Short and Sweet.. in You Jesus

In times of need, You always provide.
In times of abundance, You remind.

In times of joy, in You we are filled.
In times of sorrow, in You we yield.

Fear and doubt may rise up in our midst
But there’s a Victor, who for us, bleed.

Sweet Jesus to You, our Great Delight
Humbly we lay down our lows and heights.

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Change My Heart

Change my heart

When I am in peaceful waters

Or when I am drowning under the mighty waves.

Change my heart

When I am savoring Your blessings

Or when I am in want and need.

Change my heart

When You give me my heart’s desire

Or when I’m in a period of waiting.

Change my heart

When I am alone

Or when I have all other people’s love around me.

Change my heart

When I am filled by the Holy Spirit

Or when You feel seemingly distant.

Change my heart

When I hear praises of people for me

Or when I hear criticisms and prejudice.

Change my heart

To look only to You

In whatever season You have brought me into,

In whatever circumstances You have permitted to come into my life.

Change my heart

To be courageous and grateful,

To be content and humble,

To trust its Maker and Provider,

To surrender to its Father, King and Master.

Change my heart completely

Until it is only You and Your fullness

it contains.

Not taking pride from its accomplishments

But seeing the grace it undeservingly receives.

Not focusing on the blessings

But seeing Your faithfulness to see it through.

Change my heart my Jesus.

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The Flood and Jesus

This hit me like an unexpected pillow smacked to my face while I was walking to work (I wanted to cry not because of the pain but because of the humility felt for such an undeserving revelation).

Decreation – to go back to the “creation state” (from Bible Project Podcast)
What decreation: the flood

If one thinks about it, God showed us through the flood that destroying all humanity and making a new generation again will never save us from our sins.

Eventually, after God killed all the sinful humans through the flood, the generation after Noah and his sons still made the same, if not worse mistakes and sins. It happened over and over and over again.

It is the innate human heart condition of immorality and rebellion against God that makes us do what we do: to go after other gods, especially the idols of ourselves. We are innately sinful, born with desires that don’t please God and destroying humanity with all of God’s power and might will not, and never change that.

Then, how?

Solution: Grace through Jesus Christ

Only by the Cross of Calvary

The Son of Man, Son of God

The Way, the Truth and the Life

Indeed, no one comes to the Father

without sin and in full righteousness

unless He accepts the Savior, the King, the Messiah

The only Name given among men under heaven by which all who accepts Him can be saved (Acts 4:12)

only by and through Him, Christ Jesus.

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One Honest Prayer from the Heart

A heart where You rule and reign
A heart that beats only for You
A heart that seeks to please You
A heart that is after Your own heart

Jeremiah 29: 13

“And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart”.

A promise that really touched my heart.

A promise that I’ve taken hold of especially at times when I knew I had nurtured the callousness of my heart.

This stubborn, stubborn heart that had swayed from Your path countless of times.

A heart that, despite its rebellious nature, cries for freedom and salvation; desiring for deliverance from its stiff-necked, sinful nature.

A heart that is too weak to fight its desire for this world.

A heart that is too proud and selfish to admit that it wants You above anything else.

And yet..

..when this heart remembers this staggering promise..

..it remembers that the only reason where it is right now is only because of You

and not because of its own efforts..

..it is humbled down, and seeks after its Maker and Lover earnestly..

So Lord Jesus.. take the callousness, take the stubbornness, the procrastinating spirit and the tendency to drift away…

This heart wants You to take them away

This heart wants You to help it deny itself and shun away from the worldly pleasures that is fleeting and empty and leaves it in despair in the end.

This hearts admits it needs You

This heart admits that it wants to come back to You

To that season when it can recognize and quiver whenever it hears Your voice as its only Shepherd

This heart wants that

Because that is the only place this heart is filled with exceedingly great joy and is fully fully satisfied.

Change this heart Oh Lord God

Nothing is impossible with You

No callousness nor stubbornness can separate this heart from You and from Your love

Make this heart pure

A heart that fixes its vision of You and to You

A heart that hates to sin and flees from sin at all cost

A heart that is not divided but determined

A heart where You rule and reign

A heart that beats only for You

A heart that is after Your own heart

-from 22 March 2018 Devotions

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Our Patient Father God

I was staring at our “babies” a few days ago when this truth was instilled in my heart: the great patience of our Father God.

My sister and I got these plants a few weeks back and had to learn how to take care of them (I didn’t want any plants initially since I’ve always thought I would end up neglecting and killing them 😅).

Anyways, after a few days of attending to their needs like watering them, exposing them to indirect sunlight if able to, and even talking to them, I was getting impatient and restless, seeing that there was no change in any of them. No new leaf, no buds, nothing.

Then the epiphany: the great patience of our God. We don’t really think about it but if we looked at His point of view towards us, we would really appreciate His patience with our growth in Him. All the things He would allow in our lives, the joy and sorrow, success and failure, gains and loses and even the times we would either please Him or disappoint Him, He would use that for our growth towards Christlikeness. And He wasn’t restless or impatient or anxious whenever we stumble or take a wrong turn. He patiently waits for us to realize our mistakes (realization that comes with humility and humbleness as the Holy spirit convicts us) and lovingly expects a new leaf in our lives to spring forth, knowing in all His infinite wisdom and sovereignty that He faithfully works out all things for the good of those who loves Him and are called according to His purpose. Waste and delays are in existing in His vocabulary, meaning He doesn’t waste anything and there is no delay in His timeline since He makes things beautiful in His perfect timing.

So I encourage you, my friends, when we fall into sin or into waywardness, don’t lose hope. Instead let us come boldly to His throne of grace and humble ourselves before this patient Father who takes delight patiently in the growth of all His creations. Hope in Jesus! Hope in the finished work of Christ at calvary!

If you want to know more about this patient Father God in Christ Jesus, I would like to invite you to say this prayer.

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God in Control

When fear and doubt
Pain reigns throughout
Above it all
God in control.

When fear and doubt

Pain reigns throughout

Above it all

God in control.

In wealth, in lack
Devil ransacks
Find rest my soul
God in control.

Lovingly wise
Grace hears our cries
Our great console
God in control.

Good and constant
Never dormant
Justice extolled
God in control.

Soul trust in Him
When future’s grim
Knees down you fall
God in control.

Run to His arms
Tell Him your qualms
He’ll fill that hole
God in control.

In Christ we’re one
Daughters and sons
Jesus, the goal
God in control.

Let God take full control.

I invite you to surrender in humility and receive Jeus through this prayer.

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Christ: self denial and dying to one’s self

To be like Christ, to die to one self is to accept the lordship of Father God in one’s life and to place an immense urgency to honor and obey whatever His will is without any regards to self and other people.. no ifs, no buts..

Self denial and dying to one’s self..

I thought I had a different understanding of what self denial and dying to one self means..

To be like Christ, to die to one self is to accept the lordship of Father God in one’s life and to place an immense urgency to honor and obey whatever His will is without any regards to self and other people.. no ifs, no buts..

Dying to onself is to be like..

Samuel who was the faithful priest who did all according to what is in the heart and mind of God (1 Samuel 2:35)..

David who was regarded to be the man after God’s own heart because he did all of God’s will (Acts 13:22)..

And

Jesus whose food was to do the will of God and to finish His work (John 4:34)..

So I urge you brethren, when we pray, let’s take heart and mean (with a humbled, accepting heart of submission) what the Lord’s prayer said:

Matthew 6:9-10 NKJV
In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

Unhindered, unopinionated
Absolutely good and infinitely wise will of our sovereign God

Psalm 115:3 NKJV
But our God is in heaven
He does whatever He pleases.

I pray that the LORD God Almighty bestow upon you the grace to desire to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Here’s a prayer for you.

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Talents and Stewardship. Cilia and Stirrup.

As I said earlier, the church is one body and all its parts has its distinctive roles. It doesn’t matter if you are the stirrup (the smallest bone in the ear) or the earlobe or the toenail or the femur. All have a play to role, and one is need of the other.

This morning, I was lingering on thoughts about the church being as a body and have always loved how the apostle Paul did the comparison a few times in his epistles. The church, with Christ being the head, is one body composed of many, many parts. I remembered the time that I was literally imagining the church having major parts like the heart, liver, skin, bones, spinal cord, and there’s the seemingly minor parts like the hair, eyelashes, nails and even the cilia which are the tiny hairs inside our noses. Thinking further, I told myself, then there must also be parts we cannot see with the naked eye like the capillaries, red blood cells, lymphocytes and the like. All these parts playing a function, a responsibility in the body that it belonged to.

Society today values the magnitude of the position and roles we play, especially when there’s a hierarchy present. We equate a higher position or a higher responsibility to a greater importance and put it on an unnecessary pedestal. Conversely, we associate trivial responsibilities with insignificance, resulting to much discouragement and neglect.

As I said earlier, the church is one body and all its parts has its distinctive roles. It doesn’t matter if you are the stirrup (the smallest bone in the ear) or the earlobe or the toenail or the femur. All have a role to play and one part is need of the other. What do you think happens if the stirrup malfunctions? Our hearing gets affected, right?  Then it irritates us as we are unable to converse properly when our sense of hearing fails us. When our nails get severely damaged, it restrains not only our affected finger but the whole hand as its movement become limited due to pain and inflammation. One small cut on the sole of the feet can cause the body to go haywire like in septic shock if this cut is not treated properly. If one part suffers, the whole body suffers with it.

As Paul particularly mentioned all these truths in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (which I didn’t have a clue on until today, by the way), one part cannot say because I am not an eye, I am not part of the body. One part cannot say to the other that I have no need of you. The body is considered one unit, with all parts caring for one another and working together by focusing on the roles they were given, no comparison or envy.

Hence, it should be the same in the church. You may think that your role maybe irrelevant because you are not a pastor. Maybe you are discouraged because you only have the gift of tongues. Take heart! God, in His infinite wisdom and gracious love, has bestowed to you roles and gifts as He pleased; gifts, talents, positions, roles and responsibilities which we should be good stewards of as a sign of gratitude.

Remember the parable of talents (Matthew 25:14-30)? The master was greatly pleased when the other two servants became good stewards of the talents they were given by doubling it according to the amount they were given. What if the third servant did the same thing, that instead of hiding that one single talent, he also doubled it? Most probably, the master would have been pleased with him as well. As with the first two servants, the master said the same thing, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” It wasn’t a matter of who made more. The master didn’t require the servant given with two talents to produce five more like the first one. It was a matter of being faithful with what they were given.

We cannot all be preachers. We cannot all be worship leaders. We cannot all have the same gifts. Similar yes, but not all same. Some might be called to higher calling, but we all have place in this body. Some need to be the knee, the teeth, the uvula or the stirrup but all parts are essential and indispensable.

So if you are the stirrup or a cilia in this body of Christ, I encourage you, shine! Shine your brightest! Be the best stirrup you could ever be! Be the best cilia you could ever be! For your one most important Audience, watching from above, is greatly pleased as you shine your brightest in the part He has given you with.

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Be Still! Rejoice! He is God!

Break out into singing all you children of the Jehovah Sabaoth! Be still! Rejoice! He is God! He is exalted among the nations! He is exalted in the earth! Be still! Rejoice!

Yesterday, I was taken aback by a post in facebook. On the post was one of our church’s original songs entitled, “Purihin Pangalan Niya” (personal translation: Praise His Name) and who originally composed it. What surprised me was that it was composed by the youth of Hope Tacloban in Philippines as a thanksgiving song after these youth and their families where transferred to their new houses whilst Typhoon Yolanda was wreaking dire havoc. The song is well loved as its lyrics and tempo will bring about singing and dancing full of joy and praises to God.

Such a timely reminder, as today Strait Times reported 7 new cases of the 2019 nCOV infection here in Singapore. Some cases are near home which whispered much fear in my heart. At the same time, the words, “Be still and know that I am God.” lingered in my mind. Looking for more comfort, I read through the whole chapter of Psalm 46:

“God is our refuge and strength,
A[a] very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the [b]midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the [c]tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be [d]moved;
God shall help her, just [e]at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”

What an encouragement from the LORD! He is our refuge and strength! He is always present and He will help in any trouble whether it was earthquakes, crumbling mountains or roaring oceans. He gives us an assurance that He is always with His children. He is powerful and sovereign above it all even when nations are in chaos and kingdoms crumble. Desolation and wars aren’t something He is unconscious of, but rather, in His wisdom and judgement, His works. He is Jehovah Sabaoth, Lord of Hosts and He is with us! What do we need to do? Do we fear? Do we panic? Do we give in to defeat? No! We need to be still and know that He is God! Our God, the Lord of the Heavenly Armies! Again, we need to be still and know He is God! The God who doesn’t change! Whose faithfulness and mercies cover a thousand generations!

Somehow, I understood how those youth from Tacloban were able to compose such a wonderful song of praise amidst much lost and sorrow. The typhoon may have taken their homes, but the LORD God have provided new homes for them. From the provision God rendered to them comes a quiet confidence that He was with them during the storm, their very present help in that trouble, thereby yielding a song full of rejoicing!  Truly, His name is worthy of highest praises!

So instead of being discouraged of this rising number of 2019 n-COV infection, I pray that we stand firm, not letting fear seize our hearts. Instead, we hold our ground and continue to believe that our LORD God is the God Almighty above all things! No matter how this outbreak unfolds, God is God! Break out into singing all you children of the Jehovah Sabaoth! Be still! Rejoice! He is God! He is exalted among the nations! He is exalted in the earth! Be still! Rejoice!

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Thoughts and Prayers on Wuhan

Isaiah 59:19 KJVS
”So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”

Just recently, fear has come across the world with regards to the outbreak from the 2019 novel coronavirus or commonly known as the “Wuhan virus”. News, videos of stories, even rumours about this incident are all over the internet. Masks are flying off the shelves despite the higher than usual prices.

Don’t get me wrong. The moment we had a suspected case in our ward, wherein I was currently finishing my shift, gave me both chills (as the suspected patient was only a few meters away from me) and relief (as just finish work and was about to go home). This patient was tested negative by the way.

But in all these things, I know and believe that our Almighty God is sovereign. He is above all things even above this seemingly catastrophe that has struck the world on the beginning of this new decade we are all looking forward to.

Frankly I am more concerned of the misleading public information that had created unnecessary fear and worry. Panic is a very dangerous thing wherein we act out of impulse and not out of wisdom. My uttermost prayer is that God will not only protect us from the virus itself but will generously bestow wisdom unto His children in choosing what to believe in and how to vigilantly act on it.

Bear in mind and in heart that if God was sovereign over the fall of man, if He was sovereign over the reign of kings, if He was sovereign over rise and fall of civilizations, if He was sovereign over wars, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, births and deaths, well.. surely, surely, He is sovereign over this Wuhan pandemic. All these things don’t change the fact that HE IS GOD, THE GREAT I AM whom we can trust and depend on as HE would faithfully never leave us nor forsake us.i

I remembered one wise pastor said “God shakes the heavens and nations with natural disasters and turmoil for the fulfilment of His divine plan and agenda.”

His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways. We may not know what His agenda is, but we know who God is and hopefully believe in His supremacy in all the universe.

I’m not saying that we should be laxed about the matter, no! Vigilant personal hygiene, healthy lifestyle and diligent prayer should be in our utmost practice at present. But do not let fear dictate your actions. Let the Holy Spirit within do that. Continue to rest in God’s almighty power and infinite wisdom.

And if ever, we will get infected. If ever, Singapore will have another outbreak like SARS, I pray that we remember His immutable faithfulness. He said in Isaiah 43 that when we pass through the waters, He will be with us. He promised that when we walked through the fire, we will not be burned.

And in any case of  death, I pray that God, in all the abundance of His grace, mercy and love, will give you peace that even in death, He is sovereign and that precious in His sight is the death of His saints. (Psalm 116:15)

Coincidentally (Again, emphasis on I don’t believe in coincidences), our Hope Conference theme this year is “We Have Won”. Yes! WE HAVE WON. WE HAVE WON. WE HAVE WON IN CHRIST JESUS! I pray that these words resonate to every believer’s hearts, minds and spirits. Let’s press on to the victory we have in Christ Jesus! I’ll say it again,

We have won in Christ Jesus!

Isaiah 59:19 KJVS

“So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”

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