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Lessons Learnt Along The Way


By Ps. Joseph
22 Apr 2018


I have learnt that bitterness generally never hurts the person you are bitter against, even if they are wrong, but it destroys you. 

I learnt that bitterness poisons your spirit. “Look diligently, lest anyone fail of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you and thereby many be defiled” (Heb 12:15). Bitterness is actually like a cancer. It has roots and spreads through the body. Peter perceived that Simon the sorcerer was in the “gall of bitterness” (Acts 8:23).
  
I have learnt that bitterness of spirit poisons everything you are, everything you say and do. The Psalmist speaks of those who “shoot out their arrows, even bitter words” (Ps 64:3). Words hurt. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Bitter words are like arrows, like knives in one’s heart. Beyond our words, people pick up what is in our spirit. We impart what is in our spirit. Bitterness is the “poison of asps’ under the tongue (Rom 3:14). Bitterness of spirit also physically poisons the body as well as the spirit. 

Bitterness defiles others.”…lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you and thereby many be defiled…” (Heb 12:15). It is easy to pick up other people’s offences and problems when we do not know all the details. It is easy to take sides and become polarized over people when you do not know both sides, let alone God’s side. Our spirit becomes defiled, it becomes poisoned. 




The God of the Turn Around


By Ps. Joseph
15 Apr 2018


1 Samuel 30

1. Recognize that God is in control
Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. (vs 1-2)

2. Learn to encourage yourself
So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. (vs 3-6)

3. Receiving the "NOW" word from God
Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” (vs 7-8)





What is the Resurrection Power to me and you – Today?


By Ps. Joseph
01 Apr 2018


1. We are in Christ
Ephesians 1:3-7 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
In Christ we are partakes of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:14)

2. We are a new Creation
2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

3. We are in the Kingdom of Light
Colossians 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

4. We are seated in heavenly places with Christ
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
Ephesians 2:2-8 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

John 11:25  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
  • Your eternal salvation and eternal life is sealed forever.
  • God gives you the power that breaks death.
  • Jesus gives you authority over demonic forces and problems and gives you victory in Jesus Christ. 





Thoughts On Thoughts


By Ps. Joseph
25 Mar 2018


  • We can only think one thought at a time. If we have two thoughts at a time, we're confused

  • We control the subject of our thoughts. Therefore, we can change our thoughts to think righteous thoughts

  • Thoughts can be a demonic force 

  • Our mind is like a water bottle. If it's empty, it is full of air. To get rid of the air, you must fill it with water. Therefore, we can only get rid of demonic thoughts if we fill our mind with the Word of God.

When we go through hard times:
1. Learn to pray
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. James 5:16-18
  • when we as righteous people pray, God hears and things will begin to happen

2. Don't fight the battle alone
  • give our battles to the Lord. He will fight for us.



What Jesus is Saying


By Ps. Joseph
04 Mar 2018


1. "I am building my Church"

2. "I will never leave you or forsake you"

3. "I am coming again soon. Are you ready?"

Don't take anything for granted. Treasure every moment.



The Precious Blood of Jesus


By Ps. Joseph
25 Feb 2018


The blood of Jesus:

1. Redeems us 
knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter 1:18-19)

2. Brings us near 
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

3. Washes our sins
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, (Revelation 1:5)

4. Brings peace 
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:20)

5. Justifies 
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)

6. Cleanse from all sins 
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

7. Gives boldness in the day of judgment (Hebrews)




The Guarantee Of Our Salvation


By Ps. Joseph
18 Feb 2018


Our faith is secure in God’s lasting work of Redemption.

Our salvation is guaranteed through:
1. The blood of Jesus
1 Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Hebrews 9:12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

2. The everlasting covenant
Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

3. Christ’s continuing work as our High Priest
Hebrews 7:21, 25 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: "The LORD has sworn And will not relent, "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek"), Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

4. The earnest of redemption – the indwelling Holy Spirit
Ephesians 1:13-14 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

5. The unchanging decree or word of the Lord
1 Peter 1:23,25 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, But the word of the LORD endures forever." Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

6. Our position of being hid in Christ
Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
1 Cor 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

7. God’s enduring love freely shown to us in Christ 
Rom 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.




Hunger For God


By Ps. Joseph
17 Feb 2018


In the natural world, when you don't eat, then you feel hungry.

In the spiritual, the more you hear the voice of God, the more you are in the Word, the more you will feel hungry for Him.



Six Biblical Causes of Promotion


By Ps. Joseph
11 Feb 2018


1. Promotion comes when you abide in the place God has set you.
“The trees once went forth to anoint a king over them. And they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us!’ But the olive tree said to them, ‘Should I cease giving my oil,
With which they honor God and men, And go to sway over trees?’ “Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come and reign over us!’ But the fig tree said to them,
‘Should I cease my sweetness and my good fruit, And go to sway over trees?’ “Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come and reign over us!’ But the vine said to them, ‘Should I cease my new wine, Which cheers both God and men, And go to sway over trees?’ “Then all the trees said to the bramble, ‘You come and reign over us!’ And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in truth you anoint me as king over you, Then come and take shelter in my shade; But if not, let fire come out of the bramble and devour the cedars of Lebanon!’
Judges 9:8-15 

2. Promotion comes when you handle the dealings of God correctly, thus proving your attitudes under great testing. 
Genesis 37-42.
  • There is a process 

3. Promotion comes when you can rejoice in another’s advancement and serve them. Even if they are less qualified than you. 
But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Matthew 23:11-12 

4. Promotion comes when humility has killed self-projection.
  • no one is self-made
Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
1 Peter 5:5-6 

5. Promotion comes when character is developed and proven stable.
  • can I be trusted?
“All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”
Psalm 75:10 

6. Promotion comes when faithfulness is shown toward all tasks, whether small or great, proving good stewardship.
Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.
Daniel 3:30 





Our Confession


By Ps. Mei Chin
21 Jan 2018


We will win because we believe what the Word of God says about who we are, what we have and what we can do in Christ Jesus. Amen!

Walk and agree with what God says. Amos 3:3 - "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?"



God Is Aware Of Your Problems


By Ps. Joseph
14 Jan 2018


He is totally aware of your problems & He is in control.

Like Job in the Bible, friends and family can say many things, but life comes only from God.

Don't feel lonely - God is with you.

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” John 5:6
Just like the man at the pool of Bethesda, Jesus is asking us: "Do you want to be healed?" 
He is not asking us how we want to be healed, etc. It's time to take away all preconceived ideas. Jesus is asking us directly if we want divine intervention in our lives.



Momentum


By Ps. Joseph
15 Oct 2017


Increase Your Spiritual momentum

  • We all need spiritual momentum in our lives.
  • God always wants us to keep moving forward
  • What is the other option? Moving backwards – which is NOT a valid option.
  • God has created us, to flow, and to be in sync with His river of life - flowing forwards
  • As we find that place of sync with His presence, there is a momentum that is in our lives
Our Christian lives are like riding a bicycle. As long as we keep moving, we go forwards and gain momentum. The moment we stop moving, stop peddling, we go backwards and we fall over. God wants us to keep peddling, keep moving, keep going forward. Gain momentum.