What are you sowing? 

What are you sowing? 

READ: Hosea 8:7

“For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no flour; if it were to yield, strangers would devour it.” ‭‭ Hosea‬ ‭8:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

REFLECT

This verse gives diligent reminder about our daily time expenditures – where do we spend most of our time with? Does it give us favorable results in the future? Does it give eternal value or does it even add any value to what we consider is important to us? 

Then a personal question hit me: Have I been slacking lately? My answer is, yes. I think there had been some areas of my life, which I have not really been consistent with. I realized that when I slack, I am not tackful and I tend to go around and it slows down my growth areas. I slack when I lose focus. And then, it goes on…

The moment I lose focus or I lose track on my goals, I would blindly invest my precious time on superficial and non-important things. I can easily say yes to things that are not so important, or I welcome too much agendas or activities that does not give too much of a value to my goals. Then I will begin to squander around. 

I realized that when this starts to  happen, I would always see myself overwhelmed with the truth that I have not really even move forward towards any of my goals. And that’s when I would re-track and start getting serious with my personal planning and execution. There will be times that I can ransom it but most of the time, I would miss the mark. Then I would settle for “it’s okay, Ill just try to make it better, next time”.

That’s clearly a problem. For some, we think that a little bit of this and a little bit of that can help us, truthfully, when we become too naive with our poor choices, we will never meet any of our life goals. 

Fact is, It’s not all about being a “do-gooder” but it’s about knowing the value of what we are doing. If it yields no eternal or future value, then we can admit that it’s in vain. We could definitely stop toiling for it, because not only our greatest efforts would mean to nothing, but worse is that we may be striving for a “whirlwind” that may even damage our best intentions. 

Some of the best people I know has given much value only to the things that creates good results. They spend time and effort only on the things that they see themselves growing. They master the craft, they study the goals, they invest and save, they toil and wait, they carefully watch their seasons. 

Knowing and realizing this, lately,  I developed for myself  a tracking habit, where I would intentionally review myself monthly and pen down the results month in and out. I would have an honest assessment with myself with whatever progress and slacking I am doing towards my growth goals and it’s helping me a lot in terms of knowing how achievable my targets are; personally, spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially and relationally. 

“If we sow wind, will reap a whirlwind”

RESPOND

1. How do you value your time and your goals? 

2. Do you give importance to the minor things that adds value in achieving your major dreams? 

3. What are you sowing? 

PRAYER

Dear God, help us remember to examine whatever we are doing, and that everything that we do is in line with your will. Help us become fully aware to where we spend our time with, help us recognize our choices and that our activities produces results and not empty and vain progress. Make us good stewards of time, relationships, finances, emotions and choices. Help us not neglect to give value to our spiritual growth too. In Jesus name, Amen! 

Reflections: 5 Lessons to learn from the Life of Solomon

Reflections: 5 Lessons to learn from the Life of Solomon

As promised, here’s my first installment to understanding and studying the life of Solomon. My inspiration in studying his life, birthed from reading the book of Proverbs. His life was narrated in the book of 1Kings chapters 1-11, there are so many things to learn from the life of the wisest king ever lived, the son of the most famous king of the Old Testament David – so here’s the 5 things I took. 

Interlude, 

In summary, Solomon is really a man gifted with wisdom, discretion and leadership. He got his royalty, maybe from his genes, but clearly, God gave it to him generously, in fulfilment to God’s covenant with David, his father. 

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  1. Integrity matters

Wisdom comes from hearing and doing. Although, Solomon is still the “wisest” person who lived, he didn’t follow all that he learned from the Lord. Later on, his actions proved that he didn’t obey and clung into his own judgment about women, his wants. As they say, it doesn’t matter how you started, what matters is how you finish. His integrity fell off the mark at later part of his life. 

Solomon started good but he didn’t finish well. Yes, he is not at all perfect, but it’s also good to note that, Solomon even with his good background of wits and good knowledge – he still failed, how much more are we? To live with good integrity, we must fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and the FINISHER of our faith. 

2. Follow the warning signs

The Lord didn’t waste a chance not to warn Solomon about the dangers and consequences of him running after women. He didn’t pay attention, instead he pursued what he wanted, he had 700 wives and 300 concubines, that turned his heart away from the Lord. He walk on his own understanding, he forget to acknowledge the Lord, in his decisions, with his relationships. 

Warnings and cautions are given ahead of time, often we don’t know what’s out there but if we don’t pay attention to these warnings, we will surely fall into it’s dangers. Value instructions! 



 3. Invest in the next generation 

One blessing Solomon inherited from his father David was his throne, fame and glory. In which Solomon didn’t give to his son because of the consequences of his sinning. Solomon robbed the chance from his son to reign because of what he did during his time. His son suffered and bear the consequences of a divided kingdom, adversaries created against the kingdom, because of his father’s stubborness. What an inheritance, a mistake that cannot be taken away from the future of next generation. 

As a parent, I am reminded of my actions and my investments on my daugther’s future. The way I treat myself physically, my marriage, the way I handle our finances, our spirituality and our souls, the way I value relationships and family – will all contribute to the future of my daugther. That’s why I have to be more intentional, henceforth. 

 4. Hearty Decisions 

One of the most prominent character traits of Solomon is his godly wisdom, which seemed to have vanished after he run women after women from different nations. His credibility and integrity vanished and so his decision makings went hay-wired, because his heart is at the wrong place. He made temples for gods, that has no value and has caused God to be angry. He made hasty and thoughtless considerations to his actions and just did what he felt like doing. 

Our decisions, can go wrong if we our hearts is at the wrong place to begin with. Our human inclination is always towards sinning, and if we are not guided and if our minds are clouded by too much of our selfish desires and aspirations, surely our lives will be miserably damped into failures. Solomon’s discretion earlier in his life always sprouted from his good and deep relationship with God, cautious, guided and careful. But when he started sinning, and his heart is no longer wholly before the Lord, his decisions failed. He failed miserably. 

5. Invest on Godly friendships

One of the greatest things Solomon did during his early years of reign was to surround himself with people who could help him establish his leadership. He handpicked and chose carefully the people who would surround him throughout his tenure which helped him focus on his agendas, because he got all the qualified people around him. 

Toxic relationships, definitely affects our whole being. Be wise in choosing friends and relationships, we wanted to be intentional with those whom we wanted to spend our time, effort, asset and life with. We don’t want to waste our passing time to people who doesn’t contribute any growth to ourselves. 

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My prayer for us is that we would learn from this man of wisdom, he, like us is frail and prone to make mistakes despite his wisdom, he still failed. The lessons and learnings from his life, we must always remember and not be taken for granted. 

Remember what he wrote in his proverbs; 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭

Let us not be wise with our own eyes, nor learn to be proud and not take instructions. Let us learn to value the experiences of others, learn to integrate God’s word as the basis of our lives and learn to trust God and acknowledge His standards, His ideals, His words in all of our ways – so we can finish strong! 

Reflections: Acknowledge Him, in all Your Ways!

Reflections: Acknowledge Him, in all Your Ways!

{Warning: this blog could have been written longer than the usual, it came out from a heart of gratitude after reading the bible. This is also taken from the life of King Solomon, as part of my daily reflections and bible-reading} 

I never knew I would encounter this phrase today, whilst I read the life of King Solomon, in 1Kings. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, it’s a proverb that Solomon himself wrote in Proverbs 3 verse 16, but to my surprise, I found that he, himself disobeyed it. The one who wrote one of the most popular proverb, a bible verse, my parents asked me to memorized, was not followed by the one who wrote it. 

My mind started to question, WHY? 

Solomon, the wisest and richest king ever lived in the history of the bible, the successor of the throne of King David. Most respected and valued king, wrote 3,000 proverbs, kings from different natioms come to him for advise – he himself understand the value of this phrase “acknowledge Him in all your ways” and he made God angry? He didn’t followed, he didn’t walk his talk, why? 

This is our life story. 

Often, we ask God for blessings, promotions, wisdom, health, financial growth, career opportunities and more – the moment we receive it, of course we become thankful, momentarily. We can easily get swayed by the excitement and all emotions entailing the receipt of the much anticipated “gift”

I once read somewhere, they say, that we must learn to praise God even in the times of trials. While this is true, I feel that, we must also learn to praise God even in the times of blessings, praise Him always. 

Reality is that when a person is caught with too much blessings, they sometimes forget that all of these so-called “blessings” didn’t result from hardwork, not because we deserve it or not – but it all came because God wanted us to have it. He is the source of ALL things, He causes all things. Because of one reason, He LOVES us. 


Now the problem is not with God, the problem is with us. We tend to go overboard with our emotions, we become little rascals, sometimes ungrateful, other times proud of our little achievement – and we forget that if not for Him, we may not even exist. 

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I started to realize that God, more than a Supreme being, He is also a loving Father. His desires for us, is countless blessings, overflowing grace, abundant life, secured future, unending hope and relentless love. Like a father, who wants to give all that he can give for the sake of his children, the sacrifices, the hardwork and patience, just to provide not only a sustainable but the BEST kind of life, one child could ever live. 

But what happens when the child learns to go on his own ways? What happens when the desire of the child becomes different from what the father gives? What happens when the child learns to do other things on his own, decides to live far-off from what the father envisioned him to be? What happens when the child thinks he can now do anything that he wants to do? 


He grieves. The heart of this father grieves. Cause no matter, how much he wanted to pursuade the heart of this child, he has no control over it. And though, this father knows the dangers and the troubles of living alone without his guidance, he can’t do much about it, because the child has already made that decision. 
He could only wait patiently until the heart of his child turns back, repenting and acknowledging that he really can’t live on his own. Until then, the child may go through a lot of pain, consequences, hurts, disappointments – the father who sees, may want to help, searching and waiting but the child refuses –  then this child will grow tired, hopeless, coming back home – then he would realized all that he had done, he would start to acknowledge “again” all the good that his father wanted for him, he would desire it, he would come back. 

Truth is, God’s love is like that. It didn’t change a bit. It’s relentless. 
Acknowledging Him, is the most forgotten virtue of His children, that is why we have to be reminded. We pursue the temporary, the ones that can easily vanish. We forget the truth, the reality and existence that God has given up all that He can give to us in eternity with Him. If blessing us is His way to show His love for us He would do it, and that is just one of His many ways. 

But we, as children, we change. Our desires if not established in deep relationship with God’s character, we change. 

Our thoughts can run wild that we can conquer the world on our own strength, we thought that promotion is the key to having it all, financial growth, wealth and self-wisdom will make way for us to dominate our teeny-tiny world. We are changed by our selfish, conceited thoughts. We always run towards our convenience, the popularity, the fame, power and money – we forget the most valuable, the most important – our heritage,our destiny,  that we are children of God. 

We are easily contented with the gifts and we forgot to thank the Giver, our Father. 
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This exemplified even to the life of the wisest king Solomon, found in the book of 1Kings, chapters 1 to 11. From the beginning, even before he was enthroned as the king of Israel, God was with him. Not because he deserves it, but because of the promise God made with David, Solomon’s father. 

God blessed King Solomon with riches no one can match, wisdom no one could ever fathom and wonderful support system surrounding him. He made majestic temple out of gold, bronze and chosen stones – he could make just and right decisions, all because God blessed him. 

“Thus King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom.” 1 Kings‬ ‭10:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

But there is one thing God requested from him; 

“Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father.” 1 Kings‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭

Later on, Solomon fell into the pit of momentary and fading love by foreign women. He began to sin, he clung into this love that he had for women and learned to worship other gods. 

“So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done.” 1 Kings‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭ESV‬

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The question here is; why was he not satisfied with what God has given him? Why did he turned his heart away from God and looked for some fading love – from other ungodly women? Where did God go wrong? 

The same question, is thrown to us today, why would we not acknowledge God’s work in us? When God gives what we want, are we trustworthy enough to handle what was given to us? Would we turn away from Him? 

Even the wisest king, fell into the trap of stubborness and pride. We can easily be victimized by the earthly pleasures, momentary success and fading love – but if we tune our hearts to God, He will protect us and guide our ways to life. 

ENCOURAGEMENT 

Let us not be a people who only comes to the Father to seek gifts, or when life is tough, we should come to Him for who He is to us. Valuing the eternal relationship He established with us. He has chosen us, He loved us first and He will continually do that as long as we allow Him. Let us not run away from our Father’s love. 

Acknowledge Him in all our ways, in joy or in pain, in abundance or in lack, in life or in death – because God’s love is eternal! It will last forever! He would stand strong side by side for us to face our greatest fears, our life adversaries, he would comfort us in pain, and celebrate with us in our success – He is our Father, 

He deserves to be honored. Not only when we feel like it, or when it is convenient, or when we need it – acknowledge Him in ALL of our ways, always! 

Don’t hold back! 

Start Your Year Right; Day5, Deepen Relationship with God

Start Your Year Right; Day5, Deepen Relationship with God

This is a late installment for my blog series – during our Fasting Week. It was a good, life-changing experience, all in all. There were so many lessons that I took- away from this year’s fasting. 

And even as we start our year, it’s packed with good tidings, blessings, lessons of joy and strength. Yes, it’s never going to be trial proof year – but definitely we will become better, wiser and stronger…

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We ended our fasting as a church family. We prayed together, we prayed for each other’s need, prayed for our nation, it’s cities and government, we prayed for the church and all it’s people. We prayed for the movement and the nations of the world. 

It was a remarkable “break-fast“, worshipping God together with songs of praise and joyful noise. It’s as if we never really fasted. It life-changing. 

Fasting is just one of the many ways we can deepen our relationship with God. It’s to set a time for Him, to really focus on Him and His words, listen intently to everything that He has to say, just humbly laying down everything at His feet – patiently waiting as He comes to us, to love us. 

My thought change from “It’s not depriving me at all – it’s more like paving a way to the most important part of Your life – God” . One of our pastor say “when you are fasting, you are like a bride busy preparing for all things on your wedding – for that very moment you will say your I do’s, you might forget eating but that’s okay, because you wanted to make things perfect – for that very moment of encounter – your I do’s to your husband“.

The whole fasting experience is really like that. It deepening, soaking-in, just dwelling in the heart of God. Out of the 52 weeks in one year, it’s that 1 week of honoring God by asking Him to be our guide and provider of anything that we will be needing.

Hearing instructions, feedback through corrections, disicipline, plans and purposes, His promises and more. 

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On the side note, Fasting – also helped me recover from my bloatedness during the holiday season. And I was able to prove to myself, that I am not going to die, if I don’t eat the way I want. I can really control my eating habits, food choices and portions. 

I feel that it’s good for my tummy and my overall health. I might do this, quarterly – let’s see. 

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God’s promise came, as expected. I have tons of notes regarding this – but one of the most wonderful promise that I would keep for this entire 2017 journey is this; 

fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Leaving this note here, from one of our church leaders and the CEO of Rohei, Rachel Ong, she said; 

“If you want a great year, you just need twelve great months. If you want a great month, you need four great weeks. If you want a great week, you need seven great days. If you want a great day, you need twenty-four great hours. And if you want a great hour, you need sixty great minutes.”

It is going to be a great year indeed and I’m going to be in the moment, I won’t miss God’s purpose and plans awaiting me for the coming days. I would embrace all the favors and blessings He had prepared before me. 

Start Your Year Right; Day4; Speak The Word

Start Your Year Right; Day4; Speak The Word

Personal notes on our 4th day of fasting. 

“and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The word of God, His scriptures is the sword of the Spirit. The more we dig into reading, meditating and abiding into His words – the stronger our weapon is. 

 

A great example of God’s word being used as  the sword of the Spirit, is during the time of Jesus’ 40 days fast. The tempter came and tried to tempt Jesus, but he never win. Jesus knew what to say, exactly to shut down accusations, schemes and deceit of the enemy. 

 1. “And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

 2. “and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'” Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'””

 ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

 3. “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:8-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬


The 3 scenarios written in this chapter, clearly elaborated how satan tactics were. If we are not discerning and aware of God’s word, we will always fall into prey to his schemes. 

The enemy of our soul is busy, trying to steal, the promises of God, to kill and destroy all that God has prepared for us. It only happens – when we are not aware. 

Sometimes we hear statements in our thoughts accusing like “if you really are.. ” strong, faithful, loving etc.. Then… 

We should be cautious and be prepared to take out our sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. If we didn’t invest time reading and understanding, studying and meditating His words day and night – what sword shall we take out. We will definitely lose the battle, cause even the enemy, knows the words of God. 

How do we know if we are being attacked by the enemy? 

According to Jim Lafoon – International Director of Every Nation Empowerment, there are three indicative marks that we should take note;

  •   Intensity 

When something we are facing is stronger than the usual, it could be a sign of a spiritual warfare. Sometimes a spiritual warfare can come into a powerful wave, wherein, sometimes you just suddenly felt despair by a wave of depression – and it is out of proportion to anything you are facing in your life. 

  •  Density

An unusual density that clouds and clings to our soul, can also be a mark of a spiritual warfare. Like a wall between man and God, or a wall between you and others. 

  •  Immensity

Spiritual warfare tries to maximise our pains, our problems and struggles – minimising the promises of God’s word. 

Now that we knew the signs of spiritual warfare, we can ask the Holy Spirit for discernment. We can ask the Holy Spirit to give us the word applicable to our situation and begin to fight by declaring God’s words over our situation. 

Start Your Year Right; Day3, Pray!

Start Your Year Right; Day3, Pray!

Its been 3 days since we have joined the corporate fasting – as a church and as a family. For some reasons, this year’s fasting gives me so much rest. I am so rested.

I don’t worry so much about my food intake. And all that yearnings for food and all – even if it smells nice, or even if it’s presented in front of me in the office, it doesn’t matter. All I want is to really grasp what God want us to have this year. 

What I wanted to hear is the clear instruction from the Lord this year, before we embark on our new season. And so far, God is pouring so much wisdom, in ways we can’t describe

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One of the many things, God reminded us about, is prayer. Yes, as simple, as cliché it may sound – He reminded us to pray

Well, at first I was thinking to myself – am I really that lazy not to pray? But as I contemplate and meditate on it, I realized that, yes, I really have to be diligent in praying. I must prioritize it, above any other things. I was inspired to pray more and to pray intentionally with the right heart. 
So what does prayer do to us? What prayer makes us? Why do we have to pray? 

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  • Pray so you can grow in faith

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,” Jude‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

One of the keys to have a healthy relationship with God, is to consistently find time to speak to Him. We can build our faith, through constant communication with the Lord. Just like any other relationship, we can’t keep our mouth shut all the time and be mum about our feelings and expressions. We have to converse with the Lord. 

  • Pray even if you don’t know how

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”   Romans‬ ‭8:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

There are surely, some moments, we don’t know what to say to God. We even sometimes pray out of compulsion or worst is out of obligation, because we think, it’s a requirement. But often, our prayers is not a qualification of how deep are you as a christian. We can come to Father, just as we are. Like little children, mumbling and whispering – but our parents do understand our hearts. It’s the same attitude the Lord wants, we don’t have to pretend that we are someone who master the “art of prayer”, for there isn’t. We just have to be as true as we are. 

  • Prayer makes us sincere

“Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭20:46-47‬ ‭ESV‬‬

It’s almost like a warning, our prayers must be sincere. It does not matter whether our prayers are long or short, as long as it is sincere. We don’t pray to please people around us, or to feel good about ourselves – we pray because we know that we need to speak with God and it’s of great importance to us. 

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Each year, whenever I joined the corporate fasting, I would begin to look into what am I going to receive from the Lord, rather than focusing on deepening my relationship with Him. I would jump into fasting so that I would know if He is agreeing to my terms, plans and goals – but this year is really different. 

I am on the third day and I am realizing how much of these plans and goals are so focused on myself, my wants and my needs. Through this fasting, it helpmed me re-focused my attention to what really is important, my relationship with the Father. 

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And in order for us to grow, we need to fuel our prayer life. Our lives revolves on it, how consistent and sincere our prayers are, our intent to desire the Father instead of the gifts will make all the difference. 

My prayer for you, is that you will also learn to have the heart of praying to the Lord. Even when there is nothing more to talk about, whether you are in or out of season, that our desires would be to sit at the foot of the cross, always, listening to the voice of the Only One. 

To start our year right, we need to start and end it with a prayer! 
Pray without ceasing! 

Start Your Year Right: Day2, Read the Word!

Start Your Year Right: Day2, Read the Word!

I love food and I love to eat. Period! Fasting is the exact opposite of that. When you fast, you restrain yourself from eating, replacing the consumed time of eating, sitting down with the Lord, to know Him more, hear Him more. It’s like detoxing ourselves from all the toxins we took, it’s like a reset or a reboot. Fasting makes us think better and focus better. 

It’s not a religious duty or any form of rules mandated by God, it’s more of an acquired discipline birthed from the desire of learning how to delight in the Lord.

Our family is now on the second day, joining our church’s corporate fasting and there had been changes, personally for me, the way I deal with hunger. 

I remember doing fasting previously and I would always give up – because I would always give in to my hunger. But this year, I praise God because He continually sustain me and help me get into the habit of forming that discipline. 
My desire to know God more, on a deeper level, gives me the inspiration to delight in Him and desire Him. One of the things I enjoyed with the Lord is to hear from Him by reading His words. 

Although, I grew up from a christian home. My parents are pastors – I really can’t stand reading the bible back then. I felt that the bible is only for old people, it’s boring and outdated. Only now I realized that this very old book – is very vital to our christian growth and relationship with the Father. The bible is more than just a book. If only I knew that it’s really a manual to life – I could have devoted much of my time reading it over other books.

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“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This verse gives us solid reasons why do we have to read and spend time meditating on God’s word. The word of God (scriptures) is quick, powerful and sharp. Piercing even to the soul and spirit, to the joints and marrow. It discerns the thoughts and intents of our heart. 

There are somethings that we don’t understand on our own, sometimes, we don’t even understand ourselves. The word of God will do all the disecting for us. It will give us lessons, instructions, rebukes and leading to make us a better person. 

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So what do we do when we read the bible? And what does it give me? 

  • (READING)

“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” 1 Timothy‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

 
What happens if we don’t read – as ignorant and clueless as we are, we can easily fall into different facets of sin. We are like walking in minefields, we are always a step away from sinning, one wrong move then we will definitely be falling into the trap of sins. 
 

  • (SPEAKING)

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew‬ ‭17:20‬ ‭KJV‫‬‬‬

 
What comes out from our mouth – is what is inside our hearts. It’s like the well of our souls. If we feed ourselves with self-seeking wisdom, man-made stories, conceited beliefs, as natural as it can be – our speech would testify that.

 
As we seek God’s word all the time, we get to find out truths and wisdom, promises that are true, and so our speeches would declare all of this goodness. Remembering that the word of God is active, powerful and sharp. 

 
We can easily speak life to any of our life circumstances and seasons. We can call forth goodness, blessings and favors easily – because we understand the severity of our words. 

 

  • (HEARING)

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭

 

Our faith grows through constant hearing of the word of God. As people, we always have choices and options – we can choose what we wanted to hear. We can choose to hear the reports of this world, the bad news and all other crazy stuffs of this world. However, if we choose to hear God’s word – our eyes of faith will soon be opened. 

 
We can only grow in faith if we hear the instructions and wisdom of the Lord. We cannot be wise in our own understanding – we are desperate, needy people. We need guidance, all the time. 

 
What happens if we don’t hear?
We become deaf by our own reasonings, we might listen to the wrong voices and advises leading us astray. 

 

  • (MEDITATING)

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‫‬‬‬

 
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO MEDITATE?

What are we going to meditate – the words of God, His promises, His instructions. Why? Because if we do and observe it (obey), God himself will make our way prosperous and we will have success.

 

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To know God, we have to consistently speak with Him. And we would know His response through constantly reading His words, the scriptures. The bible is God’s word – alive, active and sharp. 

Better than any written books. Better than any authors – it is a manual to succeed in life. Once we get it in our routine, it will sure make a difference.