Distractions, Demands & Discipline 

Distractions, Demands & Discipline 

You miss out on the things God wants you to hear and do because you allow yourself to. 

I quote entrepreneur, preacher and life coach Chinkee Tan in his book, “Chink+” with this line: “Decision is the starting line, Discipline is the guiding line and Determination is the finish line.”
This article is made up of a lot of D’s that we’re fighting for and it could be decisions whether good or bad that we’ve made that is affecting our lifestyle.

As an event planner, it’s so easy to plan what, when and where, it’s so convenient nowadays to write down the perfect plan, but it’s downright difficult to get things going once you’ve launched it. Want to know why? Because our own stubborn and selfish freewill gets in the way. Don’t get me wrong. Freewill is something God has given us to take care of, to be a steward of.
He said in Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'”

Basing on what I see at present, we’ve destroyed half of what the Lord has blessed us with and did the opposite of what He said in verse 28: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

We were suppose to grow and multiply what God has freely given to us, yet in our selfishness and pride, we forgot how all of these things we think we own; we think is “OUR” life meant so much to God. 

Our work, our family, friends, even enemies and adversaries, the food on our table, the home we sleep in, everything we have right now, is all because of God’s goodness towards us. 

Most of the time, I get distracted with other things I wish I had and idealisms of what seemed perfect to my flesh. All of it was vanity. 

“I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:2-14

I lack discipline, the desire to keep going despite pain. I dispose my faith too easily by filling it with doubt. Anyone else feeling this?

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

Nevertheless, God has promised that through His Holy Spirit, our weaknesses will be replaced by His glorious power. 

It is not by our own will that we will be able to endure all kinds of suffering, but by the power of Christ that rests in us. 

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

The demands of being a True Christian can go on and on, but if we know that our strength comes from the Lord and we have devoted our lives to serve Him, we will never fail in living out His purpose. 

Let Jesus Reign Forevermore In Your Life!


His’ Peace Throughout Deadlines

His’ Peace Throughout Deadlines

Keeping God’s peace amidst fear, frustration, and failures of this fallen world.

For perfectionists, failure is not an option. Everyday we are bombarded with deadlines, and we try so hard to make things work the way they’re expected to be. 

Expectations can blow up your mind. Most of the time, we obey in order to get what we want, not because we love doing it. We are responsible because it is required of us, and all these labels placed on us can make us lose our sanity or more specifically, our identity in Christ.

Do you recognize and protect your true identity in Christ? Are you struggling with it? That makes two of us.

Everyday, Satan can take away our identity through our compromises, our anger and even in times when we focus on too many things. We focus on our work and not on our God. 

We all have a deadline, but how can we keep consistent focus on Him?

It’s not enough to meditate day and night because in the middle of the day, we give in to the fire, the tests that were suppose to build us, we perceive them as bringing us down. Because we do not recognize His face, His promise in all that we go through, we can’t go any further into accomplishing our deadlines. A lot of our motives of working explode in the moment that we couldn’t grasp what the Lord is trying to tell us in that situation.

Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Perfection is not success after the other, or as what a Christian with say victory after victory as you hear more good news about prayers getting answered. Rather, it is the confidence and peace of God that things will work out according to His plan, not ours.

Satan might have snatched our kindness or we might have failed to show kindness to another who has been cruel to us, or failed to respond with patience on a long journey or period of waiting, but He is there, God has always been there, isn’t that enough for you to respond in thanksgiving and gladness?

God is holy, and he desires us to be like him, so we go through these tests, only because we choose to be with him, when we were baptized by the Holy Spirit, and then baptized by water. 

Philippians 1:29: “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

Psalm 16:11: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

It would be my greatest joy to share to you this song which explains the core of this message.

Your Presence is Heaven to Me by Israel Houghton

Philippians 3:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”