LGBT Agenda: The Power & Place of Public Opinion

The Straits Times, 3 Oct 2013, A6
The Straits Times, 3 Oct 2013, A6

Reading “Court rejects challenge in gay-sex law” in the Straits Times this morning, it is indeed heartening to note that our Singapore court has rejected yet another challenge against the gay-sex law. Read online. That said, one must not miss the statements made in the article, its undertones and implications.

I am thankful and grateful that we have judges in Singapore who uphold the law, and are willing to rule by it. I do not know the presiding judge’s personal position on the matter, or if it affected the ruling somewhat. What mattered was that he stood his ground.

That said, the next statement was a little troubling when “he added that it was up to Parliament to revise the law … if it believes that the tide of social and public opinion has shifted.” Two things must be noted here. Firstly, the law can be changed. Secondly, social and public opinion is what can bring about this change. Or prevent it. This should not come as a surprise at all. After all, the laws of the land are set by man. And since government officials are there to serve the people, they will consider the views of the public in the setting of policies and laws. This should raise big concerns for us, as Christians, because we are observing that public opinion and acceptance of the LGBT lifestyle is shifting. If you have not noticed, portrayals of such lifestyles have already made its way into our main media channels and into our homes. What is even more disconcerting is that Christians are beginning to vacillate in their own opinions as to whether such lifestyles are acceptable or an abomination to God!

The LGBT Agenda’s position, and main trump card, is that they were “born this way”, and hence must be protected in their constitutional rights to be treated equally. This is where I applaud the judge’s counter statement that “Having gone through scientific literature on the matter … the evidence remains divided and inconclusive at best.” Even so, it is precisely it is divided and inconclusive that the LGBT activists will continue to present arguments to justify such lifestyles with the strategic hope of swinging public opinion in their favour. Remember, public opinion is what matters,

This, my friends, is no small detail. The article seems to suggest, as in previous reports, that the only reason Section 377A has remained is that ours is still a conservative society. And for the sake of the majority, the law has been retained as such. The questions are, “Will society remain conservative? For how long? Who will make the majority in the future?” In the judge’s opinion, it is undeniable that a society’s sexual morals will change, ‘however, these changes, to varying degrees, take time.'” (emphasis mine) In other words, there is a very strong possibility that it is only a matter of time when we may have to face the harsh reality of a new set of sexual norms in our society; and a law that allows and protects it.

Well, as mentioned above, that is how laws are set in the land when it is left to Man, to a secular government. As Christians, we live by a different dictate. Our laws and moral standards are unchangeable because God, the Lawmaker and Judge, is immutable and consistent. He does not waiver nor bow to public opinion at all. God knows that His standards are for the good of Mankind, and when violated will only bring pain and death. Christians who truly believe this must not remain silent. As salt, we are called upon to preserve and to flavour the society we live in. As light, we must shine the light of righteousness.

Sadly, in today’s challenge of worldviews, we will not be looked upon favourably. Each time Christians speak up against the LGBT Agenda, we will be seen as unloving, ungracious and intolerant. These will not view it as loving them that they may know the truth and be saved from the wrath of God through Jesus Christ. On the contrary, we must be prepared for them to retaliate. As clearly expressed by their lawyer, We will continue to fight until we collectively position ourselves on the right side of history, and towards a more inclusive society.” (emphasis mine) I am fully aware that this statement was made in the context of a legal battle. However, let us not be naive to miss the spiritual battle that rages on behind.

I hate to admit it but their resolve to their cause is commendable. I just wonder if we Christians would be as convicted to stand up and speak up for our faith, our families and the future of our nation? Or will we silently contribute to public opinion and one day wake up to find ourselves on the wrong side of history?

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Growing in Righteousness: “Lord, It’s Too Big!”

This afternoon’s topic was “The Righteousness of God”. As usual, the student team will present and then take questions from the class. Then, the session would be handed to me to summarise, drawing from the discussion that had taken place and then to provide some concluding remarks and key points pertaining to the topic.

In addressing to issue of growing in righteousness, I proceeded to share with the class what the Lord showed me back in 2007 when I was preparing for the School’s very first Encounter Weekend, “Hunger & Thirst for His Righteousness”.

In the vision (actually, it was more like an impression in my mind), the Lord placed a very beautiful robe over me. It was bright, radiant and glorious. Somehow, I knew it was the robe of righteousness, the Righteousness of Jesus Christ that was being placed upon me. Yet, as beautiful as it was, I found myself saying, “Lord, it’s too big!” I could feel the Lord smile as He responded and said the following words to me, “Grow into it.”

Indeed, we have received the Righteousness of Jesus as a gift when we placed our faith in Him and are presented righteous before God. But, so many have taken this to mean that there is nothing we need do anymore, that a life of sin is permitted and overlooked by God because of this imputed righteousness by grace. These cannot be more wrong or deceived! The Bible speaks of works of righteousness that are now required of us, that the fruit of righteousness might be borne in us, that we might thus qualify for the crown of righteousness to placed upon us.

I will never forget the picture the Lord showed me. I will treasure it for all time because it serves as a clear reminder and an inspiration to me as I serve Jesus, seeking His Kingdom and His righteousness.

As I closed the session in prayer, I couldn’t find the words to express my thanks and gratitude at all. I was simply too overwhelmed and awed by God’s love and grace, bestowing upon us His righteousness that we may be able to enjoy relationship and communion with Him in Christ.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name

The Ways of the Kingdom

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I was assigned this sermon title and I pondered how best to share the aspects of the Kingdom within one session. Surely, I wouldn’t do justice to a topic as broad as this. Then, the thoughts began popping into my mind and I began to be overwhelmed by the various aspects of the Kingdom – what the Kingdom is about, what it means to be in the Kingdom and what is required of one who is a subject of the Kingdom!

I tried my best to put the points down and to organise them in as best a way as I possibly could. I know this list is certainly not exhaustive and I may well have missed a few (quite a few) here and there. But my prayer is that it will provide a good start to someone desiring to delve more into Kingdom understanding and matters, and that it would encourage and provoke us to live more purposefully for the King of kings and His Kingdom!

RESCUE First and foremost, we must never forget how we got delivered from the power of darkness and into the Kingdom of God (Col 1:13). Jesus literally went into enemy territory on a rescue mission and saved us. We were enslaved by sin and on the road to hell! That’s what the word ‘gospel’ means. It’s a message of hope announcing the arrival of a better king and His kingdom. It’s a call to repent, to turn and to follow this king! “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15 When we believe and accept this good news of Jesus Christ by faith, rebirth and regeneration by the Holy Spirit gains us entry into the Kingdom (John 3:5; Titus 3:5).

RULE Whilst Christians may readily accept Jesus as Saviour, not many acknowledge Him as King, Lord and Master. But He is! He paid a hefty price of redemption with His own blood and set us free from the power of sin. We belong to Him and are subjects of His Kingdom. We are under His rule and we do His bidding. “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done!” Sadly, many recognise His rescue but not His rule, preferring to live by their own dictates and desires. “But why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?“ Luke 6:46 For these, the phrase, “The Kingdom of God is within you.” is truly questionable.

REALM Kingdom literally means the King’s domain or realm. The extent of that domain determines the greatness of that King and Kingdom. The Kingdom of God transcends the natural and includes the spiritual! Don’t miss this awesome truth! Before there was the natural, it was the spiritual and that’s where the real action is (Heb 11:3). When we operate in the spiritual, we operate in the super-natural. Hence, Paul’s constant reminder for us to live a life in the Spirit, to set our minds on things above and not on things on the earth (Col 3:2).

RESPONSIBILITY I love the terms, “child of God” and “friend of God”. But I mustn’t disregard those of “ambassador”, “soldier”, “steward” and “servant”. I represent the Kingdom of God and I have responsibilities. The Kingdom parables make this extremely clear (Matt 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27). “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.” Matt 24:45-46

RIGHTEOUSNESS The Kingdom is about the rule of God and the establishment of His righteousness (Matt 6:33a). Search the Scriptures and you will find that righteousness is always mentioned alongside salvation. That said, Jesus clarifies that this is not merely an outward show of piety but a heart that beats for the righteousness of the Kingdom. Our message is not for people to do the right things and be righteous, but for all to receive righteousness from Jesus and then be enabled to live righteous by the power of the Holy Spirit. This life of righteousness in the Spirit is the narrow way that leads to life and peace! Matt 7:13-14; Rom 8:6; Gal 6:7-8

RELATIONSHIP & RECONCILIATION From the beginning, it was about relationship between God and Man, out of which God’s rule and reign would be established on earth. And when that was affected by sin, the focus moved to reconciliation that relationship might be restored. God demonstrated that through the constant wooing of His people, through the sending of Jesus that the world might be reconciled to Him. And so it must be with our relationships too where grace is exercised, mercy shown and forgiveness extended. Freely we have received, freely we must give. Yet often, in our zest for righteousness, we become pharisaical, condemning and killing relationships instead of bringing life to them.

RESOURCE When the King sends, He also provides. In sending the disciples, Jesus told them not to worry about their needs. As long as we are on mission for the Kingdom, all these will be taken of (cf Matt 6:33). At the same time, every spiritual resource of heaven is available to us too through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit! The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead lives in us! We have all power and authority over principalities and powers because we sit with Christ in heavenly places.

REJECTION Jesus said, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matt 5:11-12 Live the ways of the Kingdom and get ready to be rejected and persecuted. Not everyone welcomes the message of the Kingdom. Not everyone desires Jesus to be King. It’s just too bad that they take it out on the messengers of the Kingdom. Jesus warned His disciples, “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20) So brace yourself.

RESILIENCE The Christian walk is no walk in the park at all! Remember that we are still in a spiritual battle. There will be opposition and distraction. At times, life seems extremely unfair and God can appear extremely unjust when He allows certain situations to take place. Hence, the need for a sound and renewed mind that knows the person of God and also the good, acceptable and perfect will of God (1 Peter 1:13; Rom 12:2). Hence, the need for persistence in prayer and faith that we might not lose heart (Luke 18:1-8) in the face of difficult and challenging times and people.

REST Make no mistake, Kingdom work is hard work but it need not be burdensome work (1 John 5:3). But it would be extremely tiring and draining if we only relied on our own strength and abilities. Although we might appear to start out strong, it is only a matter of time when we fail and our flesh condemns us. It is in acknowledging our weakness that we begin to trust in His strength, to rest in His completed work, to work from this position of rested-ness in Christ alone!

READINESS & RETURN This is definitely not the time to rest on our laurels, to hang up our boots. If there is any time in the history of humanity to be alert and watchful, this is the time “for our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.” (Rom 13:11) As we work, let us watch, that the watching may in turn provide the impetus and urgency for our working. The signs of the time are all around us. Jesus is returning soon.

REWARDS These are the words of Jesus: “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” Rev 22:12 Salvation is not of works but it is for works (Eph 2:8-10). And it is the works that would position us for Kingdom rewards! James reminds us that our works provide the evidence that our faith is real and alive, and by our works, our faith is perfect. I’ve always wondered what “dead faith” (James 2:26) means or results in? Point to ponder for those who might too glibly proclaim, “I’m not after the rewards for I’m content with salvation by faith.”?

The Baptism of Mdm Goh: When Simple Faith in Jesus is More Than Enough!

Mdm Goh BaptismI just returned from baptising an elderly lady, the mother of one of our members. From what I know, Mdm Goh Ah Lan was a very staunch Buddhist. At 82 years old, she was recently hospitalised for a weak heart and failing kidneys. Her condition was serious enough for her to be put into ICU twice! The Discipleship Group visited and prayed for her and I was told there was a presence of God in the room. Soon after, she gave her a life to Jesus. Don’t ask me what language she declared her faith in Jesus in; but she did. Don’t ask me how either. She just did! Two days ago, another pastor visited her and returned to share how sprightly and joyful she is. Chatting with her – she understands a little English – his conclusion was, “There is no doubt she is soundly saved!” Then came the request for baptism – that’s where I got involved.

Asked to perform the baptism in Changi General Hospital, I dutifully made my way there this afternoon. I really didn’t know what to expect, nor how I would communicate with her. I don’t speak Hainanese and she understands only a little English. That said, I had all my questions lined up in mind to ensure she understood what salvation and baptism meant. I was, as you would expect, in teacher mode 🙂

When I arrived, however, things didn’t go the way I expected. I found myself struggling with Hokkien and Mandarin, trying to communicate through her daughter, not a believer, as interpreter. All my well-crafted theological questions went out the door! I simplified everything to one question, “Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins?” And even that sounded too much of a mouthful! But the dear lady gamely nodded her head and said, “Yes!” That’s good enough for me, I thought to myself, and proceeded to baptise her in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! I can’t explain it, but there was such joy and peace on her face. She was visibly excited and thrilled that she was getting baptised, that she was proclaiming her faith in Jesus for all to see.

Communion was next. Prompted by the Holy Spirit, I took my time to explain to her family members (non-believers) what the communion meal was all about. I made it a special point to share the gospel as I presented the significance of the elements. I believe it was especially meaningful to watch their mother partake of communion for the very first time. In the conversation that followed, the daughters commented how their mother had become more cheerful and energetic after turning to Jesus.

Sometimes I wonder if being too theological and doctrinal can be detrimental and unproductive when it comes to reaching the lost for Jesus? Quite clearly, Mdm Goh doesn’t understand everything about the Christian faith, much less theological and doctrinal positions of sin and righteousness. Yet, her simple declaration of faith in Jesus was enough. This shows that when the Holy Spirit draws a person to Jesus, there is no need for any argument or discourse at all. He does all the work and we get to participate in the joy of reaping the harvest!

In no way am I saying that there is no longer a need to present salvation accurately. What I am advocating is that we do not fall into a rigidity of a one-method mode of evangelism. Whether reaching out to someone like Mdm Goh or a college professor, we must always remain open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, that through a heart of love and compassion, we may rightly direct them towards reconciliation through Jesus Christ.

The Good News of Salvation is still about Sin and Righteousness

The issue of salvation has been on my mind of late. What does the average Christian understand about salvation? What is the good news, really? What are we believing in? What have we been teaching?

Given post-modern thinking, there appears (more and more) to be a move towards universalism, in varying degrees and definitions. At the extreme, we have certain preachers declaring that ALL will be saved, regardless religion or means. This is because God is love and thus will never send anyone to hell. Then, there’s the milder variation. These proponents hold to the name of Jesus as the means by which one is saved. However, if a person has not had the chance to hear the good news of Jesus, God has a different benchmark for these. And since He is all gracious and loving, it is His prerogative to save these if He so chooses to, Jesus not withstanding. When the consistency of God is raised as a point of challenge to this position, the sovereignty of God is used as a blanket rebuttal. After all, He is God and He can do what He wants. Ultimately, “salvation belongs to the Lord.” Honestly, I wonder how anyone can trust a sovereign but inconsistent God like that?! He is no better than those of Greek mythologies where they either wake up happy or upset and then take it out on helpless earthlings.

Then, there’s our consumer culture of advertising and media that has affected the way we “sell” Jesus and “position” the good news. In marketing, we must understand that the consumer is not interested with too much as long as the product works. And this has been the strategy [or trick] of mass marketing. Marketing and advertising teams brainstorm for hours to determine a product’s unique selling proposition (USP), then design campaigns and pour dollars to promote this USP. Simply, give the consumer what he wants! Unfortunately, this strategy [trick] works and has been adopted by the church at large. We must be careful to notice how it has been applied to salvation. Depending on the type of “gospel” meeting, a USP is identified and heavily promoted. For example, at a healing service, the call is for one to believe in Jesus and be healed. At a faith meeting, the challenge is for one to believe in Jesus in order to receive – usually material gains and breakthroughs. When people respond to the altar call, a sinner’s prayer is conveniently tagged on for all to recite. And voila! they are saved! But are they, really? Remember, the consumer only wants what he wants. So, as long as he gets that, whether healing or provision, who cares about salvation?

I must confess that I too have been blinded by the numbers game. When people respond to an altar call, when tears flow freely, I presume these are genuinely moved by the Holy Spirit. And if that is the case, then who am I to begrudge anyone salvation? And especially if I am the one making the altar call, why would I want to question anything? Hey, it looks good for my track record and newsletters.

So, why the concern and burden suddenly?

In the past months, I believe the Lord has been causing me to ponder the real issue behind salvation, or the need for salvation. Thinking more deeply as I considered the various Scriptures brought to mind, I began to see [again] that the key issue is that of righteousness, or the lack of. It’s that simple and straightforward. It has always been and it will always be about God’s righteousness and His holiness! The problem of humanity is sin and the death sentence that hangs over each and every person born in sin. If not addressed, the result is eternal separation from God in a place of eternal torment. That’s really bad news! In His mercy, God can forgive. But in His righteousness, the penalty must still be paid. Knowing that man can never achieve righteousness on his own, God sent Jesus to pay for our sins and to die in our place. When one believes in Jesus (and His salvific work), he is made righteous, reconciled with God and saved from eternal damnation. We give Him our sin and death, and He gives us His righteousness and lifeThat’s why it’s called good news.

I know this may sound like sunday school stuff to some of you. But today, I can no longer assume that Christians understand this. Or if they know this, that they fully believe in it. As mentioned above, there are those who can quote John 14:6 that Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life” but still contend that He is not the only way to the Father! Quite clearly, these overly focus on God’s love and grace, but downplay His righteousness. As for the USP proponents, these tend to equate healing, prosperity and blessing with salvation. Now, salvation [sozo] may include physical healing and material provision; but the reverse is not always true! One may be healed from an ailment and still die in his sin. Allow me to challenge your thinking a bit more: Jesus may have healed many but we really don’t know if these finally believed in Him for salvation. But we do presume that, don’t we? As we understand today, the healing miracles were merely signs that pointed to Jesus as the Messiah, the King of Righteousness, that they may believe and be found righteous in Him. Make no mistake! Believing in Jesus for physical healing or your dream house is not the same as believing in Him for salvation from the penalty and power of sin.

Let me conclude with Rom 1:16-17 in which Paul declared, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes … For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.” In case you missed it, Paul said that God’s righteousness is revealed in the gospel of Christ. In other words, the good news (gospel) is not the revelation of healing, prosperity, love, grace, nor universal salvation. Not at all! It is God’s righteousness that is revealed, against which one acknowledges his sinfulness and responds through faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross! There we have it again – the good news of salvation is all about sin and righteousness! It is such faith in such a gospel that invokes the power of God that brings one towards true salvation! My deep concern is that there might be too many who have believed in a gospel that reveals anything and everything BUT the righteousness of God. Is there then the power of God to salvation? From the text, plainly, NO. If not, then are these saved in the first place? Could this explain why there are still so many in the church who struggle with sin and have no desire to bear fruits worthy of repentance much less that of righteousness?

Indeed, such a short post cannot possibly address everything about soteriology, the doctrine of salvation. Through the centuries, this has been debated by accomplished scholars and theologians. It is not my intention to present anything new nor complicate this subject further. Much the opposite, I am proposing we re-visit the gospel of salvation again, grounded upon Scriptures and not some fancy humanistic desire for all to hold hands and live happily ever after. In today’s age of sound-bites and slogans, I fear we may have diluted the understanding of the gospel and of salvation a little too much to our own detriment and that of others in dire need of God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ. For an issue of eternal significance and consequence, surely we are treating it too lightly and way too flippantly.

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David Pawson: The True God and the True Gospel

I had two concerns when the link to David Pawson‘s video was sent to me. Firstly, the timer read “1:32” and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to sit through an online message of such a length. But my second concern was a greater one. Knowing what a good teacher Pawson is, I didn’t relish the thought of having any chance of him point out anything I have been teaching or preaching wrongly.

I didn’t know what made me click the PLAY button. But when I started listening to this great bible teacher address the graduating students, I couldn’t stop.

Pawson challenged the popular proposition that “God is love”. As much as it sounded and felt good and right, Pawson pointed out that are actually very few passages in the Bible that spoke of the love of God. And where these are found, these were directed to believers and not pre-believers. In highlighting this one aspect of God to an extreme, we have presented an erroneous perspective of God to the pre-believers.

Similarly, we have made John 3:16 the gospel when contextually, and understanding the Greek continuous tense correctly, it was addressed to believers to go on believing in Jesus so that they can go on having eternal life. Simply, Pawson clarifies that it is not a gospel of love we should be preaching to pre-believers, but a gospel of righteousness, as written by Paul in Rom 1:16-17.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.'” Romans 1:16-17

I know that a few short sentences will not do justice to such an awesome address by David Pawson. To this end, I strongly encourage you to listen to the message in its entirety. Let me assure that it will most certainly be worth your time. It definitely challenged me to think more deeply and to see if I too have presented a wrong view of God and preached an inaccurate gospel.

By the way, the video is only 1hr20min, and not 1hr32min as displayed 🙂

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Hungering for the Things of God

One night at prayer meeting, an impression came into my mind.  I saw many people kneeling at the altar crying out to God with a deep hunger and desire.  The Spirit spoke into my heart saying, “These are hungering for the things of God.”  Then the Spirit spoke again, “And these will be different from those who merely hunger for the things of God.”  The message hit home immediately and I understood the significance of what God was showing me.

There are those who simply love the things of God – promises, prosperity, provision and possessions.  It is not difficult to walk into any church today and hear a sermon that emphasises the entitlement of believers.  Similarly, Christian bookshops carry many attractive titles containing the buzzwords of success, blessing, abundance, breakthrough and victory.  Is this necessarily wrong?  Well, not exactly.  After all, Scripture does attest to the abundance of these for the one who comes to God.  When God called Abram, He promised to bless him that he would be a blessing to the nations (Gen 12:1-3).  Standing on this, armed with the understanding that we “who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham” (Gal 3:9) and “heirs according to the promise” (Gal 3:29), should we expect any less?  What a wonderful promise to the glory of God, and yet, when viewed with the wrong perspective, this has led to many who come to God only for the things He can give to them.  Like the children of Israel, these keep the law not because they love God, but only that they would not miss out on His blessings.  A sister was so burdened with the need to tithe that she felt trapped and condemned.  When I told her that God is not going to club her over the head should she give one-cent less than the “mandated” 10%, she asked in fear, “What if I lose my blessings?”

Are we hungry for the things of God, or are we hungry for the things of God?  Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of His day, saying, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you pay tithes of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith.” (Matt 23:23)  I believe that in these final days, God is looking for those who are hungry for Him and everything He stands for – righteousness, justice, mercy, holiness and godliness.  Not many like to talk about these things of God.  We acknowledge them, yes, but are also quick to avoid them.  We rationalise that Jesus has done it all and righteousness has been imputed upon each of us.  As such, these things are not important anymore.  Instead, since these have all been taken care of, we might as well focus on the other things of God and be blessed, blessed and blessed!

Make no mistake, God is calling and rallying His people, and these are those who are hungry for the things of God and His Kingdom.  These are ones who are exercising towards godliness (1 Tim 4:7) that they might be raised up as trees of righteousness (Isa 61:3).  These are not afraid of the testing by fire that the genuineness of their faith might be proven (1 Peter 1:7).  These will do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their God (Mic 6:8).  Are these short-changed in any way then given the high cost of living in Singapore and the present economic uncertainty?  Not at all!  Matt 6:33 boldy declares, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”

May you be one who will be hungry for the things of God and not just the things of God.