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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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Glory be to God on High

Glory be to God

Glory be to God on High
He has restored my life
Giving me peace to overcome
To cast down thoughts of the evil one
              
My very life I live in Him
Christ my Lord soon coming King
I’m watching and waiting His face to see
The one that gave me liberty
              
No greater love I’ve ever known
Than from the One that saved my soul
His praises I’ll forever sing
Lover of my soul is Jesus my King
              
His word is like medicine to me
The weapon I use to battle the enemy
For on His word I will stand
In the name of Jesus authority is given
            
I will not fear for He is near
The still small voice whispers in my ear
“Be still and know that I AM GOD”
The power of His word on the enemy to trod
              
Many are the afflictions of the righteous
But you deliver us from them all with love and kindness
Although it is good to be on the mountain top
It’s in the valley I have grown and you’ve taught me a lot
              
Both daughter of Zion and little girl He calls me
I’m blessed beyond measure to be in His family
Saved and sanctified for His purpose and plan
Never to be plucked out of His hand
              
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost I will praise
My God is 3 in One throughout eternity reigns
Bless the Lord O’ my soul and forget not all His benefits
Guide me and keep me LORD through your precious Holy Spirit
 
Pastor Linda Begley

Photo Credit: sunrise in Mount Fuji by Kevin Lam

To God Be the Glory

to god be the glory

Yesterday night I share a comment in Sue Nash blog about a hymn song called “To God Be the Glory” This  hymn song became one of my favorite songs from the hundreds favorite hymn song and I will use as my wedding theme song on December later. Why I and my fiancé choose this song? Because first, this song always reminds us How marvelous God’s work and also gives special place to the Free Grace position—that salvation is provided as a gift from God to everyone who will place his or her faith in Christ, regardless of one’s sins before or after conversion. The second reason, this is our gratitude to Lord Jesus Christ who has been gave us wonderful and marvelous blessing in our life. This evening I am pleased to share our reflection of this song. Here’s…..

When we observe and ponder this song, there are several aspects of this beloved composition set it forth not only as a hymn of praise, but also as a hymn of grace. From the outset, it is clear that Fanny J. Crosby ascribes all credit to God for His work (“great things He hath done”), with no role for man’s efforts in God’s great plan. In the first stanza, it is Jesus alone who opens the life gate of salvation, so that all have the opportunity to be saved. This is a clear message of grace, in contrast to the idea that man must prove his worth before eternal life is granted.

However, it is in the second stanza that Crosby most clearly sets forth the conditions for entrance through this gate—faith, and faith alone. Note that redemption is promised to “every believer” ( John 3:16), and that regardless of the magnitude of one’s sins, even “the vilest offender” who puts his or her faith in Christ, such as the criminal crucified with Christ (Luke 23:43) or Saul of Tarsus (1 Tim 1:15), will immediately receive pardon from Jesus.

The third stanza and chorus continue to bring this point of grace home, proclaiming that it is God who has done great things, and the One to whom praise and adoration belong. As is evident here, as well as in her other hymns, Fanny J. Crosby were a great woman of God who clearly understood the importance of God’s marvelous grace in salvation. The act of love on the cross which made this possible is truly reason to “Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice! Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!” Let us indeed rejoice in our salvation provided so freely by Christ Jesus!

Fanny J.Crosby wrote this song lyric based on Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”

To God be the glory, great things He hath done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life, an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate, that all may go in.

O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer, the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see!

Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done!

Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) William H. Doane (1832-1915)

Karina – Kevin Lam

Watch and listen this great Hymn song “To God Be the Glory”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3qcyNUqdxA&list=RD02NKex7c7DzMA

With permission from Greg Howlett this music will be use in our holy matrimony

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Breathe to Glorified His Name

breath

What happens when God breathed the dust from the ground? What happens is that a human being! Humans are so complicated, complex, complete with the ability to think, reason, have feelings, to love, get to breed and even promised an eternal life someday in God’s own hand.

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”(Genesis 2:7). That was the beginning man was present as a living soul. Breath of life that comes from God that is what makes us a living soul. This means that if we can breathe today, it comes from God’s own breath.

Have we ever thought our breath is used for what purpose?  The psalmist saw the other side of a breath. When the breath is still in us, is good if it is used for the right reason, a reason that became the foundation for us to live that is to praising God. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6).

We cannot save our breath for later use. If we choose to hold your breath, then we would be missing the opportunity for it. Even if we hold it for a long time we could faint or even die. That’s why it while there is still breath in us; we should be able to use it as well as possible for the glory of God. Praise, worship and celebrate God’s goodness to us. Let us not waste the breath that He has bestowed upon us with the things that hurt His heart.

We continue to breathe, because if not we would be die. And as long as we still can breathe, let it be used to praise the Lord. We cannot do the same thing as God did. But we use our breath to secrete word of consolation for those who are experiencing hardship. We can raise the praise and worship. We can use it to run and help others.

Do not waste our breath. God wanted to be glorified through the breath that is given to us.

Karina

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Crown of The Glory

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Who are we exactly? Why are we there in the world? It’s a question that fills the minds of many people. Too often we only think about our lack and limitation, difficulties make us forget about the essence of our existence on this earth, and who we are as God planned. When we are worry about the future, do not know what we should to do, we are too easily swayed in life. So that questions will fill our minds.

The Bible clearly says that man is a special creation. At one time David seemed to be staring at the sky at night is filled with the stars. David said: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”(Psalm 8:3-4,NIV). Compared to the beauty of the sky full of stars and moonlight, what is a man? David continued “You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:5,NIV)

The beauty and perfection of the universe was created immeasurably, but still human as God’s creation is different, especially compared to other creations. We are crowned with glory and honor, made ​​like God, have the image of God in us. We are uniquely formed from the dust of the ground directly from His hand and breathed life into us.

Peter said: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9,NIV). We were created with a very special and privileged. But from this verse remember that we have a duty to declare the glory of God in the world anyway. Being the messenger His magnitude deeds. Being children of light that represent the good name of our Father, the King of kings, we are selected as a royal priesthood, our life was supposed to reflect the principles of the kingdom and portray the image of the King.

Have we really understand and realize that our identity as a special creation in God’s likeness? We are the creation with crown of the glory.

Karina

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I Surrender to Thee

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My dear beloved Father in Heaven, under my limitation and weaknesses

I am kneeling in the front of You;

I want my whole life to be Thine

Take my entirely life into Your Holiness and purity

Take my each sigh of  into Your eternal life, for verily it is Yours too

Take my every temporally moment to Your endless time, where;

There is no more sins and bitterness

There is no more tears and cry; there is no more sorrow and suffering

There is no more adversity, disappointment, and no more desperation

Where there is only joyful, warmth of love, happiness and glory from You

Take my voice and let me sing How Great Thou Art and let me praise You endlessly

Use my weak lips to carry a sound of Your mercy, faithfulness, mightiness and Your dignity to the entire universe

Take my hand and feet; allow me to hold Your hand walk into Your Holy Promise Land.

Let me kneel under your feet, give me a chance to rinse your feet,

Because you has been first humble yourself to wash Your disciples

I want my whole life to be Thine, make me a servant to the Thee

Fulfill me with obedience to serve the Thee, Amen

Karina

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God,Make Me an Instrument

Antonio Stradivari Edgar Bundy painting cropAny music player, especially the violinist must know a violin made by Antonio Stradivari. A Violin master craftsman from Italia. On the very occasioan when becomes avalaible it will sell for amounts of well over a million dollars. What makes it violin so expensive and very special? What the difference with other violins and what makes the sounds from the “Strads” so great?

The “Strads” violins was made from wood which taken from polluted harbor in Stradivari’s Village. The harbors were the same with our town dumps. They were a smelly,dismal stew of trash,human and animal waste, and garbage. It can be concluded that Antonio Stradivari used wood that has been contaminated. The polluted water (containing microbes) is permeated into the inside of the cells in the wood. But of course Antonio Stradivari has a formula for next processing of the wood.That is one of the reasons why the sound of a “Strads” violin was so great and different with other violins.

The core of this article is not on the Stradivarius violin but the above is a picture of what God has done for us. Jesus came and pulled us from the sludge. As the Bible puts it, He loved us while we were sinner. In other words, even though we had been eaten hollow by sin, He reached down from the Cross and wiped us clean. And then He crafted us into priceless instrument to resonate the strong and distinct sounds of His love,grace and glory.

David wrote,” Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!” (Psalm 100:1). And Paul reminds us that with the indwelling Spirit in control,our lives should be filled with ” Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19). Our lives should resound with gratitude and not grumpiness,thanksgiving and praise regardless of our life circumstances. When Paul and Silas sang in jail, the jailor had never heard anything like it before.

Like the Stradivarius violin, the sound quality of the song that Jesus puts in our restored souls should be noticeably different than the other “violins” around us. The song we sing with our lives should be joyful and glad. And this difference is not for our benefit,or the benefit of those around us. It is for the listening pleasure of the master Creator.

God, makes me an instrument to echoes the sounds Your love, peacefulness, joyful, grace, and glory. Amen

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make knowns Thy faithfulness to all generation. (Psalm 89:1)

“The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. (Habakkuk 3:19)

Karina

(Cited from RBC Ministries Devotional,Strength for The Journey)

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