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Who am I?

You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm139)

Through childhood to adulthood, all of us have come across within ourselves our search for our self-identity which ties into our self-worth. Question like:

“Who am I?”

” What should I pursue in life?

“Will I ever be enough?”

“How should I begin?” Where do I start?”

These questions I have come across in my life, surely you as well have come to think or stumble upon these kinds of questions and some you can answer, some you cannot, or all of it you are unsure of it. You tell yourself surely there are definite answers to these questions…

That is when I realized, when I was introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ and have begun actively doing children’s ministry and worship ministry, that I have come to complete puzzles of myself through the reading and studying of the word of God in the Bible. Actively, having a relationship with Christ by exercising my faith through my work, school, family and friends. I just want to share that even though some of the answers that I have in my life is different from yours, it is quite similar as well.

Who am I?” This pertains to our self-identity, who am I really? who are we in the eyes of our creator? Psalm 139 talks about us being “fearfully and wonderfully made” and that God knows us intimately and uniquely, knowing our deepest secrets and desires in the depths of our hearts. Psalm 139 NIV – For the director of music. Of David. A – Bible Gateway

What should I pursue in life?” In terms of life principles, I strive to have the character of Jesus Christ and to be christ-like through his love and compassion over the needy, lost and broken. I suggest reading the gospel- Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.

“Will I ever be enough?” This is one of the questions that I repeatedly question myself. To answer this question, I will ask you another question, to whom do you want to be enough? To your family? friends? lover? boss? But one thing is for sure, if the question pertains to your creator, the one who loves you unconditionally even if you don’t know it or unsure, the answer is YES. You are enough for the Lord Jesus Christ, because he accepts you as you are right now. Our God is a holy God, and he loves the sinner but not sin. God is not mad at us, He is madly in love with us, that is why He sent His only son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

John 3:16 NIV “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 3:23 NIV – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

It is not a coincidence that you are reading this posts right now. I know that God made a way for you to be closer to Him through the smallest and biggest moments in your life.

How should I begin?and “Where do I start”

Let us start by praying to the Lord Jesus Christ…

Lord Jesus, I believe that it is not a coincidence that I am here right now praying to you, I pray that may you reveal more of yourself to me so that I can know you more and make you known to other people. I pray that you open my eyes and my heart and enlighten me with the truth which is in your word. I pray in Jesus name, Amen.

You can start by reading the word of God and praying more to him like we just did just now. Connect to your local church and browse for a new bible in a bookstore or download the application in your phone called The Bible App – YouVersion.

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My First love.

My first love is sweet and loving. He would always protect me and my family and loved ones, He is such a gentleman, he did not force me to love Him, but waited and pursued me relentlessly, He longs for me to talk to Him and waits patiently, He is kind and does not envy and does not boast, He keeps no record of wrongs and most of all, He loves children just as much as I do, even more…

Furthermore, enough of me.. lets dive into the ministry that all of us should prioritize the most..

As an individual believer and as a church, OUR VERY FIRST MINISTRY IS TO THE LORD.

We have been set apart and called first to worship Him, worship that is a loving response to a relationship with God.

HIM being our first love. Remember always there is nothing more important than this.

When we talk of ministry to the Lord, we are dealing here more of our hearts affection and personal devotion to God. After the salvation experience comes the lifelong unveiling of Christ in us.

The church should get back on track in order to restore hunger and fresh passion to pursue God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.

God is wanting to renew first love in this season to strengthen us and anchor us for what is to come.

Many aspects of our christian life depend on the level of our personal revelation of who God is that is being translated to the degree of intimacy of our relationship with Him.

  1. Our love and act of worship for God

  2. Our obedience to God.

  3. Our commitment or dedication to serve Him.

Before any sincere dedication to serve God, there should be first be true transformation of the heart. Transformation that is VISIBLE even outwardly which includes the mindset, lifestyle and character. This transformation is but just a result of seriously focusing more on the first ministry we should be in.

Credits: CLSFM- Ptr Gil. & Rosette -Introduction

Continue reading “My First love.”

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About the author: Setti

Hi there! you can call me Setti or Sette as my family and friends would call me. I have chosen a few people to view my intimate vulnerabilities and insecurities to my glorious accomplishments and through what my heart longs for and what it desires. I have chosen to take a step forward in my blog and make it more personal. I hope as you read this, its not for me to boast but to show you my heart and show you a part of me. I value myself and through this blog, I want to show that I value you by opening my heart to you.

Sincerely, Setti

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God.

During the past few weeks, there has been news that have been creeping in the media about the new virus called coronavirus also known as covid-19. It has been causing panic and distress over people and the society. People are getting paranoid and the media is conveying its news to the people. Media has a way of over exaggerating news and that causes fear and panic over the people. I always hear how the fatality rate and death toll is rising over the continents of the world like China, Europe and now even the western countries but the media is not showing any signs and percentage of people who have recovered from the virus. This shows how things can get one sided easily without all the details and perspective of others.

Recently, the public school system are extending their March break for two weeks, NBA basketball games suspended their play, the countries are having to promote social distancing and so on…

During this time, as Christians and as people that are looking out for the good of the people, let’s practice sanitary and hygiene procedures like hand washing but other than that, what else?

I want to share my testimony where in I experienced a similar Illness and was isolated, I felt depressed, and afraid and my family was not there because I had to undergo treatment. During my time at the hospital, I was in my deepest darkest moment, and when I was ready to give up and I felt like I everyone gave up on me, I met my healer and my saviour, who was Jesus Christ. If I could go back in time, and if someone asked me would you rather not get sick? I’d say, I would do it all over again even if I was ill, because that was when God showed up…during my deepest darkest moment in my life, where I thought I was alone, I was not..

As the chosen people of God and as brothers and sisters of Christ, we should use this time to spread the gospel, and let other know that healing over the people and their land and protection is possible only by Jesus Christ. Let’s use this opportunity to encourage one another and others as well who are affected by this virus, don’t let this come to pass without exercising our faith, by fervently praying and laying hands over the sick. Everything has a purpose and let others know the love of Jesus by loving one another and loving our neighbour just as ourselves.

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/111/2ch.7.14.niv

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/111/rom.12.2.niv

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Filter and Discernment

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In today’s generation, our society has become more immersed in technology and more knowledge is available because of the internet. Technology and its effectiveness makes it possible for the economy to prosper. The pillars of society like the education system and healthcare, arts and culture, sports, television & radio media, just to name a few. They have prospered because of the fast download of information. These are the PROS of technology. What about the CONS? because of the large amount of information that is being downloaded unto the society, we must become aware and vigilant of what we put our attention and fix our eyes unto. We must have a filter that discerns the information that is being downloaded unto us. Having an awareness, alertness and sober mindedness is this day and age is crucial, especially to the younger generation because they have been born into this digital age and they are still learning to filter and discern the information being put into their minds. In my early childhood education studies, we often refer to the children’s brain and minds as a SPONGE that just soaks up information as they grow, that is why they are able to learn a language and perceive the world around them in a few years time. Now what does that have got to do with technology and modern age? More and more children are getting bullied via the internet, and most people, even adults even have suicidal thoughts and even commit self-harm and suicide. 

How should I filter and discern my environment?

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“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.

Matthew 6:22 (NIV)

Filter what goes into your eyes, into your ears, into your minds and into your hearts! What you see and pay attention to and fix your eyes unto is very important. For example, We have a choice, the freewill to what we watch in our tablets, television and what we hear in our playlist and radio stations. If you know that this certain movie or song will make you think and imagine about impure and sinful things then click on the next button! Turn off the television or choose another movie where you will learn instead of movies that invokes fear, doubt and sexual immoral views.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 (NIV)

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (King James Bible)

He’s/She’s not that into you.

We have all been there, we are admiring someone from our circle of friends or from afar and you secretly want them to ask you out…sometimes you even want them to just say “hello.” 

Expectation vs Reality check. 

You expect him or her to give you the attention that you give him but the reality is he like many other guys/girls just like the attention, and doesnt really feel the same for the other person. 

Well everyone, this is a wake up call for you… 

Have it occurred to you that – 

He’s/She’s not that into you. Yes. It hurts, its painful, but its reality. Ive been in this so called trap of the enemy before, where young people nowadays in our society are awakening their feelings of love before they are even ready to be in a relationship. 

Always remember, you are worth more than you can ever imagine. You are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm139) There’s time for everything. In Ecclesiaistes 3:11, it says He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. I believe that is true with character and relationships as well.Be in a relationship, when you are emotionally, mentally, physically, financially and spiritually able and are ready to commit and be faithful to your partner. If you thing you lack one of these, then its not yet time to be in a relationship.

Three things to remember:

1.Focus on cultivating and growing spiritually with your relationship with God. How is your quiet time with God? 

2.Focus on your relationship with your family and friends.

3.Focus on your studies first, its not worth it to neglect your studies and fail in your classes just because of your crush. 

 

Define your priorities. 

What is your motive of the heart? Why do you want to be in a relationship? 

I recommend you try Jesus first because He gave his life for you because He loves you. 

The Potter’s Hand

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Each one according to His liking

Each one with a special purpose

A multifaceted work of art

Exact precision and accuracy

Each stroke of His hand on the clay

Molding and creating

Passionate and  intense workmanship

He pauses… walks back and walks closely

Carefully and intricately inspects every corner of the edges

Polishing and smoothing out the crinkles

Trimming the excess and adding in more

Defining areas to make it more prominent

Subtle changes here and there

He nods in affirmation and smiles…

He was finished.

Each given moment, going unto perfection

The work of His hands

The sweet thoughts and smiles is more than the sands of the shores

Fearfully and wonderfully made

He saw His creation, and saw the fruit of His labor

The expression of God’s love

He made You.

 

Credits: Original Poem by Setti (HeartEnthroned.com)

 

Part 1: The Battle of the Heart

 

A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (ROMANS 12)

What does it mean here when the author of Romans named the Apostle Paul, that we should be transformed by the renewing of your mind is that we should change our way of thinking into the will of God, which is His good and perfect will?

(Side Note: The bible was written in Hebrew and was translated into Greek and then now in English. When Paul wrote this letter to the Romans, he used the word: the renewing of your Heart, and when the Greeks translated it, they changed the word into “renewing of your mind.”)

What does the paradox of being a “Living Sacrifice.” It means to be a living offering, holy and acceptable to God, which is submitting your life to God and having faith that He will make your paths straight and that He has a plans for your life, a plan to prosper you and not to harm you, a plan to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 11)

The Question is HOW? How do we become Living Sacrifice to God?

We are comprised of three things: Spirit, Soul and Body.

  • The Spirit is awakened when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour of your life.
  • The Soul is the part where our emotion and intellectual logic and will (which is decision-making takes place.)
  • The Body, is the physically form of our beings.

When we were still non-believers, we have conformed into the patterns of this world. We do or approve of what the majority of what people do in today’s day and age, like pre-marital sex, drugs and alcohol. We say, ” well everybody does it!” and it has become the norm of today’s society.  When we became Christians and disciples of Jesus Christ, our Inner Spirit has been awakened.

There is a tug-of-war between our body which is known in the bible as the “flesh” and with our soul as well as our spirit.

This is called the Battle of the Heart.