Quiet Time with Jesus – Great, Greater, Greatest

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Life can sometimes be a struggle. We experience pain – physical (injuries and illnesses), mental (stress and solution seeking), emotional (disappointment and despair) and spiritual (temptations and trauma). When we step into Jesus’ shoes, let us pray to have His heart and mind too.

WITHOUT HIM, WE CAN DO NOTHING!

Why do you want to work hard and do well? My answer: To please my Father in heaven. I want Him to be proud of me. I want to hear Him say, “Well done, my child.” I have seen siblings compete with one another. Is competition good? When we compete, there will be comparison – good, better, best. When we compete, there will be winners and losers.

In God’s kingdom, there are no great, greater or greatest. In God’s kingdom, there are no losers. Jesus taught us how to be great in God’s kingdom (Matthew 18) – “Unless you CHANGE and become LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever HUMBLES himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (verses 3 and 4).

In God’s kingdom, there are no losers. Paul tells us that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us. We must know who we are. We must know who the enemy is. Our enemy is not flesh and blood – NOT our spouses, in-laws, siblings, brothers and sisters-in-Christ, supervisors, employers, colleagues, fellow commuters, government, neighbors… Our enemy is the one prowling around, waiting for our weakest moment to pounce on us. Our enemy is the one watching our reactions and listening to our grumbling, murmuring and complaining about others. 

I believe the enemy trembles every time we confess our sins. He flees. He knows that he has lost the battle. God shines His light upon us when we confess. The Holy Spirit helps us to speak the truth. The Blood of Jesus cleanses us. The Holy Spirit fills us. The Blood of Jesus heals us – spirit, soul and body. It’s like taking a spiritual bath, from head to toe, from inside out. It is my desire to be purified on a regular basis. Jesus tells us to ‘wash our feet’ because our feet collect dust. I would like to encourage my brothers and sisters-in-Christ to have a good bath every day.

This idea comes to mind: As I brush my teeth, I shall ask God to cleanse my mouth, and I will guard my tongue and watch my words. As I bathe, I shall ask God to wash away everything that is unclean and impure, give me a new heart and a new mind. I want a heart that is full of God’s love and compassion. I want to have the mind of Christ so that I may walk in Jesus’ footsteps in all circumstances. Hallelujah!


My Prayer

Dear Father God,

Do not send us out without cleansing us inside out. Do not send us out without giving us the ‘best’ spiritual gift (the appropriate gift for the moment of need). If Your Presence is not with us, we are not going anywhere. Paul tells us that we live and move and have our being in Christ. We are Your offspring. We know Your heart's desire - You want all men and women to repent. Paul said,

For God has set a Day when He will judge the world with JUSTICE by the Man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men (and women) by raising Him (Christ) from the dead.
— Acts 17:31

When men and women hear about the death and resurrection of Christ, stir in their hearts to want to hear more. Let words of LIFE flow from our lips into their hearts… healing them from inside out.

We are Your ministers of reconciliation, ambassadors of Christ and life-giving vessels. Today, I want to pray for people of all nations: that they will humble themselves and pray and seek Your face and turn from their wicked ways, then You will HEAR from heaven and will FORGIVE their sin and will HEAL their land. Amen!

This is my prayer for ALL NATIONS. [A friend once said to me, “I pray for world peace every day. My response was: “Wow! That’s a big prayer!” The Holy Spirit had convicted me with these questions: Am I not big enough? Do I not do big things?

Of course! God can do BIG things. Nothing is impossible with God. We just need to ask. Our part is to ask. His part is to answer. His part is to give. He decides on what to do. He knows what is best. I have learned to ask and let go. God is good all the time. We can trust Him. Our part is to trust and obey.

Yes! God is good. His love endures forever. Amen!

Lam Yee Ling