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How do you define holy? The question: Is holiness attainable? The idea of holiness is often perceived as impossible. In my attempt to discuss what holiness is and address the question if holiness is truly attainable, I hope to address what I believe is in the heart of God. Continue reading
Can we trust the silence of the Almighty?
Today, I started to write on this segment and hope that we can explore on this subject with depth and perhaps gain a new refreshing revelation later. The truth is not all questions have answers but with God’s revelation, we can get a better understanding of where we are and why we are going through it.
One of the greatest mystery of all is this silence of God right when you think you need Him. Why does God put us through this process? Have you experienced this where you heard from God, that a breakthrough is coming and you have hope and excitement. Suddenly, you got hit by this ‘massive’ silence from God, that left you wondering what you did. Is God angry with me? What have I done wrong this time?
Today, I hope to discuss this with you. Honestly, I have no answer to this yet. Are we on the same boat? Why is it that God cannot understand us? Does He had to figure us out or do we have to figure Him out?
Let me share my story – God’s silence
Declare the year of freedom I was given this for 2017. I did not understand why and how. But, I accepted and believe it was from God. My husband spent time in prayer and received more revelation on it. He believed God will send us to places, namely Spain, and surprisingly, Japan and one other place, I forgot. Japan was a surprise for me as it is a hard land for the gospel.
Next question: How? Dan is unable to find work for over 2 years now. We do not have the income to travel. But deep in my heart, I believe if this revelation is from Him, He will give all we need to get the tasks done.
He received revelation that needs to meet specific conditions before breakthrough comes. Then lately, Dan, my husband became desperate for income to flow in. It was a difficult struggle for us not to have an income for the family. It is either we are fighting with God on this or God is addressing this head on. We are still struggling to figure this out.
Lately in the shower, out of nowhere God dropped a word for us : Your drought is over! When you hear this, you can imagine how exciting I am. Right? Wrong. Next thing you know God is silent since and everything seem to go wrong. We have more frustrations and pain to deal with. Can the word I heard be of God’s?
Is this silence familiar to you?
Do you have a word for our situation? This is a learning curve for us and the struggle is real. Most of all, I share with you honestly today because I believe we are not the only family going through this and at the same time, there is a need for us as believers to understand this mystery. In hoping that from what we learn, it produces a sweet aroma from the hardship we go through to bring God’s glory and then return it back to Him.
We include a set of questions for your group Bible discussion. Hopeful that this discussion will help bring some light and answers to your circumstance, You are allowed to use my story.
Group Bible Discussion: Silence of the Almighty
Study : The Life Of JOB
- Does God have a purpose in His silence? Discuss the possible answers.
- What have I done to cause God to remain silent this long?
- Is God angry with me?
- What does the Bible talk about His silence?
- How long should God remain silent?
- Why is God silent?
- How do we pray for those who go through this?
- Is God’s silence an final test for His children?
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.
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.
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 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.