2 June 2020 Word by Honorary Pastor Rev Alicia Teo
Today's Inspiration: Apostle Paul always reminds the churches he planted not to look at surface of things. 2 Corinthians 10:7. Scripture cannot be read surfacially but to dig deeply to find out it's meaning like one digging a piece of land to find gold. He cannot find gold unless he digs right deep.
Jesus also taught us that the kingdom of heaven is of great value. It's like a merchant looking for pearls of special value and when he found it, sold everything he had to buy it. Jesus was explaining that eternal life is equivalent to this truth. Matthew 13:45. Therefore we must not take lightly our salvation, understand deeply the value of eternal life and treasure it so that we do not lose it. To do so, we need to sanctify ourselves deeply in the word so that we will be found blameless and holy in His sight at His second coming. 1 Thessalonians 5:23. We need to be sanctified through and through. Jesus says that we can only be sanctified by the truth of His word- cleansed, purified, totally consecrated to God for His special purpose in the world. To be consecrated is to be purified with our intellect, will, emotions and actions to be controlled by His desires rather than by our own fleshy desires. Only by this, can we attain godliness to take on His Divine attributes with a renewed mind. Romans 12:1-2.
To accomplish our mission effectively, we need to know who God truly is. At the age of 40, Moses could not accomplish His calling to deliver the Israelites from bondage and had to flee from Egypt to Midian. This is because he understood surfacially about God but do not know God personally. He had to be trained how to be a shepherd for after Deliverance from bondage of darkness, we need to be trained to be a shepherd how to nurture the sheep. You need to be equipped before you can enter into your life mission.
Our life mission can only be achieved by being equipped first how to deliver people from darkness and how to mature them. Moses was finally successful after his life was totally consecrated to God, and every step he takes is a step of faith, putting aside his own fleshy desires, his self ambitions, his intellect, his will (choices), and emotions (past behaviors and attitudes and bitterness from the past broken relationships) to the control of God. To do this, He must understand the heart of God, who God truly is, His Divine attributes and desires which can be acquired through having deep Communion in devotion with God. Only then could he deliver the Israelites from bondage through miraculous intervention from God in ministry.
Moses'life mission must be fully studied to be written down as examples of warning for us on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come 1 Corinthians 10:11.
Everything in life is permissible and perhaps constructive but not everything is beneficial. V23. God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will provide a way out so that you can stand up upon it. V13.
Treasure what God has given to you, appreciate it and be contented in all circumstances. Fight a good fight of faith and accomplish the race well. God be praised for your sanctification, a process of life bound for eternity!