Sunday, June 28, 2009

Proverb16:9

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.(Proverbs 16:9, NIV)

Many of us thinks that when we have an objective, a plan and if we really work towards it, we will fulfill it. This verse speaks otherwise, we may plan a thousand steps to reach a goal but if God has another destiny for us, there will be strife and incongruencies in our spirit. The deeper we are with our Father, the clearer our vision will be as His for our life. It is a journey of learning and God is faithful to see us through. He is the Author and finisher of our faith.

The two meaning that i have written below shows the distinction between plan and determine therefore showing God's sovereignty. I hold on to this verse as a reminder of who I am in Christ and in seeking His will for my life.

Plan
1. A scheme, program, or method worked out beforehand for the accomplishment of an objective
2. A proposed or tentative project or course of action: had no plans for the evening.
3. A systematic arrangement of elements or important parts; a configuration or outline: a seating plan; the plan of a story.

Determine
1. To decide or settle (a dispute, for example) conclusively and authoritatively.
2. To establish or ascertain definitely, as after consideration, investigation, or calculation.
3.To cause (someone) to come to a conclusion or resolution.
4. To give direction to

"He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered. He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered" (Proverbs 28:25,26).

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths" (Proverbs 3:5,6).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prayer for Accidents

Drove out to the junction and I took a stop, didn’t know why my eyes was following the bike that just passed me but after that I saw him lost his balance and fell to a field nearby. I was not sure if he knocked any rocks as I know there is a hole of some kind over at the hedges. Another biker came down to help, the driver that apparently knocked him came down as well but did a sign of hand to show the public that it is the biker’s fault.
Whatever it was, it didn’t matter to me, I uttered a prayer that the casualty will be alive and that he will not die because of an accident. I do not know what the will of God for this man is but I know I had to pray anyway. It has been a practice for me whenever I see an accident, I pray for the soul and God’s miracle upon that life.So all I hope is not to see a death report in tomorrow’s newspaper. I have had my share of accidents throughout my life but God saved me miraculously a few times leaving no scar or painful injury when it could have been death for me. God is sovereign no matter what the crisis may appear.

Monday, June 22, 2009

SUCCESS

S = Sense of direction
U = Understand the times and the seasons
C = Committed to what you do
C = Compassion - Love God, others and yourself
E = Enthusiastic and be bold
S = Servanthood (like Elisha)
S = Staying power (sustain)


Unknown author

Success is not measured by the wealth we have but by the quality of our life. The joy that is from within supersedes all the temporal happiness the world could give. Being confident in what God wants us to do takes away the fear of what the future holds for us therefore we need to dig deeper into the Word of God and stay rooted in.

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”- Isaiah 40:31

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Proverbs 26:20-23


Fire goes out for lack of fuel, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood. What dainty morsels rumors are--but they sink deep into one's heart. Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a common clay pot. (Prov 26:20-23 NLT)

The verse says it all. To mind our own business, yet to care for the right reasons. The addition and subtraction of one's words can cause many upheavals whether or not by intention or just plain gullibility. Prevention is better than patching up burnt holes in this case. You never know how long it will take to heal a wound, a scar caused by careless words. Only God can do the mighty healing.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

He Knows My Name ( I Have A Maker )

Be encouraged by the One who knitted you together in your mother's womb. It's never by mistake, not by chance and He loves you. The road may be hard to travel, trudging along with bags of losses and hurts but know that there is always a morning after the night. It is always time to let God take the wheel, and I hope now is your time. The best is yet to come, the latter will be greater and brighter. May this song speak to your heart and know God knows your name and loves you!
Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Peace of God

His peace transcends all understanding,
Unfathomable but real to the core,
His peace floods the raging seas,
Sweet grace pours out evermore,
His peace captures the worries,
Gone with the passing wind,
His peace brings us to a new tomorrow,
The peace of God reigns in me.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Revelation 3:15-16

15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth

Whenever I read this passage, I start to wonder how much of being lukewarm can one be till God gets angry. We all know God have a holy anger against sin. God is also a God of love who gave His only Son Jesus so we can have eternal life and a relationship with Him.
Through this hyperbole(verse above), God shows me how much I have to be in tune with His word to know the temperature of my walk with Him. Being complacent can bring a person a whole lot of problems and before we know it , we can't get out of the hot soup.I came across this story about an experiment on a frog and it gives me a good reminder that we can never outsmart God thinking we know best (human wisdom). Sometimes when we don't mend the small hole in our shirt, it gets bigger and soon it will become too ugly to mend anymore. And we probably wouldn't want to wear it anymore.
God in His graciousness allows us to make mistakes and come out from it. Just remember to come out before it gets too hot.

A FROG
Bill Coors, chairman of the Coors beer company, says there's a psychology experiment, which, he hastens to add, isn't done anymore because it isn't very nice. You start with a frog and two buckets of water. One bucket contains cold water, the other hot. Put the frog in the cold water, and it doesn't do much, but in the hot water, it jumps around and makes quite a fuss. Then put the frog in the cold water, and put the water over a low flame. The frog sits there, quietly, until it is cooked. The change happens gradually, the frog doesn't sense it, and the frog dies. Coors says too many people are like that frog: They do not sense change in the environment until it is too late.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

DON'T QUIT!

DON'T QUIT

When things go wrong as they sometime will
When the road you are trudging seems all uphill

When funds are low and debts are high
And instead of a smile you have a sigh

When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest in God's love and never quit

Life can be strange with its turns and twists
And many a failed man have turned away
When with God's help he'd have won the day.

Never give up though the pace seems slow
For you may succeed with another go

Success is the failure turned inside out
The silver line in the cloud of doubt

You never can tell how close you are
The goal may be near when it seems so far

So turn to the Lord and when you're hardest hit
Put your trust in Him and never quit