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January 2013

Discover your assignment!

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It is so true that design reveals purpose and every design is created to solve a problem. God created the world before He made man and everyone is created for a purpose [“Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began”- 2Timothy 1:9]. However great or small, you cannot change or influence why you are created but you need to discover that purpose in order to be in the center of God’s will for your life. Everyone is passionate about at least one thing. It’s either something you love so greatly or something you hate so much. These are clues to your assignment. If it’s something you hate, invest time in making it right and if it’s something you love, spread it and use it to bless people. Someone once said “when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable”. If you can discern why God made you, you’ll have a better understanding and mastery of who you are. You will operate with ease in your place of assignment and you’ll flourish exceedingly!

When God created man, he gave him dominion over His creation and the responsibility to choose the quality of his future. So man became a product of his own decisions afterwards. Although God sees, knows, owns and has power over all things, He has relinquished the right to choose to your freewill. You have the power to make or mar yourself. If and/or when you realize what you have been ‘called’ to do, you can decide to operate within your calling or choose to ignore it and chart another path for yourself. But really, your success and peace of mind is only guaranteed in your place of calling. That sure makes discovery of purpose key to living a fulfilled life!

Celebrating milestones!

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It was my meditation on the familiar story of David and Goliath as recorded in 1Samuel 17 today that reminded me of how recalling our past victories could fire up our confidence and strengthen our faith especially when the going gets tough. Life’s challenges oftentimes can be overwhelming but the truth is, there is always that silver lining in every cloud. We should endeavour to pay more attention to them because the more we testify about these God’s goodness, the more of them we’ll see.

In verses 34-37, David responds to King Saul’s skepticism and his brothers’ criticism by recalling his past victories over lions and bears. His testimony of God’s omnipotence was the perfect morale booster for the battle. It was even enough for the king to give him the benefit of the doubt. The usual strategy of the enemy is to get us focused on past failures and mistakes so that we could get stucked in a rut. David could have focused on his weaknesses and past frustrations but he chose to dwell on his previous victories instead. That got him fired up and his total reliance on the same God gave him victory over the Philistine.

Life will not always be fair. As they say, it’s not a bed of roses. Challenges come and go. You win some, you loose some. However daunting life may present itself every now and then, one faith enhancing, confidence boosting strategy that will be of great help it to always take time out to count our blessings, take note or keep records (a journal might come in handy here) of them for easy recall in the future and leverage on these milestones for future victories!

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference… Reinhold Nielbuhr.

Peace beyond understanding!

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As much as I always encourage people to persevere especially when their hearts are set to really achieve something worthwhile, I also tell them one of the hallmarks of maturity and sound decision making is to cultivate the art of knowing when to walk away from unrealistic goals. No one likes to fail. We all hate to be quitters. But then, there are some things in life that just would never change. No matter how hard you try, they just can’t be fixed. We live in a vast complex world and the earlier we accept there will always be some things that will remain outside our comprehension, the better it is for our peace of mind.

People get irrational, things go unexpectedly wrong or right and it just won’t make sense. Inspite of the abundance of resources available to us today, isn’t it funny that life is so dynamic that its challenges keeps getting more complicated. It’s always the case of “just when I had the answer, I forgot the question”. Spending time trying to figure out everything will only keep throwing us into further confusion. We need to realize that a broader perspective and better understanding of life’s issues could also result from our walking away and letting time and space open up new revelations about these mysteries. We could then see the folly in our plans or even uncover reasons to thank God for our letting go.

“The LORD looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From His throne He observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do” -Psalm 33:13-15 NLT.

Life’s mysteries and complications are simply God’s way of reminding us that this is His world, not ours. He’s the only one that understands and supersedes every events and laws of nature. He knows the end, even from the beginning and sure understands when and why everything happens in life. Amidst life’s confusion, rather than hold on to the faulty assumption that we control the world around us, we should work hard to give life our best shot and ultimately make God, who created and understands everything our only guide and anchor. That’s peace beyond understanding!

Handling guilt!

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Our imperfect nature causes us to sometimes make wrong choices. When we do, our conscience convicts us with guilt and we are constantly reminded of our fallen state. Our response to guilt is usually coloured by our understanding of its essence. We either choose to ignore the feeling or acknowledge it and let it steer us towards the reality of our situation.

For me, it’s a wake up call. Guilt is a gift, a form of God’s grace to expose me to my true self and force me to take seriously my sin, whether it’s a lashing tongue, a lustful thought or a lingering pride. Each time I do something wrong or fall short of God’s standards, the festering guilt can function for good, turning me to see my state before a holy God. I have the opportunity to come to true repentance and like the prodigal son be restored to My Father rather than let it take a toll on my emotional, spiritual and even my physical health. I try to repair my relationship with God and let Him repair my relationship with others and even with myself. I trust God to help me do what I can to make amends with those I’ve hurt and commit to living sin-free!

“The purpose of being guilty is to bring us to Jesus. Once we are there, then its purpose is finished. If we continue to make ourselves guilty (to blame ourselves) then that is sin in itself.” – Corrie ten Boom.

The Bible says “so if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” [John 8:36 ESV]. Jesus already paid for my guilt and shame. He died on the cross and took away all my sins. I possess the mind of Christ, so I refuse to let guilt drag me down! I’m clothed in God’s righteousness! I am an overcomer!!!

Absolute surrender!

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I have always wondered why we often claim to believe God, yet doubt Him with our actions. We confess the word and yet refuse to take that necessary leap of faith. It’s like we believe God can solve our lives’ puzzle and still refuse to give Him all the pieces! We know God is leading us in a particular direction but maybe because it fails to meet our expectations or did not in anyway conform with our standards, we refuse to act or sometimes try to help God by resolving to our own interpretations of events. In the process, we stray away from His plans for us and eventually have to face the consequences of our disobedience.

God’s ways are not our ways [Isaiah 55:8] and even the ‘foolish’ plans of God are wiser than the wisest of human plans [1Corinthians 1:25 NLT]. If we truly love and trust Him, we will be willing to live in absolute surrender to His commands. We might not always understand why but we can always be sure His plans would bring us into a glorious future [Jeremiah 29:11]. Doubt robs us of God’s promises and provisions [James 1:6&7]. It erodes our faith and confidence. It steals our joy and brings nothing but anxiety. I tell you what, I’ve come to realize that it’s not just enough to know God and discern His will, total adherence to His directions is the key to fulfilling His plans and purposes for our lives. A life of total obedience is what He requires!

True worship!

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It was a conversation I had with a friend before going to bed yesterday that got me thinking of how going to church these days is becoming more about tradition than about genuine worship. We oftentimes fail to realize that knowing about God and knowing Him are two different things. The ability to enjoy life and live it properly is a gift from God that comes only when we are in the right relationship with Him and sincerely submit to His will. It’s never about who we are, what position we occupy or the activities we do in church. It’s not even about how much of the scriptures we know. It’s about how much of them permeates our lives and truly reflects in our daily living! It’s about trusting Him with all our heart and acknowledging Him in all our ways – Proverbs 3:5&6! It’s about being obedient and willing to act on His words and wait on His promises even when we don’t understand why. True worship stems from our getting deeper into the understanding of who God is and that He’s a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. There’s more to it than going to church. It’s about meditating on and doing the Word! It’s about living a life of total consecration to God!

When an idea enters our head, it’s called information. When it touches our heart, it’s called inspiration. But when it bleeds out our toes and fingernails, it’s called incarnation… Wayne Cordeiro.

Grateful heart… Mash-up!

Bless The Lord! O my soul!
And all that is within me.
Bless His Holy name.
My heart is overflowing with a good theme.
I recite my composition concerning the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart.
And I will glorify Your name forevermore.
For great is Your mercy towards me.
I will praise You, O Lord,
with my whole heart.
I will tell of all Your marvellous works.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.
He makes my feet like the feet of deer
And sets me on my high places.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
O Lord, our God!
How excellent is Your name in all the earth.
The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and all its fullness, You have founded them.
For who in heaven can be compared to You?
You rule the raging of the sea: when its waves rise, You still them.
Your faithfulness also surrounds You.
My God, and the rock of my salvation.
You have delivered me from the strivings of the people;
You have made me the head of nations.
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You.
Blessed is the man who trusts in You.
O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places.
How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts!
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
Yea! Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil.
For You are with me.
For You have delivered my soul from death.
And my eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
Oh! Magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Declare His glory among the nations.
For He has done marvellous things.
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Break forth in songs, rejoice and sing praises.
For He is good,
And for His mercy endures forever!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits!

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