Tuesday, 24 July 2018
After discharge from a 6-day stay in hospital, I returned home physically weak but spiritually revitalized. The spirit does not work alone. I regained physical strength and began packing and cleaning the home.
This is my make-up (the way my Maker has created me) - I am confident when I am in control. For example, I am ‘in control’ when I remember where I put my things so that I know where to find them. I also like to have a fixed but flexible routine. Fixed - so that things run smoothly, but flexible – allowing myself to be led by the Spirit.
I am learning to PRAY CONTINUALLY – The Holy Spirit is with us 24/7. He watches every move and every action. He hears every thought - thankful ones, murmuring (grumbling / complaining) ones as well as evil ones. We do have evil thoughts. They jump into our mind… but we CAN RECOGNIZE them instantly. Thanks be to God!
I have written some key points to work on for this season: PRAYER, PRAISE and PRACTICE. Whenever I look at these 3P's, I would automatically do a self-check.
My Prayer and Perception (words / impressions)
Dear Father God,
Thank You for Psalm 121. It is my salvation psalm: I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Dear LORD, You will keep me from all harm - You will watch over my life; You will watch over my coming and going both now and forevermore. Amen!
Thank You for making me special. I thought that I must change to fit into a new design but now I understand that I don’t have to.
[IT IS IMPORTANT to note that I am NOT talking about sin. We must repent of sin. That is the first thing we must do when we come to Christ.]
We are people of flesh but we need to crucify our flesh, carry our cross and follow Christ.
“You don’t have to be like someone unless I tell you to learn from him (or her). You are special. I have made each and every man and woman special. Everyone has special gifts, skills and talents (proficiency) as well as different ways of thinking, learning and doing things. Everyone is special.
I am amazed as I think about the beautiful planet earth and everything that God has created. Suddenly, I saw how terrible we are destroying the beautiful and perfect provisions of our Maker! We must repent!
“I have made every human being special because I have a special plan for him (or her).”
Father God, please forgive me for my immaturity. I have judged people when I should not. I have judged behaviour according to my own understanding. How foolish I have been.
Teach me to like what You like and hate what You hate. Teach me to speak the truth in love and not hurt or offend people. Teach me to hate sin but love people. There are many ways I can express my opinion. I want to do it YOUR WAY. I submit my whole being (spirit, soul and body) to Your authority. Please rule over my thoughts. Please reign over my life. I am Yours. I am a child of God. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Indeed, Jesus is the WAY and the TRUTH and the LIFE.
Lam Yee Ling