Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What is God's plan?

Many Christians get really (really!) upset when I asked, what is God's plan for them.  

Usually I get funny look or get backlash because they direct their frustration of not knowing and shifting the blame to me.  But I am glad that the question challenges their thoughts but it made me ponder on why do they get so agitated?  

Could it be because they are ashamed because they do not know God's plan for them? Or they do not know God that well? Or they do not know Him at all?  Maybe that sounded a bit harsh, but that's the reality.  There is a huge difference between knowing about God and knowing God.  Most people these days in urban area know about Jesus but they never truly seek and establish a relationship with Him.  God is usually a one sided affair; God please bless me because I need this and that and those too.  Often we become like a spoilt brat children that keep demanding things from their father. We worship for the wrong reasons.  

Could it be because they do not want to stir the hornet's nest!  As long I have good health, having fun with my friends, stable job or prosperous thriving business with great income to pay for my house and for those with children, good education.  I don't do harm to other people, so I am fine.  I only live once and I want to do my own thing and I want to travel and see the world before I die. I am thankful.  Sometimes I pay my dues at church and occasionally do some sort of charity work.  I am good! - Does that sound familiar to you?  Do you have any idols in your life?  Be it your career, your family, your ministry, your business, your possession?  Transformation or revival usually hurt and make us uncomfortable. We want to remain carnally and we want to live in a box of our own.  Some even live selfishly in a building that they call church.  

Could it be because of complacency?  As the time draw closer, many churchgoers are satisfied with their attendance on Sundays and sometimes at prayer meets.  A few occasionally involve themselves in some sort of ministry work when they have the free time.  That's a great start and I am encouraged to see the involvement of more people but God is the one that truly know the desire of our heart.  Are we doing it out of God's Love or we just want to occupy our time or certain motives?  Usually others, are plagued with the thinking of there is always another day; I am not good at it or wait until I retire.  Worship is a lifestyle; age and ability is not a limit because it involves our whole life and our life is at God's mercy every moment.  

Our Lord doesn't hide things from us, but we are often not prepared to receive them and until we are in the right condition in our spiritual life.  Jesus said, (John 16:12) "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now".  When we believe and receive the power of the risen Lord.   His Word will become understandable.  God cannot reveal anything to us if we don't have His Spirit.  And without repentance, our own understanding and worldly opinion will effectively prevent God from revealing anything to us.  I was once spiritually blinded and the Bible never made any sense to me until His amazing grace set me free.  

The bible most quoted verse (John 3:16) For "God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life".  Nothing we can do less or do more can change that.  Believe and by God's grace we are save.  However having Faith in Him does not give us a license to continue sinning against our Lord nor does it make us free from prosecutions or problems in this fallen world.  Perseverance by embracing His Love and promises is the only hope we have.  Keep learning just like the disciples and be encouraged to continue to strengthen your faith.  Or pride will take over life!  

God made us to worship Him. He wants us to worship Him in Truth and in Spirit.  I pray that you and I will not have any idols in our life that hinders our relationship with Jesus. He gave us unconditional love that He died and was pierces for our sins and He was raised to give us all hope for those who believe and repent from our unbelief.  Truly, no one can see the Kingdom of God until they are born again.  

If you have never had a relationship with Christ before and regardless of where you are reading this, I invite you to bow your head and quietly whisper the prayer that will change your eternity: "Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you.  Thank you for dying on the cross to pay for all my sins.  As much as I know how, I ask you to come into my life and help me learn to know you, trust you, and love you. Change my life. Amen"  

Go ahead!  If you have sincerely prayed the prayer, Congratulation!  Seek your pastor or closest church to help you grow spiritually.  

So what is God's plan for you life?  As you grow, humbly ask and it shall be given.  He is always with us and never forsakes us.  Jesus my living God speaks all the time, as you ask and learn to listen.   May the will of Jesus, the Lord of your life, be done through you on earth as in Heaven.    

All praise to be the Lord.  God Bless.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Navigating Storms of Life

Life's storms may hit the most unexpected people.

Recently, a Malaysian airline flight MH370 that flew out of Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing, went missing a few hours after into it's flight.  Many speculations and theories.  The world suddenly become abuzz with overnight aviation specialist and arm chair critics.  Sad but that's the reality of life in this world.

The blame game, conspiracy theory, terrorist attack, suicide, racist remarks, you just name it, you will hear it especially in this age of information technology where internet is the king of evil and good.

Thank God that this incident has brought so many countries with different ideology offering to help. There is still humanity left in this world!  However, progress is slow even with all the latest gizmos and technology, what remain the truth is that the plane is still not found after 5 days.  Prayer goes out to those waiting in pain and agony; not knowing the fate of their love ones.

I can relate to the families, as I went through similar painful waiting during the 1995 Tawau MAS fokker plane crash.  I remembered the night before, I was having a drink with my buddy at holiday inn lounge.  He even invited me to follow him to Tawau the next day but somehow I declined and even offered to drive him to airport the next morning but he politely and considerately said no as the flight was very early.

That was the last time I saw him.  When the news came about that a flight crash the next day, my heart sank when I was told that it was the flight to Tawau and I waited agonizingly for the TV news and hoping that his name would appear on the survivor list.  But it was fated that he perished about the others.  I believed he died trying to save others  before the plane exploded.  That's my friend's compassionate character.  God rest his soul.

Taking a step backward, one can see that it is amazing that the world came to their attention for the 239 that went missing in a plane, yet ignore that everyday 150,000 lives perished without being saved by Jesus.  The urgency of the gospel seems to have being consumed by darkness and worldly matters.  Have mercy upon us Lord.

Have a thought on this;  when was the last time you prayed to God, your creator and this universe?  Have you heard or shared the Good News?  Do not wait until a storm comes crashing in your life before deciding to believe and repent, you might not get the chance.

Life in this fallen world will not be free of trials but we look for to the eternal life promised for those that believe.  For God love the world he sent His only son to die on the Cross for you and me.

May you be bless and acknowledge, Christ is Lord and Savior.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Big plane, big load?

Spotted this huge plane on the tarmac at Kuching International Airport this morning.

When I got closer, the name on the plane drew blank, as I never seen or heard of such airline. Southern Air? When I Google it I found that its a chartered freight cargo plane that operates from the United Stated. Which made me wonder, what in the world is it doing here in Kuching, Sarawak?

According the their official webpage, the plane in the photo that I took above is a Boeing B747-200f; one of the 15 B747 freight fleet planes that this company lease or charter out to carry anything imaginable.

Who in Sarawak would want to chartered this plane and what will it be carrying?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sarawak Regatta 2011

Another year, another regatta.

When the regatta date was announced, I was anticipating a lot of boat races but it was different this year. Running from 15th September to 18th Sept. crowds seems to dwindled even more, most probably people got fed up with difficulty to access the waterfront venue as major roads leading to the area were always blocked off.

Came the day, half an hour lugging my gears, I managed to arrived. I picked up the event's brochure, hmm, there was no jet ski competition, no dragon boat, no sampan race but oddly there was a new event introduced, wake boarding. Not native to this state or country, I wondered why they were brought in for this event. It seems that the traditional boat race has taken the back seat, while foreigner are taking to the water. It makes me wonder why? Are the locals not interested or are we trying to displace tradition. Same thing is happening in Sri Aman where the Benak festival is being run by foreigner.

Above is a photo of man from invited from united state, who is part of the team hired to demonstrate body surfing. Kudos to him or should I pity him for his ignorance of not knowing how polluted the river is.

Photo of a contestant in the world wake board competition jumping the wave. I wonder how much they were paid to come in to surf in our water? Do they need to come here if it is so popular else where?

What's a regatta without the traditional boat race? Above is a photo of a scene of chaos at the finishing line. The yellow jersey team crossed the finishing line earlier and was crashed by the incoming back marker team. Lucky nobody was hurt. Love their facial expressions :)

See you next year.