Wednesday

God wants to restore

 Have you ever restored something? Like an old car, an old wooden furniture piece, or even a fixer-upper piece of property? There is something satisfying in restoring an old piece! According to the dictionary, to restore means to “bring back to a former or original condition”. Old wood comes to life when it is sanded down and varnished, a coat of paint on a building dresses it up for the eye to enjoy looking at! 


And apart from the fact that we want to restore something to its original condition, it almost always will increase in value.


When something is restored in the Scriptures, it is always increased, multiplied, or improved so that its latter state is significantly better than its original state.


Joel 2:25-27 say it so beautifully:


25 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. 26 You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. 27 Then you shall know that I am amid Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame. 

Joel 2:25-27 (NKJV)


God multiplies when He restores. And so, in His restoration work today, in your life, God wants to bring a restoration so that your days to come will be better than your days gone past! Don't give up, or give in to doubt and fear. Keep on trusting that God is a restorer and declare it over your life.


But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.

Proverbs 4:18 (ESV)


Thursday

What are you thinking?


 Do you still remember when you started to write in school? Can you remember that you had to write with a pencil, not a pen. The reason is obvious, if you made a mistake you can quickly erase it, and replace it with the right letter or word.


It reminds me of the spiritual principle: Erase to Replace….


Erase negative thoughts and replace them with godly thoughts…

Erase wrong beliefs and replace them with right beliefs…

Erase lies and replace them with the truth…


God gave us His word to do all the replacements that need to be done!

Our part is to take action, to intentionally take the eraser and wipe out the negativity, the wrong beliefs and the lies and replace it with what God says about it! To do that you need to know what God says. Read the Bible and think about it.


2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].  Rom 12:2 (Amp) 


When that negative thought comes, deliberately think about something God says in his word about it and replace the thought with a right one.


Erase to Replace…


Wednesday

How Christians should face difficulties


Sometimes we go through a life experience that can leave a bitter taste. It can be a financial crisis, a betrayal of a friend, or even the death of a loved one. It can even be something that you did not see coming, something that you did not have control over, something that was unfair. 


This was the case with Naomi in the Bible. She was married, had two sons, moved to another country because of famine and there she lost both her husband and two sons. Coming back to Bethlehem Judah, 


"the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty, has dealt very bitterly with me."

Ruth 1:19‭-20 


And all the while, daughter-in-law Ruth was accompanying Naomi and witnessing this whole event. 


Fast forward through the book of Ruth we see that although Naomi had this bitter experience, she saw an opportunity in their customs and traditions, to give Ruth a chance at a better life. The field in which Ruth picked up grain, belonged to Boas, who was a relative of her deceased husband.  


“The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers.”

Ruth 2:20 ESV 


It so worked out that Boaz redeems (marries) Ruth, and they had a son. 


"Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! 


Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse. 


And the women of the neighbourhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David."

Ruth 4:14‭, ‬16, 17 ESV 


I am sure that when Naomi nursed Obed, she tasted a sweetness that came with nursing her grandson, a sweetness that soothed the bitterness she experienced when she lost her husband and sons. 


Our lives, like Naomi's, are filled with bitter-sweet experiences. May we not get stuck in the mud of bitterness, but may we see honey-sweet opportunities despite it. 


Don't despise the bitter in life. Don't isolate the bitter moments and focus on them, but mix them in with the sweet and life will be more palatable.


I want to end off with Rom 8:28 with a bitter and sweet remark: 


And we know that for those who love God all things (bitter and sweet) work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

#alwaysintune 

Tuesday

Self sacrifice

 



Do you like or dislike cooking? 

After this  Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias.  

Now this is how he did so... Jesus, the risen Lord, cooked his disciples a meal!

(This is for all those mom's waiting for the loved ones to return and while doing so cook them a meal.) 

Something so simple and mundane becomes an spiritual act of love demonstrated by the master himself. Jesus could have done a million awesome and powerful things - but he cooked a meal. Maybe that's just it, cooking a meal can be a powerful thing. If you are like me and cooking is not your favourite thing, then it becomes a sacrifice of love. Some love cooking and for them it is an act of love and devotion, blessing people.

Whatever the case, Jesus showed me that cooking a meal is not just a mundane thing. It is a poweful demonstration of relationship and love.