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Rejoice!

5 May

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I was reading Psalm 75 and the first verse jumped out at me

Psalm 75:1
We praise you, God,
    we praise you, for your Name is near;
    people tell of your wonderful deeds.

My mind trailed off, pondering about this verse. I began to wonder, how much do we, as Christians, rejoice in who God is and what He has done in our lives. Do we truly appreciate the majesty and faithfulness of God? Do we truly stand amazed in what He works in our lives? Heck, do we remain thankful that God has brought us out of darkness and given us salvation? God has brought us life!

I reflected on my battle with cancer and how it has given me a new lease on life. If I never gained treatment, I wouldn’t be here today. If I never pressed into God and prayed for God to deliver me, I definitely wouldn’t be here today. I have been given a second chance. Every time I go for a run, I remain thankful as I am able to run after 5 years ago, I couldn’t even walk up a stair. Every time I meet a new person, I am thankful because I was stuck in isolation getting treatment 5 years ago. Every year, a significant date rolls around, the date in which I began my treatment – October 7th, I unleash a barrage of thankfulness and gratitude because I wouldn’t have witnessed it if I never recovered 5 years old.

In the same way, all who have received salvation from God, have received a new lease on life. A second chance. An opportunity to live in the freedom of Christ! How much more thanks should we be giving God?!

Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

My encouragement for you is to find something to rejoice in God; whether it be life, salvation, grace, mercy, love, or freedom. God has created you purposefully for today and nothing delights Him more than when you rejoice in Him and walk with Him. When you do rejoice, don’t let it become stale, don’t let it become mechanical and something you have to do out of duty – *In a monotonous voice* “Thank you Lord for this food…bless this into our bodies…” Own it! Allow the praises of God to flow out of your life in worship.

Try it!

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Center, All, Everything

2 Feb

God is my source

Talking about my visit to the New Life Church in Tacloban, Philippines; you will always here me stating that I did not see lack in that church. I saw blessings, abundance and a thriving environment. This is mainly because I saw that the people were living with God as their everything. Their whole focus was on God and everything else aligned with that core focus.

Over the past few months, I have been saying/praying the words “God, be the center of my everything, be my all”. It’s been prominent in my thinking as I’ve looked to train my mindset to shift the focus onto God, rather than other things. It has triggered a response where there is less of me trying to do it all for myself and more of me actively following God where he leads me. It has created an attitude where everything else is a bonus, a privilege. It allows me to feel comfortable knowing that God is all I need and that everything He provides is a blessing, an outward show of His love for me. My relationships, career, dreams, and spoils in love are a bonus in addition to knowing God.

I am not saying I have it all worked it out, but it is certainly a step closer; especially with my tendency to want to take control and seek progression/results. It has allowed to walk in the freedom knowing that God’s got my back and has it all under control. Rather than looking at all my worries, issues and circumstances, I can 100% look at God and just see all that matters in this world. It allows me to walk in immense freedom and look to work within my capabilities, rather than trying to do what I cannot do best

Psalms 55:22 – “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you. He will never let the righteous be shaken”

I want this post to serve as an encouragement for one to see where they position God in their life. Is God your prominent focus or is He a mere aspect in your life?

Just like any other relationship, it takes time to build a connection with God and to train yourself in building your prayer life and walk with God. God calls us to focus on him first and everything else will fall in place. What are you going to do today that will allow God to be the center of your life?

Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Because when God is your everything, there is no lack but abundance in His presence and love. There is freedom,

Seeds in my Hand

18 Feb

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Comparison – you see it everyday in every aspect. We have brands competing for our money, real estates agencies competing for our houses. We have people comparing jobs, houses, wealth, looks, strength, even spouses/partners. It is ridiculous but a hidden reality that plays in our mind daily.

I am the perfect example of someone who should never compare. I have never been the most talented or blessed in one aspect of life; but rather skilled in lots of little things. I’ve never been the most good looking, strongest, best sportsperson, speaker, dancer, chef, artist or whatnot. If I were to compare myself, it would inevitably and ultimately lead to my failure (and to most of you too). It would be a tragedy if that were to happen because (future speaking) I was not able to see what I could do with myself and what I have due to the attitude of “someone does it better”.

I’m sure you have heard the parable of Talents or Bags of Gold; if not, here it is below.

 

Matthew 25:14-30  (NIV)

The Parables of the Bags of Gold

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you. “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

 

With that story in mind, I used to believe that this was unfair, because the Master didn’t equally give everyone the same amount of Gold/Talents. However, in retrospect, that’s life. We all don’t have the same amount of money, same personalities or same abilities. We all have grown up in different situations and faced different challenges. In saying so, God’s measure of blessing is not through what someone initially has but He blesses those that obey, despite everything that has occurred. It was unfortunate that the man with the least, failed to realize what he could do with what he had. Thinking about it, he probably compared what his one bag of gold to the other’s three. five bags and became so intimidated by fear; deciding to bury it, leading to his falling out. 

This brings me to the idea of what we should be training ourselves to think of, instead of comparison. 

What are you going to do with what you have, who you are, your skills, your attributes and your strengths

What are you going to do with what’s in ;your hand? I know that I can point out a skill, a talent or anything that causes someone to be extraordinary. It’s simply the matter of giving them the opportunity to display that. One of the greatest things I love to witness in life, is looking at someone and not thinking much initially (I know I shouldn’t be judging!!) and having them prove me wrong by blowing me away when they are in their element and zone. It’s happened to me many times through watching basketball or hearing someone sing. It’s incredible seeing their hidden talent come to life. The best part of this is we serve a God who knows everything about us and is looking to call us out with a plan that is perfectly tailed made and suited for us. Better yet, God wants to elevate us by being strong in our weakness, and sharpening our strengths.

Psalms 139:13 (NIV)

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

Comparison is one of the most deadly, silent killers in our society today. Start having the mindset of what can you do with what you have. Doing so, you’ll witness the seeds in front of you growing and opportunities coming as you obey. I know I need to adapt this thinking more and more in my life; especially when I have a God that wants me to do great things!