Has God forgotten me?

there was an old song, and here it goes

“I will never forget you my people

I have crafted you on the palm of MY hands

I will not forget you

I will not leave you orphan

I will never forget my own

Does a mother forget her baby?

or a woman the child within her womb

Yet even if these forget

Yes even if these forget

I will never forget my own”

Isa 49: 14-15

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Are you looking for some Christian-based romance?

If you’re the person, I recommend this Author: Julie Lessman

She wrote two series: The Daughter of Boston series and Winds of Change series

Here are the order:

1. A Passion Most Pure

2. A Passion redeemed

3. A Passion Denied

4. A Hope Undaunted

5. A Heart Revealed

6. A Love Surrendered

if you are interested then try to read each of them within the sequence, and for me its actually great experience and after I read one of her books, I ended up buying all her stories!

so the main character in every books are siblings to each other. since there are 6 books, then they tells stories about 6 siblings, 6 different character, 6 unique God-encountering experiences, and heartwarming love stories ^^

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Enjoy!

Seek the Kingdom First (revelation from Haggai book)

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The setting was in Babel exile. Israelites was so full of themselves, their own business, their own crops, their own houses, and matters so that they forgot at all about building the house of the Lord.

And the Lord got furious at them, as it is mentioned in Haggai 1

2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild theLORD’s house.’”
3 Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”
7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. 9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blewaway. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dewand the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

The Israelites experienced many hardships and fruitlessness labor because they just focus on themselves, and without a single thought about what God wants for them to do with their life. But as soon as the rebuke came, they repented, and so they started to build the House of the Lord.
It turns out to be (the House of the Lord) much less majestic, luxurious, splendid, etc than the first House of the Lord which was built by Salomo, Israel previous king. But then we see what the Lord said to the Israelites who turns their HEART TO GOD:

Haggai 2: 2-9
the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 2 “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak,[a] the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3 ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the LORD, ‘AND WORK. For I am with you,’ declares the LORDAlmighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’
6 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORDAlmighty.”

The Lord said that HE WILL STILL BE WITH THEM, NO MATTER HOW BAD THE HOUSE OF THE LORD LOOKED LIKE THAT TIME COMPARED WITH THE FIRST ONE. God’s presence and favor are still available for them not because they have made marvelous things, BIG things, as we often thought, but because they HEARD HIS VOICE and TURNS THEIR HEART TO HIM.

And the Lord also said that
18 ‘From this day on, from this twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid. Give careful thought: 19 Is there yet any seed left in the barn? Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit.
“‘From this day on I will bless you.’”

taken from: ot103.wordpress.com
taken from: ot103.wordpress.com

From THIS DAY ON (when the foundation of the House of the LORD was laid on), God will bless them. No more lack, only abundance!

What about our life? Do we tend to get busy and only care about our own matters? My life, My money, My family, etc etc. or we are on our journey to embrace life the way God wants? To “seek His Kingdom first and its righteousness, and all these things will be granted to you as well”?

Have a blessed day everyone!

You are not an accident

You are not an Accident

You are who you are for a reason

You’re part of an intricate plan

You’re a precious and perfect unique design

Called God’s special woman or man

You look like you look for a reason

Our God made no mistake

He knit you together within the womb,

You’re just what He wanted to make

The parents you had were the ones he chose

And no matter how you may feel

They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind

And they bear the Master’s seal

No, the trauma you faced was not easy

And God wept that it hurt you so

But it was allowed to shape your heart

So that into his likeness you’d grow

You are who you are for a reason

You’ve been formed by Master’s rod

You are who you are, beloved

Because there is a God

-Russell Kelfer-

God never made a junk or rubbish, you are in His mind even before He created the world.

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love

He made you so He can loves you.

Taken from the Purpose driven life. – Rick Warren –ImageImage

TEKNON or HUIOS? Which one are you? Which one do you want to become?

What is teknon and what is huios? Are you a teknon or huios? And which one do you want to become?
Let’s find out the answer

First lets open our bible from Romans 8:15-16
It is stated that we are children of God. In greece language, the word used to descrribe this “children” is “teknon”. Teknon literally means adopted child. The word teknon is also used to describe the word children in John 1:11-12. We’ve been given power to be children of God. It happened when we received Christ as our Lord and Savior. So the word teknon also means a newborn baby. So it reveals the baby stage in our spiritual life. When we’re still baby, people find it difficult to differentiate one baby from others. Don’t you think so? They all cute, bald, small, and everything looks so similar. No wonder there’s so many dramas which telltale about the swapped baby. Because babies are similar to each other. At hospital, the newborn baby always given a brace to indicate who’s baby are them. That’s probably the only way to avoid bringing someone’s else baby home. Haha.. In our spiritual life, when we are teknon, one thing that differentiate us from each other is the “name tag” which Holy Spirit represent as one.

Now let’s get going to Romans 8:14, just before the previous verses. It is stated that those who are LED by the SPirit are the children of god. Although in English language, the word children is the same as the word children we see in the previous verses. In greece language, the word used to describe this kind of children is different, which is HUIOS. Huios means the child who’s been marked as someone’s son/daughter because the similarity between the parents and the child, it is the similarity of facial features, character, and attitude.
To be a huios, it’s not automatically happen, to become one we need what is called discipline and obedience.

Now we want to see what will happen if we are always be a teknon in our spiritual life?
The answer lies in Gal 4:1-2. A teknon child hasn’t reached puberty yet, so they are not mature. They still immature, and in those verses, it’s stated they are not any different from a servant. So they still not capable to receive, they are not yet ready to handle all the blessings, all the inheritance the Father wants to give to them, when we become child of God. Our Father in heaven, has promised to us in Gal 3:29 that when we become Christ’s we are
the heir of the promises God made with Abraham. And that’s an incredible inheritance by the way.
If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29 NIV)

The thing is, the devil know those words, so when our Father wants to bless us, but then we still a teknon, he will claim those blessings not to be given to us. And when we are still teknon, after a long wait, we wait and wait wait, but it seems that God’s promises still far away from us, we become dissapointed, we become bitter, and finally we dont believe in God anymore. We say ” why should i follow God’s way if He’s not going to give me my prayer and petition? Why is those friends around me who search boy/girlfriend in their own way, get exactly what they want?” im tired, i dont want to believe in God anymore, now i’ going to search for them in my own way. At that point, we run away from God.
And so the cycle goes on. We’re still teknon, so we dont get the inheritance, the promise God wants to give us, then because we’re still teknon, we became bitter and eventually run away from God in waiting those promises to come true.

But why there’re so many Christians are still in the teknon phase of their spiritual life? Why can’t they become a huios?

1. We tend to entertain our heartbreaking moments and bitterness

We see this from the story of Cain and Abel. From genesis 4:6-8
Those who forgot the story, please take a time to read again the verses. Cain become bitter, jealous as his offering not being accepted before God. When we jealous and bitter actually we are blaming God. we said ” why You give him this or that, and not giving me the same?” And just like Cain’s story, actually in your deepest heart when you are angry, God already put an alarm, those telling you not to angry, stop the revenge and such. But its up to you to follow the small voice or just go on with your anger.

2. We dont want to accept God’s discipline

God knows our heart, He sees to the deepest desire of our hearts. So He truly understand which way our hearts are going. HE KNOWS THE TENDENCY OF YOUR HEART. Have u ever imagined a child who ask his parents for something that doesn’t give any benefit for him at that time? Eg. The boy who wants to eat an icecream, yet he still not feeling well, and having a sore throat. When he asks his mom for the first time, it’s really clear the mother says no to his request. But then he asks again, ” but mom, i’m starting to feel better than yesterday, besides yesterday my throat was as sore as ever. Pleeeeaseeeee??….” if ure his mom, after being fed up with those petition, what will you say? ” alright then, up to you, if your body’s getting worse, just take the consequence. Okay?”

Often we ask God for the question we already know the answer. When we ask Him about spouse who hasn’t accepted Christ as his/her own Lord and Savior? We often ask God thinking ” maybe the Lord will CHANGE HIS MIND” in the other hand we have known His word in 2 cor 6:14.

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14, 15 NIV)

We also have been given example from Elia’s story (please read my note about unfinished work). Elia has a destiny to be a great prophet, but because he is afraid of one woman threat, he miss those great destiny and in the end God chose another human to be an succesor of him, which is Elisa, and we know that Elisa fulfill his destiny, doing what God wants him to do.

All of us, after we become children of God, we has our own destiny in Him, which is a plan of peace, and hope. (Jer 29:11). But then God will see through our hearts whether we are ready to be disciplined? Whether we are ready to become a huios? If not, then God’s plan will always be carried out, but those who don’t want to be disciplined wont be included in those great plans.

Sin in the mother language is called Harmatia, which also means MISS THE TARGET GOD HAS GIVEN TO US. When our work is UNFINISHED, then we’re counted as sinning. So we really must ask God to give us the mercy and grace we need to fulfill whatever destiny He wants us to be.

Another example about those who are not ready to be disciplined is Bileam. The story lies within the book Numbers 22, so please take time to read them, its very interesting. When people get to read theses verses they tend to ask, “it’s strange, why God seems so inconsistent here? The first time Bileam asked, He said no, but then He said yes?” as we have noted in the previous point, God know the TENDENCY of our hearts, so He know that Bileam heart tends to go with Balack army. Its like the mom who said, “alright then, its up to u, just bear those consequences by ur own.”

The Hebrew said that: Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. (Hebrews 12:7, 8 NIV)

God is educating us, so we MUST NEVER DROP OUT! The trouble we faced isnt a punishment, but TRAINING. However, we received training from the King of all kings, so don’t expect those training to be easy, but in the end, He will surely bring us from glory to glory. Amen

And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” (Hebrews 12:5, 6 NIV)

3. We have our own concept about God
we often say, for me God is loving, faithful, always forgive. They are all true, but we must never forget that God also has this kind of side within Him, that He is jealous, just, He is a burning fire.

In psalm 37:4-5.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this: (Psalm 37:4, 5 NIV)

Bible version of the Message point it like this: be flexible with God. So take delight in the Lord means be flexible with God. Dont make assumptions of God on basis of what we feel like knowing about Him, but we have to know all His sides.

There is another incredible promises in Gal 3:27, that : Your baptism in Christ was not just washing you up for a fresh start. It also involved dressing you in an adult faith wardrobe-Christ’s life, the fulfillment of God’s original promise. (Galatians 3:27 MSG)

The Lord isnt just giving us the fresh start when we become children of God but we’ve been dressed by an adult faith wardrobe. R,emember Joseph story, when he still seventeen, his father Jacob gave him a rainbow colour robe. At those time, the ranbow robe was only wore by the ruler. So jacob has given joseph his wardrobe of destiny, but did those great destiny fall right after he received the wardrobe? We know from the Bible that Joseph had to endure so many hardships 13 years after, until eventually He become a young ruler in Egypt.

If then, you do really want to know God completely, wholely, we must take our daily steps with Him. And if He needs to, we must pray and asks Him to force His destiny in us, so we dont miss the target He has given to us.

So is everybody ready to take and grab the destiny He always wants us to have? Which is a plan of peace and wondful future? If the answer is yes, then, do you choose to be a teknon, or do you want to be a huios? The choice is in your hand. But i truly pray so that, everybody will choose to be a huios, and be all the way He wants us to be!! In Jesus name, amen amen amen.

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