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When Nothing Makes Sense

When Nothing Makes Sense

Many have the misconception that when you form a relationship with Christ, life becomes a bed of roses – free from everything everyone is tired of.

Far from it my friend.

The harsh truth is, it becomes “harder” (that, or we just become increasingly more aware of how life really is). You may ask what difference it would do. If life is hard either way, then why choose a path that “cages” you from a long list of to-dos and not-to-dos? Better the one where you are free to choose whatever you will, right?

Everyone is fighting their own battles, in their own battlefields. Some may choose the path of oneself. Some choose the other. But the bottom line is: we all face the same thing.  The answer is this: when we choose to side with Christ, He becomes our partner. We need not to face the battle alone anymore.

It tiring to continue on the same routine every day. We wake up, we go to school or work, we face the same people, and we deal with the same problems that we feel were already there even before we were born. It’s redundant – it’s sickening to repeat the same process over and over again, with nothing but a single improvement from the day all of these things started. Where is God? And even if we do choose Christ above all else, we’ll still face the same thorns we had yesterday. But here’s what is so amazing about the Lord – He has given His WORD that He’ll not leave us through it all. I’m not saying that He abandons those who choose the other path. He never abandons anyone. Ever. It’s just that, He respects free will. And it is of free will that going the other way indirectly tells Him we are capable of handling things on our own. So while He really wanted to help and free us from our burdens, He stays behind, sadly watching us with a heavy heart. In the same way, it is also of free will that choosing Him tells Him we need Him – that we can’t do this alone. And because we allowed Him, so He works out the circumstances for us.

The Bible is full of instances where God’s presence is felt during the darkest times of people’s lives. David was saved from Abimelech. Daniel was delivered from the lion’s den. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego lived through the furnace. Moses was spared from death in the hands of Pharaoh. Paul survived all beatings and all prisons. 

Jesus rose from the dead.

These things happened so long in the past. And it still happens today. The Lord never changes – He is the same yesterday, today and forever – so rest assured He’ll do the same deliverance to us.

If you are experiencing any trouble of any kind (your parents are on the verge of separation, you’re the odd one out in the family, you are bullied in school, your finances are not enough to support your needs, you are looked down upon at work, or even just plain simple battles like battle with yourself), the Lord wants you to know that you are not alone. He never left you. He sees you and He desires to save you from those burdens, just as how much you desire to be free from them. He wants to take those burdens away from you so you just have to let Him, and choose to leave everything to Him. He can be trusted, that I assure you.

The Lord cares for you.

The Lord loves you.


Psalm 34: 19

“The disciples so often get into trouble;

Still, GOD is there every time”

Still, God is there every time.

EVERY TIME.

"I'm here child."  - God Photo credits to:  http://www.iwantcovers.com/youre-not-alone/

“I’m here child.”
– God
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Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth

“Lord, what do you want me to do?”

“Lord, what should I do?”

“Lord, what now?”

What? where? when? who? why? how? 

We’ve heard that statement for so many times now, and may have even uttered it in our personal prayers. When faced with decision making, or trials, or uncertainties, it is not uncommon for people to question God on what to do. We pray and pray and pray but we receive no answer, leaving us hanging in mid-air. But still we continue on praying, hoping that a Holy voice from heaven will resound and instruct us the way biblical prophets were instructed.  

While not impossible, If God had intended to answer us always in a literal sense, then what of the Bible? It would be just another book on a shelf– filled with recounts of history from the beginning of the creation. If that were the case, I doubt people would put much effort in reading it. Why read when God answers you directly? But no. The Bible – a book that survived thousands of years of peace and war – is not written for nothing. While at first glance, it may literally be a recount of history, it is also laden with structured guidelines, instructions, promises, warnings and teachings all written by different hands, but one Author. And considering it survived history, then it must be a divine message telling us of its importance if we plan on pursuing a relationship with God. Perhaps it really is an acronym: Basic Instructions before Leaving Earth. B.I.B.L.E.    😀

Reading the Bible and meditating on it is a crucial part on spiritual growth. Like how reading a novelist’s books enables us to understand how his mind works, it is also the same for God. It is without a doubt that God wants nothing more than to show us the right paths. But I believe He is more concerned with the process of how we run the race, than the end result of reaching the finish line. This is the reason why keeping a spiritual journal is important. Meditating every day. The Bible is filled with hundreds of scriptures made up of promises and instructions that it’s impossible not to find something that would give a bull’s eye answer (and mostly, it’s not just limited to one verse). Maybe this is what David meant when he said:

Psalm 119:105 (MSG)

“By your words I can see where I’m going;
they throw a beam of light on my dark path.”

Even before the time of King David, Joshua had recognized its importance and proclaimed it to the whole Israel before the Promised Land,

And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going (Joshua 1:8 MSG)

So for those who are asking God for guidance on how to handle life, don’t just spend time praying – get reading! Prayer is your way of talking to God, however, you reading the bible is God’s way of talking to you. The answers are not so out of reach as you think it is. So read, and listen carefully to what He is telling you.

And may His words light your path.

 

When the Secret Place Isn’t Enough

When the Secret Place Isn’t Enough

My last reflection spoke of thanksgiving and why it is as important as any other things we do for Christ. I pointed out the essence of the unending blessings and grace of the Lord that should be the primary motivation for thanking God.

In retrospect, perhaps the best thing that we should be thankful for is the salvation that we all have received from Him. It is a gift unlike any other and it came with not a cheap price – so it must not be taken lightly and for granted.

Many a person thinks that salvation only entails a long list of to-dos and not-to-dos similar to how being an Israelite demanded strict compliance in daily living rituals. While that may be true (since we really do have to work out the salvation received) it is without a doubt that there are certain things much more arresting that the Lord showers upon in abundance for those who received it.

Thanksgiving, in Merriam Webster dictionary is:

A prayer that expresses thanks to God; a prayer expressing gratitude

A prayer

Simply put, the act is more of a personal moment between you and the Lord. Just between the two of you. It mainly happens in quiet moments – in our secret places, inside our hearts and minds. You may show the act by going to church, but the real thanksgiving happens inside as you sing praises.

But, after the secret place, what comes next?

Psalms chapter 40 is an interesting chapter to read because it lists just some of the few things that God has done for David especially when he was in times of need.

  1. Answered prayers

v.1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.

  1. Rescue and help in times of trouble

 v. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire

    3. Safety and assurance 

v. 2 he set my feet on a rockand gave me a firm place to stand.

  1. Revival

v. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.

  1. Healing from spiritual sicknesses

v. 6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened.

  1. So many other things that even David cannot recount

v. 5 Many,Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

I could only imagine the passion and heart of David in his recollection while writing and singing this chapter! In fact, being the man of actions he was, he just couldn’t contain his salvation it in his secret place that he took it to a whole higher level and thus setting a wonderful example for each of us to follow.

v. 9 I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips, Lord,
    as you know.

V 10 …I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly

David proclaimed it!

He couldn’t contain his joy: he shared it! And not just to his close friends, or his family, but it the assembly. The great assembly. Bear in mind that David was the King – he ruled a country. Just imagine how much of a great assembly he could gather. And in his heart, as he was praising the Lord, he not only did it for himself, but also had the passionate desire for those listening and those of the same faith as him to do the same:

Psalms 40:16 (NIV)

But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say,
“The Lord be exalted!”

This verse highlights the next step of thanksgiving. Psalms 40:16 tells of two things we should do when we’ve found the joy of God’s salvation and blessings:

  1. Rejoice and be glad

Rejoicing: The act of feeling or showing that we are happy about something.

Many men and women in the Bible exemplified rejoicing. David did it by dancing, even if his wife scorned him of ‘making a shame of himself’. Moses sang a song of victory after he and his people were delivered from the Egyptians. Hannah gave back her gladness by offering her son, Samuel, wholly in service for the Lord. Paul rejoiced even in trials and let his voice of songs be heard in prison. Elizabeth was credited for being the first to acknowledge Christ as Lord when she rejoiced at the sound of Mary’s voice. Different acts, but one bottom line: it reached others. It wasn’t kept to themselves but they let their gladness be shown.

Show the whole world that you are happy because of God!

  1. Exalt the Lord

Exaltation, is the act of raising something to a higher level. Another definition is the elevation by praise. In one way or another, the word ‘exalt’ has taken on the same meaning as the word ‘glorify’.

Exaltation entails letting go of ourselves, and letting God do the rest. It entails placing Him above anything and everything under the sun. This is the word used to describe the statement “Glory to God”. It simply means we do not take credit for anything, but we give credit to whom it is due – Showing everyone our gratitude towards God removes us of the right to claim anything for ourselves. We are simply vessels, to proclaim that which is evident.

John 3:30 (MSG)

 “This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines.

Exaltation, in its purest sense, is the one word equivalent of “More of God and less of me.”


“I’ve blessed you. Now let others know so that they may know me too.”

~ Lord

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