All Walk or All Talk?

Am I a Christian because I claimed to be one or am I a Christian because I act like one?

These were the words that popped out of my head just when I arrived in the office which made me write this blog. I’ve been evaluating and re-evaluating my walk with the Lord as if there’s an assessment that might happen anytime soon. After all, “the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2), no one knows when it’ll happen, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Mark 13:32 NIV). We’ll never know when will the judgment might happen, but God commanded us to be always ready (Matthew 24:44), so I guess it’s always better to place our best foot forward for His glory and not ours.

 

I’ve been checking my heart lately, is this condemnation? are there doubts? are there fears? Am I walking as a mediocre Christian? Do I walk the talk or all I ever do is talk? Am I being too hard on myself? No one really knows, God sees the heart that’s for sure. But as for me, I don’t think I ever went up or down the ranks of Christianity.

 

One thing I know for sure: The grace of the Lord is always available for us. His love and mercy has already covered us. His grace is always sufficient in our weakness. (So I just rebuked myself lol)

Whatever we’re going through, may it be that we just came to know Jesus or we walked with Him for years, focus on Him and Him alone; after all, He is the author and perfecter of our faith.

Ready your eyes and ears…(QTR)

“When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.”

– Exodus 15:23-27 ESV

After God has taken out the Israelites from Egypt, Moses is yet faced again with another circumstances: first is a question to his leadership and second is responding to do God’s will for them (the Israelites). Their hearts was so hardened that all they could do is complain to Moses and to God instead of looking at the bright side that they were released from the claws of the hardship that they faced when they were in Egypt. Even after God undeniably showed His mighty hand to both Egyptians and Israelites, they (the Israelites) still have a room for complains

Talk about hardship! If I were Moses, I would’ve given up on them that easily [insert table flip meme here]. Not only that you hear complains left and right, you’d also have to deal with the heat of the sun, provision, the starvation, the coolness of night, and the hard-headed people of Israel. I’m glad I’m not Moses!

God provided water by making Moses throw a log to Marah to make it drinkable for them despite of their obvious lack of trust from Moses’ leadership, and God’s ability to provide for them. But that didn’t stopped there. God made them a statute and a rule to test them. They would need to listen to Moses as God’s microphone for them to obey and to hear God’s voice through him.

So what’s the lesson here? First, adversities makes us hear more from God, not from the world. Just like one of my older post, if we are too focus in our own needs, we are missing God’s hand working in our lives. God’s silence doesn’t mean He’s not doing anything; God is working through us even when He’s silent.

Second, provision comes from the Lord. The Lord knows what we need, all we have to do is ask. It says in Matthew 7:7 that all we have to do is to simply ask.

Third, obedience first then provision will come. Even after all the complaining of the Israelites, God still demonstrated His mercy by allowing them to encamp by the water were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees are at present.

Stepping out of your Egypt is never easy. God pruning our character is never easy. But all are worth it if we allow God to step into our wilderness and trust Him working in us and through us.

God demands our eyes to see Him working and demands our ears to listen diligently to Him.
I pray that we will lean on Him alone.

QTR

Speck or Log?

Maybe human beings are like that. We’re too busy scrutinizing the bad in others that we lose focus of what’s good in them. We’re hounding for errors in them rather than encouraging them of their strengths. It is said that we are a good judge when we see others fault, and a good attorney when defending our own.

Jesus said Himself: “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye” in Matthew 7:3-4. 

You may or may not read the second paragraph, but let’s be realistic. When was the last time you find the good in others despite of the bad emanating in their lives? Think about it.

Photo credits to The Brick Testament

Prince of Peace

Hillsong’s “Prince of Peace” from their album Empires has always been my go-to worship song whenever I feel spiritually down. This song has been my refuge and the mute witness to my tears and sobs the world cannot comprehend and see. 

The song has the complete ingredients to address me: my anxieties, my heart, my thought, even my soul. To bring light into my wandering heart, the song comforts, assures, gives hope that Jesus is your ever present help in time of your need (Psalm 46:1)

It also reminds you of who Jesus is and what He did on the cross: a guard, a God of your life, the Prince of Peace who can grant you the peace this world cannot offer, a Lord and Savior to rest on, a loving God, a God who hears, gracious God, and the only one able to ride the storm (in your life).
Probably my favorite part of the song is the bridge part where it goes:

Your love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war/ When night screams terror, there Your voice will roar/ Come death or shadow, God I know Your light will meet me there/ When fear comes knocking, there You’ll be my guard/ When day breeds trouble, there You’ll hold my heart/ Come storm or battle, God I know Your peace will meet me there

The bridge addresses our human capacities (fear and/or anxiety) and still gives contrast on who God is, giving us assurance that our human capacities are normal, but to be overcome by it is another story.

And from there, dear readers, where my tears will starts to pour out. 

Perhaps you too have a go-to song whenever you have your quiet time or whenever you feel down or plainly, just to worship how awesome God is. 

Feel free to share in the comments section your go-to worship song. I would love to listen to them too!