2017-04-28

"Believe and Receive" is incomplete - Must Believe Rightly First

Many people are taught to believe and then to receive. There is an unstated condition that determines the outcome. It is basis for the belief must be true and right first. It should be reworded as "Believe rightly first to receive."
Believe and Receive?

The Word of Faith preachers likes to quote the following verses to justify believe and receive. Just have faith and you shall get whatever you want.
  • Mar 11:23  Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 
  • Mar 11:24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours
Base on the above 2 verses, they come out with the simple rule of "Ask, Believe, Say, Receive, Done!" for effective prayers of faith. 

They have ignored the preceding verse:
  • Mar 11:22  And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God
    • The starting basis for the prayer is God. We must know God and His will first. We know God love us and want the best for us. However, for most of us, we want to decide what is best for us and just want God to get it for us. God is God and He cannot be manipulated by us. God will grant and allow only whatever is good for us according to His unchanging attributes of love and righteousness. God will do the wrong things nor to do them wrongly just to satisfy our desires.
And also the subsequent verse:
  • Mar 11:25  And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” 
    • There is a condition here - forgiveness. If we have bitterness against someone in our heart, we must forgive them first to get the answers from God. 
    • Many will testify about the power of forgiveness - healings come after they forgive. Unforgiveness is a hindrance to getting our prayers answered.
Increase our Faith!

Because our prayers do not work, many people will tell us that we lack faith. We need to increase our faith. That was exactly what the disciples asked Jesus to do.
  • Luk 17:5  The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 
  • Luk 17:6  And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 
    • Jesus did not make His answer very explicitly. May be He wanted them to think deeply and to remember it well. It is not your faith that needs to be increased. It is whether you belief rightly. The basis of your faith must be right. Then, even a little of it will accomplish a great thing. The short answer is - it is not about increasing your faith but about believing in the right thing. Superstition is believing in a lie. Not matter how strongly you believe, you are not going to make the lie a truth. If you believe the truth, it will work irrespective of your amount of faith. All the scientific laws work wonders for us without any of our faith.
The Basis of Our Faith is Christ's Completed Work

  • Gal 3:13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 
  • Gal 3:14  so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
    • The blessing of Abraham is no longer exclusive but is open to all who are willing to receive Jesus by faith.
 Don't Blame God for Our Sins - Temptation & Sin

  • Jas 1:13  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 
  • Jas 1:14  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 
  • Jas 1:15  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully grown, brings forth death. 
Check Our Motives First

  • Jas 4:2  You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 
  • Jas 4:3  You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions

Summary

When we don't receive the answers to our prayers, we don't try to believe more, to increase our faith, but rather to examine the basis of our faith, the promises of God, the will of God, and check our motives and also to check the hindrances, one of which is unforgiveness. Again, we can easily forgive by our own power. We invite the Holy Spirit to enable us to do that. We cast our cares upon Him. We meditate on His love for us. If we really want to increase our faith, we should ask to increase our trust in His love for us. May we see and taste the goodness of God and put our trust in Him in all that we ask.

Lim Liat (c) 28 Apr 2017

2017-04-27

Your Protection in this Uncertain World

In this world of uncertainties, you need an anchor to give you the direction and the rock of ages for your protection. Read and meditate on Ps 91 with the righteousness given by Christ in 1 Cor 1:30 and the promise of life in Proverb 12:28. Be at peace and be filled with the joy of and because of the Lord.
Your Protection Against Anything and Everything - Psalm 91

The business people coined the term VUCA to describe the uncertainties in the world. VUCA stands for Volatility,  Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. I would just add another D for Deception. The acts of terrorism and the fragile global monetary systems will give anyone nightmares and worries unless one has something that is unshakable. That unshakable foundation is the Lord Jesus Christ and here are the promises given in Ps 91. Just to highlight a few verses below for your meditation and application into your life.
  • Psa 91:10  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 
  • Psa 91:11  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
Here is the bonus, a mindmap of Psalm 91 that I shared quite some time ago:


The Basis for Our Assurance:

1 Corinthians 1:30  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

The Outcome of Righteousness:

Pro 12:28  In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.

Conclusion:

Be at peace and be filled with the joy of and because of the Lord. If you are not at peace, read Psalm 91 again or go through the above mindmap carefully.

Lim Liat (c) 27 Apr 2017

2017-04-26

Your Life Expectancy 120 or 80?

Your life expectancy is not 70 nor 80 but should be 120 and that is according to the Bible. Why? More importantly, how to live well.
What is our life expectancy?

Many of us will say it is 70 and at most 80, quoting
  • Psa 90:10  The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. 
But it is wrong if you read the verse in its context. The whole psalm 90 is about the short-life under the wrath of God. We are called to live it, though short, meaningfully. See Live Meaningfully - Psalm 90. The preceding and subsequent verses show that clearly:
  • Psa 90:9  For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.  
  • Psa 90:11  Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you? 
Science also tells us that it is wrong. The average life expectancy for Japan is 83.59 years, for Singapore is 83.1 years(Male 80.0, female 86.1 ) and WHO said that for man is about 80 and for woman 85. The life expectancy is increasing over the years.

Biblical Life Expectancy is 120

We have to go all the way back to Genesis to find it.
  • Gen_6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.
And we have Moses to testify to it in:
  • Deu 34:7  Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated

Expect a Long and Healthy Life:

There is no point having a long life if one is not healthy to enjoy the life. Some people would rather commit suicide because of the sickness of pains or immobility.  The Bible wants to emphasize that, as in the case of Moses, it will not just be long but also with vigor and good eye-sight.

If you are sick or weak, then you can base your prayer on this verse and look up the Bible for the healing promises for your recovery. See also Your Healing Prescription for TodayGod's Prescription for the Healing of Your Body & ... etc.

Living Meaningfully is more important than living long

Paul says
  • Php 1:23  I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better
  • Php 1:24  But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account
Since heaven is better for us, God should immediately take us up to Him when we receive Him, but He did not. So, like Paul, if we are still living on earth, there must a purpose for us accomplish here. Do you know what's the purpose that God has for you? There must be some people that God want to save them through you. There must be some needs that God want you, and only you, to provide.

A brother was sharing with me about what abundant life means.
  • John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
He says that Christ come to meet our needs and when our needs are met we can go on to meet His needs. Abundant life is about overflowing life to bless others, to meet the needs of others, who Jesus has identified with. Living life to the full is not just about our own lives but about others too. Because we are rebirthed as children of God with His character of love.

Eventually, 120 years is very Short

We were created not to live very very long life but rather never to have died at all. Hence, we desire not just to live long but also to live with eternal perspective. We forward to meeting all those who have gone earlier than to heaven. With that perspective, may we redeem our time on earth.

May God bless you and keep you with health and purpose.

Lim Liat (c) 26 Apr 2017

2017-04-24

Protecting and Increasing the Abundant Life

There are three types of losses that we may encounter in life. Know how to protect against such. Most importantly, know how to increase your abundance.
The Three Types of Losses

In John 10, Jesus compared Himself as the good shepherd versus the devils as thieves.
  • (John 10:10) The thief(the devil) comes only
    1. To steal and --- your money, possessions ...
    2. kill and --- your health, lives,  loved ones ... 
    3. destroy. -- your work, career, business, reputation, relationships ...
  •  I (Jesus) came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
We must know the source and their methods so that we can prevent such from happening (see Christian Warfare and the Devil's Strategies). However, if the 'thief' is more powerful that you, then you need someone who is greater than the thief. That greater One is Jesus. Not only He can protect you, He can give you more, abundance life. Abundant life is not just in materials possessions, but also in your character and the fruit of His spirit such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc(Gal 5:22-23) and more in good health and relationships.

The Ingredient that Gives the Increase

Our warfare is more than just physical (Eph 6:12) so that our flesh is of no help. Spiritual warfare needs to be encountered in the spiritual world with the spiritual weapon. Jesus gives us the secret weapon - His Words.

(John 6:63) It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

Our abundance life begins with knowing and living out His Words. 

Paul makes it even more explicitly, the Word as the sword that can be used to attack the enemy and to destroy the enemy's destructive work, in Eph 6:17 ... and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. ... 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel ...

We are called to pray in the Spirit for fellow believers and to boldly proclaim the Word to the unbelievers that they may be saved from the destruction of the enemy.

Applications:

So, we must study His Words to know His will for us, to obey them, to live them out as testimony and we shall have the abundant life as a natural outcome. We must also pray for one another and boldly proclaim the gospel of good news ---- believe and accept Jesus to receive the rebirth and the abundant life.

Lim Liat (c) 24 April 2017





2017-04-22

The Three Keys for Winning

How can we become an overcomer over our enemy or our circumstances? Here are the three keys: start with a right relationship, living it out, and keeping it as top always.
Bible Reference:

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death. 

The Three Keys are
:
they overcame him 

  1. by the blood of the Lamb 
  2. by the word of their testimony; 
  3. they loved not their lives unto the death. 

1 The blood of the Lamb - The Children of God with Authority
  • Luk 22:20  And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood
What is this new covenant? Heb 8:7-12.
  • Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 
  • Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 
  • Heb 8:12  For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” 
Essentially, it refers to the rebirth of a believer by the Holy Spirit. We become a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). We are children of God (Gal 3:26, Rom 8:16,21, Php 2:15, 1 Jn 3:1,10, 5:2 ). We are blameless(Php_2:15) and righteous (Rom 3:22, 2Cor 5:21). As children of God, we are also given the authority to overcome the sicknesses, evils, and the enemies. Matthew 18:18, Matthew 16:18-19, Mark 6:7, Mark 16:16-19).

2 The word of their testimony - Our Witnessing
The blood is done by Christ. The word of testimony is our response to God's invitation. Our acceptance of His salvation and our obedience to His Lordship. We lived out the new life as Children of God. We share the good news of His salvation through Christ. Our living testimonies bring creditability to our words. We are the salt and the light.
  • Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.
Our witnessing brings others into the Kingdom of God, snatching back them from the clutches of the enemies. 

3 They loved not their lives unto the death - Our Priority

They valued their relationship with Jesus more than their lives. The most valuable thing that we have is our lives. 
  • John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.
It is about putting God as our highest priority, more than our own lives. It is actually the teaching of the first 4 of the Ten Commandments. What we put our priority, love, and trust on is our god, or rather our idols. Some idols are money, sex, career, wife, or children.

  • Matthew 10:37 "Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

So, winners are those who begins with a right relationship with Christ through His blood to become His Children with authority and then living them out with good testimonies that shine out His light and also to always put Christ first instead of our own as a reminder.


Lim Liat (c) 22 Apr 2017

2017-04-21

Your Healing Prescirption for Today

Our healing prescription for today ...
1. Just ask ...
  • Psa 30:2 O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.

2. Not sure? Recall His benefits:
  • Psa 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 
  • Psa 103:3-4
    • a. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
    • b. who healeth all thy diseases; 
    • c. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; 
    • d. who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
  • Note: all are in past tense. They have been done. 
  • Remember His love for you.

3. He responded ...
  • Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

4. Not just physical but mental healings too.
  • Psa 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

5. Receive, give thanks and rejoice in the fellowship and blessings from your Heavenly Father.
  • Ps 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2017-04-20

God's Prescription for the Healing of Your Body & Soul

God's Prescription for the Healing of Your Body & Soul that we must take daily.
When we are sick. we faithfully follow the prescription given by the doctor. We take our medicines, for some, three times daily, some twice a day. We even have to follow it carefully, some before meals, some after meals, some before sleep, and some when we just wake up. When it comes to God's medicines and prescription, do we take it as seriously? Here are basic foundational verses as our meditations three times daily as our medications.

In the Old Testaments, we have

Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 

Many people think that the healing refers to our spiritual healing. However, Jesus made it very clear that it was for our physical healing of the body as well in:

Mat 8:16  That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick
Mat 8:17  This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.” 

Healing was mentioned first in verse 16th and then Isaiah 53:3 was quoted to show that the healing mentioned was indeed physical. The spiritual was actually the casting out of demons from the people.

Luk 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 
Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

There are five types of deliverance given by Jesus: the poor - materials, the brokenhearted - mental, the captives - physical and mental, the blind - physical, and the bruised-physical and mental.

In case someone thinks the healing is just for the OT people and no longer available for the NT modern day's people like us, Peter repeated Isa 53:5 in his own words:

1Pe 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 

The healing for our body and soul are included when we are forgiven and then obtain the righteousness from Jesus. Sickness comes from the curse of our sins. When we are made righteous, sickness cannot stay with us. Healing comes together with our redemption through Jesus. It was not done by us but by Jesus, the Son of God, Himself for us.

Paul repeated many times about our righteousness through Jesus.

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 

Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Righteousness and healing are provided by Jesus. Receive your healing when you receive Jesus as Saviour. Proclaim to yourself, your mind and your body. By His stripes, I am healed. It may take time but as we part-take His medicines daily, let His healing flows and be realized in our mind and body.

See also The Meaning & Power of Holy Communion

Lim Liat (c) 20 Apr 2017

2017-04-19

How to response rightly to others bad treatments?

How to response rightly to others bad treatments when you are doing the right things?

1. Be glad!

Matthew 5:12 NLT Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
  • You are not the unique one. It happens to others and even to Jesus Christ - they beat Him up and hang Him!
  • There is a future reward for you. God is the final judge to punish the evil and to reward the righteous. Leave the matter to God.
  • How can I have the strength to be happy?

2. By His Love.

Romans 5:5 NLT And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
We are to remember that He loves us dearly and know about our sufferings and the injustice done to us. Even more so, we are rebirthed in the Spirit and the Holy Spirit has filled us with His love so that we are able to love as He loves.

3. So, we forgive as Jesus has forgiven us.

Ephesians 4:32 NLT Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

How can we tell we have forgiven someone?
  • When we do not have bad feelings towards them. 
  • When we don't avoid them. 
  • When we can rejoice with their success. 
  • When we can even pray for them when they have needs. 
  • When we wish for their well-beings. 
A very tough list to follow isn't it? You don't have to do all immediately. Just present yourself and them to God. Let's God handle it for you.

Do you have any bitterness within you? Do you hold any grudges against anyone? Bring them to God and leave them at the Altar. Receive the love that God has given to you. Love with His love. Let go the burden of bitterness and hatred.

Receive the healing and the joy of the Lord. Be completely delivered. Amen.

Lim Liat (c) 19 Apr 2017

Even when we are rebellous, there is Hope of Acceptance & Transformation

No matter how bad we have been, there is a certain transformation to greatness beyond our imagination ... all because of Him:

Col 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
Col 1:22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

1. Even when we are rebellious, evil, hostile to Him.

2. He paid the price for our redemption.

3. And transform us to be holy, blameless, without faults. In this new state, we can stand confidently before His throne.

4. The key is "Because of Him" and we don't have to do anything. It has nothing to do with our deserving or not. It is all His grace and love. It is Him who is holding our hands and not us trying to hold unto His hands. It is not about our performance to earn his acceptance but simply because of His love that we are to just rest confidently in Him.

Be happy because you are loved unconditionally. Enjoy His presence. So,

If you are sick, claim and receive His healings.
If you need help, ask and receive His guidance and aids.
If you are depressed, meditate on His love and receive the peace and joy. Said boldly as John said, "I'm the disciple whom Jesus loved".

Lim Liat (c) 18 April 2017

Read and Believe to Receive the Power of the Bible Verses

For our health ...

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as a honeycomb: sweet to the soul and health to the bones.

Here are a few things to learn:


1. What we say or hear, the words affect our health.

2. Pleasant words are good health supplements and medicines.

3. Hurtful words are like poisons and virus to the body.

4. So speak pleasant words, correct gently, and don't curse or hurt.

5. Soul and Body are related. One affects the other. Be healthy and you will be creative and productive. Keep on learning, be happy and your health will be ok too.

6. Honeycomb is good for your bones. Here is a proof: http://www.menshealth.co.uk/…/…/Eat-honey-for-stronger-bones

7. So read the Bible carefully and believe in it for your good soul and healthy body.

Some bonus verses ...Proverb 4:
      20 My son, be attentive to my words;        incline your ear to my sayings.
      21 Let them not escape from your sight;        keep them within your heart.
      22 For they are life to those who find them         and healing to all their flesh. 

Lim Liat (c) 17 April 2017