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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)

 

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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.

 

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Transformed and Renewed

Accepting Jesus in my life was easy…but staying and following Him takes commitment, dedication and genuine love for Him. Now I realize the saying, “Being a Christian is a lifestyle.” I think many Christians can agree with that statement.

Many people have asked me about my beliefs, for example, with drinking alcohol. I drink only wine on special occasions, other than my friend’s bridal shower this August 2017, I haven’t taken a sip in the last 10 years. It’s not that I don’t drink because of my faith. It’s because of my faith that I don’t drink. It’s my choice. I am not perfect either, neither am I a saint. I also make mistakes. To be honest, when I wasn’t yet a born-again Christian, I had no choice to sin or not to sin. All that was in my mind was how to achieve my goals, how to get what I want…it was all about ME…ME…ME. Selfishness and pride like most people who are in darkness are engulfed through this idea of freedom but was an actual rebellion. I was in the path of self-destruction. My dreams and goal was to get rich, get pretty and popular and live an easy life.

That changed when I was invited to church by my classmate at my high school. I didn’t know what I was getting into, little did I know, I was being transformed and renewed into a new person. I was beginning to surrender my life to Jesus. Saying Yes to Jesus was the most important decision that I have done in my life. The more I gave my broken pieces of myself to God, he slowly healed my brokenness with His love. He gave me friends that I consider my second family, I surrendered my dreams and goals to Him and He directed me to a career that I would never have imagined doing before. I make twice as much as a regular person as a teacher. He has transformed my spirit and breathed life into my lifeless soul. The more I know about Jesus, the more I crave for more of His love. There is joy in my heart everyday, that not even a rich person can buy out of material things. When I am down, He picks me up, and His promises endure forever.

God loves you as much as he loves me. He wants you to know that you are precious and are loved. Jesus wants you to know that you are born for a purpose, you are beautifully and wonderfully made, He wants you in His family and is waiting for you. When you are weary, He will give you rest, cast all your burdens to him. No matter what you’ve done in the past, He will forgive you and transform and renew your life.

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The last goodbye

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It was night time, I heard a knock on the door, it was the man next door named John. He was asking my father if he could install his new flatscreen television. I called my dad and he agreed to fix his TV. We invited John inside the house and while waiting, I something in me that I should give John something of mine. I was compelled to go to my room and hurriedly grabbed my extra bible and Heaven is for real DVD movie. I went to go see John and asked him a question,” Do you read a lot of books?” He said, “Yes I do.” with a big smile. Then I handed him the bible and the DVD movie, I told him, “Its for you! Watch the movie too in your new TV.” He said thank you and left to go to his house with my dad.

Little did I know, it was the last time that I will be seeing John along with his smile. Early this year he has been going in and out of the hospital, he was fairly old. John loved his car and his electronics. He loves to fix his house and was a handyman. He liked giving us some of his extra book shelves when we first moved in our home on the year 2011. He hardly gets any visitors, his son-in-law sometimes visits him to do chores but other than that, I heard in Christmas time, he would leave gifts at his children’s place, who have their own family already, and just leave. Early this year 2017, We just heard that he passed away, and after passing away, his leg got cut off because of a gangrene disease.

It’s just so sad that someone who raised and took care after their children, will just pass away just like that, alone.

Life is so complicated and unfair, I feel like I should have been there for him more, but it’s too late now. The lesson that John taught me in life is that, life is short and precious. We should appreciate those in our lives that revolve around us, not just our loved ones but everyone. Let’s be kind to one another, and appreciate the moments that make up our life.  In my eyes, John was a good man and I will never forget him.

 

In memory of John S. Rest in peace. 2017.

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Where do you set your identity?

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Where do you set your identity?

Do you set your identity in…

Career?

Status?

People’s Approval?

Success?

Love?

People would often ask others when they meet for the first time, what do you do for a living? A better question would be why do you do what your doing? People are so into themselves that their work makes them who they are. What happens if you lose your job? Since you’ve set your identity in your work, hopelessness and frustration clouds your mind.

What about your status? Being rich and material possessions can only make you happy momentarily. Money is just a tool and when it revolves around your whole life, what will happen if you cannot afford the luxury and even necessities in life? Your identity will crumble.

People’s approval is a big one, have you heard of the bow wow challenge lately? It’s going viral in Instagram wherein people post lies in the web just for them to get tons of likes and repost. People nowadays always want to please others, wanting them to like them. You cannot please everyone, thats a fact. Though people still seek for affirmation from others, its a good feeling but is it a stable source for your identity? No.

What about success? You’ve got that accomplishment you always wanted. That promotion, that goal, the job you’ve always wanted. What happens when all of that disappears?

Love? What kind of love are you anchoring yourself in? Is it love from your spouse, or partner? Friends? What will happen if that love and relationship becomes non-existent?

Where do we set our identity?

Career? Jesus. I am 100% Yours.

Status? Jesus. Daughter of a King

People’s Approval? Jesus. Approval.

Success? Jesus. Self worth

Love? Jesus. Eternal Love and Joy

 

Read: Matthew 7: 24-27(NIV)

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

 

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Tree of Life

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Acrylics Painting by: Rosette Ann (May 17,2017)

Psalm 1: 1-3 (NIV)
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.