Quiet Time With Jesus - Contentment

Friday, 16 Aug 2019

My devotional today: Reflect on the variety of people God uses to achieve His purposes.

I am reminded that the God who calls us is also the One who will enable us to do His will (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can keep our spirit, soul and body blameless. Thanks be to God!

When I was in primary six, my teacher wrote in my autograph book: Choices are the hinges of destiny. In the same book, my brother-in-law wrote: Contentment is joy (translated from Chinese). When I was terribly disappointed, God convicted me: The human heart is not content (translated from Chinese).

God is always present as we encounter situations through which He speaks and we pay attention. We cannot stay where we are. We need to go from our ways, thoughts, and purposes to God’s will. These may call for changes in our relationships, attitudes, commitments, behaviour and beliefs. We need to change and continue to change until we conform to the image of Christ.


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

When I consider the work of Your fingers, I am awed. What is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him?

Indeed, choices are the hinges of destiny. Help us to make the right choices. Surely, contentment is joy and the joy of the Lord is our strength. We must acknowledge and confess that our human heart is not content. Forgive us Lord!

Have mercy on us, O God, according to Your unfailing love. According to Your great compassion, blot out our transgressions. Wash away all our iniquities and cleanse us from our sins. Create in us pure hearts, O God, and renew steadfast spirits within us. Restore to us the joy of Your salvation.

Godliness with contentment is great gain. Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Spirit and Life

Thursday, 15 August 2019 

In the midst of confusions, compromises and compulsions, what should we do? Do we have a compass to guide us? For me, my compass is the Word of God. I must know where to look when I need help. I must read my Bible, seek God and meditate on His Word daily. Without this discipline, it is difficult to recognise the voice of God when He speaks. God, His Word and His Spirit are one.

One morning during quiet time, I was troubled by a perpetual problem and unable to see any solution.

The voice of God spoke into my heart:

without faith it is impossible to please God.

Instantly, I knew it was God. Eight words lifted my soul. I was no longer heavy-hearted and burdened because I know that Almighty God is in control. He is Sovereign. Oftentimes, words have a deeper meaning when I hear them from God. God’s Words are Spirit and Life. (John 6:63) For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13)

The Bible is ALIVE. The Holy Spirit of God speaks to me through it. The Holy Spirit is the only one who can reveal and communicate the Bible’s spiritual truths to us. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is just another book. Our Counsellor is the Holy Spirit. He is sent by God to teach us all things and remind us of everything Jesus has said. (John 14:26)

I am convinced that we should spend more time reading the Bible with the Holy Spirit ‘quickening’ it to us. He corrects our misinterpretations (if any) and brings us into alignment with His one, absolute truth. There is no grey area in the Word of God – no confusing doctrine, no compromise of values, and no compulsive instruction. Praise the LORD!

Having said that, I must constantly remind myself not to become a Christian Pharisee – full of Scriptural doctrines that impart no life.


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

As we continue to read the Bible diligently, we seek to be conformed into Christ’s image in holiness and power. We seek to meet with You, Almighty God. I pray that we will not read the Bible without inviting the Holy Spirit to illuminate it in our hearts. Truly, Your Word is Spirit and Life. Amen!

 

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Family

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Yesterday was a memorable day for me. I visited an old friend. It was a joy to see filial piety shine in her home. Family is important. It doesn’t matter whether a person has siblings, is married, or has children or not. Love comes from the heart. Anyone can love another person as himself / herself. For my dear friend who is unmarried, the needs of her frail mother have priority over everything. How blessed is the woman who raised her.

Sadly, I have also seen broken and dysfunctional families e.g. father (in prison), mother (chronically ill) and children living almost like vagabonds. Thank God that our society is one that cares and protects the under-privileged. There is help and hope – help that is practical and hope that is certain.

A doctor once told me that our hospitals do not reject or refuse to treat anyone who comes for medical help regardless of their financial ability. Social workers are ready to give practical and professional advice. I have personal experience of anxiety when my husband was hospitalized in 2016. The administrative staff did not ‘harass’ me to pay up. All in all, I thank God for his mercy.

Yesterday, I sat listening to some old friends share their experiences. We are thankful for our families, friends and communities of love. Nobody lives a problem-free life. Family support (practical, emotional and spiritual) is important. Communities of love are growing e.g. IPC (Institutions of a Public Character), and communities of volunteers in humanitarian activities. I know of one organization that is guided by their mission statement: Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

God is not interested in sacrifices or religious acts that have no meaning behind them. The answer to our sin problem is not giving more numerous or more painful sacrifices. The answer is something much deeper than any religious observance: we need a change of heart. Without the heart, our conformity to any religious law is nothing more than hypocrisy.

Act justly: to live with a sense of right and wrong.

Love mercy: embrace loving-kindness. Both justice and mercy are foundational to God’s character - “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.” (Psalm 89:14)

Walk humbly: our heart’s attitude toward God. Instead of taking pride in what we bring to God, we shall humbly recognize that no amount of personal sacrifice can replace a heart committed to justice and love.


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

I come before You on behalf of all my brothers and sisters in Christ. We are positioned all over the world according to Your Redemptive Plan. Help us Father God to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You. We are not perfect ambassadors of Your love. Father, forgive us. Give us wisdom and patience. When we do not see or hear what we expect, we shall wait. Give us strength to persevere and endure in all circumstances. As we respond to Your calling and guidance, we know that You have gone ahead of us, that You are always working alongside us and You are always our Rear Guard. We are covered by Your Holy Blood. We thank You that we are One Family. In Christ, we will always have victory. To God be the glory! Amen!

Lam Yee Ling