Quiet Time With Jesus – Why Do You Not Believe?

Thursday, 16 August 2018

From the book ‘My Utmost for His Highest’ by Oswald Chambers: Have I been doubting something about Jesus – maybe an experience to which others testify, but which I have not yet experienced? The other disciples said to Thomas, “We have seen the Lord” but Thomas doubted, saying, “Unless I see… I will not believe.” Thomas needed the personal touch of Jesus. When His touches will come we never know, but when they do come they are indescribably precious. “Thomas… said to Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’” (John 20:28)

People have been telling me about gold dust appearing from nowhere. “Unless I see… I will not believe,” I thought. People get very excited when they see a little gold dust. One day, a missionary friend spotted some gold dust on both her hands during a prayer meeting. I tried very hard to see but could not because it was tiny. I said to someone as we were walking out together, “God must drop gold bars because I cannot see gold dust.” God heard what I said. One day after church in an unexpected place, I saw gold dust on my forehead covered by my hair! “Unless I see… I will not believe.” Guess what – I still didn’t believe. I looked around to see if the gold dust is glitter (for art and craft). My eyes searched. My mind searched. Finding none, I finally believed. I learned three lessons: 1) Nothing is impossible with God; 2) Intimacy with God; 3) Humility.

The Truth is: Nothing is impossible with God. He created heaven and earth out of nothing. Everything that we see is a masterpiece of our marvellous Creator. What is some tiny gold dust to Him?

Our relationship with God is a personal and intimate one, not for public display. My experience with gold dust occurred at an unexpected place (in the changing room of Zara). It was not a public place where I would have exclaimed, “Look! Gold dust!” “No showing off” God impressed on my heart. It is now an experience to which I can testify. Thanks be to God! And I must remain humble before Him. Not only that, I must remain humble before my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Oswald Chambers: Do I have a personal history with Jesus Christ? The one true sign of discipleship is intimate oneness with Him - knowledge of Jesus that nothing can shake.

Opening my Bible, I was amazed to see these three words “Warning Against Unbelief” (Hebrews 3)

So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known My ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter My rest.’” 

Unbelief is not just about gold dust and / or other miracles. God is not a magician. God is not a genie who gives us what we ask. God is God. Unbelief is: Not believing that God exists.

Flipping the pages of my Bible, my eyes fell upon these words ‘Warning Against Refusing God’ (Hebrews 12).

See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks… At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “Once more I will SHAKE not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words ‘once again’ indicate the removing of what can be shaken – that is, created things – so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us BE THANKFUL and so WORSHIP GOD acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’ (Deuteronomy 4:24)

If you love reading the Blessings for Obedience, please also read the Curses for Disobedience. Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever.


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

I pray and ask for a teachable spirit so that I may repent of all my evil ways. Search me Father God and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts. If there is any offensive way in me, please lead me back in the way everlasting. Thank You.

In Jesus’ wonderful name I pray.

Amen.

Lam Yee Ling 

Quiet Time With Jesus – What do you want from God?

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

There are three battlegrounds – the mind, the church and the heavenly places. Someone wrote: Any time the Spirit of God’s kingdom is truly manifested in the earth, it will ultimately confront the strongholds of hell. Whenever evil spirits have either a foothold or a stronghold, we can expect that the overcoming church will be engaged in warfare… When I read this, I remember what Jesus said,

… on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
— Matthew 16:18b-19

When the Spirit leads us through the three arenas of spiritual warfare, the Spirit is building in us a foundation of insight, wisdom and discernment on the nature of the battle and the keys to victory.

From the book ‘The Three Battlegrounds” by Francis Frangipane: Is your love growing and becoming softer, brighter, more daring and more visible? Or is it becoming more discriminating, more calculating, less vulnerable and less available? This is a very important issue, for your Christianity is only as real as your love. A measurable decrease in your ability to love is evident that a stronghold of cold love is developing within you.

No matter what we are facing (whether it is a sickness or a breakdown in relationships), and no matter where we are facing it (whether at home, at the workplace, among friends or in a community of people, in our own nation or in other nations), we are actually doing battle with the devil’s army not man.

Satan’s objective is to hinder and defeat the work of repentance. The Bible talks about wisdom as though wisdom is a person; Let us imagine repentance as a person too. Repentance works miracles in the inner being of a sinful man, not forgetting that we are all sinful. The sin nature is still in us. The difference between a mature Christian and an immature Christian is NOT how much he knows about the Bible but how he deals with sin.

The work of repentance is powerful. When we allow repentance to work through us, we are allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us. Hallelujah! We can be assured that Christ is working through us, renewing our minds and transforming us – spirit, soul and body.

Truly, isn’t that what every Christian wants?

Please don’t tell me that you become a Christian because you want wealth and prosperity, success and fame i.e. things of the world. The one and only desire of a true Christian is: to be transformed into the image of Christ i.e. the image of God.


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

Please help us to see and know that there is a war, a real war going on. It is an ancient war between the spirit of Elijah and the spirit of Jezebel. In this age-old battle, Elijah represents the interests of heaven: the call to repentance and the return to God. Jezebel, on the other hand, represents that principality whose purpose is to hinder and defeat the work of repentance. 

Thank You for John the Baptist who prepared the way. Matthew 3:1-2 tells us that in those days John the Baptist came preaching in the desert and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Thank You for Billy Graham and many others who preached and are still preaching the message of repentance. Yes! Your Will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

Thank You for calling us to preach the message of repentance. John was called to prepare the Way for the First Coming of Christ; we are called to prepare the Way for His Second Coming. Hallelujah!

Please help us to hear every command, obey and allow the Holy Spirit to work through us. Surely, we have VICTORY IN CHRIST, now and forever. Our LIFE IN CHRIST is eternal.

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – What Are You Looking For?

Saturday, 11 August 2018

I received a prayer request this morning… saddened by the news of a young woman diagnosed with cancer. After praying for her, thoughts continued to flow through my mind, flashing back to the time when I had stepped into Cairnhill Methodist Church... I had needed help desperately. God is good. He does not mind us running into His House when we are desperate. I ran into God’s Family.

Very quickly, I was immersed in Children Ministry. I also started working in a childcare centre near the church. My life was focused on children. My own children were aged 16, 13 and 8. As I continued to work with children, I became overloaded with work, frustrated when people didn’t respond to me quickly, or didn’t respond at all… Satan successfully killed my joy in the Lord!

One day, I surrendered. I told my prayer partner, “Church is now my workplace” and I said, “People don’t understand. When they come to church, they are supposed to work, to serve and to give their best!”

Another day, I asked another prayer partner, “Why are people not excited? Why are we not raising our hands, clapping with enthusiasm and saying – ‘Yes! Yes! Let’s do it!’” She replied, “Because it is very tiring…”

Very few people go looking for a church where they can give. Many people go looking for a church where they can receive i.e. good worship with a strong presence of God, good message with a strong foundation in the Word, good fellowship with members reaching out with love and grace… I didn’t know much about all these but I knew I needed help and I received it at Cairnhill. I am grateful. Thanks be to God!

Many people also kept asking God, “What do You want me to do?” Many do not get an answer. A Bible teacher once said, “Continue to do what you are doing. God will lead you.” I think he is right. When I look back at the path that I had walked, it is definitely not what I had planned. I think we don’t have to keep asking God. We just have to abide in Jesus. The in-dwelling Holy Spirit will lead us because He is our Helper, Counselor, Teacher… He is Someone we need in our redeemed life. Just listen to Him and we will find ourselves walking in line with God’s plan for us. 

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling