God’s power, His strength is not something that can just be handed to us. It is not something that comes flippantly or easily. We don’t obtain it with passivity;we earn it through battle—by walking with God.
– John Paul Jackson
God gives you a Vision. And that Vision is almost impossible to see right now. From every angle. When everyone around you says it won’t happen. I know God can’t lie. Won’t lie.
But maybe the fault lies with me hearing it correctly?
Update 2019: Yes Oscar, the fault lay in hearing it incorrectly.
So maybe I was a bit too anxious about everything. I completely freaked out when I realized that I wasn’t seeing results in almost all the areas of my life. But I’ve come to realize what Phil 4:6-9 really means.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
P.S: Ever notice how I say “so maybe..” for almost every certainty in my life?
Love is Patient
the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.
“Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting. That is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow – that is patience.” – Author Unknown.
to fall in love with the world. So easy to want things that the world tells you is nice and wonderful!
“Here, taste this. It’s good.” Sounds familiar? Try again now.
“Go for it.It’s a good movie; that place has awesome food; you should totally ask her out, she is perfect for you or you both look so cute; it’s a date oscar, not adultery; white lie ; what’s a signal ; your parents don’t matter, this is your decision anyway!; i need a little bit of ME time; so what if it isn’t Christian music? ; ah I can handle it.”
All coming out of the world’s nudge to take a peek, have a bite. It won’t hurt! Don’t flirt with the world. Yes, you can say Praise Ye the Lord and be dying to hold her hand. There is no such thing as harmless flirting. God saw that Adam was alone and HE(if the bold stressed word that signifies God’s sovereignty isn’t enough for you) decided that it was TIME for a helper to show up. And that is when Eve came into the picture. How do you know if you are working in His Will or not? Well if you say the word “I” too many times in your dictionary then replace it with “C”. I must bend to become “C”. (read Galatians 2:15-21)
Adam was doing what the Lord expected him to do. But you may say,’I am seeking first the Kingdom! Why am I not getting answers?”
Well my friend you forget that it says in Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Are you seeking His right will in every thing you do? This new year, get right with God in the Beginning so that it will go down well with you.
I’m going to have to make some difficult changes and decisions.
But keeping in mind His Will, it’s a small price to pay.
i pictured a man writing this just before he is thrown into eternal damnation.
Nowi can see it in His eyeswish i didn’t believe in those liesi knew what it meantto take that road downtrust me now. Its filled with resentment.I’ve seen the end of it allthe rich, the poor even the big and small. The famous and infamousall who ever walked in Timecame down to a single stroke in eternitySolomon was truly wise-Everything else is Vanity.Continue reading “Now, its too late to try”→
I ride to work everyday, even when I dont have work I am usually on the bike. I can safely say that Indian roads are to be experienced and learned.
Breaking a traffic signal is of no value today. It only costs 100 Rs to get away. Lesser if you want to bribe the official.Trust me, the only time you will NOT consider breaking it , is if you seen cops right in front of you or you have seen too many cops on that particular day to keep you alert.
Im not saying that I dont ever break signals. But I dont do it anymore. And if you catch me doing it, slap me.
I’ve noticed this. If everyone else is breaking the signal you will too even if you aren’t a regular at it.It is very easy to go with the flow. “Why are you doing it? I dont know. Because everyone else is.” For some it doesnt even matter if there are cops, they run away.
Its very difficult to stop at the signal when everyone else is breaking it. Even more to do so before the white line which is drawn before the zebra crossing.
But when you DO stop, you’ll witness a miracle. Don’t bother about the fool honking behind you to get you to break the signal. Wait for the signal to turn green. Suddenly you will see motorists stop too. Why? Cuz one of them saw you do it. And then everyone starts to stop for the signal.
My point is this- If a normal action of following normal logical laws can influence others to do the same, HOW MUCH MORE when you start living for Jesus Christ. How much more when you show Jesus in your life. Dont break God’s laws. Be an example to others.
So are you ready to make a difference today? Start with a smile.
I’ve been so overwhelmed by the Love of God for a couple of weeks now. It seems as it never gets over. Like it never stops, never tired and never runs dry. I rememberd this poem by Elizabeth Browning- How do I love thee, and it reminded me of God’s love.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and Ideal Grace.
This is mine…..
How did you love me? Can we ever count your ways?
You love me with an everlasting Love,
A love that can neither count nor stay
My soul cried Above
And God sent his only Begotten Son,
So that whosoever shall believe in him shall not Die
But have eternal life.
It’s not much, but it came to me so…
I didnt want it to seem as if I copied it so thats why I credited Browning in here.
The past one week God has been reminding me how different a world we are living in. I bet everyone of you has heard or have been preached to the following line “be in the world but not OF the world. ” As I go out of my house and interact with the World I’m amazed to see how the World has compromised on God’s standards! And why wouldnt you be? If I am not convinced or convicted that Pepsi is not good for me why would I stop drinking it? I wouldn’t right? So in the same way if people are not convicted about certain issues they wont change. So it would be great if phony religious people would stop telling them what to do and start getting right in their own lives first.
Anyway back to the World and God. In the Bible we see that God repeatedly puts his standard higher than the World. God knows better than our modern scientists who figured that AIDS and STD’s come in when you have sexual intercourse with multiple partners. So God keeps his standard. Why? Not that we can please Him only, but so it will be good for us. How many times have we read in the Bible “so that it will go well with you”?
Today it is ok if you want to go on a trial and error spree with the opposite sex. Hey you’re young and this is the time to enjoy life right? A close friend asked how I am going to get all the practice at kissing if I am only going to do that after marriage. I have all the time AFTER marriage to practice on one mouth. I kinda like the idea of that.
It is ok if you want to have premarital sex as long as you do it with protection. Here take your pick – condoms, contraceptives and what not methods!
It is ok if you have a girlfriend/boyfriend but you still look lustfully at the gorgeous girl or that hunk when you pass the road. Why, I’m only looking arent I? Not like I slept with him/her or anything like that. Remember David? It took only one look from his window to get him to commit adultery and then murder. I’m not saying everyone will kill but the Bible says that even if we look at a woman/man and sin in my thoughts then I have already commited adultery.
It’s ok to drink socially. I’m not getting drunk at all. Besides its the etiquette to drink a sip at parties and get togethers.
It’s ok to lie to get others or myself out of trouble. If something good comes out of my lie why not?
It’s ok if that rickshawguy or the store clerk gave me 10 bucks extra. Not my fault. He should have checked anyway.
Tell you what the Bible says ITS NOT OK!
Today’s Times of India front page shows a picture of Obamma looking at the “booty” (as they call it) of a young woman as the French Prez Sarkozy peeks on. Of course the media had a field day with it. I dont know about Obamma but I do care about my life. I care that I live according to God’s standards, not the World’s.
What are your standards? The Bible or the Agony Aunt Column?
I’m not perfect. But I keep The Bible as my Standard.
1. That you are fulfilling the Great Commission….. or that you are 2. the body of Christ on Earth or even the fact that 3. others get to hear about Jesus’s great love.
Of course all of these are very important and valid……
but the best part of giving the Gospel is that satisfying feeling in your Spirit, knowing that the last 3 hours you just spent talking the truth makes all the difference in the life of that person in eternity.
So, who did you give the Gospel to today? You’d rather hear it from a blog than from God.