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Fire

22 Mar

 

In this episode of MoodyTalks, I share about the moment I was mesmerised by the fire as I lit a match. I share my insight when it comes to playing with fire and why God has laid boundaries around us to enable us to live in his full freedom

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Time

21 Feb

 

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I share my learnings on time, priorities and how it has shifted my attitude and mindset towards living my lifestyle and creating time for what I wants to do

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Justified

15 Feb

 

In this episode of MoodyTalks, I break down a small but weighty verse in Romans 10:9-10 and touches on the topics of Salvation and being justified. Don’t you love a simple but powerful gospel!

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Give Me Your All

8 Aug

 

In Episode 5 of MoodyTalks, I share a common theme that God has been stirring in my heart and use this as a voice of encouragement to truly humble yourself before God and give Him your all.

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Break the Cycle

3 Feb

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In the Old Testament, following the story of the Israelites, we can often see a pattern throughout the journey. The Israelites are notorious for getting comfortable, indulging in sin, losing their battles, then turning back to God for strength and grace. While this result is better than completely turning away from God. This pattern can have its dangers.

Sometimes in today’s world, we can get caught up in similar cycles. It may be a weekly cycle, where we pray in church, receive grace, be refreshed; then by the time Wednesday hits, we are back to our old behaviour. Every week it is repeated. Just like the Israelites did.

While I have no issues with people going back to the cross, praying for grace, for strength and for love from God, the alter is open for everyone! I do have an issue with it. if it stops people from going beyond the cross; from growing in God. I believe this behaviour becomes an instinct we can initiate while remaining comfortable. When we make a mistake, we go back to God, then we repeat it again; without never truly experiencing change, growth or transformation.

Growth comes from learning from what has happened and applying the lessons today in order to grow for tomorrow. If we are continually displaying the same behaviour and never learning, we lack growth. Out of the lack, it is hard for God to lead us to where he wants us to go. God has called us to the process of being transformed by his love and grace.

Ephesians 4:22-24 – To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

God has called us to overcome, to break strongholds, to live in freedom. How can we do this? By being active. We need to do something. We can’t expect God to do it all and he won’t do it all. When we are active, we actively seek God, seek growth and seek change. When we become seekers and doers, we allow ourselves to be transformed by God and living out his calling for our lives. Rather than passively awaiting for what is to come. We cannot attain righteousness without pursuing it!

James 1:22-25 –But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

What are we doing today to help us be transformed and renewed by God? Don’t let the past mistakes, problems or issues cause you to stand idle. Break the cycle today and be a doer of the word.

Friendly Wounds

6 Jan

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I was reading Proverbs 27 this morning and there were many references that it is better to having a true friend bring a harsh word, than it is an enemy praising you.

Proverbs 27:5-6  – An open rebuke
    is better than hidden love!

Wounds from a sincere friend
    are better than many kisses from an enemy.

Proverbs 27:9 – The heartfelt counsel of a friend
    is as sweet as perfume and incense

True friends are for you, and understanding they are for you; they offer you the challenging word motivated from a heart of love. They are willing to risk offending you for the reward of seeing you grow. They bring open rebuke when you stray of the path because they want to see you walk in abundance in God and not continue down the life of disaster. They are there to bring wise and heartfelt counsel when you are struggling to carry your load.

This may be a small example compared to many others I could share but nonetheless the same principle and one people often let slide. I had a good friend pull me aside to talk about my ‘fragrance’ and that it wasn’t as good as it could be. He mentioned my clothes smelt damp and that it wasn’t appealing. I was so thankful that he had the confidence I would take this ‘criticism’ well. I spent the next few weeks improving my fragrance. I changed my washing method, improved my quality of drying clothes, ensured I had a good cologne with me. After these small changes, this friend actually came up to me and noticed the changes. He was absolutely ecstatic for me because I had displayed a more appealing fragrance and I am much more aware today of what fragrance I give off. It was because of his open rebuke that today I am improved.

It is as important to learn how to absorb these rebukes as much as to give it to another person; if not more important!

My challenge for you today is do you have friends around you that value you enough you offer you rebuke, criticism and counsel? Do you have friends that love you for who you are but love you too much to keep you where you are? Do you have friends that are wanting to help you build, construct and grow today? And are you that friend for people around you?

Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron,
    so a friend sharpens a friend.

It is so important for us to have a bit of transparency for others, as it creates trust and intimacy within our relationships. (Note: we do have to be careful to balance praise and constructive feedback, not to overuse rebuking. There needs to be a foundation of a strong friendship and confidence in each other underneath it all)

In sharing all this, the best way to approach rebuke and counsel is to speak to the friend privately, speak from a loving heart, to ensure that the friend understands why you are giving the rebuke/counsel (i.e. because I want to see you grow, I’m concerned etc) and lastly to follow up and encourage the person.

You can measure the love of a friend by how transparent they are with you, not by how much they flatter you…

Double Identity Crisis

3 Jan

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There is a social epidemic and has been one for a while since the introduction and flourishing use of social media.

This epidemic caught my attention as I read an article about certain people. These people seemed to have the perfect lives according to the others who knew them on social media. However, these people had committed suicide and left people scratching their heads as to why because it was perceived that they had it all.

In short, they were living a double life; an act. On social media, they were happy, adventurous, good-looking, laughing, living out amazing moments; enriched by experience, loved by people, and had it all…

But deep inside, they were dealing with aggressive inner troubles and battles; whatever they may have been. But it was a vastly different view to what was in the perception of public.

Now, there are definitely some things you don’t reveal to public, especially on the social media scope because private things ought to remain private and dealt with a small group of strong family and friends. However, we cannot fall in the trap in believing that someone has the perfect life and such because of what we see.

The world is crying out for practicality, genuineness, and authenticity. People want to be real and comfortable in who they are; along with others who feel and act the same! The issue is that our views have become distorted by how we perceive things on social media; and our actions become spurred on to create the perfect lives ourselves. This mentality can cause us to ‘pump’ ourselves up into a potential superstar of the world; creating something we’re not. This does take a lot of effort too! Trying to live with ourselves and act like somebody else, nobody has time for two full-time jobs! This is not only applicable to social media but in reality too. Only it is easier to create a persona online.

I have one thought for you for our attitudes on social media or life in general. Don’t aim to create the perfect life…LIVE LIFE! Have fun, enjoy each season and knuckle down to work.

You’ll find that you’re not wasting your energy in trying to be someone else but rather enjoying life because you’re real with yourself and others and that is what we need in this world! Don’t fall into this trap

1 Peter 3:3-4 – Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.