Know Jesus!

by Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Here are just 10 thoughts you can question yourself to find out if you really know Jesus:

1) If I found out about Jesus through my friends or through people who have evangelized to me, most probably I don't know Jesus yet (Romans 10:10)
2) If I believe Jesus won't accept me just because of the screwed past I had, or just because I've backslidden, most probably I don't know Jesus well (1 John 2:1)
3) If I think Jesus chooses perfectionist and qualified to come into His service, most likely I need to check out who Jesus really is (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)
4) If I believe miracles are of the past - I don’t believe that Jesus can work a miracle in my life, most probably I need to know the Power of God (1 John 14:12)
5) If I don't know the voice of Jesus - if I cannot distinguish between the voice of the enemy and the voice of God, most probably I don't know Jesus well yet (John 10:27)
6) If I doubt God's intentions and plans for my life, and I believe my plan is the better plan, most probably I don't really know Jesus (Jeremiah 29:11)
7) If I tend to worry about things - even the slightest things, most probably I'm not placing my full trust in Jesus yet (Matthew 6:34)
8) If I think Jesus purposefully wants to make me suffer in situations just because I've sinned against Him, most probably I don't know Jesus well (2 Corinthians 4:17)
9) If I think Jesus condemns me when I sinned against Him, most probably I don't know the character of Jesus that well (John 3:17)
10) If I'm giving Jesus all the praise at good times and blaming Him in all bad situations, most probably I don't know Jesus well enough (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

When I really know Jesus, these situations shouldn't be a part of a play in my life. When I really know Jesus, I recognise who Jesus is, and I don't misunderstand Him at all. Hard times shouldn't distort the Jesus I knew. When I really know Jesus, there should be a relationship between me and Him, and the relationship shouldn't just be on the surface; I will have a desire to get deeper and closer into His presence, until I can distinctively recognise His voice. Even the people around will call you blessed because the Lord's favour is upon your life!

You see, I can go to Google and search, “Who is Jesus?” I can find out 1000, or even infinite facts about Jesus. I can sit in church every Sunday and have the word of God preached to me. I can take up some bible courses or become a bible scholar myself. I can memorise the entire bible and quote from scripture to scripture. But, in the end, I only know about Jesus; I don’t know Jesus at all - know the difference!

For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.
Hebrews 4:2 (NIV)

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
John 1:12-13 (NIV)

I cannot know a friend well unless I step into a relationship with him or her. Same here, I need to step into a relationship with Jesus to know Him, and this requires faith on my part.

Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.
Mark 4:20 (NIV)

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.
James 4:7-8 (NIV)

For those who already have a relationship with Jesus, good for you! But if all those 10 situations are a playing a part in your life, maybe you need to go closer to God through the word, for the word is God and He is the word (John 1:1). If you really know Jesus, you will really know the heartbeat of Christ, and neither the devil nor anyone can take away the truth you know about Jesus.

Is the Jesus you know the Jesus you should know? Do you just know about Jesus, or do you really know Jesus? It's time to know Jesus for yourself, if you haven't.

Super Thankful!

by Thursday, January 19, 2012
Cute right? Haha! :D

Super thankful for street e today! Went with Valerie, Jessica, Alistair, Randy and Joel Lin to Serangoon NEX!

Before we went to street e Jesus gave me a word:

Multitudes, multitudes
in the valley of decision!
For the day of the LORD is near
in the valley of decision.
Joel 3:14

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
Isaiah 61:1

God told me to pray over the place that we're doing street e, that it will be a place where there are multitudes in the valley of decision, and that he has given me an anointing to bring the Gospel to His people. So I prayed over the place and the group of us that are going there.

Then Val, Jess and me decided to go to MacDonalds at Serangoon Ave 3... Tho we were supposed to start at 6.30, by the time we walked there, it was already 7 - the time we had to meet those boys. In my heart I was asking God: "How do I do now with so little time?"

He just told me, "Go!"

Ok so the three of us spoke to 3 girls sitting at MacDonalds, and we got the chance to share the Gospel and I got the chance to share my testimony and the miracles that I encountered in my life. Thank God all three of them received Jesus into their hearts! Glory to Jesus!

So while I was taking the bus back home, I really felt happy that I can see salvation happening today. At the same time God spoke to me:

"I kept you alive for this very purpose, that you will proclaim my power to the people around you."

Super thankful that I am alive today and can be a part of this creative plan. As much as I want to have a dream that these 3 girls will become passionate worshipers of Christ, somehow there's something burning in my heart, that God wants to use me as a revivalist to shake nations and proclaim His power anywhere I go.

Thankful to Jesus.. Dad thanks, for you never fail... :)

Abundance Coming Your Way!

by Monday, January 16, 2012
Wheat Heads Pictures, Images and Photos

Maybe you are in a situation where you have been trying to make ends meet. You are having financial situations or debts and feel like you have been living in days of famine, where you are trying to scrimp and save just to get your daily meals. Today, God wants to tell us, that even in days of famine, we can still prosper and reap in abundance!

Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him
Genesis 26:12-14 (NIV)

How can Isaac plant and reap crops in the days of famine? People around him must be thinking: “Well this fellow must be nuts. Why not just go to Egypt and collect some food rations so that his family will survive?” Even Isaac initially thought of going down to Egypt to get food (Genesis 26:1). But God stopped him and told him clearly, “Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and bless you (Genesis 26:3).” You see, obedience in the Lord leads to a bountiful blessings coming your way (Proverbs 3:6). People out there may be suffering and going out to buy food for survival, but you will be there reaping crops; even counting to a hundredfold (Genesis 26:12)!

When we are firm in the Lord and when we shift our focus onto Jesus, we’ll prosper and never fear. Even in days of famine and drought, we will never fail to bear fruit. When we fix our eyes on Jesus, no matter what may come our way, we will be able to supernaturally walk and prosper. Even Peter initially fixed his eyes on Jesus, and he could walk while the storm was raging (Matthew 14:29). But when he took his eyes off Jesus, immediately he fell (Matthew 14:30). You may be like Peter today, shouting for Jesus, “Lord, save me in this situation!” But the Lord wants you to concentrate on Him alone; to trust and not doubt (Matthew 14:31).

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.”
Jeremiah 17:5-6 (NIV)

When you trust in yourself and are having the mindset that, “I can do things with my own strength,” and you reject the Lord’s blessings, you are like a bush in the wastelands, not seeing prosperity when it comes, “I hate what I am facing now. All the problems are like a heavy load upon me.” This is because you are concentrating too much on the current situation you are facing that you are missing out the Lord’s blessings upon your life. Drawing strength from your mere flesh is akin to dwelling in the dry places of the desert, where your strength is used up and you try to seek help but no one is around. Only Jesus can satisfy your need.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NIV)

Put your confidence in the Lord today. The Lord is saying that anyone who puts his confidence in him will never fear when heat comes; it leaves are always green. It will have no worries in a year of drought for he will always bear fruit. Notice that drought and fruit, or heat and green leaves doesn’t make sense or any link at all. How can be produced fruits be produced in a drought or the leaves remaining green when heat comes? Most probably the drought will let all the fruits be dried up or the leaves will turn brown and wither. But take heart today, for our God is a supernatural God and he wants to usher us to a supernatural and abundant season, where we will prosper and be crowned with abundance.

Let the poor say I am rich and let the weak say I am strong. Blessed are you who trust in the Lord for you will see abundance coming your way!

You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
letting them drink from your river of delights.
Psalm 36:8 (NLT)
The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
Psalm 121:5 (NIV)


by Friday, January 13, 2012

Great to be starting out on the fuel 30 bible reading program with TheEDGE, reading the whole New Testament in just 30 days! Haha initially I thought it was nuts that I must read the whole New Testament in 30 days- it just blows my mind okay? Haha but thanks be to Jesus that I can always finish reading the fuel 30 plus the 1 year whole bible plan that is still ongoing. Thank God for His strength and favor, and also the fire that He inserted into my heart that makes me want to quickly finish school and continue reading on. Sometimes, without realising, I read over the plan heehee! :p

To me, getting a revelation from God's word everyday is like striking lottery! I get a great satisfaction everyday when I found a revelation, and I am always thankful that Jesus never fails to speak to me. Haha I can imagine the times when I read and I am in Jesus's arms, and He goes so close to me and speak to my ears. It's important to speak to God, it's also as important to hear God!

So i just thought I could share something that God spoke to me yesterday:

For the whole bible plan yesterday, these particular verses caught my entire attention. I even went to bed thinking: "Woah this is crazy mann!" How can Peter's shadow heal the sick and set the demonic oppressed free?

Outrageous, outrageous, outrageous. While I stood in awe of the shadow, Jesus spoke to me

Child, your shadow can be as outrageous as Peter's.

That's it. I decided to read to on, and I discovered so many things that Peter actually did for the church of God, and the time he spent in God's presence. Peter, you are a freak - a Jesus freak!

Then, as I read on in Acts 9, by the power of God, Tabitha was raised to life. Peter, you're a crazy dude!

God continued to tell me that spending time in His presence is important- not only being present, but dwelling (living) in the shelter of the Almighty will let the walls break down and I'll realise that I can be as close to Jesus! I can be doing even greater works than what the apostles are doing:

Conclusion: Be a Jesus freak and you will be a carrier of His presence. Even your shadow will become freaky- the sickness and the demons will freak out!

With Jesus, It Ain't Over!

by Tuesday, January 10, 2012

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10 (NIV)

I recalled the first day of Primary 1. I was so excited to go to school to meet my new friends. I bet that if you knew me during my primary school days, I would tell you: “I love going to school because of friends and the ice cream!”

Until I reached Primary 5 and I had a change of school. I wouldn't deny that the absence of ice-cream was part of the reason why I didn't like school as much as before. When I reached Primary 6, where the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) was around the corner, stress overcame me, and I didn't like school because of exams.

As the years went on, proceeding to Secondary school life, I didn't like the numerous amounts of subjects I needed to take. The long hours of school dampened my spirit all the more: “Why must I wake up early? Why are there so many subjects to take? So stressed up...”

End of Secondary school life (Hooray! Well, I'll take back that cheer for now). Coming to Poly life, I wasn't well adjusted into the school system where they don't spoon-feed students anymore. Everyday, a presentation and reflection journal was needed to be handed in by the end of the lesson. “Sian (singlish word for boring). I hate school!”

I was saying sian everyday until God had to knock at the doors of my heart: “Child, where had your initial joy of going to school gone to?”

Well, that was a real knock in the head. If you are reading this right now, and have been always saying that your life is sian (boring) or you have been saying this for the past 5 minutes, maybe this is for you.

Jesus is telling us that He is here to give us life to the full. So stop wagging your tongue and telling yourself that you have no life. The devil stole your joy of living, but with Jesus, it ain't over! “Whatever. You don't know my situation. I have so many problems at hand. Let me just die.” My friends, look back to Jesus, and ask for a restoration of His joy into your life.

Maybe you are dealing with your past hurts that have been compiling up like a mountain, and you don't know how to get out of it. Friend, you are not alone. One thing you must be aware of is that the devil had destroying the image of the people you think they have inflicted hurt upon, stolen away your joy or your happy relationship with your parents, and he is killing that peace in your heart. If your life is being affected in a negative way because of this, it is not of God but of the thief. The thief doesn't have the final say; the restorer has the final say!

If you are dealing with a health issue, or your loved one has been dealing with it over a period of time, I want to assure you that this is from the thief as he had stolen away your health, and you can have your health restored just by calling on the name of Jesus. The positive result of you having the illness in your body doesn't have the final say, because with Jesus, it ain't over!

Do you identify yourself with anything that has been stolen, killed or destroyed? It can be your broken or dashed dreams, joy, peace and even your health. Begin to call upon Jesus and believe that He has given you a life to have it to the full. Remember, with Jesus, it ain't over!

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.
Luke 19:10 (NIV)

As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.
Ezekiel 34:12 (NIV)

A Beautiful Exchange

by Thursday, January 05, 2012

“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.
Luke 22:42-44 (NLT)

Put yourself in Jesus's shoes. You are going to be betrayed by your disciple and are going to be sent to be crucified. I believe you, even I, will be praying like Jesus, for the cup of suffering to be taken away from me. Yet it was for God's will for all to be saved through Jesus. Thankfully, Jesus endured the cross, and now, because of the victory on the cross, we can have this beautiful exchange:

1) Punishment to eternal life
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!
Isaiah 53:4 (NLT)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (NLT)

Whatever that Jesus bore - shame, humiliation, torture, death (John 19), we were all supposed to bear these things, given that we are sinful. But Jesus took what we deserved - our punishment, in exchange for us to have eternal life.

2) The old self to a new creation
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.
Romans 6:6 (NLT)

When we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour, our old self was crucified at the cross, and through Christ's death, we exchange our old self to a new creation. We are no longer slaves to sin; we are children of the Most High God!

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.
2 Corinthians 5:1-4 (NLT)

God also promises us that when we leave our physical body, we will have heavenly new bodies specially handcrafted by God!

3) Sickness to wholeness
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.
Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)

Jesus was beaten so that we could exchange our sickness for healing. If you are currently sick, no matter how minor the illness may be, begin to declare that you will be made whole because of the whippings Jesus endured on the cross. Let the weak say I am strong!

4) Defeat to continuous victory
For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.
1 John 5:4 (NLT)

Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.
Revelation 17:14 (NLT)

You may have failed before, and you deemed yourself as a failure for life. How can you determine your past like a prophecy book? Your past is a history book, and it is a crossover to let success reign in your life when you are determined to say: “I will not walk back to this again!”

You may currently be suffering from addictions now, and no matter how much you tried to kick that off, it refuses to leave your life. Friend, begin to declare the victory of Jesus upon your life! If Jesus can conqueror and triumph over death on the cross, what makes you think you are going to stay a failure forever? Exchange your past defeat to a constant victory through Jesus!

What a beautiful exchange! Thank Jesus for what He has done, and start claiming the promises He has for your life. You are loved by Jesus today and forever!

Lastly, just wanna share a song that I just heard today after I blogged. I didn't know this song existed haha! :D

A Beautiful Exchange

You were near
Though I was distant
Disillusioned I was lost and insecure

Still mercy fought
For my attention
You were waiting at the door
Then I let You in

Trading Your life
For my offenses
For my redemption
You carried all the blame

Breaking the curse
Of our condition
Perfection took our place

When only love
Could make a way
You gave Your life
In a beautiful exchange

My burden erase, my life forgiven
There is nothing that could take this love away

My only desire, and sole ambition
Is to love You just the same

When only love
Could make a way
You gave Your life
In a beautiful exchange

When only love
Could break these chains
You gave Your life
In a beautiful exchange

Holy are You God
Holy is Your name
With everything I've got
My heart will sing how I love You

Draw Me Closer

by Monday, January 02, 2012

Jesus, bring me and draw me even closer to You today. I want to feel Your presence 24/7. I'm not satisfied because sometimes I am feeling that You are not near. Of course, this is the wrong of my part, for I know that You never left me or forsaken me at all. Who am I that I should ask for such things? I know, God, that I am nothing, but because of Your love, and because of the death Jesus paid on the cross, I became the child of the Most High.

Father, teach me to humble myself before Your throne. I know that there is a difference between being prideful because of what I've done, versus being prideful because of what You have done through me. Father, you said You oppose the proud and give grace to the humble. Let me learn to recognise that You are the source of every glorious work that I am currently doing now. I learn and promise to give You the glory today.

Bring me and draw me closer to You, God. Knock down every walls and ceilings that have been stopping Your presence from coming through. Lord I want a greater fire, so evident in my life that people will recognise You through me, and that I am a person that You have blessed.

Bless my family, my leaders You have placed above me, and those Poly friends around me. May my family come to realisation that I am on the road to walk on Your path. I surrender, die to self and take my daily supply of grace today. Use me Lord for Your glory.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1
Lord I want You closer. Let me not depend on emotions, but on the faith of Yours... I need You more than yesterday...
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