Cultivating your Inner Life: Reflections

Edmund Chan’s Writing

I’ve always enjoyed reading Edmund Chan’s books as they contain deep truths, yet expressed so simply and clearly. The chapters of the book may be brief, but the amount of truth expressed is so powerful that you can’t help but take a step back and reflect. What I’ve enjoyed about the book so far is it’s very comprehensive approach to elucidating a topic – first exploring myths surrounding it and then defining the issue. It really illustrates Edmund Chan’s belief that it is hard to pursue what you do not define.

It’s interesting to read across different Christian authors, as they all take a different approach towards God and His word – all biblical, but different in the kind of emotional response elicited and the actions it prompts you. Edmund Chan’s Cultivating your Inner Life stirs in you a hunger to really seek more of Him and to put that as the one pursuit of your life, rather similar to Bill Johnson’s Face to Face, with the key difference being that Bill Johnson also writes significantly about the ‘outer Christian life’ of miracles, transforming the world and arising and shining. Edmund Chan really goes very deep into what it means to seek the Lord, to build the inner life and to ‘form’ the spirit. Both books balance each other really well.

On to my reflections on intimacy with the Lord…

The ONE thing

Reading the book brought new light to my understanding of Psalm 27:4, setting the context right for me – and at the right time too. Currently, I’m facing so much fears and anxieties, because I’ve been put in a challenging role, due to various circumstances. The temptation is always to pray for breakthroughs, pray for wisdom, pray for success – these are not wrong, but they are the blessings that I seek from the Lord! David went through so much worse than me – he was at war, he was persecuted by his enemies. Yes, he did pray for freedom from fear and for protection – but in the midst of it all, the one thing that he sought was the LORD. And it wasn’t just a quiet, passive kind of waiting on the Lord, it was a resolute pursuit – as shown through the phrase this I seek!

Oh – how my priorities have been so misplaced!

The ONE thing – not just ONE of the important things – the only THING that David seeks is to deepen Himself in the Lord’s presence. WOW! That is his one passion.

Does he seek God’s presence to get anything? Does he think that seeking God’s presence will give him the victory and freedom that he needs? NO!

It’s just intimacy with the Lord that is sufficient – which is another point that Edmund Chan makes in his book. It’s a myth to believe that intimacy with the Lord brings blessings – it IS the blessing in itself! “Intimacy with the Lord is not something we add onto our lives” – it is the primary anchor of our lives itself.

Is this anything new?

Nope. I’ve probably heard this message in multiple permutations before and this is not something that mature Christians know.

However, is this something that Christians regularly practise? I would say no – or at least, not for me.

This goes beyond just spending quiet time and having your spiritual disciplines, which in its own isn’t already very easy to do. However, it goes beyond just actions and ‘discipline’, though that is important. A person can pray for hours each day, yet not build a deep inner life, if his/her prayer focus is wrong.

It is what Edmund Chan says about your inner life – your inner compulsions, your inner compass, your passions and your desires. It’s a reorienting of your life. It’s not about fulfilling things on a checklist, reading as many Christian books as you can or listening to many sermons – though those are important – but it’s about what your life is anchored on and what your life flows out of!

An idea that has stuck in my mind for quite a long time after reading Living Life Devotion is this idea of being addicted to Jesus. We’ve all got our own obsessions and compulsions – I’m personally rather addicted to social media, in that I’ll check the feeds ever so often to identify any updates even if it’s just 5 minutes. However, something I’m wondering about is how does one show that he/she is addicted to Jesus? What are the inner/outer actions that exemplify this? Am hoping this book will bring more light to this issue!

Bill Johnson’s “Dreaming with God”

This has been an amazing and timely read, reviving a passion in me for cultural transformation and also giving me some vital tips on strengthening my spiritual life. Thought it’d be a waste if I just finished it and left it as that, without jotting down some key truths that really spoke to me.

1. Friends vs. servants

God called his disciples ‘friends’ in John 15:15. With this change in status, which Bill Johnson calls a ‘promotion’, they were now given access to the secrets of God. While servants are focused on obedience, friends have a higher calling – they are concerned with disappointing God. Other differences:

  • From ‘commandments’ to ‘presence’
  • From Assignment to Relationship
  • From “What I do for Him” to “How do my choices affect Him”

2. God wants to know our dreams

Many of us think of God’s will as being static and us as ‘robots’, trying to find out the instructions for the next move. However, this is what Bill Johnson says:

God actually makes Himself vulnerable to the desires of His people. In fact, it can be said, “If it matters to you, it matters to Him”.”

While much of the church is waiting for the next word from God, He is waiting to hear the dreams of His people. He longs for us to take our role, not because He needs us, but because He loves us.


3. We are to pay attention to our desires while we’re enjoying the presence of God.

This aligns with the point above too, that it’s not just any dream that God wants to partner us in. We partner to God to achieve the dreams He plants in our desires as we spend time with Him, not just as a result of receiving and obeying specific commands from Heaven. As we spend time with Him, our minds also become renewed and become open for him to deposit his dreams.

This brought new understanding to – “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)

4. The balanced Christian life involves us living out God’s call for us to be creative.

Johnson shares that the realm of creativity has been overtaken by unbelievers and many of us, Christians, feel that it is our duty as Christians to ‘kill’ our own desires, dreams and anything ‘we want’. However, Bill Johnson believes that this is a lie and creativity and wisdom are all part of God’s nature and will for us.

The renewed Christian is supposed to make contributions to society, through the creativity from God:

Artistic design, excellence and inventive work are a few characteristics of wisdom… believers who walk in wisdom, making practical contributions to the need of society, who also confront the impossibilities of life through the provisions of the Cross, bringing solutions through supernatural display of miracles, signs and wonders.

5. Wisdom, in God’s definition, involves integrity, creativity and excellence.

Johnson elaborates on the three qualities of ‘wisdom’ as defined in the Bible, which is anchored firstly in God’s character and nature of holiness (‘integrity’), then also in the ability to transcend traditional ideas to create newness (‘creativity’) and finally, in setting high standards for personal achievement because of who we are in God, and who God is in us (‘excellence’).

6. There is no failure in faith.

When we want to dream for God, we are bound to be faced with discouragement and disappointment, failure is part and parcel too of that journey. Yet, there is a higher reality – when we pursue our dreams and fail to see them fulfilled, we prepare the way for others to get the breakthrough they seek. A tragic loss on earth is seen differently in Heaven.

7. Mystery plays an important role in our Christian walk, in ensuring we walk by faith!

Living with mystery is the privilege of our walk with Christ… If I understand all that is going on in my Christian life, I have an inferior Christian life. The walk of faith is to live according to the revelation we have received, in the midst of the mysteries we can’t explain. That’s why Christianity is called the faith.

Although we can question, we must not hold God hostage to our questions. It is alright not to understand, but we cannot restrict our Christian life only to what we understand. A mature Christian shows heart-felt embrace of what [he] does not understand as an essential expression of faith.

8. Use any barrenness to bring forth desperation.

Using the example of Hannah, Johnson encourages all readers not to be discouraged by barrenness. We must use our barrenness to develop a desperate heart. Barrenness is an invitation to excel, because we become more desperate for God to show up.

9. Hearing from God is not a bonus part of our Christian life; it is essential.

Hearing from God is the essential element of the Christian life, for “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matt4:4)

10. God often ‘violates’ our limited understandings.

The Scripture is all basis of hearing from God. While God will not violate His word, He often violates our understanding of His word. Remember, God is bigger than His book. The Bible does not contain God; it reveals Him.

11. The Gospel is meant for the marketplace transformation.

The gospel is not just meant for evangelism, it is also meant for us as a tool to ‘disciple the nations’. God has given us authority to move resources of Heaven through creative expression to meet human need. As Christians who are meant to bring God’s power to the marketplace, we must remember this very powerful statement, also illustrated through Jesus:

Royalty is my identity. Servanthood is my assignment. Intimacy with God is my life source. So, before God, I’m an intimate. Before people, I’m a servant. Before the powers of hell, I’m a ruler, with no tolerance for their influence. Wisdom knows which role to fulfill at the proper time.

We should not measure our faithfulness solely by how many souls were saved, though that’s still important. The call of God on our lives is key and valuable – we must be faithful to what God has called us to do. All rewards are given based on our faithfulness to what God has given and called us to be and to do and we must not only honour those in ‘spirtual occupations’.

Our work in the marketplace is what Johnson calls “covert ministry” which is more subtle in nature. This is not direct evangelism and conversion, but it is how we work with the systems of the world to bring about change by “re-establishing the proper norms of thought, beliefs, discipline and relational boundaries”. We work to change the culture and transform society.

He then goes on to share how the gospel can invade the various seven mountains of society, which I’ll not dwell into here, but definitely worth a read.

12. Passion for God gives birth to passion for other things.

It is not wrong to love ‘other things’ in this world as loving God creates a passion and desire for more practical things, which are pursued ‘as unto the Lord’. As we live with true passion for God it creates a passion for other things, yet “While it is possible to value other things above God, it is not possible to value God without valuing other things”. Passion for God cannot just be limited to overtly spiritual activities or ‘Christian disciplines’.

13. Live with a consciousness of Heaven and eternity, that will give you impact on society!

Such consciousness comes through the spirit of revelation. We can only change this world through access to His! Wisdom and revelation need to be passionately pursued, relentlessly.

Revelation helps us to ensure that we go about God’s work with a sense of His purpose. For this, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit, who will “take us into the truths that the Father wants emphasised in a particular season” (or what Peter describes in 2 Peter 1:12 as present truth – truth that is at the forefront of God’s thinking).

“It is a wise man who learns to recognize where the winds of Heaven are blowing. Life and ministry are so much easier when we involve ourselves in what God is already blessing.”

14. Work in God’s “green light” zone.

Using the example of Apostle Paul, what Johnson emphasises is that we should not keep seeking signs from Heaven to convince us to obey the gospel and the Word. However, we need the Holy Spirit to show us what is at God’s mind. The analogy is that it’s easier to steer the car when it’s moving than when it’s standing still. We must not keep ‘waiting’ and holding back, waiting for God to speak; rather we need to adopt a lifestyle of going, so that we can hear the specific directions God has for us. The ‘green light’ zone is the ‘zone’ of his Word and what it calls us to do – as we move within that zone, the Holy Spirit will then speak to us and guide us.

15. Revelation is not for knowledge; it’s for transformation!

This is one of my favourite facts. We always think of revelation as making us more intelligent and smarter. However, that’s not the case in God’s kingdom – God’s revelation is for our personal transformation, that will forever change us!

Revelation comes to enlarge the playing field of our faith. Insight without faith released to have the truth realised through experience keeps truth unproven – only theory… Revelation gives us access to the realm of greater anointing available to us to make that truth a personal experience and lifestyle.

Johnson then shares some important practical suggestions to grow in revelation. The key one that spoke to me was ‘Obey what you know’ – sometimes we like to keep growing in knowledge, but to God, what’s important is our obedience. The willingness to obey actually attracts revelation, because God knows He can trust us with more revelation!

16. The Christian life requires us to take risks!

 Many of us like to keep to Christian rules of tradition, and end up taking a very analytical approach to Christian life which is stable in doctrine and disciplines, but is ‘without personal experience, denies the opportunity for risk and resists emotional expression and passion. Christianity was never known by its disciplines. It’s to be known by its passion; and those without passion are in far more danger than they know.’

17. What is in our heart determines what we see in God’s word.

When we come to God’s word, we will reproduce what we see. We must approach God’s word with the right heart – we must be humble, honest and hungry before the Lord. Our desperation for truth will show us things in the Word that others will miss. Those with evil in their hearts will find confirmation of it in the Bible.

As we read the Word, we must carry our concerns that come from our place of influence and authority on this earth. God will give us specific insight, because His word is ‘living, immediately applicable and unlimited in its scope and power’. It comes to life!

18. Steward your hearts well.

Using the example of Israel, Johnson shows that they were actually wandering in their heart before they started wandering outside. This is the same for us – our internal reality becomes our external reality. Successfully stewarding our heart guaratees us success in other areas of our life.

It is also important to ensure that we do not have the pressure to produce on the outside what doesn’t exist on the inside, resulting in a works-oriented Gospel that obtains favour through labour.

We cannot have worry, jealous, resentment or negativity in our heart – this will cloud us and cause us to be incapable of creativity. Our full potential is only found by carrying what God gave us to carry – my burden is light (Matt 11:30).

19. The Church is not meant to be rescued; it is meant to advance and rescue.

Many have a wrong conception that Jesus is coming to rescue His church from the difficulties of the end times. However, this causes the church to be in a defensive position, instead of positioning ourselves for increase. yet, we must advance and increase, because this is an absolute Kingdom principle!

20. The Church must pull the ‘future’ to the ‘today’.

This chapter title sounded so abstract to me, but what it merely means is that we must be hungry enough for what He has shown us in the Scriptures that we pull into ‘our day something that is reserved for another’, to bring God’s promise to today!

The church must increase and acceleration. We must be hungry and bring about changes in the pace of development. We must strike in the ‘quest for the authentic Gospel that has no walls, no impossibilities, with an absolute surrender to the King and His kingdom’!

Jesus Culture: Prayer

It’s been too long since this blog has been updated. Nonetheless, this blog serves as a useful place for me to return whenever I need to do some spiritual journaling.

Been relying on the regular Living Life and God’s word as part of my daily devotion, but occasionally a dose of powerful Christian literature can do wonders to your spiritual life. I am ultimately someone who gains a lot of spiritual revelation through reading, if you speak of learning styles, hence I want to commit myself to do more reading of Christian books this year.

Was reading Banning Liebscher’s book Jesus Culture and though the book speaks more of raising a new generation of Christians, I found the chapters on prayer powerful and thought-provoking, not so much because there were lots of new revelations, but just because of the simplicity and conviction of faith behind the writing.

Liebscher summarises the four keys to prayer as follows – have also excerpted some key points:

1. Intimacy

Intimacy enables us to sustain prayer because it makes prayer a matter of spending time with the One you love, which is the natural expression and desire of love.

Prayer is hard to sustain if your view of God is anything but that of a loving Father.

2. Responsibility

Many people don’t sustain prayer for their city because they don’t feel any responsibility for their region. If you live with a sense of responsibility, you will live differently… People sustain prayer for things they feel responsible for. Many people have a hard time upholding prayer because they have no real sense of responsibility for their city or their nation.

3. Belief

Many people, without realizing it, go through the motions of prayer with no power because they don’t believe their prayers move the heart of God. But the truth is that we have a god who is even more eager to show up in our city than we are for Him to show up.

4. Revelation

When the Lord speaks to us through dreams, prophetic words, Scriptures, and other prophetic experiences, He’s providing fuel for our fires of prayer. These things give direction and let us know we are on the right track. Any time we begin to feel weary in our prayers, the Lord is faithful and sends us a dream or a prophetic word or enlivens a Scripture for us, and faith to keep pressing in ignites again in our hearts. It is one of the most exciting, dynamic aspects of our interactions with the Lord. It makes prayer an adventure.

Personal Reflections

There are some ‘less quotable’ segments of the book, not because they are any less powerful, but because they are more lengthy and narrative. These segments really spoke to me because Liebscher uses those segments to really draw out the parallels between earthly fatherhood and our Father in Heaven’s response to our prayers. It was as if those paragraphs were really written for me, as a father.

Particularly memorable as a segment where he described how him and his wife tried to do some ‘sleep-training’, which Jas and I have tried too and he couldn’t bear it once his daughter started crying out ‘Da Da! Da Da!’ (exactly how Dylan calls out for me!). He used that analogy to show how our Father in Heaven also hears us and desperately wants to reach out to us and answer our prayers. Felt exactly the same way when we did sleep training for Dylan, which honestly didn’t quite work out. Heh.

It’s amazing how many aspects of prayer can be encapsulated in this father-son dynamic – responsibility, as listed above, is about feeling your Father’s heartbeat, knowing what is important to your Father and feeling for it too, not just your own personal needs. Belief too is about knowing the nature of your Father in Heaven, being more loving and wanting to give than any earthly Father. Revelation is an interesting one – though we as earthly fathers cannot give dreams to our sons on earth, sometimes what we ‘give’ in response to our son’s requests is not what they ask, but a word of advice, a word of encouragement or even sharing a ‘story’ of our own experiences to spur them on.

How amazing it is to be able to view prayer, once again, in light of the Father’s love, from the perspective of a Father (to understand how the Father in Heaven feels, but also to know how I can improve as a father) and as a son of God – how I should pray, how I should respond to Him, and how I should respond to His response.

It’s enlightening and amazing how such a simple truth of God can take on greater depth and understanding as we grow and mature in life. Being a Christian is such an exciting journey!

Living by God’s truths

With the transition(s) coming up in my life, my heart has been filled with heaviness. We’ve been anticipating what could happen, preparing for whatever we can and of course, we’ve been praying.

As Christians, prayer is a frequent tool we use, and sometimes when we cannot find any other practical solution, prayer is what we turn to. We pray and pray – be it long prayers or short prayers, individually or as a group, in our hearts or out loud.

Yet, sometimes we pray out of insecurity, uncertainty and worry. We pray without a genuine revelation of who God is and what He has promised. Revelation refers not just to head knowledge, or being aware of what the word of God says – it is a deep realisation within your being that God’s truth is truth.

I was spending time with God today and couldn’t connect with His presence for a while. I then took some time off to do other things and suddenly, Matthew 6:31-34 came to mind and an unexplainable peace and awakening came upon me.

Do not worry about tomorrow.

Simple truth – God’s truth – not just stated in the word, but evident in the world around us!

If even the grass of the field are clothed, what more us?

When we realise that God’s truth is truth, we realise actually that we do not need to pray for our own needs, because God’s word has already promised all of that.

What we need is to allow God’s truth to renew our minds and sink into our being, such that the way we live our lives is not influenced by the words of others and the beliefs of this world, but truly by the truth of God.

Our soul needs to be anchored in the word – our mind and emotions – more so than our outward actions, because even spiritual actions can be anchored in anxieties and motivations of this world.

Thank you Jesus for this revelation that I can rest in you, but more importantly, for teaching me how to respond to you by anchoring my soul in You. 

Rick Warren’s “Called to Become”

Rick Warren is now preaching a series which revisits his Purpose Driven Life again, highlighting the 5 purposes of every person. It is a wonderfully simple yet revelational and practical series of messages which I started listening to yesterday. The first one I heard was “Called to Become”, which is actually the 3rd in his series. Here are my notes- May they bless you too! You can listen to all the messages here.

Marathon to Maturity (or 8 Keys to becoming who God wants you to be)
by Rick Warren

1. Simplify my life

Cut out and clean out all the junk that is preventing me from being the person God wants me to become.

We do not want to carry extra baggage.
Let go of some stuff.
Eliminate diversions.

Hebrews 12:1

Everybody wants you to run their race.
We have to think about what race God wants us to run. We have to decide which race to run that God has created for us.

We have to let go of some expectations too. We can’t please everyone.

We cannot just let go of sins, but also what everybody expects of you.

2. Don’t get impatient or in a hurry.

This race will take your entire life and you can’t run the race quickly.

Pace yourself.

When u first become a Christian, you will grow really fast!
Growth slows down but it gets stable and secure. God is not in a hurry to grow us to where He wants us to be.

We want to be solid like an oak tree, which takes 60 years to form.

Hebrews 12:1 let us run with patience!

Take a baby step each week.

3. Spend time focusing on Jesus everyday.

Whatever you want to become, you need to think about it. You need to spend the most time with people you want to become.

Whoever you spend the most time with is who you become most like.

You become more and more like Him.

We have never been quiet long enough. God doesn’t have to speak aloud – He can put thoughts in us.

Hebrews 12:2
We keep our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends.
We cannot become like Jesus, unless we spend time with Him.

I need to revive my quiet time.
I need to find a special place where I meet with God everyday.

We need to go where we can be alone and pray aloud.
We cannot close our eyes and pray and talk aloud.

Luke 22
Jesus went out as usual!
It was His custom. He likes to go there and have His quiet time.
We need to go to a special place and have time with Him.

Moses spent so much time with God that he glowed. He had a presence which glowed.
2 Corinthians 3: we have that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that reflect the glory of the Lord.

As Gods spirit works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory.

It takes time – it is more and more – it is sequential.
Many of us want a quick fix in our lives so we go around looking for that one book that will change our lives. We want a magic experience that transforms us immediately!
That won’t happen! It takes time.

We reflect His glory- His love, joy, peace and patience.
In our brains, we have mirror neurons. They allow you to feel what others feel when you look at them. That’s why you empathize with others. Your mirror neurons are firing in our body. When we see someone win a game, we feel the same joy because of our mirror neurons.

When we spend time with God, our neurons begin to reflect God’s qualities in our life.

4. When it gets hard, remember the reward.

This goal for God to makes you the person He wants you to be is a life time process. It’s not going to be easy.

His number one goal is for u to become more like Christ.
He is going to take you through everything that Jesus went through.

There was time where He was alone, rejected, misunderstood…
God wants to use circumstances to make us like Christ.

Jesus learned obedience through suffering.
Now it’s not the easy stage! That’s in eternity.

Now is where we do the character development.

Hebrews 12:2-3
Jesus did not give up because of the cross.
Because of the joy, He thought nothing of the suffering He was going through. He put up with so much hatred from sinners.

1 Peter 5
God will make you strong and support you and keep you from falling. He called us to share in His glory in Christ which will last forever.

God does not promise an easy life!
Everything on this planet is broken!
There are moments of joy, but as a general rule, life is tough.

Romans 8
Since we are his children, we share in his inheritance… But.. If we are to share his glory, we must also share in his sufferings.
God is no glory – no pain, no gain.

Romans 8:28
In all things…. Called according to His purpose. Memorize this verse!

5. Gather a team to run with me.

It’s your race and nobody can run, but people can support you.

At different stages, different people will run with you. That’s a small group.

If you don’t have anyone, not everyone will make it with you.

We do not need 100 people.. We just need a few people.

Hebrews 10.
Let us consider how we may spur each other on.. Let us not give up meeting together, but let us encourage each other as we see the day approaching.

Why do we cop out?
Many times, we don’t even realize how fearful we are.
Fear causes us to miss Gods best. The small group helps you to love and feel belonged and that gives you the courage to stay in the race and finish it!
That is a safe place and it doesn’t happen over night. A small group takes time as we begin to know and love people – we begin to become more open. We have more openness because we mature as a small group.

6. Realize God is cheering you at every stage.

Some of us have the mistaken idea that God only cheers us when we reach the finish line or do things right.

Nobody shames a baby for not being able to read. Nobody shames a 10 year old for not being able to drive.

There are different things that are perfect for different stages of development.

We are already okay in Gods eye.
We need to be not ashamed of whatever phase of spiritual growth we are in.

We shame ourselves because we think God is ashamed of us.
The major reason we don’t become the man we are supposed to be is shame. Instead of admitting that we don’t have it altogether, we wear a mask when we know inside that we don’t have it altogether.

God knows that we don’t have it altogether!

We must become vulnerable and change the energy from pretending to become who God wants us to be.

Celebrate recovery!
Get out of denial. Quit trying to pretend that you don’t have problems. God needs to be that manager.

God is still cheering us on at whatever stage we are at.

Everybody needs recovery because everyone is broken.
Many of us don’t think great all of the time. We all need recovery.

Everybody needs to grow.

Philippians 3
Paul says… We have not already achieved these things or attained perfection. He is not!
Thank God we are not what we used to be. We have not got perfection, but we keep working towards that day where we become what God wants us to be.

We must focus all our energies on one thing.
We must forget the past and look forward to what’s ahead. We strain ahead to receive what God is calling us up to heaven for.

God is cheering us at every stage!
We start cheering our kids the moment the race begins.

God is cheering us even if we stumble!
We cheer more when we see a child stumble in a race. God cheers more when we stumbles, encouraging us on and spurring us to do better.

Don’t project an unpleaseable parent image on God.

God created us. He cheers even louder.

7. Take every step with purpose.

Whatever steps we take, we must do them with discipline and self control.

We have to deny ourselves.
We will not do everything that everybody else. We cannot follow everybody’s plans.

An Olympic winner gives up a tremendous amount of things.
It’s either plan A or plan B. We have to be purpose driven.

1 Corinthians 9
All athletes practice self control to gain a prize that will fade away.. We must run straight to the goal, taking each step with purpose.

Each punch must have contact.

Hebrews 12:13
Lift up your tired hands and strengthen your tired knees… Ask God for more strength. Keep walking!
Keep walking on straight paths so that your lame foot will not be disabled.
When things aren’t working out, we must not be tempted by short cuts.

In the race of life, we all run with a limp.
We have relational limps, physical limps, spiritual and financial limps.
We have all kinds!
Everybody walks through life with limps.

The only way we stumble less is if we stay on Gods straight path.

Michelle beesman’s story

She decided to Start running cos her small group of friends kept pushing.

8. Realize that what I don’t finish, God will.

Philippians 1.
God that began the great work in you will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.

On that day when we see Jesus face to face, every mirror neuron will go on overload and we will be transformed to become just like Him.

All our fears and faults will be gone. All blemishes and flaws will be gone.
We will reflect the glory of God. That is such good news.

We are not a fraction of who we are meant to be.
One day God will finish what we didn’t if we have put ourselves in His hands.

1 John 3:2
We are already Gods children and we can’t even imagine what we will be like when Christ returns.. But we know that when he returns, we will become like Him.

In this race of life, we might have struggled. All of us have been there.

Our race is not over!
It is never too late to get back up and get into the race again.

Jeremiah 32:39 – Singleness of Heart and Action

My key takeaway from yesterday’s sermon was not a message, but a life-story and a testimony of courage, vision and single-mindedness.

The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

My Senior Pastor is a man of courage with only one fear – and that is, the fear of the Lord. With that fear, nothing else matters.

I love it that his sermons are always an opportunity not just to capture his teachings, but to gain a greater glimpse into his life and the unbelievable trials and tribulations he goes through to stand up for the truth.

Yesterday he shared his own story behind what unfolded over the past few week. Hearing it really touched me and enlightened me. I had a glimpse into the conversations with others and with God, the emotions felt, the deep convictions, the divine timings, the carefully calculated steps and the artful orchestration of God.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

I resolve to have that same single-minded courage to stand up strongly for the convictions that God has placed in my heart. It’s not just courage or fearlessness that I admire, but it is that singleness of purpose and of heart.

I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. (Jeremiah 32:39)

That clarity in his mind that what one is doing is right and to never second-guess oneself – that’s what I want. That firm, deep-rooted conviction that is able to say confidently to others and equally importantly to yourself that – yes, this is the right thing to do and to do it, regardless of how difficult it may be, or the opposition that you face.