21-Day Prayer Focus for You to Shout Grace and Receive Favor:
It sounds absurd, we don’t get what we deserve…it’s by Grace we’ve been saved. They say it sounds insane, we say that we’ve been changed by the power of crazy love. – Crazy Love
Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ— who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ’s, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ’s, even so we are Christ’s. For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed— “For his letters,” they say, “ are weighty and powerful, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.” Let such a person consider this, that what we are in word by letters when we are absent, such we will also be in deed when we are present.
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us—a sphere which especially includes you. For we are not overextending ourselves (as though our authority did not extend to you), for it was to you that we came with the gospel of Christ; not boasting of things beyond measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but having hope, that as your faith is increased, we shall be greatly enlarged by you in our sphere, to preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man’s sphere of accomplishment. But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord .” For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends. – II Corinthians 10:1-8, 10-18 (NKJV)
Our weapons of warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. What are our weapons of warfare? Can be summed up in 3: Worship, prayer and crazy love, which proclaims the truth in love (Yeah, take that, Hamas, ISIS, aneurism of Mark Canlas, my friend’s marital struggles and the obstacles behind her up and coming growth in Jesus)
When I first read “being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled”, I was like..hala, so when will my obedience be fulfilled? Then I remembered, Christ is my righteousness. In Christ, my obedience is fulfilled. In Him, my weapons of warfare are mighty for doing the above. Soregardless of the warnings by a well-meaning batchmate as regards the future boss, in Jesus, I know I will overcome…for my weapons of warfare are not carnal.
Lord, what is the sphere appointed to me? You have made some initial revelations. Please confirm.
Medyo na-drain yata ako kahapon. I just wanna soak and bask in the Lord’s presence today.
Let me be part of Your remnant, Lord. Even of it means that I stand out or be regarded as weird by everyone else, I wouldn’t mind. For nothing else matters, for as long as I am in You, my God. I am Yours, and You are mine, Abba.
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. For by the grace (unmerited favor of God) given to me I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him . – Romans 12:2-3 (AMP)
I especially love this part of this article: http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/revival/20111-are-you-part-of-the-remnant
For years, I have spoke to this generation about how to live, but I now also believe we must assign identity. Why? Because identity breaks curses. I believe the remnant consists of those who feel like failures—the fatherless, the forgotten and the freedom fighters—whose pedigree is that of a scarred Savior.
I believe that now is the time for the “nobodies” to rise up and declare truth through the power of the Holy Spirit. As God has raised up remnants at critical moments throughout history, they have been marked with the Nazarite(consecrated) vow of holiness, wholeness and purpose. They have chosen to overcome the flesh for a greater call to consecration. They have decided to be a drink offering rather than host a bar tab. They have decided that an audience of one with God far outweighs the desire to be seen by man. I believe that the remnant cannot be defined by man’s concepts because they find their value in the eyes of a Savior.
I hear the voice of Jesus calling out for the voices of truth to rise. And to get where God wants us to go, we must be God-empowered and not platform-driven. Without purity, we will only embarrass the cross. Without authority, we will never see miracles. Without joy, our message will be ignored. I must remind you that Jesus came with a sword and not a feather!
this devotional spoke to me. one week on the job and i’ve been quite bored. in my first two days, i tried my best to beat a deadline set by the partner. i turned over my work to our cluster’s director on time. yet in the next succeeding days, i almost did nothing (although at least, i was able to complete all of my requirements for work na). i was so bored and was feeling so blah…i wasn’t learning anything. although i loved the niche field of law that i had entered, early dissatisfaction was starting to creep in for the following reasons:
1. i was starting to compare SGV with P&G in terms of compensation and processes. of course, the former is no match. the latter is of course, for me, the best employer there is, which pampers its employees (while killing them with work).
2. i still didn’t have a laptop and other work tools…and they did not allow employees to bring their own.
3. i was feeling quite lost…such a big organization with a lot of people and with no orientation yet, i was truly unfamiliar with the way things should be done. i basically learned through trial and error.
4. there are times that i regret why i was so discontented back then, why i didn’t press on in my old career. tuloy ngayon, i have to start from scratch again. but then again, this also reminds me of the need to persevere now more than ever. life is short. i can’t just keep on experimenting. i can’t just waste time.
5. i had almost nothing to do for 3 days! and it didn’t help that facebook, gmail and other sites were disallowed too. boo.
but each time, the Lord would make me recall the brief message shared to me by pastor VJ when i asked for prayers last week. he gave me an assignment: to read the book of esther and check out mordecai’s experience. mordecai guarded his post as the gate keeper of the city, not minding that his younger cousin, esther, whom he brought up, was already the queen. even while he gave a tip to the king, which saved the king’s life, he went unrewarded for a long time. eventually, however, the king remembered his faithfulness and made him 2nd in command. pastor VJ then exhorted me to guard my post, to be faithful in small things till what i aspire for comes to pass.
this devotional entry, i believe, is also a way that the Lord is giving me a fresh encouragement for the week ahead. thank You, Lord! 🙂
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance…
Ecclesiastes 3:4 KJV
The occasional disappointments and failures of life are inevitable. Such setbacks are simply the price that we must occasionally pay for our willingness to take risks as we follow our dreams. But even when we encounter bitter disappointments, we must never lose faith.
When we encounter the inevitable difficulties of life-hereon-earth, God stands ready to protect us. Our responsibility, of course, is to ask Him for protection. When we call upon Him in heartfelt prayer, He will answer—in His own time and according to His own plan—and He will heal us. And, while we are waiting for God’s plans to unfold and for His healing touch to restore us, we can be comforted in the knowledge that our Creator can overcome any obstacle, even if we cannot.
As long as a man keeps his faith in God and in himself nothing can permanently defeat him.
The enemy of our souls loves to taunt us with past failures, wrongs, disappointments, disasters, and calamities. And if we let him continue doing this, our life becomes a long and dark tunnel, with very little light at the end.
God is a specialist; He is well able to work our failures into His plans. Often the doorway to success is entered through the hallway of failure.
God sometimes permits us to experience humiliating defeats in order to test our faith and to reveal to us what’s really going on in our hearts.
Dear Lord, even when I’m afraid of failure, give me the courage to try. Remind me that with You by my side, I really have nothing to fear. So today, Father, I will live courageously as I place my faith in You. Amen
Reposting this from my friend/former blockmate, BJ’s email to the Advocates Philippines yahoogroup. (Advocates Philippines is a network of Christian Lawyers & Law Students)
Merry CHRISTmas to all of us! 😉
Amid all the Christmas activities, one man is often forgotten.
No, I don’t mean the person whose birthday we’re celebrating. Although we often fail to give Jesus first place as He deserves, we don’t usually forget Him. I’m talking about Joseph—the man God trusted so much that He placed His Son in his home to love and nurture. What a responsibility!
Joseph truly is the forgotten man in the Christmas story. Yet his task was an important component of God’s incredible plan. As we read the story of the birth of Jesus, we find that Joseph was just, righteous, merciful, protective, and courageous. But most of all—he was obedient. When the angel told him to take Mary as his wife, he obeyed (Matt. 1:24). And when the angel told him to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus, he did (2:13-14).
Just as Mary was carefully chosen to bear the Son of God, Joseph was deliberately chosen to provide for his young wife and the Christ-child. And trusting God, Joseph followed through on everything God asked him to do.
What is God asking of you today? Are you willing to commit yourself to do whatever He wants you to do?
We can learn much about obedience from Joseph, the forgotten man of Christmas.
—Cindy Hess Kasper
It matters not the path on earth
My feet are made to trod;
It only matters how I live:
Obedient to God. —Clark
The proof of our love for God is our obedience to the commands of God.
this short devotional entry inspired me today. hope it somehow encourages you too…
Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely. 1 Corinthians 13:12
Are you feeling baffled by circumstances right now? You’re not alone. We can’t understand life’s complexities, but God promises that someday we will.
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