Friday, 25 July 2014

Saturday Slices #2: Making God The Priority



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It's hard--submission. Relinquishing rights of ownership, especially when we would give anything to keep it, to another is not only hard but can equally be painful.

We are possessive beings so we like to 'possess' our lives, our dreams, our career/business etc; we like to own it all and do put up a good resistance when someone else wants to lay claim to it.

Even when that Someone is God. Gotta fight for what is mine is the mentality we harbor. God understands is the excuse.

And we're right...on one count though. For God understands that we are His and like us, He's equally fighting for what's His.

We have to relinquish--let go of the right to our lives. We don't own it. Desiring to hold onto it is starting a fight with God, and we know we won't win; so, why don't we do it the easy way?

Well, I must admit, it's not easy to let go. And that part, God understands. So He makes grace available; grace to let go and let Him. And He tells us in Hebrews 4:16, how we can lay claim to that grace (yay, finally, there's something we get to have!) He says,

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


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For this week's slices, remember to find a comfy spot to relax, sip from your cup of...whatever you like to have and take a long crunchy bite off this week's de_light.

From The Blog

• We continued on our Dear Jeremiah...series and we learned how we can lose the frightened little, unworthy me, spirit. Did you miss it? Read it here.

• Are you like me, prone to segregating others, racial profiling and all? Well here, I gave us a shoutout. Not one? Read to find out what we are about.

• I am on a waiting period, and like I told my friend Lisa, ain't we all? This post encourages us to stay calm and continue to trust in God to redeem us and fulfill His promises.


From Elsewhere

• Modesty has been proving to be a pain in the...heart or should I say, immodesty. I liked how Jewell pointed out the heart of the matter in her post.

In her post for The Time-Warp Wife, Jennifer hassles us to take a closer, deeper look at how we might be letting ourselves sucked into the media.


There's that! Did you enjoy reading the posts? Let me know which one and what, if any, you're letting go so God could be first in your life.

If you read any post that struck out to you (which I'm sure you did) or wrote one, also let me know.


SHALOM

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

When Waiting Is Hard

Waiting can be hard. Don't believe me? Ask the husband whose wifey has just been wheeled into the delivery room, the candidate awaiting his/her examination results, the soldier's wife at the airport or the mother whose son is yet to come home.

The unknown can be terrifying. When something goes out of our control, the heart has the tendency to fall over and shatter.

Oh, did I mention waiting on the Lord, too? Really, this too can be hard. Giving away your right to worry about tomorrow into the hands of Another is not so much a joy ride.

It's hard!

It's demanding!

Of every patience and endurance skill we've mastered.

And they are never enough.

So, it requires that you wait too on the Lord for the grace to endure and be patient!


The Certainty Versus Uncertainty

While the candidate is unsure of whether he/she will pass or fail in the exams and the husband at the door to the delivery room doesn't know which will come out to meet him - his wife and/or child, alive or dead etc; we are sure of our Lord Who is faithful to do all He has promised, for

God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? - Numbers 23:19, KJV.

He is able. We have not entrusted our life and future into the hands of some gynaecologist and midwives; neither is He some erratic, frustrated lecturer who might decide to unleash their pain unto our script.

We have not put our trust into the hands of fellow soldiers to cover our husbands at war.

We have chosen to rely on the Lord.

Whilst it can be hard to wait...even on the Lord, we can be assured that He will come through.


When It's Hardest

Just at the point of delivery!

Of the 36 weeks the wife has been pregnant, the pressure is highest during the few hours before she gives birth.

Just when the breakthrough is about to happen, we experience the extreme form of impatience and anxiety rolling over. Just when will this happen?

And this is the point we are so prone to turn back, retreat and try to push on our own


but,

And that's a big but, the husband doesn't abandon his wife right then neither does he attempt to 'push' for her. He waits.

So should we. WAIT

For His glorious appearing!

For His intervention.

For His deliverance.

For His provision.

For that which He promised.

And while we're at it, we should,

• Fret not because of evil doers. (Psalm 37:1)

• Trust in the Lord and do good. (Psalm 37:3)

• Delight in the Lord. (Psalm 37:4)

• Commit our ways to the Lord. (Psalm 37:5)

• Rest in the Lord. (Psalm 37:7)

• Cease from anger and forsake wrath. (Psalm 37:8)

• Depart from evil and do good. (Psalm 37:27)

• WAIT ON THE LORD. (Psalm 37:34)


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Are You A Spiritual Racist?

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28, KJV.

I have become 'so holy' that I tend to see the bad in people. I get that eish moment whenever I see someone doing evil.

Now, that's a good thing because if I can't differentiate the good from the bad; if I don't recognize and discern evil when I see it, then I really need to check if I am really in the Light; if I have any connection with God, for God is Light and in Him, there's no darkness at all (I John 1:5).

But, what I really need to work on is my reaction to the evil in/that people do.

Sin should irritate me but, as much as possible, not the sinner.

The evil that a man does should piss me off but not so much the man.

For he or she, like me, is just but a man. Weak. Degenerate. Needing Jesus. Highly needful of Jesus.

We are all equal before God; we are all very passionately, loved by the King of kings.

The difference, may be, is that I have seen the Light. I have been enlightened by the renewing of my mind via the Word (which is a progressive process).

I have received and drunk from the Living Water and no longer thirst after the insatiable ways of the world.

The Lord has touched mine eyes delivering me from the blindness incured from the prince/god of this world - Satan.

What then should I do?

Call a spade, a spade. Period.

I can't mingle in darkness. I'm not allowed to sit IN the seat of scorners nor be IN the assembly of the wicked.

But I am a light.

I should shine.

Forth. Into the darkness.

I should stand in Christ, shining so bright, enough for people to be attracted to come...not to me but...to Christ.

Having a heart for God, I should have a heart for people too; even the evil ones; no, the ones that do evil.

I should be compassionate towards them, towards their souls. I should desire that it be well with their souls. I should take measures to ensure that it is well with their souls.

I should be like the men who had to 'break open the roof', just to bring one who was sick to Jesus (Mark 2:1-5).

Everything it takes to draw them to Christ is my task, my responsibility, my duty and so, should be my reaction.

For those eish moments, my reaction should be one that would bring about a yay! moment, like the Samaritan woman by the well, for souls being lowered to Christ's feet, forgiven and healed.

I owe them that. Yes, I owe it to the evil ones; no, those that do evil, to not be too Christian for the non-christians; to cherish them like God does and to join force with God to bring about His plans for the lost world - salvation, not condemnation!

I owe it to them, and oh, to myself too, to lose the spiritual racist in me and become like Christ, to Whom there is neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female, circumscised nor unclean - ALL having been made worthy of God's forgiveness by the one sacrifice of the One True Savior.


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Dear Jeremiah...I know You

The first few verses of the book of Jeremiah can be empowering. When I read of God saying to me
- I formed you
- I knew you
- I sanctified you
- I ordained you,

I marvel and immediately, I start to pack my luggages, getting ready for when He will reply the question I threw at Him, "Lord, which nation will You have me go? Which country do You want me to be Your spokesperson to?

Before that answer comes, the Word of God resounds in my ears. He said, "He knows me".

Oh, no (face falls).

He knows how fallible I am.

He knows I was conceived in sin.

He knows the things I did/do in secret.

He has complete knowledge of my make-up. Every freaking unworthy cell in me, He is well acquainted with.

He knows that I am weak.

He knows I am young.

Gotta unpack!

Why am I such a weakling? Why didn't I always live right? Why can't I be straight in righteousness all the time?

WHY DOES GOD KNOW SO MUCH ALL ABOUT ME?!?!

Because
He formed me.
He framed me.
He fashioned me.

Like a fashion designer draws her patterns for new garments, like an architect draws the plan of a new house, so did God.

Before ever He made me, He paused and took into consideration everything He needed me to be, everything I was gonna turn out to be.

Before ever He created me, He laid out a very perfect blueprint for the life He intended for me.

He knows the beginning and the end of me; the commencing and the completion.

He knows and understands my frailty; most importantly, He knows the plans He has for my life long before He made me.

They are all in His mind, before His eyes, staring right back at Him, the very purpose for which He made me; and though I have eaten of the forbidden fruit and have become one as Him, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:22), He is not about to trash His blueprint into the fire.

He will
redeem
Restore
Make worthy
Instruct
Teach
Reveal

Until I come to know me as He knows me. Until I come to perceive, find out and discern the person in His blueprint. Until I admit and acknowledge and begin to confess who I am in Christ - which is who the Lord sees.

Who He formed.

Who He knows.

Until I start to pack those luggages again in readiness and willingness to go into the nations as His ambassador!


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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Saturday Slices #1: The Hiatus

Hello everyone,

I'm really sorry for the hiatus here. It's not really a break; just letting the Holy Spirit have His Way.

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Anyways, I just wanted to pop in and share a few links to posts that you may not have read here on the blog and those that I found really inspiring and encouraging from the very vast blogosphere. I call them Saturday Slices.

Find a comfortable spot and grab your cup of coffee (or water), you've got some reading to do.


Slices from theGodKindofLove

This is for those who (when we) feel like they (we) didn't do enough...no, they (we) are not good enough.

Hey, did you read the Dead Bones; about Dwayne?


Slices from around the city--sorry, the blogosphere

Honest About My Faith blogger, Graeme, says you can take a break; just remember, he ain't your boss!

How staggered is the throne you're building for God? Let Kelly (of Internet Cafe Devotions) describe it for you.


Those are just a few of the slices for this week (hope you've enjoyed the bite).

Which did you find most encouraging? Let us know in the comments.

Got any slices to share - make sure you leave us a link to at least one in the comments, whether there be written by you or by another blogger; we'd love to check them out.


SHALOM


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Friday, 11 July 2014

Focus!

I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. - Psalm 16:8, KJV.

This is the verse for the 5th week of the Verse by Verse reflection hosted by Blogs by Christian Women. Follow the button below to read the other reflections on this verse by other beautiful christian women.









I once played badminton. That was one sport that I really loved to take part in. I did love volley ball though until it attempted to crush my finger.

During practice, my badminton coach will keep yelling "eyes on the shuttle" at you until somehow, either you start marking that shuttle with your eyes or reflex aids your hand to smash that thing across to the opponent's side of the court.

The idea of having your eyes "fixed" on the shuttle rather than your opponent's hand is because, with enough skill, he/she can maneuver his/her wrist directing the shuttle to a different spot. And if you were focused on his hand, there is a great chance you will miss the shuttle while your opponent makes a point.

But if you have your eyes on the shuttle, following it as it swings in the air, you will be in a better position to hit it back to your opponent.



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Sometimes, depending on the color of the shuttle, what you'll be seeing in the air will be just a faint interruption in the atmosphere.

Why all the lesson on badminton?

It's like what the psalmist did except in his case, instead of the shuttle, he had his eyes fixed on God. He was keen to follow every move of God so that he can always be in the right tract.

This man had devised a formular to keep him on top of his game, a tactic to prevent him from ever failing. He said, "I have set the Lord always before me..." (emphasis mine).


Always. He didn't take a break from focusing completely on God. He was consistent. God can do whatever He wants, whenever He wants. The psalmist knew this and kinda kept tabs on Him.


Before.Sometimes in badminton, instead of your opponent searching for a corner he thinks will be hardest for you to reach, he actually smashes the shuttle on your body...and it always come down hard!

As beginners, it's hard to get it. So, what happens when you're playing a pro and he/she decides to "punish" you, because you have your eyes on the shuttle, you be wise and dodge!

The psalmist didn't keep God in his rear; it was before, right where he can see Him. He didn't make God his follower, he followed God's lead.

We can too. We should if we ever want to really stay ahead of our game.

Remember the man who built his house on a rock; it rained carrying with it the flood, the wind blew and they all beat on that house but it didn't fall and scripture says it was because he built it on a rock (Matthew 7:24-27, KJV).

Where are we building ours? On the Rock (which is Christ) or on the (fleeting) sand of this world.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. - Matthew 6:19-21, KJV.

If we really want to start carting away those gold medals, we had better start keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

If we really want stability in every and any area of our lives, we had better focus on Christ.

We must pull down our strongholds, those things we have put our trust on and channel it on God.

We must dismantle our shrines filled with those gods that have eyes but cannot see, legs but cannot work, ears but can't hear. Those gods that should carry us that we end up carrying on our shoulders; those gods that should lift up our burdens that end up being our burdens; we must dismantle.




We must enthrone God in our lives. He that carries us and lifts up our burdens, giving us rest from it all should be our King.

As we go on to focus on Him, let us remember that the proven formular is always before.


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Thursday, 10 July 2014

A Guest Post For The Quiet Place

A very beautiful thursday morning friends. All across the blogosphere, you'll see several 'thankful thursday' themed hops. Got anything to be thankful for today?

Yes?

No?

How about jumping up and down for this promise,

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. - Psalm 118:24, KJV.

The fact that it is the Lord, your God that made it; not the government of your country, not the enemy, but OUR GOD is a great thing to be thankful for.

If the Lord makes a thing, it is always good (...and He saw that it was good - a beautiful confirmation in the genesis of Genesis).

Feeling like nah, don't know about it; how about you read this guest post I wrote for The Quiet Place.

Do tell me your thoughts on it afterwards.


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