Friday, January 16, 2009

Daily Digest #208

Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise." —Luke 23:43

I hope you're doing great today. I just got back from Chiang Mai! It was a great privilege to praise and worship God with a huge Christian community up north (the size was unbelievable, considering Thailand is a Buddhist country) AND Hillsong Australia as our worship leader! :D

Joyce Meyer, who led the conference and night crusade in Chiang Mai, made her testimony on God's power and love in her life. Like most of us, she has gone through a lot, and the more her situation and choices led her farther away from God, the clearer she realized her calling for His purpose. She talked about how fear stops us to do what we are called to do in our everyday lives, that we may all be walking round and round the same circle, always hoping for something or someone to pull us out but never really doing anything about it (read John 5:1-14, re The Healing at the Pool). I was also reminded of the verse 2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. God uses our weaknesses -- they serve as a bridge between ourselves and Him, so that we may build a closer relationship with God through His son Jesus Christ.

For this, let us pray. May we not let fear rule our lives. May we look up to God and believe that we are special, and loved, and here for His purpose. May we start the day with thanks and praise, and glorify His name in everything that we do. May we truly believe that nothing is impossible with God. May we open our eyes, mind and heart to all opportunities of knowing and serving Him. May we not worry ourselves with what we don't have, focus on our own blessings and use them for His glory. May we not waste any more time, seeking help and love and comfort in the wrong places. God is here, arms wide open, saying "I love you". Pray always.

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