The Lord guided me about anger & rest & He said, if we are out to settle any score, we will never rest. How can we? For one thing, our enemies never pay up. As much as we think we deserve an apology, our debtor may not agree. The racist may never repent. The chauvinist may never change. As justified as we are in our quest for vengeance, we may never get a penny's worth of justice. And, if we do so, will it be enough? The Bible in Job 5:2 [Amplified Bible] says, "For vexation & rage kill the foolish man..."
A sister in Christ called me from overseas last night with great excitement! "My Mum received Christ just moments ago!" We prayed over the phone for her mum's salvation to receive preservation, healing, wholeness & prosperity! This led me to think about forgiveness. If we can attain forgiveness by forgiving others (or any other good deeds), then why do we need a Savior? If we can pay for our sins through our mercy, why did Jesus die for our sins? If salvation is a result of our effort, then why did Paul insist, "You have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves. It was a gift from God." [Eph. 2:8]. Salvation is a free gift!
This year is a year of new beginning as I need to branch out from marketing to sales. For the past few months, I tried using my own effort, enlarge my 'tent' find new business associates but it just did not work out no matter how hard I try. In fact, the harder I try, the worst it gets. I was losing my patience & asked the Lord, is it my prayer? Am I using the right words? The Lord corrected me; it's not eloquence He seeks, just honesty. I asked for a verse, He 'smacked' me with Ps. 46:10 [Amplified Bible], "Let be & be still, & know (recognize & understand) that I am God."
In the midst of our daily storms, make it a point to be still & set our sights on Him. Let God be God. Let Him bathe us in His glory so that both our breath & our troubles are sucked from our soul. Be still. Be quiet. Be open & willing. Then we will know that God is God, & we can't help but confess, "How great is our God!" Good news, the Lord just blessed me with a great brother in Christ to extend my 'tent'. He has all the talents & great passion whom I have been seeking for months...favor came when I be still.
Many amazing favors, blessing & testimonies blew me away for the past 23 days, there are times of trials, tribulation & prosecution as well, but I learn about what we really need. An Abba! Yes, an Abba who will hear when we call? Who will take our hand when we are weak? Who will guide us through the hectic intersections of life? Don't we all need an abba who will swing us up into His arms & carry us home? We all need a father...