Fight, Finish, Keep

 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7

Paul knew his life was coming to an end  (2 Timothy 4:6) and said these words with full confidence. Paul knew he has lived according to the life God called him to and has held on fast to his faith. It caused me to desire a life that honors the Lord so I could say these words before my time here on earth ceases. But then the verse can not only be applied in the future but also in the present.

I realized that today, do I have the same confidence to say the words Paul did? This lead me to further questions that can be reflected upon in line with the verse:

  • Am I fighting the good fight?
  • Am I still staying in the race?
  • Am I persevering to finish the race?
  • Am I keeping the faith?

It is a heart check for me – on how I am in my current relationship with Christ and my growth in Him, and a reminder to continually be in the center of God’s will.

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But Now

Lent is a time to reminisce the death and resurrection of Jesus, and most especially to be reminded of Jesus’ love for you and me.

Yes, this week overflows with Jesus’ love!!*

I’m very grateful to God that what can bring us closer to Him is not about how good we are nor about the good we do.

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. –Ephesians 2:13

Our sin (failures, hopelessness) was great but indeed God’s love was greater.

God cannot stand being separated from us to the point of sending His Son Jesus who willingly gave His life for us. And when He rose again, He gave us access to God – access to true love, joy, contentment, security, hope and freedom. Jesus did not remain dead, but He resurrected! He is alive, friends!!! Our Jesus can hear and speak. Our Jesus is near, nearer than our breaths. Even in the lifeless of moments we encounter, none of it will be able to withstand the Life we have in us ❤

We were once hopeless, but now we have hope.

We were once broken, but now we are made whole.

We were once hurt, but now we are healed.

We once faced a day senseless, but now in Jesus we live with purpose, looking forward to living because of His great promises.

 

 

*P.S. God’s love overflows everyday~!!

Do not grow weary

In the midst of doing what I was supposed to do which was to study for my exams, in the middle of the week where everything should maintain its consistency, I felt exhausted having to exert energy for the past days.

It’s difficult to move forward when the strength remaining in you is barely enough.

What encouraged me was this verse:

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. -Galatians 6:9

We are always working for something. And when we continue to keep going and doing what is worthy, there will be a sweet fruit in the end.

From whom will we get our strength?

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strengththey shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. -Isaiah 40:30,31

 

Whether it may be in our campuses, work or journey of faith, we can always approach God for the renewal of our strength. God will sustain you and give you strength afresh. 🙂

Overlooking the Present

IMG_6391.JPGThere are characters of mine that I would want to improve on – humility, patience, self-control, etc. And that, which I believe, is preceded by change. But then I came to realize that in desiring so much of who I want to be (“the improved Sam”), I tend to overlook the present. I focused on who I could become rather than what I should be doing in being the person I desire to be. My prayer often went “Lord, I pray that I’d be like this and that” or “Please make me like this and that” but it would turn out futile if it’s contrary to my actions because if so, I’ll never be the person who I envision to be. Having a vision of what’s ahead is essential to be able to know your goal and where you’re going. Moreover, identifying what should be changed, having plans on what should be done and having the willingness to change would be more ideal and effective. As I continually see the words written in permanent stains of ink on every page this year has, I pray that I would grow in little and simple ways that would impact my life: to know God by being hungry for His Word and having my devotions every day, to be an excellent student by motivating myself (in passion and in joy) to study, to be a brave person by allowing myself to walk on water and trust God’s character in whatever situation I am in, and to be a lady who pursues God’s heart by letting go of the temporary things for the eternal and by denying every self-will for God’s will. This is possible only by His grace. ❤ Also one thing that God has impressed to me, that no matter how fast people are growing around you and we seemingly feel like being left down the road, every step of ours is different from theirs. God knows what He is doing in our lives and He is at work! What’s most important is learning and enjoying the journey. 🙂

08-01-’16

1st of August 2016 | Monday

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What I wanted was a spare life. Even if it’s just that. Yet You gave me a life to the full, a life giving out what it can and what I thought it can’t possibly give.

The rhythm of Your heart was too fast ringing through my ears, too wild to be restrained, too hard for me to comprehend. I placed my palms on the sides of my ears, feet pacing to and fro. But the sound I thought I regret hearing became the song of my mouth. I didn’t know what to say nor do. Babbles of a little child You heard from me but you laughed softly in delight, looked me in the eyes, and told me ‘It’s alright’. Taking hold of my hands, You placed it on your chest. Every beat, every pound, loud and hard, heavy yet steady.  You took me into Your light, revealed to me Your Words, drawn me to Your heart.

And I admit it was a beauty to see, sweet to smell and luscious to taste.

“For you my beloved, to you this I dedicate. My mind doesn’t rest thinking of you and my heart alive forever to keep beating for you.

From prattling and crawling then to singing and running. Patient You were in pursuing in the midst of my hiding. You gave me not a piece, not a leftover nor a part but You gave to me completely, entirely, fully Yourself.

I thank You and I love You.

 

 

Dedicated to Jesus ❤

 

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