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The one with the Living Water

Passage: John 4:1-26
Worship: You’ll Never Thirst

I heard Anointed’s You’ll Never Thirst yesterday for the first time and it invited me back to the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman in John 4:1-26. The meaning of life is one of history’s age-old questions. The Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus has not found the answer to this question. Still, she responded positively by accepting Jesus’ invitation. Jesus said these powerful words to her and who can resist Him?

“Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst–not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” (v.13-14, MSG)

I believe everyone is seeking something and as my friend, Anthony, once shared: “Everyone has a hole in his heart that only Jesus can fill.” Indeed, Jesus is our living water and in him, we will never thirst again.

I thank the Lord for He has changed me in so many ways. I know that His work in my life is far from complete but everyday is a new encounter with him. It is so good to dwell in his presence and obey his precepts. I pray that He will help me to also influence others in seeing His goodness.

The one with Joshua and lessons on leadership

Passages: Numbers 13:1-33, 14:1-38, 27:12-23; Joshua 1:1-18
Praise: God so loved the world
Source: John Maxwell’s The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day

The long weekend has passed and it’s back to work again. I praise God for my work as He has blessed me with a job where I can contribute to the well being of people, specially students. Today’s passage is from the life of Joshua. When leadership is discussed in Christian circles, the life of Joshua are inevitably mentioned. There are several lessons about the nature of leadership we can learn from the life of Joshua. These are the ones that deeply touched me.

Leadership is influence. In the reading, all 12 spies were positional leaders in their tribes. However, we can see that position has nothing to do with being a true leader. It is the same in our life. Even if we have a leadership position, it does not mean that we have influence.

Leaders do no possess influence in every area. Joshua and Caleb, although filled with faith, were unable to influence the other 10 tribes to obey God. They were overpowered by the influence of the other 10 spies over these tribes.

Our influence is either positive or negative. As revealed in this account, the influence of the 10 unfaithful spies resulted in the punishment of their generation (i.e., die in the desert, walk around for 40 years). Leaders have a tremendous power to lead their followers to the promised land or to their own destruction.

Leadership is a choice, not an appointment. Although Joshua have failed in influencing the people early on in his life, he did not give up in trying to lead again. With his obedience to God and the power of the Holy Spirit, Joshua persevered and later succeeded in leading the people to the promised land. Jesus has promised us that we will be the head and not the tail. Christians are called to be leaders. It is not evil for us to desire to have a bigger sphere of influence for the sake of God’s kingdom.

All of us are in a position of leadership, one way or the other. (Fathers of the home, teachers of students, etc.). I remember an exchange between my older brother and my younger brother when they were having a spat. My older brother said: “You must respect me because I am older.” My younger brother responded: “Respect is not commanded but earned.” In some way, I see the wisdom of my younger brother’s response. To truly be a leader, one has to earn it by example. It is not the position that makes one influencial.

The one with Double Checking

Passage: 1 Samuel 23:2-4
Praise: My Heart Will Trust (by Ganns Deen)

In this passage, David asked the Lord twice about his direction. This may seem like a sign of lack of trust in God but in this case, David asked for a confirmation from God. Many times, when we are faced with major decisions in our life, God has a direction for us and we have a direction for ourselves. Many times, we mistake our emotional responses as a word from the Lord. That’s why it is important to ask God for confirmation.

Today, I am in the process of asking God about where he wants me to serve. During my visit to Victory New Manila, I got a feeling that this may be the place for me to serve. However, with today’s reading, I know that I must continue to pray to the Lord for his wisdom. Of course, I will serve together with my husband so I pray for a clear direction from Him for both of us.

Lyrics of My Heart Will Trust
Was it not Your mighty hand that put the stars into their place?
Was it not at Your command that dust became the human race?
Was it not your plan to dedicate the world to man?
I won’t be afraid,I will trust Your loving way.

Was it not Your tower of fire that led my fathers into light?
Was it not Your great desire for me to see Your might?
Please forgive me, Lord for all the doubts here in my mind
I’m yours to use, What have I to lose?

My heart will trust in You, my God
My heart will sing in the shadow of your wing
If I die to serve You
I’m ashes into dust
I rest assured, I will stay secure
And my heart will trust.

The one with Martha and Mary

Passage: Luke 10:41-42
Praise: Praise the Name of Jesus

It’s been a long time since I posted. The spam commenters discouraged me from posting. My husband, with his blogging prowess, did something to the settings which will lessen spam posts.

This passage about Mary and Martha’s actions when Jesus visited them speaks to me about the right attitude in approaching life. Many times, we make ourselves so busy with a lot of things–work, family, church, friends, entertainment, etc. that we forget that the most important part of our life is our relationship with God. Martha was concerned about cooking and preparing things for Jesus, thus, neglecting the more important activity of actually being with Jesus and talking to him.

Jesus, in his compassion, did not correct Martha harshly (This may be seen in his double address for Martha showing concern). In the passage, I specially appreciated Jesus’ statement “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Many times, our worries take our focus away from what is truly important–Jesus. In fact, if we lean on Him, there’s no mountain we can’t face and no problem unsolved. Because Jesus is sovereign, there is nothing to be worried about.

Praise Jesus for his gentleness, love and grace.

Prayer Request:

My father is suffering from an eye disease called glucoma. Please help me pray for his healing.

The One with Jesus at Gethsemane

Passage: Matt. 26: 36-46
Worship: All for Love

The last part of the worship song “All for Love” inspired me to reflect back on Jesus at Gethsemane. At that time, Jesus knew that Judas had betrayed him and He prayed to God if the cup of suffering may be taken away from him. Still, Jesus with all his love for me took the cup of suffering to save from from eternal separation from God. This expression of love cannot be explained in words but only felt in the Spirit.

Jesus, before going off to pray privately, instructed his disciples to keep watch for him. However, when he returned, he saw them sleeping (not once but 3 times!). Indeed, I had broken Jesus’ heart countless times when I was too lazy to heed his word. Many times, I followed my own instincts and chose not to trust him. Nevertheless, Jesus is gentle with me. He forgave me even if I have such a stubborn heart.

It is my prayer that I continue to see God’s love in my life and share this with others as well. I pray that I will not be shy to defend my faith and testify of His love. Jesus’ cross has brought me back to God. I want to share that discovery with others.

The one with Relying on God

Passage: 2 Chronicles 14:11
Praise: I Will Call Upon the Lord

Regardless of what or who our enemy is, the Lord is ever so willing to help us if we only rely on his strength and providence. Many times, I feel powerless in the face of certain situations. At times, I even feel oppressed and I know I’m not alone. However, I realize that I am very much blessed despite of hardships. Everyday, I learn to appreciate that God puts me in trying situations in order to polish me and mold my character.

Today’s word taught me that in good times and in bad, trusting God ensures that I am victorious. Asa prayed to God and God delivered him. This shows how important communicating to God is in our life. Prayer is our direct link to God. Without it, we cannot be strong. I am so blessed to have a living God who hears my prayers.

The one with Gladness

Passage: Psalms 21:6
Praise: He Has Made Me Glad

Today, I had another trying experience at work. On the onset, I felt myself shaking with frustration but I didn’t do anything. It took all my effort to calmly handle the problem and pray for God to help me. Now I realize that it doesn’t matter whether I got my way or not. I learned that I need God’s strength and understanding. Truly, when we are praying for something, God also test to see if we are serious in giving our burden to him. Because of my reaction, I now realize that I am yet to build my faith about the situation.

Today’s reading revealed to me that the Lord wants me to be glad in spite of problems because I am blessed in many ways. Today’s word teaches me to look at the bright side of being God’s child. This makes me realize how my everyday struggles are temporary and that what I look forward to for eternity is sooooo much better than this world. Yes! One day in the house of God is better than a thousand days in the world.

My heart’s desire is to mature into a Christian who is always glad in good times and in bad. One who trusts God completely and does not worry about things. I pray that my heart attitude change more each day and with God’s help, it is not impossible.