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Even though vast stretches of land and sea come between you and me

We still look at the same sky and that is encouragement enough to know that we’ll get by

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Jesus is God coming to us in love. Sheer unadulterated, unfiltered love. Stripped of everything that could get in the way. Naked and vulnerable, hanging on a cross, asking the question, “What will you do with me?”

Rob Bell, Sex|God: Exploring The Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality

Fireproof doesn’t mean the fire will never come. It means when the fire comes that you will be able to withstand it

You can count on God

Today I took a qualifying exam for the job I wanted. People kept telling me “Good luck”. Why rely on luck when you can rely on God? God is greater than luck. Sad this case may be, this is a good call for Christians- those who profess the Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior, those who depend upon God- to share while we still have time. People need to know the Gospel, need to know the truth. That God is not a distant God. He listens to His people and answers their call (Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.). We can depend on this God! This God wants a relationship with each and every one of us on a very personal, intimate level. This was how things were supposed to be- man and God communicating with each other directly. That is, until sin entered the world. And because of sin, our disobedience from our Maker, our God, the communication was severed, man was punished with death (Romans 5:12 Wherefore as by one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.). Death in the spiritual sense. Death which means and eternal separation from God. Death which means eternal suffering. But because God so loved the world, so loved the people He made despite their disobedience, He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the debt which man owed. Jesus died on the cross for your sins, for  my sins, for everyone’s sin. He has paid the price man cannot pay. So the question is, would you accept Jesus’ payment for your behalf? Would you acknowledge Jesus as you own personal Savior? (John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.)

Because this God hears the people He made, cares for the people He made. You can depend on this God.

A new look at The Prodigal Son

I have always understood this parable in the way it was presented to me. Now I see that there is another story, which, if not seen clearly, might be for granted, which I think, will lead to some loss. For my part, it held a whole new meaning. It struck close to my heart.

I had this defense mechanism of undoing. Undoing sins. Undoing faults. Undoing hurts. I think when I undo, everything is okay. I may not have erased the cause, but at least I covered it.

In the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus revealed to me that undoing is pointless. It says in Luke 15: 19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. Here the son wanted to EARN his way back to his father, even if just as a servant. He wanted to WORK. That for me, was the undoing part. When I commit some sin, yes I repent. However at the back of my mind, I would like to do some good to cover my sin. I would like to WORK FOR FORGIVENESS, which is wrong! God freely forgives if we ask with a repentant heart; a heart that trusts in NO ONE ELSE BUT GOD to forgive Him of his sins; a heart that knows no amount of human effort, no amount of undoing, can ever wash him clean. The forgiveness of sins is not through our own; it is through Jesus and OUR FAITH IN HIM that we stand forgiven and righteous.

What did the father say? What proved me that undoing was futile?

v. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
v. 23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
v. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found, And they began to be merry.

See? The father welcomed his wayward son who repented, with open arms! He even called for a celebration! He did not tell him he needed to do something to earn his place back as a son. Our Father God is like that. When we sin, we do not need to do any good works to earn His forgiveness, to earn back His love; because in the first place, He never stopped loving us even when we were happily living a sinful life. What He requires us to do is to ” confess our sins for He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” – 1 John 1:9. It only takes one step to go back into Jesus’ arms, and that one step is not undoing, it is REPENTANCE. God will not be hard on us, He will not push us away; in fact, He will run straight into us and embrace us once again. Luke 15: 20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and RAN, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

God bless you, brethren!

Fuzzy feelings

I only read them in books or heard them from people or watched them in Koreanovelas. Never has it occurred to me that I would be able to personally experience these wonderful things. I mean, yes, I’m normal. But I’ve never felt anything like this before. I think, my heart has never beaten so peacefully erratic. Ironic and cheesy as it sounds, it is real. Well maybe an ECG tracing would reveal a sinus rhythm, because physiologically I’m okay, yet I think it pounds so hard (it might as well jump out of my rib cage) and pumps out blood double its normal speed every time I’m with him. It doubles its effort to supply my brain with enough oxygen, because if it doesn’t, I’d be a puddle of goo when we’re together. And my brain! Oh how it ceases to function right now. I hate how I can’t write beautifully what I feel for him. All I know is, I’ve never been so alive! And I thank God He made me realize the capacity of my heart.

To my dearly beloved, you are one of God’s most awesome gift to me :)