Category Archives: Personal Cultivation

Be A Doer

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (Jas 1:22)

In this information-rich world, we might have noticed that our time for God and focus on God, particularly in Bible study or meditating God’s word have been dwindling. Thus, the prerequisite in being a doer of God’s word is to strengthen our spiritual foundation by making Bible study a priority in our lives (Jn 1:1; Mk 4:20). If we continue to do this on a daily basis, gradually Bible study becomes a habitual activity likened to taking a shower, brushing teeth, eating and drinking, etc.

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He Is the Great Physician

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Mat 9:35)

Matthew used ten miracles to illustrate the power and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew Chapter 8 and 9. He summarizes Jesus’ ministry by three things in Matthew 9:35: Jesus was teaching, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness.

People came to Jesus or brought to Jesus the sick and demon possessed for His healing. The Bible said that “He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.’” (Mat 8:16-17)

Jesus is the great physician. He said that “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick… For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” This language connects Jesus’ healing of sinners to His healing of physical sickness. He identified Himself as the one who calls people to Him and the healer of souls. We can come to Jesus to seek for the healing of any “disease”, whether it is physical illness, emotional distress, or the burden of sin.

We can pray for the sick and know that God will heal them. Facing financial turmoil or other challenges and difficulties of life, we may have fear or other negative emotions. If we believe in God’s sovereignty and ultimate control, we exchange our fear and worry for peace and contentment. When painful memories surface, we can bring them to Jesus for healing and restoration, allowing Him to remove the shame and sorrow that have been linked to those memories.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:15-16)

Jesus knows by experience all our trials and temptations. Yet, He never failed or sinned. Jesus Christ is able to understand our weaknesses and miseries, for He Himself has experienced these very things. We are encouraged to approach God boldly with faith and seek His healing of any kind of “disease” – physically, emotionally, socially, or spiritually.

The Lord Delights in Our Welfare

Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, “Great is the LORD, who delights in the welfare of his servant!” (Ps 35:27, ESV)

The Hebrew word for welfare in this verse, shalom, also refers to completeness, peace, tranquility, and contentment. Many seek after these things in life, and we often think that it is for our own good. But it turns out that God is also delighted when we are well and at peace.

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He Is the Truth

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Truth is rooted in the eternal God who is all powerful and unchangeable. Jesus Christ is the truth. He is the source of all truth. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to walk in the truth. Therefore, learning about Jesus and His words should be our top priority. The witness of His work and His words is preserved in the four gospels. If we listen to the audio along while reading the gospel books, we may feel that Jesus is speaking to us when He addressed the disciples as well as the multitudes of people.

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How to Be Contented?

According to the Collins Dictionary, “contented” means that the individual is satisfied with his life and the situation that he is in. Likewise, Oxford Dictionary defines “contented” as feeling happy and satisfied. So, how does the Bible teach us to be contented? With reference to the above definitions, we can learn how to be contented by first understanding and learning how to be satisfied and joyful.

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