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His Presence for Our Boldness

His Presence for Our Boldness

When we got saved, most of us were taught that heaven and hell is real, that Jesus is the only way through whom we can get to heaven, and that we are to live our lives fully submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. But not all of us who got saved were taught that all of us are called to do great and mighty things for the Kingdom of God. ALL OF US, not just a select few or “chosen ones” in leadership positions in the church, are called to bring heaven on earth in the here and now.

Exodus 4:10-12 New Living Translation (NLT)

10 But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.”

11 Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”

Like Moses, we sometimes ask God, “Who are we to do these things?” We question our own qualifications and look at our own faults to downplay ourselves, and in doing so, we fail to look at our own identity in Christ. We were made in the image of God and so who we are is defined by how God sees us and calls us to be.

God is telling us, “It doesn’t matter what you can and can’t do, for I will certainly be with you.” It is not about our own abilities and our own strength but rather our willingness to be used. God is not looking for strong and qualified people, but people who are willing to yield to His commands out of their own commitment to love and chase after His heart.

For God’s Word is spirit and life. “It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NKJV)

So when the Lord calls us to do something, do not fear, for He will certainly be with us. His Presence will be more than enough to defeat the giants and seemingly immovable mountains that we might face.

Prayer: Abba Father, open our hearts and our ears so that when we hear Your voice, we would be able to yield to Your command as You direct our steps. Soften our hearts to always submit to Your promptings as You reveal Your way, for Your way is always good and incomparable and Your ways see through eternity! Amen.

The (Imperfect) Family of God

The (Imperfect) Family of God

It says a lot about Jesus that he chose and handpicked a specific set of disciples, twelve ordinary men that bickered, doubted, betrayed him, argued among themselves, spoke without thinking, and thought they were the greatest(!)… And to think that Jesus knew beforehand what He was getting Himself into. And it says plenty about God that for all these millennia, He would choose to accomplish the great work of spreading His Kingdom on earth through this ekklesia, His church—imperfect humans all of us!

Which means—

  1. God chooses to work with our imperfections and human limitations to accomplish the supernatural. God is gracious indeed! He is very patient and loving, forgiving us every time we fumble, stumble, sin and make messes. God knew what He was getting Himself into when He chose you before the foundation of the world.
  2. The supernatural doesn’t only mean signs, miracles and wonders. The supernatural work of God in us ALSO includes growing in maturity, loving others and forgiving them, seeking His Kingdom and sacrificing our lives for His glory. Without Him, we are nothing.
  3. It would be foolish to think we can be successful on our own… If God doesn’t show up, all our efforts are for nothing. God’s eternal purposes will never be accomplished using human means and strategies, lest any man boast. But then, God never meant for us to accomplish anything on our own strength, power or resources.
  4. He also chose to send the Holy Spirit – his Presence and Power, to accomplish through us what only He can do. We have everything we need! And together as His Family, we are meant to display His power and glory through His Spirit.
  5. We are meant to extend to others the same grace we receive, encouraging everyone to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit! We are meant to work together as His Church and show the world what it looks like to live AND work supernaturally, and to be perfected in Christ.

Because as we show the world what it means to be Gods’ Family, they will be drawn to the same God, who loves them through their imperfections, and can give them the same Holy Spirit that perfects them and accomplishes the supernatural through them!

Declarations:

  1. I am adopted into God’s family, so I intentionally create healthy family and community wherever I go!
  2. Because of God’s unconditional, passionate love for me, I unconditionally and passionately love myself and others.
  3. I release the power and love of God everywhere I go!
  4. I speak (and post) life wherever I am (even in social media). I am only going to share and bless others even in social media.