Quiet Time With Jesus – Follow Jesus

Friday, 21 June 2019

Richard & Henry Blackaby and Claude King:

“You need to have your life firmly anchored in God. The most difficult thing you’ll ever have to do is deny self. Embrace the will of God, and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). The hardest part of your relationship to God is remaining God-centered. If you were to record a whole day in your life, you might find that your prayers, your attitudes, your thoughts – everything about that day – was radically self-centered. You may not be seeing things from God’s perspective. You may try to explain to God what your perspective is, but the key is God’s will.”

Jesus’ message:

“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:34-35)

According to the above verse, the denying of our self is NOT OPTIONAL in regard to following Jesus. It’s mandatory in order to be saved from the wrath to come.

John Bevere

God is a dictator. He’s a benevolent One, but He has the final say in all aspects of life. If we carry our democratic mindset into our walk with God, we’ll have nothing more than a make-believe relationship.

If I really want to have God in my life, I must give up my own will. To serve God is to be motivated entirely by my love for Him and if I love Him, I must obey all His commands.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to be a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and bear on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

The above parable relates to Jesus’ warning about the many who will be denied entrance into heaven. 

If we examine the two groups of people identified in this parable, it all comes down to one slight difference. The critical difference is the foundation. One house was founded on the lordship of Jesus Christ. The other remained attached to an evaluation of what was determined to be GOOD and EVIL – the same “tree” of philosophy Adam and Eve turned to (excerpt from John Bevere’s book, ‘Good or God’). John Bevere’s comment / question: It’s sobering to think that the same folly still repeats itself, from the garden to the present day. It takes on a different form, but it’s the same root. Again, it comes down to this: DO WE THINK WE KNOW BEST ABOUT HOW TO LIVE, OR DO WE BELIEVE THAT GOD KNOWS WHAT’S BEST?

I know that I am not stupid but sometimes I do stupid things because I have been influenced by the world. I must uproot everything that the world has taught me when God is teaching me HIS WAYS. I must not do what the world says is okay to do when God says it’s not okay. I must not blame anyone or defend myself when I follow the world. I must follow God's way of life. GOD’S WAY IS TO FOLLOW JESUS.


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

We want to follow Jesus faithfully, obediently and willingly. Help us LORD! 

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Be Still

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Andrew Murray: The securing of God’s presence gives power to overcome every enemy… This truth is so simple… if when God is with us, we are victorious, then the responsibility for defeat must lie in our hands… God never speaks to His people about sin except with the purpose of saving them from it. The same light that shows the sin will show the way out of it. Unquote.

Paul encourages us to pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We cannot always be on our knees. So how?

“Be joyful always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16). Being joyful is an attitude. Can we express our joy throughout the day with silent prayers of vital communication with the LORD?

Maintaining a healthy relationship with our Father requires COMMUNICATION. We must always be “ON LINE” with God so when the Holy Spirit moves us to pray, we can INSTANTLY agree with Him. When we are in agreement with the Holy Spirit, we are praying continually. The HEART ATTITUDE of praying without ceasing means an ever-open heart to the Lord’s leading. What is continually in your mind? 

God does not demand impossibilities of us. He does not weary us with an impractical ideal. He asks us to pray no more than what He gives us GRACE to do. We can be assured that He will give us the grace to pray so that our intercessions will be a PLEASURE to Him and to us, a source of STRENGTH to our conscience and our work, and a CHANNEL OF BLESSING to those for whom we labour.


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

Hide me now / Under Your wings / Cover me within Your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar / I will soar with You above the storm / Father You are King over the flood / I will be still and know You are God

Find rest my soul / In Christ alone / Know His power / In quietness and trust… 

(Song: Still / Hillsong Worship).

Yes! Father, I will be still and know You are God. I will wait until You overshadow me with Your presence… Lead me out of the region of human reasoning… I will be still… I will leave myself in Your hands… I will leave every burden, every baggage, and every bondage at the foot of the cross...

How safe and secure it is to leave everything in God’s hands. Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Gratitude

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 

Gratitude is an attitude. It comes from the heart. It must be genuine. We cannot pretend to be grateful. We also cannot force someone to be grateful. Before I became a Christian, I didn’t understand the Good News. I told myself to be grateful that God has sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for me… but the gratitude was not real. As the years go by, and as I encounter God from time to time, His mercy and grace began to touch my heart, His pain and sorrow also began to pierce my heart. I began to FEEL His pain. Someone asked me if I’m going on a certain mission trip, I answered, “I don’t feel like going” and I didn’t explain what I meant. He said, “You don’t have to feel. Just go.” That is true in most cases but for me, I need to ‘feel’ God’s heart in every decision I make. 

I was sharing some good news with friends - the more I share, the more good news surfaced - revealing to me how much God loves me and my children; His GRACE is unfathomable. We do not deserve it.

How great is the LOVE the Father has LAVISHED on us, that we should be called Children of God!

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with ACTIONS and in TRUTH. God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything. Do not fret. Those who obey the Father’s commands LIVE IN HIM, and HE IN THEM. Awesome truth!

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have come into the world. Let us remember that the ONE who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is LOVE.

This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might LIVE THROUGH HIM.

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but IF we love one another, GOD LIVES IN US and HIS LOVE is made complete in us (1 John 4:12).

John says, “We know that anyone BORN of GOD does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one CANNOT HARM HIM. We know that WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one (1 John 5:19).

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is TRUE. And we are IN HIM who is true – in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true GOD and ETERNAL LIFE. Amen!

“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” - John ended his letter to us with these words - to REMIND us not to have idols in our life.

So, what are idols? Do you have any? 

Lam Yee Ling

p.s. Idols are things (or people) that you love more than you love God.