Vision 2018 – What God Spoke To My Heart

What God Spoke To My Heart (Vision 2018)

 As I sat down to ponder what DOTA‘s vision 2018 would look like, I recall what God spoke to my heart that got stuck deep within and it never left me since then.
On an early winter morning, I was alone sipping my cup of a delicious coffee. While my husband and father-in-law were away for an early morning doctor appointment and my son still soundly asleep, God spoke:
 “Do not resent or underestimate what God is doing if He is training you to get ready for what’s in store. Rejoice and submit for His greater plan is not to harm you but to bring you a future and a hope.”
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The word of God is power and life transforming
One night as my husband and I laid on bed and I started sharing with him what I gathered from God lately and what I believed He spoke to me. He said: ‘Do not underestimate what you’re going through.’ ‘Do not resent because the path is tough.’ ‘I am training you for something to come.’
While I poured out my heart to my husband, to my surprise, he too received the same message from God. We do not often find ourselves at the same receiving end. But, when we do, the emotion is incredible.
WOW!! YOU TOO!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!!! That was awesome, by the way.
Pouring Of My Heart
So, we believe God has His hands on our lives. We do not simply welcome blessings and goodness in our lives. God has His purpose when He insists that He put us where we do not want to be in but where He believes we needed to be. We simply have to trust that God knows what He is doing.
The last 3 years have been tough. Sometimes, my faith is tested so much that I literally had to grit my teeth and endure through. Hoping for breakthrough and disappointed. Seeking for relief that never came through. Stuck in a circumstance that never see the light of day.
I am sure, you would understand these struggles in life. I am sure I am not the only one that had gone through these, part and puzzle of life.
When you find yourself in a similar situation, submit. It is easier to say it now. The struggle is real. But, eventually, I learned to submit and the peace of God came. When you are ready to listen, He will speak.

Take Time To Reflect And Seek God For Your Vision 2018

Vision 2018

2018 is coming. Take time to reflect the year and seek God for your future. If you think your plan for next year is great, God’s plan for you is greater. For He does not narrow His vision to 2018, He has your entire life in His hands. Walk only where He shine the path before you because that is what it means to live by FAITH.
Trust Him even though the rest of the path is dim and foggy. He will lead the way and you simply follow, never alone.
Finally, may you anticipate the year of breakthrough in 2018. Living out the promise of a future and hope that God gave in Jeremiah 29:11. #year2018 #DOTA
Tool

Do You Have A Good Tool To Share Eternal Life?

Do you have a tool you use to share Jesus?

Do you have a tool you use to share the gospel with others? Today, I learned a  good tool to share my faith. Would you like to know? Sometimes, we are fearful to share because we do not have a good tool to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. But, when we found one, our fear and stress disappear. I’m excited.. shall we begin?

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is Eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

One thing we need to remember that heaven exists, not for good people, but for people who receive forgiveness. Once we understand this truth, we know where we stand. If the qualification to enter heaven  is being good, how much good qualify us to enter heaven? You see, we are never good enough, therefore, goodness cannot be the measurement for entering heaven.

Let’s look at the various key words in this verse. The word wages, mean rewards we receive for accomplishing a job. In other word, what we deserve.

Then we focus on the word sin. What do you think of when you see the word sin? A good way to describe sin is: What is it that you simply cannot let go? Entrapment

The word death means your last judgement. SENTENCE

Here comes the Good News

BUT, wait a minute, here comes something good.

Let’s look at the word gift. Now, put the word gift next to wages. How do we contrast the word wages to gift? Wages are what we deserved.. yet gift – un-deserving and free. Here’s how we illustrate it.

Wages  – what we deserved                                Gift  – what we don’t deserve and free.

Q: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

Introduce God Q: What do you think of when you think about God? The contrast of sin is God.

Sin  – our entrapment                                        God  – Holy and righteous and just.

God gives Eternal life (Never ending life) through His Son, Jesus Christ. The gift of God is eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ by His death on the Cross. His blood cleanses us from our sins. The contrast of Death is Eternal life.

Death  – Our last judgement and sentence        Eternal life  – Life never-ending.

Final illustration:  Between Wages and Gift is the cross of Jesus Christ.

Tool

 

Wages       Death                     Cross of Jesus Christ                        Gift      Life

Conclusion

We hope this illustration helps you share the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone you come to know. Easter is fast approaching and it is a good tool you can use to talk about your faith and God. Write to us and let us know what you think of this tool. We would love to hear from you. Have a fruitful week sharing Jesus to your friends and families.

 

 

 

Entitlement or freedom

Entitlement Or Freedom?

Entitlement or freedom

Entitlement is the language of our future generation and is also the reason they fight so hard. What is entitlement by the way? In a nutshell, ‘entitlement is the fact of having a right to something‘. Meanwhile, my next question, is freedom a right? If freedom is our ‘right’ why then do we need to fight for it? Do we truly understand what it means to have freedom? So what is freedom then?

According to dictionary.com, ‘freedom is the power to determine action without restraint’. The freedom of speech and of press are highly valued to the American citizens. My question however to all: ‘Is there no room for moral restraint in freedom whether in speech or in press?’

Bible talks about freedom

Today we look at what the Bible talks about freedom.

Entitlement or freedom

When the Bible says ‘..Only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh’ it urges me that there is restraint. In other word, think twice brothers. Even though you have the freedom, do not let it become an opportunity for a self-centered act. Rather, through love, serve one another. The word serve does not mean lord it over others. It means to give of oneself humbly. Jesus came to establish the new commandment. In John 13:34, the Bible says:

A new commandment I give you: love one another. As I heave loved you, so also you must love one another.

As I have loved you

The phrase ‘as I have loved you’ tells me about the freedom that He gave up to become a human and lived as one for 33 years. The freedom He gave up when He gave His life in exchange for our sins on that cross. What He gave up to love you and me. Does the freedom you know tells you otherwise?

As disciples of Jesus Christ, the Bible is clear. Choose to love one another as Jesus have loved you. What is freedom if there is no love? To those who do not know Jesus, it is through Him that you will truly have freedom.

Freedom is gain through perfect love. There is no need to fight and no room for demand, simply agape love. Hopefully, the next time you think about entitlement or freedom, you think about what Jesus had to give up to love you.

New song

Sing Me A New Song

Will You Sing Me A New Song?

God gave me a new song this year and He revealed this new song to me in portions. Kind of like how He sometimes guide and show Himself to us, like using puzzle pieces that eventually fit together as He gives us more pieces. Although, we may not think to put the pieces together, He would show us how they come together and fit perfectly.

This is how the song goes:

Story Behind This Song

This song is about a conversation that took place between God and His beloved. It began with His beloved, entering into God’s presence and she spoke to Him.

Spirit of the Mighty God, do Your Mighty work. Come and full me to the brim, fill me up today.

In this conversation, His beloved seeks God’s power to work in her. The request to fill with His spirit seems crucial to her. She sees how important her beloved God is, in her life. This deplete the conversation that takes place in our personal relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. In times of need and in times of doubt, we reach our hands to Him, telling Him we need Him.

Can we function without His power? Not for long.. indeed. We cannot by our own might and strength do what He specializes in, the supernatural things only He knows best. Therefore, only through the supernatural power of God will we see and do what the eyes cannot. The song goes on:

God finally spoke

Go light your world, go light your world, go light your world, now is the time.

Then, in the midst of her plead, she heard God’s voice and she got excited.

Fill me up to the brim, fill me up to the brim. Spirit of the Mighty God, do Your work in me.

Again you see she needs His assurance here in the conversation. How often we find ourselves doing that? Either we lack confidence in ourselves or we lack our faith in God.

But in this conversation piece, God allows just that simply because He sees our needs. He wants us to solely rely on Him and then right in the end, He gave His last word saying,

Go light your world, now is the time. Go light your world, now is the time!

It’s as if He is saying, trust Me, go! I will be with you my beloved. You are not alone. Go and be My hands and feet where I place you, where only you will touch, influence and bring honor and glory to My name. Go, bring those whom you loved and cherish to Me and in my arms they will be saved.

Much

Much Is Not Enough, He Wants All

Much Is Not Enough, He Wants Our All

A couple of days ago, I listened to a LIVE message featuring Lisa Bevere and Hannah, promoting Lisa’s latest book and a phrase stood out to me. It stated that ‘some gave much, but others gave all’. There is a huge difference even between the words ‘much’ and ‘all’. Do you know that much is not enough, He wants our all?

The truth is, if 1% of rust or lead is found in our drinking water, it is absolutely unacceptable in our book. However, what makes it acceptable to God when we think we are doing God a favor by giving what we think is our ‘much’, when in fact He is asking for our ‘all’?

I know it’s a lot to digest in that paragraph, but I urge you to think about it. Think about how we can give our all today in terms of our time and how we represent Him in terms of what we say, what we do as well as surrendering our thoughts to Him, Even how we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Are we spreading the truth of God or only our understanding what the Gospel is about..?

If you are an accountant, you will know what a ‘liability’ and an ‘asset’ is. We can either be a liability to the Kingdom of God even without knowing it..or an asset. Let us think about how we can become an asset to His kingdom today.

It means a change of our mindset and our attitude that we had allowed to steer us all these time. If change is necessary to let God have it all, then do it and do it today.  Do not accept that lie that says ‘much is enough’. Instead, says ‘No’, much is not enough! God wants our all.

Roots

Roots Or Fruit Matter?

Shallow roots bear no fruit let alone, good fruit. In the same way, it is true of believers in Christ Jesus. The amount of nutrients we receive depends on how deep these roots grow. Therefore it is important to keep a consistent relationship with God.

Like such as, studying the Bible and spending time in God’s presence. This is how established we are and  get rooted in His love together as we fellowship with His holy people.

Often times, we use fruit as a sign to show the health of a tree. Yet we never look at its roots as a sign of a healthy tree. As a result, we overlook a crucial reason for consideration. Incidentally, this brings us to ask the next question.

Why Strong Roots Matter?

Roots

On the surface, we tend to look for the fruit instead of looking deep at its roots. Being filled to the measure of all the fullness of God means we need to grow strong roots to grow good fruits. Let me explain this truth.

The depth in which they go, and how they intertwine with others prove the extend how these trees will survive and flourish in the forest. Clearly,  good trees bear much fruit.

For example, the redwood trees grow strong and tall while they are close together and it dies when planted alone in the National park. As believers, we know we can learn this important principle truth.

What Did We Learn?

To grow strong in the Lord, we learn the strength matters as well as the amount of nutrients we receive depends on how deep these roots grow.

Finally, we are not made to grow as a loner.. we are a forest deep in the garden of our Father God.

Note: Credit is given to Hermanto Anggono for this message.

Grace

When Will The Grace Of God End?

When will the grace of God end? Have you ever ponder on this question? Did anyone tell you the grace of God never ends? Let’s explore this question today, shall we?
To begin, we need to ask ourselves: ‘What does it mean?’ According to Google,
So grace is favor, “unmerited favor.” Grace is, therefore, God’s unmerited favor – His goodness toward those who have no claim on, nor reason to expect, divine favor. The principal manifestation of God’s grace has heen in the form of a gift.
Every one knows that. According to Google, it is God’s undeserved favor to people. We stand on a principle that is totally dependent on His favor. So, we do not have the right to claim His favor? Am I right or do you disagree? In other word, it’s all up to Him to grant His favor. Having that understanding, let’s explore further.
Is it conditional? What does that mean? In other word, it is:
subject to one or more conditions or requirements being met; made or granted on certain terms. (Google)
In fact conditionalis the key word in my discussion today. Let’s look at the Bible and see what God says, shall we? If you click on the link, you notice some verses that talk about it. You will discover, God’s favor is dependent on 2 key phrases. The words ‘faith’ and ‘Jesus Christ’ appear often in connection to it. Here are some examples: Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Peter 1:2
‘ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.’

‘ Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord .’

Now, according to Google, the principal manifestation of God’s favor has heen in the form of a gift. That is rightfully so. The ‘gift’ is spoken as the gift of Salvation. In many ways, it is granted to those who receive and or believe. So, to apply this grace of God to an unbeliever, is a wrong teaching. It does not apply to those who disbelieve. That is one condition. Clearly, this message applies to the believers of Jesus Christ. If we who then received it and yet continually sin against His Holy Spirit. What will become of us?
Remember the story Ananias and Sapphira? Did they die after sinning against the Holy Spirit? Today, we teach others it’s okay to sin as long as you ask God for forgiveness later. That is so wrong.. God’s grace is not a license to sin.
Then we teach that the grace of God never ends to an unbeliever. That is another wrong. We need to preach God’s holiness and repentance instead. Grace is a call to holiness. Repentance is the key to receive God’s grace, God’s forgiveness and God’s love. If we never understood this, we’re preaching the wrong Gospel.
Do we need to wake up? Yes! When will grace end? When we deliberately sin against the Holy Spirit and refuse to repent repeatedly. It’s about time we take the Word of God seriously.
Do you need to come before God and confess your sins against the Holy Spirit today? Come to Him.. He’s waiting for you. Get right with God today.
Covenant

Why New Covenant Is Better?

Why New Covenant Is Better?

Have you wondered what new covenant is all about? What does the Bible say about it? Do you know Jesus came to set up the new covenant? Before we learn more about the new covenant, let’s examine what the old covenant was and how it came about.

Under The Old Covenant, The Israelites Lived By The Laws.

The core of the old covenant was on the ten commandments. Moses received 2 tablets of the ten commandments from God while he was at Mount Sinai. He gave Moses specific instructions on how to obey the laws.
When Moses got delayed up on the mountain, the people of God grew uneasy and started to complain. A golden calf got built as a result which led to Moses’ anger against them.
If you read Exodus chapter 20 – 32, you can read the account yourself. According to Exodus 20:4-6, it says:
“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
As you can see, the people of God failed. The Israelites failed to uphold the laws themselves. 3000 died without entering the promised land.
 When Jesus came, Jesus established the new covenant. So, as believers of Jesus Christ today, we are no longer subjected to the laws. We are under His grace and truth. Why is the new covenant better?
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Jesus Came Not Only To Fulfill The Laws But Also To Deal With Our Hearts.

He did not come to cleanse just the outside but really.. what’s inside that no man sees. Often times, Jesus spoke against the pharisees and teachers of the laws, on many occasions, disagreeing on many issues and practices, thus touching on a man’s heart than simply after the formality.

In fact, under the new covenant, the laws got written in believers’ hearts. Jesus came as promised. God provided where the Israelites failed. According to Jeremiah 31:33, the Bible says:
“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Under this new covenant, Jesus did not leave His disciples hopeless. The Holy Spirit came to lead and guide them. In the book of Acts, you can read all about the Holy Spirit and His works with the disciples. As believers today, the Holy Spirit is still very active in us.
Do you know Him? A spirit-filled live, will hear from Him and walk closely with Him. Therefore it’s not impossible to live holy as God intended.
Under The New Covenant, Believers Live By Grace And Truth.

The grace of God should never be trampled. It is not a license to sin, rather, a call to holiness. God is gracious. He is also righteous and holy. We cannot take God’s grace for granted. One day, we will stand before God and answer, to give an account of what we do with our lives.

“Grace may be defined as the unmerited or undeserving favor of God to those who are under condemnation.”
The grace of God is given freely to you when you reach out your hands and receive it, acknowledging what Jesus did on the cross is for you. His blood on the cross cleanse you from all your sins, set you free. Acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Call upon His name today. I urge you to stop living under the laws today. Let the new covenant delivers and sets you free.
Faith

Grow Your Faith, Declare His Name

Grow Your Faith, Declare His Name!

Do you believe God calls us to cast out demons? To speak with new tongues? To stretch and grow our faith? To pray and lay hands on those who are sick? Now, where in the Bible did it say so? Today, in Mark 16:15-19, we explore these verses, hopefully at the end, you receive the encouragement to exercise what’s been given to you by God’s authority.
Mark 16:15-19 says:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
He who has believed and got baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. These signs will go with those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. Jesus left these words to His disciples before He ascended to Heaven.
Holy Spirit Did not Change. So, What Changed?

I believe these words spoken were not for the disciples of Jesus only, rather for those who believe, including us. The Holy Spirit sent to the disciples in the early church, is the same Holy Spirit we know today. The power of the Holy Spirit has not changed. So, what changed?

I believe it’s our unbelief as well as our fear. It’s what we taught to believe when
healing did not take place, when people we prayed for died. When speaking in tongues never take root and when we are too fearful to cast out demons. As a result, we give all the reasons we can to explain why we failed, instead of seeking God, to press in until God says: ‘It is done!’
It is God’s will to live above our disbelieve, as well as our fear and to stop giving reasons to why things are not happening the way they should. It is God’s will to live showing the power of the Holy Spirit in us by the signs that go with our lives. What are the signs?
they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
Now in whose authority or name are we given to do all these? In the name of Jesus! The power of the name of Jesus. That is why the Bible says: ‘He who is in you, is greater than he who is in the world.’  So, we need to constantly remember the demons are afraid of Jesus.  Meanwhile any time you call on Jesus’ name and  demons flee. The Holy Spirit is often forgotten and brushed aside. It is important that we understand who He is and why He’s given to us.
Let me share another passage to urge you. In James 5:15-17,

‘and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can do much.’

Disciples of Jesus, we need to live out our faith. We need to exercise and grow our faith in Christ Jesus. If we continue to hide the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we bring dishonor to His name. As you see, God has never called us to live in fear, in disbelief, in disobedience. This is time and this is the season to rise up and live out the power that is already in you.
To those who seek to know who Jesus is and to those who are unsure if you got saved. These are the words for you. He who has believed and got baptised shall be saved.
Heart

Bleeding Heart Of The Great I AM

Bleeding Heart Of the Great I Am

Bleeding heart, what does that mean? It’s speaks of love, dismay, pain, all kind of emotions you can think of. When a heart is bleeding, it cares. Today our focus is on the broken heart of God. Why He cares? Let’s read more to find out..

Its been 3 days since God convinced me to read the Bible one chapter a day to my 3-year-old son, David from the beginning (Book of Genesis). The first 2 days went absolutely well. David enjoyed learning about God and his creations. You see, right up to this point, everything was perfect, absolutely beautiful. But, I also noticed the first command that God spoke to Adam was: ‘Do not eat the fruit, from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.’ ‘If you do, you shall surely die.’ Was God right?

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Personal Story Continues

This morning, I read Genesis chapter 3 to David. David clearly did not like what he heard, after Adam and Eve were not allowed to stay in the Garden of Eden because they disobeyed God.

First the serpent changed what God commanded to Adam,then it lied to Eve and Eve ate what God told Adam not to eat. Later, she gave the fruit to Adam and he ate it. Immediately,  their eyes opened and filled with fear. They decided to hide from God. Next thing you knew, God came looking for Adam and Eve; ‘Where are you?’ He called out to them.

Then God gave each a judgement which included the serpent. Meanwhile, God made coverings for both Adam and Eve, out of skins and then instructed them to leave the garden. Finally, He placed the angels to guard the tree of life.

Was God mean to chase Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden? It seemed so to David.  Was God right to punish all parties involved? Was He too harsh?

As a parent to David, God showed me His broken heart today. When David misbehaved, I had to punish and correct his behavior. But, he knew I loved him. Every morning, he would wake up, look for me and give me his biggest smile. Each time he got punished, he might not like it but he knew very well that I loved him.

As a parent, I do not like to punish David. But as a good parent, I have to. Correction is necessary to teach David to become a well-balanced adult. Even though my heart aches more than he ever knows. Was God right to say: ‘You shall surely die?’ Yes, He was.

Did good exceed evil after Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? The truth is evil intensified as time goes on. The first recorded hideous act came shortly after Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Meanwhile, evil continued to snowball over time. Is there any hope left?

Everything God created, He called them good. A perfect place for dwelling just like Heaven. Everything fall apart because of SIN. Can SIN co-exists in wholeness? Will SIN corrupt? Look at Adam and Eve..

Does God Care?

Is it possible for God to undo the wrong? Would the undoing make any difference? The broken heart of God has to solve a dilemma. On one hand, watching His precious creations literally falling apart before His eyes and on the other, how to save it? Could sacrificing His only Begotten Son Jesus, do the job? Jesus is the only one qualified.

Is it fair to God to sacrifice His Son to save all even the ungrateful? It’s already been done. The question is: ‘What do you do about what you now know?’