Quiet Time With Jesus – Imitation

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Jesus makes a deliberate effort to devote regular time to God, fasting, praying and listening. Mark says, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed” (Mark 1:35). For Jesus, time with God takes priority over everything. 

I asked myself: Jesus came to carry out what His Father wants Him to do and He did to perfect completion. Are we not here for a purpose too? Surely, our Father God has a plan for us. Surely, God has prepared the ground for us to carry out our assignments successfully. Surely, we will have the mind of Christ if we earnestly pray and ask God for it. Surely, we will be able to listen, think and act like Christ. How wonderful!

Apostle Paul did the same thing – fasting, praying in the spirit (more than anyone in Corinth), and going wherever the Spirit leads. Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).

John said, “Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God” (3 John 1:11). Little children imitate their parents, caregivers and older siblings. We know that it is very important that little children observe and learn the right values, language and behavior, especially during their formative years. We also know that it is not too late for adults to unlearn and re-learn values, language and behavior but it takes deliberate effort to obey the Word of God. Let’s ask God for a humble and teachable spirit.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). If we want to follow Jesus, we must deny ourselves i.e. put away all our earthly ambitions.

Paul emphasized that we ought to WORK OUT our own salvation with fear and trembling i.e. with reverence to God’s sovereignty, knowing that: God is love. But God is also pure and holy. Paul also said, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7).

 

My Prayer

Dear Father God,

You know all Your children – INSIDE OUT. You know all our strengths and weaknesses. We know that our minds are being renewed day by day, and our inner beings are being transformed from strength to strength. We know that it is according to Your perfect plan that we imitate Christ in everything we do.

Yes! Father God, have Your way with us. Amen!

Romans 12:2 (NLT) 

DON’T COPY the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Amen!

 Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Hope

Monday, 18 February 2019

Hope and faith produce strength and endurance. Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us (Romans 5:5). Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise (Hebrews 10:23). Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31). Let Your unfailing love surround us, Lord for our hope is in You alone (Psalm 33:22). HOPE ANCHORS THE SOUL (Hebrews 6:19).

For in this hope we are saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we WAIT for it with patience (Romans 8:24-25). May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him (Romans 15:13). 

In life, we face many occasions of uncertainty. There are times of waiting for results (medical, exam, interview, election…) It is possible to rest and wait without fear or anxiety if our hope is in the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11 - “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Knowing that God has the best plan for us puts us at ease. No matter what the report (result) says, God is in control.

 

My Prayer

Dear Father God,

I know there are many people going through difficult times e.g. parents caring for a sick child, wife caring for a sick husband or husband caring for a sick wife, children caring for aging parents, people who are unemployed, people working under stress, workers who are exploited, oppressed… Lord, I lift them up to You.

You are God of mercy and hope. I pray for situations to turn around. You said that all things will work for the good of those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. I pray that Your light shines through all Your children and Your love empowers them to change the atmosphere at their workplace and homes. Your love and joy and peace shall flood the earth. Your glory shall cover the whole earth. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I pray specifically for __________ (fill in the blank) that Your presence continues to give him (her) strength to endure whatever he (she) sees or feels physically but Your promises shall stand firm in his mind and heart through faith in Christ. He (She) will not lose hope. His (Her) eyes are on You. Your steadfast love shall never cease; Your mercies shall never come to an end; They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness, O Lord! 

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Giving

Friday, 15 February 2019

Some years ago, I went to a stall at a market with the intention of buying 2 cans of abalone, one for my sister and one for myself. I told the stall-keeper my intention and she recommended 2 cans – a good one for me and a not-so-good one for my sister. I had felt awkward… Later, I understood why. God the Holy Spirit had changed my thinking. I decided to give the good one to my sister and the not-so-good one for myself. 

I remember a story about a little boy. His dad told him to have an apple. Two apples were on a plate and the little boy chose the smaller one. His dad was surprised and asked him why he had chosen the smaller apple. The little boy said that his brother is older. Therefore, his brother should have the bigger apple. Amazing. I wonder whether kids today are taught such values. I hope they are.

 

My Prayer

 

Dear Father God, 

Thank You for loving us with an everlasting love. Thank You for giving us Your only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we may live. Thank You for giving us Your Holy Spirit to teach and guide us on the path of righteousness. We declare that we are children of God, forgiven, saved by grace through faith in Christ. We are a new creation, heir of eternal life, led by the Holy Spirit. We are the light of the world, healed by Jesus’ wounds, and are being transformed by the renewing of our mind. Truly, we are heir to the blessings of Abraham, more than a conqueror and able to do all things through Jesus’ strength.  

Father God, You are Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, and Jehovah Raphe, our Healer. You provide all that we need. You heal all our diseases. We are healed and made whole. We are Your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which You prepared in advance for us to do.

May we open our ears and hearts to Your prompting, respond with eagerness and enthusiasm, and carry out all Your assignments with joy, peace, love and faith.

We give You thanks for giving us opportunities to love the world the way You do. May Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling