Archive for July, 2016

Great Is Your Faith

Posted: July 24, 2016 in Journals

​She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” (Matthew 15:27)
To be told, “O woman, great is your faith!” by the Author and Finisher of faith–that is an experience I am willing to strive hard for, to spend my whole life working on. Six words. One statement. But with such great powerful way of defining my life.
May my perspective be as strong as this woman’s. May my faith be as firm. May I ever cling to You, Lord, though circumstances may tell me otherwise. Let me always, always see that promise, that rainbow, throughout the storms and rains. Let my anchor hold firmly despite every veil of darkness.
That at the end of the day, I would hear you say, “O woman, great is your faith.”

Be Anxious For Nothing

Posted: July 15, 2016 in Journals

​”Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)
I have a lot of cares, a lot of worries. I am being hard pressed by the cares of this temporal world. They are necessary, yes. But not to the point that it would consume me.
Be anxious for nothing. I give you all my name worries, Lord. I give you all my cares. My deadlines, my papers to check, my requirements. My dealings with other people. You know my struggles. You know my weaknesses. I lay down before you all the cares of my heart. Teach my heart to trust you fully.

The Kingdom is at Hand

Posted: July 9, 2016 in Journals

​From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

Heaven’s within man’s reach, for the first time in all of history. A first, a breakthrough, in man’s story. God before was that eternal, Almighty God you have to approach through rituals and sacrifices and curtain boundaries with a continuous plea for mercy, for Him to spare you from punishment.

But now the curtain was torn, the boundary crossed for good by Christ, our Mediator. And now the once unapproachable, Holy God became the gracious, saving, still-Holy God. He showered to the fullest His salvation upon us, people who least deserve it. His just demands being met by His own Son on our behalf. On /my/ behalf. The immortal, invisible God stays immortal and invisible, but now He has also become a Friend, a Savior, a loving Father. All you need to do now, to approach this gracious God, is to repent. The kingdom is at hand. Forsake your sins, and live in viee of eternity.

Let me live my entire life, its every aspect, in view of this, Lord. Hear me.

His Name Will Be Great

Posted: July 5, 2016 in Journals

​For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 1:11)
His name will be great. His name will be glorified. He shall be recognized, feared, and bowed down to. Peoples shall see Him and proclaim that He is God. And they will offer sincere offerings and pure praises. The Lord is His name, and He shall be known among His people.
How blessed I am to have known you personally, Lord. To be saved by you is an undeserved grace to such a vile worm as I. I offer you my sincerest praises, my heartfelt thanks. And today, let me reflect that attitude in all my dealings with everyone and everything around me. Let me reflect that line of thought in every action, every word, every thought.
Hear this: make my heart fully yours.

Rejoice Greatly

Posted: July 2, 2016 in Journals

​Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)
Your King arrives, and with His arrival comes salvation. We have greater reason to rejoice than the original recipient of this promise, for we have obtained a salvation far greater than they had hoped for–salvation from sin. Christ is our ruler seated on the donkey. He has washed us and spared us from wrath.
My King arrives. Let my heart rejoice fully.