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I Want More

I don’t know where I read something that questioned the Lord speaking to us and saying things outside of the written Word (words in the Bible). While that sounds very religious, I find it inaccurate and a stumbling block in developing an intimate relationship with God.

When Joseph sent his brothers to get their dad and all their stuff so they could settle in Egypt under his care, Jacob had an encounter on their way to Egypt.

So Israel set out on the journey with everything he owned. He arrived at Beersheba and worshiped, offering sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in a vision that night: Read more →

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The Journey of Surrender

Since sharing the blog by our ATMF writer, Bee, which highlighted the journey of forgiveness, my eyes have been opened to see that life itself is really a journey. Yes, I have made that statement myself now and again but I am only now beginning to understand the practical implications in my everyday life…..and I would like to share my thoughts with you.

I think we put too much pressure on ourselves in different areas of our lives. We expect instant perfection and instant harvests when these are just not practical or realistic. God has set processes in place like seedtime, watering of the seed, germination, growth of the plant, and so on, before harvest time. Paul talks about sowing of the seed, watering and God giving the increase. Whether physical or spiritual, there is a process. Can God sovereignly put aside His processes if He wills? Most definitely! However, this is not the norm but rather the occasional miracle. Read more →

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Looking Unto Jesus

Hebrews 12:1-4 contains some interesting truths about this journey called life.

First off, it is clear from verse 1 that each and every one of us that have come into Christ – accepted His payment for our sins by His blood and been baptized into Him (Romans 6:3) – has a course set before us and a race to run. It’s not a race in competition with others but to attain the prize at the end.

We are enjoined to “look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect.” (v.2, NCV)

Why?  

Here are some reasons I was able to come up with.

  1. It helps to prevent distraction

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Tick Tock, Tick Tock

I recently underwent surgery and for the two nights I stayed at the hospital, I shared a room with a lady who had come in for a mastectomy. She was battling breast cancer, having undergone a lot of chemotherapy before undergoing the surgery. As I left the hospital upon my discharge, it gave me food for thought. I asked myself a question I will put to us all:

If you were diagnosed with cancer, what would you do? Read more →

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Similar yet different

Still on the issue of comparison, I wonder why we compare ourselves with others (myself included).

Matthew 25:14-30 tells the parable of the kingdom of God being compared to a man going away on a trip and giving capital to his servants – 5 talents, 2 talents and 1 talent, respectively (talents were a form of currency back then). The master gave the servants talents “depending on their abilities”. So he knew what each servant was capable of handling and gave them capital that he knew they could multiply.

I find it instructive that when the master returned, he didn’t compare the returns on investment (R.O.I) from each servant. What he got from the first two servants was 100% and that was what mattered. It didn’t matter that 100% for servant A was 5 talents while 100% for servant B was 2 talents.  Read more →

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Different paths, pains and prizes

I’ve been going through a period of examining my life; asking myself questions like, “What are you really doing with your life?” I don’t know exactly what triggered it off but I found myself in that sober, dark place where one has to dig deep in order to break out into the light with clarity and focus.

To be honest, I recently found myself envious of some other lives that seem to ‘have it all together’ and seem to be doing great on all sides. Yep, I got caught in the web of comparison. Read more →

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Learning From The Hymns series #4

Take My Life and Let it Be

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.

Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee. Read more →