Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may shower rigtheousness upon you.
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.
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)|
The internet connection is unbearably slow so I decided to just open MS word and type away. & just copy paste this to my blog.
I just finished my devotions and i read from Psalm 51. This was the Psalm David wrote after Nathan came to him about his adultery with Bathsheba. And you can read in the lines the guilt David felt at that time, because he committed adultery and murdered Uriah the husband of Bathsheba. And he was so guilty but then you can also read all about his repenting heart, and know that He really wanted His relationship with God back, that he wanted to be cleansed out of his sins and all unrighteousness. His plea for forgiveness and purification was one of the most sincere ever.
What actually lead me to read the whole chapter was the moment I saw this particular verse
Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of my salvation and make me willing to obey you.
David knew that It was God who gives the joy, it was God who helps us obey Him. It was never just you or me in this journey for without God we wouldn’t have the desire to obey, the desire to be cleansed from all sins. It is God who plants the will in our hearts.
And out of all the prophets and great men in the bible God said David “was a man after His own heart”. Can you imagine that? David committed adultery and murdered but HE WAS THE ONLY ONE CALLED A MAN AFTER GOD’S HEART.
Okay, I think I might wanna dig into this more, and study this part more. Why did God call David a man after His own heart? I am getting so many thoughts about this, and i think i really need to dig more. I remember hearing a sermon about this. Oh well…
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.
I was foolish and ignorant- I must have seemed like a senseless animal to You.
Yet i still belong to you; You hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
Whom have i in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, But God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever
|—||the Bible ( Psalm 73:21-26)|
God has given me this scripture months ago, actually its from Isaiah 45:2-7. And as i read the verse i was completely blown away but i couldn’t quite grasp what it says that “i have equipped you for battle, though you don’t even know me. Because i thought i knew the Lord, and i was all like ” What does this mean?” and so the days went by and by, turned into months and i began to fall apart. I stopped seeking, because i thought that i couldn’t hear from Him anymore. I was struggling in finding Him but i fail to seek with all my heart. Then i became weak, i was so miserable.
And that went on for months, people didn’t even know. But yesterday God found me, God finally spoke to me again regarding His plans, and now i know what that scripture meant. That even though i failed to seek Him and know Him for the past months He is still equipped me for the challenges , for the battles, and for the trials that are yet to come!
I am in awe of how He does things! God is so good. I know this has something to do with my college stuff, and i’m so excited :)