zero without JESUS

As I begin a new chapter of entering the world of work, this is a subject that the Holy Spirit has been constantly reminding me these past couple of weeks. Whatever I have, whatever I achieved is all from God. As Job once said, empty we come from our mother’s womb and we return to the earth empty; nothing that we have gained through our lifetime on this world will stick with us for the after life. The writer of the Ecclesiastes understood this and called it vanity. All is vanity without Christ!

Paul said, “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” – (2 Corinthians.3:5) Whatever was gain to him, he counted as loss, because he realised that all these are a gift from God and he has nothing that he can boast about.

So what is it that we think we have? What gifts have we received from the Lord? Knowledge, wealth, energy… lets put Jesus before them and confess our nothingness. Then, only then can we utilise those gifts properly and save ourselves from vanity.

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

This video explains it perfectly:

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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

 

 

Total dependence on God

The thought of depending on God seems to be mostly for the things that are out of our hands, things that we know we have no control over. However, it has recently been more clearer to me through various events happening in my life that I need God’s grace not just for the seemingly impossible, but also for the things I think I am capable of. 

Most of the time we wake up and say, “today i will do this and i will do that”, yet how often do we realise that our life is not in our hands? 

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” – James.4:13-15

We need God’s grace from the minor to the major things in our lives. We need grace:

 – Not just to pass our exams , but we also need grace to get ourselves to work hard to pass those exams. 

 – Not just to have food available for us, but we also need grace to have the ability, appetite and wellness to eat it. 

 – Not just to do good things, but also to do them with the right attitude and mind. 

 – Not just to love others, but to love them for who they are and not what they have done or haven’t done for us.

The list goes on for everything in our lives. I have learnt that no matter how big or how small, without God’s grace and strength, i can do nothing at all – even the air i breathe.

May God help us to completely surrender our lives to Him and look to Him as the source of everthing in our lives. Amen!   

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

His ability in our inability

DSC04293Often we don’t realize our inabilities until our disabilities. For example, we use our hands automatically, we don’t think too much about the amount of things we perform with our hands/ fingers, and what we may not be able to do if we didn’t have them. We don’t often thank God for the small things, but we expect everything to work instantly. At times God slows the pace by putting a disability on our way. Eg when I get a paper cut and find it hard to wash dishes or write, then I realize the importance of my fingers and how unable I am to do things of my own power. I am totally dependent on the One who has the power over everything, big and small. 

I once read the following message by a preacher from India called Br. Zac Poonen

“Can you see a single star when the sun is shining? No. When the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary becomes as bright as the sun in our minds, all our petty sacrifices will disappear like the stars in the daytime – and we won’t even call them “sacrifices” any more. If you can remember all your sacrifices, then you must be in the darkness still – for it is only at night that we can see the stars!!
Come in faith and humility and receive the righteousness of God that he offers you in Christ – and give Him all the glory for it, all the days of your life. Then you will never be a Pharisee.”

“7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” – Philippians.3:7-11

“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.” – Romans.11:36

From the song ‘Here in Your presence’ by New Life Worship, the line that caught me was, 

“All of my gains now fade away
Every crown no longer on display, here in Your presence”