Bro. Johnathan encourages us that even in our delays we can find purpose and that we need to get ready to step out from hiding into our God given destiny. He draws inspiration from Saul being anointed King over Israel in 1st Samuel chapter 9.
Ps Lai Fun explores our God given potential to change our circumstances and reminds us to be bold before God just like the 5 daughters were bold enough to approach Moses and produce a change in Numbers chapter 27.
Text: Numbers 27: 1-8 "One day a petition was presented by the daughters of Zelophehad—Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. Their father, Zelophehad, was a descendant of Hepher son of Gilead, son of Makir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph.These women stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the tribal leaders, and the entire community at the entrance of the Tabernacle.[a]“Our father died in the wilderness,” they said. “He was not among Korah’s followers, who rebelled against the Lord; he died because of his own sin. But he had no sons.Why should the name of our father disappear from his clan just because he had no sons? Give us property along with the rest of our relatives.”So Moses brought their case before the Lord.And the Lord replied to Moses,“The claim of the daughters of Zelophehad is legitimate. You must give them a grant of land along with their father’s relatives. Assign them the property that would have been given to their father.“And give the following instructions to the people of Israel: If a man dies and has no son, then give his inheritance to his daughters.
Ps Kul Bal illustrates humorously some of the characteristics of faithful people on the example of Peter and John, healing the lame man, in Acts chapter 3.
Text: Acts 3: 1-10 "One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.When all the people saw him walking and praising God,they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Johnathan D Ramayah encourages us powerfully how God wants to lead us out of difficult seasons into a brighter future by examining the life of Ruth.
Date: 9 SEPTEMBER 2018
Text: Ruth 1: 16-17 "But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely,if even death separates you and me.”"
Text: Psalms 92:13 "Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God."
Ps Albert Isaac, from World Harvest Church (Sunway), cautions us powerfully not to become Bonsai Christians!
Bonsai is a Japanese cultivation techniques to produce small trees in containers that mimic the shape and scale of full size trees. If we are not careful we can become Christians who have the shape and appearance of who we should be, but never live up to our full potential!
Text: Romans 4: 13-16 "It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless,because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all."