Morning folks! Good quiet morning with God with cuppa.
2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
Key phrase that caught mine eyes is " depart from iniquity." It is of a truth that Christians are no longer bounded by sin. We have the freedom to reject and decline sin as we have the past of the Holy Spirit in us.
I understand its not going to be easy. However by God’s grace and submission, we shall triumph.
Issue with Progressive Lens experience.
We need to understand how progressive lens works and layout:
1. The upper region is to see far
2. The middle region is to see moderately near
3. The lower region is for reading up close.
4. The Left and Right has no degrees, and it looks fuzzy.
So here’s the good news for the folks who wants to know the advantages of progressive:
1. I think it is useful for general usage.
2. I can read my phones and see my meals etc on the move without removing my glasses.
3. I can see far and near easily which is useful for Class Room, Lectures, Church.
The Bad News:
1. You can’t glance left or right – especially since I am using 2 monitors.
2. I can’t see my shoes, coz I need to look down!
3. I can’t look to the ground while one is walking or standing, remember the lower part of progressive lens is for near, not far.
4. I can’t rest my head back while driving because I will my eyes will look downwards.
5. I can’t walk chin up some times to stretch my neck.
When I think of these, a bible verse comes to mind:
2 Peter 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
More importantly the next verse especially for folks who have doubt with their salvation..
2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Which is quite straight forward! I’m a car driver, and I depress my horn once a while, so I know my horn is not failing! Thus similarly, if one have been serving and submitting to Jesus, exercising one gifts, you know you are saved!
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom,…yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10:20)
Many times people ask why are you happy and what is your response? For some it could be due to good exam results, for other it could be some joyous events. I think for us Christians we have a very good reason to rejoice and be joyful wherever we are. Even in down time, yes we may feel sad when a love one passed away, or perhaps flustered when we are stressed, or even angry when things are not going our way.
However the bible reminds me to rejoice and do not be sad. We should be having a joyful countenance so that we may tell others why we are happy, because our names are wtitten in heaven and this world is not our home.
People may say I am crazy, but I’d say I’d rather be crazy and be at right with God, than someone who is sane and on the wrong side with God.
Isaiah 29:13King James Version (KJV)
13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
What do u think of this?
. Precepts of men meant more than God
. Traditions more important
People always get flustered by the doctrine of election. I do not dwell on this. Nor do I even share this with other people until they are in the circle. To be chose is Grace. To be chosen is God’s mercy and pleasure.
Many people choose to give the reason that they are not called by God… Therefore they will not be saved. Can I say that it is because you choose not to believe therefore you are not chosen? But Because you believe… You know you are chosen. Therefore on order to know if we are elected, u believe first in God and perservere for this is the great mystery.
Do not let the unknown to hinder us from the salvation of God… But instead cling on by faith to the saving grace of Jesus.
Jn 6.44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
It had been argued that I am not elected or chosen therefore I will not be saved.
The parallel to this illustration is as if a person is dying in a burning room and choose not to cry out for help.
Remember what Jesus said.
7 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 ¶ He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Similarly the fire dept did not send their fireman so that the people will be burnt to death. But that the people through the fireman may be saved!
He that believe on the fireman is not doomed, but he that believe not in the fireman will be doomed to a fiery end, because he refused to believe in the saving capability of the fireman.
Therefore he who believed in the fireman will be saved from the fiery end, similar to our saving faith in Jesus, who call upon His name shall be saved.
An even simpler scenario. Despite all the calling and rewards beyond comprehension to be a fireman. Despite knowing the risk that without fireman skills presumably, u will surely die in a fire, and family too. You still refuse to be a fireman. It’s pretty certain that you were never called to be a fireman coz yiu rather die in the fire than to be one.
Interesting. I got this from today’s 2015.1.4 devotion on the same topic! Rejecting Christ..
Daily Bible Readings in the Life of Christ by J.R. Miller
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. JOHN 1:11
THE picture represents Christ coming with infinite grace to those He loved, and to His own people, only to be rejected by them and turned away from their doors. This was one of the saddest things about the Saviour’s mission to this world. He was the God of glory and of life; He came to bring heaven to earth: but when He stood at men’s doors and knocked, the doors were kept closed upon Him and He had to turn and go away again, bearing back in His hands the precious gifts and blessings He had brought and wished to leave.
We say the Jews, “His own,” were very ungrateful to treat their Messiah in this way; and also that their rejection was a terrible wrong to themselves, for they thrust away in Christ the most glorious things of heaven and eternity. But how is it with ourselves? Christ comes to us; He is continually coming. His hands are full of blessings; He has eternal life to bestow. Do we receive Him? Is it not true of us that He comes unto His own, and His own receive Him not? Do we really take from the hand of Christ all that He offers to us? Do we not daily grieve Him and rob ourselves of blessings by declining what He brings?
Especially do we reject Christ often when He comes to us in the garb of pain or sorrow. Many times the blessings He brings to us then are the very richest and the most precious in all His store. But how many of us receive Christ as gladly, and take the gifts from His hand as cheerfully and gratefully, when He comes in grief or suffering, as when He comes in the garb of joy or worldly prosperity? Why should we not do so? Can we not trust His love and wisdom? He never sends pain unless pain is best. He never chastens unless there is a blessing in chastening.
Good gifts from God
Excerpt taken from Daily Manna Calvary Jurong
2015 Oct 11-
Luke 11:13 – If ye then, being evil, know
how to give good gifts unto your
children: how much more shall
your heavenly Father give the Holy
Spirit to them that ask Him?
Having taught the disciples how to pray, as well as
providing them a guideline, Christ exhorts them
to exercise themselves in prayer, using simple examples
which every one of us can relate to even now.
Furthermore, He shows us the extent to which God
the Father is willing to answer our prayers. Instead of
the human friend who often has to be entreated many
times before being willing to aid us, we have a Father in
heaven Who is willing at any point in time to provide us
with what is best for us.
Why then, are we sometimes reluctant to pray?
Perhaps the problem that some of us face is the instance
of sin in our lives. Many times, we feel that because of
our sins, we are unworthy to come before God and ask
Him for our daily needs. However, we are getting things
mixed up. It is when we see how sinful our thoughts,
words and deeds actually are that it is the best time to fall
on our knees in humble, contrite prayer and go to our
Father who is willing to forgive our sins if we are truly
Let us also remember the wonderful example of
Elijah provided for us in James 5:17-18, where he, a man
subject to like emotions and feelings as us, could pray
with such faith that God indeed shows that He hears
and answers prayer by the working of great miracles. Let
us have the same faith and trust in our heavenly Father.
The more we pray to God, the more our language improves as we want to present our thoughts and petitions in more ways than one. We make use of different words to emphasize our points to God and the worshippers although it does not mean God does not understand our thoughts. Take the word “wisdom” for example, it will soon get pretty dry and repetitive when everyone prays for wisdom using the word “wisdom” specifically. How else can we present our petitions before God on wisdom?
That is why God wants us to talk to him daily, chew on the devotional verse which we have acquired from in the morning, and meditate throughout the whole day. Even the memory verse can be a component of our prayer and petitions before God.
Synonyms for Wisdom:
- Percipience – the quality of having sensitive insight or understanding; perceptiveness.
- good sense,
- common sense
- informally used
- rarley used.
- having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.
- But her “sapience,” as you excellently call it, passes all decent bounds.
- Arguteness = being acute.