Lord, I Need You

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Idk where to put my hope in now apart from you. Please, I know You will never let me down. Thank you. Please teach my song to always rise to you, when I cannot stand. Be my hope.


2 Peter 3:9

“The Lord is not slow to fulfil his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”

8 Important Reasons To Let Go Of People Who No Longer Play An Important Part In Your Life

Picture of friends

Read an interesting article earlier about letting go. (Read more here) Frankly I think it may be a little bit selfish to leave a friend just for the following reasons listed. However, no. 6 and no.7 really hit me. I think I am done trying to keep people in my life. Really. So tired of trying to catch up with people when they reluctantly make excuses.

So tired. Done trying. I’ll just see who cares enough to stay.


 

“If someone truly loves you, cares for you or wants and needs you, the person will never allow you to invest disproportionate effort.”

So

you can keep me, inside the pocket of your ripped jeans.
Holding me closer ’til our eyes meet
You won’t ever be alone

 Kinda like this song by Ed Sheeran. This version is the best though. On the plus side we are on holidays! Got to love the Malaysia diversity Рevery race celebrates different holidays. Consequently: more holidays. Work has been hectic as usual. Quiet days are becoming more scarce. During the day lunch hour gets busy too mehh. Shockingly lost weight from not having proper meals the first week. But I finally got the day shift.

My first night of the Raya holidays well spent ūüôā Went to Subang Rally 2014: Limitless. Sat with Zheng and his Monash friends. The response for the altar call was amazing. God is amazing. Love that God is moving so widely among the youths in Subang. John 14:12 always.

Till then! God bless!

Romans 5:1-10

“1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,¬†we¬†have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.¬†2¬†Through him we have also¬†obtained access by faith¬†into this grace¬†in which we stand, and we¬†rejoice¬†in hope of the glory of God.¬†3¬†Not only that, but we¬†rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering¬†produces endurance,¬†4¬†and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,¬†5¬†and¬†hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love¬†has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

6¬†For¬†while we were still weak, at the right time¬†Christ died for the ungodly.¬†7¬†For one will scarcely die for a righteous person‚ÄĒthough perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die‚ÄĒ¬†8¬†but¬†God shows his love for us in that¬†while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.¬†9¬†Since, therefore,¬†we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from¬†the wrath of God.¬†10¬†For if while we were enemies¬†we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by¬†his life.¬†11¬†More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received¬†reconciliation.”


My heart pours out to families affected in the recent events of MH17. May you find strength amidst the storms and look to God for the answers.

#np

The recipe for friendship:

1/3 SELF-SACRIFICE
1/3 LOYALTY
1/3 REAL COMMITMENT

I was overwhelmed when I listened to the NLT version of 1 Samuel today. (Yes go listen to audio bibles on your Bible app or via online here) The friendship between Jonathan and David left me in tears.

In life, we have probably have had countless¬†acquaintances, many friends, but how many do we consider our close friend? Or “best” friend.

Everybody needs that¬†friend whom you can share your hopes and dreams with. The one who will encourage you in pursuing those dreams yet rebuke you when you are going down the wrong path. A friend who is there not only through the good times, but also the bad‚ÄĒthrough thick and thin. Someone who will stand by you (and maybe for you) when the world is against you.

It is true that the test of trials simply reveal a true friendship. It is easy because you rarely find that. The busy life of the modern society has left little time for interaction but more for “self-discovering” or in other words “me time”. Friendship sometimes may seem like a chore. Often asking how a person is, bothering about their daily routines and little joys they share; friendship seems like a mundane task of always pestering someone and insisting on being in that person’s life, just to show you care. And more importantly that you are there when they need you. Rare? Indeed. It is undoubtedly true that friends may come and go, but to have a lifelong, close, personal friendship is truly a great blessing.

Many years ago, a beautiful friendship was formed between two of the most unlikely men of their society:

Jonathan was a prince

A prince of Israel’s very first King. Destined to rule in the event of his father’s death – he had everything he wanted. He could meet anybody he wanted and chose his friends from the most valiant of princes. People of status and wealth. Jonathan was aware of the blessings he would receive if his father was obedient. Yet, he remained the God-fearing, bold, determined man that he was. A mighty warrior himself, Jonathan relied on God and trusted in His strength. For instance when¬†he and his armour bearer were instructed, they both went up against twenty Philistines. This inspired courage in his father and the¬†army which led to a victorious battle.

David was a shepherd

The youngest of the family, David was left to tend the sheep. He was a gifted musician, a wise and prudent warrior and also very good looking. But David too was destined for the throne. He was married to Saul’s daughter Michal and this made him a prince and Jonathan his brother-in-law. Saul knew that if David was not¬†taken care of Jonathan would never be king.

Despite their differences, “(ESV) the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan¬†loved him as his own soul. (ERV) He would not let David go back home to his father. After David finished talking with Saul, Jonathan developed a strong friendship with David.”¬†Jonathan¬†realized that they shared much in common in the areas of courage, bravery, strength, loyalty, trust and faith in God.¬†They had an instant liking.

David and Jonathan

Jonathan was willing to forego his throne for David. He loved David so much he disobeyed his father to save David’s life. Often he would warn him before any trouble could befall on David. He would travel to see David and ensure that his loyalty was made known to David. Jonathan even made a pact: (1 Samuel 20:14-16, NLT) “And may you treat me with the faithful love of the¬†Lord¬†as long as I live. But if I die,¬†treat my family with this faithful love, even when the¬†Lord¬†destroys all your enemies from the face of the earth.‚Ä̬†So Jonathan made a solemn pact with David,¬†saying, ‚ÄúMay the¬†Lord¬†destroy all your enemies!‚ÄĚ”¬†By saying this, Jonathan knew that David’s enemy was his own father – King Saul. Yet he made this pact with David. He even tried to reason with his father and defended David’s innocence. Due to life-threatening circumstances David had to run for his live. Nevertheless from then on, they were separated but their friendship stood till the end.

Wow. There is much to learn from the friendship of Jonathan and David. They were both princes of Israel, one by birth, the other by marriage. Both were in line to assume the throne of Israel. Both were mighty men of valor and were respected and trusted by the men they led in battle. Each had accomplished great feats, relying on God for victory. They were zealous, driven, resourceful, courageous, bold, meek, humble and so much more. They knew and respected government, wielded authority, and served those under and over them. They were loyal to one another and to their king. David would never lay a hand on Saul even though he was given the chance to. He revered God’s choice of appointing him as the first King of Israel.

In todays context, they could have been enemies and rivals, yet they set aside jealousy, resentment, bitterness, competition and lust for power (A THRONE HEY), choosing instead to become the closest of friends. They knew how and when to laugh, cry, show their emotions, share hopes and dreams together, thereby cementing their friendship forever. They were real men, who understood what it meant to lay down their lives for one another.

Wow, have you ever thought of dying for a friend? Even today, giving a lift, sacrificing precious time, going out of your way for a friend seems like a monumental task. What more to say dying for a friend? No exaggeration but sometimes I feel like people really take their friendships for granted. Selfish as we humans are we rarely prioritise anyone other than ourselves. Everything must have a benefit – even our friends. Really? Just because he’ll be a worthy connection for future businesses? Because she can help do your assignments. Because you need him to explain to you that formulae you didn’t really understand.

Seriously… how fake can we get? Sadly I’ve seen it. Heard of it.

How blessed are we if we ever are privileged enough to have just a small part¬†of David and Jonathan’s friendship. So much to think.

Got me thinking too – what kind of friend am I?

 

Articles referred to: RCG, FERVR

What do we believe in?


“We Believe” – a song by Newsboys that speaks our faith clearly; I like what the lyrics speak

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only one foundation
We believe, we believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only one salvation
We believe, we believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s comin’ back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live love our God will save
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s comin’ back,
He’s comin’ back again!
He’s comin’ back again!
We believe!
We believe