Sunday, September 1, 2013

God's Hand in Your Life

Had the privilege of watching CCF's 29th Anniversary Sunday preaching lead by Pastor Peter Tan-Chi today live streamed all the way from Philippines. Amazing that even distance cannot hinder God's word, and technology is utilized strategically to spread God's message.   

Pastor Peter taught us practical and spiritual guidance how to have God's hand in our life through the life of Ezra. 
"For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel." --Ezra 7:10
If God's hand is in your life, it doesn't mean you'll have no problem. But it guarantees God's favour, protection and blessing. And that's more than enough!

How to have God's hand in your life?

1. Set your heart
The condition of your heart is essential.

In marriage, if your heart is not set right, you can use every problem or discomfort as an excuse to divorce your spouse. But if your heart is set to stick with your spouse no matter what, you could always use every problem an an opportunity to love your spouse even more.

2. Study the word
"...for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humbleTherefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time" --1 Peter 5:5-6
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." --Alvin Toffler
Believing that Bible is the word of God is one thing. Reading the Bible is a different story. 

3. Practice it
Love people
Forgive those who hurt you
Do not gossip
Encourage others

4. Teach it
A mediocre teacher tells,
A good teacher illustrates,
An excellent teacher inspires.

In closing, Pastor Peter highlighted that the greatest problem of humanity is not poverty or corruption but SIN, which hinders God's favour to overflow in our lives. It is God's desire to bless His children abundantly, but SIN gets in the way.  
"Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save;Nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear.But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear." --Isaiah 59:1-2
The good news is, sin could not be our final state. The Lord forgives, if we only humble ourselves and confess all our transgression. He will be more than willing to accept us back in His arms. 

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