[ ᴃᴚiפʜᴌ ᵴᴌᴗᴆiᴏ ]: 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

God of so much more...

I'm sure many of you have heard of the following phrase:

If it's not broken, don't fix it

I used to agree with it, and have a same opinion with it... that, Hey.. if it's still working, why bother?

Little did i know that... it's actually a kind of poverty mindset..

A poverty mindset keeps a person from achieving their destiny, by just doing enough and not excelling in the things that they do.

it's the same as saying, "I can provide for my family, just barely enough, and that's okay" (ie: i don't need to do anything about it)

Heck, it's not okay, it's not even biblical! The poverty mindset is one that has taken root in many lives, unknowingly. With such pattern of thought, it is no surprise that most people are living in a below-par sub-standard lifestyle.

Want some proof that it's not biblical?

1) Miracle of Overflowing oil - 2 Kings 4:1-7
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”

Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”

“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”

But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

Do you have any idea how much a bottle of oil cost? not much, but yet, the widow and her sons (i'm assuming they would be big eaters) can LIVE ON WHAT IS LEFT ... that's mind blowing... God didn't provide JUST ENOUGH, He provided MORE THAN ENOUGH!

2) In the topic of giving - Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

It says give, and it will be given back to you. Logically thinking, give and you will have lesser; that's the problem with us not having a renewed mind! See, the bible promises that when we give, it will be given back to you, GOOD MEASURE, PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER, and RUNNING OVER. Isn't that more than enough too?

I remember hearing an illustration from my pastor about how the shopkeeper would scoop a can of rice as quickly as possible so that the can would look like it's filled, but in fact, having air pockets inside. And in this verse, it says, PRESSED DOWN, SHAKEN TOGETHER, and RUNNING OVER... its really the opposite of how the shopkeeper would react..

And yes, this is kingdom values and principles!

3) Miracles of Fish & Bread - Matt 14:15-21
As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

“Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

See, here once again it says that THERE WERE LEFTOVER, 12 basketfuls. Isn't that more than enough? Was Jesus being wasteful? I mean, since the people all ate, and were SATISFIED... the leftover, was it being wasteful?

No, i'm sure He wasn't.. it's just how He is, He wants to provide more than enough! I'm sure there's more in the bible to proof this point..

Also, note how the disciples thought "“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered." ... ONLY... that's a sign of the poverty mindset, isn't that something we say often? think about it...

God can do A LOT with the little that we have...
:)

Don't get me wrong, i'm not saying that don't be thankful with what you have! That's not my point, i'm saying that God's principle is abundance.

Anyways, back to where i started....

Earlier today, i saw a post by a friend on another friend's facebook wall regarding a person called "Nikola Tesla", i'm sure many of you have heard of him too. Here's the link: (here)

* Note: I have no affiliations with TheOatMeal ... and in fact, i'm not too pleased with the language used in the comic..

After reading about Tesla, i thought, hmm.. let's check out if he's a christian.. cuz i know of many christians who had amazing ideas and heavenly downloads of ideas and concept beyond their time... and guess what? yes, in fact, Tesla was a christian, and came from a family of priest for generations...

To me, Tesla was a good example of a person who has the gift and the grace from God to pull things beyond his time into his present day, and yes, i'm believing for that same gift and grace too. It is, in fact, a tool that is useful in conquering the 7 mountains. Personally, i think Tesla did a good job in conquering his mountain that God has place him in.

I honestly think that God has placed him there for a higher purpose, but i think that he failed to achieve that higher purpose, nevertheless, i'm grateful for all the ideas and inventions that he came up with.

Here is Tesla's view on Christianity:
Taken from: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=163787613661366

"So we find that the three possible solutions of the great problem of increasing human energy are answered by the three words: food, peace, work. Many a year I have thought and pondered, lost myself in speculations and theories, considering man as a mass moved by a force, viewing his inexplicable movement in the light of a mechanical one, and applying the simple principles of mechanics to the analysis of the same until I arrived at these solutions, only to realize that they were taught to me in my early childhood. These three words sound the key-notes of the Christian religion. Their scientific meaning and purpose now clear to me: food to increase the mass, peace to diminish the retarding force, and work to increase the force accelerating human movement. These are the only three solutions which are possible of that great problem, and all of them have one object, one end, namely, to increase human energy. When we recognize this, we cannot help wondering how profoundly wise and scientific and how immensely practical the Christian religion is, and in what a marked contrast it stands in this respect to other religions. It is unmistakably the result of practical experiment and scientific observation which have extended through the ages, while other religions seem to be the outcome of merely abstract reasoning. Work, untiring effort, useful and accumulative, with periods of rest and recuperation aiming at higher efficiency, is its chief and ever-recurring command. Thus we are inspired both by Christianity and Science to do our utmost toward increasing the performance of mankind. This most important of human problems I shall now specifically consider."


I'm not saying that i totally agree with what Tesla said, but i guess he had a point, and yes, it all points back to Christianity.

anyhoos...

I guess the point of my whole post is just to say that...

No, Clarence, you're not subscribing to the below-par sub-standard poverty mindset, you're subscribing to His values, His nature, and His principles. You have a renewed mind, you have a kingdom mindset.

And yes, i'm believing for the same anointing, same, and even greater grace and gift in this area of innovation, in view of conquering the mountain that He has placed me into. So now, i receive this anointing by faith. Knowing fully, that it's not for myself, its main purpose is in revealing the Son, who gave it all.


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yes, updates about life... which i've not been doing... haha..

Well, it's been 2 weeks plus since i came back from China, it was definitely a good experience, i'll prolly leave that to another post.. haha.. made tons of new friends... definitely an eye opening experience!

Asides from that, i also came back from Phuket (Before China) .. i went there with a bunch of awesome friends as our graduation trip, despite not being able to join the IF Camp in Melaka, i would say, it's okay :)

* note: both trip's pictures can be found in my facebook page.

Also, i just got my student status changed from "ACTIVE" to "GRADUATED" yesterday! *YAY* 6 years of Tertiary education finally came to an end!



Also, i'm in the midst of composing a new song.. heh.. the words were there when i was worshiping .. but now it's gone, so i need Him to show them to me again haha...
yes, ill post it here when it's done :)





Till i blog again

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Letting go... ?


Just like any healthy mother who wants the best for her kids,
she would wake up earlier,
prepare the table, get the breakfast done,
make sure the kids wakes up on time, get ready and etc.

Well, honestly, i FEEL like a mother.. at least, few months back... i know its been a while since i last blogged.. but the strange feeling of wanting to jot down something bubbled up from within.

Having to take care of the Christian Fellowship of MMU for the past 2 years had placed me in a position of wanting the best for my "kids" a.k.a. people under my care, like a mother, constantly having to lookout for her kids, making sure they are alright, eating properly, making good friends and are around good companies in school..well, that was what i feel.. i think.

But yea, the time came where i had to let go. It was definitely not an easy thing to do... but here's a good illustration i came up with .. or rather He inspired..

Like how a mom teaches her child to write, until she lets go of his hands. She'll never find out how much he has learned.

As much as i didn't really want to.. i didn't have much choice of not letting go. But i suppose, it all works out for good. Of course there are times when the mother figure has to step in again, to make sure the child is writing properly. But all in all.... i'm happy to see what's happening now :)

Yes, its time to move on. Not to abandon, but to continue to impart a greater vision upon my kids' lives! I may not always be able to be there for them anymore, but they'll know when to call MUM! when they need it :D .. i think :))

Anyways, IT FEELS GOOD writing again.. i hope the next won't be as short... and too far away.. haha..




Well, till i blog again ;)
-Clare

Saturday, May 19, 2012

211: Oh, how great is the Love

Hi peeps, its been a while huh? haha...



Faith, hope and trust propels me forward into my destiny when i look at the things that God has done, and is doing in my life.

When i focus on the things that "God hasn't done" or hasn't happen in my life, based on what i think is best or even things He promised... i propel myself backwards into a downward spiral, into despair, unbelief, hurt and offense towards people around me and even towards God.

The lenses i put on, would determine how i face life.







Till i blog again

Saturday, May 5, 2012

210: If i were to fall ... would You pick me up?

HAPPY 5/5 peeps! :))

It's been a looooooooooooooooooooooooooong while huh? Sorry if i somewhat neglected blogging, i was kindda busy with so many things, like always :))
And so, i've done my Final Year Project's presentation yesterday... i kindda had fun during the presentation and even got good comments from my moderator regarding my project.. i hope it would be reflected on my results haha!

So many things has happened since i last blogged, and honestly i can't remember what i last blogged also hehe.. yea.. anyways, i'm still not done with my final year project.. i've got to do up my thesis again, some minor changes here and there... it shouldn't take too long, but then again, being a busy man.. i'll still somehow need to find time for that..

Also, not forgetting the upcoming CF old-new comm retreat.. i've yet to start planning, was rushing with my FYP before this... i guess i better start soon huh
i would really want to pass down whatever i've learned throughout my years in CF, from a member till the president post.. but most important, the heart, and the flame.

it's been so long since i last blogged, now my blogging skills really sucks.. -.-
gah~~

anyhoo... here's a song i composed the other night titled "If i were to fall" :D
ENJOY! XD



Chords:
Capo 1
If i were to fall

Verse 1:
A
If i were to fall
D
Would you pick me up
F#m E
Despite the trouble i'll put you through


Prechorus 1:
D E
Would i let You pick me up?
Would i let You pick me up? A
Would i let You pick me up?

Verse 2:
Round and round
i've tried so hard
being everything i knew i should

Prechorus 2:
but i failed badly
but i failed badly
but i failed badly without You


Chorus:
F#m
I need You
E
I need You
A A
I need You F#m
Would you hold on to me E
Would you pick me up A
And set me free




Till i blog again

Monday, March 12, 2012

209: Passions

Passion!
What? What passion?



Maybe i'm not so normal, maybe i'm different. [ how do you even define normal? ]

I kindda grew up with a bunch of people who were passionate about many different things: football, basketball, bowling, cycling, stamp collecting, playing the piano, playing the guitar, playing the drums, reading, drawing, meeting new people and a whole list ahead..

each with their favorite football team, basketball team, badminton player and etc... Then they ask me, what are you passionate about? I replied: "Me?"

It got me thinking for awhile, maybe not awhile, but many years.. There's always this question in me.. what am i really passionate about?

Honestly, this has scarred me a lil, it makes me feel like a second class, makes me feel like i'm not good enough... ultimately, made me feel like a loser.

What are passions? Are they just merely things that you enjoy doing? Things that you'd put in your effort in? Things you'd never give up at any chance you get? Are passions things you are good at? Can passions be things that you're not good at, but enjoy doing?

Well, one question still remains.. What is my passion? i wonder if any of you had this sort of question before... i mean, there's so many things going on in a day... even more so in this age where the information network is updated by the seconds... sometimes, pondering and reflecting is the last thing on our mind..

there's a whole list of sports i enjoy, but i don't think they are things i'm passionate about... i mean i enjoy running, i enjoy long jump, high jump, archery, squash, bowling, pool, rock climbing and so many other sports...

there's also a whole list of academic things that i enjoy, (believe it or not) i enjoy learning, i enjoy studying, i like drawing, designing, programming, teaching, writing and etc..

those aside, i enjoy playing the guitar, drums, playing games too.. but am i really passionate about those?

i searched, and searched... and honestly, yet to come to a conclusion of what my passion really is...

but one thing i know, i'm very excited when i've been given a chance to put the smile back on people's face, especially so if the other party has been through hardship, trials and dissapointments and find no more reason to smile, no more reason to live. by the grace of God, i've seen many lives set free and made whole through the little that i have.. at times, it has been very tiring, so much that you wish that you don't have to know so much.. and yea, it's emotionally very draining to hear their stories and what they've been through..

is this a passion? well, i know for sure that it's not my strength, it's a gift from God to be able lead these people out of their valleys, to see the gold in the broken, in the weary, in the outcast.

another thing that i really enjoy doing is teaching, especially passing down knowledge to the younger generation, passing down something more than just head knowledge, passing down character and mindset..

but then again here comes the questions, am i Trying to be the sun?.. well, i suppose that's for me to find out, and for you to pray ahaha :D

take that aside, what am i passionate about? hmmmm....

Dear Lord, help me find my own flame...










Till i blog again

Friday, February 17, 2012

208: The Hour....

And so here comes the hour i've been waiting for all my life, or so i thought.. Years after years in school, being in this education system where examinations are pretty much a routine to us as students. Me, being one who honestly dislikes the current education system and how it's shaping our students and our society as a whole..

it's saddening to see so many people trying to achieve something, something so illusive and elusive, grades and achievements that has so little value at the end of the day.

being a student for so many years ... 2 years of pre-schooling, 6 years of primary education, another 5 for my high school years, added with 2 years of diploma and now, almost 4 years of degree. exams, at times can be a pain in the ass (pardon my language)

19 years, 19 years in this system... you'd imagine a bird trapped in a cage, waiting to be released, waiting for the day where the smell of freedom fills the air, having freedom particles bring such joy and sense of achievement.

well, now is the hour.. the day, the day i thought i was waiting for.

am i ready for it? what will i do when this cage is finally opened for me? will my wings be able to carry me forward? have i been trapped so long that freedom seems like another trap in itself?

only one way to find out i guess. step out, stretch my wings, flap, flap, flap, and take the leap of faith.What will happen? Will i miss the cage? Will i miss the other birds in the cage? Will i be able to mix around with the birds of the air?

With all doubts and questions, yet one thing i know for sure.I'm called to be an eagle. I'm made to soar, i'm made to flow with the wind. I'm made to succeed, made to be the king of the air. I shall not fear, i shall not worry, for the Maker of Heavens and earth is guiding me, and leading me to higher heights.



To all the other birds still trapped in the cage, do not fear when it's your turn to take the step of faith, even if there are vultures circling around the cage, eyeing on whom they may devour.. remember, the King of kings will definitely see you through, who knows, i might be there with Him, taking down those "good for nothing" vultures.

And yes, if, if there's anything a freed eagle can do, even if it means to be there with you, or just giving you words of courage and wisdom, i'll try my best to be there.

With love,
An almost freed eagle.
Clarence.

p/s: sry for bad "bright" signature... LOL... using a mouse can be troublesome :))



Till i blog again

Monday, January 30, 2012

207: Someone worth dying for.

Hi peeps, i know its been a long while... i'm on a long haul, a very long haul... as tiring as it is, i just gotta keep focusing on the finish line, afterall, let's not put all the effort to waste rite? :)

Anyways, i'll be having my FYP presentation tomorrow at 11am, do keep me in prayer.. i'd be needing all the grace i need! haha.. cuz honestly, i feel like i've got nothing to present (which, maybe, might not be the case, but i feel like that)

also, to "compensate" for the lack of updates, here's a new song i covered title "Someone worth dying for" by Mikeschair...

i was captured by it when i first heard the song, cuz i was one who once felt like i'm not worth it, i'm just another person on earth..

Through the years, the Lord has thought me and continually pursued me with His Love, and today, i'm a very much changed person by His grace.

So..

To you out there who feels like you're not worth it, that no one cares or loves you, to you who feels like life is not worth the living, that God died for everyone, but maybe, maybe not for you.. this song goes out to you :)

Below are the chords and lyrics, i hope you enjoy it as much as i do. Open up your heart, and receive His love, yes, you are so precious in His eyes, that even if it would cost Him the cross to bridge the gap between you and Him, He was willing to pay the price. God bless!




Capo 1

Verse 1 :
G Em C
G Em C Am7

You might be the wife, waiting up at night
You might be the man, struggling to provide
Feeling like it's hopeless

Maybe you're the son who chose a broken road
Maybe you're the girl thinking you'll end up alone
Praying God can You hear me, Oh God are You listening

Chorus 1 :
G Em7 C
G Em7 C D G

Am I more than flesh and bone, Am I really something beautiful
Yeah I wanna believe, I wanna believe that
I'm not just some wandering soul that you don't see and you don't know
Yeah I wanna believe, Jesus help me believe that I
Am someone worth dying for

Verse 2 :
G Em C Am7

I know you've heard the truth that God has set you free
But you think you're the one that grace could never reach
So you just keep asking, oh what everybody's asking

Bridge :
Em Am C D
Em Am C D

You're worth it, you can't earn it, yeah the cross has proven
That you're sacred and blameless, your life has purpose

Chorus 2 :
G Em7 C D
G Em7 C D G

And you are more than flesh and bone
Can't you see you're something beautiful
Yes you gotta believe, you gotta believe
He wants you to see, He wants you to see

That you're not just some wandering soul
That can't be seen and can't be known
Yeah you gotta believe, you gotta believe that you are
Someone worth dying for




Till i blog again