The Sovereignty Of God, The Attributes of God by A. W. Pink

20170819_124310The Sovereignty Of God may be defined as the exercise of His supremacy. Infinitely elevated above the highest creature, He is the Most High, Lord of heaven and earth; subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent. God does as He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases. None can thwart Him, none can hinder Him. So His own Word expressly declares: “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isa. 46:10); “He doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay His hand” (Dan. 4:35). Divine sovereignty means that God is God in fact, as well as in name, that He is on the throne of the universe, directing all things, working all things “after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11).

Justice will be served

My mother taught me to love my brothers and their imperfections and I embrace that lesson. I pray that you, too. You may love and forgive those imperfect people around your house or community. We do not have to put our pride over someone’s head and execute our madness to them because we see ourselves higher. According to the Bible, Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves (Phil. 2:3). 
Who would thought that those people whom you protect and love the most would be hurt by others near you. I am not perfect, my family even. But here’s my message to you [to those who practice injustice], you may have the days now, but I believe in the true justice by which in Him can be found. The Lord knows the truth and whoever believed in that truth will be set free. Same goes here, the truth will let everyone live in liberty. I pray that all of you will find the love and forgiveness that Jesus can only give. You may shake us, but you cannot break us. God is on our side. He is bigger than you and your “titled” people. I still believe in justice; it might not be here, but it will be served in front of the King. 
 

Fear God or Fear Everything Else

But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. Isaiah 8:13

Fear is the universal primal response to suffering. And yet beyond doubt it is also the single greatest enemy of recovery.
~ Philip Yancey

A person who is suffering, whether physically or emotionally, often feel an tyrannical sense of desolation. That person feel forsaken, by God or by others, for they must bear the pain inside of them and because no one else completely understands. Loneliness increases the fear, which in turn increases the pain, and downward the spiral goes. Suffering does not mean that God is against you; God is on our side. Personal experience of the God of perfect love can victoriously overcome fear. Life does not promise smooth roads. It will always include circumstances that provoke fear: if not sickness, financial difficulty; if not scarcity, rejection; if not loneliness, failure. In such a world, we have a choice: to fear God, or to fear everything else. Then trust God for in the end trust represents the proper fear of the Lord. Ultimately, it will still be your choice. The question is, “what will you choose?”

Day 3: He is faithful to His Promises

For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.”

Isaiah 37:35

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My mouth didn’t stop from swallowing and grinding food. Praise God for the blessings and provisions of God for me.

I started my day with a devotion which was a challenge for a long time. The Lord speak to me that He will fulfill His promises to me in due time. I was praying that God will allow me to have a new job before July 1, but it didn’t happen. I went to my first interview this morning and…. ghe HR toldme that I was overqualified for the position. I was surprised about what she told me and asked her again the reason why. She told me that my position rightly fit for a team lead or managerial position. I was encouraged by her words about my skills and work experiences, however, the end point of that interview was I have no job still. I still thank the Lord for revealing my value. I was convinced for a year or more that I am incapable of doing something. But God is faithful He never let me be drowned with insecurities, unthankfulness and pride. I take this opportunity to challenge myself more to be humble and be thankful to God. He offered so many things that I needed the most. He even gave Jesus Christ as my Savior, and just a job, He is incapable to provide me of? No! Definitely not! God is very true to His promises. He will bless me with a work that He wants me to have.

Our managing director, co-ministry at the office and myself started to pray for our colleagues. It has become a big issue for me especially to leave them with these problems. But I know God is faithful. He will do amazing things in our office.

MD invited us for a snack and a little chitchat. So happy for my cheesecake while enjoying our convo. Hehe.. so blessed with the wisdom of MD.

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Before the day ends, a brogher in our church gave me the minions I want to collect.

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They are all cute! 😄 I capture more of them.

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Day 14: Faithful. Provider. Sovereign. Source of Joy

for the LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.

–Joshua 2:11

14 days to go before my last day at work. I actually want my remaining days memorable and want to document and share as well all God’s faithfulness on my journey. So, I have decided to capture images that will remind me about His love, graciousness and all of His attributes during my last days at work. While joyfully serving Him, and post it on all my socialmedia accounts.

Today, the Lord answered my prayer. I asked about God’s favor to receive my expected last pay at work. Though I kept my savings tightly, my last pay will help me to extend my expenses even for two consecutive months. It was not that big but I am sure that God will not let my family die in hunger. He is the greatest supplier of all. God is the Jehovah Jireh. My Almighty God lacks nothing. He even let me feel today that I am valuable. My officemates were saddend about the news. I am both happy and grieving as well. Happy because they treasure me as their little sister and sad because I am leaving them. God is very clear about my resignation. He promised me that He’ll bring me to the land of milk and honey–a place where I can see Him greatly and uae me mightily.

More days to go. Excited, sad, rejoicing, thrilled, scared, all these emotions are unbelievable. But the Lord brought peace in my heart so I do not worry what will happen tomorrow.

BTW, that wrist belongs to my close friend at the office. She will have her tattoo tomorrow and she asked me to write on her wrist as a template. Help me to pray for her. May she also know Christ. Thank you! 🙂

Soli Deo Gloria!

In Obedience to Christ

“God is the one who takes responsibility for the results when the choice is made in obedience.”

Elisabeth Elliot boldly said these words in her book On Asking God Why. It seems that this statement directly spoken to me. I am actually waiting for the same result in my mind whenever I do things for God out of obedience. But not all that we expect to happen occur. Christians are expected to be obedient to God all of their lives. They are not saved because of their obedience. They obey God because they are saved by His blood. It is because of His sovereign grace why we, Christians, joyfully follow Christ and our goals have been changed to be like Him.

Recently, I joined in an editorial group in our youth ministry. I am very much excited by the time it will be published and to see essentially the reactions of the people whenever they receive our printed piece. We strived hard to complete all the articles to feature, the contents, and designs according to the objective we want to attain. We labored heavily to meet the deadlines. We want it to be youthful. We want to retain on people’s mind about our title and of course for them to see Christ through that magazine.

Since I am part of the group, I submitted corrections for implementations. I did my part. However, there are valid reasons why the artist does not want to follow my instructions. I secretly began to be angry at him. He doesn’t know really what’s inside my heart during that time. So, the Lord revealed to me again who I am. This is me: I want things happen the way I want. I am selfish. I have a wicked heart. Then again, the Lord is faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse and purify me from all my unrighteousness. The Lord prompted me to ask for forgivenes, so I did. In obedience to Him. So, I apologized to my co-worker and began to have a good relationship with him as my brother.

Truly, there is peace in obeying the Lord. Praising God for continually molding me the way He wants me to be like—to be like Him. I am not perfect and will commit sin again but my God is perfect and He is faithful. I am forever grateful to have the God of all the heaven and earth Who forgave my sins and teaches me to do things that are pleasant in His sight.

There is peace in obeying Christ. Also, in your obedience, surrender the result to Him. Wait and Pray. Praise God!

 

Time for rest

Headache has been my reason for being absent at work for two days. I can’t actually explain the reason for this but I know for sure that rest is what I need.

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I always told my friends that real rest can only be found in Christ. He is the unending supply of strength and rest. Whenever our spiritual relationship with Jesus has been affected by so many reasons, our terms for rest is also affected. A person with a very smooth relationship with our Lord works joyfully, laughs at afflictions, and well rested. Physical health is also good. Light relationship with others is a good sign as well.

I can’t weigh whether a person is well rested or not but the indicators above may help us determine one. Currently, I may say I truly need rest. Not because my relationship with my Savior is not good but I need to recharge my strength from stressed since last month. I need to spend more time with my God alone , meditate, and pray.

Pray that I may find rest in Jesus everyday and nothing serious will happen with my head. Thank you so much! The Lord bless you and keep you!