Thursday, 21 July 2011

Does it really matter? :/

Okay, my blog yesterday centred on God's time been the best. I google "God's is the best" and came across this interesting article. This is an excerpt...

"I wondered who coined the adage; «God's Time is the Best». This adage is completely false though a very popular adage used in time of encouragement. When you say something is «best», you are comparing it to a minimum of two other things. The use of this adage especially when someone is reaching for something and it is not coming as expected is completely limiting the Almighty God that made the heavens and the earth. First things first, this adage is not in the bible and it has no bible premise or assumption.
The bible points us to the fact that God dwells in the heavens (the spiritual realm); the heavens have no time. So all time starts and ends on earth. God created the day and the night which is the primary index for time. If this is true, then all the time is God's time if we look at it in terms of creation. So which time is God's and which time is the best? I am sure you would understand why this particular adage makes no sense at all.
Now suppose we are looking at it from the lens of humans; this becomes a bit complicated because humans are not the same in terms of psychology, philosophy, demography, geography, etc. The general agreement I can surmise from people's reaction is that God's time is when what you are expecting comes to fruition. If this argument is true, what would you call the time that your expectation is not matched: Devil's time?"
You can check out the full article here.

It made sense to me, but then I wondered, does it really matter? Does over analysing make any difference when it comes to our Christian life? Does it improve it or what? Does it affect our faith in God positively or negatively?
Personally, I think the article has valid points, but I say, if saying and believing in "God's time is the best" is going to keep your faith burning in the Lord, go for it. Different strokes for different people. Telling a not so learned person/new believer that saying "God's time is the best" is a false saying would to me shaken them.
I say, leave the over analysing and let us keep on believing in our God in heaven.
That does not mean that I support ignorance.

Anyway, what do you think?

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

I'm back!

I first of all want to apologise for the huge break I've taken from blogville. I have had so much to do and there has been a lot of things that have happened, but I thank God because His grace is more than sufficient for me.
This song- Moving Forward by Israel Houghton has been such a huge blessing to me. Have a listen and be blessed too :-)
Moving Forward by Israel Houghton
Oh oh oh yeah yeah....

What a moment You have brought me to.
Such a freedom I have found in You.
You're the healer who makes all things new.
Yeah, yeah, yeah!

I'm not going back, I'm moving ahead.
I'm here to declare to you my past is over.
In You all things are made new. Surrendered
My Life to Christ. I'm Moving, Moving Forward.

oh oh oh....

You have risen with all power in Your hand.
You have given me a second chance.
Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

I'm not going back, I'm moving ahead.
I'm here to declare to you my past is over.
In You all things are made new. Surrendered
My Life to Christ. I'm Moving, Moving Forward. ( 2x )

You make all Things new.
Yes, you make all things new and I will Follow You forward. (4x)
I will follow You forward...
  I am moving and not just moving, MOVING FORWARD whether the devil likes it or not becase He- Jesus, has already made ALL things new in my life and He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world. I am walking away from all the evils, nasties and negativities and moving forward.  
Anyway, it's summer!!! YAY
I just wish the weather will be a bit more summery than springy (is that a weathery word? :P)
It's literally ALWAYS raining. Not heavy, crazy rain, but just this drizzle that just won't stop and when there's a respite, the sky's so overcast that it feels like it's still raining anyway. I keep on thinking of this song- don't think I should be complaining about the rain though considering how much the people in East Africa would LOVE to have it rain continually.
Sooooo...Patience is a virtue we need and constant faith in God is must.I went for the graduation party of a family friend yesterday.After such a long time where things seemed to be stagnant, he gets all these blessings at the same time. First, his wife safely gives birth to a beautiful boy and then he gets an amazing job in an oil company in London and now he's graduated with his PhD in chemical engineering.His wife was the main source of income in their home for a really long time, but he remained faithful and steadfast and now, he is so so reaping the rewards.To all those who are studing for the first degrees, masters or PhDs, don't have jobs or things seem bleak right now in your life, don't give up. Don't let "now" weigh you down. You will get your blessings in due time because God's time is the best.This dude already has one child, God definitely knew that with the second child coming, they would need a bigger house, more money for education, feeding etc and everything just fell into place at the right time.GOD IS GOOD! He is awesome.  Word for you today: Don't give up. God's time is the best. 

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

John 3:16 - The Story of Love

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"John 3:16

WHOSOEVER! WHOSOEVER! WHOSOEVER!- Adulterer, murderer, cheat, thief, liar, gossiper... believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus died just so we might live. He died to prove to the devil the extent of His love for us. He suffered for us. He was mocked, he was beaten, he was spat on. A thief's life was worth more than His. He was hurting, but He was not going to get sidetracked. But he had a plan to deliver us out of the hands of the devil and give us the choice to choose life. He loved me, He loved you so so much.
He died! Decisions decisons decisions.

when the devil thought he had won,

He rose! He conquered the grave. He conquered sin. He conquered death. He conquered sickness. He conquered pain. He conquered disease.
He rose to give us victory. He rose to give us authority. He rose that we might have life and life abundantly.
Why do we still keep on throwing it right back in His face? Why do we still keep on ignoring His call of love to us? Why do we think He's not that important to take first place in our lives? Why is education, money, career, family so much more important than He is in our lives? Why do we wake up in the morning and just walk away without so much as a "Good morning" or "Thank you for giving me another day"
We find it easy to call our boyfriends/girlfriends/husbands/wives first thing in the morning, but the person who has given His life for us, well, He doesn't really mind does He?
He does. He hurts everytime we ignore Him. He hurts everytime we turn away from Him. He hurts everytime we do something wrong and we know it's wrong but do it anyway to make ourselves feel good for one minute, make others feel good BUT at His expense.

Dear Lord Jesus, help me not to throw away so great a salvation. Help me not to keep on hurting you in what I say or do or how I act or think. Help me make you the King of my life. I give you the my heart to rule over. Help me to keep on believeing in you even when it feels so hard because there is nothing, absolutely nothing on earth that compares to what you've done for me. Help me, give me the grace to always believe in you and give you the place you deserve in my life.
Thank you dear Lord. In Jesus name. Amen

Thursday, 21 April 2011

What to do

Have you ever felt so far away from God?
Have you ever felt like no matter how much you try to "connect" with Him, there's just this emptiness?
I suppose we (I) should stop TRYING so hard to connect with God and just ask Him for help- ask Him to make Himself known in our (my) life. Then again, it feels too simple sometimes to just pray and leave it all in God's hands.

*It's so funny that we as humans (or maybe just me) find it hard to accept things as real and authentic when it comes easy.
Same way I question anything that's cheap. Hmm...*

Anyway, back to the main subject, what do you do when you feel so far away and disconnected from God?

I'm soooo excited because of the Easter break. No waking up early, no lectures, no nothing... Well, there's reading. Got exams soon *sigh*
Feels great not to have to wake up after half an hour of sleep to go in for 9am lectures. I'm still considering if it's sensible to go home for the next one or two days or just stay here. If I go home, I'll just be lazy and spend my time goofing around with my siblings, been a general nuisance and a bum. I do get free nice home cooked meals and a lovely huge bed though :/
Decisions decisons decisions.

I just have to say this, I LOVE SKYPE!!!
I have become closer to friends. Well important friends now and life is just so much fun with it. I've been talking with bestie (sister from another mother really) and her post for today - has really lifted me up.

Through It All, Through It All,
I've Learned To Trust In Jesus, I've Learned To Trust In God.
Through It All, Through It All,
I've Learned To Depend Upon His Word.

Lord, help me to stop trying to do your job for you. Help me to just leave it all at the cross and accept that You are in control and even when I don't feel you around, you are still there and will never leave me alone.
Thank you Lord, in Jesus name. Amen.

 God bless :) XoXo

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Learn the Secret of Gutsy Guilt


Part of our Christian confidence is that even when we fall into sin and experience God's Fatherly discipline, we will rise again. John Piper calls this "gutsy guilt":
To the fallen saint, who knows the darkness is self-inflicted and feels the futility of looking for hope from a frowning Judge, the Bible gives a shocking example of gutsy guilt. It pictures God’s failed prophet beneath a righteous frown, bearing his chastisement with broken-hearted boldness—
"Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light." (Micah 7:8-9)
This is courageous contrition. Gutsy guilt. The saint has fallen. The darkness of God’s indignation is on him. He does not blow it off, but waits. And he throws in the face of his accuser the confidence that his indignant Judge will plead his cause and execute justice for (not against) him. This is the application of justification to the fallen saint. Broken-hearted, gutsy guilt.
For further thought, see John Piper's 2002 article "Justification by Faith."