Monday, 30 April 2018
Believers and even non-believers say that Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with God. Think about your relationship with God. Do you look to God as your personal Counselor? Do you look to God as your personal Teacher? Do you look to God as your personal Provider? Do you look to God as your personal Bodyguard? Do you look to God as your Disciplinary Master? There are many faces we see when we look to God. Sometimes, He is a Friend - a very close Friend. Sometimes, He is a Comforter. Sometimes, He reprimands. Sometimes, He rewards. I see God as my Father, a father who is everything to me, who goes everywhere with me. He knows everything, answers every question and most importantly He is a Father who loves me with an everlasting love. He loves me even when I say the wrong thing or make the wrong move. He loves me too much not to change me. His love is out of this world. He is my Father in heaven. One day I will go home to my Father and I will rejoice with thanksgiving. Amen.
In the meantime, I just need to trust Him in all circumstances. A relationship needs to be nurtured. When we first meet God, it is like a seed sown into our heart. If the soil of the heart is hard, nothing happens. But, at the right time (i.e. God’s perfect timing), the heart will be softened... We just need to keep praying until something happens. Love never fails. Amen.
God has a purpose when members of a church scatter. I always believe that God can work all things for our good for those of us who genuinely love Him and are called according to His purpose. All Bible characters made mistakes. God used them to teach us. As we make mistakes, we learn and grow. Jesus said, “…you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” That is God’s promise. Our grief will turn to joy. Jesus continued to say, “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.” What a privilege God has given to women to experience the pain of childbirth and the joy thereafter! You may be in a season of pain / grief now but be assured that God knows your pain and He has promised you joy.
Praying from what I see in a vision…
We are seated in the heavenly realm. We have a scepter each – a symbol of royal power and dignity. I am reminded of Peter’s words: you are a chosen people - a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a holy nation, a people belonging to God; We wear the robe of royalty, holiness and godliness. We belong to God. We are given the power and authority to conquer, to rule and reign – not over flesh and blood, but over the rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. We are called to pray for all the saints. We are called to pray for the nations, not just our biological family, not just our church community, not just our own nation but FOR THE NATIONS. We are salt of the earth and light of the world. Hallelujah! Do not say or think that your prayer is small. I tell you the truth: Every prayer is significant in the ears of God. Every prayer is a cry from His heart and honey in His ears. We are the kingdom of God.
Let’s worship Him!
Lam Yee Ling