Verses that tell us our Weakness is Good! Do they really say that?
2Co 12:10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Worship is more than going to church and singing hymns. Paul tells it is offering ourselves as the living, not dead, sacrifice. It is becoming like Jesus just like the common saying of 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' ! Now is set our vision of becoming like Jesus into motion.Last week in our discussion, we discover the meaning of true worship. It was stressed in our Sunday service too.
Exo 1:15-22 told the story of Hebrew midwives not obeying the Pharaoh's order to kill the male babies at birth and they were blessed by God. Most people thought that the Midwives lied to Pharaoh and thereby got into the difficulty of trying to explain that Biblical teaching of "the ends do not justify the means". This post tries to show that the Midwives did not lie at all and therefore such contradiction does not exist.
What is the meaning of the "Lord is my Banner"? Is the victory due to me marching with the banner or God's supernatural power? The right answer should be both. This is the world that both God and man got engaged in and excluding one from the other does not make sense. It is more important to find out the parts or roles that each play and do the part that belongs to us, man and leave God to be God. While the right order is God initiates and Man responses, God has given man a good mind and a free will to response to Him and the options, staying with God's values and will, are a plenty to choose from and we are to use our mind with His further strength and favors to accomplish the mission that God has created and given to us for. Don't just split but integrate too. God's love for us ensure His ways for us are good and the outcome are for us and Him because God is glorified through us and when we are most accomplished so will our God (Mat 5:16) because we raise the banner of God."The Lord is my Banner" can be found in the story recorded in Exodus 17:8-15. Here is the mind-map and please go through the points carefully:
To have abundance and joy at the end of year 2013, then begin the year with knowing, following, returning if we ever stray away, and back to trusting and obeying God throughout the year. God is great and He is good. He saves and cares for us and our surroundings to ensure we are abundantly blessed when we dare to live righteously as He taught us.To just wish you a prosperous and happy new year 2013 may not add any more good things to you as you have received many many such wishes by now. I was reminded to read Ps 65 for this coming year. It is telling us about how we can end the year well with abundance and joy. It all begins with knowing and acknowledging our God. He is a God that is fully engage with us ---- saving us from our sins, restoring us to His fellowship, answering us our needs, blessings even to our productive resources --- the environment; converting deserts into pastures!