I am Known

Yesterday, we came to a better understandcropped-bee2014.jpging that we are created in the Image of God and in His Likeness. Today, in the light of Psalm 139 and Jeremiah 1:5, we will continue to ponder and meditate
on “Who I am in Christ“.

Psalm 139 addressed the LORD (In Hebrew is YAHWEH). The Psalmist calls out and establishes a salutation and an understanding of what he knows God to be. He even flabbergasted on the omnipresence of God even in the most secret of places (v13-16) and glorified God for His massive knowledge of the future. In another word, Psalm 139 tells us that God has known us even before we were formed in our mother’s womb, our whereabouts, and our future. As it is written in Jeremiah 1:15,

I chose you before I formed you in the womb;
I set you apart before you were born.
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (HCSB)

God has chosen us even before we were formed in our mother’s womb. God has a special plan and purpose for us. Furthermore, as the LORD appointed Prophet Jeremiah for a specific ministry, so does the LORD appointed us for a specific purpose in our lives.

In conclusion, the Creator God made me and knew me before I was born:-

  • God made me
  • God knew me while I was still in the womb
  • God knows me better than I know myself.

He has a special plan for us, it is because He is our Creator and the One who knit us in our mother’s womb. Now, with great confidence, we can say that “I am known”. God bless you.

(Photo by Robert J Agustin)

I am in the Likeness of God

Today, I would like to share another important trait we need to know about ourselves. In Genesis 1:26.27,

Then God said, “LIMG_3959et Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”

 So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.” (HCSB)

The Book of Genesis says that God created us in His Image and in His Likeness. We were made to be rulers and stewards of the whole earth. God made me more than just an animal:-

  • I am created in God’s image
  • I am created to relate to GOD and Others in LOVE

Remember, You and I are made in the Likeness and Image of God. We are created as MALE and FEMALE. We are not an accident. We are not products or results of a Big Bang. We are not a result of the process called evolution. We are made in God’s Image and in His Likeness. Let us with great confidence say that, “I am in the Likeness and Image of GOD“. God bless you.

 

I am a CREATURE

Lately, some of my Bible readings inspired me to write on the theme “Who i am in Christ“. Let’s trace the story from the beginning. It is our crowning day as God’s most favourite intelligent beings. God created all things, visible and invisible. Because he is the creator, He is also the rightful owner of all things. As it is written in Colossian 1:16,“For by Him all things were created: things in heBEE3SALAaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him” NIV

In addition to being the rightful owner, God also rules over all of the creation; his authority is final.

According to Genesis 2:7, I am a creature that God formed(יָצַר – yatsar) from the dust of the ground, He breathed into my nostrils the breath of life, and I became a living being.

God made me:-

  •  Like a potter, God crafted me.
  • God made me with skill and intention
  • I am complex and complicated
  • I have God’s life-breath in me.

I am a creature. I am a living being formed in the likeness of God.

Smoldering Wick!

He will not break a bruised reed,
and He will not put out a smoldering wick;
He will faithfully bring justice.” HCSB – #Isaiah 42:3

On my previous blog, entitled “Bruised Reeds“, I intend to give special attention to the Book of Isaiah and especially on Bruised Reeds. Today, I would like to share and enlighten
the readers on the phrase “#Smoldering Wick“.

I would like to draw your attention to the verse, ” He will not put out a smoldering wick“. (Isaiah 42:3) In other words, the text is saying that a smoldering wick will not be extinguished. The Servant of the Lord or Messiah will not extinguish the smoldering wick. The message communicated by this phrase is a little different than the bruised reed. While I was typing this blog, the lights went out and electricity went off. This reminds me of my childhood experience, it is where we will light up kerosene lamp or candle when the electricity went off. I still remember, when the kerosene lamp running low of oil, the light begins to flickmy 075er. Before the light goes out totally, the light begins to grow dim and it begins to smolder. It will burn with the smoke and no flame. If you were standing near, the smoke would probably get in your eyes.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, it is just like the reeds, the smoldering wick represents people too. These are those people who started out well in spiritual things. Their lives were burning brightly with amazing spiritual brightness. Once, they had a good relationship with the lord and they were on fire for God. During the course of months or years, the oil begins to go out. The light begins to flicker. At this moment, their relationship with the Lord #Jesus had become faint and flickering. Yes, there is some spiritual life left, but  not so much of it. It is just about to go out totally.

Isaiah says that #Jesus came not to put off light and go to bed. It is not His desire to destroy the little faith that is left in us. It is His desire to trim the wick, to add oil to the lamp, and fan the flame. It is not His desire to quench the light but to bring it back to greater strength than ever before. There might be different ways that our relationship with the Lord may begin to flicker. It might be because of the sins that encroached into our lives. It might be because of the pride or selfishness sprouted in our heart. It might be because of the notorious politics and mediocre leadership in the church. Maybe it is the neglect of spiritual duties, such as personal prayer, family prayer, Bible studies, and Church attendance. It can be any reasons for our spiritual life begins to flutter.  Jesus has not come to put out the flickering flame of your life. He wants:

  • To Fan the Flame
  • To Give more Oil – in the form of Holy Spirit
  • Light to burning brighter than ever
  • To Revive your Soul

These are the things Jesus wants to do for you and for these reasons that He came to this world. Lord Jesus came to you who
are smoldering wick, to bring the light back in your life and to REVIVE your SOUL.

GOD BLESS YOU AND HAVE A GOOD DAY.

(Photo by Robert J Agustin)

 

While They are Yet Sinners!

cropped-cropped-img_8619.jpgHere is a question worth pondering: If Jesus would not throw the first stone, why should you? It’s all-too easy to crave the grace of God for yourself while withholding it from someone else. One of the highest duties of church leaders is to create the climate of unconditional love in the church – to make it plain that God loves every sinner while they are yet sinners. Whether or not we treat people as Jesus did is not optional. “If we love one another,” John reminds us, “God abides in us.”

Ask these questions about your church.

  • Do we truly want lost people here?
  • Are they safe here?
  • Do we truly love and respect one another?
  • Are we safe here?

As followers of Jesus, we are to live by faith, but be known by our love. Make sure the other habits are in place, create and tenaciously protect the culture of healthy relationships, and watch your conversions soar.

And by the way, every church stops growing when the price gets too high. (Ron Gladden)

(Photo By Robert J Agustin)

 

 

CHRIST’s Method

 

“God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” butterf1 (449x800)John 3:17.

Looking upon men in their suffering and degradation, Christ perceived ground for hope where appeared only despair and ruin. Wherever there existed a sense of need, there He saw opportunity for uplifting. Souls tempted, defeated, feeling themselves lost, ready to perish, He met, not with denunciation, but with blessing…… Christ bound them to His heart by the ties of love and devotion; and by the same ties He bound them to their fellow men. With Him LOVE was LIFE, and LIFE was SERVICE. – E G White

(Education, 79-80)