Quiet Time With Jesus - Godliness

Friday, 18 May 2018

In the early morning, I can hear birds singing in the trees;

In the garden walking among flowers, I can see the bees;

As I breathe in the fresh morning air, I can feel the breeze;

Amazed by the different textures, I can touch the leaves…

I remember reading about a girl listing these (hearing, seeing, feeling, touching…) as part of the wonders of the world.

Truly, God has given us everything we need to live on this beautiful planet. Someone said, “Contentment is the key to health and happiness.”

Reflecting on the word ‘contentment’ God’s words came to mind…

You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
— Exodus 20:17

Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 19:19)

Paul reminded the Romans (and all Christians) that God’s commandments are summed up in one rule: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Romans 13:9; Leviticus 19:18;)

In his letter to Timothy, Paul wrote: 

If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an UNHEALTHY interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
— 1 Timothy 6:3-6

My Prayer

Dear Father God,

Thank you for warning us about godlessness in the last days. We are indeed living in the last days. Your Word says that there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Your Word also says that everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. We are not afraid. Amen.

Today, many people are not putting up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their ITCHING EARS want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3) 

Therefore, Father God, we pray and ask for ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church. We pray for discernment of the Truth. We pray for wisdom from above and strength of the Lord. We thank You that You have given us everything we need to live on this beautiful planet. We thank You that You are watching and giving us everything we need to continue living according to Your Will and Purpose. Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Work-In-Progress

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

When something bad happens to a person, does it mean God has abandoned him [or her]? When something good happens to a person, does it mean God is saying, “Good job! This is your reward.” What we see may not be what it is. When something bad happens to us, God is with us to see us through. After we have suffered for a while, we become stronger. When something good happens to a person, it may not mean that we have done a good job in God’s eyes. It may be a ‘good job’ in the eyes of the world.

When I read today’s devotional, I applied it in different perspectives. It is easy to misapply Scripture i.e. make it say what we want to hear. Beware of spiritual deception. It is also easy to quote Scripture to defend our actions. I thank God for Bible teachers who highlight the context of Scripture references. May our eyes see and know the truth; May our ears be sharp to hear and discern the truth; May our minds be clear to know what God wants us to do. Amen!

Central to the good news of Jesus is that through Him God came to be with us (Matthew 1:23). Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can experience His Spirit living in us (Romans 8:11). Is there any habit that we need to change? Is there any area of our lives that we need to refine? Is there any erroneous thinking that is deeply rooted in our minds that we need to uproot? Let us pray.   


Dear Father God,

We are all work-in-progress. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Help us live in such perfect harmony with the Holy Spirit that the spirit of our mind is being renewed through every circumstance of life, and that we may be able to quickly ‘prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God’ (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23).

We pray and ask for ears that are sensitive enough to hear even the softest whisper of the Spirit, so that we know what we should do or say. We do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
— Psalm 139:23-24

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Releasing The Kingdom

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Church of Jesus Christ is the Church of all nations. The Church of all nations is the Community of people gathered together in the Name of Jesus Christ, whether in worship, discipleship or fellowship. The Bible tells us that where two or three are gathered in His Name, Jesus Christ is there with them. Let us remind ourselves that we are the Church anywhere and everywhere. In all circumstances, we carry the aroma of Christ with us. We exhibit the fruit of the Spirit to nourish people around us. The Holy Spirit gives us the unction to preach the Gospel. We are His ambassadors. We are all given the ministry of reconciliation. Even if we do not have the opportunity to meet people of all nations, we are called to intercede. We can intercede for believers around the world in the unique ways they share the good news. We can pray for multiethnic churches, that they would be a compelling picture of God’s unity, hope and the truth of His message of forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

Your heart is for the nations. You so loved the world that You gave Your one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. You did not send Your Son into the world to condemn the world, but to SAVE the world through Him. Use us LORD! We are Your hands and feet. We are Your mouthpiece. Your Son is our Head. We are His Body. Send us LORD! Send us into all corners of the world. Send us anywhere and everywhere. Give us the unction to preach, heal and teach. We have the power and the authority to release the people out of darkness into Your Kingdom of Light. (Mark 16:15-18) Hallelujah!

Your heart is turned to the children. Let the children come to You and be blessed. We pray for protection against all illnesses, injuries (including sports-related), and inner hurts. We pray for protection against all ungodly influences (through speech, thinking and emotions). Help us to teach them the Fear of the LORD. (Luke 12:5)

We pray against wickedness aimed at stealing, killing and destroying mankind. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; Jesus has come that we may have life, and have life to the full. (John 10:10)

We shall go and make disciples of all nations and teach them to obey everything You have commanded us. And surely, You are with us always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20) 

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling