Quiet Time With Jesus – Fear

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 

Have you ever been gripped by fear and your mind cannot think any more? 

Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behaviour, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events. (Source: Wikipedia) 

I think no matter how brave we are or claim to be, we do experience fear in our lifetime. When I was a child, I was terrified after watching a movie – a man who lost contact with his team, were left alone in a jungle for a long time, running away from an uncivilized tribe. I think that is why I would not walk alone through the rainforest in our Singapore Botanic Gardens.

I have also experienced other kinds of fear. As I recall them, I thank God that He has always been with me. I believe He is with me now and will never leave me nor forsake me.

My Prayer

Dear Father God,

You are our Good Good Father. We look to You and we are blessed. You provide all that we need. Yes, we thank You for providing us the Armour of God and the Word of God – Ephesians 6:10-20.

We can’t go into battle with evil without Your protection. No matter what battles we face in life, we have to be prepared i.e. always put on the full Armour of God.

Apostle Paul uses the Roman soldier’s armour to describe what we need - the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit – every part is important.

Father, I pray that You teach us and give us a deeper and clearer understanding of what the Armour of God is all about, how do we ‘polish’ and make sure that every part is in perfect condition. Guide us as we ponder, pray and practice the skills of a warrior trained for battle against evil forces.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have DIVINE POWER to demolish stronghold. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT TO MAKE IT OBEDIENT TO CHRIST (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

And we declare: In all things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us (Romans 8:37). 

Amen!

Quiet Time With Jesus – Choice

Friday, 8 February 2019

Man has the free will to make choices. We are not meant to be slaves (forced to work) or hired workers (employed to work). We are meant to be sons and daughters of our Creator. We bear His image. God created planet Earth for us to occupy and multiply. He said, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over EVERY living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28)

Then He said, “I give you EVERY seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and EVERY tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground – EVERYTHING that has the breath of life in it – I give EVERY green plant for food.” (Genesis 1:29-30)

Despite the abundance of food provided, man chose to eat the fruit that HE WAS TOLD not to eat. The consequences are disastrous.

Do you or have you done something that YOU WERE TOLD not to do? 

Let’s look at Jesus. He did everything the Father told Him to do – EVERYTHING! The Bible tells us that God chose Him as our ransom. (1 Peter 1:20) And Jesus went willingly to the cross. Why? Nazareth was a cozy town. Why didn’t Jesus choose to build a business there, prosper and have a family of his own? Jesus was not forced to die. He chose to die on the cross – for us. Why?

Thinking about choices, I remember what my P6 teacher wrote in my autograph book: Choices are the hinges of destiny. I am still pondering over these words…

Whatever choices we make in life – good or bad, right or wrong – there are opportunities to re-choose so long as we are alive on earth. What we did not do in the past, we can choose to do now. If you hear Him say to you, “Follow me,” would you choose to follow Him? If not, why?

Jesus has chosen to love us. Let us ponder over His love… Does Jesus like every one of us – our habits, lifestyle, character, attitude, behaviour, ambitions… I don’t think so. But HE LOVES US. 

There is a difference between liking and loving. We don’t have to like everyone but we are commanded to LOVE.

The Bible says: GOD IS LOVE. We are created in God’s image. We are created to love. We are able to love. Jesus is saying (to all who have ears to hear), “I have chosen you out of the world, so you don’t belong to it.” (John 15:19NCV)


My Prayer 

Dear Father God, once again we come to Your Throne of Grace. Help us to understand why we don't belong to the world. Teach us to hear. Teach us to choose. Teach us to obey. Your way is the best way – the most excellent way! And You have said: Now I will show you the most excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:31) In Jesus' name we pray. Amen! 

Lam Yee Ling

Quiet Time With Jesus – Better or Bitter

Thursday, 7 February 2019

My thoughts started with comparing myself – what I am today with what I was when I first encountered God (in 1999). What a great difference!

Between Sep 1999 until now, I have experienced ups and downs within the Christian community as well as outside the network of believers. I often say – the church is like the world and stop there. I seldom say - let’s change the world to be like the church - let alone actively doing something about it. I think we should continually have the desire to change the world and earnestly seek God’s wisdom and power to do it. After all, we often pray: Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Will Be Done on earth AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

What is the meaning of ‘from glory to glory’ in 2 Corinthians 3:18?

These 4 words sum up our entire Christian life, from redemption and sanctification on earth, to our glorious eternal welcome into heaven. The first ‘glory’ refers to the Old Covenant – the Law of Moses – while the second refers to the New Covenant, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Both have astonishing splendor. 

The Old Covenant was given to Moses directly from God, written by God’s own finger (Exodus 31:18). The root of our Christian faith is glorious indeed; it’s the glory we’re coming ‘from.’ Yet the New Covenant, the glory we’re going ‘to,’ far surpasses that of the Old.

I believe God uses our experiences to shape us. We are body, soul and spirit. Our body goes through changes e.g. we are what we eat. Our soul changes through our emotional experiences e.g. disappointment, distress… delight, desires… and how we deal of them. Our spirit changes through our relationship with the Holy Spirit living in us i.e. how close, and how sensitive we are to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I believe God works 24/7 to re-shape us to the image of Christ. So, even while we sleep, God works in us.

Before Apostle Paul finishes with the topic of being transformed from glory to glory, he presents one more astonishing claim: Therefore, if ANYONE IS IN CHRIST, he is a NEW CREATION; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Lord is inviting us – to have our lives radically transformed here and now, by opening our eyes to see the glorious journey He is taking us on ‘from glory to glory.’ Hallelujah!


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

You never cease teaching us. Let us receive – with revelation of the truth - the guidance of the Holy Spirit who is always prompting us to think with the mind and to do with the heart of Jesus Christ. We know Jesus is unceasingly interceding for us. We know that the Holy Spirit helps us in prayer when we do not know how to pray. We know You are transforming our entire life through prayer and service. We know You work day and night, day and night… Let us sing: Day and night, day and night, let incense arise… Let us do what we sing…    

The title of today’s devotional is given by You. Thank You Lord! I pray for all my brothers and sisters in Christ (and myself too) to become BETTER (in Your eyes) and not bitter as we continue our journey with you, living our lives - led by the Holy Spirit - and ultimately being re-shaped to the image of Christ. Hallelujah!

Amen!

Lam Yee Ling