CONQUERING THE GIANT – Dr Robi / Pst Leo (17/1/15)

There are giants in society that we need to conquer
God has commissioned us to conquer the giants of this world and the giants in our life.

1) Preparation

God spoke and evething was formed. But when it came to man, He personally use His hands to form us.

Jesus places all of us in this family, this juncture of history for us to conquer our giants.

What was David’s response to the king?
1 Samuel 17:34
You are already prepared.
David was already prepared to conquer the giant.
God has been preparing us through all our experiences to conquer the giants
Preparation is not about training. If you discover God’s economy, you would understand that you are already prepared.
V36

Preparation is all about position. Position is key.
Are you in the right position to conquer?
Understand your position that it is not your strength to bring down the giant
But that it is God’s strength through us that helps us to conquer the giant

It’s not just about the stone and sling you need to pick up
It’s also about what you need to take off
You are ready just the way you are.

2) Peseverence

“I see the goal”
It’s important to see the goal so that you won’t let ypur circumstances overtake its importance

Don’t look up and down
Just look in front of you and take the next step.
That’s how you conquer the mountain

James 1:2-4
Endurance is not the same as perseverence
Endurance is putting up with something, just sticking it out.
Perseverence is doing something to achieve something in mind.
Some people say that but at least I am faithful!
being faithful to whatever God has given you
To be faithful is to be obedient to the instructions that is given
To be faithful is to fulfill the engagement of what is given
God’s commandment: doing love, not feeling love

Sometimes the circumstances is not cool.
In the boring and routine days, God is forming and shaping us.
David killed the bear and lion because he has a clear future of what kind of leader he wants to be

What you do in secret is the definition of who you are
David conquered the lion and bear in secret
The definition of character and integrity is what you do behind closed doors when no one is doing.
You are operating on the inside, being true to who you are
What you do with small things.
Perseverence is being true to who you are

Don’t lower your standards.
David did not lowered his standards against Goliath
David never mock at Goliath the way Goliath mocked at Israel
Despite the giant, don’t make it an excuse
Perseverence is simply how you get the job done

If we stay true to the position of perseverence, then that is how we get the job done

3) Prevail

Theologians say that the five stones represent the five giants David has to conquer

Maybe David has to slay the five giants because maybe there is another giant to take his place

When there is no more energy, rely on the Holy Spirit

There will be more challenges, more giants to conquer
Don’t just conquer the giant, position yourself to be a conqueror, to be a winner, always

4) Perspective
When God presents the giants before us, He presents us a glimpse
So that we won’t give up even before we start

God could have cause the giant to drop dead, but He did not because He chose to work through this shepherd boy

Because the battle is less about conquering the giant, but about the process and the next step that God is with you at every moment

After the giant was slain, still the job wasn’t done
Wake up from your slumber!
It is time for the church of Jesus Christ to rise up as one body, and say it’s not okay for injustice

Go into the battle, a boy/girl.
Come out of it a man/woman.

O p i n i o n s.

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Take a quick look on the web and social media and you will find opinions (on certain issues). Follow the trending opinions and you will find individuals known as ‘opinion leaders’. The world listens and is shaped by opinion leaders. Opinions may not originally be intended for influence, but influence is often the byproduct or desired outcome.

Opinion leaders brings civilisations forward, moving them from antiquity to agriculture, from industrialisation to modernism, and currently to postmodernism. Opinion leaders has the ability to rally communities to right a wrong. But opinion leaders aren’t the only ones to appropriate and propagate their opinions. We all are. One distinctive traits of human race is our fundamental right to opinionate. We are all opinion leaders in our own right, broadcasting our opinions on current affairs and what not on new media.

But opinions when misplaced and misappropriated causes chaos and division. With our opinions we break conformity, sometimes not for the good of society. With our misguided opinions we confuse, discredit, divide and dismember individuals, communities and social order.

An opinion for the pursuit of justice and goodness versus a misguided opinion could be as clear as day. But in other times, distinction between the two is almost indistinguishable.

As much as I hate to admit, I am a strongly opinionated person (albeit not an opinion leader). But I understand that therein lies the fundamental need to appropriate our freedom of speech and right to opinionate at the right time and setting. At times, withholding onto one’s opinion can be more beneficial than making one’s opinions heard.

So tell me, is (having an) opinion a blessing or a curse? In the end, we are our own salvation. In the end, we are our own damnation.

#thoughts #blackandwhite

Pocket-size Devotional: Be Bold In Your Asking

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DEVOTION DATED 30 AUGUST 2012

So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for You?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”
– Mark 10:51

Notice the blind man could have asked for the usual, the normal handouts; one week’s worth of money, food rations, lodgings, fresh clothes, but he didn’t. He asked for the very solution [though seemingly impossible] to all his problems.

#1. Blind Bartimaeus was bold in asking for what others consider to be audacious. We need to be bold in our request to God.

#2. Blind Bartimaeus’ request was probably already in God’s will and he was spot-on in his request to Jesus. In our request and desires, let it be aligned with God’s will.

#3. Even if the request was not in God’s will, blind Bartimaeus’ faith was shouting out aloud so much so that Jesus replied “Your faith has made you well” (v52). Your faith and boldness captures God’s attention, moves God to move the mountains for you.

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Faithfulness

BuildingPHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay – Building for Life

 

Was in Church last Saturday and witnessed a faithful Children’s Church worker donning the lovable Chicken mascot. And as we all know, ‘Chicken’ and all the other adorable mascots went on to lead the congregation in a cheery time of Praise during service as well as lending their looks over to photo-taking much to the delight of the children and the adults alike at the special Family Weekend service.

So blessed by the faithfulness of our CCH workers as well as all the other ministry members of City Harvest Church; ushers, security, CHCSA workers, TIR members, City Care members, ministry members involved in the weekly running of the Church services and many more too many to be named and adequately mentioned on this platform.

Faithfulness is an attribute – weighted lighter than its actual value and inadequately compensated by the measures of this world because the world do not know God and things God value thereafter. When we put on faithfulness, we put on God’s very own persona.

“Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God..
Deuteronomy 7:9

Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Psalm 36:5

Take heart, keep doing what we’re doing even when no one is watching, because Someone is. Our reward may not come in this lifetime, our contributions may not be recognized by man, but look up, for He knows, and He is a Rewarder to those who seek Him!
When that day comes, it will be glorious.

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Matthew 25:21

Time and Season

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;

A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;

A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;

A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8