His smile never fades

by Thursday, February 25, 2010

Whenever you sinned, His smile is always there, forgiving you of your sins.

Whenever you feel angry, His smile burns away your anger.

Whenever you are happy, He smiles with you.

Whenever you run away from Him, He pursues you and approaches you with a smile, longing for you to come back.

Whenever you think you are a failure,His smile picks you up.

Whenever you failed Him, His smile brings you back.

Whenever you feel unworthy, He comforts you with a smile.

Whatever the emotion of yours, smile and be glad! For His smile never fades! :)

Easier said than done

by Thursday, February 18, 2010

Are there sometimes when you said something which you thought was easy to do yet when you wanted to do you found it difficult?

When you agreed with yourself that you are going to save someone today but when you wanted to do it you found it hard?

When you said that you love the Lord with all your heart, your soul, and mind, but inside your heart are all the Godly passions and desires?

Just like the story of Jesus telling a man to sell off his possessions and then follow Him. After we read this story we may think that we can also do it. But in actual fact when you are in the same situation, will you really do it? Will you really sell off all your possessions and follow Jesus?

Of course, I believe that everyone has something that we feel it’s easier said than done. Just like when you are in that situation of that man. If you put yourself in the situation of Jesus, dying on the cross for our sins, how much courage it took Him to agree with His Father’s decision, just for the sake of us?

So, take courage in the things that is easier said than done....

Give thanks to all

by Monday, February 08, 2010

At the point of prayer normally we use the format of the model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), whereby we thank Him for His mercy and unconditional love, and His forgiveness to our sins. But ask yourselves, when is the last time you thanked God for your:

Net Leaders
Friends who have helped you

Most important of all, thanking God for Himself? Think about this: God is the creator of salvation, mercy, and love. What more shouldn’t we thank our designer of all this, who has let us live in abundance? As for our pastors, net leaders, and our friends, they have always been there for us whenever we needed help. They are the ones who have helped us with our spiritual walk with God. All the more we should thank God for the presence of them to be in our lives.

Ever thought if you were a pastor or a net leader and that day isn’t your day? Maybe you just had a quarrel with your family but you still have to present to your members the warm smile, although your heart doesn’t feel that way? Always keep your pastors and net leaders in prayer so that they may gain strength even when that day isn’t their day to preach.

As for God,’ thank God for God!’ Although it feels weird for me to put it this way, but really thank God for God! Thank Him for all the wonderful creation He has done. Even the scripture says that:

‘Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.’
Colossians 1:12

Another verse, which I like, says:

‘Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.’
Psalms 118:1

You are my answer

by Friday, February 05, 2010

‘You will pray to Him, and He will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows.’
Job 22:27

Are there sometimes when you ask God for a prayer to be answered and He did not answer your prayer? There are three reasons leading to this:

The prayer is meant as a curse for someone.
The prayer is meant for your death, maybe you asked God that you want to die faster.
God is testing your faith.

With regards to the first two reasons, God will never answer this kind of prayer because it is posted as a negative impact with response to your life. As for the third reason, it is because God wants to build up your patience. It is always said that when there is faith, it will be tested.

Maybe we may encounter things like frustration when our prayer is not answered, or if it took to long for the prayer to be fulfilled. But God says:

‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened to you.’
Matthew 7:7-8

Through this verse, it is clearly seen that no matter what things you ask for, as long as it is of good intention, it shall be answered. Yes, it may take long, but most importantly, it will be answered.

Take for example, a prayer of resolving family problems. It may take long for the problem to be resolved and people who lack patience may start questioning God why the family was not worked on. They may start saying things like ‘you are God what! Why aren’t you doing immediate healing upon my family?’ But the most important thing that you must understand is that God cares for you!

For me, I am currently praying for the salvation of my friends. There was one period where I wanted to give up totally on them because I felt that they were impossible situations. With the fear of rejection I kept receiving, I felt scared and did not know what to do with them. But God lifted me up by His hand and encouraged me not to give up as their salvation is dependant on me. He gave me a burning passion for them and assured me that everything will be fine. I thank God for this as I have seen some of my friends being saved. ‘Everyone will come to know that I am God,’ I believe this was what God is telling me.

I just want to tell all not to give up on God. He has a reason to make you wait for the answer. Just like what the scripture says:

‘Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for that is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

People, don’t give up! Pull through all the way, for God cares for you, provides for you. He is your answer to every prayer and problems. May His presence be filled in your heart. God bless!

God is my refuge even when I am in doubt

by Thursday, February 04, 2010

Sometimes we do ask God these questions:

Where are you when we are being persecuted?
Where are you when my family is facing problems?
Why am I unable to sense your presence?
Why were you not with me when I needed you?

I can say that I sometimes do question God like this. I do really long for His presence to be with me in times of trouble. Sometimes when the reply does not come back I may start feeling frustrated. Most of the time I am conscious that it may be the test of faith, although I know that I should not doubt His presence.

Sometimes when I doubted I do really feel apologetic towards God. Through the bible I knew that His presence was with me. Why did I doubt?

Every time when I try to stop myself from doubting, this verse always reminds me not to doubt and it gives me strength:

‘The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you’
Deuteronomy 31:8

Even if the bible was not with me, I knew that He will be my refuge. It is like God speaking to my ear, ‘Do not worry, my child. I shall be with you till then end. It shall be everlasting and forever blissful.’

I thank God for letting me know Him, actively pursue me even when I drifted away in the past. I am glad that I can find my source of strength, which will never forsake me, the refuge I shall find in times of trials and enjoyment. And it is the Lord Himself, who reigns forever!

Not to be served but to serve

by Wednesday, February 03, 2010

As we know, Jesus came down from heaven to earth to die for our sins. As though He have sinned greatly, He suffered on the cross. Before His death, He came to serve the people, through healing and the preaching of the word.

Think about this: God could have sent His son to be served by the people. Why did He not do it? The reason is simple. He came not to be served but to serve.

God could have simply opened the doors of all the lost hearts and make them accept Him. but He did not do this because He wants us to be a part of servicing, playing our part in saving the lost. Which is why the scripture says:

'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation'
Mark 16:15

Like when we are part of the ministry, or if we are serving as a net leader,we should have the attitude to serve the people wholeheartedly. Just like how Jesus served His people without reluctantcy, same goes for our attitude towards servicing.

So, be honoured and rejoice when you get to play a part in the service of God! may God be with you in all aspects of your life!
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