Life in the grind

13 11 2006

What happened in the last few weeks has either shaped a new perspective on how God works, or has destroyed what i believe how God works. In either way, i am convicted of various truths and one essential truth is that each individual christian is indeed been chosen from the dawn of time, that we are called by our names to salvation.

Ephesians 1:4-6 – For he chose us in him before the creation of the wold to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

We do not see the plain truth in this, and often confused with theology such as Predestination, and i say, we are all called and chosen. I once told someone, the greatest evidence of a person who’s truly saved is that despite him falling now and then, he will not turn away from God. He will continue to repent, to come back as King David did after his adultery and murder. Anyone who falls away because of temptations and pleasures of the world, one would doubt if he is truly saved.

God is more interested in my character than money in our bank or pocket. This truth perhaps is more sobering than all the others. How easily the snare of money and its evil brothers like pride rear their heads when we think it is because of our abilities. Even if pride were to say, let me help him or her, it is not of a honourable motive. Today, i examined my heart and chastise Pride and Lord, deal with the monster within and that i might truly say “it is you Lord, not me”.

God has reminded over the last few days – He continues to be in control despite everything i hold belief to fails. God spoke and got me to bring a book “How to study the bible for all it’s worth” and the sermon was on studying the Word of God and i know why i needed to bring that, is to give Mercy the book. God told her to give all she had $10, and God provided a 10 fold back from that act, Mercy got $100 from her pastor. The list goes on and on and despite what, i find friends online from America, Pastor Bill and the rest who left messages at the lowest point of my life thus far, the encouragements, and prayers that i felt the kinship of the family of God.

God is calling the church to a renewed emphasis on holiness, not just corporate, but personal holiness. Turn back from your sins! If you are secretly addicted to porn, repent! If you are secretly visiting places you are not suppose to, stop your footstep! Tell no more lies! Tell no more gossips! Turn back! The Church today is everything but a bastion of integrity, righteousness, truth, and most important a fair reflection of Jesus Himself.

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4 responses

13 11 2006
jel

Morning Daniel,
these are two great post, I’m glad Bill, told me about your blog,
you are a blessing!

have a great day!

13 11 2006
loriannhouse

You are so correct! What is the first thing we do when trouble comes our way? Yes, we blame God. Thank you for this very good post.

14 11 2006
Kristine

If when my eyes to open I read the word of God,
Then all day long no turning hard or rocky sod.
Turning, yes, there will be, tears can soften rock…
If when my day has started listening to God talk.

14 11 2006
Kevin Leggett

With vision and clarity, you speak the truth. God is calling us to a holiness, to be His people. And that process is often difficult because we are in the mindset of instant gratification.

Daniel, I hope you know that you are loved. Yes, even by complete strangers such as I. And that love comes from the one who lavishes His love on us (1 John 3). Will be lifting you up during this time and will look forward to the new insights God gives y ou at this time in your life.

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