I fervently believe that God will open doors for King Ling and me to share his Word, his grace and love with many. In the process, we learn unforgettable lessons both from Him and from the people we meet. Our recent five-week trip to Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore undergirded this conviction.
We re-learned the truth of Isaiah 55:8 – his ways and his thoughts are different and far superior to ours. At our first meeting in Hong Kong, I was to share and minister to a group of senior citizens. They were eager to learn how God heals; they had seen the miracle of his grace in the life of a lady with cancer that we prayed for a year ago.
When I released the word that God was going to heal someone with a prolonged splitting headache, I had expected a frail grandmother to step up for prayer.
Instead to my surprise a grandmother pushed her 12-year-old grandson towards me, “He’s the one; he’s been suffering from severe headaches for over two weeks”.
She had “smuggled “ him into the meeting for old folks; she had audacious faith that something miraculous would happen.
The Lord instantly healed him.
At another seminar, I had stressed divine healing as a process.
On our part we are to exercise faith in Him and cultivate godly habits and these will facilitate healing. I did invite all present to touch with their hands parts of their bodies that needed his healing touch.
Afterwards, a few raised their hands to indicate that the Lord had healed them because they could freely move their arms, knees or shoulders. Three days later, I received an e-mail.
MLS, a lady in her fifties wrote: “Pastor Chua, God has used you to heal my lower back pain. For three years, I’ve been to several specialists, underwent numerous scans and they could not diagnose the cause. Through your session, I’m now healed.”
God has his ways and timings. He may heal instantly or through a process. It’s not up to us to assume or dictate his ways.
Before this trip, I had felt that the Lord would use me to minister to folks with cancer. I have been heartened by the recovery rate of several people that I had prayed for. I rejoice to hear the testimony of a brave cancer survivor, “It doesn’t matter whether I die of cancer or any other illness. We all have to die. I’m going to die victorious; I’m not going to die miserable.” I was eager to impart this over-comer’s attitude to others.
Unknown to me, when I was in Singapore, on 19 May, INSPIRED, a Cancer sufferers and survivors fellowship was holding its monthly meeting in a condominium.
I knew the founders and I even persuaded them to let me share at their gathering. (I rarely invited myself to a meeting!)We sensed his presence. I taught them the over-comers’ habits, prayed for several. I have no way of knowing whether some were healed but was very thankful that many adopted an over comer’s stance.
I know of no better way to fight cancer than the “more than conquerors” (Rom.8:37) approach. It was of course awesome to see God’s hand in healing and salvation
For me, the highlight of this historic journey must be the privilege of witnessing the outcome of the Malaysian elections on 9 May.
Prior to that momentous day, we have joined many Malaysian Christians praying for a change of government.
For 61 years, the BN party had been ruling the nation. Corrupt practices where votes were rigged or bought were well-known.
The Malay partner was not averse to play the racial card when it suited them… What struck me, was the huge number of Christians engaging in private and corporate prayer. Social media transmitted up-to-date prayer news. It was heart-warming to observe Christians expressing such love for their nation when they prayed to God for a change of government.
They did not only intercede but many volunteered as polling scrutineers and joined the crowds in ensuring the ballot boxes were not tampered. I must add that many Malays (nearly all Muslims) were working and pursuing the same goal. Some of their leaders sacrificially gave time, money and energy to roll a people revolution.
I’m positive that God use different means to topple the ruling alliance party.
A close friend, a former member of our church in London was telling me about the Malay candidate who represented the Opposition coalition in his constituency. When the votes were being collected and counted, he thought he stood little chance of winning that seat.
The BN candidate was a seasoned MP. So he turned to my friend and a team of Christians, “Please pray for me and all the PH candidates. I know you Christians know how to connect with God. Pray for a miracle to take place.”
He was voted in and PH the opposition coalition formed a new government.
This was a remarkable answer to prayers and the commitment of the people clamouring for change. I was thankful that another dear friend, a committed Christian, had always stood by Anwar Ibrahim a victim of political “frame up”. He is the Prime Minister elect; his wife, Wan Azizah became the first Woman Deputy Prime Minister. As their confidante and counsellor, I believe he has much to contribute towards the well-being of Malaysia. I was delighted to see Christians exercising their roles as salt and light not only in the “religious” sphere but in the national and political arena.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward.
The Bible is easy to understand, but we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend that we are unable to understand it, because we know it well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to live accordingly.
A fire broke out back stage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclamation was even greater! I think that’s how the world will come to an end: to general applause from wits who believe it’s a joke.
….. Before you act, listen.
………..Before you re-act, think.
………..Before you spend, earn.
………..Before you criticise, wait.
………..Before you pray, forgive.
………..Before you quit, try………….
From Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British philosopher
….People too easily settle into a life achieving uninspired goals set by others….
From Steve Jobs (1955-2011) founder, Apple.
…Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life…
From Martin Luther (1483-1546) Reformer
…When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountain of evil, a power that is able to make a way out when there is no other way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. In the midst of danger, I have felt an intense calm and known resources of strength, that only God could give. In many instances I have felt the power of God turning the fatigue of despair into the buoyancy of hope.…
From Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961) first Secretary-General of United Nations
…In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action. Writing in the Foreword to Dag Hammarskjold’s Markings, the poet W H Auden wisely noted that the mot difficult task is “to unite in one life the via activa (way of action) and the via contemplavia (way of contemplation)”…