HUMILITY TEST

HUMILITY TEST

It was a test of humility.

C.S. Lewis quotes, “Humility is not thinking of yourself less but thinking less of yourself.”

Our reactions are one way of letting other people know who we really are. We do make an effort in guarding our hearts, gaining control over our decisions, but when we are just so into the moment, we become blind, unconsciously aware that we’ve exalted ourselves and rejected the Lord. I’ve been guilty of this. Exalting doesn’t limit to praise, it could be that we have built this wall called “pride”. Like choosing to let the person confront you because it was his or her fault or envisioning yourself as better than the one in the position or being in competition with them just because you believe you are better than them.

Pride as defined in the dictionary (Meriam Webster) is:
: A feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people
: A feeling that you are more important or better than the other people
: A feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc.

Sometimes we question our authority in work, in school, in the community or in the ministry, or in our country, why are they there in the first place when they can’t even do it right? But God, said whoever is in authority, he placed there for His purpose. They were anointed by God, and although some do not believe in Him, he uses them to carry out His greater purpose.

“Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good.” 1 Peter 2:13

If I wrote this blog expecting something in return, I would be the opposite of humility. If I grumble of difficulties thinking I deserve better, I am self-seeking, If I care too much of my ego, if I become happy or proud of someone because he or she followed me instead of being happy for the person because he or she followed Christ, then my life in Christ is a lie.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and false to the truth. This is not wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. James 3:13-15

I’ve chosen to hurt Christ by being self-centered instead of focusing on His Word, living in obedience to him, leading by His example. Humility is so hard to achieve! But, he gives it to those who earnestly ask of it through prayer.

God looks at hearts when we pray. Do we have the desire to get better and share to others each time we pray? Or do we seek out our needs and lessen our worries through it? It takes a lot of humbling down when praying to God.

“The prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:15-16

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A Letter to my Future Self

A Letter to my Future Self

I know my day may not be today, but I’m pressing on for tomorrow.
My days are numbered by a God who knows me.
Everyday he brings me to understanding.
Every experience is a test of faith.
When things do not go my way,
I know his ways are higher.

I will listen to him every single day.
Seek him for comfort, and thank him for what he has done.
He is always with me.
When I am weak, he made me strong.
I rise up every day, full of joy
For his plans for me are new every morning.

Whatever the future holds,
I am confident in the Lord who goes with me.
We all have our desires, we all have our difficulties,
We all have something we yearn so much,
but none of it is a match to how great
God’s purpose is for us.

The only thing we can do is to obey
And put our trust in him.
Don’t let the world pass you by.
Bring Christ wherever you go
and he will direct you to the right path
and places you never thought you’d be in.

Thinking Risks vs. Faith

Thinking Risks vs. Faith

For every decision, there are risks involved and usually our logic and our fears get ahead of our faith.

I’ve heard of this awesome family whose father was a missionary. The dad asked his wife and children if they’re willing to go with him on a mission to Thailand, and they all responded with a all-out YES. Although some of his friends criticized him for being foolish in bringing his whole family to an alien country, God’s favor was upon them because He responded to God’s calling to preach others and at the same time, minister to his family, and let God be the center of their decisions.

They were unsure where to stay and were to start, but God led them to a church that helped them and molded his family to lead — and great were the fruits of their labor because they were able to head back to the Philippines to build a church.  What great faith it is to  respond to God’s calling and leave your comfort zone to go out into the field to fulfill God’s purpose!

YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH A SERIES OF WRONGSjust to find what's right for you.get right with god.(1)

Our logic tells us the practical decisions, and these are usually applied by default, but if we truly want to follow Christ, then we must learn to let go of our old thinking, our old ways of doing things, scrap the defaults in our old life and allow Christ to enter ALL doors leading to our career, business, ministry and relationships so He can give us a new spirit, His Spirit.

“But forget all that–it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.” Isaiah 43:18

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

You might be thinking… Yes, it is hard, because at times when we rely on ourselves, we focus to much in devising plans to get to our purpose and often we are not fully aware of it.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Sometimes we depend on luck or circumstances and even other people, but God tells us:

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Psalm 118:8

To many times we ask to be delivered from trials coming our way, but God has put those things for His good purpose which is to make you strong. He didn’t promise that following His ways would be easy, but he gave you an incredible support system. Just see the people you are surrounded with. They are blessings in disguise. But we have to learn how to distinguish God’s plan from our own. If it is of our own wrongdoing, we experience consequences, but if it is from God, we endure it joyfully and it makes us strong in the process. You will notice how His plans fall into place.

There will be delays, but you should not delay your obedience. Act by faith immediately. There will be detours offered, but do not lose your way. Always stop to think and communicate with the Lord through His Word. Never jump to conclusions because God does not think like we do. We think of the right time or season of when we should transition, but he looks at our heart, our spirit, and sees whether we are ready to grow and level up in life.

This is what the Scripture says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”1 Corinthians 2:9

So what must be our response in seeking His will? In Waiting on his purpose?

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6