Posts tagged quiet time with God
Posts tagged quiet time with God
When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’” - Luke 7:20
John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask if he is really the Messiah that they are waiting for. Even John had doubts in his heart despite of him baptizing Jesus and witnessing that amazing moment. Notice that Jesus did not rebuke him. Instead, Jesus explained to John in a manner of which he could understand. It is normal for us to doubt. Even for me as a christian, I still find myself doubting God in some areas of my life. But what is really more important here and which John did was that, he seek answers. He never allow himself to be overpowered by his doubts. He did something to find the answers to all his questions. God understands that it is our human nature to doubt and that is why he gave us the scriptures to remind us a lot about having faith in Him. Jesus is the answer to everything. And He has a way of revealing it to us. So when in doubt, imitate John’s attitude, go and ask Jesus about it. He will definitely give you the answer that you are looking for. Don’t allow doubt shaken your faith. And don’t doubt without doing anything to know the truth. For the truth is Jesus. And the truth can set you free.
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such a great faith even in Israel.” - Luke 7:9
Jesus was amazed by the faith of the centurion. He haven’t seen Jesus personally but only heard about him through other people and yet, he already asked some of the elders to ask Jesus to come and heal his servant. (v.3)
A lot of time, people will only believe things when they see it with their own eyes. The centurion did not require himself to see Jesus perform miracles. But just by hearing about Jesus was already enough for him to believe and have faith that Jesus can heal his servant. There are also quite a few scriptures where in Jesus commend people who believe him even without seeing him.
If I will compare my faith to the centurion, I wouldn’t respond in the same way that he did. As much as possible, I want everything to be visible and obvious. I don’t have much faith in Jesus compared to the centurion. And that is the thing that I really need to work on in terms of my relationship with God.
Do I really have faith in God that He can still change my heart to be focus on Him?
Do I have faith that I will get healed spiritually?
Do I really have faith in God that everything is according to his plan and I just need to trust him and surrender?
Though I did not see in my own eyes how Jesus was crucified, through the bible, I need to believe that Jesus died for me to save me from my sins. He died for me that I may have a new life. And if I really believe on that, will I still be living in my sinful life?
Heavenly Father God I praise you God for being such a loving, merciful and forgiving Father towards me. Thank you God for giving me another brand new day to celebrate life. Thank you God for reminding me about faith. I don’t need to see you personally before I believe you. And I am so sorry God for having such a low faith on you. When things don’t turn out well, I will always think negative things and doubt. God, you are the only one who knows what is really inside my heart. There are times that I myself, don’t know already what is inside my heart or perhaps I am just denying it. Sometimes God I feel like shutting down myself. I want to escape. I don’t want to get involve into other people’s lives and live on my own. Because I am scared God that I can’t change and people will leave me because of that. But you always tell me God that I need people in my life and that I can’t do this on my own. Please God help me. Cleanse my heart Father. Please God increase my faith on you. Help me to be strong and to not give up fighting my relationship with you. I love you God. In Jesus name that I pray. Amen.
In Luke 2:8-19 was the story when the angels appeared to the shepherds.
Why do you think God choose these shepherds, of all people to be the first witness of the Messiah?
They were just an ordinary man, attending their flocks. They don’t have any idea of what’s gonna happen, that God will use them to proclaim the birth of the Messiah. It just really shows the heart of God. That He can use such an ordinary people for a good purpose. God does not look at the position or even the credentials of the person to be use by Him. God only wants a person to have faith in Him and to have a willing spirit. Just like the shepherd, I am also just an ordinary person. I may not have a very flexible schedule at work unlike others or even a high position or credentials, but God was still able to use me. God believes in me. Though there were times that I felt very very discouraged of all my limitations esp with regards to my working schedule, however, God does not look at my limitations. What is more amazing was that God puts His hope in me that I can do it. That I can do an amazing things for Him. And I just really need to have faith in Him and trust Him.
What was the reaction of the shepherd when they saw the angel appeared to them?
Their hearts were filled with fear. Perhaps if I am one of those shepherds, I will also be afraid because of what I saw. There are different kinds of fear. I believed that every individual has something that they fear of. But the greatest fear that is much acceptable is the fear of God. Proverbs 1 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When we fear God, we don’t do things that displeases Him. We are awed by His glory. The fear that the shepherds felt was due to the glory of God that was shown before them. Imagining how amazing God is that really makes a person tremble. Though God is our god that we really need to be feared. He did not create a boundary to the people. In fact, God even showed how much He loves us by sending His son Jesus to die on the cross to save us. God always say to us, not to be afraid. God wanted us to be close with Him and not to keep ourselves from being distant towards Him. God gave the shepherd the good news that is of great joy. When I get to know Jesus Christ, and accepted Him as my Lord and Savior, I was able to found that great joy! Life is full of ups and downs. And it is given. No matter how many challenging situation that Im facing, reminding myself of that great joy that I felt when I accepted Christ helps me to hold on to Him.
When the shepherds finally reached the location of the Messiah, they returned home, praising and glorify God for all the things that they had heard and seen. From an ordinary shepherds become someone who has changed by God. What they had seen and heard was something that no body can take away from them. Through that experience, their whole life totally changed. When you personally experience the journey of knowing Jesus, it was indeed a remarkable experience. God changed my life big time! And I need to imitate the shepherd’s heart of glorifying and praising God for all the things that He had shown and done into my life and for what He is doing and will be doing in the future.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:9-11, 20 NIV)
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.