“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” (1 Cor 13:12)
When reading the obituary of a celebrity, have you ever noticed that the wealth, fame, and success of the dead can only last a short span of this life? Death is the end of a life and also the beginning of another life. When we don’t know Jesus Christ, we make choices as though this life were all we had. In reality, this life is just the introduction to eternity. Therefore, we need to evaluate things from an eternal perspective.
The apostle Paul reveals that one day we will be complete when we see God face to face. This truth should strengthen our faith – we don’t have all the answers now, but then we will. Someday we will see Jesus Christ in person and be able to see with God’s perspective. Continue reading →
Sometimes the world overwhelms me. Sometimes waves of anxiety sweep over me. At those moments, dread seems to take over my life, and all I would see would be the dark shadows looming.
This kind of feeling can rise out of various facets of life; be it from stress at work, anxiety in school, insecurities stemming from interpersonal issues, or even confusion/doubts about church. And in my attempt to piece everything together, I find my thoughts in a whirlwind, shredded into bits and pieces, flying here and there, unfocused and flustered – the space of my mind left ransacked in the aftermath of a brutal tornado.
So amidst all the chaos and confusion, I asked God to grant me a quiet heart and to teach me how to maintain it despite the external circumstances. And bit by bit, I began to understand and appreciate more what having a steadfast heart means. Continue reading →
Awake, awake! O sojourner,
Stir your heart from spiritual slumber
Resting weary in battle deep
He promised He would come for us
That He would not tarry, but come.
Not long ago we promised Him
(as He, too, promised us)
to love and cherish forever the One we love
Awake, awake! O dejected soldier,
Be not in your heart dismayed
Are you tired before the enemy great
And cannot see the path ahead
Put down your heart’s burden
Let Him carry thee and find thy rest Since the time He lit a flame in my heart to live and die for the self-same Cause It was a covenant between us
Awake, awake! O you scribe who battle with pen
And not the sword
For the ink dwindles and revelation is scarce
Though the herd stalls are vacant and the olive tree fails
It is His Spirit that inscribes
Not ability or tongue of men The heart hopes for the day of the marriage feast For “I have seen the consummation of all perfection”
We’re too far in to turn back.
Dawn breaks in the darkest night…
Like the fledgling eagle learning to fly
In quietness and trust that He provides:
Step. Drop. Fly.
One of the most marvellous blessings in observing God’s church grow according to His word is to see how God composes the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12:24, the Greek word for “composed,” sygkeránnymi, is made up of two words: sýn, “identified with,” and keránnymi, “mix into a new and improved compound” – properly, mix together into a superior compound – “a holistic blend” (unified whole) where the parts work together synergistically. (Source)
I have heard testimonies and also witnessed personally how different generations, working with one heart and mind, not only complement each other, but combine to bring out a greater advantage. An older generation has the insight and blessing of experience, while the younger generation has the energy and drive.
Each generation must love God sincerely and there must be trust towards each other in order for God’s blessing to take place. Continue reading →
“‘Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.’ ‘Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God.’” (Jer 3:22)
Backsliding is very serious. The backsliding of the people of Judah led to the fall of Jerusalem and Judah. Throughout history, God has called for His people to return. “Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls” (Jer 6:16, NIV). After the exile, the Israelites finally returned to the Lord and His law.
Christians can become backsliders when they lose their fellowship with God, have a cold or lukewarm heart, or fall into sin. We need to be alert so as to not become loveless, lifeless, or lukewarm believers as described in the book of Revelation to the churches in Ephesus, Sardis, and Laodicea. In the first steps of our Christian lives, we may have had enthusiasm without knowledge. Do we now have knowledge without enthusiasm? If you find yourself feeling indifferent to church, to God, or to the Bible, you have begun to shut God out of your life. Continue reading →