The Need For God

by Monday, May 18, 2015
In Adam and Eve's time, the serpent deceived them to take the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. As they take the fruit, they will “become like God, knowing good and evil.” The enemy's goal was to dismiss humanity's dependence on God . They would make self judgments on matters without consulting God.

Today, the enemy's deception upon humanity is still strong and prevailing. Many depend of self and dismiss the fact of their need for God. So the question pops, “Why do we need God?” Simply put, we are not all self-sufficient.

We live, move, breathe and exist because there is a Creator who fearfully and wonderfully made you and me. The essential existence of our will to live comes from God - which explains the reverse: the essential existence of the will to no longer live (suicide, depression, etc) comes from the evil one.

We live hoping for a better tomorrow, a better life, a turn of fate into a positive one. Where does this hope come from? It may come from the desire to be better than our surroundings, or the need for survival. We may attribute this hope we have to ourselves initially, but it will soon die as meaninglessness and hopelessness creep in from happenings around.

So back to the question: Why do we need God? Because
1) He is our Creator. Without Him, we would not be here today.
2) He brings us to hope anew - in the midst of good and trying circumstances.
3) He is our Provider. He is the sustenance of all lives, and He promises we will always have enough - if we will trust Him and seek first His Kingdom.

Be A Giant Slayer

by Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 17
// Reflection from discipleship, “Facing The Giants”

Many succumb to be “slaves” of their “giants” as they allow intimidation, fear, and familiarity/deception of their weaknesses to overtake them. The “giants” win easily without a fight, and they become “slaves”.

Identify the “giants” in your life and face them head on like David. Take on the weapons given by God and be endued with the Holy Spirit's power to fight the “giants”.

It will be the “giants” that shall be your “slaves”, not you becoming the “giant's slave”.

Wait On The Lord

by Wednesday, May 06, 2015
To those who have been waiting for the promises of God to come to pass / a breakthrough in some area or some person:

Tiredness, discouragement and hopelessness creep in as we cry out, “O Lord, when?” and it seems that nothing is changing for the good. I did ask The Lord many times, “Why can't you do it now, since you are the God of impossibilities?”

To that, He always replies, “The timing of the promise I have given to you lies in My hands, and My timing is perfect. Trust My heart.” It's really really hard to look with this perspective especially in down and out times.

I imagine the scene where Jesus claimed [as He refers to Himself], “Destroy this Temple, and I will raise it up in 3 days.” (John 2:19) And while being at the Cross, the internal tension He faced within at the brink of death was extreme. I imagine Him saying to God, “Father, I believe in Your promises. They shall come to pass.”

And with that, He declares, “It is finished!”  (John 19:30) He died without any physical prove from God that He will resurrect from the dead, but God the Father indeed proved Himself faithful. Jesus is alive today, and it is because of Him that we can have victory over our circumstances.

He understands what you are going through. He really understands. Trust God's heart. Don't be dismayed or discouraged. Hope in the Lord, my friend!

The Lord is not slow in keeping His promises, as some understand slowness. He is not human that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
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