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ENJOY!


Life is better, you are better, things are better, your outlook is better, your attitude is better, your work is better, you’re more effective, you’re more positive, more motivated, more inspired, more energetic, when you are enjoying yourself. So here’s a plan. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy what you’re doing. Enjoy where you are. Enjoy what you have. Enjoy what you see. Enjoy what you know. Enjoy the people you’re with. Enjoy your life now. Don’t wait for some imagined utopia. Don’t wait or wish that you could be somewhere else where you could really enjoy yourself. Instead, enjoy where you are. Stop worrying or complaining about what you have to do. Get busy, do it, and choose to enjoy it. It may not be fun, it may not be exciting, it may not be glamorous, yet you can still enjoy it. You can still enjoy it, and by enjoying it you’ll be better at it.

But how can you enjoy yourself when you have bills to pay, when your house is at risk of foreclosure, when you’ve lost your job, or you have a serious medical condition, or there are problems with family members? How can you enjoy yourself in times like that?

Well, the question is, how can you afford not to enjoy yourself? Because enjoying what you’re doing is going to help get you through. Finding things in your life to enjoy and to treasure will give you the motivation and incentive to address those difficult problems and to get beyond them. You don’t have to pretend that everything is great to enjoy yourself. You can actually enjoy the challenges. You can enjoy the fact that you’re able to make a difference, and that you’re able to successfully take on the challenges that come up. It’s not easy to do that. It’s probably not very comfortable to do that. It could be complicated, and messy, and frustrating. And yet, you can take great satisfaction in creating value. You can take satisfaction in starting with a difficult situation and transforming it into an achievement, transforming it into a life that you desire to live, a life that you enjoy living. You can take satisfaction and enjoyment from working your way through the difficulties.

 

Don’t quit!


Have you ever felt like you have reached the END? Nothing makes sense to you anymore and you are ready to QUIT!

One day I decided I have to quit… my job, my relationship, my spirituality, my everything… I  just wanted to give up hope about this life!!!

So I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. “God”, I said. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?” His answer surprised me…”Look around”, He said.. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?” “Yes”, I replied. When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. In the second year the Fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo. He said. In the third year, there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. In the fourth year, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed. “I would not quit..” He said. “Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant… But just 6 months later the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall. It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.” He said to me. “Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots.” “I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.Don’t compare yourself to others ..” He said. ” The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern … Yet, they both make the forest beautiful.” Your time will come, ” God said to me. ” You will rise high! ” How high should I rise?” I asked. How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return. “As high as it can? ” I questioned.” “Yes.” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.” I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you. He will never give up on you. Never regret a day in your life!

Good days give you happiness,

Bad days give you experiences;

BUT..

Both are essential to life.

A happy and meaningful life requires our continuous input and creativity. It does not happen by chance. It happens because of our choices and actions. And each day we are given new opportunities to choose and act and, in doing so, we create our own unique journey.”

Dont-Quit

Keep going…

Happiness keeps you Sweet, Trials keep you Strong, Sorrows keep you Human, Failures keep you humble , Success keeps You Glowing, but Only almighty keeps You Going!

I AM


Reflecting upon Moses’ encounter with the burning bush, I see a lesson that could drive us as we begin 2014. A lesson that simply reads – I AM. Very reassuring words from God reminding us that HE IS.. Now you may want to add anything you want after those words depending on your situation! E.g. HE IS… In control, with you always, ahead of you, your shelter, your victory, etc.. It rejuvenates me to know that God is with me in every possible situation I can find myself in. Whatever plan/ project you intend to embark on this year…believe and have confidence like Moses that God is ahead!

It is just like the way Moses’ experience of God in the burning bush came at a time of weakness and despair in Moses. He was an exile from Egypt. He had tried to take things into his own hands, had made an effort to help his people, and had failed. He had learned about the God of his people, but he did not know Him. The plight of the people was on his heart that day as he tended the sheep. Where was this God? What was He like? Why didn’t He do something about the suffering of His people? It is when we are feeling the weakest and are filled with questions about the Lord that He comes to us. A burning-bush encounter is for those of us like you and me who have tried and failed and are ready to receive power beyond their own.

We’ve all said to God, “Who am I to go? Who will believe me? When they ask who sent you, what shall I say?” (Of course in different contexts) The Lord’s response to Moses was, “Tell them ‘I AM’ sent you.” That name really means, “I will be what I will be.” The divine name YHWH, Yahweh, signifies the One who makes things happen. That’s all Moses had to know to go on. But what more did he need? The Creator, the Father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, would be with him, and He would make things happen, indeed!

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING


This is one of the paradoxical statements regards the Bible! Whereas it is very comforting, it is at the same time scary because one famous Chinese proverb goes “careful what you wish for, cause you might receive it”!

Luke 16:1 “And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods.”

The unjust steward was covetous. He had not been faithful to his master or to his master’s debtors. He had wasted his master’s goods on himself. When found out, his self-serving nature considered the options, and decided there had to be a change. He decided to use his lord’s money to make friends so that when he was fired he would have someone to help him.

His master was apparently wealthy enough that he didn’t take offense at the steward’s discounting of the debts owed to him, but rather he commended the steward. He didn’t commend his dishonest ways, but he was commending the fact that he had finally used his lord’s money to plan for the future instead of wasting it on himself. Although the steward was motivated by what he would ultimately gain, there was prudence in his actions. This was lacking before.

In this sense, the children of this world (lost men) are wiser than the children of light (born again men) because they plan for the temporal future.

Jesus is telling us to use money (the unrighteous mammon) to make to ourselves friends that would receive us into “everlasting” habitations. The use of the word “everlasting” denotes that Jesus is now talking about our eternal future. The people who have been saved and blessed by our investments in the kingdom of God will literally receive us into our everlasting home when we pass on to be with the Lord.

Our material possessions have been given to us by God so that we are actually stewards of His resources. The Lord gave us this wealth to establish His covenant on this earth – not so that we could consume it upon our own lusts. You have been blessed to be a blessing!

Blessed

The thrill of being accepted


I don’t know whether you’ve ever had the pleasant experience of being accepted by the most beautiful girl in the room or the best man in the house. Even if you haven’t experienced that, you must have fantasized about it. It really feels good. It is the thrill of being elevated to a higher level. “Really?! You chose me? But I’m way out of your league.” As nice as that is, it is way inferior in comparison to the lift that comes from being accepted by the Maker of heaven and earth. To the glory of his grace you have been lifted out of the dungeons of hopelessness and seated with him in heavenly places. Talk about your upward mobility.

When you know God is pleased with you regardless of your productivity, it will free you from the pressure to perform. When you’ve heard God say “Yes” to you, it will empower you to say “No” to the unhealthy demands of this secular, egocentric world. If you have been struggling to move ahead of the ‘rat race’, a revelation of God’s acceptance will bring you to a place of rest. It will get you off the merry-go-round and sit you down in green pastures. But that doesn’t mean you will be idle; or complacent. Those who wait upon the Lord renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31). Paradoxically however, those who have been freed from the need to produce are often the most productive people around. This happens because the loving acceptance of another brings out the best in us, particularly if the ‘Other’ is someone special (like I mentioned in the 1st paragraph).

With God on our side like this, how can we lose? (Romans 8:31). When you realize that God is for you, it gives you boldness. You begin to swagger, not out of arrogance but confidence. “God is on my side. How can I lose?” You’ll walk into the lion’s den with a holy swagger and face the furnace without fear. “God is with me. I will not be burned” (Isaiah 43:2). You will begin to apply the law of confession boldly. Situations that intimidate the socks off your co-workers won’t bother you in the slightest. You’ll go in front of performance reviews and interview panels with complete peace and without any desperate need to impress. “My promotion comes from the Lord. If these guys see that, great, if they don’t, that’s their problem.” Secure in your Father’s approval, you won’t be bothered whether your ministry flourishes or founders. “It’s his church anyway. I’m just pleased to play a part.”

But the good news is you won’t fail. How can you? When you are confident of your Father’s absolute delight in you! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. And don’t confuse; this not about the empowerment that just comes from self-belief but the divine and uplifting influence of God’s mighty abundant grace. Those who are supercharged by their Father’s favour shine like stars (Philippians 2:15). Elevated by his love they mount up with wings like eagles. They race against horses and walk on the water, living testimonies of the energizing power of his divine acceptance.

Have a supercharged week friends..

YOU HAVE IT ALL–IN THE SPIRIT


Matthew 26:41

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

The Bible presents salvation as a life transforming experience. Change is one of the distinguishing characteristics of a true believer. Yet, failure to understand that this change takes place in the spirit first, and then is reflected in our outward appearance through our thoughts and actions in direct proportion to the way we renew our minds, causes much confusion.

This change has to take place in our born-again spirit first. Why is that? If you were fat before you got saved, you will be fat after you get saved, unless you go on a weight loss program. Your body doesn’t instantly change and neither does your soul or mind.

It is your spirit that is instantly changed at salvation. It is perfect (Heb. 12:23). It cannot sin (1 Jn. 3:9). Everything that is true of Jesus is true of our born-again spirit. Your spiritual salvation is complete. At salvation, you receive the same spirit that you will have throughout all eternity. It will not have to be changed or cleansed again. It is sealed with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13) and therefore, is sanctified and perfected forever (Heb. 10:10, 14; 12:23).

Our spirit is not our problem. The born-again Christian receives a new spirit at conversion, that is just like Jesus’ (1 Jn. 4:17) because it is the Spirit of Jesus. Our born-again spirit is always willing to do God’s will. It’s our flesh that is the problem.

The flesh, as Jesus describes it here, not only includes our physical body but also describes our soul. God has given every believer everything it takes to walk in victory, but “we have this treasure in earthen vessels” (2 Cor. 4:7). That is saying that our spirit, where God has deposited all of His power and glory, is locked inside our flesh.

That does not mean that we cannot tap into this divine source. As much as we will renew our minds and act on the Word of God, we can experience this divine flow through our physical bodies. However, just as we must use our muscles to increase in strength, we must exercise ourselves (soul, mind and body) unto godliness (1 Tim. 4:7-8).

For the remainder of our Christian life, we must not try to obtain faith, joy or love from God, but rather release what we already have in our spirits (Gal. 5:22-23) into our soul and body. Failure to understand this has caused some people to despair when they don’t see sufficient change in their life after coming to the Lord for salvation. It must be understood that the change is internal in our spirit and the outward change will take place as we renew our minds through God’s Word.

Prayer is one important way of exercising ourselves unto godliness, and is why Jesus admonished His disciples to watch and pray with Him.

THE GREATEST COMMANDS


Matthew 22:36-46

“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Jesus revealed that all of the Old Testament laws were designed to instruct us how to love God and love others. Therefore, the two commands that dealt directly with loving God and others (Lev. 19:18 and Dt. 6:5) were the most important.

The religious leaders had become so obsessed with keeping every minor detail of the law that they had lost sight of its ultimate purpose. They neither loved God nor their fellow man, yet they thought they were keeping the law.

The same thing is happening today. I have an Asian friend who tells me they have 212 commandments (poor guys!!). Trying to justify that; he used the logic that the more rigorous a process is, the more perfect the end product will be.(Off course I afterwards gave him a sermon on ‘righteousness by grace not works’. Some of the cruelest acts of men towards their fellow men have been done in the name of the Lord by people who thought they were defending God’s holy commandments. (I hear Muslims do that!!) However, if we violate one of the two greatest commandments in an effort to enforce some other commandment, then we are misapplying God’s Word just as these religious Jews did.

The Old Testament law and the New Testament concept of grace compels men to the same end, that is to love God and their fellowmen. However, the motivations to this end are different. The Old Testament law motivated men to love God and their fellowman through fear of punishment if they failed to comply. The New Testament concept of grace freely gives men a God-kind of love that is unconditional and tells them to love others as they are loved.

It is possible to display actions of holiness, but not love God. It is impossible for God’s kind of love not to produce holiness. Holiness is a fruit and not a root of loving God.

 

Stewardship


Stewardship this is one of my scariest words in English along with accountability. If you think about it, it’s both frightening in the secular world as well as in the Spiritual realm. I’m not sure about you but for me – there’s nothing as bad as being entrusted a duty with all the resources and skill then you fail to deliver! Now, as if that’s the worst; just imagine how you shall account to God (the giver of all)? We have to agree that certainly God has given us all we ever needed, and through His word we clearly know our duty on this earth. No excuses – Luke 12:48 “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

A steward is a person who has been entrusted with administering someone else’s wealth or affairs. The possessions a steward controls are not his own and he does not have the freedom to do with them as he wishes. He is supposed to carry out the desires of the one who made him steward. A banker is a steward. He has been entrusted with other people’s money. He is free to invest that money wisely in a way that will benefit his depositors and stockholders, but would be sent to jail if he took all that money and simply consumed it upon himself. A steward is accountable (Luke. 16:2) to someone else for the use of that person’s money. The money does not belong to him even though it is in his possession.

Luke 12:42 “And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?” This parable, and other scriptures (1 Cor. 4:1; Ti. 1:7; 1 Pet. 4:10), describes every believer as a steward of God’s grace. The wealth, talents, and abilities we possess, as well as the revelation of God’s love that we’ve been given, are not our own to do with as we please. We have received these things from God and are therefore accountable to Him for the use or misuse of these gifts. Keeping this in mind is essential for fulfilling our obligation to God as stewards of His “abundant grace.”

No one will be able to stand before God on judgment day and say, “God is not fair.” He has given every person who has ever lived, regardless of how remote or isolated they may have been, the opportunity to know Him and His will. So if you haven’t began, it’s never too late…start giving back NOW!!

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