God is alive and working

It is exciting to see God working in the hearts of others. A friend I have been having conversations with about God for the past month was given a Chinese bible by a stranger in a wheelchair when she was eating. I think that is a divine act of God. She asked if anyone I knew needed the bible, I told her I will change an English bible with her Chinese one. She liked that idea since she has lost her previous bible some time ago.

Another friend who declares herself as an ex-christian and agnostic attended church again for the second time. Pastor was talking about water baptism, and I asked her if she had been water-baptised and she said no. Not an issue from my point of view.. When Pastor was talking about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I was prompted to ask her if she had prayed in tongues before. She said yes. My heart leapt for joy. I believe that anyone who has the gift of tongues not only received the gift of the Holy Spirit, but also the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I do not believe that the Holy Spirit would ever leave a person. So they are never lost nor forgotten. God is merely waiting for them to draw close to Him again. Praying for these friends.

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Day 6’s Reading

“Finally Abram said to Lot,” Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives!” – Genesis 13:8

” Remember, we are not our feelings. We have feelings, but our feelings don’t have us. God has us.” – John Ortberg

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Day 4’s Reading

“Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.” Psalms 4:4

  1. We would feel anger
  2. But we sin only when we let anger control us
  3. When we respond in anger, we might say what we shouldn’t say and do what we shouldn’t do
  4. Take time out and let the anger simmer, then there will be clarity of thoughts, and perhaps new perspective. Let God work with the anger.

Of course, I believe it is possible not to be angry with most things. As I have learnt anger is often the secondary emotion, the primary emotions could be that one feels hurt, afraid, attacked, offended, disrespected, forced, trapped, or pressured. What better way to deal with the root of the issue than to walk closely with the Lord.

“Perfect love casts out all fear..” – 1 John 4:18

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:16-22

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Day 2’s Reading

In today’s OT reading of Genesis 3, where Adam and Eve had a conversation with God after they had eaten the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Adam blamed Eve for feeding him the fruit. Eve blamed the serpent for deceiving her. God punished all three of them, the serpent, Adam and Eve. Reminds me of us humans, when we do something wrong, we are fast to blame someone or something else other than ourselves. Regardless of whose fault it originally is, when we disobey God, there will be consequences, consequences from our wrongdoing.

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Day 1’s Reading

I was reminded through Day 1’s reading that God gave man a physical body first. It was only when He breathed life into the man’s nostrils that he became a living person. A reminder that our physical body is temporal. Who we truly are, who God made us to be, is the life He has breathed in us, our souls.

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intimacy vs love

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Photo: Antwerp. Brussels

While reading the book, the author spoke to me regarding my frustration with cell group. I realised that I was frustrated because I was seeking intimacy from the people in the cell group but really, I was merely following up and following through with them as I felt that I should. But because it was only one-sided, I thought what I had been doing wasn’t helping, or that wasn’t the right way it should be done because they are not responding in the way I thought they should.

I think knowing the distinction between love and intimacy helps me to adjust my expectations of the cell group. I need to find kingdom soulmates to have this shared intimacy with instead of wanting to seek the intimacy with people that God has perhaps only called me to love. Knowing that helps me to serve without expectations, be faithful to the call, and persevere to run the race . And that’s good. All is well with my soul. For now.

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the intangibles

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Photo: Sydney Opera House, Australia

“In an intimate relationship, one person often guides the thoughts of the other. Because we are finite creatures, we must use finite means – we are sounds that are words, or write symbols on paper. But because God is infinite, He can hide our thoughts directly without using finite means. God can inhabit our gratitude for a sunrise, our regret over a lie, our burst of creativity, our joy at waking up or contentment after a good night’s rest” – John Ortberg

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