Time Of Crisis

It has been more than 6 months since I last posted. I have been away for so long and it’s good to be back to connect with this wonderful community again. God has opened new door for business venture and I had been pretty caught up. I have so many stories to share so more posts coming up!

2020 has been difficult for many of us. I pray that the shaking has made us stronger and better. I pray that it has drawn us closer to God and made us rely on Him more. Jesus is more than enough.

Time of Testing

so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ~1 Peter 1:7

But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. ~Job 23:10

And I will bring the third part through the fire,
Refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested
.
They will call on My name,
And I will answer them;
I will say, ‘They are My people,’
And they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
~Zec 13:9

The pandemic has wiped out so many business and jobs. Many cities were under lockdown. People are dying. Our lives changed overnight. Many people I know had to find alternative ways to support themselves financially. Myself included. I have many friends who are in the airline industry and they have to take up any jobs they can find to pay the bills. Churches in our city can no longer have physical meetings. We have to adapt to attending church online, at home. Fellowships with believers are only through FaceTime or zoom. Many who used to be fervent for The Lord has stopped attending church online, read the bible or pray and felt neglected by church leaders and friends.

This is a time of great testing where believers were pushed out of our comfort zone. Where do we put our faith in? The provision (our job) or the Provider? Why do we serve in church? For recognition (praises of men/sense of achievement) or to serve The King? We raise our hands and praise God during church service. But do we build our own altar to God in our room when no one is watching? Do we read the bible to know Him or to complete an item on our “to-do-list”?

I struggled. I had to choose faith over fear. I had to surrender my dreams, desires, fears and my own ways to the Lord. I had to let go of wanting things to be my way. I had to realigned my faith and focus to Jesus. All these while, my faith has been in the wrong place and I don’t even know it. I am thankful to Jesus for revealing them to me through the pandemic.

Time to Shine

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world. ~Phi 2:15

Ariseshine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.~Isaiah 60:1

God has called us to shine as lights. During times of darkness, it is the best time for believers to shine!

1)Practice Gratitude

First, I have to give up complaining about our situation or discuss about what I think the government should do. I have to stop looking at our challenges and start to see what I have. Thank God for each and everyone of them.

2) Practice Giving

I may be experiencing a financial lack but I have other things in my possession that I can give to the church. For example take time and pray for one another. Share with one another what God has done for us or people we know. Words of encouragement is free! One of my friend is staying alone. So we arranged an online house party to connect with her!

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.~Proverbs 11:25

It is not easy to reach out to others when we are going through storms in our own lives. But it is much better than dwelling in our own problems. It pulls me out of the “pit”. The more I do it, the better it gets.

New Beginnings

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.~Proverbs 11:25

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go. ~Isaiah 48:17

During the lockdown in my city, a friend whom I was connecting with asked me to start a e-commerce business. So I did!! She taught me some of the basic concepts and using the knowledge I had when I was doing FBA on Amazon, I listed my first product online. The lord had bless me through this business and in 2020, my income from this business had exceeded my job. Shortly after, I was able to quit the job I didn’t enjoy to focus full time on this new baby. Praise the Lord!!!

My heart is full of thanksgiving to God and His faithfulness. Indeed, He is amazingly good. I pray that no matter what is going on in our lives today, God will remain the anchor of our soul. May we continue to trust in Him through good and bad times.

Lessons from Call of Moses

Moses is a very special character in the Bible. A Hebrew adopted and raised by an Egyptian princess, this prince of Egypt had a great calling in his life. He was chosen to be the deliverer of the children of Israel who were slaves under cruel taskmasters.

Many years ago, there was a severe famine in Egypt. A prophetic dream was given to the Pharaoh. Joseph, a Hebrew prisoner interpreted the dream and gave a solution even before the famine happened. During the famine, Egypt became richer and stronger by selling food to other nations. They acquired vast amount of land and money during a famine because of the solution given by Joseph. However, all these were long forgotten when that generation died. Instead of taking care of the Hebrews, Egypt enslaved them because of fear.

Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” ~ Exodus 1:8-10

Many fear what they do not know. Many fear that their friend today may become a foe tomorrow. Many fear that they may lose their favourable position. Because of fear, self preservation kicks in. Today, many chose to control and manipulate people and situations. This allows unclean spirits to come into their lives to torment themselves and others.

Letting go

Right from the very beginning, Moses’ life was not that of a normal child. Acts 7 says that Moses was not an ordinary child. When he was born, his mother had to hide him because the Pharaoh had issued a decree to kill all male babies. I believe the enemy knew what God was about to do. But God preserved him. He was hidden for 3 months before his mother left him in a basket and let the river carry him away. The basket floated to where Egyptian princess was taking a bath. She liked him and adopted him. (I’m sure Moses looked really cute!) What amazing thing is, she got his mother to nurse him. Moses’ mother got paid for nursing her own son!

This is such an amazing act. Can you imagine how she must have felt to let her 3 month old son floating in a basket to nowhere? It reminds me of the things that I hold dearly to. When we finally let it go, it ended up coming back to us with greater blessings.

The Void in Our Hearts

Moses was brought up by the Egyptian princess in the language and culture of Egypt. In Acts 7:22, it states that Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. As a royalty, he led a very comfortable life with servants, no financial problems, beautiful clothings and probably a very high position in Pharaoh’s court. He had everything anybody would ever wanted.

But Moses had a call on his life. Someone once told me that if we did not walk in the purpose that God has for us, we will never be fulfilled. There will always be a void within us. Deep down inside his heart, Moses cared for his people. All the riches and treasures of Egypt could not satisfy that deep desire within him.

Contentment

When Moses visited his people at age of 40, he saw an Egyptian mistreating an Israelite. He came to defend him and killed the Egyptian. Exodus 2:12 said that Moses looked this way and that way. He make sure that no one is there before he committed the act. This tells me that Moses was afraid. He probably do not want to let his adoptive family and friends know that his heart was always with his own people, the Hebrew slaves. He was fearful and ashamed to be who he really was yet the desire in him propel him to visit his people. On the outside, he was an eloquent and wise Egyptian prince. Deep in his heart, he was a Hebrew. Can Moses come out and be who he really is? God will not allow us to fulfil our destiny hiding or pretending to be who we are not.

Moses visited the Israelites again the next day. He tried to resolve the conflict between 2 Israelites and he was rejected by them. One Israelite said, ‘Who made u a prince and judge over us?’ Wow.. that must have felt like a knife plunged into his heart. To make things worse, they knew about the murder he committed against an Egyptian the day before! Soon, the word spread. Rejected, ashamed and fearful, Moses fled Egypt as a criminal.

The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” ~Exodus 2:14

Let’s imagine what is going on in Moses mind. He lost everything in a day. His status as a royalty, comfortable lifestyle, honour, money, friends, family and became a fugitive. Perhaps, he shouldn’t have been such a busybody. If only he had mind his own business! At this point, when he was at his lowest, God is still in control. Moses happened to come to Midian, helped the the priest’s daughters. He ended up living with them and married one of his daughters.

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. ~Hebrews 11:24-25

Moses life changed totally. He was living in palaces. He now lives in tents in the wilderness. As a prince, he was trained to run and lead a nation. He used to have maidservants, unlimited entertainment for his evening after his sumptuous dinner. In Midian, he helped people to look after their sheep. But he was happy. He was contented. Never once did bible said that Moses desire to go back to Egypt. In fact, Exodus 2:21 says that Moses was contented to live with the man. Moses chose God.

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Are we contented with what God has given us? Or are we comparing our lives with others? Do we covet what others have? Are we complaining about how tough our situations are? In whatever seasons we are in, we can have joy and be contented with our portion. Without contentment, no matter how much blessings God gives us, we only want more and more. That’s a horrible way to live.

The Burning Bush

Moses lived 40 years in Midian. Maybe he might have felt that it was never meant to be. God didn’t call him to deliver his people. Perhaps, this is how he shall live for the rest of his life. One day, while doing his routined, mundane daily chores, he came across a unique situation. A burning bush that was not consumed. There, Moses received his calling. Finally!!! However, this once eloquent, powerful in speech ex-prince of Egypt felt inadequate. His conversation with God in Exodus 3/4 showed that he gave a lot of excuses. But God in His mercy, told Moses how He will help him in the mission.

  • “Who am I that I should go to pharaoh?” ~Exodus 3:11
  • “What do I say to them?” ~Exodus 3:13
  • “What if they do not believe me?” ~Exodus 4:1
  • Moses said to the LORD, “I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” ~Exodus 4:10
  • “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” ~Exodus 4:13
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The last thing Moses wanted was to go back to Egypt and faced the place and people he ran away from. It reminded him of his failure and the rejection from his people. When we try to fulfil our destiny before God’s timing in our own way, we ended up in failure and defeat. When God call us, let’s not shrink back and tell God we cannot do it. It is God who enable and empower us to do what He want us to do. So that we cannot boast in our own ability.

“So God sent back the same man his people had previously rejected when they demanded, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us?’ ~Acts 7:35

The very area Moses was concerned about, rejected by, fearful and ashamed of was the very area He was called. Were you rejected? What are you fearful of? Look closer at the burning bush. Hear what God is saying to you.

Count it all Joy

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

When I read this verse many years ago, I wondered why would anyone find trials joyful. I wouldn’t want to go through any tough times! God loves me! God will always bless me and make sure all is well with me.

The last few years, I had to go through some difficult times in my finances, business and personal life. I fell to “rock bottom” and when I think things cannot be any worse, the worst happened. I had to face disappointments, betrayals, condemnation, shame, embarrassment and lack. I expected people closed to me to understand or encourage me. I get judgement instead. I questioned God, my faith and I could not understand. I was confused. I had never gone though such experiences before and now I got to go through and process it on my own. Help seems far away.

Today, I am thankful that God allows me to go through difficult times. Indeed, I count it all joy!! Because He loves me, He allow me to go through the valley. Through all these seemingly unpleasant experiences, many deep rooted emotional issues were exposed. Anger is one emotion that often arises when things didn’t go the way I expected it to be. I also have so much pride and there was a lot that God need to do. I allow the fear of men to control me. My identity was rooted in my performance at work. I used money to buy love and friendships. There were so many idols in my hearts. All these were only the tip of the ice berg.

During these dark moments, I poured my heart to the Lord. I learned that instead of telling 10 friends about it, I go to the Holy Spirit. Only He truly understands and only He can bring healing to my soul. Just like King David, I cried out to the Lord. I gave Him my pain and surrender myself and my circumstances to Him. This is not a one time surrender or lip service to God. I have to do it again and again and again, everyday, every week. I am able to draw near to God and allow Him to comfort and heal me. He collect my tears in a bottle. He gave me the strength and grace to go through everything I need to go through.

And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. ~ Deu 8:2

When I’m alone, I know I am not alone. For He is with me. When all I see is uncertainties, I rely on God’s word that His plan for me is good and He is my solid Rock. When I face with lack, I rejoice that God will provide for me. When storm arise, instead of fear, faith arises. Instead of anxiety, there is joy and peace because I know God will always have my back. When my families and friends mock and despise me, I learn that my identity is not in people’s opinions. Jesus is all that I need and He is truly more than enough. Blessings are not an entitlement just because we are christians. God didn’t owe us anything. He already gave us everything at the cross.

Spending time in His word sanctifies me, warns me, build me and guide me.

Above all, God is in total control. He has everything in the palm of His hands. He will not allow us to go through anything beyond what we can bear.

My brothers and sisters, may the God of Peace reign in your hearts. No matter what is happening in the world or in your personal life today, I pray for each and everyone of you that your hope is in the Lord. Keep your eyes on Him. He is faithful and able.

Jesus loves you. Rejoice!!

Bible Character-Daniel

In my previous posts, we have seen how Daniel and his friends got promoted through crisis. They have been courageous and fearless in midst of crisis. Daniel has been able to maintain his peace and remain calm when everyone around him were panicking. God is able to use him mightily in the courts of 4 pagan king.

Most Christians are familiar with Daniel and his story. Many have even tried the Daniel Fast! I did that few years ago. There’s a lot more about this wise character who’s decision and counsel saved the lives many people. Let’s learn more about him today!

Background of Daniel

He was from the tribe of Judah. When King Nebu captured Israel, Daniel became a prisoner and was sent to Babylon. He was a good looking young boy. Even at a young age, he was skillful in all wisdom, competent, quick to understand, smart and discerning. He was chosen to serve in the courts of King Nebuchadnezzar and was trained on their literature and language for 3 years.

Set Apart for God

Daniel was chosen because of his physical appearance and intellect. The world looks on the outside. But God sees what is in our hearts. When he was presented with wine and delicacy of King Nebuchadnezzar, he refused them. He asked for vegetables and water instead. He was not greedy or covetous, nor desire to live the high and luxurious life in Babylon. Living a life that honours God is more important.

Daniel became set-apart for God. His heart to live for God made him different. So God granted him favour with the Chief of eunuch who granted him his desire. Daniel and his friends looked healthier than others. God also gave him and his friends knowledge and skills in all literature and wisdom. This means that they excel during their training. They learn better, faster and are smarter. But only Daniel has special skills to understand visions and dreams. After the years of training, bible said that there was no one like them. in fact, they were found to be ten times better than the magicians and astrologers in the kingdom!

Today at our workplace, social circle or neighbourhood, we find ourselves surrounded by darkness? People of the world chase after money, fame, sex and other worldly pleasures. Adultery, fornication, theft, strive, witchcraft, scams are rampant in our society. The ways of the world are different from the ways of our Holy God. Do we allow ourselves to conform to these worldly ideas and beliefs?

To be set apart is a choice. Daniel made his choice at the beginning of his career. Daniel denied worldly pleasures and was rewarded with heavenly gifts and talents from God! And at the right time, God promoted him to be the second in command. Daniel became the light in the darkness.

Faithfulness

This one of the fruit of the Spirit that Daniel possessed. As a prisoner in a foreign country, he was faithful to his God. He refused to be defiled by the king’s delicacies. When he was promoted by King Nebuchadnezzar to be ruler over province of Babylon and chief administrator over all the wise men, he remembered his friends. He requested for his 3 friends to be promoted too. They prayed and sought God together regarding the interpretation of the dream. They prayed for mercy that they will not perish with the rest of the wise men. Daniel could have forgotten his prayer buddies but he didn’t. He is faithful to his God and also a faithful friend. ~Daniel 2:16-18

Humility

When Daniel received the interpretation to the king’s dream, he blessed God. He acknowledged it is God who granted him wisdom and might. Daniel was presented to the king to reveal the secret that no one in the kingdom knows. He said that the secret was revealed to him not because he is wiser than others. ~ Daniel 2:30 Well.. the fact is, he ten times wiser than others! But Daniel do not think more highly of himself than he ought to. Neither does he looked down on his colleagues who are magicians and astrologers. He knew that everything he has is from God. His wisdom, intellect, gifts, understanding are all from God of Heaven.

Prophetic Gift

Daniel was gifted with special skills to interpret dreams and vision. God used this gift mightily when he served the 3 pagan kings. This gift had saved the lives of many people and turned the hearts of many towards God.

King Nebuchadnezzar is a harsh and angry king. One time he was so angry with Daniel’s friends that his face became distorted. He can kill whoever he want and disgrace whoever he want. He is known to make unusual and difficult requests. (Read Daniel 1-3). When Daniel interpreted the first dream on the great statue, King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and praised God. Daniel interpreted the second dream and advise the king to repent from his sins and show mercy to the poor. Indeed, the dream was fulfilled and at the end of the time, King Nebuchadnezzar was a changed man. He praised, extolled and honoured God. It is so beautiful that you need to read it! The words of a changed man, saved and restored by God!

Without Daniel’s gift, Nebuchadnezzar could have killed more people and committed more sin. Because Daniel interpreted the 2nd dream and it came to pass, he knew God of Daniel is the one true God. God is so merciful to him! Oh… the beauty of salvation!

Spirit of Excellence

Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. ~Daniel 6:3

Since a young age, Daniel already made up his mind to be set apart. He has always been different. But it was the spirit of excellence in him that distinguished him above others. I believed he possessed a spirit of excellence since he was a boy. In other translation of the same verse, he was described as more capable, have great ability and exceptional qualities. Because of that, King Darius want to put him in charge of whole kingdom. He didn’t ask for it. His boss wanted to.

Many of us desire promotion, power and authority in our workplace. We believed and confessed we have the favour of God. We trust God for a promotion. Then we get so disappointed when our boss chose another person. Let’s not be discouraged but choose to focus on developing the spirit of excellence (check out my post developing excellence in every area of our life). Let’s focus on doing the right thing. Lets focus on having a good attitude (reject bitterness and be happy for the person). Lets focus on being a blessing to others.

Dependence on God

Daniel lived during dangerous times. His colleagues were all magicians and astrologers. His success may have caused people to be jealous. The kings that he served were harsh and cruel. He can lose his life anytime. But Daniel has learned to trust and rely on God to deliver him from any situations.

Remember why was Daniel thrown into the lion’s den? Some of his colleagues who were jealous of him plotted against him. When they can’t find anything bad about him, they decided to find fault with his faith. They made King Darius issued a decree that no one in the kingdom can pray to any god or man for 30 days except the king. Daniel knew about it. He was fully aware of the consequences. But he went home, opened the windows and prayed to God. As a result, he was arrested and ended up in the lion’s den.

The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. ~Daniel 6:23

It is very natural for people to use our own strength to get things done. Self-preservation is the act of keeping ourselves safe or alive in a dangerous situation. It is our natural instinct and it can drive us to do things unimaginable. (Remember how people fight over toilet rolls?) Its the survival instinct in us. Fully aware of consequences of his actions, Daniel relied on God to deliver him.

I pray that whatever we are going through today, let’s believe and trust that our good God is control. As we live for Him, He is faithful to deliver us.

Man of Prayer

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. ~Daniel 6:10

Daniel, a man of 🙏🏻 prayer

Daniel is a man of prayer. He didn’t pray because he has a need or problem. His custom since early days (he’s probably an old man now after serving 3 kings) is to go to his upper room, with windows opened, go down on his knees, prayed and give thanks to God. He has a disciplined prayer life. He even has a prayer closet! He gave thanks even during a crisis! For the rest of the chapters, we saw how he intercede for Israel. He asked for understanding and an angel came to help him understand his vision.

Successful people are where they are today because of something that they do consistently everyday. Studies have shown that habits determine 95% of a person’s action Everything that we are today, and everything that we will ever achieve, is determined by the quality of our habits.

Daniel’s consistent prayer life has deepen his faith and strengthen his relationship with God. It gave him the strength to go through any crisis. Throughout the rest of the book of Daniel, he had so many encounters with God. He was visited by angels, seen amazing visions, prophecies, wisdom through prayer.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I do. Do share with me how we can learn from Daniel today! God bless!!!

Be A Leader In A Crisis

Life is a series of ups and downs. God can use all these events and situations to change and mold us into His image. Crisis will come, whether we like it or not. What the devil meant for evil, God can turn it around for our good.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” ~Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In every crisis, there is always an opportunity. We are tested in crisis and under stress. How cool do we stay in tough times? When a crisis come, I want to encourage you to rise up to be a leader of the situation.

How Successful People Handle A Crisis? Let’s us look at Daniel in the Bible. He was one of the captives carried off to Babylon in 605 B.C. by Nebuchadnezzar.

1) He is not overwhelmed by his emotions

Every successful person is a master of their emotions. When they encounter a unpleasant situation or even a disaster, they remain calm, stable and composed. Instead of breaking down, they are able to look at the situation and provide solutions. Instead of spreading fear and anxiety, he/she can bring peace for people’s heart. Naturally, people around them will look to him/her for direction.

In Book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar was very angry that nobody in his kingdom can interpret his dream. So in his anger, he decided to do something really crazy. He wanted to kill ALL the wiseman. (This is why a person who cannot control his emotions cannot be in leadership. They end up doing crazy things!) I’m really amazed at how Daniel handled the situation. A decree was issued to kill him but he is not overwhelmed by fear. Everyone panicked but bible said that Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion.

  • He calmly find out about the details and reason for the decreed.
  • He immediately responded by asking the king for more time.
  • He sought the Lord, interpreted the dream, saved everyone and was promoted to be the 2nd in command. The crisis promoted Daniel.

“When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill them, Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion. He asked Arioch, “Why has the king issued such a harsh decree?” So Arioch told him all that had happened. Daniel went at once to see the king and requested more time to tell the king what the dream meant.”
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭2:14-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In the midst of COVID-19 crisis, instead of being overwhelmed by fear, how can we rise up to be a leader? Definitely not by fighting over toilet rolls. 🤣

2) He is Fearless and Brave

When faced with a crisis, courage is a quality that every successful person possess. If we don’t take risk, fearful of failure, refused stand up for what we believe, we will always be at the same place. God want to bring us to a new level.

Daniel and his friends served in the courts of pagan kings. All their colleagues were sorcerers or magicians. However, they have shown tremendous courage and bravery during their time there. They refused to compromise on their values and beliefs.

Daniel’s friends were thrown into the blazing furnace because they refused to bow down and worship the golden statue set up by Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar was so angry that his face became distorted and he turned the furnace 7 times hotter. Even the guards died from the heat. But God is with them in the furnace. They entered the furnace bound but in the furnace, they were free and walking with a 4th man who look like the Son of God! They came out without even smelling like smoke! Nebuchadnezzar praised God and promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

  • “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.””
    Daniel‬ ‭3:16-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬
  • “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!””
    ‭‭Daniel‬ ‭3:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬
God is with you in your fiercest trials

Daniel himself was thrown into the lions den because he prayed and worshipped the one true God. King Darius had no choice because he had issued the decree. Daniel knew the decree and the consequences of his actions. It may cost his life but he chose to do the right thing. He continued to pray and worship God with his windows wide open. He didn’t even try to hide. Well, not a scratch was found on him. God delivered him. This testimony of God’s power amazed King Darius who issued another decree throughout the whole world to honour the God of Daniel. Daniel prospered.

  • Daniel answered, “Long live the king!  My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.” Daniel 6:22
  •  The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God. Daniel 6:23

Daniel’s and his friends courage and bravery has resulted in miracles. This glorifies God! Even pagan kings can see that our God is indeed true and powerful! Are we afraid of our situation today? God did not give us a spirit of fear. When we shrink back in fear, we miss the move of God. God moves when there is faith. Ask God for boldness and courage to do what is right. He will always supports and backs you up when you live for Him.

Daniel served 4 kings and went through a tough time from being a captive to the highest position in the courts of these pagan kings. Many times he was faced with situations that will cost his life. Every time, he overcame with wisdom, courage and power of God. Instead of killing him, these crisis promoted him.

It’s easy to trust God in good time.
Are we positive in faith ?
Are we walking in fear and doubt ?
Our actions and words reveal who we are!


How should Christians handle Coronavirus crisis?

The world is volatile and unstable. The world operate base on fear and greed. The world is driven by anxiety and pride. The world lust and covet after what they do not have. The world says love only those who loves you.

  • In Luke 6:27, Jesus says love your enemies!
  • In Romans 12:2, Paul told us not to conform to this world but renew our mind.
  • In John 17:16, Jesus said we are not of this world just like He is not of this world.
  • In James 4:4, friendship with the world is enmity with God!

As believers, we do not operate and behave as the world. Growing up, we were taught ways of the world. We learn to fight and strive. Lets discard these worldly mindset and embrace the mindset of a different kingdom. Kingdom of God. (I shall talk more about this in another post. 🤗)

1)Submit to our Government & Leadership

COVID-19 has set the world into panic mode. Just take a look at the stock market! Many world leaders have no answers to this virus. Some of them have died because of it. How should they handle the situation? Should they impose stricter travel bans? Should they close all the schools?

To be honest, there is no best way to curb the spread of this virus. Nowadays, people are moving from one country to another so quickly and easily. The incubation period is around 2 weeks so people won’t know if they are infected or not. People with symptoms refused to seek medical help and continue their daily life, infecting more people. 🤦🏻‍♀️

As believers, we need to submit to our leaders. All authority comes from above. We must show respect and grace to our leaders. They are not perfect. What would we do if we are in their shoes? We do not understand the pressure they are facing everyday. The things they do may not always be right. But we trust that they are doing their best.

So let’s stop complaining and start praying! Pray for our leaders and government. May wisdom be upon them to make the right decision. Pray for dishonest and corrupted officials to be removed. Pray for their health and healing.

“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

2) Guard Our Hearts

COVID-19 is not only a virus but also a huge fear monster. Because there is no known vaccine, fear of the unknown has crippled the hearts of many. Look at what people are doing at the supermarkets! Fighting over toilet rolls! 🤷🏻‍♀️ People are stocking up masks, hand sanitizers, instant noodles and other staples. In my city, alcohol swipes were sold out. Diabetes patients and people who really needs it, can’t buy it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ This is so sad.

The world react in fear. Scarcity mentality kicks in. How will our business and career be affected? Will we still have enough? Is it safe for our children to go to school? As believers, we must guard our hearts from fear during this season. We do not have to fear this virus!

God is faithful. He is with us. God is bigger than ANY virus! COVID-19 cannot stop the will and plan of God for our lives. Trust that God will provide for us. Trust that God will help us navigate through this crisis. Trust that God will protect us from this virus. Trust that God will heal us and our loved ones who are infected. Meditate on Psalm 91. Spend time with God, give Him all your fears. Pray over the promises of God in your life. Let the Prince of Peace still the storm in your hearts.

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

3) Wisdom In our Daily Life

I believe in faith. I also believe in exercising wisdom and common sense in our daily lives. Boasting that we have faith is useless when we act like a fool. Exercising wisdom during this season is very important. Living like a fool exposed us to unnecessary problems. There are people who do things on purpose to show that they are not fearful of getting infected but ended up tested positive. We do not want to behave like that.

Practice good hygiene, avoiding unnecessary travels and physical meetings. Some meetings can be done via Skype or zoom. Try not greet each other with kisses, or touch things like microphone (unless it’s your personal one), used utensils, sharing a drink, etc. If we have flu-like symptoms, consult a doctor and stay at home! If we attended a event which turn out to be a infected cluster, let’s isolate ourselves and watch our health. Be socially responsible.

Wear masks ONLY if you are sick. If we have more than enough, share it with others who do not have. ❣️

4) Do not Discriminate

I was reading about people discriminating Chinese or anyone who look asian. A student from Singapore was beaten up in UK by 2 men who said “We don’t want your coronavirus in our country.” This is a pretty extreme case. One woman posted on social media that she had been spat on because she is Chinese. Discrimination and prejudice against the Chinese community all over the world has increased. They were frown upon, scorned, harassed, verbally and physically abused. Many don’t even dare to go to school and work. But they have nothing to do with the virus outbreak in Wuhan.

Such hateful behaviour are not right. Let show acceptance and love towards others, regardless of race or religion. We do not have to invite them to our homes, share a meal or have close fellowships with them. But we cannot reject them or associate them to coronavirus just because of the are Asian. Mutual respect for one another must be maintained.

5) Love God, Love People 💕

1 John 4:8 days that Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Instead of living in fear, let’s us think how we can help others in need. How can we love our friends and neighbours? Hoarding and fighting over toilet rolls is definitely not love.

This morning, I left home for work. I saw this in the lift! Someone put this hand sanitizers at every lift in my neighborhood. ❤️ I think this is what Jesus would do! Share our resources, share the love! Just like the early church in Acts! This is an opportunity for believers to shine in darkness!

What else can we do for our friends and loved ones during this season? How can we love others during times of crisis? Share in the comments!

How to Protect Yourself From COVID-19?

Hi everyone! How have you been? We have been bombarded by news on coronavirus or COVID-19 everyday! There are now more cases in US and Europe. People are queuing and buying masks and toilet rolls (why toilet rolls?!?!). It has caused so much fear and anxiety in people’s heart.


Everyday, I pray Psalm 91 over you. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousands at your right hand, it shall not come near you! I pray for peace of God will guard your heart. I pray for a strong immune system for you. Your body will be strong and able to fight any virus or diseases.


Our immune system is a gift from God and it does a awesome job in defending us against invaders like bacterias, viruses, parasites, even a fungus. Sometimes when germ/virus manage to invade successfully, we fall sick.

With a strong immune system, we can reduce chances of getting infected. Even if we get infected, chances of recovery is definitely much higher. Currently there is no vaccine for COVID-19. We depend on our own body to fight and recover.

We walk by faith, we also walk in wisdom. Other than avoiding crowds and watching our personal hygiene, I wanted to share some practical wisdom on how to protect ourselves during times like this.

Many with symptoms of COVID-19 still carry on with their daily lives. 😣 Let’s be socially responsible.

6 Ways to Improve our Immune System


1) Get enough sleep -Insomnia caused us to feel fatigued and more vulnerable to common illness like flu (in the short term). Our body uses sleep to heal itself. Studies have shown that sleeping seven hours a night can increased resistance to infectious diseases


2) Adequate sunlight-Sunlight triggers the skin to produce vitamin D. Low vitamin D levels is linked to a greater risk of respiratory infection


3) Exercise regularly-We don’t need a special boot camp for this. Fast walking for 20 mins, 3 times a week is good enough. Studies show that people who exercise have better-functioning white blood cells (help to fight off invaders). Exercise produces endorphins that helps you to relax and sleep better


4) Drink less alcohol-Moderate drinking is no more than two drinks a day for a man, or one drink for a woman. Drinking too much alcohol can affect the function of white blood cells and lower your defence to infection.

5) Destress-Constant stress makes us more vulnerable to everything from common cold to major illness. It is linked to heart disease and hypertension. A constant cascade of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, weaken the immune system.

6) Healthy diet-This is essential to a healthy immune system. Empty calories will lead to weight gain and leave you more prone to infection. Take more fruits and vegetables. Avoid things like sugar, especially because microbes love sugar. A diet rich in antioxidant, on the other hand, can boost resistance to infection

Choose our fuel wisely


To me, maintaining a healthy diet is the most important. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We must feed it with good spiritual and physical food.

Do you know the gut is your largest immune organ? Our gut wall houses 70 % of the cells that make up your immune system. The food we eat not only feeds our cells but also determines the “garden” we are growing in us. Getting your gut bacteria healthy is key to staying healthy. If your bacteria are sick, so are you! Many diseases (allergies, dementia, acne, IBS, cancer) seemingly unrelated are actually caused by gut problems.


If you want a healthy body and a strong immune system, start with your gut!

I hope you are blessed! Stay healthy and safe!

Psalm 91 -COVID-19

My church is now meditating on Psalm 91 in the midst of COVID-19. With a willing heart, some time and effort, we can all memorise this great Psalm!

The bible says anxiety in the heart causes depression, but a good word makes it Glad.

Are you anxious ?
Are you worried about your business ?
Are you worried about your future and financial ?
Are we able to rest in the Lord?

Enthrone the Lord with these psalm and indeed, no evil will come near you and no plague will come near your dwelling.

🙏🙏🙏🙏

Armed ourselves with the sword of the Spirit!

Psalm 91

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence.

He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you.

Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”


Do comment on the breakthroughs you get while meditating on this psalm 👌🏻

Going Through Difficult Times

I thank God for the body of Christ. I thank God for the pastors and leaders that He has given us. I’m eternally grateful for the church and the services that runs every weekends. Such a great time where believers can come together to praise and worship our King 👑.

Every time when I attend service, I’m always very touched by the presence of God. I am honored to sit at the feet of my leaders to hear the Word of God. The Word preached is always so relevant and applicable in my life. It was as if there is no one else and God is speaking directly to me.

Today service was so awesome. My pastor preached on how to pray when going through difficult times.

Everyone go through difficult circumstances and situations that are beyond our control. It can be a frustrating time where our faith is tested. Nothing makes sense. All the hard work and efforts made seems wasted and meaningless.

Renew Our Mind

As believers, we do not think and behave like the world. Neither do we sink into despair nor curse God when things are tough. We can always have hope no matter how dark our circumstances may be. We are a blessed people who have God with us.

““For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? And what great nation is there that has such statutes and righteous judgments as are in all this law which I set before you this day?” ~Deuteronomy‬ ‭4:7-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We need to resist the temptations to think thoughts of unbelief. We must allow Word of God to renew our mind. We need to discard our old mindset and think like how God thinks.

A negative mind cannot produce a positive life

How to pray during difficult times?
Be Honest

Many people live in denial and fantasy. Instead of facing reality, they believe the lies that they want to believe. It does help to numb the pain and sustain them in the short term. But a person living in denial and fantasy cannot receive the breakthrough God want to give them.

We have to be honest and transparent with God. He knows everything anyway. We can pray and cry out to God. We can pour out our hearts to Him instead of telling ourselves everything is alright. He will deliver us.

When we read the Psalms in the Bible, we often see how King David pour out his heart to God. He also renew his commitment and loyalty. He declare the promises of God and surrender the situation to Him. Trusting God will deliver Him.

Psalm 3 was a psalm written by King David when he was going through a very hard time. His own son Absalom led a troop to overthrow him as king. It’s not only a national crisis but also a personal one. As he escaped from the city, he met people who mocked and criticized him.

“LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say of me, “ There is no help for him in God.” Selah But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭3:1-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Be Focused

“Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

When going through tough times, do not look to the left or right. Its tempting to look at the winds and waves in the storm. But we only need to look at God. Peter started to sink when he changed his focus to the winds and waves. To walk on water, we have to look at Jesus. Focus on Him. Go to His word and meditate on His faithfulness.

Sometimes I am tempted to compare myself to others. I have so many ‘whys’ and that leads me to more confusion and not peace. We can’t be contented with what we have when we allow our eyes to wander.

In psalm 3, we can see King David bring up his problems to God and he declare the glory and promises of God. He believe God is able to deliver him. Salvation belongs to the Lord!

Our help comes from Heaven
Trust God

When we pray and cry out to God, keep our eyes on Him, we must also trust Him. We do not trust in chariots and horses but in God. We do not trust in man and in our own abilities. We do not use unscrupulous means to achieve what we desire. We do not want to produce Ishmaels but Isaccs, son of the promise.

We must believe He loves us deeply and has a plan for us. We cannot act on our own understanding or logic. We cannot depend on external support. We must depend only on God.

Faith is not passive. Faith is not inaction. Faith is resting in God. When we trust God, we enter into His rest. An inward rest that God is in control. We no longer allow anxiety and fear to torment and control us.

At the marketplace, we must not allow selfish ambitions, greed or wealth to consume us. God is our partner and when we do our part, He will do His. In our ministry, we must remember we are serving God, not man. We cannot allow offenses and praises of man to enter our hearts.

  • “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ~Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
  • “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Be Expectant

When we have done our part, we must be expectant. Especially when circumstances are really bad. When we go to God, renew our faith in Him, continue to cry out to Him and declare the promises of God. He is faithful and delights and giving good things to His children.

Every morning, we wake up with great expectations. Expect greatness and goodness. This will help us to change our mindset and focus. We do not want to do things on autopilot where we wake up, go through daily routine and miss out what God is trying to show us. When we live expectantly, we live intentionally and not autopilot.

Be prepared for a miracle. It can happen anytime.

“My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah”
‭‭~Psalms‬ ‭62:5-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. ~Psalm 5:3

“Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” ~Psalms‬ ‭35:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Dr Li Wen Liang, The Hero Who Told the Truth

This morning when I was preparing to attend service, someone send me this heart wrenching message about Dr Li Wen Liang, our fellow brother in Christ. My heart was so broken.

The Message 👇🏻

All across China, people are talking about Dr Li Wen Liang. He was the doctor who discovered the novel coronavirus and in the early morning of 7 Feb, 2.58am, he was promoted into glory and went home to be with our Father in heaven.

Back in December last year, he was arrested for being a whistle blower ‘spreading rumors’ about a mysterious pneumonia like virus. This morning we found out he was infact a fellow brother in Christ. Our hearts are deeply moved by his sacrificial choice to spread awareness about the virus despite the risks he faced, especially to his reputation and to his own health.


He continued to care for patients up until he was infected himself. What a legacy to leave behind of what it means to be like Jesus to those hurting in a time of crisis.
He chose to be an example of Immanuel, ‘God with us’ to the people of Wuhan.
Can you imagine the joy he must have felt as he entered into eternity and heard the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”?

So today, please pray for his family, especially his wife who is also infected and 8 months pregnant with their second child. May God heal them supernaturally n give them grace, peace, strength and comfort during this time.

Dr Li Wen Liang penned a deeply touching Chinese poem below of how he would miss his family, his beloved Wuhan n quoted 2 Tim 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

#jiayouwuhan

“The Hero Who Told The Truth”

Here is a captivating, heart-touching Chinese poem I’ve tried to translate into English. It was written in memory of Mr Li Wenliang, a Christian doctor and whistleblower who died from the coronavirus himself after being punished for issuing the first warning about the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

我不想當英雄。
我還有爹娘,
還有孩子,
還有懷孕臨產的妻,
還有許多的病人在病房。
盡管正直換不來善良,
盡管䢛途迷茫,
可還是要繼續進行,
誰讓我選擇了這國這家,
多少委屈,
等打完這仗,
垂淚如雨仰天遠望。
“I don’t want to be a hero.
I still have my parents,
And my children,
And my pregnant wife who’s about to give birth,
And many of my patients in the ward.
Though my integrity cannot be exchanged for the goodness of others,
Despite my loss and confusion,
I should proceed anyway.
Who let me choose this country and this family?
How many grievances do I have?
When this battle is over,
I will look up to the sky,
With tears like rain.”

我不想當英雄。
只是做為醫生,
我不能眼看著這不明的病毒,
傷害著我的同行。
還有那多無辜的人們,
他們盡管已奄奄一息,
可眼睛裏總望著我,
帶著生命的希望。
“I don’t want to be a hero.
But as a doctor,
I cannot just see this unknown virus
Hurting my peers
And so many innocent people.
Though they are dying,
They are always looking at me in their eyes,
With their hope of life.”

誰成想我競死了!
我的靈魂分明在天上,
望著那張白色的病床,
床上分明是我的軀體,
軀體上還是那熟悉的臉龐。
我的父親母親在哪?
還有我親愛的妻子,
那當年我苦苦追求的姑娘。
“Who would have ever realised that I was going to die?
My soul is in heaven,
Looking at the white bed,
On which lies my own body,
With the same familiar face.
Where are my parents?
And my dear wife,
The lady I once had a hard time chasing?”

天上有一道光!
那光的盡頭是人們時常說起的天堂。
我寧願不去哪裏,
我寧願回到武漢我的家鄉。
那裏有我新買的房子,
每月還要還貸的賬。
我怎能舍得,
我怎能舍得!
沒有兒子的爹娘,
該有多麽悲傷;
沒有了丈夫的寶貝,
該如何面對這未來的滄桑。
“There is a light in the sky!
At the end of that light is the heaven that people often talk about.
But I’d rather not go there.
I’d rather go back to my hometown in Wuhan.
I have my new house there,
For which I still have to pay off the loan every month.
How can I give up?
How can I give up?
For my parents without their son,
How sad must it be?
For my sweetheart without her husband,
How can she face the vicissitudes in her future?”

我分明死了。
我看見他們把我的軀殼,
裝進一個袋子。
在袋子的近傍
有許多死去的同胞,
象我一樣,
在黎明時分,
被推進火的爐堂。
“I am already gone.
I see them taking my body,
Putting it into a bag,
With which lie many compatriots
Gone like me,
Being pushed into the fire in the hearth
At dawn.”

再見了,難舍的親人。
永別了,武漢我的故鄉。
但願你們在災難過後,
還記得曾經有人,
努力地讓你們盡早知道真相。
但願你們在災難過後,
學會正直,
不再讓善良的人們,
遭受著無盡的恐懼,
和無奈的悲傷。
“Goodbye, my dear ones.
Farewell, Wuhan, my hometown.
Hopefully, after the disaster,
You’ll remember someone once
Tried to let you know the truth as soon as possible.
Hopefully, after the disaster,
You’ll learn what it means to be righteous.
No more good people
Should suffer from endless fear,
And helpless sadness.”

“那美好的仗我已經打完了,
應行的路我已行盡了,
當守的道我守住了。
從此以後,
有公義的冠冕為我留存。”
《聖經》提摩太後書4.7
“I have fought the good fight.
I have finished the race.
I have kept the faith.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness.”
2 Timothy 4:7, Holy Bible

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