好時辰… perfect time.

O my God… I have followed a few artists through their careers and I have fallen out of love for them over time. But every time I hear her present a new song, I fall harder for her.

What makes me so happy is that she is a Christian and she slides it into her songs…

I love you. Thank you for sending him to me at such the perfect time… I know. That all of my lessons in love have been in preparation for this…

I am so thankful. Thank you for the many foolish paths I have taken, for now is the time for our love.

Thank you.

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Matthew 4:4

I just want to share something with everybody who might come across this, and I hope that it helps everyone who might be seeking God like I am, and in seeking I found something today. I want to share the treasure that I found today with you. I learnt most of the following from the video that I had posted yesterday, but I am also confirming that these things are awesome and true from my own studies of the bible and from other teachers. 

So Matthew 4:4 - Jesus is being led to the wilderness and be tempted by the devil and the devil is as usual very clever, he knows that Jesus is weak, hungry, as he has been fasting for 40 days. 

The devil always attacks when we are the weakest - mentally, physically and emotionally. Therefore it explains why Jesus warned us that the devil is like a lion, ready to devour any prey that falls into its hands. 

So then the devil said - turn this into bread if you are the son of God! 

He knows that Jesus is the son of God; for it is the truth. He here tries to use the truth in order to tempt Jesus. I remember reading a Joyce Meyer book and she said - the devil isn’t about to bring a bottle of poison and label it poison and tell you about what it will do to you and end it with “Would you like some?”. It is therefore important to know that the devil will always use something that is good, the truth from God, or a Godly thing and perverse it (like he perverses sex by turning it into porn); to confuse, to “steal, kill, and destroy”. He is crafty. Recall (and remember!) that this is characteristic of him. He questioned Eve in the garden of Eden. “Did God really say…” He always, and will always question us, question our decisions, especially when they are good. Especially when they are of and from God. This is because he wants us to be as shitty as possible. 

This is also confirmed by Jesus when he reminded us to always be alert, always be weary of the devil. 

Jesus rebukes him by saying “It is written.”

This means that Jesus is confident of this thing that has been written. So who is Jesus confident in? It cannot be man, because in John 2:24-25, it says 

24But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. 25He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.

Therefore, Jesus was not being confident of something that men/ a man wrote, but of a promise of God.  

So it comforts me that Jesus is confident of this promise. Therefore if Jesus is confident of this promise, I am confident of this promise!!

What is this promise? Referring to Matthew 4:4.

1. Man does not live on bread alone - as Christians, I think that we know very well what this means. We cannot live and not have God. I cannot comprehend how to do it. For God sustains me. He does. Without Him I have felt empty, lonely, bitter, resentful and sad. Since beginning my true journey with him in the last 3 years, I have been rejuvenated, refreshed, rebuilt, reminded. That is my adventure. I still stumble, I do. Being a Christian provides me with many very real struggles and challenges that I know that have been set in motion that I may be strong. For in order for the largest bridges to be built to transport people from A to B, they need to be fortified. I need a good foundation. I need experiences. And only the chosen go through such “suffering” as Paul mentioned (sorry, was it Peter? I think that it was Paul) as God is preparing us for bigger things. What more Jesus said for us never to have to worry about provision, about food, about clothes because the Father knows that we need all these things, seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these will be added onto you. Plus! Jesus also said that even Solomon could not fathom splendor such as these - God clothes the lilies and feeds the sparrows. They never had to worry, what more us? 

2. More importantly I think that we need to remember this portion of the verse (Matthew 4:4) - but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. 

This is important because - this means that through the Word, there is life. And we know that the Word is also Jesus, and is also referring to the bible. There is life through Jesus - referring to our salvation. There is life in studying the bible. Before I tell you why I think that there is life in studying the bible, let me say that I understand legalism, and I am not promoting that. But if there is life in reading the Word, how I interpret this is that the Word is like food to our souls (quoting the pastor in the video posted yesterday), like food is to our bodies.

This is why, and to illustrate my point, I need to tell you about what I am going through. I am going through a very real, very tough, very trying period. I have been bombarded with many thoughts, confusing and confounding ideas. Some are my own, while others have been presented to me by the devil. I know that I have a battlefield in my head (read Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind); I know that I can build habits to conquer these thoughts. So what type of habits? What should I be thinking about? What thoughts should I replace my current ones with? How can I hear the voice of God? How do I know that the path that I am taking is right in God’s eyes? 

I want to live the life that God has intended for me and this is my answer today- study the bible. Study the word. Jesus has trust in this written promise. That I shall live on every word that comes from the mouth of God. So I shall have trust in the same promise. 

Another important reason to know the Word (also Jesus; and the bible because in the bible we find His promises), is that when we are rooted deep in God’s promises for us, we know that to say to rebuke the devil when he attempts to trick us - like he did to Eve and Jesus. Therefore, the promises in the bible provides protection. Because rebuking the devil with the Word (promise) was what Jesus did, and He succeeded! 

Unlike Eve who discussed her situation or the devil’s suggestion with him (the devil), Jesus dismisses the devil so simply and readily with the verse. Not only because He is the Word but because He knows the Word (promises). In knowing the Word, He knows the promises of God. And these promises are based on the love of God. And because God’s love is perfect, he is everlasting and never changes, we can trust these promises. 

Therefore when we know the bible, when we know God’s promises, we are able to understand His love for us. In so we understand that the premise of the devil’s arguments, suggestions and whispers become clearly lies. They are meant to deceive us, that we may never live the life that God wants us to live. 

In other words, when we are rooted in God’s words, (bible - promises - love), we will know what to tell the devil and drive him away. This is also ascertained in Jesus’ response to the devil - Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word from the mouth of God. He knew exactly what to say. 

Learning from His response, it lets us know that we are and can be if we choose to be equipped with the word, like He is to rebuke the devil. The Word is there to always guide us and remind us of God’s love that we may be rooted, that we are not confused when tricked, that we may never be uprooted, and never lose heart because of “small smouldering stubs of firewood” Isaiah 7:4. These suggestions, questioning, whispers and odd ideas may seem very real; BUT these tricks and lies are like a large approaching fire, but because we have already been equipped with the Word - Jesus in us, plus the bible that is full of God’s promises to carry us through the storm, for us to walk on water, for us to turn water into wine, we need not be tricked. We can put out the smouldering stubs of firewood with God’s word.  

About Jesus always being with us - Jesus has it covered too. Just before He ascended to Heaven, he said in Matthew 28:20 … And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age. If God’s with me, then who can be against me! What more now I have discovered that not only is Christ dwelling within me, I am also further equipped with the word. I visualise a large protective bubble over me, and now with understanding God’s promises through studying the bible, I am building fences, defences and shields; one by one with God. 

I hope that you benefit from what I have learnt today! What a lot to learn from even just 1 verse! I thank God today that He has taught me that in studying the Word, I will know His promises, and thereby He is equipping me with weapons to fight back - For no weapons formed against me shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. (Isaiah 54:17). Surely I shall refute every tongue that accuses me, and I don’t even have to come up with the words myself! :)

I want to present to you that not only in knowing the Word (Jesus and God’s promises) equips us with shields and weapons to protect ourselves, but basking in His perfect love is something that is so… wonderful, comforting and secure. I urge, if you do not already know God to seek Him. I challenge you to be unable to find Him. I do. Because every time that I had been lost, I found Him because He came seeking after me. And every time that I had challenged somebody to find Him, they found Him because He came seeking after them. He does this freely for anyone who believes. Believe and give it a shot!! 

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Spoke to a friend about all these voices in my head - not that I am crazy, but that I want to exercise more control over my thoughts. I don’t want to just think about everything that comes to my mind.

Interestingly that I am not quite the only one who experiences this - the average person has 60,000 thoughts a day, and 48,000 (80%) of them are negative.

Quite astounding.

I am at this very first episode, and I do think that some of the things that he speaks about are reaching out to me and I am thankful.

Journey on.

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I dont think that I’e had a crazier #carrot. We had cooked the bottom half of it; and it tasted like #CHEMICALS. So is it that I don’t know how real carrots taste like or that this carror was injected with something odd?! #travel #instafood #odd #experience #vegetable

I dont think that I’e had a crazier #carrot. We had cooked the bottom half of it; and it tasted like #CHEMICALS. So is it that I don’t know how real carrots taste like or that this carror was injected with something odd?! #travel #instafood #odd #experience #vegetable

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24th July - Learning from Ecclesiastes

Lost my Hello Kitty juice-pack! It is the portable battery pack! I feel horrible! I pray that it will be found. Am awaiting le boyfriend to be home from his first day of work to look for it. Wahaha. What a wonderful girlfriend I am!

I had spent HKD13 on some lettuce and a huge carrot. The carrot is terribly dirty, and I don’t quite think that I have ever purchased a carrot that is fresh from the mud. O my goodness. 

Yesterday while studying the bible I was reminded that everything is meaningless (Ecclesiastes) - and while discussing it with my boyfriend, I had thought that how he had interpreted the word “meaningless” is really cool - he said that he thinks that it is difficult to ascertain meaning to what God wants us to do at times, therefore something becomes meaningless. it is therefore easy for us to be distracted by life and deem things meaningless when we cannot see the will of God.

I had, thought that without God, life just becomes meaningless. I think about the non-Christians in my life and wonder about what they think about life. Gathering wealth, giving away wealth to the “wicked”; giving wealth away to sons who may or may not use it well… 

But in reading the book I was also encouraged that there is a time for everything, that God has in mind and knows my situation. That He is in control, and He knows the right time for everything. 

Also learnt that because there is a time for everything, and that all that is has been, whatever will has been before… (Ecclesiastes 3:15)  there really isn’t a point to be uptight. Which reminds me to not be uptight; reminds me to let things go. Upon further reading, I am reminded that I can do so because God has already planned everything, God never changes, He is ever steadfast and steady in His love. He knows all that has passed, all that will come. And beyond this, not only does He know, but He has planned for all, and “all things work for the good of those who love Him” Romans 8:28. 

I am thankful that God never changes. I truly am. I cannot imagine a temperamental God, a God who is unjust, a God who is illogical, a God who is not steadfast in His love. I cannot, I cannot. Hence I am truly thankful that God is who He is. 

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To trust and let go

I have been watching CNN closely for the past few days. Plane crashes always get to me. This is so tragic. Too many lives shortened. 

There are also so many conspiracy theories that it is super disturbing. That it was to distract people from the damage that is being inflicted upon Gaza by Israel; others say that it was an attempt to kill Putin. The latest that I have heard is that this aircraft is MH370, conveniently re-dressed and used in this sick ploy. So much that we do not know about. I feel stupid watching the news at times, knowing that the media is so controlled and knowing that those who control it think that the recipients are retards. How does one trust anything that is ever mass broadcasted anymore? 

I pray that whoever has been hurt in this process meets with God swiftly, I pray that the family and friends of those hurt take solace that God is with them. 

This inspires me to live harder, to live harder for myself. I was reminded that too much time has been spent on contemplating how I might control a certain incident. There isn’t any controlling to do, I shall believe that the right opportunity shall present itself, as propelled by God. 

Still seeking Him fervently. Thank you God for never giving up. I can’t imagine life if you are not persistent in pursuing me. Thank you God. 

Also praying for all in Gaza and Israel.

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Watch, learn and grow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpsEZdI0pNw

I realise that the root of all of my insecurities and problems has to be attributed to my lack of confidence in God. Which, truly sounds rather stupid when I see it typed out or thought about. However, it might not be as easy as it seems. It is one to understand the idea that I ought not lack in confidence in God, it is another to internalise it. Internalising it will lead to confidence, not in myself but in God. And I was studying the video up there (of Joyce Meyer’s teaching on being a confidence woman) and confidence in God is, almost translatable to faith in God. 

Why, o why then does my heart ache, swim in confusion and in securities? Why the immense fear? In face of that much uncertainty, how do I stay focused on God? 

For now, I repeat to myself, “Fear not, for I am with you.” And also how Jesus told Peter to step into the water; and it honestly looked it is something crazy to do. But I am thankful that the bible gives us more details - Peter walked on the water, like Jesus did because Jesus empowered him. It is the unknown. It is a crazy idea. But faith in Jesus and trust in Him allowed Peter to walk and do the impossible. But when Peter lost his focus on Jesus, he found the inability to stay above the water and began to sink. I don’t think that it means that Jesus stopped empowering him, but I feel that it is more like when we focus on our fears and weaknesses, it is just difficult to get the impossible done. But God never leaves us. When Peter called out to Jesus for help, because he was scared, Jesus lovingly said o, why did you not have faith? Because it is faith that will empower us! Jesus saved him and they went back onto the boat. From the video, I had also learnt that when we return to “safety”, signified by the boat, the storm calms because there is no longer an impossibility to be conquered. 

I want to step out in faith today. It is 5 am in the morning here in HK. The joy of the Lord is my strength and shield. He shall protect and defend me. I give it to you God, I am weak, but you are strong. I trust that you will carry me through. 

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So…

Today we are flying off! It has been 2 months since my move here and how unexpected things have turned!

I still thank God, though my heart is going in all directions. I declare that I trust my almighty God, who have made me promises at the moment of my need.

He tells me that though I have eyes but not see; ears but do not hear, I am still all His. He still clears my paths before me, He has already won my battles. He has. My heart will be well; for my Lord will not forsake me. He will leave the 99 sheep to look for me. He is on is way and is round the corner. For I am worth more than many sheep, many sparrows, many lilies.

I seek you God. I leave it to you. Thank you for the great times ahead. I know that you love me, it will be great.

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