How Big God is?

'No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape, so that you are able to escape it.'
1 Corinthians 10 : 13

I remember a story a friend once told me. It was about a man who got stranded in a flood. He climbed onto the roof of his house. He saw the fast rising water and whispered a prayer. Soon, a rescue boat arrived. The man refused to get in the boat because he believed God would help him. After the boat left, a rescue helicopter spotted him. Again, the man refused to get into the copper because he believed God would help him. That night, the man drowned in the flood as the water rose higher than the roof of his house.

What does the story tell us?

The character refused helps from the rescue teams because he thought God would personally help him. And so he waited ….. and he was drowned. Laugh if you like, but God did reach out to him.

God is true to His word. He takes us seriously because we are His children. He will not and will never let even one of us to be lost without His knowledge. He knows our problems, all of them. He knows what kind of life we are leading.

God uses direct and indirect ways us to help us through our problems all the time. If only we pray one humble prayer, He will provide a way to help us out.

What about you?

Do you dare to believe that God loves you? Do you dare to put your own life wholly in God's hand? Do you believe against all odds that God will provide you a way out when you are in trouble? Do you really believe that God has a plan for you?

God is so 'Big' in the sense that He alone creates the Universe with everything in detail. There is nothing He does not know and nothing He does not care.

There is always a hope against hope that God hears our prayers!

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Where Are You?

Philippians 4:11 - 13

I don't say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret - whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

It is very difficult to be content with life itself. There is much to achieve and to desire for.

A friend once said, “My journey in this life will never reach its destination because I'm easily sidetracked by temptations and desires ...”

Whose life isn't that way?

Frankly speaking, we are all easily sidetracked because we are not contented with what we already have. Even when we have made up our minds to pursue our goals, we can still be sidetracked. Let's just say … we all have the curiosity to know what is going on around us!

Are you contented with what you have now?

Will you exchange your possessions with something better?

Have you be in the circumstance where little is enough?

Have you been in the circumstance where abundance is considered not enough?

Have you been in need but no one to turn to?

Well the good news is, God is here! He knows what you want. He alone knows whether you need all those your heart desires. The most important advice is, let go and let God.

When you allow God to decide for you, you will find contentment!

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New Body, New Life

Matthew 9: 16 – 17

No one sews a patch of unstrung cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wine-skins. If they do, the skin will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskin will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine-skins, and both are preserved.”

I have always wondered what the meaning of the verses above. Until recently, a colleague reminded me to forget the unhappy past and lead a new life. It was the way she said it that reminded me about the same verses.

We all have a few choices to decide the types of life we want to live. However, we are usually captured in a time-frame because we just could not forget or let go of our past. We do not know how to move forward, because we do not want to let go our past, including painful memories.

It is true that a person could not lead a new life while he is being chained to the past. There is no way a person can come out of the past by himself. He needs help.

When Jesus sacrificed Himself for our sake, we are broken from our past. We are qualified to be called the children of God. As God’s children, we need to ask our Father’s help to move on, to build new lives.

When God forgave and cleansed us from our past sins, we are like living in a new body. We are now in a new wineskin. People just do not ruin their new wineskin with old wine! Just the same, we do not want to ruin our new body with the sinful past.

Forget the past, but remember the bitter lesson learnt!


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Remain In God

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15: 4

Children are playful and curious explorers. They just do not stay still at one place and do not have to wait to be invited into any activities. They maybe lost without their parents yet they cannot control their own curiosities.

As God's children, we all have the same trait. We tend to be curious with things and events around us. Many times, we fall and lose our ways. With God's grace, we are brought back again, unhurt. Although we are warned time and again not to leave His side, we seldom remember the warning. All we know when we are lost is to cry for help!

Like the prodigal son, we learned our lessons well. We abide by Him, because we know to do so is the only way we can multiply and be fruitful. God is the main vine and we are the branches. Without the main vine, we are deprived of all the nutrients we need for physical and spiritual growth.

It is not that we are not encouraged to grow on our own; we ought to know what is right and wrong. We need to be careful with the pitfalls in our lives. It is better and safe to remain in the vine!


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Words and Deeds Go Together

"....... The harvest is plentiful but the worker are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." - Matthew 9: 37-38

The time will come when each one of us will be a worker of the harvest. Helping out in the harvest does not mean preaching the good news using our mouths. It is not just being heard aloud in the broad daylight.

Being a harvest worker also means that we have to 'act out' what we are preaching! If we dare to preach God's words, we dare to act them out. Being God's children, we preach through our actions, which are seen by others all the time.

When God said that He loves the world, he did so by sending His only son to be with us. He acted on His words and not merely just said so. In the Bible, it is revealed many times what God did to make His own promises worked.

As God's children, we need to act on our words too. After all, words and deeds do go together!


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Build Life Seriuosly

Luke 6 : 48 - 49

v48 “He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”

v49 “But the one who hears my word and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Modern people like us love to have things done quickly. The shorter time it takes the better. We seldom think of the quality, it is always the quantity.

Do we have to live this way? Taking short cuts here and there just because we can make things work without investing some effort.

Perhaps life would be more interesting if we just exert a little effort. At least we are ready when we meet troubles.

If we take our lives lightly, we will be completely unprepared like the man building his house on sandy ground. We will lose all we have in a split of second!

God was serious when He first built His Kingdom. He still is serious when dealing with us, His children. He has never treated us lightly. That is why we should be as serious as Him.


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Whose Values to Follow?

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Colossians 2: 8

Someone once shared that it is easier to continue in Christ than to make a comeback. I did not understand it till recently. Being in Christ means living according to His Words; in His discipline and allowing Christ to be the number one in our lives. Yet, when we made a comeback after leaving Him, the journey will be harder.

There are too many broken relationships to mend. What more, there are seeds of distrusts sown and need to be dug out before too late. It is not comfortable to rebuild a life as before.

We, human are consistently adding more values to our daily lives – not enough with the -isms we already have. Materialism, humanism, hedonism, legalism, secularism, naturalism, relativism and so on. As these values grow, we are drawing a line on our relationship with God. In short, we are held captive by these earthly values.

Yet, despise all our shortcomings; God wants us to return to Him. He wants us to let go the worldly values and embrace His love, values, grace and everything He has. Accept the opportunity to return to His cuddle, no matter how difficult it will be. God will not allow us to endure the hardship alone!


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Praises and Worries Do Not Go Along

Psalm 113 :1 -3

Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord,
Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to the
place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be

Yes, we all want to praise our Maker. He has given us so much!

However, has it ever occur to you that praise and worry do not go together?

When you praise, you have lifted your sorrows and difficulties to God. The empty space in your heart should be filled with praises for Him alone. You should be happy and singing praises. But, what has happened?

Yes, you have replaced the praises and gratitude with worries. There are too many questions ….. ‘What ifs’ in your mind even though you agreed to allow God to take over.

All you have prayed for become fruitless because you have no confidence in God. The truth is, you are unwilling to let go the sadness and failures in your life!

It is time to replace the sorrows and problems in your heart with praises. It is time to sing praises to God with the knowledge that He knows how to deal with your problems. It is not worth worry for tomorrow as you do not know what will happen. Only God knows. So, let Him deal with all the problems.

All you have to do is to keep on praising His Name! It is that easy!


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Live In Dreams or Live Out Your Dreams?

Matthew 21 : 21 – 22

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say this to the mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

The story started when Jesus saw out side the city one morning. He went nearer to pluck some fruits. However, there were only leaves. Jesus said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” The tree withered almost immediately!

Of course, in real life, things do not happen that way. What a disappointment!

Someone once told me that life has many options. We have the right to choose what we want. We have the right to choose to live in our dreams or to live out our dreams.

Jesus said, "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

When we believe in our dreams, we can visualize them clearly. When we are visualizing them, we know what we really want!

The next step is to ask for it. Then, we release the dreams into God's hand; for Him to send the dreams to us.

This is what great life achievers have been preaching all along - Goal Settings!

Go and set, visualize and pray for your dreams now!


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Ask Him Sincerely

James 4 : 2 – 3

"You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."

Ever wondered why many of your prayers are not answered at all? Those ‘big projects’ you have hoped to launch before the whole world – they would not happen at all. You also prayed for small unimportant things, and they were all answered. Why?

Many times, we are too shy to ask too much from God. We do not want to sound too selfish! Well, God knows the motives of our prayers. Remember, He knows what we want long before we ask Him! Since God knows our motives, He will choose His own time to answer us.

Maybe it is time for us to reflect on our motives before we make any request. Admitting that we need help and believe God is there to help us; our prayers need to be sincere and thoughtful.

Make praying for ourselves and others, expressing gratitude for God’s assistance throughout the day and days ahead, as well as praying for our future plans sincerely and earnestly as part of our routine from today onwards!

Let us steadfastly do so and see miracles happen when God answers our prayers!

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