Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Youth Camp GPI, 2011

It's kind of sad leaving this year. But you know, that's life. Time will never wait for us and life must go on no matter what. There were so much things happened in my life this year. What I'm going to remember the most is the time I spent in GPI youth camp at Kandawayon, Ranau on 21-24 Dec(actually it started on 22nd but I arrived early). For me, personally, I thought this year youth camp is pretty short in time. The sermons and teachings were pretty short too. Yet, I learned so much on this year camp than before. God had worked so much in my life and He challenged me in so many ways. 
      Here, I'm telling you that before I joined the camp, there was a wall in my relationship with God. It was because my guilt on my sins were so heavy I couldn't reached out my hands to God. I felt useless. I don't know how to ask for forgiveness. But on the first night I was there, God already spoken so much to me. He missed me so much. And yeah, you have no idea how I missed Him too but because I feel that I'm not worthy to talk to Him. I ignored Him. It was foolish, I know. But my heart longs for Him and I didn't know what to do. On the 23rd, I stepped in front, near the altar along with the other youths so Nikki could pray for us. It was midday and yet, the Holy Spirit touched almost all 50 of the youths. We wept uncontrollably.. I don't know what happened to me. At first, I really didn't have the intentions of crying whatsoever.. But as I stepped in front, I talked to God how bad I felt about my sins and how I longed for Him and I began to cry. And then, it was out of my control. I never experienced that. I wept until I fell down on my knees and my head literally touched the floor. At that moment, I really felt that the wall between God and I tumbles down. God is amazing. That was my highlight of the entire camp. Satan would work extra hours to messed up my relationship with God every day. You too. But I learned that to avoid temptations, I need to have my refuge of strength which is God Himself. The Holy Spirit must live in me and I have to disciplined myself to read the Bible everyday. Without God in me and the words of God, Satan's job would be really easy. So, it's really important!
      There were so many more things God revealed to me. But, I don't think I have to share with all of you guys. It's kind of personal. Anyway, I felt that after the camp I felt this sense of longing to meditate on God's words.. I admit that before this, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to reading the Bible. Moreover, EVERYDAY. However, I learned from Nikki that I could ask the longing to read the Bible from God. You know what? It really works. God is really awesome! You can do it too! If you have abandoned your time to read the Bible like I did before, you can pray this to God, "God, I want to read the Bible but I'm lazy. Please, give me the longing to read the Bible so I could grow closer to You. Amen." Though the prayer seems pretty simple but God never looked at how you pray. All He sees is your heart. God bless you dear readers :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Joy to The World !

The glorious day is fast approaching don't you think? Just a few more weeks and it's Christmas already. I can't wait to celebrate the glorious day of all! The day of Christ's birth! Well, we don't know exactly when was Jesus born.. I mean, who knows? But anyway, the 25th of December is the day where every Christians around the world will be celebrating Jesus' birth. I wouldn't want to miss out! However, not everyone is celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Just walk around the shopping mall.. what song will you hear be playing? "Rudolph the nose reindeer..", "Santa Claus is coming to town...", Frosty the snowman..", "Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree..." What message are they sending to the people? Christmas is about the Christmas tree, Santa Claus, reindeer or a freakin' snowman. Christmas is where Santa would come down to your chimney in the middle of the night (well, since our country has no winter, we don't have any chimneys) and that's what kids should wait for Christmas. For you, you might think it's a common sense that Santa do not exists. But let me tell you, one of my friends really believe that Santa Claus exists! I'm shocked! See? People are lost about the true meaning of Christmas. Even television send the wrong message about what Christmas is really about. There's on episode of the famous TV series, Glee where they celebrate Christmas and I still remember that Rachel Barry said something like this, "Christmas tree is the heart of Christmas. Without Christmas tree, you would have nowhere to hang the ornaments and place the gifts under." (Sort of like that.. ) Wrong. Christmas tree is not the heart of Christmas. JESUS is! Hallelujah!
        Even through education they try to manipulate what Christmas is really about. My teacher asked us once in Civic class, "Pada masa bilakah hadiah akan dibuka sewaktu perayaan Krismas?" When she saw nobody answered her (obviously we had no idea), she said again,"Hadiah akan dibuka sewaktu pagi hari Krismas".. And then I answered her, "Cikgu, itu bukan cara orang Barat kah tu?".. with back ups from Ernie and Ququ.. I was trying to hide my annoyance. Then my teacher said, "Ya, tapi bila buku teks sudah nyatakan begini kita harus mengikuti syllabus yang diberi". Yeah, I just nodded.. She is my teacher.. Next was our Civic exam paper. It was our last exam of the year.. There were a few questions about celebration of the religions in Malaysia like Deepavali, Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, Thaipusam and others. Hmm.. No big deal. But wait 'till you hear the question about Christmas celebration. "What does Christmas tree looks like?". I know right? It's unbelievable. Why can't they ask, "Why do Christians celebrate Christmas?" or something like that? 
       Dear my sisters and brothers in Christ. Let us not be blinded by the world. Let us celebrate the true meaning of Christmas! It's not about shopping for new outfits, Christmas tree, decorations and Santa Claus but for JESUS CHRIST, Amen? Jesus was born in this world to save mankind. (John 3:16) He is our redeemer! Start switching your Christmas songs that glorifies JESUS such as "Long time ago, in Bethlehem..", "Joy to the world! The LORD has come..!" 

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