Joint entry for Week 4 and Week 5
Each of us have different dreams, goals, or aims. But what if God would say “no” to them, or in other terms, reject them? Well, when that happens, we should remind ourselves that God is in control of everything, and He’ll give us something far beyond our dreams, goals, or standards. He knows us better than we ourselves do. Remove all the disappointments and frustrations from your system!
Pray to God that may He answer you in His perfect:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Since this covers 2 weeks, here are 5 good points I got from devotion:
In confessing to God, we have to be straight-to-the-point
No sugar coating nor flowery words– that’s how it should be. God knows our hearts. He knows when we’ve sinned even before we confess it. He even knows when we’re about to sin. That’s why we have to align our words of confession directly to what sin we’ve committed and what Scripture says. For example, in having an affair, someone should say that he has committed adultery, instead of being both evasive and defensive. We have to cast all our sin upon the foot of the cross where Jesus bled.
In all things, be Christ-centered
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
In whatever we do- decisions, actions, speech – all should be for the greater glory of God. We should do everything God’s way, not sometimes nor most of the time– but ALL the time. Asking for guidance and for the filling of the Holy Spirit is important so we could be really dependent on the Lord in everything we do.
We, Christians, are both sinners and saints
“Just as Christ could maintain a separate sense of His personal sinlessness and His official bearing of our sin, so we must distinguish between the righteousness we have in Him and the sinfulness we see in ourselves.”
(Jerry Bridges, Holiness: Day by Day)
But let me first clarify, “saint” means “a follower of Jesus Christ”, so we, Christians and true believers, are all saints in Christ Jesus.
How we view ourselves should always be twofold, because if we only consider ourselves as sinners, we deceive ourselves about the sin we commit from day to day, and if we only consider ourselves as saints, we deceive ourselves about being self-righteous. Jesus in an analogy was given which can be seen in the quote above.
Though, we have to constantly remind ourselves the Jesus has already won the victory over our sin by His death on the cross.
We think God restricts us too much, but He actually gives true freedom
God’s laws and commands may somehow be hard to obey, and that’s because of our sinful nature, because what we used to do are being changed as we continue with our spiritual walk. In obeying God’s “hard” commands, it would turn out that it gives us true and real freedom, not like being chained by sin and having been poured with God’s wrath.
Conforming to the world’s sinful patterns is a really, really bad idea
Psalm 37:1-2, 7
“Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.”
“Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
As Christians, we should not envy those who succeeds whenever they do things the “easy yet sinful” way, for their happiness is temporal and their so-called “success” might be a failure, after all. We should remind ourselves not to feel being an “outcast” whenever we don’t go with the flow– the flow that leads to darkness. The Lord is delighted when we choose to do what is right and what pleases Him.
#SongOfTheWeek No. 1
#SongOfTheWeek No. 2