“Jesus said to them again, ’… As the Father has sent Me, I also send you’” —John 20:21
October 26, 2011
When God asks me to do something, what is it that I think right away? do I say yes? or do I think first if I can do it?
Who am I to turn down God’s command? Just like a soldier that is sent by the president, they just do it. Jesus was sent by God and He just did everything regardless if it was Him raising Lazarus from the dead or Him being crucified.
Being called by God is not and should not be based off emotions. It is not a part-time job where I only go to work when I feel like it and call in sick when I don’t. God’s calling is a lifetime commitment and I learned from the whole time I was with the CYN is that if I based serving God by my emotions and not by my faith in Him.. I would still be in the same place as I am back in 2009.
By the way I am really addicted to the song Rescue by Desperation band… here’s the link for those interested:
No picture but a vid instead :)
“I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” —1 Corinthians 9:22
October 25, 2011
Truly revealing… I was always drowned at the fact that we choose to do things and yet I realize now that when it comes to serving God, it is not because I chose to follow Him but instead He chose me.
It all makes sense now on how He just simply won’t let go of me.. how all my worldly endeavours always ended in vain and when I started to follow God, everything seems to have fallen into place.
To be the man God wants me to be, that I might by all means save some.
When God calls you, trust me… do not fight it - many are called but few are chosen.
“Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ …” —2 Corinthians 2:14
October 24, 2011
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”. As I rely on God’s strength, when I accomplish the goals set before me… do I see that as my victory or God’s?
There are definitely moments that I see God when I am on my low times but how about during the high times?
I learned that I should never aim to almost at the top but instead aim for the very top with God. I am nothing but a man but with God, anything is possible.
the view is really nice from the top eh?.. only through God’s grace.
“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world” —John 18:36
October 19, 2011
What is it really I am living for? I have got to admit that there are times where I would forget that I’m living my life for God in a way where I am so occupied with the things of this world… it is as if I am aiming to be morally satisfied under the world’s standard and mistaking it to be “what God wants me to do”.
This verse has taught me that I should never forget that heaven is not here on earth… that my ultimate goal is to reach God’s kingdom. Soaking myself with activities and such won’t bring me there but instead, I have to continuously work on soaking myself with God’s presence so that I may be more like Him.
Another thing is that the deeds a Christian worker does that is seen in public is not what matters… just like what the verse said, God’s kingdom is not here on this world… even though our works - being seen or not is essential, it is still our most inner heart and reasoning as to why we do the things we do is what will make us qualified to be in the kingdom of God.
I wanna sit at your feet
drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breath,
hear your heart beat
This love is so deep,
it’s more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it’s overwhelming
“… they went forth for His name’s sake …” —3 John 7
October 18, 2011
What do the things I do really mean?
I learned in this verse that in everything I do, God has to be attached to it and nothing else. Doing things selfishly means not including God and I consider everything I have done for myself meaningless.
God being the centre of my life means that I have detached myself with everything except God.
I’ll be honest, there were times that my chase for success was for revenge just like the saying “the best revenge is success” (lol on the sentence) but I know now that I won’t be successful if I got other reasons for reaching those goals besides the reason that because this is what my God wants me to do.
Human attention is temporary, it disappears once they go home and sleep… but God’s eyes never wanders… He will see me all throughout my life and I have to make sure that I lived it only for Him.
“… I say to you, he who believes in Me, … greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” —John 14:12
October 17, 2011
I have got to admit, being in the position I am in now… I am scared and worried. For those who don’t know, I am trying to build up this company. Being in this position leaves a great deal of uncertainty on my end. I have never started or done anything like this before but I am here because this is where God has placed me.
Lately, I have really felt the burden of my work… I felt as if I was carrying the whole thing and doubts started to creep in.. “what if I fail? what if I don’t make it?”. Time and time again I try to remind myself that I should rely on God but because of size of this mountain I am trying to climb, I tend to forget that I shouldn’t worry and remember instead of who I am - a nobody.
I thank God for continually trying to reach out to me to tell me that this was never my plan but His. That I should never rely on myself (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13) and completely not worry because God has got my back.
I need to find comfort in Him… I’ll be honest, I looked at my debit balance a couple of hours ago and it left me with a heavy heart.. I had a sense of panic but God has comforted me just now. Without God I know I won’t be able to accomplish these goals laid before me… I pray to God that I never forget anymore that He has got me.
“He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” —1 John 2:2
October 15, 2011
What I learned from this verse is that Jesus’ life is what I need to take away when it comes to learning from Him. His deeds, goodness and kindness come second but Jesus’ life is priority.
It seemed confusing at first but I get it now… Jesus’ life/sacrifice is what saved me from God’s wrath. It was His gospel and not His deeds although it is quite important as well.
The word propitiation means the act of appeasing God. Jesus died for our sins and I believe that alone is the sole essence that I need to take away from Jesus’ story. Healing the blind can be counted… same with sanctifying and his works, but the fact that Jesus took away the sins of the world is something that cannot be measured.
I can definitely use this as a clincher or to make me hold on tighter to God when things are going south: “Jesus sacrificed His life to save me.”
I pray that anyone who reads this is encouraged and understand what I am trying to say.
“Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ’All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations …’ ”—Matthew 28:18-19
October 14, 2011
I learned that being on the same stride as Christ, I was given much responsibility because I now carry the name of Jesus within me.
I should not limit myself to what the needs are of the people but instead look at what God wants of me.
Sharing the word or God’s love as I see now is not really in focus of the people. I will try to explain:
Just like in the verse, Jesus said “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” and nothing in there says that the people won’t be saved if I didn’t do anything.
God always has a plan and I am nothing but a speck of dust when seen with the whole picture. Pretty much, I need to do what I do because that is what pleases MY God and not because of the salvation of the people within my reach. It is not my job to save people because that is God’s but it is my job to please Him.
“… when Moses was grown … he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens” —Exodus 2:11
October 13, 2011
What I got from this is that being called by God is not an automatic transformation. Just like in Moses’ story, he knew that he is called by God but he was sent to the wild for 40 years before God called him once again.
That 40 years was meant for Moses to grow, to be in the same pace as God. The way I see it, the things I have gone through with my life… I had to because God was shaping me to be the man I am today. That my past was my “40 years”.
Never be discouraged if you feel like God is not there because those are the times that you should know that unimaginable growth is near.
“Enoch walked with God …” —Genesis 5:24
One thing I’m true about is my faith and interaction with God even before I was committed. I wouldn’t fake that I am spiritually high when I am not or pretend that I am with God when I am not.
What I learned from those 4 words of my devotion tonight is that the real test is not what people see in me but how I see me truthfully and how God sees me. When do I walk with God? when do I take a break? stop? I learned in this devo that God wants me to be one with Him… that as I walk with Him, I am walking with Him in the same pace. Sometimes it is hard to be pacing with God because He tends to be ahead sometimes and my life seems to be something that drags me to go slow. I know I have to always be one with God and not get distracted by earthly things. As I aim to be in unison with God, I bring out less of me and more of Him… that the way I live my life will be in accordance to His decisions alone.
Being a Christian is not lived during extraordinary moments but through the ordinary times where praises and compliments are absent. Give God the glory no matter what. It was always about Him and not how good of a Christian we are anyways.
Only God’s eyes matters… when I am right with Him, everything else falls into place.