Focus your eyes on me. Remove everything in your life that hinders you from coming close to Me. I desire to reveal Myself more to you. I want your full undivided attention. Look to Me. Spend more time with Me.
I am all that you need.
I am faithful and will fulfill every promise I spoke to you. Be satisfied with My love. I long to fill every broken and empty spaces in your heart because no one else can fill them but Me.
I am the Love you’ve long been waiting for. I am the Husband that you seek. Will you let Me love you? Will you let Me heal you, protect you and give you everything that you need?
I love you. I always have. I always will.
My love for you is nothing like this world can give. It is pure, true, unfailing and eternal.
When you feel unloved, look to Me. Look at My nail-pierced hands. I died for you. I suffered all the pain, bore all the wrath for you – so that you might have life and have it more abundantly. I gave up heaven to seek you, pursue you, find you and be with you – because heaven isn’t complete without you.
You’re my beautiful precious bride and You are worthy of My love.
“Jesus said to them, `Come away with me. Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.'” – Mark 6:31
With a big pile of laundry on the floor, toilet bowl on the side, and a cup of coffee on the other side of the floor with a bible laid out on a dirty toilet rug, I know, this may not be the most glamorous place to spend your morning and have a cup of coffee, but it’s my most favourite place in the house and my most sacred moment of the day.
Here, I can cry all I want, pray, kneel and bow and sing my heart out and most importantly, I can just be myself because no one is watching and no one else is listening.
Here, is where most of my battles are won – not when I’m outside the world but when I’m on my knees.
I used to neglect my quiet time with God because of trying to be busy with so many different things, but when I went through a difficult season in my life, there, I truly understood why Jesus told Martha, “Mary has chosen what is best and it will not be taken away from her.”
Indeed, it is BEST because no one else in this world could comfort you, give you peace, heal your hurts and pain, strengthen you and encourage you to go and move forward in life than God. He loves you and He wants to meet you and spend time with you like you’re the most important person in the world! 🙂
And He wouldn’t mind meeting you in the toilet! Just come as you are.
This was one of the prayers I have kept very close to my heart during the time when I was in my lowest point. I remember having this Psalm printed off in a piece of paper, kept in my handbag so I could read it for later and made it my own as I slip into a quiet place to be alone with God. I prayed it over and over until my soul breaks and cries out for grace and mercy. At first, my emotions felt numb and didn’t want to feel any remorse over my sins. The spirit inside me was battling with my flesh as it didn’t want to let go of its evil doings. So, I took it captive to make it obedient to Christ.
As I declare and verbalize it almost everyday during those moments, suddenly that day came when I finally broke out in true repentance.
“There’s no turning back!”, I said to myself.
That was the beginning of yet another chapter in my life. The life that didn’t start off easy nor sweet, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thank you, Jesus!
Psalm 51 (New Life Version)
Prayer of the Sinner
O God, favor me because of Your loving-kindness. Take away my wrong-doing because of the greatness of Your loving-pity. 2 Wash me inside and out from my wrong-doing and make me clean from my sin. 3 For I know my wrong-doing, and my sin is always in front of me. 4 I have sinned against You, and You only. I have done what is sinful in Your eyes. You are always right when You speak, and fair when You judge.
5 See, I was born in sin and was in sin from my very beginning. 6 See, You want truth deep within the heart. And You will make me know wisdom in the hidden part. 7 Take away my sin, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Make me hear joy and happiness. Let the bones that You have broken be full of joy. 9 Hide Your face from my sins. And take away all my wrong-doing.
10 Make a clean heart in me, O God. Give me a new spirit that will not be moved. 11 Do not throw me away from where You are. And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Let the joy of Your saving power return to me. And give me a willing spirit to obey you. 13 Then I will teach wrong-doers Your ways. And sinners will turn to You.
14 Save me from the guilt of blood, O God. You are the God Who saves me. Then my tongue will sing with joy about how right and good You are. 15 O Lord, open my lips, so my mouth will praise You. 16 For You are not happy with a gift given on the altar in worship, or I would give it. You are not pleased with burnt gifts. 17 The gifts on an altar that God wants are a broken spirit. O God, You will not hate a broken heart and a heart with no pride.
18 Be pleased to do good to Zion. Build the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then You will be happy with gifts given on the altar that are right and good, with burnt gifts and whole burnt gifts. Then young bulls will be given on Your altar.
I saw this image and verse today from facebook and it really strikes me as God reminded me again of my identity as “royalty.”
In 1 Peter 2:9 it says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
How easy it is to forget our true identity in Christ. After suffering from depression for more than a year, I know how difficult and challenging it is to fight for this very identity that the devil has been trying, right from the beginning, to take away from us.
It is true that the moment we forget who we are, that’s the beginning of our defeat. We forget whose we are. We begin to lose our sense of direction in life. We lose sight of our purpose. We become dependent on our own strength. We lose our power until we are so weak to even get up. This is why, it is so important that we keep this identity engraved deep within our spirit.
We are royals. That’s what we are – though not by virtue of birth, but by God’s choice.
In John 15:16, Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
We are His chosen people. We are the Bride of Christ – handpicked to be His own.
The perfect picture of this can be seen in the Book of Esther, where an orphan Hebrew girl and an exile in the most powerful empire at the time – to be chosen from among thousands of young virgins to be the next Queen of Persia.
“Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.” – Esther 2:17 NIV
However, since the fight for our true identity in Christ is real. There is a purpose and a huge responsibility that is included in this calling. We are to work hand-in-hand with God in bringing more people into His Kingdom. There are so many lost souls out there perishing everyday, and we are not to just sit around and do nothing. We got to do something and there is no time to waste.
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your fatherʼs family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14 NIV
The fight is not only for our own personal gain, but moreso that those who have been living going round in circles trying to find their own place in this world may be able to find their real identity in God. And that time is NOW.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Isaiah 43:18
My dear child,
Let me give you brand new desires. Forget the former things. Let’s start all over again. The old has gone. The past has passed. There’s nothing you could do about it now. But you can do something today.
Look at me. Focus your eyes on me. I am your God… and NO other. Run towards me. Listen to my voice and follow me.
I got you. You’re no longer lost. You are found.
I will take care of you, feed you, protect you and heal your wounds. It’s all going to be alright. You’re in a safe place now.
Thank you, ‘Daughters of the King’ for this very lovely devotional today. It was so timely, as there have been so many moments over the past few weeks where I come to a point that I am already feeling so tired of waiting. Most often, God would give me something else – which seems irrelevant to me. Or sometimes, He takes me to a situation where He would bring out some emotional wound in my past which have been buried so deep by time. Then I would realize, that perhaps the reason He hasn’t fulfilled those promises yet is because He is trying to make me whole first. After all, He knows what I need the most and at this point, I just have to learn to rest as I wait. 🙂
(“Resting as you Wait“ – Devotional courtesy of Daughters of the King published on 30th January 2017)
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” Lamentations 3:25-26, NKJV.
God healed me physically, but far greater than that, He healed my soul. The physical healing was the taste of His goodness that drew me in, but I never expected my mind and emotions to be healed, even though this is where I was the most broken. I wanted my circumstances to change, but God saw where my real problem was. I was malnourished spiritually and starved for His love. A good earthly father wouldn’t pour his efforts into providing an endless supply of toys when he could clearly see that his child was hungry, would he? Wouldn’t a good father put his resources into feeding his child first? Wouldn’t an even better Father Who sees His children’s hearts know what His children need most? And wouldn’t He then provide it first?
Some of the things we have asked for, God knows we aren’t ready to receive. He hears our desperate pleas, but in His goodness, He waits to give us what we asked for. As we walk on with Him, we see more and more of what our omniscient, all-knowing God always knew. We realize that He was doing what was best for us, even when we thought He was not listening or responding as quickly as we wanted Him to. Realize that your Father truly knows best, and rest in the safety of knowing He is in control.
Father, I am so happy to be Your daughter, and to be able to have this relationship with You that is not tainted by sin. Thank You, Jesus! My heart is changed and that is a miracle above all else! Let me not forget how far You have brought me from the shackles of sin and death. I may not always like Your timing or understand everything, but I know that I can trust You and Your love for me! Help me to wait. Help me to not be afraid of the unknown because I know that You are in control and that You are doing what is best for me at all times! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
This year, if I am not mistaken, marks my 9th year serving as a Kids Church teacher. I can’t believe it’s been that long! Oh how time flies!
I remember when I first joined the Kids Ministry, I was a bit of a shy person. I didn’t have confidence. I didn’t feel qualified to teach nor think that I have something much to offer since I was also a baby Christian back then. Add to that, the fact that I wasn’t really that good around kids. (Well, let’s just say the longest I can hold up a decent conversation with a kid was five minutes… or less!)
So why did I join the Kids Ministry? I could think of a lot of reasons now after several years of serving in this ministry but these, I believe are the basic ones.
First of all, I knew God called me to teach.
I remember when I was a little girl, I love to play what we call in Tagalog, “Teacher-teacheran”. I enjoy being called, a “teacher” and of course, I love passing on what I learned to other people. Although, unfortunately I didn’t end up being a teacher by profession, but deep down inside, I knew that someday somewhere I will be able to fulfill this calling. And I am so glad that I signed up to this ministry as it opened up a lot of doors for my other giftings to come out.
Secondly, I want to challenge myself.
When I first joined the KIDS, I was too afraid of standing in front of the children. I see them as little monsters ready to devour me at a blink of an eye. I always think that perhaps they might throw paper, pens or books at me because I am unqualified to teach. I didn’t think I have what it takes knowing that being a teacher requires an enormous amount of energy, patience, skills, creativity and passion for the children. But through the years, I have learned to come out of my comfort zone and try to do all sorts of stuff for the enjoyment of our children and the teachers as well. It’s funny how each time, I would discover some new talent in me and I would just laugh inside because I knew God made me do it so that He could bring out something new from within me.
I am so grateful for the Kids Ministry for challenging me to grow and multiply my talents.
Finally, I would like to honor God and make a difference in the lives of the next generation.
Although there may be times when I feel as if teaching a bunch of rumbunctious kids doesn’t make much impact to their lives, as I keep showing up each week and planting seeds of faith into their hearts, teaching them how to obey God and leading them towards Jesus, I knew that my labour was not in vain.
One of my most precious moments was when I saw one of our kids whom I have not seen for a long long time in the mall and when she saw me, she screamed with excitement, “Teacher Piaaaaa!!” Then she ran towards me and gave me a big hug.
My heart sank.
As I hugged her back, I thought to myself, Wow! Did she just call me, ‘teacher’? And she remembers my name! Thank you, Lord.
I felt as if it was Jesus who hugged me that moment. Oh so precious!
I thank God for making me a part of this ministry and I am grateful for all the men and women who sacrificially give off their time, talents, money and efforts in making a difference in the lives of our future generation of leaders. You are all amazing!
Keep up the good work! 🙂
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14