#95

by xi_le on 08/11/2013

Dear Janice,

I can’t sleep so here I am writing #95. You knew the 2nd half of my day and I haven’t shared the 1st.

Today, Brian preached about 1 John 4:1-6, which is about discerning the spirit, and this is what I gathered inspite of feeling sick. It’s pretty interesting too, as it gelled with my conversation with Chloe.

I titled it “what exactly is following after God?”

There are always 2 perspectives: the world and God.

#1 To say we follow God is to acknowledge that God came in flesh and died on the cross to atone for our sins. We accept Jesus Christ as the savior of our lives, and there is no salvation except through Jesus Christ.

The world will say otherwise and coincidentally, I was looking through the review of a book, “Zealot”. It’s one of the best selling book. Content? The autobiography of “Jesus of Nazareth”. I almost wanted to buy this book, but decided against it. It prompted me to think how sure am I of Jesus Christ? After today, I am sure. He answered my doubts without me probing further.

#2 There are things we do not indulge in, as much as the world says otherwise. Someone mentioned Grace is free but not cheap. It cost Jesus His life, and it surely will cost us something. We need to discern the voices speaking to us. The world may say its ok to fulfill the desires of our flesh. But truly, following God is not about the pleasures of the body and neither is it easy.

Like what Chloe mentioned, it takes so much control to focus on God but just 1 second to lose it.

#3 as mentioned in #2, there is no easy way. No wonder, Jesus said take up the cross and follow Him. He did not paint a rosy picture for us. He was totally honest it’s not a walk in the park. As we take up this cross, there will be times our body will start aching and we might want to give up.

Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31 NLT)

Every morning, we lift up that cross again and continue the journey. The promises and the end goal keeps us focus on carrying the cross. Slowly, lifting the cross becomes easier because we know who we trust and follow.

#4 Truth may not be pleasing to others’ ears sometimes, but we still need to speak it, with love. If His words says left, we do not say its right because its modern society or times have changed. The bible is the truth & the guide to follow Him.

Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.” (John 8:47 NLT)

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16, 17 NLT)

The questions that I brought home are these:
“Have I gotten easy & comfortable with the world?”
“Am I going along with the world and is less resistance towards its views, ie going downstream?”
“Am I getting lukewarm?”

I wonder if God is speaking to me after the vegan talk and hearing about “rebirthing”, getting in touch with nature and seeing sexual healing leaflets.

Brian ended with this:

As lukewarm Christians, satan will not come. To follow God, let’s be ready with perseverance and be overcomers in trials. (Mov)

After reading what I’ve written, I wonder if I’ve made life with God sounds like a arduous & torturous journey.

Cheers,
Joy

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