Good gifts from God

•2015/10/12 • Leave a Comment

Good gifts from God

Excerpt taken from Daily Manna Calvary Jurong

2015 Oct 11-

Luke 11:13 – If ye then, being evil, know

how to give good gifts unto your

children: how much more shall

your heavenly Father give the Holy

Spirit to them that ask Him?

Having taught the disciples how to pray, as well as

providing them a guideline, Christ exhorts them

to exercise themselves in prayer, using simple examples

which every one of us can relate to even now.

Furthermore, He shows us the extent to which God

the Father is willing to answer our prayers. Instead of

the human friend who often has to be entreated many

times before being willing to aid us, we have a Father in

heaven Who is willing at any point in time to provide us

with what is best for us.

Why then, are we sometimes reluctant to pray?

Perhaps the problem that some of us face is the instance

of sin in our lives. Many times, we feel that because of

our sins, we are unworthy to come before God and ask

Him for our daily needs. However, we are getting things

mixed up. It is when we see how sinful our thoughts,

words and deeds actually are that it is the best time to fall

on our knees in humble, contrite prayer and go to our

Father who is willing to forgive our sins if we are truly

convicted.

Let us also remember the wonderful example of

Elijah provided for us in James 5:17-18, where he, a man

subject to like emotions and feelings as us, could pray

with such faith that God indeed shows that He hears

and answers prayer by the working of great miracles. Let

us have the same faith and trust in our heavenly Father.

 

Application:

  1. Persistence
  2. Persevere
  3. Present

The more we pray to God, the more our language improves as we want to present our thoughts and petitions in more ways than one. We make use of different words to emphasize our points to God and the worshippers although it does not mean God does not understand our thoughts. Take the word “wisdom” for example, it will soon get pretty dry and repetitive when everyone prays for wisdom using the word “wisdom” specifically. How else can we present our petitions before God on wisdom?

That is why God wants us to talk to him daily, chew on the devotional verse which we have acquired from in the morning, and meditate throughout the whole day. Even the memory verse can be a component of our prayer and petitions before God.

Synonyms for Wisdom:

  1. intelligence,
  2. understanding,
  3. insight,
  4. perception,
  5. Percipience – the quality of having sensitive insight or understanding; perceptiveness.
  6. penetration,
  7. perspicuity,
  8. acuity,
  9. discernment,
  10. sense,
  11. good sense,
  12. common sense
  13. shrewdness,
  14. astuteness,
  15. acumen,
  16. smartness,
  17. judiciousness,
  18. judgement,
  19. foresight,
  20. clear-sightedness,
  21. prudence,
  22. circumspection;
  23. logic,
  24. rationale,
  25. rationality,
  26. soundness,
  27. saneness,
  28. advisability;
  29. informally used
    1. sharpness;
    2. savvy,
    3. smarts;
  30. rarley used.
    1. sapience
      1. having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.
      2. But her “sapience,” as you excellently call it, passes all decent bounds.
    2. Arguteness = being acute.

Salvation without a stitch

•2015/09/17 • Leave a Comment

Yes, Jesus can adopt us to be His children and set us free totally. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” [John 1:12].

Many of us are working hard in many various ways to become sons of gods, little immortals, deities so that we can earn a place in the celestial kingdom. Of course there’s is a whole lot more who don’t give a hoot, I live for now.

Stephen Covey in his 7 Habits – Habit #2 begin with the end in mind. If our end is to be with our God in his Celestial kingdom, then the #1 Proactive starts now, no not out works but the work of Christ Jesus.

The rights to the Celestial is not based on out merits but the merits of the Celestial King, the creator of Heavens and the earth, King of kings and Lords of Lords – Jesus. If it ever depended a pinch on us, we are doomed and undone.

Spurgeon, CharlesSalvation is finished, complete; otherwise, he would not have ascended up on … not one stitch is required to that glorious garment of his — not one patch to that …

Salvation without one stitch!

Charles Spurgeon put it, “If we have to put one stitch into the garment of our salvation, we shall ruin the whole thing.”

Blessings,
Benedict Sim

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Assurance of Salvation

•2015/06/29 • Leave a Comment

I read this today from Kids 4 Truth Devos, and I think this is a good devotion to be kept. Many children and even adults are struggling with their salvation, but I think there are some good pointers here in BOLD.

God Wants You Certain
2015-06-29

“And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” (1 John 3:19-20)

When someone asks you whether you know for sure that you are a child of God, how do you respond? I remember as a child trying to answer that question. I would always say, “Yes! I know I’m saved!” After answering, however, I would always ask myself whether or not I really knew for certain.

You see, when I was very young, I prayed with my mother to accept Christ as my Savior. But, I didn’t, and still don’t, remember it! I don’t remember what I prayed, or where I was. I loved going to church, and told my grade school friends about Jesus, but I didn’t remember when I got saved. I was so worried that I would pray, “Lord, if I’m not saved, please save me now.” I prayed this prayer every night! I had no confidence in my salvation, but was too embarrassed to ask my parents or teachers for help.

A few years later, I began reading through the book of 1 John. As I read, I began to see many verses that told me how I could know for sure that I was saved. For example, 1 John 4:15 says that if I confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God, God lives in me, and I live in Him! For each of these verses, I would write a paragraph about how I knew from that verse that I was saved. Even though I don’t remember what I prayed when I asked Jesus to be my Savior, I know that right now I am trusting in His payment on the Cross for my sins! I also know that God cannot fail, and that He has promised that if I believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, then I am (not might be) saved and have eternal life.

Are you struggling with whether or not you are truly saved? Maybe you don’t remember what you said when you prayed for the first time; maybe you don’t know if you said the right words; maybe you don’t even remember praying! Are you worried that you didn’t “do it right” or that God didn’t hear you? 1 John 1:9 says that God is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins” when you confess them to him! When you told God that you were a sinner and asked Him to forgive you, He did! In 1 John 5:11, 13-14, God tells us that we can know – not just guess or hope – that we are truly saved and have eternal life. God knows you better than you know yourself. Even though you may not “feel” saved, God knows whether or not you have truly trusted in Jesus Christ to be your Savior.

If you have doubts about your salvation, read through 1 John, pray that God will give you assurance that you are saved, and talk to your parents or teachers. You can know for certain that you are saved!

God wants you to have assurance that you are His child.

My Response:
» Am I struggling with doubts about my salvation?
» Do I believe that God has heard me and has accepted me as His child?

Regeneration – (ree-gen-er-a-shun)

Regeneration is a work of God which gives us a new spiritual life. Another term could be “being born again.” God has given man a choice to choose a spiritual life. (John 12:13) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

#Assurance #K4T

Fully Justified in Christ

•2015/06/20 • Leave a Comment

This is the good news in Christ

The Believer’s Daily Remembrancer By Rev. James Smith

Romans 8:33

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

TO be justified is to be acquitted, and pronounced righteous. Every believer in Jesus, however ungodly he may have been, or however vile and unworthy he may feel, is justified by Jehovah. The perfect work of Jesus is imputed to him, free grace is glorified in him, and he is passed from death to life. To him there is no condemnation; no one can lay anything to his charge; he is accepted in the Beloved; Christ lived and died for him, and now he liveth and shall be glorified through and with Jesus. All his trespasses are freely forgiven and eternally forgotten. God has cast all our sins behind His back, and now He pronounces us just. Let us approach God, believing that He has justified us; and let us look forward and rejoice that the Judge of all the earth will declare us righteous. Who shall lay anything to our charge? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also mak eth intercession for us. My soul, look to Jesus, to His perfect work and prevalent intercession; there see thy salvation and find peace.

They are justified by grace;
They enjoy the Saviour’s peace:
All their sius are washed away;
They shall stand in God’s great day.
With them numbered may we be,
Here, and in eternity.

Assurance of Salvation

•2015/04/13 • Leave a Comment

Matthew 24:24
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

From Pulpit Commentary
It implies that the elect is quite impossible to be deceive and even if possible, which much difficulty but nonetheless even as the Pilgrim in the Pilgrim Progress, he is saved and secured in the arms of Jesus. For he had promised “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deut 3:16

http://biblehub.com/matthew/24-24.htm
Insomuch that if it were possible, they shall deceive (ὤστε πλανῆσαι εἰ δυνατὸν) the very(καὶ, even) elect. The Authorized Version seems to make our Lord imply that such seduction was absolutely impossible. The translation ought to run, as in the Revised Version, so as to leadastray, if possible even the elect, signifying the difficulty, not the impossibility, of drawing them away from the truth. “The elect” are Christians, true followers of Jesus, and members of his Church. These may fall from the faith, for they are not yet finally safe, and on that chance Satan builds; but as long as they rest on Christ, looking to him for guidance and protection, trying the spirits by the Word of God and by the truths which they have learned in creed and worship, they stand firm against the strongest temptations.

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Medan Trip

•2015/03/30 • Leave a Comment

I echo Sonny’s feedback. Indeed thank God for the AFers who had arranged for this mission trip during the school holidays, which allowed my children and my wife Amy to be available to join in. Thank God too for the keenness of my wife and the children who were excited for this mission trip, especially when I specifically highlighted it’s a working trip for Jesus, conducting VBS, sharing the gospel, not a leisure holiday trip.

To the AF team, I am grateful for allowing myself and family, including graciously allowing the 6 youths to and my 2 young child to come along too which is definitely a tremendous liability, logistics overhead from transport, and daily necessity perspective.

The trip Christian fellowship had allowed us to foster closer relationships with the AFers, and also to the every cheerful joyful singing youths. In fact from this trip, we are motivated to branch out individual mission trips on our own, as we hear of the testimony of the AFers who had numerous mission experience since their youth days. Thank God for the youths who had set aside time and personal commitments to be part of the Medan trip.

Personally, I am grateful to God too for allowing compliance absence from work, especially when it was a major implementation of 11 countries covering over that weekend, The actual implementation was meant to be the week prior but was postponed by a week. I have shared with my superior that I will be in touch via mails and calls where possible, however all working network was down for me, guess I am reminded to be focus on the gospel work at hand.

The whole family was also down sick on the week leading up to the mission trip, each sequentially down with bad cough and fever, my youngest boy was absent from school the whole week, finally to my wife just prior the trip. Thank God for restoring everyone to good health. I had a cut too on my finger while preparing the craft, thankfully not deep enough to cause any serious issues.

It was good to meet up with Rev Harposan, which is of a tremendous difference when we pray for someone and now to meet the person personally.

The experience with Harposan’s students from Primary and Secondary have left a lasting pleasant impression especially their friendly cheerful outlook and the amazing singing, wish I had more time with them without the language barrier, which implies I need to brush up on my Malay and Bahasa language!

The ministry and fellowship with the Blind Folks is also very meaningful, especially so since we do not come into contact with such folks on a regular basis back in Singapore. It reminds me of everyone is precious to God and needs to know the gospel of Jesus regardless and that we need to make extra effort to reach out to them.

The constant kind and patient sharing from Ibu Roska had also left deep impression in my mind, to share a few:

  1. Always have a few verses in my mind for gospel sharing such as Jn 3:16, Jn 19:30, Gal 2:20
  2. Honest direct questioning to the children and making sure they understand with realistic questions.
  3. The biggest jam is between our head and our heart.
  4. Singing everywhere we go
  5. Being creative with the games

The preparation of the craft, the VBS Message, and the devotion have also allowed me to meditate on God’s words, including learning of new songs not just myself but for the entire family.

This is a very valuable mission trip for me personally and I am very thankful and grateful to God, the AFers and Roska for extending the hospitality.

Puji Tuhan!

Thanks – Bluetooth Headset

•2015/03/26 • Leave a Comment

1 Thess 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

What do you have to thank God for today? I thank God that my Jawbone Bluetooth headset survived the washing in the washing machine when I forgot to remove from my trousers. It’s working as if it never took the dip.