The Secret of Walking with Jesus

Hei beloved!

 

Took sometime out from a demanding day at work and just prayed and thank God.

This is what I was reminded of for 2 days in a row. First when I *visited* another church (after serving for 2 services in the morning 😅) 

I wandered off into dreams and visions shortly after the sermon started. 😅

Jesus really really really loves us so much. Its all Jesus.... all Jesus.

Understand the heart behind this, it is a reminder that...  

 

Its NOT first and foremost about who we need to become...

  NOT about what more we need to strife towards (That is also important too)

Its NOT about what more we need to have...

 

Above all else...

 

Salvation begins with the Finished work of Christ.

When we *behold* our Jesus and his *Finished work on the cross* through his *Word and Worship*

 

In due time, we will be tranformed from glory to glory and start to bear the *Fruits* of the spirit. Notice it's fruits which is the *product* of something.

 

To many times I'm guilty of striving with my own effort for the *fruits* of the spirit when its is actually a *by-product* of just spending time with Jesus.

 

 

*2 Cor 3:18* NASB

*But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.*

 

At the heart of it,

 

Its about WHO we ALREADY ARE in Christ (irregardless of our circumstance)

 

Its first and foremost about *Whose we are* (When we know how much God loves Jesus, we will know how much God loves us) ** That's what made John 3:16 make sense for me when God gave his only begotten son... =)

 

*His* (first) unfailing love for us anchors my daily *failing* walk with him and causes us to love Him more! 🙂

 

With Jesus, we can take the worst life throws at us,

because we *already have* the best that God has given us...

 

I find myself drawn to the grace and goodness of our Jesus, how he can love such a broken person like me and I cant help but worship him for who he is =)

 

God so good.

 

Have a beautiful day ahead Yachadians!

 

You are *Deeply Loved* 🙂

Childlike Faith In The One Who Gave His All For Us

 

Just want to share something that encourage us about how great our God is!

This is the Jesus we know!

Isaiah 65:24 :- “Before they call, I will answer.”*

 

This is a testimony written  by a doctor who worked in Africa.

 

One night I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all we could do, she died, leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying two-year-old daughter. We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive; as we had no incubator (we had no electricity to run an incubator). We also had no special feeding facilities.

 

Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts. One student midwife went for the box we had for such babies and the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in. 

 

Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly in distress to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst (rubber perishes easily in tropical climates).  “And it is our last hot water  bottle!” she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk, so in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over burst water bottles.  They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways.

 

“All right,”  I said,  “put the baby as near the fire as you safely can, and sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm.”

 

The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with any of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle, and that the baby could so easily die if it got chills. I also told them of the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died.

 

During prayer time, one ten -year-old  girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt conciseness of our African children.  “Please, God” she prayed, “Send us a hot water bottle today.  It'll be no good tomorrow, God, as the baby will be dead, so please send it this afternoon.”

 

While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added, “And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she'll know You really love her?”

 

As often with children's prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say “Amen?” I just did not believe that God could do this.

 

Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything; the Bible says so. But there are limits, aren't there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending me a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever, received a parcel from home.  Anyway, if anyone did send me a parcel, who would put  in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator!

 

Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses' training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time I reached home, the car had gone, but there on the verandah was a large 22-pound parcel. I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone, so I sent for the orphanage children. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly.  Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly-colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children looked a little bored. Then came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas - that would make a batch of buns for the weekend.

 

Then, as I put my hand in again, I  felt the.....could it really be?

 

I grasped it and pulled it out. Yes, a brand new, rubber hot water bottle. I cried.  I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could.

 

Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, “If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!”

 

Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully-dressed dolly. Her eyes shone! She had never doubted!  Looking up at me, she asked, “Can I go over with you and give this dolly to that little girl, so she'll know that Jesus really loves her?”

 

“Of course,” I replied!

 

That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday school class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God's prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator.

 

And one of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child - five months before, in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it “that afternoon.”

 

“Before they call, I will answer.” (Isaiah 65:24)

 

When you receive this, say a prayer. That's all I ask. No strings attached.

 

Personal thoughts of the day =)

 

Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive. Today we don't pray to earn a standing. We pray because we *already have that standing because of Jesus's finish work on the cross*

 

The finished work on the cross gives us boldness to come to Jesus in prayer just as we are, like the ten year old child who believed.

 

*It's not about who we are but whose we are*

*It's not about what we have,  who we have*

 

Live each day and anchor yourself in what's *done* for you(the finished work of Christ), *behold* Jesus each day and in due time you will find genuine change, being transformed from glory to glory.

Beyond mere behavior modification, there will be then be genuine heart transformation resulting in fruits of the spirit. Jesus loves you so so much. 

 

Phillipians 2:13 NLT

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

 

  • This is our Jesus!

Grace Unfailing

There's no such thing as investing too much time in people we care about. This is grace, we just flow with the spirit. Trust that Jesus makes things beautiful in his time, no strife, no expectations, no disappointments.

Freely we receive, freely we give. In every area there is lack, be emotional, spiritual, financial, mental I declare Jesus over all! Jesus is our portion. It's not us giving but Jesus giving through us.

We must never be defined by achievements, assets or anything other than Jesus. We are precious, fearfully and wonderfully made.

We gotta hang out with Jesus more and more! That's the secret garden that rejuvenates us =)

 

 

Secret Garden

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Each of us need to have our own secret garden, a place of refuge and safety; a place of no condemnation where we can come as we are to transact with the One who loved us and gave himself for us.

Unhurried and undistracted by the demands, worries of the day, He has called us into a divine exchange, to trade our sorrows for His joy, our worries for His peace and our ashes for His beauty.

Under the shadow of His wings we find that place of perfect harmony, peace and clarity of mind. In this place, under the waterfall of His grace and love, we are reminded that our circumstances will never have the last word. In all things He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, He alone holds the first and last word in any situation. 

In this secret garden of grace, His unrelenting love pursues us and captures our heart. While we are still far away our Heavenly Father sees us, he has compassion for us, He runs towards us, embraces us and kiss us, we..... need only to come as we are... 

Our Abba clothes us with robes of righteousness, puts a ring on our finger, covers our feet with sandles, He kills the fattened cow and celebrates us unconditionally, such is the heart of the One who gave it all for us. This is our Jesus.

Thank you Father for this secret garden in the very recesses of my heart where you walk with me in every season, through tears and joy we trust in you, your love and plan for our life. In your time you make all things beautiful. Teach me to still my heart daily, only You can calm the raging seas. 

Today I come just as I am, rested in the almighty arms of my heavenly Father. Your grace has ransomed my heart, slowly turning what was once deeply wounded and closed to one that is beating once again. I am in that place where You are all I have and now I know You are all I need. Thank you Jesus... for walking me today in the secret garden of my heart. My Lord, My Life.

 

 

 

 

 

Trust in His Goodness

Tonight is one of those daya where demands of the day and concerns of the season really weighs in on the heart and mind. I find myself once again tossing in bed till the wee hours. Business is great and we love what we do but beyods that, family comes first =)

I'm pretty sure we can identify with this at times Amidst what we know with our minds, the feelings are real. I encourage us (by the grace of God) to lead our hearts to the obedience of Jesus, His finished work at the cross and to trust in His love and timing for us.

 

God brought to mind *Matthew 11:28-30*

 

*28* *Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.*

*29* *Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.*

*30* *For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."*

 

We are encouraged to put on the "sweet yoke of Jesus" and to live the "heavenly way of life and happiness". Jesus also says his "burden is light". There's a story of a man who once met a boy carrying a smaller crippled lad on his back.  "That's a heavy load you are carrying there," exclaimed the man.  "He ain't heavy; he's my brother!" responded the boy.  No burden is too heavy when it's given in love and carried in love. Jesus offers us a new kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy.  In his kingdom sins are not only forgiven but removed, and eternal life is poured out for all its citizens. This is not a political kingdom, but a spiritual one. The yoke of Christ's kingdom, his kingly rule and way of life, liberates us from the burden of guilt and from the oppression of sin and hurtful desires. Only Jesus can lift the burden of sin and the weight of hopelessness from us. Jesus used the analogy of a yoke to explain how we can exchange the burden of sin and despair for a burden of glory and yoke of freedom from sin. The yoke which Jesus invites us to embrace is his way of grace and freedom from the power of sin. 

 

*Question* Do we trust in God's love and submit to his will and plan for your life?

 

I find myself having to answer that question each day, with faith that's way smaller than a mustard seed, I do 😂

 

"Heavenly Father, thank you for your unconditional love for us this day. Anchor in us a new heart that is tender and warm with your grace.  Help us to exchange the yoke of rebellion for the yoke of submission to your holy and loving word. Set us free from self-occupation, ignorance and rebellious pride and fill our eyes with more of you each day, your unmerited favor and loving kindness. In You we find our answer, in You we rest. In Jesus name Amen.

 

Have a rested and beautiful day ahead beloved! His wisdom and favor guard you today 🙂

LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP

God wants to bless you—big-time! It was for this reason that He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” The deep is where you will find a whole lot of fish. You won’t find them near the shore in shallow waters. But to launch out into the deep is to move away from the comfort of the shoreline.

My friend, God wants you to break away from your comfort zone and step out in faith to do what He has put in your heart.

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GOD WANTS TO SET YOU UP FOR A BLESSING

Blessings of God

23 November - Ruth 2:12

The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.

Have you ever wondered why, in some Bible stories, God asked the people to give what little they had to Him? It may appear cruel, but the truth is that God was setting them up for a blessing! God’s way is to use whatever we have, and multiply it back to us once we put it in His hands.

The widow of Zarephath had only a handful of flour and a little oil to make one last meal for her son and herself before they faced starvation. But she trusted God and used a portion of the little that she had to make a cake for the prophet Elijah. And God rewarded her by making sure that her bin of flour was not used up and her jar of oil did not run dry until the drought ended. (1 Kings 17:8–16)

Similarly, the boy who gave his little lunch of five loaves and two small fish to Jesus not only ate well, but he also saw it being used to feed more than 5,000 people with 12 baskets full of leftovers! (John 6:1–13)

Whenever we give what little we have to God, whether it is money, time or energy, it opens up our hearts so that God can fill us up with more. And when we give our lives to God, we can trust Him to make things right for us and to be the rewarder of our faith.

When Ruth, a childless Moabite widow, left the comfort of her home to follow her mother-in-law Naomi and the God of Israel back to a foreign land (Ruth 1:16), she was given a full reward by the Lord. God gave Ruth protection and ensured that she was well-provided for through Boaz, a wealthy relative who took on the role of kinsman-redeemer for her and Naomi. (Ruth 2:9, 4:9–10)

Beloved, as you trust God with what you have today, know that He loves you and is setting you up for more blessings. So expect to see even more of His provision and abundance in the days to come!

 

 

Daily Grace Inspirations.

Joseph Prince Ministries

Calm The Mind, Change The World

Spending time in nature is a shortcut to serenity This is a truth we intuitively understand.

Spending time in nature is a shortcut to serenity This is a truth we intuitively understand.

Time with nature opens the eyes to your heart, serenity so refreshing engulfs your being, allowing you to get connected thoughs and reflections that otherwise would have been lost. 

Time with nature is indeed a shortcut to serenity  This is a truth we intuitively understand. Take an unhurried gentle stroll beneath the canopy of a forest with no destination in mind, take in the gentle, rhythmic sound of rain on leaves overhead, scaling the hills around a beautiful lake with the cleansing burn of fresh air in your lungs or sitting with your gaze fixed on a point where sea meets sky are routes to instant calm.

The word 'nature' comes from the Latin natura, which is from the same root as the Latin word for 'to be born' and is equivalent to the Ancient Greek word  phusis , meaning 'natural growth'.

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For Aristotle, the world was divided into nature and 'artifice', by which he meant human intervention. Subsequent philosophers questioned this division, but it still has a common sense appeal. Modern life is both enabled by and cluttered with artifice. Human interventions insulate us from the natural world. They keep us warm and well fed in winter, and help us to cheat time and multitask. All of this is wonderful of course, but it mwans that we are living at more of a remove from nature than ever before. 

 

Calm challenge for the day: Swith off your photo for just 15 minutes. Get up, get out, talk a 10 mins walk paying attention to the little details of nature around you. 

 

Calm your mind; Change the world.

Inspired by Calm