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)
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