Sunday, January 28, 2007

Rest - Lord Give Me Strength

Haven't been posting for quite awhile as I learn to rest in Christ for the past 19 days. I do not mean to rest as not posting & simply doing nothing. Strangely, I found casting my cares & worries [rest] in the Lord quite challenging. It seems like I always like to 'help' God, I will tell myself all these problems be it from work or family belong to Jesus as I trust in Him being a Child of Most High God, yet, I will think about it, try to find solutions from my flesh. I end up being confused in perfect irony. Praise the Lord, our Pastor had been preaching about rest & our identity in Christ & I keep listening to his sermons & find myself learning & I'm determined to break the strongholds of my 'nonsense' to REST...

While I was awaiting for my parents after service for dinner, I wondered into a Christian book store, pick up a card with words that comfort me. Title, "Lord, Give Me Strength". Give us your strength, Lord. Because sometimes things get tough, & we are ready to quit. Give us your love, Lord. Because people reject us, & we are tempted to hate. Give us your eyes, Lord. Because sometimes life gets dark, & we lose our way. Give us your courage, Lord. Because often we are put under pressure, & it's hard to do what is right. Give us yourself Lord. Because our hearts were made for you, & we will not rest until we rest in you. A summary of all my thoughts...How great is our God?!

Today sermon was awesome especially when Pastor Prince shared about his revelation about our identity in Christ. "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." 2 Cor 5:17 [NASB] "They will say of Me, 'Only in the Lord are righteousness & strength.' Men will come to Him. And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame [e.g. the pathetic Satan]. In the Lord all the offspring’s of Israel Will be justified & will glory." Is 45:24-25 [NASB] Notice the words "In Christ, In the Lord" In Christ we engage the World with a new mindset where all things are new, being a new creation. In Christ we receive our righteousness & strength...

Jesus revealed this truth as being "I am". In John chapter 9, before Jesus healed the man born blind, the scripture wrote "While I am in the World, I am the light of the World." John 9:5 [NASB] Imagine a blind who lives in total darkness, since the day he was born, the "I am" finished the miracle! Halleluiah! We can do all things through Christ who strengthen us. In another occasion, the disciples asked for the bread of God that gives life to the world, "Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life..." John 6:35 [NASB] We ask for grace, only to find forgiveness already offered. We ask for food, only to find provision already made. We ask for guidance, only to find answers in God's ancient story...

What controls us doesn't control Him. What troubles us don’t trouble Him. What fatigue us doesn't fatigue Him. Is an eagle disturbed by traffic? No. he rises above it. Is the whale perturbed by a hurricane? Of course not, he plunges beneath. Is the lion flustered by the mouse standing directly in his way? No, he steps over it.

If He is able to place the stars in their sockets & suspend the sky like a curtain, do you think it remotely possible that God is able to guide our life? If our God is mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that he is mighty enough to light our path? If He cares enough about planet Saturn to give it rings or Venus to make it sparkle, is there an outside chance that He cares enough about us to meet one needs?

Inspired By:

Max Lucado & Pastor Prince

32 comments:

jel said...

big Hugg

Godwyn said...

Sister Janice!!!

I need the big Hug! Thank you! I'm back to blog. I think my entry explain my days of wondering & wandering:-)

Thank you for 'checking' me out always, praying for me when I'm out & down:-)

You're the best gift, Daddy in Heaven gave me!

Verse to share:

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin & death! Romans 8:2

Julie said...

To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
my God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies exult over me.

Make me know Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.

Psalm 25:1-2,4-5

As you've been saying to me,"Just rest in Him". Just do it, there is no need to try.

=P

jel said...

just wanted to stop by and say hi!


and leave a hugg


God bless ya Brother

Anonymous said...

Hey brother, Prayer Warrior is back from rest. Not so much of posting but rather music to keep me going.

It's new begining, new hope and favor for 2007 ya! Be strong and courageous. :o) Huggs

Shirleen said...

=) indeed, letting go and letting God is really not easy.

lori said...

I'm glad your back.

Godwyn Lim said...

Hey Sister Janice,

Surely you are healed in Jesus name as the Lord said it is 'Finished'. Look away from the deceptions of the Devil but focus on perfect work on the Cross! Amen?!

I command in the name of Christ Jesus, from Head to Toe, from ceiling to floor, Jesus your broken body is for ALL our healing! Thank you that by Your stripes, by the beating You bore, by the lashes which fell on Your back, sister Janice in completely HEALED! Amen?!

Have a Bless week, thank you for being my Pillar of Fire while I'm feeling cold with all the Hugs u gave:-)

Miss ya! Praying for you like you always did for us! Love one one another as the Lord has first Loves us:-)

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister Lori,

What a great weekend you had! Mine was good as well in the house of God:-)

Great post for me to 'get to know you better'! Surely your Passion in Christ 'burn on' all the Blessing you gave...

I'm not blogging much still, here & there, primary distraction is my work, feeding material to draft the next post!

Work is quite stressful but nothing is impossible for our Lord to bear. I cast my cares to Him & rest:-)

Enjoy this Bless week with your family

Godwyn Lim said...

Dear Julie,

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful verse! I will be still & rest over any storms:-)

Daily I want His ways in me, I pray for His ways in me as that is the kind of life I pine to live, a Christ Centered Life!

Meantime, I pray for your healing, recieved it daily. Knowing:

And the whole multitude sought to touch Him: for there went virtue out of Him, & healed them all.

Luke 6:19

Christ our healer~

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister Prayer,

Welcome back! Sorry for the late response, just swing back to blog!

Do you set up another Blog? Great to hear 'songs from Heaven'! Just enjoy deeply being love by our Lord:-)

I agree, everything NEW will come to past...a year of 'NEW' everything, be it mind, body & soul!

Godwyn Lim said...

Hi Sister Shirleen,

Thank you for dropping by:-) I surf your blog & found it awesome!

I linked up your blog with mine, hope you don't mind me sharing your writing with our beloved ones!

Resting indeed is hard, really have to let go, let God!

Have a Bless week & rejoice in the Lord!

Godzheart said...

Take care brother. In this weary world, we do need God's rest every time.

God Bless

Shirleen said...

HI GODYWN,

thanks for visiting. =)

i'd add u too k.

shirleen

Godwyn said...

Sister Godzheart,

Thank you for dropping in a line! Haven't heard from you for awhile, miss u ya!

Indeed we need to rest in Him:-) In Him alone...

Have a Bless week!

Godwyn said...

Sister Shireen,

Pleasure is mine, thank you for adding the link!

God Bless! Shalom:-)

dana said...

this was a wonderful post, so right on, I too try to help God and surely He does not need my help. Thanks for the reminder.

audrey` said...

Hi Godwyn

Yes! You're absolutely right.
Our Lord cares =)

jel said...

praying you are well!



huggs

Live, Love, Laugh said...

i just dropped in to say Hello and see what is going on. Have a wonderful day in the Lord.

Godwyn Lim said...

Hey Dana,

Thank you for your kind compliments! It's all about Jesus!

Let us, Let Go, Let God Amen?! Have a Bless week! Enjoy His Glory:-)

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister Audrey,

Great to hear from you! Sorry for the late reply!

Our Lord loves us heaps! May the Lord's face shine on you & your family this coming Lunar New Year!

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister Janice!

Hugs* Miss you ya! I been really busy with work & we are celebrating Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year in Singapore from Sunday for 3 days!

Everyone is busy preparing visitation, food for guest etc! I will post my entry soon!

Meantime, the Lord Bless & Keep your Family, His Face Shine on you & your family! Always...

Anonymous said...

i always tend to "help" God. it doesn't work and i have to scream at myself to stop. i need His help and certainly He doesn't need mine.

audrey` said...

Hi Brother

I saw your pic on friendster =P

Live, Love, Laugh said...

Just stopped by today to see if you had posted, I have always left your site more blessed than I came. You are right, it is all about Jesus!

lori said...

Hi godwyn,

I see your not blogging still. I pray you know your in my thoughts and prayers. I know you must be a very busy man.

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister PIA,

Amen?! We need Him but He does not need us:=) We are His beloved Child of God!

Uplift by His blessing!

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister Audrey!

How you found my friendster account:p

Enjoy a great week ahead! I just did my posting for this month:=)

Heaps of incidents happened but God is always Good to us! Happy Lunar New Year!

Godwyn Lim said...

Hi Sister Dana,

Thank you for visiting my blog, your kind compliments surely motivate me to do my post though work is heavy!

I have always left your site more blessed than I came as well! New post is up, visit when you are free!

Have a Bless Weekend ahead! Shalom:=)

Godwyn Lim said...

Hi Sister Lori,

Thank you for keeping me in your prayers! Greatly appreciated, I really need it!

Yes, work is really busy especially this month, back to back, Jesus is my source of my life, I attend Sunday service most weeks & fellowship with brothers & sisters in Christ through care group that I attend:=)

New Post is up, please visit my blog when you have the time. Wishing you & your family a Bless week! Highly Favored, Greatly Blessed & Deeply Love!

Shalom~

Live, Love, Laugh said...

Dear Godwyn,

I am going to pray you have more time and inspiration so you may post again, I so enjoy your posts and miss it when you do not have time to write. I will ck back again soon.