Sunday, 10th December 2017
Rev Daniel Poon
Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
Paul wrote this verse while he was in the prison, how could he have such a big faith? Rev Daniel shared with us that we can also have the same faith as Paul. We are actually all in a prison of this world. A lot of people solve problems by changing their environment,but this is not solving the problem, because we are the person carrying our own problems.
So how to respond when we are encountering problems in our life? Don’t just sit there to wait for things to change, but instead we must step out of the comfort zone, this does not mean for us to leave our place, but to practice to never give up, not just do it once but keep on doing it. Very often we won’t achieve something just by ourselves but we actually need to rely on on others’ help, encouragement and motivation.
1. TO COUNT BLESSINGS
Lots of people define success through comparing with what others have. We will never feel joy when we start to compare, instead we will just feel the burden. It is easy to notice the negative things in our life, but it’s hard to count our blessings from God. Rev Daniel taught us to start by counting every single blessing we received from God and others in the past. We should stop looking at the problems in the past and start to forgive, to count every single blessing in the future.
We actually do not even recognize that it is a blessing for us to be alive now. How we see ourselves will define how we will receive in the future.
In the story of Abraham, Abraham and Lot dividing the land, Abraham let Lot choose the better part of the land because he knew his God would prepare for him in the future. Many of us have become a slave to this world by only seeing that we don’t have time or money to serve God now but if we start to count the time that God has given us (and in the future) and see how much God can do upon what we give, we will start to invest in the Kingdom of God.
Our brother Vijay could see what could have been done for his garden so it took him just 2 years to turn the land of mess into a garden that produces harvest, which also blesses the community. We each also have a different garden or area in our lives, so we must be able to see what we couldn’t see in the past.
Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” This is the secret of receiving true wisdom that is to count our days of how successful are blessed we are.
2. TO RECOGNIZE OUR VALUE
In 1 Timothy 4:4a it says, “For everything God created is good.” When God says we are good, then we need to believe that we are good so don’t believe what the enemy tells us. We often compare ourselves to others and become unhappy about what we don’t have. We spend too much time judging others but we should actually focus on our own performance. We are the body of Christ, every part has a purpose from God. As a leader, don’t think that no one can do better than you. Leaders are not necessarily better than their followers. We should look at others as good, too. Let others have opportunity to serve God.
3. TO LEARN TO SERVE
Acts 20:35 says, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words that Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”
4. TO CHOOSE REJOICE
Psalm 103:1 says, “Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” We have lots of bitterness and problems inside us. That’s why David said “all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name.” Choose to let go all the negative things and we will start to see the blessings. Learn how those Bible heroes could see, don’t use our physical eyes.
Rejoice is a choice, so from today, tell ourselves this: “I’m the most blessed person in the world!”