Thursday, August 31, 2017

Redeemed

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a [a]tree”—in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

- Galatians 3:13-14

Monday, July 31, 2017

GOD, the Author of History

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you;
He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”


‭‭- Zechariah‬ ‭9:9

Friday, June 30, 2017

I am the FOOL!

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”

- Psalm 14:1

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sinful Man

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!

- Isaiah 5:20-21

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Know GOD

"Be still, and know that I am God..."

- Psalm 46:10

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sometimes We Never Understand

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

Deuteronomy 29:29

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Welcome a New Family Member!

Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Who is Jesus to you?"

A simple question which can be asked of Christians and people of other faith is “Who is Jesus to you?” To be frank, this question can be dug as deep as one will like and answers can be awakening. A thousand of follow-up questions can be asked and after which, different responses can be felt by the questioner.

As I think about my own answers to this simple question, I agree with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that Jesus is my Savior. However, isn’t this just a model answer? Can a person of a different faith answer this question with “Jesus is the Savior of the World.”?

Sure, he can.

The more I think about this, the more I realize that to know Jesus more intimately takes effort. One follow up question can be, “Am I making this effort?”

If yes, how?

If no, what am I going to do about it?

Folks, looks like to live out this verse John 17:3 – to know the Only True GOD and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent is not as simple as praying the Sinner’s Prayer and live as an auto-pilot Christian. Let’s wake up and be alert to the fact that we all need to continue to walk closely with Jesus like what Enoch had modeled for us in Genesis 5:24!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 IS going away for good…

Because… 2016 is coming to a close! It is fast but we all know that time waits for no man. 2015 ended with me opening a new chapter of my life as a married man. For 2016, it was a year of living with my soulmate and starting our lives together as a family. We thank our beloved GOD for blessing us with a place of our own and managed to move in smoothly. As we were comfortable with where we are, GOD led us to a new chapter of our lives…

… My wife is pregnant.

This brought us to a mood of excitement, anticipation and a little uncertainty as we are going to be parents to a new soul. Are we ready? We can only pray for GOD to grant us wisdom continually as we welcome a new member to our family. In the journey of pregnancy, we had our fair share of clashes and conflicts as life can be tricky sometimes. Zika virus came along to join us in the party while our baby’s fetal scan was not quite in accordance to the doctor’s expectation. Nevertheless, we learnt a bit more of placing our faith in our awesome GOD (1 Pet 5:6-7). We also learnt that we simply need to channel all our energies in praying to our King, our Priest and our Savior, Jesus Christ (Phil 4:6-7).

Now as the husband of my wife and soon a father, I realized the importance of submitting to Jesus as the Head of my family. My spiritual walk with Christ has taken on a new perspective and it is paramount for me to walk rightly and closely with Him. With that, I have to lead my wife and my soon-to-be born child in growing close to knowing the Only True GOD and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent.

Just before I got married last year, I felt a sense of responsibility as a husband-to-be because I need to stand up to the occasion as a man to take care of my wife and be a pillar of support for her. Approaching the end of this year, my shoulders got loaded with more responsibilities now as a father-to-be. Pray for me to look to our LORD for wisdom and courage to live out His Word in Deuteronomy 32:7:

“Remember the days of old,

Consider the years of all generations.
Ask your father, and he will inform you,
Your elders, and they will tell you.”

As the clock strikes 12 and 2017 rolls in, I hold on to my bible and pray to GOD that may He help me to be a good husband and a good father - A man who is trustworthy (1 Cor 4:2) and faithful to His Word (2 Tim 2:15).

Have a blessed 2017 in our LORD!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Experiencing GOD

It has been a long while since I wrote something on my blog. The primary reason is I have been busy. Busy since I got married. Busy since my wife and I have to move to our own place. Now busy again because we are preparing for a new member who is coming soon to our family. As I looked back to the days which I lamented on being a single man out there, I have never thought that in a short period of 3 years ever coming back home to Singapore from the United States that my life can be changed entirely. All by the grace of God. He Alone provided a life partner for me. He Alone provided a home for us. He Alone now gave us a child.  We so are thankful and also amazed by how our LORD has been with us all along and this is all in accordance to his Timing (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

In the midst of enjoying His abundant Blessings to us, we want to be a blessing to others too. We like to be used by our LORD to be a conduit of His Blessings to others. The purpose is clear for me but on the specifics of how, this awaits much prayers. I continue to pray for God’s direction in living out a purposeful life for Him.

Life goes on. As I journey with my LORD, I realize that one needs to continue to seek Him earnestly. One’s relationship with the LORD can only flourish when one seek Him consistently daily. Therefore, we need to continue to read our Bible and pray to Him without ceasing. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Number Our Days

"So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to Your heart of wisdom."

- Psalm 90:12

Friday, September 30, 2016

Rely on The Helper

But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

- John 16:7-11

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Let Christ Dwell In Our Hearts

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

- Colossians 3:16-17

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Are You Lukewarm?

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

- Revelation 3:15-16

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Follow Jesus Today!

"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
- John 14:6

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Abundant Life

 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
- Jesus in John 10:10

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Meditating on Psalm 71

In You, O Lord, I have taken refuge;
Let me never be ashamed.
In Your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
Incline Your ear to me and save me.
Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come;
You have given commandment to save me,
For You are my rock and my fortress.
Rescue me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,
Out of the grasp of the wrongdoer and ruthless man,
For You are my hope;
O Lord GodYou are my confidence from my youth.
By You I have been sustained from my birth;
You are He who took me from my mother’s womb;
My praise is continually of You.

I have become a marvel to many,
For You are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with Your praise
And with Your glory all day long.
Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
For my enemies have spoken against me;
And those who watch for my life have consulted together,
Saying, “God has forsaken him;
Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver.”

O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, hasten to my help!
Let those who are adversaries of my soul be ashamed and consumed;
Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek to injure me.
But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And of Your salvation all day long;
For I do not know the sum of them.
I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord God;
I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.

O God, You have taught me from my youth,
And I still declare Your wondrous deeds.
And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to all who are to come.
For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens,
You who have done great things;
O God, who is like You?
You who have shown me many troubles and distresses
Will revive me again,
And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
May You increase my greatness
And turn to comfort me.

I will also praise You with a harp,
Even Your truth, O my God;
To You I will sing praises with the lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You;
And my soul, which You have redeemed.
My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long;
For they are ashamed, for they are humiliated who seek my hurt.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Be Engaged in God's Word

But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
- 2 Peter 1:20-21

Be encouraged, folks because the Bible is not authored by mere men but inspired by God Himself (2 Tim 3:16). Let's be diligent to stay engaged in God's Word.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

One Life, Know Christ

We all have only one life to live and we never know when we will leave this world. Often when we read of famous people passing on in the news, we lament that life is short and unpredictable. The element of uncertainty continues its grip on us even though the world today is a relatively technologically advanced place. Still, we can never overcome uncertainties in our lives.

In my opinion, the key thing in life is to know Christ.  Paul in the book of Philippians wrote, “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” (Phil 3:8). As we go about our lives day in and day out, we sometimes wonder what is the meaning of life? Paul counted all things to be rubbish to him compared to the value of knowing Christ. Why is that so?

Folks, may I humbly appeal to you to find out more about Christ today. Investigate for yourself why Jesus claims that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) and why He Alone is able to offer us hope in this uncertain world where the days are evil (Eph 5:16). Like to leave you with this song – Consider Christ.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 has gone, 2016 has come!

One year of 365 days has gone yet again and it is time for me to reflect on my journey with Jesus in 2015. After many years of singlehood, 2015 is the year I got married and settled down with a godly woman whom God has graciously brought into my life. Married life is very revealing indeed. My ways as a natural sinner is very much obvious and alive in front of my wife! If single life is challenging to be pure before God, married life brings my spiritual journey to the next level. This is simply because my wife is always being used by God to point out all my weaknesses and how my heart is indeed deceitful above all things (Jer 17:9). Alas! What a sinner I am indeed.

The years which I had spent as a single man allowed me to be righteousness in my own manner and this indeed could blind me from knowing my true heart condition which is a sinner through and through before my God. Yes, I can deceive myself into believing that I am acing my spiritual journey with God. The truth is I am not. Being married opens my eyes to the ultimate reality of my heart condition and allows God Himself to continue to mold me towards Christ’s Character.

2015 is an interesting year for me as I kicked off this year, registering for a joint google email account together with my then girlfriend (now my wife) after being in a relationship for about 2 weeks. Subsequently, I proposed to her on Resurrection Sunday, began our wedding preparation and then got married on 21 Nov. We went for our honeymoon in New Zealand and now we are preparing to get our own place ready for move in. Everything seems to be moving in an extremely fast pace for us. I can really know that God’s Timing is always perfect.

This New Year, I look forward to spend more quality time with God in my daily devotion with Him as I seek to learn from Him firsthand on how to be a husband who loves his wife like how Christ loves the Church. As His Word continues to come alive before my eyes, I pray that you can also taste and see that The LORD is good (Psa 34:8).

Have a blessed 2016 and God Bless you!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

We are His eyewitnesses!

For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an utterance as this was made to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased”— and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.

So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

- 2 Peter 1:16-21

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Journey Continues...

It’s been a long while since I last sat down and really wrote down some personal reflections of my journey with God. This spiritual journey goes on. There are still many things to learn and many issues in my own spiritual life which need to be molded and shaped by God’s Guiding Hand. Looking back at these last 6 months, I believe I have gone through the initial excitement of being involved in a loving relationship with someone whom God has brought to my life. The excitement has not diminished but has gone on to the next level where truly I learnt more about my own failures and weaknesses of my soul. God has taught and shown me many things in my spiritual life which needs pruning. The most amazing pruning comes practically through learning how to love someone unconditionally. This comes in a committed relationship leading to a lifelong marriage.

No one can truly know what real love is until one is able to demonstrate through actions about real love. The model of real love is shown to all of us through the death of Christ on the Cross. That’s the scene where unconditional love stands out as an unyielding light to shine into the darkness of human’s heart. This is also where I as a husband-to-be have to reflect constantly on how to love my wife unconditionally as how Christ loves the Church. It is a mystery indeed.

Till the day I see my LORD, this journey of learning from Him continues…

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Sacredness of Marriage

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

- Matthew 19:4-6

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Need to be Born Again

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
- John 3:3

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Oneness of the Trinity

For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

- 1 John 5:7-8

Thursday, February 05, 2015

How I Met My Partner?

In Heaven: We believe Our Almighty GOD, the Creator of the heavens & earth (Genesis 1:1) brought us together.

On Earth: We met online (SDN website).

The two of us were waiting for some undocumented period of time for the right person to come along while each of us strives to be the right person.

When we finally met each other, we felt like long lost friends who found each other and have lots to talk about.

The chemistry between us is definitely present and we hope to enjoy each other's presence while we honor Our Beloved GOD together as a couple.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Keep on Relating, Folks

Many Christians often said that Christianity is all about relationships. It is not a religion per se. It is about relating to the One and Only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent (John 17:3). This unique relationship is made possible when God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. Therefore, our eyes are now opened and able to see Him for whom He really is. To some people who are perishing, the cross may be foolishness to them (1 Cor 1:18). However, nothing can be further from the Truth. The Cross is exactly the place where God’s Love is expressed to all of us in the climax.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, life is all about relationships. We are born because of the love relationship between our fathers and mothers. The root of it all is God’s Love. He is the Uncreated One Who created us – Adam’s Race. He breathed into us the breath of life (Gen 2:7). This is our God, let us all behold Him. The One who said to Moses, ‘I Am Who I Am’. The Only True Living God Who has revealed Himself to us and offer us this special, priceless and unique relationship in Christ. He has offered us His Own Son! He now empowers us through His Holy Spirit. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit, the Source of All (Rev 4:11).

I thank God for bringing a special person into my life. At this moment of my life, I finally realized the preciousness of a unique relationship which I hold dear to my heart. God works in mysterious ways at times and I can only respond to Him by being amazed at the blessings which He has showered upon me. I do not deserve it at all and echoed with Peter, ‘Go away from me LORD, for I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:8). Being a child of God, I am blessed because I am granted this opportunity to seek His Face (Psalm 27:8). By seeking His Face, I can learn directly from the Master of Relationships on how to keep on relating well to this special person and enable every moment which we spend together to be fond memories for the years to come. Keep on relating, folks. God Bless!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

As 2014 drifts away…

Each year before Dec 31 comes along, I will try to sit down and think back on the past one year’s happenings. A good opportunity awaits at this moment each year for me to grab for reflection upon the lessons which I have learnt from my LORD. 2014 is a year of adjusting back to the hectic lifestyle in Singapore as I moved back home from the United States since Sep, 2013. Time flies by and each day of my life is given by my LORD as a token of His Grace & Mercy towards me a worthless sinner through and through. My LORD is indeed merciful and patient towards me as He continuously molds me towards the Character of His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ.

Looking back over these past twelve months, I realized too that I have ran quite a lot. From Green Corridor in May to Army Half Marathon in Aug to POSB Kid’s Run & Straits Time Run in Sep, followed by Presbyterian Run in Nov and ended the year with the Standard Charted Marathon earlier this month. Total mileage covered was 103 km. As I pondered using hindsight wisdom, this sounds really crazy for me! This coming new year 2015, I am also kicking off two different 21km runs (one in Feb, 2015 & another in Mar, 2015) early in the year. Besides running, I realized that this year I started to be really passionate about cycling as well. Did quite a few rounds of cycling from Sengkang to East Coast Park to Changi Village and then back to Sengkang (~46km). Earlier in 2014, I was also very much into swimming due to free admission granted through the ActiveSG program. With that, I thank God that I am able to slim down and remove majority of the fats accumulated through the last 5 years spent in the United States.

This was also a year of putting down my own personal struggles with habitual sins for good. I believe that it was not possible without God answering my prayers for a soulmate in life. It is true. Truly, I understand now why He made that comment in the Garden of Eden – “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. (Gen 2:18)” I am indeed very, very thankful to God for bringing a special woman into my life. As I looked back to all my struggles in the past, I think that all those struggles to stay pure were worth it. Totally worth it! Praise God for His Grand Plan and continue to be praying that both of us can demonstrate how a godly relationship should be like, according to God’s Perfect Design. I pray that we can both fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Heb 12:2) and finish the race which is set before us well. Therefore in 2015, I want to cherish every moment with this special soulmate whom God has brought into my life.

In summary, God has opened my eyes in 2014 to behold His Character and His Role as my Abba Father. He has indeed allowed me to see the ultimate reality of being in sync with Him according to His Plan (Proverbs 3:5-6). His Timing is always Perfect (Ecc 3:1-8) and who am I to question Him (Job 40:1-2)? Looking back to my past experiences of being frustrated with the single life sounds very silly. The reason is God was using those days to mold me to become a better soulmate to a godly woman whom He has also been molding all this while. My New Year resolution for 2015 is to continue to seek God and observe His Hand at Work so that I can truly be able to convey His Love Message to those who have yet to know Him. In addition, through seeking Him daily, I hope to be the man who is always able to shower the woman whom he loves with the unconditional love which he himself has received from God Who is love (1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:8).

Have a blessed 2015, folks!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

No Man is An Island

Really like to give thanks to God for blessing all the TPBC Men with a fantastic weather over last weekend as we gathered for our very first TPBC Men's Ministry Retreat. It was definitely a great time of fellowship and bonding over a short time of 1.5 day. 

We discussed briefly on the importance of how to have a walk with God. This is crucial for building a personal relationship with God. Every true believer in Christ needs that and indeed, no man is an island. Brothers, let's unite in the name of Christ and desire to finish well for His Glory (2 Tim 4:7)!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Walking with God

As Christians, we all have to learn how to walk with God. He has always been with us but sometimes, we ourselves have this problem that we like to do what we want to do. As such, we conveniently tell ourselves that He is not with us. We rationalize our minds that it is okay to slack once in a while because we put a pat on our backs that we have been ‘walking right with Him’ for a season now, right? That’s when we fall and sin against Him (1 Cor 10:12). Next, the guilt feeling sets in. This vicious cycle of events is always happening in my own spiritual walk with Him. I resonate with Paul in Romans 7:24 - Oh what wretched man I am!

This coming November, my church is kicking off the first Men’s Ministry retreat. The theme is “No Man is An Island” and the workshop topic is “Walking with God”. As I reflected on a quote by A. W. Tozer:

A whole new generation of Christians has come up believing that it is possible to “accept” Christ without forsaking the world.

Truly, I need to remember that by accepting Christ, I have turned my back against the world. I cannot hold on to Christ and walk with God on one hand if I am also holding on to the world on my other hand (John 17:16). Please pray along with the men of TPBC that God will speak to all of us at this retreat to be serious in our walk with Him in the years to come.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Lesson of Life

God depicted in Genesis 1:1 is the Only True Living God Who Alone created the heavens and the earth (Isa 44:24, Isa 45:12). There is no other God besides Him (Isa 45:18). We must all turn to Him and be saved (Isa 45:22).

There is indeed a reason for Him to put all of us through this lesson of life. When He gave us the breath of life (Gen 2:7), I strongly believe that there is a purpose for living. This purpose is for living is to know Him, the only True God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent. This is Eternal Life (John 17:3).

Life is hard for all of us because we fail to see through our own individual circumstances with a bigger purpose, a bigger story in mind. If we are too focused on our own needs, we will tend to think that our own problems are daunting to solve. However if we are able to look beyond the problems to gaze upon the face of our LORD, we would be able to see that there is a reason for the issues which God has placed in our lives. We must ask Him for wisdom and guidance to learn the lessons which He wants to teach us. God disciplines us because we are His Children (Heb 12:5-7).

As Christians, we must walk through this lesson of life in the strength of the Spirit which He has given to us as a pledge for our eternal inheritance (Eph 1:14). Personally, I failed Him in many ways because I neglected my time with Him in reading of His Word, in prayers and in worshipping Him by acknowledging Him as the LORD of my life at all times. The moment, I am complacent in walking in the Spirit, I went on to gratify the desires of my flesh (Gal 5:16). LORD, forgive me.

One question which I will like to ask myself daily at every moment of my life is found in Gal 5:7 – “You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?”

At this moment, I may not yet see the finish line of my life but I really want to finish well. I hope to really echo Paul’s words in 2 Tim 4:7. Brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s continue to encourage one another in desiring to draw closer to our LORD and Savior of our souls daily, shall we?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ready for the Life to Come

I have been thinking about this – is praying the Sinners’ Prayer all that one needs to do and once he has gotten his ticket to Heaven, he can live out his life in whatever manner he pleases, waiting to go heaven when he has passed on from this life?

The answer is no because when we look to the Bible, it is actually pointing us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12). In essence after we have prayed to receive Christ as our personal LORD and Savior, we all need to continually work towards bearing spiritual fruits for Christ (Gal 5:22). Furthermore, we are to work this out with fear and trembling which is to truly be putting away our own self will of being rooted in our sinfulness and putting on a complete surrender and dependency upon on our LORD Jesus Christ (John 15:5). We are all reminded by Solomon to fear God and keep His commandments (Eccl 12:12-13). We are all taught by Jesus Christ Himself to seek Him first in all righteousness (Matt 6:23). We are all instructed by Paul to die to sin and not live in it any longer (Rom 6:1-2).

Therefore, we definitely cannot think that we are okay so long we have prayed the Sinners’ Prayer (a one-time momentous event) and we can idle spiritually to wait to be ushered into heaven. Fellow Christians, let’s remember that we need to persevere on. We are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses before us and let’s all run this race of life with perseverance (Heb 12:1-2).  Let’s continue to be the salt and light for Christ (Matt 5:13-16). Let’s be Christ’s ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). Let’s be telling people about Christ and the Gospel message which is made possible because of Christ’s Work on the Cross (2 Cor 5:21, 1 Cor 1:18). All of us as Christians need to be involved in the Christ’s ministry of reconciliation.

The Christian must look at this world through the lens of the Gospel. He must be able to see how the Bible is very much applicable to his life on earth. From Genesis to Revelation, the Word of God is conveying to all of mankind one consistent message - there is a grave problem for mankind which is sin and there is only one solution to this grave problem who is Jesus Christ. Bearing the Christian faith is definitely not holding to a ticket to heaven passively and waiting for the trip to heaven to commence. By placing our faith in Jesus Christ, we have declared war against the god of this world (2 Cor 4:4). Wake up and arise, O Christian and be ready to fight (Rom 13:11-14)!

One key thought for all of us as Christians is: What does the Christian life entail?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Potential

Potential according to Wikipedia.org, generally refers to a currently unrealized ability. 

All of us as humans have the potential to know the Only, True Living God and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent (John 17:3). All of us have the potential to be filled with His Holy Spirit Who will be our Counsellor to teach us all the things which God the Father wants us to learn from Him (John 14:26).

However, the key question is, “Are we fulfilling this potential?”

This week as my cell group came together to study the book of 1 Peter together, we realized that we were once lost but now found. We were continually straying like sheep, but now we have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls (1 Peter 2:25). For non-believers, they are still straying like lost sheep, in urgent need of a Shepherd to lead them to safety. For believers, we may be already safe in Christ’s Hands but we do have to close up the gap to accomplish what God has begun in each of our hearts (Phil 1:6).

Therefore as Christians, although we may have fulfilled the potential to know the Only, True Living God but we still need to fulfill the potential of developing the unique talents which God has given to each one of us. Are we fulfilling the potential which God has called each of us for, based on the gifts which He has given to us? This is a staggering question to me as I know deep down in my own deceitful heart (Jer 17:9); I have also failed Him in many ways and have sinned against Him even as a child of His. I am in constant need of His forgiveness and purification from all unrighteousness in His Sight (1 John 1:9).

Father, You Alone are my Creator and You define what is right and wrong by Your Will. Please forgive me of the sins which I have committed knowingly against You. Please pick me up from where I have fallen again and again. Please change my heart continually to be closer to You and help me to constantly be renewed in my mind with Your Word. Help me, LORD to trust You, obey You and wait upon You daily, moment by moment. Change me and use me as your vessel, as the salt and light which You have called me to be. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

TPBC Retreat

I am excited to be able to get time off from work and be spending the most part of this week at a retreat. This is my first time back with my Singapore church family for a retreat after being away for five years. Please pray with me that it will be a great time of learning from the LORD and also a good break for my mind from my work. Thanks~

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Patience is Key

As Christians, being patient is pretty important because it is all about God’s timing. His timing is always right and He is also testing us as we wait for Him. Therefore, I shall continue to wait for Him to provide a family of my own. I will also continue to wait anxiously for the mercy of our LORD Jesus Christ to eternal life (Jude 1:21).

In the meantime while I am waiting, I need to continue to trust in Him, building myself up in the most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit and keeping the love of God (Jude 1:20-21). May my spiritual journey with Jesus Christ be bearing fruits of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23). I pray that God will continue to strengthen me in obeying His Word fully in my life…

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Reflecting upon Philippians 4:6-7



I labelled this short passage with traffic light colors. Red, Yellow, Green… Stop, Pray, Go…
Red – Stop: Be anxious for nothing… what is the biggest worry of your life? Jesus is telling us not to worry… food, drink, clothing and even death… early in this very book, Philippians, Paul mentioned about Christ being obedient to the point of even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). Even the biggest problem / obstacles of our lives is being solved by Christ, what do we have to worry about? Romans 8:31 says, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” All of us who have accepted Christ as our LORD and Savior have a great future in eternity because we know that He is for us all (Philippians 1:6). We are able to cast all our anxiety upon Him alone because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7) and now He is telling us not to worry… “Who by being worried can add a single hour to his life? (Matt 6:27). “Do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt 6:34). In this physical life, normally we will worry when we are uncertain about the future. However, we absolutely have nothing to worry about because we already know about the future. And it is a bright future as described in Revelation 21 and 22. Our future is secure in Christ when He proclaimed, “It is finished.” (John 19:30). Upon knowing all of these, one reflection question for all of us: What is the biggest worry of your life?

Yellow – Pray: In everything, let’s be praying. We are gathered here tonight primarily to be praying. By praying, we are focusing our attention upon our great God. When we pray, we are exercising our faith in Christ. “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26:41). We are told to be anxious for nothing because God wants us to be praying instead of worrying. We should be praying for God to work and to show us His Will for our lives instead of worrying or thinking we are able to handle life on our own. When we pray, we also acknowledge and thank Him for the way He has watched over us. As we close our eyes, focus upon Christ and begin to pray, the message of His Gospel will being to flow through our minds. Let’s be thanking Jesus for dying on our behalf on the cross. Give thanks with a grateful heart.

“The first ever cordless phone was created by God. He named it “Prayer”… It never loses its signal and you never have to recharge it. Use it anywhere.” 

My 2nd reflection question: How often do you pray to our God?

Green – Go: As we journey with Christ in our spiritual lives, we need His peace to be with us to guard our hearts and minds. The peace of God must be our guardian of our hearts and our minds so that we are placing our confidence in Him alone and we are truly living out this verse “let him who boasts, boast in the LORD.” (1 Cor 1:31). When we place our confidence in Him alone, we are glorifying God for who He really is in our own spiritual lives. In order to be able to experience this peace of God which transcends all comprehension, we need to first stop worrying, be praying and thanking Christ for what He has done for us all. With this peace of God as our personal guard, both of our hearts and our minds will be protected from the world, the devil and the flesh. We need His peace to be our guard so that our hearts (which is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked – Jer 17:9) can constantly be in Christ and be sensitive towards the prompting of the Holy Spirit. At one point in our own lives, our hearts were broken before Christ and when our hearts were truly broken, we truly believe with our hearts and committed our lives to Jesus Christ, resulting in righteousness (Romans 10:10). We have put on Christ in order that we make no provision for our flesh in regard to its lusts (Romans 13:14). Therefore now as believers, we need the peace of God to guard our hearts from returning back to the old path where we were before knowing Christ. The world, the devil and the flesh. We need His peace to be our guard so that our minds can be constantly renewed and we can be transformed more and more towards Christ’s likeness (Romans 12:2). Our minds need to be guarded so that we can destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor 10:5). Both our hearts and our minds need to be guarded by the peace of God which transcends all comprehension. Only then, we are able to live out the two greatest commandments – to love our LORD, our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength (Matt 22:37) and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt 22:39). My final reflection question: Is the peace of God your personal guard?

If any one of us do not really know who Jesus Christ is, this passage Philippians 4:6-7 is speaking to you as well. You are able to be secure in your spiritual future and not to worry. You are able to access the very first cordless phone of prayer – unlimited talk time with God to share what you want to tell Him, but first, you need to first acknowledge Him for who He really is, confess your sins before Him and ask Jesus Christ to be the LORD and Savior of your soul. You are able to have the peace of God which transcends all comprehension to be the guard of your heart and your mind. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and nobody comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). 

Do you want to know Him?
You can

Or maybe you do know Jesus Christ but you have walked in your own strength for many years. Tonight is the night for you to recommit yourself to Him. Pick up this very first cordless phone of prayer and update Him on where you have gone all these years. Stop worrying and start praying. You will be amazed by His peace which transcends all comprehension. Let your heart be cut off from the world, the devil and the flesh. Let your mind be renewed and may you resume your spiritual journey of loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.