Scripture:
Galatians 3:23-4:9
Thu, 6 April 2023

History and the Christ of Destiny

Observation:

According to the Apostle Paul, what is the significance of Jesus Christ?

Deeper Reflection
In this very profound passage, the Apostle Paul combined two metaphors: inheritance and slavery. The children of God in the Old Covenant were held under the law (v.23). Even though children are heirs, they are no different from slaves because children are not yet old enough to receive their inheritance as sons (Gal 4:1). Here, Paul metaphorically depicts the law as the guardian of the children, who are still too young to receive the inheritance. Then, he mixes in the metaphor of slavery – slaves need to be redeemed before they can be set free.Now we can see what Jesus Christ has done. The time has come for the sons of God, no longer children, to receive their inheritance. The guardian (the law) is no longer needed because the children have grown up. But there is a second metaphor – slavery. A redemption price must be paid – this is paid by God, who sent His Son to redeem us (Gal 4:4-5). Because we are redeemed, we are adopted by God as sons and daughters, and receive the inheritance of the Spirit.We can explain the above in this way: When the set time had fully come (in history), God sent His Son Jesus Christ (destiny). History was placed firmly back in the cradle of destiny by the Christ of destiny. You and I – sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ (Gal 3:26) – are called to walk according to the Spirit and not according to the flesh (Gal 5:16-26), as heirs of the promise (Gal 3:29).
Application:

What does being a son or daughter of God mean to me personally?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for Outreach/Missions/New Life leaders: To keep holding out the Gospel of redemption and sonship by faith to those who are still held in spiritual slavery
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self
 

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Daily Devo
Daily Devotional Journal
Scripture:
Daniel 6:1-10
Wed, 7 June 2023

Consistent Daily Devotion to God

Observation:

What does verse 10 tell us about Daniel?

Deeper Reflection
For Daniel’s distinguishing competency and character, and commitment to ensuring that the king suffered no loss in his empire, Darius “planned to appoint” him “over the entire kingdom” (v.3). But out of jealousy, Daniel’s fellow-commissioners and the satraps attempted to accuse him of “negligence or corruption” in “government affairs” (v.4a). They could find nothing, because Daniel was “faithful” (v.4b). So, they planned to make accusation against him “with regard to the law of his God” (v.5). And they maliciously instigated Darius to establish a law that “anyone who makes a petition to any god or man” besides the king “for thirty days, shall be cast into the lion’s den” (vv.6-9).Then, “when Daniel knew that the document was signed…he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously” (v.10). This was Daniel’s spiritual discipline with a structure of regular “three times a day”. He kept it daily. We can say that Daniel never missed his quiet time. The most important words in the verse may be “when Daniel knew that the document was signed”. They indicate the context of Daniel’s spiritual discipline: A discipleship challenge where his life was at stake. Daniel’s spiritual discipline was no mere religious ritual and routine. He could have skipped his quiet time “for thirty days” and be safe. He didn’t. Daniel’s spiritual discipline manifested his consistent daily devotion to “his God”: “he continued…three times a day…as he had been doing previously.” At the heart of this spiritual discipline was Daniel’s relationship and fellowship with “his God”.
Application:

How can I cultivate a consistent daily devotion to God?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for leaders
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for the Generations: That young people will seek to be devoted to God consistently
  • Pray for self
 

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