Coming Back to the ‘Dust’?


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Isaiah 26:4-8

Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.

For He brings down those who dwell on high, The lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust.

The foot shall tread it down — The feet of the poor And the steps of the needy.”

The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just.

Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; The desire of our soul is for Your name And for the remembrance of You.

Today I want to talk about being humble and depend on God instead of men. Most people only cried to God when they want something or when they are in a somewhat difficult situation. I’m not saying that it’s wrong. But, why don’t we start to ask, pray, talk, be who we are, and cried to Him in our everyday lives?

You see, people tend to forget God when they are blessed with whatever they need or want. When they forgot that they can be that successful because of God, they can be very arrogant. If we look at verse 5 above, I can say that the verse means that arrogant people, who forgot about God when God has helped them from the very bottom and claimed that his success was because of himself, will be brought down to the dust from where they were at the start.

But, trust in the Lord and He shall bring us up. Because He is our Strength. He is our Redeemer. He is our Savior. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. And for someone so big and powerful, He is so humble. So graceful and merciful. So loving towards us. We should learn from Jesus Christ our Lord. He even washed His boys’ feet! The Lord Jesus Christ did that! If the big and powerful Lord Himself is humble, then what are we that we act arrogantly as if we are capable to do anything by our strength alone? We are nothing without Lord Jesus you know. I am nothing without Him.

Our soul’s desire should be Him and the remembrance of Him. This will keep our soul from dehydrating you know. For He is the Living Water, and our souls crave for Him. Even though people doesn’t believe in God, their souls crave for The Living Water without them realizing it. That’s why a lot of people are tired and wasted spiritually, and this will eventually affect the bodies.

The remembrance of Him. Do you remember where this verse leads to? Check this one out:

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;

and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

And,

John 6:53-56

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

You see now? Trust God and He shall brings you up. This means we trust our Lord Jesus Christ, and the sacrifice He made at the cross for our salvation and welfare. Receive His sacrifice, receive His Flesh and Blood for His Flesh is Food and His Blood is Drink indeed. Not so hard right? It really is simple. For we must be like a child to enter the Kingdom of God. And to be like a child means that we just depend on God and stop worrying and thinking a lot about our problems in this life. In other words, be simple. Don’t focus on the problem but focus on the Answer.

And again, don’t ever forget that you can be who you are right now is only by the grace of God. If you are still down at the dust, believe that God’s plan for you is not the plan to make you suffer, but a plan to prosper you and to give you future filled with hope. May the Holy Spirit refreshes you 🙂

 

 

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So You Think being Brainy is Better? Um..


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Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

I want to talk about wisdom right now. Many people think that wisdom is just a common thing and it can be obtained by reading books or studying hard. This is a wrong understanding of what wisdom really is and how to get wisdom for your life. Wisdom first, then come understanding. Now take a look at this verse:

Job 12:13

” With Him are wisdom and strength, He has counsel and understanding.

Proverbs 2:6

For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

These verses mean that we can only obtain wisdom from God. We cannot obtain it from all those books that we’ve been reading.

For example:

There was a certain doctor who was really good at his job. He knew how to treat the sick, and what were the unhealthy things in this world that could lead to a fatal effect on human’s body. Long story short, he knew that smoking was not good for his health, and it could even cause several severe illnesses like lung disease etc. Even though he knew the consequences, he didn’t care about it and kept on smoking.

The example above shows us that that person has no wisdom at all. It also shows that wisdom cannot be obtained by studying or reading books. The person from the example above is not a stupid person. He’s a very educated man and yet, he has no wisdom at all.

And so, from Job 12:13 we know that wisdom can only be gained from God. The procedure of obtaining wisdom from God is actually very simple. We all need wisdom in this life you know. And we can get it for free! Check this out:

1 Corinthians 1:24,30

but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption —

God has given us Lord Jesus Christ as our Wisdom in this life. He isn’t just the source of it, He is the Wisdom Himself. Wisdom is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ (Wisdom) lives in us and we lives in Him (Wisdom), His Word lives in us and whatever we ask in our prayer shall be granted.

John 15:7

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

And we can abide in Him by receiving His sacrifice at the cross. By receiving His Flesh and His Blood. He said that ask whatever we desire and it shall be done for us. We can take the example of King Solomon. When God said to Him to ask any of the things he desired, Solomon only asked for wisdom so that he could be a better ruler. God really like this and He gave Solomon the great wisdom, and He also add all the things Solomon didn’t ask like power and wealth.

1 Kings 4:29,30

And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore.
Thus Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt.

Take a note of this. God gives wisdom first, and then all the things shall be added to you. When we have problems in our family, or with our job, studies etc, we are not having problems with all of those you know. The actual problem is that we lack of wisdom. We need wisdom in our daily lives. We need wisdom in our studies. We need wisdom in our marriages. We need wisdom in our relationships with our partners. So it means that we need Jesus Christ in everything we do. Do not ever forget Him, and don’t ever let your brain to be bigger than your faith. Ask Jesus for wisdom in any areas or aspects of this life that you have difficulties with, and be refreshed 🙂

Just Let Him have His Way


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John 21:1-12

After these things Jesus showed Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way He showed Himself:

Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together.

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We are going with you also.” They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.

But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.

Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?” They answered Him, “No.”

And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.
But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from land, but about two hundred cubits), dragging the net with fish.

Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”

Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.

Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast.” Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are You?” — knowing that it was the Lord.

Sometimes, God’s way for us is kind of weird and doesn’t make any sense. Just like in this chapter; the boys were all out for that night but they came back to the shore with empty hands. A total waste of energy and time. But then there was a Stranger told them to throw the net near the shore. If we think about it, in order to catch a lot of large fish we need to go a lot further into the sea. But the Man told them to throw the net near the shore, and they caught 153 large fishes.

What I got from this chapter is that, don’t ever question God’s way for us in this life; we just need to trust in Him, and this is where faith comes along. Remember, faith means just respond to Him, coming to Him. So much of the Lord’s message to us is come and come to Him. Jesus also said ‘Come’ in verse 12. He really love it when we come to Him 🙂

Secondly, from verse 11, we know that they got 153 fishes. Before, they brought out empty net; but then after the Man asked them to throw the net near the shore, large fishes were caught. What I got from this is that God is there with them in Tiberias. God is there with the boys when they were having a tough daily life. God is there with us. He is Immanuel remember?

Thirdly, what I got from this chapter is that the first one to recognize the Stranger as Jesus Christ is the beloved disciple of Jesus Christ. And so, in order for the veil in our eyes that prevent us to see the glory of God with all the wondrous works in our lives to be opened and so that the Kingdom of God be revealed to us, we need to be intimate with God Himself. With Lord Jesus Christ. To be intimate can also mean to become one with Him. He lives in us and we lives in Him, His Word lives in us and whatever we asked in our prayers will be granted by the Lord. In order for this to happen, we need His sacrifice. We need His Flesh and Blood, for His Flesh is real food and His Blood is real drink.

Hope this can refresh your soul 🙂

Oil and Wine


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We have learned more about Anointing Oil, and the power and the true meaning of Holy Communion from the past few posts. Now I want to talk about the effects and application of both the Oil (Anointing Oil) and the Wine (Blood of Jesus; His sacrifice at the cross).

Revelation 6:6

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

As requested, I’m going to talk more about Jesus’ sacrifice (His Flesh and Blood) and also about the Power he gave to us.

For you information, a denarius is a man’s pay for one whole day. A quart of wheat is a man’s one time meal. Barley has a much lower quality than wheat. So, this verse means that a man’s one time meal is worth that man’s pay for one day. Basically speaking, the man can only eat once a day. This represents the nowadays condition, where crisis and economic recession is everywhere!

But, God give us the solution. It is written, “and do not harm the oil and the wine”. So, for those who are anointed with His Holy Oil and the Holy Spirit came upon them, and also for those who receive His Flesh and His Blood, we will not be harmed at the End of the Age. Remember and refresh your mind with this:

John 6:53-56

Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

And:

John 15:7

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Also:

Judges 9:9

 But the olive tree said to them, ‘ Should I cease giving my oil, With which they honor God and men, And go to sway over trees?’

These verses are truly beautiful. God gives us the solution in which we can survive the tests he has prepared for this world. By receiving His Flesh and Blood, we live in Jesus and Jesus lives in us; His Word lives in us. And He said ask whatever you desire, and it shall be done for you! Then with Anointing Oil, we are honoring God, we are pleasing God, and God will be glorified; since Anointing Oil also honoring men, men are honored to be the salt and light of the world. So that the whole world may see Christ in us, see the prove from God, and repent.

Christ lives in us, and we live in Him. We are His ambassadors on this earth, and God, with His Anointment of Holy Spirit, will give the world prove of His chosen people; that is, for those who receive His Oil (Anointment of Power and Holy Spirit) and Wine (Blood of Jesus, His sacrifice at the cross). And to give all the world prove about God’s chosen people and that Jesus is the God Almighty, we won’t be harmed by all those sicknesses, illnesses, recession, and also the devil. This is the Truth from the Bible!

Christ is the main vine and we are the branches. Whoever lives in Him will be fruitful, and whoever lives outside Him will not be fruitful and be thrown away because outside him we can’t do anything (reference John 15:5-6)

So, to live in Him, we need to receive His Flesh and Blood. To be the salt and light of this world, to be the ambassador of Heaven, and to give the world prove that Lord Jesus is very cool and great and powerful, we need His Power and Anointment of Holy Spirit. Be refreshed 🙂