Send us out, God!

by Thursday, June 30, 2011

I praise and thank God for giving this youth ministry TheEDGE a vision of starting a campaign to reach 100 souls in July. During the training sessions, which were supposed to be a mere training, 112 souls were won to the kingdom of Christ! How supernatural and mind blowing is that!

Having not done street evangelism for long, I was initially afraid of what people will think about me. I was afraid of awkwardness and rejections. At that time, I was guilty of having an opinion of someone, asking God: “Are you sure you want this person to be saved?” I thanked God because He corrected my perspective at that time, saying: “Why should you give up on my people when I did not give up on them?”

So, for the past week, I thank God that He has led me into seeing 4 souls coming into His kingdom, as well as many open hearts that He wanted me to follow up with. Also, I asked God to guide me because I did not know how I was supposed to share or approach them. All God said was this:

“There is no perfect method or way to share the gospel. All you need to do is to carry my spirit along with you.”

During my quiet time, I asked God: how can I share the gospel effectively to these lost souls? He then started to lead me through His word and gave me pointers I had to take note for bringing the gospel out to the nations:

1) Prayer
Firstly, you have to ask for God's guidance in leading you to the lost. Then, pray that God will convict those hearts and turn them to a loving God, Jesus. Also, pray that no harm will come to us while we share the gospel.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 18:19

2) Compassion
Also, pray for a heart of compassion so that you will know the burden that God has for these souls. When I was walking, searching for a lost soul that God may touch that day, I also told God: "Give me a heart that is yours, O God, so that I may be able to feel for them just as you do for your people." Then, as I walked, and as God began to open my eyes to see this people, I felt there was urgency and a tangible feeling of sadness came all over me. At that instance, I told God: “Use me, Lord, for your people.” Just like how Jesus had compassion for the souls, pray that you will also have the same compassion that Jesus has.

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Matthew 9:36

3) Holy Spirit
It is essential to ask the Spirit for directions to lead you to them. God is the only one who knows the hearts that He will call to salvation today; for some He will choose to sow seeds into their life, and it is going to be done through you, the messenger. Therefore, all you need to do is to ask God to lead you to His people, and be led by the spirit to share. It is important that, when going for evangelism, we need to be prepared and know what we are supposed to say, but, at times when you really do not know what to say, ask God to lead you with His wisdom and give you the right words to speak out to them.

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Proverbs 3:27

4) Faith
If you do not have faith to believe that anyone that you will encounter will be saved, how can you expect anything to happen? You need to have faith to believe that those people that God is going to speak through you will accept Christ and have a life changing experience. Even with those people that you have opinions on, you should clear it all away from your mind and start to believe that everyone will come to Christ, for no one shall be deprived to have a taste of God's goodness and love. Go with a heart of expectancy that today will be the day for their salvation. Just tell God: “Open my eyes so that I can see what you see. Open my eyes so that I can see the lost in my midst.” Begin to believe by faith that God will lead you to them.

“Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Mark 9:23

With all these in mind, start to bring the gospel to the nations:
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Matthew 9:37

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Romans 10:14

Let’s just believe for more souls to come into the kingdom of God. For we will believe for even greater, just as our God is a supernatural God! July, here we come :)

Thinking in the trials

by Sunday, June 26, 2011

God places trials in our lives for a purpose: to let our faith grow. Sometimes the road of trials may be hard to walk, and we may stumble and fall.

For me, God has been constantly reminding me to trust in Him in times of trials. When I ask God: “Why must such things happen to me?” or “Why must the situation be this way?” The same reply comes back: put your trust in me. I know that when I depend on my limited strength to walk the trials, I will find myself constantly falling down, day after day, because I am powerless; I can't seem to put any hope in myself. But when I put my trust in Jesus, I know I can walk out of these trials victoriously.

However, often when I see the problems constantly taking place, as though there is no solution, I will start to think negatively and constantly question God: “Why? Why? Why did things turn out this way?” I can't stop thinking pessimistically.

Today, God leads me to read these few verses:

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn't we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians?’ It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Exodus 14:10-14

At that time, seeing the enemies approaching, the Israelites thought that there was going to be no hope for their situation. Then they started asking Moses why things turn out the way that they did not want to happen. They thought that the situation was hopeless and they are going to be dead. Then, Moses assured the people that God is going to fight for them; all they needed to do is to be still and trust in God.

Similarly, trials are like that. When the situation seems dead, and we don't see God working the solution out yet, and when He expects us to be patient and wait, we will keep questioning God as we want to know when the trials are going to be over, and what is the solution to these trials. Like the Israelites, we may start to be impatient when waiting for the trials to be over.

Right now, God is telling us not to be afraid; stand firm, trust in Him, and be still. It’s not always about questioning God why, why and why. It’s about trusting in Him...

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10

You are those who have stood by me in my trials.
Luke 22:28 

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith— of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire— may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 Peter 1:6-7

Remember that God put these trials in our life for a reason. Yes, sufferings in the trials may dampen our spirits and sometimes lower our faith, but when we are conscious that God is with us and walking with us in these trials, realising that God is bigger and greater that our problems, may we continue to stay hopeful and strong in the Lord!

Suffering in the trials,
I depend on His strength.
For I know I am limited,
But God is all powerful.
God sees the bigger picture,
And all I can do is to count on Him.
I may be suffering now,
Feeling so exhausted,
I want to find my way out,
I long for these trials to end.
But I know,
That God is always with me,
And He will provide a solution.
Therefore my soul will not fear;
I will start to fix my eyes on Jesus and believe that,
When everything is over,
My faith's gonna arise.
So, Lord,
Let me continue to trust you in this situation that you have placed me in.
So that when everything is over
I shall give you the praise and glory that you deserve
For you alone are worthy...

Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.
Psalm 146:5

Strength renewed

by Thursday, June 23, 2011

For it is only in Him that I can find strength...

Are there some times when you can identify yourself feeling so tired and not wanting to do anything? For me, in these few days, I am beginning to feel exhausted. I questioned God: “Why must I be in school studying? Why can't I just sleep?” Mainly because of the new school system, I am feeling tired as I try to cope with studies. I must admit that I am getting a little lazy having to do my daily devotions and spending time with God, as I started giving Him excuses that I am busy.

As I thought for a while, I started reflecting on the time that God has given to every one of us each day: 24 hours. Like me, I believe some of us find 24 hours too little, mainly because of the assignments that we need to accomplish. Slowly, I begin counting the number of hours I spend in school: if its a normal school day, I will spend about 1 hour reaching school, spending 7 hours in school studying, then taking public transport back will cost me about 1 hour back to home. Calculating, I will have about 15 hours left. If I have interest group on that day, I will have 9 hours of free time. Then, what will I be doing in those free times? Well, maybe spending time eating, sleeping, and blogging a little, and maybe praying. I realised that as I got even busier, I will spend more time sleeping as I feel tired and lazy to spend time with God. What an unfruitful day!

I decided not to waste my life just sleeping. Admitting that my weakness is being easily tired, I will need to overcome this temptation. 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

Having this in mind, I will overcome this temptation, however pleasant, and start to be victorious. I need to sleep less and spend more precious time with God. Of course, I am not saying that I will go without sleep, but I am sleeping way too much that I am getting lazy to do my devotions and prayer.

So, realising that when I am feeling so tired and cannot seem to concentrate on anything, I think I just stop whatever that I am doing at present and retreat to a solitary place to seek God and hear Him. Sometimes when I feel life is beginning to get hectic, and I cannot adapt to the lifestyle, I need to spend more time with God just to get back on the smooth track. For I know, that when I am in His presence, it will be the time when I feel peaceful and calm.

What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Psalm  84:5

Coming up with this conclusion:
The busier life gets, the more I should not get lazy and retreat to dream land; I should seek Him more. Not only I will train myself to overcome temptation, I will also spend more time in His presence!

In His presence shall I find strength
Strength like I have never felt before
Though at times I will feel weary, not wanting to go on with life
I know that God's joy shall be my strength
Therefore I will seek Him evermore till my strength is renewed...

Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!
Nehemiah 8:10

Routine after routine

by Monday, June 20, 2011

For weeks, I have been praying for God to come and encounter me. I wanted to feel God like how I have felt Him when I first rededicated my life to Him. I wanted Him to come and renew that touch upon my life. All I needed was the over pour of His spirit so that I may be assured and strengthened in faith.

However, things did not come out to be what I expected. I asked God: “God, why when I came with a heart of expectancy, expecting to encounter you, you are not appearing to me?” I did not want to go for service after service and praying prayers after prayers leaving disappointed because I did not get my encounter. Sadly to say, I was disappointed with God for a while, and I felt that it was wrong for me to do so.

Since days after days when I did not get my encounter, I begin to ask God: “Am I asking the wrong question?” Gradually, I realised that God was shifting me into a season when I have to rely more on my faith instead of my feelings, and I need to honour and obey what He commands me to do first. It is not that God did not want to encounter me; it is just that the time isn't right.

Last Saturday, when I was at TheEDGE for youth service, I saw people getting touched by the presence and the glory of God, and I too desired to feel it. However, despite prayers after prayers to ask God to come and fill me with His presence, in the end all I felt was weariness taking over me; I was getting real tired of praying, and I started questioning God: "When will be the time when you touch falls on me? I'm getting tired of praying and not seeing results." At that moment, I felt that I was weak.

Then, while Pastor Jeremy was preaching, I told God: “Okay, if I am really asking the wrong question, please get Pastor Jeremy to tell me directly.” In that instant, I got my answer:

“Your obedience is the key to your encounter with God.”

“You need to be ready before God starts to encounter you.”

“Obedience is about trust, action and response.”

“If you are obedient, God will do the rest.”

Clearly, I knew that God was speaking to me. I begin to identify the little things in my life that stops me from having my encounter with Him. It was not that God did not want to encounter me; it was my actions determining if I will get my encounter. When I did not obey God, that disobedience became that dividing wall which stops that encounter from coming through my life.

At that time, I knew that I need to decide if I will really be serious with God, walking in my relationship with Him. From day to day, I need to start being real and serious with my relationship with Him, even if it means restarting my relationship with Him from square one. Therefore, when God tells me: “Hey, start to seek me, and all things shall be added unto you.” It is not going to be because God asks me to do this, or because I want to have a clear conscious; the reason why I obey Him will be because I need to seek Him, not only to overcome my weakness, but also to receive my encounter soon…

(Click HERE to hear podcast: Again part 3)

You who answer prayer, to you all people will come.
Psalm 65:2

Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Psalm 119:34

Worrying too much

by Saturday, June 18, 2011

Recently I begin to realise that I am worrying too much about matters that I shouldn't be worrying about. Even though I asked God to take it all away, I can feel that I am not letting go of that worry completely.

Having so much troubles and problems lately, I felt that I was standing alone. Slowly, I started to realise that I hadn't been completely surrendering my thoughts to Jesus. I have been letting my thoughts run wild, thinking about the worst situation that could take place, and gradually I feared of facing the problem and I wanted to avoid it.

I realised that I should begin letting go of all my worries and problems and let God take control of my life.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34

And I guessed I've been worrying too much these few days, and I am trying to slowly let go all of my troubles and let God have the upper say. I finally realised that when I depend on my own strength to solve my own problems, sometimes things will not work out the way I wanted to, or when I managed to solve the problem with my own strength, in the end, I will feel so drained and tired.

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

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 
Philippians 4:6-9

Slowly and surely, I will learn to let go...

I do not know what holds tomorrow, but I know who holds tomorrow, therefore I will not worry as I begin to place my trust in God who holds tomorrow!

A letter for the unbeievers

by Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Not forgetting the main aim of this blog's creation, to share the gospel, I decided to create this letter to encourage all unbelievers of Jesus, believing that you are going to be saved...

Remembered I told you through my blog page my testimony about the time when I drifted away from God and did not believe in Him... I was aware that God arms were still wide open for me... And today I am going to tell you the same thing: God still loves you and He wants you to come back to His loving arms, for He sent His son to die on the cross for your sins...

Yup, I will not deny the fact that anyone who do not believe in Jesus will end up in hell, however, I became a Christian not only because I do not want to go to hell; it was also because I could not find any sweeter love that other religion can give me. I realized that God was bigger and greater than my problems and I could rest assured that God loves me and He does not want me to perish.

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:13-15 
Sometimes I may feel restricted, thinking that being a Christian means I cannot do this and to that; I thought being a Christian was all about rules, including needing to go to church. However, when I know that being a Christian is not about joining a religion, but to have an intimate relationship with God, I no longer think of being a Christian as a chore, but as a child wanting to please His Father, for God will reward me when I please Him. It was not I who chose to return back to Him, but it was God who chose me.

And today, God wants me to tell you the same thing. I am not trying to convert you to be a Christian; I just want you to open your heart and let God come in so that you can experience His love in a greater and a deeper way. You do not need to do anything to earn a citizenship in heaven, all you need to do is to open your heart and let Him in. I can assure you that you will start to feel God like never before.

So I just want to ask you: will you open your heart and encounter God's love?

The reason why I am sharing this is because I have a dream for you. I do not want you to miss this opportunity to experience God's love.

Hope you will make a wise decision and encounter Him in a strong way… If yes is your answer, click HERE for the guide to salvation prayer. Encountering God is only a prayer away…

Someone who cares...
Joy :)

Forgotten hands

by Friday, June 10, 2011

In God's mighty hands I shall trust...

Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
Psalm 78:7

At problematic times, I turn to God and tell Him: “God help me with this”, “God help me with that”. But, sometimes, God doesn't only want us to come to Him when there is a problem.

For this few days, I have been reflecting on times when I forgot God; when I only turn to Him when problems arose. When the problem was solved, all I did was to thank God for all that He has done, then, when the tide is over, and I go on to my normal life, without any problems, I start to take all the peace and quiet as a natural thing. I begin to forget that God was behind the scenes, restoring joy into my life.

I began to put myself in the shoes of God. What if I did a great deed for my friend and yet I was forgotten? What if in the end my friend took the deed that should be done as a 'natural takes its course' movement? Oh no, I will feel heartbroken because I was forgotten.

Similarly, God does not want to be forgotten. He does not want His children to forget that He was the one that calmed that raging sea. In actual fact, if you'd realised, He was the solution to our problems! Wisdom, knowledge, power: this was not possessed by us in the first place; He grants these abilities to us.

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:2-5

Therefore, people, let's not remember God only when we need Him, thinking that every good situation is a natural thing; let's remember God when all things are good and bad. Let's not treat God as a trash bag and pour out all our troubles on Him, but start to give Him the praises that He deserve. As a child of God, start to thank your heavenly Father for all that He has been doing for you, and, the most basic things that you can thank God for, is for the beautiful earth that He has created for you to live in, and then, thank Him for the greater beauty that you will see in your future home, heaven!

Father, I thank you for everything that I see at present, whether it is good or bad.
I thank you for believing in me at times I don't believe in myself.
I thank you for carving a plan for my future, for I know it will be a great one.
Forgive me, Father, for the times I forget you.
Let your hands not be forgotten again, for I know you are always carrying me in your great, mighty arms, in every situation.
I praise you and thank you so much for everything you are doing for me.
Thank you Jesus!

Saved by grace- part 2

by Saturday, June 04, 2011

As said in the earlier blog post, as I know that I am saved by grace, at the instant when I choose to truly accept Jesus as my Lord and become serious in my relationship with Him, He promises the Holy Spirit to be in my life, guiding me and ensuring I will not walk the wrong path.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of truth.”
John 14:16

Everyone who opens their hearts to accept Jesus will receive the Holy Spirit, as what He has promised. However, there may be some times when we gave into sin due to our nature of sin.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.
Romans 7:15-16

However, we cannot always blame that it is our sinful nature which causes us to sin. Temptation may be present, and since God knows that we are weak in this area, He sends His spirit to be in our lives, guiding us from doing wrong.

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
Romans 6:11-12

Even when I am aware that I am saved by grace, I shall do my part by making sure I do not continue the life of sin. I should count myself dead to sin and alive to Christ; buried with Him in His death. 

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.” 
John 14:15

Therefore, just as I am thankful that I was saved by God's grace, I shall not abuse His grace, but I shall please the will of my Father in heaven, because He loves me!

Thankful for His love
Thankful for His mercy
Thankful for His grace
Thankful for His blessings
Oh, how great will my soul be for praising the King of kings, Lord of Lords!
Worthy is my God forever!
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