Get up after a fall

by Saturday, July 31, 2010

When we lose our balance,we tend to fall down. The next thing we will do is to get up on our feet. Even if our reaction is that slow we will still get up. Some may have injuries and after that the wound will be treated and slowly healed. This can actually be related to our relationship with God, when we fall from Him.

The first part is the action of falling. Like a physical fall, we will also fall away from Him, maybe when we drift away from God. At this point, our relationship with God will start to drift apart.

The second part is after the fall, where we may become injured. When we start to drift away, it means we deny His presence, leading to denial of help from Him. If we do this, when every problem comes our way, we will only have ourselves to rely on. This may lead to ourselves doing foolish actions, resulting in being hurt. We may even start to turn to drugs and sexual immorality, as we want to go against God's command, making Him enraged.

The third part is the healing of the wound, after being dressed up. When we start to realise God's presence is still in our lives, after the denial, we will ask for forgiveness and come back to Him. This will be the time where our relationship with God starts to come back and our wounds in between will be patched up.

Our relationship with God may go through ups and downs, But God still remains faithful to us. So then, come to God for strength, even after we drifted away, God will still be willing to strengthen us, letting our relationship with Him become stronger. Let His strength come upon us...

'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.'
Phillipians 4:13

Run! For the calling of God!

by Thursday, July 29, 2010

When God calls us, there are two standard reactions: take it or leave it. Since God gave us a calling, why not go for it? But if you think you are personally struggling to accomplish your call, I just want to share with you three characters who ran and persevered when God called them.
The first person is Noah. When God told him that He was going to destroy the corruption and ordered Noah to build the ark, he did it without disbelief. People may come mocking at him, saying he is a fool, but he did not become affected by what people said. He even went to the extent to ask people to change their ways, but to no success. Because he ran for his call, God was pleased with Him.
‘Noah did everything just as God commanded him.’
Genesis 6:22

The second person is Paul. Previously named Saul, he persecuted churches and sent them in disperse. At this point, we may think his end result was going to be a death sentence, from God. But God thought of him as a person whom He could use for His glory. Hence He revealed His power to Saul and inserted a calling in him, not only a calling of an apostle, Saul, now called Paul, became a great leader and ran for his call, even being in chains.
'Bodly and without hindrance, he (Paul) preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.'
Acts 28:31

The third person is Jesus. When His Father gave Him a call to come down to earth and die for our sins, He bodly ran for it as He saw our faces, one by one getting saved. Try putting yourself in the shoes of Jesus. Can you actually accept a call of suffering? Jesus perservered, and in reward, He got nations being multipiled and reigning forever.
'Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? "Father, save me from this hour?" No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!'
John 12:27

We may face persecutions during fulfillment of calls, but God do not expect us to be in chains or be hung on the cross. He has given us callings which is actually far more simple thn theirs. If you are personally struggling in your calls, look upon them and you will find your calls are actually so simple. If God uses you, thank Him that you can be of usefulness.

Here are just five ways which can make you stronger when running for your call:
1) Always remember when you fulfill this call, God is glorified, not you.
2) Read God's word for strength
3) Hear christian songs! In christian songs, the words are a source of
strength and a tool for your spirit to be in tune with Him.
4) Everytime before you are going to fulfill this call, pray for fears to be taken away, and for boldness. Pray also for no obstructions, because our God is victory!
5) Run! For the calling of God!

'Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.'
1 Corinthians 9:24-27


by Saturday, July 17, 2010

Jesus: unlimited goodness.... This is our God whom we worship. Knowing us from the inside out, He supplies us with everything. His glory is revealed through the worshippers, us.

1) His glory is unlimited
Through the worshippers, like through praise and worship, as we start to declare, through the songs we sing, we start to declare His glory, that He reigns forever. When we live for God, carrying the light of God, it also glorifies Him. An achievement in our studies is also a glorification to Him, as we start to lift our praises. Through Jesus death on the cross, when He rose the third day, it is a glorification as it is fulfilled for what He spoke, that He is the truth.
‘So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’
1 Corinthians 10:31

2) Our supplier of unlimited freedom
We may sin frequently, but freedom allows us to have a close relationship with Him, not King and unworthy servant, but God, our Father, and His children, us. It is through Jesus that all breakthroughs will happen and all creation can dance for joy because we are free in the name of Jesus.
‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.’
Galatians 5:1

3) His achievements are unlimited
Even though God may have all power, but He does not use it to His advantage. By the act of sending His son, Jesus, down to earth, Jesus achieved things like overcoming the devil’s temptation and not misusing His power to kill the people that crucified Him. As for right now, in church, when the multitudes and salvations come, every belief is an achievement. Like when we set targets on the number of people we want to invite to church, or how many members we want to see actively coming, we may set 300 or 400 people, but God does not stop at the limit we set. He goes further to achieve greater unlimited things.
‘He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all- how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?’
Romans 8:32

4) His power is unlimited
Even though Jesus rose to heaven, He did not leave us like that. He send the Holy spirit down to us so that we can perform miracles through Him, His power. Like healing or speaking in tongues, or even prophesying, He gave us all this gifts, through His power, for our God is not a selfish God.
'He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
Mark 16:15-18

5) His love for us is unlimited
I just can’t express more about His great love for us… our God is a great God who send His son to die for us. He is a God who loves us so much, by even saving our unworthy generation.
'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Let us just give continuous glory to our Father, who is limitless in everything... Our provider, that is a God whom we serve!!

Act of Surrender

by Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Give all our lives to God, for He gave His life for us, heavily paid through that cross... Love you, Jesus...

Kick off that posion

by Monday, July 12, 2010

In our life, poison is always present. It can be analysed in three ways:

1)Poison in our body
Poison in the sense of toxic, which means illness. God promises us healing whenever we are sick, for He is our healer.
‘But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by His wounds we are healed.’
Isaiah 53:5
‘Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgements he pronounced.’
1 Chronicles 16:12
‘Is anyone of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.’
James 5:14

2) Poison through our mouth
Poison in the sense of boasting and bad-mouthing. Wherever possible, pray for the Holy Spirit’s conviction that you will not turn prey to bad words.
‘Out of the same mouth come praising and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.’
James 2:10
‘As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil.’
James 4:16
‘Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts.’
Psalms 28:3

3) Poison through our actions
Poison in the sense of sin, where you sin because of your actions. It is because of sin that we are separated from God.
‘No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.’
1 Corinthians 10:13
‘Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.’
Romans 1:27
‘For the wages of sin is death.’
Romans 6:23

For all these poison, as long as you pray about it, regardless of whether you are healed or you repent, God will always be glorified. For you are a light that is shining for the glory of God. Be children of God who follow His way closely.

‘Now if we are children, then we are heirs -heirs and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may share in His glory.’
Romans 8:17
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