Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Is there anyone who has not sinned? My answer is: “No, no one.”
A friend who claims to be open-minded said that he believes that there is only one God. He believes in doing good deeds because he believes that there is heaven and hell, and if he conscientiously do good deeds, he stands a chance to go to heaven.
Another friend wants to have eternal life. He believes in Jesus because the Bible says that whoever believes will not perish but have eternal life.
A pastor said that he was deeply touched by the Holy Spirit and he believed.
What about you?
I believe God has a plan for each individual. He is faithful. He will reveal Himself to each individual at the right moment – a divine encounter – it is up to the individual to acknowledge and accept Him.
No matter what it is that drives us to turn to God, we need time to recuperate. It may even take many years because habits die hard, thoughts (that are deeply rooted in our mind) cannot be uprooted easily, and emotional experiences (especially hurts that have settled in our soul) have shaped our personality. God is patient. He does not give up. He waits while we recuperate.
Apostle Paul tells us to allow the Holy Spirit to renew our mind - our thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians 4:23). Our part is to choose whether to obey and submit to God or reject the Holy Spirit’s transformational guidance.
We may go through a 3-step restoration process: recuperate, renew and realign. When I was not sure of what to do regarding a situation, I heard God’s voice (through a minister): Change your mind. Realign… to accomplish God’s purposes for you. The words penetrated my heart like a sword and the effect was like 'light' illuminating my path. At that divine moment, I knew what God wanted me to do.
Dear Father God,
You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. Hear our prayer… [He is listening.]
Give us singleness of heart and action, so that we will always fear You and that all will then go well for us and for our children after us. (Jeremiah 32:38-39)
Help us to humble ourselves under Your mighty hand, casting all our cares upon You, for You care for us. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
We know that You hear us and whatever we ask, we know that we have what we ask of You. (1 John 5:15)
Thank You Father God! Indeed, You are our Good, Good Father! You know all our thoughts and You search our hearts. Transform us so that all may see Your grace and goodness and glory through us.
Many of us want God to speak and lead us in His will. We want the excitement of God working through us, but we are loath to make any major adjustments so He will. The Bible reveals that every time God speaks to people about something He wants to do, they have to REALIGN their lives in some way. When God’s people are willing to take the necessary actions, God accomplishes His purposes through those He calls. [Emphasis mine]
Are you willing to realign your life so that God may accomplish His purposes through you?
Lam Yee Ling