alvincktan88
alvincktan88:

spiritualinspiration:

As long as you’re living in regret, focused on the negative things of the past, it’s going to keep you from the bright future God has in store. You’ve got to let go of what didn’t work out. Let go of the hurts and pain. Let go of your disappointments and failures. You can’t do anything about the past, but you can do something about right now. Whether it happened 20 years ago or 20 minutes ago, let it go and move forward. If you keep bringing negative baggage from yesterday into today, it will poison your future. You may have had an unfair past, but you don’t have to have an unfair future. You may have gotten off to a rough start in life, but it’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish.

May the good Lord bless you… P

alvincktan88:

spiritualinspiration:

As long as you’re living in regret, focused on the negative things of the past, it’s going to keep you from the bright future God has in store. You’ve got to let go of what didn’t work out. Let go of the hurts and pain. Let go of your disappointments and failures. You can’t do anything about the past, but you can do something about right now. Whether it happened 20 years ago or 20 minutes ago, let it go and move forward. If you keep bringing negative baggage from yesterday into today, it will poison your future. You may have had an unfair past, but you don’t have to have an unfair future. You may have gotten off to a rough start in life, but it’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish.

May the good Lord bless you… P


What is God’s will for you? Scripture spells it out in 3 different verses


1 Thessalonians 4:3 (NIV)It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;1 Thessalonians 5 (NIV)12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil. 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.1 Peter 2:15-17 (NIV)15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

What is God’s will for you? Scripture spells it out in 3 different verses

1 Thessalonians 4:3 (NIV)

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;

1 Thessalonians 5 (NIV)

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil. 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

1 Peter 2:15-17 (NIV)

15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

gracecamedown
gracecamedown:

Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow.No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
A really really timely reminder at Church yesterday. I’ve heard my pastor preach the same message time and time again, so much so that I can almost predict the ends of some of his sentences, but every single time I hear that message on sin and law vs grace, I walk away feeling like I’ve got new life in my step. I’ve been going through some stuff in my private life that I have told no one about, and although I’ve been so blessed to be a part of a church that has taught me so well not to be sin conscious, I still went to church feeling just that little bit guilty. It’s not that I didn’t believe I have been forgiven - this is a truth that has been permanently imprinted in my heart with gentle firmness from years of listening (and listening, and listening) to the same life-changing message of grace - it was that I was part looking at Jesus and part looking at myself and how I’ve let him down, and how I most likely will continue to.
But God told me this yesterday - that whatever the case, He has forgiven me, and this is how he went about doing that:
During worship we sang “Man of Sorrows” and “Nothing but the Blood”, and both these songs have lyrics that proclaim the powerlessness of sin against a life supercharged by grace. 
"Now my debt is paid, it is paid in full, by the precious blood that my Jesus spilled. Now the curse of sin has no hold on me, whom the son sets free oh is free indeed." 
Just as the worship music was playing and I was quietly saying to God “Sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry”*, the meaning of the words being sung hit me. My debt is paid in full! Sin no longer has a hold on me. I’ve been set free! And as if to hammer in the message, we sang “Nothing but the blood” next, again reminding me that I’ve been made whiter than snow, that my sins have been washed away, and I’ve been made whole. 
And then, I got to listen to my pastor preach a message that I’ve heard so many times before, but so so needed right at that very moment, and I came out not only feeling free and liberated, but also unbelievably loved, by a God who sent this timely reminder when I most needed it. Pastor always says this - if you know that someone knows the ugliest parts of you and still loves you, then you will believe that you are truly loved. God is the only one who knows about what I was battling with, He is the only one who sees it, and He is really the only one I felt I was letting down. And yet, He is the one who loves me the most.
*It’s okay to feel sorry when you sin, but don’t focus on the sin, focus on Jesus and know that you’ve been forgiven.
I just really needed to put that into words. :’) The moral of the story is: Go to church! Hahahaha. Be blessed. x 

gracecamedown:

Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

What can wash away my sin? 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
What can make me whole again? 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 

Oh precious is the flow, 
that makes me white as snow.
No other fount I know, 
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

A really really timely reminder at Church yesterday. I’ve heard my pastor preach the same message time and time again, so much so that I can almost predict the ends of some of his sentences, but every single time I hear that message on sin and law vs grace, I walk away feeling like I’ve got new life in my step. I’ve been going through some stuff in my private life that I have told no one about, and although I’ve been so blessed to be a part of a church that has taught me so well not to be sin conscious, I still went to church feeling just that little bit guilty. It’s not that I didn’t believe I have been forgiven - this is a truth that has been permanently imprinted in my heart with gentle firmness from years of listening (and listening, and listening) to the same life-changing message of grace - it was that I was part looking at Jesus and part looking at myself and how I’ve let him down, and how I most likely will continue to.

But God told me this yesterday - that whatever the case, He has forgiven me, and this is how he went about doing that:

During worship we sang “Man of Sorrows” and “Nothing but the Blood”, and both these songs have lyrics that proclaim the powerlessness of sin against a life supercharged by grace. 

"Now my debt is paid, it is paid in full, by the precious blood that my Jesus spilled. Now the curse of sin has no hold on me, whom the son sets free oh is free indeed." 

Just as the worship music was playing and I was quietly saying to God “Sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry”*, the meaning of the words being sung hit me. My debt is paid in full! Sin no longer has a hold on me. I’ve been set free! 

And as if to hammer in the message, we sang “Nothing but the blood” next, again reminding me that I’ve been made whiter than snow, that my sins have been washed away, and I’ve been made whole. 

And then, I got to listen to my pastor preach a message that I’ve heard so many times before, but so so needed right at that very moment, and I came out not only feeling free and liberated, but also unbelievably loved, by a God who sent this timely reminder when I most needed it. Pastor always says this - if you know that someone knows the ugliest parts of you and still loves you, then you will believe that you are truly loved. God is the only one who knows about what I was battling with, He is the only one who sees it, and He is really the only one I felt I was letting down. And yet, He is the one who loves me the most.

*It’s okay to feel sorry when you sin, but don’t focus on the sin, focus on Jesus and know that you’ve been forgiven.

I just really needed to put that into words. :’) The moral of the story is: Go to church! Hahahaha. Be blessed. x 

jesus-persevered
jesus-persevered:

yourebeautifullylovely:

"In Jewish society, if a person had to sell himself or herself as a servant to pay his debts, his closest relative could save him by buying back his freedom. To save us, Jesus became our closest Relative-closer than any father, mother, brother, sister or lover. We can’t understand His kind of love but we can know that it is real, and we can reveal it by loving others."-Man of Peace pg.93

Amen

jesus-persevered:

yourebeautifullylovely:

"In Jewish society, if a person had to sell himself or herself as a servant to pay his debts, his closest relative could save him by buying back his freedom. To save us, Jesus became our closest Relative-closer than any father, mother, brother, sister or lover. We can’t understand His kind of love but we can know that it is real, and we can reveal it by loving others."-Man of Peace pg.93

Amen

yourebeautifullylovely
yourebeautifullylovely:

"In Jewish society, if a person had to sell himself or herself as a servant to pay his debts, his closest relative could save him by buying back his freedom. To save us, Jesus became our closest Relative-closer than any father, mother, brother, sister or lover. We can’t understand His kind of love but we can know that it is real, and we can reveal it by loving others."-Man of Peace pg.93

Amen

yourebeautifullylovely:

"In Jewish society, if a person had to sell himself or herself as a servant to pay his debts, his closest relative could save him by buying back his freedom. To save us, Jesus became our closest Relative-closer than any father, mother, brother, sister or lover. We can’t understand His kind of love but we can know that it is real, and we can reveal it by loving others."-Man of Peace pg.93

Amen

Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity