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Defocus And Refocus
散焦和聚焦

on June 2021

by Pastor Daniel

Introduction
Today, our focus has been on the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia and other parts of the world.  As we focus on it more and more, greater is the fear that binds our hearts.  As I thought of this month, reading news in other parts as well, I asked, “Father, how are you speaking to the church today?”

This month we celebrate Father’s Day and I look to the Father God.  When I was up that morning, I turned to scriptures as is the habit of mine in reading the devotion for the day and it led me to Micah 6:8
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

I told myself – “strange a response, or strange to think of that when I am looking at our country’s situation.”
As I meditate, these two words came to me “Defocus – Refocus”.  If there is a message there, it is about knowing what God still requires of us – that we live our lives glorifying his name.
 
Defocus:
The message of defocussing is about turning our eyes to Jesus, not on the problems of this world first.  The more we focus on the problems, the lesser our faith grows and we wonder and we question many things.

We lose hope, we get tired, we fade in our zeal and passion for God.  Even as a pastor, I am a little frustrated toggling between different MCOs in our land.  There is now even a tinge whether we can resume a full physical service or not.  While we have online services, prayer meetings, and Care group meetings, I wonder how effective have they been and are the needs of the people of God being met?
These will go on and on until we learn to defocus from these things.  And find our focus again.
 
Refocus:
Then this next word was simply to hear from Father God.  “Father, what do you require me to do?”  Then came this verse that some of us are pretty familiar with.  There are three things spelled out here:

  • To do justice
  • To love kindness (mercy)
  • To walk humbly with God
How are these relevant today?  Let us hear again and refocus.  The refocusing is about learning what God wants of us at such a time like this.

All these three elements do not take regard to the persons we relate to.  Should they be of a different race and religion, we still adopt these qualities.  To be fair with all men. This may be a little easier for us who knows the Lord.  Living in a world today filled with corruption and injustice, we get indignant when we see injustice.  That is a good feeling but translated that into our daily lives, are we fair to all men in our little and daily dealings?

To love kindness and mercy is more than pitying some poor souls.  It is about driving us into acts of kindness.  I thank God that FCC plays a little part in trying to alleviate the burden of the poor through the ministry of Hope Community Center.  Yes, we must do that and we can do more on an individual basis when we come across people in need. 

If we were to look at the world, they are suffering more, like Israel in the current situation, India in the uncontrollable state, and Myanmar in her suffering ordeal.  How do we love kindness?  That is what refocus is all about – it is while focusing on the troubles of the world, we focus on what we can do for them.

Walking humbly before God is our devotion to him.  To refocus on that is to place our trust in Him even though we don’t understand what is happening – trusting that God is still working out his purpose.  One of those purposes is about us carrying the torch of hope and bringing to people who are losing it.  Let us remember what Father God did when He made this requirement.  He sent his Son – He became a baby.
 
Conclusion
Oswald Chambers commenting on this verse:
Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound.  We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow.  This is a sure sign of spiritual pride.  We must be careful, for this is how contempt for others is produced in our lives.  And it causes us to be a walking rebuke to other people because they are more shallow than we are.  Beware of posing as a profound person - God became a baby.

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The Mind On Christ
以基督的心为心

on May 2021

By Pastor Daniel 

Introduction

It has been more than a year since the pandemic of Covid-19.  We are still talking about the new normal or rather, “what is normal today?”  Nothing is normal.  But there is one thing that remains – we are still very much confined to our homes, which means we are spending a great deal of time at home.

What can happen?  Good things can happen but bad things can happen too.  The common denominator is that having to spend more time at home, how have our relationships within the family been?  Being away from friends, how are we still in a relationship with one another?

Philippians 2:1-4
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value, others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

The passage above deals mainly with relationships – whether it be the Christian community or those with whom we love.

The Four Motivations for relationships
Paul spoke about four motivations, namely,

  • Encouragement of unity
  • Comfort from his love
  • Commonness in the Spirit
  • Compassionate and tenderness
These are the very motivations by which we operate when we think of our relationship in Christ.  They are all Christlike based on the unity with Christ.  We have his love as our source, the common Spirit of God that binds us, and the example of Christ’s tenderness and compassion.

The Three Attitudes in Relationships
Then Paul elaborated on 3 vital attitudes when we look at each other.
  • Same mind
  • Same love
  • Same spirit
That is how we view each other – more so in the community of God whom he has redeemed for his own.  While we may be different, we share one common thing – redeemed by Christ alone. 
Thus we share the common mind (that we are all sinners saved by grace), recipients of the same love (the love of God that brought us together), and partakers of the same spirit (a new life awakened by the Spirit of God) in us.  It does not say we are the same in personality and temperaments but yet we can be in harmony because of the common ground by which we begin our life in Christ.

The Two Actions in Relationships
Finally, Paul simply outlined two actions that would determine that course of harmony in all relationships, be it parent-child, husband-wife, brother-sister, and friends.  The two actions that would take a lifetime to master;
  • Do nothing out of selfishness (ambition or gain)
  • In humility, count others better than yourself.
These final two actions are where we put into practice to foster a relationship that would honor Christ, that shows our motivations and attitudes.

Conclusion
With the MCO’s, staying at home, has it been easier and more enriching when it comes to relating to one another at home?  Have I look at the person(s), with love, serving him or her out of selflessness and count, honor, and appreciate that person as better than myself, more important than myself.  It is a good time to evaluate where we are when it comes to relating to others. 

Happy Mother‘s Day in May and happy Fathe’rs Day in June.  May all fathers and mothers find their joy in the Lord and their relationships at home.

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Joy Unexpected
意想不到的喜乐

on April 2021

By Ps Daniel Yaw

Isaiah 35:10
They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.  Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
 
Introduction
Joy is somewhat a gift from God to us today.  Recently with the birth of my granddaughter, my daughter would send pictures of Vera very often.  She would capture pictures of her smiling and it is simply beautiful when you see a child smile.
 
Then I thought of Jesus himself – he is known and called a man acquainted with sorrows.  Some years ago, I thought; “we have pictures of Jesus painted – but how many pictures have we seen of Jesus smiling?”.  At that time to google a picture of Jesus smiling and find one is very rare.  Nonetheless, we hear from the gospel the many humorous statements Jesus made.  We hear Jesus saying, “My joy will be full….”, a couple of times.  There must also be joy.
 
As we enter into the Passion Week with the celebration of Easter Sunday on 4th April, we thank God constantly for this hope in the resurrection.  Even in Hebrews 12:2, it says that “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of
God.”  The joy that the writer talked about was the joy of salvation given to those who believed.
 
Today’s passage is one of that comfort – that God gives joy.  Reading the whole chapter, I discover something beautiful and joyful.  As we look at Isaiah 35, and our situation today, with the prolonged period of MCO’s and isolation, one can so easily get depressed and sad and confined.  Can there still be joy?

Joy = in Unlikely Places. (1-4)
“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.”
 
Desert – glad? wilderness – rejoice?  These are unlikely places to burst out in joy.  They are pictures of depression, sadness, forsaken, death.  Can there be joy?  It is very much like today’s situation.  The DG health director just announced that the virus is here to stay and with the infectious rate, it is expected to see again a rise in the cases.
 
Can I expect joy?  Even the vaccine – we hear a lot of news of uncertainty.  Yet the prophet Isaiah speaks of joy in these unlikely places.  Where would that joy be anchored?
 
In verse 2, the prophet anchored his joy in the glory of God, “they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.”
 
We have seen the glory of the Lord today – the glory that comes from the cross.  The glory of him coming to save us.  The following verses speak of that.
 
Joy:  The Unexpected Result. (5-8)
A few things on how this joy was seen were mentioned here;

  • There will be restoration:  the blind see, the deaf hear, springs in the wilderness, and streams in the desert
  • There will be abundance:  the sand in the desert becomes a pool
  • There will be peace:  the redeemed can walk freely.  The highway is safe
 
Do I see that in my life today?  Restoration, Abundance, and Peace.  It is RAP, not RIP.
 
When we focus on the situation of life today, it would be depressing and that is why the prophet exhorted the people to look at the glory of God – to see a bigger picture of God’s eternal purpose of salvation.
 
Joy:  The Unending Experience (9-10)
And everlasting joy shall be upon our heads!  It means that even in the gloomiest situation, we shall focus on God and find joy!  And it is joy everlasting that shall be in our minds.
 
This is the joy unexpected, yet a joy overwhelming all our adversities in life.  As we continue to place our faith in God, may the joy of the Lord becomes our strength.
 
Conclusion
All these come with one exhortation (3-4), seen in three parts;
  • Strengthen our feeble hands:  do the work of God.  Let us not be weary of serving the Lord and His people.  May we be found faithful doing his will.
  • Strengthen our weak knees:    come to him in prayer.  Let us not give up prayer.  Strengthen your personal prayer time, Encourage one another by coming together in prayer, physical or zoom.
  • Strengthen our fearful hearts: find joy, hope and faith in Him.  Let us continue to look to God in faith that in all things, God will work it out together for good.

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