Good Friday

by Friday, April 06, 2012

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away.
We have left God’s paths to follow our own.
Yet the LORD laid on him
the sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word.
He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. Unjustly condemned, he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
for the rebellion of my people.
Isaiah 53:4-8 (NLT)

Good Friday is here. Once again, I thank God for my salvation. I thank Him that He sent his one and only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins.

I thank Jesus for obeying the call. No matter how much humiliation and pain He received, He didn't said a word: he could have given up the call and tell His Father in heaven that He wanted to go back to heaven. After all, He is God and He had the power to do so.

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
Hebrews 12:2 (NLT)

In the end, Jesus still finished the work on the cross. I heard Him speak to me, “My child, the cross I shall endure, for you are the joy that was set before me.”

My friends, let's be thankful for what He has done, and let's not hold back this gift of love from anyone. Even as we remember Good Friday, let us also take this opportunity to share with others about the Savior's love.

Jesus loves you and He wants you to take that step of faith to let Him into your life. Will you take this simple step of faith to invite Him into your life?

The Holy Spirit My Master

by Monday, April 02, 2012

A few days ago, I was having very bad stomach cramps. I was so focused on the pain I am going through that I didn't want to talk to anyone. At that moment, God reminded me of this verse:

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

At that time, I wanted to open my mouth and just talk to someone. No matter how I prayed, I was still focused on the pain I was going through. My body was so weak till I almost gave up praying, and God had to remind me again, “Your spirit is the ruler of your body.”

I believe this is reason why dying to the flesh is so important:

For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.
Romans 8:13 (AMP)

Letting your flesh become the ruler of your spirit leads to destruction. Since the lusts of the flesh are not in accordance with the spirit of God, if you allow it to rule over your spirit, it will lead to sin. But when you allow the Holy Spirit to become the master over your flesh, you will lead a holy life.

Even if your flesh fails, God is the strength of your heart and your portion forever (Psalm 73:26). With the Holy Spirit as your master, he will strengthen you and remind you of the promises of God, and he will never lead you to sin. But to choose between your body and the Holy Spirit as your master, it's for you to decide.

Jesus knew that our spirit may be so willing to desire to please him, but we are still living in the flesh. Watch out and pray - keep guard and let the Holy Spirit be the master of your body.

Holy Spirit, be the master of my life. At times when I feel weak because of my physical body, help me to fix my eyes on Jesus...
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