Isaiah 55:1

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost”.

This is the greatest invitation God gives us, to come to him without cost. He is offering us inner nourishment and everlasting life. We don’t need to come to him with anything, just come open and willing to let God provide.

Invitation + Desire = Acceptance (David McCasland)

Scripture: 1 Chronicles 17

I wanted to highlight certain sections of this chapter. In verse 3 God tells Nathan, to go and tell David that “It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in”. God had started a work in David, however, it wasn’t David who was to bring that work to completion. Instead it was his son, Solomon. In the verse above Nathan gave David some powerful advice which was to “Do all that is in  your [his] heart, for God is with you [him]”. (V2). God was with David every step of the way, even through Solomon’s work.

I wanted to focus specifically on the fact that instead of getting angry with God, David did exactly what was asked of him. Throughout his work he remained thankful to God. How many of us, can pass the baton to someone else and honestly allow that person to continue what we’ve already started? Often times when we are doing the work of God we want to be the ones to complete the task. God is teaching us different. Sometimes, God is only calling us to begin something while he is preparing someone else to complete it. That doesn’t mean that God is not pleased with what we’ve done. It just means that, he wanted for us to be involved to a certain extent.

In our Christian walk, and our involvement in the Church, we often find ourselves wanting to be involved in everything, but thats not God’s plan for us. I read in my devotional today a quote from Bible commentator, J.G. McConville that says “Often we may have to accept that the work which we would dearly like to perform in terms of Christian service is not that which we are best equipped, and not that to which God has in fact called us”. Its okay to want to be involved but we need to seek God’s face through it all. Only He can lead us in the direction we really should be going. Like David, God wants us to remain thankful through the entire process, even in those situations where we have to pass the baton to someone else.

I have personally be there before. As a young Christian, I was always wanting to be involve in many aspects of the church. However, I was doing it because I was afraid of discounting from the church and the Lord. I later discovered that wanting to be involved in so many different areas was not healthy for me because I wasn’t doing them for the right reasons. God kept speaking to me saying “To take a step back and trust in him”. That is exactly what I am doing today. It is not an easy thing to do but trust that it is for the best. I am still finding my way but I am not doing it alone.

In his prayer, David asked God an important question. He asked “Who am I…..that God has brought me thus far?” (V20). We should all ask God this very question, in doing so, we will discover just who we are in christ and what his plans are for us. When we know who we are in Him, we have a better understanding of where we should be. Seek God’s glory in all you do and you will see His hands at work in your service.

-God’s ways are not without purpose (Our daily Bread Devotion, POH FANG CHIA)

Psalm 96 – Worship in the Slender of Holiness

Psalmist David does not hesitate to exalt the Lord. David loved to worship the Lord. He worshiped God in everything he did and so should we. Worship comes as a response to the revelation of God, and He reveals himself to us in many different ways. In this Psalm, we are reminded and encouraged to “sing to the Lord and bless His name”. (v2). “God is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods”. (v4). We should not allow the things of this world to distract us from glorifying the name of the Lord.

Verse 10 says “He will judge the people with equity”. God is fair and just in his judgement. He will one day judge us on our choices we have made while here on earth. We cannot understand God’s love and grace without understanding His justice. This is exactly why David is encouraging us to praise God in all that we do. “He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness”. (v13).

If you haven’t already started doing so, live for God and not this world. On the day of judgement we will be judged accordingly.

Understanding God’s Grace

Have you ever felt like you were running from something? “Understanding God’s grace can help”. -Daniel 4:5

Personally, I have felt like this in the past. For about a year, I didn’t feel connected to my church. I struggled a great deal with this. I would attend church every Sunday but wasn’t feeling like I belonged. No one ever made me feel unwelcome or was ever rude to me, but for some reason I felt like I was running from God. I knew what He wanted me to do but I was scared. I worried about what others would think of me and what I would become if I took sometime and really worked on my relationship with God. It eventually got to the point that things just started occurring in my life that caused me to miss a few Sundays. I was scheduled to work on a Sunday or school work got in the way, etc. So, I decided to take a step back and really listen to what God was calling me to do.

Obedience requires for us to comply with God. It doesn’t mean that everything God is calling us to do will be easy, but it is worth doing. I recently discovered that God wants me to be still and trust in him through the process of preparing me for what is to come. I still have those days that I struggle to see God’s purpose and plan. However, if God revealed everything to us before its time, there would be no space for us to trust him along the journey.

Maybe you’re in the same situation as I was and still is. Maybe you’re struggling in your walk with Christ. My encouragement to you is, to not give up and be obedient. Have faith that God is leading you in the right direction. when we understand God’s grace, we will better understand the process.

 

 

 

Today is international Women’s day. Today I stand with all women around the world to continue to fight for women’s rights. To all the women reading this, I want to say that I know that as women, we are not always represented, celebrated and appreciated. But, we will overcome. Women rights have come along way, but there’s still ways to go. I stand with you in celebration on this day acknowledging all that we are and all we can do.

We are great women, caregivers, nurturers, mothers, sisters, friends, wives and girlfriends. We are spiritual, educated and profound. We are valued and very much needed. We are women! We cry, we laugh, we get angry, we are intense. We are women! We don’t need just a day to feel appreciated. Everyday is considered international women’s day. On this day we remind the world, that we are women and we deserve to be treated equal.

So lets take pride in knowing that we are being heard. We will one day see the changes we deserve. As I reflected on what this day represents, I heard God speaking saying in christ we can do it all. So as we fight for the changes we hope to see, let us remember that through the strength Christ supplies, we can conquer all!

Philippians 4:13 (NIV) “I can do all this through him who gives me strength”.

Happy International women’s Day!

Today’s encouragement is all about how we approach God. When we come to God, come to him with a heart of worship. Do not just come to Him for the sake of, but rather because we want to enter into a time of worship with Him. God deserves our best. When we think about it, God doesn’t give us half of himself, He gives us His all. In Joshua 1:5 He promises us that “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you”.This promise alone, is enough for us to give Him our best. So, when you come to God, come wholeheartedly.