The Greatness of our God

Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. -Isaiah 41:10

I chanced upon this verse and as I was reading it, I felt so much of God’s love on me. It reminded me and also showed me how much and how involved God was in my life since I was a little kid. In all circumstances, He was there protecting and guiding me. No matter how small it was, God was always there.

I remember back then when I was in primary school, there was a very cool looking water bottle that looks like a soft drinks can that all my friends whose fathers drove had, and I really wanted it too. Then I found out that this water bottle can only be gotten as a free gift after pumping petrol at the Shell Petrol Station. This made me feel really sad as my parents did not drive, which meant that there was no way of me being able to get my hands on one of these cool bottles. I shared this with my father and he told me that maybe I can pray for it and watch how God will come through for me. So I did. True enough, two weeks later, one of my parents’ good friend saw me in church and exclaimed “Eugene! I have a very unique looking water bottle that I want to give to you!” to my joy and zip-a-dee-doo-dah, I ran up to him and saw that it was the bottle that I have been praying for! When I showed my dad, he too was shocked. That was the very first time, as far as I could remember, that I experienced God’s hand as I prayed.

Another event that I would never forget was when I was entering into a secondary school. Due to my results of PSLE not being very good, I was sent to Broadrick Secondary – An unknown school to me that would take me an hour and a half to get to every morning. This meant that I would have to wake up at 5am every morning. However I wanted to get into St. Hilda’s Secondary! It was just 15 minutes walk away from home and it was the best school in my neighborhood. Then I got to praying. Every night before sleeping I would say this prayer to God “God please let me get into St. Hilda’s Secondary School. In Jesus’ name, Amen!” Not a very awesome prayer, but I truly meant it. This went on all the way till the first week of the school semester. Though it seemed like St. Hilda’s was but a dream, I decided to keep praying. Then, once more, God moved. On the Friday of the first week of school, my parents showed up half way through my lesson in Broadrick Secondary and told me that St. Hilda’s had an opening and that I had to go there now to complete the application. There, the St. Hilda’s VP said to me that for some reason, the moment the school had a vacant spot, the first student that came to her mind to fill up that vacancy was me. I thought to myself “WOW! Out of the hundreds of appeal applicants, and my name came up! It is definitely God!” I was overjoyed and whispered “thank you God thank you God thank you God.”

The next major thing that God moved in my life despite my circumstances were when I was in Army. My greatest fear entering into the Army wasn’t the push ups that I was gonna kena or the laps I would be made to run. It was the stay-in. I really did not want a post that I would have no choice but to stay in from Mondays to Fridays for the next two years of my life. I did not want to miss out on all the events that church had planned out. I also wanted to be available, that whenever my ministries or church leaders needed me, I could be around to help. So I prayed and prayed. I can still remember…it was my first day in Tekong that I prayed to God asking Him for direction. Then I heard from God so clearly “Trust me for I am Your God. All your officers’ and sergeants’ authority is given by Me!”. I felt the presence of God so strongly that night and I just knew that the next two years of my life in the SAF, God has my back. True enough, on the day that I was to get my posting, I got an 8-5 job! I got to go home every day! Throughout that two years, even in my posting, I encountered God over and over. So many times I thought I was going to be in trouble or things happened that might seem that my platoon and me being charged was inevitable, God moved time and time again. The most awesome thing was that throughout my entire army life, I never once did a single guard duty! This was the period where I felt closest and most intimate with God.

There are just so many experiences that God has gone through with me in my life so far, and I believe that all these are not for nothing, that God is slowly showing me that He is God and with Him I will never have to fear anything.

Right now as I am beginning on a new phase of life of working and also starting a new family with Grace, I believe the challenges that are to come will be far more challenging than what I have overcame before. But through the experiences that I have gone through with God since my youth, I know that no matter the size of my problems, my God is greater still! I have a God that loves me and is for me. As what Pastor How preached last weekend in Heart of God Church, the greatness of our God is that He can, the goodness of our God is that He will.

I just want to share this song, The Greatness of Our God, that has always brought me to tears as I worship with it. Every time as I sing this song, all these memories of how great God is and more just comes flooding in.

No matter what comes along in my life, I will always know, that my God is greater still!

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Going back to the Fig Tree

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In the last two weeks in Heart of God Church, my pastors, Pastor Lia and Pastor How preached a two part series about spending time under the fig tree – spending time with God and being in His presence. I was so impacted by what my pastors preached and it really reminded me of the importance of spending time in God’s presence.

One of the things that really impacted me in part one last week was Pastor Lia’s phrase “While salvation is free, there is a price for God’s presence. The price is time.”

Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship that we have with God. And all relationships take time. A relationship with God, while unlike other relationships in many ways, still follows the general rule of relationships – Time. For any relationship to grow, time and effort needs to be invested in it. The Bible is filled with comparisons to help us conceptualize our relationship with God. For example, Christ is depicted as the bridegroom, and the Church is depicted as the bride. Marriage is two joining their lives as one (Genesis 2:24). Such intimacy involves time spent alone with one another. Another relationship is that of father and child. Close parental relationships are those in which children and parents have special “alone time” together. Spending time alone with a loved one provides the opportunity to truly come to know that person. Spending time alone with God is no different. When we’re alone with God, we draw closer to Him and get to know Him in a different way than we do in group settings.

Jesus loves us, so He died on the cross for us. That is His gift to us. It is free. However His presence, His precious presence can only be bought with our time!

As a worshiper and a musician in God’s house, whatever power, whatever anointing comes from us spending time under the fig tree. Without it, we are simply musicians. No different from musicians playing sappy love songs.

Also, this week, Pastor How preached on a part two of under the fig tree. (I love having 2 senior Pastors in my church!) Pastor How preached that the church is not just an organisation, it is a spiritual organism. And organisms need to be fed. In this case, the church’s ‘food’ is the prayers of the saints – us! As much as we want to be as creative, as world class, as strategic as Google or Apple Inc, it is all pointless if there is no presence of God. Therefore we, as the church need to pray!

Pastor How also shared that the goodness of God is that He will, the greatness of God is that He can, and the promises of God are conditional! God’s promises will only come to pass IF we pray…only IF we pray. I believe that when we pray, through God, all things are possible! I remember hearing a sermon a few months back from Pastor Phill Pringle. He said that prayer is as vast as God because He is in it. As vast as God! With God, we have the power to move anything when we pray!

We have a God that is great. He is the Lord of lords, King of kings. Just thinking of that puts me in awe of God. Come what may, some times instead of handling everything with out own strength, we just need to pray and go back under our fig trees. Personally and corporately as a church, I believe that whatever we pray and ask in prayer (under the fig tree) will be done for us.

These two weeks have been a blast for me. It really reminded me of the importance of spending time with God and being intimate with Him.

I can’t wait to be found again and again under the fig tree with my God in prayer and worship. See you guys there too!