Monday, December 25, 2006

Proverbs 18:21 - Death & Life in power of tongue

There are many things in life that can cause us to fear — retrenchment, deadly diseases, terrorist attacks, our children going wayward and so on. When these things confront us, many a time, we give in to worry and fear, and start confessing our fears.
Job was no different. He constantly feared that God would punish him and his family because he kept thinking that his sons had sinned against God. He would get up early in the morning to offer burnt sacrifices, saying, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” And the Bible tells us that he did this “regularly”. (Job 1:5)
So Job kept confessing the sins of his sons and fearing that something terrible would happen to him and his family. In fact, his sin-consciousness didn’t just produce fear, the Bible tells us he “greatly feared”. (Job 3:25)
It is important that we understand that it was Job’s sin-consciousness that opened the door to Satan. His preoccupation with sins that his family may have committed gave Satan an opportunity to bring death and destruction into his life. God had a hedge of protection around Job. But when he started being sin-conscious and having a fearful expectation of judgment, the hedge was removed and Satan could attack him. (Job 1:9–12)
Even when you have sinned, don’t say, “I have failed again. I deserve to be punished.” Know this: You already have forgiveness of sins because Jesus was punished and condemned in your place! (Ephesians 1:7) So say, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Jesus, You are my holiness and perfection.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Beloved, we must be mindful of what we believe and are saying regularly because “death and life are in the power of the tongue”. So when you hear of a deadly pestilence taking many lives, don’t say, “Oh no! I could be next because my behaviour has not been perfect!” Instead, say, “Jesus, You are my righteousness and my protection. Surely You shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.” (Psalm 91:3)
Beloved, such believing and confessions not only please God, they also shut the door on Satan so that he cannot make any inroads into your life!

© Copyright Joseph Prince, 2006. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

goodlifeforsome: No condemnation

goodlifeforsome: No condemnation


Sunday, January 08, 2006

No condemnation

Romans 8 - there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

I am so glad that today, my church started a new ruling that there will not be any more reserving of seats because previously, care group members even members of church place books, bibles and other articles to reserve some 10 to 20 seats that when members of public go in, there is no more place at the strategic seats in front.

I hope they will continue this way so that there is no abuse by people, whether care groups or staff members or ministry members such as ushers, etc or the public.

Sometimes there are a few bad hats that spoil the whole thing - but I believe that these people just want to be close to Pastor when he is preaching because these people want special anointing of the word as they are closer - and so they think.... In fact in the overflow rooms at 6 and 4 floors, they receive the same anointing - I did.

The purpose why I aired my views previously is that the malpractice prevented a lot of innocent church goers who really make it early but still get no seats..

In fact, there are still seats reserving but this is kept to the minimum. I even heard of a true incident where member of the church - dont know if he /she is a usher or staff member but he/she brought along a stack of bibles before the church started and place these bibles in the rows C and D so that when the doors open, no more seats ...

haha... If these staff members or care groups have such faith, they should exercise it without reserving any seats - that is real faith... Like one in the Bible where the people lower the sick from the roof when the whole place is crowded...

Well, Jesus will still bless all irrespective of their misbehaviour because they just wanted to exercise their faith through different means....

God Bless. Shalom

Monday, January 02, 2006

Some call it religion

Many people feel that a religion is so important that they impose on others to believe what they feel is good for others.

How many do really find that their own belief system is 100% foolproof. Whether you believe in Christianity, Catholism, Buddhism, Islam or Hinduism or Judaism, you come into a belief system with sets of rules that make your life more complicated than before.

Initially you feel great because you have a sense of belonging. After that, you feel oppressed like under the law of constraints. You feel so exhilarated at first but subsequently, if you dont get what you intend to obtain, you feel very left out.

Miracles, they say, happen only for those who have faith - much the same with any religion or belief system - even those who believe in Yoga, in New Age styles like Reiki, whatever Red Indian religion or holistic styles - they all bring you to one revelation - nothing can be achieved in the end if you dont have faith.....

So why go for so many types or transfer from one belief system to another, even those who believe in Meditation or Crystal styles or kundalini or tibetan chant or whatever, they fall into a circle of mistaken air of mysticism that ultimately bring them to hell. all the more so, if they sign up with some denomination of christianity and confess their commitment then, later on, someone will come on to them to show how bad they are if they so called stray..

what is useful is faith ! The word Faith in anywhere, is belief in your own self - in some ways that the Almighty [as in all belief system teaches] bring to you when you are born. So Faith alone can save you, not those commercialism in religion, not those so called miracle workers to bring wool over your eyes. Wait for my next post. Thanks for the memories...masters of religions.