Place Your Life Before God

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

When I read these translations of Romans 12:1-2 I was so amazed at how down to earth and practical these verses are. 

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Your cross = BRIDGE to GLORY

One day, a man said to his two servants, “I have stored all wealth, uncountable gems, gold up there in the peak of the mountain, but you must climb up this mountain first so you can reach the peak. But you must carry this cross to the peak, I have given you the same sized, same weighted cross. It won’t be easy, it will be tough, but if you make it, then you will receive those rewards.”

Both of the servants agreed to take the cross with them to climb up the mountain. the first one said “this cross is very heavy, I need to rest a bit, eat, and then I will regain my strength to continue with my journey”, the secon one said to himself “why must I carry this heavy thing. Ah I know, I’m gonna cut this cross down a bit. besides, no one will notice, and our master told nothing about we’re not able to cut down this load a bit.” then the first one take a rest, and the second one cut it down, and they continue the journey.
the journey was getting harder and harder, the climb gets more steep, the road gets more rocky, the the second time the first one said to himself, “this is getting too hard for me, I need to rest down to regain my power to continue”, meanwhile the second one said “I don’t think the first cut is enough to lighten my load, I’m going to cut a little bit more”… then they continue walking
The wind was so strong and hot, the sun is sitting on top of their head, they got thirsty, tired, and think this was too much to bear, they just want to stop, but somehow the second one looked more cheerful than the first, he was not as tired as the first one. the first one said to himself “This is too hard, I’m so tired, I need to stop here for a while, yet I don’t know why my friend looked as he is not as tired as I am.” and so he asked the second “why do you look stronger than I am? we’re both on the same journey, facing same obstacles, carrying same load, but somehow you just not as exhausted as I am?” The second said to himself “That’s because I’m smart and you’re dumb, you never think of cutting off the cross. I know, I’m going to cut it even more, so things will get easier for me to finish this journey”, but he said to the first “no, i’m just as tired as you”. then they continues until at last they reach the peak of the mountain.
to their surprise, there was no gold, jewels, not such things at all, only a very steep cliff between them and the opposite side of the mountain. But wait, they see something. On top of the opposite mountain, they saw their master, with all the moeny, gold, gems, wealth, anything they could ask for…..
But, how can they cross the cliff to go to the other part of the mountain whew their master waited for them?
The first one said, “ah I know, I’m gonna use this cross as a bridge to cross this cliff so I can get where my master is”, and so he did. the master said to the second one, “come my servant, use your cross just as your friend use it to cross from there to here, I have all you can ever need and ask for here!” Yet when the second one  tried to lay the cross down, turned out that it was too short to cross. The end cannot reach the other part of the mountain…
When we are faced with troubles, burdens, don’t ask God to make your burden easier, to cut down your cross. Instead ask Him to give you more strength, more wisdom, more patience, to help you finish your journey. When He gives you “cross”, He meant it for your glory, He wants us to pass our test and give us the glory and rewards He already stored. Yet, when we keep trying to cut down our cross, we can ended up being not able to cross and enjoy all the good things He already prepared. Remember, every time we’re tempted to pray “God take this load off of me, this is too much for me, I can’t bear it, make it easier please”, change it to “God I know this is not easy, but this cross I must bear is the bridge to all the glory You have prepared, so help me God, give me more strength to endure it, and to finish it with joy, to please You all the way. I can’t do it on my own, but I know You are with me, helping me all the way.”
Finish strong
God bless
-luz-

Words of encouragement

Do you feel so overwhelmed by your limitations? by what other people can do? by others “upper hand” compared to yours?
You may feel you don’t have the connections you really need, or the money, friends, family, anything you can named of.

But hey, don’t just look at your problems, they may be great, they may seem so huge and never ending, but switch your focus on your blessings. I’m not trying to be cliche, but wait a minute. let’s think about these things with me

Do you still have complete set of eyes? If Yes, then give thanks and use those pair of eyes to pay attention to what will benefit your life the most
Instead of sulking of not having the latest trend of make up palettes, or the newest iphone 6, or any other things that held most prominent places in your life, why not be grateful for those pair of eyes? if they aren’t there, you won’t be able to enjoy your phone, your hobby, your makeup, etc etc right?
Do you still be able to enjoy meals 3 times a day? (unless you are on a diet!) then give thanks! and try to find something you can do to share your blessing with the one who is terribly hungry right now? why not buying some snacks or a set of Mc donalds and give to someone who has to trimmed down his meal as his wages used for buying milk for his baby or for paying his child’s school fee?

Remember it’s happier to give than to receive, and you’ll be happier as you give and bless people who need your help, in comparison as having all the stuffs that you want, coz no matter how many stuffs we own, they don’t even seem to be enough. there will always be new trends, new “needs” that is not really a need actually, and our wish list will be never ending.

Matthew 25:40 New International Version (NIV)

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Luke 6:38 New Living Translation (NLT)

38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.[a]”

so what kind of blessing are you going to be today?

Have a blessed day everyone
-luz-

Too Blessed to stressed

Have you ever think life’s not fair?
No no, I mean not like you’re having terrible accident and lost one of your beloved ones, or lost one of your eyes etc.

I’m just talking in the sight of when you actually already have all you need to live on, such as house, clothes, foods, etc, but looking to someone else who has the same thing as yours but they have the more high end side of what you have.
what does it feels like? do you ever, even in the slightest amount felt jealous? wishing you will also can buy what they buy easily, without having to save for months?

I did, and sometimes I also feel it today too, but it doesn’t mean I have to keep those kind of thinking kept hanging in my head. NO!

Jesus said that He takes care of us, so we don’t have to worry about what to eat or wear. is that even possible?
Yes it is! that doesn’t mean we don’t need to work, just sitting idly at home, do nothing and waiting for God to feed us. No it’s not like that

We still need to develop our resources with all our might. Just as Paul said to young Timothy, to throw himself to the work and gift that has been given to him, so he won’t be ashamed to stand before the Lord when He come. Yet when people of this world do it with an anxious heart, with a lustful heart, with “love for money”, we God’s own children need to do it without worry, with a glad heart, joyful heart, knowing all our works won’t be in vain ( 1 Cor 15:58)

For it is the blessings of the Lord that makes people rich, and He adds no sorrow with it – Proverbs 10:22
no sorrow for me means no regret as if someone who work day and night without stopping and come to neglect his health, his family, his relationship with God and all his beloved ones.

I truly believe that we are given the power from above to life a balanced life, to keep working as for the Lord, do our job in our own fields, without compensating for the most important things which is our relationship with God and others.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 The Message (MSG)
6-8 A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.
9-10 But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.

we must remember when we look up and see people that we think are more blessed than us, we also need to keep balanced to look down. see around! do you see anyone who is hurting? do you see anyone who doesn’t know what to eat tonight? simply because they don’t have it? do you care enough to reach out to them and fulfill their stomach even just one time?
or would you keep standing still? stay indifferent to their needs? and keep sulking in self pity “why can’t I buy that dress, when she could afford it just easy?”, “why must I use loans for motorcycle, when he can buy those racing cars?”

Matthew 25:40
New International Version (NIV)

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Then, what we’re going to do?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6:33

God is faithful to His Words, even when we are not (2 Tim 2:13), so we can rest assured that He will fulfill our needs, even to abundance

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 New International Version (NIV)
Generosity Encouraged

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

Keep working as for the Lord, keep being joyful in all you do, keep sharing what God entrusted you with, and keep enjoying what He has in store for you!

Would love to hear your comments ^^
Have a blessed day
-luz-

Finally back

Soo, hi guys

It’s been a while since I post the last in this blog, and I just want to share how much much much I really longs for just simply have a close relationship without thinking about any achievement, any responsibility. Just sit down and enjoy God for who He is, and the realization He brought me because of this…
I’ve been very busy lately, since I went out of home at 6.30 am and go back home (usually) at 6.30 pm, so it literally just 12 hours working time, not mentionsing if I need to do extra work, and spend extra time out of home….. and it drains my passion, my energy.. well it’s just exhausting

But today is the time when I can simply just having my quiet time peacefully, enjoying and savoring the time when I meet my Creator, my Lover, my Father, who always give me the right amount of help, courage, love, patience, any thing you can ever hope for, when you just simply come to have relationship with the Father.

I’ve heard many ppl say that because of their job, they can’t have the quiet time they used to have. maybe they just busy, and the weariness creeps and many worrisome things fulfill their thoughts and they only can spare merely 10 or 15 minutes to see God. and it can’t be a wholesome awesome relationship, instead it’s just out of routine, obligation, or even fear that God will hit them, punish them if they don’t say “hi” to Him.

but what I really realized is, God wants RELATIONSHIP and NOT YOUR ACHIEVEMENT. He died for us even when we don’t know anything about Him, when we are still sinners, when we still have and want our own way… He come for us, and offer us an acceptance that’s not based on what the world value.

we often see God as the world sees us. that He will accept us if we are smart, or if we are talented, we have achieved somthing to GET HIS approval, and so the list goes on.

but He merely want us to respond to Him, He wants us to RECEIVE HIS UNFAILING LOVE. The love that’s never based on our performance, instead it’s based on His character and personality.

He does wants us to success, to become a faithful servant that’s worthy of the trust put in us. Yet He doesn’t want us to do it out of fear, and to GET His approval.

He already approve of us, because when He sees us, He sees JEsus blood that has been poured upon us and cleanse us of all our sins.

and if any of you are in the middle of feeling unworthy because you cannot do things FOR GOD the way you used to be, please do come to Him, He wants YOU, not YOUR WORKS. Just tell Him all your situations, and tell Him about the longing of your heart to be close to Him once again, and ask Him to help you find any possible modifications of your schedule today, just so you can draw close to HIm (James 4:8)… after all He is this world OWNER, therefore why don’t we push more for a relationship with Him, instead of trying to make everything “work” on our own?

Yes we need to do our part, but remember God still has HIS part to do also, and He is GOD
repeat with me please!!!! HE is? G.O.D. final marks
do what you can do and trust God to do what you cannot do

You will fulfill the purpose of your life with His grace, God’s wings will get you to the place you need to go, but it’s not apart from Him, it’s when you face your daily life with Him holding your right hand and give you victory over victory (Isaiah 41:10)

Amen

Hope this blessed and knocked the door of anyone who read this post.
Come back to GOD.

luz-

and please go check this video, it will touch and brings back your heart to Him

this is a part of it’s lyrics:

Before the world began,
You were on his mind.
And every tear you cry,
Is precious in his eyes.
Because of his great love,
He gave His only Son.
Everything was done so you would come.

Come to the Father,
though your gift is small.
Broken hearts, broken lives,
He will take them all.
The power of the word,
the power of His blood.
Everything was done so you would come.

Nothing you can do,
Could make Him love you more.
And nothing that you’ve done,
Could make Him close the door.
Because of His great love,
He gave His only Son.
Everything was done so you would come.

Taken from: http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/australia_hillsongs/before_the_world_began-lyrics-204930.html#ixzz3Bfv47HQT

Seek God first and He will seek for you

Delight = enjoy God for who He really is, not only for what He can do for us

Really grateful to have this verse reminded to my heart today. How often do we forget to seek God above all, and tend to seek our own desires?
it’s not wrong to want things like a nice house, a soul mate, make ups, any other hobbies, etc… but the word “seek” has more meaning beyond that.
Seek means to really crave for, looking earnestly for

Are we seeking God the way we suppose to?
If not, then repent and come back
Just come back.. for He said : “Return to Me, for I have redeemed you” Isaiah 44:22

If we admit our sins, He is faithful, He will forgive our sins, and PURIFY us from ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

Trust God to give us “a new heart”, a God’s willing heart, not a self willing heart (Ezekiel 36:26)

If we are to obey His Word, then we have this promise:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt 6:33)

Prayer:
Lord, forgive our sins as we seek our desires of things and more things, popularity after popularity, greediness after greediness. Cleanse our sins and purify us by Your blood Jesus, give us a God’s willing heart instead of self willing heart. As psalmist said: take me not away from Thy presence oh Lord, take not Thy Holy Spirit from me, restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and renew a right spirit within me.
teach us to come back to You, for we know only You can fulfill our deepest desires, not things, not people, not even our dearest ones. And let us experience delight in You, enjoy You for who You are, and have our needs fulfilled, as You give us what You really want us to have. For You are merciful, and good. In Jesus Name, we pray, Amen.

Have a very fulfilled day ^^
-luz-