be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
(Jesus is full of compassion, this scripture is so powerful)
|—||Jesus (John 16:33)|
We are pressed down on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering , our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
“Listen to me, you stubborn people who are so far from doing right.
13 For I am ready to set things right,not in the distant future, but right now! I am ready to save Jerusalem and show my glory to Israel.”-Isaiah 46:12-13
I remember during the first day of the event i was extremely bothered, i was talking to God " God where can i find you here? How can we reach out in this field? What will other churches say about our church presenting this event? Where are you here?"
I was afraid not to see God move in the lives of the skateboarders/long boarders and all other people in that particular field. Our church decided to go for this event, first all of course God lead the church leaders into this, and second because we know that there are many other groups of people who are spiritually poor, it is not only those who go physically hungry or sick who needs Christ , there are many more out there.
And i was deeply searching for a sign of Christ at the first day, and to be honest i don’t think i saw him. We were just spending time being with the skaters and just supporting them with something they’re so passionate about. And so when i went home, my heart was still not at peace then i went to God and asked him to assure me that He is working , that we are doing what He wants us to do, and He definitely did. Please read the Scriptures below.
Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew)
13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him.14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.
15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.)16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees[b] saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?[c]”
17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
He told me " Trisha you are doing what i’ve done before." and by that he means, he didn’t care what the religious people might say because he came to be with the sinners, to be with the people the society thinks are wasted and hopeless. The mere act of supporting them for something they love is an act of love in itself!
And then i knew, i just missed Him the first day, He was there!!! And so the second day was the competition and the concert, and He was lifted up. The Gospel was preached through the songs of the hardcore bands. And as for me i really enjoyed the concert for i used to really spend time listening to that kind of genre before, the difference is that i used to listen to the worldly ones.
So see here, Jesus also came to sit and dine with the sinners, and whoever they are, whatever they do, no matter what they’re past was like he still came to reach out to them ,to fellowship with them. And i think that’s what Christianity is missing out, we are not to just stay in the comforts of our own Christian community and ignore the many who really wants to witness Christ, we are called to be like Christ, we are called to sit and dine with the people the world has corrupted. We are to love them and support them. To be the hands, feet, mouth and ears of Jesus Christ!
18 So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. 19 I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.
|—||Isaiah 55: 11 (via cafespirit)|
I’ve been learning a lot of things lately, and i can’t stop thanking God for every single one of it. All the things that i’m learning helps me a lot in my Journey with Christ. And i’d like to share with you some particular thing that i’ve learned this day with our training session in Logos Hope.
Inductive bible Study.
So based on what i learned today is this "Inductive Bible Study" is where in you read the word of God and Observe it , and interpret it the way it was really intended to be and apply it to the present or how it applies to you.
There are three points to keep in Mind.
- Observation- you ask ”what”? Observe what is happening in the context.
- Interpretation- you ask "so what?" Draw what the scriptures mean based on what you observed.
- Application - you ask “now what?” Apply it to your own life.
There’s another kind called "Deductive Bible Study" where in you read the word of God and you think about what it means for you and according to what you just know.
there’s a fine line of difference there, and i hope you can grasp that.
So we were taught how to study the bible the “”Inductive” way, mostly that’s how Bible Scholars study the scriptures and based on what i experienced from trying to study it that way it really enlightened me and gave life to the Word of God!
Most of the time i read the scripture and just say to myself " Okay how does this relate to me now?" and then once i get to a fine conclusion i stop and think i did just alright. But we should not study the bible in the Light of our mere feelings but in what the context really means. Cause once you really analyze and interpret it, you get to have a different perspective and the Word speaks to you for what it was all meant to speak.
So yeah, our speaker was a Professor from Singapore, and he was cool and taught us very well. I really enjoyed that, we studied Philemon and all i can say was wow! Yeah i never understood why Philemon has to be included in the bible not until this afternoon.
And of course, when studying the bible do not depend on your own understanding, always ask God for His help and he will guide you.
May God be with you and guide you as you meditate on His word day and night!
All my love,
|—||Jesus (Matthew 12:34)|
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
- well, this is everywhere. I can see this in our generation. But let us focus on running the race, let us not be influenced by the works of evil instead ask God to use us to influence the people around us with goodness and love.