Tuesday, August 19, 2008
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day (Genesis 32:24)
As we look back over our own journey in life, we see that a lot of the way had been our way,
and that the end of our way is the beginning of God's way and the deep things of God.
How slow we are to see that God has a better way.
Yes, the glory is never so wonderful as when we are helplesss and have given up our ways,
and when God has His way.
Jacob and his mother devised an evil plan to obtain the family blessing from Isaac which belonged to Esau.
"Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, "The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob" (Genesis 27:41)
So Jacob had to flee to another land, and the Lord was gracious to him.
On the way to his mother's family at Haran, Jacob had an encounter with God,
which changed his life.
He called the place Bethel, which means the place of prayer.
God planned a ladder and the angels that Jacob would see.
God's plans of grace were not frustrated by the carnal workings of Jacob's mind.
So God revealed Himself to Jacob, saying,
"I am with you, and I will keep you whereever you go, and I will bring you back again to this land. I will not leave you. I will do that which I have spoken to you of." (Genesis 28:15)
Jacob remembered God's mercy and grace.
From the time Jacob saw the vision of the ladder and the angels,
he had 21 years of wandering, fighting and struggling.
He had deceived to get his birthright, to get his cattle.
And God was faithful to His promise all those years.
Later, God brought him right back to this same place.
It did not matter how Jacob had wandered.
God swore to him and brought him back.
How marvelous God meets us in our distresses.
When the cry comes from broken hearts, then God comes.
How many times have you tried and failed?
Let God comes; God in His mercy, never fails.
As Jacob returned to the land from where he fled, he was afraid.
God had met him 21 years before when he left home empty-handed.
He wanted to be alone with God.
His wives, children, sheep, oxen, asses and camels had crossed over the brook Jabok.
The Lord saw his need and came down and met with him.
The Lord wrestled with the deceiver, breaking him, changing him, transforming him.
Jacob was brought to a place of absolute weakness. He was broken before God.
And there alone in prayer before God, lean in soul and poor in spirit, he met with God.
He had to get rid of a lot of things in his life if he were to succeed in life.
All his life, it had been I! I! I!
Hour after hour passed, and he wrestled all night alone with God.
At daybreak,the angel said, "Let me go."
Jacob knew that if God left without blessing him, he could not meet Esau.
He must have favour with God.
Likewise you cannot meet the terrible things in life without God's blessing.
We too, as we pray to God alone, we will be broken and changed and trasnformed.
All care and strife is at an end.
We are occupied too much with the things of time and sense.
We need to give God time if we are to receive revelations, for God to deal with us.
We need to get past all the thoughts of earthly matters that crowd in so rapidly.
We must be serious and intense enough for God to bless us.
We must be hot for Christ. Victory is ours if we are earnest enough.
We must never let go, whatever you're seeking...revelation, direction, need.
If darkness covers you, if you're in confusion...never let go,
but hold fast to the Lord, your God.
After God has changed us, He gives us power to prevail.
Our own plans lead us so often into disaster.
In our human planning, we may experience blessings of a kind,
but we also undergo trials, hardships and barrennes
that God would have kept from us, if we had followed His way.
There's a way that seems good, but the end of that way is death,
but God has His very best for each of His own.
There is a good; there is a better; but God has a best for us.
It is a better thing if it is not our plan but God's plan.
It is the goodness of the Lord that leads us to repentance.
Many things happen in our lives to show us how depraved we are by nature,
but when the veil is lifted, we see how merciful and tender God is.
How wonderful it is to be where God is.
Seek the Lord with a humble heart;
Seek Him on your knees and pray.
Worship Him with truthfulness and in spirit.
He is your everything.
Do not stray away from Him.
Without God, life is meaningless and empty.
My eyes look to the hills -
from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord.
2)With God all things are possible
"All things are possible to him who believes." (Mark 9:23)
"If you have faith as a mustard seed...nothing will be impossible for you." (Luke 17:6)
"The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." (Luke 18:27)
With men, not all things are possible, but with God, all things are possible.
A good many Christians are living a low life, a life of failure and of sin,
instead of rest and victory.
We need to check our lives, our hearts...any areas not right with God, any unforgiveness, any bitterness.
Is there a lack of humility, a lack of submission, a lack of surrender to God's will?
Are you broken before God?
The angel said to Mary, "With God, nothing shall be impossible."
We worship an Almighty God; our God is a big God.
"I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know."
Abraham knew that God who had promised was able to perform.
We must not try to be God ourselves, but let God be God.
We must not try to work things out ourselves, but le God works through us.
Allow God to work things out.
So we say to ourselves:
"I can do nothing on my own. God'll do all things through me, both to will and to do.
The things which're impossible with men are possible with God."
Therefore wait upon God; trust God in all things.
Lean not on thy own understanding.
All around you, you see sin and sorrow,
but remember, Christ is on the throne.
Like Abraham, be strong in faith, because you know
that God who had promised is able to perform.
Sometimes a situation seems so hopeless, and a cry so futile, so helpless;
yet this is what God looks for to demonstrate His loving care and power
and His powerful hand of protection.
God hears the cry of the heart...a cry that can bring freedom or healing,
a cry that brings help in a moment of grave danger,
a cry that brings a clear direction in a season of deep perplexity.
There is a need to cry out.
A father hears the cries of his children.
Through an honest cry of the heart, the father whose son was demon-possessed,
received a demonstration of God's power.
"the father of the child cried out and said with tears,
"Lord, I believe; help my unbelief." (Mark 9:24)
In our moment of fear, anxiety or trouble, to experience God's deliverance and protection
is simply to believe and cry out,
like the woman with the issue of blood.
3) What a little faith can do.
"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed...and nothing shall be impossible unto you"
When the Samaritan woman heard Jesus talking about the living water,
she must be thinking, "Is this man ok?"
And Jesus had taken the trouble to go through Samaria just to talk to her.
Then Jesus gave her a word, saying, "Go, call thy husband, and come hither."
And immediately faith came in and made all the difference.
"The woman then left her water-pot, and went her way into the city,
and said to the men, 'Come, see a man, who told me all things that I ever did:
is not this the Christ?....
And many of the Samaritans of the city believed on Him for the saying of the woman."
. (John 4:16,28,29,39)
"it is impossible to please God without faith."
"And faith comes by hearing the Word."
The woman with the haemorrhage believed the word about Jesus.
Her faith and desperation and the cry of her heart
drove her through the crowd of men, just to touch Jesus.
What made her so sure that she will be healed?
Faith. What a little faith can do.
As Smith Wigglesworth said, "Only believe."
"Woman, your faith has healed you; go in peace."
There was restoration of health, and also peace within.
God wants so much to restore us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
"thy soul prosper, even thy health."
But because the soil is too shallow,
or the birds came to steal them,
the seed does not grow, but was choked
and prevented to grow in faith.
We need to pray in the Holy Spirit, to come into His presence.
"building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
keeping yourselves in the love of God,
looking for the Lord's mercy unto eternal life."
As we walk with Him, we'll realise how close He is with us.
He'll protect us from the schemes of the evil one.
We need to cling unto Him.
But the Lord also wants us to be strong,
for one day we shall reign with Him if we faint not.
So the Lord is also saying....
"Fear not. Be meek but not weak.
I have given you power over the devils.
Therefore speak with authourity.
4) Be uncommon for God
As we go through our journey in life, we are bound to face crossroads,
and tough decisions that we have to make.
How do we choose? How do we decide?
One thing is for sure : do not make hasty decisions, out of your own desires and thoughts.
Our ways are not as wise as God's ways.
Our thoughts and desires are not righteous as those of God.
Hastiness only leads to poverty and sin.
"The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone good
who is hasty surely to poverty." (Proverbs 21:5)
"Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge,
and he sins who hastens with his feet." (Proverbs 19:2
Instead we must trust in God, knowing that He's always there to light our path.
Our good future is in God's hand.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.
The poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angels encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
and saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Do not let your own thinking or doubts hinder you from believing what God says to you.
As you do His will for your life, and please Him,
and live an uncommon life that pleases Him,
God will bless you many times over,as you obey Him and love Him,
and He'll turn everything around for your good,
even turning around every evil that man has for you, into something good.
"Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Surely good and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." (Psalm 23:4-6)
The blessings and favours of God shall follow you,
if you would only put your trust and faith in God.
Everything happens according to God's will and perfect timing.
Keeping up our faith as believers is not an easy task, for it requires great strength and courage.
There are so many mountains, so many storms & fires in our lives, that we have to go through.
But God will never let us down, and never to forsake us.
Miracles only happen at the peak of a storm; when everything seems so impossible;
when there is no hope, no light, no future.
God is the light; He will light our paths, but only at His perfect time and will.
God has a perfect plan for our lives, but it is up to us to unfold it,
and walk in it, believing in the impossible,
and being uncommon & separated from the world.
The LORD is saying to you :
Know that I am with you at ALL times.
There is no other person in the world who can HELP you beside Me.
It is not easy to TRUST someone whom you cannot see.
The WORLD will reject you when you serve Me,
for you're the SALT of the world; you do not BELONG to this world.
Thank Me for everything you have now; express your love for Me.
THIS life you're living now is temporary;
but is your life after this eternal? Is it guaranteed?
Salvation is not a ticket to heaven, but it's a head-start to your life with Me.
It is how much you LONG for Me that'll determine
My grace & mercy & favour upon you.
Do not take things for GRANTED, but know WHO's the maker of the heavens and the earth.
Trust in Me in everything; let Me guide you step by step.
Do not run ahead of me, but always be CALM in your spirit,
so that you can hear My small, still voice in you,
and ask wisdom from Me, as regards the decisions you're to make.
Lean unto Me, and not on your own strength,
for only by My grace & mercy,
can you overcome your difficulties that you're facing.
I AM the only true light that can lighten your path,
and SHOW you the way.
You're the salt of the earth; be a history-maker by making a difference
in your life that'll glorify My Name.
It's not enough just to be a believer and be lukewarmth,
because then you're neither hot nor cold.
Know that you're a child of the living God,
a God who's full of compassion, love and warmth,
a God who's caring, and who had died on the cross for you,
a God who suffered through pain and agony for the sins of the world.
Know that My grace is sufficient for you,
and My mercy is new every morning.
What are you to do?
Carry on to walk in faith and unity, undying passion,
even daring to sacrifice your very own life for Me if need to,
never holding back anything back from Me, like Abraham did.
If you give your 100% to Me, I'll do the same for you.
As for strength, knowledge, money and so on,
know that I ,the Lord your God, am in control.
I AM the Almighty. Never DOUBT My power and My PROMISES.
I AM a just God. What you sow is what you reap.
Therefore in every aspect of your life,
stay righteous and loyal to Me, from giving tithes on time,
to serving Me in the church with respect,
to loving your family, and guiding them in My ways.
How hard are you trying to please Me, to do My will?
to share the Gospel, to live a righteous life?
Where is your heart? Is it beating with the My love?
Is your heart beat My heart beat ?
You must be one with me.
You must put your entire life in My hand, and depend on Me totally.
Love Me more each day, and as you walk with Me,
grow in intimacy with Me. Amen.
5) When others disappoint
"As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3:12)
Christian life is a journey, and we need God's strength and guidance along the way.
Paul said in Phlippians 4:11 - "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."
Paul wrote those words while in prison, his plans disrupted and his future uncertain.
He had learned to see disappointment and failure frm God's perspective,
and to trust the future into His hands. May this be true of us.
When life turns against you, may this prayer be yours :
"Show me Your ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths." (Psalm 25:4)
You may have said this to yourself: "Life would be great if it weren't for other people."
This is not true, because no man is an island.
We are made for companionship. God knows we need others,
and our greatest joys often come from our relationships.
God declared, "It's not good for man to be alone."(Genesis 2:18),and so God created Eve.
Nevertheless, no area of human life is so full of difficulties and heartaches as relationships.
Someone asks, "Why is life so difficult?" "People."
People can be selfless and kind, but they can also be difficult, stubborn, ego-driven, mean,
thoughtless, selfish, manipulative - the list goes on.
Nor is the problem just other people; it is also ourselves.
Why can't we seem to get along with each other?
We each want our own way. We usually think only of ourselves.
"If that person would just do things my way, we could get along!"
"What causes fights and quarrels mong you? Don't they come from your desires that
battle within you?" (James 4:1)
This is why simply changing the circumstances seldom solves anything.
One married woman said, "We thought if we moved to a pleasant area and built a
beautiful house, we'd be happy, but all we did was take our problems with us."
Our deepest problems are within ourselves...our our hearts and minds.
We need to seek God to change our mind-set and our hearts' desires.
Jesus said, "Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality,
theft, false testimony, slander." (Matthew 15:19)
Our old sinful nature still lives within us, and constantly tries to assert itself.
Only the Holy Spirit can subdue our old nature and overcome it with God's love.
to love even though it's impossible n looks stupid to do so
Love thy neighbor as you love yourself.
This is the second greatest commandment Jesus gave.
Yes, the Lord hears your cries...cry for help, cry for grace, cry for justice.
He knows what you are going through
and He wants you to know that you are not in this alone.
The Lord is always good to us,
though many times circumstances show otherwise.
But take a look at Job, take a look at Paul,
take a look at all those who had stayed faithful to God.
They were persecuted when they were doing the right thing.
They were tortured because of their faith.
Jesus was crucified because of His love for us.
All the great men and women in the bible have something in common.
Their love for God's people outweighs any suffering they had to go through.
What gave them this determination is their love for others.
It's difficult to love those who had done wrong to us,
It's difficult to look past that ugly face to see the lost soul inside our enemies.
But that is what Jesus is calling us to do,
to love even though it's impossible and stupid to do so.
As Christians, we are fools in the eyes of men
but what matters most is that God is pleased and happy with us.
Jesus came to this Earth as a man, so that He could die for you and me.
He was God, who became a servant.
He was God, who died a convict's death.
But God is saying to us today that "it is finished."
We don't have to suffer anymore to save ourselves.
It is already done!
All that is left to do is believe.
Everything in this world belongs to God
and we as His children have everything too!
"For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death,
or things present or things to come - all are yours. And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's."
(1Corinthians 3: 21-23 )
Victory is ours since the moment you believed that Jesus is the Son of God.
We no longer have to fight this battle as the battle is already won!
No, despite all these things,
overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8 : 37 )
It is difficult to believe in things that seem so unreal and impossible.
But that is what faith is about, believing without the presence of doubt.
So, take this step of faith.
Tell God that you are hopeless and helpless without Him.
Tell God how afraid you are,
how angry and frustrated you are with life,
how worried you are about the future,
practically just how tired you are with life right now.
Just close your eyes and start pouring out to God
until you feel the weight on your shoulder is lighter.
Let the tears, all the hurts and pains pour out from your heart.
It is between you and God, no one else.
There's no pretense, no hiding, no holding back.
Be transparent in front of Jesus, laying all your junks and burden at His feet,
for it is not for us to carry all these burden in life.
It had never meant to be ours to bear.
Imagine an empty cross, where Jesus was once hung.
Just think about His sacrifice and love for you.
All Jesus ever cared about was you;
nothing else mattered to Him but you.
He loves you so much that His heart aches whenever He sees yours aching.
Jesus loves us dearly.
We are the world to Him.
Don't you think He would have a great future for us?
Don't you think He would provide us with our every need?
Don't you think He loves us too much to let us suffer?
All our bond ages had been broken when Jesus took our place at the cross.
It is we today who bound ourselves to chains
when the key to these chains is all this while in our hands.
Therefore let's make Jesus' death worth while.
Go back to the basics; go back to your first love.
Go back to the roots to why you call yourself a Christian today.
Going back to basics is always the best move to make when you are lost.
Go back to your Abba Father.
letting my tears wash away my pain,
my horrifying pain that I want it to go away.
the rain n wind gets harder blowing me to the side
knowing I am cracking and breaking inside.
empty and alone, trying to hide.
the rain is beating hard,
as i feel the beat of my broken heart
that is slowly falling apart.
can i find solace in the rain
taking away my pain.
i see the reflection of me,
in the broken pool of waters
the tears i cry i can hardly see.
my eyes are red,
my hair blowing in the wind,
the scars on my face, slowly are
disappearing without a trace.
walking around, there is nothing
not even the smallest thing to make
as I look down, staring at my feet.
the feelings of self doubt,
feelings of lost within a crowd.
feeling empty and alone.
trapped in this world.
the wind blows through my hair,
as the rain rushes down,
making me feel free for a moment
putting me at ease, at peace for now.
as i start to breathe again....
taken from "rain", "breathe" by Sarah
What has the autumn done to us?
That endless wind, that heavy rain...
My eyes with tears and bitter pain.
It's over now, the autumn's game
though it hurts a lot
We could be happy, but we're not
Why is life so cruel and sad?
It's stolen happiness we've had
when heartache appears in our lives
we are forced to face bittersweet truths
we are reminded that within each challenge
there is always a higher offering
although hidden from our view
we must raise our thinking, open our hearts
and recognize that we are being called to a new stage in life,
a higher calling, a new dimension in life
unfamiliarity can be frightening
and new paths look uncertain.
but what is life, if not a journey into the wondrous unknown?
look around...grace and beauty can still be found within pain.
the only lock,keeping us trapped or blind or stuck is fear.
the only cage is the condition of our minds.
Can we change the past?
No. It’s as hard as granite, as immovable as a mountain.
Cold Mountain Movie says,
“You can grieve endlessly for the loss of time and damage done.
For many things that happened.
You can grieve on and on.
You can grieve your heart out,
And in the end, you’re still where you are.”
All your grief has not change a thing.
What you have lost will not be returned to you.
It will always be lost.
You are left with only scars.
All you can choose to do is go on or not.
But if you go on, it’s knowing you carry your scars with you.”
Grief and bitterness can only keep you a prisoner of the past.
What’s done is done.
Regret cannot change what has already happened.
No matter how many times we say “if only.”
No matter how bitterly we blame and accuse.
bitterness can only ruin us.
We will become prisoners in our own dark souls,
Suffocated by our own brooding thoughts.
You reap your own thoughts
Yes, we must learn to move on,
No matter the past.
We cannot change what has happened.
We do have one power…we can trust God to redeem the past.
If we let Him.
God can use the evil of what has happened
And transforms it into something good.
Do right and don’t go against your conscience.
Sometimes you doubt yourself.
Have peace in your heart; hold on to the things you believe in.
Put your trust in God
For He’ll never leave you.
He’s ever faithful, the One who created you.
Don’t let others pull you down.
Don’t let others talk you out of things.
People may not understand you, but God understands.
If you believe, you can touch the supernatural.
You can see miracles in your life.
It’s not easy to put the past behind.
But look what the future holds for you.
With God’s help, you can almost do anything
Including overcoming your fears and pain.
Everybody deserves a second chance.
Hatred in your heart'll only bring death.
Be slow to anger and judgment,
or judgment shall come upon you.
Always care for one another.
Love others as you would love yourselves.
Have a caring and loving heart,
just like Jesus and reach out to others.
Be compassionate towards others.
Don't judge a person by the looks.
Go and preach the Gospel,
and in wisdom,
because you must be wise
in everything you do.
Be hot for Christ.
Don't take things for granted;
and don't be easily offended,
but always give and take with one another.
And have love in your own family,
and also in the church.
In your hour of need,
always run to the Lord for help;
cry out to Him; have faith in Him.
The Lord has given everyone a gift
to hear His voice.
He shall speak to you if you're willing to hear.
God is always speaking.
Hear the Lord's voice in your heart,
and He shall guide you through it.
Have faith and believe His words.
Don't be proud and think
that you're full of knowledge.
Obey His words and commandments.
Obey His commandment
to keep the sabbath holy.
Don't be just be a Sunday Christian,
but take notice of people
around you in your church,
and in other nations.
Many people are suffering.
So count your blessings.
The road to heaven is narrow;
so you have to lean onto God.
Allow the Holy Spirit to
guide you in whatever you do.
you are not alone
Your voice, Your spirit always gives me courage to face the world
I am not alone.
thank You Lord, I will never be alone.
I will not leave you alone. I will send the Helper, the Holy Spirit to you .
And when He has come, the Spirit of truth, He will guide you into all truth.
My Love for you will never fail.
Trust in Me, and I shall straighten your path.
Have faith and hope in Me.
Everyday is a new day and a new start.
Put the past behind you, and work your future.
Do not feel despaired, but instead rejoice
For the I shall return, and My children will return to Me,
And they will be with Me for eternity.
Work your way to heaven.
It’s a narrow and bumpy road,
But never give up.
Cling on to My Word;
Let the My Word be printed in your heart.
Enjoy the life that I’ve blessed you with.
You’re here for a purpose and a reason;
It’s not by accident you’re here.
Never let men pull you down,
Or tell you who you are,
Because you’ve a father that’s almighty,
The creator of the heavens and the earth;
So who shall you fear?
Seek the Kingdom of God,
And everything shall be added unto you
God is in our midst in our everyday life.
Supernatural things do happen,
but with our naked eyes we can’t see it.
It’s only through the spirit that things are revealed to us.
It’s only in times of desperation
that we would turn to a higher power for help,
for we know that with our own strength
we can do nothing about it.
But just imagine spending your whole life
with that person of great authority
and having His favor over you….
you would be able to do things
you thought were impossible.
Many things happen we find hard to understand,
and as unique and special we may be,
creation can never out beat the Creator.
We are only part and parcel of the His masterpiece.
As small as we are, we are part of this great art piece,
for every one of us could be a history maker,
with the potential to be.
It’s all determined by the choices we make
and the life we choose to live.
The light is there but we don’t see it because we are blind.
But you can see through our hearts,
and feel the presence of God around you;
and feel His love too.
But unless we have the desire and passion we won’t get it.
Everyone of is imperfect but God is flawless and perfect.
And we are made righteous through Him so we can be like Him.
All it requires is great faith.
Faith can move mountains.
The clock is ticking and time flies
So capture the moment and make it a fresh start
UNTIL YOU ARE TRUE TO YOURSELF
until you are true to yourself
it's difficult for God to help u.
The Lord loves you.
Indeed He is by your side this very second.
Just feel His presence
feel that warmth
feel that love flowing from Him.
Take in His goodness n His glory.
Read His Word for it will give u strength.
Always lean on His grace n mercy
for we r nothing without Him.
Seek His mercy n grace.
Trust God with your life
for He is never wrong
He never will ever forsake u.
Just know that He is your heavenly Father
who will hear all your problems
n embrace n comfort u.
It is the only time
when u can be yourself
when u can be honest
n truthful with yourself
for there is nothing to hide from God.
Until u r true to yourself
until u realize your weaknesses
until acknowledge your need for God's strength,
God can do nothing.
God will do His best when u do your best.
It needs your commitment together with God's promise.
Then u will see results
that go beyond your expectation.
With God, dream big
for your Father in heaven is a big God;
He is indeed the King of all kings.
Believe in yourself.
Give all glory n praises to God.
Trust in Him for guidance in your life.
Let Him love u.
Renew your love
with the One who first loved u.