Sunday, April 17, 2005

Stand Firm

Today, Pastor Shern gave a very good sermon.. it was a very uplifting message..

as some of you may know.. i've been stressed out by school, a new church, life in general...a lot of stuff.

i've also been struggling in my relationship with God eversince uncle louis died. His death made me question God a lot, made me question my intentions in life... a lot of questions in fact.. too many that i got scared to a certain point cos i got worried that i may start doubting God to the point that i would forsake Him.. thankfully, i think i've hit the most bottom of the pit already.. and am slowly tryin to climb back up..

today's sermon gave me a renewed confidence in God. God is real and alive. God is eternal. we should ALL be living for Eternity.

so, according to this eternity principle:
1. my studies now flagging or not is just a fleeting spot in the never-ending line of eternal life.(but that doesn't mean i should just give up on my studies, of course.. heh)
2. my feeling of fat and any sickness (and etc) is only temporal.. when Jesus returns, i will have a new and glorified body, umblemished.
3. all the stress, depression and negative feelings i ever experience on this earth will all come to naught in heaven. in heaven, there is nothing but unspeakable joy and contentment.
4. working for money, material goods is useless cos i can never bring them to heaven with me.. instead, i should work towards my eternal rewards in heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:58 says, "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work o fthe Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain."


to contextualise this verse:

if you've been bogged down by the stress of life, that sometimes you lose sight of God,yet you know that God is your only hope, STAND FIRM!!
if you've been praying for the salvation of your unsaved friend or parent or grandparent, and they don't seem to be responding, STAND FIRM!!
if you've been seeking direction for your life, unsure with what God wants you to do, STAND FIRM!!
if you feel that you have been disheartening God, disappointing Him, STAND FIRM!!
if you haven't been serving God as much as you know He wants, serve by faith and STAND FIRM!!
if you've been trying to be a strong testimony for God in school or work, yet you feel that you fail Him at times, STAND FIRM!!

the list goes on... just STAND FIRM!! in your walk with God, your service to God. always remember that our life here is only transient.. what matters most is eternity. so, work towards that, ok?

anyway, hope some have been encouraged by this post.. i would really encourage you to go read 1Corinthians 15. God really spoke to me and put my life in perspective...okie.. exams start this friday for me, so it's time to go back to the books(or rather stacks of notes..)

Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
with wisdom, power and love
Our God is an awesome God!

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