You Will Not Fear The Arrows That Flies By Day

I came across an video taken during an actual air-raid in Israel. The video showcased the Iron Dome, Israel’s short-range missile defence system, that simultaneously intercepting 15 separate Qassam rockets fired by Hamas from Gaza. What caught me was the real evil intent of killing and the people living it as part of their daily lives; all the while for the rest of the world, we had taken the peace for granted. The air-raid siren played by the Israeli representative during UN council meeting paled in comparison.

 

You will not dread the terrors (pachad) that haunt the night
    or enemy arrows (khetz) that fly in the day
Or the plagues that lurk in darkness
    or the disasters that wreak havoc at noon.

A thousand may fall on your left,
    ten thousand may die on your right,
    but these horrors won’t come near you.   Psalms 91:5-7

Even in the midst of such terror, God (Elohai) the Father, in His Word has already promised and assured His divine protection on us. We will not fear the enemy’s arrows (khetz) that will fly towards us. Even if a thousand fall on our left and ten thousand on our right, these horrors will not come near us! This is a small preview.

 

California Surfer
Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You for the liberty and freedom You have sacrificed to give me. You have set me free from so much bondages and death itself. You said Your yoke is easy and burden is light; my life lived by Your faith is easy and light. I don’t have to carry the difficult and heavy religious yoke and burden of self-righteousness to make myself acceptable to God-the Father through my self-effort. Deliver me from any yoke and burden of bondage on my life that You never intended me to have, and help me to stand strong with this new freedom. Keep me from ever being drawn back into any bondage from which You have freed me from.

In Jesus name. Amen.

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.   Galatians 5:1 (NLT)

I'm Held By Your Love

On this lovely day, did you have your love encounter with Him yet?
He is waiting for you…

I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:9-10

I’m held by Your love
Upheld by Your strength
On Your shoulders You bore me
By Your faith I stand
Cherished by You, Lord
Treasured in Your sight
So close to Your heart
Held firm in Your hands

Chorus:
So awesome is Your love
So mighty is Your hand
On eagle’s wings You carry me
Your grace shall be my strength
So perfect is Your love
You sacrificed Your Son
Amazing love reached out to me
With joy to You I come

 

 

Guitar chords can be found here

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Salvation In Jesus Christ Is By The Grace Of God-The Father Alone

But God, our Father is so unfathomable rich in His mercy and love; And it is exactly because of His great and intense love for us that the Father raised us back to life when He raised Jesus Christ from the dead; even though we were dead-buried under a mountain of our sins and rebellions. It was His very intention to give us the very life of Jesus Christ Himself; a brand new creation life through His resurrection. So now, we are made alive together in union with Christ-His Son, and as partakers Christ’s salvation.

It is only by God’s grace and unmerited favour that we have been saved! We did not deserve any of this at all, no matter who we are or what we do. We can never earn this by ourselves.

And since we are raised together with Jesus Christ on earth, the Father (not only let but) made us to sit together with our beloved King Jesus on the heavenly throne; as joint-heirs. Through Christ our Saviour, we are now of heavenly royal bloodline. The Father did this so that He can demonstrate convincingly and affirmingly to us that from now to all eternity to come, we will always be in (and will never again fall out of) His immeasurable wealth of grace and goodness in Christ Jesus. We stand as a living testimony of the certain love that was staked on the cross, His very own Son – Jesus the Messiah.

It is purely by the grace of God the Father alone that you are saved from destruction when you believed in Christ through faith. This gift of salvation is from the Father, and not earned, so no one can take credit for it except God Himself.

Salvation is not a reward, it is a free GIFT. This precious gift is something bestowed voluntarily to us by our Father, without the need of any compensation, condition or requirement. God fully paved and paid everything for this salvation; we have done nothing to deserved it, so obviously we have nothing to brag about.

For we are God’s masterpiece, a heavenly crafted art. We are created and recreated, in Jesus Christ; so we can fulfil our destiny of accomplishing the good things ordained by the Father who has prepared for us long ago; living the path of the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live for His glory.

 

a personal reflection of  Ephesians 2:4-10

 

 

 

Prayer For Deep Inner Peace

Dear Lord Jesus, I need to have a deeper sense of Your divine peace in me. Take away all my fears, doubts, and anxiousness and replace it with the inner peace that only You can give. Despite the turbulent circumstances around me, I will always walk in Your peace; because You are with me. Thank You that Your peace will stand guard and watch over my mind. Help me fill my thoughts with things that are true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Thank You that Your peace will guard my heart from destructive emotions and feelings in my life. Let Your peace rule and lead in my heart and my mind.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One. Philippians 4:7 (VOICE)

Water Baptism Needed for Salvation?

I was baptised over 20 years ago. Unfortunately, it was not a full water immersion baptism like what Jesus too had, but a water sprinkling baptism. There was an understandable reason for the exception because of the many elderly folks baptizing then as well, but I must say I was rather disappointed. Fast forward, I felt short-changed and had always desired a ‘full’ baptism. And I finally did, when God opened doors that I can have a properly-full-water-immersed-baptism in 2009. I really enjoyed my time in the water (a little too much); that my pastor got a little worried and had to pull me up. Yes, I really took my time while I was under the water. And it was fantastic!

For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Ephesians 2:8 (AMP)

You see, I knew I am saved… (even before my water baptism) by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. But I still desired to physically demonstrate and “act out” my spiritual standing and faith publicly, just as Christ publicly and physically demonstrated His love for me on the cross. Like what Romans 6:3-4 says; a believer’s identification and symbolic affirmation with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. It was not out of the need to gain salvation (on my part, on my performance or the requirement), but as a fruit that has grown out of the seed of faith in Christ through God’s unmerited favour (not earned by me or my effort).

However, I am concern that there are alternate Christian believes that constituted the act of water baptism as a very critical need for salvation; in addition to the grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This creates unnecessary fear, uncertainty and confusion within the body of Christ, which needs to be addressed fundamentally.

 

Water Baptism + Faith in Jesus Christ = Eternal Salvation?

No, no and no…

 

Water Baptism Needed for Salvation?Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:8 (NIV)    

Only one thing is required; Faith in Jesus Christ = Eternal Salvation!

Remember the thief crucified on Calvary on Jesus’ right side, Luke 23:39-43, he didn’t have time to get baptised, (he was rather tied up :) ) But still, Jesus said he will be with Him in paradise. He got saved even without water baptism, didn’t he?

Every faithful believer would want to be water baptised, but not everyone baptised may turn out to be a true believer. Ultimately, water baptism has no direct connection to eternal life. It’s only through Jesus Christ alone, can we be assured of eternal salvation; Jesus is the Way, not baptism. It is not about outward rituals or appearance, rather it is an inward transformation through personal relationship with our Saviour.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)

Once there is faith, there is grace from Jesus to offer salvation. Salvation offered by Christ is not cheap; it cost His life. But it is not difficult too; you only need to believe and profess your faith.

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ([a]unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. John 3:16 (AMP)

whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Jesus Christ have eternal life – Eternal Salvation.

Nothing more, nothing less…

Take it from someone who was baptized twice. :)

 

 

Does Acts 2:38 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

Does Mark 16:16 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

Does 1 Peter 3:21 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

Does John 3:5 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

Does Acts 22:16 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

Does Galatians 3:27 teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?

 

 

When I Need to Stand Strong in Times of Weakness

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your grace and favour. You are more than enough for me. I pray that every day in my walk with You, I will grow stronger, wiser and yet stronger. I know it is Your strength and that will enable me to do what I otherwise could not; to face what impossibility and difficulty I am facing. Where I feel weak, I declare that I am strong because of You Lord Jesus. The Almighty Father, Creator of the universe, are on my side, behind me. Thank You for Your unlimited strength and power in me. Thank You for blessing me in my weakness, I cannot but You can.  Show Your power and strength in me today, Lord!

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP)