Nov 1, 2012 by Robin Piong CM-
I was in Dr. Jonathan David’s talk last Friday in Kuala Lumpur, where more than a thousand people cramped inside a hall. His ministry was prophetic and very powerful indeed. One of the prophecies that caught my attention was next year, a worse financial turmoil than the one in year 1997 will strike.
Financial storms are terrifying news to businessmen. Why? Because I myself have survived two storms in my life.
I ventured into business in 1995 when I started a computerized embroidery factory with about 50 workers. Business was thriving and just before I could enjoy the fruits, recession hit on 1997. The following years were just struggles.
By year 2001, we diversified our textile business into China and produced promotional gifts and anything under the sun we could trade. So, I thought that the time has finally come for me to enjoy the fruit of my labor and expand my business. However, before I knew it, I was jolted from my comfortable position. Come 2008 and 2009, recession struck again. And this time, it was the darkest period of my business career, so much so that when I woke up in the morning, I wished that it was night. My business was so challenging that I could only describe it as “bleeding”- staffs were retrenched, bank loans had to be restructured, and strive and dissent were continuous among directors.
Luke 6:48: Seeing them distressed in rowing, for the wind was contrary to them about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.
My fellow believers, the fourth watch was the darkest period of the night. Are you going through the darkest period of your life right now?
Is it your marriage? Is it your finance? Is it your sickness or is it your relationship?
Matthew 14:27-28: But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I (AM). Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
Jesus is walking above your troubled water and coming towards you.
Matthew 14:28-29: “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
I took more than a decade to realize that I have to fix my eyes on Jesus when I walk on troubled water, during my darkest hour. The moment I focused in the wind and storm of doubt, I forgot that the “I AM” God is with me, and fear would encroach me mercilessly, weighing me into the depths of depression.
God is invisible. We cannot see or feel him physically like holding hands. But we can only know and experience him- his love, his grace, his healings, his blessings and his abundance.
Jesus Christ has done everything on the cross for us, so that we can experience our Father God and all God’s beauty and blessings without even trying to earn it. Jesus is the one without blemish. He is the perfect sacrifice for our sins, not you or I.
Ephesians 2:8: For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.
Even the faith that you have for salvation, it is a gift from God because you responded to the voice of God in your heart to accept Him at the altar call.
To fix your eyes on Jesus is to fix your eyes on His Word. Jesus said in:
John 15:7 that “if you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you desire and it will be done to you.”
Jesus did not say if you remain in me and I remain in you. But He said if my words remain in you, then whatever wish you have would be done.
John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Jesus is synonymous to the Words he spoke in the Bible.
If you want to fix your eyes on Jesus, fix your eyes on His Word. You need to meditate on the Word, talk about it, proclaim it and profess it loud and clear. And claim the promises of His Word as it is written.
Will there be another financial storm coming next year? It would not really matter. Not that I am unprepared for it, but I know how to fix my eyes on Jesus by remaining and abiding in His Words.
Background of writer: The writer is the founder of christianitymalaysia.com by the Grace of God. He spiritually left after more than a decade being in the ‘Church of Laodicea of Revelation 3:14’ where all the members are lukewarm. He and his family currently worship at Eaglepoint Church in Puchong.