Archive | July 8, 2013

When GOD Created Me

When God created me, He gave me a pair of eyes which is located in the front of my face. God has a purpose for me to always look forward, not the past. I just need to learn from the past. “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.(Jeremiah 29:11)

God gave me two ears, on the left and right so I not only hear from one side but from all sides.  Hear many things, compliments or a criticisms and hear which one is correct and which the wrong. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. (Psalm 31:2)

God gave me a brain which is hidden in the head so that no one can take it from me. Brain is the most valuable thing than everything. Our brain contains mind and intelligence. There is no life without a brain. “Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction”. (Proverb 13:15)

I was created with only one mouth. Because if it is too much, the mouth can be a sharp weapon, which can hurt, defame, or even kill someone. God wanted me to always be careful with my words. Better talk less but listen more. The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. (Proverb 17:27)

God gave me one heart, where I can learn to appreciate and love each other. Learn to love and be loved. But do not ever expect others to love me with the way and as much as I give. Like Bible says :” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (1Corinthians 13: 4-8)

Give love without expecting anything in return then we will find and see that our life was more beautiful and meaningful.

Karina

 

Look Beyond The Blessing.

I am very happy because today my company was held a morning devotions for the first time. Originated from some Christian managers, they propose and asked me a permission to hold a morning devotional every Monday at 6.30 AM. I was very surprised and I immediately agreed without hesitation. I even told them I would attend those devotions. And now, I would like to share summary of the devotions this morning.

Psalm 3:8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people.

Jesus told His disciples to go into the deep waters and let down their nets for fish. When they did, their nets were filled up with fish to the point of breaking. Being fishermen and businessmen, they may have been tempted to start doing business. I mean, think how much they could make!

But God had a different purpose. The disciples’ occupation as fishermen was just a vehicle for God to demonstrate His great power and love. He wasn’t blessing them with fish so that they would get excited about fishing — He was blessing them with fish so that they could get their eyes off their fishing and on to the greater call He had for them! Thankfully, they left the fishing business and went off with the Lord to do great and mighty things.

Too many of us are wrapped up in fish. We seek the Lord for His blessings, prosperity, and success. But true discipleship is focusing not on the blessings of the Lord, but on the Lord of the blessings!

We can rejoice in our blessings, but let’s not dwell on them! Let’s set our eyes on the Lord and the calling He has for us. When He sees that we have pure and willing hearts, He will be faithful to use us to accomplish His glorious plan! Amen.

Karina. (Devotional by Pastor Albert Tan)