Have you ever suspected that you were called to something more than where you presently serve? Frustrating, right? But I remind myself of Joseph, who had to endure some rough stages in preparation before God was ready to place him where he wanted him. Joseph’s response at each stage was to give…
When we’re stripped of all the externals, we discover that in the finally analysis, we owe our very lives on the sustaining grace of God. It is only because of his lovingkindness that we are not totally consumed (Lam. 3:22).
You ever wish you could have a quick meeting with God just so you could compare notes, go over the blueprints of your life and synchronize your watches? So often we find that our timing is not God’s timing. We’re either taking too long to do what we have to do, or we’re trying to rush it, stepping out before we’re ready.
Proverbs 3:5 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.
The story of Lazarus is such an amazing example of just that. Jesus knew Lazarus was ill and he knew that he was the only one who could save him, yet he stayed where he was for two more days. It wasn’t until Lazarus had actually been dead for four days that Jesus showed up to see about the situation. But when he did, there was a miracle. Lazarus rose from the dead.
There have been many times in my life when I was behind the eight ball with a deadline and I needed God to move instantly. But he didn’t. At least not the way I wanted him to. Oftentimes God will allow us to go through challenging situations not only so we can develop character, but also so that we can come to trust him, really trust him.
I heard a story recently of a young lady who felt she heard from God that she was going to go to Cambridge to study. She told all her friends and waited with great expectation to get her acceptance letter. Only the letter didn’t come. She was denied. That year she watched all her friends leave for University while she stayed home and worked.
Every year for the next four years she applied to Cambridge and each year she failed to get in. And when her friends came home to visit she would always say, “God told me I’m going to Cambridge and I just know I’m going.”
Finally as all her classmates from secondary school were beginning to graduate and move back home, she had some news. She had gotten into Cambridge. In her fourth year of applying, the University told her to take a few courses and if she did well in them she would be accepted. And so she did. Off to Cambridge she went.
Wow, what outrageous faith. Honestly, if that were me, like most, I would have thought I heard wrong. I would have given up and attended another University-time is of the essence. How many of us know God enough to stand on his promises no matter how long they take? Even Mary and Martha were a bit miffed about Jesus’ timing. “Lord, had you been here, my brother would not have died,” Martha said.
More often than not, having faith is about trusting God for his timing and resting in the fact that God knows every detail of the situation and is in control.
Sure, I’ve missed many a deadline and even paid consequences, but those were always little picture situations. God is not intimidated by man’s time limits. When I look at the big picture from God’s perspective, I realize God is very detailed in his plans for our lives and he isn’t willing to sacrifice development for time. Waiting on God is a good thing. And as I’ve heard it said before, “It’s even better if you can wait [patiently] while you wait.”
Dear God, help us to get our timing right with yours. And when we see that things aren’t working as quickly as we would like, please help us to relax and simply trust that you know the times and seasons of our lives.
God is sovereign. There’s no reason to worry about tomorrow. No reason to panic what will befall us in the coming days. No reason to fear the unknown future. In Christ, everything that is yet to happen has already been filtered by our Father in heaven.
"Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!"
“Behold, God is great, and we know him not; the number of his years is unsearchable.” (Job 36:26)
It is impossible to know God too well.
He is the most important person who exists. And this is because he made all others, and any importance they have is owing to him.
Any strength or intelligence or skill or beauty they have comes from him. On every scale of excellence, he is infinitely greater than the best person you ever knew or ever heard of.
Being infinite, he is inexhaustibly interesting. It is impossible, therefore, that God be boring. His continual demonstration of the most intelligent and interesting actions is volcanic.
As the source of every good pleasure, he himself pleases fully and finally. If that’s not how we experience him, we are either dead or sleeping.
It is therefore astonishing how little effort is put into knowing God.
It’s as though the President of the United States came to live with you for a month, and you only said hello in passing every day or so. Or as if you were flown at the speed of light for a couple of hours around the sun and the solar system, and instead of looking out the window, you played a computer game. Or as if you were invited to watch the best actors, singers, athletes, inventors, and scholars perform their best, but you declined to go so you could watch the TV season’s final soap.
Let us pray that our infinitely great God would open our eyes and hearts to see him and seek to know him more.
Jesus Christ is tender without being weak, strong without being coarse, lowly without being servile. He has conviction without intolerance, enthusiasm without fanaticism, holiness without Pharisaism, passion without prejudice.
This man alone never made a false step, never struck a jarring note.
His life alone moved on those high levels where local limitations are transcended and the absolute Law of Moral Beauty prevails. It was life at its Highest.
Love is not about sex. True love "WAITS" and seeks God’s perfect timing.
It was just a wonderful sight as Mars walked down the aisle to the altar. Pure and holy before the Lord. Not because of what she does, but because of what Jesus has already done on the cross. Like a groom looking at her beautiful bride, God doesn’t look at our past, but looks at our future. He sees us as beautiful and blameless because of the blood of Christ that washed us clean. In Christ, we are redeemed. In Christ, we are a new creation. In Christ, we are pure and holy, like a bride wearing a white and spotless gown.
The walk may be slow, exciting, hard and with uncertainties, but if we focus our eyes on the groom (Christ) we will reach the destination and our joy will surely be complete.
Foolish heart looks like we’re here again Same old game of plastic smile Don’t let anybody in Hiding my heartache, will this glass house break How much will they take before I’m empty Do I let it show, does anybody know?
There’s no need to mask my frailty You’re turning the tattered fabric of my life into A perfect tapestry
Unveil me completely I’m loosening my grasp Cause you see the real me And you love me just as I am Wonderful, beautiful is what you see When you look at me
Sanctification is painful yet wonderful. Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
What do we miss out when we’re married? What do we miss out when we enter a girlfriend-boyfriend relationship? We live in a time when the world tells us that getting married and having relationships is the norm – that it’s part of “getting there”.
I’m going to celebrate and use my singleness for God We hear of love songs here and there, we see couples on the malls having a great time, we read love stories, watch romance films. Love, as the world knows and defines it, is everywhere. We always see the pretty side of it – that it feels good, it’s pleasurable, it’s exciting, etc. What we don’t see is what we already have.
Being single is a gift from God. It’s a season in your life where you can focus entirely on Him. In this life, you will have time for everything – set by God and appointed ultimately by Him. There will be the years for your family and when it comes, your season for singleness will be over – and it will NEVER come back again.
I didn’t appreciate my singleness until I’ve read the book “I kissed dating goodbye”. I always felt like looking forward to marriage and that special someone God has prepared for me – I didn’t look at what I had right now and how I’ll lose it once I entered into a relationship.
You’ll only stay single for about a fourth of your life. Learn to appreciate it. Maximize it to develop yourself in Christ. Learn how to really love – to want what’s best for the other person, not just to want to feel loved because it’s pleasurable.All the things you need to know in a relationship can be developed best while you are single. It is a gift from God – even Adam and Eve were single for some time. Think about it.
Rest your weary hearts Filipino Christians. God is still on His throne. You have voted according to your honest conscience. The outcome of the elections is now in the hands of God.
Yet you say to yourself, “How about those candidates who don’t seem fit to be in power?”
Have you forgotten that the Lord our God has the power to override the hearts of kings (Prov. 21:1)? The rulers of the nations are powerless in stopping the outworking of the plans of God. Pharaoh could not hold Israel back when it was time for them to go. Cyrus allowed Israel to go back to the promised land because the Lord said so. Herod could not kill baby Jesus because there’s a Sovereign power in heaven preventing him from doing it.
The power of our God is greater than the politics that we see with our naked eyes. His purposes are deeper than our perception. Just when you think that things are becoming bleak because you didn’t get the election outcome that you prayed about, look to the God who is enthroned above the circle of the earth. He is seated on His throne, unrattled by the commotions of men on earth. He is the One who is really in power. He can uproot self-appointed rulers and reduce them to nothing if He wants to (Isaiah 40:23). Despite the election results, the destiny of this nation and of the entire Filipino race is still secure because the God of the Philippines is still watching over this nation.
This is our security. This is our hope. This is the reason we can go to bed in peace tonight.
"Hindi naman ako magaling. At sa tingin ko, hindi rin galing sa mga kasamahan ko tong tagumpay na to kahit na mahuhusay sila. Pinagpapala lang talaga tayo ng Panginoon. Dahil kung hindi tayo pinagpapala ng Panginoon, kahit anung galing natin di tayo aasenso." Quoted from a press conference.
2 Corinthians 4:7, For we have these treasures in jars of clay to show that the surpassing power is not from us but from God.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
We owe nothing from God. Everything we have, our life is a gift from Him. He’s not demanding us to pay Him back nor work for His favor. It’s all grace. A person who believes in this truth will serve and live for God not so he could pay God nor buy His approval. The person will freely give his life to God because of love, out of adoration to this beautiful Giver.
When you find yourself in the middle of something that is beyond your ability, you better take a good look around; you are probably in the middle of a God-thing. He never brings us into things that do not require faith.