Live in harmony

I was in the shower just now and meditating on what God has shown me these past few months about accepting differences. He created each person differently, and so are their experiences, their culture, their mindset, etc. So there’s no way a person will understand completely about other people. The problem in our society, or on a smaller scale, in our communities these days is people trying so hard to understand other people who are different than theirs. And then, they ended up making a shaky conclusion about that matters by labeling or stereotyping or judging basically, acting like they know about other people. In fact, we don’t know!

STOP JUDGING AND PUSHING

Pushing our ‘truth’ to others will just create problems (I learned it the hard way, btw). I feel like we as Christians have to stop treating this Jesus thing as if it’s a cheap thing. Stop selling it as if God needs them, and not otherwise. Faith is a gift (1 Corinthians 12:9). People who haven’t understand will not accept it, no matter what you do or say. We have to stop pushing it at our own pace and just believe in His timing. For everything there’s a season, right? So pray instead and let God do His thing.

Furthermore, one thing I always believe is that everything God created is good, including every single person in this world. And so, don’t easily judge other people. Your truth might not be the whole truth. There’re always more stories behind everything you see in this world. At the same time, don’t let other people’s opinions define you. Don’t let the world create your identity!

The problem with people these days is they think they know people, but yet they don’t know their own identity. That’s why suicides rate has gone really high these past few years (it’s doubled from the previous generation, according to Barna book about Gen Z). Even success and money couldn’t resist it. Why? It’s because we can only make sense of our lives if we know our own identity: Who created us? What is our purpose? How we do it? Why do we wanna do it? Where?

LOVE AND ACCEPT MORE

“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?”

(Micah 6:8)

Instead of judging and pushing, love more, accept others. Show them mercy. Do everything justly. Let them see Jesus’ love in you so that they will follow you, voluntarily and without struggles. Take no interest in converting other people’s belief or opinions. But instead, love them and show them that Jesus is love and that we can really learn from Him. Show them that knowing your God will make you better and not bitter.

Pray for them! Praying is the most humble thing to do. You don’t do things with your own strength, because you realize you can’t anyway. Instead, involve God in every aspect of your life, every decision, every thing.

God bless you,

Naomi

 

NOTE: I’m going to Indonesia the day after tomorrow for a leadership training and Empowered21 Asia conference in Jakarta. If you’re willing, please pray for me. I will really appreciate it.

 

Personal calling

I just came back from IAOGI (Independent Assemblies of God International) Canada National Convention 2018 last week. This is my first conference since I got ordained in January this year. And it was pretty life-changing since God was speaking to me through every session, giving me confirmations and answering my questions. These past few days, He stirred my heart so much about ‘personal calling’ and that’s what I’m gonna share today.

I mean, have you ever think about it? What is the purpose of your life? If you haven’t think about it, you better do it soon. ‘Cause it is what makes your life worth living!

IT IS PERSONAL

Personal calling has the word ‘personal’ in it for a reason. It is meant to be personal, you guys! It is specifically for you and there’s no one in this world can do it better than you. You may see the vision that God has put in you as something too big for you to handle. Or you may think less of yourself and thought of someone else to be the better candidate for it. But guess what? It is for you and there’s no one can do it better than you!

Isn’t that amazing that He wants you and only you? *sobs*

It is also personal in a sense of no one will understand you for this. Your surroundings maybe don’t get it. Your loved ones may not support it but that’s okay. You don’t need to push them to accept it or beg them to help you do it. Each and every one of us has our own portions of His heart. So focus on yours and let them do theirs. Let Holy Spirit work in them and reveal what theirs.

BE READY TO RECEIVE

The thing with visions is, most of the time, the spiritual vision that God puts in your heart is in contrast to the situation you’re in. And that’s pretty normal. It’s needed to grow our faith in Him, to know that He is a living God.

Instead of drowning in confusion, try to focus on what God directs you to do in this season. He who has put His vision in your heart is the One who will work in you. He will lead you to do it step by step. He’ll open the doors for you and provide what you need. He’ll empower you and put His Spirit in you.

This is the time when we have to exercise our faith in Him and be a mature Christian. Trust Him in the time of uncertainties and helpless situations. Try to find more convictions and confirmations on His visions in you. Remember His faithfulness and grace in your life. He is a God who always delivers His promises, isn’t He?

BE BOLD!

Lastly, don’t be ashamed of His visions in your life! Don’t be ashamed of what you are and what you do, as long as you do it for Him who deserves all the glory. About this, we’re the only one who knows about this. It’s between you and God. So check on the motivations of our hearts regularly. Use vulnerability and humility as our coverings.

And if you have done it, you don’t need to be hesitant to share about His missions in your life. The persecution will come as Jesus said in Mark 10:29-30, but as Roberts Liardon said in the convention, “If you’re gonna be persecuted anyway, might as well do it first class!” And to me, that means to do it boldly.

 

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

(1 Corinthians 1:26-27)

 

Be strong in the grace,

Naomi

 

Trust Him in the lions’ den

Last week as I was reading the book of Daniel, I stumbled on the scripture about Daniel’s cast into the lions’ den.

Daniel was doing perfectly fine at that time. He was given the power and authority. He received favor and was trusted by the King because of his faithfulness. And somehow, his peers envied him and made a plot against him. They misled the King to make a rule against Daniel’s religious principle. In short, the King was forced to punish Daniel by casting him into a den of lions.

Does it sound familiar? When your life finally feels alright. You are content. You finally can see fruits of what you’re doing or fight for. You know that it brings glory to the Lord. And……….BAMMMM!! All of sudden, you’re facing the test of your faith. Something that forces you to do something out of His will. Something that pushes you to compromise. Or else, it will cause you trouble.

I’ve read this story for so many times but I’m particularly moved by a part of the Scripture:

“And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”

(Daniel 6:23b)

He put His trust in God and didn’t compromise his religious principles. He even declared His confidence in Him (Daniel 6:10), but God didn’t deliver him right away from the lions’ den. The scripture shows us that he was still cast into the den of lions, but no wound was found on him!

I believe that we sometimes are having the same situation as Daniel. And it feels like even though we have done what’s right, we still need to experience the moment of great pressures and terrors. We still need to pay the price of our faith in Him. But please know that if you believe in God, He will deliver us safely throughout that season, with no wound. This wound may refer to frustration, the trauma of the incident, the bitterness to someone whom God’s using to sharpen us, a disappointment to God, or any kinds or scar in our soul.

“But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,  their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.  If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”

(1 Corinthians 3:10b-15)

Trust Him that this season is meant for good. That it’s truly needed to exercise our faith and prepare us for the glory that will come later. And that, He will not let the devil harm us in any way.

_One day, you will look back on this season and know that you are truly blessed, and not because things were perfect but because you found perfect grace even in the worst of it._

 

Let’s keep on trusting Him,

Naomi