Melvyn Tan
October 13, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Promises To Keep

[blockquote source=”Jeremiah 23:9-14 (NIV)“]Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a strong man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words. The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies parched and the pastures in […]

[blockquote source=”Jeremiah 23:9-14 (NIV)“]Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a strong man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words. The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies parched and the pastures in the wilderness are withered. The prophets follow an evil course and use their power unjustly. “Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness,” declares the LORD. “Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished,” declares the LORD. “Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray. And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that not one of them turns from their wickedness. They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”[/blockquote]

Today’s message is about false prophets.  According to The One Year Bible Companion, there are four warning signs of false prophets that still apply to today’s context:

  1. They may appear to speak God’s message, but they do not live according to his principles.
  2. They water down God’s message in order to make it more palatable.
  3. They encourage their listeners, often subtly, to disobey God.
  4. They tend to be arrogant and self-serving, appealing to the desires of their audience instead of being true to God’s Word.

Are you able to devote your full attention on the tasks at hand today?  Or do you usually find yourself wondering off throughout the day?

Do you have the necessary competencies to complete these tasks?  Or do you feel inadequate in executing it?

Do you feel energized that you have completed the most important tasks or do feel that these mindless tasks are simply draining you?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then congratulations.  You are leading an engaged life.

If you answered no to at least one of these questions above, then you are like me, striving to lead an engaged life.

By engaged, it mean that you have a purpose in life.  A direction to work towards.  But wait, it’s not just about having a purpose for yourself, but this purpose is bigger than you.  It is, in fact, not about you.  You know that when this purpose is fulfilled, many lives will be impacted.

But where do you start?  How do you start?

This blog is about us walking this journey towards living a more engaged life – that life full of purpose that will bring about greater impact on the lives of others.

Being your friend, there are just some promises that I want to make to you.  This promise, is essentially going to serve as my moral compass going forward.  It will serve to guide me in the ways to walk with you on this journey.  Sometimes, I will help you.  Sometimes, I will encourage you.  Sometimes, I will instruct you.

I will list down these promises here, so that you can hold me accountable.

  • Freedom: God gave us the most precious gift of all, and that’s the freedom to choose.  I want to choose to live according to God’s principles
  • Truth: God’s message is what we need to hear, not what we want to hear; but I want to observe the truth in God’s Word
  • Obedience: I want to obey God
  • Humility: I want to serve God

Father I pray that as I strive to lead others in leading an engaged life, please blot out my transgressions, wash away all my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  In Jesus name, Amen.