born again

Born Again.

Such a controversial label. Such a controversial term. Yet one that is powerful. One that holds a lot of promise.

Too many people have been persecuted for this label. Too many have been misunderstood. Yet for those who understood it; those who embraced it – there is much freedom.

When I began to understand what being born again means, it dawned on me what predestination is.

While we claim that Christianity and getting saved is a choice we make, I really can’t help but be convinced that it is also a revelation that God makes or gives to each one. I have seen many people – mostly friends and even family – make that decision to accept Jesus. At the height of an emotional setting, perhaps overcame by the music or the feel of the event, or perhaps pressured by the others who respond to the altar call, they also make the decision to accept Christ.

And yet, weeks after, when the spiritual high fades off, they are back to their old habits – forgetting that they committed their lives already to Jesus.

What happened?

Sometimes I wonder if the conversion was real? If the decision to follow Jesus, to commit their lives to him was indeed, in fact, sincere. It’s different from Christians who simply lost fire and zeal. These Christians at least know that they are still saved and are aware that they are missing out on God by being distant.

But the ones I am talking about, they are not even aware that they are missing out on anything. They didn’t even experience the hunger.

I imagine being born again as being revealed something so wonderful you suddenly grew very hungry for it. You want to know more. You yearn for more.

You cannot be satisfied. Your spirit was suddenly awakened and you became so hungry. Hungry for God’s Word. And so you do everything necessary to learn more about the truth.

Sadly, I’ve seen people be born again yet continue to live spiritually dead lives. And I wonder, where they ever born again in the first place?

Principles of Growth and Increase

Reflections from the Message delivered by Ptr. Cawir Ginting

Every man and woman was created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). This doesn’t mean we are God but rather that we have God’s potential inside us.

Knowing the potential within, we must have a vision for our future

A man without vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.

Ptr. Cawir Ginting

Our vision is the picture of our future. In order for this vision to be fulfilled we must be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the one who’ll guide us to have a blueprint for our lives. He is the one who will give us direction and wisdom on how we can fulfill our vision.

Sometimes our visions seem too long in coming especially if it is big. But as Habakkuk 2:3 says “If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.”

We may feel that our vision is slow in coming but actually God has a perfect timing and according to His timing it won’t be delayed.

When God says something it will come to pass.

When man saya something it depends on the situation.

Ptr. Cawir

We can always trust God to fulfill our visions that we have aligned with His will. All we need is to have faith in Him by fixing our eyes on Jesus.

When our focus is on Jesus, then we won’t be swayed by whatever situation we come across because we know that surely our vision will come to pass. Why? Because when Jesus died on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins, He also gave us freedom to become children on God – the descendants of Abraham pertained in the Bible to whom God has made an everlasting covenant and promise to prosper and always succeed.

In order to experience growth and increase we must become effecive and productive. This we achieve by following what Peter said in 2 Peter 1:5-8:

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.

The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:5-8 (NLT)

We must make effort to develop our faith by supplementing it with goodness that is readily visible; with knowledge that we acquire through continuous learning; with self-control and disciple; with perseverance and resilience – always bouncing back even when life hits us hard; with holiness; and with brotherly love for one another.

Our High Priest

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weakness but we have one who has been tempted in every way just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:15-16

Jesus understands what we went through and what we are going through. He became fully human so that we may be able to relate to Him and see how it is possible to overcome our obstacles through his grace and power.

Because of Jesus we can approach God’s presence with confidence and know that He can use our mistakes in the past for good and be assured that our future is secure in His hands.

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The Greatest Decision

Everyday we make decisions: Minor ones like where to eat, what to wear, etc. and major ones concerning our careers, relationships, etc.

Do you know what the greatest decision you can make? It is regarding your faith — believing and accepting Jesus as personal Lord and Savior.

Joel 2:32 says “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”

And who is this Lord?

Romans 10:9 — If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead then you will be saved.

Happy and blessed Monday ahead!

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Eyes on Jesus

Let us “fix our thoughts on Jesus”

Hebrews 3:1

In the face of trials and challenges, despite the myriad of national issues and political uncertainties, there is a truth we can cling to — the promises of Jesus as is written in the Bible. It is the source of our hope and peace that everything is in control – not ours, but His.

Freedom

Bound to be free.

Jesus set us free from the shackles of our sins. He freed us so we can live the life God has intentioned for us to have.

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bound to be free

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him.”

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.

Lamentations 3:22-25

Blessed to be a Blessing

Today I discovered another verse in the Bible that tells us to be a blessing to others.

Titus 3:14 says Our people have to learn to be diligent in their work so that all necessities are met (especially among the needy) and they don’t end up with nothing to show for their lives. (MSG)

We must work excellently in our jobs and our businesses not just for ourselves but for others as well.

Meditation

“By Your words I see where I am going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.” Psalm 119:105 (MSG)

Clearly, there is the need to meditate on God’s Word day and night and make it a discipline and a habit.

Hind’s Feet

Today I am reminded to always rejoice in the Lord no matter the circumstances.

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle on the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18

v19 “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer. He enables me to go on the heights.

Lord, give me hind’s feet that I may not stand still in the face of terror but rather I may walk and make progress through my suffering, trouble, responsibility and anything else trying to hold me back.