be the light of the world. God will shine his light upon us so that we may be the light of the world. When we have desire to be the light, God will shine upon us and we will be able to let the light shine brightly.
O Lord, please shine on me so that I may let the light shine brightly. Amen.
September 21, 2021 (Tuesday)
“It is good for me that I was humbled,– Psalm 119:71-72
so that I might learn your statutes.
The law of your mouth is better to me
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.”
|Memory Verse: “It is good for me that I was humbled,
so that I might learn your statutes.” (Psalm 119:71)
Suffering makes us humble and when we are humbled, we can appreciate God’s ways. When everything goes well, we trust in our own ways but when things are not going very well, we seek God’s ways. Let us not wait until we are humbled. Let us seek God’s ways every day of our lives.
O Lord, please show me your ways. Amen.
September 22, 2021 (Wednesday)
God Who Knows How We Were Made
“The Lord is merciful and gracious,– Psalm 103:8-14
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger for ever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far he removes our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.”
Memory Verse: “For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:14)
We are small and insignificant and yet we forget how weak we are. It is not that we happen to forget; we willfully forget who we really are. This creates anxiety and insecurity. It takes away our peace. That is what sin does in our lives. God knows how we were made and remembers how weak we are. He does not deal with us according to our sins. He loves us and has removed our sins from us. Now we don’t have insecurity because of our weaknesses. We find peace and freedom in God.
O Lord, thank you for your forgiveness. Amen.
September 23, 2021 (Thursday)
When Life Is Hard
“You have sown much, and harvested little; you eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and you that earn wages earn wages to put them into a bag with holes.”– Haggai 1:6
Memory Verse: “You have sown much, and harvested little; you eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and you that earn wages earn wages to put them into a bag with holes.” (Haggai 1:6)
Sometimes we experience the fruitlessness of life. We feel that nothing is going well. We experience one failure after another. That was what the Israelites experienced in the wilderness. They experienced a new challenge after another. Unfortunately, they complained to God instead of praying. When we experience these challenges, let us pray. God will show us a way out.
O Lord, please have mercy and show me your way. Amen.
September 24, 2021 (Friday)
God Is Near To Us
“Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause– Psalm 43
against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
why have you cast me off?
Why must I walk about mournfully
because of the oppression of the enemy?
O send out your light and your truth;
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
and to your dwelling.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy;
and I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.
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.”
Memory Verse: “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.” (Psalm 43:5)
Sometimes we feel God’s silence and his absence. That is what suffering does to us. It takes away the joy of having God near to us. But God never leaves us alone in our suffering. Suffering hides God from us but God is near to us and helps us. Let us not lose hope in our suffering. Let us cry out to God. God will listen to us and help us.
O Lord, thank you for being near to me. Amen.
September 25, 2021 (Saturday)
“Desire without knowledge is not good, and one who moves too hurriedly misses the way.”– Proverbs 19:2
Memory Verse: “Desire without knowledge is not good, and one who moves too hurriedly misses the way.” (Proverbs 19:2)
We need to slow down. There are a lot of benefits in slowing down our life. When we slow down, we will be able to see things that we have missed. We will be able to clearly know what is important. We will be able to understand our desire. Start breathing slowly, being aware of our breaths. Breathe in and breathe out. Slowly. You will find peace and calm confidence. Don’t go ahead of Jesus. Follow Jesus.
O Lord, help me slow down and see what you are doing in my life. Amen.
September 26, 2021 (Sunday)
Good Times and Bad 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)
Ecclesiastes said, “On the day of prosperity be joyful, and on the day of adversity consider.” That is the wisdom of life. That is what James also said. When things are going well, we should be joyful and sing songs of praise. But when things are tough, we need to think about our life again and pray. In this way, we can handle good times and bad times and find a balance in the ups and downs of our life.
O Lord, life is unpredictable but help me find peace in any circumstances. Amen.
September 27, 2021 (Monday)
“An argument arose among them as to which one of them was the greatest. But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, took a little child and put it by his side, and said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.’”– Luke 9:46-48
Memory Verse: “The least among all of you is the greatest.” (Luke 9:48)
Desiring to be great means that we are not great. We desire something because we don’t have it. We are already great because God made us that way. We are God’s wonderful creation. We don’t need to live with the insecure desire to be great. Let us enjoy the greatness God has wonderfully made within us.
O Lord, thank you for making me your child. Amen.
September 28, 2021 (Tuesday)
God Is Our Refuge
“He (God) will cover you with his pinions,– Psalm 91:4-6
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
or the destruction that wastes at noonday.’”
Memory Verse: “He (God) will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge.” (Psalm 91:4)
We all need refuge. We receive so many attacks in life. We cannot handle all of them with our own strength. We will get tired and exhausted. We need to find refuge. God is our refuge. God covers us under his wings. We will find true safety and rest in God’s wings.
O Lord, thank you for being my refuge. Amen.
September 29, 2021 (Wednesday)
God Speaks To Us In Our Dreams
“Now that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’ So Jacob rose early in the morning, and he took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up for a pillar and poured oil on the top of it. He called that place Bethel.’”– Genesis 28:15-19
Memory Verse: “Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’” (Genesis 28:16)
God spoke to Jacob in his dream. That is what God does sometimes. Jacob was so lonely and devastated that he could not hear what God had to say to him. So God appeared to him in his dream. When our life is hard and we are completely drowned in our fear, God gives us sleep and lets us know that God will be with us and will never leave us.
O Lord, thank you for speaking to me in my dream. Amen.
September 30, 2021 (Thursday)
“The law of the Lord is perfect,– Psalm 19:7-10
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb.”
Memory Verse: “the commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring for ever” (Psalm 19:8)
God’s word revives our soul. It enlightens our existence. As we meditate on the word of God, it cleanses our soul and gives us a new perspective. When we cannot control ourselves, let us let God’s word help us. It will calm our anxiety and give us peace. We will be able to deal with our uncontrollable situation.
O Lord, please purify me with your word. Amen.