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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Light At The End of The Tunnel

Have ever been in a tunnel? Now we believed that, no matter how long that tunnel is, we ought to see the light at the end of it inevitably.

But in our life, when we are in those long tunnel, we became scared. We constantly asked ourselves, "When is it going to end?", "Is there no end to it?", "When will I see the light?"

Thus we became discouraged, afraid, unsure. Then we will go back the way we came from. This is pathetic. At this rate, we will never make it through that tunnel, never go pass it. We'll just end up in front of the tunnel, looking at it yet doing nothing.

So, I found this verse encouraging for those of you going through a series of tough time, that God doesn't seems to be there for you. Which in fact, He's still there for you.
Proverbs 3: 5 - 6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Note that we should trust in God with our heart. Our own understanding can be misleading most of the time. If we consider everything based on our logic and our timing, then we will be greatly distressed. We'll only end up disappointed.

It seems that trusting God is not all to it. We must also submit to Him. How is it done? Be obedient! Yes, that conclude all. Not sure how that goes? If something is causing you to feel guilty, stop it! If something is pulling you away from God, stop it! If something is taking away your time with God, stop it! Read the Word of God, pray more, love Him, be genuine to people around you, and love them.

And God will make your paths straight. That's the two keys, follow it and you will soon see the lights at the end of the tunnel.

Remember this:
~ The end of the tunnel will always be there. ~

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Last night I though about this. Where will the devil strike first? Our heart or our mind?
Then I thought about this verse, Philippians 4 : 7
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

In our mind, we store information. These information could vary, depending on what we put inside. We must beware of what we see and what we hear! Wrong information could end up badly for you. You might misunderstand someone else, or even God. If you keep taking information that pull you further from God, then you will soon feel God is so far away from you. It is actually us who have gone further from God unknowingly. So, choosing the right information is crucial! Remember this, "Love is about trusting." Trusting is the start of a relationship, and the way to keep it. Try to keep a clear mind from information that might be hurting your family and friends. Keep your distances from all the negative comments and information.

Philippians 4 : 6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Don't let our worries attack our mind. Because when they do, and you will believe it. Then next, it will attack your heart.
In our heart... It is where out faith come into play. Do not lose faith!
Proverbs 4 : 23 - 24 "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free from perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips." When we talk, think twice. There got to be a reason why we only have one mouth with a pair of lips. Keep it tight! If you keep a clean heart, everything that you do or you say will build others up. Don't bring others down by the word you said.

~ Guard your heart and your mind ~

Monday, March 14, 2011

Humble, Pray and Seek

If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. ~ 2 Chronicles 7 : 14

A lot of time, Christian will feel that they are more righteous compared to others. The truth is this, they tend to get hypocritical. We need to change! Remember the second greatest commandment, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Not putting yourself above others, but treat them equal. Therefore, why do we need to feel more righteous.

If we do not change, then the devil will comes and plant a seed called "PRIDE' in us. Pride will separates us from God and from people who loved us. When you have pride in your life, you will be drifted away from God. Divine blessings and protection will not be around you anymore. I can't imagine it!

Another thing; Ministry is given by God to us. Therefore do not be proud if you are serving in any ministry given to you. For it is given to you, and it will be taken away. As long as you serve, remain humble! Remember, the point of a ministry is to show your love for God and people.

Look at what the verse tells us:
> IF My people, who are called by My Name
   It means us, the Christians. This verse is for us, so pay attention.
> WILL humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turned away from their wicked ways
   Just as what the verse tells us; be humble, start praying and seek the face of God, and more importantly, walked away from sins.
> THEN I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
   That's the promise of  God for us, for our land, our country.

If you want to see revival in your place, in your nation; then start changing! Don't expect others to start, let every changes start from you, be a history maker, a planet shaker!

~ Being humble is the start of a great work ~

Friday, March 11, 2011

Becoming child-like: How to forget worrying and live now by Marshall Jones Jr.

Children have an amazing ability to anticipate.
They’ll count down to their birthday months ahead of time. Or from the backseat of the van, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” Or if you tell them you might bake some cookies, you sure better. They won’t let you forget.
With all that anticipation, though, they don’t really plan well. They get distracted by whatever’s happening at the moment. They forget where they’re going.
…because they love what’s happening now.
In fact, we often say that a person’s ability to persist through distractions is a measure of their maturity. The ability to focus on the future is what separates adults from kids.
I’d like to bring those back together, though, see if we can un-separate them. I love seeing anticipation in the eyes of little children. I’m thinking maybe you and I could copy some of that instead of planning so much.

On planning ahead

Remember when God provided for the (ahem) children of Israel in the desert by sending them manna? God sent flakes of bread from the sky each morning with instructions for everyone to collect enough for one day only. Some of the people of course disobeyed and learned the hard way that manna spoils overnight.
What’s up with that?
I mean, why did God send them bread that would spoil so quickly? Surely He could have sent something that lasted at least a few days, right? Like on Fridays, right before the Sabbath day of rest, God told them to gather enough for two days, and – what do you know! – the manna didn’t spoil then.
No, God knew what He was doing. The manna spoiled on purpose. God wanted the Israelites to learn to trust Him each day, a lesson Jesus echoed hundreds of years later:
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” -Matthew 6:34
What a liberating lesson! And Jesus did more than preach it…
  • When children wanted to climb onto Jesus’s lap, the disciples told them to scram. Why don’t we let Jesus rest so He can share more later? But Jesus wasn’t about that.
  • When Mary wanted to sit and listen to Jesus, Martha wanted to hurry about, preparing the meal. Why don’t we cook now so the food will be ready in time? Jesus wasn’t about that at all.
  • When the woman wanted to dump expensive oil all over Jesus’s feet, everyone wanted her to save it. Why don’t we sell it and give the profit to the poor? Jesus wasn’t about that either.
It’s not that Jesus hated planning. It’s that He loved being present. He wanted to interact with whatever was happening at the moment. Plans can wait. Now can’t.
Jesus enjoyed now. He wasn’t worried about later. Just like a child.
We’re not like that, not usually.

Why we worry

Worry is a result of uncertainty, bad uncertainty. Like those scary movies. The scary parts are when you don’t know what’s going to happen, the suspense, little Miss Whoever in the dark hallway. We get anxious when there’s a chance it could be bad.
That’s what the future is: uncertainty, a type of suspense. When we look into the future, or try to, we end up worrying because it’s unknown to us.
We think we’re being cautious. We think we’re being responsible. But it’s mostly a disguise for our desire to control things. Why do you plan ahead? Why do you prepare? Why do you worry? Isn’t it so you can control the outcome?
Kids know they can’t do much about what happens next. Their parents will feed them, clothe them, and probably even tuck them into bed. Children, young ones anyway, accept that.
As we get older, though, we don’t accept what happens. We want to control it. That’s how the worry creeps in. Because a) we’re not trusting God, and b) we’re not appreciating what we have.

How to stop worrying

The simple answer is to start living now. Children get that. Problem is, you and I don’t know how to live now. Try it even for a second – you’ll see what I mean.
  • Take a moment to try to think of nothing else except what you’re feeling right now. How does it feel to sit where you’re sitting? Where are your hands resting? What happens if you close your eyes? What do you hear?
  • Don’t let your thoughts wonder to any other part of the day: not the past, not the future.
  • Don’t let your thoughts wonder to any other place either. Sometimes, instead of thinking about what did or will happen, your mind will try to think about what’s currently happening somewhere else. Are those cookies burning?
Frankly, the first thing that comes to mind when I try this is some Tibetan monk on a mat in front of a window, meditating. I think, I can’t do this. This isn’t me. I’m not even a Buddhist.
In other words, just focusing hard enough doesn’t it do it for me. Instead, I dig the Philippians 4:6 Approach…

The Philippians 4:6 Approach to anxiety

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…” -Philippians 4:6
Let’s break this down:
  • “Be anxious for nothing”: In case it wasn’t clear enough, it’s spelled out here. How much is nothing?
  • “But in everything by prayer and supplication”: God wants us talking with Him, constantly. When we’re aligned with His personality, we can’t worry… because He doesn’t. The more we understand Him, the more we trust Him.
  • “With thanksgiving”: Talk about being present. Instead of thinking ahead or even looking back, consider what you’re grateful for right now. What can you appreciate?
  • “Let your requests be made known to God”: With that mindset of appreciation and desire for communication, tell God what you want.
And look at the promise:
“…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:7
The Bible doesn’t say God will give us what we want, but it does say He’ll give us the peace we need.
That’s why we can have child-like anticipation. The God of the universe, the God who got Himself killed for you, is certainly going to take care of your tomorrow.
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” -Matthew 5:26
So don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t be anxious about the future. Be ridiculously thankful. Appreciate everything. Enjoy now.
Like children.

Serving Suggestions:

(1) Value what’s happening now more than what’s happening later. The opportunities to put this into practice are almost endless. For example, when you’re talking with someone, listen to what they’re saying instead of planning how you’ll respond. Or if someone asks you to do something for them, do it now instead of continuing with your pre-made agenda.
(2) How do you value what’s happening now? By being thankful. I linked to a post about this up above, but in case you didn’t check it out, here it is again. Start appreciating things.
(3) Some things that grab your attention are distractions. That’s what worries everyone about “not planning.” Don’t confuse those distractions, though, with what’s important. You’re not preparing as much, but that’s not so you can waste time on trivial stuff. Do what’s important for right now… right now. Just spend less time planning it.

Monday, March 7, 2011

This Is Your Life

Do what you love, and do it often.
If you don't like something, change it.
If you don't like your job, quit.
If you don't have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over analyzing, life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.
Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, We are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.
Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Life is about people you meet, and the things you create with them. So go out and start creating.
Life is short.
~ Live your dream and share your passion. ~

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Power to Get Wealth

Deut 8 : 18
“And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth..."

Sometime we tend to forget when we are wealthy enough. That's why the first part of this verse tells us that we shall remember our God.
The second part teach us to not to use our own power in pursuing wealth, prosperity, success. It is given to us by God. So, put God in your plan.

Let's bring it up a bit.
"And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not" ~ Deut 8 : 2
Wilderness here teach us to hang on to God, to trust Him. How many of us can do that if we were put in wilderness? Not for even forty hours?
The Israelite shows us how tough it is to keep God commandment when they are in the wilderness. How many faithful man can be found within them through all those years. Yet some of them did make it through the promised land. By what? By faith!

When we are in wilderness of our life, the devil will come and tempt us.
Check out Mat 4 when Jesus is tempted. The devil attacks three different aspects of our life, just like he did to Jesus:
1. Daily needs
2. Mind
3. Instance

~ Remember to hang on & keep your faith! For nothing is too hard ~

Friday, March 4, 2011

Inspiring Story: Dick and Rick Hoyt

"Team Hoyt"

Rick Hoyt was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. He can't do things, he can't talk. Yet his mother Judy would spend hours and hours everyday to teach Rick alphabet. At the age of 11, Rick was fitted to a computer that allowed him to communicate.

Rick wanted so much to run in a marathon after he saw an article, so his father Dick Hoyt would train everyday. He was not a runner, but yet he still wanted to fulfill Rick's dream.
 They started in 1977, and after their first race Rick said, "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped." They would participate in all sort of event, from marathon to triathlon. Dick would pulls Rick in a special boat as they swim, carries him in a special seat in front of a bicycle, and pushes him in a special wheelchair as they run.

As of July 2010, they have participated and completed 1032 events. Included among those 238 Triathlon. Dick is aged 70 and Rick 49.
~ Don't Give Up On Your Dream ~

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Letter From God

To: You
Date: Today
From: ME
Regarding: Be Thankful

This is ME,
Today I'm going to handle all your problems.

If the world gives you problem that you can't solve, don't try to solve it yourself.
Put it in MY box, and I will solve  it. I'll solve your problem according to the time I've set MYSELF.
I will definitely solve all your problem, but remember according to MY time, not yours.
Once you put it in the box, don't think about it and don't worry.
Instead, focus on the good things that happen to you now.

When you're stuck on the road, don't get mad. Because there are still so many people on the world that have never been in a car.

When you're facing problem in your workplace, think of the people that are still jobless even after so many years.

When you're sad because of your family, think about those people that have never love and been loved.

When you're getting bored with weekend, think about the people that must work over-time day and night without a holiday, just to provide for his family.

When your ride broke and you must walk, think about the disabled wanted so much to walk with their own leg.

When you saw that your hair has turn grey, don't be sad. Because having hair is just a dream for those going through chemotheraphy.

If you pondering the meaning of life and your purpose in this world. Be Thankful. Because a lot of people doesn't have much chance to ponder over their life.

With love,