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Monday, November 10, 2014

Seemingly Insignificant

So this past weekend I went back home to Rockland, attended church, and then got a ride back to school in long island with a church member who lives about 10 minutes away from my school. The moment I enter my room, I check my phone and see that my brother had texted me, telling me that I had forgotten my sneakers at home. I keep most of my things at home and only bring the minimum amount of stuff at school, so seeing that the only pair of sneakers I had at school were now at home, I hurriedly pulled up my school's bus schedule online to try and find a way to the mall to buy another pair for the next few weeks. Right when I pull up the schedule my parents call me and tell me that they're going to drive all the way here just to drop off my shoes. And I'm thinking to myself, this is crazy. They're driving two hours, just to drop off a pair of sneakers, something so insignificant. I don't see how it was worth the trip. I could've easily just headed to the store and gotten a cheap pair. I was actually surprised that my parents would spend so much time just to bring me some sneakers. And as I thought about it after they had left, I realized how much they must love me in order to sacrifice so much for something so little. It reminds me of my salvation. If you look at the big picture, the grand scheme of things, our lives are nothing; they're completely worthless really. Job 14:1-2 says, 
"Man, who is born of woman, Is short-lived and full of turmoil. Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain."
So why would an all powerful God, Who can easily destroy these worthless creatures and create new ones with just the Words of His mouth, take the time to send His Son to save them? Why go through all the trouble and pain of sacrificing His own Son for the sake of these insignificant humans? He must love us that much. That's the only explanation. It reminds me of a message I heard earlier this year. I can't remember who said it, or what the entire message was about, but I remember this one point that really stood out. It was about the intrinsic value that we have. Honestly we are worthless. But to God, we have some intrinsic value-something within us that is of value to God. We were made by Him, and not only that, but now we are washed and redeemed by the blood of Jesus, so we are all the more valuable to God. Remember to allow God to speak in your life, and be open to His words. Try to relive your salvation everyday. Don't forget who you are and to Whom you belong.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Interesting

We sing this hymn in Malayalam at church all the time, but this is the first time I found out it was actually a translation of an English song:

Like a River Glorious

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Are you an independent person?

Many find it easy to say "nothing is impossible with God"
But I rarely hear people say "nothing is possible without God"

How many times do we as humans think we can do things on our own? The truth is we can't do anything on our own. Every breath we take is because of God. 
We depend on Him. Whether we like it or not. 
We live in a society that encourages us to be independent. To make our own mark on the world. We can't do anything on our own. We are more useful when we depend on God. 
Without a strong, unwavering shoulder to lean on (like God) people turn to idols. 
We should depend on God more. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What Pleases God



Psalm 147:10-11
He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.

As I picked up my bible and was about to turn to my usual morning passage, I happened to open up to these two verses. The last couple of weeks, I've been thinking too much about appearances and fitting in to this new school. But God gave me this verse at the right time. God doesn't care about how strong or how pleasing you are. He cares if you fear Him and if you hope in His mercy.

Now what on earth does it mean to "fear Him", and "hope on His mercy"?

First lets look at the word fear. Your probably thinking it means to be afraid of God. But is that what God wants? I'm not sure. But I take it this way: When you know who God is, that's when you begin to fear Him. When you realize His magnitude and His power as well as His love and mercy, that's when you begin to fear Him. Fear, in this case, is a reverential fear. It's respect that you give to God, because you realize there really is no one else worthy of glory or honor compared to Him.

Or you can look at it this way: You should be afraid to do the wrong thing because you know what He'll do if you do it.

*I think I contradicted myself a couple of times. Think about it for yourself and feel free to comment or email me what you think.


Now lets look on the second phrase: "hope on His mercy"
Mercy is something that we deserve that is not given to us. Namely, death. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)

So we know, or at least have an idea, of what mercy is. Now what does it mean to hope for it? Why should we hope for it?

Because we are sinners. And we would be dead without it. It reminds us that we are corrupt and unworthy to come before God.

At the time these two verses (in Psalms) were written, they didn't have Jesus. They didn't have a savior who came down to earth from above to save us from our sins. They had to make do with sacrifices and offerings. But as you can see in Ephesians 2:5, God's ultimate form of love and mercy was given to us freely, His Son. He sent His Son to be our sacrifice and to be our offering, so that all our debt would be paid and so that we could finally come back into His presence again.

So what these verses in Psalm 147 are saying is that God doesn't take pleasure in what you look like. He takes pleasure in how you respect Him and how you remember the mercy He has shown you.


Feel free to comment or message me or whatever if you wanna talk about this post.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Mathew 22:15-22

When the Pharisees came to Jesus, while He was teaching, they posed a tricky question with the intent of making Jesus contradict Himself and the word of God. They asked Him if it's lawful to pay taxes to Caesar. He asked them whose image and inscription is on the coin and they answered Caesar's so Jesus answered them that they should give Caesar the things that belong to Caesar and give to God the things that are God's.


Now we've all heard this many times before but we tend to overlook it or forget about what Jesus is really saying. When the Pharisees asked Jesus a tricky question, Jesus answered the question while sharing the gospel with them.
Where in this world can we find God's image and inscription? The only thing God created in His own image is us!! So Jesus is telling us that we are supposed to return to Him. Ever since God created us He has wanted us to be with Him. We, in our sins, separated ourselves from Him and created a gap between us and Him. But His love is stronger than anything that can separate us. Even stronger than the sin that separated us. Therefore He sent His Son to bridge the gap between us. So that we can now be His once again. God's love is truly amazing.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

"We won the 'Birth Lottery'" ~Ken Miller


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Prepare The Way


Luke 3:1-6

King James Version (KJV)

"Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, 
'The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"


Alright lets break this down together,
So John the Baptist is the voice of one crying in the wilderness right? He's the "forerunner" who prepares the way of the Lord. He "made the path straight for Jesus." Now what does that mean exactly? This whole passage from Isaiah is talking about a person or being making the way straight, filling valleys, bringing mountains and hills low, straightening out the crooked roads, smoothening out the rough roads. We know that John came before Jesus and preached to the people and prepared their hearts to hear the word of God and see their savior walk on this Earth. Ok so lets apply this to ourselves...

Time and time again John is referred to being filled the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was guiding him all along while he straightened the path for Jesus to come into this world. Therefore the Holy Spirit was responsible for preparing the way. In our lives, only the Holy Spirit (who abides in each and every one who is saved by the blood of Jesus Christ) can prepare our hearts for Christ to fully rule in our lives. Many Christians (myself included) fail to completely surrender their hearts and their lives to God. We tend to let worldly things take up God place on the throne in our hearts from time to time. And in doing so, we make the path to our hearts crooked, rough, and filled with valleys and mountains. We are the ones making the path difficult for our Lord to fully rule in our lives.

We have to let the Holy Spirit fill those valleys, those empty parts of our soul that only God can satisfy.
We have to let the Holy Spirit bring down those mountains and hills, our pride and overconfidence.
We have to let the Holy Spirit smoothen our rough hearts that have been hardened by the skepticism and the criticism we have become accustomed to from living in this world. God must be allowed to break our will in order for His to be made manifest in our lives.

Remember to pray continually for God to bring you to that point of brokenness. You cannot grow unless you reach that point!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bonding

This past weekend I had the joy of attending my church's Young Men's Charge (as opposed to retreat)
Which is an annual camping trip
Over the course of the trip and even during the time afterwords, there was a few disputes over who was doing work and who was fooling around, but through it all, we managed to overcome the odds and grow closer together as a group. Will there be troubles again? Yes
But we can overcome them with God's help. And through it all, we grow closer together. A Christian really can't live without fellowship and without a group of supporting believers and an assembly to help guide them through life.
I thank God for the great friends and family I have. I'm so blessed to have them.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

True repentance

Recently a friend showed me a pretty compelling video with a thought that struck me and stood out.

A lot of "Christians" repent from their sins because they are afraid of going to hell. When you read this or say it to yourself you might think, "oh that's so stupid, they're not real Christians"
But the thing is, we ALL did it
Or at least all of us who were 'born' in a Christian home.

Ever since birth, our parents inculcated us with the doom of spending eternity in hell and not being in communion and fellowship with God. But that's not the reason we should repent.

We should repent because we genuinely feel sorry for our sins.

The video also mentioned this:
If there was no punishment for your sins at all whatsoever, would you still repent? Or would you be stuck in the mire of sin?

Now that is an amazing question. I never thought of it like that. If I didn't know any better and I just followed along with whatever everyone around me was doing, would I have been convicted enough to change and to want to repent for what I have done? Would I feel any remorse at all or any guilt of my sin against God? Check out the video yourself and feel free to email me what you think!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To-npipnhHg