A greeting

May the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – 2 Corinthians 13:14

This is the final greeting of Paul to the Corinthians. And I pray for you, my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ that the grace of our LORD, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, too.

Have a blessed life with God!

Acknowledge God

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. – Hosea 6:6

God does not need our self-sacrifice (i.e. penitence) to be forgiven of our sin. He does not need offerings (or good works) from us for us to be saved. Jesus already died on the cross to carry our sins and raised again for us to have eternal life. He is a God of mercy and He loves you so much and He wants you to be with Him. All we need is to acknowledge God, accept Him us LORD and Savior with all our hearts and the peace of God will transcend to us. We will not be anymore condemned because of sin, but we will have a new life with God living in us.

I prayed for you that your faith may not fail

Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. – Jesus, Luke 22:31-32

Like Simon, there are times the enemy is trying to move us away from God. But like Jesus did for Simon, He is also praying for you that your faith may not fail. Remain in faith. And when you become strong in faith, strengthen your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ for them to grow in faith just like you.

Because he loves me…

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble,  I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” – Psalm 91:14-16

God loves us so much. We loved because He first loved us. God wants to build a relationship with us, and to feel our love to Him.

And what God does for those who love Him? He will rescue him, He will protect him and He will answer his call. He will be with him all the time, even in the time of troubles. He will deliver him and honor him. He will give him long life and be satisfied. And most importantly, He will show him His salvation.

God has many best things for us. God is faithful. These promises are for me and for you… Seek our LORD, accept Him in your life… love Him and you will experience the greatness of God to your life.

Innocent Shrewdness

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewed as snakes and as innocent as doves.” – Jesus, Matthew 10:16

These are few words Jesus said when He sent out the twelve disciples to start their ministry. These verses are still appropriate unto this time for us believers.

We are send  out like sheep among the wolves. We may face persecutions from the world, especially the missionaries. But do not worry, as the Spirit of God is with us and will speak through us (Matthew 10:20). Yes, we may face persecutions but the reward God will give us is the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:10). Persecutions are temporary suffering but the Kingdom of Heaven is an everlasting joy we will have with God.

As we are like sheep among the wolves, Jesus gives us advice on how to survive, “be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves”. We are advice to be shrewd with innocence. We are to act shrewdly, but is not to be like cunning shrewdness, rather a godly, innocent shrewdness. We should be wise to overcome or flee from the persecutions of the world, but we should take into account not to hurt somebody and still honoring God in being shrewd.

Plant. Water. Grow.

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who make things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building”
– 1 Corinthians 3:7-9

We are workers of God to advance His kingdom. Each one of us has a task to do as His workers. Some are assigned to be planters of the seed and some waters the seed.

The planters are those believers who imparted the word to other people by sharing their own testimony on how God changed their life, on how they live their lives according to the Word (by having a Christ-like life) and by sharing the Word itself.

The believers who water the seeds are those who cultivate the seeds already planted. They help people to grow in their faith, by continuously sharing the word and guide them in their walk of faith.

But all of these are as nothing without God who make the seed grows, giving it vitality and life. It is only through God we are saved, we gained eternal life, grow in our faith and receive blessings.

As workers of God, each one of us will be rewarded as a servant according to his own labor. And you know that this reward is not just an ordinary reward. It is God who will give the reward and because He is generous and graceful, the reward we will receive is more than what we expected and nothing in this world can ever be compared to the reward He has for us.

Don’t feel down if there are persons to whom you shared the gospel did not accept Jesus Christ. It is not you who will make them accept Jesus, it is God himself. God will send other people to water the seed and God will let the seed grow and eventually, be ready for harvest.

We just do the task God gave us and He will do the rest…

(Repost from my Facebook Notes)