VIDEO Know More, Trust More – Do You Know Him?

Know More, Trust More

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. Philippians 3:10

Imagine you have your toddlers with you on a shopping trip and you need to dash into a store. So you ask a stranger, “Would you mind watching my children while I run in this store?” Now imagine your best friend is with you and you leave the children with him or her. To which person would you entrust your children?

Trust (faith) in a relationship comes with knowledge over time—it is a relationship that has been tested and proven in the past allowing for faith in the present. The Bible is filled with references to knowing God and time is almost always part of the context. Knowledge, and therefore trust, grows over time. Paul prayed that God would give the Ephesians “knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:17) and that they would grow into unity in the “knowledge of the Son of God” (Ephesians 4:13). Both verses suggest that time is a factor.

Don’t be discouraged if you feel you lack faith. Instead, seek to know God better. The more you know Him, the more you will trust Him. And that takes time with Him and in His Word.

The time you spend alone with God will transform your character and increase your devotion.   Charles Stanley


Do You Know Him? Do you really Know Jesus Christ? (Charles Spurgeon)

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When I Lost My Temper Over My Son’s Studies

Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.  Colossians 3:21

Once again, Singapore’s exam period is coming. For one cohort of students—and their parents—it will be an extra stressful time, as the PSLE exams are just round the corner.

So it was with great interest that I read a recent report on a minister urging parents to change their mindset about exams. He observed that examination grades should not be seen as the only way of defining a person.

I went to school well before the idea of streaming came about, so I have never seen fit to demand that my children be among the best and brightest at school. But I did cherish the desire that they would do well enough. And that’s when I discovered that I, too, could slip up when it came to handling education stress.

When my eldest son was growing up, he struggled in school and barely scraped through his exams. He was disinterested in his studies and would rather play with his friends. His teachers often contacted us, either to express concern about his grades or to complain about his lack of interest especially in Chinese and mathematics.

As my wife and I were weak in the Chinese language, we engaged a tuition teacher for him. But I decided that I could help him in maths myself.

I soon discovered, however, that it was hard motivating him to focus on the subject. Aside from being disinterested, he appeared to be unable to comprehend the problems. Often, I became impatient with him, losing my temper and shouting at him. Once, when he couldn’t answer a question even after I showed him the steps, I was so frustrated that I struck his face with my hand. Shaken, he started crying.

At that point, I felt ashamed. I had disciplined my son in past times for being naughty, but never when he failed to solve a math problem! I had taken out my unrighteous anger on a 10-year-old and abused him.

Proverbs 22:6 says: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (ESV). God’s Word both rebuked and reminded me that my responsibility as a father was to train up my son according to God’s way, not my way.

I realised then that while studies were important, there were also other areas of his life that were just as important. Raising my son to live a life worthy of the Lord didn’t just mean making sure he did well in school: God also desired that he be Christlike and bear the fruit of the Spirit in his character and behaviour.

Another verse that brought me to my knees was Colossians 3:21: “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” I knew I had to seek the forgiveness not only of God, but of my son as well.

So I sat him down and told him how I should not have hit him. I acknowledged that I was wrong and had been a bad example. That day, my heart sank when I realised I had wronged my son, but I also experienced joy when my son forgave me.

Parents are fallible and can make terrible mistakes. But we should not lack the courage to seek our children’s forgiveness. It shows them that we are just as vulnerable as they are—and that we follow a faithful and just God who is ready to forgive our sins if we confess to Him (1 John 1:9). —C. H. Tan

 

Lord, thank You for making me stewards of my children,
for they are ultimately Yours.
Please help me to bring them up in Your way,
not mine.

 

Our worth is to be found in God, not in exam grades.

 

Check out more resources on parenting at https://biblical-parenting.org/

Who Really Is Jesus?

John 1:1-5

We know that most people have some inaccurate perceptions of Jesus, but this is also a problem in the church today. A survey called “The State of Theology” asked professing evangelical Christians about their beliefs, and the answers were a mixture of truth and error. For instance, 97 percent do hold the belief that there is one true God in three persons—Father, Son, and Spirit. However, 78 percent erroneously believe that Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God.

Our salvation is dependent on following the One whom God sent to redeem us. Therefore, we must be certain we’re trusting in the only true Savior—Jesus—as He has revealed Himself in the Bible. In today’s passage, the apostle John describes Him as “the Word” and lists five attributes.

Jesus is eternal. “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1-5). Jesus didn’t come into existence when He was conceived and then born as a baby. He existed before time even began.

He is God. “The Word was God” (v. 1). He has always been and will never cease being divine.

He is with God (John 1:1-2). The Son and the Father, along with the Holy Spirit, have always existed eternally as separate persons while being one in nature.

Jesus is the Creator. “All things came into being through Him” (John 1:3). In fact, nothing came into existence apart from Him.

In Him is life (John 1:4). Jesus is the source of all life, both temporal and eternal.

Is this the Jesus you’ve trusted for your salvation? Though He became a man, we must never cease to recognize and worship Him as the Son of God.

Power of the Saints

“The exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe.” (Ephesians 1:19)

The power of the triune Creator, as displayed in the resurrection of Christ, is directed toward us! We will never fully comprehend that, but the Scriptures provide several clear statements that will help us gain a small grasp on this magnificent resource.

  • We receive power when the Holy Spirit indwells us (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit takes up residence in everyone who is twice-born (John 14:17) and is therefore readily accessible to all believers (Ephesians 3:20).
  • We use the power of God every time we preach the gospel (Romans 1:16), whether to one person or to thousands (1 Corinthians 1:18).
  • We learn of the power of God through “great and precious promises.” Indeed, those promises involve “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3-4).
  • We see the results of God’s power in our lives when we are “strengthened with all might” so we demonstrate “all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness” (Colossians 1:11).

The Lord desires “that [we] might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:19) and “strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man” (v. 16). The purpose of this empowering is to be “rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith” (Colossians 2:7), “able to comprehend . . . the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know [!] the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18-19).

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (vv. 20-21). HMM III

Curse of Self-Righteousness

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

—2 Peter 3:18

Self-righteousness is terrible among God’s people. If we feel that we are what we ought to be, then we will remain what we are. We will not look for any change or improvement in our lives. This will quite naturally lead us to judge everyone by what we are. This is the judgment of which we must be careful. To judge others by ourselves is to create havoc in the local assembly.

Self-righteousness also leads to complacency. Complacency is a great sin…. Some have the attitude, “Lord, I’m satisfied with my spiritual condition. I hope one of these days You will come, I will be taken up to meet You in the air and I will rule over five cities.” These people cannot rule over their own houses and families, but they expect to rule over five cities. They pray spottily and sparsely, rarely attending prayer meeting, but they read their Bibles and expect to go zooming off into the blue yonder and join the Lord in the triumph of the victorious saints.   RRR010-011

Lord, keep me from the curse of self-righteousness. Show me my sin and need for continued growth. If revival is to come, it needs to start with me, and it won’t start unless I’m constantly reminded of my need. Amen

 

As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day

As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he Is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered In the cloudy and dark day.—Ezekiel 34:12.

The life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.—Galatians 2:20.

 

Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed,

But yet in love He sought me,

And on His shoulder gently laid,

And home rejoicing brought me.

Sir Henry W. Baker.

 

Try to feel, by imagining what the lonely Syrian shepherd must feel towards the helpless things which are the companions of his daily life, for whose safety he stands in jeopardy every hour, and whose value is measured to him not by price, but by his own jeopardy, and then we have reached some notion of the love which Jesus meant to represent; that Eternal tenderness which bends over us, and knows the name of each and the trials of each, and thinks for each with a separate solicitude, and gave itself for each with a sacrifice as special, and a love as personal, as if in the whole world’s wilderness there were none other but that one.

Frederick Wm. Robertson.

 

Out of A Spiritual Death

“And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves Ezek. 37:13

Indeed it must be so: those who receive life from the dead are sure to recognize the hand of the Lord in such a resurrection. This is the greatest and most remarkable of all changes that a man can undergo -to be brought out of the grave of spiritual death, and made to rejoice in the light and liberty of spiritual life. None could work this but the living God, the Lord and giver of life.

Ah me! how well do I remember when I was lying in the valley full of dry bones, as dry as any of them! Blessed was the day when free and sovereign grace sent the man of God to prophesy upon me! Glory be to God for the stirring which that word of faith caused among the dry bones. More blessed still was that heavenly breath from the four winds which made me live! Now know I the quickening Spirit of the ever-living Jehovah. Truly Jehovah is the living God, for He made me live. My new life even in its pinings and sorrowings is clear proof to me that the Lord can kill and make alive. He is the only God. He is all that is great, gracious, and glorious, and my quickened soul adores Him as the great I AM. All glory be unto His sacred name! As long as I live I will praise Him.