Quiet Time with Jesus – The Voice

Friday, 18 August 2017

I believe there is a voice in every soul. The voice in my soul is my closest friend. He knows my feelings and my thoughts. He knows everything. Whenever a thought pops into my head, a conversation begins. The voice in my soul refers me to the Word. He reminds me of Jesus’ teaching. He rebukes me. He corrects me. He asks me questions… And He patiently guides me to see things from a different perspective. The voice in my soul is the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.

There is a voice in the heart of every true Christian that calls us to the place that is reserved for us. The trouble is that we seldom hear that voice because we are too busy focusing on the things that are going on all around us.

Jesus’ prayer for His disciples is not that God takes us out of the world but that He protects us from the evil one. We are not of the world. Jesus asked the Father to sanctify us by the truth. The Word is truth. We have to play our part conscientiously – to yield to the Spirit of Truth – to be sanctified by the Truth.

By His grace, God gives us eternal encouragement and good hope. He encourages our hearts and strengthens us in every good deed and word. Glory to God!


My Prayer

Dear Father God

Hear my prayer: Whenever a brother or sister in Christ speaks, I pray that the Gospel may be preached. May the Gospel truth spread rapidly far and wide. May Your Name be honored and glorified. I pray for all ambassadors of Christ: deliver us from wicked and evil men. Strengthen and protect us from the evil one. Give us power to do the things that You command. Direct our hearts into love and perseverance. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

My husband and I were having lunch with a friend at the hospital café yesterday. A lady from Paya Lebar Methodist Church was listening to our conversation. She asked, “Are you Christians?” When we said “yes” she smiled and said, “I can tell by the way you speak.” Our friend (a brother in Christ from Trinity Methodist Church) said that it is the first time someone has said such a wonderful thing to him. He was amazed and absolutely pleased. What a joy!

I pray that we bring joy to the world wherever we go just by being a true Christian. Let us walk in step with the Spirit of Truth. Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time with Jesus – Trust

Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017

I was watching a TVB drama series – a woman conned a man of all his savings by pretending to be in love with him. The story tells us to be careful…

Then, I read a text followed by an email about a Wesley Wee, a Singaporean who wrote a touching story. The story reminds me of what Jesus said: “Love your neighbor” – Wesley is a ‘neighbor’. Wesley is now married to a woman from the Philippines. His wife is a ‘foreigner’ – some of us are very careful when foreigners show love… 

God is LOVE. His love is amazing. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. JESUS DIED FOR ALL. HE is the GREATEST GIFT a man (or woman) can receive ‘free of charge’. We don’t have to pay for it. We just have to take it with a thankful heart. GOD’S GIFT is available at the cross, paid by the life of a perfect man who shed His blood for all who are willing to come with a changed heart. There is no price tag – we just receive with a sincere heart. As for me, I have received His Gift of Grace.

I sing: Into Your hand/I commit again/With all I am for You Lord/You hold my world/In the palm of Your hand/And I am Yours forever.

Jesus I believe in You/Jesus I belong to You/You’re the reason that I live/The reason that I sing/With all I am. 

I’ll walk with you/wherever You go/Through tears and joy/I’ll TRUST in You/And I will live in all of Your ways and/Your promises forever.

I will worship/I will worship You…

A true worshipper TRUSTS Jesus absolutely – He does not lean on his own understanding. In all his ways, he acknowledges Jesus and He will make his paths straight. The NKJV:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths
— Proverbs 3:5-6

What a wonderful promise!

Man (or woman) - we cannot trust; But the Son of Man (Jesus) - we can trust with all our heart and in all circumstances.


My Prayer

Dear ABBA Father,

I do not have a relationship with my earthly father – zero – no memories at all. That actually makes it easy for me to look to You, my Father in heaven, connect with You and love You. You are my one and only Father.

Many people have a terrible past - with tormenting memories of their growing-up years – memories (experiences) that contaminate the father and child relationship. It is harder for them to connect with You.

Somebody once said, “If a child does not have a father on earth, it’s harder for him to know his father in heaven.” [Personally, I do not agree.]

Father God, I believe You are able to open our eyes to see the Truth – that You are LOVE – that no matter what, we can know You, love You if our heart is surrendered to You. 

Apostle John says - We love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).

I believe that we can love because You first loved us. 

I believe that You sent Your one and only begotten Son to die on the cross for us.

Apostle Peter said that when they hurled their insults at him (Jesus), he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead he ENTRUSTED himself to Him who judges justly (1 Peter 2:23).

Likewise, I choose to entrust my life to Him who judges justly. 

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time with Jesus – Reason or Revelation

Monday, 14 August 2017

A godly man who had preached the Gospel powerfully and led many notorious people to Christ met a tragic road accident. He died instantly. I don’t understand why his life ended this way.

Another godly man who had also preached the Gospel powerfully and led millions of people to Christ is alive suffering (from illness). Isn’t it better for him to go home? Is it better to die suddenly or to live longer in pain? My friend said, “I always pray that I will grow old gracefully and die peacefully.” I thought, “Yes, that would be good for me too.”

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to bad people? I don’t think any Christian is able to give a reasonable answer. But by the grace of God, we should be able to speak words of comfort and love - through divine revelation.

We carry the presence of God wherever we go. We can change atmospheres (e.g. from a hostile or indifferent atmosphere to a warm atmosphere filled with the peace and love of God). It should always be the case the moment a Christian steps into a room. Thanks be to God! He has given us the Holy Spirit. May His holiness saturate every kind of atmosphere and people may know that we are His vessels. Amen!

Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and BE PURE, you who carry the vessels of the LORD. But you will not leave in haste or go in flight; for the LORD will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
— Isaiah 52:11-12

My Prayer

Dear ABBA Father,

Today, I pray for each and every Christian in the world. Jesus said (in John 16:33) that in Him we will have peace. In this world we will have trouble. But we are to take heart. Jesus our Lord and Savior has overcome the world. Therefore, in Him, we will be able to overcome the world too! Hallelujah!

Father, I will not ask for the reason when bad things happen to good people or when wicked people prosper from doing wicked deeds because I know YOU ARE GOD! You are PURE and HOLY! You cannot tolerate sin! You have not changed at all. You are the same yesterday, today and forever. You are the Everlasting God! Heaven and earth will pass away, but Your words will never pass away. Amen! (Matthew 24:35)

I know You have a perfect plan – a redemptive plan. Therefore, I pray and ask for divine revelation to the Body of Christ, so that we may align ourselves individually and corporately according to Your perfect plan. Amen!

Thanks be to God! Glory to God! Amen!

Lam Yee Ling