Devotions

August 01, 2017

John 1:50-51 (NKJV)

50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

Wait, There’s More

People always loved more, it’s no secret. I love to have more. I can’t seem to be stuck on one place. I’m easily bored, I wanted to do something else, something that will give me excitement, something new. If I’m not getting it, I lose interest in my existence. Wow, scary. Yes, it’s something crazy, and it’s destructive if it’s not in the proper perspective.

Let’s take a look on how Jesus have convinced Nathaniel that He’s the one he’s looking for. Jesus simply have shown off a little of His “supernaturality” and it got Nathaniel’s interest, even his trust. And when he believed, Jesus promised him that he will see more. At times, God will lure us to His presence by allowing us to see and encounter extra-ordinary things. To some, who already have a very good and ripe heart, they simply believe by just hearing Jesus words. Well, it’s not really about them, but it’s about the Father drawing them to His son Jesus, but its still a matter of the condition of the heart. Jesus knew Nathaniel has a good heart, but he needed to have his “worldview” broken. He has this preconceived idea that Nazareth is of no good, but Jesus showed Him, that He’s no respecter of anything, nor anyone. There’s always something good in every bad situation. This is a very good reminder for me that I can’t take a certain place or people out just simply because of their reputation. When they’ll respond to God’s Word, how much more when they’ll able to surrender their lives to Christ. We’re built-in to desire for more, until we would be consume by it. This is always true to all humans. Some may think that they’re just fine on where they are, what they have, on they’re present condition, but, if you’ll examine their hearts and mind, they’re not telling the truth. They do wanted to have more, but they just simply didn’t believe anymore.

I’ll start again to believe now. Miracles are just happening right in front of me and how can I not awaken my faith. I got to have more.

 


July 31, 2017

Psalm 32:8-9 (NKJV)

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.

Coming Naturally

Sometimes, I envy those people who have supernatural encounters with God which have turned them into the person they were and they’re in, those in the past, and at present. Like what happened to the disciples of Christ, when they’ve witnessed His resurrection, and when baptized by the holy spirit. They were totally different. They were transformed by the power of God. I remember Paul as well, when he encountered the risen Christ.

Real encounter with Christ is needed to every believers, and I so longed to have it as well. I so desire to experience Him as real as what happened to the apostles. But I just can’t put God in the box. He works in marvelous ways, and I can’t limit Him on the borders of my thinking. As what He says on His Word, that I shouldn’t be like a horse or a mule, that it’ll will just come near when it’s controlled. So, supernatural experience won’t really matter in going closer to God. I can’t wait for it before I’ll come near Him. He always tests the heart and mind if the intentions are really for Him. Today, no more waiting for supernatural, I’ll naturally come to Him, and as I do, as He promised, He will counsel me with His loving-kindness, He will guide me with His eye, so I’ll be kept walking in His path.


July 30, 2017

Psalm 30:11-12New King James Version (NKJV)

11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Breaking My Silence

Being quiet is alright, and at times needed, but if most of the time, I’m silent, then something’s wrong. In the battle of life, silence is always equated to defeat, while loud noises, shouts  of celebrations, and overwhelming voices are for victories. God has given me victories over my weaknesses and gave me the grace needed for me to be an overcomer, as I’m more than conqueror in Christ Jesus. I can do all things through Him, and I’m seeing it happening as I’ve devoted my time in His presence, studying, meditating, and keeping His laws and the demands of His covenant. I’ve put my fear in the right perspective. I fear the Lord now more than I did before, as I’ve seen that, those who fear Him, are being instructed on which ways they should go. They don’t have to worry on which way to decide, for it would be given for them. Imagine that?

I’ve never seen life more beautifully now, so how can I remain silent? How can I remain in mourning? He turned my sadness into joy so I may sing His praises and declare His mighty deeds in the land of the living, for He has brought me up from the realm of the dead and spared me from going down to the pit. He has healed me and answered my cry, and ensured that the best is yet to come.

When I was stubborn and have kept on following my ways, I’ve started to lose my hearing to God’s voice. Day after day, from disobedience to another disobedience, that lovely voice is starting to fade away, until I wasn’t able to hear it anymore. Just like David, when he sinned against God, surprisingly, he didn’t write any single psalm. David described how terrible his life was when God was silent on him (e.g., Psalm 28), and how he was clothed with joy when he started to hear God’s voice again (e.g., Psalm 29, Psalm, 30). I’m hearing God’s voice again now, and it made me glad again. This time, I’ll be so careful. It’s time to break my silence.


July 29, 2017

Psalm 32:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.
9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding,
Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,
Else they will not come near you.

A Sure Promise

I shouldn’t worry on which way to go and to choose for when I choose Jesus, I will receive His instruction and guidance. What I need to do is to have understanding on His Word, and I shouldn’t be like someone who needed to be scolded and tamed before coming to the Lord. I have to lay down everything that’s coming in the way between my devotion to my God. My time and intimacy to Him is what I needed to focus. His way is loving and He’s faithful to those who fear Him. When I put my trust in Him, I’ll be sure of my path. I won’t stumble for He’ll be my light and my salvation. He’s the stronghold of my life so I won’t be afraid. My future is forever secured in His hands, for He is my future. Today, I take my heart and mind to Him so He would search and try it and see if there’s any wickedness, so He can cleanse me and mold me to be the person I’m designed be to be. Today, I received His promise, and I’ll take hold of it so dearly, for His Word won’t fade away. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His Word will remain forever. This is a sure promise today and one day soon, I’ll just be looking back on this date and praise Him for His faithfulness together with the people who fear Him.

 

July 28, 2017

Psalm 31:5 New King James Version (NKJV)

Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

Dying is Living

There’s no other way to live life to the fullest except by totally committing to God. This is very hard for we’re accustom to follow what we know based on our feelings and understanding. It’s the same reason why Jesus sweat with blood and prayed in anguish, and was into a terrible struggle in the garden of Gethsemane, for He struggled to submit his will to God, for He has flesh. He made a decision though He knew that He would struggle, and would possess a threat of possibility that He may fail. But He did overcome and He didn’t do it overnight. He overcame His flesh everyday, as what we can see in His lifestyle when He was still on earth. He always lived in the spirit. He has provided a blueprint on how to live and that is to die in the flesh, everyday.

The struggle of mankind is submission. Look around, why do people chose not to believe in God and His son Jesus when all of the evidence and proof are already provided on their face, yet, they still decided to reject it. Why? They can’t give in into their own preconceived ideas about life. For them, they can’t reconcile the idea that God could become a man and be the price for our redemption. It’s hard to accept that we really can’t do anything on our condition. It’s hard to accept that we’re useless and that we needed help spiritually, in other words, supernaturally. We needed help beyond the limits of our reasoning. Most people would accept that they needed help, but not spiritually. So they would think that God would help them on the way they will think that He should, and not according to His ways, that most of the time, would contradict our logic. They would go to another people and when those people would fail them, then they’ll be devastated and would conclude that God must not be true for how come, a loving God could allow so much evil, pain and suffering in this world. Well, there’s no person in the world with a subjective mind would reject the idea of the ultimate good, unless, there’s no such thing as good or evil. When you see evil, then there must be good, and when there’s good, there must be the giver of good, the ultimate good, the ultimate being, the one that’s perfect.

Life is complex, and we’re the ones who’s complicating it by trying to figure out mysteries. When we search God based on our worldview, then we’ll find God according to that view. It’s just looking the world with a colored eyeglass. If we’ll search God based on truth, by emptying ourselves, and though it would be a serious struggle, but as we opened our heart to Him, and submit to His will, we’ll surely find life.

Today, I’ll decide to commit my spirit to God. I’ve seen His redemption, so there’s no point to keep on struggling. I now surrender, and I submit to His will. Just like how Jesus have ended His struggle, I’ll say, not my will but Your’s be done. As Jesus was able to endure the cross, and live again, so do I, and so do you. Just believe.

 

 


July 27, 2017

Psalm 30:2-3 New King James Version (NKJV)

2 O Lord my God, I cried out to You,
And You healed me.
3 O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit

Don’t Kill Your Future by Living In the Past

Jesus said, “Man, shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds out from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4) gave us confirmation that, indeed, for us to live, is to hear God speaking to us every moment. It should be continuous and we can’t allow to just rely on what we’ve heard from God in the past or else, we’ll definitely lose our path. We can’t rely past instructions and victories and expect the same results. Every situation is different. The location maybe the same, or the same people may still be involved, but whether you like it or not, the condition of mind and heart are not. As time goes by, and as we go along with our life’s journey, there will be experiences that would either make or break us mentally and emotionally.

I for one, though actively serving God in the ministry, but still have fallen into a trap in relying my approach in life with my past victories. It cost me a lot and if it’s not by God’s grace, would have cost me my future. I could have killed my future by living in the past. I remember the time of Abraham when he heard God voice telling him to sacrifice his one and only son, his beloved son to Him and because of his faith, he obeyed God going into the place called “yonder”, which means, going into a certain distant place yet the exact location is not provided. No specific name, nor address, Abraham with his son, journeyed into the unknown but always on alert and always having his ears ready to hear when God speaks until he reaches the final destination where he would use his bare hands to slay his innocent child. I can imagine Abraham’s heart beating so fast as he raised the knife, and with one last deep breath, he would close his eyes and with a loud cry, would use all his strength to strike the son right to the heart to quicken the agony and pain. But before he could start to close his grip on the knife, he hears God’s voice, calling his name twice, and telling him don’t do anything on the boy, for it’s just a test. Abraham would have killed his future, if he wasn’t able to train his ear in listening to every Word that proceeds out from the mouth of God. 

On this week, I’ve decided to train again my ears in listening to God’s voice in my life’s journey to the unknown. For where uncertainties are found, I would find faith, and when I’ll find faith, I would find God, and His son Jesus, the author and the finisher of my faith.

We all need to God’s Word every moment, live today and save your future, by hearing God’s Word. Start today.

 


July 26, 2017

3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

Psalm 29:3-9 (NKJV)

Hearing God’s Voice

I wonder why God is no longer revealing Himself as He did during the early times. Like in the time of Adam before he had sinned against God. He was seeing God in his naked eye, face to face, literally, he was touching God’s glory. There was also Enoch, whom the Bible said that he walked with God then God took him, just like what happened to Elijah. There were the only two who were carried to God’s presence physically. They didn’t experience physical death. But the experience of Adam and Enoch was totally different for they’re seeing God as He is, however, I could no longer see in the Bible where He had shown His face even to Jesus when He was still on earth.  When God would give instructions, it would be through His voice already. In the old testament times, God’s servants would hear Him speak audibly, and I believe, it’s also true with Jesus for He’s spirit is always in control over His flesh. But in our days, we’re no longer experiencing this, though, there were few that would testify that they would hear God speaking to them audibly, but it’s not at all times. Most of the time, we’ll receive God’s Word through our conviction, through our devotion, during preaching, during small groups, during conversation with a friend in sharing experiences with God based on His Word and personally, I’ll hear God’s voice getting clearer and clearer as I work on my holiness and obedience. And of course, God is spirit, so the people that would hear Him and would know Him when their walking in the spirit. But, God knew that man is a visual being, that we often respond according to what we see, so why would He stop causing us to see Him so we could respond accordingly to His will. Well, I believe that God is actually not hiding himself to us, and He’s just always around, it’s just that, we can’t see Him because we’re already blinded by sin. And the only way for us to see Him again is through faith, and He can get it ignited and developed through our hearing. But our hearing has been deafened by sin as well, so how can we hear His voice? I believe, this is the reason why God had provided us His written Word. When we read it, with a genuine heart, it would get in to our spirit, and would become alive in us, then we start speaking it, and it would be declared and spoke by God’s servants and other believers as well, then we start hearing it, and faith develops.

God is now after our hearing, and not our seeing for us to develop faith for through the eyes of faith, we would clearly see. Jesus would always say to the people that “those who has an ear, let them hear” and according to Romans 10:17, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. So if I longed to see God’s face, I have to hear His Word. Hearing His Voice would cause me to see His face.


July 25, 2017

To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock:
Do not be silent to me,
Lest, if You are silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit.

– Psalm 28:1 NKJV

God’s Silence

     I’m fun of listening to praise and worship songs, and powerful speeches, hearing those words of wisdom from God’s servants to gain understanding about life. It’s just a wonder how they’re able to crack mysteries and revelation that at times, I’ll find it funny, for it’s just actually a way of life, very simple but I never have understood it well, until I’ve heard their message. Every time, they never fail to elevate my understanding on how to deal with life. It would always ignite my curiosity in knowing their lifestyle and their testimony for if I’m becoming better in just listening to them, how much more when I’ll know them as a person, and even would also received what they’ve received, for sure, the reason why they’re able to speak those words of life is because, there’s life in them.

Today, God is telling me to desire for his Word as I would desire to live for His Word is life. Life is in total mess without hearing His Word. David had experienced it as well when he didn’t hear God’s voice. To him, God’s silence is like a death sentence. When God speaks, He breaths, and He knew that he’s in the land of the living. This made me realize that the reason why those preachers and servants of God speaks so powerfully and would really inspire me to live and to pursue the highest calling that God has set before me, even before He formed me on my mother’s womb, is because, they’re hearing God speaking to them as a person, and not just through another person. They’ve known God, and since God is the source of life, they too has become a channel of that life.

I’ve decided today to shift my attention on the source of life. People that have connected to God’s presence are good inspirations, but we don’t know how long will they have life physically, so it would be best to connect to the source and not just to the outlet. On this way, I’ll hear Him speak to me everyday, so I live better each day. I can’t allow myself not to hear God’s voice every moment, His silence would mean my grave.

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