Monthly Archives: May 2015
It’s so wonderful how you can be worshiping and praying wherever you are and one of my best times have been while riding the scooter.
I was headed to work as usual, on my way I came across the part where the road was a bit busy as there were cars parked alongside the road and there was another huge car coming from one of the houses. From the opposite direction, I see a man riding a scooter and beside him was a small boy in a bicycle (who probably was his son). The son was a bit nervous as he saw all these cars from all sides, his father who was in the scooter stayed on the other side where there was more danger, he saw the car coming from one of the houses but knew that the car was not going to move so he asked his son to cross the car. I could see the fear and nervousness on the face of the little boy but without hesitation he just followed the voice of his father and he crossed the chaotic scene just fine. At that moment, a question struck my mind, what is Jesus asking you to do today?
If you picture the scene, the road was busy, the father was riding the scooter on the other side where there was more danger while the son was in his bicycle and was fully dependent on his father knowing that his father had the best knowledge about his safety. He trusted his father. The father knew that the car that was coming out from the other side was dangerous but wouldn’t hit his son so he asked his son to cross the car. Now if the son had hesitated for even a second longer, the car would have probably advanced forward and the son in his nervousness would have fallen or gotten hit. OR, there would just been an uproar of horns from all sides for the delay making the boy more nervous and give a headache to all those around. But none of that happened, simply because the boy chose to obey the voice and command of his father. He was scared (the look on his face was pretty tensed) but he didn’t hesitate he just moved right on! Now that is trusting, don’t u think?
I wonder what God is calling me to do today. Am I hearing his voice? Am I obeying his command? Or am I creating havoc by fearing, not trusting and hesitating to do what he’s asking me to do.
Post earthquake gathering bits and pieces of my broken thoughts.
Allow yourself to be exposed as Christ works through the cracks. It can be a painful process of being stripped off of something you’ve held onto for so long. But know that nothing can keep you safe and loved as the strong and loving embrace of Jesus.
Be a fierce worshiper! (I know fierce is not a very positive word, but for now I can only think of this word to explain).
Let his dreams be planted in you. Allow, welcome the change.
Worshiper, meaning not just praying and singing during your Saturday or Sunday services or leading in worship. But be a fierce worshiper in your daily life, in times of trial, of persecution, responding with love when you want to snap back at the person who offended or hurt you or your loved ones. Take that extra step to serve the people. Give, even when it’s your last piece of your favorite biscuit or the last hundred rupee note in your purse. For a fierce worshiper trusts her savior, who is her provider, the one who brought her out of the garbage and made a home with her, a fierce worshiper hangs on to the faith that she knows comes from the Almighty.
A fierce worshiper knows she can overcome that one more irritation, that one more hurdle, that one more pain of being disciplined, that one more tear that comes from laying herself down in humility and surrender, that one more temptation that the enemy tries to sneak in because she knows, that her savior, her healer, her comforter, her king who is the name above all names has defeated death. So she takes it all in with grace that comes from above. Fixing her eyes on the one who has his eyes fixed on her- Jesus, who gave it all.
This is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long, but they will produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don’t look at the trouble we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT)
Why do bad things happen to good people? Why is life so difficult sometimes? Don’t be surprised if God is using tough times in your life to test your faithfulness.
Faithful people keep on keeping on when other people want to give up. Faithful people are diligent and determined. They are persistent.
In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul says you need to get the right perspective when you are going through a problem. Don’t look at the temporary problem; look at the long-term reward. Don’t look at the temporary pain; look at the long-term gain. Don’t look at it with the short-term view, “What’s happening to me right now?” Instead, look at the character that you are building because you haven’t given up. You’re hanging in there.
God is more interested in what you are becoming than what you accomplish.
If you are facing difficult times right now, I want to challenge you to write this verse on a 3×5 card and memorize it: “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (Galatians 6:9 NLT).
I pray it will encourage you to keep going. You will be rewarded! BY RICK WARREN — MAY 21, 2014