FacebookTwitterRSS FeedPinterest

Scripture Memory: Prayer.

VERSE : Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

* * *

O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

18 September 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (Cross-Cultural Witnessing, Acts 17:16-34)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Calvin Loh (The Lord Provides, Matt 14:13-21)

25 September 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (God’s Restful Assurance in Ministry, Acts 18:1-11)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Chia Ah Lak (It is I, Be Not Afraid, Matt 14:22-33)

* * *

THE SECRET PLACE OF THE MOST HIGH

Have you ever been in such a difficult situation that you felt so alone, so helpless and defenseless that you could not help but to cry out for help? Have you ever been so distressed and troubled by the storms of life that you desperately sought for some place that you could just escape to, to find rest? If you have felt this way, it would be good for you to know that there IS a place where you can find this rest.

This place is not a building or physical location. It is a place where you can find wonderful peace and rest, a place where you can abide not just for a short while but all the time, and even in the midst of your busy life.

King David calls it ‘the secret place of the Most High.’ He wrote about it in Psalm 91:1-2 – “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”

The Lord is David’s secret place, refuge and fortress. These terms express the deep sense of peace, safety and security that David had as a result of trusting fully in the Lord. And by using the pronoun “he” in the first verse, he subtly tells us that we too can experience the same sense of peace, safety and security. What benefits are there from making the Lord our secret place, refuge and fortress?

Protection from Danger

In the next eight verses we learn about God’s protection against various kinds of danger. David begins his description with the image of a little bird about to be trapped by an evil hunter. Danger also comes in the form of a dreaded disease. The term ‘noisome pestilence’ in v.3 refers to a deadly plague.

In the face of these dangers, God’s protection is pictured as a mother bird sheltering her little ones under her wings (v.4 – “He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust.”) Imagine a scene of a mother hen and her chicks out in an open field. A moving shadow appears on the ground, betraying the presence of a hawk flying overhead. The chicks scramble to their mother for protection, and the hen spreads out her broad wings to shield them from being snatched by the hawk. How safe and secure they are, as long as they remain under their mother’s protective wings!

The words ‘shield and buckler’ at the end of v.4 signal a change of scene. In the next few verses, we are transported to a city that is surrounded and besieged by a mighty enemy force. Verse 5 – “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day.” How fearful it is to be oppressed by a ruthless foe, not knowing what kind of plans he is making to harm us. That fear keeps us awake at night, wondering if he will make use of the cover of darkness to infiltrate the city and commit awful acts of terrorism.

Daybreak brings a different kind of fear – the fear of being hit by the volleys of arrows that are shot by skilled archers. And when a city is under siege for a long time, an additional fear develops – the fear of dreaded pestilences that decimate the population because of unhygienic conditions, ill health and malnutrition. The streets are filled with cries of mothers who have lost their children, or of wives who have lost their husbands. The stench of death reeks everywhere as thousands succumb to infectious diseases.

And yet in the midst of all that, there is one person who is not fearful at all. He is not afraid of the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday. Why is he not fearful? It is because he has made God his refuge!

In these days when the news carries reports of terrorist attacks, of mosquito-borne pestilences like dengue and the Zika virus, and of the choking haze invading our shores we need not live in fear and paranoia. We need not be fearful when we dwell in that secret place of the Most High. The Lord is our refuge and fortress who is able to protect us and deliver us!

This however does not make us immune to all illnesses and disasters. God’s Word teaches that He allows us to experience suffering, pain and loss for a good purpose. Some of us may be struggling to cope with overwhelming challenges. Many godly Christians have suffered from cancer and its long term effects. Some years ago an Australian missionary serving God in a foreign land was burnt to death with his son because his car was stopped by a group of anti-Christian people.

When such things happen we must understand that God has a good reason for allowing them and that He gives His beloved children more grace to bear these trials and burdens of life. We have this wonderful assurance from Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Deliverance from Sin

What is more important than being delivered from all the trials and burdens of life is to be delivered from the awful impact of sin on our life. Sin poses the greatest danger to all mankind. It is worse than any physical danger because it destroys human souls in everlasting fiery torment.

Sin is like the evil fowler of verse 3: It will trap you by enslaving you to your own lusts and selfish desires. Sin is also like the noisome pestilence: It is a spiritual cancer that destroys you slowly from within. Sin is both the terror by night and the arrow that flies by day of verse 5. It is well known that when darkness falls man’s sinful nature tends to emerge in unbridled sinful activity. Most crimes and acts of violence are therefore committed at night.

But sin also troubles us during daylight hours. Its arrows are let loose in workplace politics where people devise schemes to get what they want. Many are victimized through deceit, lying, cheating, and false accusations. Arrows of sin fly in the home as well: Sin has destroyed countless families, marriages and relationships. We must recognize that sin is really the very root of all the problems we see in the world today, such as wars, terrorism, crime, and immorality.

When all these things are considered it becomes very clear to us that sin is the ultimate danger that we need to be protected against. The question we want to ask then is, where can we find such refuge from sin?

Some seek such refuge in doing good works. But this is no refuge at all. God says that, “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Some have sought refuge in man-made philosophies, but these have also failed to help man. Centuries of being enlightened with human wisdom have left man as sinful as before. Some have sought to find refuge in New Age spirituality which teaches man to change himself in order to attain perfection. But no matter how hard man tries, he can never change himself. Sin is so deeply ingrained in his nature that it cannot be removed.

The good news is that what nothing else could do, God did for us. He came down to earth and lived among us. After living a sinless life the Lord died on a cross to take away our sins. Three days later He rose from the dead to be our Saviour forever!

Do we have a refuge where there is protection and deliverance from sin? Yes, indeed we have. That wonderful refuge and secret place of the Most High God is Jesus Christ! Anyone who makes Christ his refuge and fortress will never be disappointed. He is forever protected and delivered from sin, and from the destruction that sin brings to the soul in hell.

If you have made Christ your refuge, you need not fear death any more. Even if sickness or injury should end your earthly life, you have a permanent place reserved for you in heaven and you will live with the Lord forever.

Are Your Trusting in Christ?

Making Jesus Christ your refuge means trusting in Him to be your Lord and Saviour. As verse 2 tells us, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.” The key idea of trust is dependence or reliance. To trust in Jesus is to depend fully upon Him, and particularly to depend on His love for you and on His power to save you. To trust in Christ is to lay down the whole weight and hope of your expectation of mercy or deliverance upon Him.

Faith is not merely believing that Christ can save you. Faith is entrusting yourself fully to Christ alone to save you. You must abandon every other ground of hope and confidence – your good works, your family background, upbringing, church membership, etc. Christ must be the sole object of your trust.

If you know now what it means to trust in Christ alone for salvation, then do not delay trusting in Him anymore. What holds you back from doing this right now? Perhaps you think that there is still a lot of time left for you to turn to him. A sister in our church had a terminally ill brother who told her the same thing every time she asked him to believe in Jesus. He said, “Don’t worry. There is still time.” But alas, when the end came, he had no time left to trust in Jesus. He died without being saved!

God’s Word says, “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2) Will you turn to Jesus today?                         —Pastor 

* * *

GOSPEL SUNDAY
(English Service)

Date: 30th October 2016      Time: 8 am & 11 am

Topic: “The Sting of Death is Sin”

Speaker: Pastor Tan Soon Yong

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

* * *

GOSPEL SUNDAY
(Chinese Service)

Date: 2nd October 2016      Time: 11 am

Topic: Where Can I Find Love?

Speaker: Rev Daniel Khoo
(Hokkien Interpretation)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.
(Flyers in Chinese are available at the front counter.)

* * *

 

1) Scripture Memory Verse Review No. 3. The deadline for submitting the review is 2 Oct 16. Review No. 1-2 are also available for those who missed them. Obtainable at the front counter.

2) “Daily Manna”: Daily Devotional by Rev Isaac Ong (Oct to Dec 2016). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.calvaryjurong.com/index-4.html.

3) YF Camp 2016 will be held from 19-23 Dec at Life BP Church. Do reserve the dates so that you can join us for a time for spiritual retreat! More details will be released closer to the date.

4) The annual Lively Teens Fellowship Camp will be held on 5-9 Dec 16. All teens who are 11-17 years of age are encouraged to join! More details will be announced when registration opens in Oct.

5) Musicians are needed for vigil services. Please contact Daniel Phang .

6) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Nathaniel Heah on the birth of a baby girl on 9 Sep 2016.

 

Preaching appointment: Rev Wong at Evangel Reformed Seminary, KL, 17-23 Sep.  Rev Khoo at New Life Chinese Service, 11.30 am.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25