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Keep the Faith

It’s been months since I posted the last piece of my blog. The easiest excuse, as you maybe already thought, I was busy. The particular word popped up in my head while I was browsing and re-reading my own old postings the other day. The truth is, I was actually busy and I’ve been everywhere, business trips and things. But then I think, is that excuse acceptable?

Let me break it down briefly: when I was reading my old postings, I was and am amazed of the words I stated there and could not believe that I was actually the person who wrote that. Don’t worry, I really did. But am not  going to brag about it, because it’s not something I should take credit from. As far as I can remember, I wrote those postings during my personal struggle, my difficult times. Odd but I realize that the most intimate moments I had with God were when I was troubled. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I really want to keep it at its best even when everything is at ease in my life. Judging from what I just explained, I came to a conclusion that I’m not as overwhelmed with His grace as I was back then. Oh yes He showered me with His grace just alright but I was the one who has not been received what He was trying to give me at prime level. Super briefly: God’s wisdom that I always shared through my blog only possible when I truly engage with Him. Less entries equals bad connection.

For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

It is very easy to turn away from God or mildly speaking to not really paying attention and really listen to His voice while we are living in this world. Me and my friends talked about “What is the strongest factor that can distance us from God” during our bible study awhile ago and the answers were vary, from guys to too much work. But friends, let’s make it broad, how many of you checked your cell phone first time in the morning when you woke up instead of thanked God for a well rest you had? Or refused to leave the couch to pray or read the bible because your favorite TV show was on at that moment? The fact is, all this earthly things could be your god. Your cell phone, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your successful business, your TV, and even your dog or your emotion. God gave us all those things to color our life, not to have control over. We can enjoy it as long as we know our priority, God. Know the limit. Self control is one of the fruit of the spirit, yet as I have said in the past is the hardest thing to do.

We can justify our thoughts and ideas by breaking the limits once in the while, but then once becomes often and often becomes habit. The last thing you know, you already walked away from Him so far that you are lost. The major thing to do during this situation is to maintain our mind and put His words as righteousness-measurement by default. We are human and we are limited with lots of things as very often we are so firm on doing wrong things. Well, here’s what the bible says about that:

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 14:12

Let me share my answer during the bible study I had with my friends earlier: “Believe it or not, at the moment my life is very much at ease. Work is fine, financial is fine, my family is doing great..seems like everything is under control. But yet I don’t feel close to God as I did before. I never thought I would say this, but I think when nothing happen can distance us from God”. That’s the truth.

So then what should we do about this? Well, I committed to never stop trying, to fight myself really hard if I have to. Whatever happens, I’m still going to thank God first time in the morning and ask Him to give me peace and joy to go throughout the day. Most of all, I ask Him with all my heart to give me faith so strong that it can move a mountain.

As I type and looking up for reference in the bible, God led me to this particular verse James 1:2-18. Read on, it’s really good.

It’s amazing how He works on people who truly asked and believe, isn’t?

Keep the faith!

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The Walk

I don’t understand the world better now that I add another point to my age. What’s different now is that I know I’m holding on to something undefeated, so firm, so true, so beautiful, and the best part, to something that is everlasting.

No matter how screwed I was, He forgives me anyway, He pulled me so hard back to Him anyway, He didn’t give up on me anyway, most of all, He still loves me anyway.

I didn’t lose anything nor anybody, as He planned every detail of the story of my life just great. I lost myself, that was what happened. Losing grip, burried in worries and fears. Lack of faith, lack of heaven-connection, lack of daily communication.

I’m so thankful and grateful, so much that my limited brain can’t form the words I meant to say to You. It’s way beyond beautiful, more than earthly lovely and happy.

I’m so far from being the person I shall be, but I promise You that I am not who I was anymore. Your love changed me, changed my whole life.

I’m not completely healed and maybe never will, but I know I’m doing great for I always hunger for Your truth. Truth that brings hope, hope that guides my heart to You and You only.

I’m proud to be Your child and sealed by Your grace.

I forgive my past, let go my pain and I survived, I’m steadily walking forward holding Your hands.

Thank You, dear Lord for the best birthday gift ever: faith by Your grace! You are just beyond awesome.

Casually speaking: LOVE YOU TONS!

Don’t Let Me

God, please hold my hand and walk with me.

This is the worst after quite sometimes.

Show me the way and I’ll keep on going with You no matter what.

Let my faith grow bigger over my pain.

If this is the time when I have to water the seeds I planted, let it flow like a river.

Shower me with Your grace and let the joy and peace live in my heart today, this moment, and forever.

I don’t understand, but let me be.
What matter is that I’m standing firm holding Your hand.

Looking forward and setting my eyes on our Father’s kingdom.

Let the calmness greet me for I know that You will never leave me.
That You will even carry me if You have to.

Don’t let me forget what I believe in.

To keep on going. To walk with You.

 

31.03.2012 ~ 19.31
Up in the beautiful sky You created

Kneel with Humility

Many days I’m complaining about how there are too many people who are so full of self-pride on this very earth. They are irritating, self-centered, opportunist, not humble, so lack of sincerity, you name it. People who always think that the world rotates with them as the center. If so, how many centers we have then?

C. S. Lewis mentioned once:

“One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting everyone else to give it up…”

Often we follow our emotions to do what we think is right, while actually the Holy-Spirit inside of us, the spirit of righteousness, doesn’t say so. We imagine certain pleasures we could get if we do what we want and think that somebody else would do the obligations God asks. Who are we fooling?

“Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.” James 4:9 (NLT)

It is TRUE that God promised us a life full of joy in a place where sorrow would not exist anymore. Here on earth? If He says so, yes. But His promise is valid eternally. It might not here, on the earth we live in, but we must armor ourselves with faith that the eternal life is for us to keep on going. That promise is the aim and to where we should set our eyes on.

We might shed a lot of tears while we are here, but let it be. Let our tears water the seeds that we planted, and on His timing we will harvest it with joy and laughter. As it is written.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.” James 4:10 (NLT)

Faith is something we ask and receive by the grace of God. But faith does not stand alone, for faith and action work together.

To be humble is part of our action from the faith in Christ. Let us start to put aside our pride and start serving others. We’re not putting others first in our lives, but we put God on the top priority. I know it’s scary to find ourselves in a situation where we say: “Oh God, what did I put myself into?”

But…

My brothers and sisters in Christ always remind me to go anyway.

Because…

In terms of faith, we do it, even if we have to do it afraid, do it anyway.

So…

Let everything we do put a smile on His face. Isn’t that feels amazing?

His Masterpiece Plan

The feeling when you’re able to turn your deepest sorrow into a great worship. The contentment you feel when you know that He is in control and that none of every tiny little things of your life happen without His approval. Not because of our power, but because of Him living inside of us.

We all have and have had our difficult moments. Conditions when we felt like everything is falling apart. Times when we had to make ourselves able to forgive people who hurted us and for some cases even had to be able to love them and share happiness with them afterward.

We often tried to digest the concept God explained to us about all of this and it doesn’t make any sense. But then we had no choice than to trust Him, because everything has failed and we never had that joy and peace inside of us no matter how hard we try. God put me in a condition where I had to surrender myself completely to Him quite sometime ago. I hated it. I was furious. Why? Why God?

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8 NLT)

We can never understand what God has in mind for us. He is too almighty for you to understand what He is doing to you.

But then there’s this…

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (2 Cor 4:17)

We often said that we believe God’s plan is bigger than ours. But do we really know what that means?

Well, it doesn’t mean we will have a smooth ride through whatever it is we may have to go through.

We may have to endure great obstacle and unbearable pain when we carry that cross.

But…

His promises are true. We have to have such a huge faith to understand that the obstacle and the pain are part of His plan.

And…

If you are experiencing a great torture of the world, don’t give in. Remember His plan for you. It’s for real.

We should be honored when what we do on a daily basis is an act of fulfilling His plan.