12 November 2014
I spend a lot of time worrying about making the right decisions. It’s a responsible and sensible thing to do. But i also find that the more i think and plan, the more confused i can get. The trouble may be that our thought process is easily disturbed by fears, by unhealthy desires or by our own failure to stand firm in our beliefs and waiver when challenged by others.
I believe God did give us common sense and the ability to think and plan for good use. Although we trust and put faith in God, we are not asked to throw out common sense and thinking out the window. While it is a good thing to plan and think about decisions, the difficulty is how not to allow unhealthy thought processes interrupt good and responsible planning and thinking.
Worry, stress and anxiety, are probably signs of excessive planning and thinking or some unhealthy thought process. We tend to make decision making a lot more complicated than it really needs to be. May the Holy Spirit be a partner in our thoughts and decision making process. I believe it would make decisions a lot simpler and a lot better.
Lord Jesus, your yoke is easy and your burden is light. I know i tend to complicate decision making. i know i tend to worry too much, plan too much, stress out a lot and am anxious over many things. But only one thing is important and that is you. May the Holy Spirit guide me daily in my thoughts and especially my decisions. May there be joy and spring in my feet.
11 November 2014
The Lord is a refuge to everyone. Regardless of status, good or bad deeds done, the Lord opens his arms wide for every person. It’s one of the most powerful truths and the most bewildering. Jesus once told a parable about workers in a vineyard being hired at different times of the day, but each getting paid the same amount at the day’s end. Those who were hired earlier complained that those who were hired later received the same amount, even though all had willingly agreed to work at the offered wage.
Matthew 20:13, the owner said “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
In this God displays both his fairness and generosity. It is by grace we can receive what is given to us from God, but it is true that we are not always content because we tend to compare. Comparison destroys the ability to be grateful and misses the beauty of God. It is a challenge not to compare as we do so even subconsciously.
Lord, may i keep my focus on you – the giver, rather than the gift. May i know that you are much more than the gifts that you bestow and that your love and care for us all is the highest comfort of all.
10 November 2014
There will be times when the battles before us seem insurmountable or when we are weary from fighting so hard for something. Battles come in all forms, from the battle of waiting patiently for The Lord to the battle of getting through a hectic period in our life.
After each battle, David would praise and give God the glory. He knew God was with him in battle and in many occasions had miraculously turned the odds in favour of David.
God led the people of Israel out of Egypt with one man, Moses, against the entire army of pharaoh. God caused the armies to drown in the Red Sea and not even the legions of armies could refuse victory of Israel’s exit from Egypt.
We can be assured that God is with us and will fight the battles of life for us when we lean and depend on him.
Lord Jesus, the road is filled with uncertainties, potential dangers, obstacles, emotional minefields and even disaster. May you lead me safely through this path and remove the dangerous obstacles and minefields as i walk through the battlefield of the mind and the world.
9 November 2014
It’s a wonderful feeling sometimes when we are overwhelmed by God’s presence. It happens every so often to many believers. But when that moment has passed, we can return to our “normal” lives as if nothing actually changed permanently.
I know of some who had miraculous experiences of God’s manifestations, but over time, that experience and conviction may fade and the initial fervour and zeal will pass.
Constant contact with the Holy Spirit is the only way we can move steadily through each day in the power of God. We may not all have amazing testimonies but we all have the same access to the Holy Spirit who is instantly there whenever we call upon him.
Holy Spirit, may you come and fill me completely from head to toe. May you flush out everything that is unclean from me and fill my cup again so that it overflows with you. May i be filled with you daily as i call upon you each day.
8 November 2014
I believe we are who we are because of our genetic make-up and our environment. Scripture tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully created. I believe this also means that we are unique.
Being who we are isn’t always a natural decision. Our environment shapes a lot of who we become but that may not always be who we were meant to be in God’s eyes. With God’s grace and mercy – we can each transform into the person we have been called to be. Saul – the persecutor of Christians was to be re-named Paul after his conversion and become one of the greatest evangelist and church planter. David, the shepherd boy, was called to become a great king. Moses, an adopted child who later killed a guard and fled, was called to return to set Israel free despite his insecurity and inadequacies.
May we be found in His mercy and grace. May i be found in your grace Lord and become the person who have called me to be. May we each reach our full potential in you Lord.
7 November 2014
Being faithful in the small things is not an easy task. Many of us, including myself, are wired to look at the big picture, the final product and goal. Sometimes the small things or tasks appear insignificant compared to the big goal. We rush the small things, we overlook them and we even despise them.
“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the LORD that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” Zechariah 4:10
But the small things or the small beginnings are in fact what The Lord sees the most. Jesus also said, if we are faithful in the small things, we will also be faithful in the big things, and he will then set us over many other things.
Lord, forgive me for overlooking and even despising the small beginnings. I really need your grace in my life. Help me to see through and be diligent in the small things. May i be found faithful in everything you give me to do.
6 November 2014
Talent shows and contests are common themes in today’s tv shows. People compete and compare their talents and gifts with others and we are all sizing up one another everyday.
We envy those with lots of power and money that we sometimes forget we have the greatest and most previous gifts. Regardless of our backgrounds, our talents or status in life, we have a gifting that propels each and every believer onto level playing field. Many may have been born rich, or born with great opportunities to excel in life and in this regard life is not fair. Not everyone is born “equal”. But those born in Christ again, are born as equals and have each every opportunity to excel in the Kingdom of God.
“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthyg when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:26
Lord, there is a certain beauty about your ways, a mystery and a profound truth in all you do. May this truth sink into me and may i be found in your wisdom and not the foolishness of this world. Keep me in your ways Lord, always.