2 Corinthians 9:8,11 – blessed to bless

•May 6, 2012 • Leave a Comment

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. … He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God. -2 Corinthians 9:8,11 [MSG]

Learn to give. Don’t think “After I become rich, I will start to give.” Have faith that God will provide our need. He has blessed us so that we can give it back to others. Start from something small, and God will increase His blessings that we can give even much more.

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Psalm 33:15 – understanding God

•May 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

He made their hearts,
so he understands everything they do. -Psalm 33:15

many times i feel that people around me can’t understand me. they might be able to understand some small parts of me, but not the whole thing. misunderstanding happened a lot and it seems that everything i do is not right. i do mind about what people are thinking about me, and when they can’t understand me, i feel bothered.

with this verse, i’m reminded again that at least there is Someone who understands me fully because He is the one who made my heart. He’s always there for me, willing to listen to all my problems. i learn not to seek acknowledgment from men because it will always make me lose my joy. it’s okay if they can’t understand me, at least i know that Someone up there cares for me, and it’s enough to keep my joy.

Galatians 1:15 – God is our designer

•May 24, 2011 • 1 Comment

Even then God had designs on me. Why, when I was still in my mother’s womb he chose and called me out of sheer generosity! -Galatians 1:15[MSG]

God had designs on us. He has planned everything from the beginning, even before we were born to this earth. In other versions, it’s said that He was pleased that He chose us. It means that His plans are beautiful, just like an artist being pleased with his masterpiece. We are His masterpiece. No matter how bad we might have been, let us realize that He chose us not because of what we’ve done, but merely because of His generosity, His grace, His unconditional love. He wants us to have a wonderful future.

The problem is maybe many of us don’t know the blueprint, the design that He made. Just like a building constructor cannot build a house without seeing the design from the architect, we cannot have that wonderful life without knowing the design God has prepared for us. So it’s important to have good relationship with God and see that design He made for each of us.

Luke 9:24-25 – find out the real you

•September 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? -Luke 9:24-25 [MSG]

A lot of people are trying to find out their identity in their lives, they want to know who they really are. Most of them feels that they just live under people’s expectation, surrounded by hypocrisy, and they are unsatisfied with their lives. They who can’t stand the pressure of being ‘someone else’ start to run to things that they think can satisfy themselves, free-sex, drugs, and many other things that in fact just give them temporary satisfaction. These kind of things don’t give them the real revelation of who they really are and what they want to be.

This verse tells us clearly, that self-help, finding the answer by ourselves, is useless. But, God has a way for that. He is the one who created us. He knows who we really are, each one of us. God is great enough, so much greater than we might think, to know every single detail of every people in the world. We might be just a small creature compared to the vast universe, but God knows our names. So if we want to know our real selves, just come to Him. It’s said that the way is self-sacrifice, means to live not for ourselves anymore, but live for Him. Do what He wants us to do, not what we want, because He knows the best for us. Build our relationships with God and find out His will on our lives, get the REAL US!!

Galatians 3:6-10 – put your trust in Christ

•September 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God. Is it not obvious to you that persons who put their trust in Christ (not persons who put their trust in the law!) are like Abraham: children of faith? It was all laid out beforehand in Scripture that God would set things right with non-Jews by faith. Scripture anticipated this in the promise to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed in you.” So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith—this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure. Scripture backs this up: “Utterly cursed is every person who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the law.” -Galatians 3:6-10 [MSG]

Just some simple things I got today from this verse. Trusting God fully means that you are living by faith, and by that you will be blessed like Abraham, but living with your own strength brings to failure. I think no one wants a failure. So let’s put God first in every aspect of our life, trust Him fully in anything, always live by His guidance, and all the blessings will follow after.

TRUST GOD -> BLESSING
TRUST YOURSELF -> FAILURE

Matthew 26:39 – stay alert!

•September 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire. -Matthew 26:39 [MSG]

This verse is so true. I can feel that there are two parts of me inside just like it says. And recently I feel that the second part is stronger. I missed my prayer and Bible time quite a lot because I was feeling so comfortable and lazy. COME ON!!!! Yeah, I need to get up from this condition. I have to get out from my comfort zone, stay alert, and keep in prayer, not letting the lazy part of me take control, but just the Spirit of God rules my life.

2 Corinthians 2:14 – Sweet perfume

•September 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

… Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. -2 Cor 2:14 [NLT]

It is said that we’re like a sweet perfume to spread the knowledge of Christ. A good perfume will attract people who smell it. However, usually we put on perfume after we have a shower, which means we need to be clean from any unpleasant odor first. Well, sometimes people try to hide their odor with perfume, but generally it won’t last too long, or the smell won’t be so sweet anymore.

This verse reminded me that we need to clean ourselves first before we go out spreading the knowledge of Christ, because that way, people will feel that pure fragrance without any contamination. So let’s live a clean life, a life that is pleasing in God’s eyes, and let everyone around us enjoy the sweet perfume of Christ!