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Heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ

31 December 2014

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.Revelation 21:6-7

We are children of the living God and as sons and daughters of God, we are mandated and chosen to be the aroma of Jesus Christ. Our aim is not just to be holy and pure, but to be of service to God. The world will seek to tempt us to serve our own interests, but we must remember that our highest calling and satisfaction will come from learning to serve the kingdom of God.

Jesus said, the Kingdom of God is within you. I believe he referred to the kingdom of our heart. The secret place in each of us from which everything else flows. It’s a challenging journey to be a Christian. But it is also a privilege we should not take lightly. We are sons and daughters of the living Christ. Nothing else on earth and no other status in all creation can compare to what God has called us – “Heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ”. We have been chosen, mandated and given the responsibility and authority to carry out the good works that Christ prepared for us to accomplish.

Lord God, i receive and embrace this privilege to be called an heir of God and a co-heir with Christ. It is a title of no comparison and one that is everlasting. But it is one which comes with a solemn duty and responsibility. May you imbue me with resolve, ambition and passion for serving your kingdom. Generate within me these qualities Lord through your Holy Spirit.


Hope and forgiveness

30 December 2014

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.John 3:17

When the world moves and changes so quickly and wrongs are not made right, it is easy to lose hope in the world. The bible is a gift of God to share a story of hope.

Hope is a theme throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament. But hope cannot exist without forgiveness. Without forgiveness of wrongs, there can be no amends, there can be no reconciliation, and only an expectation of punishment and condemnation. Hope is therefore born out of forgiveness. In this, the lost is redeemed, pain is subdued and the scars are healed.

Lord Jesus, help me to forgive those who have hurt me or harmed me. I forgive them in the name of Jesus Christ. I receive my healing and my redemption in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord Jesus. I love you.

Brokenhearted and crushed in spirit

29 December 2014

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.Psalm 34:18

There are times when we feel defeated. Whether we are defeated by our own lack or defeated because of circumstances – the sense of being defeated can crush our spirit and even break our will. We blame ourselves, despise our weakness or hate others or the world for how unfair things have turned out. But that is exactly where the enemy wants us to be.

Whether we choose to seek the counsel of friends, or the counsel of self-help books and other techniques, there is nothing that can replace or surpass the wisdom and comfort of turning to God. And God promises that he is close to the brokenhearted and crushed in spirit. He does not blame or add salt to injury as we may do to ourselves. He is not there to point fingers and exacerbate guilt.

He is there to identify specifically what we need to learn and change because of his wisdom.. He is there most importantly to be close and save us from our crushed spirit because he knows the dangers it can lead to if not attended to quickly. Jesus didn’t cause sinners to feel more like sinners, he gave them hope of a new beginning and a new possibility. He gave them resolve to do better.

Lord God, forgive me for my failings, my short-comings and my sinfulness. In your wisdom show me what i need to change and what i need to learn to do differently. Teach me Lord so that i may learn from my mistakes. Give me the resolve in your Holy Spirit and strengthen this resolve in me to do better. Thank you Lord, for i know that you are with me and for me.

28 December 2014

“”Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”1 Samuel 17:36-37

As a young boy, King David was already confident in the Lord. Even before King David had his own army and whilst he was just a shepherd boy, his confidence and strength exceeded the armies that stood against Israel.

Yet, as King David grew in stature and power, having vast armies fighting with him and for him, he started counting the number of his men and momentarily looked away from God. King David began to see his strength in men rather than God. He began to do things for his own glory and gain rather than for God.

We all slip up and commit the same mistakes. Even if we haven’t, we cannot be complacent about it as even King David – as impressive a man of God he is, was overcome by temptation before. We too will experience the same tests and trials. We too may fail. A wise friend told me to repeatedly ask myself as often as i can remember to – “Why?”, Why are we doing what we are doing? Why are we thinking the way we do. Why are we acting the way we do. Why and for whom?

Father, i acknowledge i don’t always do things for you but do a mixture of things for you and me. More often than not, i do things for myself. I’m sorry Lord, forgive me and help me to focus on why and whom i do things for. When i start to think wayward, prompt me by the Holy Spirit to ask why? For whom? And may i be found in you – may i refrain from acting selfishly or out of fear. For if i do things for you, i have nothing to be afraid of like boy David as he confidently declared – “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.

27 December 2014

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Matthew 6:33

Time after time i see how faithful Christians have received abundant blessings through their obedience and service to the Lord. Yet it is so easy for me to still be insecure about the faithfulness of God. Subconsciously there are doubts, there is a tendency to think of myself first before others, there is an instinct to hoard rather than give.

i must remind myself constantly with the testimonies of God’s faithfulness both then and now, that He will not let anyone who serves him faithfully be put to shame. He is a just God, a righteous God and one who is a great provider.

Lord, i confess that i allow doubt and selfishness to cloud my actions and thoughts. Help me to renew my mind and know that you are the great provider. And that as long as i serve you faithfully and seek your kingdom and your righteousness here on earth, all else will be taken care of by you.

26 December 2014

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthains 9:25

There are those who are born with plenty but because of their lack of self-control, end up squandering away their wealth to others. Then there are those who although born with little, through self-control and training, learn to gain more than they ever imagined possible. In the worldly sense, we know strict training and self-control is necessary to attain and maintain worldly success.

Equally so, in spiritual success, we need to have self-control and discipline in training. Lack of training in spiritual matters make us weak and vulnerable to the evil one and his schemes. But we should put self-control and strict training in spiritual matters a first priority over worldly matters. After all, we are seeking a kingdom that will last forever, and not a kingdom that will only last as long as we physically live.

Father, i know this life is to prepare me for the next. Whatever i do now, i pray that i do it with a sense of eternity and the knowledge that eternity is what matters at the end of the day. Let me strive for the crown that will last forever and not the temporary crown of the world that is vain glory.

25 December 2014

The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.” Luke 4:18-19

This Christmas day we remember the reason Jesus Christ came in the flesh. As scripture was foretold in the Old Testament by the prophet Isaiah, Jesus read the same verse to let us know it has been fulfilled. That God is not slow in fulfilling his promise, but is full of mercy, abounding in steadfast love and patience, not wishing that any person should perish.

Let us rejoice, let us make room for the Lord in our hearts. May he be the centre of everything we are and do in the new year to come. Lord Jesus Christ, may your name be lifted high. At your name, every knee will bow. May i be found in you when you return. Keep me Lord and seal me for that day.

24 December 2014

From the time God promised the Christ to the time of the actual arrival of Jesus, there was a long silence of a few hundred years. When Jesus Christ finally came, not many recognised the Deity. The promise of the Christ had become to some, a fairy tale or myth. But those who were humble in heart and in need, received the good news and blessing immediately.

Today we live again between the time of the promise of God and it’s fulfilment. Jesus Christ had come over two thousand years ago. And he will return. The hour and date only God the Father knows. Will we be prepared or will the story of Jesus Christ simply be a warm Christmas story and mere human tradition?

Lord Jesus Christ, i thank you for coming for the lost and giving yourself for us. May this Christmas be a time when you seek out the lost, the humble at heart, the seeker, the needy, the unknown ones – may your Holy Spirit fill their hearts with love. The love that touched me, forgave me, redeemed me and renewed me. I love you Lord.

23 December 2014

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Nearing the end of the year most of us are thinking of rest or already on a vacation somewhere. It’s finally the time of the year when people seek to take a break from the heavy burdens they carry and escape somewhere relaxing.

But when the new year starts, we’re back into our paces as we pick up new responsibilities and tasks for the year ahead. If only we could stay on vacation forever!

Jesus knew well that our souls need rest. And He has told us to go to him to seek refuge. As we approach the end of the year, we should seek him and seek the needed rest we need for our souls. In him, we can continue to enjoy lightness – for he tells us, his yoke is easy to bear unlike the yoke of the world. And his burden is light because he is humble and gentle at heart.

If we proclaim Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we should also proclaim him as the boss and manager of our lives. He is the best boss we can ever have.

Lord Jesus, i come to you at the close of the year. I seek rest for my soul and rejuvenation through the Holy Spirit. Thank you for pouring out your grace into my life and giving me the rest i need. I receive the rest and peace you provide for my soul. I proclaim that you are my Lord and Saviour, my boss and manager. May the lightness of heart resonate throughout the new year ahead.

22 December 2014

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

When we see evil and injustice in the world, we sometimes react by fighting against such evil and wrong-doing. But there will also be times when we are provoked or tempted to do just the same evil. A man who was wrongly offended by someone may be provoked into repaying that evil with evil – to get even. A person who witnesses a bribe or theft, may be tempted to do just the same – so as not to lose out on a good opportunity.

We are exposed to these conflicts on a daily basis. And it takes great integrity not to be provoked or tempted to do evil when evil surrounds us. However, it is not something we can do with our own might for we will fail. Our flesh is weak. Therefore we do not rely on our own flesh to resist evil. But we rely and call upon the name of Jesus Christ to save us, provide a way out and to redeem the wrong. Jesus Christ is the Redeemer. With the assurance that all wrongs we suffer here will be redeemed, and the knowledge that no evil act goes unnoticed by God, we are humbled and are given peace.

The evil one will try to tempt us to resort to evil tactics or ungodly ways to maneuver through the injustice and wrongs in this world, but sometimes the battle is spiritual and cannot be fought with the flesh or by worldly means.

Lord, I recognize that the battles and the war is not fought by my flesh but by your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, may you strengthen my spirit, may you lift my mind and my vision beyond the flesh and the physical appearances of things – so that i may see the spiritual forces of evil that i am dealing with. And may you come quickly to my help Lord, may i have the authority in your name, Jesus Christ, to conquer and rise above all that comes against me.