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Your Smoke Signal

From Brother Damien On Behalf Of CFM Committee

Dearly beloved,

New Year! New aspirations! New Hope! New Season!

God is doing a new work in our lives. Whatever you may have gone through before or going through now, it is fodder for the horse, pardon the pun. God can and will use our experiences to be a blessing to others. Know God, Know Peace! No God, No Peace!

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

So, beloved of the Lord, trust our Father to be the Deliverer, and see your salvation. Let God orchestrates behind the scene and bring forth the breakthroughs for us. He is always on time.

Be blessed by the article, “Your smoke signal”

Your Smoke Signal

by Bill Bright

Romans 8:28We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Dear friends:

The only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stung with grief and anger. “God, how could you do this to me?” he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. With both excitement and amazement, he met them on the beach as they came ashore.

“How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers.

“We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going badly. But we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Paul wrote, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want”(Philippians 4:12, NIV)

Paul had confidence that God’s good purposes would come out of everything, so he learned to be thankful, not bitter, even when he was suffering.

Who knows? The next time your little (symbolic) hut may be burning to the ground, it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God! He knows every hair on our heads. He knows everything we are doing, and everything everyone else is doing. He guides the steps of His people with total love combined with total wisdom and power.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV).

Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,

Bill Bright

Almighty God, I’m not sure why I can believe in the resurrection of Jesus yet have problems believing You can do incredible, even impossible, things through me. Father, I need the strength and courage to believe that You can do “impossible” things through me. So please, minister to my heart through the story of water turned to wine and renew my faith that Your Spirit working in me can empower me to do more than I can even imagine. In Jesus’ mighty name.
Amen and Amen.

Open Your Eyes

From Brother Damien On Behalf Of CFM Committee

Dear beloved,

CFM Committee wish to BLESS everyone of you a FRUITFUL and ABUNDANT Lunar Year ACCORDING TO 3 JOHN 1:2

May we be reminded in

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
:9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.

World events seem to be escalating for a showdown. Economic turmoil, political ambitions, territorial tensions, relational breakdown, miscommunications at large within families & friends, increasing social misbehaviour, religious and secular conflicts and what have you. Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun. Beloved, fear not the current shakings of the world, nor the future to come. Let us see life through the eye of faith, with the vision of the cross before us. May God open the eyes of our understanding to know the hope of His calling and the riches of the glory of His inheritance in us. Cast our eyes upon Jesus, and His Word, dismiss the vanities of the world and walk in tandem with Him, to overcome the shakings that was, that are or will be here. Let us be the reflection of His glory.

Be blessed by the article, “Open your eyes.”

Open Your Eyes
by Rick Warren

Psalm 119:18 ESV“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law”

Studying God’s Word will change your life if you put what you learn into practice. But all of that starts with your willingness to study his Word.

The Bible says, “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18 ESV).

God has so much he wants to show us, but we must be willing to look into his Word with open eyes.

So how should we study God’s Word? Effective Bible study, no matter what Bible study method you use, has five parts. We’ll look at two today and three tomorrow.

  1. Ask the right questions. Learning to study the Bible is learning to ask good questions from the text. There’s no limit to how many questions you can ask of the Bible because there’s no limit to its wisdom and insight. The deeper you dig, the more gold you’ll find. Asking questions of the text you’re reading will help you look at the text through a whole new set of eyes. Suddenly, every time you pick up God’s Word to study it, new truths will jump out at you.
  2. Write down your observations. Never study the Bible without pen and paper in hand (or a keyboard if you prefer). When you ask your questions and you find your answers, write down what you learn. You can read the Bible without writing something down, but you can’t study it.

Dawson Trotman, who was the founder of the Navigators ministry, used to say, “Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and the fingertips.” In other words, if you can’t say it and you can’t write it, then you haven’t really thought about it. Even if you don’t see anything in the verse, write down that you don’t see anything. Just the act of writing that down will open up new thoughts.

Talk It Over

  • Consider the place where you study God’s Word each day. How does it help or hinder your focus?
  • What do you think the difference is between “right” and “wrong” questions to ask of the Bible? Are you afraid of asking the “wrong” questions?

Great Principles of Bible Study (Part 2)
by Rick Warren

“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’” (Matthew 4:4 NIV)

God wants us to apply his Word and let it change our lives. But it starts with studying God’s Word. How do you do it? Yesterday I gave you two general principles for Bible study that apply to any Bible study method.

1. Ask the right questions.

2. Write down your observations.

Today, I’ll share three more.

3. Apply God’s Word. You move from the “what” to the “so what” and do what the Bible says. The ultimate goal of all Bible study is application. In other words, how will this Scripture change my life? We never settle for understanding alone. We want to apply the biblical principles to our daily living.

Interpretation without application is abortion! You stop the process before it comes to full fruition. All of our Bible study efforts really don’t have any value if, in the final analysis, I don’t become more like Christ.

In fact, you only believe the part of the Bible you apply. Do you believe in sharing Christ with others? Do you believe in tithing? Do you do those activities? If you don’t do them, then you don’t really believe what the Bible teaches about them. The problem that most of us have with the Bible isn’t what we don’t understand; it’s applying what we do understand!

4. Study the Bible systematically. Don’t just study the Bible haphazardly. You can study it systematically by studying it verse-by-verse, book-by-book, topic-by-topic, or theme-by-theme. The opposite of that is the old dip-and-skip method, where you just open up the Bible and put a finger down where you want to study. That won’t produce the kind of results God wants in your life.

5. Read the Bible over and over again. This simple tool will change your life. It’s amazing how much you can get out of a passage if you study the same passage over and over again and then come back to the same passage a few months later. The more you read a passage, the more you’ll get out of it.

There’s no better time than today to start studying the Bible for yourself. No matter how you choose to study, apply these five principles and you’ll get more out of whatever you study.

Talk About It

  • In what specific areas of your life do you believe God wants you to apply his Word today?
  • Do you have an accountability partner? If not, do you think having one would help you study the Bible more diligently?

Gracious Lord, thank You for the great and glorious gift of your Word. Give me the time and desire to regularly read and study Your Word. When I read Your Word, may the Holy Spirit give me understanding, wisdom and increased faith in You. Empower my faith to shine in a life of love for You and others. In Jesus’ name, Amen and Amen.

Investing God’s Way

From Brother Damien On Behalf Of CFM Committee

Dear Friends,

During this Chinese New Year period, you will hear greetings of wealth, health, peace, happiness and other blessings being exchanged among relatives and friends.

I am glad to announce that our God has not only provided all these blessings and more for us but He also wishes that we are aware of His blessings and how to attain it.

In respect of wealth, there are ample scriptures to testify that God is not against it but He is against covetousness. It is often said that money is not evil but the love of money is the root of all evil.

This is actually from the Bible and found in 1 Tim 6.10. The important truths about money are that firstly God does not need our money, secondly, the purpose of money is for the furtherance of God’s work and thirdly,  to bless those in need.

Once we know these truths and start to invest our money in God’s way, we are actually sowing seeds of wealth which will surely germinate into actual crops of great wealth which will not only meet our earthly needs but will overflow to meet the desires of our heart.

Below is a wonderful article by Pastor Kenneth E Hagin on the principle of sowing and reaping in the natural and spiritual realms.

Investing God’s Way
by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin 

Philippians 4:19 My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

There is a law of sowing and reaping in both the natural and the spiritual realms. And it’s a law that works! Yet from my experience, more people fail when it comes to faith for finances than for anything else. The reason is that they’re trying to exercise faith for finances, but they haven’t planted any seed! They want God to bless their finances even though they haven’t sown anything.

The Bible plainly states, “GIVE, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete [measure] withal it shall be measured to you again” (Luke 6:38).

The Bible also plainly says, “He which SOWETH sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6).

If you want a bountiful crop, you’ve got to sow bountifully. You can’t reap a crop without sowing seed. You can’t go out into your backyard and say, “I’m going to pick some tomatoes,” if the ground hasn’t been prepared and the seed sown. The first step, then, toward getting your financial needs met is to obey the Bible.

MALACHI 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

God said we are to bring our tithes-10 percent of our income-into the storehouse, and in return He will open up the windows of Heaven. “Prove me now herewith,” he said.

So just go ahead and obey the Bible in the area of finances. Pay your tithes and give offerings. Act on God’s Word in faith, and God will bless you because He’s faithful and true to His Word.

Then beyond cooperating with God’s laws concerning tithing and giving offerings, be open to receive further light from His Word concerning giving to others.

Also, be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, Who will very often direct you specifically to give. Now don’t do something just because somebody else did. Don’t operate on someone else’s experience. Operate on what you know the Bible says, and operate on what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.

You don’t have to have any “leading” to pay tithes and give offerings. You don’t need to be led to give and sow. The Bible tells you to do those things, so just do them. But when you get out beyond that, it’s when you obey the Spirit of God that things happen.

Start where you are. Be faithful to obey the Word by paying your tithes and giving offerings. And be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit when He directs you specifically to give. You can’t out-give God. If you sow seeds bountifully in faith and obedience, you will reap an abundant harvest of blessings!

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