Quiet Time With Jesus – Obedience

Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019

Jesus links love and obedience: “If you love me, keep my commandments… One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me” (John 14). 

If we want to follow Jesus, we must stay close to Him, know Him and love Him. In the world system, we may follow instructions for fear of punishment. We may do something that everybody is doing and think that it is right. I have done things acceptable to the world but not acceptable to Jesus. It was only after many years of walking closely with Him that I realized it. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. He convicts and corrects but He does not condemn.

Jesus has promised that He will not leave us as orphans. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence with us on a daily basis in this world. It took me many years to understand what agape (love) means. It is not a sentimental feeling – not whether you like a person or not. 

Jesus says: If you love me, keep my commandments.

How can we know whether we fulfil the demands of love? Jesus’ commandments require us to allow Him to RESHAPE our lives.

Apostle John tells us to walk in the light. God is light. In Him, there is no darkness at all. If we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the Blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin. John also said that IF any one of us sins, we have One who speaks to the Father in our defence. Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins - not only for us but also for the sins of the whole world. 


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

Agape is amazing. We can never fathom how much You love us. You have clearly commanded us to love one another the way You loved us. You have given us the Holy Spirit to enable us to do so. We are willing to be RESHAPED by You.

Jesus said: You are the light of the world… it gives light to everyone… let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).

Agape is not a sentimental feeling. It is an action word. It is a response to the Holy Spirit who constantly reminds us to keep Your commandments.

Give us a humble and teachable spirit. Thank You Father God! Amen!

 

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Blessed

Monday, 19 Aug 2019 

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD (Psalm 33:12). God made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation. (Acts 17:26)

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. “All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will SEPARATE them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.” (Matthew 25:31-33)

Are you a sheep or a goat?

As followers of Christ, we ought to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. We are called to fight the good fight of faith. Let us be rich in good deeds, generous and willing to share. Let us guard what has been entrusted to our care. Let us turn away from godless chatter and opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge.


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

The Bible says: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves – having a form of godliness but denying its power. The Bible also says: Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Father God, I pray and ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to work through all followers of Christ: that we are prepared in season and out of season to preach the Word; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.

Help us to be mindful of Paul’s warning: The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their ITCHING EARS want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to MYTHS.

Help us to keep our heads in all situations, endure hardships and do the work of an evangelist. We want to discharge all the duties of our ministries - whatever You have assigned to us. May we be found faithful. Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

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