1. Share with your Cell Group about your experience during the 21-day Waiting @ the Upper Room. What did the Lord say to you? What new revelations or downloads have you heard from God?
2. As we prepare to exit the Circuit Breaker period in the coming week, think about how you can to bear effective witness to the Lord in your sphere of influence and share the possibilities with your Cell Group.
3. Has the Lord burdened your heart for any particular ministry or community where you can support or serve in? What are some ideas which you would want to put into action in June?
D A Y
31 MAY 2020
WAIT! We Are In Trouble
Ps Dong YK
These are unusual times. The whole world is now in various degrees of lockdown. We are hoping for the novel coronavirus to stop spreading so that we can resume our lives… or so we wish.
Many governments are worried about the economy and job situation, and for good reason. Unemployment is rapidly rising. Companies are failing. The airline, tourist and service industries are in extremely serious trouble.
Everyone is worried about their family’s safety and their jobs. For Christians who feel threatened by COVID-19 and its consequences, you need not be fearful unless you have been storing up earthly treasures on earth.
Is God trying to tell His children something? The Lord assures us that we are not to worry about our daily bread. He promises us that if we seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, He will undertake to provide for us (Matthew 6:33). How about the responsibility that He has entrusted to us? We, as His disciples, are to go and make disciples of all nations, to baptize and teach them to obey all that He has taught.
When God was displeased with what was happening on earth, He did a reset to humanity by “locking down” Noah’s family during a massive flood (Genesis 6). Now we are going through a global lockdown. This is a pause button. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “Has the Church neglected the commission given by Him to go and make disciples of all nations?” My reading of the Covid-19 situation is that He is doing a reset by enforcing a major pause in our hurried Christian lives to re-direct us back to the Great Commission. Let us WAIT upon the Lord and not waste this warning.
What is God speaking to you about the responsibility that He has entrusted to you?
Father, align our hearts to yours for the nations and increase our passion for the lost.
If you were caught in a hard-pressed situation, would you respond like David and seek the Lord? Would you take a step of faith and look forward to an outcome of victory like how David looked to the Lord and was fully restored by Him?
Lord, draw me close to You and strengthen me in my circumstances now. I need You.
Take time to reflect again on Joshua’s declaration in Joshua 24:15 “... as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord”.
1. In your cell groups, share how this declaration has been a fulfilled promise that you and your entire family have been saved. If you have pre-Believing family members, how are you holding on to the promise that they will be saved?
2. Share the names of any loved ones who have yet to accept Christ into his/her life with your cell members, and pray together for them to come to the Lord in His appointed time.
3. Describe how this declaration gave you and your family a clear Purpose and Mission in your lives? Reflect about how have you been “serving the Lord” and if your family has been blessed as a result of serving God.
D A Y
24 MAY 2020
Where’s the lightbulb?
I started the year 2020 on a very positive note, full of hope and aspirations. That’s probably the case for many of you as well. Then COVID-19 happened, and we started to read more and more gloomy news. As the situation in China worsened, Singapore began to take increasing precautionary measures. My company also followed suit in rolling out measures for the employees.
I was roped into my company’s COVID-19 task force, and I had to draft the advisories for the employees. For the first few weeks, I felt I was the bearer of bad news – always having to announce news and measures that require people to abandon their norms and adopt new ways of doing things, inform them of more restrictions, roll out new processes that require more time and work, and so on.
Then, one morning, I read Matthew 5:13-16
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
I realized that instead of being the bearer of bad news, I can be the salt that heals, that provides flavor, and a light that shines in the dark and gloom. I can bring some positivity and encouragement through the advisories that I draft. So I decided to include comics that explain the situation in a fun way, articles that encourage and uplift, and sources of help.
Have you been wondering what is your purpose in life? Why did God place you where you are? What difference can you make in your home, your workplace, your school?
God places each and every one of us in each station of our lives, at specific seasons, for a reason. Wherever He has placed us, we need to make sure that we live responsibly to bring glory to Him. May it be our daily prayer that we are salt of the earth and light of the world for Jesus!
Are you in a situation where God wants you to see it differently and be a blessing to people around?
Lord, let the change begins with me. I want to be the salt and light in this particular station of my life.
1. “Led, Even in the Wilderness” was a time where we were tested, trained and prepared for a positive outcome. How has your 40-day wilderness been? Reflect, share any promises which God has impressed upon you and give thanks to God in your Cell Group.
2. On a scale of 1-10, how do you rate your own current level of “Tenacity” (spiritual determination and perseverance). Why do you consider yourself at that level and how can you strengthen further in the Lord?
3. With regards to “Rallying One Another”, when was the last time you reconnected with an old friend or encouraged someone who was feeling down? Share how your experience helped you or your friend in building up Tenacity.
4. Share some action plans with your Cell Group in committing to pray and to worship more than you currently do. Discuss how you can hold each other accountable to the plans so that we can build greater spiritual tenacity together.
D A Y
17 MAY 2020
Embracing the new normal
Ps Susan Ho
We are all in an unprecedented season. Many of us could be experiencing cabin fever syndrome in different measures during the circuit breaker. The circuit breaker is a great adjustment for many of us, but for me, it has been a blessing in disguise. Though there is much work to be done from home, I am able to spend quality time with my loved ones and with God and have “me” time.
As we have to stay home, my family and I communicate with one another, exercise, have fun, play, cook and eat together more than ever before. We take turns to cook and are growing to appreciate one another noticeably better. I am thankful that many of us in the Church staff team are available to join the online staff intercession and BSP equipping class. I find myself having more time to read God’s word, and drawing nearer to Him. There is more “me” time to think and reflect as I embark on the 40-day devotional journey and attend an online DTS course on “How to read the Bible like a seminary professor?”
Recently I heard a message by Pastor Steven Furtick from Elevation Church on “Looking forward to normal”. In the light of uncertainty due to COVID-19, everyone might be wondering when we will be getting back to our normal routine. I ask myself, “Is my normal something that I look forward to?” What are some areas of improvement which I hope to see? I believe our lives will never be the same anymore again. God is bringing us to a new normal.
Faith is forward-looking, I am definitely looking forward to a new normal. I would like to see these changes in my life:
• Make spending time with God and family a priority
• Let the Word of God transform me inside out
• Have a greater passion for the lost
• Have a new level of faith in God
What are some of your reflections during the circuit breaker?
PRAY Lord, give me the grace to embrace the new normal and take on the changes in my life.