The Art of Brokenness

Have you heard of the Kintsugi Art? Kintsugi means golden joinery or repair with gold.  Originated from Japan, it is the art of restoration that puts broken pottery back with gold power applied on lacquer. Every piece is broken differently so no two pieces are of the same design. This art highlights the “brokenness” of the pottery. There is no attempt to hide the scars but to illuminate it. It is because of the “flaws” that makes Kintsugi Art so special and the broken pottery is now more beautiful and precious than before.

Remember the moment when something crashed on to the floor and broke into many pieces? Most of us are familiar with broken things. As a child, when our favourite toy is broken, we put it on the shelf, waiting for Daddy to fix it. Or we simply trash it and get a new one. Very often, it takes too much work to repair. It is so much easier to get a new one, isn’t it?

Life is not perfect. This is a broken world. When we look around us, we see broken lives, broken relationships, broken marriages, broken dreams… Tossed aside. Left on the shelf. Shattered into pieces. Ashamed. Broken. Beyond repair.

Many people put on a front. They pretend and try to hide their brokenness. They post wonderful pictures of their family vacations on Instagram. They hide behind addictions, thick makeup and designer clothes.

The devil has lied to so many of us that we are too deep in our sin and ungodly lifestyle and we cannot change. Some of us believe that we are stuck because we believe our personality and behaviour are set. That is who we are. My friends, that is not true. We need to discard these mindsets and look into the Word of God.

Power of His Resurrection

There is no shame in our brokenness. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and took our shame upon Himself. When He died, God laid on Him the iniquity of us all. All our mistakes, sins, fears, pains, hurts, shame and condemnations were laid upon Him. He is innocent perfect lamb of God to atone for our sins. Without Jesus, we will all be slaves to sin. But because of His finished work on the cross, we are freed from the power of sin once and for all. His blood cleanses us from sin. Jesus has conquered sin, death and hell!

His resurrection proves that we are forgiven! The devil has no hold on us anymore. Sickness, poverty, depression and defeat are not our portion. Our supply and help come from Heaven. Today, we can come boldly to the throne of grace and ask for His mercy and help. Every dead and lifeless are of your life can be turn around. That’s the power of His resurrection!

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. ~Romans 4:25

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. ~Romans 6:14

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, ~Romans 8:1

His Restoration

When we receive Jesus into our heart, we are new creations in Christ. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow. Because of His resurrection, we can have hope. We can go to God as we are (boldly and without fear) and allow Him to heal and restore us. We can give God our brokenness and allow our Creator to put back the broken pieces of our lives. Can we humble ourselves today and allow Him to restore us? Can we let go and surrender our lives to him?

We are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the product of your labor. But now, LORD, you are our Father, and we are clay, and you are our potter; and we all are the work of your hands. ~ Isaiah 64:8

My friends, there is hope in your marriage, career, family and every area of your life! God can turn your life around if you are willing to give your brokenness to Him. It will be better than before. Your future is bright. Because Jesus is already there.

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Are You Living in Fantasy?

I was searching for a definition of this word and this one really catch my attention. Meaning of “Fantasy”: the power or process of creating especially unrealistic or improbable mental images in response to psychological need.

Fantasy allows people to escape from reality and live in a world where it is so satisfying. Even when we know it is impossible or morally wrong, we delight in entertaining those thoughts because it brings comfort and warmth to our soul. It exposes wounds in the soul that needs to be dealt with.

Growing up in a foster family, things were tough. My foster parents were old and uneducated and finances were limited. My foster mother often vent her anger and frustration on us when we were young. I was throw out of the house a few times because I was a naughty child. I was constantly reminded that I do not belong to that family and even the little I have will be taken away from me. I grew up with rejection, shame and abandonment. My biological parents have told me countless times that they don’t want me too. There was no place I can go to. No place where I truly belong.

I was an unbeliever. My only source of comfort was my imagination. So I fantasised about having a perfect family with a beautiful house, nice car, young and good looking parents and everyone wants to be my friends. I was in pain and fantasy is the only place I can find love, acceptance and sufficiency. It allows me to escape into a place where there is no pain.

I was often seen daydreaming, talking and smiling to myself. By the time I was in my 20s, the root of rejection caused me to be socially awkward. Because instead of actually talk to people, I imagined having wonderful conservations with them. In reality, I was stern and unfriendly. I feared talking to people because I believed I will be rejected if they know who I am. Others cannot connect with me and I was often labelled as weird and aloof. That drove me deeper into my fantasy world. I was so deep in fantasy that it affected every area of my life. I struggled to focus on work and building real relationships.

Truth: I NEED GOD TO HEAL ME.

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Today, I am so thankful to God for the gift of salvation. I am eternally grateful for the bible. God has showed me a better way. God has showed me the truth. I went through massive deliverance. God delivered and healed me from deep seated rejection and abandonment.

Life is not perfect. There is a price for everything. Jesus paid the price too. Jesus was perfect but He lived in a imperfect world for 33 years. He was hated and accused when He did no wrong. He was rejected by His own brothers and abandoned by His disciples. In the end, He gave up His life for us (people who curse Him and want Him dead).

The truth about fantasy:

  • DESTROY YOUR DESTINY
  • DESTROYS YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
  • BRINGS DISILLUSION, DISAPPOINTMENT AND DESTRUCTION

Fantasy is addictive and it feeds the flesh. It is not of God. They are often fuelled by sinful desires within us. The more we allow those thoughts to run in our mind, the harder it is to say “no”. It is a invisible force that pushes us to act it out. A person given to fantasy opens a lot of doors for the devil’s suggestions. A person addicted to fantasy cannot serve God.

  • Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. ~Proverbs 29:19
  • We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. ~2 Corinthians 10:5

Who is your master? God or this make- believe world? There is no profit in fantasy and it is a stronghold that needs to be broken.

Fantasy makes us passive. Faith is not passive. Instead of exploring ideas, being creative and taking the necessary actions towards a task, a person is distracted and often “lost”. They accomplished nothing. A person who loves fantasy is seldom productive.

Examples:

  • A man is attracted to a girl at work. Instead of talking to her, he mentally engaged in a relationship with her. He did not get to build a friendship with her or even care about her flaws.
  • A housewife who ignore her responsibility at home and was addicted to novels or drama series. Her family live in a house full of clutter.
  • A husband who is a slave to pornographic images finds it difficult to appreciate the beauty of a real woman. He cannot be satisfied by his own wife as he has given himself to women that are not even real.
  • A woman in a relationship with a psychopath believing that one day he will change. If she were to leave him now, the next woman will be so happy with him and she will miss out.

“The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.” ~Proverbs‬ ‭13:4‬ ‭

Fantasy promotes laziness and gives us the illusion that we are living the life we want. Instead of facing reality and learn to deal with issues of life, fantasy paralyses us. We set ourselves up for failure by setting expectations that cannot be met by anyone. It ruins marriages, relationships, destiny and it destroys people.

When we live in fantasy, we stop living.

Fairies don’t exist.

How do we free ourselves from fantasy? Through Jesus Christ! Because of His finished work on the cross, sin has lost its power over you. Declare this truth! Fantasy has no right in your life. It can not steal from us anymore.

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

If you make that decision to live for God, forsake fantasy. Bind that unclean spirit and mind controlling spirit. Command it out of your life. Fight that temptation. I know it is not easy. We are weak but only through Christ can we draw the strength and grace to overcome. Ask Him to help you. He will show you what you need to do.

I sought God with all my heart, all my soul and all my strength. I cannot afford to let the devil control me. I want to be led by God. I want God’s ideas and creativity to flow through me.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD ~Psalm 19:14

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all yourstrength and with all your mind ~ Luke 10:27

I pray for us that our words and thoughts may be pleasing to The Lord. I pray that instead living in a false reality, we will read His word and live in His truth. Let His word be the standard of our life. Instead of embracing false comfort, let His Presence comforts us in our trials. Our Heavenly Father is the Father of all comforts. When you gain victory over this area of your life, I believe God is able do amazing things through you!

Spirit of Excellence

The Spirit of Excellence is one desire God has put in my heart to pursue in 2020. It is not a gift that comes naturally but it is something that we need to pursue. We need to cultivate it into our daily lives. The purpose and motivation behind the pursuit is for the glory of God. Not for the praises and applause of men.

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. ~ 2 Cor 8:7

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Excellence is not a quest for superiority. Pursuing excellence does not mean that whatever we do is better than others. It means being our best everyday. It does not drive us to compare ourselves with others but to be better tomorrow than we were yesterday. Excellence is giving our best with whatever gifts, resources and talents that God has given us. Be the best we can with the grace He has given us. That is honouring God.

Excellence is not limited by the nature or size of task. The task may look menial or insignificant to others but it must be done giving glory to God. He deserves our best. Simple things like making bed and be punctual for your appointment shows a lot about our character. Our motive behind our pursuit is important. We are not doing it for others to see. So even if nobody acknowledge us or appreciate us, it is ok. Because God sees our work and He reward us accordingly.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men ~Col 3:23

Excellence is kingdom. Whatever you do, do with all your might

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Excellence will ultimately leads to promotion. When we cultivate the spirit of excellence in our daily lives or routine, promotion is the inevitable. It is paying attention to details that results in superior performance that lead to promotion in life. But our motivation for the pursuit is to bring glory to God, not self glorification or indulgence of the flesh. This spirit is built from the foundation of having a right and intimate relationship with God.

Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. ~ Daniel 6:3

Success is a fruit of Excellence

Pursuing excellence is an all-in pursuit in who we are and what we do. It’s not halfhearted or lukewarm. Without pursuing excellence, life is bland and boring. As we pursue excellence and cultivate it into every area of our lives, we will mature and grow to be more like Christ. God gives us this desire to love Him with all our heart, our soul and our mind. So whatever we do, let’s us be all-in!

Excellence is not lopsided. It is for the well being for every area of our lives. It does not means you focus all your energy on work and forget about resting and relaxing. Resting is essential to our emotional, mental and physical well being. Without rest we will be burnt out. However, rest is not an excuse for laziness. Balance is key. We do not neglect our health and family. Giving our best at our workplace, at home and when nobody is looking.

Be Excellent in Love

What details in our lives do we need to pay more attention to? Any new habits? We need to seek God on what He wants us to work on. But there’s one area we are all called to be excellent in. That’s is our love walk. 1 Cor 13 talks about loving others. Even if we have gifts but we do no love, we are nothing.

Let love be the reason for whatever we do. Let love leads! We love God, hence we do things that reflect our love for God. With God’s love in our hearts, we will love ourselves and others. Our actions and words will reflects what is in us.

Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way. ~ 1 Cor 12:31

And this I pray, that your love may abound (i.e., excel) still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. ~ Phi 1:9-10

And may the Lord cause you to increase and abound (excel) in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you, so that your hearts are strengthened in holiness to be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. ~1 The 3:12-13

My friends, I pray that each of us will excel in our love walk. Loving God, loving ourselves and loving others.

The Spirit of Caleb

When we read the book of Joshua and Numbers, we often focus on Joshua and Moses. There is also Caleb! He is one of the slaves that left Egypt, witnessed the miracles God did to rescue them from the bondage of slavery. He was one of the 12 spies sent by Moses to check out the promise land. Caleb and Joshua were the only two who believed that God who delivered them from slavery can also bring them into the promise land. Caleb and Joshua were excited and all ready to see God perform another miracle.

He said.“Let us go up at once and possess it, for we are well able to overcome it. ” ~Numbers 13:30

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Majority is not always right

However, the other ten spies came back with a very different report. In their own eyes, they were like grasshoppers compare to the giants that are in the land. They did not consider God and His promises. They also forgot all the great miracles God did to deliver them from slavery. Because of their evil report, many became fearful and lose faith. They started to weep, murmur and doubt God. They even wanted to return to Egypt to be slaves! Joshua and Caleb pleaded the people to trust God and possess the land but their suggestions were well received.

Our words are powerful. Our words can build up or tear down. It can spread fear or faith. So let’s use our words wisely. Joshua and Caleb on the other hand were excited and full of zeal. They want to go up immediately! That’s the spirit of faith!

“We be not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof, and all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature. And there we saw giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants, and we were in our sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” ~Numbers 13:31-33

For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. ~Hebrew 3:16-19

Because of the evil report, many others started to doubt. Because of their unbelief, they failed to enter the land, wandered in the wilderness for 40 years and died in the wilderness. Well, because of other them, Joshua and Caleb also wandered in the wilderness with them for 40 years. They were delayed for 40 years!

But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. ~Numbers 14:24  

What can we learn from this story? What about this man that God says that he has a different spirit? What’s so special about him?

Faithfulness

Caleb was definitely a faithful man. Faithful to God and trust in His promises even when other did not. He stood out from the rest and is not afraid to be so. Many of us know God’s promises for our lives. We quote and post encouraging messages on social media but when challenges come, our true faith is exposed. Do we get depressed, longed for good old days and get angry at people who positive and enthusiastic about the situation?

Caleb did not see his limitation as a man. He was not threatened by the giants and challenges ahead. To him, God is greater than his challenges. God has delivered him from slavery, parted the Red Sea, God can bring the promises to pass. It was not man who brought the ten plagues to Egypt. It was not man who parted the Red Sea. It was God.

Unbelief is the enemy of faith. They cannot co-exist. We have to eliminate unbelief in our lives, mindset and thoughts. Unbelief is a spirit. Bind it and cast it out.

Caleb was excited and looking forward to another victory. Do we have that attitude today? What kind of attitude do we have in the marketplace? What kind of mindset do we have for 2020?

Courageous

When we have faith, we become strong and courageous. We become fearless. Caleb faced strong enemies and walled cities but he was not afraid. We must remember in Revelation 21:8, that among those that shall be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone are “…the fearful”. There are so many people today who lack the courage to stand up for what’s right and wrong. They don’t even have the courage to be who God called them to be. They are afraid that others may “stone” or disapprove of them.

“If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us, a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us; their defense is departed from them, and the Lord is with us, fear them not.” ~Numbers 14:8,9

Christian life is not a walk in the park. We will be challenged and uncomfortable at times. Sometimes we may even have to fight alone. My friend, stand up for what you believe. Trust God and stop doubting. The righteous are bold like lion. Ask God to give you the spirit of boldness and courage.

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Submissive

Have you ever wondered how Caleb have felt when he had to stay in the wilderness and be delayed for 40 years? He knew that it was not his fault. Many would have been bitter or angry at God. It is not fair right? Well, not for Caleb. He submitted to God’s will and plan. Bible did not mention Caleb murmured or try to punish the others. He kept quiet in that 40 years. It was a test of his character. Indeed, he was truly a man who followed God wholeheartedly.

Give me this mountain!!

With patience and endurance, the day finally came for him to enter and inherit the promise. He reminded Joshua of the promise concerning him. The Lord has kept him alive and now at 85, his strength was as strong as a 40 year old man. I wasn’t there to check out his biceps and workout routine but Caleb definitely was not a depressed old man who blame God and others for delays. He was not someone who “accept his fate” or “too old” or has a low self esteem. He was filled with faith and hope! I can see that he was so looking forward to this moment!

Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him: “You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.’ 10 And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel [b]wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. 12 Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day. ~Joshua 14:6-12

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My friend, I pray that we will carry the spirit of Caleb, spirit of faith into our family, ministry and marketplace. Anything not of faith is sin and without faith it is impossible to please God. Let us seek His will for ur lives, hold on to his promises and refuse to fear in the midst of trials and challenges.

We don’t have to “help” God to make the promises happen. God is perfectly capable of doing that.

What is In Your Heart?

How do we know what is in our heart?

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil [a]treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. ~Luke 6:45

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Our Mouth

For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. One good indicator is our mouth. What do we do with our mouth daily? Do we use it to build people up or tear people down? Do we use it to speak a word in season to those who are weary? Or as a loudspeaker that promote strive and share private information about others?

  • Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. ~Proverbs 16:28
  • The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. ~Proverbs 12:13
  • The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. ~Proverbs 18:17
  • He that keep his mouth keep his life: but he that open wide his lips shall have destruction. ~Proverbs 13:3
  • In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. ~ Proverbs 14:23

After reading the Word of God from proverbs, I realise it speaks a lot about our mouth. Book of Proverbs is like a book of wisdom written by King Solomon, the wisest and richest man ever lived. A person who speak loosely will reap a harvest of destruction and traps. Have you ever wonder why our lives doesn’t seem to be able to move forward? Are you seeking financial breakthrough? Why is there destructions instead of breakthroughs? Could it be that we have been delighting in airing our own opinions and emotions? Idle chatters leads ONLY to poverty. Have we been sinning with our mouth? Could that the reason why our breakthroughs were delayed?

For example, if I am angry with someone and I happened to bump into a common friend. At that moment, what do you think I will be talking about? Do I hold or tongue or be like a fool and pour out all the emotions to this innocent friend? What will be the impact on this innocent friend? If he/she has bitterness and unforgiveness in his/her heart, he/she will likely join in and agree with you. Then it is nothing but a gossip session. If this is a godly friend, I do not think he/she will enjoy your company at all. Perhaps he/she may correct you gently, encouraging me to forgive or just walk away from me.

I have been in that position before and it is draining to be sitting with someone like that. Many times, the person complaining just couldn’t stop. There was a lady from church who kept doing this and I have to stop all coffee sessions with her. She was upset with me because according to her, she shared personal information about others so that “I can pray for them”. To be honest, there wasn’t any prayer at all. I found myself disliking those people she “prayed” about even when I don’t even know them. I made judgement on others without knowing them because I had been drinking bad things about them. So I have no choice but to make a stand to break the friendship. It was difficult but necessary to protect myself. I still love her but from a distance.

If we are constantly airing our emotions and feelings, we are acting like a fool. And a fool will reap a fool’s reward. My friend, I want you to receive your breakthrough this year.

Cleanse our Heart

If we have been sinning with our mouth, we can go to God and ask for forgiveness. The root of the problem is actually what is in our hearts. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. What do we like to talk about? Revelations about God, business ideas, opportunities or about people?

For when you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. ~Romans 2:1

  • My friend, what is in our hearts today? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us. Forgive those who hurt us. Accept others and understand everyone is different from us. Release every expectation we placed on others. Stop judging others. Before we judge others, look at our own lives and ask God to deal with us first. Let go of every bitterness and hurts in our hearts. God will come and heal us. Spend time with God and let Him do His work.
  • Fill our hearts with Word of God. Train our minds to think on things that are right and good. Do not meditate on anger, what others did to us or that embarrassing incident. Replace it with God’s word and promises. Blessings will chase after you and hunt you down.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate in it day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. ~ Joshua 1:8,

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Walk By Faith and Not By Sight

As we enter a brand new week, let us remember 2 Corinthians 5:7. Our circumstances may not have changed. Our problems may still exist. We must not allow these issues to shake us. We must guard our hearts from disappointments and thoughts of defeat.

I understand that it is easy to say and write about walking by faith. It is definitely not easy to really walk it out. When we are being tested, what is in us will be exposed. We have to make a choice. Do we choose fear or faith?

When we fear..

The devil will throw thoughts of defeat and despair at us. If we give in to these thoughts, we will be tormented. Depression, guilt, shame and condemnation will follow. How can we walk in our destiny and serve God when we are often tormented by forces of darkness?

When we fear, we often shrink back and make decisions that is not of God. We rather not take that risk to start the business or take up a new role at work. We give up when we should persevere.

When we fear, we speak words that are reflects what is in us. We talk about what is impossible instead of what God can accomplish. Remember the 10 spies that came back with the bad report? God was not pleased with them. All they see was the giants and they are like grasshoppers.

Grasshoppers? Is that the truth? What was God’s instruction regarding the matter? No wonder this group of people can’t enter the promised land. They rebelled against God.

Choose faith..

When we choose faith, we shut the devil out. He has no right to torment us. He has no part in us. He cannot take away our joy and peace. Bind that unclean spirit in Jesus name.

When we choose faith, we honor God. We believe, therefore we speak. So we speak the Word of God and His promises in our situation. We exercise the authority God has given us. We will be like Joshua and Caleb who believes God can accomplish anything He want to. If He tells us to go, we go.

When we choose faith, our hearts will be filled with joy. Abundance of joy is possible in the midst of trials and temptations. In 2 Corinthians 7:4, Apostle Paul said that he was exceedingly joyful in all his tribulations. This man of God suffered in ways we cannot imagine in today’s context. He was imprisoned, beaten, wrongly accused and almost lost his life many times. But he found comfort in God, the Father of all comforts. Rejoice! He told us to rejoice!

In Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-18‬, the prophet was discouraged and disappointed by the barrenness that he saw. But he too chose to rejoice in the lord! I was so tempted today to feel bad and be discouraged. Things are not working out the way I wanted. Death is all I see. Not even a sign of life. But I remembered Habakkuk.

“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!”

Shall we choose faith today? Let’s believe and speak.

Give the enemy a black eye 🥊
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Position Ourselves for Miracles


In the coming week, I want to encourage all of us to preset our mind for miracles and success. We must be expectant. We must be ready when God pour out his blessings into our lives. 


“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.

~Isaiah 54:2 

​​​​​​​Discard that mindset of poverty and defeat. Discard that victim mentality. Stop that blame game and finger pointing. Arrest every thoughts that are self defeating. Guard your heart. Do not be unprepared but be ready. Position yourself to receive miracles. Let us not be like the 5 foolish virgins who were unprepared and asleep. When the miracle come, they did not receive it.


Matthew 25:1-13
 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of the virgins were foolish, and five were wise. 3 When the foolish ones took their lamps, they did not take extra olive oilwith them. 4 But the wise ones took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed a long time,  they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is here! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 9 ‘No,’ they replied. ‘There won’t be enough for you and for us. Go instead to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 But while they had gone to buy it, the bridegroom arrived, and those who were ready went inside with him to the wedding banquet. Then the door was shut. 11 Later, the other virgins came too, saying, ‘Lord, lord! Let us in!’ 12 But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I do not know you!’ 13 Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day or the hour

Rise up on the inside and open up your heart to receive blessings and wonderful things in the coming week. Believe that you can do very well in the marketplace. Believe that you can make a difference in where God has put you. You will walk in your destiny and you can do great things! How can we prepare ourselves? How can we prep our mind for victory?

Spending time with God

We need to sit at His feet. Worship Him and abide in His presence. Spending time with God is like spending time with someone important, someones you care deeply about and someone who is incredibly wise. Let us not go to Him to complain and demand our ways but to listen. Be in a humble position when we go to God. Be willing to surrender and allow Him to change us. He will come to meet with us.

Let His love embrace and cleanses us. Let Him to pour out revelations and wisdom into us. Many times we are clouded by our emotions and blind spots. Allow Him to show us His perspective for our situation. Share with Him your thoughts. Let Him teach us wisdom and honour. He will meet you where you are and provide what you need.

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Reading the Word

This is a crucial part of the lifestyle of a believer. We need to read the Word. That is how we can learn His ways and the Truth. His Word cleanses us. His Word protects us. His Words is full of POWER and makes the devil trembles.

Sometimes when I read the bible, I felt as if the bible is reading me! There are times I can’t express how I feel on the inside. But God can connect to me through his Word in a such amazing way! Oh HE IS ALIVE!!!

I was working very hard the last few months without any results (work for free). I felt that I am wasting time and all my efforts are useless. At that point, I don’t really know how to describe or express it. It was a unpleasant feeling in me that I do not like and I felt injustice.

But in Isaiah 49:1……

I replied, “But my work seems so useless!
    I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose.
Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand;
    I will trust God for my reward.”

God is my reward!!! That was His answer for me. I do not work upon man but to Him. I was so touched. I read this verse again and again and felt a release in my spirit man. Let His Word change us from the inside and renew our minds. If I allow that nasty feeling in me to bother me, my emotions, moods and perspective will be clouded. Chances of me making a mistake in my decision is higher. Thank God for His Word.

Learning and meditating the Word renews our mind. It shows us a better way to live. It is the path out of the land of bitterness and hurts. It is the key to that prison door. Reading the Word first thing in the morning presets our mind and protects us from the evil one.

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Praying, reading bible and sitting at His feet first thing in the morning protects us from the evil one. It draws us closing to our God. It helps us to live the day fearless and with a kingdom perspective. It like looking at a piece of land using a drone. We can see a bigger picture from a different angle at higher altitude. It position us with a competitive advantage in life.

Revelation precedes restoration. Nothing comes without a price. It is worth it.

Stay alert and prep your mind for great things to come! I’m really excited for you! 

Do not let another day in 2020 go by just like that! Cherish it and make everyday count.

Do Not Let The Enemy Steal Your Joy

One of the area that I am very passionate about is our mindset. I have mentioned in my previous posts that I really hope everyone of us can have the mindset of Joshua in the bible. Not only are we strong and courageous when faced with challenges, we are focused on our own goals and dreams. We do not bow down or shrink back when we have problems but be like an eagle that soar right into the storm and let the power of the storm lift us higher. 

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I had to go to visit the doctor today due to hyperthyroidism. My hands are shaking and I felt horrible. I was so afraid of the symptoms which can damage my heart in the long term if left uncontrolled. I was worried about my eyes popping out. Doctor took a blood test, gave me medication and I left. I felt sad. It’s only the 3rd day of 2020!!! 


As I stepped out of the clinic, I spoke the word of God over my situation. Fear and sickness are not my portion. I reject every fear and symptoms of hyperthyroidism in Jesus name. By His stripes I am healed! I received health and healing from Jesus. I command the thyroid hormones to be balance and normal. I declare that I am healed and no more symptoms can hinder me from the life I wanted. You know what? I felt a shift in my entire being. I rise up on the inside and refused to be a victim. I am not giving my day or my year to the devil.

HE HAS NO RIGHT! Devil has no right to steal from me.

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Let’s remember that Jesus has paid for our sins and debts. We need to be strong in our mind. Do not let the enemy steal our joy. Know the authority we have been given by Christ. Speak the promises of God over our situation. Rise up on the inside and put on the armour of God. Reject anything not of God. Reject anything that brings us fear and gloom. We are the sons and daughters of the Most High God!!

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Are We Seeking Man or Seeking God

Many of us look up to an individual or hold someone in high esteem. We admire them because they possesses the strength or capabilities we desire to have in ourselves. We desire to be like them. Following or acting like them may make us look cool, worthy and accepted by others. It may even give us a sense of belonging or identity.

This is also why many people fall prey to scams, cheated by leaders and hurt by people we taught will never hurt us. I have seen many churchgoers worshipping their pastors and subordinates controlled by their bosses.

I am thankful to God for the godly leaders and pastors He has put in my life. They have been such a blessing. They gave me support, prayers and directions in my life and I really appreciate it. However, without being aware, we allow them to replace God in our lives. It is so difficult to tell and I was in that cycle unknowingly for a few years.

So how do we know? Whether God is truly God in our lives? how can we tell the difference?

1)What do we do first when we have a problem or need an advice?

Do we run to God first? Or do we seek the help or man? Is God the one we go to immediately? Do we run to the phone or to the throne? If there is someone (Eg. Your church leader, best friend, mother or even google) that you always seek advice from?

Proverbs 15:22 says that ‘Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.’

It is important to seek counsel from others when have major decisions to make. It’s also ok if we need some wise and practical advice for our daily lives. But it shouldn’t the first thing we do. We must go to God first. Prayer must be the first thing we do. Word of God must be where our faith and hope is in.

2)Are you very bothered by their opinions of you?

When you seek their counsel and it’s not what you want to hear. Do you get so hurt and broken? Is there one particular person whose opinions means the world to you? (Not referring to your spouse).

Even when we know it’s not true but it bothers us so much. We get so angry, we cry and complain about this person repeatedly. It paralyses and crushes us. Even to the extent of having imaginary conversations with this person, planning our beautiful victorious speeches in our little minds. We feel rejected and seek their approval. We want them to agree with us and support us. If they do not, we will feel hurt.

My friend, this is obviously not healthy and ungodly. Sometimes when we are in it, we are not aware. If that is you, forgive yourself. I was in that position for few years, blaming and pointing fingers at my boss. I wanted him to agree with my opinions and that is wrong. It’s controlling and ungodly. I was craving for his approval, trying to prove my worth. Instead of letting it go, I hold on to it and imagine how I can convince him that he’s wrong and he is responsible for my feelings. I struggled with it for so long. It sounded so silly now but I thank God that He revealed my foolishness and allow me to repent.

Know the will of God for your life

Our identity and self esteem should not depend on another person. We must be able to stand firm even when our beliefs are being challenged. If we are so sure and really believe that what we have or are going through is of God, then we can just be confident. This is why we need to read the word of God is our lives. Do we know the will of God in a certain situation? Do we have a vision from God for our career and family? Get it from Heaven. Not man.

“Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:6‬ ‭NLT

We should seek to please no one except God. When we lay down our lives for Him, we have to make unpopular decisions. Our beliefs and decisions will be challenged. And it’s ok agree to disagree even with people who are close to us. We have to ask God why certain things hurts us so badly. It could be unhealed emotions from the past or maybe hidden sins in our lives. Ask God to expose it and bring healing.

When we put our hope and faith in man, we will be disappointed. They are human too. They will be tired and may speak roughly at times, just like us! man has weaknesses. They may hurt you and it wasn’t intentional. Forgive them and yourself. Reset and place your heart at the right place.

Read the Word
Love, honor and respect

But there is one thing we owe everyone. That’s respect. When we respect others, we choose love. We accept others that are different from us. We must respect others and not have emotional outburst to another person because they don’t understand us. I know it can be frustrating but as believers, we must love, honour and respect others. Love does not behave rudely. It’s ok not to be understood because we have a Heavenly Father who knows us perfectly.

In 2020, let’s us be free from people bondage. Be free from people’s opinion. Be free to be ourselves.

Leaving 2019 Behind

2 more day and we will be in a brand new year, brand new decade. Have you heard of this phrase before?

“How we leave is how we enter”

I have ex-colleagues who left the company with bitterness and hatred. They subsequently started their own business and got cheated by people. Their companies folded with many customers losing all their investment. They ended in shame and failure. (These are different people who left during different times and started different ventures. Same result).

This is also the same in relationships isn’t it? Our circumstances may change but we didn’t change. We bring our hurts and pain into the new relationship. We make the our new partner pay for the mistakes of the previous relationships. It isn’t fair but we do that all the time without knowing it. Which is why we need God to heal our hearts after a divorce or a bad breakup.

Do we want to bring our hurts, bitterness and mistakes into 2020?

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What to leave behind?

There are a few things that I believe we need to let go before we cross over into 2020.

Our Regrets

Do you have any regrets in 2019? Regrets often comes when we did something we shouldn’t have or we didn’t do what we should have. It brings guilt and condemnation. My friend lost her boyfriend to stage 4 lung cancer in March this year. He died while the doctors were doing a simple scope. It was supposed to be a small procedure but he coughed and the impact ruptured his artery. They could not save him. Her last text to him that morning before he went for the procedure was “I’m busy.. working now”. It took her many months to forgive herself.

I do not know about your situation. It could be a bad comment that you made and resulted in a broken friendship. It could be your uncontrollable outburst of anger that caused your partner to finally decide to leave. It could be a bad investment decision that caused you to lose a lot of money. Whatever it is, I want to encourage you to leave it in 2019. Stop beating yourself up. Stop reliving those moments. It is proven that the more we beat ourselves up, the more we keep doing the same thing. Many of us are punishing ourselves for things we did 10 years ago!

Ask Holy Spirit to come in to that situation and bring healing to your soul. Ask Him for a Word for your situation. Forgive those who you need to forgive. If you are addicted to something (especially drugs), ask for professional help. Take steps to becoming a better person instead of repeating the same mistakes.

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Our Failures

Did you fail in some areas you set out to succeed in 2019? You were so sure that God is with you and He is the One who led you to the business or relationship? Well, I did! 2019 was my worst year in business in 13 years. I failed so badly. I tried everything I can to close whatever deals I can. But all I had was closed doors. Doors were slammed right in my face. Finances were so tight and I often cry out to God for deliverance. You know what? I am letting it behind me. Failure is not my identity and I forgave myself. I could have done better. I could have use a different approach with my customers. I could have… Blah blah blah…. It is ok. I am willing to let it go. God is still faithful. He still provide for me but not in the way I expected it to be. It humbled me and taught me that my business and clients are not my source. God is my source.

Let go of your failures in 2019. Whatever they are, bring it before God. Let go of all the “could have” and “what if”. Learn from it and be thankful for the lessons. God is still on the throne. What is he saying about your circumstances? Find out! Open your bible!

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Our Mindset

  • Worldly/old mindset. If we still have a mindset that was of the world, eg. poverty mindset, lustful mindset, limiting mindset, etc. They do not belong to believers like us. We need to renew our minds with the Word of God. We need to let His Words cleanse us and purify us. When we have a poverty/limiting mindset, we always think in “lack” and “fear”. This is not of God and will keep us in bondage. We refuse to take risk and often stay in the comfort zone. We can’t grow. If you have that, I want to encourage you to let it go. Make a decision to change the way you think. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you what are the old mindset that you need to change. Only He knows.
  • Mindset that used to work. God is always doing a new thing. We cannot limit Him with what happened this year. God may have blessed you in a certain way or through a certain method. That doesn’t mean He will do the same thing the same way. That is why we need to look to Him for direction and do not assume things will always works the same way. The world is constantly changing. If you stay with God, You will be ahead of the curve! He knows the future! In 2020, He is bringing you through a new route. Watch out!
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Gratitude

Now let us practice gratitude. No matter how is 2019, we can be thankful for what we have! It’s a good thing to practice gratitude everyday when we wake up. Thank Him for He is so so good. Preset the day to be joyful and happy. Preset the day to be victorious.

2019 is over soon. Let’s us put down the baggages that weigh us down. Be like Joshua and the children of Israel when they cross the river Jordan. Praise the Lord for all he has done!

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