Keep ‘aglow’ for the Lord 26 June 2011 Elder Frederick Lan

Thank God for a wonderful family church camp at Pulai Springs Resort. It was wonderful in many ways. It was wonderful to be fed spiritually with the Word of life. The Word of God was wonderfully expounded having been exhorted by Elder Seah, Dr Ferguson and Rev Koshy. Many a heart has been rebuked and stirred up to follow in the way of the Lord. Indeed, “The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” (Psalm 126:3) It was also wonderful for a week of blessed fellowship one with another. It was a foretaste of heaven on earth. It has been almost two weeks since we returned from our ‘mountaintop encounter’ with the Lord, away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore lifestyle. How have you been applying the things learnt during the camp in the ‘valley of everyday living’? Life in the ‘valley’ can be tough and demanding. There are many hindrances, obstacles, and distractions which come our way on a daily basis. It is here where we come face to face with the challenge of experiencing the reality and power of God’s Word working out in our lives. Recall how Moses was enjoying a wonderful fellowship with God at Mount Sinai, also referred to as Mount Horeb. The experience left a glow in his face. This was apparently evident even when he came down from the mountain to meet with the people. Exodus 34:29-30 records thus, “And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.”

Are we aglow in the Lord? Do people around us see the difference in us since we returned from the camp?
James tells us how to keep the glow of His blessing in us. “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” (James 1:25) The question arises – “What is it that we can learn from this verse”? First, we are reminded that the Word of God is indeed the perfect law of liberty. It is that perfect law that sets us at liberty from the bondage of sin, not only from the penalty of it but also from the power of it. It rests in the finished work of Christ at the cross of Calvary. It also frees us from the snares of this world making us more than conquerors through Christ who loved us. Hear the cry of the psalmist, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy Word. With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy commandments. Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” (Psalm 119:9-11) Through the Word of God we have the wisdom that helps us see the reality of life, indeed the futility and vanity of it without God. So let us take heed to the instructions in Proverbs 1:7-9 thus, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.” With the Word of God faithfully taught and expounded during the week long camp, may we continue to delight in it for “the entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalm 119:130) And let us pray with the psalmist, “Order my steps in Thy Word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep Thy precepts. Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; and teach me Thy statutes.” (Psalm 119:133-135)

Secondly, we are reminded to look into this perfect law of liberty. It is a call to understand and examine ourselves in the light of God’s Word. James likened it to a mirror reflecting or revealing the reality of who we really are.

Have you since returning from camp look into the Word of God? We must need pause to search our own heart before the all-knowing God whose searching eyes penetrate beyond the outward façade, right into the heart. Let us come before God and pray like David did in time past, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
Thirdly, we are to “continueth therein” which suggests that it has to be an on-going thing pertaining to what God has spoken to us by His Holy Spirit in His Word. We are not to be “a forgetful hearer” but “a doer of the work”. We tend so soon to forget the precious truth we have learned. Can you remember one important spiritual lesson that you have learned from the camp? As such we are reminded to consciously and conscientiously remember what we have learned for we are indeed a forgetful people. This remembering is effected through the application of God’s Word in our daily living. Note that James mentions that we are to be “a doer of the work” which literally means one who does it and keeps working at it, making progress as we journey on in life. We must earnestly work on ‘living out the Word of God in our lives’ on a daily basis. Is there a particular area that the Lord has brought conviction upon your heart? Are you working it out to have it effected in that particular area of your life so that you can walk worthy of your Christian calling? Seek to work out specifically with much earnest prayer. We cannot do it in our own strength for the Lord Jesus tells us in John 15:5 thus, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.” Listen to the instructions in Proverbs 2:1-5 thus, “My son, if thou wilt receive My words, and hide My commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.” Here is the promise of God, “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: He is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of His saints.” (Proverbs 2:6-8) Keep shining for the Lord in the valley of everyday living, reflecting His love that others may see Christ in you and be drawn to the Saviour. “Search me, O God, And know my heart today; Try me, O Saviour, Know my thoughts, I pray. See if there be Some wicked way in me; Cleanse me from every sin And set me free.

I praise Thee, Lord, For cleansing me from sin; Fulfill Thy Word, And make me pure within. Fill me with fire Where once I burned with shame;

Grant my desire To magnify Thy Name.
Lord, take my life, And make it wholly Thine; Fill my poor heart With Thy great love divine. Take all my will, My passion, self and pride; I now surrender, Lord In me abide.

O Holy Ghost, Revival comes from Thee; Send a revival, Start the work in me. Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need; For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.”