Beyond ourselves

21 08 2009

WHOEVER BRINGS BLESSING WILL BE ENRICHED, AND
ONE WHO WATERS WILL HIMSELF BE WATERED. — P R O V E R B S 1 1 : 2 5

We are taught here the great lesson that to get, we must give; to accumulate, we must scatter; to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are
ourselves watered. How? Our efforts to be useful bring out our powers for usefulness. We have latent talents and unused gifts that become apparent by exercise. Our strength for work is even hidden from ourselves until we take our stand and fight the Lord’s battles or
climb the mountains of difficulty. We do not know what tender sympathies we possess until we try to dry the widow’s tears and soothe the orphan’s grief. We often find in attempting to teach others that we gain instruction for ourselves. What gracious lessons some of us have learned in visiting the sick! We went to teach the Scriptures, and we came away blushing that our knowledge of them was so poor. In our conversation with humble saints, we are taught the way of God more perfectly for ourselves and get a deeper insight into divine truth. So watering others makes us humble. We discover how much grace there is where we had not looked for it, and how much the humble saint may outstrip us in knowledge. Our own comfort is also increased by working for others. We endeavor to cheer them, and the consolation gladdens our own heart. Consider the two men in the snow—one massaged the other’s limbs to keep him from dying, and in doing so kept his own blood circulating and
saved his own life. Remember the poor widow who supplied the prophet’s needs from her own meager resources, and from that day she never experienced need again. Give, and it will be given to you—good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over.

I recently twitter that unless we live for a cause bigger than ourselves, it bears no significance to our existence. Trying to join what God has brought me through this morning with the two major incidents that i feel that God is working in my heart. To be confronted with my own carnal prejudices and to face hostility and to come out of it with complete serenity and calmness i would normally found in absence of. Even when times of pouring out into other people’s lives, it might not be recipocrated the way i expect, but it doesn’t matter, because the objective is to please my Lord. I felt God impressed on my heart that i will be reaching out to mainland chinese and indians and unless i learn to see them how God see them, i will never fulfill what God wants me to do.

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Never Give Up

16 08 2009

I have heard perhaps one of the best sermons in Paradise of God Church since i came here, on God is Faithful. And all we need to do is never to give up, because God hasn’t given up on us and He will never give up.





Victory over Sin

16 08 2009

It is like a revisit of the old demons when I have accepted Christ as my personal saviour, that in His death, my sins are forgiven. However, every now and then, sins still crept in like a deadly bacteria that causes spiritual and emotional sicknesses that left me wondering if I am truly saved. That when Christ promised His disciples that we will be more than conquerors, is for the super Christians like the mega preachers and mother teresas out there?

Victory over Sin happens not from our merit, if it was, then Christ will not have to die for our sins but provide a list of things we should do; But then, Christ did not do that, all He did, was to die on the Cross for our Sins. For then, it is a irrefutable fact that Christ died, and He has risen from the grave, a victory over death, our final enemy. Death was never intended, as was Sin, but Death was the result of the final obstacles to our reconciliation to God, as it must be defeated as Sin was at the foot of the Cross.

When we approach the issue of Sin in believers’ lives, is it our merit that the foundation of our salvation stands? Absolutely not. As i am writing this, it serves a continuous reminding of my position in Christ is not affected by how many times i have failed, but how many times i come back to Christ, acknowledging He is still my saviour, and I am still an unfinished work in God’s time. Victory over Sin is not a statement that we are free from Sin, but now we have a victor in me, that has triumphed over Sin and Death, that He is working in my life to chip away the habits of Sin, that we now have a guaranteed in Christ a salvation that will not be denied by our standard, but confirmed in the eternity of His Work.

So when we are assailed with temptations, know, it is not a sign of defeat, but a call to battle and raising our standards and reaffirmation in the Truth and the Fact that Christ is my saviour, yesterday, today and tomorrow!





Another of my favourite songs

11 08 2009

i think Christians can be real right? I love this song, not just cos it is by Jay but the emotions coming from this song and the video is just soooooo nice.