A short summary focusing on key points and Bible passages from our weekly sermons.
DOORS BE OPENED
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 10 October 2018
Open doors give you access to something. Shut doors means you don’t have access. The Lord is your doorkeeper. He opens doors and He shuts doors. And if you trust Him, He’s going to let you have the access to His plan and His purpose for your life.
Sometimes a shut door is for protection, but sometimes a shut door is for privacy. He opens doors to give you access to something or someone. Almost all sin can be traced to an open door that you opened to someone or something that moved into your life because you opened the door. There are some doors that need to open for you, some places you’re supposed to be, and some things you’re supposed to do. You need access to do these things. Let me proclaim over your life that the LORD is your doorkeeper. “Behold, I set before you an open door and no man can shut it.”
I’m proclaiming protection over your family and over your life. Don’t you let fear torment you. Don’t let the enemy tell you something happened and it’s going to come back and haunt you again. The LORD is your doorkeeper and He’s watching your house.
Sometimes, the new door brings new challenges. The people you surround yourself with in transition is critical. You need people who call you to your highest place, people around you who challenge you for the better. You need people who don’t take you down the wrong road.
The LORD can shut the door to poverty and open the door to abundance. This season doesn’t have to be like every other times. Why don’t you declare with me, “LORD, I believe You’re opening brand new doors, brand new people, brand new resources into my life.”
1. What are some doors you need the LORD to close in this season?
2. What are the door(s) you need the LORD to open in this season? In faith declare with me:
“The Lord is my doorkeeper. I boldly declare that a new door is opening before me that no man can shut and old doors are closing and no man can open them. I see a door and I’m moving from brokenness to wholeness, from poverty to blessing, from sickness to health. I am entering the door to His plan and His purpose for my life.
In Jesus’ mighty name.” Amen.
BE READY FOR YOUR DREAM
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 10 September 2018
The LORD Jesus has a plan or dream for everyone of us. It is one that gives us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Are you ready when He imparts His dream to you? Get rooted with the following thoughts to get ready:
1. Be willing to make trade-offs. When Jesus imparts His dream in your heart you’ll have to be ready to make certain trade-offs, like forfeiting popularity for the pursuit of excellence and short-term pleasure for long-term fulfillment. Paul understood this principle: The Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me. (Acts 20:23-24)
2. You aren’t always appreciated. Like Joseph’s situation, some people won’t appreciate your dream. Often, it’ because it reminds them of the dream they never had, or one they abandoned. They will present you with ‘rational’ excuses they’ve even given to themselves. So how do you respond? Love them, help them if you can, but don’t be influenced by those who have given up their dream.
3. Dreamers are overcomers. Joseph’s dream enabled him to overcome temptation at the hands of Potiphar’s wife, betrayal by his brothers, false imprisonment, and a lot of other things that cause us to quit.
To discover your dream, get to know your God-given S.H.A.P.E. (Spiritual gifts. Heart. Abilities. Passion. Experiences). It’s also helpful to observe where the LORD places you, seek His counsel and look for ‘Kingdom connections.’ When you do, He will help you fulfill it.
I am praying for you to have a blessed journey discovering and fulfilling His dream for you!
SUCCESS KEYS OF SHAMGAR
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 2 July 2018
Shamgar only appears in one verse in the Bible. He was an ordinary farmer, but he had a massive impact. When his family and his nation were being threatened, he overcame an onslaught of 600 enemy warriors with an ox goad. An ox goad is a wooden pole with a sharp point on the end.
What problems are you facing today? What kind of attack you’re dealing with? Learn the following keys from Shamgar.
1. Start where you are. He didn’t wait until things got better. He started where he was. You can waste your life waiting for things to be different before you do something. Today is the right time and where you are now is the right place. Move forward. Take action. Start where you are.
2. Use what you’ve got. You may think your resources are too limited to be successful, but remember Shamgar’s only resources were his bare hands and an ox goad. You may not have an ox goad, but everyone has these three things:
- A skill, a talent, or a strength that can be used to bring victory. Stop focusing on what you don’t have and concentrate on what Jesus has given you.
- A dream that motivates you and makes you unstoppable. A God-given dream helps us reach our destiny.
- Passion and enthusiasm. What are you passionate about? When we allow God to channel our passion in the right direction, strongholds are broken and victories are won.
3. Do what you can. The first and most powerful thing you can do is pray. Remember, the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (see James 5:16). Whatever you’re facing, cover it with fervent prayer.
Second, stay focused. The apostle Paul said, “This one thing I do,” not “These fifty things I dabble in” (See Phil. 3:13). Know what matters and maintain your focus.
Finally, never give up. Never stop trusting God. Don’t allow discouragement or doubt to overtake you. Regret looks back. Worry looks around. But victory looks up. When things get tough and there doesn’t seem to a way out, stand up, look up, believe God, and keep going. You’re not finished unless you quit.
We all have a God-given purpose. We have battles to fight - and victories to win! Don’t waste a single day of your life trying to substitute other things for the destiny God has planned for you. God put that destiny inside you. He wants you to live it out.
Don’t wait. Start where you are. Use what you have. And do what you can. Then watch the plan of God unfold in your life.
HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 15 June 2018
What direction of thinking is my thoughts taking me? Do I turn to God’s Word or to my own fears and anxiety? Am I simply repeating what God says, or am I learning to truly hear Him and respond in faith and obedience to what Jesus says?
“For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)
“I will never leave you…” – not for any reason; not my sin, selfishness, stubbornness, nor any weakness. Have I really hear let Jesus says that to me? If not, would you pause right now and hear anew?
“I will never …forsake you.” Sometimes it is not the difficulty of life but the drudgery of it that makes me think the LORD will forsake me. When there is no major difficulty to overcome, no vision to pursue, nothing wonderful – just the mundane everyday activities of life – do I hear the LORD’s assurance even in these?
We have the idea that the LORD is going to do some exceptional thing – that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the coming days. But as we grow and mature in Him, we find that he is glorifying Himself in and through us in the here and now, at this very moment. When we have this assurance from the LORD, the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life. So, right now let us together hear Him afresh with confidence that ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ Amen!
JOINING IN WHAT THE LORD IS DOING
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 2 May 2018
John 5:19; I Samuel 17; Matthew 14; Acts 14
We don't set our own agenda and ask God to fulfill it, but we see what Jesus is doing and join Him in it.
Embracing this belief will cause us to:
- Become more spiritually sensitive
- Resist simply duplicating the past
Jesus modelled this for us. "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does" (John 5:19).
There are many biblical examples of people joining in to what God was doing. Here are some of them:
- David defeating Goliath – He lay hold of his experiences with God and built victory around utilizing his sling instead of Saul's armour, which was first given to him (I Samuel 17).
- The feeding of the 5,000 – Provision was released when the disciples stepped out in obedience serving the small amount of fish and bread as Jesus asked them to (Matthew 14).
- Paul healing a man in Acts 14 – While Paul was preaching, he saw that a certain man had faith to be healed. He spontaneously built his ministry in that part of his message around something he saw God doing in an individual.
I believe the Lord is causing you to look up and see what He is doing right now in your life. There is something to join Him and build around now.
Let us apply this truth with:
- Ourselves – Instead of constantly focusing on changing our negative behaviour, start to find what God is blessing in our lives and build around that. And instead of complaining about the closed doors, let's look up and see where the LORD has favoured us. As we focus on these things (no matter how small), we will position ourselves for what He is doing.
- Our family and closest relationships – What relationship is God calling you to invest in? What prayers and declarations have the most power to impact your relationships?
- Our ministries and organizations –What unusual coincidences am I seeing that is indicating a direction for us in ministry and as an organization?
"Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God," (Matthew 4:4). The quality of our life is linked to our hearing the "proceeding" word from God. What is He saying now? Start to join in and walk into your breakthroughs.
PERSEVERE IN YOUR DECLARATION
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 16 April 2018
Many of us are transformed by making declarations (faith statements about God's promises for our lives). Much of what we are experiencing today is because of what we have declared. We spoke things higher than what we’re experiencing, and it changed our experience.
Though we have received great breakthrough through declarations, there are still areas where our experience has yet to catch up with our proclamations. It would appear that they are not working. If this is your experience, here are four things to consider to help you persevere in your ‘declarations’ journey:
1. The Power of Spiritual Laws – Just are there are natural laws like the law of gravity that will work for everyone, there are spiritual laws that will work for everyone as well. Solomon discovered these laws and shared about them often in the book of Proverbs. Speaking life is a law of the spirit. It is impossible to speak life and not eventually see the effect of it.
2. The Thermostat Phenomenon – We don't say thermostats are not working if the temperature does not immediately match the degree to which we've set it. Again, if we are going to experience something greater, we will need to say something higher than what we are experiencing. Our words will set a new temperature for our lives (Proverbs 18:21; James 3:2-5)
3. Supernatural Wisdom That Results From Your Declarations – We don't have something just by saying something, but saying something is necessary to having something. When we start declaring God's truths over an area of our lives, it gives the Holy Spirit something to work with. In Genesis 1, the Spirit was "hovering over the face of the deep" and only started turning disorder to order when He heard the Father's declarations of "let there be light." Part of the Spirit's moving through our declarations was to give us ideas to bring the transformation we desire. This is called supernatural wisdom, and we should expect it.
4. Adjustment of Declaration – Sometimes we don't let God upgrade what we are saying. When we cooperate with Holy Spirit to inspire us to speak different phrases regarding an area of our life, we will find ourselves saying catalytic things to break any blockages to seeing God manifest in great ways.
Whatever you believe the Lord for and are led to declare, let me encourage you to persevere in your declaration; for your day of breakthrough is around the corner.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RESURRECTION
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 2 April 2018
CHRIST is Risen! If we only think of Easter as Jesus rose from the dead, then we would have missed the point. I’m praying that God will enlighten our heart to realize the SIGNIFICANCE of the RESURRECTION. What is it? It is to understand and use the power we already have inside us.
The apostle Paul used 4 different Greek words to describe this power. Let us unpack this together.
1. Power: δύναμις (dunamis) - The inherent power of God which effects a change. Notice Paul used the word ‘exceeding’ greatness to describe this ‘power’. The word ‘exceeding’ (ὑπερβάλλον, uperballon) in present tense means ‘This power not only excels all other power; it is sufficient at all times to accomplish God’s purposes in and through us.
Now, are you in the midst of a situation in your home, work, school or your personal life that needs God’s intervention for a change? Today, start to use the dunamis power within you.
2. Working: ἐνέργεια (energeia) – God’s power in raising Christ from the dead. This same energy works in us (Colossians 2:12). Just as Jesus was brought back to life so this same energy will bring back to life our situation that has been broken and destroyed.
3. Might: ἰσχύς (ischus) – It indicates the fact not so much the accomplishment of the ability. We can think of ‘ischus’ as God's latent power. Jesus does not want us to remain where we are; He wants us to move on with Him.
4. Strength: κράτος (kratos) - the power to exert dominion (sovereignty, the right to govern or determine) and overcome resistance.
Now, how do we appropriate this resurrection power?
Paul brings together the verbs ‘to know’ and ‘to believe’ in his prayer: ‘that you may know…what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for’ us who believe …’ The word ‘believe’: πιστεύω (pisteuō) Now, the present participle of ‘pisteuontas’ (v19) emphasizes the need for continuing exercise of faith. In other words…
First we are to know its exceeding greatness as demonstrated in Christ’s resurrection, and then we are to use it by continuing exercise of our faith. In short, our position in Christ has to become our practice in Christ.
Today, your miracle is just one choice away! Don’t give up; determine to use the resurrection power that Christ has given you and experience the breakthroughs in your life.
PREPARED BY THE LORD
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 10 March 2018
Look at how GOD prepared Moses and you will understand how He prepared us.
1. He begins with your character, and then works on your calling.
Usually this begins in obscurity. In Moses’ case God spent 40 years tearing
down the old structure and rebuilding it from the ground up. Those years in
the wilderness must have seemed unending. Yet it was during this time that
he encountered God in the burning bush and learned to know the voice of
God from every other voice. How valuable is that? This is invaluable
especially when you’re working with stubborn, opinionated people.
2. He never wastes experience.
If Moses hadn’t been raised in the palace, Pharaoh would probably have
viewed him as some crazy shepherd with a bad case of sunstroke, and killed
him. But his past prepared him for his future. Because of his desert training he
was able to protect and lead Israel through the Sinai wasteland. And the
very fact that he’d been born into slavery gave him the compassion to say
‘yes’ to such a task. So, don’t run from your past – learn from it.
3. He’ll give you an emotional investment in the work He’s called you to.
How ironic: Pharaoh ordered the death of every Hebrew male under two,
yet he was raising one in his own palace who would liberate Israel and bring
down his throne. The Israelites weren’t some unknown group; they were
Moses’ own people. Their cries had echoed in his ears for 40 years, now he
was willing to lay down his life for them. That’s what it takes to be used by
God – an emotional investment.
Today, let’s get ready and embrace the LORD’s way of preparing us for His glory.
It is worth it all!
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 26 February 2018
Learn to look for the extraordinary, within the ordinary moment! Opportunities for
growth and blessings are constantly coming your way – or passing you right by.
James writes (James 1:5 NIV), “If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God,
Who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given him.” Before
you act, stop and pray: “Father, show me what I’m not seeing. Your Word says
You can turn a curse into a blessing. If I can’t change this right now, how can I
use it to grow wiser and do better next time? Have You permitted this problem
because You have the solution, and You want me to seek You more earnestly
before You reveal it to me?
Before Jesus fed the five thousand He told His disciples (who had decided to
send the crowd away to find their own food), “You give them something to eat”
(Luke 9:13 NIV). They replied, “That would take eight months of a man’s wages!”
(Mark 6:37 NIV). That’s when Jesus asked, “How many loaves do you have ...
Go and see” (Mark 6:38 NIV).
Sending the problem away is the easy way out. Jesus is challenging them to look
for the extraordinary, in the ordinary moment. When you do that you invite the
LORD into your situation and with Him all things are possible! The key to this
miracle was Christ’s words, “How many loaves do you have ... Go and see.” They
already had the solution; they just didn’t know.
When you consult with the LORD you begin to see things in a new light, and find
answers you never dreamed possible. Right now in your situation would you ask
Him, “LORD, help me to see as You see; open the eyes of my heart to see.”
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 21 January 2018
Mediocrity is mass-produced, destiny is custom designed. As we enter into 2018, we need to realize that we require audacious faith to fulfil our God-given destiny. What is audacious faith?
Audacity is defined as “boldness or daring, especially with confident disregard for personal comfort or conventional thought.” Audacious faith is an attitude and a set of actions that are deeply rooted in, even required by your conviction that all things are possible with JESUS. In short, audacious faith is E.P.I.C. – Everything Possible In Christ.
We will face challenges, but the LORD is with us (Romans 8:31). Remember, the path to your greatest potential is often through your greatest fear. So, let us arise and fulfil our assignment in Him.
Let us walk in audacious faith by doing the following:
1. HEARING the Word initiates faith (Romans 10:17).
2. SPEAKING the Word activates faith (Mark 11:22-23).
Every time I rehearse God’s guarantees in His Word, my faith is reactivated. My perspective is renewed. I recalculate my resources according to what the LORD’s Word says instead of what my mind thinks or my emotions feel.
3. DOING the Word demonstrates faith (Matthew 14:25-29).
‘If the size of the vision for your life isn’t intimidating to you,
it’s a good chance it’s insulting to God.’
MY DESIRES FOR YOU FOR 2018
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 1 January 2018
As we step into 2018, here are my desires for you and your family.
- I pray that your intimacy with the LORD will be even closer and that your motivation for doing what you do will be influenced by your conversation with Him.
- I covet for you a really close friend – someone you can trust to hold you accountable and one who allows you the privilege of genuine honesty.
- I ask Jesus to remove those roadblocks in your work and ministry that would prohibit you experiencing fulfilment. May He bring healing to those relationships that cause you to be anxious and fearful.
- I challenge you to ‘speak His word with great boldness’, and I long for you to experience in your work and ministry ‘miraculous signs and wonders through the name of Jesus’ (Acts 4:29, 30).
- I envision you falling in love with the LORD all over again, and finding great satisfaction in your God-given assignment.
- I pray that the LORD will empower you to discern God-moments in your family… that you will let your family know how values they are by you.
“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6)
RESPONDING TO GOD’S DESTINY
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 24 December 2017
Our past can become a prison that perpetuates the bondage of those who raised us. Somehow we unintentionally reproduce that same destructive past in ourselves and in those around us. One way this happened is by reacting to those who abused us and spending our lives trying not to be like them.
We Become What We Imagine. There is an interesting, life-changing principle in Genesis 30:25-41 (Read it now). I believe God was demonstrating how we, His sheep, reproduce. The watering hole is a place of reflection - both gazing at something and meditating on it. Meditation involves our imagination. If we feed our imagination with thoughts of what we don’t want to become and drink from the well of regret, we reproduce that very thing in ourselves. It doesn’t matter what we want to reproduce. It’s important what we imagine while we are thinking and drinking at the watering hole of our imagination.
This principle is also illustrated in the creation of man. We were created in God’s image. In other words, what God imagined, we became. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Everything that has ever been built, made, painted, or developed began in someone’s imagination. We tend to reproduce what we feast our thoughts upon.
Many of us spend much of our lives reacting to what we don’t want to be instead of responding to God’s call on our lives. The crazy thing is that I reproduce what I imagine. This explains why so many people grow up mistreating their children in the same way that their parents abused them. They promised themselves that they would never become like their folks, but they became just like them.
Reacting to the Past or Responding to the Vision. We break out of this prison by responding to the call of God on our lives and meditating on His vision for us. We become the person He has called us to be when we meditate on the things of God and dream His dreams. The Psalmist wrote, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4). We can breaks the word ‘desire’ down into two parts: “de” meaning “of,” and “sire” meaning “to father.” When we delight ourselves in God, instead of hanging out in our past, He becomes the father, the sire, of our dreams.
Today is your season of breakthrough! Let all of us response to God’s Vision for our lives instead of reacting to our past (or the present) by:
- Releasing your past – Let it go.
- Forgiving those who have offended us – Forgive them.
- Forgiving yourself (Don’t be too hard on yourself) and God (Often blaming Him for what had happened) – Free yourself.
- Blessing the offenders – Go to the next level.
- Pressing in for the “GREATER Things…” He has promised you.
ATMOSPHERE OF FAITH
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 11 December 2017
I believe God wants us to create and live in the atmosphere of faith. We are to be people of faith who have placed their expectation in a God who is good and who wants to do wonders in our lives.
An atmosphere of faith has a starting place. Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Faith comes by hearing the WORD of GOD. For the atmosphere of faith to be activated in our lives and NEW DESTINY FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL (NDFI) we must do two things:
1. Tune our ears to hear.
2. Declare the Word of promise.
If we are going to walk in anything of significance, and experience heaven on earth we must declare Gods WORD! As we begin to declare our belief in a great God who is able to do what He said He would do, a spirit of expectation and anticipation is released into the atmosphere and His presence begins to influence everything we are and will do.
The atmosphere of faith gives us the capacity to receive what God says about us - our identity! It is an assurance and guarantee that something significant is coming our way - our purpose! Faith is a bold belief even when your circumstances give you no reason to hope. Abraham was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promised (Romans 4:21).
Each of us is given a measure of faith to begin but your faith can and should be growing and expanding! Romans 12:3 – For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
God wants us to develop and live in the atmosphere of faith. Faith always requires a response on our part. We must put action to the faith God is stirring in our hearts or it is dead (James 2:20 AMP).
When was the last time we challenged ourselves to step out in faith? When we lead let us lead from faith not reason. Have you put action to your faith? Together let us develop and live in an atmosphere of faith so that people say the atmosphere coming from our lives and church is an atmosphere of faith!
GOOD TO GREATER
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 25 November 2017
Our LORD’s desire for all of us is to move from ‘Good to Greater’ (John 10:10, 14:12; Ephesians 3:20). There are some principles we need to apply in order to do so. We can glean some of these principles from Isaiah 54:1-5. Let’s take a look at them as you look at the passage together with me:
1. See it before you see it (verse 1-3)
2. If He say it… it is done (Hebrew text of verse 4-5)
3. Don’t play it safe (verses 1-5)
4. Embrace change (verses 1-5)
The woman can say ‘No’ to all God had spoken to her. But to enter into God’s destiny for her she must embrace change. Now for change to be effective - for the woman to embrace the change that brings about the destiny of God in her life, and for us to move from ‘good to greater’ - we need three things:
- The ability to see something better: VISION
- Discontent with the now: URGENCY
- Step by Step: PLAN
However, Vision + Urgency + Plan will not = Change unless we are willing to pay the ‘cost’. We got to ask ourselves 2 questions:
- What will be the cost of changing?
- What will be the cost of not changing?
We will not embrace change unless the cost of not changing is greater than the cost of changing. So, ultimately the change equation is:
Vision + Urgency + Plan = Change > Cost
Will you join me to answer the call to be champions of change? Let us embrace CHANGE so that we can all leave a mark for the next generation. Let’s ignite a spark together! Together we’re better, we’re stronger than just one.
What is ONE change you need to make today? Take time to seek the LORD and allow His Holy Spirit empower you to make a difference not only now but the generations to come!
GOD’S PERSPECTIVE TO YOUR ‘WHAT IF’
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 14 October 2017
WHAT IF...? What if I step out and nothing happen? What if I run out of money? What if others criticize me? What’s God’s answer to our ‘what if’ questions? It can be found in Isaiah 54:1-5. Let’s consider together:
The idea in verse 4 - “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.” - in the Hebrew text is: The fear of falling into disgrace due to failure… either the failure of self or the object of trust (in this case GOD). From this context let’s examine the following two principles:
1. What if … I can’t do it?
From the passage we learn that
- GOD will not ask you to do something you can’t!
2 Peter 1:3 reminds us that all we need is to connect with Him. When we are prepared to do that we will be able to do more than we can imagine (Ephesians 3:20)
- lf you don’t it’s because you won’t!
Many people say I can’t; what they really mean is: I won’t. Remember this: we cannot do His part but we can do our part. When you respond and do the natural, He will do the super-natural.
2. What if … God doesn’t do it?
Did you notice in the passage God not only tells the woman what to do He gives her His CV in verse 5. He is saying to her and also to us today: Do what I say and I will do what I said!
The woman faced a moment of opportunity: I cannot not do this! It’s risky but I can do it when the LORD asks me. God will do what He said. Today, would you stop retreating? Instead of saying ‘What if…’ say ‘Yes LORD.’ If He say it… it is done!
SUPERNATURAL WEALTH: GOD’S WAY OR MINE
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 10 September 2017
Today we want to address an important aspect of ‘Building Families’. The Bible talks more about this aspect than that of faith and salvation. There are 215 references to ‘Faith’, 218 to ‘salvation’ and 2,084 references are made to ‘Money’. 16 of the 38 parables are about finance.
There are three mindset shifts that position us to live as God desires with regards to money:
1. Debt is normal. Here is what most people believe. We could not own a house, buy a car if we do not go to borrow money. And according to God’s Word I become a slave to the lender whether it’s a bank, finance company. Proverbs 22:7 “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.” Psalm 37:21 Amplified Bible The wicked borrow and pay not again [for they may be unable], but the [uncompromisingly] righteous deal kindly and give [for they are able].
So, we have a choice: Master or slave? God’s Way or Mine? I want to make the right choice but how? The1st mindset shift: Choose to get out of Debt! When you have this vision; Jesus will send the pro-vision.
2. Don’t make enough money. The real problem is we use the money the wrong way. Most people put their money in ONE jar and spend 1st then tithe and do the rest. The Jewish people do it differently and set themselves apart to be successful. They tithe 1st, give 2nd, save 3rd, learn to multiply 4th and spend what’s left (2X)
3. Multiply Your money. God is a God of multiplication (1 Kings 17:8-16). If I put $1 into the investment jar, how many of you believe that God can multiply it a 100 times? How many believe that God can multiply it 10,000 times? How much will I get? Now, if I put nothing into that jar and God multiply it 10,000 times what would I get? Nothing (zero x 10,000 = 0). Now, tell me what and where to invest? It is not engaging the most successful fund-manager though that helps. It is dependent on our relationship with the LORD: listening to Him and obeying Him. Everything hinges upon our relationship with the LORD. He will give us the strategy.
God’s way or my way? It’s my choice. Is it easy? As we do the ‘Natural’ Jesus will do the ‘SUPER-Natural’. Let us be ready to break the power of debt and experience the freedom Christ has given me. Let us take this journey together for our generations to come!
HOW YOUR INFLUENCE IS INCREASED
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 25 August 2017
I am presently working through the Book of Acts reading the 40.Day 2017 booklet, and am amazed by the Apostle Paul's journey into influence when he was a prisoner on a ship. In the beginning of this voyage, Paul's opinion was not valued (as expected, since he was a prisoner), but by the end of Acts 27 he rose to become the greatest influencer in his environment. What can we learn from Paul's journey into influence, particularly as someone in circumstances that made his ability to influence others highly unlikely?
Here are three simple, yet profound things we can gain from Paul's journey to help us increase our influence:
1. Stay CONNECTED in RELATIONSHIPS – Even though Paul's initial warning about impending disaster was not heeded, he still "stayed on the ship" both physically and in his attitude. He did not become bitter and withdraw. We need to do the same. As we seek to be a strength in relationships (even with those who are not listening to us), we will build trust which increases our influence in the days ahead.
2. Stay CONNECTED to GOD – In verses 23 and 24 of Acts 27, Paul shared, Last night an angel of the God to who I belong . . . stood beside me and said, 'Do not be afraid.' He continued pressing into God and receiving fresh encounters and revelation, even in the midst of adverse circumstances. His "God connection" was the anchor of hope everyone eventually attached themselves to. As we experience situations where our influence seems to be little or non-existent, our ongoing choice to press into God through prayer, the Word, and fellowship will infuse us with divine favour and solutions for those in our lives.
3. Stay CONNECTED to HOPE – Our hopelessness about a problem is a bigger problem than the problem. If something is going to change, someone must have hope. Someone must become utterly optimistic in challenging times, locations, or relationships. Paul's hope was rooted in a word he knew he received from the LORD: "Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar" (Acts 27:24). As we focus more on what God has said, and less on what does not appear to be happening, then we will stay in hope and attract supernatural solutions to us and around us.
Let all of us make a fresh commitment to be connected to JESUS and with fellow believers, especially members of the House. Remember to be filled with hope for Christ is our Anchor and a present help in times of need!
Readiness is an important quality. To be ready is to be fully prepared. It is to have everything arranged for immediate action.
A critical key for the Israelites to survival in the wilderness was constant readiness. They had to be prepared to follow the LORD in the next leg of their pilgrimage. He never allowed them to get comfortable or complacent at one place. He was moving them toward a destiny, and their readiness and willingness to follow Him was essential to get them there.
What lessons can we learn from their example?
1. Jesus has His own special plan and timing for us. Each stop and start along our journey is significant. God’s timing is purposeful.
2. Trust in God’s timing is essential. Not everyone is moved at the same pace with the LORD. What we have to trust is that He knows where He is taking us, and He knows the timing that works best in His plan, and for us as well.
3. The key is to follow God’s cloud. We must learn how to recognize God’s cloud and follow it (Remember the ‘Four Keys of Hearing God’s Voice’?)
As we live the routine of life, how do we know when God’s cloud is moving? We must learn to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit as we read His Word. We must learn to discern the promptings of the Holy Spirit and obey God wholeheartedly with all that we know to do. This is the way to see and sense the movement of God’s cloud.
So, arise and do not get distracted, discouraged or disillusioned! Let us get ready for the LORD is leading us into greater things and empowering us to scale greater height in Him.
Remember, JESUS can do MORE in a moment than we can ever do in a life-time!
THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 1 July 2017
Acts 1:8, 2:4; Ephesians 5:18
Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, worker or homemaker instead of depending on your limited wisdom and resources in handling your daily situation, Jesus made available a key where you can download from heaven His wisdom and direction: The Spirit-filled Life.
The Spirit-filled life has 2 aspects: Spirit-empowered – Baptism with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; 2:4) and Spirit-controlled (Ephesians 5:18). And to be “…filled with the Spirit” is not just an invitation; it is a COMMAND. In the original Greek verb this is in the imperative. In other words, “You MUST be filled with the Spirit”.
IT IS A MISUNDERSTOOD COMMAND - It is misunderstood as just a ONE-TIME Event! The verb “be filled with the Spirit” is a continuous tense: “You MUST be filled with the Spirit CONTINUALLY”.
IT IS A SPIRITUALLY VITAL COMMAND - E. Stanley Jones (missionary in India) rightly said: “Pentecost is not a spiritual luxury. It is an utter necessity for human living. The human spirit fails unless the Holy Spirit fills. It is Pentecost or failure.” Most Christians do not understand the true benefits of speaking in tongues, nor why this gift is so valuable. Here are some biblical reasons why we need this wonderful gift of praying or singing in tongues:
1. Jesus commanded us to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:4; 5:32; John 14:16-17; Ephesians 5:18).
2. The Scriptures exhort us to be filled with the Spirit and to pray in the new tongues of our spirit language. (Gal. 5:22-25; Romans 8:14; 1 Cor. 12:7-11; 14:15; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 19:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
3. The Holy Spirit directs our spirit language to pray in accordance with the will of God. (Romans 8:27; 1 John 5:14-15).
4. Praying in our spirit language is the main way we fulfill the scriptural admonition to "pray without ceasing." (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17; Matthew 26:41; Luke 18:1; 21:36; 1 Corinthians 14:15).
Pastor Clayton Golliher, founder of ‘Hope For Homeless Youth’ and “Technology From Heaven Inventors Club’ testified of the creative power of prayer in other tongues. He attributed to the success of the inventions to:
- We have an open heaven given to us because of the finished work of Christ on the Cross.
- We engage in intimacy with Father God.
- Get filled with His Holy Spirit, and pray in the tongues, which brings God’s creative downloads giving us inventions and many other concepts.
IT IS A DO-ABLE COMMAND - Three Crucial Steps To Be Filled By The Holy Spirit (S.O.S.)
S = SCRIPTURES – I acknowledge God’s command.
O = OBEDIENCE – I obey God’s Command.
S = SPEAK OUT – I speak as the Holy Spirit gives me the utterance.
DOING WHAT WE CAN’T DO
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 1 May 2017
I must recognize, LORD, that discipleship for You is not only doing what I can, but what I can’t.
When Jesus said to the paralyzed man at Bethesda, “Arise, take up your pallet and walk” (John 5:8), He was asking the impossible, humanly speaking. If our Christian life is measured by what we can do, we are left with a purely human religion. If, on the other hand, Jesus Christ is who He says He is, then He will often command us to do the impossible for His sake as well as ours.
It is amazing, LORD, how we believe strongly in a supernatural God, and yet just as strongly live a natural life. You commanded Abraham to offer Isaac on Moriah, a thing he could not do because it violated Your promise to him (Genesis 22). Yet Abraham believed that what could not be done also could be done, even if it took a miracle to do it. Abraham’s expectancy was in a miracle-working God. This is where we often fail. We believe in a miracleworking God in the Bible; and in a nation like Argentina, but it is hard to believe in our situation.
Discipleship, if it means anything, means something beyond my reach. If it is simply my idea, my talent, my energy, and my strength, then I can dismiss Jesus Christ and go on my way without Him. So often God will cause me to do the impossible, not once but often, for in no other way is He ever going to express His Son in me. Soon now I may hear Him say, “Get up, take your bed, and walk!” Or, “Get to Moriah and offer your Isaac.” When I hear those words I will know a miracle is in the making, for I could not obey them apart from Him who is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all I ask or think…” (Ephesian 3:20).
- What is one thing Jesus is challenging you to do beyond your natural ability?
- What do you long to see happen in and through you as you step out in faith from now on?
- When that happens, what will that makes you feel? 4. What will it take for you to follow through with Item (3) above?
YOU HAVE IT ALL IN CHRIST!
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 13 April 2017
The word “blessed” which Paul uses here is the Greek word: ‘eulogetos’. It comes from 2 words: ‘eu’ has the idea of ‘good or well’ and ‘logeo’ to speak. It is to speak well of. In other words, we are to speak well of God – He is a PRAISEWORTHY GOD. My circumstances may be bad, the problems may be big, the days may be dark, but I look up to God and I see a God who is praiseworthy or worthy of praise: Blessed be the Lord. When you know that JESUS is the God who blesses you so what’s the problem? Why worry? Why not put your trust in Him? When you look at God like that you’ll learn to walk a dynamic victorious life inspite of the circumstances.
The phrase “every spiritual blessing…” (v. 3) can be translated as “every blessing of the Spirit…” The Father has given us every blessing of the Spirit and He promised to supply all our needs “according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
And when God says He has given us “every spiritual blessing IN CHRIST” what He means is this: When you have CHRIST you have everything! God hold nothing back from us! How then shall we live? I want to challenge us to take the following actions:
- We honour the past – we don’t live in it.
When God have proven Himself to you in the past, it is a testimony that He will do it again in the coming future for you! (In connection with this listen to this song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8TkUMJtK5k)
- We live in the present with our eyes on the future.
- We focus on what could be, not on what is or has been.
- We are a people of our destiny, not of our history.
Remember, Jesus is the God who blesses you! Develop the ‘EULOGETOS’ mentality: Whatever your circumstances - no matter how challenging or difficult - God is still in control and is worthy of praise! And GOD withhold nothing back from us! Praise the LORD!
DEVELOP A “CAN-DO” ATTITUDE
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 10 February 2017
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects the wind direction to change. NDFI believers adjust the sails. We go with the flow of the Holy Spirit, believing that what the devil meant for our harm the LORD will turn it around for good. Amen! We serve a possibility God who is for us and not against us. Let us develop a “CAN-DO” attitude. Here are some principles to help you:
1. KNOW WHO YOU ARE
I believe David’s “Can-Do” attitude against Goliath is rooted in the fact that David knows who he is in God (1 Samuel 17:45-46) Max Lucado puts it this way: “Focus on giants, you stumble. Focus on GOD your giants stumble.” In ourselves we can do nothing; but in Christ we can do all thing.
2. SPEAK WHAT YOU KNOW (from the Word of God)
Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life is in the power of the tongue…” By declaring what we do know in the Word of God we free ourselves to look for solutions in God. Never verbalize what you don’t desire and always verbalize what you desire. So, speak what you know from the Word of God.
3. START WHERE YOU ARE
Bloom where you are planted. Judges 3:31 tells us: “After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath who struck down 600 Philistines with an oxgoad…” Shamgar was a farmer and he started where he was – in his field. His field became his battlefield.
4. USE WHAT YOU HAVE
Shamgar had an ox-goad. He used what he had – an ox-goad and he killed 600 Philistines. The question is:
What do you have in your hands?
What talents has God given to you?
What resources do you have? When God called you just do it…
5. DO WHAT YOU CAN
As a Church we develop this “Can-Do” attitude because it is rooted in JESUS who has deposited in us His awesome power that enables us to do “more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…” (Ephesians 3:20) Today, let all of us walk in this confidence that we can do everything in Christ who gives us strength. All things are possible with us who put our trust in the LORD. Amen!
ARE YOU HUNGRY?
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 9 January 2017
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talked about hunger. He told us that a full life – a life of great meaning, purpose and contentment – is the result of healthy spiritual hunger.
How do we develop this kind of appetite? Let’s take a look at the following:
1. Hunger is diminished by extended seasons of not eating. While a few hours or days without eating intensifies hunger, weeks without eating actually diminishes it. There comes a point when the body stops demanding food and begins to consume itself. The same is true in our spiritual lives. When we stop eating good spiritual food for extended periods, our appetite for the LORD decreases. To get spiritual hunger going again we must prime our spiritual pump purposefully.
2. Hunger is affected by our diet. What we eat regularly determines the kind of appetite we develop. We sometimes speak of ‘developing a taste for something.’ We must develop our taste for spiritual food by bringing more of it into our diet.
3. Healthy hunger is diminished by the junk food we consume. Junk food is bad for us as it deposits nothing of real nutritional value into our bodies, and worse, it damages our health. When we fill ourselves with excessive diet of hectic activities and self-focused living, it is not surprising that we have little hunger for substantial spiritual food.
How hungry are you for God? What things have diminished your spiritual hunger? Jesus reminded us that a heart that hungers for Him is an essential part of living a full life.
- What kind of spiritual diet are you on?
- What steps will you take today to start increasing your spiritual appetite today?
Don’t miss your God-given assignment and hearing Jesus’ commendation: “Well done you good and faithful servant.” Awaken to your Kingdom assignment and fulfil it as you join us on 4th February (4 & 6pm) for our Seminar: ‘AWAKENED. ALLIGNED. ASSIGNED’ with Pastor Henson Lim (Archippus Awakening)
POSITIONING YOURSELF FOR 2017
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 9 January 2017
In the midst of the changes and uncertainties, anchoring on JESUS who remains unchanged will position us to be at the top and not below in 2017. A helpful principle to do this is found in Isaiah 54:1-2
Here’s the principle: Sometimes we have to see it before we see it. God is asking the woman to extend her tent while she’s not even pregnant. He’s asking her to prepare for multiple babies while she is yet barren. The LORD is asking the woman to see and do something before she sees it. Wherever we are in our journey with God: We got to see something in our heart before we hold it in our hand. In other words, seeing it by faith.
Our world will often say ‘it’s impossible’, as we look around we feel stuck; but God wants us to be a people of foresight not just hindsight. If you don’t see it before you see it, you will never see it. What do you see? God already sees it; He needs you to see what He sees. When we see what God wants our purpose becomes clear.
- Seeing clarifies purpose
God told the woman (Isaiah 54:2): Because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband. The mundane and routine of enlarging the tent and stretching the tent curtain become important to the woman. John Maxwell put it this way: ‘You can seize only what you can see.’
- Seeing dictates our priorities
Did you notice that God deliberately put eyes at the front of our head so that we have to look forward? We are designed to look forward. The LORD wants you to see the future He has for you. Our priorities become a prophecy of our future! In other words, our priorities are preparing us for the future. We are not just living for our generation. We are living for the next generation and the generations to come. So let us set the pace for them. Remember, we reproduce who we are!
Remember the prophetic word given to NDFI by Pastor David Palmer:
Greater things are coming on this church… He’s just waiting for you. He’s got people who are waiting for you to be ready that He’s bringing into your church …
They are just waiting for you to be ready. When you are ready, God says, I’m bringing them to you because I’m taking you into the next level.
If we are prepared to do what we can do, then God Almighty will do only what He can do. So, let all of us in NEW DESTINY FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL (NDFI) commit ourselves to…
- See it before we see it.
- Live by design not default.
P/S Don’t miss our special Seminar “GROOMING the NEXT GENERATION for SUCCESS.” It is a Seminar equipping the next generation to represent JESUS CHRIST effectively in every dimension of their lives.
THE HAND OF GOD
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 4 December 2016
1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV)
It is the Lord’s desire to bless us and have the blessing overflows into the enlargement of our territory or expansion of my influence. Before long, Jesus stretches the limits of our influence and opportunities that go beyond our ability to handle that we cry out to Him for His hand be with us.
What does the ‘Hand of God’ mean? The ‘Hand of God’ carries the meaning of God’s POWER (Joshua 4:24; Acts 11:21) What does it looks like when God’s hand is acting on your behalf? The hand of God intervenes…
1. To make PROVISION (Matthew 6:31-33; Philippians 4:19) There’s no provision you need that Jesus cannot GIVE.
2. To cause an authority to grant PERMISSION (Proverbs 21:1) The LORD can make your authority change her mind and grant your REQUEST.
3. With His PRESENCE (2 Kings 6:16-17) God can make His presence known in a specific PLACE. When the presence of God shows up everything changes.
4. To defend and PROTECT (John 19: 10-11a) God can protect you from any human or spiritual ATTACK.
5. To overcome limitations with His POWER. God is not limited by any of your inadequacies or LIMITATIONS.
Therefore nail this down: Never again say I can’t. Just remember the hand of the Lord will miraculously INTERVENE… move beyond your INABILITIES… overcome the IMPOSSIBLE! Now I want to give you some practical steps to experience the “Hand of God”:
1. HUMBLE yourself under the mighty “Hand of God” (1 Peter 5:6)
2. ADOPT a lifestyle of proactive dependency upon God (John 5:19)
3. NARROW your focus to what God wants done (Philippians 3:14-16). The hand of the LORD or His power is released when you are doing what He wants.
4. DEDICATE yourself to live an ever increasing walk of faith (Ephesians 1:16, 19 -20; 3:20)
Knowing these principles won’t get you anywhere. It’s only what you believe will happen and therefore do next that will release the hand of God – His power – upon you and bring the life change. When we act, we will step up to God’s best for us: “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me…”
GETTING READY FOR YOUR BREAKTHROUGH
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 26 November 2016
Have you ever been distressed by circumstances that stubbornly resisted change? The prophet Isaiah addressed a similar situation in Israel. But the LORD told them that their breakthrough is coming. A situation many thought would never change, could and would change by His grace and power.
Get ready for your breakthrough! The LORD directed His people to engage with Him in three ways:
- Strengthen their Faith. The journey towards breakthrough always begins with faith – actively believing in the power of the LORD, His promises and goodness. The LORD wants to re-charge your faith. So, grab hold of His promises with renewed faith right now!
- Increase their Worship. The LORD instructed His people to begin to “sing” praise to Him in the face of a very stubborn, seemingly hopeless situation. When we worship the LORD we welcome His presence into our lives and circumstances. When He comes on the scene, all things change! Decide today to worship JESUS with greater intensity than ever before. Invite His presence into your difficult and disappointing situation by lifting up songs of praise.
- Prepare for the Miraculous. The childless woman was challenged to enlarge her home in anticipation of children! This preparation involved practical actions: Material had to be purchased, construction had to commence, all because the LORD said that things were about to change for the better. Get ready, the LORD is about to bring your breakthrough! Let your faith be strengthened. Increase your worship and prepare for what Jesus is about to do in your life!
Get ready, the LORD is about to bring your breakthrough! Let your faith be strengthened. Increase your worship and prepare for what Jesus is about to do in your life!
ORDINARY PERSON EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
Rev Dr David Chee Posted 12 November 2016
1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV)
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “ Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain! ” So God granted him what he requested.
What exactly did Jabez do to rise above his challenging situations as well as his people? Why did God answer his prayer? Jabez was blessed simply because he refused to let any obstacle, person, or opinion get larger than God’s nature to bless. Through a simple, believing prayer, his future was changed. Today your future too can be changed as you recognize and apply the principles of the Jabez blessings.
1. The Jabez Blessings are all ultimately from GOD (James1 :16-17)
2. The Jabez Blessings are given for a REASON (Exodus 34:6) Why would God give to me? Because it is His nature and He loves to GIVE.
3. The Jabez Blessing are given to those who ASK (Matthew 7:7-8) In the original language the word “Ask” is in the imperative – Jesus is giving a command: “I command you to ask.” Not only that, the word is in the present tense which means “keep on asking.” Why would Jesus command us to ask and keep on asking? Because He wants to give, He will only give if you ASK.
What are some practical steps you can take as you call upon the LORD to bless you? Well, think of the acronym “BLESS”.
1. BESEECH God daily for His bountiful blessings (Psalm 67:1-3)
2. LIST and thank God for His many blessings (Psalm 103:2)
3. ENJOY every blessing that God richly gives to you (1Timothy 6:17)
4. SHARE your blessings with others (1Timothy 6:18)
5. SEEK honour and blessings from God (John 5:41, 44)
Today, let us ask the LORD to bless us because He commands us to ask of Him. At the same time, let our focus be that of leaving it entirely up to the LORD JESUS to decide what the blessings would be and where, when, and how you would receive them.
CROSSOVER TO THE GREATER THINGS
Rev David Chee Posted 7 November 2016
2 Kings 2:1-15
It was Feb 22, 1980; amidst the Iranian hostage crisis and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan a miracle took place called "Miracle on Ice". This is where the US ice hockey team defeated the Soviet Union national team, which had won the gold medal in six of the seven previous Olympic games. You see, ‘Great moments are born from great opportunities.’ There is a ‘new season of greater things’ coming and I believe the LORD is calling all of us to “CROSSOVER TO THE GREATER THINGS.”
Let us posture ourselves for God’s greater things for us by gleaning His principles from the above passage. We are going to follow Elijah and Elisha to visit 4 places. Our decision in which city we want to stay will position us for our great moments and to crossover to the greater things Jesus has prepared for us.
1. GILGAL – A place of CONCEPTION (verse 1) The word “Gilgal” means “circle or rolling” where God rolled away the reproach or ridicule of Israel’s enemy from them (Joshua 4:19; 5:19). Gilgal represents a place of “New Beginning.”
2. BETHEL - A place of CONFIRMATION (verse 2b) Bethel means “House of God.” (Genesis 28:11-17) It is here Jacob’s calling is confirmed. When we come to the ‘House of God’ we need to prepare ourselves, be early, and be engaged. Why? This is the place where we encounter the presence of God and ‘Great moments are born from great opportunities.’
3. JERICHO – A place of CONSECRATION (verse 4) This is Joshua’s first victory in the Promised Land where God’s people learned to listen and get orders from God (Joshua 2:1; 6:1) In order to move forward to the greater things of God how crucial it is to learn to hear from Him and obey His orders.
4. JORDAN – A place of CROSSOVER (verse 6, 8-10) Elijah the prophet asked his protégé: What do you want before I am taken from you? Elisha requested for a double-portion of Elijah’s spirit. In Israel, the 1st born inherited a double portion of his father’s possession and with it the right of succession. Elisha was asking 2 things:
- To succeed his master, as God has promised (1 Kings 19:16-21)
- Spiritual power beyond his own capacities to meet the responsibilities. And to crossover we need a Spiritual power beyond our own capacities.
It’s time to DECIDE… Great moments are born from great opportunities. Start to move from your Gilgal (New Beginning) to Bethel (Calling is confirmed) to Jericho (Consecration) and crossover Jordan to your greater things. It’s time to decide - Don’t live for our individual life; live for the greater purpose of Jesus and His kingdom. Great moments are born from great opportunities!
ENGAGING GOD, FULFILLING HIS DESIRE
The Lord’s desire for us is to engage Him as active participants not as expert passive spectators in our journey with God. In our passage Paul is encouraging the believers and us towards 5 things:
1. PERSISTENT FAITHFULNESS (12a)
Their obedience to Christ is persistently faithful whether Paul is there or not. Eugene Peterson describes this as: “Long obedience in the same direction.” Jesus is constantly calling out to us: Dance to My drum beat inspite of the many drum beats around us. And we are to be persistently faithful in God’s Word (James 1:21) with God’s people (Hebrews 10:25)
2. INTENTIONAL EFFORT (“…work out your own salvation”)
What do you do in a physical workout? You develop or tone muscles that God has given you. This is what Paul says here – Cultivate your spiritual life. Paul’s challenge is two-fold:
- Cultivating our personal life – developing what the Lord has given us
- Working out our corporate salvation / life – Deliverance of the whole church family from whatever held them back from God’s best. To go to the new season of God’s greater things we need to surrender our history to His-story in order to embrace God’s destiny for us
3. RADICAL RELIANCE (“…with fear and trembling…”)
This outworking is accomplished by a complete trust in God. So there is action on our part, but there’s power available from God’s part.
4. CHRIST-LIKE TRANSFORMATION (14-15a)
The order of the Greek words places emphasis on everything a believer does. As this is to be done continually a Christ-like transformation will be reflected in:
- Attitude – Without grumbling
- Mindset – Without arguing – (Questionings or criticisms directed at God)
- Lifestyle – ‘blameless’ (without reproach – cannot point an accusing finger) and ‘pure’ ( a word used of wine which had not been diluted and of metal which had not been weakened in any way) As we engage God this way then we will shine like stars in the world.
5. OBVIOUS DIFFERENCE (13b)
That’s our call” Shine like stars in the midst of darkness – Obvious difference. Becoming obviously different does not happen by accident. We need to move from being a fan to a completely committed follower of Jesus in the midst of challenges.
It’s time to DECIDE… What is that ONE thing you and I need to do in Persistent Faithfulness (in God’s Word & with His people)… Intentional Effort… Radical Reliance (On Jesus) that result in Christ-like Transformation with an Obvious Difference.
STRENGTHENING YOUR MARRIAGE
With the passion to continue strengthening families and enriching marriages, NEW DESTINY FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL (NDFI) organized a "Marriage Seminar cum Covenant Marriage Renewal Celebration" on 8th and 13th August 2016. The special speaker was the engaging Rev Dr Fred Toke, the Clinical Director of Celebrating Life Centre.
The Seminar kicked off with an energizer: Icebreaker of various handshakes. Focusing on the theme of "STRENGTHENING YOUR MARRIAGE" Dr Fred used principles taken from 1 Peter 3. His humour, awesome powerpoints, video clips and life examples captivated the attention of all participants. Some of the principles highlighted include:
- The acronym 'L-O-V-E' (Laugh La… Overcome… Validate… Effort)
- When demands overwhelmed confidence, run to CHRIST
- Live out of the 'Tree of Life' (LOVE) instead of the 'Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil' (JUDGE)
On 13th August 2016, the regular Worship Service was turned into a Wedding Celebration Service. Besides the anointed Worship time, the following features were added to bring significance and excitement to the Celebration:
- Brother Tom and Sister Rowena represented the married couples in the lighting of the Unity Candle
- A duet on the song 'Marriage Prayer' by Pastor Arnold and his wife Sister Alma
- Renewal of Marriage Vow. Every participating couple were given a souvenir Marriage Certificate – containing the marriage vow – at the end of the Celebration
Dr Fred shared on the topic "GOOD to GREAT MARRIAGE." He highlighted the three keys of a blissed marriage using Psalm 112 and the acronym 'F-I-T' (Faithfulness… Integrity… Tranquillity).
It was an enriching and beneficial time as the Church gathered to rejoice and encourage the married couples. Thank the LORD for the fresh insights and empowerment of the Holy Spirit as we enrich marriages and strengthen the family.
MY 'I AM' DETERMINES MY 'I MUST'
Rev David Chee
Posted 16 Apr 2016
Most of us are not in imminent danger of ruining our lives. We’re facing a danger that’s far greater: Wasting it. Will you and I look up one day and be overwhelmed by the stack of regrets staring back at us?
Most of us are not in imminent danger of ruining our lives. We’re facing a danger that’s far greater: Wasting it. Will you and I look up one day and be overwhelmed by the stack of regrets staring back at us?
If you truly know who you are in JESUS . . . then you know what you must do. There is amazing power available for your personal life when you discover who you are in God - when you discover your "I Am". And your "I Am" determines your "I Must".
Your "I AM" deals with your identity - "I AM" deals with 'who I am in Christ.' You see, what matters most is not what you think you are or are not. What matters is what your heavenly Father sees in you and what He says about you. Among many things this is what your heavenly Father says about you:
- YOU ARE ACCEPTED (Romans 5:1; Ephesians 1:5; Colossians 2:10)
- I AM SECURE (Rom 8:35f; Hebrews 4:16; 1 John 5:18)
- I AM SIGNIFICANT (Matthew 5:13-14; Ephesians 2:6; Philippians 4:13)
And your "I AM" is always accompanied by and will determine your "I MUST". Jesus knew His "I MUST"! You too have an "I MUST" from God – It's your purpose, mission and your divine assignment. Your "I MUST” begins with a
- CONFIDENCE (Luke 4:21: Isaiah 61:1-2) A belief that wherever you are and whatever you do JESUS has an "I MUST" prepared for you. You only have to be willing to believe and press into the "I MUST" God has already prepared for you. Then develop a…
- CLARITY (Hebrews 5:8) God communicates His "I MUST" differently to everyone He calls. When God is speaking, one word is more than enough. He's more interested in your total obedience than your total understanding. With this clarity you need…
- COURAGE (Luke 9:51; Isaiah 50:7) Courage to do anything JESUS tells you to do. For some of you God will call you to make a major life change. For others He simply wants you to live your present life from a fresh perspective with greater passion. Your greatest limitation is God's greatest opportunity.
Remember, your "I MUST" isn't an automatic, permanent position; it's an intentional daily decision. Jesus could do something any moment that could change the direction of your life, and you don't want to miss it. So, right now step up from your "I AM" to your "I MUST".
Rev. David Chee
Posted 22 Jan 2016
Life can be pretty messy at times. While working to maintain order is important, messes also have a message and meaning for us.
Proverbs 14:4 "An empty stable stays clean, but no income comes from an empty stable."
Life can be pretty messy at times. While working to maintain order is important, messes also have a message and meaning for us. Messes are the result of life being lived out, work being accomplished, relationships being refined, responsibilities and duties being fulfilled. In other words, to get rid of all messes would require living a totally safe, activity-less life. It would also require living a boring, isolated and unproductive life.
For example, if you want your house to stay completely clean, make sure you never have children or invited guests over. If you want no relationship 'messes', make sure you form no relationships.
This is what the wise writer was referring to in today's verse. He was reminding us that stables stay clean when they are empty – when no animals are occupying them. An unoccupied stable means no animals, and no animals result in no work, and no work results in no income. And no income results in a really big mess!
If we want certain blessings and privileges in life, we must be willing to welcome messes that accompany them. Instead of constantly grumble at the messes we experience, let us appreciate them for what they are: They are indicators of a life that is being lived with purpose. They are the needed by-product of progress, productivity and prosperity.
A great way to conquer the frustration of messes is to take time to reflect on and thank the LORD for the meaningful things that accompany the messes in your life. Right now, join me to take this moment to thank the LORD for the good messes that make life meaningful!
Remember, our LORD Jesus Christ specializes in turning the 'messes' into 'messages' that will be a blessing to others. And He can do more in one moment that we could ever do in a life-time.
FAITH – EYES FOR YOUR HEART
Rev. David Chee
Posted 29 Sep 2015
Faith lives from the invisible towards the visible realm. Faith provides the eyes for the heart. Faith actualizes what if realizes. Jesus expects His people to see from the heart.
Faith lives from the invisible towards the visible realm. Faith provides the eyes for the heart. Faith actualizes what if realizes. Jesus expects His people to see from the heart. The ability to see into the spiritual realm is not the result of a special gift. It is an unused potential of everyone who are in the family of Jesus by receiving His grace.
We are born again by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). The born-again experience empowers us to see from the heart (John 3:3). Faith is intended to be the nature of life in God’s family. In fact, all of the Jesus’ resources are accessible through faith.
Jesus gave specific instruction to encourage us in our capacity to see: “Seek first the kingdom of God…” (Matthew 6:33). Paul taught us: “Set your mind in things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2). He also stated in 2 Corinthians 4:18 “For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Remember Jesus told us that He only did what He saw His Father do? Today, my prayer for you is that you break out of your limitation and experience God’s breakthrough by
- Applying the instructions given and
- Seeing with your heart – your unused potential and privilege.
GREATER… BECAUSE OF HIM
Rev. David Chee
Posted 29 Sep 2015
It’s time for a revolution of vision. Vision – biblically understood – has to do with identity and purpose.
It’s time for a revolution of vision. Vision – biblically understood – has to do with identity and purpose. Through a biblical understanding of our identity, we can think with God’s perspective. Such a change comes with a revelation of Jesus and who we are in Him.
Some believe that the condition of the Church will always be getting worse. So, the worsening condition of the world and the Church becomes a sign to them that we are in the “right track.” This kind of thinking requires no faith.
Embracing a belief system that requires no faith is contrary to the nature of life that Jesus intends for us and all that the Bible declares. Since the LORD plans to do ‘above all we could ask or think,’ according to Ephesians 3:20, His promises challenge our thinking and expectations. And we cannot afford to forget His promises to us.
We are often more convinced of our unworthiness than we are of His worth. Remember He gave His very life for us? We focus more on our inability than His ability. Remember, the One who called fearful Gideon a mighty warrior and unstable Peter a rock has called us His sons and friends. That has to count for something. So arise, see as the LORD sees you and walk in the greater things He has for you.
Lord, I am in agreement with Your thoughts and plans for my life. I already know You have an expected end for me, and I am available to You. In Jesus' name, Amen!
Rev. David Chee
Posted 24 Aug 2015
When you face an impossibility, leave it in the hands of the Specialist! Refuse to calculate. Refuse to doubt. Refuse to work it out by yourself. Refuse to worry or encourage others to worry. Stand against that.
Rev. David Chee
Posted 24 Aug 2015
Why should we be willing to drop everything and follow Jesus Christ? And what happens when we do?
IN THE MIDST OF SUFFERING
Rev. David Chee
Posted 24 Aug 2015
Of all the letters Paul wrote, Second Corinthians is the most autobiographical. He spells out the details of his persecution, loneliness, imprisonments, beatings, feelings of despair, hunger, shipwrecks, sleepless nights.
Rev. David Chee
Posted 12 Jul 2015
In life there are moments, decisions, plans and events that are strategic to and for our future success. We all need to live strategically. The great news is that our LORD wants to give us strategic ideas.
WELCOMING YOUR SEASON
Rev. David Chee
Posted 12 Jul 2015
You aren’t in your current season by accident. God’s hand is in it, and there’s a purpose to His activity. What does the LORD want to teach you during this unique, never-to-be-exactly-repeated season?
EXPERIENCING BREAKTHROUGHS WHERE YOU ARE
Rev. David Chee
Posted 20 Apr 2015
The LORD JESUS desires for you to experience breakthroughs at your Work, School, Family, Relationships.
BUILDING STRONG CHARACTER
Rev. David Chee
Posted 20 Apr 2015
Building strong character requires having a clear sense of purpose.
Rev. David Chee
Posted 20 Apr 2015
We can live by default or live by design. Let’s choose to live by the Lord’s design.
NO RETREAT …NO RESERVE … NO REGRETS
Rev. David Chee
Posted 20 Apr 2015
I am challenged again by the life of William Borden, born into a very rich family, who studied at Ivy League schools, Princeton and Harvard. At age 25 he left all to become a missionary to China.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME
As we step into 2015, I believe this is what the LORD has for us. The prediction and the fact may be the global economy is gloomy. But the truth is “The Best Is Yet to Come.” Why? Because the God know and serve is sovereign and He is good. And He gave us His promise in Jeremiah 29:11.
ATMOSPHERE THAT BUILDS THE IRRESISTIBLE LIFE
Atmosphere is difficult to explain but quickly experienced. Atmosphere can build your spirit or corrupt and tear down your spirit. Every person builds an atmosphere around him. Your convictions, values, mindset and vocabulary (words you used all the time) together shape your atmosphere.
What’s the atmosphere that builds the irresistible life? Hungry For The Lord’s Presence. By the term "irresistible life" I’m referring to a life where the LORD says, "This is the life I can’t purposes." Won’t you want to live such a life?
THE POWER OF BLESSING
The concept of "blessings" runs through the Bible. The giving of blessings applies not only to parents and children, but also to husband and wife as well as within the Church among its members. The Hebrew word “to bless” (baruch) means "to bow the knee."
A primary connotation of this word is "to empower to prosper" – to set the stage for a person to thrive and succeed in all areas of life, including marriage, with children, in finances, in health, in career, in ministry, etc.
CROSSOVER TO TAKE OVER
You cannot conquer what you will not confront. What’s the Lord’s desire for you and me? It’s time to make the crossover - to go to the other side (v 22). Now is the time to “CROSSOVER TO TAKEOVER.”
BUILDING MY LIFE ON THE BIBLE (40 Days In The Word Kickoff)
Welcome to the kick off for 40 Days in the Word. We start with the topic: "BUILDING MY LIFE ON THE BIBLE." This is important to you as you lead – whether a Company, a department, a family or leading yourself… because only changed leaders can lead effectively; otherwise…
- Unbroken leaders will lead out of their own ego.
- Presumptuous leaders will do things God never told them to do.
- Only Christlikeness can overcome the fallen world system.
WIDER KINGDOM IMPACT THROUGH STEWARDSHIP
Money is an important subject in discipleship for wider kingdom impact. There are three views of wealth in the Church today:
The premise here is: Money is inherently evil and to be poor is to be spiritual. The orientation is towards shunning wealth. This doesn’t make sense because some of God’s most godly saints are not just wealthy, they are very wealthy(Job 1:3; 42:12; Genesis 13:2).
It embraces the thinking that money is a signature gift from God and thus to be rich is to be blessed. The orientation is towards splurging wealth. This mentality fails to recognise Jesus exhorts a simplicity of life (Luke 12:33-34) and exemplifies it (Luke 9:58)
Promise or Covenant Theology
The premise is that money belongs to God and there is a covenant of wealth God has with His people. It is God’s will for His people to be blessed in spirit, soul and body, and to prosper in their personal lives in order to be a blessing to others (3 John 2)
What does prosperity mean? A study of the word “prosper” and “success” in the Hebrew leads us to the understanding that ‘prosperity’ is “the ability to leave the condition you are in, follow the will of God, make good choices, and inspire decisions that pave a road for an abundant life.” Prosperity affects much more than your financial position. Your entire life is a blessed journey from one significant moment to another.
The orientation is towards stewarding wealth. Don’t forget that we are not owners; we are stewards!
Decide today how you would live your life. Don’t lose everything while chasing nothing. End of the day is about the Lordship of Christ – living under the domain of the King of kings. Are you an owner? Or are you a steward of God?
DEEPER IN GOD’S WORD, WIDER IN KINGDOM IMPACT
Luke 2:49; John 4:34 (Amplified Bible)
I believe 2014 comes with great divine possibilities for you because of the unmerited favour of GOD through what Christ has accomplished at the Cross. Favour is received as you activate all that belongs to you when you are in line with God’s will. Jesus shows how this is done as He aligns Himself with the will of God the Father. The context of the above passage reveals two principles:
- Deeper in His Word
- Wider in Kingdom Impact.
"DEEPER in God’s Word, WIDER in Kingdom Impact" - This is our theme for both 2014 and 2015. The best years are open before you as you grow deeper in God’s Word and wider in Kingdom impact.
We all believe the Bible is the Word of God. But we only believe the part of the Bible we DO. What is your next move? My desire is for you to thrive in 2014. I encourage you to make 5 commitments so that we can thrive together - iThrive: iBelong + iGrow + iServe + iGive + iLead
iBelong: Commit to be planted in NDFI and celebrate Jesus every week.
(Ephesians 2:19; Hebrews 10:25)
iGrow: Commit to a CARE Group and grow spiritually and relationally.
(Acts 2:46; Hebrews 10:24)
iServe: Commit to a Ministry and use your gifts and abilities to refresh others.
iGive: Commit to serve His Cause and build this House through consistent tithing and generous giving.
iLead: Commit to lead yourself, another person, your family, a CARE Group or a Ministry Team.
(2 Timothy 2:2)
The great missionary E Stanley Jones said, “My life in my hand is a pain and a problem.
My life in God’s hand is a power and a possibility.”
Into whose hand do you commit yourself starting 2014? Would you join me to say, “Yes, LORD, I choose to align my life with Your will and Your desire for NDFI.”
FULFILLING GOD’S DESTINY
Philippians 4:8 - If anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.
Are you moving closer to your destiny? Are you tenacious enough in your pursuit of it? And the key to greater tenacity is not necessarily working harder at the same things, but willingness to change. What then are we to change?
- Your thinking. How do you see yourself? Are you afraid to get started because conditions aren’t favorable? Do you stop trying to move forward when you don’t have the resources you need? If so, you need to change your mindset, to break the cycle of negative thinking.
- Your perspective. Do you have an “instant” mindset? The greater your assignment, the longer it’s likely to take. So recalibrate your expectations and schedule a reasonable timetable for yourself; otherwise, you’ll live in frustration and defeat. God’s will for you as expressed through Paul’s desire is “that I may finish my race with joy” (Acts 20:24 NKJV). God wants you to experience joy in the pursuit of your goal.
- Your ways. How are things going in your personal life and in your domestic life? Are you ready to deal with past failure and sorrows that stand between you and success? What can you do today that will bring you closer to your dream - no matter how small the progress?
Therefore, let us all be willing to change. So, be a thermostat instead of a thermometer. Instead of reflecting the temperature around us as a thermometer; be a thermostat that shapes and moulds our situations through intentional actions.
OVERCOMING FAITH – MY RESPONSE
Adversities can damage your faith or deepens it. It is not the event itself that grows or erodes our faith; it is your interpretation of the event.
- Accept the Promise (Hebrews 11:8) The believers – including Abraham - ‘saw the promises’ (that’s revelation), and then ‘embraced the promises’ (that’s acceptance).
Is there any area you have yet to obey?
- Renounce All Confidence in Human Resources (v 18)
What resources in your hand you are not using?
- Face the Problem but Focus on the Promise (v 19-20)
What are you absorbed in – God’s promise or your problems?
- Rest on God’s Faithfulness (v 20-21)
What is hindering you in resting on God’s faithfulness?
God allows us to set the level and limit of our own breakthroughs and blessings. You determine the extent to which God uses and blesses you.
‘Someday’ has arrived!
BEYOND LIMITS, FULFILLING DESTINY
Come this year there will be new problems, new pressures and new possibilities. New problems will require creativity. New pressures will require conviction. New possibilities will require courage. As the people of God with eyes to see God desires us to go BEYOND LIMITS, FULFILLING DESTINY!
- FAITH (Romans 10:17)
- ACCOUNTABILITY (Proverbs 27:17)
- CONFESSION (Proverbs 18:21)
- EXPRESSIONS (Romans 12:1)
It is unnatural for a Christian not to have an appetite for the impossible. It has been written into our spiritual DNA to be something greater than ourselves. Anyone who ever accomplished anything significant for Christ had to take a significant step of faith (Hebrews 11:6) Today, Christ is inviting you… He is empowering you to go beyond your limits to fulfil your destiny. Would you love yourself enough and say, “Yes LORD!” for yourself and for His House?
If we don’t train children and young people, someone else will! If we don’t disciple them, the world will!
We as parents and the Church have to live by design not default.