Quiet Time With Jesus – Deception

Saturday, 29 September 2018

When I read a devotional this morning, I saw the title: Freedom’s Chains. My thoughts: The chain is a long one. It doesn’t restrict our movements. In a storm, it doesn’t pull us down and get us drowned; It keeps us afloat; It helps us ride over the storm; That is the chain of redemption that keeps us safe in all circumstances and secure in His love.

Paul tells us that true freedom requires an authority to whom we submit –

“Don’t you realize that you BECOME the slave of whatever you choose to obey?” (Romans 6:16)

I am glad that I am not left alone to fight the huge waves sweeping over me. The writer of Hebrews tells us to keep our lives FREE from the love of money and be content with what we have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8)

God commands Joshua (and all of us): Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. (Joshua 1:7)

Someone said that he was not lying but telling the truth (half of it)… Someone said that he was not gambling but buying hope… Let not our spirits be deceived. Let us always look to God for discernment so that the righteousness of God in Christ might reign over every aspect of our lives. Today, if you hear His voice, do not turn away. 

My Prayer

Dear Father God,

I pray for a foundational purpose that will ground us in everything we do – a calling in the midst of many confusions. I pray for a functional priority that will govern us – a compass in the midst of many compromises. I pray for faithful passion that will grow us – a commitment in the midst of many compulsions. Amen!

We are spirit beings having a physical experience, not a physical being having a spiritual experience. Give us understanding of this amazing truth. Help us to live right in the body. Father God, sanctify us through and through. May our whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give us peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of us. Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Stories And Songs

Friday, 28 September 2018

Do you have a story to tell? Everybody has amazing stories but we can be easily tempted to draw the listener’s attention to ourselves. Someone once said something that I will never forget: “When you tell your story, do not draw attention to yourself but to Him, our Lord Jesus.” These were not his exact words but I got the point: We are called to share Christ.

People today do not like to hear repetition of words/ instructions/ stories. I have been told, “You have already said that” or “You have already told me that story” or they just stop listening. I have learned to shut up and simply pray that God will speak to them.

Many young people are drawn by music and drama - if we can draw their attention to God through songs and skits, why not? Personally, I was touched by God through a song (Softly and Tenderly) and as I continue to walk with Him, words sung in songs often sound like words from my heart and words from God. 

God created sound – sounds of nature (water, wind, waves), birds singing and different creatures calling/ responding… It is often therapeutic – soothing the soul. God is Jehovah-Rapha, the God who heals. Hallelujah!

Jehovah is God Almighty, The Living God, The Creator of everything that exist on the universe and in the heavens. As I think about medicine, I am even more amazed because medicine is essentially ‘drugs’ – I am reminded of the story in the garden of Eden: God told Adam that he is free to eat from any tree in the garden; but must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when he eats of it he will surely die. God told Adam precisely what to eat and what not to eat. Yet, Adam ate the fruit that God told him not to eat. Today, we know that some things are harmful and yet…

Indeed, we have stories to tell and songs to sing.    

My Prayer

Dear Father God, 

Open our eyes to see the beauty of Your creation. Yes, open our eyes: we want to see You. Sharpen our ears to hear the songs of nature. Yes, sharpen our ears: we want to hear Your voice. Let us breathe in the fragrance of Your presence, feel the gentle breeze of Your Spirit and taste Your goodness. Amen!

Show us Your ways, O LORD, teach us Your paths; Guide us in Your truth and teach us, for You are God our Saviour, and our hope is in You all day long. Amen!

Show Yourself holy through us: Sprinkle clean water on us and we will be clean; cleanse us from all our impurities and from all our idols. Give us a new heart and put a new spirit in us; Remove from us our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh. Put Your Spirit in us and move us to follow Your decrees and be careful to keep Your laws. Amen!

Father God, Your love endures forever; Your faithfulness continues through all generations. Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Hope and Joy

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Yesterday I met up with a few old classmates. I had a wonderful time seeing the joy of my friend as she shared about the painful times of her life. She had longed for a sister (biological) but has none. Instead, God gave her a sister in Christ who is walking closely with her through her difficulties… Due to the lack of oxygen to the brain, her youngest daughter was born with special needs but my friend said that this particular daughter brings her family great joy. Several years ago, she lost her second daughter to cancer but she said friends have seen visions of her daughter with Jesus. And more recently, her first grandchild was diagnosed with a kind of cancer and is undergoing treatment in the States. My friend believes that her grandchild will be okay. On top of these challenges in life, she is currently walking in a prophecy that she will have many children… many orphans. As I reflect on her expressions of hope and joy, I am reminded of the JOY OF THE LORD. It’s truly amazing to see my friend walking in His Joy. Glory to God!

I see the beauty of an outward-looking spirit, a spirit that gives and lives out the life that God has given her. She declares that God has a purpose and she is greatly blessed. I am also blessed to hear her Spirit-filled testimonies… I believe God is using her mightily whenever she shares her stories. She simply radiates with hope and joy. Incidentally, we were among friends of a different faith. I believe God is continually working through us. Thanks be to God!

My Prayer

Dear Father God,

I thank You for Your mighty hand guiding us through all the challenges of life. No matter how difficult circumstances may be, we just need to know You and love You, obey You and share Your amazing grace and goodness. Life without You is meaningless. We want to remember Your Promises and be guided by You step by step into Your Promised Land. Hallelujah! Amen!

Lam Yee Ling