Learned or Relearned: The reason why we need to speak in tongues or pray in the Spirit.

 

Learned or Relearned: The reason why we need to speak in tongues or pray in the Spirit.

In every idle words that come out from our mouth, we’ll be made accountable of it. (Matthew 12:36)

Prayer:
Lord forgive me/us from all the foul, unworthy, idle words we utter or nonsense talk I even entertained today, and in the past. Anoint and sanctify our mouth and help us speak life to anything that has breath as according to your Word.

I cancel all the negative declarations or utterances of other people towards/ on me which is not in line to your purpose/destiny upon me/us. In Jesus’ name Amen.

 

To God be the glory!

Book Review: Look What God Can Do!

Author:  Jess Jennings

This book is about the lives of mission heroes, some of which I’ll mention here.

William Carey (1761- 1834) — I’m so blessed by the life of this man of God for his undaunted dedication as he obeyed his call from God to go to India leaving all the comfort of life. Life in India was not easy for him, in fact his son died while they’re battling for financial problem and struggles with the work laid on him since many are opposing his work.  During that time, since there were no Indian converts, he alone buried his son. No one, help him dig, make a coffin for his son…he buried him himself.  This made him indignant because they’re traditions and false religion made them blind. He became a pastor at age 24 in a small Baptist Church.  One of his greatest works was not just building the first and biggest university in India, but his success in ending “Sati”, the tradition in India of burning the wives alive together with their dead husbands. Many Indians oppose him, including the killing of some Indians who accept Jesus, since as they believe they had betrayed their fellow Indians, their traditions and customs as they accept foreign teaching from a white man. Besides persecution from Indians and the government itself, he also was finally opposed by her wife.  I learned something from their story, that when the other one is called, the one must also be called because they are one. His wife at the very beginning of his call, had reluctantly joined him saying, “God might be calling you, but not me.” So, when they begun to experience crisis, her wife begun to complain and discouraged him. To make the story short, his wife became insane and died. Moreover, in spite difficulties, he’s the first missionary to India who translated and published the Bible in Bengali (language in India) starting in the book of Matthew, then John until the whole bible with the help of other missionaries, until he and Shirley, who later became her wife, build a big school that opened gender equality in India, since women used to be unschooled; only boys/men were allowed to study.  His humble beginnings could be, only after 7 years, he had led the first Indian to Christ. Others may have given up and gone home, but he’s convinced that “only God can open blind eyes. Only God can convert lost sinners.”

Hudson Taylor (1832 – 1905) — “The mission was formed by prayer, nourished by prayer and is still sustained by prayer month by month only in answer to believing prayer.” — This man of God give birthed his mission work by prayer. Prayer was the foundation of all he did. Like other missionaries, he had compassion to reach the lost souls and he “wrestled with God to send with him workers to the field since China is very big and populated. Personally, I appreciated his preparations. His first six years and half were spent in learning language, culture and becoming immediately involved in the ministry. Wherever God sent us, we must relate to the people, including adapting to dress, food and lifestyle. Though he’s small in stature, his giant faith, stands as one of the influential Christian leaders since the apostle Paul. In contrast to today’s youth who see missions as some type of adventure, for him missionary was shown to be a life of sacrifice. His first strategies were meeting the people’s physical needs through medicine and following up on those who showed interest in the Gospel. Noteworthy statistics on his 6th journey to inland China was that they visited 58 cities, towns and larger villages in 25 days. Foundational years provided many spiritual markers for Taylor’s life like practical experience, divine revelation and providential leading. He said, “As I looked upon the thousands of unreached and saw the darkness and sin of the interior, the comforts of Shanghai faded away.”  When he went back to Europe, he was unable to bear the sight of hundreds of Christian unoccupied. This became his driving force to pray to God for more workers for each of the 11 provinces in China. He believed that God would call them out and He would provide for and sustain them.

After 20 years on the field, he went through a deep spiritual experience which others called, “filled with the Spirit”, others called, “experiencing the deeper life.” Taylor called it “the exchange life.” But before he experienced this great blessing, there were many days and weeks of inner struggle and dryness. He goes on to describe how much he struggled with temptation and how wicked his heart was. Thus, he prayed to the Lord to make him more holy. There was hungering and thirsting for more of God. The Holy Spirit was preparing Hudson for a deeper work and more fruitful work and did not depend upon his own strength and effort, but on abiding to Christ. Also, in the practical things of life, he had a new peace. Troubles did not worry him as before. He ha d learned in a new way to place all of his cares upon the Lord. He began to give more time to prayer. Instead of working longer, he began to go to bed earlier and rising earlier so as to give more time to Bible study and prayer. Thirty years after his death the numbers of Chinese converts multiplied to over seven hundred thousand; it was because he started the work and totally surrendered to Him!

 Amy Carmichael (1867- 1951) – Missionary work offers little that could be called glamour. What it offers is a chance to die. Then why would I want to become one? One of the inspirations I have had to pursue into missions is by learning about the lives of missions in the past and present, inspiring me a lot, rekindling the fire within for the lost souls, and one of them that ignite me, a woman like me, is Amy Carmichael. We knew that when we respond to this calling, we need to be ready to the chance of picking up the cross and follow Christ, dying to self, ambitions, career, money, family, or like, even to the prospect of marriage. Amy said, “Missionary work is a grain of sand, the work untouched is a pyramid…Face it. Look and listen, alone with God. Then go, let go, help go, but never, never, never think that anything short of this is being interested in missions.”

Yeah, it’s not about the interest, but it’s the compassion for the lost souls, and the burden God put in your heart, that if not fulfilled, you’ll not be complete; your life is not worth living.

I could go on writing the rest of the missionaries who sacrifice their lives to the point of death, but all of those biographies were all the same: the heartbeat for the dying world, the lost souls to be won for Christ! What greater sacrifice could we give compare to what Jesus did for us on the cross? Do we have the right to complain of the great works when these works are but only a speck compare to how He did for us, saving us from eternal death?

To God be the glory!

 

 

Testimony: the power of bible declaration–Psalms 91

Last week while my mother was travelling back home from an island to attend a family reunion, it was raining that day, the road was slippery, on her way while riding a motorbike, had met an accident. The driver including the 3 other passengers were bruised, wounded and badly hurt. But on my mom’s amazement, she hadn’t got even an inch of  pain though she also fell on the ground. That’d probably be the hand of God, His protection on my mom.

The power of praying bible verse declaration…

As a personal testimony, I’d declared the whole chapter of Psalms 91 (A prayer of Protection) the whole week including before my mom left home to travel. These includes my family, my property, and anyone I could think of whom to pray for protection…in this prayer declaration.

While my mom’s on her way to that small island, I received in my spirit a warning….I knew that was the Holy Spirit speaking to me beforehand to pray in the Spirit for my mom.

Lesson Learned: It’s very important in these last days to listen to what the Lord Jesus or the Holy Spirit’s promptings, so we can  move the angels to work on our behalf. Our only task is to pray.

To God be the glory!

I hope you declare this everyday, too.

Psalm 91 New King James Version 

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Our thinking controls our actions

Our thoughts become our habits

Our habits become our character

Our character becomes our destiny

Think about what you are thinking about.

Put some standard, be transformed by the renewing of our mind

Is Jesus the Lord of our manners and habits?

 

weeds vs cobwebs

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At dawn today, I have had a dream.
In my dream, I was heading to a christian church, wherein all the members/workers of that church were so busy cutting, trimming and clearing the bushes, weeds and grasses outside the church (in the front yard).
All of them are busy. I actually had a hard time reaching the door of that church due to the collective bodies of Christians outside busy cleaning.

When I got into the church, I needed to pass through a long alley like a maze. I noticed that the walls inside are full of dirt and cobwebs. So I asked myself,”How could they not notice the mess around here inside when inside the church is more important than outside (the front yard)?”

Wisdom: We may see the church as organize as it is in the surface, (looked kind, religious, gentle,prayerful, full of knowledge and wisdom, good at preaching or ministering, spirit-filled, highly spiritually gifted) so true…but we can not see the inside of one’s hearts.