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Psalm 121

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.

He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going

both now and forevermore.

God’s Reminder through A Friend

God’s reminder that everything is a blessing from Him. It’s all part of His perfect plan. It’s all part of His sovereign plan for me. Or more maybe God doesn’t want you to go because you are not ready yet.
The best part is after say a year when you look back you realize how trivial that was and there are much more important things in the world to worry about.
So yes it happens and it’s a very terrible feeling. But God knows and He has planned this for you. So take God’s blessing graciously knowing God has only good intention for you!

 

Me, Fearful

So many fears, unnecessarily, unrealistic, self-assumed.

Then I shall remember God is God.

Fear not, nothing is too big that He can’t handle and He won’t allow me to go through what I’m not able to.

不要为自己设下不必要的期限,也不要逼自己做不想做的决定哦!

O God, have mercy on me

Human being – such lousy, such sinful person, yet God still loves.

I can make my life how miserable, I can be angry with Him, I can question Him how I want, I can keep holding on to what I want, but at the end, what am I doing?

I’m constantly hurting myself, I’m constantly pushing myself to the dead end.

I’ve never really gracious to myself, I’ve been harsh to myself again and again, I corner myself till I feel trapped and despair.

I forgot that EVERYTHING belongs to God, including myself and you. (I nearly forgot that I belong to Him).

I forgot that I wanted to love God, I wanted to love what He loves and hate what He hates.

I forgot that I wanted to stay obedient to God, the only way to let Him know that I love Him, cause I really do.

I forgot His will, I forgot to see through His eyes.

I forgot that my God is the Almighty, I forgot that He is everything to me.

I forgot that He is so mighty that He sees things through.

I nearly forgot to quiet down myself to listen to Him.

I kept listening to myself, I allowed the evil to speak into my ears.

I repent here with this Psalm, pray that God has mercy on me.

PSALM 51

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.

18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.

BE STILL, and know that I AM GOD. – Psalm 46:10

Will you?

“Maybe we need to hear our own commission again. ‘Will you tell them?’ Jesus challenged. ‘Will you tell them that I came back…and that I am coming back?’ ‘We will,’ they nodded. And they did.

‘Will you?'”

– by Max Lucado

A Christmas Reflection – Have I lost that simplicity?

The longer we’ve become christian, the easier we fall into the deception that we’ve known more. The more we know, the more difficult as a person we can become.

I’ve lost my simplicity in my belief, my faith; I choose which denomination I want, I choose which pastor speaks well, I choose which leader I like, I choose the style of worship I prefer, I choose the music I want to hear to, I choose whether the church is happening, I choose which cell group have whom, I choose what ministries they have, I choose whether I have friends there, I choose even whether it’s near or far from my place. Thus, I missed out; I missed out the simple reason I’ve come to attend a church, I missed out the simple calling God has called me, I missed out so many, ultimately I missed out the one and only reason I should be here.

At the age of 17, I woke up by 6 in the morning, I took public bus alone to attend a 7.45am service, not having a close friend in church. Usually sitting alone, sometimes there might be one or two came to say hi. But I was happy, I know I want to go to church on Sundays. In my mind, not one single reason of those that I’ve mentioned has ever come into my mind, didn’t thought of what I want from church and what I’m going to get from church instead of God.

I’ve lost that simplicity, I’ve given myself thousand and one excuse to be disobedient.

How experiences or some called them wisdom have handicapped us? Since when I’ve become such a difficult person to be happy with just attending church service and worship God. How can the more I know and experienced, the more shallow I’ve become? How all this if not careful has restricted possibilities and limited my joy and God’s grace. Why not all this wisdom I’ve learnt has humbled me and allowed me to live out my full potential as God’s child in His community but rather the more judgemental I’ve become?

Experiences and wisdom/knowledge are essential, but if not carefully used, it will not build.

I don’t want to live in guilt, as well as losing that simplicity.

Weed Hunt by Max Lucado

God’s love sprouts around us like lilacs, but we go on weed hunts! How many flowers do we miss in the process? If you look long enough, you’ll find something to bellyache about. So quit looking!

Lift your eyes of the weeds. Collect your blessings. Catalog His kindnesses. Assemble your reasons for gratitute. “Always be joyful” is what Paul tells us in 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Pray continually and give thanks, whatever happens. This is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.”

Gratitude is always an option. Make it your default emotion and you’ll find yorself giving thanks for the problems of life. Who knows what you miht record in your journal:

Mondays – Oh boy – my favorite!

Final exams – I can hardly wait!

“Impossble, ” you say? How do you know?

How do you know wait until you give the day a chance? Thank God!