Senior Pastor’s Devotional
Day 68 Movement Control Order – “Strategic Psalm 91 Watch”

‘But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’
Matthew 6:33

‘When we became Christians we thought we would continuously enjoy mountain top “abundant life.” The reality of it is that we often times go through dry, desert experiences too like right now! Why is it so?

One of the main reasons is that God is allowing those ‘desert’ experiences to put a check in our hearts and to wean us from our dependency of the material things. There is a strong fondness in the normal human heart to material possessions. The main aim in life for millions of the general population (and some followers of Christ) is to acquire things. In a sense this is very natural. We live in a material world and depend to a large extent on material things. But there is a tremendous difference between “owning things” and being “owned by them”. One person has expressed it like this: ‘When something you own takes over your life so that you cannot conceive of ever being without it, you don’t own it; it owns you.’

We cannot despise material things, but we are in danger spiritually when we allow them to dominate our minds. Necessary and elemental as some material things are, they have a way of elbowing out everything else. When God sees that our souls are susceptible to this danger He will draw us into the desert and say, ‘Let’s talk. Your soul is under threat. I don’t want you to despise things, but I don’t want you to be dominated by them either.’ The desert opens up the way for the life of Christ within us to become even more abundant. (Selwyn Hughes)

Abundant life, my friend, includes both mountain top and desert experiences!

Ps Lawrence Yap.