Archive for April 16, 2014

Problem Solver

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it.
But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.
 
So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
……
Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt….
So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants.

And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”
—Genesis 41

At work, there are always issues popping up, hindering the progress of work.
Or, in a given project, a plan may go awry.
How should we handle it?
Should we just stop at stating the obvious problem?
While it definitely takes a skill to point the exact problem/cause, it takes even greater skill to propose a solution.

In the Bible passage above, Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream. In summary, Joseph stated a future blessing and problem.
He did not stop at this. He then suggested a solution to Pharaoh what to do to solve the issue.

A supervisor once told me, “Don’t tell me the problem. Tell me the solution.”
I need to make sure all plans proceed well.
Whatever hindrance that pops up, I have to make sure I solve it.
Perhaps the only thing any supervisor wants to hear is “Job’s done.”

It is either me solving the problem and settling the work assigned to me.
Or, if the work is not assigned to me, perhaps I should be able to propose a solution.
Well, that’s provided I am not told off: “Did I ask your opinion, Jefri?” Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out Smile with tongue out

Posted April 16, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Thought, Verse of the Day

Pastor Kong’s Sermon 12, April, 2014: How to Fireproof Your Faith (4): the Holy Spirit

How to keep sanity in the midst of pressure? The Holy Spirit

John 14:16-17
3 things about the Holy Spirit.

1.) He is our Helper
Regardless what I feel today, there’ll be moment I feel helpless. That’s when the Holy Spirit comforts us.
Parakletos: called to our side. He is our Advocate.
1 John 2:1.
Lord Jesus takes the first chair of Advocate in heaven.
The Holy Spirit takes the second chair of Advocate on earth.

2.) The Holy Spirit is exactly the same like Jesus.
‘Another’: allos: someone exactly like Jesus.
2 Thes 3:5. ‘Lord’ here refers to the Holy Spirit.
John 16:7.
What is the advantage? God can be in us.
John 14:17.
God is above us, is beside us and is in us. This is something OT saints wanted to experience too.
Christianity is more than just philosophy. We need to experience God in a real way.

3.) The Holy Spirit works through us.
John 15:26-27. Acts 13:1-2.
The Holy Spirit speaks. We need to have time to commune with the Holy Spirit.
It doesn’t have to be in a dramatic way. It can be a small still casual voice.
Acts 16:6-9. Acts 20:22-24.
The Holy Spirit testifies too. We need to walk with the Holy Spirit. He is the greatest Encourager.
Rome 15:13. 1 Thes 4:7-8.
Of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit has the office of holiness and purity. Only the pure can see God.

You can purchase his sermon here:
http://www.theinkroom.com.sg/how-to-fire-proof-your-faith-the-holy-spirit-12-april-2014-2271.html

Posted April 16, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Kong Hee, Sermon