Sunday, 23rd November 2014
Rev. Daniel Poon
From churches around the world, we have been hearing more and more about things like how to receive God’s blessings, how to experience God’s guidance, how to be success, how to live a wonderful life, how to draw Heaven to earth, etc. we all know the importance to follow God, but WHY is our life still struggling? Rev. Daniel shared that he cannot answers all the questions, but he can tell us how to hold onto the one and only TRUTH from God.
“What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” (2 Timothy 1:13-14)
1. Through FAITH – This faith is faith in the Lord Jesus, through reading the Bible and pray, to build confidence in the Word of God. (2 Corinthians 5:7, Romans 4:20)
We know there is a God, who accepts us and forgives us. But knowing all these things cannot help us unless we really experience it. It’s just like knowing how wonderful Disney Land is but we will never really know it unless we physically go there! We come to church and hear all the good news and wonderful things, but it’s no use if none of these relate to us. We need to build a bridge between God and us, it’s time to breakthrough and really experience God personally. There is no short-cut, we need to spend time to be with God; God is always willing to talk to us, it’s us, who are too busy about things in this world to hear Him! Rev. Daniel reminded us to have faith, believe in the Words God gives us, and never give up seeking Him!
2. Through LOVE – The love of Christ is releasing the captives, and letting the blind see. His love is not spoil us: not just to satisfy our flesh, but to save our souls.
Jesus came to this earth and died for us. Why? Because He wanted to show us that He loves us, no matter what kind of people we are. Jesus is full of love, but have we experienced it? If we know Jesus well, we will not complain about our lives any more, and we will live like we are in Heaven! It’s just like how the children may be naughty at home, and was told off by their parents, but very soon they will run around and play with their parents again. When we are baptized, God has washed away our past, and accepted us as His children. We need to see that we are freed and loved deeply by God, then we will become the happy children of God!
3. Through HOLY SPIRIT – The Holy Spirit is our Comforter, which leads us to the front direction. Only by the Spirit of truth to hold on, leaving the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can not hold on the truth. (John 16:7-11)
Everything we talked above will be meaningless if we don’t do it through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us the knowledge and the strength to face all the challenges in this world. Our sins are the biggest barriers for us to come to God, and the Holy Spirit can help us recognize the sins inside us, then we will ask Jesus for His Salvation. We need the Holy Spirit to make us different people!
So today, hold onto the TRUTH, through FAITH, LOVE and the HOLY SPIRIT, start build up a relationship with God. No one is perfect, and we can never live a perfect life, but there is always hope, for us not to regret the past, but move on from the problems, face the challenges together with God!