Monday, November 15, 2010

Time Out

I blogged for the very first time (read post here) this day two years ago. I started my own blog because I wanted to share what I learnt in New Creation Church with fellow Christians who felt lost and searching for meaning in their own Christian lives.

I was like that once, before I came to NCC. I only knew and experienced my Christian life as a ticket to heaven, an escape from hell after I die, nothing more. I was a zombie Christian; there was no life in me. I lived the same way as one without Christ, people could not tell that I am a Christian and some acquaintances even expressed surprise when I told them I am one.

However, after I came to NCC on 19 Oct 2003, my Christian life began to stir and I experienced a "re-rebirth". Slowly but surely I was awakened from my zombie state; my opinion of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit changed (read post here). I now live my Christian life free of condemnation and locked in God's deep perfect love for me. How liberating and invigorating this is, and I wanted to share this discovery with fellow zombie Christians.

I started out sharing through posting comments on articles written by blogpastor and some other Christian bloggers but I soon realized that there were many who disagreed with my (NCC's) take on the scriptures, and these people drowned out my often lone voice in a sea of counter comments which I often find illogical from a Christian perspective.

Hence, I decided to write my own blog (and hence, the name "The Logical Christian") so that my voice can be heard loud and clear even if my articles do invite negative comments. I am glad and thankful that through these two years of blogging, there were some who expressed their appreciation of my articles which have helped them. I am also glad and thankful that through these two years of blogging, I have met online and later offline friends who share the same faith.

However, after two years of blogging, I feel it is time now for me to take a break from blogging regularly. I have actually already slowed down my blogging for the past few months but I guess it is appropriate that I make it "official" today.

Since July when I moved to my present stall location, I have experienced a sudden and tangible increase in peace and joy; I am basking in the warmth of Daddy God's love and am so acutely conscious of His hand in my business and in my relationship with my wife and children.

I sense the Holy Spirit telling me to take a break from writing and concentrate on living, on experiencing God's blessing which He promised to me in Psalm 128:


1BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who fears, reveres, and worships the Lord, who walks in His ways and lives according to His commandments.
    2For you shall eat [the fruit] of the labor of your hands; happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) shall you be, and it shall be well with you.
    3Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the innermost parts of your house; your children shall be like olive plants round about your table.

I am not saying I am out of the blogging game for good. I'm just taking a time out and hopefully, I'll be back ;-)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Declare Your Blessings

For years, I have asked God to bless me with this and that - money, health, good job, obedient kids, etc - but over the past seven years, as I listened to NCC's sermons over and over again, it began to dawn on me that I shouldn't be asking God for blessings.

No, it's not because God is a strict God and He gives sparingly ... on the contrary, it's because God is a good God and He HAS ALREADY GIVEN all the blessings!

Rom 8:32 (Amplified Bible)
He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?

Eph 1:3 (Amplified Bible)
May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!

Why do we need to ask (beg) God to bless us when He has already done it? "If God has already given me the blessings, then why am I not blessed?", you ask. It's precisely because you do not see yourself as blessed, therefore you do not see the (manifestation of) blessings in your life.

Why not take a different approach from what you used to do? See yourself blessed. Believe it. Search the scriptures for the blessings which God has already given you and declare them aloud every day over your life. Thank God everyday for the blessings He has already given you.

For the past two weeks, I have been declaring Psalm 128 over my life every day:


1BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) is everyone who fears, reveres, and worships the Lord, who walks in His ways and lives according to His commandments.
    2For you shall eat [the fruit] of the labor of your hands; happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) shall you be, and it shall be well with you.
    3Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the innermost parts of your house; your children shall be like olive plants round about your table.
    4Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord.
    5May the Lord bless you out of Zion [His sanctuary], and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life;
    6Yes, may you see your children's children. Peace be upon Israel!



I am blessed, and so are you. Declare your blessings today!