Revelation Of God's Holiness

by Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:13-16 (NIV)
The Lord brought me back to the time when I asked Him, “God, give me a revelation of Your holiness. Show me what it means by being set apart for You.” I recalled the happenings of the day after I made that prayer. I would be more sensitive to the convictions of the Holy Spirit and I will not make decisions based on my own fleshly desires and actions, but based on what God wanted me to do. Whenever I did something that was not aligned with the will of God, I would hear a voice inside of me, which I presumed was the Holy Spirit, crying in the inside of me. At that point of time, if I did not listen to God but I chose to do my own will, I would feel sad, but that sorrow would cause me to repent because I realized His kindness which led me to repentance.

As I began to ask God for the reason why He brought me back to this prayer I said months before, He gave me this statement, "The fear of the Lord." That statement ringed in my ears for a while, and it suddenly dawned on me that the recent decisions I had made was not aligned in His will. All of a sudden I found I lost a certain fear of the Lord because I was following my own desires now more than His. I followed the path of temptations that came facing toward me, and I bore a “God will surely forgive me” attitude, abusing the grace He has upon me. I felt so convicted, and I prayed, “God, restore to me the fear of the Lord and give me a revelation of Your holiness once again. I repent of what I have done and I’m tired of being complacent. Holy Spirit let me be so sensitive to Your presence once again.”

God told me, “Remember your first love and the things that you did at first. Don’t grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up. I’m looking for a bride without spot and blemish – a bride who has made herself ready for the wedding. Is my Bride ready? Is the Church watching and praying?”

Does God’s mercy make me become complacent just because I accepted Jesus? Does that mean I live my life to please my own flesh just because I have become righteous by faith? I believe being the Bride of Christ, without spot and blemish, means being perfect. When I think of perfection I think of a scenario when I scored for my test. Getting full marks means a perfect score; getting just one mistake makes the score imperfect. In that case, I won’t even be perfect because even if I have sinned one time in my life, I have missed the mark. How, then, can anyone make the mark to be the Bride of Christ?

God revealed to me, “The perfection of my Bride is not perfection in doing; it’s about perfection in being. Each day, it is your prayer to become more like Christ; not to only do to become more like Christ. Perfection in doing is behaving like God, leading you to lose the grace to accept your faults; perfection in being is becoming more and more like Christ, having the dependency on Me so that You can do my Will.”

This is my prayer today, that You’ll restore to us the fear of the Lord, give us a revelation of Your holiness and help us understand what it means to be set apart for You alone.
For your Maker is your husband--the LORD Almighty is his name--the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.
Isaiah 54:5 (NIV) 
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
James 1:4 (AMP) 
Christ's love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness.
Ephesians 5:25-27 (MSG)

God Loves Us All!

by Monday, August 20, 2012
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1 (NKJV)
Recently, there was this dear friend of mine was praying for me. When she prayed, she told me, “God wants me to tell you that He loves you.” It was followed by a series of “I love you” repetitions from God. Since that day till now, I will hear His voice repeating in my ears, “I love you, Joy. I love you.” Even when I got the point that He loves me, He never stops telling me that He loves me.

God is never tired of telling and showing His children that He loves them. Even when we, as His children, know that He loves us, He just loves us so much that He can't stop expressing to us how dear we are to Him. His love is just so overwhelming!
Even when I'm a sinner, He has so much compassion on me.
Even when I keep failing Him, He remains patient with me.
God loves me, therefore He disciplines me, not by punishing, but by love.
God loves me, therefore He gets excited when I'm taking the time off to spend it with Him. I'll feel that He is sad whenever I end my conversations with Him because He'll miss hearing my voice.
God loves me, therefore He never grows tired of repetitively telling me, “I love you.”
Friend, God loves you so much! You're His beloved, a masterpiece in whom He takes constant delight in! Allow His love to sink deep in your life and secure your identity in Him today. God really really loves you a lot! ❤
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:10 (NIV)
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Lasting Fruits

by Tuesday, August 07, 2012
As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”

 “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”
Mark 13:1-2 (NIV) 
While the disciple was drawing Jesus’s attention to the massive stones and magnificent buildings, I believe he was extremely overwhelmed at the beauty and structure of the buildings, and he was expecting to get a response from Jesus, telling him, “Yeah, that’s really nice. What a beautiful sight.” Instead, Jesus gave this unexpected response, “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down”

These verses reminded me of a man named Alexander the great. He was a great Macedonian king who conquered many kingdoms, had a great army, a sharp sword, conquests and riches. While he was at his deathbed he gave his last wishes to the generals. One of his last wishes was this: “I want both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin. I wish people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world.” 

What an irony for the king to say these wishes! Imagine him being a great king, highly regarded by the Macedonians, and making a request to keep his hands dangling out of the coffin. But yet when he was at his deathbed, he came to a point of realisation, that no matter how much wealth and conquests he achieved while being on this earth, he will still leave this earth empty handed.

My friends, today I believe it is the day where we need to question ourselves the kind of fruits that we are building here on earth. What can we bring with us when we die? We can’t bring along our wealth, properties or our favourite bag. There are only 2 things that will never fade away and they will last for eternity even when we physically die, and they are God’s Word and souls:
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Matthew 24:35 (NKJV)

Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
Psalm 119:89 (NIV)

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:28 (NKJV)

Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed). In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the [sound of the] last trumpet call. For a trumpet will sound, and the dead [in Christ] will be raised imperishable (free and immune from decay), and we shall be changed (transformed).
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (AMP)
“Watch out what you are building in your life. Building fruits that are temporal may seem grand and marvelous on the outside, pleasuring to the eye, but these are fruits that won’t last. My child, stop wasting time; start being highly purposeful and build fruits that will last for eternity.

This is my prayer today Lord, that I will grow to become highly purposeful and choose to build lasting fruits that will grant me eternal joy.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit —fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
John 15:16 (NIV)
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