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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Love and Surrender

In my solitary moments I was deeply thinking of surrendering my pride and selfishness to Christ my LORD. I said to my mind I must be selfless and be holy. I was fasting in a slowly steps and hoping to pray more and talk without the world to My Creator. I said to myself this is hard and time consuming. Do I have really have to surrender my golden maggets and silvery idols!? Really? I mean those things and people that make us stop from serving and worshipping the God of the Bible..you know the God of Abraham and Jonah..

This is the hard part to truly surrender everything  that makes me selfish?. Most Christians thinks that surrendering is like putting on a sack cloth and dismal faces so that the publick will know how you are humbly surrendering and struggling with your life. To be like Jeremiah and some known OT prophets.. I know they are true servants of the Most High God. Their examples were a hit those days and Spirit led, but mind you if you are going to emitate their testimonies and protests today you might end up in a mental confinement or the worst in jail!

Modernism has nothing to do with good old Biblical truth and examples, but we must understand some can be considered as EXTREMES you know, and based from the history of the church there are some ways that is only applicable in those days and cannot be used today or we will fail.

Well, Yes we must surrender. We must let go and let God handle everything. One tiny spec of dust that is not fully surrendered will make the whole surrendering business a failure. yes, it must be a total full surrender to God and it is extreme if you are on the wrong side. You must be in the center so that you are balanced and your center must be Jesus Christ of the Bible. This is the work of the Spirit my friend and not of the flesh to be in total surrender, hands up knees on the floor and nothing in your life is holding back for God's glory! Now..if it is the work of the flesh and the so-called intelligence and wisdom of man it will come to nothing and again a failure. 

The verse that is the key to unlock everything should be Proverbs 3:5,6.

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

King Solomon was full of wisdom from God and was able to be used by Yaweh to make God's plans into fruition. But King Solomon's might and wisdom was only a temporary gift by God not for his glory but for the Lord and the coming True King of Israel and the universe who truly surrendered everything for God, His people and Kingdom.

Jesus Christ  the True King of Israel has surrendered all and His humility was not because He needed a merit or reputation. But all was done to obey His Father's will to save His people from the pride of the Enemy and evil mind and plans to destroy humankind from the creation of Yahweh, who is the crown of all creations in the infinite universe of GOD. 


David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? . . .Ps.110:37

"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. " -  1 John 4:16 - 19

"Do we really understand what we are without Christ? God’s people must ask Him to reveal to us our total depravity so that we are enabled to mourn over our sin and our culture’s sin. This is the way to blessedness (Matt. 5:4). The mercies of God in justification, sanctification, election, and glorification through Christ are most clearly seen when we understand the distance between God’s holiness and our spiritual poverty. People and churches who are humbled by the great mercies of God are more likely to grow in the surrender of their lives to Christ day by day. Our worship will be God-centered and our minds renewed by the power of the riches of His love." - extracted from Total Surrender by Kevin Smith. You can read the whole article HERE.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

All Things Work For Good Forever.

In this time of trials and tests we have to come to God who is in control of everything. We can do everything in all of our strength but our strength and effort is limited and imperfect. Our strength will fail. We become a failure! We have no power to control our future even if we try and try it will come to nothing unless God who is the Sovereign Lord will bless us and allow things to happen for us. 

Money may change things and give us temporary earthly pleasure and comfort, but this thing will not last forever... it will come to a stop and will perish! The Scripture is clear that "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." - 1 John 2:17 KJV

I am thankful that God is doing good things for me. I know when God taketh away things or people we love it is not intended for us because it will only destroy us or harm our future and life. So for those friends out there who cannot understand what is going on and why we are suffering and we cannot find a lasting relationship...why people fail us and leave us... why people or friends cannot forgive...why people are merciless and full of condemnation...they are hatefull because you are imperfect...one thing is certain. God who is the Father of us all through Yeshua our Saviour has better things for us. If not in this life we will find our true soul mate... Jesus our true Lover.. waiting for us in glory as the Lord is faithful to His people who will give us our rewards in His Kingdom. Forever! - Raino

"Augustine could say along with Martin Luther the words of Luther's well known hymn: "Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also." And they could say this because they believed and understood deep in their hearts that all of history, and all that happened to them found its place in the governing hands of the Lord of the universe, a Lord who continues to work out the plan of salvation.


One final note. The text talks about all of this in the context of "those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Rom. 8:28) God's people are being discussed here. Those who do not know the Lord and who remain unrepentant will ultimately not have everything work for the good. Rather such posture invokes the wrath of God. But those who love the Lord can live with the utter security and assurance that they belong to their faithful Savior Jesus Christ, in life and in death, and nothing is able to separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

While we may not in the midst of misery like to hear such statements as found in our text, yet it is true that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him. Surely this is where our comfort lies. Amen." - Extracted from https://www.crcna.org/resources/church-resources/reading-sermons/all-things-work-good

 
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