What Does It Mean To Be Free?

by Friday, November 21, 2014
John 8:31-32 (AMP)
So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

“And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” This is a verse commonly quoted by many Christians. What does it mean to be truly free? And how can we stay free?

1) True freedom comes when we hold fast to the teachings of Jesus.
Jesus has just spoken the truth about himself, stating that “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.” (John 8:23-24) He spoke that his Father has sent him to do His will here on earth (John 8:28-29). “Even as he spoke, many believed in him.” (John 8:31) Jesus then moves on to speak to those who just believed in what He said.

Many of us know the truth - we know Jesus as the Son of God; we know He wants to set us free - we know a lot about the truth, but surprisingly still live in bondage. Why is this so? The answer to true freedom lies in the condition by which Jesus has spoken about having true freedom,

If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

When we hold to the teachings of Jesus, growing to become disciples in the process, living in accordance with His Word, then we will know the truth, and the truth will set us free. True freedom and discipleship doesn't just come by having mere intellectual knowledge of His Word; it comes when we fully accept the teachings of Jesus and do what it says (James 2:17).

2) To be truly free, we need to have an understanding of what Jesus means when He says “the Truth will set you free
Zooming into the spiritual condition in Corinth, there were 2 great dangers that threatened to destroy the church and their spiritual life. One was legalism, making the Christian life a matter of obeying certain rules and regulations; even salvation was dependent on obeying them. The other was antinomianism, teaching that freedom in Christ made them free to so whatever they pleased without moral restraint. However, freedom defined in the bible doesn't mean we are able to do as we wish and however we want so that somehow God's grace may be seen even more in the forgiveness of sins.

When Jesus spoke to the new believers in John's day that “the truth will set you free”, he was speaking about spiritual freedom - the release from being a slave to sin (John 8:34). The Jews would have to understand that they could not hold their status of being a descendant of Abraham as a guarantee that they would remain in God's family and in His favour, because they were slaves to sin. Neither following the laws religiously or just knowing about freedom would grant them spiritual freedom. They would need to make a decision to be a disciple of Christ, know the truth of their spiritual condition and the truth about Christ, and let Jesus set them free.

3) Freedom brings back the believer to understand sacredness.
Holding fast to the teachings of Jesus seems hard. If we do not understand the reason for teachings Jesus gave, it will become a rule book, and we will fall into the trap of being legalistic.

The people in the past did not understand the reasons for the Law, and they have thought of the Lord as a bondage bringer without actually realising that God is a bondage breaker!The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” (Psalm 2:2-3). The 10 commandments seemed burdensome to follow up with, and the people would rather worship Baal because it was an easy way out - in one instance, they could gratify the desires of their flesh through having sexual 'worship' with the temple prositutes of Baal.

If we were to understand the reasons for 10 commandments and the teachings of Jesus, it all boils down to 1 word: Sacred. Your life and mine are sacred; worship is sacred; marriage, time and work are sacred, and it is in understanding the sacredness of who God has created us to be that we are able to live meaningful and wonderful lives, fulfilling the intended purpose of being a blessing to others, having a deep intimate relationship with a covenant keeping and loving God, and live in accordance with the teachings of Jesus joyfully.

What's next!
1) In a world where there are many voices and opinions, allow the Lord to be the authority over your life so that you will live in true freedom and not waver. Commit yourself to the Lord and hold fast [accepting and acting in accordance] to His Word.

2) Let the Lord be the bondage breaker over your life. If you can point which area in your life you are in bondage and you want to be truly free, bring your case before God and commit to stay free.

3) God uses community to walk with you in your journey to freedom. Everyone is walking their own journeys to freedom too, and you are not alone. It is my hope that you will find encouragement staying plugged in the family of God and holding fast to the Word together.

Psalm 34:8-10
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Battling Insecurities

by Tuesday, November 11, 2014
In one way or another, we all got to battle with our insecurities - unless we are perfect, we will always have something wrong to pick on. In the starting chapters of Exodus, we see the call of God for Moses to face Pharaoh head on commanding him to let the Israelites go and worship Yahweh. And, like any other human, Moses battles with his insecurities. What are some of the lessons we can adapt from the story of Moses and from the assurance we have from the bible when it comes to battling insecurities?

Scripture reference: Exodus 1-4 [The State Of The Israelities, Moses's Birth, Moses Call and Encounter with Yahweh]

1) Battle insecurities with God's perfect love.
Fear springs up human insecurity. When God called Moses, wanting to send him to Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, it was the initial fear of not being welcomed back (the past incident of him killing an Egyptian brought Pharaoh to want him dead), fear of facing higher authority, fear of rejection, etc. that sprung out all the insecurities that Moses had within him (2; 3:11; 4:10).

There were times when I could relate with how Moses felt. Those thoughts of insecurities seemed extremely convincing, and if I was not careful enough and allowed those thoughts to cloud my discernment in hearing God’s voice, I would fall into the devil’s trap. The devil plays by fear and insecurity [in the Church], but only love can cast out the plans of the enemy, for perfect love drives out all fear (1 John 4:18).

2) At times we feel unprepared when God has called us, remember that God has readied Himself for us.
God knew that Pharaoh’s heart would be so hardened that he would not let the Israelites go unless compelled by a mighty hand. God was already prepared to show who He is through Moses, but Moses himself was not ready (3:19-22).

Sometimes, it’s not the matter of us being absolutely ready to do what God has called us to do. When God calls us, sometimes we are so focused on being unprepared, and we forget that He has actually readied Himself for us. I realised that this changes the way I pray when God's calling come upon my life. Instead of saying, “God I am not ready. Please wait for a while more till I am ready”, I pray, “Because You have readied Yourself for me, send me, and empower me to do Your will.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

3) God knows what He is doing. Insecurities ain't any legit excuse to justify that you cannot be used by God.
Moses justified his inadequacy by stating his weaknesses (4:10). Indirectly, he was stating, “Hey God, you need to wear spectacles. You picked the wrong guy.”

I could think of countless reasons why God cannot use me. For instance, I am too young, too skinny, no self discipline, failed countless times - the list goes on. I have 10,000 reasons for my heart to find (hahaha). I realised that when God has called me, He knows what He is doing - He is my Creator! Therefore, I should trust in His power that is made perfect in my weakness, see from His perspective, and fully depend on Him. 

What's Next?
1) Face it. We all do have to battle with insecurities unless we are perfect and flawless. If we do not replace these false thoughts with the truth of what He says about us, it is like placing these false thoughts into another compartment, dismissing the fact that it has never existed. One day, through any random incident, those insecurities will haunt you again. This is not about staying optimistic; this is a battle for the truth.

2) Think about how you have seen yourself - be honest about it. Does this match with how your Creator [the One who knows you inside out] sees you? If you do not know the way He sees you, you will have to find out!

3) When God calls you for something, choose to place yourself in situations where you can see how God's empowerment will come upon you, helping you battle against your weaknesses and insecurities. If you have never tried, you will never fall; if you have never fallen, you will never experience rising again (Proverbs 24:16).

Pursuing Jesus

by Saturday, June 07, 2014
Hi bloggers and readers! It has just dawned upon me that I have not be updating this blog gosh haha. Right now in Singapore, it's considered an ungodly hour: 2.40am hahaha life's good! :p

I had been busy with my project on 1st Corinthians (because I embarked on an independent bible study course on January) and I finished it a few days ago (YAY)! In general, life has been quite hapz (happening) haha and I just want to thank God for leading me on a journey to grow in deeper intimacy with Him and letting me be part of His plan to see the gospel advance in my nation.

Just last Thursday, I invited my sister Grace to my youth cell group, and her response was totally shocking to me because I thought she would be preoccupied with work and wouldn't be able to come, or she would say no. I decided to causally ask her since she texted me, and in the end she came for cell group! God's really awesome and He showed me what faith can really do. I know I serve a big God, and nothing is impossible for Him :)

Moving on to the objective of my Blog post today: Recently, I have been on Instagram quite often, and there was a sudden spark of inspiration to just create photos and add texts of what God has been speaking to me. Spontaneously, both photos I uploaded had this common theme: Pursuing Jesus. I thought I would like to put these photos here, and what God spoke to me. My hope is that God will encourage you through these, and no matter what you are going through, just fix your eyes on Jesus, and everything will be okay :);

Title: The One Pursuit
The pursuit of knowledge, earning of money and fulfilment of wants and needs is good - we need to grow, we need to survive, and we need a life. It'll be dangerous though when these pursuits become an obsession.

Note: Don't ever let any pursuit in this life take away the one obsession that is eternally worthwhile: Pursuing Jesus.

Philippians 3:14 (NIV) - I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Title: Freedom
“Sin will take you farther than you ever want to go, keep you longer than you ever want to stay, and cost you more than you ever want to pay.”

One of the most deceitful things about sin is the pursuit of the sin. At the beginning there is a feeling of excitement and adrenaline, but once you gain the sin, and you satisfy yourself with the sin, it leaves you barren and empty. I found this true as I think about life.

Ultimately, the pursuit of freedom from sin, and finding permanence in fulfilling the emptiness does not lie in striving to overcome, but from pursuing Jesus.

(Reflection for Romans 7-8)
Emphasis Romans 8:10-11 (NIV)
But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

His Joy, My Strength

by Saturday, March 22, 2014
Altar Ministry training for Simply Worship 2!

Drums Theory Lesson at SW2 workshop
Oh how I love the usher shirt HAHAHA :D
Because taking selfie with your hands is too mainstream...
Simply Worship #2 Night rally worship 

My church, The Outreach Singapore!
Participants from SW2!
Jesus Culture Singapore and KL Volunteers!
They are coming to Singapore on 5th April!!! :D 
Kingdom Invasion Martin Smith Worship leading
Bill Johnson, Kingdom Invasion #2 night rally
Heidi Baker, Kingdom Invasion #4 night rally 
One of my dear covenant friends I saw at KI! <3 td="">
Woohoo hey bloggers and readers I’m finally back with FIRE hahaha :D This week has been a really awesome week, and the photos you just saw above were 2 conferences I went for. The first was a worship event organized by my church known as “Simply Worship 2”, with worship music training and a time when we behold the King of all Kings and invite Him to come as we worship, The second one was a conference known as “Kingdom Invasion”, where special speakers like Heidi Baker, Randy Clark, Bill Johnson, etc etc were invited to share what God has placed in their hearts for Singapore, and they preached the word. It was an awesome time seeing the healings that took place, and GOD’s sweet Presence coming and have His way.

Before these 2 events took place, I felt God preparing my heart to expect bigger things. I felt Him stirring a hunger in my spirit, and my heart had a desperate cry - I do not want to just talk about stories of the old. 1 day before Simply Worship 2 (SW2), I felt God telling me, “I will give you new experiences so that you won’t need to keep talking about stories of the old.” Cutting the long story short and moving forward to the first night, as I was worshipping, my hands were trembling, and the more I relaxed, the more it shook. I found myself asking, “why” for 2 reasons, one was because I could think rationally, and I felt nothing emotional going on, so I couldn’t understand what God was doing. Later, as I quieten down those questions in me, I felt God saying that this is an encounter of His power, and that supernatural things, however well explained, cannot be perfectly rationalized, because the supernatural is a realm going beyond human logic and understanding. But you can recognize if this is GOD moving by the fruits produced.

The 2nd “why” I had was due to the feeling I had like what Isaiah felt in Isaiah 6, when He saw the LORD high and lifted up. Why will such a big God choose to reveal Himself to a small me? As I thought about this, I felt overwhelmingly loved by God, and I really felt compelled – I want others around me to know who Jesus is, feel His love and be transformed by Him, because I’m convinced He is real.

I’ll just proceed to share one more testimony before I move on to share about Kingdom Invasion (in short, KI). At the 2nd night of SW2, the speaker was sharing about the story of Joseph and his brothers, later branching out into inner healing. It was really a good because I felt GOD once again breaking off those lies that have moved me away from my true identity, and I felt Him setting me free. I know I’m really GOD’s precious, and if you happen to be reading this too, I want to let you know that you are His precious son/daughter, and He really loves you a lot.

Moving on to KI, it was a pity that I could only go for the 2nd night and the 4th night because I had work commitments and could not make it for the conference. What was great about this, though, was the 4th night when Heidi Baker was preaching about flowing in GOD’s river with unspeakable joy and full of glory, taken from Revelation 22 and Ezekiel 47. I felt GOD reminding me about a dream I felt Him gave to me a few years back, also drawing from Ezekiel 47, saying, “It's when you begin to walk with Me till you are so full in My Presence, that when any obstacles or trials come your way, you will not fear. For I am walking with you as you remain in Me.” Also, as we were worshipping, there was so much joy flowing as we celebrated GOD’s goodness with praise, and I’m really thankful to GOD for whatever that has been happening through this week.

Putting all the good things GOD has been doing in collation, I felt there was a reason behind why GOD moved the way He moved during this whole week for me. The fruit of the encounters was the strength that GOD provided me so that I can run this race with the joy of GOD, and as I proceed with the ministry and life commitments GOD has placed for me, I know if I don’t flow in the river, I will burnout; if I don’t have His power, I can’t be an effective witness and live in the best way (GOD’s way). Apart from Him, I can do nothing – not that I'm deemed useless, but I can only do what’s possible in human’s strength, but I won't be able to do impossibilities. I thank GOD for His grace and guidance, for placing good covenant friends and an awesome family of GOD that doesn’t contend for anything less than the fullness of Jesus, His glory and love revealed.

Strength will really rise as we wait upon the LORD. And the joy of the LORD is my strength! #contendingforbreakthrough

(Linked with Charlotte on Spiritual Sundays)

You're Beautiful

by Tuesday, March 04, 2014

“I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first. And every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I had been the day before. I tried to negotiate with God: I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted; I would listen to my mother's every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened.” - Lupita Nyong'o

Interestingly, I felt I could relate to what she was saying. I recalled the time my father asked if I would want to do surgery to remove those scars I had on my hand and leg, and correct my nose. As a kid, I didn’t feel a need to do surgery, because I wouldn’t die anyway. As much as it wasn’t a life and death issue on the outside, it was a life and death issue on the inside, creeping into the world of my self-image and dampening my esteem because I didn’t know the truth at that time.

Since GOD is a miracle worker, I believe if I placed my hands on those scars, it would disappear, and my nose would look perfect as well. Time and time again, the scars wouldn’t go away. And as I saw those scars and perceived those imperfections, it left scars after scars in my soul as well. I thought I wasn’t beautiful, and I didn’t understand why God wouldn’t answer my prayers. As I approached Him with those prayers everyday, He would reply, “Child, you’re beautiful.” And to this reply, I couldn’t understand why, because I did not feel that way.

Today, as I understand the truth of who I am, I realized that I am really beautifully and wonderfully made by GOD, regardless of how I felt. Even when Jesus was on the cross, being crucified and flogged, I believed His face and body looked rather unrecognizable covered with gore and scars, but that didn’t stop GOD from calling Him, “My Son.” And the same goes to me – I could spend the whole day pointing towards my outward imperfections [and even as a matter of fact, the things I did that I have perceived as failure, incompetence, etc.] and dismiss my beauty, but it doesn’t stop GOD from calling me His daughter, His precious, beautifully and wonderfully made.

“There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, for God already loves you perfectly and totally. But more wonderfully, there is nothing you can do to make God love you less—absolutely nothing, for God already loves you and will love you forever.” The truth of who I am and what true beauty is set me free from the false lies and what the world define beauty as, and helps me to stay contented with what I do have. I hope if you are reading this, you’ll be reminded that GOD really loves you, and you are beautiful just the way you are.

Psalm 139:14 (NIV) - I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Linked with Charlotte on Spiritual Sundays

To Greater Years Ahead!

by Saturday, February 01, 2014
Hey bloggers and readers! Here’s your friendly neighborhood friend in da house! I finally have the time to update my blog (phew!). 2013 has been a year of extreme ups and downs, with various and major breakthroughs (eg. Water baptism, a new level of ministry and commitment, etc.) taking place. I recalled the time when I popped the question to GOD during December 2012, asking for a word of promise for 2013, and He told me, “2013 will be a year of breakthroughs.” I am thankful that I serve a GOD who is faithful, and His Word once spoken will not return void, but accomplish that which He has purposed for (Isaiah 55:11).

I would love to mention one of the significant events that took place last December: Church Youth Camp! It’s the 2nd time I went for youth camp, and I must say it was super duper fun, and I love that Jesus showed up through the whole camp! For now, peektures first!

Worship! :D
Our very own super warrior!
(Had so much fun!) 
Wrapping warrior in progress...
(That was the 1st time I got so dirty in a game~)
Finale Skit! Theme: Trust.
Was quite fun and hilarious hahaha :D
My group: The Owls!
Ministry Time

Sharing session. Theme: Faith
(What is faith, Feeling of faith, Foundational faith)

Through the camp, I felt GOD teaching me one lesson, and I’m supposed to apply this lesson all the days of my life: Oneness with Jesus, just as He is with the Father (John 14-17). It is only when I abide in Him and He abides in me, that must fruit will be produced to the glory of the Father. I found this lesson so important even for this year as I step into different life and ministry commitments. I want to run this course with strength from above. Even if I may stumble, I will rise up again and run, and in the end, see that joy be made completed and fruit be produced.

Moving on to 2014, till present, I must say that I am still getting used to some transitions here and there. Even so, I thank GOD for His abiding Presence, and also for my Pastors and for the covenant friends He has placed around me from my home church and outside. They have been a great source of encouragement and support in my life, and I know I’ll feel super alone if not for them with me. Having a family of GOD is really important. I am quite excited for what’s ahead in this coming year, and I believe for greater things than what has happened in the past year. Though there may be some trials along the way, but I’m assured that GOD will see me through once again. GOD is really good all the time :)

A new year chapter unfolds, and to greater years ahead! GOD bless, and lastly here's a video from the camp that happened last year, as well as the testimonies posted by different ones. It is my prayer that as you hear those testimonies, you will be encouraged, and as you desire, GOD will touch you from where you are as well :)

(Linked with Charlotte @ Spiritual Sundays)
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