MORNING DEVOTIONAL

Start off your day with personal quality time with God! In this booklet, we have provided you with three suggested devotionals for each day that follows our theme. We hope that this will help ready your heart for everything God has in store for you throughout the conference!
MORNING DEVO DAY 1

A NEW PERSPECTIVE

READ: JOHN 9:1-3

A dictionary definition of cause and effect is a relationship between actions or events that one or more are
the results of the other or others. The blind man in the passage became blind due to a certain cause. He can’t
be blind without cause. Our hopeless reality can’t be without cause. Humans are separated from God due to
their sins and have fallen into an eternal curse. That’s the true reality of man’s existence. The miserable
condition of the blind man represents our condition. Disciples’ ask Jesus for our sake: Whose fault was (is) it
that I struggle this life? Whose sin? Is it because this man sinned or his parents? Well, both could be right
answer for everyone is sinner. Everyone has the same destiny to perish.

How have I used to (do I) view my condition? Who did (do) I blame and why?

However, today, Jesus is changing the entire story upside down. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned. But
this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” His declaration creates a new
perspective. This man is not a miserable man that his condition should be pitied. All these are for the glory of
God. He is blind for God has favored him. His remark changes everything. This is the work of the gospel and
what believers experience. All our sins are forgiven and iniquities are wiped away. Our sins can’t be the cause
for our life anymore for it lost its power and influence over us. Our suffering, pain, injustice, and difficult
condition wear new clothes in Christ. They are given to us for God’s works and glory. It is not a shame
anymore but God’s work through me.

Pray that God would cover you with the blood of Jesus Christ so that you would become a new person in Christ.

Christ does something unthinkable. He moves the cause which lied in the past to the future. The cause has a
new master. The cause of our condition is for His work, glory, and blessing. The reason for my tears and pain
is for the work of God in future. In Christ, we have a totally new interpretation of our life in the past and
present. Now we are different people with different meaning on us. Isaiah speaks of what Christ would do for
us. ” To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of
mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD
has planted for his own glory.” (Isaiah 61:3) And of course these exchanges were not free. God paid the price
of Christ that Jesus died on the cross.

How does this story of the blind man and Jesus help you to understand that your life has been under God's favor and blessing? Write down some areas in which you need to change our perspective to specifically remember that the cause of your pain and tears lies on the future work of God and His glory.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18

MORNING DEVO DAY 2 ㅣ

ANOTHER MAN IN THE FIRE

READ: DANIEL 3:16-26

Daniel’s 3 friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship the idol that the King made. The King
first tried to persuade them, then threatened them, but they still refused to worship the idol. The King of Babylon
became furious and ordered the soldiers to firmly tie them and throw them into the blazing furnace. The fire was
so hot that the flame of the furnace even killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

Daniel's 3 friends didn't compromise with idol worshipping. Why?

God didn’t put out the fire. God didn’t pull out Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego immediately. Instead, God was
there with them. In the fire they were unbound and unharmed. It was still a blazing furnace, yet it couldn’t harm
them. When God, Immanuel, was with them, nothing could happen to them. However, they could still fear and
panic in the fire. They didn’t. Instead they walked around in the fire with Christ (or Christ figure).

Why didn't God put out the fire or pull them out of it right away?
Why do you think God walked around in the fire with them?

The reality of our lives is not easy. Challenges and trials are everywhere. Sometimes it is harder to endure the
reality than being martyred because of its persistency. However, the evidence of God’s steadfast love in my life is
not necessarily the absence of the problems, disappearance of them or removing me from them. The greatest
evidence of God’s steadfast love for me is that He is with me (Immanuel) even in the midst of those challenges
and problems.

Write down what the reality of your life is at the present moment. In what way do you feel like you are inside the blazing furnace, and how are you responding to it?
How do you experience the steadfast love of God?

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

MORNING DEVO DAY 3

A NEW THING

READ: ISAIAH43:14-19

God is doing a new thing. You don’t have to remember former things of your life, neither do you need to dwell on
them. A new thing will bring a totally new life for you. It is time to let go of our old life. It’s important that we
should yield and surrender our life to Christ to experience fully the abundance of life.

Take some time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you to yield the throne of your life to Christ if you are still taking control of your life.

The Red Sea miracle during the Exodus was the greatest miracle that has ever happened in the history of
mankind. However, God is doing a new thing that is so big that you don’t even have to remember the former
things. Although it is immediately referring to the return of the people of Israel to their motherland from exile,
eventually God is pointing to Christ. All the miracles and great stories point to one person, Jesus Christ. Christ is
the new thing God is doing.

God has accomplished it as Jesus Christ came. He came, died, resurrected, ascended to heaven and sent the
Holy Spirit. He lives in us. New thing, new covenant, and new creation took place in me as Jesus Christ came. God
promises in His steadfast love that He is making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Wherever
Christ is, we will see a way in the wilderness. Streams will be made in the wasteland. Death will be devoured.
Sorrow will change its color to joy. Despair will be replaced by hope. People will drink living water instead of
poisonous water that destroys them.

Our life is filled with wilderness and wasteland. It might be me. It could be my family, my relationships, my friends,
my school, this society and nation. However, a new thing takes place where our Lord Jesus Christ is. It is His
promise that there will be a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Trusting in His faithfulness takes
us to His promise. Meditating on His promise and applying that in the wilderness we know is called vision. We
envision the living water flowing through the life killing desert. We dream what Isaiah saw (Isaiah 35) in his vision:
the springs gushing forth in the wilderness, the parched ground becoming a pool, sorrow and mourning
disappearing and filling with joy and gladness.

Write down your experience of the wilderness or stories of people who are living through that season of their life. What kind of sorrow and mourning do you see? How are they (How am I) so dry and dead? What do they need? Write down your vision for the wilderness that you see and experience.

Christ does something unthinkable. He moves the cause which lied in the past to the future. The cause has a
new master. The cause of our condition is for His work, glory, and blessing. The reason for my tears and pain
is for the work of God in future. In Christ, we have a totally new interpretation of our life in the past and
present. Now we are different people with different meaning on us. Isaiah speaks of what Christ would do for
us. ” To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of
mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD
has planted for his own glory.” (Isaiah 61:3) And of course these exchanges were not free. God paid the price
of Christ that Jesus died on the cross.

How does this story of the blind man and Jesus help you to understand that your life has been under God's favor and blessing? Write down some areas in which you need to change our perspective to specifically remember that the cause of your pain and tears lies on the future work of God and His glory.

For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from
you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54 : 10