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Friday, September 16, 2016

Doing the Esther!

When we are in a position of influence whereby we can make a difference, what are we to do? Especially if the non-action would cause a great injustice. Should we exercise the influence and pursue the call of justice? Such situation reminds me of Esther. She was blessed to become the queen, the wife of King Xerxes.  During that time, her people, the Jews, were under threat of annihilation. What she did was she set up a meeting with the King(despite such rule that she is not allowed to do so) and sought the King's favor to protect her people. It was really a risk because though being queen, she is still subject to the King's rule and punishment for breaking it may be fatal! Look at the former queen Hadassah Vashti! She was dethroned! Well thank God she decided to speak up and a generation of Jews was preserved and is still alive and living till this day.

Would she be spared if she were to keep silent? And would it be the end of her people?

Esther 4:14 "For if you remain silent at this time,relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this."So from this passage, the answer is a definite no! I did the Esther move a few months back, not because I know that if I were to keep silent, I will still perish. I did what I did because I believe in justice and that justice must prevail. Maybe I might be ridiculed by others but who cares? Its God whom I have to answer to and yes, God I should fear, not men!

I believe in freedom of religion. It is for all races and there ought to be no exception to it. Even if a fellow Christian who would one day find themselves not believing anymore, sad as it may be, we are to let them go. It is their choice and we have to be respectful of that. If a Christian group seeks to compel the citizens to be a Christian, by all means, I will fight against it though I am a Christian myself! After all, compulsion to worship is not God's way! My hope and dream for Malaysia during this day is that there will be freedom of religion for all races. That may seem far reaching for now, but the pursuit to freedom of religion must go on. Looking forward to see it soon!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Thomas says the darnest things!

I was reading John 11:14-16.


14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”


16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.

Thomas’ remarks where totally out of this world!  He thinks he’s being super  ‘spiritual’ by saying that. Can’t help but wonder, where on earth did he get that idea? 

Why is Thomas’ remark written in scripture? Are the scribes oblivious to what should be recorded and what shouldn’t?

I believe that it is recorded for a reason. And there are some beneficial insights which we can gather therefrom.

Well, there are people who are like Thomas. Who always have a need to say something in response to a statement made. Often than not, it is made without much thought or in the know. What are their motives? Why is it made?

So, what are the lessons to be learnt here? I believe, it is these:

1.)          Learn to abstain from saying anything when we come across statements which we cannot comprehend. Why?
-                To avoid from making false/empty words!
-                To avoid from falling into pride as the need to say something is motivated by the need to show that we are more ‘spiritual’ or ‘knowledgeable’ than anybody else.
-                So that we can learn to wait and listen to the Holy Spirit for His guidance and knowledge instead of relying on self.
-                It helps us tame the tongue as well.

2.)      Sometimes, we don’t understand God’s ways. So I believe, that we must learn to submit and surrender to His ways and trust Him to lead accordingly.

-                I’m not asking that we shouldn’t ask why. At times, the reasoning doesn’t come. And when God is quiet on that, we just need to learn to trust in Him. Perhaps, in time He would revealed.  And when it comes to pass, we would eventually know what God meant and we would definitely know, that the statement made is indeed from God Himself!

Dear Father God,

Help me to be watchful of my thoughts and whatever words that comes out of my mouth. Let me be quick to listen to Your Spirit! Let me not be awkward of silence! My dear God, I want to appreciate the quietness and stillness, believing that You are in the midst of it. Teach me to surrender to Your ways though I may not be able to understand them. It may not be now, perhaps, in Your beautiful time, I will know.

Jesus, I am grateful and I am amazed at how You are able to be silent when Your captors took you by force. Jesus, You are awesome!


Amen.

Monday, February 22, 2016

My givings came back...with a little bit of interest!

Due to the recent economy downturn, my business has not been doing so well. I've been suffering for years now and I'm hoping that things would take a turn soon. Hopefully! When Sunday comes, I always think to myself: How to give in such a time like this? I'm in business, so I don't have the luxury of a fixed income. If I give, what's going to happen to me. 

However, I am convicted that no matter what is the economy, I am to give my tithes and offering. No compromise! Its not that God needs it. Its what God's Word has stated and I am to obey. Give I shall, despite how painful it is. Giving is an act of worship. Giving does require sacrifice!


Well, what do you know! The next day, the very amount I gave in my offering, and the amount that I gave to bless others, came back to me! And the amount which I got back was a little bit more than what I have given. This is not the first time, by the way. I have been experiencing this for weeks after weeks now. I haven't penned it out yet coz I'm gathering the evidence! 

 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. Malachi 3:10

Anyway, its not in all cases that when we give, God would pay us back the same amount. God's blessings come in many forms. So don't just look at the money aspects, but also look out for His blessings of health, protection, favour and many more! God knows our needs! God bless!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kuching-Serian-Bau Flood 2016

The flood came to Sarawak again this year. Sigh! My heart goes out to those affected by it. Here are some pics taken by our local residents.

Villagers from Bau area being evicted to the nearest retreat centres.

Oh my dear Waterfront! How swollen is the Sarawak River! My heart goes out to the villagers who are living at the river side.

This is the only connection to Sri Aman, Betong, Sibu up till Miri! I hope the water recede soon so that cleaning works could take place.



Thursday, February 11, 2016

What addiction took from me!

I hate addictions! It took away my identity. Every time I indulge, the very bits which forms a part of me is stripped away. Many times, I felt like this:


 What did addiction took from me? Here's a number of list of things that I want to specifically state:

(1) my health.

(2) my clarity and sharpness of mind. Which affected my job performance.

(3) productivity.

(4) relationship with God & others. Why? Coz you wanna spend more time with your addictions, not with the rest of the world!

(5) empathy toward others. The aim of addiction is numbness! Not only does it numbs our feeling so that we don't feel stressed out with our problems, it numbs out the feelings(the necessary ones) towards our loved ones and the needy.

(6) creativity. This is one of the dreaded loss! I have not been writing songs or blogging during that awful time.

(7) my hobbies! I have not been singing on the guitar and piano. Not been listening to music for inspiration. Sucks!

(8) time! Wasted time! Wasted resources.

What's good about addiction? Nothing! The faster we get into realization, the better it is.

To my dear readers out there, if you read this, no where am I condemning you or belittling you if you have such an addiction. I'm just ranting out my frustration. I want to list out its consequences not only to the world at large, but to myself, so that I am reminded that no more shall I allow addiction to rob me off the beautiful virtues which has been built into my life.

Well, nothing that my God cannot restore peeps! Time and again, He has proven to me that He is able. I am in the process of restoration. God has forgiven me and my sins are remembered no more. I am assured of that and I invite all to rest on that assurance too!

Live, life in freedom & abundance!
God bless!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Getting over addiction

Its Year 2016! Greetings and happy new year though its already the month of February!

I have not been blogging! Had a rough bout last year on an addiction which I'm not prepared yet to share publicly. Here's the thing about addiction. When I am faced with frustrations in life, when I feel the pain that goes with it, in order to escape it, I turn to that particular form of addiction(I shall call it "nonsense" hereinafter!). First try, it seems like its a relief albeit knowing that its sin. Then there's the battle of "don't-do-it!" and the total opposite of that. Unfortunately, when the pain comes again, the winning team is the of course the "do-it!" team. It goes on and on, the repentance and falling to sin again, goes on and on. Like a never ending cycle!

Do I get sick of it? Yes, I do! It sucks! Keep telling myself I gotta end this or else I'm gonna fall deep into the abyss. The deeper it is, the harder it gets to get out of it. So towards the end of December, 2015, I told God and myself, I have to quit! And God, I need your help to do this. I fasted. I prayed. Yes, it was tough as there was a relapse. When will I get my breakthrough?

Anyway, my mum called for a family fast and prayer meeting on the 1.1.2016. It was timely, as it was the beginning of the new year. Usually, I am resistant of any family prayer meeting of sorts. However, this time round, I felt in my heart, that I want to do this. So on the day of the meeting, mum was led to call for repentance for each of us. Each of us prayed according to our turn. When my turn came, I spoke a few words and suddenly, I teared up! I couldn't say much coz the tears got in the way. I knew that God was doing something in me. I believe that God was giving me the breakthrough that I need. At times, there are whispers of going back. I'm not saying that I should give up the battle. Believe me, I still continue on claiming the victory. I'm still casting down those whispers! We need to continue to shield ourselves despite the breakthrough.

Really, God is amazing. I thank God that He never gave up on me. For those who are in ministry, or if you're not, just continue going to church, serving despite the addiction. Continue to fight the battle. Continue to pray for repentance and breakthrough. Continue to be in the midst of christian brethren. & don't believe what the enemy say about you either.

God bless!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Unbeliveable!

The things that has been happening since mid June until recently got my head scratching, like the babe in this pic! 
    

Really? Say what? Speechless? How can that be? 

I was expecting that when there are overwhelming evidence there ought to be a case met out. But..no. Instead, the tables were turned against the ones who acted on the available evidence. With what's going on my beloved land, I can't help but wonder whether I got my law right. All those 3 years of legal study, bar exams, the practice itself, has seemingly gone to waste if things are to go on this way. There seems to be no justice here(have mercy!)

The changes are overwhelming. I don't know what God is doing BUT I do rest assure, that He is not folding His hands in relaxation mode. God has a plan. Perhaps, this turn of event is shaking the people to stop being complacent. To rise up for justice and fairness. To be bold even if its requires us to face off suffering and death. 

When I heard the news initially, I was in great despair. How I prayed and prayed for comfort from God. True enough, God did. God is shaking the people. God is at work. And I sense His Spirit telling me to keep on releasing God's praise into the air. What else that comes into mind is this song: Let the saints be joyful in glory, let the praises of God be in their mouths, and a two edged sword in their hands! 

Lets praise & pray as it will release the river of justice & fairness in this land. Amen!