Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
What’s the moral of the story? Don’t worry. Have a good Friday everyone!
Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey
I never truly understood the words of that glorious hymn until lately and now that I understand it, it makes so much sense.
In wanting my own way I’ve found that I unknowingly “warred” against God in countless occasions. Of late I’ve been learning to surrender more to God and to trust Him in the things that I feel so afraid to lose control of. In that trust there’s also a need for obedience too. Trusting God is one thing but obeying Him can be a toughie as obeying God often means that we do things contrary to our natural desire for self-preservation and our self-centredness.
I’m thankful that God’s helping me figure out more stuff as each day passes and it feels more right to not “war” with God anymore. I realise the reason why I feel weary a lot of times is because I struggle to keep control of my life when He is trying to take control. The idea of God being in control of my life is scary I guess but that just goes to show how much more I have to learn to trust Him. But learning I am. And I know that’s definitely the reason why I don’t feel so weary in my spirit in recent weeks.
Jesus’ words make more sense now that it did before and I leave you guys with 2 verses from Our Daily Bread that finally “clicked” in me this morning.
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his lifewill lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
Being a believer can be quite a conundrum at times. There are a lot of things in the Bible that are opposite to what we are taught in the world. We often fight hand, tooth & nail to win what we want but Jesus teaches us that in order to gain salvation, we are to deny ourselves in following him.
What does self-denial mean? I’ve puzzled over this for years and it is a difficult thing to deny myself the things that I wanna see happen in my life. But self-denial just for the sake of self-denial isn’t exactly right either. If we read the words of Jesus properly, you’ll find that self-denial usually comes into play when we are following Jesus’ call to be disciples. That means not doing things like bribing that cop who stopped you for an offense, or not allowing the lust of your eyes to take you to places you shouldn’t go when you’re with an attractive member of the opposite sex, and so on and so forth.
In my book, denying myself would mean giving up my personal comfort to serve in some areas of church & ministry. It’s not easy to keep myself on the go to meet people and also to be out after work when my entire body, mind & spirit screams exhaustion and tiredness. And yet it is the right thing to do; in choosing self I find that I end up being very self-centred and it’s easy to end up being self-pitying if I’m left to my own devices. I would choose people first rather than self even though it has cost me many wounds due to the betrayal of others. In opening myself up sadly people have taken up arms against me instead and well it hurts. It hurts that the very ones I try to help are the ones who have stabbed me in the back with the knowledge that they have gained about me in my transparency. I am tempted to lash back out but I’ve known God long enough to understand that I can extend the same grace He gives me to those who have hurt me. Forgiveness is very much the key here and even though it’ll still take time for the hurt to subside I’ve discovered that forgiveness works a lot better than harbouring resentment & bitterness.
We are soldiers if we follow Christ. There’s no two ways about it and we can’t be double-minded about following him. We’re either for him or against him and we can’t be on the fence. It’s difficult being a disciple cos’ we keep wanting to go back to our old ways rather than follow the new ones that Jesus demonstrates to us. Being a soldier of Christ is an analogy that we need to remember especially when the world screams of self. I am an idealist and I believe that the world can be a better place as each of us impacts the world around us individually.
Be a soldier today. Let’s fight the good fight by bringing the Word to arms against the self-centred nature we find in the world.
Ask not what Jesus can do for you, but what you can do for your Saviour.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds;
and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Something I read this morning that reminds me that we can ask Him for our deepest desires and that we can trust that they will come to pass in His timing. The key words here are “His timing” cos’ most times we human beings are impatient creatures and we always want things to happen OUR WAY, NOW!
Life in my opinion can be better & happier if only we learn patience and trust. We are human. We can’t see beyond the now and even if we could I think we wouldn’t be able to handle the enormity of the future very well. I keep reminding myself time and time again to stay in the present and to be thankful for what I already have. He will provide for the things that I need in time – again the key word here is “need” and strangely enough He doesn’t just bless us with our needs but He goes beyond and blesses us with our wants & more! How? Here’s an example of God blessing me with more than I asked.
Asking Him? Way better than Googling. Definitely.
The job I’m at now is more than I asked for. Sure it’s more responsibility but more importantly it’s more than what I originally intended in terms of finances. When I first started work last year I was just looking for something part-time but the amazing thing is that I was offered a full-time position (with more money of course) but more importantly I found a company with great management that believes in me. Being where I am at now is pretty amazing if you consider that I was out of the industry for quite a long while doing music. It is a challenge trying to juggle everything in life but as I sit here at y desk this morning and remember Him for the blessings that He has brought into my life, I know that He has given me more than I asked for and in everything that I hope for now I can trust Him in that.
What is the coolest thing about my job now? Well … it’s small I know but I can’t help but wake up every day and feel thrilled to be using Microsoft’s newest OS before any one else. Maybe it’s the geek in me or its just the fact that I like getting in on new things like sneak peeks and such. That’s one thing that I can be thankful for today. Before I sign off I’d like to leave all of you with the following.
“Remember Him for His goodness today for the things that are to come tomorrow.”
Big bad life can be like a big bad robot. Worried yet?
All of us worry at one point or another in life. We worry when we’re facing challenges. We worry when we think about the future. We worry especially when things are spinning out of control. How do we handle life when so much is out of our control?
I’m learning how to really do my best in any situation and for the things that are really out of my control I just leave it to God. I’m not saying I don’t worry about stuff … I still do but I am learning to catch myself from falling into despair by saying a quick word to Him in my heart and trusting that whatever the outcome that He is in control and that ultimately it’d work out for my good and the good of those around me. How we define what “good” is is another topic altogether but that’s something for another day.
The most awesome thing is that the Bible assures us that all our needs are taken care of and even though it’s not mentioned; I really believe that those needs include the non-tangible needs like love, companionship and the number one killer for the single guy/girl – the right person to share life with. Of course one might argue that it’s foolish to believe everything would be alright but then again worrying or stressing over things doesn’t add a single hour to life does it?
The next time you’re stressed or worried about something, take a minute and time out and just say a few quick words to God. Here are some words of assurance that God’s got your back. I leave you guys to figure out what the first part of the passage means cos’ that actually has a lot to do about perspective when it comes to our needs and desires in life.
Matthew 6:33-34 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.