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Price of Obedience November 4, 2007

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Christians habitually weep and pray over beautiful truth, only to draw back from that same truth when it comes to the difficult job of putting it in practice. It appears that too many Christians want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right but are not willing to endure the inconvenience of being right.

A. W. Tozer

 

I read this quote from a message from Rev. David Wong on Steps of Obedience, started from I hear, I understand, I remember, I decide, I do and finally, I persist on doing.

 

Blogging is easy, it’s just stating the principles that I read from bible or books, I heard from pastors, teachers, or friends, songs or movies. It does really help me in the third step, I remember. But comes to the challenging part is really in doing, walking the faith and obeying God.

 

I read Mother Theresa’s letters today, how she struggled with feeling the absence of God’s presence, in the midst of her ministry. But the greatest thing is that she’s still doing the right thing even when she is not feeling right, she is still following the faith and the call and passion God has put in her life.

 

This is what the last step Rev. David Wong is trying to emphasize, I persist on doing.

Obeying the Lord does not guarantee relief and ease. On the contrary, we may meet opposition, face inconvenience and suffer loss. That is when we pay the price of obedience.

Rev. David Wong

 

 

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Let’s talk about God October 21, 2007

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Having difficulty to talk about God in your daily life? Most of us think that talking about God and even more about Christianity is unnatural, it seems unusual and even strange.

First question you need to ask yourself, does God take only a part of your life? or whole of your life? Adrian Ng, a brother in my church gave a very good message and illustration on God-soaked life. A life where God is on the throne, directing all the aspects of our life.

First step, will you have excitement to talk about God, finding out the relevance of anything under the sun to the God’s big story of human kind redemption? God-soaked life means that your life is inseparable from God, He commands all the aspects of our life, hence it’s very natural for us to talk about Him.

Second step, creatively talk about God, have empathy and listen to the needs of others, not only as a mere “soul to be saved”, but really out of our love for others.

This post is inspired by the message brought by Adrian Ng, “How to talk about God to your friends”

Journey of Faith October 14, 2007

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Journey of faith, the title of the church sermon today, brought by Ps. Lim Kim Hock.
In the message, we are learning from the life of Abraham, when he asked his servant to find a wife for his son, Isaac. (Gen 24:1-23; 47-67)

The first point I learned, Abraham put his faith on his conviction, based on God’s promises concerning Isaac and the possesion of the land. He stresses the point that the woman for Isaac must not come from Canaan, but from his relatives. Similarly, our conviction must be based on God’s will and God’s promises in our life.

The second point I learned is that God will provide beyond our expectations. He answered the servant’s prayer for a sign even before he finished praying (Gen 24:15).

Living a life of faith is never easy. We meet with all kinds of difficulties or challenges that just seem to come one after another. But at the end of it all, we are blessed by the experience. We learn more about God and grow richer through the experience.

Ps. Lim Kim Hock

Seek wisdom but not to lean on it October 9, 2007

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Inspired by my devotional* today, taken from Proverbs chapter 2 to 3. Inspired by the point stated by John C. Maxwell on the passage, which is entitled The Irony of Spiritual Leadership:

As a spiritual leader, …

We are to get wisdom and understanding (2:1-5**), yet we are not to lean on it apart from the Lord (3:5,6***).

John Maxwell

It’s an irony isn’t it, if you see a bookstore, so many books and audios talk about wisdom, mindset, inspiring success stories, etc. It’s just similar like what Proverbs 1: 20-22 **** mentioned, wisdom calls aloud outside, raises her voice in open squares, and so on.

Sometimes I questioned, is it the right one, so many self-help books, and inspiring success stories being published and advertised, but will it contradict my Christian faith?

From the devotional today, I’m taking a conclusion that we are as a spiritual leaders or called-to-be leaders, we are asked to seek wisdom, from God Himself, from bible and from various experts and successful people that has learned the wisdom and knowledge throughout his life. Each of them may not perfect, but they have some value that God wants us to learn from.

Yet, we are asked to make use of the wisdom, making use of them without contradicting our faith, and the more important thing is that not to rely to our wisdom, the knowledge that we have been gathered around the years. Our trust still comes from God and God only, not human understanding nor wisdom.

*My devotional is taken from NKJV bible, specifically the Maxwell Leadership Bible, further info can be checked here.

** 1 My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,

4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.

King Solomon (Proverbs 2:1-5 NKJV)

*** 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct[a] your paths.

King Solomon (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

**** 20 Wisdom calls aloud outside;
She raises her voice in the open squares.

21 She cries out in the chief concourses,[b]
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22 “ How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning,
And fools hate knowledge.

King Solomon (Proverbs 1:20-22 NKJV)

Relationship: Loving people just because they exist October 8, 2007

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When do you love people? I’m sure we all love or at least like people when they are care about us, helping us, or maybe when we can get or learn something from them. But… how about loving people just because they exist?

Since when do you love people just because they exist? Since you found out that’s what God does! So when it comes to loving yourself, do what God does: Look at yourself and see something beautiful. Soon you’ll see everyone else that way, too.

John Fischer

If we want to simulate God’s love to the world, we have to love them just because they exist. And love doesn’t mean that we accept whatever they are doing, love sometimes have to correct them, when they make some mistakes or incorrect decision.

Another point is that, how difficult that person is toward you, find something beautiful in them and remind yourself, God sees you beautiful, so is that other person.

Trust God to do His way October 4, 2007

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When you have a closed door, trust God that He is preparing a better way for you.

Joel Osteen

That is more or less the highlight of the sermon I heard from Joel Osteen. When we are faced with a closed door, it could be because of our own mistake, or the events that happen to us, we somehow see that God is no longer working, God’s plan in our life has been degraded. That is the time we have to trust God on His way, instead of our own way or our own understanding.

Your thoughts are far beyond my understanding, much more than I could ever imagine.

(Psalm 139:17 CEV)

For more message from Joel Osteen, click here.

I Just Want You October 2, 2007

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My favorite song right now:

Vicki Yohe – I Just Want You

I could have fortune and fame
Go anywhere do anything
But oh God I just want You
I could search for earthly things
To satisfy my every need
But oh God I just want You

I just want You
I just want You
I just want to live
In your presence everyday
I lay down my will
And every selfish desire
Whatever it takes
Father that’s what I’ll do
Cause I just want You

Standing in this holy place
I’m only here to seek Your face
Oh God I just want You
Can You feel the passion in my heart?
To be close to where You are
Oh God I just want You

Do we always put God first in everything we do?

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Mat 6:33)

To listen to the song, tune in to the CMRadio – The Spirit or listen to the audio clip in Vicki Yohe website

Preposterously Good News September 30, 2007

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What is preposterous?
1 completely unreasonable, especially in a way that is shocking
SYN outrageous
2 unusual in a silly or shocking way
SYN outrageous

What is the good news?
“I, the Lord, made you, and will not forget to help you. I have swept away your sins like the morning mists. I have scattered your offenses like the clouds. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” (Isaiah 44:21-22)

It could just as easily have been: Return to me and I will forgive your sins. That would have been remarkable enough. But instead, it’s: Come home because you’ve already been forgiven!

This is our message to the world: You have already been forgiven, so come home. Christ has already paid the price to set you free. In another words, “Oh, return to Me, for I have [already] paid the price to set you free.”

Preposterous, isn’t it?

Taken from Catch of The Day, from


John Fischer