A Mighty Mountain?

Again and again He will let me witness a miracle that will come to pass.  Even though by man’s eye it is impossible for my son to get an extension.  His hand will always lead us and an extension will be granted for him.

20170625_223708Zechariah 4:7

 “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it”- NIV

Have you ever tried to climb a mountain?  During my teenage years there is  a time that mountain climbing became popular.  There are a lot of shops that opened to sell gears and accessories so that your mountain climbing will be at ease.  Groups and organization were formed to help and guide for your adventure.

It is supposed to be a thrilling adventure of our life.  For those who are beginners there will always be caution while doing the trek. But as they are nearing the mountain top the adrenalin will pump up.  They will be pushing harder as they experience muscle ache, breathlessness and fear sets in.

They might think of giving up and just settled to where they are at the moment.   But their leader  will encourage them to go on for there is feeling of accomplishment once you are at the top. There is a saying don’t give up, just focus on the goal!  And true enough for them it is a breathtaking moment when they witness  the beauty of God’s wonderful creation.
There will be a time in our life that we have to face and climb the mountain that is set before  us.

It was in March 2016 when the mountain that I must climb came to me.  My son and my husband’s application for Long Term visit pass was rejected by the Singapore Immigration.

I felt crushed and devastated and fear sets in  into my heart and mind.  I was confused and asking God why this thing happened? What will happen to my son if he will not be able to have a visa?  I cried and called my husband about the news as he was in the Philippines at that time.

Although he has given me encouragement and prayed with me I still feel fearful and devastated in my heart.  It was then that I cried out my heart to God ask for his peace to come upon me.

As our God is faithful he has given me peace in the midst of the turmoil that is before me.  I have asked for prayers from my spiritual family and they have given me their encouragement and support.  God has given me the wisdom to apply for an appeal on my application.   I obeyed Him and did a re appeal fully trusting Him that He will make a way.
The months of waiting has taught me to wait upon the Lord and fully trusting Him that He is in charge of the situation.  As He has shown me so many times everytime I need to go to the Immigration and get the visa extension for my son.

Again and again He will let me witness a miracle that will come to pass.  Even though by man’s eye it is impossible for my son to get an extension.  His hand will always lead us and an extension will be granted for him.
Throughout the time that I am seeking and depending on Him , God has led me to this verse in Zechariah 4:7.  And every time I will have my devotion I will speak out this verse over my situation. And indeed our God is a faithful God.  It was after 5 months of waiting that God has grant me the answer. He has moved the mountain before me.  I have gotten the approval for the visa approval for my son and my husband.
I truly praise God for his faithfulness and love for us. I am thankful that Jesus has called me to his loving arms. I have a personal relationship with Jesus that I know His voice that led me to obey and be encouraged.  He is faithful and a loving God.  He wants to prosper us not just materially but spiritually as well and have a future that is blessed.

I want to encourage you to accept Jesus in your life as your Lord and personal Saviour.  For He is a loving and faithful God.  His name is Emannuel, Our God is with Us. He is JESUS. He is offerring us SALVATION!

YOU are an ever-present HELP! 

You know how to remember the promises You’ve made to Your people. Your concern covers all what it takes for You– Your Son, Jesus Christ bears the consequences of our sins just to complete the promise You’ve made to us!
He died and rose again; now, it’s Complete!

You are an ever-present help, Lord.

 In our groanings, You hear us. In our sufferings, You save us. In our inequities, You favor us. In our transgressions, You redeem us.

In times of distress,  You adore to Succour.
In times of sickness, You heal to Vigour. 
In times of trial, You stand to Reinforce. In times of trouble, You resolve to Restore

Oh God, You are Our Living Water –that waters the drought in our lives. The Bread of Life that feed, soul –that mourns. 

Your Faithfulness never runs out. Your plan cannot be Fathom out. Your Love abounds. Your Grace surrounds. 

You know how to remember the promises You‘ve made to Your people. Your concern covers all what it takes for You– Your Son, Jesus Christ bears the consequences of our sins just to complete the promise You‘ve made to us! 

He died and rose again; now, it’s Complete! 



(Inspiration and revelation from Exodus 2:24‭-‬25 NIV, “God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. )

Agape,

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Weight Loss and My Relationship with God

“Pumayat ka!” (You’ve lost weight.) This is one of greatest compliment I have received last month. Two months ago, I’ve decided to try shedding some pounds off since my weight gain from 52kg to 56 kg. I made a goal to reach the weight I had when I came to SG which was 50kg. I set goals, prayed for it and disciplined myself to eat a healthy diet in the way I possibly can. One morning as I pondered on my weight loss goal, I started thinking, “How you’re managing your weight now is actually similar to how you manage your relationship with God.” 

“Pumayat ka!” (You’ve lost weight.) This is one of greatest compliment I have received last month. Two months ago, I’ve decided to try shedding some pounds off since my weight gain from 52kg to 56 kg. I made a goal to reach the weight I had when I came to SG which was 50kg. I set goals, prayed for it and disciplined myself to eat a healthy diet in the way I possibly can. One morning as I pondered on my weight loss goal, I started thinking, “How you’re managing your weight now is actually similar to how you manage your relationship with God.” Here are a few similarities:

Setting goals.

We as believers should set goals with our relationship with God. Like asking myself what’s the weight I wanted to reach, we also should ask how far and deep we want our relationship with God to go? Are we satisfied with plainly knowing Him as the great and mighty God who made us and heaven and earth? Or do we want each day to be platform wherein we can see a different side of Him and His glory? He’s God! Our Lord has a lot of ‘characters’ that we have not even grasped. He’s our Lord, God, King of kings, Holy One, Redeemer, Savior, Abba Father, Almighty, Alpha, Omega, Rose of Sharon, Bright Morning Star, Rock, Fortress, Friend, Salvation, Bridegroom, I could go on and on. The Bible describes Him in different ways and He is willing to reveal Himself to whom He wills as Luke 10:22 (NKJV) says,

“22 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”

Praying for it.

Of course! I prayed for it. Weight loss is hard and I knew that by myself, knowing how lazy, undisciplined, easily tempted and impulsive I could be, I could not do it on my own. I literally cried to God, telling Him that I wanted to lose weight to be healthy. This desire was in my heart. Same goes with our relationship with God. We have to pray for it! Really, really pray hard for it.

Jeremiah 31:3b (NKJV) says,

“..Therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

and James 4:8 (NKJV)says,

“8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

Yes, God is the drawing force that pulls our hearts towards Himself but we, while in this fallen world, are easily tempted and distracted with other things. We are easily drawn away from Him with our own desires that this world offers like what it says in James 1:14 (NKJV),

“14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”

We must pray for our hearts to be changed and take delight in Him. He is the only one who can enable us to maintain a relationship with Him and not ourselves. We should pray to Him that He will always graciously bless our relationship with Him.

Discipline.

Ha! This is the one struggled with the most! I looooove to eat anything and any time! I love to cook and eat! And I love the feeling of a full tummy! But I hated the results of gaining pounds. I don’t want to be overweight. I’m not getting younger and gaining weight is not healthy for someone who’s gaining years. So I tracked and counted my calories. I tried to eat on time, three times a day, snacks in between if the goal calories permits.

Our relationship with God also needs discipline. We should discipline ourselves to pray to Him, read and meditate His Word. We should really set out alone time with Him, a date with God as my friend says. Yes, He will prompt us and the Holy Spirit will give us a nudge that we should be talking to Him this time of the day but we should also do our part to really make time for Him. Start by making a schedule early in the morning. God told Joshua to read His word and ponder on it day and night.

Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

“8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you [Joshua] shall meditate in it day and night,”

Daniel prayed to God three times a day knowing that doing so might precipitate to his death (Read Daniel 6).

Daniel 6:10 (NKJV)

“10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”

Even Jesus Christ set an alone time with His Father when He was here on earth.

Matthew 14:23 (NKJV)

“23 And when He [Jesus] had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.”

It will not be easy at first. But as time goes by, as our spirits get full and full of Him everyday as we make time for Him, time would come that it will become a habit, a habit that we cannot get rid of. A habit that we would take delight in and crave for.

Eating nutritiously.

Besides my love for eating, I have a sweet tooth and loved salty food as well. I love chips, chocolates, pastries, cakes, bread, all UNHEALTHY UNSATISFYING foods which will eventually turn into UNWANTED UNHEALTHY fats! So I knew in order to to lose weight and become healthy, I needed to eat nutritiously. What I feed myself will ultimately dictate my future weight and body composition. So I started eating nutritious foods. I said no to chocolates and sweets.

In our spiritual life, we should also say no to a lot of things. What we feed our spirits will dictate eventually its future state. If we don’t feed our spirit, it won’t grow. Try saying no to social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.) and games, may it be mobile games or video games. Instead of wasting all our time watching videos in Youtube and keeping up with Koreanovelas in the web, we should try spending our time soaking in His Word. It has tons of benefits! As John Piper points out: the Word of God awakens and strengthens faith, sustains life, gives hope and more. (see Ten Benefits of Reading the Bible Part 1 and Part 2 by John Piper).  We should meditate in the Word of God as it will enable us the bear much fruit as Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV) says,

“1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.”

We should read books that can help our spirits grow and pray to Him more. We could also read biographies of saints and people like missionaries who can inspire us spiritually.

I’m not saying that doing the former is bad and latter is all that we should do. Rather, we must choose wisely what we feed our spirits and how our time here on earth is spent. The Bible says that we should spend our time wisely like what Paul said to his letter for the Ephesians in Ephesians 5:15-16 (NKJV),

“15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just press on into His love and grace.

There were setbacks during this program and there will still be in the future. I would let myself eat sweets here and there at times. I would overeat. There were days that the weighing scale tells me, “No change today”. Some days it will tell me worse things like “Oops, you gained.” I knew I couldn’t keep up with it perfectly. I felt guilty and ashamed. However, I learned not to be too hard on myself and just let my mistakes be a lesson. After a mistake, I try to press on and go back to the diet plan.

In the same way, we will have setbacks in our relationship with God. We will neglect Him here and there. We will sin here and there, becoming a stubborn child who refuse to obey to his Father’s commands. By the time we realize the mistake we did before our Lord God, it would be too late. It cannot be undone. Shame and guilt will creep in and we would look at ourselves unworthy of His love. The good news is, God loves us and is gracious and merciful to forgive us through Jesus Christ as Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV) says,

“7 In Him [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

Psalms 103:8 (NKJV)also states,

“8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”

We just need to acknowledge our sin before Him and ask for His forgiveness. He is faithful and just and will forgive us as  it says in 1 John 1:9 (NKJV),

“9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Maintaining and sustaining.

From 55kg, I am now 51kg! Finally!Now the real challenge is how to maintain this weight. I have lost and gain weight over and over again and I’m tired of the cycle. I’m now determined to maintain this weight this time by making the change in my eating habits and lifestyle permanent. I needed this permanent change to maintain this weight.

Our relationship with God will be maintained by His grace through Jesus Christ. We can do all of things above but without His sovereign grace, all will be in vain. We are like frail, weak branches getting our needs from the Great Vine, Jesus, and apart from Him we are nothing as John 15:5 (NKJV) says,

“5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

We need Jesus to sustain this relationship with God. We need to abide in Him and in His Word. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit. His gift of grace will be sufficient in our weakness as we go deeper in this relationship with Him as 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV) says,

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

It all comes down to His grace and His grace alone. We should do our part in this relationship and have faith that we are recipients of His abounding and sustaining grace. We may feel helpless and powerless at time but we must believe and press on that our God is a loving Father who is faithful and able to keep us His chosen ones in this relationship till the very end.

 

I pray that God has moved your hearts through thus article. God is our creator and He loves all of us. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to died on the cross for our sins that ALL who believes in Him, Jesus, will be forgiven, reconciled back to God and enjoy eternity with Him. It is not by accident that you have come upon this blog. God is calling you right now. Let Him save you from your sins and reign lovingly in your life. If you want to know more about salvation and how to receive Jesus in your life, you can click on our ‘Jesus Offers Salvation‘ page. Just come to Him as you are. He will lovingly welcome you as His son/daughter. May God richly bless you! ❤️

 

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Children are L❤ved©

We have to understand that we are nothing wihout God. That our faith is as good as child-like. That pictures out as simple, helpless, trusting dependence of those who have no resources of their own. Have no achievements to offer or commend themselves with.

  “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,  but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 18:3‭-‬6 ESV

 

“Children, today is special day, because we are celebrating Mother’s day. We will make cards for your moms and later we will pass it to them.” 

Children start to sit down and comfortably positioned themselves to be ready in creating mother’s day cards for their moms, as materials for card-making had been distributed.

P5 & P6 girls – busy making cards for their moms❤

This was the scenario last Sunday in our children church, as we commemorate the existence of our mothers.  We made CYO mother’s day cards for their moms. Surprisingly, children were as creative as innovative as a poetic as they were.

I made rounds one-by-one to check on their works. And as I could not believe in my own eyesight that they are actually an artist in their own way. They were given an instruction of how to make a card and it was superseded in the results of their works.

Someone, drew and copy directly from the internet…

Copying the image from the internet👏

Someone, illustrates from her own imaginations..

Illustrates her fave from her imagination👌👏

Someone writes, who her mom is to her…

Poem for mother’s day❤

And this was awesome, a 3D card.

A 3D Card made by Sophia Ng❤

Here’s how creative and innovative they were with their cards while having fun doing it.

I intruded in the other sections, and found these cuties…

Iana and Bella❤
Bella on P1- girls. What an awesome message to her mom, my kumare Sissy Cherry❤
Iana- my inaanak❤ P4-girls

…and of course P6-boys would have a representative to stand for their flag. Good job! Even a boy like him, could be as creative as with the girls huh!

Handsome PJ strike-a-pose with his mother’s day card for his loving mom, Sis Eia for being appreciative of what she does to him. ❤

That was awesome! 🤗

I saw how excited they were to pass it to their moms when fetched from the service. Especially, students from P1 and P2. How excited and thrilled they were when they were doing it, as to how excited they were when they pass it to their moms.

I l❤ve children ministry. This could partly because I am a product of Children Church and has an impact in my former years of my life — that no regret had to be reckoned. Good job to my mom who relentlessly asking me to attend the Children Church whenever I don’t want to.👏👏👏


Childlike Faith

I love being with them; and it is cool to be with them, because they are de-stressors to me; it’s a joy serving God through them; it’s a delight seeing them grow in their faith.  I could see how God wonderfully moves in their lives with their faith, week after week or on Sundays that I will volunteer in Children Ministry of  Filipino HopeKids/ Hope Church Singapore.

It’s a two-way benefits in Children Ministry. As you served, you learned. Learning is fun with kiddos. It’s only through them that you will hear different answers that never heard before. But come to think of it, they, actually have their point.

They will think without any boundaries. They will speak their minds without any hesitation and say the truth. They will believe with what you’ve said (that’s why we have to be careful in committing promises to them). They are trusting. They are dependent.

And with these, I learned with them. They serves as a reminder to me. Our faith should be like them — Child-like.  It pictures as simple, helpless, trusting dependence of those who have no resources of their own. Like children, they have no achievements to offer or commend themselves with.  And that is what Matthew 18:3 is telling us,

and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  (Matt 18:3)

Child-like faith possessed by a true believer—that is Trusting, Depending, Relying and Believing. That #OnlyGod will Empower us;  will Extend His glory; will Resource for His Works ( Haggai 2:1-9). I like the fact that for our achievements, we thought  of we’ve made it through. But the real truth is, He is working behind the scenes for us.

I like what Ps Jeff Chong, Sr Pastor of Hope Church Singapore, used as an example how God is to us. When he shared about the 2017 Vision of the Church. He illustrates that God is like our father when we are yet to walk. Imagine that a father is playing with a child. Teaching the child how to walk, he will put the child’s feet on top of his feet, then he hold him by the hand and start to walk. The kid actually thought that he is walking by himself and made him amazed by his achievement. The fact is the father who actually walking and not him.

That is how God is to us. We thought of, with those achievements, successes, praises that we’ve received, is our own good dexterity. The fact is– our Father resources for it, for His purpose and glory. That is only right and is a must to always give back the glory and honour to Him alone!

We have to understand that we are nothing wihout God. That our faith is as good as child-like. That pictures out as simple, helpless, trusting dependence of those who have no resources of their own. Have no achievements to offer or commend themselves with.

Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven–Matthew 18:4 ESV

Glory to God❤



Friends,

I pray that you’ll be inspired by how God moves in our lives. No one can fathom out His plans for us. The only thing we know is, HE IS FAITHFUL. Especially, if we have a relationship with Him. It is more easy for you to hear His voice and He is more willing and able to show His Faithfulness to you. If you’d like to have relationship with Him, I will lead you in a short prayer. This payer is not a magic, but what makes it powerful is when you Believe in your heart and declare it with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord and He is your Salvation.

Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Dear God,

Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to wash away my sins. He is the sacrificial lamb. I believe that you rose him from the dead. Father, please forgive me. I fully surrender my life to you from now on wards. Lord, save me, I pray. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Hallelujah! If you have just prayed the Salvation prayer, you had made a great decision. Congratulations!

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i am in Good Hands! (Secured Forever)

The main fact of this is, If we know our Shepherd; we know who is our Salvation; That we genuinely accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Our eternal life is our future! No ONE can snatch our Salvation from His hand. Only to Jesus.

John 10:27
Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice, I know them, and they follow me.” 

This verse, is one of the famous in the Bible. It is even memorized by many of us and, so myself. But my today’s devotion is different, it captivates my spirit even more. It strucks my heart. I stand still and in awe at the moment of reading this passage in my Bible. I continued reading, and it was supported with the following passage in…

John 10:28

 ” I gave them ETERNAL LIFE and they shall NEVER perish. NO ONE can snatch them out of my hand.” 

What a wonderful promise of our Salvation! Hallelujah!

 John 3:16 says,

 “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only begotten Son, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. ” 

This is a promise of God! The only required action that we need to do is to believe— genuinely! 

We have to Believe of He is who He is claiming to be…

John 20:31 NKJV

but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

And we have to Believe in what He did on the cross…

I Corinthians 15:3‭-‬4

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,

that when we Believe, His Power is at work in us…

Romans 1:16 NKJV

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

As believers and followers of Christ,  we know our Shepherd. We know His voice and we will follow Him.

In today’s life, we all know that it was not as easy as it has been said than done. We need to contnually commune with our Shepherd, through Prayer, Devotion and Focusing our attention to Him alone. So, that His voice will be vivid and tangible in our ears and hearts that we will clearly hear His voice. Clear for us to follow His Godly wisdom and decide in our lives.

The main fact of this is, If we know our Shepherd; we know who is our Salvation; That we genuinely accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Our eternal life is our future! No ONE can snatch our Salvation from His hand. Only to Jesus.

John 14:6 says,

“He is the Only way, The Truth and The Life, No one can come to the Father except through Jesus”

Friends, 

This is the assurance Jesus is giving to us. He loves us. He is offering us a Relationship that leads to eternal life.  Acts 16:31 says, So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” As we understand what Believe means at the former, and you want to have a relationship with Him, I will lead you in a short prayer of Salvation. This payer is not a magic, but what makes it powerful is when you Believe in your heart and declare it with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord and He is your Salvation.

Romans 10:9-10 says,

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

If you want a relationship with Jesus, please follow this short prayer from your heart…

Dear God,

Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross  to wash away my sins.  He is the sacrificial lamb. I believe that you rose him from the dead. Father, please forgive me. I fully surrender my life to you from now on wards. Lord, save me, I pray. In Jesus’ name, amen! 

Hallelujah! If you have just prayed the Salvation prayer, you had made a great decision. Congratulations!

All glory to God!

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Agape,

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