February 1~7 - Our Daily Key

Sunday 1 February 2015
Acts 13:52
God fills the disciples with the Holy Spirit
In the face of severe persecution (Acts 13:50), God also filled the disciples with
the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52). The filling of the Holy Spirit during persecution (Acts
13:50) confirmed God’s presence with the disciples and enabled them to cope
and persevere under it. The filling of the Holy Spirit is the most appropriate and
most sufficient antidote to suffering. Anyone who is filled with the Holy Spirit can
overcome the most severe trials or persecution. No help can compare with that of
the Holy Spirit when it comes to persevering under suffering. We all need the
filling of the Holy Spirit to overcome persecution (see Acts 4:5-12; Acts 1:8). We
cannot do without His filling, especially under persecution and suffering. And He
is ready, willing, adequate and an unfailing partner for this purpose (Acts 1:8).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please fill me with the Holy Spirit
2. Holy Spirit, please be my portion in every situation
Monday 2 February 2015
God provides safety
According to the Psalmist, God alone provides safety (Ps. 4:8). The provision of
safety can be done by Him alone (Ps. 4:8; Ps. 127:1-2). This means that there is no
other reliable or safe source for safety than the Lord (Ps. 4:8; Ps. 127:1-2). Those
who seek safety from someone or anyone else are not only seeking it from the
wrong source but seeking in vain (Ps. 127:1-2). There can be no safety outside of
the Lord (Ps. 127:1-2). All other sources or means of safety are not only
illegitimate but unreliable and impotent (see 1Chron. 16:26). It is true that the
Lord alone can provide safety (Ps. 4:8; Ps. 127:1-2). Anyone who seeks safety from
the Lord seeks it from the right and unfailing source (Ps. 127:1-2).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please give me your own safety
2. Father, enable me to depend on you alone for my safety
Tuesday 3 February 2015
Gen. 21: 1-2
God keeps His word
Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was barren(Gen.16:1). The Lord promised Abraham that
Sarah will have a son(Gen.18:10). Both Abraham and Sarah were old, and Sarah
passed the age of childbearing(Gen.18:11). In spite of their old age(Gen.18:11),
God did for Sarah what He promised, at the exact time He promised it(Gen.21:12). This incident confirms that God is indeed able to do all things, and nothing is
impossible or too hard for Him(LK.1:37;cf.Gen.18:14). It also confirms that the
Lord keeps all His promises, and none of His promises ever failed(see Jos.23:14).
Therefore, omnipotence and faithfulness are truly His attributes. We can put all
our trust in Him for all our needs without being disappointed(Rom.10:11).
PRAYER: 1. Father, thank you for all your promises.
2. Father, please let all you destined for me come to pass.
3. Father, please enable me to put all my trust in you for all my needs.
Wednesday 4 February 2015
1Cor. 1:2
The Church must be holy
According to this passage, believers are called holy (Lev. 11:44-45; Lev. 19:1-2;
1Pet. 1:15-16). Where there is holiness there is the Church. Where there is no
holiness there is no Church. Holiness is the mark of the true Church. One who is
holy is part of the true Church, but one who is not holy has no part in it (Heb.
This characteristic defines not only the Corinthian Church but the Church
everywhere. There is no true Church where this characteristic is absent. And
whoever lacks this attribute lacks a place in the true Church.
PRAYER: 1. Father, please make me holy unto you.
2. Father, please take away from me whatever hinders me from being.
Thursday 5 February 2015
Acts 14:3
God confirms His word with signs and wonders
God confirmed the message preached by Paul and Barnabas by enabling them to
perform signs and wonders (Acts 14:3). This is what the early believers had
prayed for (Acts 4:29-30). The gospel message needed God’s confirmation, and He
gave that confirmation (Acts 14:3). While the apostles preached the gospel, God
was available to confirm it (Acts 14:3). Miracles are God’s and they are enabled by
Him for the confirmation of His word (Acts 14:3; Jn. 20:30-31). There is no need to
fake miracles or seek them from demonic sources when God is available to enable
them. Our duty is to proclaim the gospel. God’s duty is to confirm our message by
enabling us to perform miracles (Acts 14:3). We must depend on God to enable
miracles and respect His purpose for doing so (Acts 14:3; Jn. 20:30-31).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please confirm your word with signs and wonders.
2. Father, enable me to depend on you alone for signs and wonders.
Friday 6 February 2015
Lam. 1:5
Sin brings exile
The nation of Judah went to exile on account of its sin (Lam. 1:5). They lose their
liberty. What the Lord promised came upon them (Deut. 28:36-37, 64-68). The
Lord is faithful to His promises to the righteous and unrighteous (cf. Ps. 1:1-6). Sin
never pays. It always destroys (Ps. 37:38; Rom. 6:23; Heb. 10:26-31). No one ever
reaped well from it (cf. Matt. 7:16-20). The only way to escape its consequences is
to part with and be reconciled to God (1Jn. 3:6, 9; 2Cor. 5:17-21). Ask Jesus to
take your sin away and He will do so. It is His work to do so (Matt.1:21; Jn. 1:29).
To remain in sin is to remain in God’s wrath (Deut. 28:15-68; Ps. 1:4-6; cf. Rom.
1:18-19). To part with sin is to come under God’s blessing, not His wrath (Deut.
28:1-15; Ps. 1:1-3).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please forgive me all my sin.
2. Father, please cleanse me from all sin.
3. Father, please give me victory over all sin.
Saturday 7 February 2015
Obad. 15-16
The universal nature of the day of the Lord
Although Prophet Obadiah’s announcement of the coming of the day of the Lord
was primarily meant for Edom, the Prophet did not exclude all the other nations
as well (Obad. 15-16). When God judged Judah as announced by Prophet
Jeremiah, other nations were not exempted or excluded from His judgment (see
Jer. 46:1-51:64). As far as the day of the Lord is concerned, the Scripture presents
it as a universal event (Acts 17:31; 2Cor. 5:10; cf. Rom. 14:10-12). Since Jesus will
be the judge on that day (Acts 17:31), those who accept or receive Him as their
Saviour will be justified, while those who refuse or reject Him will be condemned
(Jn. 3:18, 36). Nothing will suffice for anyone on that day except faith in the Lord
Jesus Christ (Jn. 3:18, 36).
PRAYER: 1. Father, please enable me to be ready for your judgment.
2. Father, please take away everything that hinders me from being ready
for your judgment.