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Genesis 14

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 26, 2012

When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan … Then he brought back all the possessions, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his possessions, and the women and the people.
(Genesis 14:14,16)

The story of Lot’s rescue reminds me of loved ones (family and friends) who do not yet know Christ; who refuse Him or walk away from Him or simply want nothing to do with Him for one reason or another. When I think that these dear ones will one day have to face the wrath of God, I tremble and want to do all I can to rescue them by telling them the Good News of salvation through Jesus.

I can imagine Abram being concerned for his worldly, comfort-loving and  pleasure-pursuing nephew who had walked away from him and the blessings and promises of God. Upon hearing that destruction and captivity had caught up with Lot, Abram went all out to get him and all the captives back. Sadly, none of them stayed with Abram. They were happy to enjoy the relief and rescue for a moment but were unwilling to continue with Abram in the call of God.

Does this hit home for you like it does for me? When your siblings, family, friends and co-workers seem to be so close to the path of life and then they walk away! Just when God works providentially in their lives to help, protect, provide for them, they quickly forget and move on in sin like nothing happened. O the hardheartedness that is so common to the fallen human heart! Were it not for His grace and mercy in snatching us from the pit of hell, we would all be lost!

But like with Abram, God chooses to turn our hearts to him so that we begin to love Him, obey Him and walk with Him in faith. When God does so, He wants us to spread this Good News of His redemption all over the world that all men may trust in Him as the only God and Saviour for sinners. Let’s go and  tell the world that “He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). God bless you as you share the Gospel with others.

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save.

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Genesis 13

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 25, 2012

Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” (Genesis 13:9)

Choices, choices, choices!  They are easier to make when we are thinking of what we will get for ourselves than when we are thinking about what we may lose.  Choices must be made and each choice brings its own set of consequences.  We cannot have it all!  Moreover, not everything we have or can have is good for us.  As human beings, we long for attachments – be it with God, people or things.  God made us that way so that we would desire and attach ourselves to Him. But alas! Sin has skewed that!  More often than not, our desires are ungodly, evil and spiritually unprofitable.

When God called Abram, He commanded him to leave his people and go to a land that He (God) was going to show him.  For some reason, Lot went along and that had grievous consequences for both. Indeed in their case the grass looked much greener on Lot’s “side of the fence” and yet that was only momentary. God gave Abram eternal blessings for separating himself from Lot and all the evil associated with Lot’s choice (Sodom & Gomorrah).

In life, many things occupy our attention, time and energies.  However, the wise know that only what is essential, beneficial and profitable will be good and worth pursuing.  Nothing is more worthy of our pursuit than walking with the Almighty God all the days of our lives!  In following Him we are given a blessed life here on earth on one hand, but we also lay up for ourselves eternal treasures in heaven on the other hand!

But as long as sin abounds in our hearts, it is impossible for us to truly and fully experience that blessed life in Christ. Sin entangles us and chokes that life within us.  Insatiable and lustful desires rage within us. O, how difficult it is to resist and how dreadful to separate ourselves from the things, people and activities which hinder us from fully realizing and embracing the blessings and promises of God in Christ!

Yes, the grass does often look greener on the other side of the fence, but beloved, we are not unaware of the devil’s schemes! True blessings are found in Christ.  In Him alone, can our lives yield true blessings to others. Therefore dearly beloved, “Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12: 1-2)

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Genesis 10

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 21, 2012

These are the clans of the sons of Noah, according to their genealogies, in their nations, and from these the nations spread abroad on the earth after the flood. (Genesis 10:32)

When I think on what has happened so far in our Bible readings, it is amazing to see how God right after punishing mankind goes on and makes him more fruitful. They had children who had more children, they conquered lands and built cities. It’s almost like an anthill that got washed away and springs right up again next morning, bigger and better!

How great are the mercies and goodness of our Great God Jehovah! That even when we deserve nothing, he makes us productive, fruitful and successful beyond what we can by our own ingenuity. Hallelujah! I can think of assessments I passed without much study or being accepted to college when I messed up an application.

To me, this story impresses on my heart that God is good to me and everyone though we do not deserve it. It is wonder of wonders that a Holy God would give us bountifully what we do not deserve and withhold the punishment that is truly worth our sin. Surely we could never be able to withstand the wrath of God.

It is so much more amazing that He freely gave His Son to die in our place and take up our punishment so that we can have life abundantly in Him – FOR FREE!!! Surely, we deserve worse than the flood! But this kindness and mercy God shows us is over and above!

When God rebukes and chastises us, we can take heart knowing that:

And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.” (Hebrews 12:5-6)

and that:

… his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

What great comfort, courage and strength we can find in knowing that God is good in judgement and mercy to His children!

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Genesis 8

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 19, 2012

English: The ark of Noah and the cosmic covena...

And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. (Genesis 8:11)

Have you ever been in a desperate situation? No where to go, no one to turn to, no loving, strong and able arms to run into? What did you do and how did you get through it? The depths we plunge ourselves into in our foolishness and “wisdom” is beyond worth saving. When I look at how desperately and helplessly sinful I am and how graciously God saved me in Christ, all I can say is, “I don’t deserve it Lord, but thank you.”

The rains had pelted for 40 days and the earth was immersed in water. Noah and his family waited, and waited, and waited. In desperation they sent out a useless raven. Have you ever noticed how we are “so smart” to come up with our useless “way out?” I am sure the Lord graciously looks on us with our failed self-made and self-inspired resolutions  and says, “O ye of little faith … have I been with you for so long and you do not know me?” We often act like that – acting like the Almighty God we serve is no God at all. TRUST HIM TRULY TODAY.

Next goes the dove. This scene reminds me of Jesus’ baptism. There John is immersing sinners in River Jordan’s waters – repent and have you sins washed away! In walks Jesus and down comes the Spirit of God like a dove! Beautiful analogy isn’t it! God “baptized” the earth and the “dove” goes all over the earth and finds  life bustling in it and brings it back to Noah. Finally, God was pleased to remember His people and receded the waters and gave life once more.

In your own life, have you received God’s message of repentance? Have you been washed by the blood of the Lamb? And does the Spirit of God bring new nourishment to you everyday through God’s Word? Is that life in you or are you being overwhelmed with sin, the weight of guilt and  life’s pleasures and business? In Christ, you are hid and nourished by the Spirit if you but “take and read” His Word. You will find Him to be a true, sure and able Anchor and Saviour.

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Genesis 2

Posted by New Westminster Chapel on January 3, 2012

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:2-3)

Having created the world God not only finished His work, he finished  it to uttermost perfection. And then guess what he did??? He rested! Six days of work and One special day to rest – just basking in His glories and marvelous work.

This does not mean that the All-powerful God was exhausted and needed to unwind or rest or take a nap. NO! This was God glorying in Himself! Here we find two important principles which as his image he requires us to follow: working with all our might and as best as we can in six days and resting on one day.

In Exodus, both in the miracle of the manna and the ten commandments, God clearly taught his people to work six days and rest on the seventh, which he called a Sabbath. Why?

Well, remember that in creating the world God had given man a mandate to rule, fill and subdue the earth and to work the ground. This was to be for his food and productivity. Its working as God did in six days. And as God rested and rejoiced in His work, he also commanded man to rest (literary) and to take time to reflect on God’s glory and goodness to him.

I find it quiet amazing that God expects us to live week in and week out as He did in the first week of Earth’s existence! He clearly portrayed to us how we are to be his image – by being creative, to subdue the earth with justice and goodness and to take time to worship him and glorifying His name!!!

We live in difficult times and many people are tempted to work 24/7 and 52/365  with little or no rest for their weary and deteriorating bodies. On top of that, in a godless culture, many of us never take time to pause and reflect on or rejoice in God’s goodness and grace to us by His giving us the jobs we have and ability to work.

As we are beginning 2012, purpose to work as hard and as best as you can those 6 God-given days then take that Sabbath rest to worship God, relax with friends and family and catch some much-needed rest and sleep for another week’s work.

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