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Jesus Take The Wheel

Jesus, take the wheel

Take it from my hands

Cause I can’t do this on my own

I’m letting go

So give me one more chance

To save me from this road I’m on

Jesus, take the wheel

Love to sing this song and since I am now assigned in Transport Department, I got inspired to share this to you.

Who is the driver of your spiritual journey? You or God? piZap_1424495463175 In every journey or road trip, it is important that drivers have good map and reliable GPS to get into their destination. Before departing, some drivers may feel some anxiety. They worry about the unknown detours or the dangerous intersections that lie ahead and should be avoided.

From the book of Pastor Rick Warren, he said there that the best way he can define “meekness” is this: Let go, and let God. How do you let go and let God? First, you have to make Jesus the manager of your life. The problem is, we usually want to be the manager of our own lives, and so we argue and disagree with God. We think we know what’s best. The reason you’re under a lot of stress is that you’re constantly fighting God in your mind — “I know God says to do this but I want to do that instead!” Every morning when you wake up, you have a decision to make: Who’s going to be in charge of your life? Who’s going to be in control — you or God? Who’s going to call the shots — you or God? Every day, moment by moment, you are making that decision. When you choose to make yourself the manager of your own life, it causes conflict, confusion, and stress.

Jesus says in Matthew 16:24, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am” (MSG). Here’s what Christians tend to do: When we become believers in Christ, we give him the driver’s seat and then promptly hop into the backseat and become backseat drivers. We’re constantly giving him “advice,” like, “No, turn this way. Stop. Wait. Faster! I want to go that way. I want to see that sight.” Your life doesn’t look very pretty when you’re trying to lead with God at the same time. You just need to let God be God and make Jesus the manager of your life.

In his book, “Reflections for Ragamuffins, Brennan Manning writes, “You will trust God only as much as you love Him.” You will also only love God as much as you trust Him. As you drive along your journey in life, you’ll find that confidence in God’s love is always coupled with trust. As I said, this means letting Him drive. When love and trust are combined, they are a like a match to faith. They will set your confidence on fire so that you can ride anywhere that God is taking you without fear.

Are you convinced that allowing God to drive is best? If so, I challenge you to let God take the wheel. Granted, this can be hard, especially when life is tough and you’re not sure where the road may lead. However, moment by moment, if you choose to trust Him; if you let go, you’ll find peace, rest, contentment, communication and love filling you up. You’ll also stay out of the emotional and spiritual ditch in your relationship with God—and you’ll get to sit in the passenger’s seat and enjoy that refreshing drink. Could there be anything better?

Are you ready to let God drive you to the next destination on your spiritual journey? 

Trust Without Borders

Trust without borders

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Ok. Let us talk about faith today. From 1-10, how are you going to rate your self ? How strong is your faith in God?

Faith is belief that is not based on proof. It can also be defined as confidence or trust in a person, thing, deity, view, or in the doctrines or teachings of a religion, as well as confidence based on some degree of warrant. The word faith is often used as a synonym forhopetrust, or belief. – Wikepedia


And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. – Hebrews 11:6


Matthew 14:22-33 , it is a story about Jesus walks on water. After feeding the 5000, Jesus sends his disciples ahead of him in a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. Several hours later in the night, the disciples encounter a storm. Jesus comes to them, walking on the water. This terrifies the disciples who think they are seeing a ghost. Jesus tells them in verse 27, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”. Peter replies, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” So Jesus invites Peter to come. Peter gets out of the boat and begins walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter takes his eyes off Jesus and sees the wind and waves, he begins to sink. Peter cries out to the Lord and Jesus immediately reaches out his hand and catches Peter. As they climb into the boat together, the storm ceases. Then the disciples worship Jesus, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Let us focus on Peter. When Jesus told them that it was Him, Peter got excited and asked Jesus if he can also walk into the water. Peter start with good intention.  His trust in Jesus is there. But what happened next? Peter starts looking around, to his left, to his right and saw those big waves. Fear get into his nerve then he begins to sink.

In situations in our lives, sometimes we are like Peter. At the start, we are full of confidence, full of trust to Jesus, knowing that He is there. But when we start taking off our eyes from Jesus, and focusing on the difficult circumstances (giant waves ) we are loosing our trust, our faith. Our faith are becoming weaker and weaker and we will begin to sink.


Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; – Hebrews 12:2  KJV


Christ is the Author and Finisher of our faith. The word “Author” is the Greek word  “archegon”. It means “one responsible for commencement; originator, pioneer, example, leader, prince or captain.” This word is used in Hebrews 2:10 and is translated “captain of our salvation.”

In the Roman games, the runners would keep their eyes on the judge. The judge could be at both the starting line and finishing line if it was a circular race. The judge could be at the finish line if it was a straight race. Whatever, they kept their eyes on the judge.

While running the race for the Lord Jesus Christ, our eyes should be on our path and the finish. Looking behind hurts your race because it breaks your stride, and you could stumble and fall. We are to keep looking forward for Christ.

Christ is not only the Author of our Faith, He is the Finisher of our Faith. The word “finisher” is the Greek word “teleioten”. It means “perfecter, clincher, goal, crown, completer, the icing.”

Christ is the goal of our faith.

Philippians 3:14— I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

STOP LOOKING TO YOUR RIGHT, TO YOUR LEFT. STOP LOOKING AROUND.

KEEP MOVING FORWARD AND FIX OUR EYES TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST!

Hebrews 11:1 which says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Faith will keep us in a trusting relationship with God, even in the midst of our troubled situations.

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Action Speak Louder Than Words

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Action Speak Louder Than Words

“ By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

We’ve all heard the statement, “Actions speak louder than words.” Love is a great example. When do you feel the most loved? When someone says “I love you” over and over? Or when someone shows you love by treating you kindly or helping you? The words “I love you” are certainly sweet to hear, but without action they are meaningless.

We all want to love and to be loved—that’s just how God made us.

In today’s verse, Jesus tells his followers how they will be recognizable—by loving each other. By showing love to others, we exemplify God’s love for us. God’s very character is love, and one of the reasons he sent his son was to show us how to love.

Serving others unselfishly, sharing our lives and our resources, helping others, sacrificing for those around us, encouraging each other—these are all ways we can show the love Jesus taught and lived. Then our actions will truly speak louder than our words.

Questions to ponder:

What makes you feel loved?
How do you show love to those around you?
Can you make a more concerted effort to be loving to others?

Application:

Think of one person who needs to see and feel love from you. Take a step in showing that person your love through an unexpected act of kindness.

God’s Unfailing Love

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MAY YOUR UNFAILING LOVE REST UPON US, O LORD, EVEN AS WE PUT OUR HOPE IN YOU. ( PSALM 33:22 *NIV )

God’s love for each one of us is tremendous indeed!  For every child of His is very important to Him!  So today I will share with you something that one of our brother’s sent to me. It speaks of God’s Tremendous love for each of us.

To you, my friend,
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.

If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

He sends you flowers every spring.

He sends you a sunrise every morning.

Whenever you want to talk, He listens.

He can live anywhere in the Universe, but He chose your heart.

Now God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without
sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the
day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

So face it, He is crazy about you!

Therefore let us; GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE  IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!  Amen.
( 1 CHRONICLES 16:34 )

Follow God’s Direction and Receive His Promises

“Follow all the directions the Lord has given you. Then life will go well for you…” Deuteronomy 5:33 

Q: How to know the directions that the Lord has given to us?
And how to receive His promises?

Follow God’s Direction

imagesMost of the time, we are making decision out of our emotions, impressions, or other pressure-packed forces that influence us. There are several attributes that contribute to poor decisions that blinding our emotions. Sometimes, overconfidence, procrastination, immediate gratification. Many individuals place great emphasis on another’s advice that validates their preferred choice. This only reinforces what could be a bad decision.

So, how do you make a solid, reliable decision without these kinds of negative influences? What is the missing component that would provide a sound basis for your decisions? The answer is found in the pages of Scripture. It is called WISDOM.

God’s Divine Direction

Wisdom might be defined today as “knowledge, the ability to discern inner qualities and relationships, insight, and judgment.” Biblical wisdom, however, was described by the Hebrew word chakmah. It was more than common sense and was characterized by skill and craftsmanship, cleverness and cunning, and prudence in everyday matters. Wisdom graced the lives of many biblical figures—Daniel, Ezra, Joshua—and brought them great success.

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How do you find wisdom today? Where do you go to have your problems solved and questions answered? The answer is to go to the source of all wisdom, God Himself. He is the one who created you—He has placed His gifts and callings within you and understands their worth. Certainly, He is a good steward of His gifts and will develop them to their maturity.

God is also the one who understands your past and future—He has intrinsic knowledge of your weaknesses and strengths. The Lord will protect you, yet challenge you to grow in your Christian walk.

Finally, God will lead you along a path that will fulfill His plans for your life. He is the one who knows the direction you are to follow and will lead accordingly.

So, how do you begin? Here are five basic steps for receiving wisdom from God.

  1. Acknowledge that God has the answer. God is the source of wisdom for all things. Realize that He not only has the answer, He is the answer. Proverbs 2:6 and 9 states, “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding… Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.”
  2. Pray and ask for God’s wisdom.How can you be sure God will answer when you ask Him? James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” So simply ask for
    God’s help and then…
  3. Believe He will guide you.Faith is an important component to accepting God’s wisdom. You must recognize the fact that God wants to communicate with you. Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” God’s direction in your decision will become clearer and more distinct as you continue to pray and ask for His help.
  4.  Get in motion. You have probably heard the saying “It is hard to steer a parked car.” Begin to do your part and research your vocational options. Travel with your family and investigate the prospective area first hand. Explore the housing market, recreational opportunities, and cost of living. Your move could be a blessing in disguise, allowing your family greater financial freedom.
  5. Check your decision against God’s Word. James 3:15-17 provides the characteristics of true godly wisdom: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” Have the courage to ask yourself whether your choice meets these qualifications for God’s wisdom, or whether there are still any outside influences directing your path.If you sense any anxiety or confusion, keep praying. God’s wisdom will direct your paths in a peaceful manner.

God is the source of all wisdom. Only He views your life from an eternal and comprehensive perspective. Allow Him to become part of your decision–making process and guarantee yourself a lifetime of success.

To Receive God’s Promises 

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Read Matt. 8:5-13

In Matt 8:5-13 tells about the faith of the centurion. When Jesus heard what the centurion said to Him, He was amazed! He said that He haven’t found anyone in Israel with such great faith.Why, because faith and obedience are interlock. When you trust someone, you do what they say. If you don’t do what someone tells you to do, it means you don’t trust him. God has link FAITH and OBEDIENCE together. So that all of the promises of God are condition upon  you following all the directions that He Gives you.

What God Promises if we Obey HIM

“God blesses those who obey Him.”  Prov. 16:20 (LB)

“God saves those who obey Him.”  Ps. 7:10 (GN)

“The Lord watches over those who obey Him.”  Ps. 33:18 (GN)

“The Lord takes care of those who obey him.”  Ps. 37:18 (GN)

“You help all those who obey You.”  Ps. 7:9 (NLT)

“God gives us what we ask for because we obey His commands.”  1 John 3:22 (NCV)

“Always obey the Lord and you will be happy.”  Prov. 28:14 (GN)

“Keep God’s laws and you will live longer.”  Prov. 19:16 (GN)

“Those who obey the Lord lack nothing good.”  Ps. 34:10 (GN)

“Those who obey Him have all they need.”  Ps. 34:9 (GN)

You will…

“… live in perfect freedom.”  Ps. 119:45 (GN)

“… have greater wisdom.”  Ps. 119:100 (GN)

“… dwell in security and peace.”  Prov. 1:33 (NAB)

“… be prosperous and successful.”  Josh. 1:8 (GN)

“…be great in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matt. 5:19 (NCV)

“…be rewarded.”  Prov. 13:13 (NCV)

OTHER PROMISES

Prov. 19:23 (GN), Prov. 10:27 (GN), Ps. 25:14 (GN),  Ps. 128:1 (GN), Ps. 106:3 (GN),

Luke 11:28 (NIV), Ps. 111:10 (NLT), John 15:7 (LB)

How to receive God’s Promises

1. OBEY GOD IMMEDIATELY

 

“I will quickly obey Your commands.”  Ps. 119:32 (NCV)

“Without delay I hurry to obey Your commands.”  Ps. 119:60 (GN)

 

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Whether you feel it or not, whether you understand it or not. You have to do it immediately.

You don’t have to understand something to benefit from it. You don’t understand how the big plane fly but you fly all the time. You don’t understand how the computer works, but your using it now, for Facebook, for e-mails.You don’t need to understand how those things work to experience the benefit of from it.

You don’t have to understand God’s commands in order to obey Him and benefit from them.

Every parents knows that when we tell to our children to do something, our child will ask us why they need to do that. And we will simply say, “because I said so”. Behind that 4 words, you are actually say, “because your little pea brain are not big enough to understand it. And one day you will understand real reality. But right now trust me .I know better than you do.”

And God sometimes telling us to do something and we will ask Him why and He will also simply answer us, “because I said so”.

…only immature people go by their feelings, mature people do the right thing inspite of their feelings. Your very emotionally immature if you live by your feelings.
Obey God immediately inspite of what you feel.
When you are delaying obedience, surely you are questioning God.
Delayed obedience is disobedience

2. OBEY GOD COMPLETELY

“Lord, You gave Your orders to be obeyed completely.”  Ps. 119:4 (NCV)

  1. God standard of right and wrong has never change
  2. God has a bigger perspective than us

“…  Your job is not to decide whether God’s law is right or wrong, but to obey it.”

James 4:11c (LB)
God care’s about details.

Trust God

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.”  Prov. 3:5 (Mes)

3. OBEY GOD JOYFULLY

“Obey Him gladly.”  Ps. 100:2b(LB)

“I enjoy obeying Your commands.”  Ps. 119:16 (NCV)

“I find pleasure in obeying Your commands…”  Ps. 119:47 (GN)

3 reasons:

1. Because  I have fewer problems in life if I obey God

2. I know I will be rewarded from heaven

3. Because I love God


“Loving God means doing what He tells us to do…”  1 John 5:3 (LB)
God measures our love by our obedience. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments”

4. OBEY GOD CONTINUALLY

“I am determined to obey You until I die.”  Ps. 119:112 (LB)

“Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord.  As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly obey.”  Ps. 119:33 (LB)

“We must be sure to obey the truth we have learned already.”  Phil. 3:16 (NLT)

“Not all people who sound religious are really godly.  They may refer to Me as ‘Lord,’ but they still won’t enter heaven.  The decisive issue is whether they obey My Father.”

Matt. 7:21 (NLT)

QUESTION TO CONSIDER:

What practical choices will I make today in order to grow closer to God?

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Reference: CBN Asia, Pastor Rick Warren