Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SELF

There is more to SELF than it seems.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Re-dedication!

Today's service.
At the end of it, I re-dedicated myself to God again.
Well, it's not that I've back-slidden and coming back to God but I just felt a need to do it.
Then, after I did just that, I felt the peace and reassurance of God's love over me!

Sonship Through the Spirit (Romans 8:12-17)
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors - not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.
13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
17 and if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

And the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God!

Let me say it again:-
And THE SPIRIT HIMSELF bears witness WITH OUR SPIRIT that WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD!

April, a month where I found myself writing somewhere in my journal, "SELF".
And this 'self', I came to realization later on that it is not only my physical self, but my Spirit coming together with His Spirit that is in me to form ME.
Working hand-in-hand.
Not just two different entity coming together as one like puzzle pieces that fit,
but His Spirit and my Spirit fusing into ONE seamlessly.
That 'self' in my journal actually referred to the 'ONE'.
Even though when I wrote it, I totally meant self as in myself.

Today, I re-dedicated my-SELF to Him by crying out, "Abba, Father." =)


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

1 Kings 17

It still amazes me everytime when I read the Bible and I get something off it! Well, it is not something high and mighty, but it excites me enough to want to write about it.

My bad handwriting of the train of thoughts n as I read the passage!
Let's see how well I can lay this train of thought down this time.

1 Kings 17 (Do go and read the chapter first before reading on!)

v. 4      '... I've ORDERED the ravens to feed you.'
v. 9      '... I've INSTRUCTED a woman who lives there, a widow, to feed you.'

So before Elijah move anywhere, God told Elijah these things, I would think it sounded absurd if I am Elijah, especially when ravens are supposed to feed me?? Yet, with these little promises of God, Elijah still chose to obey what God had instructed him and went to the places that he is supposed to go. At these places, Elijah experienced for himself of how the promises of God came true, every single word not any left out!

GOD INSTRUCTED --> ELIJAH OBEYED --> ELIJAH EXPERIENCED

First, a raven. Then, a widow. Why a raven then a widow?
No, I do not have an answer to that. I might look into that deeper later, it is indeed interesting to find out.

But take a look at the encounter of the widow and Elijah! (v. 10-16)
Elijah saw the widow and asked for water and food for himself.
Widow gave him water but she told him that she do not have food but just flour and little oil that is barely enough for herself and her son.
Elijah told her to first, make a little bread for him before she proceeds to make bread for herself and her son. If I am the woman, why would I feed you (a stranger) when I do not have enough for my own household?

Elijah told her this (v:14) :-

For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'The jar of flour will NOT be used up and the jug of oil will NOT run dry UNTIL the day the Lord gives RAIN on the land.'

With that spoken word, the widow did as she was instructed by Elijah. As a result, the jar of flour and oil never run dry and there is food for her son and herself everyday! Just like it was spoken!

ELIJAH INSTRUCTED --> WIDOW OBEYED --> WIDOW EXPERIENCED

Have you ever wondered how did Elijah gathered the courage to tell the widow that promise of God out loud? If it never come to pass, he will be the first target to be mocked and scolded by the widow (most probably everybody in town will know what happened if whatever he said didn't come true).

In my opinion, I would say that is why Elijah was fed by the ravens as instructed by God before he was send to meet the widow. Elijah is so sure of the words that are coming out of his mouth because Elijah experienced first-hand when the spoken word of God came through for him and he know that whatever the Lord has spoken will come through.

Today, let us hold onto that one verse/ promise of God that He has in our lives. With that word, let us have faith to take actions and obey whatever He has instructed us to do even though it seemed ridiculous at times! It is this obedience that we are able to experience Him more intimately in our lives and with that, to be a testimony for His Glory, drawing and bringing people to experience His love first-hand themselves.

JESUS , YOU'RE MY FIRST LOVE!