Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pursuing Jesus

Hi bloggers and readers! It has just dawned upon me that I have not be updating this blog gosh haha. Right now in Singapore, it's considered an ungodly hour: 2.40am hahaha life's good! :p

I had been busy with my project on 1st Corinthians (because I embarked on an independent bible study course on January) and I finished it a few days ago (YAY)! In general, life has been quite hapz (happening) haha and I just want to thank God for leading me on a journey to grow in deeper intimacy with Him and letting me be part of His plan to see the gospel advance in my nation.

Just last Thursday, I invited my sister Grace to my youth cell group, and her response was totally shocking to me because I thought she would be preoccupied with work and wouldn't be able to come, or she would say no. I decided to causally ask her since she texted me, and in the end she came for cell group! God's really awesome and He showed me what faith can really do. I know I serve a big God, and nothing is impossible for Him :)

Moving on to the objective of my Blog post today: Recently, I have been on Instagram quite often, and there was a sudden spark of inspiration to just create photos and add texts of what God has been speaking to me. Spontaneously, both photos I uploaded had this common theme: Pursuing Jesus. I thought I would like to put these photos here, and what God spoke to me. My hope is that God will encourage you through these, and no matter what you are going through, just fix your eyes on Jesus, and everything will be okay :);

Title: The One Pursuit
The pursuit of knowledge, earning of money and fulfilment of wants and needs is good - we need to grow, we need to survive, and we need a life. It'll be dangerous though when these pursuits become an obsession.

Note: Don't ever let any pursuit in this life take away the one obsession that is eternally worthwhile: Pursuing Jesus.

Philippians 3:14 (NIV) - I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Title: Freedom
“Sin will take you farther than you ever want to go, keep you longer than you ever want to stay, and cost you more than you ever want to pay.”

One of the most deceitful things about sin is the pursuit of the sin. At the beginning there is a feeling of excitement and adrenaline, but once you gain the sin, and you satisfy yourself with the sin, it leaves you barren and empty. I found this true as I think about life.

Ultimately, the pursuit of freedom from sin, and finding permanence in fulfilling the emptiness does not lie in striving to overcome, but from pursuing Jesus.

(Reflection for Romans 7-8)
Emphasis Romans 8:10-11 (NIV)
But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

His Joy, My Strength

Altar Ministry training for Simply Worship 2!

Drums Theory Lesson at SW2 workshop
Oh how I love the usher shirt HAHAHA :D
Because taking selfie with your hands is too mainstream...
Simply Worship #2 Night rally worship 

My church, The Outreach Singapore!
Participants from SW2!
Jesus Culture Singapore and KL Volunteers!
They are coming to Singapore on 5th April!!! :D 
Kingdom Invasion Martin Smith Worship leading
Bill Johnson, Kingdom Invasion #2 night rally
Heidi Baker, Kingdom Invasion #4 night rally 
One of my dear covenant friends I saw at KI! <3 td="">
Woohoo hey bloggers and readers I’m finally back with FIRE hahaha :D This week has been a really awesome week, and the photos you just saw above were 2 conferences I went for. The first was a worship event organized by my church known as “Simply Worship 2”, with worship music training and a time when we behold the King of all Kings and invite Him to come as we worship, The second one was a conference known as “Kingdom Invasion”, where special speakers like Heidi Baker, Randy Clark, Bill Johnson, etc etc were invited to share what God has placed in their hearts for Singapore, and they preached the word. It was an awesome time seeing the healings that took place, and GOD’s sweet Presence coming and have His way.

Before these 2 events took place, I felt God preparing my heart to expect bigger things. I felt Him stirring a hunger in my spirit, and my heart had a desperate cry - I do not want to just talk about stories of the old. 1 day before Simply Worship 2 (SW2), I felt God telling me, “I will give you new experiences so that you won’t need to keep talking about stories of the old.” Cutting the long story short and moving forward to the first night, as I was worshipping, my hands were trembling, and the more I relaxed, the more it shook. I found myself asking, “why” for 2 reasons, one was because I could think rationally, and I felt nothing emotional going on, so I couldn’t understand what God was doing. Later, as I quieten down those questions in me, I felt God saying that this is an encounter of His power, and that supernatural things, however well explained, cannot be perfectly rationalized, because the supernatural is a realm going beyond human logic and understanding. But you can recognize if this is GOD moving by the fruits produced.

The 2nd “why” I had was due to the feeling I had like what Isaiah felt in Isaiah 6, when He saw the LORD high and lifted up. Why will such a big God choose to reveal Himself to a small me? As I thought about this, I felt overwhelmingly loved by God, and I really felt compelled – I want others around me to know who Jesus is, feel His love and be transformed by Him, because I’m convinced He is real.

I’ll just proceed to share one more testimony before I move on to share about Kingdom Invasion (in short, KI). At the 2nd night of SW2, the speaker was sharing about the story of Joseph and his brothers, later branching out into inner healing. It was really a good because I felt GOD once again breaking off those lies that have moved me away from my true identity, and I felt Him setting me free. I know I’m really GOD’s precious, and if you happen to be reading this too, I want to let you know that you are His precious son/daughter, and He really loves you a lot.

Moving on to KI, it was a pity that I could only go for the 2nd night and the 4th night because I had work commitments and could not make it for the conference. What was great about this, though, was the 4th night when Heidi Baker was preaching about flowing in GOD’s river with unspeakable joy and full of glory, taken from Revelation 22 and Ezekiel 47. I felt GOD reminding me about a dream I felt Him gave to me a few years back, also drawing from Ezekiel 47, saying, “It's when you begin to walk with Me till you are so full in My Presence, that when any obstacles or trials come your way, you will not fear. For I am walking with you as you remain in Me.” Also, as we were worshipping, there was so much joy flowing as we celebrated GOD’s goodness with praise, and I’m really thankful to GOD for whatever that has been happening through this week.

Putting all the good things GOD has been doing in collation, I felt there was a reason behind why GOD moved the way He moved during this whole week for me. The fruit of the encounters was the strength that GOD provided me so that I can run this race with the joy of GOD, and as I proceed with the ministry and life commitments GOD has placed for me, I know if I don’t flow in the river, I will burnout; if I don’t have His power, I can’t be an effective witness and live in the best way (GOD’s way). Apart from Him, I can do nothing – not that I'm deemed useless, but I can only do what’s possible in human’s strength, but I won't be able to do impossibilities. I thank GOD for His grace and guidance, for placing good covenant friends and an awesome family of GOD that doesn’t contend for anything less than the fullness of Jesus, His glory and love revealed.

Strength will really rise as we wait upon the LORD. And the joy of the LORD is my strength! #contendingforbreakthrough

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