Monday, January 21, 2008

City Harvest Church - Ps Kong Hee

Ps Kong preached a great sermon today about having Confidence in God.

This identity issue is a very important issue, and one where we need to have a Revelation. In fact, it is so important, that Jesus faced this issue, before He was officially launched out into His ministry. His confidence in God was tested as he faced the devil in Matt 4.

When tested, the devil quoted Scripture. Jesus therefore had to be confident in God, and in the modus operandi (the way to do things) that God had given to Him.
He could do things God's way or the devil's way.

It is just like what the Bible says, about seed sown on stony places. In Matt 13:20-21 it says:

20But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.

If we want to face this world and become overcomers, we got to be "rooted in ourselves". We definitely got to be 'rooted' in God, and be confident about our identity in God.

As we go into 2008, let's be comfortable about the values we uphold:

We have the:

  • Great Commandment - where we put God first
  • Great Commission - where we go out and make disciples of all men
  • Culture Mandate - where we stay relevant to society and continue to be the light

We can't please everyone, but we got to stay true to what we need to achieve in our generation. Just like the example given to us by Jesus. He was so 'different' from the people of that time, that even John the Baptist asked whether He was the Messiah (Matt 11:3).

Jesus reply was to look at the fruits!

Although Jesus hung out prostitutes and ate with tax collectors, the miracles and the fruits of God followed Him.

With that John was convinced about the ministry of Jesus.

In Matt 11:18-19, Jesus goes on to say:

18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children."

In other words, let's not be focused on the outward appearances, but lets examine the fruits of the ministry.

By that wisdom is justified!

Before i go, let me leave u with a video of a women that I greatly admire!


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