Living Life, 16 Feb 2016
"Jesus, full of compassion, will pity even thine unbelief, and accept what is faith, and forgive what is unbelief." -Charles Spurgeon
Read Luke 18:1-8
Through many trials yet to go through or some experienced not long ago, there tends to be the habit of letting go of God and holding on to reason or rationale. Jesus reminds the disciples to always pray and never give up (v1). He then shared a parable about a widow who pleas with the judge for justice against her adversary.
Many times we too cry out for justice and when we don't find it, we throw in the towel thinking maybe this was not to be or that God cannot hear us. In Luke 11:9, Jesus said, "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."
I pray that as I seek for open doors, you lead me to the right one, and that I ask, seek and knock until You answer and lead me onto the path You set for me. Keep me humble and give me the heart to keep knocking because I know You will surely answer. Thank You for Your promise to us. Amen.
John 3:3 NCV
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s kingdom."
Renewal is not something we can do on our own strength. We do not have the right steps to follow in renewing the mind. Only the Spirit of God can do that. What more renewal of the Spirit? Jesus then goes on to explain to Nicodemus the Pharisee about being born again in the Spirit. It is only then that God can enable you to begin a relationship with the Father and draw strength from Him to renew.
Even if we tap into the vast knowledge of this world or of God but do not allow God to renew and refresh us from the inside, we will not enter the Kingdom of God and enter into His blessing and promises.
Search me Lord and surface anything that hinders You from reaching me and engaging me in the Spirit. Make me new this day and everyday so that I can be teachable and listen for Your voice. Amen.
"Jesus Christ can afford to be misunderstood; we cannot. Our weakness lies in always wanting to vindicate ourselves." -Oswald Chambers
Proverbs 5:21 NLT
For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.
The first thing Adam and Eve did when they sinned against God was hide (Genesis 3:8). God can pierce through any hidden secret and He will expose them in light where there can be no shadow, even the subtle thoughts we allow to influence us though it may sound like love. (Matthew 16:22-23)
On hindsight, God doesn't expose our sins to embarass or humilate us but rather because His love is that great that He would rebuke and stop us by all means necessary so that we can be saved and stay saved.
Father God pierce through me and seek every thing you find unpleasant to You and make me as white as snow, holy and blameless before You. Set my paths straight. Amen.