Sing Praises Unto Our King !


Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 | By Kaye | In

"Bless the Lord all my soul: And all that is within me, Bless His holy name!" Psalms 103: 1

Living the christian life is often looked upon as one which requires much suffering, sacrifices and trials- which is partly true and on those account, people get turned off even before starting their walk with Christ BUT what most people don't see is the other three quarters of it and that is -walking the road of life side by side with your Redeemer is such a priveleged and joyful journey. It honestly is. Jesus gives us comfort in suffering, peace in times of turbulence, love amidst a hateful generation. Truly, the load is lighter to carry when God is with you and many will doubt that and find it hard to believe but it is true, my life and the lives of many others is a testament of that.

His presence just always makes me want to worship Him. I hum a hymn when I wash the dishes, while waiting for the bus, while cooking...well, every time I have a chance I seem to just want to praise my God! He placed a song in my heart and I'm sure it's the same with every believer out there- you know that to be a fact. You see Jesus Christ everywhere, even in the simplest things and especially in His creations.
Going to the beach, which is one of my favourite resting places- I just see the glory of God in it, I remember the scripture in Job 10:11 when God was reminding Job of His greatness:

"And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?"

(It is a wonderful book in the Bible by the way). Doesn't it make you wonder how the vastness of the ocean, with all it's roaring waves and depth- how it stays within its limits? it takes the supernatural to contain the waters in its place. Our God is truly a great God, He commanded the ocean to respect the boundaries He had given them.
Looking out from my window, the setting of the sun never fails to take my breathe away...the sky up above is painted magnificently and at night it is dusted with silvery, shimmery diamonds on a midnight blue background. It's turning me into a poet too, huh? (chuckle...) well, it does too, doesn't it ? and there are just no words to describe the display of beauty and grandeur of God. And to think that it's just a small portion of His glory.

The human body itself, testifies of it's Maker. Our body is meticulously designed by our Creator, every body system down to the organs and the tiny microscopic cells- everything was so cleverly engineered to protect itself and fight off any form of abnormal invasion. Of course, in saying that-we have to respect it and not abuse our bodies also, God entrusted that responsibility to us.
Plant life too, was not only given for us to eat but for other purposes as well, for example- people think that most medicines are synthetic but all the medicines we have now came from plants and animals or both. God made sure we have the supply that we need necessary for survival, see, and He gave us brains to sort it out. He just thought of everything, didn't he? makes me want to praise Him even more, amen.

Oh and let us not forget His sense of humour. Yes, He has that too, just look at the way He created some of the animals like: the platypus, pugs (a breed of dog, they're so cute!), the tapirs, star-nosed moles, the axolotl, the proboscis monkey, etcetera. He did not made them that way to be laughed at, their anatomy certainly suited their function. But He has a sense of humour too and God expressed that in some of His creations.
And they know, the animals know how to praise God, I really believe that. Why, at the break of dawn, birds start to chirp all at once is never a mystery to me- they are praising their Maker. How the whales come together in one place and dance and make their sounds, how the trees wave their branches, I know they are worshipping Him.

I won't go on and on, there's too many to mention, friend. I just sometimes feel that we need to go back to the basics and literally count the blessings we receive from the Lord. We forget too quickly and focus too much on the negativities of our lives that we forget to thank God for providing us all our needs, including nature, which we often take for granted. We even forget to thank Him for our meals, for the air that we breathe.

Let us give Him the praise, the adoration and worship that He deserves. Our God is a great God and He manifests His attributes of goodness, kindness, mercy, and love to all of us every single day, this very minute He is expressing His love towards you. We are just too caught up in the world, in our lives to see it, feel it. I encourage you, dear reader, to take time and appreciate His blessings- all of it. Slow down and take some time out with your Creator. Express to Him your gratefulness and love.
He wants to be loved too, see? that is why He chose to die for us, why He came to woo His Bride on this earth but He is such a gentleman, is He not?
He would not force anybody to follow Him. It has to come from the heart, the will to serve Him.

Praise God! praise Him for all His goodness! praise God for His mercy and grace towards us!
I give Him back all the glory, the power and praise, Amen.

God bless you all and I pray that we'll have a closer walk with Jesus Christ and that it gets sweeter and sweeter til the day of the rapture.



Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2008 | By Kaye | In

I feel refreshed, as I always do whenever I attend fellowship with the saints of God. Worshipping the Lord just lightens every load that I carry and His sweet presence just washes over me and there's nothing like it...nothing in the world comes close to that kind of feeling, of being close to your Maker, it's just different.
The message we had this morning was for me, I knew right from the beginning and my heart was both nervous and excited to receive His word- I know that God knows everything about me, see- so I do anticipate the bitter and not just the sweet, I anticipate the corrections and I look forward to it.

It was about Calvary...sometimes we think we have heard all there is to hear about Calvary, especially to christians, we know the story by heart and we know what it means to us. We know that Jesus gave us His life, that He suffered such physical agony and heartbreak in order to pave a way for us to reach eternity. Cynics would think that- 'well, he knows he's going to resurrect the next day...' but in fact, He could not have bothered to suffer anyway, Jesus could have given up halfway because he doesn't really need to BUT He did, because He was faithful- to His word, to you and to me. Jesus Christ chose to go through it, remember He came here on earth in the form of man, clothed Himself with flesh and is tempted in every way just like us.
But no matter how many times I've heard or read about Calvary, nothing really dulls its shine...
in fact everytime is different, for me, what happened at Calvary is just the ultimate expression of love, it's so precious. It's a love story- Jesus, our kinsman redeemer took our place and bore our sins, He fulfilled all the prophecies. It should've been me on that cross, it shoud've been you but He'd done it and spared us, forgiven us.
He is faithful, our God.

Calvary represented different kinds of people- the believers, the unbelievers, the cynics, sympathizers, observers, and those who deliberately rejected Jesus Christ.
Another character mentioned is a man named Simon of Cyrene, he was charged to carry Jesus's cross for Him, which he did. He actually fulfilled the perfect will of the Lord by carrying that cross, he represented the followers of Christ, the believers from the past, present and the future. He carried that cross to the end and followed the bloodied footsteps of Jesus every step of the way, he didn't go nowhere else, friend, except where the Master's feet has trodden, Amen!

We can see that from the beginning to the very last scenes of Calvary, the Lord has set examples for us. Simon, unkown to him at that time, was born to fulfill that symbolic role and now it's our turn...
The Lord Jesus Christ requires us to carry our cross, He instructs the Bride to 'get herself ready'. Although He paid it all for us, redeemed us and made a way for us to be saved, it does not mean we are not to do anything. We have battles to fight, burdens to carry, temptations to overcome, mountains to climb BUT the best assurance we could have is that God is with us through it all !
He would fight the battle side by side with you,
He would help you overcome,
He would wipe your tears whenever sorrow finds you,
He would give you a helping hand when you climb the steepest mountain,
and He would carry you when you can no longer go on...

The world and the people of the world go through the same hardships and sufferings but they don't have Jesus. It must be way, way harder for them to get on with life without the peace of God in their lives. That is why they turn to alcohol, drugs, women etcetera...they are hungering and thirsting but they do not know where to go, how to start a relationship with Christ.
I encourage fellow christians to stand in the gap and try to shine the light of the pure, unadulterated gospel of Jesus Christ so the lost can find their way to the bloodstained path which leads to Calvary, repentance and death to self and the world.
Afterwards, is the ressurection morn, amen! only God has the power to transform you and me, He can make it happen. It may take days for some and years for others, but remember the same God that was faithful to the saints of old is the same God today. If you desire to change and be more like Jesus, then only believe, dearest friend because it will come to pass.

For fellow believers- we were instructed to remain faithful to Him until the end, to fix our eyes only in Jesus Christ. I know that it could be really difficult at times, and we fall, we trip but don't let it discourage you- get up again, continue the race. God gave us a promise- that He will be with us til the end, He will see us through...let's hold on to that promise, let us rely on the Lord and not in our own strenght or wisdom. Even if we do not fully understand what we are going through, sometimes we need to go through the storm, through the fog and we cannot seem to find our way and yet it is His will, so be it, amen- just trust Him and we'll be alright.
Jesus Christ is the faithful One, He is the same yesterday, today and forever !
Praise God!

¶ Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Matthew 16: 24-26

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