After all it’s a free lemon :)
from the quote of E. Stanley Jones
If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.
Praying is not about making God adheres to our will, God is still God, the ruler of the universe. He’s not a genie who will grant your wish, instead it’s a form of communications between Him and us. Even Jesus when he prayed before he was crucified his prayer was “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22)
Not my will, but yours Lord :)
It’s not about a quick dash of spiritual boost, it’s not about a sprint of church activity, it’s not about a rush of good deeds. It’s about faithfulness.
Can you still put your faith in Jesus in dark times, will you still go back to Him when you walk away?
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
Who says that christian will have a successful and rich life? Who says that christian will live in abundance of money?
Who says that christian will never suffer?
If even our God suffered, and asked us to carry our own cross, how can we expect for no suffering?
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
(Matthew 16:24-25 ESV)
I’m thankful that I always have Jesus who cleanses up for me :)
how about you? Have you heard this message of forgiveness?
1 John 7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
excerpt from Psalm 139 :)
best read while listening to http://sherriyoungward.bandcamp.com/track/you-are-there-psalm-139-1-10
Knowing that we have been saved, why do we still want to live the way we used to live? If we still want to live our old life, why bother asking for salvation?
It’s hard to live for Christ, but let’s not living dual identity in this life. If we’re christians, let’s live like Christ without looking back :)
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.