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There’s no such thing as a wireless Anchor

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Our hope is secure and immovable, anchored in God, just as a ship  anchor holds firmly to the seabed.

To the true seeker who comes to God in belief. God gives an unconditional promise of acceptance. When you ask God with openness, honesty and sincerity to save you from your sins, He will do it. This truth should give you encouragement, assurance and confidence.

The thing about anchors is that to be effective, they must be attached to something. There is always a connection: a rope or a chain. They aren’t wireless and can’t be connected to Bluetooth. That connection is every bit as vital as the anchor itself. It doesn’t matter how securely that big hunk of metal is wedged into the ocean floor – if you’re not tied to it, it’s not the least bit helpful. The chain matters greatly.

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The wonderful thing about the anchor of the soul is that it, too, comes equipped with a mighty chain. Hope has a rope: the Holy Spirit.

Before entering God’s presence in the ascension, Jesus promised to send His spirit to be our Helper. He is our great rope that cannot be frayed, the one who has lashed our hearts to heaven.

Through the Spirit we have an everlasting guarantee, a down payment on the life that is to come. He is the proof that there is more in store and the death is not the end.

In times of overwhelming sadness, your anchor should strengthen you, but you should also be encouraged by the chain.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, JESUS, has entered on our behalf. he has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizidek”

~Hebrews 6:19-20~

 

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#TGIF #TodayGodisFirst

Credits to Elton John Tan

 

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IDENTITY – Who you are in Christ

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“Beloved, now we are children of God;

and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be,

but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him,

for we shall see Him as He is”

~1 JOHN 3:2~ (NKJV)

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God’s ultimate goal for us is to make us like Christ.

As we become more and more like Him, we discover our true selves, the persons we were created to be.

How can we be conformed to Christ’s likeness?

BY READING AND HEEDING THE WORD

 

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By drinking deeply and regularly from the well of God’s word, our entire value system will be gradually transformed from the temporal to the eternal

 

BY STUDYING HIS (JESUS) LIFE ON EARTH THROUGH THE GOSPELS

 

(Get ready for a Life-Changing Encounter with God as we continuously seek His face)

 

BY BEING FILLED WITH HIS SPIRIT

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You must be growing in your understanding and application of God’s word

 

AND BY DOING HIS WORK IN THE WORLD 

(even simple things matter)

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God is just  waiting for our YES – and He will enable and empower us to do things that is pleasing and according to His will (things that seems impossible for us to do). NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD

 

Embrace Your Identity In Christ

“He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1:22a NLT)

Your faith will grow stronger as you focus on your identity in Christ (Galatians 2).

What this means is that you abandon any image of yourself that is not from God. You stop accepting what others have said about you, how others have labeled you, and how others have defined you.

You start believing what God says about you, that he is pleased with how he created you, and that God defines you.

You’re not defined by your feelings. You’re not defined by the opinions of others or by your circumstances. You’re not defined by your successes or failures. You’re not defined by the car you drive, the money you make, or the house you say you own when the bank really does.

You are defined by God and God alone. He identifies you as his own (2 Corinthians 1:22).

The thing is, if you don’t know who you are, then you’re vulnerable to other people telling you who you are. But the concrete, solid, gospel truth is that you are who God says you are, and no one else has a vote in the matter.

This “identity issue” is an important part of living the abundant life. Jesus was able to face the incredible demands of his mission because he knew exactly who he was. He knew that he mattered to God, and that gave him confidence to move purposefully in faith. (RICK WARREN)

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Saturate your mind with the truth of God’s Word. It’s filled with reminders of His unconditional love for you. He says you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). He says that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:35). Don’t let the enemy steal your identity. You are God’s masterpiece. Believe it! (Joyce Meyer)


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Waiting

Let God use times of waiting to mold and shape your character.

Let God use those times to purify your life and make you into a clean vessel for His service.

~Henry Blackaby and Claude King~

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The ability to wait in the Lord stems from being confident and focused on who God is and what God is doing. It means confidence in God’s person; confidence in His wisdom, love, timing, and understanding of our situation and that of the world. It means knowing and trusting in God’s principles, promises, purposes and power.

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Something to remember 24 October 2015

Then Jesus said unto disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me ~Matthew 16:24 KJV~

Then Jesus said unto disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me ~Matthew 16:24 KJV~

It is my firm belief that following Jesus is the only journey in life worth taking. After seeing the way God changes hearts, meets impossible needs, heals incurable disease, and restores people, I am convinced beyond a doubt that God didn’t create us to live mediocre, settle-for-less lives.

He sent his Son to die on the cross so that we could be forgiven and have eternal life, and not so we could sleepwalk through life as we wait for Heaven.

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The word of God shows us how to navigate the inevitable twists and turns, and bumps and bruises we may encounter. God has a unique purpose and plan for you – your life, love, and leadership journey was crafted in Heaven long before the foundations of the earth.

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Your spiritual adventure has already started – and the best is yet to come!

~LIVE LOVE LEAD, BRIAN HOUSTON~

I’ve been reading a lot of Christian books lately.

I am so blessed with all the encouragement, stories, testimonies, and wisdom of the author, and I suddenly felt the desire to share it on my blog.

I believe it is worth sharing to spread the word of a certain book, blogs, article, and bible stories/verses as it somehow touched us, inspired us, and it blessed us in a way that we could not ever imagine.

There were some sort of a connection that goes deep into your soul that it will cause you to be moved, and I believe it is the Holy Spirit touching us from the inside.

Reading for me was like you were travelling into a different dimension.

It is an opportunity where you get to travel to a certain abode, a place that the author were describing.

Enjoy reading… 🙂

More to come…. ❤


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Something to remember 17 October 2015

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. ~John 3:16~

God’s love and forgiveness can pardon and restore any and every kind of sin or wrongdoing. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter if you’ve deliberately oppressed  or even murdered people, or how much you’ve abused yourself. The younger brother knew that in his father’s house there was abundant “food to spare”, but he also discovered that there was grace to spare. There is no evil that the father’s love cannot pardon and cover, there is no sin that is a match for his grace.

Act 1, then, demonstrates the lavish prodigality of God’s grace. Jesus shows the father pouncing on his son in love not only before he has a chance to clean his life and evidence a change of heart, but even before he can recite his repentance speech. Nothing, not even abject contrition, merits the favor of God.

The Father’s love and acceptance are absolutely free.

~The Prodigal God~ Timothy Keller

The Parable of the Lost Son


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There Is Always Sunshine After the Rain

Don't confuse your path with your destination. Just because  it's stormy now doesn't mean you aren't headed for sunshine.

Don’t confuse your path with your destination.
Just because it’s stormy now doesn’t mean you aren’t headed for sunshine.

“But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then don’t be afraid. I will provide for your children.”

~Genesis 50:19~

Why did God Allow Bad things to happen to Joseph?

By Joseph’s own testimony, the sufferings of Joseph—physical, mental, and emotional agonies—had been allowed by God so that Joseph could accomplish God’s plan: to save many lives.

As Joseph responded to suffering with faith, meekness, and humility, God molded and shaped a leader. And that leader would not only end up saving his betrayers’ lives, but he would fully forgive them and provide abundantly for their needs. Such is the potential when a man chooses to reject the empty revenge of bitterness and instead to embrace the benefits of suffering.

God had a purpose for allowing Joseph to suffer.

  • To enable him to overcome a prideful attitude and learn humility (See Proverbs 15:33.)
  • To teach him how to serve (See Genesis 39:4, 22-23, 40:4; Matthew 20:26-28; and Mark 9:33-35.)
  • To train him to be faithful (See Genesis 39:2-6 and Matthew 25:21.)
  • To test him in moral purity (See Genesis 39:7-20 and Matthew 5:11-12.)
  • To prepare him to comfort others (See Genesis 50:21 and II Corinthians 1:3-5.)
  • To prepare him to lead his brothers to repentance (See Proverbs 16:6.)
  • To teach him patience (See Genesis 40:1-14, 23; and I Peter 5:10.)
  • To enable him to see God accomplish His purposes and fulfill His promises (See Genesis 37:5-11, 41:32, 42:1-5, 45:4-7, and 50:20.)
  • To teach him how jealousy can cause suffering (See Genesis 37:3-4 and 17-36.)
  • To save many lives (See Genesis 50:20.)
  • To let him experience the blessing of God’s favor (See Genesis 39:2-6 and 21-23.)
  • To place him in a position to tell Pharaoh of God’s power (See Genesis 41:15-16, 25, 28, 32-33, and 38-44.)

 *My Thoughts*

Sometimes bad things, disappointments, and sufferings happen to us, situations or circumstances that are painful to accept and difficulties to deal with.

God allows those things to happen in our lives for our own good, or for his divine plan that are predestine to happen in our lives.

We might not understand nor comprehend on our own capacity as human, but eventually we are able to thank God for allowing it to happen in our lives.

We should always trust him, and depend on him in every situations that we are into.

In every season of our journey that we are into.

I thank God for continuously pruning my character, by allowing suffering and trials on my journey.

I thank God for unceasingly moulding me to the person that he wants me to become.

* I will talk about the Pruning process in my life on my next blog 🙂 *

“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you”

~Deuteronomy 31:6~

We Can Choose to Trust God, Even as Joseph Did

We are not to regard suffering as a strange occurrence, but rather as a sign of God’s work in our lives. (See I Peter 4:12-19 and Romans 9:14-24.) “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7)

"My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

“My precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”


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Philippians 1:6 devotion

“That he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”
The God who began a good work in us continues it throughout our lifetime and will finish it when we meet him face to face.
God’s work for us began when Christ died on the cross in our place. His work began when we first believed.
Now the Holy Spirit lives in us…enabling us to be more like Christ everyday.
“Paul is describing the process of Christian growth and maturity that began when we accepted Jesus and continues until Christ returns”…IMG_1527.PNG