Be Watchful

July 26, 2010

Many years ago, a young man stood in his room preparing to spend time alone with the Lord. He took up his beautiful guitar and started play, slowly but surely, he got into the “tune” of things and his mind visualised a congregation and he was leading them into high praise and worship.

He poured his heart out singing and leading… till a gentle voice asked “who are you leading?” The “worship” was immediately pulled to a halt and this young man fell to his knees, knowing that he has missed the point of worship.

In the same way, we are so easily caught up in doing all the good things of this world; so much so that the lines are blurred and we make believe that these dreams are the things of God. We pursue our own dreams and ambitions and justifying ourselves by saying that its towards building God’s Kingdom, when its simply building our own homes and palaces.

Be watchful. If the dream or ministry is bigger than God, its time to let it go.

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“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9-10

Many will attend a debatable teaching and say  “I’m matured enough to filter out what that is correct and what that is erroneous. ” But is that the really the case ? What is the utimate motive for listening to the message ? Information lust or genuine thirst for the Truth?

Easiest way ? Measure it all up. Go by the word of God.
What fruits does it bear ? Covetousness ? Greed ? Envy ? Pride ? or does it bring forth Love ?

Ensnared in a state of self-delusion, people will falsify an outward godliness to justify his actions and masking the most covetous intent inside.

Deceitful sermons will even spur people to seek God’s face to obtain His hand.
So you say, whats wrong with that ? The intent of the heart.

“I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.” Jer 17:10

Yes. His Hand brings forth provision, health, prosperity and everything else that we need.
But is His Hand all we seek so violently? And not His face ?

Godly sermons spur people to seek and desire God for who He is. Period.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Mat 6:33

Its true. The truth will set you free.

The vice-versa is also true, falsified truth will set you in bondage and a downward spiral. Be concerned with what you read, watch and hear. Take heed to the things that exhorts/corrects you towards Godliness and not half truths that give room for sin.

A Broken Telephone

July 1, 2009

Communication with God was never meant to be one way. We just made it so.
So often we pray and start rattling our prayers, prayer request, petitions etc etc and we end it abrubly with the magic word- AMEN.

So you understand how God feels. Imagine a wife calling her husband over the phone and starts rattling and rattling request on the line and abruptly hangs up the line. How would the other party feel ?

Yes God listens. But many a times, He wants to talk to us as well, to provide advice, counsel or simple just chat with us. But we hardly give Him time to speak nor are we prepared to wait for His reply.

If we would only pause and wait upon the Lord. He will speak.

To hear from God, man has to learn to first keep quiet.

A Love Letter

July 1, 2009

Not many years ago couples used to hand write love letters and send it by post to his significant other. I was no different. I remembered the excitement as I opened up this special love letter from this particular girl with such anticipation, reading through the words and lines trying to sift through if there were other hidden significance embedded between the lines.

Such was the passion that I would read it over and over again. Before I slept, when I went about my chores and it went where ever i went, safely hidden in my wallet.

To many, the bible is a book or a complilation of books written by men of God.
To me, its a love letter from the Lover of my soul.

If the bible was a textbook, it would be a chore to read.
But if we realise that it is really a love letter from our greatest Love, wouldn’t it be a pleasure just to go through the pages and scrutinise each line and word and hold it close to our hearts ?

Like the woman with the issue of blood. Matt 9:20, Mark 5:30

She had terrible odds :
1 ) She was a woman in those times
2 ) She was a woman with a 12 year issue of blood

Under the law, she was unclean. Knowing her odds, a normal woman would have held herself back from reaching for the hem of Jesus’s robes. But her faith and desperation defied all these odds and she reached out.

It was not the robes, it was her faith and desperation that made the Lord pause.  A desperation that prevails against her situation, all the odds, all the opinions of others. Nothing mattered anymore. A sole focus to touch the Master changed everything.

Multitudes thronged Jesus and many would have came in contact with His robes. But  this “unclean” child’s simple desperation seperated her from the multitudes, catching the attention of the King of kings.

Foolishness To Men

August 6, 2008

Being foolish for God is better than being wise in the eyes of men.

When you dare to believe God for great things, people come against you, relatives come against you and many times even Christians will come against you. They will tell you how impossible it is or a hundred reasons why it cannot be done.

If God’s work can be done by the hands of man alone, man will take the glory.
But if its impossible by man’s standards, and it is accomplished. God takes the glory.

Show me the passage !

July 11, 2008

Sometimes when God moves beyond our understanding, we hear unbelieving Christians saying “show me the passage” It is important to know that the bible does not have a direct reference to all situations.

In cases such as these, i refute simply by saying “not everything is written in the bible”. And of course saying that fundamentalist will be jumping mad.

So my next question :” When Jesus walked on earth. Did he use the toilet ?”

Believers have no issues and they are certain of his humanity.

I’ll just seal in my point by asking them their question :”Show me the passage”

How do you ?

July 11, 2008

Gen 22:2   “And He said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”

Now, let me walk on thin ice again.

If you read in this chapter, God spoke to Abraham and asked him to sacrifice his only son Isaac. Now Abraham’s faith was tested beyond measure and beyond theoretical understanding. Why ?

Because God commandment was never to murder. Its against the grain of theoretical understanding for a sacrifice of innocent blood.

Let me reiterate. The God we serve is the same God which Abraham served – And God does not change.

Many Christians struggle in their daily walk because they receive an authentic word from the Lord, but they refuse to obey arguing and telling God about their theological beliefs. When God calls, its our job to obey.

Obedience is better than sacrifice.

Lyrics : Take Me In

July 11, 2008

Written By : Dave Browning


VERSE:
        Em                        Cmaj7
Take me past the outer courts and thru the holy place,
D                              Em                 D
Past the brazen altar; Lord, I want to see Your face.
        Em
Pass me by the crowds of people,
        Cmaj7
And the priests who sing their praise;
   D
I hunger and thirst for Your righteousness
         Am7               C/D
But it's on-ly found one place.

CHORUS:
            Em                 D/E
So take me in to the Holy of Ho-lies,
        Am7       Am7/D          Em   Cmaj7
Take me in by the blood of the Lamb;
     C/D    Em                 D/E
So take me in to the Holy of Ho-lies,
         Am7   Am7/D      A/B   B+7     Em
Take the coal, cleanse my lips, here I am.

A beautiful song by Jaci Valasquez entitled “Imagine Me Without You”

Remembering my past and how His love transformed me from an anti-Christian to a believer, how His love gave me the strength to live on when I was at the end of myself.

This song just brings tears to my eyes, truly knowing that I’m nothing without Him.


Verse:

As long as stars shine down from heaven
And the rivers run into the sea
Till the end of time forever
You’re the only love I’ll need

In my life you’re all that matters
In my eyes the only truth I see
When my hopes and dreams have shattered
You’re the one that’s there for me

When I found you I was blessed
And I will never leave you, I need you

Chorus:

Imagine me without You
I’d be lost and so confused
I wouldn’t last a day, I’d be afraid
Without You there to see me through

Imagine me without You
Lord, You know it’s just impossible
Because of You, it’s all brand new
My life is now worthwhile
I can’t imagine me without You

When You caught me I was falling
Your love lifted me back on my feet
It was like You heard my calling
And You rushed to set me free

When I found You I was blessed
And I will never leave You, I need You

Chorus(2):

When I found You I was blessed
And I will never leave You, I need You