The Power of Names (my testimony)

The Power of Names (My testimony)
Names are very powerful it can effect the course of your life and your destiny…  Jabez’s name meant “Pain”, it was given to him by his mother because she bore him in pain, thus as a result of it, his life was bitter throughout, that’s why we have the famous prayer of Jabez we read in 1 Chronicles 4:10 – Jabez cried out to God of Israel, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain” And God granted his request.
I too have a name given by my parents and grandparents, I never knew it’s meaning or it’s impact it would have on my life until today… This is my testimony…
My name is Yee Wei Ling Michelle or in Chinese it is written as 茹瑋鈴 or 茹玮玲 in simplified Chinese…  I wanted to find out what is the meaning behind my name…. So I went on a search and according to the Chinese dictionary’s definition, 瑋 means rare/precious/magnificent and 鈴 means little bell… So the meaning of my Chinese name 瑋鈴 or 玮铃 (given by my late paternal grandma) in simplified Chinese, could be literally translated as a rare, precious and magnificent little bell!!! 

And according to Goggle, the purpose of a bell is to make sounds… Mmm, what’s that supposed to mean/symbolise of me??? Haha Does that mean I’m a rare, precious and magnificent little sound making gal??? So with the combination of the definition of my English name (given by my mother) – Michelle (gift from God or in some other version it means “Who is like the Lord?”)… What does that make me??

I was pondering about it for a long time, so in the end I decided to ask of my pastors who gave me a prophetic revelation which was a confirmation to my calling…   According to him, I was called to be a worshipper and have the worship leader anointing. God sees me as a music making precious little bell… 

When I thought about it, I realised it was true of my calling and my desire I had as a child…  I’ve always loved music when I was young, and I was always making a lot of noise singing… Later I began to develop a love for the piano and I’ve discovered the gift of song writing….  Growing up, I always wanted to be in the church choir and subsequently in a church worship band, along the way I met some one who has greatly influenced me and caused a stirring in my heart to be a worship leader… Once, I had a vision of being a worship leader singing my own song… I have kept this my heart for a very long time… 

I saw this vision and dream being broken and dashed a few times over and I was beginning to feel very discouraged. I even told God, “If this vision isn’t from You, please take it away from me!” but it seem like this desire never did fade over the years…  Years passed, I finally got the opportunity to serve in the worship band of a small church, I also had the opportunity to sing as a backup singer… Suddenly, all these desires of mine came to pass…  I did receive a couple of confirmation along the way too and when I begin to look at everything now, I suddenly saw the connection and see how all these make sense… My name really did have a direct impact on my destiny… 

I guess God must have set me apart for His service since young, because I always felt different from the rest… It was like I have been chosen by God since I first responded to Him when I was a tender age of 10…  According to my mom, she said that since young I never “belonged” to their religion….  (my grandparents and parents are pre-believers)… They still are, my grandparents have since passed on but my parents are still doing well in their early 60s. Since a young and new believer, I have been opposed and persecuted of my life from the beginning of my journey.. Well, I think the devil must really hate me to the core as if I’m like a thread to his kingdom, he has been trying to kill, steal and destroy my destiny and my walk with God from day one and he is still at it.  God however has been very faithful,  He has preserved me and strengthened me all these while, even though there were times I did fall. 

Now that I realise the weight, that my name carries, I’m kindda grateful that I was given that name… It seemed like a prophecy and everything is coming to pass before my eyes..  I believe, however all these were predestined by God, not by coincidence… This is my life story and it’s just the beginning of something exciting!

God bless you
Serving with you in His kingdom with love;

Princess Michelle –

Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

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Reflections on Gifts (Spiritual/Natural)

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The Bible has taught us that our spiritual gifts such as prophecy, teaching, encouragement and leading are all gifts of grace. (Read Eph 12:6) If these gifts were given to us as an act of grace it is therefore a privilege and not an entitlement. God gave us these gifts as a result of his goodness and it has got nothing to do with us. So we must not be boastful if we have them, or complain and grumble against if we do not have them. 

Gifts comes in different form, there are two types of gifts – spiritual and natural. Spiritual gifts are given to us when we were born again into His kingdom, it is only given to those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, example of such gifts are prophecy, speaking in tongues and teaching (the word of God). There is also another type of gift such as natural gifts, that is put in a person at birth. Such gifts are given to every one at large even to non Christians. These gifts could be gifts of creativity such as writing poem/songs, playing the piano, singing and dancing, what is also commonly know as natural talents. 

But whatever these gifts may be, one thing I do believe is that God never gave us these gifts and intended for us to use them for our own selfish desires/purposes. I believe these gifts are for us to use in His Kingdom to give Him glory and it is also to the benefit of the body of Christ at large. While the bible says that God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable (Romans 11:29), I do believe that our gifts must be used actively, otherwise they might become dormant and as a result we might lose our effectiveness in them. If the Lord has given us any gifts, we should take care that we use them humbly and in the right manner. 

Gifts such as prophecy and teaching, if not used in the correct manner, it can cause a leader to go astray allowing him to start his own false doctrine such as The Prosperity Gospel or Hyper-grace message, drawing crowds of people after themselves. Instead of preaching Biblical truth, they twist the scriptures to please “the people who will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

People who have the gift of teaching and prophecy should teach and prophesy in the fear of the Lord, they should be drawing men to God and not to themselves. We should encourage our sisters and brothers to use their spiritual gifts to edify the body of Christ and not hide them under the rug and collect cob webs. Practicing the gifts of the Holy Spirit is best exercised in a weekly small group meeting, when the members are encourage to give a word of encouragement or a word of knowledge for ministry. 

Sometimes “situational gift” can happen, if a demonized person turns up in a meeting, but the “deliverer” is not available, does that mean that a deliverance ministry cannot take place because of that? Of course not! God will put the anointing to cast out a demon on another person temporarily for the sake of His glory, so that ministry can take place. This particular person may or may not be “anointed” in this form of ministry, but if this person continues to involve himself/herself in this ministry, in time to come she/he might just develop the anointing eventually to cast out a demon. Spiritual gifts operates in the same fashion as natural talent, the more we use it, the better and sharper we become in these gifts. 

Everyone has been given a gift from God, some are left undiscovered and unexplored until we venture out and try it because I personally don’t believe that there is such thing as an un-gifted child of God. We therefore, must always be willing and open to try new things, you never know what you are good at until you try it.  

What natural/spiritual gift has God given you today? How are you using it to glorify God? Go try new things and perhaps you might in the process, discover a hidden talent you never know you possess!

God bless you!
Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;

Princess Michelle –

Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

Tears of Healing

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Tears are my prayers when I’m unable to speak
Lord You see my heart, You know that I am weak
Drop by drop they flow continually from my eyes
Like the rain that is falling from the sky
How loud O Lord is the sound of my cry
How long more O Lord will You continue to pass me by
Every ounce of hurt, with each tear I choose to let go
May Your healing touch through each one of them flow
Receive my tears as my worship and prayer unto Thee
Do not ignore my cries when I’m on my knees
I will continue to wait on You
Trusting Your grace to see me through
For my hope comes from You and You alone
My Abba Father, who sits on heaven’s throne

Written by Michelle Yee

Serving with you in His kingdom with love;

Princess Michelle –

Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

 

 

 

Reflections on love

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What is love? Love is not just a feeling or an emotion, it’s much more than that – Love is an action word. I once heard this quote that if you love someone, you have to let him/her go. Love is not about possessing someone, you can love someone from afar.  Love requires sacrifice and to love someone is a choice. Feelings and affection for someone can fade in time, but true love doesn’t go away that easily. If love is just based on what we feel in our heart, than it can be a dangerous and deceitful thing. If your love is only based on an emotional feeling, than it means that if one day you feel like you love him, you will do anything for him, but if the next day you feel like you don’t love him, you will just walk out on him, because the feeling of love is no longer there. But love is about choosing to stay put and work out all the wrongs to make it right, no matter how hard the circumstance. The Bible tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

Let’s look into the Bible for it’s definition of love; “Love is patient, love is kind, and it is not jealous; love does not brag and it is not arrogant, does not act unbecoming; it does not seek its own, it is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness; but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hope all things, endure all things….. But now abide faith, hope, love these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13)

True love was demonstrated to us by Christ, “But God demonstrated His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) “Greater love has no one than this, that he lays down his life for his friends. (John 15:13), “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) Love is always about sacrifice, God gave and gave and gave. That is just His nature, “The one who does not know love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8)

What motivates you to do the things you do?  Is it out of obligation? Out of love? Out of fear? The bible teaches us that “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives our fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18).

Fear however has two types… Irrational fears such as fears of cockroaches and a reverent healthy fear of the Lord, which leads to life, ” The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.” (Proverbs 14:27)

The fear of God, actually drives us towards him, not away from Him. God has shown us so much of His love that, our only response to Him is to love Him and worship Him by following and obeying him. We fear him because, He is God Almighty, Just and Holy and we are mere dust and sinners, damn to hell. God can smite us anytime if our sins arouses Him to anger, but He chooses to withhold His judgement from us because of grace.  “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both the soul and body in hell.”  (Matthew 10:28), “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the father, full of grace and truth”. (John 1:14) “For if, but the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life, through one man, Jesus Christ! “(Romans 5:17), “He made him who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf, that we might be the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21) That’s grace and that’s true love!

Love can be demonstrated in a few practical ways – by words of encouragement, by praying, by works of kindness… “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountain, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-2). Therefore, we ought to “Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16:4), “We love because he first loved us” (John 4:19). “A new command I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Love – because God first loved us and it is a demonstration to the world that we are indeed His disciples! Fear the Lord, because it is life!

God bless you

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

Hope

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Give me faith when my world is crashing
Lift me up when I am falling
Lord, I’m calling out to You
I have no where else to turn to

When darkness covers me
Open my eyes and help me see
You are all that I have
And You are all that I really need

Nothing else matters
No one else will do
Help me to have faith
And truly put my trust in You

You are the light, You are my hope
You are the answer to all I need
Whatever it takes, break me
Bring me to my knees

When all else fail, Your word remains true
Hope draws me back, and I’ll wait for You

Written by Michelle Yee

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

Good Friday/Easter Reflections

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God made man – man. Man made god – idol.  When God created human it is in the natural. But when man tries to create God who is more supreme than Him, this becomes pride. Idolatry therefore equals pride, as it takes the focus off the Creator to the creation. The creation becomes the object of our worship and when that happens, our sight on our Creator is lost. We than walk away from Him leading our own selfish lifestyle. Idolatry and pride are both sin and require death.

The Bible says that “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23).  Remember that even though your gift is free, it didn’t come cheap! Jesus paid for it with His own blood!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who ever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

Are we living in pride? Do we have idols that take the place where God should be. What do we live for? What are our priorities? Have we lost our sight on God and start to pursue other stuff?

As we approach Easter and Good Friday this weekend, let us bring our focus back to our Creator who loved us so much that He will hang on the cross for our sins. “He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we may become the righteousness of God.”  (2 Cor 5:21).

May we all take this time to reflect on our lives and if we find ourselves guilty of any of the above mentioned, may we all repent before the Lord. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:19).

God bless you all…

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;

Princess Michelle –

Beloved Daughter of the Most High King

Bodily function – spiritual implications

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The Bible tells us that we are made in God’s image (Genesis 9:6) and that we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for the good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). We are also taught that in Him, we live and move and have our being, for we are His offspring. (Acts 17:28)

 

Having read the above Scriptures, what is the spiritual implication on us? In order to answer that, let us take a look at our physical body and study it in parallel to the scriptures. But before that, note that there is one commonality in all the above 3 verses… They all point us to the fact that life is meaningless without God – our source of life!!!

 

We were all created in His image for His purpose…

 

Now let us examine our physical body…

 

1) We are given a heart –

 

God made us in His own image to fellowship with Him and to have communion with Him. Because God created us, we all have a natural void in our heart that can only be filled and satisfied by the One who created it. We are to open it and allow Him to come in to fill us, to have fellowship with Him, to worship Him, to love Him…

 

2) We are given eyes –

 

We are given eyes to see the things which God have created, we all have spiritual eyes to see the works of God in our lives. Open up your eyes to see what God is doing!

 

3) We are given a nose

 

We have nose to breathe oxygen to keep us alive! Without it, we cannot survive. If our nose are blocked, we cannot breathe properly. God gave us life to enjoy the things we have, appreciate them before it is taken away from you!

 

4) We are given mouths –

 

We have a mouth…. What for? If we cannot see, or feel, or smell, we have mouth to use to open and ask God for it. Ask and it shall be given, seek and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you. (Matthew 7:7) We use our mouth to sing His praise and declare God’s goodness, to speak blessings on one other.

 

5) We are given ears –

 

We all have ears. After we have opened our mouths to ask for something, open our ears to hear what He has to say to us… Listen to the Spirit’s prompting!

 

6) We are given legs and hands –

 

What do we do after listening to God’s voice? We need to act on it. Use our legs to walk in them, and use our hands to do what needs to be done.

 

7) We are given brains –

 

Finally, last but not least, we all are given brains. God did not make us into mindless robots. We are given brains to process, think, study and than finally choose and decide what we want to do with all we have been given.

 

We all have a purpose and it begins and ends with Christ!

 

God bless you!

 

Serving with you in His Kingdom with love;

Princess Michelle –

Beloved Daughter of Most High King