Saturday, April 12, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Have you ever known someone who really trusts God? When I was an unbeliever, I had a good friend who prayed often. He would tell me every week about something he was trusting God to take care of. And every week I would see God do something unusual to answer his prayer. Do you know how difficult it is for an unbeliever to observe week after week? After a while, "coincidence" begins to sound like a very weak argument. So why would God answer my friend's prayers? The biggest reason is that he had a relationship with God. He wanted to follow God. And he actually listened to what He said. In his mind, God had the right to direct him in life, and he welcomed Him doing just that! When he prayed for things, it was a natural part of his relationship with God. He felt very comfortable coming to God with his needs, his concerns, and whatever issues were current in his life. Furthermore, he was convinced, from what he read in the Bible, that God wanted him to rely on Him like that. He pretty much exhibited what this statement from the Bible says, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us."1 "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer..."
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure . . . it does mean you haven't succeeded yet. Failure doesn't mean you have accomplished nothing . . . it does mean you have learned something. Failure doesn't mean you have been a fool . . . it does mean you had a lot of faith. Failure doesn't mean you have been disgraced . . . it does mean you were willing to try. Failure doesn't mean you don't have it . . . it does mean you have to do something in a different way. Failure doesn't mean you are inferior . . . it does mean you are not perfect. Failure doesn't mean you've wasted your life . . . it does mean you've a reason to start afresh. Failure doesn't mean you should give up . . . it does mean you should try harder. Failure doesn't mean you'll never make it . . . it does mean it will take a little longer. Failure doesn't mean God has abandoned you . . . it does mean God has a better idea!
Pencil and Eraser Pencil: I'm sorry Eraser: For what? You didn't do anything wrong. Pencil: I'm sorry because you get hurt because of me. Whenever I made a mistake, you're always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself. You get smaller and smaller each time. Eraser: That's true. But I don't really mind. You see, I was made to do this. I was made to help you whenever you do something wrong. Even though one day, I know I'll be gone and you'll replace me with a new one, I'm actually happy with my job. So please, stop worrying. I hate seeing you sad. I found this conversation between the pencil and the eraser very inspirational. Parents are like the eraser whereas their children are the pencil. They're always there for their children, cleaning up their mistakes. Sometimes along the way, they get hurt, and become smaller / older, and eventually pass on. Though their children will eventually find someone new (spouse), but parents are still happy with what they do for their children, and will always hate seeing their precious ones worrying, or sad. All my life, I've been the pencil. And it pains me to see the eraser that is my parents getting smaller and smaller each day. For I know that one day, all that I'm left with would be eraser shavings and memories of what I used to have.
There's much more meaning in life once you know your purpose. Consider a hammer. It's designed to hit nails. That's what it was created to do. Now imagine that the hammer never gets used. It just sits in the toolbox. The hammer doesn't care. But now imagine that same hammer with a soul, a self-consciousness. Days and days go by with him remaining in the toolbox. He feels funny inside, but he's not sure exactly why. Something is missing, but he doesn't know what it is. Then one day someone pulls him out of the toolbox and uses him to break some branches for the fireplace. The hammer is exhilarated. Being held, being wielded, hitting the branches -- the hammer loves it. At the end of the day, though, he is still unfulfilled. Hitting the branches was fun, but it wasn't enough. Something is still missing. In the days that follow, he's used often. He reshapes a hubcap, blasts through some sheet rock, knocks a table leg back into place. Still, he's left unfulfilled. So he longs for more action. He wants to be used as much as possible to knock things around, to break things, to blast things, to dent things. He figures that he just hasn't had enough of these events to satisfy him. More of the same, he believes, is the solution to his lack of fulfillment. Then one day someone uses him on a nail. Suddenly, the lights come on in his hammer soul. He now understands what he was truly designed for. He was meant to hit nails. All the other things he hit pale in comparison. Now he knows what his hammer soul was searching for all along. We are created in God's image for relationship with him. Being in that relationship is the only thing that will ultimately satisfy our souls. Until we come to know God, we've had many wonderful experiences, but we haven't hit a nail. We've been used for some noble purposes, but not the one we were ultimately designed for, not the one through which we will find the most fulfillment. Augustine summarized it this way: "You [God] have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee." A relationship with God is the only thing that will quench our soul's longing. Jesus Christ said, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty." Until we come to know God, we are hungry and thirsty in life. We try to "eat" and "drink" all kinds of things to satisfy our hunger and thirst, but yet they remain. We are like the hammer. We don't realize what will end the emptiness, the lack of fulfillment, in our lives. Usually when we keep God out, we try to find fulfillment in something other than God, but we can never get enough of that thing. We keep "eating" or "drinking" more and more, erroneously thinking that 'more' is the answer to the problem, yet we are never ultimately satisfied. Our greatest desire is to know God, to have a relationship with God. Why? Because that's how we've been designed. Have you hit a nail yet?
Friday, March 21, 2014
A professor of law and a certified atheist went on a personal quest to prove God wrong. How? He took the very foundation of the Christian faith and put it question - The Holy Bible. Every word. Every verse. Every detail. But God had other plans. Through this process of debunking the claim of the Bible, these professors immerse himself in it. As he spent more time reading and questioning, the Bible became more real to him. In fact, he even proved that the prophesies of the Old Testament were true to the last detail. Instead of proving God wrong, he was proven wrong. Yet, this search brought him to be right with God. God’s word is truly remarkable. It has the power to change hearts and minds. John 8:32 says it better. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” In digging into the scriptures, studying it, meditating on it, memorizing it, Lee has found the truth about God. That is what happens when a person seriously seeks God in the Word. In Jeremiah 29:13 - “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” May this encourage you to know God through the pages of the Bible. Seek God today. Meditate on His word. He is not hard to find. In fact, he wants to be found by you. BUT you have to do your part by memorizing Bible verses. Will you be willing to sacrifice few minutes today?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Identity would help you to know your purpose. Knowing who you are help you to remain focus. The enemy wants you to change your identity in order to defile, corrupt, bewitch etc. you. What is your purpose? What problem am I created to solve? Where am I now? What is my divine assignment? Who is my hidden Moses that will lead out of slavery? Where am I going? What happens when I die? Who is my father that desires my worship? Who am I? Satan, your battle against to identity will surely fail. In Jesus name