Honest Heart Leads To Honest Worship

by Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Holy Spirit led me to the chapter when Adam and Eve sinned. They hid away from God because they ate from the tree which God had forbidden them to eat from. I asked Him what the outcome would have been if Adam and Eve confessed their sin to God. He then told me to analyse their attitudes.

Adam and Eve thought of God to be someone who would punish them. At the same time feeling guilty, they wanted to push responsibilities to other people so that God will perhaps spare them from the punishment.

“Maybe if I push the responsibility to Eve, I would be spared and I may continue to work in the garden. Anyway, from the beginning, I was alone. God shouldn't have placed the woman as my helper. Instead of helping me, she made me sinned against God.” Adam thought to himself.

“I shouldn't have listened to the serpent. Now my eyes are opened and I'm so ashamed. Maybe I should just push the blame to the serpent, since he was the one who told me that I can eat the fruit and I won't die.” Eve was thinking of what she should say to God.

Both thought of a strategic plan.
Both thought they would be spared from death since someone instigated them to eat that fruit.
Both blamed others for their own actions.

But both weren't confident if their plan would work.
Both were afraid so they hid away from God.
Both felt shameful because their eyes were opened and they realised that they were wrong.

Still, both decided not to take responsibility for their own actions. Rather, they decided to give their defense.

If both were honest before God, and if both understood the nature of God, that he is a forgiving God, both would have confessed their sin and ask Him to pardon them.

“Identify yourself with Adam and Eve, and ask yourself if you really understand who I am.” This was the thought that birthed in my spirit after I understood what God wanted of me.

Some of us got the understanding that God is a God of wrath, because He told Adam and Eve, “You'll surely die if you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” We understand that God is just, but we left out the nature of God's forgiveness toward us. So, rather than being honest, we tried to hide away from Him.

When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Psalm 32:3-5 (NLT)

Even David had the mere understanding that God is a just God, so he decided to hide his sins from God. That was when he understood, that the more he tried to hide, the more he will only be wasting away. When he understood that God is also a God of mercy, he confessed all his rebellion and God forgave him. “And you forgave me! (Verse 5)” What astounding revelation David thought he found when he confessed all his sins to God!

“Come clean before me so that I can make you clean.” Maybe Jesus is whispering in your hearts right now, to come clean before him. He knows everything, so stop trying to hide.

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Hebrews 4:15-16 (NLT)

God understands out weakness, so why not cease hiding, but start to be honest before God? Come clean and receive his grace and strength to “Go and sin no more (John 8:11).”

God I know You'll never give me a temptation too hard for me to overcome. Yet when at times when I sinned against You, grant me the courage to come boldly to Your throne of grace so that it may help me in time of need. Give me the strength to go and leave my life of sin. Help me to be honest before You. Thank You Jesus for understanding my weaknesses. Because of You, I can be strong. I ♥ You Jesus.

Encounter!

by Monday, March 19, 2012

Touched by God's love, I'll never be the same again...

Really thank God for what He has down through Encounter retreat. Was simply overwhelmed when the revelation of the cross was shown to me. God not only taught me about His forgiveness and love; He wanted me to extend it to the people in my sphere of influence.

Thankful for the Holy Spirit for being so evident throughout the whole retreat, revealing past things that I should have dealt with. The whole cry I had for this Encounter was to lay every past things at his feet. Love Jesus for being so personal and for His finished work, and at the same time thank Him for releasing me from the prisons the devil has kept me captive for so long, and healing me from those past hurts. It was just a word from Jesus, “It is finished,” and my life was totally set free from those strongholds.

Also the Holy Spirit reminded me that my life is a story with a message, and God is inviting me to write a better story. Yes no doubt after the Encounter I may be like Jesus's disciple, Peter, standing on rough waters again, I know I will fix my eyes on Jesus and I am not going to go back to the prison the devil once locked me into, for I know I am a child of God and I am destined for greater. I will triumph and claim the victory that Jesus has won on the cross, for He is for me, so who will stand against me?

Father seal that work that You have done in this Encounter. Help me not to doubt; I'll never desire to turn back again. Use me for greater in this generation God. Let me humble myself the lowest so that I may exalt You the highest. This is my cry...

Move Your “BUTs” Away

by Saturday, March 10, 2012

They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. They gave Moses this account: "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.
Numbers 13:26-28 (NIV)

The Lord told Moses to send leaders from every tribe to explore the land that He is going to give the Israelites. Everyone of them saw this in common: the land was flowing with milk and honey.

Of the 12 people who scouted out the land there was Joshua and Caleb. Both of them were confident of possessing the land, and they wanted to leave immediately and step into the promise land.

But the 10 other men who scouted with them feared the sons of Anak, since they were of great stature and courage. “Yes the land was flowing with milk and honey, but the inhabitants were the sons of Anak, who come out of giants. We won't be able to defeat them. (Numbers 13:33)”

They could possess the promise land, but the factor that stops them - 10 of them came back with evil reports, “But we won't be able to conqueror the land. They are like giants and we are like grasshoppers.” Their “BUTs” stopped them from entering into the promise that God has for His people.

Come to think of it, aren't we sometimes like the 10 men? We see our situations, and we think that they are big, gigantic problems, and we look at ourselves, being small and frail, and we became disheartened because we are afraid we couldn't conqueror and rise above the problem.

“God, but this problem has been there for so long. It seemed so big, and look at me, the frail and skinny one. My problems will trample over me and I won’t see any promises come to pass at all.” We look at how small we are, and we became so tired till we give up the fight altogether.

Our “BUTs” stop us from entering into the promise that God has for our lives. When all God required of us was that simple step to obedience and faith, we keep whining to God, But this ain't a good solution” and But that won't work out.”

Stop seeing how small you are. Even if you think your problems are mountains piled up in the sky, and you're like an ant, God said that “There is no defense and protection over the enemy (Numbers 14:9).” God's protection is over the righteous, for it is said that “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree and they shall be fruitful (Psalm 92:12).”

Be careful not to forget the LORD, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 6:12 (NLT)

Remember those times when God's mighty hand was upon those situations in your life. Times when you thought everything was going right and times when you rose above those difficult situations. Why are you so fast to forget the power of the hand of God? How many times have you seen the great plans of God come to pass in your life? And now that a problem arose, why are you so fast to forget the promises that God always had a great plan for your life?

The “BUTs” of the person who doesn't recognise the Almighty God delays the promises of God from coming to pass into their life; the person who stands strong and doesn't let problems sway his understanding of who God is inhabits the promises that God has for his life. Are you going to be like Caleb and Joshua, or like those 10 men who tested the Lord and kept giving “BUTs” to God?

While they are still flowering, not ready to be cut, they begin to wither more quickly than grass. The same happens to all who forget God. The hopes of the godless evaporate.
Job 8:12- 13 (NLT)

Father, let me not forget, but give me a clearer understanding of who You are. Holy Spirit, guide me with the truth of God so that I will not doubt but walk with greater intimacy with You today.

Loved. Favoured. Blessed.

by Friday, March 09, 2012

Yay I've turned 18 today!! Thank God it's been a great year that has passed with God working so much in me. Thankful that when the clock struck 12am today, I heard God wishing me Happy Birthday, with this verse speaking into my heart:

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart.”
Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT)

Thankful that God kept me well and alive so that I can serve Him. Thankful for the times that His hands has always been there upon my life, in every situation, keeping me safe.

Also thankful that God has placed in a family where I have 3 other siblings born on the same day, month and year as me (Yeah in case you are a new follower of my blog and you don't know, I'm part of a quadruplet...). Really thank God that His hands have never left us, and we're cradled in His arms everyday.

Thank God for setting me apart for His purpose too. Though I may not know the plans that God has for me, I know that they are good, and I know that God will always stay faithful.

I think 1 thing that I am really happy about is that I have grown closer to the Holy Spirit. Initially I thought of Him as a Spirit, and it's just like that. I didn't knew that He wanted to be my best friend, and He was kind of forgotten. But now as I realised that the Holy Spirit could be my best friend, I've learnt to yield onto Him and seek counsel, as well as to ensure that whatever that I do will be keeping the Holy Spirit pure.

Loved. Favoured. Blessed. It's all because of Jesus. What more can I ask for?


May whatever that pleases the Father be whatever that pleases me.

Once Imprisoned; Now Set Free

by Monday, March 05, 2012

Committing a crime brings consequences. Either you will be imprisoned in jail or you will have to pay a penalty.

What if you committed a crime and this random guy paid off your bail and serves your sentence?

“I think that guy must be nuts!”

“I don't even know him. Why will he serve jail term for my sake?”

I reckoned some of your reactions to be like this. Yes even I will think it’s crazy for that random guy to serve my sentence when I didn't even know him.

Do you know that you are imprisoned by your deeds, and Jesus came to pay your debt? I believe some of you reading this now are not even aware that you have been placed in this prison.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (NLT)

Sin brings consequence. The bible states that the wages of sin is death. We pay the price for what we have done with a death penalty. But because God love His creation so much, He sent His son, Jesus, to pay the debt and serve our sentence, all upon that cross.

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:13 (NLT)

Yes I believe some of you don't even know that Jesus died for your sins. You may still be thinking why a man whom you don’t even know would serve your sentence. This is because He has so much love for you, more than enough to drive Him to the cross. This is the only greatest expression of love, and this is found in Jesus.

For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)

Some of us are feeling shameful and unworthy for what we have done. We thought that Jesus couldn't pay off our debts at one go. But my friend, He came as the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world!

Jesus served your sentence, hence you no longer need to condemn yourself, because by doing so, you’re locking yourself in that prison, telling the jail guard, “I want to serve the jail term myself.” The jail guard will tell you, “But this man served your sentence. How can I bring Him back to life again and let you serve your sentence? Go in peace, your debt has been fully paid!”

Know the depths of His love and grace for you, and be driven to lead a life blameless, holy and worthy for Him today.

The devil tells you, “Go to jail! The jail of condemnation!” Jesus shows you the mark of His hands and say, “I paid your sentence. Now you have been set free. Go and sin no more!”
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