God has all power, but why?

by Thursday, November 25, 2010

The power that God has is bigger than we can imagine. It makes me sometimes wonder: He has all the power in His hands, but why did He chose to do things that does not really associate with His power? For all, He has a reason. In this post, I will identify the things that He can actually complete with His power but yet did not really use most of it, and why He did not use it.

-The hardened hearts
God could use His power to make the harden hearts of the people who chose not to accept Him, to turn to Him. Doing things like taking out their hearts and chopping stamps of ' I am a follower of Christ ' and place it back, their hearts would be virtually changed overnight. But why didn't He do that? Two reasons:

1) He wants to hear their decision
Yes, even though Jesus may have all the power to command the hardened hearts or change their thoughts, He does not to it because He wants to hear their decision. If He used His power to change their hearts, to me, I will regard it as forceful. God respects their decision, by not abusing His power but by sending us out as messengers of His word. He wants them to willingly agree to Him being their Lord and Saviour.

'What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.'
Job 22:28

2) He wants to use His followers
As followers of Christ, we are used as a mouth to preach the gospel; a testimony that shines for the glory of God. Instead of using His power, God regards us as valuable, therefore He sends us out to preach to the hardened hearts, for them to be saved. And no matter how hard it may be, His presence is with us, aiding us to preach this gospel with boldness.

'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'
Matthew 28:19-20

- The Church
Jesus can use all His power to make a church pop up on a bare land, and create as many clones to do His work, to act as a pastor of every church. He just needs to point at every land, and with His power, churches and clone pastors will be popping up from nowhere. Perhaps it would seem scary if every one metre you see a church a a clone pastor. So, why is it that Jesus rather not show off His power?

1) Jesus appoints them
It may be easy for God to make thousands, or even billions of clone pastors, full of anointment and holiness, but He looks out, and find His people worthy of His appointment, to become a pastor. Therefore, He wants to choose these people to answer this call, being responsible to build a church.

'So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,'
Ephesians 4:11

2) He chooses obedient seeds
Since these people are called to be pastors, God has instruction for them. Pastors are like the seeds of the church, and when they gather people as the members of the church, the members become the fruits. Of course, there are members which may not stay as fruits forever. They may be appointed by God to build another church and make fruits plant out from the plant, aka the church.

'Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.'
Acts 20:28

Sometimes we do not know why our God may work this way or the other, because our God is a mysterious God. There are some things that we will only understand when we get to our Father in heaven. Also, there are some ways in things that we can identify. Everyone is like a precious significant jewel to Him. Hence, always be ready and prepared to be used by God!

Dead to old; alive to new

by Thursday, November 11, 2010

'In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.'
Romans 6:11

Dead to sin but alive in Christ... This is the way we, as Christians, should be living. As we all start our Christian journey, there are some things we need to kick away and invite in to live as a true worshipper. Some of the old habits have to be thrown away, and the new must be brought in.

Firstly, these are the things we should throw away to lead a life worthy of His praise:

1) Kick of the old habits
Old habits die hard, but with God as your motivation, nothing is impossible. Strive to kick away the old habits, even like lying, as this is one of the commandment God gave you: do not lie. Do not let the old habits make you commit sin.

'For we knew that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.'
Romans 6:6

2) Abolish the old attitude
When we were not saved yet, our attitudes may be quick to anger, causing us to become a person with bad attitude, sometimes even losing precious things like our friends due to our attitude. Kick the old attitudes, and start living to become a person that God wants you to be.

'The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.'
Psalms 103:8

3) Get rid of worldly desires
Worldly desires and Godly desires cannot be associated together. If we do not get rid of them, we will start to be so affected to pursue these desires, for instance, money. But these will not last long. No one knows when God will take us away, and when that day comes, what would be our money, or even unhealthy relationship be valued? Nothing!

'Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.'
1 Peter 2:11

Next up, is the things we should invite in for living holy as His followers..

1) Stir up a fire for Godly desires
When we start to stir a fire for Godly desires, we will put Him first in everything we do. No matter what people may say of us, or mock at us, we know that we are doing something that will please Him and its meaningful.

'It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,'
Titus 2:12

2) Bring in a new attitude
When we are still not saved yet, we may be identified as being angered easily, or being unforgiving. After we are saved, start to learn the attitude when you are faced in any situation, to be like Jesus. Do not retaliate at any circumstances, like when you are provoked, but trust in Him that He will work out for you a plan. Live like Him, being slow to anger, forgiving to others, etc.

'May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.'
Romans 15:5

3) Let God be the leader of your current life
Good leaders produce good members. Therefore, start to follow and imitate the way that Jesus lives. Be glad to be a member of Christ, for you know you will become good and righteous, even beginning to let other people follow your ways. Be a good disciple of Christ, and also, be a good leader for others.

'But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.'
2 Corinthians 2:14

Now, do not walk back to the old ways you have once lived, but start to equip yourself with things that are Godly, and be worthy of His love for you. Do not forget the day of your salvation, how you even dread of these old ways you lived in the past. Be dead to the old; alive to the new!

Let faith rise up!

by Monday, November 01, 2010
Faith is what we need
Faith is what we need...

Everybody has faith in something. From little toodlers, having faith in fairy tales, to maturity, having faith in completion in studies so as to have a bright future. But now, I wanna talk about this topic called Christianity

For me, I feel that being a Christian, its all about faith. Because I believe in a God who I can't see, Jesus, faith comes into the picture. Having faith that He wipes away my sin, to having faith that He is my Emmanuel, this all comes to the subject, faith.

I realise because faith is believing in things not seen (Hebrews 11:1), faith is hard to maintain and easy to lose. To maintain this faith, normally I read the word and keep praying to get myself closer to God. This are some of the verses that lifts up my faith.

1) He hears our problems
No matter what problems I am facing, I know that He hears it and finds a solution to my problems. I just need to cry out to Him all of my worries and burdens and believe in Him that through Christ, all problems shall be solved.

'In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears.'
Psalms 18:6

2) He never leaves us
Always believing that Jesus is always by my side, I know that wherever I am, He will never leave or forsake me, whether at times I need Him or not. He is my Emmanuel.

'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'
Hebrews 13:5

3) He holds power in His name
No matter whether healing or fear, I believe that through Him, I will be granted free from illness and fears. At His rebuke, just like how He took away the disciples' fears, the same God can use His power to take away all my fears. With His presence I will be free.

'He replied ''you of little faith, why are you so afraid?'' Then he got up and rebuke the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.'
Matthew 8:26

And this is what I've realised over this week: everyone has certain standards of faith, and we cannot say that our faith is final and is the highest of all, for there is always space and growth for faith to rise up... Be a faith builder and let God work in your life. :)
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