Archive | October 2013

Feet Like the Feet of a Deer (Habakkuk 3:19)

Habakkuk 3 19 Karina's Thoughts

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19

When I read and contemplate this verse, my mind imagining a deer. Deer is not a strong animal.  A deer is always prone to attacks of wild animals such as lions or tigers. Every time its life could be at risk because there is always the target of the jungle predators. But God gave the deer tapering legs are able to bring it to jump quickly. Deer’s legs even able to jump on hard and sharp rocks to get to the top of the hill, a place where the deer will be in a much safer situation. Deer is a weak animal, but the legs are able to set foot on rocky hill, past the obstacles until finally arriving at the high and save places.

I analogize a deer’s life with journey of our lives. Life in this world is not easy. Problem by problem could be making it harder to move forward, like sand, gravel and even sharp stones are tough to pass. We are weak creatures who are vulnerable to various threats. Roads are often winding and steep to through. If deer have legs that can take him jump across the stone by stone, stepped on steep streets, if we can do that as well? The Bible insists that God said we could.

The Bible verse above explicitly reminds us to always be aware that the source of our strength is in the Lord, and not to the strength, or the ability of our own greatness, nor lie at all facilities, property, or the things in the world. He could make our feet like deer which able to set foot, jumping with a beautiful gracefully on the sharp stony hills. God knows our problems. He knows what we face is not easy. But do not worry God cares to us. That is why He promised help which will make us like deer, an animal that is physically quite weak but has the ability to jump over the rough terrain until he could safely reach higher ground.

David said, “He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.”(Psalm 18:33) Rely on the Lord will be able to make us have the ability to stand upright on the hill, where we will be safe overcome the problems that have been hindering us. Yes, only God who can make us like that. A high place describes a place where the problem can no longer be difficult for us. In Isaiah it is said that in a place like that house of the Lord will be able to stand up straight despite everything under unsteady in a storm. God will stand up straight, not stagger and fall easily when hit by storm. In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:2-3)

The hard life, stormy problems continue to hit from all directions. All that can make us waver even destroyed sooner or later. Our limited ability will never be enough to overcome the constant attacks which come upon us. That is why we need to jump over all of that and continue to climb up to the top of the hill, where we will stand upright with God who enables us. God promises a help which will make us able to leap nimbly through the obstacles by obstacles to arrive at the top of the hill safely.

How we can continue to climb up to the top of the hill? David said, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105)  God’s word! This is the key! We need to train our spiritual life continually. We must continue to grow and continue to increase, retracing up, continue to recognize God more closely. That is what will enable us to be able to rise to a higher place. The higher we are, the more difficult it is for problems to unsettle us. By always relying on the God’s word, with deepen the knowledge of God through the writings that inspired in the Bible we will be able to stay upright despite the situation around us were shaken by the storm. And we can say, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord I will be joyful in God my Savior.”(Habakkuk 3:17-18)

My dear lovely readers, whether our lives are being hit by so many storms? Problem by problem hit us from every side?  Our feet are too weak to jump on the hard and sharp stones? Hard to climb up to the higher safe place?  Let’s ponder again the Bible verse above. “The Sovereign Lord is my strength” This phrase means do not rely on our own strength when we face the problem. Rely on ourselves or other things in this world sooner or later will make us give up.” he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”  Do not forget that we have a God who so loves us and has promised us help. He is ready to give the deer leg that will enable us to traverse the rocky road, winding and steep until finally standing upright on top of the hill, where the problems are no longer able to bother us. Amen.

Karina

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Stepping in God’s Guidance

Stepping in God guidance

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13

I have a friend who until now never got a good job. Many times he tried to change jobs, as many as he also failed. Disappointment was enveloped his feelings. Then once time she said: “If only God would tell me what I should do, I will not continue to experience failures like this”  The question that comes to my mind is, is it true that God likes to hide in his plan for our lives so that we will be difficult or even impossible to find out? Is it true that only God tells us to obey and follow his plan but objected to tell us what His plan for us?

Of course God does not think like that. If God wants us to walk in His plan, He would want us to know what is in the plan. God is not a covered person who is too busy for us. Rather, God is a Father who loves us, loves His children even as He created his own image and likeness. If so, we need to think again if we had asked Him through our prayers or we even still too lazy to build a relationship with Him?  Or maybe we’ve been praying, but how much faith could accompany us to believe and hear? Perhaps we are still too often tempted by anxiety, fear, worries or other feelings that hinder our sensitivity to His voice. Or maybe we are still too often doing bad things so that God is not pleased upon the behavior of our lives.

David says that The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;” (Psalm 37:23) David could say this of course is based on the real evidence through his own life experiences. David firmly says that God ordained the people measures. People like what? In this verse say to those whose lives are pleasing to Him. So, whether we are pleasing to Him or not is an important key to experiencing God’s guidance on every step, each sequence in our lives. He would be happy to participate and guide step by step. One remarkable thing if we not only know that the Lord has prepared not only full peace plan to meet our future with hope. 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) but also participated guide us step by step to fulfill them? That is exactly what God’s ready to be done to every person whose life pleasing to Him.

In the form of God’s presence, we can also see how if on our way we met with difficulties or problems. Walking with God does not mean that life will be entirely smooth with no problems. But the good news is, even when we are in a fallen state, God is still there with us. “though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” (Psalm 37:24) This means that we do not have to worry in stepping as long as the Lord is with us. David testified that since his youth to old age, he had never seen the righteous forsaken by God. Even the inclusion and blessing from God does not stop only on that person, but also touching his offspring. “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing”. (Psalm 37:25-26)

God is ready to give wisdom that allows us to be able to see what His plan for us. He has provided all that is needed by us through the talents that have been given since the beginning, and He is ready to guide us in living it gradually. But please remember that life pleasing to God is the key that will allow us to experience it. Moreover we need to know that God is never too busy or happy to ignore us, because the God’s word says: “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”. (Jeremiah 29:12-13) See that the Lord is not a closed figure. Instead, he was very open to us and will always be happy to reveal His plan upon each of us. Once again David says: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”(Psalm 37:5-6) Goes according to His plan and experience God’s guidance directly in every step, will make our lives find its meaning, just like what God wants for our lives, both today and in the future.

My dear lovely friends, whether we are experiencing a failure that makes us disappointed? If we feel that we are experiencing failure is because God does not tell us what to do? Let us reflect on ourselves if we are living pleasing to God? Think again if we had asked Him through our prayers, or we even still too lazy to build a relationship with Him?  How big we put our faith to God? Or whether we are still too often doing bad things so that God is not pleased upon the behavior of our lives? Let’s we ponder together. Amen

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Karina

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Trust in the LORD… (Proverb 3:5)

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverb 3:5-6)

I remembered when the first day I officially replace my dad’s position in the office. I took time to talk with my secretary privately.  In our conversation, she asked me a question: “Ma’am, do you really trust me that I am capable to assist you to complete every your office work?” This question is quite difficult to answer. I could not say “Yes, I really trust you” Because I don’t know everything about her very well, I just know she is my daddy’s secretary before.

But I am trying to answer her question wisely. “I trust to God that He will enable you to become a good secretary and could assist me to complete my office task. I trust to God that He will provide guidance and help us when we have problems.”

This is about trust. A short word but have a deeply meaning and oftentimes hard to be applied in our lives. In our Christian lives we will be faced with many problems and trials. We might be facing a bad financial problem, major medical trials, problem in marriage life, jobs, and many other problems that we cannot predict. When it all comes, to whom we should to trust? To whom we should to lean? Where we should to go?

The Bible verse above clearly said: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” This is the answer! Trust to the Lord.  To whom we should to lean? This Bible verse gives us the answer as well. “Lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him” Lean to the Lord! Where we should to go?  When trials come we need to go to the Father in prayer asking for His guidance and help through our trials. He will make our path straight (verse 6). We know that with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

I Might be able to share the problems to my secretary but the most possibility answer that I can get is, “The best way is pray to God and put your trust in Him. Ask Him to lead and help you to overcome every problem” I am definitely sure everyone will give the same answer. Even when we consult to the pastor, I believe the pastor will direct us to God and advised us to persevere in prayer, standing on His word, and keep trust in God’s power. People around us could not solve our problem but God will use people around us to solve our problem according His will.

When I should to make an important decision, the important thing that I should to do is consult to God so I am not standing on my own comprehension, seeking God’s direction, and wait for God to straighten my path. But the problem is seeking God’s direction for our lives could be difficult thing to do. We have a tendency to want to make our will appear to be God’s will. This often happens when there is no clear direction from God and when God does not answer our prayer. So, what should we do?  Once again we should to hold on God’s word: “Trust in the Lord with all our heart” We should to trust in the Lord and wait patiently on Him. We have to step out in faith and trust that the Lord will direct our steps. God knows what the best for us.

There will be other times when we feel that we are following the God’s will but everything is not working out perfectly.  We often expect that things will fall perfectly in line when we are walking in the God’s will. While we may experience this from time to time it will not always be the case. Times like this may create doubt in our heart. We may doubt whether we understood what the Lord meant for us to do and this can create fear. Sometimes we will then decide we should not be where we are and that the Lord is directing us somewhere else. It is the fear response to run from situation that drives us to make a rash decision. Instead, we need to resist the urge to create our own roadmap and trust completely to God.

My dear lovely reader, where we place our trust now? To whom we should to lean? Where we should go to submit all of our problems?  Are we still standing in our own comprehension?  Let’s us ponder again the verse of Proverb above. That is the answer of these questions. Fully trust that God is able and willing to release us from any difficult situation and always remember what Jesus said in Matthew 19:26: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  There is nothing impossible before God. Amen.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)

Karina

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We Glory in Tribulations (Romans 5:3)

We glory in tribulations

I dedicate this article to one of my friends who are gets so many trials in his life. This morning I take my time to share with her. This article may not solve her problems, but at least could strengthen her. I chose this verse below as a base of this article.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5: 3-4

When we have physically suffering or passing through a situation of great trial, we often think that there is nothing good thing that we could get from it. But Paul says we also glory in our suffering. Why we should do as Paul says? The reason is, though seems at the time we cannot see something good behind our suffering, actually something good is going to happens behind it. The suffering itself is not good but the perseverance, the experience, and the hope that spring from it is very good.

When we are no longer able to control the trials that we face, we can learn a great lesson. Be patience! Yes, we should to be patience. Whether we want or not, like it or not, we have to wait. James 5:10 said: “Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.”   We don’t get what we want immediately. But often times when the trials are finally lifted, we are able to see how God use the trials that we had, to shape our lives and even perhaps the lives of others. So, through our trials we have an experience of God’s wisdom and faithfulness. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

In the times of suffering we come to place great value on the promises of God. We may know the promises by memory, but they are never so full of meaning as when we claim them in our darkest hours and deepest struggles. The patience and experience we have gained from past deliverances gives us hope to trust in the Lord and in His promises. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”(James 1:12)

God has come from our trials because we now have a greater sense our weakness and God’s strength. We have been drawn to a closer walk with Him, and His promises are not just words but a reality in our life. So With Paul we “Glory in our tribulations “

Karina

Contributor:  Kimberly Gow – Young Christian Career Woman Fellowship.

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The Greatest Love of All

God is Love

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” John 4:18

Including me, everyone has a desire to be loved by someone. I am very grateful besides had parents who really loved me; I also have someone who loves me with all his heart. I felt a tremendous blessing from God because He has sent my fiancé into my life. I am not trying to say that my fiancé is a perfect man but for me he is a wonderful blessing from God. One day I had expressed my feelings to him. I say that he is the greatest blessing in my life. At that time, his answer was beyond my minds. He said:” the greatest blessing in your life is God’s love that willing to sent His one and only son to be sacrifice for our sin. As an ordinary human being with all his weaknesses, my love to you might be able to change and faded. But God’s love never changes. His love is a perfect love. God’s love is the greatest love of all”

My fiancé utterance is an alert and reminder for me. I am so touched to hear what he said. Yes it was so true. God’s love is the greatest blessing for us. What many people do not realize is that they are already loved beyond our comprehension. God loved us so much that He sent His son to be a sacrifice for our sin. (John 3:16). Since God the Father and God the son are one He chose willingly to suffer for us. In this era, whether there is still anyone who can do the same thing as Jesus did? Nothing at all!

When we repented of our sin and accepted the lord Jesus as our savior, a kinship was formed between us and Christ. Our love for the Savior is greater than any other love we have. He comes before a spouse, parents, a child, or even a friend. To put this into perspective, when we read the book of Ephesians we can see that God compares the church (born-again Christians) to Christ as a wife to her husband. (Ephesians 5:21-33).

In the world which full of chaos today we have seen so many marriages that suffer trouble or do not last, teens discover their first love and often those relationships are fleeting. Broken hearts can arise from the action of one or many. God’s love for us is unending and will never change. What a wonderful feeling it is to know that we are cared for with such a perfect love. This relationship we have with the Lord can help us through any struggle that we may face. Knowing He is there with us and will never leave us can be a great encouragement.

What about the lost? Without salvation the lost person is separated from God due to sin. When trouble comes they will not have that same peace that we as Christians have. They fear the outcome whether they would admit it openly to another or not. That fear is always there. Only salvation can bring true peace and perfect love.

Are we heartbroken due to a recent breakup or troubled in relationship with someone? Whether there among you who are having problems in your marriage? Do we feel lonely? Are we placing our hopes and dreams all on an earthly relationship? Is there something in our life that we are facing that has caused us to be frightened? My dear lovely friends, there is comfort in knowing that we are Christ’s and that the Lord will always love us. Let’s us ponder once again the Bible verse above. “There is no fear in love” in other words, this sentence has meaning if we are accept and enjoy the love of God there will be no fear in our life. “But perfect love drives out fear” There is no perfect love except the God’s love. As a Christians we all loved by God beyond our comprehension.  Human’s love might be changed but God’s love never changes all the time. Whether we are already feeling the greatest and perfect love from God? Whether we are living in God’s love? There is no greater love than God’s love. God’s love is the greatest love of all. Amen.

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (1 John 4:16)

Karina

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