Is faith blind?

 spectaclesNow faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrew.11:1

This is the first verse that comes to our minds when we think of faith. The chapter goes on to list all the fathers of faith who did awesome things simply by having faith in God. Verse 6 explains how faith works: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” This little faith they had moved mountains, endured hardships, split the Red Sea, obtained promises, concurred lands and became victorious in battle. 

Was this faith blind? Was it just a pure day dream and simple hope on luck? No; this faith is confident and assured that what God has promised, that He will do. Yes, we do not see it yet, just as an athlete doesn’t see the finish line at the beginning of the race, but he hopes and believes that there is a finish line and runs towards it. If faith was blind, it would fall at every pitfall it comes across its path, but the Holy Spirit guides its steps and faith leaps over the pitfalls and stumbling blocks stood on its way. Faith doesn’t stop at every cross road, to determine whether that was really the finish line, it knows fully well what it should look like and sees the distractions along her path long ahead to leap over them. So faith is not blind, in contrast faith is where we have the clarity of vision! Faith is the ability to see clearly that which is not seen by physical eyes. 

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians.4:18

If faith is that spectacle that clarifies our vision, why shouldn’t we get it?

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.” – Matthew.17:20. How faithless are we when we doubt God? If only we had that ONE mustard seed! May God help us believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, Amen. 

 

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Wandering child

running20away20-20little20girlShe is but a curious child, adopted from a painful past to a glorious present. Although most kids have a vague memory of their childhood, she vividly remembers every detail of the stench from which she was rescued. Yes she was born into the lowliest and most horrible place called sin. This shanty town offered her the momentary comfort of shelter in the shack she called home. It offered her friendship in the secrecy of gossips that turned to bite her with their stings and bad habits that were norm in its streets. She was hurt but it was the only place she knew.

Across the river she gazed every morning to the skyscraping towers and sparkling streets of the city, yet she never understood what happened or even how to get there. One beautiful morning as she gazed towards that city as usual, her mother summoned her in. There she found an old rich man with a wide smile upon her entrance. This girl suffered slavery in her own home, her mum was willing to essentially sell her. As she looked between the eyes of this old man and her mum for clues as to what’s happening, she could but only see silence. Finally, the old man opened his mouth and with a surprisingly gentle voice that she never heard before all her life he said, “my child, you will come to stay with me. I have paid the full price.” As he uttered these words, she looked at her mum who was holding the bag of money and refusing to look back to this child or say a word. This child never understood what was happening but she knew well enough in her heart that going with this old man was the best decision she would ever make in her entire life. She stood and as he stretched out his hand, she lifted hers to hold them. 

Now many years have passed and the morning view has changed. Now she woke up every morning and as she looked across the river to where she came from, she was grateful for this kind old man. Yet one warm afternoon, she missed her past, she missed the momentary happiness and what seemed freedom that  her town called sin offered her. She wandered off from the gates of mercy and paths of grace and righteousness towards the isle of temptation that lead to her past. The sky was getting dark, the path grew more ugly, when she suddenly had a flash back of the day when she was rescued from that town called sin and the kindness of the old man who loved her as his own. How he must be weeping over her disappearance? Has he withheld any good thing from her? Has she lacked anything? None. She was just curious child dipping her feet to the fire of her past. 

It didn’t take long for this wandering child to realise that she better get back home. She didn’t stop to think whether her father will let her in, she knew his kindness and love well enough. She run back, back to her place of safety and peace. 

“For my feet were close to slipping….
You spoke to my heart in time….
You have promised, and I do believe….
You won’t forget this wandering child….” – Bethany Dillon (So Close) 

“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” – 1 Corinthians.10:12

“In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” – Romans.6:11

“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” – Colossians.3:3

“Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules” – Colossians.2:20

Possible is not impossible

 

impossible-just-wordI once read a phrase 

Something that a word uttered

“I’m possible”, said the Impossible

The first part made it difficult

“I am”, signified my ability

When I saw matters

Through the eyes of probability

0 in 1 was the chance

A place where hope can’t be found

 

I had to drop the ‘I am’

It only revealed my weakness and shame

Making my impossible possible

Chaining all my hope in its jail

 

But where can I find this ‘possible’

If looking inside me has made me crumble?

 

I gazed up to the heavens

And faced towards Him

“With man it may be impossible” He said,

“But with God, all things are possible”

 

For Him,

No distance is too wide

No mountain is too high

No burden is too heavy

Nothing can make Him weary

 

For He is,

Strong, powerful and mighty

Sovereign, kind and holy

Awesome loving and wonderful

Just and faithful

That is my King!

 

So it’s no longer ‘I am’ but ‘Him’

For with my God all things are possible!

“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” – Romans.11:36

 

 

The Joy of Light!

DSC04178Having been finishing work quite late, I have learnt to acquaint myself with getting home in the dark. I never really liked darkness, somehow it masks and veils what is there and limits your view.  Today I finished early and the sun was shining, everything looked beautiful!

I have discovered that people’s mood are completely different in the cold, dark days of winter compared to the bright, warm summer days. 

Likewise, life without Jesus is like a dark room. No matter how much stuff is in it, you will never know what exactly is in there and what to do with it. Lets take the example of surprises. When we want to surprise people, we hide their gifts in a dark room and once they put the light on, voilà! 

Surprisingly, one of the major issues we face as young people is the freedom of choice. We have many options but we lack direction as to which road we ought to take. We worry because we are uncertain of what each path has on its way and what would be the outcome. We become gripped by fear of failure that we don’t dare to even try. Trying becomes risky and foolishness. 

The truth is, we are not omniscient. We will never know the consequence of our choices before we get there and so we might have to just poke around in that dark room as though we were blind and try to figure out what stuff we have and how best to use them to make our living. 

The wise readers might think, why don’t you just turn the light on? Then surely you will know what you have in that room, the value of each item and how best to use them. Well that in itself requires a choice. Many young people walk around in that dark room thinking that they’ve got what it takes to face life with out the need for a light bulb. 

Jesus said,  “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John.8:12

Accepting Jesus, the Light will give us a clear direction of who, where we are and what we are ought to do with these valuables that we have been entrusted with in our rooms. 

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Psalm.119:105

With Him, there are no nasty surprises, He leads and never disappoints! What an assurance! 

So today, you have to choose – will you give your life to the One who knows it well and live it to the full, or are you going to keep poking in the dark hoping things just workout?

I CHOOSE JESUS ❤ 

360 degree Christian

Entering the working world has taught me how easy it is to fall into a trap of compartmentalised life, while putting God aside in one corner.We make plans each day, we decide. Work is this block of time that’s not movable and what you do with the rest of your little time left is another matter. I discovered that as a student I had flexible time, but now it’s all set and I need to fit/ shift/ change everything. Where does God come in here? With every turn I take, may He be there so that I can be a 360 degrees Christian. Because “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever more”,

It also taught me how difficult it is to settle in, as your values and life style are different from those around you. I realised that I couldn’t fit in/ blend. But… how can light mix with darkness? I was made to shine, to reflect God’s glory everywhere I go. So I will rejoice in my uniqueness, allow this treasure that’s kept in this jar of clay to radiate, until it is transformed into a full glory when it’s Lord comes back.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” – 2Corinthians.4:7 

Wisdom

Wisdom is such a deep word, when you think about it. Knowing what to do in every situation is a great gift to have, and Solomon made the absolutely correct choice when God gave him the chance to choose anything he wanted. This really pleased God, because Solomon asked it out of a humble heart.

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’

Solomon answered God, ‘You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place. Now, LordGod, let your promise to my father David be confirmed, for you have made me king over a people who are as numerous as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?’

11 God said to Solomon, ‘Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, possessions or honour, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honour, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.’”  – 2Chronicles.1:7-12

“God resists the proud, but shows favour to the humble.” – 1Peter.5:5

Everyday we are surrounded by many situations where we have to make decisions and its not easy to know what to do or what to say. When God’s word is in our hearts then often we can be reminded of what we read and thus be able to know what God’s will for us in those situations is. I also believe that if we ask the Father t ogive us wisdom, to help us see things from His view, I’m sure we would see way different things.

 

God’s perfection, our imperfection

1. Looking to God who is perfect 

At times its easy to sing and ask God to open our eyes that we may see Him in all His majesty and glory and holiness. Well as I asked God this, I realised how great His majesty, how magnificent His glory and how pure His holiness is. 

 

2. Looking at myself who is completely imperfect and far from it

 I saw a filthy, unworthy person standing before the King of kings. I felt that I don’t belong there, I can never be His child or Him to be my Father, for ‘the chasm is far too wide’.  My imperfection seemed far too much and far too wide to allow me reach the other side. 

 

3. Looking to Jesus my righteousness! 

He took all my imperfection, all my wrongs, all my weaknesses and short comings, nailed it to the cross. As He rose in glory He also clothed me with His perfect righteousness and presented me clean before the Father, that He may ‘look on Jesus and pardon me’. 

 

All three have taught me some great lessons. Looking at GOD for who He is and not who I think He is. This helped me to recognise where I stand in comparison to His majesty and recognising my need for a Saviour. Thank You Jesus for being the way! 

‘Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”‘ – John.14:6

 

 

Quiet trust

There are many things we ask God each time we pray, but do we stop to listen to what He has to say about them? Well God always answers, we just need to listen. Sometimes God says, wait. Yet thats the hardest thing for us who are living in a world where everything is instant. Its like sitting in the middle of a motorway, where lots of cars, buses and trucks are passing by you with speed up to 70mph. Its not easy to sit still as we get battered by questions, doubts and ‘what ifs’, but patience is being there in quiet trust and knowing that God is in control. This song speaks about it, 

Its easy to look at the traffic around us and panic, but God slows the pace and helps us to see things from His perspective. I came across this video that tells of God’s majesty and glory, yet how He loved us, small insignificant people…. 

15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.” – Isaiah.49:15-16

“6. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,” – Psalm.33:6,18

Mother and child

Snapshot_20131020 (14)I often love watching people, what and how they go about doing their daily activities. 

My room faces towards the main road with a beautiful view. Waking up in the morning and seeing God in the blue sky with radiance of sunshine and sleeping at night after gazing at the luminous stars and moon (well, at least when the British weather decides to be a little gracious), is such a blessing. Above all its even more beautiful when you see people showing an act of kindness and love to each other. 

Just a week ago, my flatmate and I observed a really beautiful mother-child moment. The mother was putting on a jacket for her son (about 3years old) by the side of her car. Then she put gloves on his hands and made sure he is warm and comfortable. After this she took out two big metallic things out of the car, which we weren’t sure what they were. For once we thought it was a pram, but it turns out they were scooters. A big one for the mum and a small one for the boy. Soon after they stepped on their scooters and rode side by side. I haven’t seen many parents do that, especially not from where I came from and it really warmed my heart. 

This mother didn’t bother about what others would think of her, except the joy of spending time with her son, doing something that he loves right by his side even in a cold, wintry evening. 

Yet that’s God love displayed in human form since we are made in the image of God. I once heard a preacher put it this way:

“When God wanted to describe His love to man, He could compare His love with only one earthly example – the love of a mother for her newly-born child (See Isaiah 49:15).If you observe a mother, you will see that her love for her baby is full of the spirit of sacrifice. From early morning to late at night, and right through the night, a mother sacrifices, and sacrifices, and sacrifices for her baby; and she gets nothing in return. She endures pain and inconvenience, year after year for her child, joyfully, expecting nothing in return. That is how God loves us too. And that is the nature He wants to impart to us.” – Zac Poonen

We are truly loved by our Heavenly Father!

Strangely dim – Francesca Battistelli

I had recently been struggling with my heavy burden that I carried around with me where ever I went. I couldn’t put it down even for a moment. I prayed and came to Jesus, but I still had that burden on my back, I refused to let it down. There was something important I missed in all this, as I was carrying this cross, He was carrying me. 

Then I remembered a story a friend told me once: 

“Once a man bought a heavy bag of rice to take home and the distance he had to travel was quite long. However transport was poor in that area, so he decided to walk by the road side, when suddenly a bus pulled over. It was fully packed, but he managed to squeeze in. As the bus carried on with the journey, the passengers were intrigued by the man and asked him, “sir, why are you still carrying your bag of rice? Why not put it on the floor?” to which he replied, “Oh, I am grateful for the ride, but its enough that the bus is carrying me, it doesn’t have to carry my bag of rice, I can manage that.” What he didn’t realise was that the bus was carrying him and his bag of rice.”

In the same way I carried the burden, I felt that I had to figure it all out when as a matter of fact Jesus is the One who is carrying me and my burdens. It has been freeing to know in the end that this BIG and MAJESTIC GOD is carrying my burdens so I can walk in freedom! 

I recently came across this song and it really remind me that as long as I fix my eyes on Jesus I can walk on water.

“12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.” – 1Corinthians.13:12