Humility. Relationship. Obedience

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And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” – Matthew 26:39 (ESV)

In this verse, God reminded us of these things:

1. Humility

Jesus who in very nature God, did not consider equality with God. Rather, He humbled himself by falling on his face and submitting to His Father.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. – Phil. 2:5-7 (NIV)

Let us be like Jesus – the perfect model of humility. Humble ourselves to the Lord and let Him move in our lives.

2. Relationship

Even though Jesus is God, He always have solitary moment with His Father. That is how He values relationship!

Jesus spent time with His Father. How about us? Are we spending time with God?

3. Obedience

Jesus showed obedience to His Father. Even though He will going to suffer and die, He still chose to obey His Father’s will. It is a total surrender.

Obedience is not about following out of fear but out of love which starts in having a relationship. The more we grow in our relationship with Him, the more that we trust in Him. The more that we see His greatness, His unending love, the more we long for Him. The more that we trust Him and experiencing His love, the more we are willing to obey.

 

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The Lord stands at your side

Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message. At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
– 2 Tim. 4:14-18

Whenever you are facing persecution and opposition because of your faith to Jesus, be on guard and remember that our Lord stands at your side and gives you strength, He will deliver you and rescue you from evil attacks. Never give up, keep the faith!

To Him be glory for ever and ever!

God sees you as extraordinary

Scripture Focus: Judges 6-7

Gideon sees himself as the least in the family and his clan as the weakest in Manasseh. In short, he sees himself as the least of the weakest..

But…

God sees him (Gideon) as a mighty warrior, strong and can save Israel out of Midian’s hand and the LORD is with him.

And because of Gideon’s faith in God and God is with him, he, with 300 men, defeated the Midianites.

Did you see yourself as weak or cannot do anything? Are you afraid to share the gospel? Did you see yourself as a person who cannot make an impact to other’s life?

God sees you the opposite. God sees you as strong, God knows you can do anything because He enables you. God believes that you can share the gospel with boldness because He is with you. God sees you as a person who can make an impact to other people for them to know Jesus, too.

Have faith! Because you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

Seek God. Trust God. Rely on God. Accountability to God

Scripture Focus: 2 Kings 4:1-7 ( I encourage you to read your bible to know the whole story about the widow’s oil)

1.SEEK GOD

The story tells us to seek God (verse 1). The prophet serves as the messenger of God to the people. Prophet Elisha served as the messenger of God’s word to the widow. We will focus on God as He is the source of the message Prophet Elisha told to the widow.

When I read this story, God reminded me of the verse in Matthew 6:33:

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”

2. TRUST GOD

God answered but His response through Prophet Elisha to the widow is to get jars (not few) and fill it with oil from a little bottle of oil (verse 3-4). What? Is it possible to fill all the jars with oil from a little bottle of oil? Sound impossible in human’s view, right? But the widow remain in faith to God and did what God told her to do (verse 5-6) and it happened. This reminded us to TRUST THE LORD all the time. He knows the best for us as His will for us is good, perfect and pleasing (Romans 12:2) and His plan for us is plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). When God gives a promise to you through His word, trust Him and in His time, you will receive.

3. RELY ON GOD NOT TO THE BLESSINGS RECEIVED

When all the jars are filled, the oil stopped flowing (verse 6b). God did this so that the widow will not rely in the little bottle of oil but instead rely to God. This reminded us that we should not rely on to the blessings that we received, but rely and hold on to the source of the blessings, our God.

What do you think will happen to the widow on the long run if God did not stop the oil from flowing?

4. BE ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD AND GIVE THANKS TO HIM

The widow went and told the man of God (verse 7). The widow showed her accountability to God. After she received the blessings, she went back to God. When we received blessings from God, always go back to God, give thanks to Him and ask God for His wisdom on how we will manage the blessings we received according to His will.

The LORD can give you much more than that

Amaziah asked the man of God, “But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?” The man of God replied, “The LORD can give you much more than that.” – 2 Chronicles 25:9

To give you a background, Amaziah is the King of Judah during his time. He mustered the men, twenty years old or more, to prepare them for military service. He also hired a hundred thousand fighting men from Israel for a hundred talents of silver. But a man of God came to him and said that the troops from Israel must not march with them, for the LORD is not with Israel. Even they go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow them before their enemy. Amaziah was concerned in the talents he paid for these Israelite troops at first, but he still followed what the LORD had said through the man of God and dismissed the Israelite troops and sent them home. (I encourage you to read the bible for more details)

There are times we are more concern on the things we invested or received. It can be the material things that we have or even the blessings that we received that it may come to the point that we hold on these more than God. When God tells us to let go of these things, we may regret on losing these, or even bargain with God not to surrender these things.

But God has a best plan for us and much more blessings awaiting for us. He just want us to rely on Him, listen to Him and let our lives directed by Him. God may also teaching us not to rely on the blessings/things that we received, that we tend to forget the source of these blessings. More importantly is we remain trusting in Him, that whatever the call He has for each one of us, whatever the direction He set for us, we will listen and follow Him and not to regret the things that we need to let go for following Him.

For when I am weak, I am strong

7 even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. 8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 (NLT)

God did not promise us to have a trial-free, worry-free, hardship-free, trouble-free, insult-free or any other <unpleasant-thing>-free life. If God did this, we have the tendency to become proud and even neglect him.

But one best thing God has for us, His grace. His power works best for our weaknesses. And through God, we become strong and able to win over the weaknesses that we have.

 

God is surrounding us now and forever

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forever. – Psalm 125:1-2

Trust in God. With God, nothing can stand against us. We cannot be shaken because we are built in a strong foundation that nothing can ever destroy, which is Jesus.

When we trust in God, we are God’s people. Because we are God’s people, the LORD is with us (surrounding us) now and forever. He will never leave you nor forsake you.