30 Days of Devo Challenge: Day 4

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Heavenly Father,

Thank you for today, for Your guidance and Your peace, for indeed it has been a peaceful day for me. Thank You for the opportunity to have had fellowship once again with my sisters in Christ during small group. Thank You for Your gift of grace – that is, the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit, so that I might enjoy fellowship with You and share in Your love.

However, I realise that events of the past couple of days have been a source of turmoil for many people, so I pray that Your peace may extend to those who are still feeling anxious for one reason or another. Please let Your presence be made known to them. I continue to lift up prayers for the election… Please continue to guide those who are counting the votes, continue to guide those who are in positions of authority, I also pray for the hearts of everyone who is following election news.

I pray that by some miracle, if it is Your will, that this election will not split an already divided nation further. I still pray that regardless of what the result is, that those who call themselves Christians – especially myself – will respond in a manner that is glorifying to You. But above all else, I pray all this only if it is in accordance with Your will. May You and You alone be glorified. Amen.

Soli Deo gloria,

Crystina

30 Days of Devo Challenge: Day 3

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Heavenly Father,

My heart is a little heavy and weary today, but You already knew that. The elections are in Your hands and that is not what I am saddened by, but rather it hurts my heart to see the polarisation and division within this nation that is supposed to be one, united under God.

Lord, I know that no matter what happens all of it would be according to Your sovereign will, but I still wish to lift up my voice to join with the prayers of the Saints.

I pray for the elected leader to be one that may bring times of peace to this nation, that conditions may be favourable for the spread of Your gospel, that more people will come to be saved and called into your family through Jesus, that through Jesus we may all be united and that America may indeed be one nation under the One true God. May you comfort hearts of those who are anxious or weary this week. May we come to you and find rest.

I pray that regardless of what the result is, that those who call themselves Christians – especially myself – will respond in a manner that is glorifying to You. But above all else, I pray all this only if it is in accordance with Your will. May You and You alone be glorified. Amen.

Soli Deo gloria,

Crystina

30 Days of Devo Challenge: Day 2

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Today I have been distracted. In fact, I have fallen back into wasting time. Another day has flown by where, after exercising in the morning, I went about my day eating and being entertained by YouTube, Sudoku or even Discord. Many times I’ve thought, “I should read my Bible and do my devotional.” Every time, I failed to do it.

It’s also been on my to-do list to finish reading the next chapters (and indeed, catch up/properly read some previous chapters) of the book “Delighting in the Trinity,” which is a wonderful book on the doctrine of the Trinity that we are going through in my Wednesday small group. I picked up the book a few times, flipped through the pages, didn’t really register its contents and promptly became distracted again.

How telling it is; how revealing of where my priorities lie, and it’s not a pretty sight. And yet, how appropriate and merciful it is for God to start this challenge by revealing the darkness and sin of idolatry within my heart, for I have no doubt that since it has been revealed, God will be working in me to deal with it.

And since it is so blatantly obvious, I’ll also be reflecting on this. Sigh, it is all too easy for me to be distracted by the things of this world and fall into idolatry. A verse that comes to mind is what Paul wrote in Philippians, “…Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12b-13)

Paul was giving instruction to the saints in Philippi who were facing persecution to remain firm in their faith and continue to live out godly lives. I don’t suffer the same persecution in 21st century America, how much more so should I be able to live out a godly life and yet don’t.

The principles are timeless, so I do believe it is still applicable to me today in a similar way. I don’t suffer persecution, but I am faced with temptation. It is still appropriate for me to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling. But thanks be to God, it is He who works in me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

I will work, but the One who is ultimately going to accomplish it all is God Himself. May He realign my priorities so that I might love Him first and foremost with all my heart, mind, soul and strength.

Heavenly Father,

You are such a gracious God. Though You are Almighty, Alpha and Omega, creator of Heaven and Earth, high above all else, You remain merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Thank You that through the blood of Jesus, I am forgiven and You no longer count my sins against me, though they are vast as the ocean. Thank You that you continue to reveal the depth of my sin for my good and sanctification; I pray that You will continue to work in me, to grow and conform me to the image of Your Son, for Your glory. Thank you for Jesus, without whom I would still be dead in my trespasses, and thank You for Your Spirit, without whom I would still have a heart of stone, eyes that cannot see You, and a life that is incapable of fellowship with You.

Lord God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – please realign my priorities so that You may take your rightful place as King of my heart. Above all else, may You and You alone be glorified. Amen.

Soli Deo gloria,

Crystina

30 Days of Devo Challenge: Day 1

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Can you believe it’s November already? :o I felt convicted during this morning’s Sunday service to try publicly blogging a devotional every day for November. It wasn’t really the point of the sermon message, but it was something that I felt in my heart that I should try to do.

I suppose it could be more appropriate to do this for December in the days leading up to Christmas, but I don’t want to make an excuse to not do it this month and then end up forgetting about it next month. I can always extend it if it works out this month. The sooner I start, the better anyway.

This will be a challenge to myself, partially because I have a tendency to want to write long essays on my blog and feel like I shouldn’t post anything if it’s not long-form, so I want to get out of that mindset. But also, and more importantly, I want to embark on this challenge because:

  • I want to build a habit of doing daily devotionals. I have to admit I don’t do it as frequently as I should or I would like to.
  • I want to blog more about my faith. The last time I wrote a sermon reflection was a while back. I actually still have the next sermon tab open on my computer but still haven’t completed it. I think that’s a huge shame.
  • Perhaps God may deem my devotionals helpful to another for the advancement of His Kingdom, and thus use them to encourage others. That would be an honour.

Today I’m reflecting on this conviction. I’m not sure if it’s the right thing to do since it may expose some of my vulnerabilities. But since I have felt convicted to do it, I wish to be obedient to the leading of the Spirit, if indeed it is God’s will.

If it gets posted, then either way it would have been according to His sovereign will. What He chooses to do with it is then out of my hands. I only pray that my heart will be in the right place, my thoughts will be humble and my words may bring Him glory.

Heavenly Father,

If it is indeed according to Your will, may I indeed write a public devo to you daily for the month of November. May You continue to convict and sanctify me through Your Word and the leading of Your Spirit. May I be blessed during this process by falling deeper in love with You, and may You and You alone be glorified. Amen.

Soli Deo gloria,

Crystina

Read Bible With Me: Hebrews – Revelation, ESV

I’m aiming to upload reading through the entire Bible at some point. I’ve just finished up recording Paul’s shorter epistles and am now going into the final books of the New Testament.

Hebrews is traditionally attributed to Paul, but the author is not made clear, so I’ve categorised it separately. We’re in the final few books of the New Testament now, then I’ll probably do Paul’s longer letters, then the Gospels and Acts, before looping back to start from Genesis. Thanks for reading with me!

The full playlist is here:

Individual books/chapters are below:

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