Monday, September 10, 2012

2nd Year.

Oh my I tell you second year is HECTIC... Not referring to the studying part, but the practicals.... and more practicals. This year, I have 5 exam going subjects, 2 pre-clinical subjects - Prosthodontics & Conservative Dentistry (Conso) and 3 theory+practical subjects - Pharmacology, Pathology & Microbiology and Dental Materials. Tight schedule. Everyday except Sundays my classes will either start at 8am or 8.30am and end by 4-4.30pm, with a 1.5 hour lunch break in between. Haih... what to do, I guess I just have to develop the interest and "suffer" for this whole year. Hopefully I can do my very best for my sessionals and then the final exam!

Nevertheless, in every circumstance, praise God. Praise Him for the good and bad. Praise Him for His protection over me during this monsoon season. I'm currently staying in a flat which is situated quite close to my dental college. And there's this slope, relatively steep, and the worst thing is it's infected with algae (though it was cleaned over and over again, but mann this slope is really "fertile"). So once it rains (In India when it rains it's like Noah's Ark story, it never ceases to pour till the very next day), the road will be slippery and some of my friends have slipped before. However thank God, for these 2 months He kept me safe, so far no mishaps haha. Hopefully I will not by any chance slip because it's painful, disgustingly slimy and embarrassing.

The starting of 2nd year has changed so much of my lifestyles and habits I've picked up all these years. I've started to pay bills and buy my own groceries. I've started to learn how to cook basic dishes from frying an egg to boiling soup and frying chicken. I've decided to be in the worship team and will be playing the keyboard next week (pray for me!!!). I've grown a little bit horizontally, THANK GOD. I've learned how to set teeth, bend orthodontic wires, making impressions (hate this one) and lots more to come! As for the negative ones.... I've become lazier (because there's not as much to study as 1st year yet). I sleep in class, if not, lots of yawning and tearing.  I've become more gedik (that's what people say, in which I beg to differ) Hmm... that's about it!

Would love to post some pictures of the dental stuffs I've done but I left it all in my locker in the college's locker room. Will do it one day.

I do sound a little pathetic right? Not really exactly, thanks to my irritating batchmates and the amazing cell group friends. They've cheered me up so much. Went for trips, open houses, birthday parties, life's not that sad after all!!!!

John MacArthur, John MacArthur, where can I find a preacher like you? If only you sound more Malaysian, LOL.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Spirit of Transformation

“But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” - 2 Corinthians 3:18
The Holy Spirit’s transforming work is a central part of the believer’s sanctification.
The children’s fable The Ugly Duckling wonderfully illustrates the Holy Spirit’s transforming work in believers. The story is about an ugly young bird who can’t fit in with any of the other animals. It’s not until he encounters the beautiful swans that his life starts changing. The swans are an irresistible attraction for the duckling, something he can’t forget after they leave for the winter. Finally he makes the amazing discovery the following spring that in spite of his feelings of inferiority, he is not a duck but a swan, just like those creatures he has admired.
The days immediately following our conversion to Christ are often similar to the ugly duckling’s final experiences. We have a great sense of sinful unworthiness and yet a powerful attraction to Jesus Christ. We respond that way because we now know that character-wise He represents all we were created to be. And we soon come to realize that it’s both a humbling and exciting process to be transformed into Christ’s image.
Today’s Scripture, my favorite verse, is an excellent short description of the Spirit’s transforming work. We won’t see the glory of the Lord perfectly right away, but we begin to see it with greater clarity once we know Jesus Christ by faith.
Paul is referring to our basic sanctification, which is a progressive process by which the Spirit changes us from one level of Christlikeness to another. The end result will be our glorified position in Heaven, which is the Holy Spirit’s goal for us and the reason for our hope. The Spirit reveals what we will be in Christ: “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2).


Sunday, September 2, 2012

What about the Holy Spirit?

“The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us.” - 1 John 3:24
Because the Holy Spirit affects every area of the Christian life, it is vital that we have a balanced and correct view of His role.
The church’s understanding of the Spirit’s Person and ministry has been seriously distorted over the past few decades. Charismatics have given an undue emphasis to certain pentecostal gifts so that subjective experience is often elevated over objective scriptural truth.
At the same time, many non-charismatics have overreacted to charismatic excesses by almost ignoring the Holy Spirit. For most, an in-depth study of the Spirit does not fit with the pragmatic, psychological approach to solving spiritual problems.
But we can’t afford to go to either extreme; otherwise we’ll miss out on what it really means to know the Spirit and to minister by His power. He is indispensable in saving us, enabling us to obey Jesus Christ, and ultimately perfecting us in glory. Paul urged the Galatian believers not to abandon the Holy Spirit but to lean completely on Him. “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:3).
Too many Christians are wasting time looking to seminars, gimmicks, counselors, and novel interpretations of old truths to uncover “the secret” to the abundant Christian life. But the key to such living is not a mystery or a secret. The sufficiency of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, as revealed through the pages of God’s fully reliable Word, is all the information and resources we’ll ever need to live fruitful and prosperous spiritual lives.
In today’s verse, the apostle John is speaking of Christ’s indwelling presence in the believer’s life, which the Holy Spirit reveals to us. Therefore the Spirit is working with the Lord Jesus in encouraging you, guiding you, enlightening you, and empowering you for every good work (see John 14:162016:13). By understanding the Spirit’s role and allowing Him to work in you daily, you’ll begin to see your life becoming more like Christ each day.