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What Do You See in Your Clouds

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“Behold, He cometh with clouds.”
Revelation 1:7

In the Bible clouds are always connected with God. Clouds are those sorrows or sufferings or providences, within or without our personal lives, which seem to dispute the rule of God. It is by those very clouds that the Spirit of God is teaching us how to walk by faith. If there were no clouds, we should have no faith. “The clouds are but the dust of our Father’s feet.” The clouds are a sign that He is there. What a revelation it is to know that sorrow and bereavement and suffering are the clouds that come along with God! God cannot come near without clouds; He does not come in clear shining.

It is not true to say that God wants to teach us something in our trials: through every cloud He brings, He wants us to unlearn something. His purpose in the cloud is to simplify our belief until our relationship to Him is exactly that of a child – God and my own soul, other people are shadows. Until other people become shadows, clouds and darkness will be mine every now and again. Is the relationship between me and God getting simpler than ever it has been?

There is a connection between the strange providences of God and what we know of Him, and we have to learn to interpret the mysteries of life in the light of our knowledge of God. Unless we can look the darkest, blackest fact full in the face without damaging God’s character, we do not yet know Him.

“They feared as they entered the cloud . . .” – Is there anyone “save Jesus only” in our cloud? If so, it will get darker; we must get to the place where there is “no one any more save Jesus only.”

Karina -Knowing-Jesus

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Pain For a Ministry

Broken heartA few weeks ago, one of my friends sent me an email and shares her relationship problem. She was broken heart.  Their love affair that has lasted more than 3 years has ended. I feel very sorry about her problem and I tried to encourage him to stay strong and resilient.  I said:” your love story this time might have ended up and feel hurt but life does not end just because of the love problems. God has a beautiful plan behind your problem”

One of the most painful emotional experiences is that of a “broken heart” whether it is from a severed relationship or the death of a loved one. Everyone has to deal with a broken heart at some point in life because we live in a fallen world, and, as a result, we are constantly faced with shattered dreams, unexpected losses, and hurting relationships.

Many times, songwriters have tried to capture the heart-wrenching feelings that arise from these circumstances with lyrics like, “How I am supposed to live without you when all I’ve been living for is gone?” and “I will never get over you getting over me;” as well as “You’ve lost that loving feeling.” Yet, these emotions are not articulated as clearly as we often wish they were. Often the pain is so deep and so excruciating that we tend to repress and deny the anguish rather than handle it properly.

But God gives hope to all those who suffer from a broken heart by promising both His abiding presence and His overflowing peace. Psalm 34:18 says that the Lord “is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” In John 14:27 Jesus states, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Right now God can use us even in your heartache. In II Corinthians 1:3-4 Paul writes, “Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” Sometimes the very reason pain has been allowed into our lives is so that we can be more effective in our ministry to others.

Consider this: Can she who has never felt rejection and isolation understand the plight of a woman who battles depression and loneliness? Can he who has never lost a loved one empathize with a man who has just lost his father? Can she who has never known the pain of unrequited love minister to the teenager whose love interest has chosen someone else for a prom date?

God’s purposes in allowing pain in our lives are multi-faceted. Not only does He teach us about His love and faithfulness amidst our times of sorrow, but after our grieving has ended, He gives us strength to offer words of edification to others who are experiencing similar trials. I Peter 5:9 says, “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”

Thus, we serve as both a support base and a hope for those who are walking through difficult situations proving that with God’s help even seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome.

If we are struggling with emotional pain, take comfort in the fact that God has our situation as well as we are in the palm of His hands. He will not let us go, and He will not let us down. A final word of hope can be found in I Peter 5:10, And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. Take heart, the pain we experience today may be your platform for ministry tomorrow.

God is ever near to those Who have a broken heart
Through the loss of someone dear That tears your world apart
It seems so overwhelming The grief, too much to bear,
But know that God is with you, He loves you and He cares. (MS.Lowndes)

I dedicated this post to my best friend Anggie Chang in Thailand.

Karina

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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)

 

When God Knocking our Door

Knocking the doorI do not know how many times in a day my secretary knocked on my workspace door. She comes in to my room with many purposes. Need my signature, give me a pile of documents that I should have to read, or just asking what I need. Sometimes I feel a little bit disrupted with this situation. Occasionally I need to be alone to thinking, reviewing any decision and policies that I have taken, make a plan, etc. If I really need that time, I will have to order my secretary to not disturb me within one or two hours ahead.

Suddenly I imagined something. What if someone who knocks at my door is God?! How do I react when God knocking my door and say:” My child, Let Me in. I want to be with you and talk with you now…” What is my answer? Whether I will answer: “No! Not now, God. I am busy to drive my life purposes now!” or like this;”Could You wait for a moment? I have to complete my task first. Or this one: “Ok, please I am ready now!”

In our daily lives, we must admit that we often avoid God’s call or do not open our door when He knocking. We often too busy with our purposes. Too busy chasing our dreams. We often forget the existence of God in our lives. Instead we more often to knocking God’s door when we are facing difficulties and when our lives become so hard. When your life is in a bit of a mess and you wonder if  God is really interested in your problems. We have a tendency to always knocking God’s door when we need His help.

I think it isn’t fair! Why? Matthew 7:7 said: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” This verse is one of the many promises of God. This Bible verse has a meaning; God always available for us. If God always available for us, how about us? We should have to remember and  ponder if God always have a time for us, why we not give our time too when He call and knocking our door ask for a little bit time together with Him.

Like my secretary, God knocking on our door with his purposes and plans. He wants something from us. God knows each person’s life intimately and God will wait until we are ready. God is always knocking and always calling to us to let Him in, reducing our bustle, turn down our voice for just a few moments to hear the voice of God. Are we ready for it? God always waiting for us to let Him in. Amen.

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.(Revelation 3:20)

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)

 

At the door of your heart, God is calling, with sweet and gentle voice

Patiently He waiting for us, what is our answer?

He was waiting for us for a long time, Patiently He waiting for us

Waiting for us to open our heart, He greatly misses all of us

What is your yearning too?

Karina

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Learning about Life

bring-to-lifeSometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be – a roommate, a neighbor, a professor, a friend, a lover, or even a complete stranger – but when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

Sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are sometimes the most important ones.

If someone loves you, give love back to them in whatever way you can, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and listen to what they have to say.

Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.

You can make anything you wish of your life. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets.

And if you love someone tell them, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.

Learn a lesson in life each day that you live!

Today is the tomorrow you were worried about yesterday.

Think About it? Was it worth it?

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Don’t belittle God’s Creations

Man and tree

Two men were walking along one summer day. Soon it became too hot to go any further and, seeing a large plane tree nearby, they threw themselves on the ground to rest in its shade. Gazing up into the branches one man said to the other,

“What a useless tree this is. It does not have fruit or nuts that we can eat and we cannot even use its wood for anything.”

“Don’t be so ungrateful,” rustled the tree in reply. “I am being extremely useful to you at this very moment, shielding you from the hot sun. And you call me a good-for-nothing!”

All of God’s creations have a good purpose. We should never belittle God’s blessings.

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