I just finished watching transformers 2 last week when I saw this youtube video. Gave me some laughs. Anyway I thought it made sense so I’m gonna post it here.
Daniel is usually renowned for his faith in God with his story about him and the lion’s den. I really enjoyed that story when I was a kid. Now that I’ve grown up I’ve come to appreciate and understand it a whole lot more. But what really got into my mind was his story about his cry for help from God.
This passage from Daniel 10 really intrigued me.
10Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.
11He said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you ” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
12Then he said to me, ” Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
13“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
Verse 11 says that Daniel was a man of high esteem. This really intrigued me because the next verse says that his words were heard and the angel has come in response to his words. Isn’t a response what we long for these days? A response to our prayers and requests?
Daniel, being a man highly esteemed by God was sent a response immediately after he prayed. The angel was only delayed by the prince (an fallen angel) of Persia. I desire God’s response in my life. What made Daniel a man highly esteemed? He set his heart on understanding what God wanted to reveal to him and he humbled himself before God.
By understanding the things God wanted to reveal to him, he was obeying what God purposed for him. By humbling himself before God, he was giving God all the glory that came with understanding these revelations.
Having a big responsibility as Daniel’s, we sometimes get carried away with our pride and we fail to remember God and His sovereignty in our lives. Daniel kept his eyes on God and even when he has done so many things in God’s favour, still he is humble (and that is coming from an angel of the Lord, not from himself).
Do you want God to respond to your prayers? Follow Daniel’s example. He changed me.
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Why did God save us?
Why send His one and only beloved Son down to Earth to suffer and die for us?
Doesn’t it seem just for God to just leave us be because of our everyday desire for our own selfish pleasure rooted in our sinful nature?
Isn’t it illogical that God would save us – people who have hurt Him so much and have defied His rule and justice in our lives? Even more illogical is the price He paid to save us – sending His own Son to be ridiculed, tortured and killed by the world who doesn’t acknowledge Him even up until now.
So why save us? Why save such sinful people?
If God saved us for the wrong reasons, it’ll be devastating. Imagine all of the reasons God can have to save humankind. But God could have no other reason than the one which speaks of Himself – His nature.
God is love. We no longer have the ability to comprehend the word “love” in our world today anymore because of how the world has changed, defaced, cheapened and defiled its meaning and what it stands for. Love – true love is the reason that God saved us. And this is to glorify Himself, showing His nature in doing so. That of all the nature that God has in Him, the greatest is love.
God saved us because He loves us – simple as that, and yet so complex if you really think about it. He loves us so much that He wants us to see His glory. God’s glory is the reason we are saved. He is glorified when He loves a people such as us. Unruly, stiff-necked, rooted in sin, and yet God’s grace is infinite and most powerful to forgive us of ourselves. Isn’t it amazing how this is possible? I cannot comprehend it, and that’s why there’s faith.
It’s such a relief and joy to me that God didn’t save us for any other reason than His unconditional love for us. His love saved me.
Think about it.
Christianity –what comes into your mind when you hear the word? What is Christianity for you? For the world today, Christianity is a religion. A set of rules and traditions that teaches how to get to heaven, or at least how not to go to hell. Christianity has become a religion that is feared and at the same time looked down upon by people because of the long set of rules they think they have to mindlessly follow and because most of the people who call themselves Christians aren’t showing the grace we should be showing. Instead, Christians are either self-righteous or disobedient to what the Bible says.
A lot of people don’t care what it is because they don’t see it in the lives of the people who call themselves “Christians” the evidence of being who they profess they are. Why become a Christian when there’s no seeming difference anyway?
Sometimes we make Christianity as simple as the way we think we can go to heaven. Well, let me tell you that it’s not. It is not even a set of rules and traditions we have to follow. It is a relationship with God. A relationship with someone whom you confessed to be your “Lord” and your “Savior”. Many people confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior but don’t act like they have a Lord at all.
When you call someone your “Lord” it is only logical that you obey what that person says. Now if you only fear that person you call “Lord” just for the heck of calling him your “Lord”, then you will only obey him to the extent that you think he will see you or find out. But if you can get away with it, then you’ll try to slip by.
But when you confess Him as your “Lord” from your heart – meaning you really mean it because you love Him, then you will obey even in the little things you think you can get away with.
Christianity is a relationship. It’s not a set of rules you have to follow. It isn’t ruled by fear but by love. If you really love God, you will obey. If you only fear Him, chances are you will compromise and try to get away with the little things you think won’t matter.
How does a relationship grow? Through communication. How does God communicate with you? Through His Word. How do you communicate with God? Through prayer. Read your Bible and Pray everyday. It’s cliché I know, but it’s the only way you will grow in your relationship with God.
Christianity was never about how to get to heaven or how to avoid hell. It’s a relationship with God. See the difference?
Got a little captain in you? Hahahaha! XD
Got this from Trek
I just think it’s cool
So now we know how Ice Man does it!
“There is wisdom in silence.” I love to say that to talkative people. It is a very good advice – even to people who are good communicators. There will always be a flaw in our way of speaking not because knowledge is flawed in itself but because our attitude and pride defiles the output of our knowledge as we convert it outwardly – it sometimes turn into cunning and slyness instead of wisdom.
There are some things better left unsaid
Some things better left unknown
The Knowledge Option
Maybe that’s why God didn’t want us to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil because He knows that we can’t know it all. Some things will harm us or at least cause more harm than good. God in His awesome Glory spoke through the prophets something that boggled my mind. He said “…it didn’t even enter my thoughts…” he said that about human sacrifice – the sacrificing of babies to wooden idols they call “gods”
In life, this can be also true. There are some things that when you start to know, it will bother you and slowly eat you up, especially when you let yourself dwell in it. When you start to think about it. Those things are dangerous to know. They work like poison in the mind. And even worse than poison, they make you change your point of view to a worse direction. There are things better left unknown.
Why do we always want to try to know everything. Is it because we want to glorify God? Because of curiosity? Because of pride – wanting to know more than others so you can brag about it? Or just because…? Knowing everything is not important. It is how you apply and use what you know – in wisdom for God’s glory.
It is a Discipline
Some things are better left unsaid – that is taken for granted by our generation today. Especially the “Emotional” people. They tend to voice out what they want to, either in action or in words. We tend to say the things we want to say because it “feels” good. But emotions are fleeting, and you will be accountable of every word you say.
Controlling your tongue isn’t an easy thing to do. It might even be the hardest discipline you can apply to your life – but it is a discipline that people will respect. It is something that will help you through in life. Know when to speak, know when to let other people know and know when to be silent and hold your tongue.
Even people in church have a problem with this. Even I have a problem with this. We all fall and fail. We have to manage our disciplines in life. This is one of the disciplines that I know will help me through. I know it’s true for me. And it will most probably be true for you too.
Geneticists say that the difference in the human DNA with a Chimp’s is just 1.82%
Imagine that, a 1.82% difference! Usually we shrug off a 1.82% right? With safeguard cleaning 99% of all germs, we still buy it (What’s 1% germ anyway!) right? What the heck could go wrong with 1.82%?
From a human to a Chimpanzee
We are 1.82% short of looking like a Chimp. If God committed a 1.82% mistake, we’d be as ugly as they are. Imagine, just a 1.82 mistake in your DNA and you’d be a chimp? Civilization will never be, our arts, our music wouldn’t exist. Our DNA has to be 100% precise for us to possibly exist. God made it possible.
From Chimpanzee to sin
For God, our lives look the same as a 1.82% difference would make us a chimp. A small portion of sin in our lives, even just 1.82% of it will ultimately make us as dirty in God’s eyes as a human is unimaginably compared to a chimp. God demands Holiness in our lives, which means a 100% setting aside our lives for Him.
One sin is already enough to make us a bad sight in the God’s eyes. Imagine how precise God is. He is a perfect God and we are created in His image and likeness. Only our sinful desires rooted in our sinful nature make us incapable of perfection. Otherwise God created us perfectly, therefore we are capable of pleasing Him in a perfect way.
The point is…
God didn’t make us to be chimpanzees. He really set in His mind to create men – in His image and likeness. He made us and designed us. He knows our functions and purposes and He knows exactly what we are capable of. He knows us.
And His main design for our lives is already written in His word. His manual for life. To live like human beings, we have to know what being human is about. The Bible, the Word of God, claims that it knows what to be human is about – it is actually the only book to do so.
My challenge to you guys
Is that you live a life that is Holy and pleasing to Him. Everyday in every way. Don’t compromise. Compromise makes you a chimp – and don’t even think they’re cute. Just don’t.
Bruce Lee plays ping pong with Nunchuckoo. And gets to beat his opponents. Maybe the ping pong ball is made of hard material, coz if it’s plastic it’ll probably break or get flattened.
One word: “Imba”