OUTPOUR OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – A Pentecost Devotion

Light despite the darkness

Pentecost Sunday, this year 2018 falls on May 20th. I was led to share this devotion from my theology college assessment, which I wrote almost 7 years back. The document might be outdated but the TRUTH in it stands still

THE BOOK OF ACTS

Acts is a unique New Testament books that provides us with the historical record of the early church.It is also a theological book that contains lessons and living examples of the work of the Holy Spirit, church relationships and organisation, the implications of grace and the laws of love

Let’s read Acts chapter 2 , verses 1 – 13

1-4 When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

5-11 There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?

Parthians, Medes, and Elamites;
Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene;
Immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes;
Even Cretans and Arabs!

 

“They’re speaking our languages, describing God’s mighty works!”

12 Their heads were spinning; they couldn’t make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: “What’s going on here?”

13 Others joked, “They’re drunk on cheap wine.”

Q: What is the day of Pentecost and why were ‘they ‘ (Acts 2:1)         assembled in one place?

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TRUST IN GOD – 2018 MOTHER’S DAY MESSAGE

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One of the highlights of this 2018 Mother’s Day was me sharing at my local church on one of my favorite topics in the Bible ‘TRUST ‘and along the way a bit on my mom journey. I consider that an absolute privilege and honor. It was no doubt an emotional moment for me. I  am absolutely thrilled to share that with you on my blog. I hope the message blesses your heart as much as it did to me

FLASH BACK

A little bit of flashback about me. I am a born again believer from a Hindu background. Life was all good, happily married when I came to Australia. Disaster struck and my dreams shattered when my marriage of 6 years abruptly ended and I became suddenly single with my 6-month old baby. With no immediate family in Australia and being a first time mom, it was quite a challenge and probably the toughest season I had ever faced in my life. The one thing that really made a difference in my life then was my choice to TRUST GOD THROUGH IT ALL. God used this pain in my life to take me from strength to strength. God used my struggles to teach me about His love for me and how much He cares about me. This painful journey took me to a new level of trust in God, trust where is no doubt that God will provide or fear that God will leave me. I got a grasp of how much God loves me right in my darkest pit. Jesus became my confident, my shelter and my protector. I said bye bye to my ‘long -distance’ relationship with God and started a brand new ‘move-in’ relation with Him allowing Him access to every part of my life.

SCRIPTURE VERSE

One of my favorite scriptures in the Bible talks about TRUST

Trust in the Lord COMPLETELY,
and DO NOT rely on your own OPINIONS

With all your heart RELY ON HIM to guide you,
and HE WILL lead you in every decision YOU MAKE

Proverbs 3:5

 

1. TRUST IN GOD COMES WITH FAMILIARITY OF GOD

Trust in the Lord COMPLETELY

Proverbs 3:5a

Trust is a crucial ingredient in any relationship, to make it work. In every sphere of our relationship, there is a level of trust involved. And that level of trust determines the depth of our relationship with that person

BABY’S FIRST STEPS

I can never forget my daughter’s first steps. When she took her first steps, we were in the living room and she started walking without her walker. There was probably few steps distance between us and when she walked towards me, I noticed few things

 

  • With every step she took, she did not look to the left or the right, but kept her eyes focused on me
  • After few steps, she lost her balance and stumbled
  • She heard my voice ‘Hannah, come on, you can do it ‘
  • Then she looked at me, picked herself up again and completed her final steps towards me

God wants us to have that kind of childlike trust towards Him. A trust that builds with familiarity of the person you do life with. So much trust of the child, that all that mattered to her was her mom standing in front of her and cheering her on. She recognized me as I spend time with her and she is familiar with my voice. When we spend time with God and get familiarized with Him, it will be so easy to trust God for our life. I wonder if she will show the same excitement during her baby steps walking, if the person on the other end was an unfamiliar person? I highly doubt so. That’s when the fear of uncertainty and doubt kicks in

Trust and Faith go Hand in Hand,

WHEN you TRUST God, YOUR FAITH will set you into action

ABRAHAM

I love how Abraham handled his situation by TRUST in GOD. There are about 12 examples from his life in Gen 12-21 about this walk with God through his TRUST journey

Romans 4:3 puts it beautifully on what was the turning point of Abraham’s trust

What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.”

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MOMS

Moms , we do so many things , in the home, around the home, at work and everywhere. We are no doubt overcomers and multi taskers. But sometimes stress gets to us no matter how hard we try to de-stress ourselves. It’s time we stop laying out our journey ourselves, trying to figure it all by ourselves, relying on everything except God and then asking God to bless that journey. It’s time to set the norm like Abraham, to step out in faith and trust God even for the unknown, TRUSTING GOD COMPLETELY

2.RELY ON HIM TO GUIDE YOU WITH ALL YOUR HEART

I wonder how Abraham must have felt when God told him to move out of his comfort zone . God in fact did not even tell him where he was going. Abraham left for an unknown destination trusting God for his future as Abraham relied on God with ALL is heart

Abraham obeyed without question and set on his journey. WHY ?

  • He knew God’s heart
  • He knew God has a plan for his life
  • He knew God will provide for all his needs
  • THAT helped him make the transition
  • Abraham did not base his trust on his current situation but for who God is and what He has done for him in the past

Probably its time to ask yourself, what is that one thing that God asked you to DO and you have put that on ‘ PENDING ‘ status ? I believe that is time to transition from that ‘ PENDING’ Status ‘ to ‘ WORK IN PROGRESS

3.FINALLY, GOD EXPECTS US TO TAKE ACTION

Proverbs 3:5 tells us

HE will lead you in every decision YOU MAKE

It’s one thing to trust in God and have great faith in God. It’s a totally different thing to set that faith to action in a practical way in our lives

Imagine as a good parent, you make the best healthy meal for your child, with lots and lots of veggies. You know in your heart that if they eat it, they will become strong and stay healthy. As a parent the most you can do is to cook for them. The child needs to EAT to get the nutrients into their body. YOU can’t eat that food and EXPECT your CHILD’S body to grow healthy

It’s the same with God. God has set a wonderful life ahead of us. To live the abundant life God has for us, we need to make a CHOICE to live in the ways of God. We can’t live life the way we want and blame it on God saying ‘If there is a God why is He allowing such and such thing in my life ‘? Bad choices lead to bad consequences

ABRAHAM AND HIS SON

God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, the son of the answered prayers, the son who was born to Abraham at an old age

Imagine the pressure Abraham must have gone through in faith, trust and obedience on what God had called him to do, but still all the while trusting God

Abraham did not turn around and ask God

’ Are you kidding me God ‘ or ‘ Do you even know what you are asking God ?’

Instead Abraham set on his journey to offer his son as a sacrifice the way God wanted. ABRAHAM RELIED ON GOD’S PROMISE FOR HIS SON.

‘I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him

Gen 17:19

And God’s promises are YES and AMEN, God never lies. Abraham relied on his learned experience through his walk with God. He knew that not by trusting in God, he could make a compromised decision, like he did in the past. He knew deep inside his heart God will come through still did not stop doing what God want him to do

Gen 22:5 He told his servants ‘

Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back

MOMS, motherhood is a privilege and a beautiful journey. Raising little humans is no easy task. We never have to do it alone. I know that we are concerned for our kids, about their school, about their friend’s circle, about their friends, about their choices, but we need to realise that there is only so much we could do. We need to partner with God, we need to trust God, rely on Him to lead us. We need to invite God into every sphere of our lives, to live the life He wants us to live. To lead our families from a position of love, grace and authority. When we boldly take action for His guidance offered, He will bless the journey along the way

 

PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this gift of motherhood.Even though Mother’s day is celebrated just one day in the year, we need the same strength, same courage, same guidance, same patience and same wisdom from You to raise the little ones that you have entrusted to our care, 365 days throughout the year. We ask that you will bless us with the spirit of discernment and sword of protection around our hearts and minds so we will be able to fulfill our calling as a mother to the most beautiful children you have blessed us with

In Jesus Name

Amen

The Resurrected HOPE – Easter Sunday

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Over the past weeks, I have seen posts on social media about people arguing if Jesus is really alive ? Some argue that Lent and Easter are not biblical and hence should not be followed. I have also seen lots of commercials on Easter symbolising bunnies and chocolate eggs, which is really sad as they have nothing to do with Easter. I choose not to start on another contradiction here but honestly just share on what ‘Resurrection of Jesus ‘ means for me

I choose to stand on what is true, authentic, compelling, gracious, best and which is worthy to be praised, that is the selfless act and sacrifice of Jesus who laid down His life for us

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Philippians 4:8-9

In the beginning, God had a plan to rescue the lost world. He LOVED the world so much that He CHOSE to redeem it at the cost of sacrificing His only Son, Jesus. Jesus LOVED His Father so much that He CHOSE to obey His Father, even to the point of the most gruesome death on the Cross. Jesus death paid the penalty for sin in full and paved a way for mankind to be reconciled with God. He resurrected just as it is written in the Scriptures and that resurrection power still resurrects hope among the hopeless, faith among the faithless and life among the lost.

That resurrected power of righteous Jesus Christ allows us to inherit eternal life even though we are from a rebellious generation

I love Apostle Paul’s striking and beautiful teaching in 1 Corinthians 15,  where he speaks of the present victory through our Lord  Jesus Christ in the light of resurrection of Christ

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15 1-2 Friends, let me go over the Message with you one final time— this Message that I proclaimed and that you made your own; this Message on which you took your stand and by which your life has been saved. (I’m assuming, now, that your belief was the real thing and not a passing fancy, that you’re in this for good and holding fast.)

3-9 The first thing I did was place before you what was placed so emphatically before me: that the Messiah died for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it; that he was buried; that he was raised from death on the third day, again exactly as Scripture says; that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around (although a few have since died); that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; and that he finally presented himself alive to me. It was fitting that I bring up the rear. I don’t deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God’s church right out of existence.

10-11 But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. So whether you heard it from me or from those others, it’s all the same: We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives.

12-15 Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ—sheer fabrications, if there’s no resurrection.

16-20 If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It’s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they’re already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.

21-28 There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man. Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ. But we have to wait our turn: Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming, the grand consummation when, after crushing the opposition, he hands over his kingdom to God the Father. He won’t let up until the last enemy is down—and the very last enemy is death! As the psalmist said, “He laid them low, one and all; he walked all over them.” When Scripture says that “he walked all over them,” it’s obvious that he couldn’t at the same time be walked on. When everything and everyone is finally under God’s rule, the Son will step down, taking his place with everyone else, showing that God’s rule is absolutely comprehensive—a perfect ending!

29 Why do you think people offer themselves to be baptized for those already in the grave? If there’s no chance of resurrection for a corpse, if God’s power stops at the cemetery gates, why do we keep doing things that suggest he’s going to clean the place out someday, pulling everyone up on their feet alive?

30-33 And why do you think I keep risking my neck in this dangerous work? I look death in the face practically every day I live. Do you think I’d do this if I wasn’t convinced of your resurrection and mine as guaranteed by the resurrected Messiah Jesus? Do you think I was just trying to act heroic when I fought the wild beasts at Ephesus, hoping it wouldn’t be the end of me? Not on your life! It’s resurrection, resurrection, always resurrection, that undergirds what I do and say, the way I live. If there’s no resurrection, “We eat, we drink, the next day we die,” and that’s all there is to it. But don’t fool yourselves. Don’t let yourselves be poisoned by this anti-resurrection loose talk. “Bad company ruins good manners.”

34 Think straight. Awaken to the holiness of life. No more playing fast and loose with resurrection facts. Ignorance of God is a luxury you can’t afford in times like these. Aren’t you embarrassed that you’ve let this kind of thing go on as long as you have?

35-38 Some skeptic is sure to ask, “Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this ‘resurrection body’ look like?” If you look at this question closely, you realize how absurd it is. There are no diagrams for this kind of thing. We do have a parallel experience in gardening. You plant a “dead” seed; soon there is a flourishing plant. There is no visual likeness between seed and plant. You could never guess what a tomato would look like by looking at a tomato seed. What we plant in the soil and what grows out of it don’t look anything alike. The dead body that we bury in the ground and the resurrection body that comes from it will be dramatically different.

39-41 You will notice that the variety of bodies is stunning. Just as there are different kinds of seeds, there are different kinds of bodies—humans, animals, birds, fish—each unprecedented in its form. You get a hint at the diversity of resurrection glory by looking at the diversity of bodies not only on earth but in the skies—sun, moon, stars—all these varieties of beauty and brightness. And we’re only looking at pre-resurrection “seeds”—who can imagine what the resurrection “plants” will be like!

42-44 This image of planting a dead seed and raising a live plant is a mere sketch at best, but perhaps it will help in approaching the mystery of the resurrection body—but only if you keep in mind that when we’re raised, we’re raised for good, alive forever! The corpse that’s planted is no beauty, but when it’s raised, it’s glorious. Put in the ground weak, it comes up powerful. The seed sown is natural; the seed grown is supernatural—same seed, same body, but what a difference from when it goes down in physical mortality to when it is raised up in spiritual immortality!

45-49 We follow this sequence in Scripture: The First Adam received life, the Last Adam is a life-giving Spirit. Physical life comes first, then spiritual—a firm base shaped from the earth, a final completion coming out of heaven. The First Man was made out of earth, and people since then are earthy; the Second Man was made out of heaven, and people now can be heavenly. In the same way that we’ve worked from our earthy origins, let’s embrace our heavenly ends.

50 I need to emphasize, friends, that our natural, earthy lives don’t in themselves lead us by their very nature into the kingdom of God. Their very “nature” is to die, so how could they “naturally” end up in the Life kingdom?

51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true:

Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?

It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!

58 With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.

There is no good or bad time to ask Jesus to come into your heart and life. In a fallen and uncertain world, He is the best companion and Father one could ever ask for. He is a friend to sinners and proved His love by laying down His life for you and me. He longs to be a part of your life and you can do that by doing just one thing BELIEVE the below

9If you DECLARE with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved

Romans 10:9-10

Dear Friend,

My prayer for you today is that may your heart be open to the truth as you begin this journey with Jesus. May He reveal Himself to you in ways you have never known and May His love captivate you and comfort you.

In Jesus Name

Amen

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Stay Blessed In Him

Good Friday Redemption – Choice That Saves

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On this Good Friday, as I ONCE AGAIN reflect on the old rugged cross, the selfless sacrifice Jesus made for us, the CHOICE He made to endure that painful death on the Cross JUST so that we can live an eternal life, free from the bondage of sin overwhelms us.

Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of His resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!

Romans 5:10-11

The PRICE WAS PAID IN FULL by shedding of His innocent blood, But He laid before us a CHOICE to choose, an abundant life in Him  or death due to our sinful nature. He suffered that shameful death and proved His love for us that NO ONE on this earth can beat His unconditional love for me. The most beautiful thing is that He offered that CHOICE to the ENTIRE MANKIND

How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on Him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God

2 Corinthians 5:21

The fact remains that Jesus CHOSE to redeem mankind from the clutches of sin. He CHOSE to break free the bondages that bind people and torment them. He CHOSE to defeat sin at the Cross. Jesus CHOSE to die while we were yet sinners. The OPEN INVITATION is an offer till this moment and it’s ONLY valid when a CHOICE to ACCEPT that is made

This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.

He never did one thing wrong,
Not once said anything amiss

They called Him every name in the book and He said nothing back. He suffered in silence, content to let God set things right. He used his servant body to carry our sins to the Cross so we could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became your healing. You were lost sheep with no idea who you were or where you were going. Now you’re named and kept for good by the Shepherd of your souls

1 Peter 2 : 24-25

Few years back, I accepted the OPEN INVITATION from God. I believed that Jesus died on the Cross for me and then rose again. I acknowledged my sins and confessed that without God I can do nothing. I realised the need for God in my life and asked God to come into my heart. Since then, the POWER OF THE CROSS and its REDEMPTIVE NATURE has given me a life free from guilt and shame. It has allowed me to bring all my sins, past and present, public and private to Him and seek forgiveness, without fear of guilt or condemnation. It motivates me to offer forgiveness freely out of gratitude what God has done for me and extend that grace to someone that needs it. The love of God has captivated my heart , the Word of God empowers me to live my life to the fullest without fear but with the bold spirit God has put inside me. It is a REDEMPTION every human in this world should experience. And IT IS FREE !!

As Jesus was dying on the Cross, there were 2 other thieves who were crucified along with Him. One of them doubted God and mocked Him, while the other CHOSE to believe Him. As a result of His faith in Jesus, God accepted His repentance and made a way for His eternal life by accepting Him into His kingdom.

One of the criminals hanging alongside cursed him: “Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us!”

 But the other one made him shut up: “Have you no fear of God? You’re getting the same as him. We deserve this, but not him—he did nothing to deserve this.”

 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.”

He said, “Don’t worry, I will. Today you will join me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39-43

On this Good Friday, I encourage you to step out of your fear for once, I encourage you to get rid of your doubt for once, I encourage you to overcome your guilt for once and ALLOW God to come into your life. God’s love will provide you with the grace to sustain, power to overcome, strength to carry on and all that you need right now is His redemptive plan to resurrect in your life. I pray that you CHOOSE LIFE TODAY

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Psalm 34:8

Today, pray this prayer of Salvation today once you CHOOSE LIFE

Father God Jesus ,

I thank you for your death on the Cross. You thought my life was worth enough for you to endure that painful death on the Cross. You thought my life was worth enough to be saved that you CHOSE the most shameful death JUST so I could live a life free from bondages. I believe that you died on the Cross for me and rose again.Please forgive me for my sins. I invite you into my heart and life today, for you to come and take control of all areas of my life. I invite you to fill my life with your love and grace. Jesus, I ask you to be Lord and Saviour, my best friend Forever !

In Jesus Name

Amen

Stay Blessed In Him

Lent – Day 21 – More Closer Much Deeper

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Your tone of conversation with an individual reflects the depth of your relationship with that individual

Imagine hypothetically we know the exact date/ time we will die and we also know the truth that anything is possible with God. In such a situation, our natural human response if given a chance to converse with God would be to either plead with God to extend our lifetime or get angry at God for bringing such a wrath on us while coming to a conclusion that ‘ God does not love me anymore ‘ state of mind. How we react to such a situation really depends on our personal relationship with God.

Jesus was going to have the most agonising and gruesome death on the Cross. A death that’s most painful and shameful, dying a sinner’s death being a sinless man. In His human form, His final act before his death was His heartfelt prayer to His Father. Jesus did not get angry at God that He has led Him to this or felt abandoned by God when God who is mighty and able could take away this kind of death for Jesus , did not choose to.

Rather Jesus pours His heart out to God, calling Him ‘ Abba, Father ‘ . How heart-warming ! Jesus knew that God His Father is all able, all powerful and that He loves Him very deeply. Jesus also knows that is Father is a loving God who cares deeply for His creation and His plans are always perfect. Jesus was able to set that tone of ‘trust’ and ‘ love’ and ‘confidence’ even in His final conversation with God. That reflects the deep intimate loving relationship that Jesus shared with His Father

Abba, Father,” He said, “everything is possible for you.

Take this cup from me.

Yet not what I will, but what You will

Mark 14:36

 

I love it when my child comes to me boldly and without fear asking what she wants. My child knows I love her and that I want her to be happy. So she has the freedom to approach me anytime with the confidence and trust that Mommy will act in the best interest for her, even if that is a NO sometimes. The tone of my child’s conversation with me reflects the depth of our relationship. A relationship is built on sharing selfless love, effective communication, caring for each other and sacrifices made for each other in each other’s best interests.

This day of lent, stop and reflect for a moment very honestly. How is your tone of conversation with God ? Are you mad at God for something ? Are you deeply disappointed with God for that long awaited prayer answer ? Are you frustrated with God for not giving what you want ? or simply you are living in a denial that God does not love you or care for you anymore ?

Well, I have a good news for you. This is the truth about God from His Holy Word.

God is kind, merciful, patient, extravagant in love and full of blessings.

My prayer for you today is that you get to know Him and experience Him in a way you have never seen before , which will give a fresh revelation of His love for you. May your tone of conversation with God reflect your deep, loving , trustworthy relationship with God, now and forever more

Change your life, not just your clothes.
    Come back to God, your God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.
    He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love,
    always ready to cancel catastrophe.
Who knows? Maybe He’ll do it now,
    maybe He’ll turn around and show pity.
Maybe, when all’s said and done,
    there’ll be blessings full and robust for your God!

Joel 2:13-14

Stay Blessed in Him

Lent – Day 20 – Love OVERCOMES Fear

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This is a picture of my toddler daughter and my dad having fun in a playground. She wanted my dad to throw her up high in the air and when she came down she wanted him to catch her and then throw her AGAIN. She was so excited and so thrilled when she went high in the air. Every time she came down she said ‘ Higher Thatha ( Grandpa ) , Higher !

Normally she is afraid of heights that she will need someone to hold her hand when walking on a higher ground. What surprised me was her fear was overcome by the trust she had in my dad, that she let him throw her in the air, just like that. And when she went up in the air, she was not scared even for one second that my dad will not catch her or what if he missed the catch, but rather she was enjoying that moment , which proved her COMPLETE trust in her grandpa and his love for her. She based her moment not on her thinking but rather on her grandpa’s love for her.

I believe our trust in God should be a child like faith like this. Not manipulative or calculative, but a complete confidence that He will catch us no matter how deep or how ugly we fall or stoop in our lives.  And that’s exactly what God promises in His Word

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6So we say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper; I will not be afraid.

Hebrews 13:6

We had one of the best children’s evangelist Sean W Smith bring the message of Cross to our church last Sunday. He emphasised the importance of NOT dealing with God using our logical reasoning and thinking but TRUST God for who He is

Faith in God BEGINS where logic and reason ENDS

Sean W Smith

The Word of God warns us not to assume that we know it all, instead to TRUST God

TRUST in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

To reach the full potential of God’s plan and live the abundant life He has for us, its crucial to let go of our plan’s and let God be God.  There is no room in love for fear

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

My prayer for you today is that you CHOOSE to SOAR in your life, rise above all your fears, above all your struggles , above all your difficulties JUST by knowing that He loves you, He will never let you fail,  He is always there to catch you whenever you all and STILL love you the same way like He has loved you always.

The more we learn to TRUST God, the more we will learn to enjoy and cherish His presence EVEN during those rocky bumpy roads of our lives. May you CHOOSE LOVE over fear today

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. 8They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.

Psalm 20:7-8

Stay Blessed in Him

 

 

Lent – Day 19 – Let there be LIGHT

Godislight

Genesis 1 always amazes me, the wondrous way that God created this world. In the Beginning when God created the Heavens and Earth, He saw that the earth was empty, formless and full of darkness

The first thing God did was to SPEAK to CREATE light and DESTROY darkness

 And God SAID, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

God saw that the light was good, and He SEPARATED the light from the darkness

Gen 1:3-4

One tiny spark of light is enough to banish the darkness. One tiny spark of light is sufficient to give direction for the way ahead

I found this quote about ‘Light’ by Michael Strassfeld

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished

Michael Strassfeld

Jesus calls Himself the light of the world and encourages us to follow Him to have a life filled with light. The Word of God says that when the light shines in the darkness, the darkness could not overcome it.

He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”

John 8:12

Jesus’s life proclaims one message . That God is light and He wants us out of our darkness

As John puts it in 1 John 1:5

This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you:

God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all

1 John 1:5

As John rightly puts it in His Word about the crisis we all are in this day and age

This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.

John 3:19-21

Today, in this lent season as we seek God, I believe God is encouraging us to do 2 things

Firstly, to SEPARATE ourselves from the darkness ( Run from temptation ) and

Secondly,  To SPEAK light into our dark situations ( Stand on the promises of God )

How does that happen ? Firstly by acknowledging our sins . When we confront our fears and surrender them before God humbly, the light of God takes over and that is the beginning stage of the healing process from within our souls.

My sin I acknowledged to You; my iniquity I did not hide. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin!”

Palms 32: 5

 

God’s light is gracious enough to save, powerful enough to heal and strong enough to deliver. Let’s choose to be in His light. Let’s make David’s prayer from his Psalm ours today

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me

Psalm 51:10-12

Stay Blessed in Him