Unfinished canvas

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You that You died and sacrificed Yourself for me so that I could be with You forever. You are my God and Lord of my life. And because You stood knocking at the door of my heart, I can then invited You in and received You as my Saviour. I can finally walk with You and enjoy all the peace You have for me for You are the Prince of Peace. Help me to always remember You are always with me, especially when strife and unrest begin to creep back into my soul. Help me to be mindful that You are my peace, and You have broken down every wall of separation that could ever come between me and Your presence.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. For Christ himself has brought peace to us. Ephesians 2:8-10; 13-14

Truth is a term used to indicate various forms of accord with fact or reality, the quality or state of being true. It is a fidelity to an original or to a standard or ideal. Truth is not of the past or the present, it is timeless. One obvious example would be:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14:6

Milky Way Above Shenandoah National Park

But do you know that there is also a current and present truth, a fact or belief that is accepted as true in relative to a finite period of time. In the beginning, the truth given to Adam from God was not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and if done so, they would die. Sadly, they did and died. So that particular truth, is no longer current and is applicable only in the Adamic period.

In Moses’ time, through to the time of the gospel, the Leviticus law was the current and present truth then. Everyone including Jesus Christ lived according to the Mosaic law. Although, some still practise them under Judaism today, it is widely accepted in the Christianity that the Leviticus law is not current. The problem is that some Christian circles unwittingly separate the Leviticus law into “ritual law” and “moral law”, keeping the moral law but making the ritual law obsolete. But in this way, modern Christians are confused because under the Leviticus law, if you do good – you get God’s blessings (Deuteronomy 28:1-14); but if you failed and sinned – then God must curse you (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). In Deuteronomy 28, there are 14 verses of Blessings for Obedience but 53 verses of Curses for Disobedience. This cannot be right because it seems God is more interested in dishing out curses than blessings.

You see, the whole purpose of God’s law given is so that all people could see how sinful they were. (Romans 5:20)  It is when people kept failing at keeping godly lives then can they know they really need a Saviour – a Messiah! 

Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised.  Galatians 3:19 (NLT)

...fulmini e saette!!!In the early time of the gospels, the truth is to repent from their sins, turning back to God. And to be baptised by John, the Baptist. When Jesus Christ started His ministry, the truth is that Jesus Himself  is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29), and He is the very fulfilment of that law of Moses (Matthew 5:17-18). Obviously, there are many great truths about Jesus Christ during His time in ministry on earth. But more importantly, because Jesus haven’t gone through the crucifixion, death and resurrection, so the devil has not yet been defeated at that point in time. In other words, Jesus’ true fulfilment and prowess has not been shown fully before His suffering at the cross.

“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’  John 16:12

So what is the Current and Present Truth today?

The current and present truth today is one that must be seen through the lens of the Good News; the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and God!

God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. The Good News is about his Son. In his earthly life he was born into King David’s family line, and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name. Romans 1:2-5

Elemental Power

If we have accepted Christ as Saviour and Lord, the Holy Spirit comes and lives within us. And for the first time in the whole of creation, this happened only after the accession of Christ to heaven. So with the Holy Spirit in us, the truth will from here onward be ever current and present because He will teach us everything we need to know as the truth.

We just need to remain in fellowship with Christ. And that’s the current and present truth.

But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. 1 John 2:27

More Love in My Life

 

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to understand and sense more of the depth of Your love for me. Fill me with Your love today so that it overflows to others. I know that Your love is greater than even the strength of faith and hope. Let the fullness of Your love in my life bring healing and wholeness to the all parts of me. Where I have felt unloved, I pray You would fill and heal that wound with Your love. Free me to love others the way that You do, and I know the mark of love will last for all eternality. We love because You first loved us. Thank you, Lord.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

alas negras

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. ’ “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. (‭Luke‬ ‭15‬:‭20-24‬ NLT)

In my most beloved Parable of the Lost Son, much is said about the rebellious and riotous son. He came crawling back home after wasting his father’s inheritance for him on wild living; and we are not talking about making a wildlife documentary. Many fathers would have given up on this son, cutting all ties. But not this father. He waited and waited for his son to come home. And when the father saw the son, he was still filled with love and compassion, missing and loving the wayward child.

I was one of those wayward child.

And I believed many of us too had wavered in faith before. But our Father in heaven did not give up; He did not cut all ties with us and wish us dead; but instead longing for our return one day. I was just sharing with some old friends that even when we left God, the Father never did leave us. The Holy Spirit is always there to lift us up when we fall; Yes, He was grieved at my riotous living, but still He never did leave! The Lord said in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God didn’t lie.

Never once did the father reproach the son, and never once did the father mourn for the losses and waste of his inheritance. Not even once.

From the perspective of the son, He was restored with all the privileges, honour and authority as if he had never left. He was willowing in the pig-pen, in much a worse state than even his servants at home but his father restored him to be the master again. It was very unfortunate that the son left, for whatsoever reason – probably stupidity is one of them. But because of the enormous love of the father, the son is fully restored, and even celebrated.

Like the father in the parable, our heavenly Father is waiting for your return. He is so eager to shower His love on you. Never mind, the mistakes you have made. It was unfortunate, unnecessary and even stupid. But rather than to mourn for the losses- the waste, rolling in the pits in misery over the past mistakes; just come back home to the loving embrace of the Father. And with great urgency and pleasure, the Father will restore to you what you have lost, and more. God does not care about the losses or waste; He only cares about you; and that’s all that matters to Him.

And the Father will restore even more than what you rightly deserved.

Just like what He did for me.

Landscape

Dear Lord Jesus, You are my God of hope. I hope in You and I find hope in Your Word; Your promises. Fill me with Your hope, joy, peace, and faith which is the best blessing anyone can have. And in You, I will become strong and unwavering. Help me not to be shaken or become weak in any of these areas when difficult things happen. No matter how negative the people around me are, help me to remain strong in the positive attributes of hope, joy, peace, and faith. I rejoice in You; I will sing praises to Your name. By the power of Your Spirit, help me to be overflowing with Your love toward others every day, that people will see Your glory in me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

“The heir to David’s throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him.”

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

Romans 15:12-13

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armour and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. (‭Psalms‬ ‭91‬:‭4-5‬ NLT)

He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armour and protection.

Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.

Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.

Psalms 91:4-7

The Helix Bridge in Marina Bay, Singapore :: HDR

 

I have been mourning for the loss of a great man for the past week. A man, who after seeing the failings of humanity and society, took the courage to step out, making self-sacrifices to serve the people he cared about. Through his work and that of his team, he has led his people out of misery, poverty and doom into a place of happiness, prosperity and progress. Like a modern day Moses, he opened the “Red Sea” of economics, democracy and equality to his people.

This week, I remember an even greater Man.

He personally came to fulfill a promise (Matthew 5:17).  From the comfort of His divinity into the world of humanity (John 6:51).  To reveal the loving Father God, the One who cares and heals; Who is slow to anger, always gracious and forgiving, especially with human weaknesses- sinners (John 14:6-7).  He came not to be served but to serve His people (Matt. 20:28).  To bring the Good News of the Kingdom of God, a reunion between God and His people to the nations (Luke 4:43).  To proclaim that captives will be released, the blind will see, the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come to His people (Luke 4:18-19).

He did not come to condemn, punish or pass judgement but He came to save His people from the fallen world.   For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.   John 3:16-17

 

the passion of the christ - nail in jesus hand

Before achieving greatness, there is always a price to be paid. The prize is always determined by the self-sacrifices that has to be first made. In order to save the world, the redemption price was enormous. But it was paid by the very Son of God Himself, Jesus Christ, by His self-sacrifice on the cross. So what kind of finale would you expect?

A redeemed eternity, no less.