There can be NO consecration without sacrifice. In the Old Covenant, blood was required to be shed in order for someone or something to be consecrated to be used by God.
A sacrifice is always REQUIRED to be consecrated- cleansed and fit for use as an instrument for God. And now in the New Testament, the good news is Jesus Christ is that sacrifice. He is the Lamb and His blood alone cleanses and consecrates you and I as His people.
But even in modern day Christianity, when we hear or speak of consecration we think the sacrifice is about us… “I must do more”…. “I must give more”…. “I must serve more”. This is not the truth.
Consecration is NOT about you and I doing good works. It is also NOT based on our performance. And trying to be worthy or to achieve spirituality. Consecration is not trying to be perfect cos we are not.
Consecration is about Jesus and Him as a sacrifice that makes us perfect and He alone qualifies us to be worthy to be used. You and I only need to believe wholeheartedly and be willing to follow Him unreservedly.
Today as a New Covenant follower, you ARE worthy and you ARE spiritual IN CHRIST even if you do not do any good works. It is entirely based on Jesus and His righteousness in you. It is He through the power of the Holy Spirit that will work in you to bear His fruits resulting in good works.
So when we speak about consecration, it is a life of rejoicing and living out of gratefulness of God’s grace of His sacrificial gift in Christ. Now, we do good works because we WANT TO, and not because we have to… c.f. 1 Peter 2:9-10
Living a consecrated life
Finally, consecration is about the BEING, not the doing. It is not to do more for Him and to be successful (defined by the world) for Him. It is simply to know Him and make Him be known with your life.
You and I need to always remain focus on following (study His life and teachings) and becoming like Jesus (living out His life in us).
Although I had been expecting the RULING PARTY to retain dominance, but I wasn’t expecting that their overall popularity would bumped up to 69.9%.
With the benefit of looking from the GE trend from 2011 and now, it is more clear that the people wants the PAP as long as they are listening and are for the people.
This tells me that majority of Singaporeans would stick to the one-party rule system as long as it’s the PAP and it’s working. They aren’t looking for change in terms of a more democratic system as most of us thought so from GE2011.
After GE2011, PAP responded in an effective and timely manner before GE2015 and they made sure we knew they listened. And I must add that their move to take full advantage of SG50 and NDR to appeal to our hearts look to have paid off.
PAP went all out
It’s interesting to note that Vivian Balakrishnan and Lim Swee Say were singled out and praised by PM Lee during NDR before the elections and they were both in the hotly contested GRCs. So that shows PAP was well ahead in preparation for the elections.
This GE, the PAP did not just go for the minds and hearts of the people, but also went all out against their contest. A stark contrast to last GE2011 where they displayed complacency. A good example is how they have used social media to engage voters. A lesson they learnt from GE2011.
So despite the gerrymandering, that already gives them an advantage, I fully commend them for the great effort poured in to earn our mandate. Congrats!
Reflect and regroup for the opposition
For the OPPOSITION, there’s a lot more work needed to be done in becoming a credible party. For a start, do not position yourself as an anti-PAP party. Please la… Winning by hatred votes won’t get you far. Work harder on finding credible reasons for Singaporeans to want to trust you.
Also please be more strategic when you field candidates. It has to be more than just credentials and heart. Study and understand the demographics of the voters in the area you are contesting, and put candidates that voters can easily build affinity to.
If you lack candidates, please aim small la… Focus on winning on a SMC first then gradually work your way up. Get a seat first better than no seat right?
We know the political conditions are not favourable for the opposition. Hence, there’s an extra need to do more and show more substance in how and what the party can contribute in a tangible manner to Singapore. No more lofty ideas and hot air talk.
The trend and results show that Singaporeans won’t vote for the opposition for the sake of opposing.
Thirdly, please harness the power of the social media to engage more with voters to discuss and sell your ideas. Do capitalise on this platform to gain credibility by showing what you are doing on the ground. Learn from LHL and his team.
They learnt from GE 2011, but some how (with the exception of SDP) you did not.
Moving forward as a people
To us VOTERS, PAP is not = Singapore. No party is bigger than Singapore and we cannot keep looking at our past and not aspire for a better future. Playing safe does not keep us safe.
On the contrary, it is more dangerous to play safe as we won’t evolve and become relevant (while retaining our values) in an ever changing world. But of cos, if the incumbent party is able to produce progressive leadership, then that’s alright.
Also do know that “opposition” does not mean anti establishment or anti PAP. But I understand this notion is further reinforced by the sort of opposition candidates that are borderline crazy or psycho.
Standing on the opposition camp means having an alternative view or philosophy. However, the goal is the same of that to make Singapore better and stronger.
So it would do well for us if we respect a diversity of views and move to a collaborative stance where we do not leave any Singaporean behind.
Lastly, its easy to forget that Singapore is considered young as a sovereign nation at 50 years old. There’s still a long way for us to grow.
Borrowing a line from Deputy PM Tharman, one thing is for sure we are growing and building from a place of strength and not weakness. There is hope for our future!
So let’s continue onwards and United as one people. Majulah Singapura!
This morning I was at an “all churches in Singapore” gathering to worship our Father as one. I left the place moved and changed! There had been 2-3 testimonies, but I will just share one encounter…
Most of you might know I became one year older recently. I had my usual chat with God just reflecting and thanking Him for the journey this far. And at where I am today with God, I have arrived to a position and place of REST.
That REST is that of being secured of His love for me; that He will never forsake me or fail me. After all the trials and past experiences with Him, I am confident of His everlasting and unconditional love.
That REST is also founded on His grace; that I’m saved and fully accepted in Christ. There’s nothing more or less that I could do which would affect my position in Him. That’s the truth. It’s the cross and His precious blood.
So I was pleasant surprised but encouraged when a brother gave me a prophetic word of encouragement. Nothing bombastic but simply these words: “God takes great pleasure in you. He is pleased with you.”
Wow… Those words were like God Himself talking to me and finishing off the conversation or chat I had with Him 2-3 days ago! Simply amazing!
I hope my less-than-spectacular testimony would encourage you to find your place of REST in Christ; to know how much He truly loves you and the richness of His grace lavished on you.
If you have found that place, guard it tightly. Don’t allow the enemy to deceive you out of it no matter what. Amen.
Today, I was at the Jubilee Day of Prayer for Singapore with more than 50,000 from the Body of Christ.
It was definitely an appointment from God for my wife and I to be there, especially it being shortly after our return to Singapore. And the tickets were given to us!
As the session started, I was constantly welling up with tears of joy and thanksgiving.
Who are we?
Singapore is but a small nation, a little red dot. Despite this, look at what we have accomplished?
Our small in size and lack of resources have not prevented us to be overachievers and to grow in affluence.
Today, we are able to punch above our weight and stand tall among the other giant nations in the world.
But make no mistake, we are where we are because of His grace alone.
As a people, the Church must never forget that our success is because of His grace. It’s by His grace. And we must continue to stay strong in His grace.
The peace and prosperity that we are enjoying is because of God’s grace and mercy.
Where we are?
Sitting there before Him and in the presence of 50,000, I am grateful that I can be part of God’s Church at this defining period of the Jubilee.
I’m grateful for those spiritual leaders who have gone before us. I do not know them, but we are where we are today because they paid the price in standing in the gap.
I wish I could thank them personally, but I’m grateful for the pioneering generation of the unsung heroes of faith who have took up the role of ‘watchmen’ for our nation.
Their lives spent on bended knees cannot be left unrecognised or ignored. Today, the Church stands tall now on their shoulders.
Without them trail blazing His kingdom, we would not have a spiritual heritage as a Church in Singapore and to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
What are we to do?
I believe the Church is flipping the page towards a new era for Singapore in the year of jubilee.
The torch of the pioneering generation is going to be passed on to the next generation. And that generation has to step up to grab that torch to lead this nation as the next custodian and watchmen for Singapore.
What we see today of Singapore after 50 years is nothing in comparison to what lies ahead. Because each generation goes further than the generation preceding it.
God is not finished with His plan and purpose for this nation. And the Church is the reason.
It is my desire to be counted and be part of whatever He’s doing in and through Singapore, for I believe this is the reason He called me back!
I felt the anguish and deep grieving of the Holy Spirit from the aftermath of the recent development of the Supreme Court in making same-sex marriage legal in America.
Truth be told, the grief I felt is not so much because of what Obama did or the Supreme Court or even the LGBT. Because the legal law has never been the answer to address the matter of homosexuality.
The grief I felt is because the Church has messed up. Instead of manning up, we have shifted blame and looked at all the possible perpetrators except ourselves.
God have always reminded us that judgement will fall upon His people first as the custodian of the Gospel who are responsible to shine His light in our dark and fallen world.
So we, as the Church have messed up.
We were (and still are) the answer but we never did provide the answer in being the light for the world.
We had and have the authority to define marriage which is based on truth; to accurately represent and strongly defend this institution. But we messed up.
How can the Church have authority when people in general perceives “Christians divorce are at the same rate as non-Christians”?
How can we defend the sacredness of marriage between man and woman when the Church is constantly afflicted with scandals of adultery or sexual abuse?
Clearly because we have failed to firmly define marriage in society that other people groups are stepping in to redefine marriage according to their own pleasure rather than God’s pleasure.
We’ve messed up. Forgive us Lord. We repent. Please heal our land.
At this point, the Holy Spirit reminded me that He is Immanuel- God is with us. He is with us even in the midst of darkness. That’s His promise.
As long as His light shines,there is Hope. Unless the Church stands in agreement on His truth, we cannot reflect the fullness of His light to disperse darkness.
Without light, people will remain in darkness. And currently, the world is not able to see the Light through the Church.
“… if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
“You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.”
I have been reading the book of Ezekiel for my daily devotion. And this verse intrigued me for quite awhile.
You see I don’t even know the specific names of every gem stones. When I see one or more or another coloured one, to me they are all the same. For sure, I won’t be able to name them.
But interestingly, God knows the names of these gem stones! He created them and named them. He knows how each one is different from the other.
Similarly, the Holy Spirit showed me how God knows each of us by name. He created us and He calls us by name. If He can name and call out each gem stone, how much more precious are we?
Although we might be the same species called humans. But like gem stones, to God each of us are different from one another. He designed each of us uniquely with our own individual characteristics.
So if you think you’re not special, think again. And if you think God doesn’t pay attention to you or doesn’t love you think again. These are far from the truth, you are precious to Him and He knows you by name.
Remember there is only one YOU. If you’re a diamond, don’t try to be an emerald. You will never be an emerald. And you will never be truly fulfilled as you are not being you. He created you to be YOU. So love YOU like how God loves you!