The Joy Of Obedience

by Sunday, December 30, 2012

During this year, I remembered there was a season where a curfew was given to me, requiring me to be back home by 8pm. I believe everyone would agree here, that having a spirit of rebellion is never going to lead anyone to obey. Obviously, I didn't obey.

I felt the test of faith came when I was given ministry leave for 3 weeks (I was like on MC for 3 weeks and I wasn't required to go to church). Initially, I didn't understand why it was given to me. Back at home, every Saturday for those weeks, when the clock strikes 6, I would always question God why the leave was given to me when His desire was for me to go to church and grow closer with the Body of Christ. I wanted to be in church, and no one could stop me from being there, but in the end I chose to obey and stick to the leave that was given to me. I was quite frustrated once actually and I popped the question to God, “So God, do you want me out of this whole thing (No more going to church, leading the life the way I wanted to)?”

Now, when I look back, I'm actually quite thankful for this curfew period (imagine me saying this when I kept ranting to some of you in the past haha). I understood that God was working behind the scenes, and He was teaching me some of the most valuable lessons, like obedience, the grace of God, the importance of being real, and the most important of all, the Person of the Holy Spirit (I'll cover those in my next few posts, so stay tuned).

Touching on the topic of obedience, having experienced that curfew season, this was what God taught me about obedience in Him:

1) Obedience begins with taking that step of faith, believing that whatever God has commanded you to do is for a good cause. When God desires you to obey, it's not so much of Him asking you, “Do you understand the work of My hands?” Rather, it's more of Him asking, “Do you trust My heart?” 

2) Obedience requires humility on your part, being able to willingly say, “God, Your plans are better than mine. Even though I may not understand, because I know that You love me, I'll choose to obey.” 

3) Obedience brings you to uncertainty in the seen realm, sometimes thinking it's impossible that God could change the situation for the better, but in the unseen something exciting and good is taking place. Sometimes we have the tendency to forget that God delights in working the impossible in the most difficult of times.

My heart is brought to thankfulness because of the patience God has toward me. I'm thankful that God has placed different ones in the church that has encouraged and spur me on to rely on God and learn how to obey Him. Obedience ain't easy, but it isn't a bad word either. Obedience commands a blessing upon your life.

Thank God for all the lessons He taught me through all these days in the year of 2012, and, as much as this post will serve as a reminder for me to obey God in everything I do in the days ahead, it's my prayer that this post will bless you guys who are reading this too, and you'll be able to put these into application, finding the joy of obedience. Thankful that God has placed the Holy Spirit as my loving Teacher too (Don't stop teaching me Friend haha). God bless, and wherever you may be, have a happy new year! :)
Psalm 1:1-3 - Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

Worthy Of The Highest Praise

by Monday, December 24, 2012
Scripture Passage: Acts 16:16-40
Paul and Silas were severely flogged and thrown into prison. Even when they were in pain, they still prayed and sang hymns praising God. When I was in the midst of reading these verses, a spontaneous thought came to me, “I wonder how their voices sound like when they were singing and being in physical pain.”

Being in the condition where both of them were stripped and beaten, severely flogged, placed in the inner cell and having feet fastened to stocks, I don't think that's a good situation where they can have any nice singers' voice. If I was in a situation like them, I think I'll feel very cold, shivering like mad, in great pain, and constrained of my movements. That's seriously the best time for me to recuperate and rest mann.

If I was one of the other prisoners hearing Paul and Silas praising God, I believe (even though it's not written in the bible about that), I will be like, “Woah are these dudes nuts? Singing in that condition?” I think I may even laugh at the way they sing, because I can imagine that their voices ain't sounding nice.

I don't think Paul and Silas cleared their throats, making sure they had a nice voice before they started singing. They didn't care if they were embarrassed or being looked at. They didn't let their natural circumstance change their supernatural praise.

Even if their voices were reaching to the heavens, sounding ugly, God wasn't looking for a nice singers' voice; God was looking at their hearts.

Now, it's not this point that I'm bringing across, to “take heart - even if your voice sounds ugly, praise all the more louder! (Haha)” Outward appearances count to nothing if the inside of you isn't really praising the way you are showing on the outside.

I believe God is looking for true worshippers - those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Those who sing praises that are more than a song. Those who eyes are fixed upon Jesus, and worship Him for who He is.

Even if your conditions are extremely bad - even when you go through harsh suffering periods and you can't bring yourself to praise God, your circumstances shouldn't shift your praise, because if worship is about yourself, wanting to feel good about the way you worship, you missed the point. Worship is about God - you praise God because He is worthy of your praises. Even if your situation feels like it's going against your praise, God remains worthy to be praised.

Praise God! For He is worthy of the highest praise!

The Faith Walk

by Monday, December 10, 2012

A week ago I had a pleasant night, with a nice dream accompanying it. Even though I couldn't recall the details of the dream, I remembered significantly that I saw this words on a white canvas in my dream:
And God is sovereign. Even though something looks to be in defeat at first, in the end you are walking towards victory.”
And I woke up with God speaking to me these words:
“Look upon Me - call upon My Spirit, and tap into the unseen. For the seen is temporary, but the unseen is eternal.”
Accompanying those words was a verse from Hebrews 11:
Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 
From that day on,  I was led to read Romans 4 and Genesis 12 onwards. From those chunks of chapters, God has been using them to speak to me about my faith in Him.

From the time Abraham first received the words from God that he'll become a great nation and great blessing, all the way till he got a son from Sarah, he waited 25 years (He was 75 when God first spoke to him about the promise). 25 years of waiting! At that time, Sarah was already 99! Bearing Isaac? Haha I think I’ll also laugh like Abraham and Sarah if there’s any time I got that word from God.

I made an initial comment about Abraham, thinking that He was crazy because I can’t believe Abraham was so quick to leave at God's command even before the promise wasn't fulfilled. And the verse that wow-ed at my face was Genesis 12:9, when “Abram kept moving, steadily making his way south, to the Negev.” How can Abraham keep moving when Sarai (before God named her Sarah) was still childless? In natural and human’s perspective, it’s totally no way that Abraham and Sarah would have kids at such old age.

God began to change my perspective by shifting me to Romans 4. Through these verses, these spontaneous thoughts came:
If faith is all about you - what you can achieve and do with your own natural abilities, you've missed the whole point. 
Faith goes beyond yourself. Faith is all about learning to lean and trust in God - trusting and obeying in what He wants to do in, through and with you. Sometimes it seems foolish or impossible in natural eyes, but that's the whole point! God doesn't have the word “impossible” in His dictionary.
Even Moses looked upon his own flaws and kept stating those as excuses that God will never use him as His instrument for the Israelites. But God still did extraordinary miracles through him- the Red Sea parted, water came out from the rock, etc.

And I do fall prone to become like Moses sometimes. When I look at myself, I'll always give God the natural, human reaction - “God are you sure it's me? (Not that I'm making God to be a liar, but because I keep looking upon myself)

But this was when God made me realise:
“Faith is not about looking towards yourself and seeing how much you can do in the natural; faith is about looking towards Me and seeing how much I can do through you in the supernatural - a naturally supernatural lifestyle. Having faith in Me shouldn't constrain your life; it should expand your life!”
What’s so great about God is that He doesn't call us to be a superhuman. When you begin your Christian faith, He doesn't expect you to zoom all the way and demand you to have faith that can perform signs, wonders and miracles. He doesn't mock and laugh at you, and He doesn't compare you with other people, saying, “Wah that person has more faith than you, loser.” Sometimes we are the ones who call ourselves losers when God didn't even call us that. We don’t realise that God is patient with us – we just can’t be patient with ourselves sometimes (we go hard on ourselves).

Faith is a process and an adventurous journey that God desires for us to walk together with Him. When God asks you to go to step one, He doesn't expect you to fly to step 10 when you haven’t even begin moving towards step 1. Faith may cause you to step out of comfort zones, like Abraham who couldn't see the promise that He became a great nation after his death but yet still have to choose to head over to that land. But you aren't meant to walk the faith walk alone – God is and will be with you. So just believe in a Big Daddy God that lives inside of you and really know who your God is.

Hope this will bless your hearts and encourage your faith walks with Him too! :)

Child Of A Loving Daddy God

by Monday, November 26, 2012
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!
Romans 8:15-17 (MSG)
During my quiet time just now, I was led to think about this question, “What does God think about me as His kid?” This spontaneous thought was triggered by a particular photo my mum pasted on my home’s living room wall, with some quotes by an anonymous author. It stated, “If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself.”

To a family who doesn't show care and concern for a family member, when the child doesn't have his identity secured as a family member, gradually thoughts of, “Why I am part of this family” comes to his / her mind.

Similar to this situation, lack of faith and knowledge of your identity as a child of God will lead you to question your self-worth. Not running to the correct source would lead to condemnation and unworthiness, caused by the lies of the enemy, saying that “You were just another person God created and not created with a purpose here on earth.”

As cliché as it may seem to some, the constant counter towards those insecurity thoughts had to be through prayer and reading the bible – constant fellowship (communion) with God. The acceptance through faith, believing the finished work on the Cross and declaring the Lordship of Jesus Christ over our lives grants an open door for God’s Spirit to dwell within us and He confirms our identity as children of Daddy God.

These constant confirmations led me to affirm my identity as Daddy’s kid:

1) Even though I once considered myself as garbage, God considers me precious in His eyes. He fearfully and wonderfully made me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) and I’m His treasured masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)
2) Even though I have weaknesses, with God’s help I can overcome them. I just have to humble myself and learn to lean and rely on Him (Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:37)
3) Even at times when I failed, I may be angry with myself and I fear trying again. But God always picks me up and calls me a mighty warrior and encourages me to try again (Judges 6). I am never left alone (Deuteronomy 31:6)
4) I may misinterpret God as an earthly fatherly figure. But I need to know that God is not a Daddy God I imagined Him to be sometimes. His love is unconditional and He is forever patient towards me (Romans 5:8).
5) I was created with a great purpose. God holds the best future of mine in His hands (Jeremiah 29:11).
Start to be in constant communion with the Spirit of God. Keep running to the treasured Word of God with expectancy, eagerness and childlike faith and let your identity be secured in God today. You are a precious child of God and He really really loves you a lot! :)
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Romans 12:1 (MSG)

"Child, I've never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love and more love!"

(Linked with Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays)

Rest In The LORD

by Tuesday, November 13, 2012
John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples to ask, “Are you the One we've been expecting, or are we still waiting?” Matthew 11:2-3 (MSG)
During these few days while I was seeking God, He has been speaking to me about resting in Him. I was in a state of tiredness, and I came to a point where I needed to ask myself, “Why am I so tired and drained physically and emotionally when I'm settling harsh issues?”

God brought me back to Matthew 11, and when I was reading through, this thought of irony came to my mind. Before John was put into prison, he was baptising people and preaching about repentance. He was preparing the way for Jesus, and He knew that Jesus was the one who was to come (Matthew 3:13-17). How is it possible that John can ask Jesus such a question when there was already confirmation?

I feel that sometimes we can be like John. When we are pushed to our limits, and we feel so emotionally drained because of so many things at hand, we may ask the question like John did. And I realized this - when I'm drained and exhausted with doing the work that Christ has commissioned me to do, it's either most probably because I'm doing this with my own strength, or because I did not encourage myself in the LORD after those discouragements I heard.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
For those who are experiencing a burnout currently, feeling that strain all over, or even have been hurt by people in the process of doing things for the LORD, I believe God wants to draw us back to walk and work with Him again - to realize that we are not doing the things He called us to do based on our own strength; we move in the grace of God.
“Soak and immerse yourselves in the river of My love and grace. I'm here to heal and restore broken hearts today. I grant rest to those I love. Don't focus on the problems you have at hand. Focus on Me. I WILL walk with you and bring you through. You are not meant to work and walk alone; I'll be with you always. Run to Me and lean upon Me.” says the LORD.
Daddy God has every single one of us in the palms of His hands, cradling us in His loving, big arms. Rest in the arms of grace. Stay close to Jesus and rest in the LORD. :)
He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
Psalm 23:2 (AMP)

Simply Worship!

by Friday, November 02, 2012
(Picture credits to The Outreach Singapore)
Revival comes with a price. Are you willing to pay the price?
Just want to take this opportunity to blog about a stay-over workshop I went last Friday to Saturday, called “Simply Worship”. It was a workshop meant to equip musicians and lead worshippers in preparation for revival, and I’m really honored and thankful to be there in the workshop, because the presence of God was so strong in that place. There was no way I could doubt that He showed up, and I’m assured once again, that God is crazily extremely awesome!

During the camp, God brought my focus back to the heart of worship. Before the workshops began, I was reading the foreword in the booklet, and it stated, “Worship is not just about technical skills, neither is it a performance. It is not about us in the first place but about bringing the congregation into the presence of GOD and deep into the Holy of Hollies.” It really spoke deep into my heart, and I believe it was the foundation of setting the right attitude before worship. The heart of worship should just be to please the Father and the Father alone, and at the same time, bring the congregation deeper in love with Jesus.

The workshops were really awesome. The technical parts of singing were covered (since I chose vocals). I learnt how to use models to choose songs, team dynamics, using various tools like visual aids (I was quite surprised that visual aids could be used! Haha…) and how to work with my worship team. The spiritual parts of worship were also covered, like the heart of worship (the fact that the number of instruments and skill level you are in doesn’t matter, etc.) and the power of praise. One verse that stood out, which I thought was also the theme verse for me during the entire workshop was John 4:24, that “We worship God in spirit and in truth.”

For day 1, during the sessions where we had to break out into vocals and instrumentals, my vocalist instructor (who said after the camp that she doesn’t like teaching HAHA) told us that, besides the song that was indicated for us, we also need to select another song. Initially I was like thinking to myself, “Huh so many Christian songs how to choose?” Because I was also too tired, I asked God to help me select a song. Then, when I was sleeping, I dreamt that I was leading worship at a white place, and everyone was singing the lyrics of divine exchange! And for day 2, we broke into our teams and we had to decide our role, on whether to be the lead or the co-lead. And I took the lead and decided to trust that the dream is from God.

I will frankly say that initially, when I was given the role of the lead worshipper, I was super nervous because I had stage fright, and I needed to ask God to help me overcome this. I really thank God, that during the practice sessions with my band, the instructors helped me a lot by giving me practical advices, care for my band members, and God also assured me to go with His strength. He reminded me, “Joy, you draw close to My presence first. And as you draw closer to Me, I’ll use you to draw people nearer to Me – into the Holy of Hollies.” During the last worship rehearsal of Day 2, when the instructors were not around, I just decided to whack and not be bothered by my fears anymore, and halfway, when I was singing, I had a word from the Lord, and when I spoke out a few words, I became so overwhelmed by His presence and love, and I started crying. I didn’t know why initially, but later I knew it was the Lord - He was overwhelming me with His love for His people.

Before the real thing came (later I’ll elaborate), everyone was just worshipping the Lord, and He visited us! The Pastor shared that he was touched by God while a dude was praying over him and the both of them roared in the Spirit, and the female Pastor gave a shout of triumph! It was like a Rodney Howard Browne (RHB) revival service, and there were breakouts of Holy Spirit manifestations! Everytime when we feel the tangible presence of Jesus, it should bring us back to reveal the character of God, and bring us into deeper revelation and intimacy with Him.

The massive one that really hit alot of us who were there, and I’m still overwhelmed till now, is the part after I prayed for a fellow brother-in-Christ (The Lord led me to pray for him). I was invited to join the circle when a brother and 3 sisters-in Christ, and we were joining hands, praying. Halfway through, I felt led to pray for the sister whom was beside me and I was holding her hands, and I felt that the Lord was totally taking over because I didn’t even need to prepare what words I should say (normally when the Lord leads me most of the times it’ll be like that), and she began weeping in the Spirit. Then I felt such a great intensity of heat upon my hands, and when I didn’t hold their hands anymore, I felt sweat all over my hands mann! The room was air conditioned, but I felt the fire of the Lord! Holy laughter broke out thereafter too! I lay down on the floor after a while, and coincidentally a sister who lay down with me felt the same thing – that we were lying down on green pastures! Praise the Lord!

And here comes the REAL thing, when our band had to be on stage and present the 2 songs. The instructors later decided that we should present only 1 song. Before I went up the stage, I prayed and told God to take center stage, and I knew that it wasn’t about me but Him and Him alone. And when I was up the stage, I was singing halfway and I felt the fire of God on the stage and my hands were trembling under the power! Now this was the tricky part for me: How do I stop my hands? (Haha) I managed to stop for a while so that I can show the hand signals, but, after the whole worship session, one of my band members told me she thought I was under the power of God and was not doing the free worship hand signal! Haha it’s super funny, but I really thank God that He gave me a vision, and the words to speak out to the congregation!  (One thing I learnt too was to structure my sentences and not speak too much hahaha sorry sorry)

Thank God for those 2 days mann! And I believe these are precious encounters that you and I can experience with Jesus everyday! All you need to do is to hunger and desire for more of Him, and God will surely fill you up! Know that, when God touches you, it’s not for you to get a feeling; we get to know God better through our encounters with Him!

I learn that God is a fun God, and He loves to dwell with His people! Thankful for a God that loves me dearly so much! :D
How much are you willing to desire and hunger? How desperate are you to see revival come? I won’t settle for anything less because I know I can expect more from a Big Daddy God. There must be more than this! Come, Jesus come. In you beautiful timing, come…  #seasonforbreakthroughs
My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Ezekiel 37:27 (NIV)
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
Psalm 84:10 (NIV)

“Are My People Ready?”

by Friday, October 26, 2012

I sense in my heart an urgency - a strong voice thundering repetitively in my spirit, “I'm coming back soon...” After seeing the news of the most recent earthquake hit upon Indonesia, the Lord brought me to this verse:

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
Matthew 24:7-8 (NIV)

The earthquake was a sign that Jesus is coming back soon. Sometimes we can get so complacent that we forget that He is coming back for us. We drink, make merry, celebrate, and live as though we thought we still have a lot more time to waste.

Are you ready for the coming of the Lord? The heart of the Father beats out this cry, “Are my people ready for my coming?”

There are still people out there not knowing that there is a God who loves them and desires to pour out His love upon them. They are like sheep without shepherd (Matthew 9:36), searching for the truth. This is why Jesus said that the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few (Matthew 9:37). God wants those who know the truth to lead his people into the truth - only found in one man, Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

God is not searching for qualified people to come into his service. Preaching His Gospel is not about eloquence. God is looking for people that will simply say, “God, send me. I will go where You want me to go.” God does not call the qualified; He qualifies the called.

May God place in your hearts today the urgency of the call, and may you be compelled by His love to share the Gospel at all cost.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

“What are you waiting for? I have commanded you to be strong and courageous! Just as nothing separated you from my love (Romans 8:39), let not your fears, doubts, and worries separate my people from my love.”

When Love Leads

by Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NKJV)
If you have watched a revival video (Like someone would lay hands on someone and they will fall in the Spirit, be healed of their illness, etc.), been to a healing crusade or revival service when you have witnessed the power of God before, or read numerous verses of the life stories of Jesus, apostle Paul (healing through handkerchief in Acts 19:11-12) and apostle Peter (Healing through shadows in Acts 5:15-16), I believe you will know what I mean here. Watching revival and testimony videos, and particularly the chapters in the bible that shows different ones, for instance Jesus and the apostles performing miracles, would never fail to capture my attention. When I watched and read about all these people performing miracles, being set free of bondage, healed physically and emotionally through people, the first statement that I told God was this, “God I want to do that too!”

Overtime, as I begin walking with Jesus each day, he reveals to me through His Word in 2 Corinthians 6:11-13, that walking and moving in the supernatural first required me to open my heart to let Him work in, through and with me. This has always been a statement that God has been reminding me. I need to be open to be teachable, to believe in what God believes in, abide and remain in Him and walk closely with Him.

As I begin to open my heart to be teachable, God began to correct me (I really thank God teaching and being patient with me). Though I was all fascinated, fired up and all cool about walking and moving in the supernatural, God began to question the root. 1 Corinthians 13 addresses the issue of the root clearly:
If I had the gift of prophecy and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2 (NLT)
I began to realize that those people who could move in the supernatural did not do it out of fascination. They weren’t drawing attention to themselves because they realized that, even if they could do all that miracles, they were doing it because of God’s enablement. God enables them and works through them because He loves His beloved people. I believe with my whole heart that God can heal, restore and work through me, but like what the verse stated above, if I do not have love for His people, what’s the use of being able to perform all that miracles?

Sometimes I do fall into that mindset of fascination, that I feel all great that I am walking and moving in the supernatural because it’s really crazy and out of the ordinary. Frankly speaking, it’s really all cool. Friends, today I believe that we need to go back to question the root of our desire. Do we desire to walk and move in the supernatural because it’s all cool, or because we just want to manifest God’s love through us and touch His people? Glory shouldn’t be going to us when we can walk and move in the supernatural, because we are not the source; glory should be given to the Only source, Jesus.

“Beloved children, I am enabling you to walk and move in the supernatural, not because I have all power in heaven and I am showing off to them through you; I am empowering you because I love you and I love them. When I enable you to do so, just go out and love My people.”

Open your heart and let God work through you. All in all, let your foundation of walking and moving in the supernatural be rooted in God’s love for His people. Let love lead you to do what God is enabling you to do today. :)
Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV)

“Come Away With Me”

by Saturday, September 29, 2012
The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)
God placed dreams in my heart that is centered towards my sphere of influence. He gave me faith to believe for their salvation. His love moved my heart so much, and I was once praying with so much passion, because my eyes were fixed on what God believes in.

As I said above, “I was once praying with so much passion, because my eyes were fixed on what God believes in.” I thought I still believed in what God believed in, that He desires for them to know Him. But as I was brought back to the times I prayed with so much faith (mostly God given and ignited faith), I looked at myself now, and I asked myself what caused the change? I wasn’t that passionate in prayer for them anymore. Why?

I was brought back to this fact, that it’s not that His love for them changed, it’s just because I didn’t see a change in that situation, and it brought me to feel tired. I stopped believing in what God believed in, and the tiredness in my soul wasn’t exchanged for God’s faith. My soul was unconsciously swayed to the path of giving up, and I gradually didn’t believe as much as I believed before.

This week, I felt God reigniting a faith inside of me again. Through the dreams He gave me, the reminders that was given through my friends and leaders’ prayer – even mere conversations, God was making it so obvious to me, “I want to restore broken dreams. I want to reignite faith into your soul. Turn your eyes back towards what I believe in.”

(Before I was typing this chunk above, I asked God for a word that will encourage you people who are reading this now. And I’m so thankful that God is an Encourager, and He encouraged me through these words below too!)

“My beloved people, why are your souls casted into despair? What made you stop believing in the dreams I have upon the people I have placed within you? Dreams that you have lost hope upon, dreams that you have ceased to believe - I am about to restore broken, shattered dreams. Look towards me – towards My heart.

Come away with Me! See what I believe about My beloved! Everyone whom I call My masterpiece and My precious ones - these are the people I love. I am outrageously, passionately in love with My people! See the amount of love I have bestowed on My beloved people, and let faith begin to arise in your soul so that you will be able to believe in what I believe again!”

Friends, God has never ceased loving the people around you. That unsaved family member, friend or relative of yours still remains dear to His heart till today. God has never given up on them, so why are you looking towards hopeleness? His heart still breaks and weeps for them. His heart is moved in compassion for them.

And isn’t it so awesome that when God sees us giving up on that person’s salvation, He didn't say, “Oh so you give up on that person already? Then I’ll give up on Him too.” The outrageous, passionate, unconditional love that He has compels Him to love and believe even more.

Turn your eyes back to Him, friends. Turn your eyes back to the time when you once believed so strongly. That instance of faith wasn’t a hype; that was how much God wants you to believe in that person! If you can’t bring yourself to believe, ask God for His faith! If you never have a dream for someone, ask God to show you someone who doesn’t know / hasn’t acknowledged the need for Jesus. “I dare you to believe! I dare you to believe for the impossible! I am not limited by impossibilities, but by the smallness of your minds towards who I am. Come away with Me! Cling on to Me! Dare to dream and dream again!” says the Lord.

Is his love worn threadbare? Has his salvation promise burned out?
Psalm 77:8 (MSG) 
"What do you mean, 'If I can'?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes."
Mark 9:23 (NLT)

Harvest Time!

by Tuesday, September 04, 2012
You know the saying, 'Four months between planting and harvest.' But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest.
John 4:35 (NLT)
I’m so thankful for the people God has placed in my life. Thank God for using me to touch His people. I know that without God, I can do nothing. I thank God that at times when I don’t believe in myself, He believes in me. If it was not for Jesus’s finished work on the Cross and the many people God has placed in my life as a source of encouragement and pillar of strength for my walk in Him, I believe I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t even be typing these out! Glory to Jesus!

For the past week it was the happiest days of my life. I believe the heavens were rejoicing even more than I was. Before last Saturday, my schoolmate rededicated her life to Jesus! I was so happy because she was actually a random friend that God ordained for me to meet. I will say it’s super random, but yet a divinely appointed friend relationship that God has planned out for me.

Last Sunday, which was a few days ago, my older sister rededicated her life to Christ too! I am so overwhelmed and happy for her! From the past month I have been inviting her to visit my church and come for outreaches just to have fun, but she was busy. Randomly, during this week, I decided to text my brother and sisters to invite them to church. It was only this Sunday that my older sister decided to come and visit, and I thank God for touching her. She felt God’s presence and didn’t really know why it was happening to her, and I thank God that He loves her and works in mysterious ways, far more than I could ever imagine!

Also, yesterday, I went to my schoolmate’s home (which was the girl stated above) and was just causally talking to her younger sister. I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to share the Gospel with her, as well as how God has touched my life. It took me a while just to share, and I thank God that it was all worthwhile because she gave her life to Christ for the first time! Thank You Jesus!

God spoke to me, “Joy, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest! Look at the multitudes at the valley of decision! Every unsaved person I have placed in your life is part of that field. Never let your past rejections stop you from sharing the Good News about me. I change hearts and move people with My love. Be sensitive to My spirit and prompting…”

Just want to encourage those of you who are reading this today. Maybe you have unsaved family members, relatives, colleagues and friends that you have been constantly praying for their salvation. Maybe you felt tired over these years and you ask God why He isn’t doing anything for them. Friends, just as how God loves us, He loves them the same. Some of them may still need you to cover them under prayer so that their hearts will be opened, but for others God wants to use you to speak into their lives. Maybe you may feel awkward and ask yourself how you can break out this Good News to them. I pray that God will grant you boldness to share the Gospel without fear, because the Gospel is just that simple, and since you have the perfect love in your heart, which is Jesus (1 John 4:18), why do you fear?

Or perhaps this is your first time visiting this site and you have never heard about Jesus, or you have heard about Jesus for countless times. I just want to share with you that God loves you a lot! He loves you so much, that even before you knew Him, He knew you and He sent His one and only son, Jesus to die on the Cross for your sin. If not for Jesus, I won’t be where I am today. Even at times when I am feeling down, or when I am going through a rough season, I know I can stay joyful, because Jesus is with me, giving me the strength to press on and He has won the victory for my situations. God is our Heavenly Father, but He is not the Daddy as some of you imagine Him to be. Though He is God, He loves us so much, to the point that He pursues us and desires to have a relationship with us, like a Father and child relationship. He is different, and He really loves you a lot! (Do click on this link Prayer Line page to find out more!)

This is my prayer today, Lord, that You will release a spirit of boldness upon Your people today so that they will share Your Good News without fear. Help us to understand that You are doing this with us, and we are never alone. Help us to be so sensitive to Your spirit and to know the times we are living in right now. Without You Jesus, I can do nothing…
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
Joel 3:14 (NIV)

His Love, My Boast

by Thursday, July 19, 2012
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)
Ephesians 2:4-5 (NLT)
Since Saturday's encounter till now, I have been standing in awe of God's love for me. No matter how much I don't believe in myself, He always reassures me and bring me to a point where His sweet embrace and loving voice will cover me, and I'll never forget what He spoke, “My beloved Joy, don't let your weaknesses crumple you Call, for My love is more than enough to sustain you. I desire to use you, my child. Be open to me and let me work in, through and with you.”
If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.
2 Timothy 2:13 (AMP)
I don't know how I can express this. I think it was from the feedback that my friends gave me that I realized I have been using the word crazy, and I really think that the love of Jesus is so crazy - so crazy that at the thought of it overwhelms my soul. The thought that never fails to blow my mind away is this: even at times when I failed or walked away from Him, He stays the same and His love always remains.

I know I found a love that changed my life forever - something that is so out of the ordinary and it was what could not find in this world today. No matter how hard I may try to deny, I can never deny my experience with this special love: Jesus. And I know that no matter how I try to boast my love for Jesus, it can never amount to His precious love for me.
Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.
John 13:23 (NKJV)
I want to be like the disciple John who boasts in my love for Jesus, because I cannot even compare my love for Him. My love for Him can't strengthen me in my weakness; His love can. This is my prayer today Lord, that Your love becomes my boast.

Good Friday

by Friday, April 06, 2012

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the LORD laid on him
the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
for the rebellion of my people.
Isaiah 53:4-8 (NLT)

Good Friday is here. Once again, I thank God for my salvation. I thank Him that He sent his one and only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins.

I thank Jesus for obeying the call. No matter how much humiliation and pain He received, He didn't said a word: he could have given up the call and tell His Father in heaven that He wanted to go back to heaven. After all, He is God and He had the power to do so.

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
Hebrews 12:2 (NLT)

In the end, Jesus still finished the work on the cross. I heard Him speak to me, “My child, the cross I shall endure, for you are the joy that was set before me.”

My friends, let's be thankful for what He has done, and let's not hold back this gift of love from anyone. Even as we remember Good Friday, let us also take this opportunity to share with others about the Savior's love.

Jesus loves you and He wants you to take that step of faith to let Him into your life. Will you take this simple step of faith to invite Him into your life?

The Holy Spirit My Master

by Monday, April 02, 2012

A few days ago, I was having very bad stomach cramps. I was so focused on the pain I am going through that I didn't want to talk to anyone. At that moment, God reminded me of this verse:

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

At that time, I wanted to open my mouth and just talk to someone. No matter how I prayed, I was still focused on the pain I was going through. My body was so weak till I almost gave up praying, and God had to remind me again, “Your spirit is the ruler of your body.”

I believe this is reason why dying to the flesh is so important:

For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.
Romans 8:13 (AMP)

Letting your flesh become the ruler of your spirit leads to destruction. Since the lusts of the flesh are not in accordance with the spirit of God, if you allow it to rule over your spirit, it will lead to sin. But when you allow the Holy Spirit to become the master over your flesh, you will lead a holy life.

Even if your flesh fails, God is the strength of your heart and your portion forever (Psalm 73:26). With the Holy Spirit as your master, he will strengthen you and remind you of the promises of God, and he will never lead you to sin. But to choose between your body and the Holy Spirit as your master, it's for you to decide.

Jesus knew that our spirit may be so willing to desire to please him, but we are still living in the flesh. Watch out and pray - keep guard and let the Holy Spirit be the master of your body.

Holy Spirit, be the master of my life. At times when I feel weak because of my physical body, help me to fix my eyes on Jesus...

Honest Heart Leads To Honest Worship

by Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Holy Spirit led me to the chapter when Adam and Eve sinned. They hid away from God because they ate from the tree which God had forbidden them to eat from. I asked Him what the outcome would have been if Adam and Eve confessed their sin to God. He then told me to analyse their attitudes.

Adam and Eve thought of God to be someone who would punish them. At the same time feeling guilty, they wanted to push responsibilities to other people so that God will perhaps spare them from the punishment.

“Maybe if I push the responsibility to Eve, I would be spared and I may continue to work in the garden. Anyway, from the beginning, I was alone. God shouldn't have placed the woman as my helper. Instead of helping me, she made me sinned against God.” Adam thought to himself.

“I shouldn't have listened to the serpent. Now my eyes are opened and I'm so ashamed. Maybe I should just push the blame to the serpent, since he was the one who told me that I can eat the fruit and I won't die.” Eve was thinking of what she should say to God.

Both thought of a strategic plan.
Both thought they would be spared from death since someone instigated them to eat that fruit.
Both blamed others for their own actions.

But both weren't confident if their plan would work.
Both were afraid so they hid away from God.
Both felt shameful because their eyes were opened and they realised that they were wrong.

Still, both decided not to take responsibility for their own actions. Rather, they decided to give their defense.

If both were honest before God, and if both understood the nature of God, that he is a forgiving God, both would have confessed their sin and ask Him to pardon them.

“Identify yourself with Adam and Eve, and ask yourself if you really understand who I am.” This was the thought that birthed in my spirit after I understood what God wanted of me.

Some of us got the understanding that God is a God of wrath, because He told Adam and Eve, “You'll surely die if you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” We understand that God is just, but we left out the nature of God's forgiveness toward us. So, rather than being honest, we tried to hide away from Him.

When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Psalm 32:3-5 (NLT)

Even David had the mere understanding that God is a just God, so he decided to hide his sins from God. That was when he understood, that the more he tried to hide, the more he will only be wasting away. When he understood that God is also a God of mercy, he confessed all his rebellion and God forgave him. “And you forgave me! (Verse 5)” What astounding revelation David thought he found when he confessed all his sins to God!

“Come clean before me so that I can make you clean.” Maybe Jesus is whispering in your hearts right now, to come clean before him. He knows everything, so stop trying to hide.

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NLT)

God understands out weakness, so why not cease hiding, but start to be honest before God? Come clean and receive his grace and strength to “Go and sin no more (John 8:11).”

God I know You'll never give me a temptation too hard for me to overcome. Yet when at times when I sinned against You, grant me the courage to come boldly to Your throne of grace so that it may help me in time of need. Give me the strength to go and leave my life of sin. Help me to be honest before You. Thank You Jesus for understanding my weaknesses. Because of You, I can be strong. I ♥ You Jesus.


by Monday, March 19, 2012

Touched by God's love, I'll never be the same again...

Really thank God for what He has down through Encounter retreat. Was simply overwhelmed when the revelation of the cross was shown to me. God not only taught me about His forgiveness and love; He wanted me to extend it to the people in my sphere of influence.

Thankful for the Holy Spirit for being so evident throughout the whole retreat, revealing past things that I should have dealt with. The whole cry I had for this Encounter was to lay every past things at his feet. Love Jesus for being so personal and for His finished work, and at the same time thank Him for releasing me from the prisons the devil has kept me captive for so long, and healing me from those past hurts. It was just a word from Jesus, “It is finished,” and my life was totally set free from those strongholds.

Also the Holy Spirit reminded me that my life is a story with a message, and God is inviting me to write a better story. Yes no doubt after the Encounter I may be like Jesus's disciple, Peter, standing on rough waters again, I know I will fix my eyes on Jesus and I am not going to go back to the prison the devil once locked me into, for I know I am a child of God and I am destined for greater. I will triumph and claim the victory that Jesus has won on the cross, for He is for me, so who will stand against me?

Father seal that work that You have done in this Encounter. Help me not to doubt; I'll never desire to turn back again. Use me for greater in this generation God. Let me humble myself the lowest so that I may exalt You the highest. This is my cry...
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