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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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The Same Through the Ages

22 Jun

Promises and Circumstances

Listening to Newsboys ‘Your Love Never Fails’, I caught myself reflecting on God’s faithfulness and our ability to rely on Him. The snippet in the song runs as follows

“You stay the same through the ages, your love never changes, there may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning”

Sometimes God speaks specific themes into your life. I began to marvel at how we have the incredible ability to be able to trust in God despite what circumstances we may be facing. The reality is every person faces challenges, struggles, issues and trials; big and small. The reality also, is God never fails us. As people, we may want God want to do certain things, like bring healing, deliverance or take care of something straight away. I know I would bring healing to people I know; but this is where we need to respect and trust the sovereignty of God (sovereignty = supreme power or authority). God knows the bigger picture, God has the greater insight to the plan for us. Sometimes we may need shaping in our faith and conviction, sometimes God may be more concerned about our spiritual mindset than our physical state, sometimes God wants to us learn to let go and trust him (to name a few reasons)

As hard as it may seem, one absolute we can always rely on is, that God is always the same. He always loves us. He never fails us. Throughout the ages, God has continually delivered those that follow him, obey him and love him. I think that is the greatest promise anyone can give us. Focus on His promise, rather than my circumstances.


Power in Release

21 Sep

Release

One of the biggest paradoxes in life that limit our blessings or abundances is holding on when we are to let go. It is human nature to hold onto something desperately because we feel the need to keep it safe and secure. As we do this, whether it may be with finance, a person, situation, or a problem; we can hinder the progress of its nature.

When someone has been in an accident and is in great need of medical treatment and care. You often see a relative, spouse or friend panicking alongside the patient, prior to the point the doctor takes over. It takes incredible courage for one to release the friend/family member into the doctors care in order to gain the treatment required. You often hear in movies or TV shows, the person being told to leave the room so the doctor can do work without distraction. It is in the power of releasing the gives the doctor the best chance of helping the sick/injured patient.

In the same fashion, there is so much power in releasing, what we need to let go of, to God. God calls us to lay down our life and surrender. He calls us to hand over our worries and doubts. This takes incredible trust and courage to do so, but fortunately we serve the most amazing God who never fails us!

Psalm 55:22 – “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved”

1 Peter 5:7 – “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you”

The fact is, we can only hold onto so much, and we can only do so much. That’s why there is such incredible power when we hand it over to God and look to obey what he calls us to do.

I remember a key moment in my life, as I found out the cause of my sickness was a form of cancer. I responded in the one way I knew was the best. I went into God’s presence and just laid myself at his feet. I was feeling neutral and muddled. I prayed and said “I can’t do anything, so I hand over this situation to you for I know you can take care of it. I promise I’ll follow you, even when it looks bad to me”. As you all know, God delivered for me. That was the most pivotal moment that I spoke over my life in regards to that situation. It was the game changer!

There is power in releasing. What is God calling you to release and trust him in?

World Religions

17 Aug

World Religions

 

A month or so ago, I elected to study the class – “World Religions and Belief Systems”, because I have always had this curiosity to learn about other religions. I wanted to know their beliefs, the causes to believe it and what the benefits are in believing in what the religion brings to one’s life. I knew that it would enhance my knowledge and enable me to think deeply about why I believe in my God. Some Christians may ‘forbid’ you to not look at other teachings for it may convert you but I don’t think we need to hold that fear if we believe we have truly discovered God. It certainly had a profound, positive impact on me and my relationship with God

It was absolutely fascinating to be able to study and write essays on those religions – namely Islam, Buddhism and Taoism; along with attending a Buddhist ceremony. Certain beliefs that I came across, I found enlightening. I believe it wasn’t the actual belief that caught my attention, but the reason people believe. It all came down to core needs and desires of a human being. Desires such as – wanting to be free, live in a peaceful world. Needs such as significance, love, provision and security. 

As I studied these beliefs and the actions of people, I became far more convicted in my own beliefs and I learnt so much for the other religions. I believe we, as Christians, can learn certain things from other religions that we have neglected in our Christian walk/fellowship. I learnt about meditation and discipline in Buddhism/Taoism. Buddhist meditate daily to transform their mind in the way their teachings have told them to. They meditate to strengthen their inner being and spiritual selves. They discipline themselves by not indulging in things that can distract their hearts and mind from finding the peace in themselves. Sometimes as Christians, we don’t discipline ourselves; we also definitely do not meditate on God’s Word as much as Christians in history used to (thanks to distraction of technology and the fast-paced society we live in). Biblical illiteracy continues to climb as each generation passes through, the gap between convicted Christians and easily-swayed Christians continue to widen.

I learnt about the impact of the need for families to teach, correct and love their children through the word of God through Islam. They have different teachings to Christianity but these Islamic families have strong influence in teaching their children and equipping them in their religion; thus raising up a convicted generation. The children grow up saturated by Islam teachings and develop their own passion and faith for their religion. These families ooze passion when speaking of their God and they don’t let anything else sway their families and beliefs. With that in mind, we need more families developing a strong unity with very Christ at the center. There are so many broken families, increasing the need for families to rely on Christ as their provider, teacher and guide. Parents have an important role, along with the church in equipping children to become faith-filled, influential and passionate followers that the world needs. If we have a purpose within our relationship in Christ, then doesn’t it become far easier to raise up children who discover God and build their own faith through the foundation that their families have set. Passion and support is needed to build strong faith in others.

There are so many things I’ve learnt that other religions value and emphasize – honor, peace, love, integrity, respect, passion, time, discipline and so on. What values do we hold in our relationship with God and what values do we neglect?

Don’t be afraid to be curious and seek God.

A thinking person is an influential person, a thinking Christian is a more convicted and influential person. 

Waiting on Expectation

18 Mar

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As Christians, we have the privilege to serve a God of abundance, of great love and mercy; a God who wants to bless us and bring forth greater things in our life. We have expectation of certain things from God because we know He has promised us and God never fails to deliver.

What are you expecting God to do in your life? What are you waiting for God to do?

Expectation stirs the spirit and builds anticipation. Expectation develops our hunger for God. As you figure out what you’re expecting God to do in your life…here’s another question

What are you doing as you wait on God?

How are you building yourself up in order to position yourself for the expectation you have of God?

So many times we believe and wait, that we don’t seek to grow while waiting. The stuff we do while we wait is as important as the stuff you do after you get called out by God; in fact, it is probably more important because it will lead you to being called out by God as it is the preparation you need to undergo to be ready.

2 Peter 1:5-7 – For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self- control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

It’s important because of the lessons learnt; you go and you prepare yourself further as God looks to build you up. You build a greater foundation for God to build upon.

I’m not necessarily saying do everything you possibly can but rather work dilligently in your field, earnestly spend time with God as you grow. King David was working the fields for his brothers because he was called up. Elisha plowed the fields with his oxen before Elijah chose him. Moses was a shepherd before God spoke to him. I believe that the experience derived from the jobs they conducted equipped them in a way God intended for it to do so.

2 Peter 3:14 – Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by Him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

Personally, I’ve been in the waiting room for a while and will be. But it’s in this time that I have learnt it is crucial because it is the development phrase of my life. The building of my inner spirit and character. I don’t want to live out God’s calling prematurely otherwise I will be unprepared and undone. That won’t benefit myself or anyone else and I won’t achieve the full extent of what God has called me to do. In this time so far in the waiting room I’ve had God speak to me continuously; I’ve had Him place people around me to speak over my life.

As I share little things God has taught me, it may lack context but I hope it still makes sense.

One of the key things I’ve learnt from God was I needed discipline in my life. In my mind last year at Bible College Camp, all I had was ‘Passion; Spiritual Discipline’ and God placed that over my life to develop my discipline through my time with him, physically and through my words so that when my passion is diminished, I have the discipline to hold me together for the time being. I’ve had challenges thrown at me where I become discouraged and God teaches me in those situations. “Why did it not work out?”, “How can I better my impact and response to those situations?” Those questions God has been embedding in my head so that when I face situations like these during my ministry, I know why it’s happening and how I can respond to it. I’ve slowly developed the gift of prophecy, God is building up my visions, my words and showing me that I can trust him so that when I need to step out in the future, I know I can do so boldly because of what I’ve experienced.

They are just small aspects of what God has been doing in my life while in the waiting room, as I wait on God to deliver the expectations I have; but they are all so crucial for me to learn, understand and grow in. It’s crucial because they all have a part to make a big difference in my ministry for God and will define whether I achieve the full extent of my calling from God.

2 Peter 1:10 – Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.

What are you doing in the waiting room?

REALationship with God

23 Jan

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You often hear the question: “Do you have a relationship with God”

That thought can become quite repetitive or a bit of a cliché. I wanted to explore what people actually mean when they ask that question so we can remind ourselves who we are in God or even expand the depth of our relationship with God.

Above all, being a Christian/disciple of God means discovering God and entering into a relationship with Him. God is the Father, the friend, the comforter, the guide, and the Saviour. He brings security, love, hope, grace and mercy into a life full of chaos, craziness and struggles.

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

When you enter a relationship with God, you enter into the dynamics of a natural relationship – One of love, hurt; triumph, suffering; joy and pain (Although God is never the source of that pain). However, the difference to a natural relationship is that we know God is the one who ultimately brings restoration, extends Grace, and delivers the greatest love we’ve ever known and ever will. It gives us to courage to know that God has it all under control and we can trust in Him.

Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

It is because of that difference that allows us to turn to God in the middle of pain, hardship, anger and suffering. Lately I’ve been the stubborn son who has struggled to understand the hits that I’ve absorbed lately. However, feeling like this has allowed me to see the beauty of my relationship with God (He always wins!). This is what makes my relationship with God real. 

1 Peter 5:10 – “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

This concept is what sets apart Christianity; this is what makes being a disciple a real deal. This is what makes being a child of God the most incredible decision you can make in your life.

Ask yourself (since it’s always between you and God) – “Am I really in a relationship with God?”

When you make the leap from being a mere Christian attending church because it is your choice of religion to a disciple entering a REALationship with God and discovering the intimacy and power that follows; your life will radically change for the better. That is where we want to be with God. Truly discovering God allows us to truly discover ourselves.