Blessed To Have Found Jesus

by Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Because He is my Father, I became a child of God.
- John 1:12
Because He is my King, I became a princess of His kingdom.
- 1 Timothy 1:17
Because I was fearfully and wonderfully made, I know that I am precious in His sight.
- Psalm 139:14
Because He fed the birds of the air, which did not even sow or reap, I know that God will clothe me, feed me and provide me.
- Matthew 6:26
Because He died and rose again, triumphing over death, I know that nothing will be impossible for me as long as I believe in Him.
- Colossians 2:15
Because He expressed His great love and forgiveness through the cross, I can now learn to forgive and love others just as how He did.
- Romans 8:31-32
Because He baptised me with His Spirit, I now have a deeper assurance that He is alive and living in me.
- Acts 1:8
Because He is the creator of the universe, at His command, everything became in order, I know He will enable me to do miracles with the same power that He has.
- Genesis 1:1

I give all glory for He deemed me as precious, worthy and I feel blessed to have found Jesus...

Grace The Way With The Law In Place

by Thursday, August 25, 2011

“I feel so unworthy. How can I ever get to encounter you?”

“My past is just so bad. How will I ever get close to you?”

“Oh no Lord, choose someone else. I am just not suitable for you to use me.”

“I have screwed up in the past. I cannot ensure that I am going to accomplish this successfully now.”

Ever felt so unworthy until you start to doubt if you are ever going to get any closer to God? Well, I felt that way not long ago. Looking back at my past, never did I expect that God will choose to use me. Glancing around the hall, I thought that God had so many better candidates that He could choose from, so why me?

I initially thought that all the past sins that I have done was the stumbling block which separated me from getting to feel God’s tangible presence. When I asked God if He could just let me feel Him, and when He did not show up, I thought to myself: “I have sinned yesterday. Maybe God is still angry with me.” The point of feeing unworthy just brought me to a stage where I stopped asking God for encounters, and I thought I was never going to get any closer to Him unless I remove this foundation. To me, I feel it was impossible to remove this off from my mind without starting life anew. Not wanting to lose any opportunity to get an encounter with Jesus, I foolishly prayed and asked God if He could just give me a new brain. That would just save the hassle of me needing to find a way to break down those high walls.

Thinking back now, I realized God was stirring up a hunger for encounters. When I did not get to encounter Him, no doubt I feel unworthy; I still want to feel His presence. When He doesn’t show up, all I did was to wait and wait and believe that, one day, He will show up. Another reason was because I did not give everything to Him – clearly identified, my past. God then dropped a thought while I was reading this verse:

Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Romans 6:14 (NLT)

If I know that I have sinned, and I truly repent,
Since I am no longer living under the law, but under the grace of Christ Jesus,
What is holding me back from surrendering my past to Him?
If I regard myself as living under grace,
I shouldn’t be feeling unworthy that God has not forgiven me;
As though God is going to hit me with a cane
By the grace of Jesus, I am set free and forgiven.

I do not desire to take any advantage of the grace that I have. Just because I am living under the freedom of God’s grace, it does not mean that I can keep sinning on and on, knowing for sure that God will forgive me. By no means shall I keep living under the devil’s foot, displeasing God:

Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.
Romans 3:31 (NLT)

God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace.
1 Peter 1:2 (NLT)

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV)

I know that the more I take advantage of His grace, the more I will sin. Resultant to this will be an unholy life. How then, can I keep calling myself a child of God when my ways are not of His ways?

So, still thinking that you will be stuck forever, unable to get out of your past? Or thinking that God will not accept you again since you drifted away from Him? Why not try to declare His favour and grace over situations in your life that seemed to have no way out? – For God shall provide a way, through His everlasting love…

Called Or Chosen?

by Saturday, August 20, 2011
Matthew 22:14 Pictures, Images and Photos

What is the difference between being called and being chosen? Shown in the lives of Moses and Joshua:

Moses was called to enter the promise land. However, mentioned in Exodus 4, Moses deemed himself as unworthy and he did not have full faith that God was going to be with Him:

But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” 
Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” 
But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” 
Exodus 4:10-13 (NLT)

Next, stated in Numbers 20, Moses disobeyed God:

Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them. The LORD said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” 
So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. 
But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” 
Numbers 20:6-12 (NIV)

These in turn led Moses into being just called to enter the promise land. However, for Joshua, he was chosen by God to enter the promise land. Notice that in Joshua 1, when God told him that it was time that he will lead the people to cross the Jordan, Joshua did not behave like Moses, constantly thinking that he was not the right person for God to use him. All Joshua did was to walk in absolute faith and obedience in accordance to what God commanded him to do:

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” 
Joshua then commanded the officers of Israel, “Go through the camp and tell the people to get their provisions ready. In three days you will cross the Jordan River and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you.” 
Joshua 1:6-11 (NLT)

Moses was initially chosen by God to lead the Israelites to enter the promise land. But he wasn’t like Joshua. Since he deemed himself as unholy and unworthy to step into the land, no matter how much assurance God gave to Him, he still requested for God to only let him see the land. Joshua, however, did what God asked him to do. Therefore, this led to Moses becoming called by God and Joshua chosen by God as a leader for the Israelites.

Today, in your own life, God may have called you to do something, but are there any stumbling blocks that are stopping you from being chosen? Are you like Moses, constantly giving God excuse that you cannot be used by Him, or you are like Joshua, walking in obedience?

For many will be called by God, but only those who say: “Yes Lord, I will go wherever you want me to go. I'll do whatever you want me to do.” - these are the people who will be chosen by God because they do not let anything go against the will of God.

Let praise arise!

by Thursday, August 04, 2011

O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.
Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
You have no equal.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
I would never come to the end of them.
Psalm 40:5 (NLT)

After reading this verse, I decided to take some time to think about the things that God has done through my life. Immediately I started thanking God as I thought for a while and he begin to remind me of uncountable events when He healed and forgave me, I stood in awe of Him. Indeed, like what David the psalmist wrote, you will never be able to recount those great wonders that God had done, and is going to continue doing in and through your life!

While I was busy thinking about the great wonders that God has done, I felt that God was reminding me about this post that He led me to write on: Forgotten hands.

Through this post, He reminded me that there may be some occasions, when things are just not going right at home, or when my prayers just don't seem to be answered, instead of just emo-ing at one spot and repeatedly question God why things turn out that way, or forgetting to give Him the praise He deserves for each day, what He wanted me to do was to recall every good thing that He had done in the past, and then praise Him even when it seemed impossible, and trust in what He says:

"If I could do great wonders in the past; if I brought breakthroughs in your life previously, nothing will be too hard for me now, even for this situation. For whatever I can do in the past, I will bring you through it, for I am more than able!"

Also, when I was looking through the list, God showed me past deeds that He has done. However, having moved on in life, it seems that I have forgotten some great deeds that He has done in the past. Having this whole list now, it served as a reminder, not only as a tool during my hardest times, but also for me to constantly give Jesus the praise that He deserves.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Master!
Every good thing I have comes from you.”
Psalm 16:2 (NLT)

Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.
Jeremiah 33:3 (NLT)

Always have a grateful heart for what God has done, and is about to do in your life. And, never take anything that God has been doing for you lightly or forget about it and throw it at one side. Jesus has been great, and will never ever do things that will harm your future. :)

How can I not praise
When you have done so much great things in my life?
I will not stay silent anymore
For you alone are worthy
Who can I still sing all my praises to?
I may find some great friends on this earth worthy to be praise
But, thinking properly
These are the friends that you have given to me
Who can I find in this world so worthy to be praise but you?
You alone are a loving God
And this is why I'll continue to praise!

Praise the Lord!
How good to sing praises to our God!
How delightful and how fitting!
Psalm 147:1 (NLT)
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