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I Am A Christian

When I say…”I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting “I am saved”
I’m whispering “I was lost”
That is why I chose this way.

When I say…”I am a Christian”
I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble
And need someone to be my guide.

When I say…”I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak
And pray for strength to carry on.

When I say…”I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed
And cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say…”I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are all too visible,
But God believes I’m worth it.

When I say…”I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartaches
Which is why I speak His name.

When I say…”I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority.
I only know I’m loved.

Religion. A very ‘big’ word for some. A very ‘spiritual’ word for some. And for some, it’s a segment of life that missing and ignored. When asked, “What’s your religion?”, immediately, we get different answers, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, etc. How many of us really think, is that really my own strong conviction? Or was it my parent’s? Or was it my friend’s?

What’s my religion then?

To be very honest with you, I do not have a religion

Religion? It’s useless. It’s unbelievable and too farfetched. It’s confusing. It’s just a name.

But this I have. A relationship with God. An intimate relationship with the Creator, who knows me by name, who created me exactly the way I am, who lifts me up when I break down to the deepest pits, who rescues me from burdens far too big for me, whose Love for me never changes no matter how far I stray, who loved me until He did His craziest act for me… To die on the cross for my sins so that I can be reconciled to Him.

So what’s my belief? Well, it’s definitely not about a set of rules which were given to me, obey them so that God would love me. It’s about the love which He had already shown me before I even knew Him. It’s not working for Him or doing good deeds so that I can go to Heaven. It’s about the free gift of eternal life which He offered, free of charge, if only I would let down my pride and receive the gift.

I was on the highway to hell, and it was Christ who stepped down into my world to give me a ride to the path to heaven. No other did the same…

I was trapped in the bondage of sin, of selfish indulgence and the pleasures of this world. But they were all hollow… It was Christ who came and gave me freedom as He took my shame and weaknesses once and for all as He hung there on that old rugged cross. No other did the same…

I was puffed up with pride, thinking I was wise, I was in control of my life. Not when the calamities of life came. Death of loved ones, financially crippled, decisions which led to regrets… It was Christ who came and showed me humility, though He was God, He made himself a nobody, a servant, a man of dependant on the grace of God. No other did the same…

I was a wretch, a sinner, condemned, guilty and unworthy. But… It was Christ, who reached out His hands to me, saying the three words every human longs and aches for deep down.

“I love you.”

No others did the same. I didn’t find such unconditional love in others. Not in money. Not even in my friends and families. Not even in pleasure and entertainment. Not in Hinduism, Buddhism nor Islam. Not in anything at all in this world.

Are you like me? Confused? No way out? Lost your purpose, or never had one in life? Then, I want you to know, this same Jesus is reaching out His hands to you, ever faithful, ever waiting for you to accept that gift He gives freely.

‘Religion’? It’s still useless. But a relationship with Christ? A bargain that’s worth giving your life to.

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How Deep The Father’s Love For Us

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
by Phillips, Craig & Dean

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

Jesus, thank you for dying for us. There’re those who deny Your Love and say that You didn’t do it for us. There’re those who take Your Love for granted. There’re those who didn’t even know of the sacrificial act You did on the cross. Yet… You did it anyway, out of your awesome Love. There’re no words to express my gratitude and worship for what you’ve done for me, and for everyone on the face of this Earth.

You were wounded, so that we could be healed of our wretchedness.

You chose to be tormented, mocked and scoffed, so that we may have life and have it abundantly.

You chose to carry our sin, when it cost you to be neglected by the Father, so that I may be accepted by Him.

You chose to be hung there on the cross, so that my life could be ransomed.

Why should you make me, a wretch, your treasure? Lord, who am I to deserve such unfathomable Love? You could’ve summoned legions of angels to avenge Yourself. You could’ve stopped every blaspheme against You. You could’ve revealed Yourself in Your full glory. All You had to do was to say the word. Yet, you chose the most painful and sacrificial way. You chose to accomplish the most crucial mission for all humanity. All the way. All for love. All for us…

I guess I’ll never know the answers till the day I see You again. Till the day You’ll return in Your glorious splendour. Till the day I go home, to where You are, to where I belong, to where my heart longs and aches for. Till the day I see You again…

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Jesus’ CV

My name is Jesus – The Christ. Many call me Lord! I’ve sent you my CV because I’m seeking the top management position in your heart. Please consider my accomplishments as set forth in my CV.

Qualifications

I founded the earth and established the heavens, (See Proverbs 3:19)

I formed man from the dust of the ground, (See Genesis 2:7)

I breathed into man the breath of life, (See Genesis 2:7)

I redeemed man from the curse of the law, (See Galatians 3:13)

The blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant comes upon your life through me, (See Galatians 3:14)

Occupational Background

I’ve only had one employer, (See Luke 2:49).

I’ve never been tardy, absent, disobedient, slothful or disrespectful.

My employer has nothing but rave reviews for me, (See Matthew 3:15-17)

Skills & Work Experiences

Some of my skills and work experiences include: empowering the poor to be poor no more, healing the brokenhearted, setting the captives free, healing the sick, restoring sight to the blind and setting at liberty them that are bruised, (See Luke 4:18).

I am a Wonderful Counselor, (See Isaiah 9:6). People who listen to me shall dwell safely and shall not fear evil, ! (See Proverbs 1:33).

Most importantly, I have the authority, ability and power to cleanse you of your sins, (See I John 1:7-9)

Educational Background

I encompass the entire breadth and length of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, (See Proverbs 2:6).

In me are hid all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (See Colossians 2:3).

My Word is so powerful; it has been described as being a lamp unto your feet and a lamp unto your path, (See Psalms 119:105).

I can even tell you all of the secrets of your heart, (See Psalms 44:21).

Major Accomplishments

I was an active participant in the greatest Summit Meeting of all times, (See Genesis 1:26).

I laid down my life so that you may live, (See II Corinthians 5:15).

I defeated the archenemy of God and mankind and made a show of them openly, (See Colossians 2:15).

I’ve miraculously fed the poor, healed the sick and raised the dead! There are many more major accomplishments, too many to mention here. You can read them on my website, which is located at: www dot – the BIBLE. You don’t need an Internet connection or computer to access my website.

References

Believers and followers worldwide will testify to my divine healings, salvation, deliverance, miracles, restoration and supernatural guidance.

In Summation

Now that you’ve read My CV, I’m confident that I’m the only candidate uniquely qualified to fill this vital position in your heart.

In summation, I will properly direct your paths, (See Proverbs 3:5-6), and lead you into everlasting life, (See John 6:47).

When can I start?

Time is of the essence, (See Hebrews 3:15).

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Here and Now

Here and Now
by Paul Baloche

Here and now
Here in this moment
Here and now
I turn to You

All that my searching heart
has longed for can be found
Cause You’re in this moment
here and now

What majesty what mystery
the God of all eternity
Stepped into time and gave His life for me

Your hand is seen in galaxies
yet Your Spirit dwells in me
So vast and yet You’re still within our reach

There is nowhere You can’t be found
Nothing on Earth could ever keep Your presence out

What an awesome God we serve. Indescribable, with no words of our comprehension worthy to be used to describe Him.

It’s been an extremely busy and tight week for me. ‘All work and no play makes Aaron a dull boy.’ I’ve been so distracted lately by the many things going around, and I wasn’t at peace at all.I was striving by my own strength. Puffed up with foolish pride, I guess. The results? Disturbed, stressed, depressed and worn out…

As I was busy doing my own things, I was so ministered time and time again by the song above. It just humbled me and I realised how foolish I was to depend on myself, my own helpless strength, my foolish pride and my stumbling disablilities when all this while… God was there with me.

“God, I’m so sorry.”

Those were the words that I uttered in the ‘storm’ of mine. I guess I was so blinded that I didn’t see that I have God the Almighty on my side. Can you imagine it? God the Almighty. Not just any ‘hocus pocus’ god but God, Elohim, the Creator of the universe. The all powerful, all knowing and all loving. On my side. The thought of it just gives a boy a resting place of peace and comfort which the world can never offer. In spite of my busyness and at times neglecting Him, He’s still there for me, faithfully, with wide opened arms, ever waiting for me to return. And as I broke down and cried out to Him, these comforting words of His stilled the raging storm in me.

“Let go. Let Me.”

I think it’s time for me to LET GO. Let go of my independence, my pride, my strife, my stress, my ‘wisdom’, my worries and my pain. And let Him. Let Him be the One in control. Just like a little child surrendering to the Father’s unrestrained mercy and love, I threw everything and cast all my cares upon Jesus. Life sure feels lighter after dumping the baggages on my shoulders and having Him to guide and lead my ever wandering thoughts.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

What a comforting promise. What an extravagant Love. What a mighty God…

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God Still Answers Prayers

If someone says that God does not answer prayers anymore, I’d be the first to testify that He still does, and He always will, no matter what we think…

I was going through a situation where the university altered our courses and I ended up majoring in something I didn’t want to. Trust me, I was suffering even in the first day of class, how am I going to go through this for 3 semesters?! To cut the long story short, I either had to waste 1 semester retaking one subject or add a subject and pay extra. I didn’t want any of those and I was just stuck. Helpless and distressed…

So, a boy’s gotta do what a boy’s gotta do. I turned to my God, got on my knees and prayed. As I was seeking God, this Scripture reminded me of His promise in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Boy, was I relieved. I was reminded that my God knows what I desire deep down before I can even tell him about it, and He’s more than willing to give them to me if I sought Him above all else.

“God, if You want me to do this, then You open up the doors for me. If not, close the doors. I want Your will to be done, not mine…”, I remember vividly praying this prayer, an echo of Jesus’ prayer. I know my God knows what’s best for me, and He has the best interest for my future. So I surrendered it to Him. And guess what? God does answers prayers. Doors were opened and I was able to change my major to what I desired so badly. No strings attached. It is done.

I guess sometimes life does not go the way we want it to be and we try so hard to make things ‘right’ by our own strength and might. Well, I’ve learnt not to do so. Who are we, mere humans to even try to determine the future of our lives? Things will turn out much better when they’re at the right hands. And His hands are the ones that I trust completely.

God still answers prayers. What a statement. What a wonderful promise.