Scripture:
John 1:6-8
Wed, 7 December 2022

The Witness of Christmas

Observation:

What was the purpose of John’s assignment as a witness?

Deeper Reflection
THE FIRST FIVE VERSES OF JOHN’S GOSPEL ARE A HYMN OF praise to the eternal Word. John the Evangelist interrupts this heavenly hymn to introduce another John – John the Baptist.4John the Baptist, the forerunner to Jesus, was sent from God (v.6), commissioned to a specific task. In this respect, he is like the Lord Jesus himself, also sent by God the Father (Jn 3:17). What was John’s task? To bear witness (or testify) to God’s light (v.7). The word “witness” is a term from the law-courts5: John the Baptist is pictured here as a witness in the stands. He provides evidence according to what he knows and has experienced. John the Baptist was not the light, but only a witness to it.Like John the Baptist, we too are sent by God – to our families and places of work. The Greek verb apostello, which means “sent”, is where we get the English word “apostle” from. In a sense, we are all God’s apostles, those He sends! Like John the Baptist, we are sent to testify to the light of God, so that others might come to believe in the Lord (v.7). We testify through our words and deeds. Take heart – we don’t have to be perfect in order to be witnesses for Christ. God can use us, even with our fears and failures, for He is the light. Not us.
3 Beasley-Murray, G. R. (1999). John (Vol. 36, pp. 11-12). Dallas: Word, Incorporated. 5 Carson, D. A. (1991). The Gospel according to John (p. 120). Leicester, England; Grand Rapids, MI: Inter-Varsity Press; W.B. Eerdmans.
Application:

Prepare your personal testimony – a short story of roughly three minutes
that you can easily share with someone to tell him or her about what God
has done in your life.

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 God will use each of us, from all the different generations – children, youth, working adults and seniors – as His witnesses wherever He sends us
  • 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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