Thursday, September 28, 2017

Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.
Romans 12:2 

"I talk to people all the time who can't figure out what God wants them to do with their lives because they're conformed  to the world. They're more interested in being like everyone else than in being the unique person that God made them to be. As long as you're worried about God transforming you. And in that case, you won't worry about God transforming you. And in that case, you won't know the will of God.

But if you make Daniel's choice and choose God's best for your life, he'll transform you. Then you'll know the will of God."


Thursday, September 21, 2017

HARD BUT NOT

God showed me my heart condition and unwillingness this time round. All the times of ‘I thought I....’ crashed. 

I have no idea why is it so hard this time round but all I know is I need to change and not the other party. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

THE REASON YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE FAILING AT LIFE

You think everyone else is doing everything, and doing it WELL. 
You probably don’t even realize you believe this, but your thoughts and feelings show that you do.
Because you look at the lives of your friends around you, in real life and on social media, and add up all the good things. 
Fashion sense of friend #1 + cooking skills of friend #2 + faith life of friend #3 + marriage of friend #4 + craftiness of friend #5 + cute house of friend #6 = YOU. Well, it doesn’t equal you; you just wish it did, and that’s the problem. 
You’ve added up everyone else’s “bests” and constructed an impossible standard for yourself.

We no longer assess our lives with any accuracy. We have lost the ability to declare a job well-done. We measure our performance against an invented standard and come up wanting, and it is destroying our joy. No matter how hard we work or excel in an area or two, it never feels like enough. Our primary defaults are exhaustion and guilt. Meanwhile, we have beautiful lives begging to be really lived, really enjoyed, really applauded. We cannot do it all, have it all, or master it all. That is simply not a thing.”
— Jen Hatmaker

We were created for more—way more. We were not created for earth—but for eternity. We were not created to be liked but to show love. We were not created to draw attention to ourselves but to give glory to God. We were not created to collect followers but to follow Christ.”
— Craig Groeschel

Source: 
http://www.wholemagazine.org/posts/the-reason-you-feel-like-youre-failing-at-life#at_pco=smlwn-1.0&at_si=5981586855038ed5&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=0&at_tot=1

Monday, July 31, 2017

Getting Past Your(My) Past

"NOT A VICTIM ANYMORE"
At one point or another, most of us have been a victim of something.  Whether it is abuse, discrimination, wrongdoing, or a false accusation, being a victim can be painful, frustrating, and even devastating. 
Depending on the circumstances, victimization can leave us with a profound sense of powerlessness and even hopelessness. Even when the circumstance has passed, and tempt us to believe that our lives are subject to the negative actions of others, those feelings have a way of remaining.
The truth is, we get to choose whether or not we will remain a victim. We can’t change what happened to us yesterday but we can decide where we will go from here. 
Best selling authors and psychologists, Dr. Cloud and Dr. Townsend, put it this way, “It’s not my fault if I get hit by car, but it is my responsibility to learn to walk again.”
If you were victimized, it is not your fault. It’s horrible and unfair. And as frustrating as it may be, the responsibility to move forward, to heal, to get better, lies in your hands.  (thoughts: "I am responsible for my own faith, healing and destiny")
John 5 invites us into the story of a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. Upon encountering him, Jesus asked him a profound question…
“Do you want to get well?”
The man responded with a list of obstacles that were standing in the way of his healing.  He pointed fingers at his circumstances and the actions of others.  In other words, he responded with a victim mindset. 
Jesus gave him a directive, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”  
Upon doing so, he was healed of his condition.  
I believe that Jesus is asking you and I the same question, “Do you want to get well?”
We can either continue to focus on the obstacles and find excuses that will keep us stuck in the conditions and mindsets that perpetuate our sense of victimhood, or we can stand up, take responsibility for what is ours, and walk towards freedom and healing.  
The choice is ours. 
We can continue to find reasons and excuses that justify why we are the way we are, or we can decide to get well. The beautiful thing about choosing to get well is that with God’s strength, we have the capacity to not only survive victimization we once experienced but to overcome it completely. (Romans 8:37)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Embrace the Race God Gives You

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/embrace-the-race-god-gives-you



You have a race to run. It’s a race you’ve been given, not one you’ve chosen.
It’s possible you wouldn’t have chosen your race at all, had the choice been yours. Or perhaps you wouldn’t have chosen this particular route. Or perhaps you wouldn’t have chosen your pace. Or perhaps you would have chosen different racing environments, teammates, or coaches. Or perhaps you would have chosen different capacities, strengths, and resources, ones you believe would help you run more effectively. Or perhaps you would have chosen a different distance.
But here you are: in this race, on this route, at this pace, on this terrain, in thisclimate, with these people, and your strengths, and your limitations, for thisdistance. Like it or not, this is your race.
And the question is this: Will you embrace your race or keep trying to escape it? What mindset will you choose? For though you may not have chosen your race, you do get to choose how you run it.

You Can’t Escape

Of course, escape is not a real option. However, fantasy provides a seductively compelling illusion of escape. And the world offers you an overwhelming number of fantastic virtual experiences to “relieve” you from the rigorous realities of your race.
By “fantasy” I don’t mean “imagination.” The two are not synonyms. Imagination is the God-given gift to human beings that allows us to fulfill our mandate to be sub-creators and stewards of our little corner of creation (Genesis 1:28–30). Nor by “fantasy” am I referring to the literary or cinematic “fantasy” genres, which, when used rightly, are imaginative sub-creations that can help us better understand and embrace reality.
By “fantasy” I mean something we are all very familiar with: the use of our imaginations for faithless ends — to faux-create an alternative to reality as a means of trying to “escape” reality. You know what I mean: sexual fantasies, anger fantasies, power fantasies, revenge fantasies. These are sinfully preferring a race God hasn’t given us; they are pretending we are in a race of our own choosing — a race in which we get to be God in our own way.
But the problem with such fantasies is that they aren’t real. They get us nowhere. They provide a temporary illusion of happiness, but as soon as we take off the virtual-reality goggles, so to speak, we are the same person, in the same race, on the same route. Nothing has changed, except that we have lost valuable time and burdened ourselves with more discontent and more guilt. We are more unhappy runners than we were before, which often just make us want to escape again.

How to Run Free

There’s only one way to real freedom and real joy: we must renounce our fantasy races, routes, paces, terrains, climates, teammates, strengths, or distances, and embrace the race we have been given. This is how to run free and for joy:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1–2)
This text shows us how to run our race and run it well.

1. Learn from great runners.

You are running a unique race, but not an unprecedented race. No one has experienced exactly what you have, but many have experienced the same emotions, temptations, and various other challenges common to man (1 Corinthians 10:13). That’s why the Bible includes a “great cloud” of examples of faithful race-running.
If you want to run well, study other runners. Hebrews 11 provides a helpful starter list, but it is by no means exhaustive. Study the great faith-runners. Examine all aspects of their courses. God did far more abundantly than all they asked or thought (Ephesians 3:20). He will do more for you, too, if you run faithfully.

2. Run as light as possible.

This is your race. God has given it to you. This truth is for your liberation, not your limitation. It’s meant to free you, not constrict you. It’s folly and sin to waste time wishing your race were different or resenting God’s choices. Most of those in the great cloud of witnesses had no idea all that God was doing while they were running very difficult races. Neither do you. But learn from the witnesses that God’s purposes are bigger and better than you can imagine.
Lay aside all the weights of fantasy and escape. Lay aside the weights of past sins and regrets. It makes for miserable, slow running. The cross pays for all the past, and the future joy will make all present difficulties now seem light and momentary (2 Corinthians 4:17). Focus on your race, and only carry what God gives you. His burden is light (Matthew 11:30).

3. Run with endurance.

Endurance is only increased by pushing our current limits. It’s hard, yes. And you don’t know how you’ll ever be able to run like other great faith-runners. Neither did they when they began.
Begin today, and push your limits. When tomorrow comes, run and push your limits. What exhausts you today will be much easier in six months, but then you’ll be pushing different limits. Don’t look at your fantasized ideal of a great faith-runner. Let Jesus make you into whatever runner he wants. You faithfully and prayerfully aim to increase your current endurance limits.

4. Keep your eyes on the prize.

Look to Jesus — he is your greatest example, your Savior, and your greatest intercessor (Hebrews 7:25). He is the source of your greatest joy — your one great prize for running well (Psalm 16:11John 15:11). A race is only run for a prize. If the prize is not before your eyes, you will lose motivation. If you feel unmotivated to run your race, it may be because the prize has been obscured. First priority: eyes on the prize again, whatever it takes — whatever it takes! And then “run that you may obtain it” (1 Corinthians 9:24).

Embrace Your Race

This is your race. God has set it before you. There is more glory in it than you yet comprehend. How are you going to run?
You can’t change the past; stop trying. There’s much you can’t change about the present; stop trying. There are many fantasies singing like sirens to allure you into the illusion of indulgent escape; stop listening, and don’t let them eat your race time and weigh you down.
Embrace your race. Study the great faith-runners, run as light as possible, push your current endurance limits, and get your eyes on the Great Prize. Run freer, run faster, and run for joy.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rather than come to earth as an executioner, Christ came to seek the lost and set captives free. When we understand the truth of the Gospel and surrender our lives to Him, His love is poured into our hearts. Our lives are transformed into trophies of His grace that display His glory.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


"that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power" - (Ephesians 1:17-19).

God passionately desires that we partner with Him in prayer and intercession 
- prayer draws us nearer into intimacy with God, and at the same time, it humbles and transforms us. When we bring the needs of others to God in prayer, we interact in partnership with His heart. 

It is when I put others before my own needs, crying out for the lost and unsaved ones. So at the end of the day, I am not focusing on my own problems anymore but because I trust God to take care of me as I cry out, interceding for the one that He loves just like the Levi. 

We are in governmental partnership with Him 
- The governmental centre of the universe is in the prayer ministry. We partner with Him or we will not see these blessings. Intercession is God's brilliant strategy for including the saints in ruling with Him in power. God seeks for those who will stand in the gap in intercession. 

Thank you, God, for willing to include us in your ministry. Whenever we pray and intercede, we see you working it not only bring joy but at the same time, our Faith has been lifted up. You are the God who hears and answers prayer. 

He opens doors of blessing when we intercede
- we have a dynamic role in determining the measure of the quality of our life. It's marvellous! Charles Finney was a lawyer from New York in the 1800's whom the Lord used greatly to bring about revival. These amazing results were because of two strong intercessors who prayed earnestly for every meeting. 

- We gotta keep on interceding for our generation, that this generation will be a God-filled generation where their morals are not based on the world's but of God. Every depression, suicidal, bullies, anxiety, addictions etc... will not bind every young people's heart and lives In Jesus Name. 

He changes us on the inside as His Word abides in us. 
- The mystery of intercession is in its "weakness", simplicity, humility, and accessibility to all. We are filled with God's heart as we pray, and our effectiveness in intercession increases. God's mind then dominates and saturates ours, renewing us as we pursue Him in prayer. 

- When our focus is not on ourselves but the heart of God. What is His heart going after, crying out the people who are still lost. Father would you break my heart for what breaks yours and give me a heart of compassion for the people you love and for the unlovable ones. Change my lenses to yours, empower me so that I can love like how you have loved me. 

He initiates prayer by declaring His will in His word 
- We respond by praying His Word. Then He answers us by releasing His blessing because of our prayers. Prayers and intercession cause us to internalise God's word because when we speak His ideas back to Him. His Word builds us up in our heart and delivers us. We then decree God's decrees with power from on high. 

1 Thessalonians 2:13 
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

James 1:21 
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

This feels weird but it's amazing how God uses His Word to guide us to pray and at the same time builds us up. 

Jesus releases God's justice in response to intercession
- Justice is God making wrong things right. He requires night and day prayer as the condition to release justice. Wrong things are made right, the sick are healed, those bound in sin are freed, and revival is released in geographical areas. 

Shall God not avenge (bring about justice for) His elect who cry out day and night to Him? I tell you that He will avenge (bring about justice) them speedily (Luke 18:7-8).