We’re Moving…..again

“Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. (Matthew 2:20, 21 NASB)

Joseph obeyed God even when he couldn’t understand, he obeyed God even when he didn’t know everything, he obeyed even that means losing everything, his source of income, his business. He obeyed without questioning God. He obeyed even when his reputation was at stake.

As what Max Lucado wrote in his book “He was obedient when the sky was bright.He was obedient when the sky was dark.He didn’t let his confusion disrupt his obedience. He didn’t know everything. But he did what he knew. He shut down his business, packed up his family and went to another country . Why? Because God told him”.

We’re moving to the Philippines next month, unlike Joseph we haven’t heard anything from God or dreamt about this. It’s a major decision and I’m not sure though if it’s wise to move to the Philippines. We prayed for this, we prayed for years.

Our current situation seems telling us to move. We have plans, we have dreams, we know however, it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. In case God wants to change our plans, we will not fight or resist. We are more than willing if He does.

This journey might be smooth sailing or bumpy. We don’t know what will happen to us in the Philippines. We just hold on to his promise that He is with us.  And if ever we made the wrong decision, if ever our judgement was wrong. His sovereign will is so grand that He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. We know that He will still usher  and lead us through. God knows our hearts, we want so much do His will.

Feeling Spiritually Dry

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Before, I thought that a season of dry spell in our Christian walk is not from God. I thought when we feel dry in our spiritual life  it is either  the attack of the enemy or we are not spending enough time with The Lord.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, there is an appointed time for everything. If the Lord authors wet seasons, He also plans dry spells.

Dry season is the time when your spiritual life is so dull, you feel like you are just going to the motions. There is no excitement, the joy you once experienced seems hard to find. When you read your Bible, the pages seem blank. The songs that you loved to sing no longer touch your heart. Prayer becomes boring. Fellowship no longer excites you.

This is the time when you’re not satisfied with just reading your bible, you want more, you want fresh revelations. This is the time when you don’t know what to pray anymore , you want your prayer to be more than asking. This is the time when you question yourself, what if there will be no band playing in the church, what if there will be no choir, what if no one is leading the praise and worship. What if we just let the Holy Spirit leads the church. What would possibly happen? Will I still cry when I sing, can I still dance or raise my hands. This is the time when you want a genuine community, that meeting once or twice a week isn’t enough for you, you want more than just chatting during Sundays, you want a real community who cares for each other, who cares for the needs of each member. A community who treats each other like family.

IMG_1185I’ve been a Christian for more than 20 years and been into so many dry spells. However it was during this time that I felt so broken and needed The Lord most. It was during this time that I learned things I never learned during wet seasons. It was during this season that I became deep spiritually and I grew tremendously during dry spells. God breathed new life on the things that were dead. It was during this time that the Lord birthed new things in me.

Dry spell is God’s way of saying to us. I am with you during good times. I am also with you during dry times. This is also a time when our loyalty to The Lord is being tested. “Do  we only want Him during wet seasons, when the river runs dry, do we still want the Giver? When the blessings are running out, do we still find ourselves loyal to  the God of blessing? This is the time when The Lord wants to put to death things so that He can resurrect them in the way He wants.

This might be a time to die,

A time to uproot,

A time to tear down,

A time to weep,

time to mourn,

time to embrace or shun embracing,

time to search or time to give up,

time to throw away,

time to tear apart,

time to be silent.

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What do we do during this season? Embrace it, walk through it, it will come to pass, The Lord brings them, he eventually removes them. Patience, perseverance, that’s what you need. Don’t harden your heart. He is with you.

 

Longing for Peace Lately

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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 15:13 NASB)

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
(Romans 15:33 NASB)

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and The Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians1:3 NASB)

While they were telling these things. He himself stood in their midst and said to them “Peace be to you”
(Luke 24:36 NASB)

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 NASB)

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
(John 14:27 NASB)

May my attitude be like

……..this every time I face trials and troubles

[But what of that?] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time (this present life) are not worth being compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us and for us and conferred on us! (Romans 8:18 AMP)

May I look and find meaning beyond the trials. May I find joy in the midst of sufferings knowing that I have inheritance reserved for me in heaven, these troubles are just temporary compared with the glory he will reveal later.

Ahh, how I pray to have an attitude like Paul. My heart is oftentimes clouded with life’s circumstances and allow them to speak louder than His promises.

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (John 16:33 AMP)

Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27 AMP)

Don’t let me lose sight of You, Lord, may I remember to renew my mind everyday and let your promises refresh me. May I not be intimidated with my circumstances. May I allow your peace to reign in my heart instead of worries, to stop doubt from ministering to me, may I bathe my mind with your Word.

This is the Real Me

My real identity can not be earned, it can not be bought. It doesn’t depend on my performance. It doesn’t depend on my success or failure. It doesn’t depend on what I have or don’t have. It doesn’t depend on my job. It doesn’t depend on what the people say about me. My identity doesn’t depend on the ministry I am doing. My identity can not be tampered or changed. My desires, passions and goals don’t define my identity. My achievements are not my identity, my family is not my true identity.

My identity is GIVEN to me. My true identity is in CHRIST. This is me, the real ME.

I’m pre-approved

I’m reconciled to God

I’m declared righteous in Christ.

I’m forgiven of all my sins.

He loved and chose me in Christ to be holy and faultless even before the world was made.

I’m adopted by God.

He showered his kindness, wisdom and understanding on me.

I am free.

He blessed me with every spiritual blessing.

I’m united with Christ.

I belong to Christ.

I have become a child of God.

I have given free access to God.

I am complete through my union in Christ

My life is a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.

I am redeemed from slavery to sin.

I am dearly love by God.

I am accepted by God.

I have received God’s Spirit.

The Spirit of a God lives in me.

I am a new creature.

I am God’s masterpiece.

I am wonderfully made.

Christ is my life.

I will share in all His glory.

I am God’s possession.

I am saved.

I have inheritance.

I join the people of a God

Knowing the real Me was totally liberating. It freed me from self-pity, guilt and insecurities. It stopped me from comparing myself to others. I stopped squeezing out Christ-like actions from me. It’s not my job to transform the inner “me”, it’s the Lord’s job. I gave grace to myself by waiting on The Lord to transform me. It freed me from the guilty feeling of “not doing anything for The Lord”, my identity doesn’t depend on the things I do for Him. I am forever grateful to Him from allowing me to completely rest from work and ministry. The only ministry and work I have is my family. My situation made me realize that I defined my identity with the things I have or don’t have. My identity was based so much on my job and ministry.

Knowing my real identity made me closer to Him, knowing that He loves me and I am giving Him great joy is awesomely wonderful.

and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matthew 3:17 NASB)

I am God’s favorite

Few months ago, I was sorting out our belongings, we’re planning to move and we wanted to get rid of some of our stuff and donate to the church. We have possessions that are special and really hard to give. I have clothes that I bought ten years ago, they still look good and pretty hard for me to let go. I realized that not only they have sentimental value I’m also attached to them. They somehow give joy to me. They are special. They have specific purpose and meaning.

The Father reminded me, this is how He treats me, He cannot and will never let go of me,  I am His special possession, I bring joy to Him and that I have meaning and purpose. In the eyes of my maker I am His masterpiece, I am one of a kind, even if sometimes I don’t feel like “Mona Lisa” at all, you know a “masterpiece”, I feel so unimportant sometimes.

Malachi :3:17 says, “They will be mine, says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son. who serves him”

No matter what you think about your self, no matter what others think or say about you that doesn’t change the fact that you are His special child, you are His most unique and highly valuable possession.

 

 

He Cares, indeed He does

You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to myself. Exodus 19:4

This verse just reminds me of God’s presence, protection and provision. He is a personal God, He cares, indeed He does, although sometimes I feel like He’s unreachable. He’s not far, He’s so near and He’s with me each step of my way.

When it seems like I can no longer put one foot in front of the other, I have the assurance that the Father will carry me like an eagle carries his young of his wings.

Oftentimes what I need is a reminder and not instruction.

Thank you Father for reminding me once again of your great love. Thank you for you are a personal God, wanting to become intimate with your children. Thank you for the assurance that you’re always there even when the journey becomes bumpy. 

i am not

I AM in control of everything, i am not.

I AM the same yesterday, today and forevermore, i am not.

I AM the sustainer and provider, i am not.

I AM the creator of everything, i am not.

I AM the Savior, i am not.

I AM the great healer, i am not.

I AM true to my promises, i am not.

I AM  faithful, i am not.

I AM the true GOD.

Linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday.