Adrian Jehoshaphat

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I serve because i love Him… Really?

i was reading back my journal recently, out of a heart of gratitude, i sum up expressing my love for the Lord as i serve Him..

Nothing wrong with that, nonetheless, I’m reminded that i love Him because He first loved me.

In the same way, when i serve Him in any form of activities for his glory… I serve because He first loved me. I am only responding back in actions. How well i served, dependent on how much revelation of His love toward me.

My love for Him fluctuates, if i continue serving Him base on how much i love Him, I’m sure to get burn out, take offence easily in the process and even give up eventually cos it’s just too hard to continue loving God 24/7, without an ‘off’ day(s).

Selah

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A humbling experience

My first impression after the Chinese session was done, I was relieved! Hahahaha!

However, what added to the encouragement was the feedback from the band members who played along, overall they gave me a thumb up! Praise the Lord! =)

After the rara and fireworks for the day died down, as I recounted, I realised i was divinely setup too…!

What I do know:

  1. As the reharsal was on my birthday, it’s like the King wished for me to play for Him as a birthday present unto me, of which, I am more than glad- in fact, I was awe that get to play for Him on my birthday (though actual play is on coming Sunday), best present I could ever asked for!

  2. During the actual play on the Sunday, i knew i made mistakes, some off beats and what not, yet, I felt a cacoon of peace and I really felt a Divine smile all over me. I recongised that, it was the same feel when I played back in the youth ministry.

What

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That 1 talent…

Gearing up for tmr… The last time i officially played for the King was in the 90’s in TeenZeal Town.

I’m still far from ready or of a ‘certain’ standard. In TeenZeal, no one taught me proper but literally learnt and played under the inspiration in the school of the Holy Spirit..

You guys who are/were from 1st generation of TZT would have witness and experienced how the 1st band formed, liken us holding water pistols charging into the gate of hell!! 😂😂 and God being God, honoured that mustard seed of faith planted by and serving along side with Coach, think we caused quite a collateral damage to the enemies. The youth ministry as a whole grew from glory to glory, strength to strength!

That chapter has closed, yet that God given (raw) gift, the drumming passion has not ceased. It have been years (also in recent) that i posted my request to the Lord, wanting to serve Him with it, also

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…But I will honor those who honor me…

Today’s message in line with mama day, papa day and parent day in Chinese calendar in May, has much to mediate on; Just the act of Honouring can bring much impact into our life.

God saw it fit to cast it on stone and to be emphasized again thru Paul’s letter to the Ephesian:

  1. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:

  2. “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”

Ephesians 6:2-3 NKJV

There is a further truth highlighted by Paul comparing the original law no.5 which found in v3a, The Message version wrote plainly:

“so you will live well and have a long life.”

Not only we have long life but we will live well - well holistically - be it in our body, in our career, in our relationships, etc… In another word a long good wholesome life.

A simple act of Honouring yet can be challenging for us (some from a dysfunctional or

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me prayer…

Col 1:9-14

I couldn’t help but noticed in v.9a:

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you…”

It dawn on me, if Paul could - ‘have not ceased to pray for you…’ how much more i could/should pray over myself or even for others in the context of v9-14.

That leads me to the next questions, what to pray for…

It is interesting to recall growing up in the church environment with all the good intention from the pulpit influence, been taught to pray for many things and in many style and fashion.

However, nothing come close when we have a personal revelation on the prayer recorded in the bible for us to ‘hear’ for ourselves what our brothers and sisters in both OT & NT spoke to God about and He reponded or honour or even displeased.

As i grew in my own journey with the Lord, i realised it is catching the HEART or the INTENT of the learned that what it is important

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…grace of God in truth…

  1. because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel,

  2. which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,

Col 1:5‭-‬6 ESV

No going to dissect too much into it but interestingly, these 3 points caught my attention:

  1. In the word of truth, the gosepl.

  2. whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you

  3. since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth

Having checked a few versions, the phrase - ‘grace of God in truth’ remains; it indicate when we truly encounter the Grace of God in truth, we (will) bear fruit.

At this point of time, my understand of the word fruit will be:

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace

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The law… .. .

There is no excuses nor extremes:

As we continue (and to learn more) walking in the love of God for ourselves and towards one another, we fulfill the heart of the law with a greater appreciation to the grace of God found in the Person of Jesus Christ in/through His finished work on the cross.

13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Gal 5:13-14 ESV

Selah

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The Grace of God

This verses has been dwelling in my heart for awhile, not letting up yet; For if we are honest with ourselves, the effect of the Grace of God in our lives will/should lead us to these desires:

Titus 2:11‭-‬12 ESV

  1. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,

  2. training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, …

In NKJV it’s says teaching us… Indicating a process or journey..

Transforming us as described in v.14(b) AMP:

Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself

(b) a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are]

eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds.

[Deut. 14:2; Ps. 130:8; Ezek. 37:23.]

Selah

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valley of the SHADOW of death

It just dawn on me when Rev. Jesse Duplantis highlighted the verse;

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…”

Rev. Jesse took noted that it’s a valley of the SHADOW of death… NOT valley of DEATH. How do you overcome or get rid of shadow? You TURN ON the light!!

I was thinking through a few days, how you ‘turn on’ the light… And this verse floated up- It ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ OOoooo!!

My immediate questions was how to apply? And I saw words like Flee.. Let not your heart be trouble.. Fear not.. Be Strong.. Be courageous.. etc.. etc..

It dawn on me:

  1. Often time as a believer, the Word of God actually light up in the inside of us when we are in a shadowy situation. It takes faith and obedience to follow through/turn on the light.

  2. The applications on the word is dynamic, there are times we ACT on the

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Practicing the Presence of God (i)

I am hearing for myself the second time that ppl of a prominent church equate listening to pastor message as spending time with God… Mind you, they are supposingly the older generations..

It’s really a surprise surprise for me… Cos i also remembered this same pastor many years ago repeated over the pulpit that he cannot worship God for us, he teaches the Word and the element of developing the relationship with God is an individual journey.

(Repeating) listening to a sermon and spending time with God are two separate events…

Sure, (repeatedly) listening to sermons nourish our spirit man as we are feeding ourselves spiritually. Yet, that does not necessarily equates to spending time with God.

Example:

We may records on tape of our love ones instructions and repeatedly listening to it… We will eventually get a clear understand what our love one is saying…

However, it is different

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