Pastoral 2012

Testimonies: "Discerning Youths"

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 08 July 2012

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Dorothy

Thank God for the retreat. I had a blessed time during the games and the study of God’s Word, along with the fellowship. The games were fun and engaging, and the topic of “Discerning Youths” was interesting. I have learnt a bit more about Hebrew vocabulary in the process and also more about Proverbs which took up the bulk of the sermons… I am also very thankful for Auntie Kim Lei who prepared the wonderful refreshments, and for Uncle Andrew and Uncle Donald who planned the games. For those who have missed this retreat, I would like to encourage you to join the next one as there are many lessons you can learn from the Bible to apply in your life. The Bible itself tells us not to forsake “the assembling of ourselves together”, and throughout the Bible, God instructs us to come together to worship Him. Once again, I’d like to thank God for allowing me to come to the retreat, and I also thank Pastor for preaching wonderful sermons. “Praise ye the LORD.

Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’s name is to be praised” (Psalm 113:1-3). All glory be to God!

 

 

Andronicus

I thank God that I was able to attend this retreat. My time had not gone to waste. I am thankful that Pastor spent time to share the Word with us and as a result, I have learnt how to be a better Christian. Lessons such as how to apply justice and wisdom in our lives in different situations were beneficial. An example would be to use our talents or abilities for His glory. This is wisdom...

 

 

Dorcas

 

I’m very grateful to God for this year’s Youth Retreat. It is encouraging to see that this year’s turnout is about twice the number of youths who attended the retreat last year. I also thank God for sustaining our preacher, Rev Koshy, who ministered to us during the two days. With God’s strength and the Spirit’s enabling, He shared with us God’s instruction on how to be a discerning youth, especially in this time when the devil’s influence on us is ever increasing and becoming more powerful.

Now I would like to share 3 truths about being a discerning youth as declared by God in His Word:

1. A discerning youth listens to his parents who speak God’s Word. God graciously imparts His knowledge to those who seek it. It is not natural for us to possess God’s divine knowledge. Hence, when our parents bring us up based on the Scriptures, we should heed their word to enjoy the blessings of having a knowledge of God.

2. A discerning youth will accept chastisement and admit his/her mistake as well as do everything possible to avoid such a mistake again. Proverbs 3:11&12—“My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Just as the LORD’s discipline is not to be taken negatively, we should welcome chastisement that is brought upon us out of a love that purifies us. The discerning youth knows that God’s discipline is meant to bring erring people back to God’s ways.

3. A discerning youth is one that useth strong meat, as it “belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:13&14). To be discerning, we must be “skilful in the Word”. We have to be familiar with it in order to handle unfamiliar situations. Such a youth knows what God has instructed about certain situations and hence will be of great, even greater use to God.

In conclusion, I pray that this testimony will be used by God to edify the young hearts of Christian youths, that all of us will seek to be discerning in this modern world.

 

 

Eunice

 

In this Youth Retreat, I have learnt that the best thing to ask of the Lord is discernment. We are to acknowledge that we are just like children who need God’s wisdom in all matters of life. Like Solomon who asked God for “an understanding heart to judge [God’s] people” and to “discern between good and bad” (1 Kings 3:9), we should ask God for discernment in order to be the kind of person He wants us to be. Discernment is choosing the best that God’s glory offers and rejecting all the evil of this world. We should ask God for more grace, more grace today than yesterday. God will be pleased that we ask of Him wisdom and He will answer us. Seek what God wants us to do. Do what He tells us to do.

 

 

Hua See

 

Through the retreat, I was reminded of God’s grace and mercy upon us. God never promises a smooth-sailing journey but His presence at our side always. He is near. This itself is something to rejoice in. Everyday I learn more about God and the more I see God’s work and grace in me. Therefore, I say, “I love my Lord, my God, for He first loved me!”

From the video, “Courageous”, I have learnt that abiding in God’s Word is the only way of life. No compromising! God has His purpose and plan for me. Before Him, I am accountable for what I do. So I pray that God will help me to be a good testimony at home through His Word. If God will give me a husband, may He teach me to be a good wife/mother. I know that I am nothing on my own without God’s grace. Hence, I pray for nothing more but for His grace and mercy. May God continue to lead me so that one day I can proudly proclaim, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD”!

 

 

Chien Huey

 

Through this retreat, I have learnt many things that we have to take note of to be a discerning youth, and the reasons for being one today in this world. My duty in this world is to carry out God’s purpose; I must ask Him to show me the way to do so. As He may send chastisement and rebuke through people around me, I must not get angry or remain stubborn, but accept the instruction and change. We must be well versed with God’s Word to be skilled in applying God’s truths in our lives. We must also be prudent and seek wisdom and understanding from God so that we may be discerning in our lives. Being a discerning youth is important as it is a good testimony to those who are non-Christians and as such, we may flee from evil and glorify God.