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Not all battles are glamorous

February 13, 2011

“Know that even without public affirmation, appreciation or applause, every battle  fought for God and is won in Jesus Name is a sound victory.”

I was sitting on a couch in the middle of a very messy house, thinking about my messy life, when G spoke to me with the words above.

Where there are no exams to mug for.

Where there are no job interviews to ace.

Where there are not corporate ladder to climb.

Where there are no schools to win.

Where there are no parents to count on.

I thought there is no battle to fight, there is no chance of a victory.

There are seasons, where God calls Christian leaders to take a back seat, so that we can become more Christian than leader, so that we can grow. Beyond the “glam” of the public ministry, there are battles that are not so “glamorous”, the deep personal battles. The battles that are beyond intellectual strategies but purely test of character.

God brought me, to the battles within my heart, the battles that are within my family.

Not all battles are glamorous, but I know my place in God and the battles I ought to fight.

It’s a long fight, and I’m fighting on, for G, with G.

Any battle, big or small with varying degrees of impact, as long as fought for G, is a sound victory.

Opportunist

December 19, 2010

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:15-17

 

The work is massive.

Labor in prayer, so that our hearts and spirit are aligned.

Go out in faith, and mingle with the lost.

Because every moment count, invest our time well.

I want to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading at all times, knowing that any slight deviation might lead to a long detour.

 

 

What to compartmentalize

November 14, 2010

Revisiting compartmentalize. Something I posted on the 28th March 2009 which I want to remind myself again.

“We can compartmentalize our emotions to be rational.

But,

We should should not compartmentalize God to rationalize.

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”Hebrews 4:11-13

Right and Wrong is like black and white.

Grey areas happen when we mix the two together.

If we were to seek deep into our hearts, there is always a right and wrong . The question is, how much of our carnal nature versus God’s Holiness.”

And once again I like to say amen.

Live for the moment

October 12, 2010

Live for the moment, prepare for forever

 

A baffling thought that dawn upon me lately, a 10 year old’s decision will make a defining impact on a 20 year old life, a 20 year old’s mistake might lead to the failure of a 30 year old.

That is us. The decisions that we make now, have a defining impact on our future.

Hence, we ought to live for the moment, live each day to it’s fullest, and live each day preparing for our future.

Who I want to be when I am 30 years old, I am already preparing now.

Every moment, I ought to walk with the Spirit closely, lest I get off tangent.

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

To obey God is not to sit and wait, rather we ought to plan our course, and allow God to refine our steps.

Obedience is never passive.

Beyond the noble call

October 3, 2010

The sound of noble call is one that stirs people’s heart.

It inspires generation of people of great diversity to unite and work towards changes – revolution we may call.

It causes individuals to change lifestyle habits, and even attitudes, because there is a greater cause to fight for.

“Win the youths of today, change the world tomorrow”

“Serve the underserved”

“Fight for the underdogs”

And so I pondered, how many Christians got lost in the noble call?

They are familiar with the calling but foreign to the caller.

I’m one who feels a great tad towards, political injustice, social inequality, poverty and the list goes on.

I feel for the youths who need guidance so that they can grow to become successful.

However, a voice in me reminded me that the church is not just a place for my humanitarian ambitions.

My point is, there are things we will do with or without God.

So what’s the difference when we have God in the picture?

Are we using God to fulfil our ambitions?

And perhaps, that’s why the many jaded souls, when the “noble call” fails to deliver.

At the end of yesterday’s svc, my conclusion is clear, that,

What keeps me a christian and in church is not about what I can do in church and through the church.

It’s not about what the church can do to me or through me.

But what keeps me deadly loyal,

is the very fact, that being a Christian connects me to my maker, my original designer.

I have always love this line from Hillsongs’s greatness of our God,

“Spend my life to know, I’m far from close to all you are, the greatness of our God.”

It’s one thing to serve God.

It’s another to know God.

When you serve a God, you do not know, you serve accordingly to your limited knowledge, limited paradigm.

When you serve a God, whom you know well, you know you are able to do all things through the Lord who strengthens you.

By all things in would mean, challenging the toughest comfort zone, with a Godly attitude.

Simple faith in a complicated world

September 27, 2010

The return to simple faith. Sometimes, faith has become so instinctive, so contemporary, I wondered when was the last time I clasped my hands to pray like that. I talk to God everyday. Every now and then. But when was the last time, I prayed like that.

Coffee Contemplation

September 24, 2010

I have always loved to contemplate over cups of hot beverages. Hot tea, hot milo, hot coffee. Warmth in the mug is warmth for the heart. 🙂 Stress often has a way to creep into my stomach and cause much unease. Hence nothing brings more immediate comfort then a cup of hot drink. I have a pretty high stress tolerance, however my stomach is weak.

Feeling stressed had been a grave understatement. I watched time ticking away as I reflected upon bad decisions and pondered my next step into uncertainties. Idealism, pragmatism and debts don’t work very well together, I realized.  More than just a feeling, I saw how stress manifested in weakening my physical body. From the unusual bleeding that caught me off guard (thank God it subsided after three days) to my current flu.

Still, my resolve is clear that, should I want to work towards my ideals, I would need to first clear my debts (I need to be responsible to those who had shown me such kindness). Clearing debts would require me to be very pragmatic. Hence a time, has come when I put aside my romantic ideas, and start working hard. I can’t hurry time to past, but I am doing my very best to accumulate my earnings, like a squirrel preparing for winter. I am working very hard now, so that at the right time, I can serve to the best that I can. I am still every bit passionate about investing into young lives, the youth ministry, however circumstances requires me to shift my urgent priorities. I can’t be everywhere doing everything. Still, I very much wants to serve God and his Kingdom. I am understanding seasons, and focusing on what is necessary. It takes security.

I have been taking time to attend more family events and expanding my social circle. Catching up with old friends, chalking up “community living” hours with my family (as how my sis jokingly put). I have appreciated their presence as much as they have appreciated mine. E dropped by my place today and I cooked lunch for us. She say she would love to see me more, well I would love to too.

Step by step, I’m working towards better.

Pondering God’s love

September 21, 2010

I can’t bring myself to love anyone more than I love God coz I cannot find anyone who love me more than God has loved me

Period.

Beautiful Song

September 21, 2010

A song that speaks my heart. Sing it like a mantra 🙂

Beholding Your beauty
Is all that I long for
To worship You Jesus
Is my sole desire
For this very heart
You have shaped for be your pleasure
Purposed to lift Your Name higher

Here in surrender
In pure adoration
I enter Your courts
With an offering of praise
I am Your servant
Come to bring You glory
As is fit for the work of Your hands

[Chorus 1:]
Now unto the Lamb
Who sits on the throne
Be glory and honor and praise
All of creation resounds with the song
Worship and praise Him
The Lord of lords

Spirit now living
And dwelling within me
Keep my eyes fixed
Ever on Jesus’ face
Let not the things of this world
Ever sway me
I’ll run ’til I finish the race

[Chorus 2:]
Now unto the Lamb
Who sits on the throne
Be glory and honor and praise
All of eternity echoes the song
Worship and praise Him
The Lord of lords

Holy Lord
You are holy
Jesus Christ
Is the Lord

Me: I will choose to love God above other things
E: That should not be hard for you 🙂
Yes, loving God should not be hard, coz that’s what we are made for. I want to live according to the master plan and not settle for second best.

Love

September 16, 2010

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 corinthians 13:4-6

Classic definition.

The Creator of love is the greatest romantic of all