Weekend Getaway 2014 (East Zone)
(By Pastor Lawrence)
From Grace Experience to Grace Expression.
When we hear the name of Jesus mentioned, we must have the resounding echo in our hearts. We are the thermostat!
To serve, it is not a obligation or a responsibility.
When we worship Him, we receive. We get to, we want to. Want to worship Him with our lives.
There is dignity!
It is not a guilt-trap! We are in the grace zone. It is a response. It is our love for the Lord. It is why we do what we do.
We don’t have to. We don’t have to tithe. We get to tithe.
Bring an offering because of what the Lord has blessed us with. We give because God has first given to us.
It is not a responsibility to serve.
God will put desire in our hearts. Something is desire, but gifting is not there, don’t push it.
There is a place for gifting as well. Follow the desire in our hearts. All of us have different gifting.
God called me to be me. I can be the best me. God called me to be me. We feel inferior when we compare ourselves to others.
We must never see that about ourselves or say that about ourselves. The bible says we are important.
Jesus saved us because He loves us. It is not what we do that makes Him loves us. He loves us and plan for us to be saved when we are in the womb.
It has nothing to do with how much we do and what we do.
It is a privilege when we are called to fulfill His purpose. When we are fulfilling His purpose, we are setting up ourselves to be blessed!
Believe God has called us to be where we are and this is God’s place of blessing for me!
Allow Jesus to bless us fully!!
Step into all that God has for us. Don’t rate people based on what they do. Everyone is important.
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
We all have different gifting and function according to the grace that is given to us. We are all different and function differently!
Each of us have different gifts.
God’s way of leadership for His church.
We need each other. Together we form a beautiful picture. We complete each other!!
It is like a puzzle. The scenery where the sun is the centre focused. However, there are trees, grass and other elements. If one piece of puzzle from the grass is missing, the puzzle is not complete.
Everyone has a role to play.
Not just a desire, but my strength.
My strength with the grace of God working in us, now is our choice to serve or not. It is our choice.
The power of the sun is beyond human comprehension. If we can tap into sun’s power on earth, we do not need petrol anymore.
God involve us because there is blessing for us.
If i hand on, there is always something i learn.
Use circumstances for me to grow.
Giant is bread for me! Fulfilling God’s call means there is challenges ahead.
God does not show us everything. Challenges we think is bad for us, but is through challenges that we learn.
It is God’s purpose for us, and God did not say it is easy.
When we see giant, we thought of giving up. But when we go thru the giant problem, something will happen to us. We will arise and something change inside.
We all play different role. We must not think we are better than the other. Don’t boast against each other.
1 Corinthians 12:20-23
But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,
We are doing it for Jesus.
It takes sacrifice.
God remembers what you give to Him.
If our ministry causes one life to be saved, do you want it any other way?
Plant the seed to lead people to Jesus! Do u want it other way? This is what i want! Plant seed in the person’s heart.
All that we do has eternal value.
When God called us, not based on our ability.
God can use vessels that are imperfect
Stop saying we are not good enough.
No one has the gifting. When God appoint, God anoint.
In the area of weakness, we see strength!
We don’t have gifting to begin with. Fishermen to shake the entire world!
God called all these people. Why disqualify ourselves? Is our weaknesses that qualify us
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Glory Only in the Lord
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
He who glory, let Him glory in the world.
Put my trust in Him and everything in our lives will change.
We have a part that only i can play. There is someone only me can love.
Arise and say i can.
Do all things through Christ who strengthen me!!
Whatever my past may be, it is time to let go.
I am holding myself back. God is not holding my past against me. His blood has removed me from my past. We are willing, God is there for us!
Forgiven much and love much!!