Quiet Time with Jesus – Christ in us

Friday, 7 December 2018 

The end of the year is coming and we look forward to a new year of hope, peace and joy. Do we really see hope, peace and joy in the new year? We hear terrible news of hostility, hatred and humiliation only too often these days. Self-control is almost unheard of. I opened my devotional and saw the word “REPENTANCE” in caps. 

Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation...
— 2 Corinthians 7:10

Oswald Chambers: Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God… The foundation of Christianity is repentance. 

Apostle Paul: He (Jesus) is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful among you. For to be sure, He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power. (2 Corinthians 13:3-4)

I believe Paul is telling followers of Christ to do likewise – weak in Christ, yet by God’s power live with Christ to serve others. 

Paul’s final greetings to the Corinthians: Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the GOD of LOVE and PEACE will be with you. 

Jesus’ prayer for all believers:

Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I MYSELF MAY BE IN THEM. (John 17:24-26, emphasis mine)


My Prayer 

Dear Father God

I pray that Jesus’ prayer work miraculously in us so that our minds are transformed. I pray that we may consistently extend Your Love to others through our words and deeds. May everyone encounter Christ as we reach out in truth and in love.

Amen

 

From another devotional written by Beth Moore: 

1.     Are you actively building a history with God?

2.     Can you readily say that the two of you have done lots of living together since your salvation?

3.     Have you allowed Him to reveal Himself to you in the many experiences of life? 

May we truthfully answer these questions.

 

Lam Yee Ling 

Quiet Time - Dare to Dream

Friday, 26 October 2018

Do you know the story of Shinkansen, Japan’s bullet trains?

The idea of Shinkansen came about in the 1950s. In this post-war era, Tokyo was experiencing an economic boom. Many people flocked to Tokyo in search for jobs, and there was a surge in demand for railway services.

This prompted the head of the railway system to issue a challenge to his team of engineers: build faster trains. The engineers did their sums, took some measurements, and proposed the possibility of stretching the maximum train operating speed to 110km per hour.

The head, however, was not satisfied. He felt that was not good enough. Astonished, his engineers tried to explain that anything faster was not possible as the trains would surely derail when they had to make the turns around the mountains.

The head then suggested: why not build tunnels and bridges? That remark sparked the beginning of an ambitious project that gave all Japanese people something to look forward to. The engineers designed, built, experimented and tested. When it did not seem to work, they re-designed, re-built, re-experimented and re-tested.

This went on for years, until 1 October 1964, when the world’s first bullet train was finally introduced. It reached a maximum speed of 210 km per hour, almost double of what the engineers initially thought was achievable!

The head of Japan railway system was very blessed, not just because he dared to dream, but also because he had a group of people who believed in his dream. Together as a team, they made that dream come true.

Not only did the Shinkansen change the lives of the Japanese, but it also astonished the world. To tourists, Shinkansen is not just a mode of transport, but an experience in itself. To the rest of the world, it is a symbol of top-notch technology that everyone desires to learn from and follow.

Do you have a dream?

The good news is, no matter how big or small your dream may be, you can tell God about it. That is because our heavenly Father, the maker of all things, the God who created you and me, have plans for us all that allow us to dream and do good.

His message of love can be found in Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Therefore, do not be surprised if God is the one who put that dream in your thoughts, because He has it all planned out for you to do good. So, go ahead and ask Him for help. He promised that He will be near to those who call on Him. You may want to seek the counsel of your family and friends too.

Put your dream to the test. It may not be easy, you may even fail, but at least you have tried. Otherwise, it will remain a dream.

By the way, the Japanese did not stop dreaming in 1964. Today, the Shinkansen easily hits a maximum operating speed of 320km per hour. But this will take a backseat when the Maglev becomes available in a few years’ time (possibly in 2027). Maglev stands for “Magnetic Levitation”. The Maglev works on magnetic field and it floats! Shanghai already has its own version of Maglev, currently the world’s fastest commercially operating train with a top operating speed of 431km per hour. As for the Japanese, they are aiming for 600km per hour!

Dare to dream!


Prayer

Abba Father, You are the maker of all things, and we praise You because each of us is fearfully and wonderfully made by You. Thank You for allowing us to have dreams, however big or small they may be. We know Your plans for us are the best.  We ask You to continue to direct and guide us in the things we do and the decisions that we make. May You be in the centre of all our dreams. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

By Lee Pei Yee, Christian Ministry Staff

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