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Devotion


Job 28:28

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 20 November 2017

Read: Job 28:28

Job was, according to God’s testimony, “one that feared God, and eschewed evil” (Job 1:1, 8; 2:3). However, Satan challenged the genuineness of Job’s fear of God, saying, “Doth Job fear God for nought?” Satan was suggesting that the reason for Job’s fear of God was the divine protection and blessings he enjoyed; but if God would remove His protection, Job would deny God. Similarly, Job’s friends also accused him of not having the fear of God. One of them said to Job, “Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God...


Luke 9:24

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 19 November 2017

Read: Luke 9:24

This statement of Jesus seems paradoxical in two aspects: “whosoever will save his life shall lose it”, and also “whosoever will lose his life … shall save it.” This seemingly paradoxical statement is also found in Matthew 10:39. In John 12:25, Jesus states it in an explanatory manner: “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal...


Jeremiah 29:13

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Saturday, 18 November 2017

Read: Jeremiah 29:13

This is an exhortation found in the concluding section of a letter that the prophet Jeremiah wrote to the Jewish captives who were deported from Jerusalem to Babylon in 597 BC. He knew that the Jewish people would have a difficult time in that heathen nation. So in that letter, Jeremiah, like a very concerned pastor, sought to instruct and encourage them. He told them how they should conduct themselves in that heathen land so that they may be good witnesses to the idolatrous Babylonians...


Psalm 106:36

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 16 November 2017

Read: Psalm 106:36

When God brought the people of Israel to the Promised Land, they were specifically warned: “Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves...


Proverbs 3:12

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Read: Proverbs 3:12

The Scriptures often ascribe a paternal relationship to the LORD’s dealings with His people. In the text for today’s devotion, the LORD’s corrective measures are depicted as those of a loving father. The idea of God’s paternal correction is evidently taken from Deuteronomy 8:5 – “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee...


Luke 6:28

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Read: Luke 6:28

It is so natural for us to feel bitter towards those who hurt us, be it verbally or physically. Revenge seems to be the sweetest response towards those who ill-treat or injure us. It is natural for us to use all our powers to repel injuries and to punish those who are against us; yet our Lord Jesus says, “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you...


Psalm 18:30

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 13 November 2017

Read: Psalm 18:30

David looks back at his experience of God’s unerring guidance and protection in his endurance of many dreadful troubles, and now declares, “As for God, his way is perfect”. David does not complain against God for all his troubles, but glorifies Him with his testimony that God’s ways are perfect. He stands up for God, declaring the perfection of the divine providence...


2 Peter 1:4a

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 12 November 2017

Read: 2 Peter 1:4a

The promises of God are assurances which God has given to His people in the Scriptures. We can trust God to bestow all His promises to us because He is faithful and able to fulfil all that He has promised. Hence, none of His promises will fail.

These promises are “exceeding great” because they come from an infinitely great God. The promises of the Bible are an expression of God’s greatness, all-sufficiency, omnipotence, omniscience, grace, mercy, love, etc. His great power to bring about all His plans and promises, makes all His promises to be exceedingly great...


Galatians 1:9b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Friday, 10 November 2017

Read: Galatians 1:9b

An absolute denunciation of every preacher of the false gospel is uttered here. This is the second time in two successive verses that Paul denounces false preachers. In the previous verse he said, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8). Whether it be a man of repute (like the apostle) or a heavenly being (like an angel), if he distorts the truth of the Gospel, he is an accursed individual...


2 Peter 1:4b

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Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 09 November 2017

Read: 2 Peter 1:4b

Having described the promises of God as “exceeding great and precious”, the apostle Peter now enumerates God’s ultimate purpose in giving His promises to the believers. God’s plan is to aid the believers, through the promises, to become “partakers of the divine nature”.

The Greek root word for “partaker” (koinōnós) is the same Greek word for “fellowship”. It means sharer or partner. What does it mean to share in the divine nature? It certainly does not denote the teachings of the heathen religions...



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