Posts Tagged ‘Happy’


2 Corinthians 7:1, 9-11
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God… yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.

Start of another new week here in Vancouver and as time flies, so do missed opportunities to serve God and I thank God for His patience with us even as we sluggishly serve Him. This morning, my passage of scripture was a confirmation yet again about the purpose of suffering in our faith walk. Many will disagree with me and I ask the many to seek God in His fullness just as I am learning to. First Paul talks about what our faith walk must be like by saying that we should cleanse ourselves mind, body and spirit of everything that prevents us from doing so and we should become holy in reverence for God. This is quite the ask and is impossible for us to do on our own. How then does God accomplish this in us?

Suffering is something we have always looked down upon, prayed against, and begged God to take away from us. Yet God permits suffering in our lives and we wonder why? Paul in his 1st letter to the Corinthians was very harsh and in doing so brought about a revival in the church that glorified God. For God, purifying us to become like Him is what counts as we are going to share eternity in His presence. For Christ to live in God’s presence every moment, He has to be holy and has to love God beyond everything else. This is the same for us and to change us, God uses trials and tribulations because this life is the training grounds for the wonderful life after. Are you sorrowful, hurting, suffering? Get on your knees now and ask God to reveal what changes He wants in you to make you more like Him. Stop looking at suffering as an issue but instead look at suffering as an opportunity to learn and grow in the Lord.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Romans 6:19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification


Mark 1:35-39
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

After studying the gospel of Matthew, we now begin a new journey through the gospel of Mark. As I read the chapter, I noticed that Mark has a very concise style of writing and seems to include a lot in little space, something that I should probably be doing 🙂 What seemed amazing to me today is to note that Jesus, even though the Son of God, always sought the Lord God in prayer in a quiet and solitary place. Jesus with all his wisdom, abilities to heal, bless and transform people spent time with his father in prayer and that made me ask what that meant for us?

I believe we are seekers because we are constantly looking for something. When we are happy, we seek to keep things that way so as not to loose our happiness, and when we are down, we seek a way back to happiness. Some of us know the Lord and therefore seek his help to resolve our issues and bring us back to a place of comfort but this may not be the same when we are happy. Jesus during his ministry constantly sought the father whether in times of achievement or brokenness. Even though he was God’s own son and had all the power and authority in heaven, he still acknowledged his father in all things and this is something we need to do too. Do you have a quiet time with the Lord daily and do you share your joys and sorrows with him? He seeks to have a relationship with us and calls us with open arms.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

 

A Quiet Place