Let go and surrender it to God

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Has it ever occurred to you that sometimes, you yourselves may be the very hindrance that is preventing the blessings of the Lord to come upon you? Yes, that’s true, sometimes we are the ones who are preventing God from blessing us…

How so, you may ask. Well, let me share with you what I mean…

Let’s imagine you have something in your hands. And when you do, your hands would naturally be in a clasp position. What do you have to do if you want to receive something bigger that God is giving you? Common sense tells us that, we would have to open up our hands to let it go before we can receive the greater things of the Lord.

But sometimes, that is our problem. We don’t want to let go of the things that we are holding on to and that’s why God cannot bless us… God is not able to bless us because our hands are full, and we cannot receive any more unless we open our hands and let go. We must be willing to empty everything and lay them at the foot of His cross.

That’s why whenever we receive prayers, the posture that we always have is to open up both hands, palm facing upwards to the Lord. This is a posture of both receiving and surrendering, we are telling God that we want to receive from Him and yet at the same time we are willing to surrender whatever He ask of us.

God is a gentleman who will not force His way into us, if we refuse to give in… He will not try to pry your hands open, if we refuse to do so, but He will always gently pursue us with His love until we ourselves are willing to submit and surrender it to Him.

Is there anything that you’re holding on to that God is telling to you let go? May the love of God gently pursue us so that we are willing to surrender it all to Him, and see that what He is about to give us is not greater than what we used to be holding on to.

Oh Lord, I thank you that You desire to bless me, but I confess that unless I let go of what I’ve been holding on to, I’m not able to receive the greater blessing You are waiting to pour out on my life. Father, I ask for Your grace and the willingness on my part to surrender what You are asking of me. Forgive me of my unwillingness to submit and surrender and help my unbelief. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

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Women in power – A good thing or a bad thing? (A look at Wu Zetian China’s first and only woman Emperor and Queen Esther of the Bible)

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“Wu Zetian” – China’s first and only woman Emperor started off in the palace as an ordinary young courts girl who one day found the favour of the Emperor Gaozong and eventually becoming one of his many concubines. At one point, she was so highly favoured that a lot of people sent her gifts to get into her good books. One day, there was a prophecy that predicted “Tang dynasty will end by the 3rd generation. A woman warrior named “Wu” would overtake it.

Overnight, she became a national threat. Wu was a girl of beauty and intelligence and the Emperor was mesmerised and charmed by her. While the other men (the high officials)  saw her a threat and wanted to eliminate her, the Emperor did not approve and consent to her execution citing that she is “only a woman”, what can she do?

While the Emperor did not consent to her execution, he had subsequently became wary of her and hence Wu began to lose her favour with the Emperor. Wu was devoted and truly in love with the king, and while she patiently waited day and night for the Emperor to return to her, he never did. A woman’s value seemed to have be of no significance to a man and they were treated like a plaything. For the Emperor, he changed his women like clothes and they were merely a means to satisfy his sexual desire. And a statement like “she is only a woman, what can she do” indicated that a woman in those times were lowly esteemed.

But despite that, history has it that Wu eventually became the first and only woman Emperor who ever ruled ancient China for almost half a century. And she was no ordinary woman but one of beauty, wits and of great military prowess. After Emperor Gaozong died, she married his successor – the ninth prince and after he was down with a stroke, Wu took over the empire from him not without viciously killing her own sons as well to becoming China’s first and only woman Emperor who ruled for almost half a century. That’s quite a formidable feat for a woman of those times, not to mention cruel as well when one is power greedy!

The importance to history of Wu’s period of political and military leadership includes the major expansion of the Chinese empire, extending it far beyond its previous territorial limits, deep into Central Asia and engage in a severe war on the Korean Peninsular. Her leadership also resulted in important issues effects regarding social class in China society and in relation to state support for Taoism, Buddhism, education and literature. She also had a monumatery impact upon the stating of the Longman Grottoes and the “Wordless Stele” at the Gianliang Mausoleum, as well as the construction of some major buildings and bronze casting that no longer survived.

Now let us look at another example – Queen Esther of the Bible (Esther 1-9)

Queen Esther was but an ordinary Jewish woman, she and her people were merely exiles living in a foreign land.

When the previous Queen Vashti refused to obey Ahasuerus’s request for her to display her beauty in the presence of the people and prince at the King’s command during a banquet he had thrown to show off his riches and his royal glory and the splendour of his great majesty, King Ahasuerus became very offended and furious. At the “advice” given to him by some wise men, they incited him to decree a royal edict that Vashti should come no more into the presence of King Ahasuerus and let the king give her royal position to another who is more worthy than she. (Esther chapter 1)

In replacement of the position that was left vacant by Vashti, the king’s attendance who served him said, “Let beautiful young virgin be sought for the king”. Esther became one of this beautiful young virgin who has found favour in the eyes of King Ahasuerus and subsequently made her queen. (Esther chapter 2)

Esther has an uncle by the name of Mordecai who works in the palace, and one day he found out a plot by two of the king’s official who were planning to assassinate the king, he reported this to Queen Esther and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. Now the plot was investigated and found out to be so, they were both hanged and it was written in the Book of the Chronicles in the king’s presence.

Now there was a man called Haman whom the King has promoted and established his authority over all the princes who were with him. All the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down to him for so the king has commanded but Mordecai did not. When it was found out that the reason why Mordecai refusal to bow down to him was because he was a Jew, Haman was enraged and wanted to destroy Mordecai and all his people. So Haman said to the king “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all the province of your kingdom, their laws are different from those of all the other and they do not observe the kings law, so it is not in the king’s interest to let them remain. If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed and I will pay then thousand talent of silver into the hands of those who carry out the king’s business, to put into the kings’ treasuries.” The King thus consented him, by giving him the signet ring and so the decree was made. (Esther chapter 3)

Esther soon found out about this plot through her uncle Mordecai. He also gave Esther a copy of the text of the edict that he might show the Queen and inform her in order her to go in to the king to implore his favour and plead with the king with him for her people. However Esther initial respond was this, “All the king’s servant and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes t o the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden sceptre so that he may live, And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days.” Mordecai than responded, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews, for if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as that?”

Upon hearing Mordecai’s word, Esther finally had this to respond, “Go, assemble all the Jews and fast for me, do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maiden also will do fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law, and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther chapter 4)

After the fast was over, Esther put on her royal robe and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace. And it happened when the king saw Esther, standing in the court, she obtained favour in his sight and the king extended to Esther the golden sceptre. When the King asked Esther what her request was, she requested and invited him and Haman to the banquet she has prepared for them and subsequently prepared a second banquet.  During the second banquet that Esther has prepared, Esther finally brought her petition towards the king and revealed Haman’s evil plot. As a result of this Haman got hanged, the edict has been revolved and the Jews has been given authority to defend themselves from the enemies who were about to attack them, therefore saving her people. Her uncle Mordecai subsequently also got promoted for all the deeds that he has done. (Esther chapter 5-9) (I suggest reading the book of Esther for yourself to get a better and fuller understanding of the whole story, due to time, this is just a summarised version)

As we can see from the above two examples what a woman in power is capable of… One came into power through vicious means, while the other came into power purely by favour… Yet despite the way they came up to the top, their achievement is no less greater than the other. Both women accomplished great and mighty deeds on behalf of her people. The question now we ponder might be, “Is it more important how she came into power or what she is capable of attaining after coming into power?”

I suppose the more important question to answer is the motive behind their actions. While Wu Zetian accomplished just as much as Queen Esther if not more, she only had one thing in mind and that is power. Whereas Queen Esther’s actions and moves were all sincere and purely from her heart with only the intention to serve the well being of her people even to the extend of risking her own life. This alone sets her apart from Wu Zetian. It is pretty scary to imagine what a woman is capable of when she is in power. So is it a good thing or a bad thing to have a woman in leadership? Well, you decide for yourself.

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;

Princess Michelle –

Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

Jesus the Perfect One

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Jesus the perfect lover
Jesus the perfect healer
Jesus who sets me free
Your grace is sufficient for me

Jesus the perfect redeemer
Jesus the perfect provider
Jesus the perfect friend
His love and mercies knows no end

Jesus the perfect Father
Jesus the perfect man
Jesus the perfect Son
Jesus the perfect One

Jesus You’re the perfect one for me
You are everything I need
You are the voice when I cannot speak
You are the strength when I am weak

Jesus You are the perfect One
You are the perfect demonstration of love
Sent from the Father up above
Jesus the perfect King
Forever He will reign
Jesus the perfect one
Forever and ever the only One

Written by: Michelle Yee

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter of the Most King

Reflection on Healing

Reflections By Michelle Yee

Healing is something that everyone will go through in one point or another of their lives. There are many different types of healing such as physical, emotional and spiritual. Some types of healing can be immediate while others take a longer time before total healing is achieved. The Bible gave us many examples of sick people being immediately healed. In the 4 Gospels, we see that every person who has been touched by Jesus got healed.

From the Gospel of Matthew:

The healing of leaper: 8:2-3
The healing of Peter’s mother in law: 8:14-15
The healing of the paralytic: 9:2-3
Other accounts of healing: 9:18-33

From the Gospel of Mark:

Multitudes Healed: 1:29-45
The healing of the paralytic: 2:1-13
The Gerasene Demoniac: 5:1-13
Other accounts of healing: 5:21-43

From the Gospel of Luke:

Many are healed: 4:38-44
Healing of the leaper and the paralytic: 5:12-26
Healing of the demonic: 8:26-39

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Coping with life’s problem

Have you ever found yourself in situations, you find it all hopeless? Do you find life miserable, everything seems to going wrong and nothing is going right? You want to give up, you want to run away, you just want to escape and have nothing to do with it?

Well, life does attempts to tear us apart in different directions especially, in the face of an adverse situation. There are often different kinds of reaction we can have towards these situations in life. We can either choose to run away and forever not learn how to cope with them, or we can trust in God’s grace and His supernatural strength to enable us to walk through it.

Whenever we come face to face with such situation that is too difficult, too fearful or maybe even too troublesome to cope with, our natural reaction is usually to run away from them. More often than not, running away from the problem doesn’t solve anything at all; in fact it often carries heavy implications in the future. The unsolved or unresolved problems in the past will snowball into the future posting an even larger one than before. And most people often will have to deal with the present issues, plus and on top of those that have been steadily accumulated over the past years, while at the same time, learn to tackle the problems that will come inevitably in the future.

As far as life is concerned, problems are inevitable part of us. It doesn’t matter how old, how young, how strong, or how weak you are. It doesn’t matter how rich, how poor, how smart or how lowly educated you are, problems will come to you someday, someway and somehow. No matter how hard we try to avoid them, we just can’t, it’s simply impossible. Coming back to the topic, how then shall we learn to cope with our problems? If we are consistently running away from them, then there will be no end in hiding, because it will eventually come back to us. However, if we should choose to face our problems with faith, confidence and determination, we can be a better person. When we learn to put our perspective right, our views change, our attitudes change even though the problem may still persist.

One of the things we can do as Christians is to pray. Prayer does have a major impact on our problem, though it doesn’t make our problem disappear, it does however, gives us the peace that God is with us and He will give us the wisdom, His grace and His strength to help us through. Many times, when we are facing problems whether at home, at work or at church, we have the tendency to pray, “God, please help me get out of this situation.” While God is more than able to do that, He often has other plans for us. All of us would love to have God coming to our rescue to save us out of our situation, but God prefers to help us through them. We often do not see how it works, but learning to cope with our problems, and walking and working through them, actually helps our character to grow. We learn through perseverance and patience. Romans 5: 3 – 5, tells us this, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Learning to lean upon God’s help and strength, and waiting upon Him to fulfil His promises towards us in His time, requires both perseverance and patience. There are also two other very important aliments, which we often tend to neglect and they are the aliments of faith and obedient.

Both our faith and our obedience to God play a very essential role in terms of our spiritual walk with our Heavenly Father. While in the process of waiting on God and upon His answers to come, we often have problems worrying about what the future may bring us, or whether or not God will do what He says He will do. We have far too many concerns in our lives that we are unable to trust God or wait patiently and obediently for Him. Yet, that is what is mostly required of us, and the bible says it very clearly, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards them who earnestly seek Him (Hebrew 11:6). And faith as explained to us in God’s word is, – “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1).

The aliment of faith is made up of two parts – being sure of what we hope for and part 2 – being certain of what we do not see. The first part of faith deals with hope, having great expectation that whatever we are being hopeful to receive, we are sure to get it. The second part of faith, deals with being certain, or being confident. Being confident and believing positively about what we cannot see of the future. Put the two parts together, and faith is made up of – being hopeful and being confident. Our confidence is place in Jesus, the author and the perfecter of our faith (Hebrew 12:2). We can totally trust in Jesus in any circumstance, because Jesus is known to be faithful in all His ways and He is known to be steadfast and unchanging because “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrew 13:8)

We tend not to have the faith when things go wrong, and then we tend to be disobedient to God when we don’t feel like doing what God’s wants from us. Especially, when we do know that it requires a lot of changes in our lifestyles. It’s natural that people don’t like changes, but change is inevitable and is permanent. We can only be obedient towards God and have faith in Him, if we understand God and we truly trust Him. That trust and that faith comes from spending time in His word and worshipping Him and it starts with a relationship and as with every relationships, effort is required to maintain it. It requires discipline, which most people (including myself) lack greatly. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17).

The very fact we lack faith is the fact we lack discipline to read and to pray and spend quality time with Him. Having suffered from depression before, I felt that, that is one of the most valuable lessons that God is teaching me. The fact that I do not pray and spend time reading His word as I should, I have given space and allowance to the devil to play with my mind, together with it, comes the lies and all sorts of negative and destructive thoughts. What the Lord has been teaching me is that worship is important. The more we don’t feel like praying and worshipping, the more we SHOULD pray and worship. It takes a very deliberate effort and we must die to our flesh, and to our unwillingness to do the uncomfortable. The word of God teaches us, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty things raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Another important weapon is – Praise & Worship. Worship changes our focus from ourselves and our problems to God. The worse we can do is to run away from the very place we ought to be in – in the place of worship of the saints and in God’s presence. Our prayer has power; it is our communication towards God. Our worship has power; it is an expression and confession of our love, our faith and the acknowledgment of our Lord and Savior. Satan is allergic to our praise and our worship to God, and in the place where praise is offered to God, the devil has to flee. You still think you can’t pray and you don’t want to sing because you think it’s hard and no one understands you? Well think again…”For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, than we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in times of needs” (Hebrews 4:15-16). And we are also taught that, “No temptation has overtaken you, but such as is common to man; and God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you able, but with every temptation, will provide a way of escape also that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Let’s just face the fact. The problems will not go away, and the only thing we can do about it is to be positive. Know, for a fact that God is in control and He is guiding us through it and helping us to overcome them and in the process, we grow to be more Christ-like. It is tough, but if we ever want to get better and grow, stay on and trust God! Our only source hope is truly found in Christ. Psalms 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, our ever present help in times of need”. So, run to Jesus and not away from him.

Winners never quit and quitters never win. You want to be a winner? Stay in the race, do not give up or lose hope! And finally, “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purposes.” (Romans 8:28) Still thinking of quitting? Think again! If I decided to quit, this book might not have able to be completed and published. One lesson that failure has taught me is this – I am not a failure just because I have failed once, but I keep trying and trying and I never give up on myself. The only time when I become a failure is when I decide not to try again and just remain at my fallen state. As long as you have not stopped trying and believing and trusting God, you still can and have hope that things will eventually turn around and become better. Remember that life is not a bed of roses, if life was that easy, we wouldn’t be in need of God and we will take everything for granted. At the point of my writing, I’m still dealing with health issues and other personal matters. God is still teaching me how to learn to have faith and be strong in Him. Proverbs 3: 5-6 teaches us this truth, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path”. At the end of the day, it is still about trusting God and He will lead you to the path of victory and success. It will happen, in His time, not ours. No matter how hard life is, life still has to go on.

Written by Michelle Yee

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;
Princess Michelle –
Beloved Daughter the Most High King

Father’s Day Reflection

Reflections By Michelle Yee

This Sunday, 16 June, is a very special Sunday because it is Father’s Day. And as the world celebrates fatherhood in the coming week, let’s spend a few moments reflecting on what a father is like.

Whenever we think of our Fathers, what is one common thing that we usually think of? Maybe the word – discipline & authority comes to mind. But how often do we think of a father as someone who is a figure of love and gentleness? Most of us would naturally feel that the loving and gentleness part is played by the role of the mothers; rarely would we associate dads with tenderness and understanding. The father is usually identified as the breadwinner and the one who plays the role of a discipline master. The mother is usually identified as the gentle parent who takes care of the family with love and patience.

I am…

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The Perfect Father

Poem for Father’s Day

Reflections By Michelle Yee

A little child, lost and no where to go
Wondering around helpless, hungry and cold
A stranger met him one fine day
And to the little boy, this is what he said

Come along my dear child, come along with me
Let me take you to a place, where there is something to eat
So to his home, the man led the little boy
And to his surprise, the man gave him a toy

A bowl of hot soup in a tray was being served
And that left the boy crying, for he has never felt so loved
The boy looked at the man, with tears in his eyes
The man look back at him, smiled and asked why

The boy told a sad story that broke the man’s heart
He shared; my parents abandoned me when their marriage fell apart
Now I have no one to love me, no…

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