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A Bald Approach

2 Mar

 

NEW VIDEO – Something different from MoodyTalks – a corny, funny, emotional film about my baldness – to share a meaning behind it

There is a crippling epidemic in today’s society. We focus so much on the outward beauty that it defines how we feel about ourselves. Neglecting our inner beauty that consists of our character, heart, ability, compassion, skills, talent and capacity. Watch this this corny short clip and be reminded to embrace all that you are in this life and make the most of it!

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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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Fleeting or Footed?

9 Mar

Are you fleeting or footed in God’s Hope?

Inspired by King David’s moment of reflection in 1 Chronicles 29:15, James Moody talks about whether we are fleeting in our lives today, chasing meaningless things or anchored in God’s hope.

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.

Lessons from Asa

28 Jan

Pride

In my last post, I spoke about the principles we can learn from Asa which helped gain favour and strength from God. However, in Asa’s last years, he abandoned these principles as he grew in strength. There are practical lessons we can learn from Asa to help us remain focused and steadfast in God’s presence and hope.

Asa grew in stature, strength and favour. He rebuilt the city of Judah for God. However, Asa grow in confidence in himself and began to take matters in his own hands. He drew away from God’s strength and looked to build alliances with other armies to appear stronger (without inquiring of the Lord). In doing so, a seer came to Asa and told Asa that he had done a foolish thing for Asa wasn’t trusting in God as he used to. Instead of responding to these words with humility. Asa became angry and put the seer in prison, oppressed some of his people and also became afflicted with a foot disease. Even then, Asa did not ask God for healing and instead trusted in physicians. He eventually died, leaving a bitter taste in our memory of Asa.

We can discover two important lessons in this story.

  1. We need to remain steadfast in God, especially when we gain favour

This is so critical. We can press into God, gain favour in our family, church, career, work and in everything we do because we are faithful, and sincere with God. The challenge is to remain with an attitude of gratitude; rather than letting it get to your head and becoming prideful. It is a true challenge because when you gain strong success in your area, it is easy to start claiming credit and taking matters in your own hands. This is what happened to Asa. A strong way to counteract this is to continue to know where you would have been without God. I often tell myself I would be dead if it were not for God, if not dead, I would be blind (True story for another time!). I know that I wouldn’t have certain wisdom or behaviour because my wisdom comes from God. Where would you be without God? It is a great way to remain humble and to continue pursing God’s goodness for us, rather than our own.

2. Asa had a chance to respond to God

We can see that Asa had a chance, if not, two chances to correct his heart and respond to God when the seer came with words of revelation. Instead of coming to an understanding. Asa reacted angrily and this is a strong sign of the pride Asa developed in his heart. He also had a chance to turn to God for healing through repentance and being dependant on God, instead he continued to be bitter and relied on the strength of people. This is such a critical juncture; receiving words of correction/rebuke. It is never easy for a person to give rebuke or to receive rebuke but we have to understand that we may not see the things we are doing wrong and the person giving rebuke is doing so out of concern and love for us. We need to ensure that we receive words of correction and rebuke with a humble heart; knowing that God wants to continue to work in us, sharpen us and mould us. It is also better knowing that it is in our brokenness where we truly shine God’s glory. Do you need to respond to God? Do you have words of rebuke that you need to take on board? If so, do it in a humble manner and I guarantee that God will sharpen your heart and your life that allows you to glorify Him.

Let us continue to remain steadfast in God. Knowing that without Him we wouldn’t be where we are today. We wouldn’t carry the hope we have or be pursuing the great dreams he has placed in our hearts. Let us continue to be humble and trust in God. In doing so, God will continue to strengthen us and take us further on our journey with Him.

 

Asa’s Principles

25 Jan

And Asa

I loved coming across Asa who is the great-grandson of King David, in 2 Chronicles 14. Asa had taken up the role of King after the death of his father Abijah, and before that, Rehoboam and Solomon. All these Kings struggled to live out their kingly duties in the ways of God. Solomon became comfortable and distracted by life’s luxuries. Rehoboam got greedy and tried to gain more power and more influence than what he had and brought division in Israel. Abijah was quite wicked and not fully devoted to God (1 King 15:3).

The first thing we hear about Asa in this passage is “Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord”. What a way to be introduced and remembered in the Bible! Especially after a history of Kings failing to live up to standard in their privileged responsibility.

I began to investigate further as to what Asa did that was good and right. Thus creating ‘Asa’s Principles’

  1. Asa removed, smashed and cut. (2 Chronicles 14:3)

Asa set out to destroy the things that were not of God. He removed foreign alters, smashed ‘sacred’ stones, and cut down Asherah poles (A goddess). This was an act to remove distractions or any obstacles in knowing the true God.

What do we need to remove, smash or cut in our lives? Is it a devotion to something else? An addiction that we indulge in? A limitation we have placed on ourselves? A stronghold in our life? Remove, smash and cut what is not of God.

2. Asa set the standard (2 Chronicles 14:4)

Asa commanded his community to seek God. After removing everything not of God, his next action was to make everything of God the foundation of the community. He also commanded them to obey the commandments and live in the ways of God. This was the standard Asa placed on himself and his community.

What are you laying down as the standard, the priority or the commandment in your life? Is it to seek God? Is it to follow His ways? or is it simply to attend Church on a Sunday Morning? When you set the standard of seeking God daily and living in His ways, your lives will be transformed greatly and richly blessed with His presence and love

3. Asa built up (2 Chronicles 14:6-7)

After Asa had rid of everything not of God, set the foundation of knowing God and seeking Him, Asa built the city up. He fortified the city, armed the men because he knew that the city and people were standing on the solid rock of God’s promises.

When we establish God as the foundation of our lives, we are able to build upwards and allow God to truly work in us and as a result, outwork through us. God begins to reveal promises, develop fruits in our lives and lead the way for us to follow.

These are Asa’s principles. I pray that you will be richly blessed in reading this and reflect upon your own life as to where you could apply any of these aspects. If you feel you are disqualified because of the things you have done, remember that these principles came into place because of the mistakes the previous Kings made; this didn’t disqualify Israel but rather enabled someone to come in and make the necessary changes after responding to God’s love and mercy. I pray that you will be a person that can be introduced as someone who “did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord”

 

Conveying Meaning

12 Jan

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I believe people who read a lot are some of the most blessed people because they have the capacity to absorb words, information and knowledge. As people read more and more; they discover more of an abundance of words that can convey the emotion they feel, the impact they want to share and the meaning of what they want to say. It enlarges their vocabulary and capacity to communicate what they want to communicate.

Proverbs 25:11 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

It is definitely saddening that the trend of people reading is slowly spiralling down as more people look to read short Facebook statuses and tweets; instead of getting immersed in different worlds, stories and information that is available to us.

The reason I shared this sentiment because I want to talk about bringing back power to our words; especially as Christians. I feel that as we grow up in church culture, we can get lost in all the clichés and Christian sayings to fluff up what we really mean or to cover up a lack of understanding. Every single word we speak or share convey a meaning. How many of us do not comprehend what we truly say?

Some examples may be:

“God is good” – Do we truly believe this? How is God good to us? Do we give God the glory? Maybe list down the reasons why God is good, or say it when you know He has done something magnificent!

“Amen” – We say this at the end of every prayer, what does it mean? It means to ‘Let it be’ or ‘It is done’. So when we pray, we give God the control for him to reveal his will for us and also that in His power it will be done. That alone changes the comprehension of our prayers. No longer are they meaningless but power-filled!

“I’ll be praying for you” – This is a big one that has challenged my integrity. How often do I not pray for people when I say that? Quite a lot back in the day and God challenged me to be a man of my word because prayer is not a saying but a power packed initiative and action.

There are so many words we use daily to indulge in conversation, communication information and to convey emotion. Men speak 7,000 words a day and women speak 20,000 words a day. How many of these words are truly intentional? I want to understand the value of my words and activate the power of my tongue to build up people, to encourage people, to share revelation, to inspire people, to touch people’s hearts, to learn by asking questions, and to gain assistance, advice by asking for help.

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

My challenge to you is do you understand the power of your words? How many times have to tried to speak in ‘Christian Lingo’ that never truly conveyed the meaning you wanted to share? How many times have you said something but never backed it up. Let us speak words that communicate who we are and what we want to share; rather than to speak words that cover up this and attempt to make us look good, smarter or better. Let words be the outlet of what’s in our hearts.

Matthew 12:37 – For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

Words have power but they only have as much power as the person behind it. A person with integrity, honesty and transparency will have more power in their words than one who notoriously lies, gossips and shows a lack of integrity.