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The Righteousness of God


For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:17 NIV

The message of the cross is simple, Jesus saves. In the midst of religious confusions and hypocrisy of the self-rihgteousness, we need not to dwelve deeper. Jesus came as a Saviour, not a judge. Funny sometimes we tend to judge other people who are walking the path we used to walk to. Not because we chosen to separate our lifestyle with the norms of the society, we can condemn them – we should obviously not!

This passage putting in a context of “holier than thou” attitude of christians made me realized how I should guard myself, lest I fall in spirit of condemnation. Inasmuch as we strive to live under His grace (which we need badly considering our human nature to point fingers to others), we have to understand that it’s not the ‘right’ acts we do that saved us, but by His grace – lest any man will boast.

This scripture made me reflect how God wants us to understand His love without any sugarcoat assurance or vain expectations.

Who are we to judge? In the end, it’s between you and God.

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Masterpiece of a Master’s Hands


For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

We can debate all day in complex issue of creation. Scientists can argue with claims such as big bang theory and algae’s evolution and come up with convincing truth. But one simple creation left them baffled – the creation of man.

As a father, I observed how complex the process in the womb is. It took a toll in my wife who primarily carry the burden. The moodswing, discomfort, uneasiness ponder her in a daily basis. We observed that she must be very blessed because she no longer require a bedrest and extra cautious as our baby boy is strong inside. We are amazed everyday how he is being developed from mere blood to a fetus that kicks a lot! Such delicate and state-of-the-art process – truly a masterpiece. When my son is pulled out of his mom’s womb, God’s work doesn’t end there – He’s only just began.

Appreciating the beauty of nature is more than enough to be grateful of God’s works. His fingerprints are everywhere. Travel agencies take pride in showcasing nature more than any man-made tourist attractions. They can boast of astonishing Pyramid or breathtaking Eiffel Tower, but they have to admit that nothing comes so close to nature when it comes to unwinding and relaxation.

Come to think that of all His marvelous works, you and me are the ones He is proud of. As an artist, He paid attention to every detail, so minute that He put an appendix inside our body that doctors and scientists yet to figure out the primary purpose and discovered something new about this organ!

 Take some time to appreciate God.

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Beat the Odds in Your Life


Inspired by the TV Series Game of Thrones

Life is a path of endless options. Every choice we make lead us into new horizon, heights, experiences. Each road, narrow or wide, keeps us moving forward. I’m not in a position to judge to which is right or wrong in every crucial decision we choose, we’re all right in our own ways. Whatever we are into, always remember that we’re responsible for every minute detail that we do. Same goes with decision-making whenever we face trials of all kinds. Below are some practical guide in overcoming various obstacles in life. I hope it can help you in any way possible.

Pray

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This sounds skeptical to some people. It works in such a way that you don’t feel alone. There’s Someone to the rescue, way greater than superman 🙂 The thing is, it will boost your moral judgment (when God factor is involved, you’ll play your game fair and square). My personal call is, I have to win with righteousness. If I fail for righteousness, I’m pretty sure I can live with that.

Plan

26896970102_d171e7b966_bA wise man once said that “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” This will eliminate one crucial factor – the element of surprise. This will give you ahead of your game. Think each possible scenario, keep sharp. If you’re in this kind of habit, it’ll be a muscle memory. Follow your guts. When tackling an important issue, you have to arrive in a certain plan to beat the adversary and finish so strong. It’s your life on stake here.

Murphy’s Law

26387266454_aec9bb2b45_m“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” It’s a Trojan Horse sneaking in a backdoor, determined to ruin your well-laid (assuming) plan. That’s why we all have a so-called contingency plan. Keep this alternative approach solid, this last-minute call will decide between success or failure. Good for you if you succeeded, you must be tough! If you fail, pick a lesson out of it. It’s a perfect time not to fall down in slumber. When you’re in rock bottom, mark that pitfall then climb back – never to fall in the same well again. If you fall once, that’s okay. Twice in the same trap, you’ve been tricked. The only way to get rid of a trickster is to learn a lesson (in a hard way) in that particular situation.

Test the Water

26924602511_c3993cfdc4_zDon’t just plunge to your death (yet). Do what programmers usually do. They do some coding, compile, then they test – waiting for error. Simplicity is beauty. Provoke, see how it retaliate against you.

Hint: water’s depth depends on your depth. If it’s shallow, you have more experience to overcome. If it’s really deep, then your character is deep enough! That’s a compliment. You’ll feel what David felt in Psalm 42:7 in which deep calls unto deep. It’s  like you’re halfway in dealing with one problem and then another tough problem comes into view.

Call it fate, but I believe God will not give you problem more than you can handle [1 Cor. 10:13].

Reward Yourself

26924871961_2303f8cba0You deserve it. You’re human. Your mind can fool you into thinking that you’re indestructible, and before you know it you’re succumbing into depression. Keep yourself mentally and emotionally strong. Aside from having a positive outlook, rewarding yourself rejuvenates your passion. Think of it as a way of rebooting yourself. Pull out yourself from your usual busy schedule. Spend some quality time with your family, or cheat yourself with cuisine you love most. Whatever it is that you enjoy, go for it! You’ll be refreshed, ready to face the world again.

Life is supposed to be an exciting journey. It’s not easy to stay focus and maintain our composure in the midst of battle, but there’s where your character is being forged. Deciding under pressure is crucial for you, you’ve better be prepared. Out of all points I’ve given, prayer is the most important factor.

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