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A Few Words on Sharing

3 Jan

Happy New Year!!

Please let me share the devotional notes I made when I was doing devo with my fiancée today.

It’s based on our church’s daily digest and it is about sharing.

Philemon 1:4-6

SHARING
sharing is always good, that’s why sharing becomes one of the main commandments that Jesus gave to His disciple: to share the good news.

Sharing helps both of the parties at each end: it teaches the giver to give and it can be counted as a blessing to the receiver. As giver, we sometimes undermine the impact of sharing: the effect and after effect of sharing is beyond our knowledge – it surpasses what the eye can see, as it can affect people emotionally too – and usually, when they have experienced generous sharing from others, people would pay it forward.

My application:
I want to start sharing mindfully to others.

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Grace

15 Jul

The gospel of grace is risky.

It is.

Because there is nothing you can do would make God loves you less, even if it is horrible things.

…as when sin increases, grace abounds all the more.

But if we really do understand and embrace grace, it is not horrible things that will flow out of us. It will be love. – at IES South Office

View on Path

LOVE as our goal

3 Apr

Finished reading a devotional on 1 Timothy 1 and I am reminded that the goal of instructions, is, after all, Love:

…to love God and love others, with pure heart, clear conscience and sincere faith.”

It is not about knowing more so we can build up our fortress of knowledge so that we can answer every question asked, be it by others or the ones that our mind produces. Of course, knowing more about God and what He is saying ia vital, but, when it doesnt produce love, it doesn’t serve its purpose.

“Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up”
1 Cor 8:1

Be Faithful in Small Things!

15 Jan

“…be faithful in small things” – pfft. How many times have we heard this #mostuttered advice in our lives? Everytime I hear or read this – be it at church, in a speech or in the Bible – my mind will then automatically respond “…because if you’re not faithful in small things, how can you expect to be trusted with bigger things?”

And it happens so often that if would go to and through my head (maybe, with a little stop where i’d impulsively say “that’s right”).This morning I stumbled upon the same advice, but it spoke to me differently and led me to see it from a fresh perspective. In this case, I’d like to thank ps. Steven Furtick for his devotional ‘Sun, Stand, Still’ – it reminded me that the Word of God is always new everyday! I’ve never thought before that God’s extraordinary miracles are usually a follow up of simple act of obedience.

when you strip the biblical miracles of their spectacular special effects, a common plot point emerges:

extraordinary moves begins with ordinary act of obedience

Look at the story of Moses for example. Before he did all the crazy things like parting the Red Sea, where did it start before all of that happened? When he saw the burning (but not burnt) bush.

Let’s rewind a little more..

What took place before he saw the burning bush? He was tending his father-in-law’s sheep and goats. (Exodus 3:1-10)

I’m convinced that tending Jethro’s sheep was not a once-in-a-lifetime experience or an annual event for Moses. Perhaps, his tending the sheep is like ours usual office day, mundane uni classes or a regular meeting with that client. Moses’ days of tending sheep were ordinary, but what God did (and could do, in your case) was, is and will be extraordinary.

So let’s lean in closer to God, listen and look out for more what He has for us today. When he saw the burning bush, Moses came closer and wanted to see, but when as he came closer and tried to learn what was happening, God told him to not come any closer and to take off his sandals. Look around and try to listen if God is trying to show us our burning bush today (through the scripture, prayer, anyway He wants to speak to you), and yield to what He commands: stop, take off your sandals, talk to that person, follow up with that deal, don’t close the deal, cancel the appointment, make an appointment, finish the assignment … anything God tells you to do through the Holy Spirit in you.

If God is calling you to make a big difference today, He is likely to start in a small way.

(inspired by “Sun Stand Still” Devotional by Steven Furtick)

Peace, Promised

8 Sep

Sunday morning and I woke up feeling restless. Asking God why, this is the answer He gives me — peace assurance, if we live in him. However, Jesus also said it clearly that tribulations and troubles WILL come (as long as we’re still walking on this earth); that’s why he reminds u to fix our gaze, our soul and our perspective in him, so we may have peace.

 

Heaven on earth is this: when you look at Jesus, knowing that he has battled our wars and won (‘our wars’ means our wars on earth: finanscial struggles, heartbreak, disappointment, wounds, trials, executions, persecutions and all of the other things that you find difficult), ultimately knowing that YOU HAVE OVERCOME this problem you’re thinking about right now.

 

Heaven on earth is eternal perspectives.

Tree Planted by Streams of Water

24 Jul

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night

He is like a tree 
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

English: Taxodium distichum planted by water. ...

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