Wednesday, 6 February 2019
One year ago, two years ago or three years ago, do you talk to God more today than you did then? Has your joy increased? What about Bible reading and understanding? Do you fall asleep while reading the Bible? Do you sense the presence of the Holy Spirit when you are reading / meditating on the Word of God – e.g. through any one or more of your senses – visions, voices, physical sensations, taste (sweetness or bitterness in your mouth), fragrance or pungent smell…?
Can you tell whether you’ve grown or stayed where you were one year ago / two years ago / three years ago? Is your faith growing deeper and your love for Jesus stronger?
It does not make a difference whether you are 7 or 77, 8 or 88, 9 or 99 years old to ask the above questions. [I will be 66 this year.]
In 2017, someone drew a picture through the gift of prophecy and showed it to me. The picture spoke to me. So I took it and claimed the message for myself.
It was a picture of concrete steps of the same height. Along the side were trees that provide little shade. A stick man stood at the bottom with one leg lifted. It is impossible for him to walk up himself because the first step and all the other steps were a little taller than him. On the right side was a huge hourglass. A stick man stood inside the hourglass and sand was beginning to pour over him.
Can you see the picture? Does it speak to you?
Suddenly, the name Eutychus came to mind. Who is he?
Eutychus, whose name means ‘fortunate’ fell out of a window and experienced a miracle. Read Acts 20:7-12.
Seated in a window was Eutychus who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third floor and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on Eutychus and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said, “He’s alive!” Then Paul went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took Eutychus home alive and were greatly comforted.
You may think it’s a warning against the dangers of sleeping in church, or of preaching too long… but the key point of the story is simply the POWER of GOD to heal. Luke (the writer of Acts) includes the story in order to show the GREAT, LIFE-GIVING POWER OF GOD and to further authenticate Paul’s message as one who had “the marks of a true apostle, including signs, wonders and miracles” (2 Corinthians 12:12).
Many brothers and sisters-in-Christ get together every year as one big team to preach the Gospel to students between the age of 13 to 18. They are given 20 minutes to tell their stories (testimonies) and the GOOD NEWS. The results of each slot of 20 minutes of preaching is overwhelming, breathtaking, nerve-wrecking, amazing, satisfying…
God keeps His promise to be with us wherever we go. You don’t always have to go overseas. You can just step out into your neighbourhood, or step out of your comfortable bedroom…
God is with us - anywhere and everywhere.
Song: One Way
I lay my life down at Your feet / You’re the only one I need / I turn to You and You’re always there / In troubled times it’s You I seek / I put You first that’s all I need / I humble all I am all to You!
One Way Jesus / You’re the Only One that I could live for / One Way Jesus / You’re the Only One that I could live for!
You were always, always there / Every how and every where / Your grace abounds so deeply within me / You will never ever change / Yesterday, today, the same / Forever till forever meets no end!
You are the Way the Truth and the Life / We live by faith and not by sight for you / We’re living all for you!
Amen! Amen! Amen!
Lam Yee Ling