Archive for December, 2008

Why He chose???

It is not me who chose my parents but God.  Jesus Christ the son of God is the only one who could plan His birth and life in advance from heaven.  THEN… why did He choose Rahab and Tamar in the genealogy who had a shabby reputation? To show His GRACE. 

Why did He choose to be born in a manger?  Why did He choose Mary as His earthly mother and Joseph, the carpenter as His earthly father? Why did He choose fishermen and tax collectors as His disciples?  Why didn’t He open His mouth when He was falsely accused before the Pilot? Why did He choose to hang on an accursed rugged tree?  Why didn’t He call millions of angels who were under His authority to deliver Him from the cross? ”? Why didn’t He have a sepulcher to lay His body and had to borrow one?  To show His HUMILITY. “Jesus Christ though He was RICH, yet for my sake He became poor, that I through His poverty might be RICH” 2 Cor. 8:9. 

Why didn’t He curse the soldiers who crucified Him, instead prayed “Father forgive them because they know not what they do. To show His FORGIVENESS.

Why did He suffer pain and torture? Why did He choose to die on a cross? The answer to these questions can be summed up with the words of Paul….. “ He LOVED me and Gave Himself for me. (Gal.2:20). The greatest of these is LOVE (I Cor. 13:13).

JESUS LOVED ME.  He identified Himself with me.  HE CHOSE ME.

Dear Lord, I thank for your great Love.  Amen


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Jesus is born!!!

The world is celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ-Christmas. It is more a time of joy, fun and frolic. Christmas is now become a common holiday. This day is being celebrated even by those who are non Christians. Even though there are warnings by the economic gurus, people are spending lavishly. Money is being spent on gifts, clothes, food, travel etc.


The birth of Christ is indeed a magnificent thing. God’s incarnation as a man like us (John 1:14) is a miracle. God coming into this sinful world is wonderful. But what has Christ asked us to observe? His birth or the remembrance of His death and resurrection? Christ has been born into our hearts. When He was born, there was no place in the inn. Mary wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger (Luke 2:12). Her act showed of the future, when Christ would die for the sins of the whole world (Matthew 1:21). At His death, we read that He was bound with strips of linen (John 19: 40) and lay in a tomb. When He was raised, after three days, the linen cloths were folded together (John 20:7), indicating that He will come back.


Jesus Christ is the only person in this world who was born to die. His death was needed to bring salvation to sinful man. So this season and always we remember the One who died for our sins to give us eternal life and hope.  Let us be reminded of this song:


Upon that cross of Jesus

Mine eye at times can see

The very dying form of One

Who suffered there for me;

And from my stricken heart with tears

Two wonders I confess:

The wonders of redeeming love

And my unworthiness.


 Let us use this occasion to share the good news to others and also to ponder on this great truth, that ‘Christ loved me and gave Himself for me’. (Galatians 2:20)


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We worship our God for who He is. Our God is eternal.  He does not have a beginning nor an ending.  He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.  All the gods of the world has a beginning and they are disqualified before the eternal God.


Our God is unchangeable.  “For I am the Lord, I change not” Mal 3:6.  The gods of this world will change from time to time depending on the money they get.  The words and promises of man will change but our God is unchangeable.  His words are always “Yes yes and No no”.  


Our God posses all power (Omnipotent).  By the word of His power He created the heaven and the earth.  He said let there be light and there was light.  Man makes things out of existing material but our God creates out of non-existence. 


Our God is present everywhere (Omnipresent).  Where can I hide from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee? If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, you are there too. If I fly with the wings of dawn and alight beyond the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand hold me fast. Ps. 139:7-9


Our God has all knowledge (Omniscient).  Nothing can be hidden from our God.  Psalm 94:11 says the Lord knows even the thoughts of men.  He controls the universe with His knowledge. 


These thoughts should rule our hearts not only when we come before Him to worship but every moment in our lives.  When we See the glory of God it will change our lives com­pletely.


Dear Lord, we worship for what Thou Art.  Amen. 


-Discipleship Training

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Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me Psalm  25:4-5.

There are two ways of learning of Divine things. The one is to acquire a letter knowledge of them from the Bible, the other is to be given an actual experience of them in the soul, under the Spirit’s teaching.

Many suppose that by spending a few minutes in a concordance, they can discover what humility is; that by studying certain passages of Scriptures, they may obtain an increase of faith; or that by reading and re­reading a certain chapter, they may secure more love.

But that is not the way those graces are experimen­tally developed. Humility is learned by a daily smart­ing under the plague of the heart, and having its innu­merable abominations exposed to our view. Repen­tance is learned by feeling the load of guilt, and the heavy burden of conscious defilement, bowing down the soul. Faith is learned by increasing discoveries of unbelief and infidelity. Love is learned by a personal sense of the undeserved goodness of God to the vilest of the vile. Patience cannot be learned from books–it is acquired in the furnace of affliction! It is thus with all the spiritual graces of the Christian.


Ah, my reader, we beg the Lord to teach us–but the fact is, that we do not like His method of teaching us! Fiery trials, storms of afflictions, the dashing of our carnal hopes–are indeed painful to flesh and blood; yet it is by them that the heart is purified.

We say that we wish to live to God’s glory–but fail to remember that we can do so only as SELF is denied and the Cross be taken up. God’s ways of teaching His children are, like all His ways, entirely different from ours!

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Samuel Chadwick has said that one of Satan’s greatest aim is to destroy our prayer lives. Satan is not afraid of prayerless study, prayerless work or prayerless religion. As some one has said that he trembles when he sees the weakest sinner on the knees.


In our churches the meeting that is in trouble is our prayer meetings. In our Christian work, prayer meetings are neglected. Satan brings many distractions, more office work to keep us away from the prayer meetings. The reason the Korean churches have grown is because of prayer. They meet at odd times for prayer. How many of us can meet in the lunch time for 15 minutes? How many can sacrifice certain things to meet for prayer? That is what the believers of the Korean church did. That is why they are on the increase.


The early church “joined together constantly in prayer” (Acts 1:14). The lack and neglect of prayer is Satan’s ploy to keep us from drawing closer to God. We must bring Christ back into our lives and our programs.


We have many books and many messages on prayer. Do we need to hear more on prayer? It is time to make our prayer life alive and bring back life to our prayer meetings.


As I write this article, I have a responsibility into look into my prayer life and surrender my life to Him.

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Look unto Jesus

Christian life is a life of FAITH, faith that resident in Jesus Christ. One way to have more faith on God is to study the lives of the heroes of faith. These heroes of faith can be found in Hebrews 11. This chapter is called the Hall of Faith or the con­densed register on Faith. The examples are from those who lived before the flood, after the flood, the exodus period and the exploits of those after the Promised Land was conquered. This chapter shows that the Lord is the secure foundation of their faith, and He will reward those who have shown lives of faith. The life that pleases God is the life of faith.


There is no greater example of the life of faith than that of Jesus Christ.  The climax of Hebrews 11 is given in chapter 12: 1-2, Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God..”


Each of us are told that even though we are surrounded by these ‘cloud of wit­nesses’, are to ‘LOOK UNTO JESUS’, the author and finisher of faith. The earlier chapter mentions of the lives that showed faith, but they had their sins and weak­nesses and many times their faith was weak.  But Jesus had no sin at all, and He never wavered at any time in the path of faith. He has endured more by faith, accom­plished more by faith and attained more by faith than anyone ever had. He endured even the shame and agony of the Cross.


We must not live based on lives of people, but focus on Jesus. He is the perfect ex­ample that we are to follow (1 Peter 2:21). We must not get distracted by the lives of others, but have Jesus as our model and our ‘finisher’ of faith.


Dear Lord, Increase our faith.  Amen


-Discipleship Training

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When Abraham had left Ur, God gave him a promise that He will make him a great nation. How would that happen? By the birth of a son that he and Sarah would have in their old age. God did the impossible by giving him a son. Now God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham obeyed. What was this obedi­ence based upon? What are the results that follow?

Abraham obedience was based on the Promises that God had made. God says “By Myself I have sworn” (Genesis 22:16), affirming the promises that He had given to Abraham. God gives us assurances of His promises, and we are to obey Him completely. 

When Abraham fully obeyed the Lord, God blessed him. The events that fol­low shows that God completely took care of the need of Abraham. He is taking care of Isaac’s future. God will provide (Genesis 22:8). 

These events show that a complete surrender stems out of a life of obedience in the promises of God, and that He will bless us when we completely surren­der to Him.

Dear Lord, help us to surrender our lives completely to you in all obedience. Amen

 -Discipleship Training



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