Day Off

Thank you Lord for this wonderful day that I can just rest and not have to do any work (I’m sure I’ll end up doing some work though). Yesterday was my last day at work for my old job. Next Monday I will be starting at my new job in North Sydney. It will be an interesting experience, praise God that He has opened the doors.

There’s just so many things I could thank God for. Truly there is nothing impossible for God. I’ve heard testimonies where God has changed someone from nothing, from the lowest of lows, to becoming a someone and rising up to a new level. Truly I would not be here if it wasn’t for the grace and mercy of God. I praise God for the wonderful church I have the priviledge of sharing this walk with God. Without the support of friends and family there is no way anyone could survive.

If you’re feeling like you can’t go on anymore, just want to encourage you that there is still hope and always will be. Look to Jesus, He will take you from the pits to glory after glory. Keep going, don’t give up!

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The Lord Will Bless

“The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.” – Psalm 29:11

Wow this is an amazing promise from the word of truth, which is 100% reliable. The Lord will give strength to His people to His people. So who are His people? You are His people, when you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, you accept the entry into the kingdom of God. At the same time, you also accept the power of Jesus into your life. This power includes the strength:

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

and blessings:

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19

How good is that? We will never be able to gain entry into God’s kingdom on our own. No matter how good of a person we are, it is never good enough. But by the grace of God, He sent His Son as a living sacrifice to atone for all our sins and break the bondage of sin in our lives.

Thank you Jesus for all that you have sacrificed – your life, your everything. Just so that you could save a sinner like me. I’m sorry Lord for the sins that I have committed, help me to learn from my mistakes. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Recharge

How does a battery work? Batteries don’t last forever on a single charge. A battery must be charged and when the power is used up it must be recharged again. Likewise we cannot survive without recharging ourselves. How do we recharge? Pray and wait upon the Lord.

Yesterday I decided to go around my neighbourhood (door knocking) to sell the fundraising chocolates. I prayed that I would sell all the chocolates. Yesterday I took one box with me, after going around one block I sold over half of what I had in the box. Praise God. The best part was not that I was able to sell the chocolates, but I got to invite 2 people to come to Church/Youthopea.

Also I have recorded yet another personal best for the 5km run – 26 min 12 secs. However I am falling behind in reaching my goal of 12 runs in a month. Yesterday I didn’t think I could run a PB, because there was just problems popping up along the way. I got a slight stitch around the halfway mark. At 500m to go my laces got undone and I did get distracted a little. God reminded me though that although problems come up as we walk with God, don’t get distracted by them. Focus not on your problems, but on the task at hand and the goal. So that’s what I did, I just focused on my run and praise God I recorded the PB.

“Save Your people, And bless Your inheritance; Shepherd them also, And bear them up forever.” – Psalm 28:9

I pray that I will be able to go to more houses and to reach out to everyone around my neighbourhood. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Sleep Deprived

For the past week or so, I’ve only been getting about 5 hours of sleep each night. For some this might be heaps, but for me this is nowhere near enough. I normally need at least 7 hours of sleep. Although I’m so tired right now, by coming to God, He gives rest and strengthens me.

Coffee doesn’t work on me. Last night I had the strongest coffee I had ever. It was a jelly which was basically straight coffee. I ate about half a cup of that, even after that I was still able to fall asleep so easily. Sometimes hot coffee even makes me even more sleepy.

Praise God that He never fails to keep His promise. They say coffee theoretically keeps you awake, but fact is always changing. However with God, He is truth, truth that is everlasting.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

Don’t Stress

Why do you stress? Is it because you have a really hard exam coming up? Or maybe you’ve been put under alot of pressure at work. Our capabilities are limited, there’s not much we can do about that ourselves. However God did not expect us to live on our own.

Psalm 23 talks about God being the shepherd. It highlights who God is and who we are in God. Only through God can we have the provision, peace and pardon. Then in verse 5 in talks about God as a comforter, He wants to be there with you, in times of good as well as bad. God prepares the way for you, we may be able to plan our way, but ultimately it is God who needs to prepare the way for us. Finally, the Lord provides us with the life that we were created for.

Whatever it is, don’t stress, you’re not alone. Allow God to be the shepherd in your life.

A Common Goal

I have been using the Nike+iPod kit for a couple of weeks now and I thoroughly enjoy it. Just recently I found out that Nike actually has special events where people run as a group to reach the required goal. Through these things Nike has donated to charity (eg. 1 mile = $1). I think this is just a great idea. Imagine people from all over the world, reaching for a common goal. That is what we are called to do, we cannot do things on our own.

On Sunday our pastor gave the analogy of a snowflake. A single snowflake is one of nature’s most fragile thing. Yet when combined together they can be one of the most destructive elements. We were not made to do things on our own, when God made Adam he said “it is not good for man to be alone”. I am just thankful that I have such an encouraging church, who is there to help and support me in whatever the situation.

Empowered

The last couple of days I have been feeling very tired. I’m not sure whether it’s a lack of sleep or whether I’m doing too much. It’s easy when we do feel tired to ask God for strength and to rely on Him. But many times when we should have asked for His strength, but we fail to. We think we can live life on our own strength, however we can only live life to the full with the strength of God.

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

We CAN do ALL things, but only through CHRIST who strengthens us. Life and power comes from the Lord. We do not generate our own power, but it is received from the Lord. The very breath that we breathe is borrowed from God, He could easily take it away in an instant.

Lord thank you that you have empowered us to live life to the full. Continue to strengthen me Lord so that I may a witness to you, everywhere I go. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.