New year's resolution

by Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy new year everyone!! As we embark to this new year, with a new season and spirit, I just want to share with you this devotion which I read on 2010, December 28, titled our daily bread. The content of this devotion is somehow related to this post I am typing out today.

It stated: As you think back over this past year, why not write down the significant events in your life. Don’t be afraid to include your difficulties and disappointments, but remember to consider all the ways God has been with you. (The year in review)

Then I was thinking: why not I try to think back on what I have achieved and failed through the last year, 2010??

I listed:

Awesome events I've gone through
1) Preached the gospel... 2 saved!! One of them was baptised..
2) Changed the persepective of one of my Christian friend.. Saw His faith lifted up after our conversation!!
3) Started this blog... ( ok its started in August 2009... However... Genuine Christian posts was started only this year!!)
4) Started to really engage in Christian stuffs: Christian songs, devotionals blog..
5) Baptism of the Holy Spirit... Got the assurance of God's presence which lessens my doubt about God..

Setbacks, difficulties, and disappointments
1) Doubted in God's power.. Because of problems and closed doors..
2) Not many of my friends that i preached was saved... Faced lots of rejections..
3) Some of my friends initially wanted to come for the youth service that I was attending, but in the end backed out..
4) Could not come for net and Edge service

So.. after all the listing.. I suggested my new year's resolution:
1) Let my faith in God continuously increase
2) Spend more time in prayer
3) Hoping for opened doors
Etc, etc, etc...

I caught sight of a verse:
'Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.'
Romans 8:5
Therefore, another one of my resolution for this year, is to have more Godly desires.. Because God is living in me!! :)

To everyone.. Happy new year!! And start to set your new year's resolution for 2011...
Maybe, when you start to wake up on 1st January, every year, start to ask God:
What is your new year's resolution for me this year??
What is your new calling for me this year??
May God bless you this coming year ahead!! :D

True meaning of Christmas

by Saturday, December 25, 2010

A song that I like, played during Christmas

'And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, " Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."
Luke 2:8-11

Christmas is Jesus's birthday, a time where families gather to celebrate the beginning of a next year. The concept of joyous, openings of presents. I sometimes wonder: is Christmas really all about opening of presents? Or is Christmas even the time of presents?

How did people even get this misconception that Christmas is all about presents, Santa, Rudolph, and Christmas tree? When did this concept even started? Actually, Christmas is all about JESUS!! The time when our king was born. In reality, we, as Christians, celebrate Christmas to remember God's love for us, why He sent His son: for our salvation!

This year's Christmas, let's celebrate it, bearing the true meaning of this joyous occassion in our hearts, because of Christmas, our salvation is here. Do not forget that the lost are yet to be saved. C'mon people let's celebrate Christmas with the spirit of truth and let someone know about the true meaning of Christmas and let them be saved this Christmas!! Be abundantly blessed! :D

The Battle

by Thursday, December 09, 2010

There is a battle between Jesus and the devil, for our faith. When we accept Jesus as our Lord, we are claiming victory for Him, which means that the devil loses the battle. Feeling angry, the devil will attempt to steal our faith, wanting to bring us back to him. To continue to win victory for Christ, we need to strategise so that we will not lose this battle.

1) Place God as your commander
With God as our commander, as a soldier, we must obey His instruction. When He convicts us or commands us to follow His ways and not sin against Him, we must do likewise. When He tells us to imitate His way of fighting this battle, we must do the same. Believe that His power can win the battle for us.

'The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.'
Deuteronomy 6:24

2) Let faith take charge
With God as our commander, we do not need to fear, but if we start to doubt His capability in winning this battle for us, or His leadership skills, we will start to doubt and therefore bring down our faith. We need to let faith take charge and not doubt just by the devil's words. Do not doubt in God's capability or power, but always doubt in devil's words and power.

'Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.'
Matthew 21:21

3) Wear God's protective armor
Our strength may be not permit us to fight finish the battle. We need to wear the protective armor of God, so that His fire and power may spread around our body, protecting us when evil knocks at our door. With this armor, we may be able to gain strength from God and win this battle.

'Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.'
Ephesians 6:11-12

Fight the battle of our faith, courageously, having knowledge that God is victorious. Remember, our God never loses!
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