Quiet words

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All the unuttered words of my mouth

Still You make sense of my emotional mess

Still You understand my quietness

 

One thing is for sure about my heavenly Daddy

 He is not interested how my words are untidy

Only wanting to see a heart of integrity

Being open before Him unreservedly

All my sins and failure confessing completely

All my weakness and pain poured at His feet in Galilee

 

 You draw closer and whisper

Words of hope, that You are my Helper

 You still my racing heart, from what makes it quiver

 Embracing me with love, the hour doesn’t matter

 Whenever I need You, You are always there.

 

“You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?” – Psalm.56:8

 

 

 

 

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Resurrection Power

Dear reader, I would like us to meditate on these truths below as we think of Christ’s resurrection….

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” – 1 Corinth.15:19-20

 “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” – Romans.8:11

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you” – 1 Peter.1:3-4

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John.16:33

“for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.” – 1 John.5:4

Christ is indeed risen and sitting at the right hand of the Father now, but what does His resurrection mean to us, 2000 years later?

Christ’s resurrection has given us 2 things:

1. for the here and now  – we sometimes live such defeated and sad lives, because we forget the power that is given to us through Christ’s resurrection. We feel powerless. Yet, this amazing truth of His resurrection extends even to our daily lives now. We no longer need to be bound by fear or sin, because He has already defeated them on the cross. “having cancelled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! And having disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians.2:14-15) We can now live and overcoming life here on earth, because He has already overcome! We are fighting defeated enemies, so the victory is ours. We get this power through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and girds us to fight the good fight; we are given all the resources, but it’s up to us to use them. 

2. for the future  – hope of our own resurrection, to those of us who believe in Him. We all don’t like to think about death and what might follow afterwards, but for us Christians death is only the door to the home we long to be, with our Lord and Saviour. Christ being the first to rise, He has shown us the glory that awaits those who believe in Him. His resurrection makes us  strong, His resurrection makes us joyful, His resurrection is our hope! All glory to the risen King!!! 

Set Apart – be a remnant

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“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues.” –  Revelation 18:4 

Dear friends, may the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus be with you all. Despite the fact I wasn’t able to post a blog last month, the lesson I have been learning is carrying on until this month, so all is not lost. This lesson is a very important lesson for all of us Christians living in this 21st century of modernism and globalisation. This lesson always reminds us of the litmus test we are to apply in our daily lives, whether we are living our names ‘Christians’. This lesson is also very timely because it comes in such a time as lent, where we don’t just give up something we like, but more importantly use this time to test our lives and  intentions in light of God’s Word and aim to correct any crooked ways.

Brothers and sisters, I want to remind you that we live in the last days now, its not time to sleep and be carefree about what we see. Its time to examine ALL that we see, hear and receive, “…because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish…” (Ephesians.5:16-17). We all see the evil that surrounds us, how the devil has controlled the world at his fist, whilst many don’t realise it. Much hatred, fighting, killing, drugs, abuse, politics…. Yet these are the obvious that everyone sees. Even those who don’t know God understand these evil works. There is something more that shocked and saddened me – when the Church opened its doors for the enemy, not just to enter, but to control all its activities, making it look no different to the world outside! And he has succeeded in a number of churches globally. 

The Bible says: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans.12:2) This means we are not follow its ever changing dress code, holiday celebration, way of speech, conduct, manner and its ever compromising morals. Some follow this pattern to try and show the world how ‘friendly’ the church is. The church is not friendly, it is loving and caring, not defiling itself with a single streak from the abomination of the world. We do not need to imitate the world to draw people to Christ. Christ is most beautiful and attractive enough to those with eyes to see. We do not need to sandwich  His teaching with worldly materials to make it more appetising and palatable. King David once said, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm.119:103)  

This lent, let us not merely follow the crowd, let us separate ourselves, from all that defile us and lets run after our Holy God and be holy. Let us take courage and cut out the dead pieces that don’t honour God from our lives and churches, even if they “have a form of godliness.” (2 Tim.3:5) 

May His Holy Spirit lead us into all truth, giving us discernment as we earnestly seek to glorify Him in our lives, Amen! 

Rest at His feet

jesus-feet“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things. But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.” – Luke.10:41-42

May the grace of the Lord Jesus, who was and is and is to come be with you all dear readers!

As this is the first blog of 2019, I wondered what to share with you and decided that what the Lord is teaching me of what really matters in life is this topic of resting at His feet.  We often find ourselves running around here and there, some of it is what we call God’s work and the rest just trying to live our lives. How often do we take a spiritual sabbath? How often do we find ourselves taking our shoes off (a picture of leaving the world behind), forgetting all our worries and just be at the feet of Jesus.

There were a couple of ladies in the Bible who sat at Jesus’ feet and found rest and healing. One of them is Mary, Martha’s sister. Mary knew that more than anything in life, her relationship with her God and just listening to His word was the most essential, and the Lord applauded her for that.

Another one is the woman “who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.” – (Luke.7:37-38) This woman knew the healing to be found by pouring out her heart at His feet and indeed she was forgiven much, because she loved much.

What do we learn from these women then? There is a pure joy, delight, and abundant feast to be found when we sit at His feet. There is rest from all our labours, worries and fears as we hear His voice and awe on His might. Jesus knew what it meant to rest in His Father, sleeping through the stormy sea (Mark 4:35-41). And when we practice such faith, our trust in Him grows and we can sleep through any storm in life. All glory to Him! 

Praise & move on…

d56955_75dc3237639b43b2b8ccdc3c027b61bemv2Grace and peace of our Lord be with you all dear readers. As we approach the ending of 2018, many of us have much to be thankful for and to look back and consider all that has passed. How many hurdles have we passed, how much evil has the Lord shielded us from? How many answered prayers did we receive and how much unexpected goodness and love have we gained? Some of us may have had a really tough and difficult year, still we are alive and God has guarded us from a lot of harm and we can praise Him for that. How has God used those tough times to mould and shape us to be better people? To give us greater visions beyond our self-contained dreams? 

As we think through this past year, we have two options: 1) look back and wallow in our loss, our failure and “what could have been”s OR 2) repent of our wrongs and failures, shake off the dust and as Paul said in Philippians.3:13-14 “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Which one will you pick? 

I have made this conscious decision that I will thank God for all the good things He has done for me, even  how He held me close in those tough times and trust Him with my tomorrow. Because we have a LIVING GOD, we don’t have to fear, we will overcome all. But now, now is a time to raise our heads from the dust, lift our hands, praise and  forgetting the past, so we can press forward with a free spirit. 

May you find God in the most amazing way this coming year as you draw closer to seek His face.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES! 

 

GOD’s Favourite Hour

Time and time again in the Bible, have you noticed whesummer-clockjpg-65188d6577b92ac3n God shows up? 

Lets take the story of Abraham, he was an old man awaiting his time of departure when God decided to gift him at the age of 100 with a son, Isaac (God has given us laughter) that he so longed for. (Genesis.21:5-6)

What about Hannah, who was so desperately bullied by Peninnah because she was childless and when she was on the verge of breaking, God gave her a son, Samuel (God has heard).  (1Samuel.1-2)

Consider Daniel and his friends, they trusted God’s faithfulness right up to the pit of lions and firing furnace. And God didn’t fail them, He rescued them from the mouth of lions and firing furnace. (Daniel.3,6)

Elijah found God’s strength, when he though that he was condemned to death by Jezebel, hopelessly sleeping at the foot of a broom tree. (1 Kings 19:4-6) 

What about Lazarus (God is my help), who was left to die, so that the resurrecting power of God may be revealed in him! (John.11:38-44)

Have we noticed a pattern here? It seems that God remains quiet for a long time and for once we reach a point when we feel He is not paying any attention to us and all our groaning. It may seem that God only shows up when we are at the end of our rope, when we nearly give up. Why is that? Why does He allow us to reach almost breaking point? I believe its for a couple of reasons:

  1. God wants us to come to the end of our own strength and capabilities so we can fully rely on Him. If God answers our prayers as soon as, then we can end up being proud and puffed up and fall. 
  2. God wants to show us that He is able to do the impossible, where it goes far beyond human comprehension and reason. In such cases the only explanation to the situation is that GOD HAS DONE IT! So that all glory goes to Him alone and we do not glory in the flesh what so ever. 

Therefore we can say that God’s favourite hour is the last hour, when all seems at the verge of loss, when we hold our breath, at the pinnacle of uncertainty. God shows up in His majesty! 

Live like a dead person

I know… controversial right? What came to your mind when you read this title? Isn’t death the end of living? Or is it…?

What comes to your mind when you read the following verse?afterlife-743492

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life,appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” – Colossians.3:2-4

What if I told you the first verse in that chapter says: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Death in its physical term is the state of being unconscious, unaware, not listening, not watching or understanding about what is going on with you or around you. If you are dead you don’t feel the pain or hurt that some body caused you, neither do you take pleasure in the good things that happen to you or around you. We have all heard of the saying that “We only value what we have only when we have lost it.” And so I think we understand living better only when we die. Not die as in the physical terms but die to all material and worldly things that we hold dear. Why? Because, these are the very things that keep us bound, the very things that enslave us and the very things that stop us from true living. 

When we die to our old-self that was very self-centred, proud and all-about-me kind of person and start to live with the new-self that Christ gave us, which is Christ-centred, humble and all-about-Christ kind of person, then true living, true freedom begins. 

Once I read an awesome book called ‘Secrets of Victory’ by Brother Zac Poonen (You can read for free here: Secrets of Victory). In this book Brother Zac talks about how when our pride is ‘deflated’, the opinion and insults and back stabbing of others will never matter to us. Because In Christ we know who we are and all other opinions fade in the light of that truth. 

When I first heard of the term “a pebble in my shoe”, I thought about how this so small pebble can be soo irritating that at times you have to stop your walk to take it out of your shoe. I’m sure we all have these ‘pebble in my shoe’ moments every day of our lives. Small irrelevant ‘problems’ or even inconveniences that just irritate us so much because they are not how we want them to be. But what if we were running, what if there was something more important in our mind than that tiny pebble that’s making our journey a little uncomfortable? If our minds are ‘set on the things above’, these small petty things become so irrelevant and insignificant. Then we see our foolishness in getting so caught up with them. Then the fact that someone misplaced our book from its usual place, or the train was delayed a couple of minutes  or the fact that it rained when we didn’t want it, become so minute in the grand vision of what GOD has placed before us. 

Changing our perspective heavenwards in times when we are tempted to focus and be gripped by those situations will free us from unnecessary bitterness and time wasted arguing in things that don’t have eternal meaning. 

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” – Philippians.1:21

By the River Bank

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I am a wanderer in this world

So barren, dry and parched 

I am a journeyer in this life

Just passing by to my home in Heaven

 

So here I was 

Walking through this desert so thirsty

I found a River flowing to eternity

I run to quench my thirst

For Its water was giving life 

 

So I decided to continue my journey

By the side of this beautiful stream

That flows so gently and gracefully 

It never muddied, always crystal clear

It soon became my everything

It cleansed all my dirt  and quenched my thirst

It kept me cool from the heat overhead 

Its mirror-like clarity showed my exact image

 

As time went by I became accustomed 

I enjoyed Its providence and took It for granted 

So I started to look around

As the mid-day desert sun hit the ground

The sand further afield start to sparkle

And my curious mind start to wonder

While feet followed its swift order 

 

So, they walked and walked and walked

The closer they went the further it seemed 

 

As the sun went down, then I realised

It was just sand, no treasure to be found

Weary and thirsty, feeling so stupid

Where did I leave my River, my life?

Frantically searching with all my might

I hoped and prayed before dark arrived 

To find my River, never to part again!

 

On the verge of my giving up I saw on the horizon 

Something sparkle as in the first time

I wondered if I’m seeing things again

But this was my only chance, so I run

this faithful River has indeed twisted and turned

To meet me where I am, quenching my thirst again

 

So I decided, 

Never to leave my River until I reach home

For I am sure It will lead me there…

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters…” – Isaiah.55:1

Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” – John.4:13-14

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” – Matthew.5:6

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come ” And let the one who hears say, “Come ” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” – Revelation.22:17

Choose Joy

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                  “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” – Philippians.4:4

In most cases, even us Christians have fluctuating feelings depending on our situations. These are God given feelings. God has given us all these feelings of happiness, sadness, love, empathy and even anger and hatred. It’s just a matter of how we use them, that makes it a holy/unholy behaviour. For example, we are meant to hate sin, we are meant to be angry when we see injustice or something wrong. It’s also about what we do with those feelings; whether we act on them or just feel them and stay quiet. 

Today’s subject however, focuses on joy and happiness. This is what God has been teaching me. For the major part of my life, in fact right up to recently, i didn’t understand the difference. 

Now as the Holy Spirit taught me to meditate on this, I learnt that happiness is conditional, but rejoicing is a decision. Situations determine whether we feel happy or sad. For example, if something bad happens, you’re bound to feel sad or upset and something great happens, like meeting a long lost family or friend, you are bound to be happy. 🙂 

Joy however, does not fluctuate with situations. It’s anchored deep in the heart as a founded truth. As Christians, Paul is reminding us in the above verse that we are to rejoice at all times. All times?? Even when we are going through tough time? I know a friend who’s going through a grieving time due to a loss of a family member. Am I to tell her, ‘you need to rejoice’? 

Paul the apostle of Jesus Christ, wrote this while he himself was in prison. He sure knows what pain and suffering is, because he says,

“Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked. I spent a night and a day in the open sea. In my frequent journeys, I have been in danger from rivers and from bandits, in danger from my countrymen and from the Gentiles, in danger in the city and in the country, in danger on the sea and among false brothers, in labor and toil and often without sleep, in hunger and thirst and often without food, in cold and exposure. Apart from these external trials, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.” – 2 Corinthians.11: 24-28

To the outside world, it seems madness to say I rejoice in my suffering, for they see no reason to rejoice for in their moments of despair. But, as followers of the Risen Christ, as children of the Almighty, as a nation waiting for the establishment of God’s Kingdom, we have so much to rejoice for!! 

The Bible says: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, yet our inner self is being renewed day by day. For our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians.4:16-18

There is so much joy in that, don’t you agree?! This great gift of salvation we have received, this everlasting love we have been loved, this mercy we have received, and this hope of His 2nd coming that’s placed in us… Don’t these make our temporary troubles minute? When we think of all that’s been done for us and all the promises that are yet to come, when we take our eyes off what surrounds and look up to that mount  to see the glory and peace and everlasting worship looking to the face of our Beloved, wouldn’t we jump for joy, raise our hands in praise and smile?

Dear reader, we all have our own struggles and pains in life, and we all have moments of unhappiness, but let us not allow those situations and the enemy to steal our inner joy – that is only found in Christ. 

Rejoice brother/sister, rejoice… for your King reigns high above all,

                                                          for you are a child of the King, 

                                                          for your God is Sovereign,

                                                        for you are honoured in His sight and the apple of His eye,

                                                         for you are engraved in the palms of His hands,

                                                         for you are carried on His wings,  

                                                         for your Lover’s life gave you eternity with Him. 

Amazing Grace!!!

Water Drop CrossWhen grace calls upon my weary soul

So thirsty and tired from all its toil

“Come and I will give you rest

Come, I will give you living waters

Health for your body

Healing for your bones”

 

Yes my soul thirsts as the dear for the water brooks 

The living God I sought to make my burdens light

For my soul is downcast from all its plight

 

Yes there is hope, there’s hope in Christ

Living water that never cease

Once  I drink from it, I know I wont thirst

Grace lead me, lead me to that place

 

Although my strength is weak and my bones feeble

My journey is long in endless searching

This grace is sufficient to lead me to His fountain

Oh love that never let me go

Held my hand and took me straight home

 

Amazing grace how I am favoured

To reach the arms of my Saviour Beloved

Amazing grace what mercy I found 

By His wounds I am healed and my soul renewed

Now that I found Him, I will never thirst

Jesus my Living water!