Saturday, March 28, 2015

He Has Us On The Palm Of His Hand

 
Have you ever been struggling to obeying God’s Will and sometimes resist to submit under His Authority? Be honest to yourself now. 
 
Well, I have. 
 
God knows we are weak and short of His glory, and that’s why He gave us His Son Jesus Christ, Who is perfect, to complete us of our short comings.
 
I have been in worst cases in my life where I have been so broken and struggling to the point where I was willing to give up all in exchange for two days break of just freely breathing without being tormented with all the resentment and anger that was within me, and all the circumstances that surrounded me and that were against me. And during these periods of time, I cried to The Lord to fix my heart that was so broken and take away my pain, and there was time it felt like He was very far, but yet I knew He was right there with me. I wanted Him to touch my heart like those days when I could feel His loving presence within me, and all over me. I didn’t want Him to give me a song or scripture to comfort me; I wanted Him to take the pain away, the anger away, and the circumstances away, to open an escape door, to give me a breakthrough right at that moment. But my precious Lord would not give up on me, and He kept telling me let go my child, cast your care on Me (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22), trust Me wholeheartedly, I am with you on this, it’s going to be alright.
 
And I don't know about you, God has various ways to get through my inner me (John 14:26). Most of the time He will use The Bible, but sometimes He will use faith building messages, and sermons, to speak to me, or He will bring into my remembrance scriptures that spoke truth about my situations, or He will speak to me through songs that I  will happen to be singing, for instance, "praise looks good on you (please see below lyrics)." And during these moments, I know and know that it is Him trying to get through me. He wants me to know the truth, which is, He is greater than my circumstances and problems (1 John 4:4), and He wants me to know that He cares and loves me, and He knows I was going to go through this, and He wants me to trust Him, and praise Him anyway through my circumstances. And there are some things in my life He wants me to change, He wants me to turn from all my wicked ways, and simply lean on Him. He wants me to surrender to Him and His Will. And later on I will get it; I will come to my spiritual senses and realize, God is still in control over my life. And so I will repent and ask Him to forgive me, and then surrender again to Him. If He said He loves me, it is true He loves me. He said He is my helper, counselor, and comforter, and then He is. He said He is a God that healeth me, and so He is. God will never lie! He is Alfa and Omega, the mountain mover, the last say and authority. The joy giver, and therefore, He will give me joy in the midst of my storms. He is the resurrection, and He will resurrect my first love (Revelation 2:4), and dreams, and bring them back to life again. Only I need to be still, and see His faithfulness in my life for He is my Shepherd (Psalm 23:1). And He knows what's best for me.
 
We have a Shepherd who loves and cares so much for us. We can rely on Him all the time for He will never let us go or fall especially at our hardest and weakest moments in our lives (Psalm 121:3; Psalm 37:23-24). Jesus will not leave us or forsake us. We may leave God, but He will never leave us. No matter how what the situation, no matter how empty the feelings come, God will never leave us! His promises are true. His word is above all! And you would think I would have learned all these from the first time, or second time, or third time, but most of the attacks from our enemy satan do come with surprises especially when we are not prepared for them, and we don’t know when they will come and how they will come. Most of my hardest times I almost wanted to let go, but The Holy Spirit was always there to catch me.
 
I am a living example; I wouldn’t be writing this today if it was not for God’s faithfulness in my life. I have fallen, and failed God several times, and each time, He will come and pick me up right back on the right path, and bring me closer and closer to Him again. I am amazed of His mercy, grace, love, and faithfulness He has shown me so far in my life. Being through it all, all kinds of setbacks, rejections, disappointments, resentments, oppositions, mistreatments, confusions, you name it, that I have experienced in my life, I have learned to trust in Jesus all over and over again. I have learned to trust in God, all over and over again. It’s just like that song that says through it all I have learned to trust in Jesus, I have learned to trust in God; through it all I have learned to depend upon His Word.
 
Jesus said in John 14:1, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me."
 
God is faithful. Jesus is faithful.
 
God is not a man to change His mind (Isaiah 55:10-11). When He promises you something, He will keep His promise, and be faithful to you. When God chose you to do something, He knew already that you were not qualified. He knew you would say to Him one day - Lord, I don’t want to do this anymore; I have lost my first love, this is too much for me, I am heartbroken, and et cetera. And yet He chose you anyway. God can take the unqualified and make qualified, because He is Lord (Master) of all. The Bible says God gives us victory through His Son Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57). Through Jesus, we are able to do things we normal cannot do according to our nature. Through Jesus we are qualified in the eyes of God. Though we are weak, but through Jesus, we are strong. Though we are blind, but through Jesus we can see. Though we are poor, through Jesus we are rich. I love that song that says: “Let the weak say I am strong, let the poor say I am rich, let the blind say I can see, it’s what The Lord has done in me, Hosanna…Hosanna…to The Lamb that was slain, Hosanna…Hosanna…Jesus died and rose again. To the river I will wade, there my sins are washed away, from the heavens' mercy streams, of the Savior's love for me. I will rise from waters deep; into the saving arms of God, I will sing salvation songs, Jesus Christ has set me free. Hosanna…Hosanna…to The Lamb that was slain, Hosanna…Hosanna…Jesus died and rose again.”
 
Our struggles stretch us to become better people. Our struggles stretch us to become mature in Christ and commit to God. Our struggles stretch us to grow Spiritual. Our struggles stretch us to become closer and closer to God, to know and trust Him more. Our struggles stretch us to experience the fullness and faithfulness of God.
 
Philippians 1:6 says, "I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." God will not bring us this far to quit on us.
 
My prayer is that as we wait on God’s promises to be manifested and fulfilled in our lives, may our faith in God be stable and persistent, may we grow and become stronger in Him and more closer to Him, may we easily and willingly surrender to His Will, and Lordship, and trust Him wholeheartedly and praise Him anyway through our circumstances even when we don’t feel like it because He is still God and worthy of our praises, and may we enjoy the journey as we would have enjoy the destination, in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
 
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
 
Give your burdens to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22 NLT

But the Helper, The Holy Spirit, whom The Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. John 14:26 ESV

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One Who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NIV

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Revelation 2:4 ESV
 
The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1 NIV

He will not let your foot slip - He Who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:3 NIV

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. Psalm 37:23-24 NLT
 
The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with My Word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. Isaiah 55:10-11 NLT

Don Moen – Praise Looks Good On You Lyrics

Verse 1:
When you lift Your hands up high
And you sing a song of praise to Me
It brings Me great delight
Such a lovely sight
And yes it is true
Praise looks good on You
Morning night and noon
Your praise ascends to heaven
Like the smell sweet perfume
Filling every room
And yes it is true
Praise looks good on You

Chorus:
You bring your sacrifices
And you offer up your praise
You lift your voice with singing
But your heart seems far away
More than a sacrifice
I am looking for your life
Holy and acceptable
And pleasing in my sight

Verse 2:
So offer up your lives
Holy and acceptable
A willing sacrifice
Precious in my sight
But in all that you do
Remember all I want is You

Verse 3:
So lift your hands up high
And worship Him before the altar
Consecrate your life
A willing sacrifice
But in all that you do
Remember all He wants is You
And yes it is true
Praise looks good on you
 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Scripture of the Week



Monday, March 16, 2015

Luke 7:40-47The Message (MSG)

40 Jesus said to him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Oh? Tell me.”

41-42 “Two men were in debt to a banker. One owed five hundred silver pieces, the other fifty. Neither of them could pay up, and so the banker canceled both debts. Which of the two would be more grateful?”

43-47 Simon answered, “I suppose the one who was forgiven the most.”

“That’s right,” said Jesus. Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, He said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for My feet, but she rained tears on My feet and dried them with her hair. You gave Me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing My feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed My feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.” 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

He Leadeth Me




Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hardcore Truth, But GOD Will Make A Way