Archive for September, 2008

There are times when the battle seems too overwhelming, you are just too tired or too stressed to carry on; when things keep rolling down hill, wave after wave; when there never seems enough of supply and the needs keeps growing; there are times when you get so dejected and want to throw in the towel. You want to give up and surrender.

You are at the right place.

Your Best Is Ahead Of You, Self Portrait in Barbados

But we are not to surrender to the world. The turmoil and troubles will never end; remember the world is cursed, nothing good will ever come out of it. People who sow their seeds of their lives into the world, putting faith in their investments, whether time, money, hope, health, etc. into the world will reap what the world produces. There may be some good but mostly bad returns. There is, however, a better place.

For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you. Galatians 3:28-29 (NLT)

You Best Is Ahead Of You, In Fear and Faith

When we surrender our lives to Jesus, then that is where all the difference begins. When we are at our wits-end and when there is no more road ahead of us-only a steep cliff, we will then know our vulnerability and our weakness. It is good many does not need to stand at the cliff before surrendering to Jesus. But for those who do, upon surrendering to Jesus, have a good expectation in faith that a mountain will uproot and fill the highest cliff in front of you (Matthew 17:20), such that you can continue to walk high up above the clouds and not drop down to your death.

This is because once we belong to Christ, we are heirs to God’s promise to Abraham. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.  Hebrews 11:8-10  

 

If we can instead sow our seeds of our lives into the best investment there will ever be, then have a good expectation in faith that our returns will be greater than our imagination, even if we cannot see it immediately. Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.  Hebrews 11:1   But the time will come, and at its best, it will come.

The Best Is Ahead Of Us, The best is yet to come

All these are not because we can pep talk ourselves into it, grill ourselves into super-performers or manipulate the world with our minds or hands. We are because not only has Christ redeemed us from the curse, we also inherited the blessings promised to Abraham though the reconciliation work of the cross (Romans 5:11).

There are amazing things yet to be experienced by all who surrender their lives to Christ, born again through repentance and faith in Jesus. All our best is still ahead of us because our earthly mind cannot grasp the greatness of what lies ahead for believers. But we get glimpses of it by God’s revelation. And we see that the best is yet to come! Your best is ahead of you!

 

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”  1 Corinthians 2:9

 

 

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Repentance is a change of thought and action to correct a wrong and gain forgiveness from the one wronged => GOD!
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Ephesians 5:8-9

Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just. For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me. But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.

Purify me from my sins,and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice. Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you. Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness. Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.

You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering. The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings. Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.

Psalm 51

Albert Einstein, Quote of the Day“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.”

—  Albert Einstein

I always like this song and was listening to it this morning. It is “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion, recorded eons ago. Suddenly it occurs to me: “Wow, this is a great worship song to God, to Jesus. Because, come on, nobody is that great! Of course only Jesus!”

I know I posted a praise and worship in the last one, but well, it is such a joy to fall in love with Him all over again, because He first loved us!!

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. John 17:24

For all those times you stood by me
For all the truth that you made me see
For all the joy you brought to my life
For all the wrong that you made right
For every dream you made come true
For all the love I found in you
I’ll be forever thankful baby greatly
You’re the one who held me up
Never let me fall
You’re the one who saw me through through it all

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

You gave me wings and made me fly
You touched my hand I could touch the sky
I lost my faith, you gave it back to me
You said no star was out of reach
You stood by me and I stood tall
I had your love I had it all
I’m grateful for each day you gave me
Maybe I don’t know that much
But I know this much is true
I was blessed because I was loved by you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

You were always there for me
The tender wind that carried me
A light in the dark shining your love into my life
You’ve been my inspiration
Through the lies you were the truth
My world is a better place because of you

You were my strength when I was weak
You were my voice when I couldn’t speak
You were my eyes when I couldn’t see
You saw the best there was in me
Lifted me up when I couldn’t reach
You gave me faith ‘coz you believed
I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

I’m everything I am
Because you loved me

We love because he first loved us.  1 John 4:19

Sing – Hillsong

Posted: 25 September, 2008 in Songs and Music, Visions
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I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.   Psalms 89:1-2

 

It used to be darkness
Without you I
I lived my life in blindness
But now I am found

And I’ll sing, sing I love you so
And I’ll sing
Because the world can’t take away
Your love

Found me in weakness
Broken
You came to me in kindness
And now I live

I’ll give my life for you Lord
For all you’ve done

Losing to Gain, Sowing the Seeds for the Future

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say,

   “They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!   2 Corinthians 9:6-14

 

A farmer who is sowing seeds on the his field seems like he is throwing it away. He throws the seeds seemingly unsystematically and without care. To the unqualified, the seeds seems lost and unrecoverable, but the farmer knows he will get back and get back with much much more.

When we give up ourselves to follow Christ, to the uninitiated, it may seem that we are throwing our lives, our time, our money and devotion away. But like the farmer, we know with great confidence we will get it back-with much more. Jesus promised in the Bible, Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  Matthew 10:39  In essence, we are losing to actually gain.

Losing To Gain, farmerThe way of the cross is very different from what the world perceives, The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:5  Jesus teaches us to measure our lives by seemingly losses than by gains, by sacrifices than by self-preservation, by give than by hording, by giving love than by demanding love.

 

The truth of life is this: God provided us with everything in the first place. Every breath we take; every move we make; everything we own is God given. And if we cheerful give Him our little, God will also in turn generously provide all you need. And so much so generously that plenty left over to share with others.

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. We have a generous God who wants His people to be generous as well. At the end of the day God like us to joyfully express our thanks to Him.

So are you ready to lose it?

God Series 30 – Talk

Posted: 22 September, 2008 in God Series
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God Series 30 - Talk

a simple conversation from God