Posts tagged quiet time with God
Posts tagged quiet time with God
Jesus asked Peter 3 times if he loved Him.
1. …”Do you love me more than these? (v. 15) - Jesus asked this question after they had eaten breakfast. Because Peter’s livelihood was a fisherman, Jesus wanted Peter to devote his total commitment to him. Giving up the things that he was familiar with and stepping out from his comfort zone to be fully devoted to him. A person won’t be able to be use by God powerfully unless he is fully committed to Him. It reminded me of making Jesus as the no.1 in my life and my priority.
Do I really love Jesus more than anything else? More than my family, relationships, friends, career, money? Jesus should always be on top.
2. “Do you truly love me?” (v. 16) - Jesus asked Peter the second time. Peter had already answered Jesus that he loves him however, Jesus knew Peter’s heart. The first question, Jesus compared how much Peter loves him. The second question focused on Peter alone. If Peter TRULY love Jesus. It was like reaffirming if Peter really loves Jesus 100% with all his heart, soul, might and strength.
3. “Do you love me?” (v. 17) - Jesus asked this question to Peter the third time. This time, Peter felt hurt because Jesus kept on asking him this question. Jesus wanted him to realize that loving him, he needs to devote himself completely and be committed to him 100%. When Peter told Jesus that he knows all things, indeed Jesus knew everything. And Jesus knew even our hearts if we are really telling the truth. The Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful and beyond cure and it is only God who can really understands it. So even during Peter’s response to Jesus question, Jesus knew what is really inside his heart.
V. 20 - This scripture reminded me that we should not compare ourselves with others. In the case of Peter, he compared himself to John with the kind of death that he will face. Jesus did not answer Peter to his question but asked Peter instead. I was convicted with Jesus’ response in v. 22, … “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” It is Jesus who knew our future and our purpose. I was reminded that me, a mere human should not question my Maker and compare myself with others.
Yeah, this is one of my struggle sometimes. I always get envy or jealous with other people whenever they can do the things that I want to do. I forget that God knows my capabilities and he knows my strengths and weaknesses. He knows where I can be at my very best to glorify him even more. Because sometimes I forget that what I thought is best may not really be the best. My Father in heaven knows best. When Jesus told Peter to follow him, it was like he was telling Peter to trust me, obey me, commit yourselves to me, be devoted to me. Don’t compare yourselves to others but fix your eyes on me. I felt encouraged with this scripture.
I need to stop myself from being envy and jealous. I need to fix my eyes on Jesus and not on others. If I would compare myself, I should compare myself with Jesus. In that way, I will strive harder in imitating him and becoming Christ-like. Further more, I really need to be consistent and to strive harder in being devoted to Jesus and becoming Him the center of my life.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. (John 12:26 NIV)
Jesus was talking with his disciples and the Greeks who came down to see him. Jesus use the word, “anyone”, in NLT version it says that anyone who wants to be his disciple must follow him. Everyone is welcome to be with Jesus. Everyone has a privilege to become his disciple but there is only one requirement. It doesn’t matter which part of the world you came from, you just have to follow Jesus. Following Jesus is walking in obedience to his commands.
Following Jesus ways on how he loves people, how he serves, how he shows his humility and forgiveness to the people and how he was surrendered to God despite of the trials that he faced, he still displayed a remarkable act of obedience to God.
Jesus is indeed our Master and we are his servants. Our Master is very different from the world. For He cares and loves us. Our Master does not only commands us what are the things to be done but He himself showed to us how to do it. And our Master loves us so much that those who follow him, he wants them to be with him in heaven.
And God will give honor to those who serves Jesus. God will recognized and acknowledge all the things that you have done when you serve Jesus. That’s the most amazing feeling we, as son’s or daughters can receive from our Heavenly Father.
Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increase, for he will take nothing of it when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him. - Psalm 49:16-17
The world today are now filled with materialism from people who prefer to be rich rather than living a simple life. They kept on being competitive and desiring to have more wealth rather than being grateful for what they have. People tend to become workaholic to become rich to the point of sacrificing their time for their family.
The things that don’t last were invested more rather than to the things that last.
Being envy or being jealous to what others has results to discontentment. The psalmist tells us that worldly things don’t last. No matter how rich you are in this world, you cannot bring all those things when you die.
Godliness with contentment is grain gain, for we brought nothing into this world and we cannot take anything out of it. - 1 Timothy 6:6-7
God tells us that we need to learn to be contented. Being contented doesn’t mean that we don’t do anything anymore to achieve our goals or dreams in life but rather having a godly attitude in achieving those dreams. We must always remember who gave all these things to us. And we should be more grateful for it rather than complain or compare our life to other people.
God is a very generous Father. He gave things that we deserve according to our capabilities.
Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. - Matthew 25:14-15
God entrusted us all the resources that we need to make it grow and use it to glorify Him. We must remember that we are not the real owner of all the things that we have, but God alone. Therefore, we must not love the material things as if it is our god, nor the power, glory and fame. All these things will be gone when we die. The things that we should invest more is our relationship with God. For when we die, that’s the only thing that we can bring to our real home - which is in heaven.
Many people who heard Jesus’ miracles went out to meet him.
These people didn’t even saw with their own eyes how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead neither they haven’t seen Jesus perform miracles compared to the first group of people mentioned in v. 17.
But what convicted me in this scripture is that they went out and decided to meet Jesus. These people who just listened to the word made a decision to meet Jesus. Whether it is out of curiosity or whatever reason they have, there hearts were moved to make that kind of decision.
I was reminded of the people whom we shared our faith. It gives me hope that even though this people did not know us nor see the miracles Jesus did into our lives, it gives me hope that they will still be moved by how eager, persistent and bold we are to share Jesus to them. And through that, they will also make a decision to meet Him one day.
Look! Akala mo my exam sa dami at kakapal ng libro. Hahahaha! Grabe ganyan aq mg qt ky God. I give my best! I try my best to understand His words and of course always pray first before anything else. Grabe, bura bura pa qt notebook q. Minsan kasi and dami daming thoughts naisip mo tas hindi mo alam qng pano mo siya mapu-put into words. Minsan naman nahihirapan talaga ko intindihin and it would take me 1 day para maka reflect dun sa scripture. Amazing talaga ang word ni God. Na encouraged nanaman ako s qt q ngaun. Grabe! The best ka talaga Panginoon. Salamat!
In this verse, Mary showed her deep love and reverent submission to Jesus. This verse really convicted me and learned 3 points:
1. Mary’s anointing of Jesus feet with an expensive perfume. She used a pint of perfume which was approximately 12 oz. It’s quite a lot.
Symbolically, it may be something that is our precious material things. Normally, in today’s world, we use a perfume especially if we know that it is expensive, only during special events or occasions.
This shows how Mary was able to give up the material things whom people thought of as impt for Jesus. It plainly shows how she loves Jesus so much that she wanted to give her best.
2. Mary wiped Jesus feet with her hair.
Why did Mary did that? She can just use a cloth instead or other things but she didn’t.
I believed that, the reason why, is because it shows how she is willing to surrender even herself to Jesus. This part of what Mary did really convicted me. She don’t care what other people will say to her, what she cares more is Jesus. Mary was not only able to give up her material things on earth but she was also able to give up her own self, willingly, for Jesus. And I believed that that is the kind of love and reverent submission we need to imitate from Mary. We give our best!
3. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
Literally, the fragrance of the perfume describes as something that is good, pleasing and relaxing. Symbolically, it is describes as the love that we received from God which helps us to feel good, rejoices our heart and influenced other people because it is reflected in our lives. Mary anointed Jesus feet as a sign of her gratitude and love for Jesus which influenced and impacted other people around her.
How do you respond to all the things that God did into your life? How do you respond to God’s love? How do you show your love and gratitude to Him?
The chief priest and the Pharisees called for a meeting regarding on what they will do with Jesus. The hearts of these people can be described as prideful. They were afraid that Jesus popularity will overpower them because of the increase number of people who believed in Him. In v.48, they said that the Romans might take away their place and their nation. Probably, for them, power and glory are the things that they can’t let go which keeps them from not believing in Jesus. They used the word, “IF”… “If we let him go on like this… Etc.” there is this fear in their hearts.
Is there a point in our lives that we are afraid of what will happen if we follow Jesus?
For me, I remember when I was still studying the bible for almost 2 years because just like the Pharisee, I refuse to let go of things and I was afraid of the changes that will happen into my life if I became a christian. There are thoughts like, “If I go on studying the bible and become a christian, my parents and friends would be against me. That I need to let go of my bad habits and even the relationships that I had with someone. It was so hard for me to let go. I became so prideful telling myself I am ok even though I am not a christian. But as months pass by, it turns out that God is making me realized that I need Him in my life. Because I refuse to let go, God take away all those things in my life that I am holding on until I had nothing left. Then and there, I realized that, “God you are right, I need you in my life. And I am so sorry.”
Until now, I will always remind myself of the changes that God did into my life and on how Jesus saved me from the grave. It keeps me to be right on track with Him because I don’t want to go back to my sinful life before. And it helps me to let go of the things that can stop my relationship with God. To God be all the glory.
Jesus prayed with thanks giving to God. When Jesus said, “I knew you always hear me..,” it display the close relationship of God and Jesus. These scripture reveals the entire reason of Lazarus death. So that they may believe that He is the Messiah. Jesus said that it is for the benefit of those people standing there. And who are those people?
Mary and Martha
The first 2 groups may already believe in Jesus but it is not yet solid. Jesus wanted them to have a strong faith and conviction.
The last groups are the Jews. Some of the Jews here are against Jesus while some are not. But regardless of which part of the group they are, Jesus wanted them to believe that Jesus is the Messiah. That He is the one sent from God.
The greatest struggle about believing is doubting. When I read this entire chapter, most of the people surrounding Jesus displayed doubt in their hearts. And Jesus knew about that. Jesus was telling everyone of us that we should take away all the doubts that is blocking us from believing in him.
For me, the death of Lazarus is one of my fav story in the book of John. It reveals how Jesus works his wonderful miracle when we least expects it. It challenges me to trust God more even when it seems cloudy or even when God is silent for a while. It challenges me to view God as the most loving and compassionate Father who would never ever leave us and who understands what we are going through.
God loves us, cares for us and understands us, all we have to do is to BELIEVE IN HIM.
In NLT version, it says that Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb. Jesus was angry with the unbelieving heart of the people surrounding him. When Jesus gave them instructions to take away the stone from the tomb, noticed how Martha reacted. She said, “but Lord,” and then she gave reasons for her excuses. Noticed that Mary didn’t even interrupted Jesus. It was only Martha who reacted. Previously, Jesus had spoken with Martha about believing in him. And Jesus reminded her that if she believed she would see the glory of God. Martha forgot about those because she was too focus on the things that she can see now rather on the things that she cannot see yet.
When God asked us to do something, sometimes we tend to give excuses to God, “but Lord….” But… But…. But…. We can’t do it… It was actually a test of our faith on how much we are willing to trust God and believed in Him. That we obey God even though we haven’t seen the outcome of things because we know and believed that the outcome would be good.
In my life, I also became like Martha. Sometimes whenever God asked me to love my neighbor as my self, I would reason out to God and tell Him, “but God, he is bad,” “but God, he is so unlovable,” etc…. Which leads me to the point of not trusting Him. This scripture reminded me of having that full confidence and trust to God even when I haven’t seen the outcome yet, even when I don’t have a clear picture of things. Because I need to believe that God will bring out the best in that situation. And just like what Jesus told Martha, if I believe, I would see the glory of God.
Trust and obey for there is no other way but Him.
4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. - 1 Kings 11:4
Solomon already disobeyed God by marrying foreign women that the Lord forbids him to marry. And because of that, his heart had turned away from God and worship other gods. His foreign wives led him to do that.
Despite of the bad things that he did to God and the disobedience he made to the Lord, God still shows mercy towards him. Even though God wanted to discipline him by tearing his kingdom away from him and giving it to one of his subordinates, He still showed mercy to Solomon. God said that he won’t do this in his lifetime. And God did this also for the sake of his servant David, who obeyed everything He had commanded.
God shows how merciful and gracious He is towards us despite of how much we have hurt Him…
Recently, I’ve been struggling from depression. I am not exactly sure what’s the root of the problems I’m having now. But this, makes me far away from God and disobeyed Him. Just like what happen to Solomon, he cling too much with his wives and forget that there is God whom should be the number 1 in our lives. And just like me, I cling too much with the problems that I am facing and the loneliness that I am having, and forget about God’s Words.
I don’t want my heart to turn away from Him or be hardened. I just don’t know now how to start again and go back to Him. I feel that I am alone, I’m lost, no body cares, no body understands and no body loves me. And these are all lies of Satan. Why do I allow these thoughts in my mind?! If I am saying that no body loves me, just look at the CROSS and you will see, that someone out there died for me just to prove how much He loves me. What other evidence I still need to show to myself that I am not alone and that somebody loves me more that what I could ever think of?!
God is not the one turning away from me and giving me this loneliness. It is just me turning away from Him and clinging too much to my problems.
God already told me to cast all my cares and burdens to Him but it’s just me who never listens that’s why everything seems to become heavy and the loads are already become unbearable to carry.
God said to me that He won’t give me problems beyond what I can bare.
I CAN’T DO ANYTHING WITHOUT HIM IN MY LIFE…
Despite of the disobedience and hardening of heart I have towards God, He still showed how much He loves me. I can still feel His grace and mercy towards me. God is hurting so much to see how much I am hurting right now. Why do I allow myself keep on hurting God all over again?! Have I not forget how Jesus saved me from my sins? And on how Jesus changed my life and decided to live for Him?
Father God, at this point fo my life, I am hurting so much with all the negative things that are happening to my life. I felt so lonely and alone. I felt that the only person is to blame is none other than me. Please Lord, purify my heart. Sustain me with you unconditional love and give me the peace that I need. Strengthen me God as I am weak. I cannot continue this race without you in my life. Give me back the joy and cheerful heart that was lost in me. Forgive me Father for all the hurtful things that I’ve done to you. I don’t know how will I start again. I felt like I am broken to pieces. Help me God to mend my heart and to fixed all these broken pieces. Purify me Oh God, and restore my heart. Lead me to the path of righteousness. I love you so much God and I am so sorry. All these I pray, in your son’s most precious name, Jesus. Amen.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Savior,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.