Had a tremendous fruitful and wonderful this weekend.

ITE Bishan E1

Meet up with Wee Leong(WL) and Roger on Sat morning for the ITE E1 deal.

As we entered, the ITE bishand the whole premise is almost deserted.

Only see a few students sitting at the canteen. Kind of abit disappointed. We moved to the furthest end of the canteen… then Wee Leong and I realised the school authorities had revamped the entire place. They replaced the old tables and chairs which were filled with bird’s dropping to a more colourful tables and chairs.

At least they looked nicer and cleaner.

We chatted for awhile before going into a time of prayer… the prayer passage WL chose was Isaiah 43:1-13

Israel’s Only Savior

1 But now, this is what the LORD says-

he who created you, O Jacob,

he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

2 When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

3 For I am the LORD , your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;

I give Egypt for your ransom,

Cush [1] and Seba in your stead.

4 Since you are precious and honoured in my sight,

and because I love you,

I will give men in exchange for you,

and people in exchange for your life.

5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;

I will bring your children from the east

and gather you from the west.

6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’

and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’

Bring my sons from afar

and my daughters from the ends of the earth-

7 everyone who is called by my name,

whom I created for my glory,

whom I formed and made.”

8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,

who have ears but are deaf.

9 All the nations gather together

and the peoples assemble.

Which of them foretold this

and proclaimed to us the former things?

Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,

so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”

10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD ,

“and my servant whom I have chosen,

so that you may know and believe me

and understand that I am he.

Before me no god was formed,

nor will there be one after me.

11 I, even I, am the LORD ,

and apart from me there is no savior.

12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed-

I, and not some foreign god among you.

You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD , “that I am God.

13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he.

No one can deliver out of my hand.

When I act, who can reverse it?”

We pray through some of the verses… claiming promises and some directions from the Lord.

The most interesting part came when WL prayed that by praying we are also doing the work and not physically go into evangelism and presenting the gospel.

It reminded me that praying is also doing God’s work. Personally, I’m a person who rather go and get my hands in doing something than to go on my knees and pray. God used WL to remind me that His work is done by first committing our prayers to Him. Not head straight to do the work.

Thanked the God for using Wee Leong.

After we ended praying through Isaiah 43:1-13, we proceed to walk round the school to pray for every corners of the school. Each of us took turns to pray… from praying for the health of students to the meeting the inner needs of the students.

I didn’t feel as disappointed like I did earlier. Praise God for being in our midst through the whole session.

Baptism Service in Faith Community Baptist Church(FCBC)

Later in the evening, I went down to FCBC for Dawn’s baptism service. I realised that every time I do down to FCBC is someone else baptism.

Once thing similar with my church is that while worshipping God, the baptism is ongoing. I was enjoying worshipping God that I din realised that Dawn had already baptised.

After which the sermon was given by Senior Pastor Khong. The whole message was clear and well presented. He shared about what is the purpose of living… there was quite a no. of things which were very minded challenging but the most striking one was it’s all about God. Not abt me. It was never myself. It’s always about God. In order to know the purpose of living is we need to embrace God into our lives. Our lives can never be purposeful when He is not in our lives.

There was an altar call for all pre-believers and Christians who had back-slide to recommit their lives to God once again. My people came forward. There were aleast 20 people out in the front. They received prayers and blessings. I prayed that these people will have proper follow up.

At the end of the service, met up with Dawn and gave her nicely arranged sunflowers to encourage her for step of boldness to go through baptism. A new and fresh start with the Lord.

Bidded her good bye b’coz I needed to rush off for the No-Kia meeting

Prayer Retreat

Have a enjoyable time… from 8am to 7pm.

The earlier part of the programme was pray to adore God. I must comment that the method Siew Lim suggested was a very systematic way of praising God. From the alphabet A-Z.

Then we moved on to pray for Post Secondary Ministry(PSM) and for our evangelistic event(No-Kia Factor). As for the No-Kia Factor, we were still very much worried about the upcoming. However, Robert brought out a extremely good point that we were focusing too much on the SARS. He urged us to direct our attention back to the Creation who is all powerful over the whole issue. Praise God for the insightful thought.

The later part of the program was we went over to our property in Race Course Road. Viewing the premises and praying over the various important prayer items… like the building process to the usage of the property. Praise God for the giving us the property in the advancement of his kingdom.

We moved on to MacRitchie to do our Extended Time With God(ETWG). Personally, it was a most fruitful time with the Lord. I had 15mins of purely praising God. Boy, it was difficult initially b’coz I was trying to settle down into the mood of been still with the Lord… there were so many distraction like a couple eating ice-creams next to me… the occasionally, people passing by my bench.

When I got into the mood, I wasn’t bother by such thing any longer. Praise God for enabling me.

Several times while I was pinning down my thoughts, I was starting to doze off… due to little wind coming my way… and it was humid. I decided to move up to the cateria. I was enjoying writing down my thoughts upon it was time to gather in our groups to meet.

I struggled about one of my weakness was in relationship. In a BGR kind. As much as I longed for one I wasn’t ready to step into one. Getting into a relationship doesn’t solved my longing. It doesn’t guarantee that I will be satisfied by it. The root issue was I was not totally security in the Lord. I still struggled in finding my significant in the Lord. Unless, I looked to the Lord for security and significant… I will still continue to struggling in BGR.

I decided to start been more serious with God in having more quality time with the Lord… After my sharing… Robert asked Yongsheng to pray for me… during his prayers. A thought came across my mind when he mentioned that I can’t love God more… without understanding how much God loves me. Again, I was focusing on the doing part but failed to let God let me experience His Love for me…

Right now, I jus want to taste God’s love afresh like the time when I was first received Christ. My 1st love…

“God lead me to your pasture. Take me to the highest plains. Come and touch my life anew so that I can start to love you afresh. Amen.”

In His Grace and Love.

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