Friday, July 3, 2015

A Realization on Rejection

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Yesterday, after I withdraw some cash from the ATM, an Arab guy came to me and told me some insulting words. I was surprised and shocked and stood motionless in front of him for few seconds. I am not sure if other people heard it but I ignored that man. Instead, I came to the parking space, got into my car and thought for a while. I was a little depressed  because of what he said. Those words really shook me and I just couldn't accept it.

It was kind of a wake up call for me. I almost forgot how to accept criticisms and judgement from other people. When I got home I was still thinking of it. It wounded me so deeply. It almost destroyed my self esteem. So I prayed and realized that I don't have to be afraid and just treat it as a lesson and not a rebuke. I have to be better not only for myself but also for my family and especially for Him.

I truly believe that our Father never wanted us to feel rejected or abandoned. My devotion today almost made me cry and I am very emotional. But in the middle of quick time with Him. I felt the love, His acceptance and His appreciation. God's words tells us that without being rooted and grounded in the love of God, we cannot experience the fullness of God in our lives. (Ephesians 3:19 - "and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.")

Rejection is devil's one way of destroying our life, for us to be affected and doubt ourselves. It wounds a person's spirit and can be very painful. I realized that in order to overcome and be victor to this kind of situation, first, we must accept ourselves, who we really are and what our God can do for us. His love is never ending and trust me, it is a very good feeling. (Hebrews 13:5 - "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."). We also need to start seeing ourselves for who we are in Christ, and the person that God has really formed within us. So I guess God wants to ask me, how is my heart now towards that person who "bashed" me and if I love that man as He commanded me. It is funny but I have forgiven that person and it is a vital step in the process of healing.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Who is Your First Love?

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Do you sometimes feel that you are very passionate into something from the beginning but suddenly the interest is becoming less and less? As Christians, we sometimes drift away from the burning fire of passion in serving Him? Am I right? I am not saying that this is normal but this happens to a lot of believers. There could be many reasons but the most important thing is that we always have a chance to rekindle the fire.

As we progress in life, most of the times, the priorities will change and we aim to a better and more convenient nature of living. Other reasons could be that we are distracted and very complacent that in time of "service", we are pouring out a lot of reasons and excuses. Let's also remember that "serving without substance" is as bad as ignoring His call. He wants "us" and not our "empty service".

To have a better passion in service for God, we must remember that loving Him and putting Him on the top of our priority list is the greatest commandment. And if we enjoy serving Him in any way that we can, it is also an excellent sign of our love to Him. (Matthew 22:36-38 '36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.') 

Don't limit ourselves in a state where we become comfortable in serving Him. Try to find other ways to improve it and get out of your comfort zone. If you are shy to encourage and share His words, start now to change that attitude. Returning to a life of passionate service for God begins with repentance. If we gradually releasing our hands from the sphere of commitment, it also means that we are waving goodbye from our first love. We can always reconnect to Him and put Him in our hearts by regular prayer and meditation on His words. We should have an intimate relationship with Him and that makes Him happy. Be excited everytime there is an opportunity to serve Him. Make your devotion a daily habit and put it in your routine and give way to an amount of time to have a "personal date" with Him and rekindle the flame of your first love.