“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.”
okay so it’s been a very long while since i’ve been writing in this blog
miss it:p haha
for so long i thought if I can’t do it perfectly, -okay not literally perfect, but you know what I mean, like how to get my writings interesting, or how should I get more attracting etc etc – then it would be better not to do it at all.
fear of rejection, fear of not getting people’s approval, fear of losing yourself to someone
okay, come on, i know these thoughts are or were in our thoughts one way or another right?
but not long, after I heard a sermon preached by Joyce Meyer, one of my favourite Bible preacher, I am freed from these bondage (again), thank God for being so patient with me
I would like to share some of the principles from it, soooo how many of us after hearing a sermon, or after reading the Bible, felt something in our hearts, that ” Okay, that’s the part I’ve been wrong, so I NEED TO CHANGE! “???
but then, when I try to change my self with will power, no matter how much I tried, I still get stuck!
Okay I admit that I would still make some changes, but then, it stucked, and then I gave up, too tired to continue the journey, and then actually I’m going back to the place where I said “I NEED TO CHANGE”
gosh, that was tiring and upsetting, right?
but then I heard some of God’s principle about it, the principle I couldn’t live without, and cannot go around and saying ” I want to change” before remembering and pondering these principles first!
1. God loves me unconditionally
2. I am made right with God because of what Jesus has done for me, not because of my own performance
3. My sins have been forgiven
4. He has a great plan for me and will never give up on me (Fil 1:6)
Therefore I need to grow and be mature in Him, so He can “entrust” me with His abundance blessing
-cmon, it’s because of His love, He doesn’t give you what you “want” RIGHT NOW, because He knows that it isnt the perfect time, because He knows if He give it to you right now, that very thing will lead you ashtray-
5. If God doesnt do it (change me), it won’t get done
we need to know that God loves, accepts, blesses us not because of our performance, and He knows who I am and He also Knows what I am NOT, He knows all my flaws, weakness, anything I could mention, it would be endless but GOD LOVES ME ANYWAY!
and if we felt something that is wrong from our attitude, then we just need to
1. agree with God
“okay God, i know I have a big mouth and I cannot control it. it kept talking mean things, I know I shouldnt gossip but I just cannot help it, and I don’t know how….” Yes you are! you dont know, but God knows my friend, soooo start smiling! okay I see it, nice!
2. believe in Him
God has forgiven my sins, all of it, perfectly (see 1 Pet 3:18)
3. study God’s word in the section that you lack
you won’t be sticking a band aid if you have a headache or stomachache and soaked them in the cool ice water right?
It doesn’t match, so if we need a deliverance from bitterness, don’t study about 10 steps to success ^^
Study and believe it! believe and confess it! “God i know that I cannot change my self, if You don’t change me inwardly, I cannot ever ever change”
all our “try” and our “works” need to be done WITH HIM and NOT APART from Him
“apart from Me, you can do NOTHING” JOhn 15:5
so, let’s us start applying these principles, and believe God more, do what we need to do WITH Him, not with our own willpower, and experience His freedom….
“you will know the Truth and the Truth will SET YOU FREE” John 8:31
and remember, whenever you feel overburdened and tired,… maybe you need to step back and wait on Him more
“but those who WAIT ON THE LORD, shall RENEW THEIR STRENGTH; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Dear all, let’s soar WITH HIM and NOT APART FROM HIM…
This small word “ALL” can be easy enough to be forgotten, yet hold such a wondrous strength within itself in meaning. The word “ALL” changes everything when you put it in its proper place in a sentence.
36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it).
Eph 4:6 (NIV)
one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
1 Pet 5:7 (AMP)
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you.
1 Cor 10:31 (NIV)
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Do you see it (All)? Don’t us tend to overlook this powerful word?
He knows ALL things, He has ALL powers, He is the Creator of ALL, He is the Ruler of ALL, He is King over ALL, He is OVER ALL, THROUGH ALL and IN ALL!
He knows ALL your weakness, He understands ALL your fear, anxieties, whatever you can mention, He holds ALL answer to your questions, prayers, anything. He loves you with ALL the love you long for….. this can goes on and on and on (and I think ALL has no limitation, or has it? the limit is…. ALL there is)
and only Him can fulfill ALL your needs! yes He may do that with people, yes He may reach you through your loved ones, yes He might have approached you with His blessings, but the bottomline is HE works THROUGH ALL of it.
I once read a wonderful statement, and I might have missed it unless I took some time to ponder its meaning.
It sounds like this:
“Give God your ALL, and let HIM be your ALL in ALL”
let the very dear one who reads this post, also ponder its meaning in your own life!
Priority is an easy thing to say, simple enough, yet to apply the principle to our life can be a great deal, but it also can save us a lot of time, energy etc. In short, it’s all worth it!
I once have been told that we should set our priority, or else the world will define it for us, which is what we avoid to be, right?
first thing first, I know it’s sound so cliche but, GOD should be our first and foremost priority.
Collosians 1:18 told us
“that in all things He may have the preeminence.”
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
He hath made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set eternity in their heart,
What do we search in life? enjoyment? happiness? pleasure? you name it! all of those can only be found WHOLLY and FULLY in Christ, in God Himself.
Really? Let’s put it this way
When you saw some utensils in the antique shop, and it looked kinda strange and you don’t know what to do with the thing? or what should you do using that thing? Let me ask you something: “who is the first and most important person you would ask?” for me, i would say: “of course its the maker, the creator, he is the most knowledgeable person of the creation” wouldn’t you think so?
and then, how can we,human, a mere creation, look for the meaning of our life, of our existence to somewhere else, beside our Creator?
Eph 1:11-12 said that
11-12 It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
Do you long for having a truly fulfilled life, purposeful life? Do you really thirst for having a secure identity that is not based on what the world say about you?
Then ask your Creator, go run to Him, and not from Him
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”
He longs for you passionately and lovingly
Isaiah 44:22 told us that:
“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Why should you run from Him any longer? haven’t you been tired of running away? tired of trying to satisfy people who can’t be satisfied? how long have you search and put your identity based on others opinion?
“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.” Isa 43:4
You are precious and loved, if Not, why would Jesus chose to die for you on the cross?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
If you feel that right now God is calling you outside your door, don’t be so dull to hear Him, open the door of your heart and answer His call
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Rev 3:20
if you’re willing to come back, you may use this prayer to help you start your relationship with God:
Dear Jesus, I am willing to come back to You, I believe that only in You I can put my trust, in You I found my identity, your precious child. I believe that You have died for my sin, and right now I open the door of my heart to accept You, please come in and be my Lord and Savior. In Your Name Jesus, by whom I am saved, healed and restored. I pray. Amen
If you’re praying this prayer with all your heart, I am glad to tell you: welcome to the family of Christ, you are worthy because Jesus told you so!