Quiet Time with Jesus - Abound In Life

Friday, 1 Sep 2017

Riches on earth include having money, properties, success, fame, popularity, position, power, even physical health and strength, a sound mind, emotional stability, a long life... No matter how long a man may live on earth, his life is still very short.  

So, what is LIFE?

Many people see life as 'life on earth' only. They do not know what is beyond life on earth. Death is the end for them.

I do not see death as the end because I BELIEVE IN JESUS. The Bible says,

This is ETERNAL LIFE, that they may KNOW YOU, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
— John 17:3

I believe: Jesus is the Son of God. I believe: Jesus came to save me and I AM SAVED. Amen!

Disciples of Jesus Christ are not of the world. We do not pursue things of the world. Riches on earth do not captivate us. We are sanctified and set apart by the Truth. God's Word is Truth. 

Jesus prayed that we all may be ONE, as God the Father is in Christ, and Christ is in God; that we also may be ONE in God and Christ, that the world may believe that God sent Jesus and the glory which God gave to Christ, Christ has given to us, that we may be ONE just as God and Christ are one: Christ in us, and God in Christ; that we may be made perfect in ONE, and that the world may know that God has sent Jesus, and has loved us as God has loved Him. 

Jesus prayed to God the Father, desiring that we may be with Him and that we may behold His glory.

Hallelujah! Thank You Lord!

Jesus often repeats what He says when He prays. I believe: we must do the same.

As we draw near to God, we would also repeat ourselves. I believe: God listens attentively to the deep groans of our hearts. I believe: God continually does a transformative work in us, if we ASK Him to do so.

The Christian way is the way of COMPLETE SURRENDER TO GOD and SUBMISSION TO CHRIST - absolute obedience to God and His Word. 

Jesus said to His disciples:

If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and FOLLOW ME.
— Matthew 16:24
Whoever does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
— Luke 14:33

I remember our missions team trying every way to plough the hard ground so that we can plant some seeds for a school in Thailand. I remember some of us breaking rocks and removing them... It was hard work. Is our heart like that? Has the human heart hardened itself against God as a result of its pursuit of earthly things? It is time to examine our hearts... It is time to remove all the things that have captured our heart, dominated our mind, and stolen our opportunity to encounter God. 

My Prayer

Dear Father God,

We have been deceived. Our hearts have hardened against You. We are pursuing things of the world. Almighty God, help us!

Let us give you our hardened hearts. In exchange, give us a NEW HEART!

O Yes! We need a new heart and a steadfast spirit. Amen!

Song: This is my desire; To honour You; Lord with all my heart; I worship You; All I have within me, I give You praise; All that I adore, is in You; Lord I give You my heart; I give You my soul; I live for You alone; Every breath that I take; Every moment I'm awake; Lord have Your way in me...

Lam Yee Ling