“In that day you will ask in My name … for the Father Himself loves you …” —John 16:26-27
May 29 2012
What I learned from today’s devotion is that we are connected to God. And what I mean by that is we shouldn’t see hindrances, our sins, where we are in life, etc and more etc. as an excuse to feel that we are distant to Him. Jesus already sacrificed Himself for us to get that privilege.
God loves us just as much as He loves Jesus. And just like the love we have for family, friends and significant others, it should be a reciprocal thing. The moment we move past the thought that loving God is a chore because we have to do this, do not that that… is when we will truly feel that we are one with Him. I can easily compare this experience to my love to my own father. When I was a kid or during my immature phase, I saw my dad as a chore. Like I “have” to love him but he irritates the heck out of me with the nags and scolding… but as I grew older, I have gone past the negatives and saw my dad for what he really is… my father. It is the same with God. Just keep seeking God for we have the privilege to do so. Once you get to that part of your spiritual walk, it is such an amazing feeling. Seeing God as my Father and being able to be so connected that I may ask whatever it is that I wish and have full trust that He will answer.
“In that day you will ask Me nothing” —John 16:23
May 28, 2012
In the past, I have so many questions like “why did this happen? why that? how come?”. I had tons of questions as to why the world is like this, why certain things around me are this and that. Honestly, the past few weeks has resurfaced some questions.
But what I learned today is that maybe it is not about asking questions. Maybe it is simply seeking God Himself. The thing is, I feel like I have been distant with what has happened and because of that distance, my oneness with God has suddenly wavered. When all questions seem to disappear is when one will feel that they are one with their walk with God or in oneness with Him.
I have to go back to that complete trust. To be assured that God is simply doing His thing and when I get there, I will know the answers and have no further questions.
“When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead” —Revelation 1:17
May 24, 2012
There are times that things are so wrong that there is nothing I can do but look up to God. It’s as if I fell dead at His feet because there is nothing else I can do. I have been in such situations and when I first encountered it, I was totally and utterly hopeless and I did not understand what God’s purpose is at the time. Now, I find joy in times of trouble because I know that is the time where God will work, will show His greatness. I have acknowledge that apart from Him I am nothing and as a branch of God, He will not let me fall. The optimistic way of looking at times of trouble is that God will be doing something about it. It’s an exciting feeling to know that a surprise is coming or something good.
So if ever you feel down, be excited because God will make the impossible, possible.
“By your patience possess your souls” —Luke 21:19
May 20, 2012
What I learned from this verse is that in the process of spiritual growth, once I started my walk with God, my understanding of things started to change. I can clearly see my strengths and weaknesses and also the things that is not of God. In other versions of the verse… NIV for example states “Stand firm, and you will win life.” revealed to me that because I have this newfound understanding, I will have tons of things in my life that I will have to let go and not succumb to. Stand firm - By your patience, means just that. Stand firm with my new understanding and not fall into temptation and my patience will win me my life and soul because I will overcome my addictions, my bad habits, my ungodly desires.
If you have things you’re struggling on, stand firm in God’s grace and I’m sure He will take care of you.
“Look at the birds of the air … . Consider the lilies of the field …” —Matthew 6:26, 28
May 18, 2012
I love today’s devotion. It has cleared my mind that growing my spiritual walk with God is really just about 1 thing: keep my eyes focused on Him. It is really quite that simple. Instead of making my services as an excuse to feel like I am growing, to feel like I am useful… God really only wants me to focus on Him. I just really realized how wonderful it would be that I just simply live and people see God in that? Just like the verse “consider the lilies of the field” those lilies do not spin or do backflips, they simply are just that and yet, they fulfill everything that they are - simply and unaffectedly. Yes, my commitment to serving God through drums and ministry is good but it should never be the basis of my spiritual growth. I shouldn’t be relying of where I am to grow, if my “batman belt” is complete. Growing through God doesn’t mean of being use to others… it is simply believing in God for who He is. It gets easy to confuse service to being the basis because that is what’s easy, measurable. I play for the church every Sunday and give my tithes and attend this and that and I feel good, I’ve done my due diligence… but it shouldn’t be about that. I shouldn’t feel that I have to do those for God, that I have to do these things to grow. Service to God I see now should go beyond obedience to what the people demand of you. Service is simply just a gift, a gift I am giving God because I love Him. It is by no means a tool to say “I am doing my part” because God only wants me to believe in Him… everything else is icing on the cake.
In the end, service is simply an act of love… anything else is prison. Obedience is simply living that is God centred… just like the birds in the sky, the lilies of the field.
“It came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven” —Luke 24:51
May 17, 2012
What I got from this verse today is really simple: Jesus died for us so salvation can be for anyone. Jesus had to go through this world being a man not to for glory but to save. I see it that because Jesus got crucified, He is as much as a part of us as well as God’s. He identified Himself with us to show us that we can live a life that is pure and holy, that we can say no to temptations, that we do have the ability to find strength in God. He limited himself so we could understand. He got crucified instead of being celebrated. Nothing is more clear than Jesus’ love for us. The lessons are here, it’s just up to me to learn and apply it to my life… just like what the verse said: while He blessed them, He was parted from them and carried up to heaven. Jesus has blessed me, now the ball is in my court.
“… praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit …” —Ephesians 6:18
May 3, 2012
What I learned from today’s devotion is about the fragility of intercessory prayer. God has instilled in me that I could get in the way when God is lifting up somebody if let’s say I talk to that person with a pointing finger type of attitude. God’s connection will be blocked because I make them feel bad and instead of looking to God, they end up looking at themselves with sadness and shame.
When I feel like I should intercede, I ought to focus more on just interceding in prayer and encouragement rather than realization for God will speak to them directly at that realm and let their maturity inform them of things that they’re doing that is not of God.