It's Those Little Things - Part 2

by Wednesday, November 23, 2011

When we have done well in our studies, we compliment ourselves for putting in tremendous effort and time just to get the good grade. When we overcame temptation we feel good about ourselves that we have won the battle and the devil is being defeated.

If we can just take some time to think through, we would find out that the root of our success, good results and the ability that we can resist temptations all comes from the One who grants us these: God.

Even before we knew ourselves, God already knew us, and the reason why we could excel, it's not only because of the effort that we put in; it was also because God created us with the ability to learn and persevere. The reason why we could overcome temptation is because we held on to the shield of faith: the faith we have in Jesus.

But, sometimes, it slipped off our minds that we have forgotten to give Him the glory He deserves. We take it that we were born to be smart and studious. It did not cross our minds that God was working behind the scenes. God was under-glorified.

When you take time to glorify God in those little things such as our studies, work and even simple things like washing dishes, Jesus becomes the centre of your life, and you will be able to value God more than what you are doing today.

What are the simple, little things that you find it hard or troublesome to do? Start to do it for the glory of God today!

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

It's Those Little Things

by Thursday, November 17, 2011

We tend to give God praise when we are going through a crisis or a problem that He has come through for us. We praise Him when He heals us from sickness and diseases. But when He keeps us from danger, harm and sicknesses, letting us go through the day smoothly, we take it as a natural, lucky or normal day.

Why will we only give Him praise only when He answers the big prayers that are visible to our eyes? Why will we not praise Him when we went through a bad or sulky day, or when He bless and keeps us from harm? If you realised, God is underpraised.

Instead of recognising the great power and the gifts on His hands, why not start giving God praise for those little things? It is only when we begin to praise God simply for who He is, then we will start to recognise God for who He is.

So, what are the little things in your life that you have taken for granted? Start to praise God for them today!

He alone is your God, the only one who is worthy of your praise, the one who has done these mighty miracles that you have seen with your own eyes.
Deuteronomy 10:21 (NLT)

Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:13 (NIV)

Love - Part 2

by Monday, November 14, 2011

Whatever gifts that we have, if we do not do it in love, it all comes to nothing.

Take verse 3 as reference. If I can give my possessions to the poor so that I can claim credit for myself, or so that I can get famous, am I doing it out of love?

If God grants me the gift of wisdom, but I am doing it so that people can say I am wise and make me feel extremely good about myself, am I doing it because I love and want to encourage the person, or doing it just for my own fame?

This is why verse 8-9 goes on to say: when there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. When we are not exercising our gifts in love, it all comes to nothing.

Love is patient (verse 1). When you are teaching a slow-learner, do you get impatient because the person never understands what you are trying to tell them?

Love is not self-seeking (verse 5), meaning love is all about putting others first. Love is never selfish towards others; even to yourself. When we serve in a ministry, do we serve because we love God and His people, or do we do it because we are serving plainly for the sake of serving, to gain recognition, or to let people feel that we are useful?

It is only through perfect love that these gifts are made completed. This is why we need the complete, perfect love of God so that the execution of our gifts will be made complete. Start exercising your gifts with love today!

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
1 Timothy 1:5 (NIV)


by Monday, November 07, 2011

We can boast about our love for Christ. Many of us can say: “I love Jesus!” But how many of us are aware, that our love isn’t really perfect?

When we are facing a huge crisis, and we do not know what the future holds ahead of us, instead of being patient (verse 4), we begin to constantly question God: “Why like this?” or “Why like that?”

Instead of putting our trust and hope (verse 7) that God has a good plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11), we begin to doubt the intentions of God: “God why do I need to face such sufferings?” Don't we know that, when God loves us, He will always protect (verse 7) us?

When we start doubting the intentions and goodness of God, we are not rejoicing with the truth (verse 6). For if we are doing so, then why are we doubting that God works for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28)?

Can we say that our love is perfect? Can we say that we have perfect love towards God or toward others?

This is why we cannot really boast that we love God, but it was God who loves us first (I John 4:19). Some of us may have thought this way: “I thought I was the one who made the decision to accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.” Well, right before you made a decision to accept Jesus, He had accepted you way before you did, even before you knew about it. This was proven all through the shedding of His precious blood on the cross.

It is only through the love of God, that our imperfection became perfection because of the perfect love of the Father (verse 10). So we can only boast about this: “I love God because He first loves me.” It’ll be only through God’s grace and love that our love can be made perfect…
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