A New Attitude - A New Timeline

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You that You are making everything new. Renew in me a new heart, a heart for You and Your coming. There will be no more crying or sorrow, no more pain or death when You come. Give me a new attitude for Your purpose, Your timeline and Your love for the lost to spread the gospel. Help me to get rid of any mind-set that would keep me from becoming more like You and receiving the blessings You have for me. Help me to throw off any negative attitude and put on a positive new one. Make me more and more into the image of Christ.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” Revelation 21:4-5

Look Forward To Our Blessed Hope - Look Forward to Jesus Christ

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.   Titus 2:11-14

The grace of God has brought us through, bring salvation to all who believes. Now, we look forward to our blessed hope, awaiting the fulfilment of our promise. In the MSG translation, it says “whetting our appetites for the glorious day”; the glorious day when we meet Jesus Christ, our God and Saviour in the air.

Looking forward to our blessed Hope – Look forward to our Christ… our Lord Jesus.

Take Possession By The Father's Favour

For they [God’s people] did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favoured them.     Psalm 44:3

The world judges success by your qualifications, talents and experience; it was the basis for your status, promotions, salaries and ultimate worth in life. But really?

We, as God’s beloved children, need not be limited by what the world dictates, because we did not possess the world by our own effort. Unlike what the ugly world does, we don’t struggle to attain anything. Fallen human’s best efforts and righteous deeds, are nothing but filthy rags in God’s eyes. (Isaiah 64:6)

So either we face a certain doom, or instead, we can depend solely on God-the Father’s favour—His unmerited, unearned, undeserved grace! In Ecclesiastes 9:11, even in the natural, the race does not automatically goes to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned. This means, contrary to common believe (or myth), even if we are not the fastest, the strongest, the smartest or even the best looking; our God can still give us good success when we depend on His grace and not on our nature strength. It is His right hand and His favour that provides for us, that fights for us, that defends us and gives us what we don’t deserve. His right hand speaks of the Father’s best effort, His full power and commitment; to be there for us.

Our “disqualifications” is our very qualification; for His favour and grace. So instead of melodizing on your failures and defeats, let us raise up and declared the Father’s goodness and grace! Taking possession of your situation by The Father’s favour! Have a good expectation of good things to happen to you! Be conscious of His favour. Believe it. Confess it. And experience it!

“But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – Jesus Christ (John 16:33)

I Need You Lord-Broken Chains

Thank You Lord Jesus, for Your victory at the cross. It is because of Your victory – that saved me, and that my enemy can never ever have any victory in my life. You, Lord, are my rock, my strength, and my protector, so there is no one who can destroy my life as long as I walk with You. Thank You that You always hear my prayers and will be my help in times of trouble. I ask You to keep me safe from trouble, harm, or evil influences today and every day. You Lord, is all that I need.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
    he is my God, and I trust him.
For he will rescue you from every trap
    and protect you from deadly disease.
He will cover you with his feathers.
    He will shelter you with his wings.
    His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

Psalms 91:2-4

"Do Not Be Afraid"  365 Times In The Bible, One Everyday

I was pleasantly surprised to read somewhere that God’ assurance, “Do Not Be Afraid” was written 365 times in the Bible; that’s a daily reminder for us from God to live fearless everyday. Out of curiosity and accountability, I did a simple search online, and it seems that the most hits I have gotten was only about 144 “Fear Not”, found in King James Version, see here. I was a little disappointed by this romantic myth, although it seems difficult to verify conclusively. I know there are other verses that probably meant the same thing but phrased differently, like “Take heart”, “Take courage”, “Be strong”, “Be still”, “Do not be anxious”, “Whom shall I fear?”,  etc.

Anyway while pondering, I was reminded on the inside to be thankful, nevertheless, on the vast numbers of “Do Not Be Afraid” mentioned in the Bible. Frankly, I was hoodwinked by the shortfall in numbers, instead of giving praise to the huge numbers of divine assurances God, the Father has given us in His Word. I mean, think about it, how many other literatures, religious or otherwise, (if there is even any at all) gives you as many assurance and comfort? How many other gods/faith dared promise what our Father has promised us? And how strongly these promises are given? None that I know of.

And here I am, thinking like a spoiled brat, just because my Math doesn’t add up.

Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.   Isaiah 41:10

You see, God not only gave His assurance and comfort (as recorded in the Bible) so many times; equally important is also the way He would assure us. He would always staked Himself into assurance turning it into a promise, guaranteed by Himself; not empty comforting words. He is not remote, aloof and faraway. God’s promises to us are always personal and always backed by Himself – the best evidence is found in Jesus Christ at the cross.

There are no romantic myths in Bible, only real ones, promises by a real personal God…

 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.  1 Peter 5:7 

 

You Will Not Fear The Arrows That Flies By Day

I came across an video taken during an actual air-raid in Israel. The video showcased the Iron Dome, Israel’s short-range missile defence system, that simultaneously intercepting 15 separate Qassam rockets fired by Hamas from Gaza. What caught me was the real evil intent of killing and the people living it as part of their daily lives; all the while for the rest of the world, we had taken the peace for granted. The air-raid siren played by the Israeli representative during UN council meeting paled in comparison.

 

You will not dread the terrors (pachad) that haunt the night
    or enemy arrows (khetz) that fly in the day
Or the plagues that lurk in darkness
    or the disasters that wreak havoc at noon.

A thousand may fall on your left,
    ten thousand may die on your right,
    but these horrors won’t come near you.   Psalms 91:5-7

Even in the midst of such terror, God (Elohai) the Father, in His Word has already promised and assured His divine protection on us. We will not fear the enemy’s arrows (khetz) that will fly towards us. Even if a thousand fall on our left and ten thousand on our right, these horrors will not come near us! This is a small preview.

 

California Surfer
Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You for the liberty and freedom You have sacrificed to give me. You have set me free from so much bondages and death itself. You said Your yoke is easy and burden is light; my life lived by Your faith is easy and light. I don’t have to carry the difficult and heavy religious yoke and burden of self-righteousness to make myself acceptable to God-the Father through my self-effort. Deliver me from any yoke and burden of bondage on my life that You never intended me to have, and help me to stand strong with this new freedom. Keep me from ever being drawn back into any bondage from which You have freed me from.

In Jesus name. Amen.

So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.   Galatians 5:1 (NLT)