“Why did this happen to me?”

by Tuesday, July 26, 2011

When illness struck you, when problems arise, or when tragedy happens, and you feel that you are struggling in life, you may ask God: “Why did this happen to me?” Today, God led me to two people in the bible that suffered a lot, and He referred me back to my own situation.

The first person is Job, which I think most Christians would have read about in the bible. Since the devil came with the angels, to God, God told him to consider Job, who was a blameless and upright man (Job 1:1). However, the devil challenged by saying that, since tragedy hasn’t come upon Job’s life yet, if everything in His life were to be struck, Job will start to curse God (Job 1:10-11).

The second person is Paul, an apostle called by God. After God revealed Himself to Paul (Acts 9), he started his ministry. Being in chains for Christ, he suffered hardships for Christ’s sake.

These people are the people who followed God faithfully. Why, then, will sufferings come upon their lives?

Does it mean that we will only praise God when things are good, and blame or curse Him when we are suffering? Even when situations makes us feel that God is not there, or the sufferings is something unbearable, will we give up on God, or choose to thank Him and continue to place our trust in Him in every situation?

Job still continued to praise God even when sufferings came upon Him:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised.”
Job 1:21

For Paul, he decided to take pleasure in His weakness:

That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10

Similarly, for us, instead of asking God: “why are these sufferings happening to me?” We can choose to adopt the attitude of Job and Paul:

We may not know how to explain those situations which is bringing pain or weariness to us, but one thing we can do is to believe that, since God is bigger in our situations, nothing is too hard for Him. Choose to take delight in the present situation, so that all glory may go to God when we are healed, or when the tide is all over.

What great love!

by Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Age does not matter - Part 2

by Monday, July 18, 2011

When God declares that today is the salvation for you, He does it without delay. Right now, some of you who are reading this may not have asked Jesus to come into your life before, or maybe you have never encounter God's love before. Today, I believe that it’s never coincidental that you come across this post. God wants me to tell you that He loves you, and, because of that great love He had for you and me, it drove Him to the cross.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Luke 19:10 (NIV)

Some of you may say: “Well, I don't have time. I'm busy with my schoolwork.” or “I am not ready yet.” Well, for me, I became a follower of Jesus because He loves me first, and, when He called me to Him, I realised that this is a kind of love that I can never find in someone else. Initially, I thought being a Christian means stepping into a religion. However, being a Christian is different. It means having an intimate relationship with God, like a Father and a child.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
Ephesians 2:8 (NLT)

Because of this love relationship, I no longer regard being a believer of Jesus as a chore or something that it’s all about rules. I realised that it was not I who choose Jesus first; He found me even before I knew who He really is.

We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19 (NIV)

Being a believer of Jesus does not take up much time. Some of you may ask: “Do I need to do anything to go to heaven?” or “Can I really experience God's love just by accepting Him as my Lord and Saviour?”

Jesus not only died for people who believed in Him; He even died for those who persecute Him. Why? This is because He loved us too much that He wants us to join Him in heaven. Since the work was all finished on the cross, on our part, all we need to do, right now, is to open our heart, and say “Yes, Lord, I want to accept you as my personal Lord and Saviour.”

In fact, it says,
The message is very close at hand;
      it is on your lips and in your heart.”
And that message is the very message about faith that we preach: if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. 
Romans 10:8-10 (NLT)

Through this verse above, it states:
  1. Right now, the message that you are reading now is so close to you- Just the distance of you and your computer screen!
  2. All you need to do, is to confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you will be saved- you do not need to do anything!
  3.  After that, Jesus will come into your life! - Because everyone does wrong things, we need a Savior. So, being saved, means that Jesus has become your Savior and you are a precious child of God!

All you need to do is to say a simple prayer (sinner's prayer) and personally invite God in (Click THIS for guide to sinner's prayer).

So, coming back to the topic, age doesn't matter for someone to accept Jesus. Jesus not only died for adults; He died for everyone: young or old, strong or weak, male or female.

Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
1 Peter 3:18 (NLT)

I believe, at this time, God is starting to call people into His kingdom. If you are reading this right now, and you feel something different going on inside you, God is knocking at the doors of your heart, asking you: “Child, I miss you talking to me. Will you let me in?”

So, will you answer the call?

Age does not matter - Part 1

by Friday, July 15, 2011

When God called me to start this Christian blog to run it for Him, initially I was quite happy that God could use me for this generation. But, as the days goes by, I started asking God: "Are you sure that you are going to use me? I'm just a 16 year old childish kid." All that God did at that point of time was to direct my attention to His glory and His people. "I am going to use you for my glory, and for the readers to be strengthened." I felt God speaking this to me. Unknowingly, I have been running this blog for 2 years plus, and I am still running it! So I just want thank God and give Him all the glory and honour He deserves. Without Him, I would not have the strength and the ability to blog; the wisdom was all given through the Spirit.

The questioned that I asked God, regarding my age brought me to these verses:

When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 

Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 

Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 

But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Matthew 8:18-22

When Jesus asked those people mentioned in those verses to follow Him, they made excuses, saying that they are busy and they need to settle their business first before following Him. However, Jesus wanted immediate response.

This also relates me back to the preaching that Pastor Sara Castellanos preached during the youth service:

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
Exodus 3:11-13

When God wanted to send Moses to Pharaoh to bring the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses made up excuses. However, God knew the people He had chosen, and He does not want people that He had called into service to keep making up excuses. All God wants us to do is to obey. We may come before God, like Moses, telling God that we are nothing, so why will God choose us for this important work. However, if you realised, God uses people who say that they are nothing! If you tell God that you are someone with God reputation, and you are something because you have worked hard for it, most likely God won't use you, because, after the work has been done, being proud, you won't give glory to God. So, stop saying that you are nothing and therefore God has no reason to use you; start to tell God: "If you can use my nothing to aid you in accomplishing your work, then use me." Stop making excuses. Start living for Jesus!

The same goes for age. Being young, you may doubt if God was really going to use you. But, like what the apostle Paul said:

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12

God is a wise God, and He chooses the people whom He thinks can fulfill the duty. So, no matter how young you may be, if God wants to use you, just let God go ahead!

Even for the old, if God wants to use you at this age, just surrender and let God do it. You may wonder and ask God: "But I am in my 50s!" or "But I am already 60!" Well, as I have mentioned above, God is a wise God, so if God calls you into ministry at 50 or 60, just obey. God even used the apostle at His old age:

It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus
Philemon 1:9

So, think again. Does age really matter?

(Await... There will be a part 2...)

A blog worth reading

by Friday, July 15, 2011
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The trees of your life

by Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
Matthew 3:10

For so long, I was not able to let go of my past. It saddens me when I thought of the pain Jesus had gone through on the cross just for my sake, when He did not deserve to die. Reading this verse today reminds me that my life has many trees, where there are fruits grown for 17 years. Every tree represents a category: past hurts, character, sin, names that I was called and left untrue thoughts which I have been living on till now, and also the good deeds that I have done over the years.

All the trees that are categorised as no good, which are also known as rotten ones, will be cut down and thrown into the fire, and the rest of the trees that are uncut will be left until the time when there are good fruits, fully ripped and good for consumption. I have been identifying the trees in my life that have grown as rotten, one of which is my past, which I am trying my best now to get over with it. Since the foundation of the tree is bad, affecting the growth of fruits, I was challenged to let God cut this tree out of my life, so that new trees may grow.

Day by day, Jesus asks me to continually surrender to Him so that He can start to cut off those bad trees and leave space for new, god fruits to grow, and I have been continually letting Him do it. I ask myself every single day: “What are the trees that are currently growing, but have not been growing any good fruits? If there is, I should let God remove this tree away.”

This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.
Zechariah 13:9

If the foundation of the tree is bad, when put into the fire, or when tested, it is not going to stay strong. However, when the good foundations are tested, they are going to stand strong, because these are the trees where good fruits can be grown.

So, today, I just want you to identify the little things in life that has been affecting the fruits grown in your trees. Do you have any rotten fruits grown on those trees? Or have you been doing anything that is unfruitful and has been taking your time away from God? This may in turn lead to bad trees sprouting in your life. If you do have any, will you let God take it away today? Will you start to commit your time to God and let Him grow great trees in your life, affecting not only your own life, but also the life of others? Think about it... :)

In brokeness I come

by Friday, July 08, 2011

I am thankful to Jesus for His awesome love and grace pouring all over me. This is the first time I experienced God in such a strong way, and I am glad that God has placed people in my life who have been such a great encouragement in my life. You people know who you are yea; I believe I do not need to say names. :p

God is shifting me into a season where He is going to break down those walls that have been stopping Him from getting closer to me, one of which is the part where I have explained in the earliest post, routine after routine. Feeling so tired doing things for the sake of doing, I realized that after some time I would begin to ask God why my relationship with Him will always be at that position. And God is so great that He has been giving me time to reflect on my walk with Him, granting me rest in His presence. God is a patient God.

Also, God wanted me to realize that He can only tear down the walls if only I will let Him do it. One wall which, I think until now, which I am still unable to let go, is the wall of my past. That wall was getting thicker and thicker, blocking God from entering. Moreover, to make things worse, the devil has been putting lies into my head, which really made me feel that I am so unworthy and that I am not really going to get closer to God anymore. Because the lies sound so real, I found myself believing the lies and falling into his trap, and I was actually quite angry with myself. Thankfully, on Saturday, God set me free and I was emotionally healed.

Every day, never without fail, God will remind me that He is not the Father that I’ve imagined Him to be in the past, and He wants to set me free every single day. So I have been praying for daily surrender and encounters with Him, as I know that, only when I rest totally in His presence, I will have a sense of deep peace. And I am really glad that God is always faithful to what He says.

And today, all I do is to come to God in brokenness, telling Him that I am weak and I cannot stand on my own. I cannot overcome those lies on my own nor heal myself of those past wounds. I do not feel ashamed coming into God’s presence asking Him to come through in my situation, or admit to Him that I’m weak, for I am aware that I can’t do without Him. If I act strong and tell God that I do not even need Him, how can He get closer to me and do what He wants to do in my life?

So, just want to encourage you people to continue leaning of God and believe that He is greater and bigger in the situations that you are going through now, so stand on His promise and just surrender… :)

All I can tell God: “Use me, God, even when I’m broken and weak...”

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Isaiah 40:29

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
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