Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MOD: Courageous by Sherwood Pictures

Hallo! I just got so blessed today with this movie that I would not want to end this day without promoting it. So here is my very first MOD (Movie Of the Day)... XD

Everyone has a father, or, atleast once had a father. We will not be in this world if we don't have one, right? As a kid, I adore my dad for being so smart, for working hard, for his talent, for taking me to the park, for doing my essays, for attending my graduation, for supporting my needs, etc. But, there are also times that I hate him and that is during those times that he gets mad at me, but I love him and that won't change. Now, I am married and have a son, it would great to see these men of my life, my Dad, my Hubby and my Son, doing their purpose as a man and doing their calling as a son of God.

In the movie Courageous, the producers of the film aimed to show how God wants a man to be like when he became a father. It also shows that as a person, men are not perfect, men do have their ups and downs, and men are also humans who knows how to cry. The five men of the film portrayed 5 different lives with one main purpose, being a father. We all know that fathers are supposed to support the needs of their family. They work hard to earn money. They would be willing to do anything, just to feed those hungry stomachs. Fathers also have an ego that they care about. This ego may lead them to being the best father or may also make them the worst father to their kids or husband to their wives.

What I love about this movie is that it gave me a hope that it is not hard for a man to be changed according to how God wants them to be, it just take enough courage for them to get down on their knees. It proves that being courageous is not about owning a gun, having a louder voice than any other member of the family, and most of all not just about being the head of the family. True courage is about accepting that you are weak, that you need help, that you want to cry, that you are sorry, and most of all, that you need a Saviour.

Aside from that, the movie also shared that Integrity is better than Loyalty and emphasized that a man's true richness as a father is not measured on how much money they have, rather what kind of family they have built.

Here is the trailer of the film Courageous, hope you'll be able to watch the movie soon. God bless! :)

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 NIV 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mould Me: Wedging Part1

Wedging. "A procedure for preparing clay or a clay body by hand: the lump of clay is repeatedly thrown down on a work bench; between each operation the lump is turned and sometimes cut through and rejoined in a different orientation. The object is to disperse the water more uniformly, to remove lamination and to remove air." -  according to Wikipedia
Hallo! Today I will be reflecting on the sermon that God gave me through Sermon Central website entitled Basic Training for Disciples. Yey! I found a training guide, thanks be to God!

It seems like it was made for ME...

When I saw the Title of this sermon I did not think twice, I just click on it, expecting I'll find a long list of do's and don'ts but I was wrong. Never under estimate the Power of God ever! :) What I found is like a double edged sword that hits me directly into my EGO! You've read it right, my E-G-O. To make the long message short here is the conclusion of the Author:

There are four important things on Jesus’ list to know about basic training for disciples. A disciple never puts a stumbling block in the spiritual path of others. A disciple forgives quickly and often. A disciple exercises faith and demonstrates faithfulness. Do you claim to be a disciple of Jesus?

That Sermon leads me to Pottery Step 1: Wedging - the clay preparation. God is so great and is really a Potter at work and He exactly knows the procedure of Pottery. God knows that I am not a perfect clay, that I have my lumps everywhere. Being a clay, it is not that easy to understand that my Potter needs to throw me on His work bench, cut me and rejoin me in a different orientation. It will hurt for sure, just like what He did today through the Sermon.

Guilty of  Key No. 2: A disciple forgives quickly and often.

I am keeping this big hatred to one of my sisters in Christ. She did something to me that made me lose my trust on her. I always say I forgive her but forgetting what she did is not an easy thing to do. Forgiveness is not just a single topic in the bible, in fact it is almost one of the crucial topic in the bible. Jesus even gave a parable for the Forgiveness topic (see The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, NIV)

In the Sermon, the Author emphasized:

Forgiveness is not a feeling or an emotion–it is a choice. It is your decision not to want to punish that person for what they’ve done to you. The Bible word for forgiveness is aphemi, meaning to “cancel the debt” or “set one forever free from the obligation.” Our forgiveness should be a reflection of the forgiveness God offers us. He places our sins behind our back and remembers them no longer. I’ve heard people say, “Well, I’ll forgive them, but I won’t forget it.” If you actively choose to continue to remember what that person has done to you, you haven’t truly forgiven them. - David Dykes
Yes, God forgave me and He did not even look back at what I did, but He always gives me a chance to step forward. He was like, "Go ahead, don't mind what you did to me, don't look back, I want you to move forward". So who am I not to do the same to my breathren?

I want to follow Christ

On my previous post, I commit to follow Christ because I want to be God's Servant. Christ said in Matthew 6:14-15:

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
If following Him would mean I need to give up my E-G-O, which is a good thing, then I would like to do it. Facing my breathren and forgiving her is not that easy task for me. I would need so much courage and encouragement, yet it is written that through Christ we can do all things, and I must walk the Word if I want to follow Christ... So I will be doing it!

I believe that God will not be throwing me, cutting me and rejoining me to a different orientation for nothing. Our Potter knows that the reason for doing it is because He want to make the clay perfect for moulding. As a clay, I must trust my Potter enough and believe that HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING. 

I'll be wonderfully and uniquely made.

Yet you, Lord are our Father. We are the clay and you are the potter; we are all work of Your hand - Isaiah 64:8

Friday, March 9, 2012

Mould Me: Becoming a Servant of God 101

Hi there! Since you are reading this blog it means we both have the same desire.. to become God's Servant. Welcome to my page!

My New Journey

I have been one of God's Servant but then I Quit to my ministries I've discussed the reasons here: Serving God: Motives (A Confession) . I realized that my motives of being God's Servants during that time are not that genuine, that is why I started my new journey by searching for some guidelines or blogs that may help me to become a Servant of God. Finding it seems so hard to do, there are so many verses, so many words yet one thing that is common among those articles that I visited is that, Jesus Christ is the best guide if I want to become God's Servant.

Woah!.... I don't know if I will be able to follow exactly how Jesus Christ do His ministries and how to have the character that He has during His life on earth...but I believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Since, I will be imitating Christ as a Servant, well He is really the best coach that can give me the right strength and determination that I would need throughout my journey.

Then here is where I would start...

I would like to learn from my previous mistakes. One of my biggest mistakes is that I have never been a good follower. I went directly to becoming a servant without checking whether I am being a good follower of Christ at the same time I tend not to fully submit to my leaders. I might be seen attending the church but there are so many sins that I tend to hide in me and when I'm out of the church those sins are like smoke finding it's way out.

My Companions and Weapons

I know I cannot take this journey alone so I would really want to have some companions and most of all weapons.

God the Father - who else can accompany me in imitating Jesus but the Father Himself. If God was able to guide His first leaders during the Old testament, I believe He can guide me as well.
The Holy Spirit - it is the Spirit that anoint Jesus during His baptism, and it is the Spirit that Jesus left to His disciples.
Jesus Christ - I want to build that intimate relationship with Christ and want him to be with me all the way, because I just feel safe knowing that He is with me.
The Bible - the sword of God, with His Words I know I will find the strength because those are testimonies of how gracious God is to those who trust in Him and believes in Jesus.
The Internet - if there is one thing that I would love about internet, it is the capability to search and search and search without sweating. There are alot of articles out there that are written by experienced people when it come to serving God and I want to take advantage of this technology for the success of my journey.
Sincere Prayer - A prayerful Christian is a strong Christian. I want to have a dedicated time of the day wherein I can have that little prayer that will help me go a long way. I will be setting 3:00 - 3:05 PM as my quiet time and my time to stop everything that I am doing and have that one heart deep prayer.

I think that's it for now, I do hope that God will bless this task that I'll be doing and somehow be a blessing to you as well. God bless! :)

Isaiah 64:8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Serving God: Motives (A Confession)

I once desired to be God's servant during my baby Christian days. I want to be one of God's singer, like to be a part of God's Music Ministry. During those times, I had no idea of what it's like to be God's servant, all I know is I love music, I've been a choir member in  my school, and I want to be one of the choir members of my church. Why? Because it looks so cool and I have a crush on one of the choir members.

Have you seen my motives there? A not so Christ like motive right?

Yeah, I hate to admit it, but that is the truth and that truth is somehow still running in my blood as of the moment.

5 years ago we moved to another church and there I was given an opportunity to be God's Song Leader... (quite a big jump huh?) Yah, a Song Leader of a small house church. That is the beginning of all my ministries. After that I was assigned to other ministries like Youth Ministry Leader, Treasury, then become a Youth Pastor, and Youth Elder at the same time. Whew! Quite alot of ministries huh?...

And now, I officially "Quit" from all of my ministries. :(

So, why did I "Quit"?

I decided to leave all my ministries for good... During those times of being a Servant, I don't think I have lived on the right motives at all time. Sometimes I do it because I am assigned to do it. Sometimes I do it because I want to prove something, and worst I do it because I just need to, kinda obligation for me. But don't get me wrong, there are also times I do it for the Love of Christ and our Father above together with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

I love to be in God's ministry... I just hate the thought of not doing it purely according to God's purposes.

I love God and I want to walk according to His will, not mine. I want to win over these wrong motives in my heart and be guided and moulded by my Potter.

It hurts alot to realize these things, but I am glad that God made me realize my motives.

Moving Forward...

I believe that God's Words are true and His promises endures forever. I believe that God have that great power that can won over my wrong motives. I want to see His power working on me and I want the world to see it, not by me declaring it but by them seeing it. Just like what Jesus told the man with leprosy after healing him. (see: Mark 1:40-50)

As a clay, we must let our Potter to mould us according to His will. A good clay knows how to surrender everything to his/her Potter. A stiff and dry clay will be hard to mould, so we must let our Potter to mix us accordingly for He knows how to create a wonderful pot from a clay.

Will I be back to my ministries?

Yes, definitely and that is in God's perfect time.

Have you been in this situation? How are you doing now? Are there any advice you can give me? Your comments are very much welcome!