Lamp unto my feet

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The importance of the Word of God seems even more evident as I grow older. However, it seems like we take it more lightly as time goes by.

Psalm 119:105 (ESV)

” Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

I always thought this verse as the lamp being ginormous and lighting everywhere. I thought having the Word for today would light up my whole world. Although the Word is as powerful as anything else and it does light up our world… I also realized that the Word is often more like a lamp to our feet. In this dark world we live in, His Word acts as lamp to our feet. When we have the Word in us, we see a few more steps front of us, guiding and leading us through. As we step forward with the Word, we’re gonna need more for each step of the way. Especially in our world, where we fill our minds with so many different things throughout the day.. It is absolutely necessary to fill our minds with the Word so we can think straight, we can discern rightly, we can love better, and we can become more like the Word, Himself.

Bless you as you fill yourself with the Word today, may you cherish the Word like ever before, and see better than ever before.

Prove me, Test me.

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This portion of scripture has been on my heart for a while now. I wanted to take time to write down and meditate it more today.

“Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind. For Your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in Your faithfulness.” Psalm 26:1-3 ESV

When i read it last time, it just blew my mind. How can David be SO confident and say such things? He is telling God to test Him because he’s been pretty good! And not just his heart, but mind as well. Our mind is way more susceptible than heart (although it can be very deceitful) to our surroundings unless we constantly fill our minds with the Truth. Plus, David didn’t even have the gospel yet!

I felt pretty jealous of David as i was reading.. What he said wasn’t out of arrogance or pride, it was because kind of relationship he had with God. I haven’t heard anybody who can confidently say what he said.

This passage stirred my heart to be like David.

David reveals the secret of how he said what he said. In verse 3, he says that it’s because of His steadfast love before his eyes, and he walks in His faithfulness. He was so aware of the presence of God and His nature, love of God was constant before David’s eyes. David also walked in God’s faithfulness. The reason why David was able to walk in integrity and trust in the Lord in such a way is because of His great faithfulness. David knew that God is more faithful than the rising sun. He declares of His goodness and faithfulness over and over again whole throughout the songs/prayers in Psalms.

“For Your steadfast love is great above the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Psalm 108:4

Man, I do not want to waver in my trust in the Lord. A tender heart will help me to see His love moment by moment, and the gospel will remind me of His faithfulness which i can walk in.

Bless you.

Abandoned worship

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I haven’t written a blog for a while, i try to make a habit of writing my thoughts and revelations but it gets hard to be consistent at times. I shall start writing again by sharing what i shared with worship team this morning.

The word “abandon” means 1. To forsake; desert. 2. To surrender one’s claim or right to; to give up. 3. To yield (yourself) completely, as to emotion. Then, what is “abandoned worship?” What does it look like? Paul gave us a great example of what it looks like.

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ, Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:7-8 ESV

For Paul, it was worth everything to forsake his will, ways, life to gain Christ. Intimate fellowship with Christ was the only thing that mattered for him. That sounds pretty radical and reckless. However, i believe that’s what got him that far in his walk with Christ. Paul’s lifestyle of abandoned worship was the source of his intimacy with Jesus and powerful ministry. I don’t know if i can say that my One desire is to gain Christ even if it means to lose everything else in life… Yet. However, it’s certainly something that i desire to have and pursue daily.

I realized that in order to abandon our will, ways, life, we need something that’s worth living/dying for. In other words, is gaining Christ worth every breath, time, and money? As for Paul, everything is crap comparing to the surpassing worth of knowing Christ. As far as i know, Jesus certainly chose to abandon His will/life for our sake by submitting to the will of the Father.

This must be a daily thing. Especially if we want to impact the world around us. We can only release what we carry, and if we’re not consciously making abandoned worship as our lifestyle, we won’t release much of the Kingdom.

Two of many beautiful pictures of abandoned worship can be found in 2 Samuel 6:14-16 and Luke 7:37-38. First one is where King David was dancing as the ark of the Lord enters into the city of David. Such a shameless picture of abandoned worship from a King (think about that.) Second one is where this lady anoints Jesus’ feet w/ her hair and ointment. What was socially and culturally unacceptable, she expressed abandoned worship to Him.

Then, what does “happy place” have to do with abandoned worship? “Abandoned worship” gives us more of a negative image than a positive one. But i see it as a “happy place.” It’s a place where our destiny is fulfilled. It’s a place where we find His joy as we pursue intimate fellowship with Jesus. Ultimately, this place of abandonment becomes our enjoyment!!

We’re too comfortable. Let us renew our minds with the truth, and pray that we’ll be willing to do whatever it takes to have intimacy with Him today.

Rejoicing in faith

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The background of this portion of the Scripture is that.. The wall has just been completed around Jerusalem, and Jews were returning to homeland from exiles. The people of Israel haven’t been very faithful to God and they asked Ezra to read the Book of the Law of Moses to them.  (Nehemiah 8:1-8)

So, the priest Ezra read the Law to the people of Israel from early morning to midday (not sure if for a 7 days or just a day). It says that they were very attentive and shouting “amen, amen” as the Word was being read. Man, how plain does it sound for us? To hear the LAW for hours.. not even the NT, haha.

Anywho, as Ezra was reading the Word, people began to cry and repent! How awesome is it when people begin to repent without even preaching? It must have been the Holy Spirit.

From Nehemiah 8:9, a strange thing starts to happen.. As they are repenting and mourning because they see how much they fall short of the glory of God, Ezra, scribes, and the levites started to tell them to stop crying! It says..

“This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” for all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words they were declared to them.

What kind of image of words do you associate when you hear the word “Holy?” Perhaps, a calm.. reserved, humble image? Mourn = holy? Wouldn’t it be a proper response to mourn when we realize we have much to repent? Obviously not. (There are times to weep and mourn, so don’t take it too far)

“STOP CRYING and LET’S PARTY!”

Because this day is Holy.. they called out for a party. Think about that for a sec.

Joy is clearly a choice here. Rejoicing takes faith. It’s hard to celebrate His goodness/grace unless you know that you’ve been accepted. In the world, we rejoice because of joy. In the Kingdom, we rejoice and have joy. It’s like God telling them, “Stop feeling pain, and start throwing a party when you see a huge gap to My standard.”

We are Believers. Often, rejoicing is one of the last things that’s on our mind. But that is actually the best way to express our faith to Him because we understand that He is good and His grace is available for us. That’s why Joy can be our Strength.

This story reminded me of the prodigal son. The father knew what his son did, but when he came back.. he actually threw a party for him and even honored him by putting a robe on him. Perhaps the OT scribes and levites were telling us about the Grace in the new covenant. It’s a beautiful picture regardless.

Almost everything we deal with in the Kingdom happens internally. Whatever happens internally should manifest out there. It must become a reality in us in order for it to manifest out of us. If it’s not a reality in you, then it’s merely an act on the outside. Let JOY be your strength today because of His goodness.

Let us learn to celebrate His Grace 🙂

 

 

 

Fellowship with the Holy Spirit

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Father Son and the Holy Spirit. We know it as the Trinity. God in three, three in one.

As i was thinking about this truth and meditating on the Word, i was reminded of the importance of fellowshipping w/ Holy Spirit. Jesus sent the Helper/Teacher/Comforter (John 14) who is the Holy Spirit because Jesus will be gone to sit next to the Father. So, it’s the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us! I feel like i haven’t been a good host/temple lately, and i want to change that.

Trinity is only complete when all three persons are harmonized in one. I believe it goes the same for us. We need to (not only understand this truth) live in relation to all three persons. Not just God the Father, or Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. It’s not Father, Son, and the Holy Bible. I feel like so many christians are missing that. The bible is extremely important, and i’m not saying it’s less important than anything else. I believe Jesus is the Word himself according to John 1. Therefore, we cannot know Him unless we read/meditate/study the Word of God. So the fellowship with the Holy Spirit is actually vital to our relationship with the Father.

Then, how do we fellowship with the Holy Spirit?

How would you fellowship with the loved ones? Do the same. It’s gonna take time/effort/practice. Listening to Holy Spirit and communing with Him is so worth a disciplined lifestyle. God speaks in so many various forms and ways, we just need to learn to recognize His voice. Know that Holy Spirit actually Lives inside of you and Wants to fellowship with you.

Even my Flesh

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I think “Flesh” is described as something that go against God throughout the Bible, except one place. It’s where King David writes..

“O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.”  Psalm 63:1  NKJV

That led me to a thought.. “How can his flesh long for God? Is that even possible?” Well, he said it.. and sure, although his flesh failed God many time, God looked at him as a man after His own heart.

NLT translation says, “my whole body longs.” I want that So badly. Sure, my heart longs for the living God.. but my flesh doesn’t! My flesh wants to do what it wants to do, which is often contradicting to what the Spirit desires. I know God looks at the heart, but i even want my flesh to crave for God. Perhaps, that’s why David wrote Psalm 27:4 (One of my fav) where it says,

“One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.” ESV

I’m so inspired by David’s heart and life. Probably because he was a worship leader haha. I love the fact that he established his kingdom with a house of the Lord.. 24/7 worship center where 4000 musicians never stop worshipping in rotation. David never wanted incense of worship and prayer to stop throughout the day and night. How beautiful is that?

If you can lift a quick prayer for me, that would be awesome. I pray that your heart & flesh will long for more of God daily as well! Bless you.

Learn to Laugh

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I got a devotional book as a gift a while ago.. I wanted to share what i read today. Especially because it speaks to me! HA!

“Learn to laugh at yourself more freely. Don’t take yourself or your circumstances so seriously. Relax and know that I am God with you. When you desire My will above all else, life becomes much less threatening. Stop trying to monitor My responsibilities– things that are beyond your control. Find freedom by accepting the boundaries of your domain.

Laughter lightens your load and lifts your heart into heavenly places. Your laughter rises to heaven and blends with angelic melodies of praise. Just as parents delight in the laughter of their children, so I delight in hearing  My children laugh. I rejoice when you trust Me enough to enjoy your life lightheartedly.

Do not miss the Joy of My presence by carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. Rather, take My yoke upon you and learn from Me. My yoke is comfortable and pleasant; My burden is light and easily borne.”   Proverbs 17:22; 31:25. Matthew 1:23; 11:28-30.

“Trusting God” has been on my heart lately. God showed me how i need to let go, and trust God in many areas of my life (esp, in being a leader.) It’s been a struggle for me, but i’m thankful that God constantly reminds us to trust Him. He cares.

Hope you smile today, because He delights in You today 🙂