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. Since it was paid by the very Son of God Himself, Jesus Christ, by His self-sacrifice on the cross, what kind of reward do you expect?

A redeemed eternity, no less.

 

 

Remembering Lee Kuan Yew

You have been selfless in leading the nation.
We are blessed because you first believed.

50 years ago, you wept for a nation.
Today, this nation weeps for you.

In life, you built a nation.
In death, you united one.

Thank you, Sir.
Mr Lee Kuan Yew



The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.     Psalms 23

Lee Kuan Yew

Mystified

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God – soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.

When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you,
Then God promises to love me all day, sing songs all through the night!
My life is God’s prayer.

Sometimes I ask God, my rock-solid God, “Why did you let me down?
Why am I walking around in tears, harassed by enemies?”
They’re out for the kill, these tormentors with their obscenities,
Taunting day after day, “Where is this God of yours?”

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God – soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.

Clear my name, God; stick up for me against these loveless, immoral people.
Get me out of here, away from these lying degenerates. I counted on you, God.
Why did you walk out on me? Why am I pacing the floor, wringing my hands over these outrageous people?

Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map, So I can find my way to the sacred mountain, to the place of your presence, To enter the place of worship, meet my exuberant God, Sing my thanks with a harp, magnificent God, my God.

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God – soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.

Psalms 42-43

Wait for me… Lift me.
I will soon be praising again… He’s my God…

Camille [Explored]

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for the wonderful life I have, and because it was Your life for mine. You took my cursed life and made it good. You are my source of my inheritance and blessings. I am rich and highly favoured. I am fully protected in You and are restful in You. I am deeply loved by You. My heart is glad and joyful as Your Holy Spirit leaps and carries me. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Lord, You alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.
The land You have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!

I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
Psalms 16:5-11

Undercover Boss-God

I have recently watched a couple of episodes of Undercover Boss (ya, I know I’m kinda slow); a television series featuring bosses of large companies going undercover as mere workers, working at the very trade their organizations are built upon. They went in disguises, spend a week trying on tedious jobs their employee are doing everyday. The show highlighted how their employees had to cope with the tough demands and conditions of work, and also sometimes the struggles of their personal hardship. Almost all the bosses fared badly with the tasks of the vocation, the very bread-and-butter of their empires.

The intriguing part of the show is also when the bosses began to understand the real-life struggles their employees had to go through daily, especially so with the rules and requirements that they themselves had put in place which they themselves cannot cope with. Fortunately for them, at the end of the show, there’s the big revelation. The bosses took off their disguises, and they get to express their teary admiration for their employees, rewarding them for their hard work and commitment. Hopefully, the world becomes a better place and rightly so.

But that’s just TV.

Undercover God

And I have been wondering, what if there is a series of Undercover God; where the “gods” of the world have a go at humanity? They can go undercover as mere humans and dwell with their followers. In my little wicked mind, I would love to see how well they will fare in this mortal world far away from their ivory tower in the cosmos paradise, whatever that is. How they are able to deal with the human weaknesses and limitations of human consciousness, or how they can cope with the sadness and loneliness of not able to cry out to a higher power when facing enormous sufferings, or how they can pretend to be like a rock – not to be concerned with anything else even if it really hurts, or how well they are able to follow every rule and regulation to the dot even if it’s depressing and illogical, or how selfish they can get while trying to gain quick entry into paradise at the expense of innocent blood. Well, and finally, let the gods themselves grapple with death – the last frontier of human mortality, and see how well they stand at the end. Like the undercover bosses, I reckon these undercover gods can’t fare very well…

finalé.

But there is one exception.

One God, who did actually come undercover as human; He not only came, but he dwell and lived as human, from new-born to adulthood. He too was tempted by the devil, rejected by his own people, betrayed by his closest, framed by evil authority, abused on the street, tortured by foreign oppressors, and finally died a terrible death. He is very human like us, tried and suffered like us. He bled real blood, felt real pain, wept real tears and went through real despair and sorrows. His name is Jesus Christ.

But why does He want to do that?

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. Hebrews 2:14-15

Jesus Christ is not a mere prophet, representing a stern God towards us. No, thankfully. He is, as fellow human, our Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16), representing us towards God, a loving personal Father who loves His children, that’s us.

Mirage Nassau Boardroom HDRYou see, it’s like Jesus Christ is our CEO, and at the same time, He is also our union leader; fighting for the workers’ right – fighting for our rights! He paid a huge price, to buy up the bankrupted company we are in, kicked out the evil manager, and brings us out from the basement storeroom to the top floor boardroom! And we now seated as board of directors, together with the CEO and the loving chairman – God the Father Himself.

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 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 5:1-2

Now, that’s a reality worth watching.

Dear Summer, I miss You !

Everyone has fears. Fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending negative impact, whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. Fear may be a vital response to physical and emotional danger to protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often, our fears are far from life threatening, and thus fearing for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can also trigger a fear response within us. A modern cousin of fear is stress; the fear of not being good enough.

But in the beginning, our human bodies are designed for faith, not fear. Fear was something foreign to the human race until Adam fell and sinned against God. For the first time, Adam knew fear, and he hid from God. “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”  Genesis 3:10

Since then, people has been living in the realm of fear – fear of the outside world, fear of lack, fear of condemnation, fear on finances, fear of the future, fear of what others might say, fear of diseases, fear of not having enough, fear of failure… The very root of fear, like how it began, is the fear of being cut off or rejected from God. And it’s a vicious cycle: We sinned, we missed the holy standards of God, then we fear there is no more God’s blessings and we fear we are being left alone to fend for ourselves. Some even fear God judging and condemning them,  fearing even more on their dire circumstances without God.

But there is a cure, a way out. As John puts it, perfect love cast out all fear” 1 John 14:8.

We need to know God the Father is always for us, not against us. If He can give His beloved Son for our sake, then wouldn’t He also give us everything else? And who can accuse if God Himself chose us. Or who can condemn us if Jesus Christ Himself died and resurrected, pleading for us?  (Romans 8:31-34).

Cee Be 3-2-96_#4 Explore 3-3-15   SMB1048We need to know God love us so much that as solid proof to us, He placed the Holy Spirit in us. And as solid evidence, He send His Son to the cross, to be the Saviour of the world, for all the world to see. We just need to know much God loves us and to put our trust in His love. Only when we really appreciate God’s love, can our own love grows. (1 John 4:11-19)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. I am the way and the truth and the life.” John 14:1, 6

You see, even with our best effort, our love is not perfect, but to cast out fear, we need that perfect love. We love because He first loved us. God is love and He demonstrated His love on His Son – Christ on the cross, the very focal point of His love, His very representation of the perfect love. And in this perfect love – Jesus Christ, will drives out all your fear.

We just need to believe…

 

Give me your hand my son

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your sacrifice and divine exchange on the cross. You were despised and rejected so that
I can be accepted. You were grieved and sorrowed so that I can be in joy. You were pierced and crushed so that I can be whole. You were willingly bounded and crucified so that I could be free. And I know that You not only freed me from death and hell for eternity, but Your freedom start here today and every day in my life. Thank You, Lord, that when You set me free, it is a complete work and I don’t ever have to again go into bondage to that thing from which I was liberated. Restore my life, whatever the locusts had eaten, whatever time I have lost, whatever that is robbed from me in my sins. Help me to live in the freedom, deliverance, and restoration You have for me. Show me anything I need to be free of today. Give me a life in victory in Your name.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.   Isaiah 53:3-5

If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.   John 8:36