Simply write your name under the cup and mix them up, then put one and write down whatever came to your mind or whatever you heard from God.
Love - An interesting topic that everyone gets involved in, it relates to our emotions: happy, sad, exhausted, surprise... It's a stage where everyone has experienced is being loved and loving someone/something.
It is wonderful to see why God would put emotions inside of us. My simple answer is that God breathe His breath into us, and God has emotions. He's not a God who only knows how to get angry because your sins, or being merciful because you are acting kindness and justice in your daily life. God is not a robot, God has feelings. So we all have our own feelings, we are not robots too!
Before talking about Love, you would pretty know what you really love. I love Apple products (yes!!!), little kids, pets, snow, fun, games (just those that I can win), friends, church, worship, music, PERCY JACKSON (books only hahaa), Onething Conference, ihopkc prayer room (both ANPR AND GPR, if you know what I mean), Jon Thurlow sets, media... These things occupied our lives, and what we care of the earthly things won't last, while there's One that last for eternity.
I have crushes or something I get really obsessed with, to be honest who don't?! And what happen is we seem to be shortsighted. Every time. We neglected everything around, friends, studies, family, goals, even ourselves. Is this really love? or just something that occupies our heart? Love isn't just being obsessed with one thing, isn't shortsighted.
Just shortly list out 9 characteristic of divine love:
Love is selfless (Philippians 2:6-11).
God Himself came as a flesh, to walk with us.
Love is more than just saying, it's an action (Romans 5:8).
Through crucifixion on the Cross, He showed His selfless love
Love is from God. (Romans 8:37-39, 1 John 4:7, 1 John 3:11-24)
This perfect love is from God, it's God Himself to be fully perfect in love.
Love has lot of characteristics (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Read and you will know.
Love those who are not worthy (Matthew 5:43-48)
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" - Heavenly wisdom! God's Logic!
Love wholeheartedly (Matthew 6:24-25)
We love God wholeheartedly, but not just looking at Him and ignoring everything else. Jesus told us to Love God wholeheartedly and also love people like yourself :)
Love is STRONG (Song of Solomon 8:6-7, Romans 8:37-39)
This divine love is stronger than any separation, any trial and tribulation.
Love can be brotherly love (Hebrews 13)
Showing hospitality, care is also love!
Love is fearless (1 John 4:18)
When the Love from God and the Love of God is in you, you will have nothing to fear.
Every time I hear Your Words of life,
I totally agree with the song lyrics! Sometimes I don’t know how love is, until I turn my eyes back to Jesus, to His Word. His perfect selfless love on the Cross. And this is how I know what love is! Whenever you get lost in love again, don't know what love means. Read the Word of life, the Word of Wisdom.
"So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." (1 John 4:16 ESV)
Francis (Feb 3, 2014)
I wanted to be a pastor since I was young. The first reason I thought I wanted to be is because I saw my pastor (Peter Ho) on stage preaching and he looks so handsome. But when I grew up, I know that it's not about looking good on the stage but to spread the Word of God and breathe life into people's lives. The idea of preaching and proclaiming God's Word is so deep in my mind.
Worshipping has been a part of my life. It started when I first heard of ihopkc, they started Night and Day worship and intercession, which was a new thing to me. As I've never heard of NON-STOP worship and praying before, and don't know about the Book of Revelation on the angels and everything just worship around the Holy God's thrown, then God started to transform me.
I started learning piano at the age of 6, before that I just listen the music at church and play it at home. This is how I find out my talent! Anyway, when I was secondary 1, my playing was like hitting rocks - harsh, noisy. Looking back to these years, probably because I was listening to music that are rebellious and noisy at that time and the impact of it was playing those noise in worship (which is really a bad idea). In recent years, as I started to be transformed more deeply by the Holy Spirit and to worship God in Spirit and in Truth (Word of God). I started to combine the talents that God has given me -- Music and Creativity.
People would think, being a worshipper isn’t really a job description. Actually everyone is a worshipper. Our life is a worship offering! Every moment, every breath, we should be worshipping. Worship isn’t about just singing songs, just standing for minutes or jumping around, not about your emotions but the praise to God with all your heart and soul and strength and spirit. Worship is a respond to God’s love. A way to express our thankful from our heart. A way to just gaze upon His beauty and His glory. Words cannot really express the greatness of it because it is more than words can say. But when we worship, we sing, we praise God, that makes our Father happy :) He loves hearing our praise from the bottom of our hearts. So why choosing worship as one of my job in the future is just because I want to praise my Father and that’s actually the main purpose why I’m living. Not just when I lead worship or play keyboard but also in my spare time, in my private time, in my daily life.
Sometimes I do think that I’m a bit abnormal, cause my third dream is to build a Christian TV Centre which establish the Word of God in daily life and not just having all preaching series on it but more news, more drama and more fun into Christian’s and non-Christian’s life. Making impact on people’s life with Christian value. I love God, and I would lay my life down for the sake of God’s glory. I would not have a big house, or even a beautiful flawless life, but I believe that God has plan the best for me to go for.
20th October, 2013
Last year, I applied for a school in US just to see if I could go to ihopkc as I haven’t been there once and I always longed to be there. But the school turned me down and I don’t have a chance to go around US. I didn’t really complained about this and a week ago, I heard that Jon Thurlow was going to UK (before he announce that on his website). I was totally excited about it because he is really good lyricist and I’m weak at writing lyrics (now getting better). So far this is the best gift, the best surprise my Abba Father has ever given me. He knows me so well and he has plans that far greater than anyone.
The worship was really great, not because of Jon Thurlow or anyone but God’s presence and His love just rush into my heart when the music starts. It’s so amazing that God uses us, all these broken, weak and low people to be His channel.
Just this morning, when I was having my composing time at school alone in the room, I started worship with the Word. Just within 2 hours, I've been composing 3 songs and God is so cool! As I honour Him in my regular basis, He will surly show mercy, love and kindness towards me. (and wisdom and everything that benefits me)
Can't wait to see more of God's greatness in my life :)
Just yesterday, I went to visit a lady who served Chinese Christian Fellowship for maybe decade. She is kind and lovely! Also she looked after my parents when they were in the fellowship. She has been a blessing to many Chinese Christians. But time goes by, her health gets worst. She is now skinny and sick. It's sad to see such tragedy happening to her life. We don't what happen next and this reminds me:
Treasure everything that God has given. Yea, everyone knows that. The opposite to treasure is waste. For me, waste is not fully utilise what you have. If you can give fully, do it. Do everything for the sake of God's glory! Don't waste your time on things that won't please God, your time is limited and it's not a cool to waste at any point.
So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do,
Treasure every little experience with God. Let's admit that we are forgetful! When trouble comes, would you count on God's grace and mercy and the experiences you had? Mostly not. So i challenge you to mark down every single little thing in life about YOU and GOD. It's just a very good practice on counting the experience with GOD. Faith doesn't built on peaceful nights, but in storms and you STILL hold on to GOD. So just try treasure the moment with GOD! These might not only be a blessing to you, but also to others
So starting from today, memorise every blessing, every thing and thank God for all that He has done in our lives. With everything, we do it for the glory of God!
Revival – this word is often spoken at Churches. “LORD, we want revival. Come and revive our church. Do great things in our city...” I love hearing these prayers. Who wouldn’t see great things happening in our city? People started to repent and starve for the Word. The revival is every Christian’s dream.
I’ve started an Internet TV station quite a while and the title of the ministry is Global Revival. The thing that motivates me in taking part is the Gospel. Probably most of you have heard of it. God gave us His one and only Son – Jesus Christ to died on the cross for our sins. So that we can have the everlasting life with God in Heaven! (ref. John 3.16) God is real and He is doing great things upon us. He changes people, changes everything. Through Him, we are free from our bondage, free from sins, free from every condemnation. We are definitely a new being in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17) When we are transformed by the Holy Spirit, we would act differently. Different from our past. We can have the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These fruits are adorable right? Yes and to everyone, this is truly impressing. When people around us sees the change we’ve been through, then people would try to find out why and how.
I have a story as an example. There was a community where people don’t like trying new products. Reasons? Because they afraid. But one day, a young girl – Cathrin, who used up her shampoo, went to the superstore to buy shampoo. Superstore do have different brands of shampoo, one of it was a new product. (There’s label on it “NEW PRODUCT”). It says the product can give you a refreshing smell, but she wondered. She never tried that product before. Anyway, it worth a try as it’s on sale (‘Cuz no one buys it). On her way home, she saw a few neighbors and she told them. Her neighbors’ jaw-dropped as they listened. No one has ever tried that before, that’s an experiment! But these comments did change Cathrin’s mind as she brought that already and she wouldn’t waste it. Then, she continues her way. When it comes to evening, she tried the new shampoo and it did not produce any refreshing smells. She was disappointed. “I should have listened to my friends at the beginning. They are going to laugh at me for being so stupid...” Murmuring won’t help her bad feelings, so she decided to sleep.
Then the next day when she woke up, there was a smell of fragrance. The product did not lie, it works. She ran out and testified to her neighbors. That smelling was really refreshing. Then neighbors spread the word and soon people started buying it.
Revival is just like a fragrance that gathers people around and they tasted and see. Afterwards, they spread. But before the revival happens, there are preparations.
First, our attitude. It is important because it will be the beginning of the transformation. Are you ready for the transformation? Are you open for God to work in Your life? Yet the Bible told us to be transformed and renewed. So that you will be changed from the inside out. (Romans 12:2) This is truly powerful. God would and will change you from the inside out. But first of all, in The Message version it says, “... Fix your attention on God...”. We have been controlling our path for so long and we know how messy our lives can be. The transformation starts with the willingness of transform. Man is the biggest challenge to start the work of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit would not force you to accept something or change. It is wholly YOUR IDEA. If life is like driving a car, before accepting Christ: YOU ARE THE CONTROLLER. After: Christ should have the complete and absolute authority. But we won’t 100% let go, because we sometimes do fully trusting our God. We would tell Him to take a rest for a while and let me drive again. You would think that YOU KNOW BETTER THAN GOD. (How arrogant this is) Your own ideas and ways will stop the things that will happen in YOUR life. It might be far better than what you’re at right now, but it just stopped by your fears, your attitude.
The beginning of revival starts with yourself. Just like the story I told you, if Kathrin did not try to pick up that shampoo. If she did not even try it after buying it, her life will be the same as it was. So today, I would like to see little revivals coming from places across the Earth. A personal revival. A personal relationship with God.
Revival does not only need the willingness of being transformed, but also you need to base on the Word of God. The Word of God strengthens us in every situation. You got to know more about person by spending more time knowing what he likes, dislikes, habits... This method is same when you want to know God’s heart. God has given us the Bible and that the truth will set you free and will help you grow day by day. I believe that the development in the Word would be an useful tool to a bigger break out of Revival. Feeling is not lasting but God’s Word is everlasting. Truth does not change, but feeling do. So I encourage you to start building a normal devotional time, it does not only benefits your faith, it also benefits your relationship with God. God wants to draw near to you, He wants to know you more and let you know Him and love Him more.
A personal revival starts with the renewing by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. That you will have the fragrance of Jesus as you are transformed. The fragrance will attract thousands and thousands of people, and you will see amazing things happening in your community.
(Will be Continue…)