As we prayed and searched our heart I used to hear Rev Matthew Khoo’s oft repeated song
- Search me, O God, and know my heart today,
Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray;
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free.
- I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
Fulfill Thy word and make me pure within;
Fill me with fire, where once I burned with shame;
Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.
- Lord, take my life, and make it wholly Thine;
Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine;
Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.
- O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival, start the work in me;
Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.
By J. Edwin Orr
As we drew nearer and nearer to God more and more hidden sins surfaced
I remembered I borrowed 2 library books from my lower secondary School, at San Peng Road, KL
The 2 Books were by Roderick Haig-Brown: 1) STAR BUCK VALLEY WINTER. 2) SALT WATER SUMMER
One was about hunting and trapping animals in winter. The other was about fishing in the summer.
I read them with relish before I was converted. Now that I got saved I found the content still inspiring but the language was offensive with vulgarity.
I returned those 2 books at first opportunity when I returned to KL for the holiday.
Another thing I did was to pay back for the rambutans I stole in year 1969. I only found out the Mansion at 216, Jalan Pudu belonged to the Late Cheong Yoke Choy who owned that Big Mansion with Huge Land which was sold to Berjaya Times Square as it stands today. I put Rm10 in an envelope and with a note of apology for taking those rambutans. I was surprised to receive a reply from one of his grand son., who wrote something like this, “Your letter has been received and we have donated the Rm10 to charity. When you are in K.L do feel free to drop by for a visit”.
Visit I did, it is THE SHOPPING MALL CALLED BERJAYA TIMES SQUARE, KL , today.
So many things have changed.
Another sin of commission I remembered was one night I followed some naughty boy and sneaked inside the Merdeka Football Stadium to watch football.
I sent Rm10 to the FAM (Football Association of Malaysia) and they replied, “Thank you for your contribution. We welcome you to watch more football matches.” By this time I had completely lost all desire to watch football or even go to cinemas
There were many other sins of commission, omission & ignorance as The Holy Spirit brought up and I got to clear them by confession & restitution
I just realised I was an awful sinner. As Paul said, ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the chief”
This spirit of confession & restitution permeated SOM in year 1976 at 22, Jalan Belang, Off Upper Thompson Road, Singapore
As God moved in us The Holy Spirit started to save the surrounding inhabitants.
Lo & behold! Brother Bee Hin won a convert few doors away
He is the Rev. Tan Eng Thye today (Assistant to Rev. Dr. Matthew, current Chinese Pastor of Singapore JSM))
It was so co-incidental that his name is Tan Eng Thye with the 1st two words same as Tan Eng Yee
Tan Eng Thye was later called to serve God & joined SOM. When letters arrived I would take hold of them only to be told by Tan Eng Thye to double check. Sure enough they were some that addressed Tan Eng Thye and not mine.
And more surprising
See our past post
OF THEM THAT
The years were 1977/8
The Place: Jesus Saves Mission, Bkt Ho Swee, Tiong Bahru, Singapore
One evening after Sunday Worship we found out we had no money. No money to take bus fare back to SOM (School of Mission) in Admiralty Road, Sembawang
Both Paul & myself were from Malaysia. With S$80 for monthly allowance for food, expenses & transport we usually run out of money half way through the month
Rest of the time we live by faith
And so on this night we found ourselves with no money
But we had faith. Faith in the Invisible Living God
So lifting up his hand Paul prayed. Then I prayed
Dear Almighty God
Thank you for the wonderful time of Preaching & Teaching today. We rejoice in this time of Thy visitation in revival
Now your servants got need. Please help us and provide for our fares back to SOM
About 30 km distance away is our destination
Between that we had no money but only Faith in Him
30 km will be a long walk after serving God in Soul winning (12 noon) Adult Bible Study Class (3pm), Worship Service (4pm to 6pm) on a happy but tired day
As we walked towards Tiong Bahru to take the bus there. Almost more than halfway God sent His “angel” of deliverance in the person of bro Eng Thye (Now Rev Tan Eng Thye)
He paid for our fares just at the most crucial moment
The chain of divine guidance is so mysterious indeed
After I left Penang JSM in year 1981 (having served there for 2 years plus from 1979 to early 1981 it was Brother Tan Eng Thye who went up from Singapore to Penang and served for several years
Penang is an Island with the best food.
And Brother Eng Thye said, “PREACH HARD! EAT HARD! FISH HARD!”
The Penang people bought him a fishing Rod. When i was there I only did fishing with hand lines as i could not afford a fishing rod
BUT THANK ALMIGHTY GOD. WE FISHED FOR SOULS RATHER THAN FISHES
Now being a Singaporean Brother Eng Thye is only allowed to stay up to limited weeks before he has to get his passport extended
He told me how he managed to stay in Malaysia so long
He gave these reasons why he needed to get extended stay:
He said, “Sister problem”, then “Brother problem” & “FAMILY PROBLEM”
Indeed The Christian Family is dearer than our own earthly family
READ MORE CAREFULLY
WE LEFT ONE HOUSE FOR HIS KINGDOM SAKE
WE SHALL RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD NOW IN THIS TIME (PRESENT TENSE)
YES, I HAVE BEEN INVITED TO MANY HOMES FOR MEALS & SOME TIME STAYED IN THE HOMES OF GREAT CHRISTIAN COMPANY WHEN I WAS SERVING THE GOOD LORD
AMEN AND AMEN
STANDING FURTHEST BACK ROW (3RD FROM RIGHT) IS REV. TAN ENG THYE
HISTORY = HIS STORY
MAY THE STORY OF WHAT JESUS CHRIST DID CONTINUES…
PLEASE PRAY FOR US