Always there

by Monday, February 28, 2011

Jesus, I thank you today, for the words you tell me are true and faithful. I thank you for you are always here for me. This is what you say to my ears each time:

'Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.'
Hebrews 13:5

I thank you for this great promise, so that whenever I feared or am facing temptation, I know that you are right beside me, and will never leave me.

For your promise are always true, but forgive me for the times when I felt so affected by the people around me, and what they were saying about me. And those are the times you will tell me:

'Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!'
Isaiah 49:15

Therefore I am always thanking you for placing me first before yourself, so that I may place you before me also.

For the abundant love and faithfulness you have for me, this is what I will say:

'Do not withhold your mercy from me, LORD; may your love and faithfulness always protect me.'
Psalm 40:11

I thank you for my life God, because you are always there...

Money issues

by Friday, February 25, 2011
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You can't love God and money together: you have to choose one!! And, I choose to love Jesus...

Perhaps you have been trying to take on jobs and work extra hard so that you can use your money to retire early. Or you have been trying to save every single cent so that you can use those money on useful things. However, have you ever thought that life is not in your control, that you may one day die? Then where all those hard earned money will go to, especially if you are a parent now and did not write a will before you die, maybe all your children will start fighting over those money.

This post is not to encourage you to write a will, or teach you how to write it, but rather, its about the cons of getting rich. Proverbs 30:8-9 states:

'Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.'

Sometimes we may be so affected by wanting to become rich till we start to disown God, saying things like: I earned all these hard earned money myself. Why should I surrender my money to you? Never be blinded by money, but be self-sufficient.

Next, Matthew 16:19-20 states:

'Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.'

You may think that all the money you are earning now is valuable, but it is only valuable to you when you are alive on earth, because you cannot bring the money with you when you die. Therefore, instead of concentrating on storing treasures on earth, why not start investing into the kingdom of God? I tell you, you may not see those treasures yet, but in the end, when you go to heaven, those will last forever.

Another issue, is that some people may be too engrosed when they worship wealth or money, that they want to earn big bucks in just one month. Impatient, this is the problem with some. However, the bible says:

'Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.'
Proverbs 13:11

'Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.'
Ecclesiastes 5:10

Hence, never try to be impatient, or even start to worship money. Rather, start with small targets, and pray, most importantly, and you will be blessed. Be contented with what you have now, and believe that Jesus can be sufficient for you. Never be too greedy.

Last but not least, Matthew 6:24 states:

'No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.'

Since God and money doesn't associate together, and you can only worship one God, for me, I'll advise you to choose God, for as I said earlier, be contented with what you have, and believe that Jesus will be sufficient for you. Hence choose to serve and be devoted to Jesus, and He is going to give you blessing that will last; blessings even better than the money you are earning on earth!

Today, for you that are reading this post, I hope that you will choose to place Jesus as your provider in life, and believe for even greater things that will be done in your life. Remember, never be impatient, but be contented with what you have!

'He does not oppress anyone, but returns what he took in pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry and provides clothing for the naked.'
Ezekiel 18:7

God bless ya!! ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶

Having too much on your plate?

by Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Having too much on your plate
Defined: to be too busy...

Living in a hectic country, Singapore, I realized that most Singaporeans are too busy with tight work schedule. In the morning, MRT trains are always filled with many people, dressed up in fine suitable clothes for work, I sometimes wonder: are people sometimes having too much on their plates that they neglect God?

In school, when teachers pour heavy loads of homework for students, they may get so busy that they start to skip meals, or just get stressed up because of unfinished work. Then they will end up going to school feeling sleepy and find it hard to concentrate in classes.

While at work, for instance, people who are working as accountants, they have to rush to finish up accounts which are balanced, and when they are unbalanced, these people will feel so frustrated, and then start to redo the whole accounts until it gets balanced. While at home, bringing back home unfinished work will leave them with not enough time to rest. The whole work life of theirs may be just be revolving around with work.

Despite all the busiest times you have, Jesus said:

'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'
Matthew 11:28

Therefore, no matter how busy you may be, or how beat you may feel due to schoolwork or work, remember to always come to Jesus, for He'll never fail!

Next in Isaiah 40:30-31, its says:
'Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.'

Hence, no matter how occupied you may be, sometimes you just need to take a break from all the stress and start to wait on Him. Yes He knows how tired you are, but when you start to wait on Him, your strength will be renewed.

Lastly, no matter how tired you may be till you neglect that God is right beside you, you need to stop whatever you are doing, and realize that Jesus is God, and that He is bigger and greater than your work. No matter how much you may be worrying about the deadlines:

'Be still, and know that I am God.'
Psalms 46:10

'I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.'
Phillipians 4:13

Hope that no matter where you are, feeling tied up by work, your first thought will be to turn to God for strength. Remember, our God never fails! :D

A testimony for Christ

by Saturday, February 19, 2011

A testimony for Christ-Pastor Jaeson

Acceptance of Christ will bring changes in our lifes. Think about the changes you have undergone when you received Christ so far, and give all glory to God.

Right versus wrong

by Wednesday, February 16, 2011

In life, there are two choices you can make. Either you walk in the right path and be blessed, or you walk in the wrong path and land yourself in destruction. Today, I'm going to identify what is the difference when people choose right and wrong.

1) Priorities
Right- when you place Jesus as your priority in life, you will want to desire to please Him. Regardless of your thoughts, or acts, when your priorities are set on Jesus, you will have a positive mindset on things. For instance, when you are in pain, you can think of the death that Jesus bore for you, and your pain will somehow become lesser as you compare the difference between your pain and Jesus's pain.

Wrong- placing the world as your priority in life, for example, gambling and idols, sometimes you will be so bothered by them that you will not care about the feelings of others, Jesus included, and you may not only be on the road of destruction, you will also bring destroyal to your close kins.

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

2) Leader
Right- God is never a God who will ask you to do things that are not right. Therefore, placing Him as your leader in life, you can be rest assured that you will never walk in the wrong path, as long as you closely obey His commandments.

Wrong- the devil is always finding ways to drift you further away from God. If you place him as your leader in life, you are going against God, and will keep sinning against God. The devil will always lead you on the wrong track and leave you discontented with life.

'As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:14-16

3) Time
Right- we are only given 24 hours a day, and we are expected to spend it wisely. Spending more of our time on Godly things, especially devotions and prayer time, we can invest in the kingdom of God.

Wrong- deciding to spend meaningless time on useless stuffs that will not last, at the end of your day, you will find that you have no time to spare to do other meaningful things. Not spending your time on Godly things will leave you out with regrets in your life.

'Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.'
Joshua 1:8

Today, I urge you to make wise choices in your life so that you will be abundantly blessed in everything you do. Always ask God if you are confused when making a decision in life. Listen to Him!

'Be still, and know that I am God.'
Psalms 46:10

'If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.'
James 1:5

May God bless you! :)

To God be the glory

by Sunday, February 13, 2011

In heaven and on Earth, all glory goes to God. Today, I am going to identify the things that gives glory to Him.

1) Creation
In the beginning, where the earth was just a bare land, without any light or mankind, God starts to prepare this place where humans will inhabit. From a place where there was total darkness, to a place where there was day and night; from a place where there was not a single living creature, to a place which lives animals, man and plants. It is because of God's glorious creation of the Earth that today, we have such a wonderful environment to live in, and God is in heaven, preparing an even better place where we can truly call home: heaven.

'Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast arrays.'
Genesis 2:1

2) His holiness
The angels in heaven never stop glorifying God, while they keep saying God is holy. Because of God's perfection, He shines and the angels have to cover their faces (Revelation 4:8). When God revealed Himself to Isaiah, even when He has the authority to deem Him as holy, because of His holiness, Isaiah saw so much of his imperfection that he broke down and felt unworthy (Isaiah 6:5). God's deserves all the glory, because of His everlasting holiness: the bright Morning Star (Revelation 22:16).

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.''
Isaiah 6:3

'Day and night they never stop saying: '' Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.''
Revelation 4:8

3) Worshippers
As people living on earth, when we worship God, we are glorifying Him with our lives, as worship is how we live our lives for Christ. When other people see or exclaim how holy we are living, Christ is shining in us, and therefore gives glory to Him. We will praise and glorify God with joyful songs, because He deserves it.

''You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.''
Revelation 4:11

4) Miracles
When Christians pray, you will never hear them using their own names to perform signs, because they do not have the authority or power to do so. Hence they use the name of Jesus to perform miraculous signs, for instamce, healing of others. Only Jesus has the full power to do so, and when the miracle takes place, all glory goes to Him. Just like what He did through Moses, while at Egypt.

'He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.'
Job 5:9

5) Church
Church is a sacred place where we gather together to worship and hear the Pastor share the word. When we worship Him with songs, we lift and glorify His name, praising Him with all our hearts. When the Pastor preaches, the essence of the gospel, which is the saving power (Romans 1:16), is always brought out so that we may see salvations taking place in the church. God moves in the church, and His presence is always filled in the church, and since we know that His presence is in there, we can lift up His name and salvations will take place, so that we can welcome the people who want to be saved into the family of Christ. For what is a church if Jesus is not there?

'Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.'
Psalms 34:3

Lastly, this is a song that I like to hear, and I feel the lyrics are extremely meaningful, giving all the glory to God. May you continue to glorify God with your life, keeping that fire burning for Him. God bless! :)

'Grace and peace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present of age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.'
Galatians 1:3-5

Jaeson Ma- Glory

Unbearable pain

by Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I believe as Christians, most of us know about the time where Jesus was sent to be crucified. But, for now, I just want to address these particular community who are not Christians, or are pre-believers, the unbearable painful process when Christ died for our sins. So I was reading these few verses using an unbeliever mindset:

'Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
Luke 23:34-40

When I was reading these verses, many questions were going on in my mind:

How could those people do that to Christ?
Why Jesus allowed those people to crucify Him?
Why Jesus could still ask His Father to forgive those people of their sin?
Why didn't Jesus shout or scream when He was in so much pain?

Having the same questions in your minds? Let me tell you why:

1) He wants to show us His unmeasurable mercy
When Jesus was crucified by those people, instead of wanting them dead, He cried out to His Father: forgive them for what they have done, for they don't know what they are doing(Luke 23:34). Put yourselves in Jesus's shoes, and I think you wouldn't say such things. How could Jesus have said that? Was He out of His mind? Let me tell you this: Jesus was never out of His mind. Because He knew He had a duty to carry out, that is to pay our debt of sins with His blood, so that we can be saved. Even those people who crucified Him, Jesus had compassion on them, and poured out His unmeasurable mercy upon them. This is the greatest mercy that you cannot find in any other person, except Jesus.

'On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Mark 2:17

2) He wants to show us His love in action
For us, when we show our love to others, sometimes we just use our mouth to say that we love someone. Maybe its all but empty talk. But for Jesus, when He say He loves us, He proves His love by dying on that cross, paying the price for all our sins. As though He had sinned, He bore the unbearable punishment just for our sins!

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
Acts 2:36

3) Rather than concentrating on the pain, Jesus chose to put His focus on us
As defined in the dictionary, crufixion is regarded as the most horrible form of death, whereby the hands of the person get nailed onto the cross. I believe no one will experience this pain unless you have been nailed on the cross. However, even when Jesus knows this pain, and how great the pain He may have experienced, and  yet, He did not decide to give up paying this debt for us; He decided to put His focus on us, finishing the work on the cross, so that we can be saved!

'For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you.'
2 Corinthians 13:4

Now, if you are reading this and haven't accept Jesus as your Savior...
What are you waiting for?? Jesus took all the punishments on Himself just for your sins! I can assure you this: Just like an open heaven, Jesus gladly wants to take you in as His child, and deem you as righteous, becuase He paid it all. So... If you have decided, say this prayer (prayer is a personal conversation with God), with faith, and Jesus will immediately come into your life:

Jesus, today, I know that I need you, and I want you in my life. Will you forgive me of every sin, wipe my past away, and make me a new person. Lord Jesus I believe you are the son of God; you died for me and rose again, and today, you are living in me. I choose you as my Lord and Savior. Let me never be the same again. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus name I pray, Amen..

Said the prayer? Then share your joy by leaving a note on my chatbox talk it out! Love to hear from you soon! God bless... :)

Really an imitator of Christ?

by Friday, February 04, 2011

Really an IMITATOR of Christ?? Test this out!!

Read 1st Corinthians 13:4-8
'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.'

After reading the above, substitute the underlined words with Jesus.

'Jesus is patient... Jesus never fails...'

After reading the above, once again, substitute Jesus with your name...

Are you able to say it confidently??

That you are always patient, kind, and never failing??

Well, for me, when I substitute these underlined words with Jesus, it just comes out so confidently, because I can agree that Jesus is really patient, kind, and never failing. However, when I substitute it with my name, I can't really agree with this:

I may be patient, but not everytime..
I may be kind, but not always..
I may be envious sometimes..
I may be rude and angered easily..
I may sometimes fail people..

Therefore, always use these verses as a self imporvement to yourself, when at the brink of your death, not only will you be able to say:

'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.'
2 Timothy 4:7

You will also be able to say these verses confidently with your name, because you know that you are doing your best to imitate Christ!! Maybe not really perfect, but be moulded into Christ-likeness, trying your very best to be holy...

An impact for your generation

by Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Planershakers: I'm forever yours

A few posts of mine has stressed the importance of your position in your life: God regards you as significant and wants to use you. Today, I am going to share with you my testimony of how God significantly uses me, and how much God can also use you to be an impact for your generation. I am not boasting about how great I am, but how great God is.

A few months ago, He opened my eyes to see this classmate of mine who is badly affected because of His family problems. Looking at his attitude, he seems tired of problems that was weighing him down.

Then, on one occasion when he was sleeping in class, I woke him up and asked him about his tiredness, which was also the reason I found out about his belief. He believes in Christ. But somehow, some of the ways of life that he was living on was not Christ-like.

I became bold and started to correct him of his wrong attitudes, not forgetting his addictions. Every time in class seemed like a counselling session where we could talk to each other.

Thereafter, I found out that he got the ability to speak in tongues, but he did not really practise it. So I questioned him: do you know that you have to practise tongues? At that time he brushed off my question and did not really bother.

One day later, he tried speaking in tongues at home, and found out that he had lost his ability to speak in it, because his tongue became tightened. He just had a feeling that He lost the ability, but after trying for a few days, he regained speaking back in tongues.

He also told me that I was the one who lifted up his faith because of counsel and questions.

Glory to God for this testimony! It was not I who had the power to speak sense into him. Jesus used me greatly and gave me the strength, courage, and boldness to speak into his life!

Unknowingly God used me, because I surrendered my life to Him. Now, are you feeling that you are not worthy to be used by God, or you will never be used by Him? Yes, its true that I once had this thought of being unworthy. But right now, I tell you, surrender is the best way to be an impact to the people around you. Always start with the people around you, for instance, friends, family or relatives. Only then can you become an impact for your generation!

-Spend time with the Lord
Get to know who Jesus really is. Notice how He behaves, and imitate Him.

'When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.'
Acts 4:13

-Obey His commands
Obey what God asks you to do, so that God may pour His abundant love upon you.

'Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.'
John 14:23
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