Dedication

July 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm (Uncategorized)

“Death is the happiest day of our lives. We must rejoice in it more than anything, because it is our arrival in our true homeland.” – Maurice Tornay (Martyr for Jesus Christ)

“Dear ones, live near to God and cling less closely to Earth. There is no other way by which we can receive that peace from God which passeth understanding.” – Lizzie Atwater (1900) Martyr by nationalist reaction in China against Christian missionaries.

It is astounding, the level of courage, peace and eve joy that the Martyrs found in the face of torchure and death. They fully understood that nothing on this eart compares with what God has in store for us if we fully surrender to Him. Betty Stam, also a Christian Martyr, put it this way; “When we consecrate ourselves to God, we think we are making a great sacrifice, and doing lots for Him, when really we are only letting go some little bitsy trinkets we have been grabbing; and when our hands are empty, He fills them with His treasures.”

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What have you seen God do lately?

July 4, 2009 at 8:06 pm (Uncategorized)

So what have you seen God do lately? Where have you seen His hand at work? Share your God stories by posting a comment on this post.

Today I saw God when He answered my prayer for a new computer. My battery had died, my speakers had died, and worst of all my wireless card had died. The short version of this story is that I bought a new Dell to replace it and within four weeks decided to return it because it had problems booting two times. My calls to customer support where long and frustrating but they did finally decide to let me return it and give me a full refund even though the return policy had expired three days before.

So I started praying for a computer. I could have gone out and bought another but because of the hesitation my Dad showed about it I just started praying. My brothers both thought that I should buy a Mac and just be done with it, but I didn’t. It didn’t necessarily make sense in my head. Here I had the money, my brothers who are both good with computers where advising me to go ahead, and yet I wanted to see if God would give me a computer. After all He did say that He is like a father and will give good gifts to those that ask him. (Matt 7:11, Luke 11:13) And John 14:13-14 says “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” So would God give me a computer even though I had the $ to buy it? Did I have the faith to go through with this and see?

Well the time was ticking away to the date of my departure for Canada where I’m spending the summer at Gospel For Asia and I still didn’t have a new computer. I woke up this morning and prayed in a bit of a panic “God I do a lot of things on the internet, blogging, e-mail, research, and so much more! What will I do if I don’t have a computer with wireless? I leave tomorrow God! But I’ll continue to wait.”

I went downstairs and thought that my computer was going to crash becuase the fan was so loud! It didn’t though and after cleaning the fans the noise stopped. Then I thought “God could heal this computer” and I told God “you could heal this computer God.” I don’t know why but I felt excited. Then I went to my wireless settings and started playing around….and it started working! It found our wireless network, conected and worked like a dream! I was so excited! My God fixed my computer for me! Just in time!!! He showed Himself faithful!

So, do you have any stories?

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God’s Mark

June 19, 2009 at 10:40 am (Uncategorized)

Yesterday I was reading Revelation chapter 7 and the second part of verse three really stuck out to me ” hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees; till we have sealed the servants of God on their foreheads.” My heart’s cry was that I would be a servant of God worthy to be sealed with His mark. His mark is our seal of protection, His mark of ownership that declares we are special that we are in His hand and in His will.

Psalm 119:167-168 “My soul hath kept they testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.” Somehow these verses seemed to connect with Revelation 7:3. I think it is because as we practice being better and better servants of God by spending time in His word, praying and listening for His voice (direction) in our lives we are ever more aware that “all our ways are before” Him. He is not a master that neglects us until the end of time and then looks us over and decides who will receive His seal. He watches over us carefully from before our lives began, calling to us, instructing us, and drawing us ever closer to himself if we are only willing to let Him lead us.

The more time we spend with Him the closer we will walk with Jesus and live our lives in accordance with His word. This will stir a deep love for his word in us. We will find ourselves loving His word, and His law, and love living life with the knowledge that He is close beside us, watching us and ready to help in time of need, and bless us. He wants to place His mark on our foreheads.

Realize what having the mark of Christ on our foreheads means. It means that whoever looks at us, however briefly will see that we are not our own, that we live for another (Jesus) and our set apart from this world. 1 Corinthians 6:20 expounds on this “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God with your body, and with your spirit, which are God’s.” This is what being a Christian is all about; the price we have been purchased with is Jesus’ blood and when we accept salvation we are giving Him Lordship over our lives. Our responsibility then is to see that we glorify Him with our body and spirit.

Ok, that’s great, but how does it really work out in our lives? Here are some examples; Our bodies are to glorify God so – take care of them, dress modestly, walk modestly & purely, let our conversation be always edifying (always building others up, not tearing them down), let’s help others before they ask us, and “go the extra mile” to show them love, keep from sin.

Our spirits are to glorify God as well; think on good things, refuse to watch tainted movies or tv, refuse to take part in degrading or useless talk, sing praises to God in your mind and heart throughout the day, keep your attitude positive.

So, what do you think? We can do ALL things through Chirst who strengthens us! 🙂

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