“Bring forth the best robe! Put a ring on his hand! Put shoes on his feet! Kill the fatted calf! Let’s celebrate! My son was lost and now he’s found” (Luke 15:22–24). The father didn’t say one word about his son wasting his wealth on prodigal living. He was just overjoyed that his son came back.
In the same way, God has not given up nor will He ever give up on you. The moment you take a step toward Him, you will find Him running toward you to embrace you.
My friend, when people give up on you, and even when you give up on yourself, I want to assure you that God has not given up on you! He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins and this God of grace will never give up on you. His arms are wide open to receive you, freely forgive you and restore you!
“Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.” John 8:1
Jesus could not pass by a blind man. When there’s a need, He cannot pass you by. Even if you don’t see your need.
I remember the day after I tried to take my life. Try as I might, I could not die. That morning I went to the bathroom and sat on the toilet bowl; dazed, hopeless, and unmoved. I was thinking of other ways out–the knife? the window? the car? God was the last thing on my mind. Then suddenly a voice came over me and spoke, “Whatever it is, I am with you."
Jesus could not pass me by. I didn’t even think of asking for His help, but He came. Beloved, we serve a faithful God who will not walk pass us without changing, healing, and touching us!
Beloved, stress is not from God. Peace is! Jesus said, ‘Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid’. Notice Jesus’ second statement. He says that if you want to walk in His peace, then don’t allow your heart to be troubled or afraid.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36 NIV)
In the United States, the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution protects citizens against double jeopardy, the practice of trying a person twice for the same offense. The judge’s verdict stands as final. It is just the same way with God. After God declares you innocent, He will not go back and put you on trial again.
Jesus lived the perfect and sinless life that none of us could; and He has offered to stand on trial in our place. When our Heavenly Father evaluates us, He is looking at Jesus’ righteousness instead of our own, if only we accept His offer.
God declares us not guilty and we are freed because Jesus never sinned. The freedom found in Christ Jesus is a gift that is not earned, but graciously given. When we choose to follow Jesus and invite Him to abide in us, His Holy Spirit will dwell within us.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV).
Ever been too busy to get something done, and then find out that it’s too late when you finally get down to it? As human beings, we live our lives constrained by time. But Jesus, the one who created time, is not time-bound. He always has time for each one of us!
He hears your cries, cares about the little and big things that bother you, and will come and save you. Even when He is “busy”, He has time to stop and minister to you. Even when it seems “too late”, He will still see to it that you get your miracle!
God wants you to seek His kingdom and His righteousness because a life in which you are on the throne is truly a miserable life! God loves you too much to let you live like that. He knows that only with Jesus in the centre of your life will you be fulfilled and safe.
Firstly, I’m so so sorry I’ve been away for so long. In all honesty, i haven’t been in a very spiritual place lately, and just didn’t feel like posting. The thing i love about having this blog/account is that I don’t feel any pressure to come back (and post from a place of strife) when I feel like taking some time off, and yet anytime I feel like it, I can come right back. I’ve taken breaks from this place a handful of times, but every time i come back, I wonder why I’ve stayed away for so long. Thanks to everyone who has stuck around, despite not having any new content for a long while. <3
The quote that inspired me today is from one of my pastor’s (Ps. Joseph Prince) sermon titles. A colleague of mine had me help her transfer her cd sermons into her phone today and just reading the title of this one sermon on the back of her cd case blessed me so incredibly and I immediately had a vision of how I wanted the post to look like, the kind of graphic I would use as a background, the way I’d lay out the text.
This is such a simple quote, but it made me pause for a second – “faith takes”? Wait a second. Does he mean from me? That doesn’t sound right. But then a second later, I realised what my pastor was getting at. Faith takes – from God.
And that got me thinking about how our minds are quick to see demand. I see the word take and I think.. ugh, more taking from poor old me. What i fail to see is the supply. God’s supply, which is simple. There are no rules, no prerequisites, no restrictions placed on you to do this and be that or have this or know that before you are allowed to reach out to take it.
Grace supplies. Love gives. Faith takes.
Wow. I LOVE IT. Don’t you love it?
Because it takes faith to receive God’s supply. When you feel stretched and stressed out because of the demands placed upon you, faith in God will prompt you to reach out to take from Jesus, because you are conscious of his supply, of his abundant, never-ending supply, that he freely gave to you without demanding anything back.
Imagine you’re at a party and there’s a plate of cookies on the table laid out for guests to enjoy. You know the cookies are there, but the thing that makes you confident that you can reach out to take one is knowing that the host of the party wants you to have them, and doesn’t expect anything back. Still, you probably wouldn’t take a tupperware out of your purse and load the thing up with all the cookies on the plate, leaving none for your fellow guests, would you? You’re conscious of the finite supply and don’t want to seem rude. But imagine if you the host told you that she has baked more cookies than five parties can finish, and she really, really wants you to have not just one tupperware full, but as many as you can possibly take. Now you’re conscious of the supply, you no longer feel abashed when you go to town and eat however many cookies you want. Yay!
& It’s a lot like that. God has a never-ending supply for your every need, but it takes faith to see it, and faith to boldly take from it.
He is always supplying, always giving. The question shouldn’t be whether or not God will come through this time. The question should be whether or not you are taking what he has already supplied and given because of his grace, and his never-ending love.
It’s really so so simple. I think that we’d all be happier people if we choose to immediately see His supply in every situation instead of getting stressed out by the demands placed upon us.
And that was how God reminded me about his goodness today. Let him minister to you, even when He’s the last thing on your mind.
I’ll try not to stay away for so long again. xx To everyone who has left me messages that I haven’t replied to, I’ll get to them as soon as I can. Thank you thank you thank you, and I’m so sorry once again for being away.