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Devotion: false prophets

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Setting

In Matthew 7:12- 14, Jesus gave us the golden rule: do to others what you want others to do to us and be kind to others if you want others to be kind to us. Jesus explained that He is the only way to God and the gate to salvation. After this, He warned us against false prophets.

Matthew 7:15-20

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do you gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree produces good fruit, but the corrupt tree produces evil fruit. A good tree can’t produce evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t grow good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.

Reflection

Jesus warned us to watch out for false prophets who peddle false doctrines to lead people astray. They masquerade as sheep in wolf’s clothing to deceive people with heretic teachings. They misused the gospel for personal enrichment and financial gains. False prophets were plentiful in the first-century world and even today.

We can detect false teachers by inspecting their fruits. A good tree produces good fruit. A bad tree produces bad fruit. Examine every teacher for the fruit of the spirits. Genuine teachers will have the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.

Application

This passage is very relevant to us today because there are so many false teachers today masquerading as sheep among wolves. 

Do not believe everything you hear or read. Countercheck everything you hear or read with the scriptures. Learn the Bible and be biblically literate. This is the best safeguard against heresy. 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray for the revelation of truth. We pray for the nourishment and strengthening of our souls. We pray for maturity in faith, in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Devotion: Do not give pearls to dogs

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do not give pearls to dogs

Matthew 7:6-11

Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and it will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened. Or who is there among you who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! 

Reflection

We must not give valuable things to people who do not appreciate them. For example, if we give flowers to monkeys, they will trample on them and tear them to pieces in no time. This is a call for spiritual discernment and wisdom. Sharing the gospel with people who ridicule and blaspheme God is like throwing pearls to dogs. 

Prayer is asking, seeking, and knocking on closed doors. 

Prayer is to ask until God gives, seek until God reveals, and knock until God opens the door. We must pray consistently, continuously, patiently, persistently, with perseverance, determination, and faith. We must not allow obstacles to deter, discourage, or hinder us from praying.

Prayer is like children asking their father for the things they need. In prayer, we go to our heavenly Father and ask Him for things that we need. God will give us good things when we pray according to His will. His answer may be yes, no, or wait, but it will always be the best.

Application

If we who are sinful know how to give good things to our children when they ask, how much more will God give us when we ask?

God is just a prayer away. Pray with faith, conviction, persistence, and perseverance. Do not give up if the answer does not come. God hears every word you pray. God may say yes, no, or wait but His answer is always the best. He is never late, or early, but always on time. Sometimes you may even have to fast and pray.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, we pray for divine enablement to pray with faith and conviction. Help us to overcome the fear of man through prayer. We pray for the gift of evangelism, in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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Father’s Day message

Dear Fathers,

Happy Father’s Day! On this special day, I want to encourage all of you to continue to be the loving, supportive, and present fathers that your children need. Your role as a father is vital – you have the power to shape your child’s life and future.

Your children look up to you as their role model, and it’s important for you to show them the love, care, and attention they need and deserve. Your guidance and influence as a father will help your children grow into confident, responsible, and compassionate adults.

Remember that your presence in your child’s life is more important than any material possessions you can provide. Take the time to engage in activities with them, listen to their concerns, and be there for them through the good times as well as the bad.

Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself. As a father, it’s natural to put your children’s needs first, but remember that you also need to prioritize your physical and mental health.

Once again, Happy Father’s Day! Thank you for all that you do.

Sincerely,

Dr C S Koh

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Do not judge: devotion

Dr. Andrew C S Koh

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Setting

Matthew 7 is a continuation of Jesus’ sermon on the Mount where Jesus taught on judging others, spiritual discernment, relationship, and wisdom.

Matthew 7:1-5

1 Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but don’t consider the beam that is in your own eye? 4 Or how will you tell your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ and behold, the beam is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite! First,  remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Reflection

We cannot judge other people because we are sinners under God’s judgment, Romans 3:22. If we judge we are like pots calling kettles black. We cannot judge others righteously because we are not righteous. Judging others will only bring judgment to ourselves because God will judge us.

Jesus asked two rhetorical questions. These are questions to emphasize a point and do not require any answers.

Why are we so fast to see a speck of sawdust in other people’s eye but could not see the log of wood in our own eyes?   How are we going to remove the speck of sawdust in other people’s eye when our vision is blocked by a log in our own eyes? 

Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.”

Application

There are practical instructions to obey and apply.

Do not be a hypocrite. Remove the log in your own eye first before attempting to remove the speck of sawdust in other people’s eyes. Examine yourself first. Are you perfect? Are you qualified to judge? 

Confess, repent, and ask God to forgive your sins. Claim the promise of 1 John 1:9.

Do not take the law into your own hands. Let God be the judge, instead of judging others. Forgive others as God has forgiven you. Do not take vengeance on others. Let God deal with it.

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help us not to be judgmental and self-righteous. Thank You for reminding us that we are sinners under Your judgment. Thank You for redemption, reconciliation, justification, sanctification, salvation and eternal life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Angelic encounter: short story

Many years ago, while visiting Vienna, I boarded an early morning coach tour from Vienna to Salzburg. In Salzburg, our tour guide led us on a walking tour from the city center to the place where they filmed the famous movie Sound of Music. Sixty minutes, several turns, and many gardens later, we arrived at the Sound of Music movie site. There were many things to see, appreciate, explore, listen to, and enjoy. The scenery was spectacularly amazing. The guide showed us around, and then we had free time for the rest of the tour. He gave us ample free time to eat lunch and explore the site further on our own. All the delegates separated into their own small groups, but I was left on my own as I was traveling alone. The tour guide told us to make our way back on the tour couch by 4 pm sharp for the return trip to Vienna, or be stranded in Salzburg! After a sumptuous lunch, I explored the site on my own until it was time to leave. By now, I have lost sight of my orientation and could not even find my way back to the city center because of the many turns and gardens. I could not access Google Maps, Waze, or GPS because I did not have data for a Wi-Fi connection. I was getting worried as I was in a deserted place and the countdown timer was ticking mercilessly! I bowed my head and prayed a simple prayer asking God to take me out of this lonely place and guide me back to the city. Even before I could finish praying and seemingly out of nowhere, a stunning young European lady appeared and spoke to me in perfect English. This was rare in Salzburg as the locals spoke fluent German and broken English with a strong German accent. Seeing that I was lost and panicky, she asked me politely where I was going. I replied that I was trying to find my way back to the city center but had lost my way. In my heart, I thanked God for his loving-kindness and faithfulness and for answering my prayer. She told me to follow her as she was also going there. We walked through the many turns and wonderful gardens. As we were nearing the city center, she pointed out the way that I should take, and lo and behold, she was gone! I reached the tour coach just ten minutes before 4 pm still catching my breath and speechless! I believed that I was truly touched by an angel in Salzburg that day! God sent an angel to rescue me from an impending disaster that day. I could not have imagined how I could have managed if I was stranded in Salzburg that day. After this incident, I always have data plans, Wi-Fi connections, and access to Google Maps, Waze and GPS. I will not leave home without them. I also realized that God is just a prayer away and His loving kindness and faithfulness endure forever.