Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What it means to serve God

I know it's been awhile since I last posted anything up. Have I been busy ... well, not really. Just lazy and uninspired (I'm only human :P) Also, I don't think there's many who actually takes the time to read what I post. So if you've gotten this far in ... Well Done! and thank you for taking the time :D

Here's something I was inspired to write couple of weeks ago when I was meditating on Rev 12:11. Most or all Christian young and old would have made this verse one of their memory verses and would have heard more than once a preacher speak on this verse. Well here it is again, I hope I can present to you this verse in a different light.

"Rev 12:11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony. And they did not love their soul to the death." I believe there are 3 key points here to observed in order to be successful in ministry.

The first is "the blood of the Lamb"
We have to be redeemed by Christ. I believe it's not only acknowledging that we are sinners, but living in realization that every second we are still alive it's because of God's grace and mercy upon our lives. This is a reminder to us that we cannot rely on our own strengths and understanding. We cannot bring the world to it's knees in reverence of God, but it's by availing ourselves for God to work through us that can do that.

The blood of the Lamb also signifies the ultimate sacrifice. Remember! There is nothing you can sacrifice that will match up to the sacrifice Christ made for you. Never, ever calculate with God ... "If I do this, then You do that for me". If this is ever in your prayers while in your service to God, then you've missed the entire meaning and relevance of Christ death on the cross. It's out of love that Christ sacrificed himself on the cross, it's out of love for Him that we serve.

Many times because so many of us serve God unconditionally, they call us fanatics, devotees, people practicing blind faith. But Christian Faith is not blind! It's because we can see and have experienced the redeeming grace and mercy of God that we choose to do the extraordinary things that He wants us to do.

The Second "The word of our testimony"
Noticed it's singular, the word 'testimony', it's not many, but one. Why is that? It's because the only testimony that is worth talking about is the testimony of Christ. Everything that we boast about should only lead back to one thing and one thing alone ... Christ! Ephesians 2:8-9 8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Also, for the testimony to be effective, the testimony of Christ in our lives has to be our own, not someone else's. I'm not saying that you shouldn't talk about other people's testimonies to encourage one another. But the world has enough of looking at perfect 10s in magazines while they look around them, no one actually looks like that. Many are looking for something real. Not the success story of someone else who's now making millions with a best seller, but someone living next door, sitting next to them on the train ... your neighbor is looking for something real, the guy or girl sitting next to you on the train to work is looking for something real ... Your testimony of Christ in your life will be so much more effective. Don't you think?

In order to have His testimony in our mouth, we have to live it out. John 8:31-32 31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who believed on Him, If you continue in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. This is one of the most used verse for evangelist. But none of them ever fully explained it properly to the people (as least not the ones that I've been to). It is not as simple as just 'knowing'. The original text for 'know' in Greek is the word 'ginosko'. Basically what it literally means is 'to recognize the truth by personal experience'. So memorizing and reciting the bible is not enough. I have personally met Imams (Muslim spiritual leaders) who can recite the bible better than most Christians I know. Why haven't they found the truth? Why are they still not free? It is because they didn't choose to live it out, experience it themselves. Psalms 34:8 Oh taste and see that the lord is good. Therefore Christ's testimony in our lives are not only to be heard, but to be lived out or experienced.

But WAIT!! There is more ... It's not just about experiencing Christ. There is a prerequisite to it. Remember, when we read the bible it has to be in context, don't just take the verses you like and omit the parts where it doesn't sound so good to you. The Word of God does not work like that. In order for us to live it out or experience Him, we must first be His disciple (verse 31). Many take the term disciple very lightly. It's just not about saying the sinners prayer, it's not about praying at every meal, it's not even about your daily devotions. Those are the results of being a disciple. Disciples are people who are fully convinced, committed and all sold out into what the master says and do to a point where they are willing to give up their lives for it. Only then the word of our testimony is effective.

Last but not least "Did not love their soul to the death"
In my opinion, this has got more to do with just dying to self, but it also speaks about living a life of a worshiper. The first time the word worship was mentioned in the bible was an act of sacrifice, Gen 22:5-10 5 And Abraham said to his young men, You stay here with the ass. And I and the boy will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. It's ironic that the first time worship was mentioned was about sacrificing your most precious and greatest of possession, hopes, dreams and desires. Here's my definition of worship (without all the Christian symbolisms) "to acknowledge the absolute matchless worth and importance of something to make it the center of my life and to order my life accordingly" ... That's dying to self! Because you love Him more than you love life itself ... that's an act of worship.

There are more verses I can share, but since we've all been Christians for donkey years, I would assume that you know where I'm coming from. Here's my conclusion to it all, if we are willing to live out these 3 key points in our lives, I believe we will have a successful ministry, but more importantly a successful life in the Kingdom of God. Amen!

Please continue to pray for us as we continue to be obedient to what God has called us to do and that we will lack nothing doing it and keep those that you know we are ministering to in prayer whenever they come across your hearts and mind. Also would like to request for you to pray for my recording project, that God will continue to send sponsors, be it financially or providing their services.

For my next post, I will be sharing something that was inspired through a message preached last week by Pastor Joel Chelliah. It was a message on the Lord's Prayer. I won't be re-writing what he preached, you can go to to listen to the message. However, I would like to add to what he's already presented that may just blow your mind. Till then ... meditate on Matt 6:9-13. In all things, praise the Lord! Blessings to y'all!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Are we trying too hard to understand the mysteries of God that we have lost sight of the simple truths of the Bible?

I've just had a very interesting night. I was just told that there is a possibility that people can still go to heaven if they don't know Christ. Apparently, even Billy Graham believes that this is so. But which part of the bible actually teaches this? Not according to the many different versions of the bibles I've read unfortunately. Have I missed out something? or someone forgot to include certain chapters into my bible?

I was told that for those who never had a chance to listen to the word of God or heard about Christ are most probably saved. The thing is, I don't know ... cause it's not mentioned in the bible. As Christians who are in leadership, isn't it our responsibility to teach according to the bible and not according to our own philosophies? Just because the bible did not say that it's 'Yes' ... you cannot philosophically say that it's a 'No'. That I think it's very irresponsible as a leader.

Now, if based on this concept of philosophy, then we should stop all out reach to the unreached people groups. Because you will have a 100% chance of them going to heaven by not telling them that Christ exist vs. taking the risk of them rejecting the gospel and be condemned to hell. Also for those who have heard of the name of Christ but never been told that He is the only way, we should leave them alone too. As long as the are good folks that's been doing good deeds, they can claim ignorance during the judgement day. Think about it ... we are in fact doing them a favor by not telling them about Christ. Then we can roughly say that Christ is not for everyone ... for it's not 'All' that have sin and fall short of the glory of God. So many of the prophets and the believers of Yahweh / Jehovah in the old testament does not matter anyways, cause all will go to heaven eventually. Then why in the world the believers in the old days sacrifice their lives to convince people that Yahweh is God. Are all their works in vain?

If that is the case, then there is no urgency at all of the 2nd coming of Christ too, cause it's merely just another day in the park. Then we don't really need to take the great commission seriously, cause people stand a better chance not hearing about God to get to heaven. In that case we can strike out many verses in the Bible. Hey ... while we are at it ... why don't we just take out the importance and significance of the law of God in the old testament. Looks like this can be a whole new era for the world.

News flash! There is already a group that somewhat have that same philosophy. That's why they call themselves New Age.

Here are my thoughts and whether you agree with it or not, please consider it seriously in prayer: We as Christians cannot based our believes in philosophy or psychology, it has to be based upon the Word of God and the Word alone. If the philosophy or psychology contradicts even the slightest doctrine or principle in the bible, please ... I beseech you ... consider your salvation and the salvation of others. When people's lives are hanging in the balance between heaven and hell, would you chose philosophy & psychology over the Word of God? Think about it! Blessings to y'all!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tim's new song ... Amazing

I've been getting very lazy lately. There's a couple of topics that I've been wanting to share. Especially this one I titled it 'Unqualified to Success'. I'm not going to go into details of the whole sermon, but here's a synopsis of it.

How many of us can think back of a time that God has done something in our lives that we undeservingly received? If you can't, well ... How about your salvation? That's the ultimate gift to someone undeserving. Anyways, because I love worship and I love exploring David's life the most and here is what I've found in a nut-shell when it comes to this topic.

1. David was an illegitimate child - he basically have no family rights

2. He was purposefully left out when his dad was asked to bring all his sons - David cannot be included in the equation not because he's the youngest, but also because he's illegitimate

3. David was the smallest of all - In everyone's eyes, David won't last a minute out on the battlefield.

4. He spends most of his times in the field with sheeps - No one really knows him nor would have any experience in battle.

But God took all that ... used it for His glory ... and promoted David to king. God loves to use those that's willing to be used. He doesn't need a counsel to tell Him how good you are, how experienced you are, how many bible schools you've attended, etc .... He just need to know that you are willing and able. God chooses the unqualified, to demonstrate His successes.

I've been feeling very down lately, very tired of waiting. Sometimes it feels like I'm doing nothing to help the family. I've told myself to be practical, logical ... miracles do happen, but just not where I'm standing. Then I looked at David ... it's not about how well we can do things, but it's how available we make ourselves to be. Well, I'm still considering whether I'm called to full-time ministry right now. One day when you don't see this blog anymore, well that's when I've decided to move on. In all decisions that we make and in all that we do, remember this ... God chooses the unqualified, to demonstrate His successes. Something good always turns out for those who make themselves available to Him. God is Amazing!!

God Bless y'all!

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Re-Upped The First Time ...

Hi friends, I've just re-posted the song The First Time. There's not going to be a download link to it this time round. But you can listen to it on the streaming player below this page. God bless y'all!

PS. Do let me know what ya think of the song ya :D

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The First Time taken offline ...

I've been in contact with a friend that used to work in the music industry. He has advised me to take the song off-line until I get it patented / copyrighted. Right now he is working on it for me. So things are happening ....

If you have downloaded the song. Please help me by not distributing it to other people until I up it again. Cheers and God Bless!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New song ... The First Time

How this song came about was completely out of a blue. I never expected to write a song that day and especially in the early morning. So here an account of how I came to writing this song ... 

I woke up yesterday morning, showered and was feeling really lethargic. It was a really cold morning and I wasn't up to doing anything. So I made myself a cup of really hot coffee, sat at my work desk and surfed Youtube watching some Gary V.'s music videos. There was this one particular video that had a little girl in it and I was thinking she looks so much like RobynMae (my 9 yr old). I've always known this, but, it suddenly dawned on me that next year she will be 10, moving on to her preteens stage.  That made me wished that I could just stop time, hold her in my arms and never let her go.

This is one of those moments that you have a flood of emotions come crashing in. I really didn't know how to handle it or expressed it. So I closed the Safari (the equivalent to IE on Windows) and walked away from the computer for a couple of minutes to collect my thoughts. Then I sat back down again at my desk and picked up my guitar. I needed to get it off my chest.

It didn't take me long to write this song, but it's the hardest song for me to write to date and singing it was even harder still. It didn't really help the situation when I sang it to my wife (Christina) and she was just balling. For those of you who are single, this song may not mean much. But it will probably strike a note with those parents who have daughter / daughters.

Are there any spiritual lessons that can be learnt out of this. I believe everything we do there are lessons to be learnt cause God is always speaking. As to this particular situation, I'm not too sure. But one thing I do know ...  after realizing how much I can love my children, and if that's how much my Father in heaven loves me, I'm eternally blessed. But I know He loves me and my children even more than I can ever imagine ... That My Friends! It's the GREATEST LOVE OF ALL! What would be your response to Him? God Bless y'all!

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