Following God’s Direction

Monday June 21, 2021

Today’s Reading: Samuel 13

Just as he finished offering the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. So Saul went out to greet him, and Samuel asked, “What have you done?”

1 Samuel 13:10-11a

Reflection: Every situation of crisis is an opportunity to trust in God’s direction. Saul, who has been appointed King over Israel, has been given specific instructions by God through the prophet Samuel. Saul is told to wait seven days for Samuel to arrive, so that on the seventh day, Samuel can offer a sacrifice to God before Israel engages in battle with the Philistines. Unfortunately, Saul fails to follow God’s direction. On the last day of waiting, Saul hastily ignores this instruction and makes the sacrifice that Samuel is supposed to make for Israel. Saul acts in disobedience by doing the job that is reserved only for God’s prophet. He fails to trust in God’s direction as well as God’s work in others. Saul assumes authority outside his role as king, and in doing so, will lose his authority as king.

We miss out on the blessings of God when we work outside of His direction. Yes, sometimes it can be difficult to trust in God’s leading. Saul sees the fear in his soldiers around him, and the large number of well-equipped Philistines that are against him, and is so overcome by this sight that he chooses to take matters into his own hands. This can happen to us too. What we see around us can cause us to forget the greater, unseen things of God. But the cost of taking matters into our own hands is high. In Saul’s situation, he forgets that his kingly duty is to lead Israel in the practice of following God. As a result, Saul will lose his kingship over Israel to a new king that God will appoint in Saul’s place

Believer, take note of this lesson from Saul and make a point of taking all opportunities you see to trust and follow God completely. We are blessed when we follow God, not only because we are relieved from the burden of trying to make things work ourselves, but also because we can be assured that His way will work things together perfectly. There is no better way to live than by following His direction.

Prayer: Lord, Your faithfulness is incomparable. You never fail in the instruction You give to Your people. You never fail in executing Your perfect Will. Thank You that You do not leave me in uncertainty, but that by Your Word You direct and guide me in every situation. Please help me adhere to Your statutes, Lord. Show me how to live in complete trust in You. I pray all of these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Bible, studytools.com): Romans 4; 1 Samuel 13; Psalm 58

Sunday’s Message: Proclaiming God’s Promises

June 20th, 2021

Today’s Reading: Acts 13:26-41

Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you, and everyone who believes in Him is justified from everything, which you could not be justified from through the law of Moses.

Acts 13:39-39

Come to our Sunday Worship Service OR Listen to Rev. Moegagogo Solomona’s sermon from today’s 10AM Sunday Worship Livestream on our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/ccmla.

Reflect on the Sermon with us at our Life Group Zoom, Mondays at 7:30PM.

Sermon Main Idea: The Church proclaims God’s promises of salvation and condemnation.

Text Notes:

  • Paul preaches Christ’s death and resurrection as proclaimed by the Scriptures. (v.27-37)
  • Paul preaches forgiveness in Jesus. (v.38-39)
  • Paul preaches a warning against rejecting Christ. (v.40-41)

Prayer: Almighty God, I praise You for Your Salvation. I praise You that, by the Work of Your Son, You have kept me from condemnation and provided a place for me in Your Kingdom forever. All this is because of Your grace, LORD, and Your great mercy. Thank You for all that You have done for me. Help me to share this promise of Salvation that You have declared for Your people, that others would come to follow and serve You. I pray all these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Romans 3:9-31; 1 Samuel 12; Psalm 57

God Keeps His Promises

Saturday June 19, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 56

I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 56:4

Reflection: God always keeps His promises. There is nothing that can be done to negate or overwhelm the promises that God declares over His people. The destruction of mere mortals can do nothing to steal away all that He has declared for us. In spite of the way that foes attack, in spite of how they slander and plot to harm, the damage that people can do is only temporary. But the Work that the LORD does is lasting, which is why we can trust in Him. The psalmists’ hope is in the LORD and His promises. Though he watches his enemies surround him, the psalmist calls to mind all that he knows the LORD will do on his behalf.

All of God’s promises are for the benefit of His people. But which promise of God gives the psalmist such assurance? It is the promise of salvation from death. While the psalmist is confronted with enemies at every side, he is still able to be confident in what God has done to secure his life. We who know the fullness of God’s Salvation through Christ can also give God praise in the midst of danger. For we have already been rescued. The LORD remembers us, and sees what we endure. God will not fail to address wickedness. He will not turn a blind eye toward evil and sin. He will utterly destroy it in order that HIs people remain unharmed forever. We can hope in the everlasting life that God provides because it is what He has secured for us. Our God preserves us in order that we can walk with Him for eternity.

Prayer: LORD, thank You for being so faithful. Thank You for always keeping Your promises. Thank You also that Your promises are for the benefit of Your people. You are so good to me, LORD. Please help me to trust in Your promises. Help me to remain confident in You in every situation. Show me how to live with the perspective of eternity with You in mind. All these things I pray in Jesus’ precious Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Bible, studytools.com): Romans 2:1-3:8; 1 Samuel 10:17-11:15; Psalm 56

Rescue and Safety

Friday June 18, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 55

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will support you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Psalm 55:22

Reflection: The LORD’s rescue ensures the destruction of those against His people. In times of conflict, how I often wish like the psalmist that I had wings like a dove, the ability to escape danger and find rest and safety elsewhere. I long, at times, to flee from pain and suffering, to hide from it. But the recollection of the LORD’s rescue reminds me to stand firm in faith in Him. God’s salvation stays His people and removes the danger from them. See that He brings His help by bringing His enemies down to the pit of destruction. See that He does not remove His people from danger, but allows them to endure it until danger is eradicated. When we call to Him, He is good to keep us unharmed. God’s eternal Salvation is also this way. He has not taken us away from sin and evil, but has sent His Son to destroy its power from our midst. By the Blood of Jesus, the LORD has taken our sin from us. While Satan roams about as a roaring lion waiting to devour people of God, God keeps His own from his grasp.

Therefore, as God’s people, we are assured of His power over all that should try to harm us. As we stand in a world of violence and strife, as we witness and experience crime, trouble, or deceit, we can be reminded that the LORD has already sent His eternal rescue from it all. We can trust that He stays us where He has placed us, but has destruction in store for those who come against Him. We need not fear anything, for the LORD has assured us of His safety.

Prayer: LORD, my Help and Salvation, I give You thanks for all that You have done to rescue me. Thank You for Your loving Sacrifice. Thank You for Your Son. Your help and strength allows me to endure all trials and tribulation. Your power and Presence assures me that I never have anything to fear, as long as I trust in You. Please help me to trust in You more, LORD. Help me to set all of my burdens and cares at Your feet. Help me to hope in You at all times. I pray all of these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Bible, studytools.com): Romans 1:16-32; 1 Samuel 9:1-10:16; Psalm 55

Give God Praise!

Thursday June 17, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 54

 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to You. I will praise Your name, Lord, because it is good.

Psalm 54:6

Reflection: God’s Holy Name is good. Therefore, we can praise Him even before our prayers to Him are answered. The psalmist’s pleas are for rescue from his enemies that surround him on every side. Yet, in the same breath, while he is waiting for the LORD’s answer, he is able still to declare God’s goodness. The psalmist does not offer sacrifice to God or praise Him in order to receive blessings, but because of how he has been blessed already. He is not praising God in order to be blessed, nor is the psalmist praising God in advance. He is praising God as a response to all that the LORD has done first. As we also lift up our requests to our God in prayer, we must not wait until He answers us to praise Him. For there are already proofs of God’s goodness upon us that we can easily recall. There are so many good things that He has done for us that He deserves praise already.

Just think of all that the LORD has done for you today: how you rested, how you woke up, how you received blessings from His bounty, how you inhaled air to sustain you every moment without thinking about it. What gifts of time, of health, of energy, of sustenance there are for which you can praise Him! And these only account for a fraction of His earthly blessings. How much more we can praise Him for His love, joy, peace, purpose, and eternal Salvation! The LORD is faithful to answer the prayers of His people. In the meantime, He must be praised, for his Name is good. Have you paused to praise God today?

Prayer: Loving God, I praise You for You are truly good. You are slow to anger and rich in kindness. You are generous to bless and abounding in steadfast love. You are the Eternal King, and all Your mighty works give You glory. All Your good and faithful acts remind me that You are indeed wonderful. Thank You for being my God, for ruling with goodness and righteousness, and for caring for me. Please speak to my heart, LORD, and bring to my mind constant thoughts of You, that all I do would be in response to Your perfect love. Please help me to love You more fully. I pray these things in the Name of Jesus Christ my Lord, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Bible, studytools.com): Romans 1:1-15; 1 Samuel 8; Psalm 54

Real Salvation

Wednesday June 16, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 53

The fool says in his heart, “God does not exist.” They are corrupt, and they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good. 

Psalm 53:1

Reflection: Israel’s deliverance has indeed come from Zion. God’s people rejoice because the LORD has set the captives free! How hopeless life must seem to those who do not know God, who say in their heart He does not exist. In a world without God, there is no good to hope for, no person to trust in, no lasting purpose. The world is filled with corruption and evil, where destructive and terrible acts are done every moment by people. There is no good person who walks the earth. While many may try to be good, their own sin causes them to fail in thinking, saying, and acting in ways that are righteous all the time. Amidst the ever-increasing darkness that envelops the earth, there is hope only in the Work that God has done for humanity, specifically through His Son, Jesus Christ.

The Light pierced the darkness one day when our Lord and Savior came down from Heaven to live with us. While all had turned aside from God, Christ approached us in His goodness. While we could not be good, He lived giving unceasing glory to the Father. Because He was so good to obey the LORD unto death on the Cross, our sins have been forgiven. All can be freed from the bondage of sin because God exists, and because He has really redeemed us all. Woe to those who refuse to believe in the LORD, for they will one day indeed know what life is like without His Presence. But for all who seek God with their whole heart, they will always have reason to be glad. Rejoice, people of God, for the LORD has assured you hope because of all that He has done.

Prayer: LORD, I look around at the world and see that You are God. I recall the abundance of all that has been afforded to me and know that You have had Your gracious Hand in it all. I remember what You have done through Son Jesus and am filled with thanks for Your mercy and goodness. Thank You for being a God that has drawn near. Thank You for making Yourself known to me, LORD. I pray that You help and equip me to share the knowledge of You with others. I want others to see that You are real. I want them to know that You love them too. I pray all these things in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Bible, studytools.com): Acts 28:17-31; 1 Samuel 6-7; Psalm 53

The Olive Tree

Tuesday June 15, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 52

But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever.

Psalm 52:8

Reflection: Those who belong to God are preserved under His expert care. They are nourished by His faithful love. They are provided for by His sovereignty and goodness. All who depend on the LORD are remembered by Him. In His house they delight in His truth all day long. In the Eyes of the Rock of Ages, people are like the grass that withers and the flower that fades, here today and gone tomorrow. To the Eternal God, the life of each human begins and ends within the blink of an eye. Still, within that time, the LORD makes His people flourish like the olive tree: resilient and strong against the elements, vibrant and healthy, bearing an abundance of fruit to testify of His goodness and be harvested for His purpose. God’s beloved thrive within His house, in His Holy Presence.

What should the LORD do, then, to those who threaten the well-being of those in His care? How should He respond to those whose works of treachery go against His love, or whose words cause destruction? Be assured that God does not allow them to continue in their ways. He uproots from the land of the living all evil along with those who inflict it. He brings them down, that they would not cause destruction any longer. Our good God upholds His goodness provides for His own everlasting protection. Evil will one day be utterly destroyed. But the LORD will continue to execute His goodness upon His people forever.

Prayer: Almighty God, You are sovereign above all things. You are our Shield and Protection, our Nurturer, the Lover of our souls. Thank You for Your constant care. Thank You for all that You do for us Your people. We know that in Your Presence we are safe and secure. Please help us to bear witness to Your goodness. Make us thrive, that we would bear fruit for Your glory. Show us how to trust completely in the ways You execute Your righteousness and justice. Keep us close to Your Presence, that we would praise Your Holy Name forever. In Jesus’ Name we lift up this prayer, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Bible, studytools.com): Acts 28:1-16; 1 Samuel 4-5; Psalm 52

His Faithful Love

Monday June 14, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 51

Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithful love; according to Your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.

Psalm 51:1

Reflection: The LORD God forgives us of our sins because of His faithful love. He washes away guilt because of His compassion upon His people. God would be just in punishing us for all that we have done against Him, for we have indeed done evil in the LORD’s sight. We have not only inherited sinful nature but also freely expressed it in our own lives. Our actions have established us as sinners in the sight of the Good King. Consequently, we deserve to be destroyed along with our sin. But praise God that He is not only righteous and just, but also loving and gracious. Because He loved us, He saved us from our sin. He redeemed us from unrighteousness. In order to save us, the LORD did not simply look away from our sinfulness, or ignore the guilt of what wrong we had done against Him. Instead, He bore the punishment of sin that we deserved. The guilt and shame we earned did not just disappear from the LORD’s sight after we committed shameful acts. No, It was all placed upon the LORD’s perfect and righteous Son that we would be saved.

Remember the LORD’s loving sacrifice of Jesus when You recall having your sins taken away. Each wrongful act has been paid for by Jesus. He has cleansed our sin from us not begrudgingly, but eagerly. He purifies us willingly because He longs for us to be as white as snow. God teaches His people His wisdom because He desires that they are filled with the joy of the knowledge of His Salvation. The LORD has saved us because of His perfect love alone.

Prayer: LORD, You are faithful. You are righteous and just, and loving and merciful. Thank You for saving me because of Your love for me, and not leaving me to try and earn salvation for myself. Thank You for not only knowing what is best for me but also for providing it. You are so good, Loving God. I pray that You help me to live in constant thankfulness to You. Help me to remember that when You took my sin away, You placed it on Your Son for my sake. Help me to be reminded of Jesus’ Sacrifice, that I would not live for myself, but for You. I pray all this in Jesus’ wonderful Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Acts 27:13-44; 1 Samuel 3; Psalm 51

Sunday’s Message: The Race Set Before Us

June 13th, 2021

Today’s Reading: Hebrews 12:1-3

Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us

Hebrews 12:1

Come to our Sunday Worship Service OR Listen to Rev. Moegagogo Solomona’s sermon from today’s 10AM Sunday Worship Livestream on our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/ccmla.

Reflect on the Sermon with us at our Life Group Zoom, Mondays at 7:30PM.

Sermon Main Idea: Look back at faith to move forward in faith to the One who has won our race for us.

Text Notes:

To run the race of faith, believers must:

  • Lay aside any hindrance and every sin. (v.1a)
  • Run with effort and endurance. (v.1b)
  • Stay focused on Jesus. (v.2-3)

Prayer: Father God, You are faithful and true. You have cared for Your Church throughout the ages. You have preserved Your people by the Work of Your Son on the Cross. You have done mighty things for which we give You eternal praise. Help us, O LORD, to run with diligence and passion the race that You have set before us, that as Your people we would glorify You and point to Your Son Jesus Christ. Help us to rejoice daily in all that You have done for us. We love You LORD, and pray these things in Jesus’ mighty Name, AMEN.

Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Acts 27:1-12; 1 Samuel 2:11-36; Psalm 50

God’s Work

Saturday June 12, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 49

Yet these cannot redeem a person or pay his ransom to God- since the price of redeeming him is too costly, one should forever stop trying- so that he may live forever and not see the Pit.

Psalm 49:7-9

Reflection: It is better to trust and rely on the abundant riches of the LORD than on what we think we can earn during our time on earth. All that we think we want on earth will one day decay. All we think we accumulate for ourselves would never be enough to buy what we really need. The psalmist speaks about this thing, our ransom, which was put at a price we could not pay ourselves. In boasting of material wealth, in resting in luxury and relying on what has been stored away for ourselves, we exchange our trust in God for trust in ourselves. This trust is futile. It destines us for death. But the LORD’s Salvation is reliable, and is available to us because it has been paid for by His Son.

We do well to remember that the price God paid for our ransom was not free, but was purchased by Jesus Christ at the Cross. We have the choice of either trusting in the works of our hands, the wealth we have now, or the richness of grace in our Savior. No amount of earthly wealth could suffice for what the LORD has done, what we desperately needed in order to live for eternity in LORD’s Presence. If our salvation were up to us, we would be as doomed to decay as the material blessings which surround us. Praise God that it is not this way for us. Praise Him that we do not have to rely on the works of our hands, the resources we can store away, but can be assured of what God has in store for us by His amazing grace.

Prayer: Gracious LORD, You are so good. For You paid the price for my sin. You took upon yourself the death that I deserved, and Worked my Salvation that I could never have earned myself. Thank You for all that You provide, that I do not have to trust in the works of my hands, but can instead rely on You for a lifetime of eternity. Thank You that I can look forward to spending my life with You because of Your amazing grace. Please, LORD, help me to trust more in what You have done instead on what I can do. I lift these things up to You in the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ my Savior, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Acts 26:19-32; 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10; Psalm 49