Word for the Week: Wait

Sometimes, I wonder how to really wait well on God’s answers to our prayers. While I was browsing at my bible today, I saw a reminder of God’s instruction to me a year ago – September 18, 2017. The Lord has told me to Wait Expectantly from Psalm 5:3.

I don’t think it’s just a happenstance that I stumbled again on this verse while I was in another season of waiting. This week, I would like to reflect on the word “Wait”.

Again, God is telling me to wait expectantly – and I asked God but how do I actually do it? I searched in the different Bible versions on how to be actually expectant and hopeful.

Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
    in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you[a] and watch. (Psalm 35:6 ESV)

God knows our prayers but we need to articulate it every day. As what Paul has instructed the church of Thessalonians to pray without ceasing, I am too have to rejoice and keep praying until I receive from the Lord. Once the psalmist is done with his prayer in the morning, he kept an eye on God’s answer. God is asking us to look up and watch at the horizon, the answer is coming; it will surely come. To wait expectantly is an expression of the psalmist of his confidence that surely the answer will come; certainly, help is coming.

And when the time my sight is faltering – when my mind is messing up with my faith, I will tell myself to keep the faith – grow more in my faith. I know that His grace is sufficient for me, for God’s power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Cor 12:9). All I need is a daily dose of His grace for me. My God is an answering-prayer God. I have seen Him move. While I am on this waiting season, I can be assured that God has an answer for me.

The psalmist ended the chapter with an instruction to rejoice in the Lord and sing for joy for indeed, His protection and blessing will be upon me and His favour will be my shield in this waiting season.

 

Weekend Worship: Surrounded – Upper Room

I loved this song! This has been one of my anthems for this year especially when I lift up to God the biggest prayer I have said in my life.

I have been sharing with my small group mates about the biggest prayer I have in accordance with Ephesians 3:20 “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.”

My biggest prayer is that for one of my loved ones to be delivered from depression, that Christians and pre-believer to be delivered from depression and that suicide caused by clinical depression will stop and tremble at the name of Jesus. Sometime in July, I have waged war against that spirit and while at the church that time, this song was being sung, and then God clearly spoke to me – “Daughter, the war you have waged against depression, I will win that war for you, because I love you”. I may not see the complete answer to my biggest prayer into fruition, but I know my God is able to accomplish it, maybe not on my lifetime, or not in the next generation – but this I know for sure, it shall come to past for my victory is in Jesus’ name.

Encounter – A Poem

In anticipation, I sought and prayed

A manifest presence to be felt;

A sound of a rushing wind to be heard

Or a tongue of fire to be seen.

I rose up to my feet, seeking Your face

How could it be?

That You would take notice of me,

Amongst the six thousand saints.

As I build my throne of praise,

I lift my hands to reach Your grace

By Your great mercy, my desire is Your delight

Amongst the six thousand saints, You inhabit my praise.

My heart’s desire is to encounter You

Like a wind that will swift me away.

And then suddenly, a gentle wind came blowing my way

Swaying me off my feet as I pray.

My heart is overjoyed, I sought of it for more.

I leaped to my feet, and draw closer to You in a beat.

I am like a feather swiftly swayed off my feet,

The gentleness of Your spirit, brushed my heart’s tears away.

In Your presence, it’s where I want to be

To meet You face to face.

** I was inspired to write this poem of my encounter with God last July 2018**

Joy In Evangelism

I grew up in a Christian family. My mom and my dad would buy two Bibles, one for me and one for my sister so that we have something to use for our Sunday schools. My sister and I would end up with no Bible after a few months because my mom and my dad would give our Bibles to people that they have invited to church. I also remembered our summer school holidays, my mom and dad would ask us to answer some Christian booklets so that we could get free Bibles and give it to people who will surrender their lives to Jesus during one of the street evangelism in our area. As I grew up, the mission to share the gospel was instilled in my mind. I was always part of the “back office” of the mission up until last year. I thank my parents for teaching us to be generous in this ministry and for encouraging us to obey the Great Commission at our best effort.

But this year, I asked God that I wanted to be part of the “front office” of going into the mission field. I started praying in February and I praised God that He sent me twice already to two short-term mission trip. As I study the book of Acts and how God used the apostles, I am being encouraged all the more to be in the mission. Despite that I am an introvert by nature and most of the time, it is difficult for me to initiate conversation, but God’s love for me is overflowing that I couldn’t but help to desire to go for street evangelism. No, I am not always brave – days before the street evangelism, most of the time, I get nervous. During my last mission trip last Saturday, a few hours while waiting for my flight to that city, I got so nervous that I had to walk and keep praying to God to empower me. Truly, when we asked the Holy Spirit to empower us, He will not fail us especially if we are doing the work of God.

The crowds were eager to receive[a] Philip’s message and were persuaded by the many miracles and wonders he performed. Many demon-possessed people were set free and delivered as evil spirits came out of them with loud screams and shrieks, and many who were lame and paralyzed were also healed.[b] This resulted in an uncontainable joy filling the city! Acts 8:6-8 (TPT)

Acts 8:8, is my “mission vision” – for me to share the gospel and make disciples so that the city (my harvest field) will encounter the joy of our Lord. So I keep trusting that the God who started this mission work in me, will carry it to completion until the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Weekend Worship: Do It Again – Elevation Worship

I am not a Super Christian – there are circumstances that my faith also falter and I was eaten up by worries of life.

There are instances that keep stacking up and that instead of my faith keeps getting hyped, my anxious mind gets in the way. But when I start singing to our God, God keeps on reminding me on one of verse that I kept holding on whenever I felt that the struggle was real.

I was once young, but now I’m old.
    Not once have I found a lover of God forsaken by him,
    nor have any of their children gone hungry. – Psalm 37:25 (TPT)

This verse was one of my life verses that I have been holding on since I am on my teen years. Up until now, God has been keeping His promise that no righteous man will be forsaken and will beg for bread. At this time, when I am about to lose a job that I have been in for the last nine years, God has reminded me that I was never in need. He always provide me a good and a better job. If He is able to do it last time, He will be able to do it again. Sometimes, some good things must come to an end, so that better things can come and stay.

PS: I will be having my second interview on Tuesday, and I am claiming that this new job is the one that I have been waiting for over a year now. Truly His goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life as long as I make my God my refuge and my stronghold.

Taking Refuge in His Words

Have you ever been at the receiving end of encouragement; when people tell you to take refuge in Him? But when you are all alone, you didn’t even know how to do it?

When I was a child, I usually hear and sing along to the song while at the church:

He that dwelleth in the secret place of Most High; shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

And I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, My God in whom I will trust.

I know the words and the melody, but at that time, it was only a stock knowledge. I don’t even know how to make God my refuge. Until my grandfather was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1996. I have been praying to God and that is the time I have started to apply in my life to dwell in God’s words and promises. At that time, I didn’t know yet, that being in God’s word, meditating it, praying the psalms to God, is actually an act of taking refuge in Him.

As different circumstances come into my life, from one season to another, I have been learning to trust and abide in His words. Proverbs 30:5 says: ”Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him”.

In the scriptures, God has been emphasizing that His words are trustworthy. He said that He is not a man that He should lie (Number 23:19). Even if the grass withers and the flowers fade, the Word of God will stand forever (Isaiah 40:8). And what can be more assuring than this:

Thus says the Lord: “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

In Psalm 19, David listed down some of the benefits when we abide in God’s Word:

  • God’s word revives our souls (v7)
  • It makes the wise simple (v7)
  • Gives joy to our hearts (v8)
  • Gives light to our eyes (v8)
  • God’s words warn us from sins and dangers (v11)
  • Following God’s word will give us a guarantee that we will succeed

We can take refuge in God’s word because God’s word is perfect in every way (Psalm 19:7). Each of His commandment is right (Psalm 19:9), and nothing He says ever needs to be changed (Psalm 19:9). Because of all these reasons, we can be assured that God will be there for us as our refuge and shield, covering us with His mighty wings despite the storms we are in right now.

Note: This is a continuation of my reflections and God’s impression on my word for the week Refuge.

Word of the Week: Refuge

Yesterday, it was my first time to actually pray and minister to someone I don’t know. Our pastor asked the congregation if there is anyone who was currently in a challenging or faithless situation. While they were standing, the pastor called out to those who are sitting near them to pray and minister unto them.

I was serving as an usher and the lady sitting near me stood up but her life groupmates went over her and prayed for her. But my relief was only short-lived; one of my life groupmates who was also serving as an usher called me because the man sitting near her stood up in faith to be prayed for but none has approached him yet. So I came over and started to ask him what is his specific prayer. He told me that he is losing his faith but the message of our pastor has struck the core of his heart. And I prayed for him, giving him words of encouragement from the book of Psalms. As I was concluding in my prayer, I said that God is the anchor of our hope; He is our refuge and we will not be shaken.

This week, I would like to share my thoughts and reflections of God being our refuge.

In Psalm 91, what a profound assurance that if we dwell in the secret place of most High, we are hidden in His strength. We can trust and be confident that when we make Him our stronghold, He will be our protector – He will be our shield and He would send angels to be with us wherever we go.

14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
    “Because you have delighted in me as my great lover,
    I will greatly protect you.
    I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face.
15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray,
    and you will find and feel my presence
    even in your time of pressure and trouble.
    I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.
16 You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you.
    For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!” – Psalm 91:14-16

Because we have made Him as our refuge, the one that we immediately call when we feel that we are in danger or because we have been triumphant, He will greatly protect us and make us safe and secure. He will answer us every time we pray and we will feel His presence. He will be our Hero.