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ALL GLORY TO GOD!! ALLAN PHANG’S TESTIMONY
If you are currently living a life of bondages - drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, jealousy, hatred, fame, fortune, money; feeling spiritually empty (you have done all there is in this life, feeling physically satisfied, but you feel something is still missing.... what else is there to life?? You wake up in the morning thinking, is this all there is to life? Testimony link: http://christianitymalaysia.com/wp/glory-god-allan-phang/

Firstly, I would like to thank God for His grace and mercy for giving me this opportunity to share my testimony. I come humbly before God as I share my testimony on how God has touched my life. It is a bit long, sorry about that but what needs to be said has to be said. "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8). All Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ!!

Why am I sharing all this? After my late grandpa’s death recently, I realized that if I don’t share my testimony, I will be doing a great injustice to everyone that I know around me. Our life on earth is short, and I only managed to share the summarised version of this testimony to those that attended church during baptism. Therefore, I would like to share this testimony to everyone out there, my friends and associates, and especially to everyone who is facing difficulties in your life…there is hope…there is a God…

Ever since God came into my life, I frequently get asked on a daily basis by friends and family members alike this frequently asked question..."Allan, what changed you? You're a changed person, for the better…How did it happen? Why now?"

Most of the things that I did in the past was actually for my own self indulgence and personal glory. (Please read this part carefully. There are many of my generation - Generation X and Y who suffer similiar bondages). I was too engrossed and blinded in the lifestyles of the world – MONEY, FAME, FORTUNE, PARTY, GIRLS, were constantly on my mind. These were the lifestyles which I was well-known for among my friends. My nickname back then amongst my circle of friends was 'Party King', 'Player', 'Playboy', I used to go clubbing/partying/raving and sometimes up to 7 days a week, alcohol drinking addiction; opening bottles of alcohol and drinking it like water, yamseng, get drunk and talk like a samseng, swearing and cursing in many languages like there’s no tomorrow, gambling addiction, ie casinos, 4D, hacking computers, involved with designer drugs, illicit underworld activities, worshipping satanic forces unconsciously, jealously and envious of those who were richer than me, lived in bigger houses, drove nicer cars, had hotter girlfriends, revengeful and hateful those who hurt me, the list goes on, etc.

I used to be really proud of myself, in my line of work I meet a lot of VVIPS, ranging from billionaires, millionaires, people in high authority, ministers, heads of states, influential movers and shakers of the country, etc. I felt I was on top of this world...until I met God. 

So when my friends asked me “what changed you?” My reply: "It's not me. It’s all GOD’s work." 

When I became a believer, I was constantly being judged and smirked upon for upholding my new found faith. My reply to them: "You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat." (Romans 14:10)

Talking about faith, I have heard testimonies from Malaysian non-believers who used the name of JESUS to cast away evil spirits and demons that were disturbing them. Whilst feeling helpless using their chants from their other faiths, which didn’t work, when they used the name of JESUS, the demons disappeared instantly! After their personal encounters, they became believers of Christ. The Bible says that the Name of Jesus is above every name! "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and give Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11). -When our words have become His Words, every evil force around us must bow to that Name. Jesus has given us the authority to use His Name.- (source: Your Words Hold A Miracle. The Power of Speaking God's Word. By John Osteen) 

I’ve also heard the testimony of a previous gang leader in Kuala Lumpur who accepted Christ and is now serving the Lord. And just a couple of days ago, I was given the opportunity to listen to a testimony of a person who was involved in the navy, special forces, dabbled in organized crime, was on a country’s Most Wanted List, ended up serving jail time, and is now serving the Lord in many nations! Friends, God has no favourites in this world we live in. He uses people in the most mysterious ways, regardless of one’s material wealth or popularity. “But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites”. (Colossians 3:25)

My dad passed away when I was only 2 years old and I was the only child. I didn’t have any fatherly figure to look up to. I thank God that my mum single-handedly raised me up as the sole-bread winner of the household. I was a born Christian (of another denomination) and used to visit the church once a year during Christmas and that was also out of obligation to please my family. When I was younger, I was practically ‘dragged’ out of bed every Sunday morning, forced to attend Sunday school till I was 12 years old (sounds familiar??). I also attended Bible classes till I was 15 years old and served in ministry. In college, I attended the college’s Christian Fellowship. Once I started working, God was completely out of my life. I was lost for approximately 10 years and only seeked and prayed to God when I faced problems during that time (sounds familiar, again?). 

Although I did my yearly visits to church and showed to others that I was a Christian, on paper I was Christian, but deep down inside me I had no clue and didn’t understand what or who Jesus Christ is all about. I did not read the Bible because I couldn’t understand a word in the Bible at all. And every time I suffered a bad relationship, heartbroken and dejected, I would go out and drown my sorrows away into alcohol and clubbing. Thinking that would make me feel better, it left me feeling good for awhile. But the next day, after a hangover, the cycle repeated itself like a “repeat button” on the remote control. I was on my way towards a downward spiral effect. In short, I was lost for many many years walking in the wilderness. I had no direction in life, no hope, and felt very lifeless. I was spiritually empty, if not negative already.

Then one day, a friend of mine from Glad Tidings PJ shared the gospel to me. I was deeply touched and convicted by the Holy Spirit that I was not walking right with God at all. It seemed like God was giving me a tight slap!! Thank God for it! THAT WAS MY TURNING POINT OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!!

That Sunday itself (April 15th, 2012), I went to Glad Tidings PJ. The moment I stepped into the church, I felt a sense of peacefulness, joy and serenity that descended upon me. When the pastor (Pastor Vincent Leoh) called for an altar call, I went out, said the sinner’s prayer (with the help of Pastor Michael Tan too) and committed my life fully to Christ on that day itself. 

Without wasting any time, I joined a cell group the following Friday and ever since then I have been attending every week, rain or shine. I enjoy the fellowship and the members are very encouraging while learning much on the Word of God. I also started attending BSF – Bible Study Fellowship (If someone told me all this earlier, I would give them the “you must be kidding me” kind of look) because I am the last person to ever go near a Bible back then! 

I have since then attended few courses conducted by pastors in the church. I also went for the Glad Tidings PJ church camp this year and it was indeed an eye opener for me. It’s great to be in the family of God and enjoying God’s wonderful presence in the camp. During the camp, I cried/wept in front of a crowd of a few hundred people. Never in my life have I cried publicly like that. I later realized I was touched by the Holy Spirit. 

My decision to accept Christ was not easy. I felt as if I was rowing against the multitude current of waves. I faced a lot of resistance when I accepted Christ. People close to me said “Allan, you stand to lose the inheritance of this world if you baptized and became a born-again Christian." But a little voice in my heart replied like automatically “Allan, you are inheriting the Kingdom of God”. 

Now, it has been about 8 months since I stepped into Glad Tidings PJ, let me share what has taken place :

Firstly, I find so much love, joy and peace of God now, overflowing in my heart that I can’t help but to share the gospel and my experiences with my friends. As for my family, I am still praying very hard to share the Good News to them too. Hopefully, there will be more and more of my friends, especially the “yamseng, talk like a samseng” ones will come to know Christ. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)

Secondly, now, I can speak in tongues. Praying and talking to Jesus daily is what I love to do now. His presence is so real and tangible in my life. Many of my friends even teased and made fun of me (some have even nicknamed me Pastor – although I know that it is not man to appointed as one but only by a calling from God).

Thirdly, reading the Bible is no longer a problem anymore, now the Word of God just pops up like a 3-D effect. It’s really awesome! Praise God!

Fourthly, as I keep on reading the Bible daily, God’s truth has indeed set me free; away from my old self, wrong beliefs, wrong lifestyles and bondages of the world. 
JOHN 8:32 – THEN YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

I now seek to have the fruits of the spirit in me: “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23)

I am free to be who what God wants me to be. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! The lifestyles that I enjoyed last time, now I find no fulfillment in them anymore. I believe this is what our Pastor Vincent Leoh has been talking about; dying to the old self and now I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. 

I used to think that people whom listen to Praise and Worship music were “crazy”. In my heart I was thinking, “isn’t there any better music to listen to like Lady Gaga or rave music??”. Now, I beg to differ, I realized what I have been missing out all this time!! I now play Praise and Worship music to the max whenever I am driving! Ironic but true.

Now, on Fridays, no more clubbing but I have a new place to go; to my new found family in Christ that is my home cell at Bandar Utama.

God has indeed blessed me with every spiritual blessings - physically, mentally and many areas of my life. I have witnessed how He has answered my prayers, touched and transformed me. 

The 3mins youtube video below by Billy Graham basically sums up what I believe in. People from the worldly world get the most famous misconception that Christianity is just a religion. It is MORE than that. It is about having a RELATIONSHIP with GOD. I never expected my life to change...Being released from the bondages and darkness of this world and living in the light. Definitely not some new-age theology or my own willpower could help me overcome my bondages and sins. (They say only time heals. Incorrect. Only God heals). I am not perfect. Nobody is perfect. We are all born sinners. Please don't look at me, for I am just another human like you too. Look towards God. I am saved, ONLY by God's grace and mercy. All Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ!!

God will bless you your desires in your heart. Seek Him. Seek first the Kingdom of God.

Thank you for reading. God bless you.

From a Child of God,
Allan Phang
P/S: Thank you to all the pastors from Glad Tidings PJ and every brother and sister in Christ whom have came into my life. 

Please watch this video by Billy Graham. Your life might never be the same again...
http://youtu.be/inLmaG6qR7E (3 mins)
http://youtu.be/Lai-HnqoIN8 (3 mins)
http://youtu.be/MIqRH1XBw5M (41 mins)

To know more about Jesus Christ, the Living God, please contact your nearest church. God bless
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