Lights! Repentance! OBEDIENCE!

Alrighty, so the reason I’m writing this is because I went for young adults meeting last night and we had an interesting discussion about how God works.

You see, we tend to treat God as a ‘Cosmic Consultant’. What that means is that we ask God if we’re doing the right thing, but we’re actually just hoping God to ‘bless everything we do’ instead of actually asking if we’re on the right track. Which also means that when God does consult us, we just ignore it or give excuse, and continue on the same  path. At the end of the discussion, these were a few things I’ve learned.

Firstly, God asks for obedience in the amount of truth He has revealed to us (or shined light upon. or convicted us.). So if He has convicted us in a lot of things and if our knowledge of the word of God is strong, it means He expects us to be obedient in that amount. But if some of us don’t really know His word and His laws and His teachings and His ways, but we did still get convicted for one or two things, He only expects obedience in those one or two things. We don’t fail by knowing less. He expects us to respond in obedience according to the amount of light that He has already shed on our life. ‘Light’ as in knowledge of His character, who we are in Him, and His laws and ways.

Secondly, the more obedient we are, the more we are ready for more light. And God will slowly reveal more to us. As I said, as light reveals, we could be more aware of His character, who we are in Him, or anything about His laws and how He works. But to those who choose to be disobedient and give excuse, or are just so blind that they don’t think God’s revelation to the situation is better, God will take back what light we have. Slowly of course. Like a Light Dimmer Switch. Either you get more and more light, or less and less. The more you disobey, the more blinded you are to God’s light and truth. The more you obey, the more we see truth. Gradually. This is so real to my experiences in my Christian walk. I tend to go into a time or season of more disobedience and sin. When I do, I will sin more, I will notice God and His love less. I will say the wrong things, hurt people, and choose to be offended as well. Like a downward spiral. The more I sin, the more I sin. But when I choose to come back to God, overcome immoral temptations and choose to love, I see God’s beauty around me more, I feel hope and purpose, I’m more sensitive to God’s peace and guidance, I even say the right things to people to make them feel better without me knowing. Like an upward spiral. I don’t know where I am personally now though. I’m in a pretty confusing place. But we’ll talk about that next time.

Thirdly, I found from the scriptures (I forgot which scripture. I’m sorry!) is that repentance is a big key. Okay, sure, repentance has always been the big key. All the pastors have repeated this over and over. Even I have repeated this to the teens I’m teaching. But, there are two things about repentance that are… more clear to me. Not new, just more clearly defined. Firstly, repentance is not only an act of obedience, it is acting in obedience. Hmm… I’m not sure if I said it the way I am thinking it now. Let me redefine that… (I didn’t think about how to present this properly)… Repentance is when we act in obedience. Hmmm… If we don’t act in obedience, it’s not called repentance. Okay, I think you know my drift. Repentance and obedience are directly connected. So God asks us to repent and turn from our sins. Because that is the meaning or repentance. An act of obedience. A response to conviction. But don’t worry (like I always do. Aaron Stop it!), God didn’t ask us to “Repent and be perfectly free from sin! For if thou hast sinned still, repent thou didnst!” No, don’t beat yourself up and say that you didn’t repent honestly enough just because you fell back into the same sin. God asks us to turn from sin. The action of turning from sin and running from temptation requires time, energy, planning, support, prayer, and a whole lot of fighting. Second thing about the word repentance. Repentance is not asking for forgiveness. I repeat, repentance is NOT the act of asking for forgiveness. Asking forgiveness is a small part and maybe the first part of repentance, but not THE act of repentance. I’m sorry if I’m teaching something different from what your church has taught you. That would be my bad. Not anyone else. This is what I’ve learned from the bible, which I could have messed up big time. It’s up to you guys to teach me. From what I’ve learned, repentance is obedience. Asking for forgiveness is part of what God has asked us to do, but once we are sure of God’s forgiveness, which we can always be sure of, the real act of repentance is obedience. The reason why this was highlighted as something I knew but are suddenly more clear to me is because I always hear people talk about repentance as a guilt trip and begging for mercy. God doesn’t reveal to us our wrongs to make us feel bad. He wants us to turn our foolish ways and do the right thing which is also the smart thing. We need to focus on being obedient rather than fighting sin. We need to focus on thanking God instead of doing the guilt trip all the time. Sigh, this is so me haha. I can’t believe God has to use me to speak to myself… Anywho…

I hope this long post has spoken to you like the discussion last night has spoken to me. And I hope to blog more. If you have any questions for me to answer about my life or about any difficulty you have with God’s word, or how it applies to life (I love discussing life), feel free to ask. It would probably give me more to blog about anyways. If this has helped, do give it a thumbs up. Click the subscribe button to be up to date with new content. And click on my face for more goodness from previous posts.

Funny Bunnies Money Sunny Love Language Is My Topic-ish

Hello Funny Bunnies! That title was just a lame marketing scheme to attract visits. This post will have nothing to do with bunnies or funnies.

So recently I had a dream of a friend of mine. I woke up feeling pretty good about that dream. It wasn’t any ordinary dream. I’m pretty excited to tell you about it. It went a little like this:-

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She (yes, female friend) and me was just sitting around being bored.

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It totally was something like that. I’m not exaggerating. And I actually woke up happy.

Here’s the thing; I actually do tell people that my primary ‘love language‘ is Time.

Btw, have you tested for your Love Language yet? According to some author or researcher or astronaut or something, there are definitely mainly about maybe five or six or five love languages that define us. Mostly sometimes we will have an elementary and secondary love language. There are about five or six: Time, Money, Hugs, Bears, Cars, and Women, I think. I’m pretty sure I got it right, I learnt this online, so it’s gotta be legit.

Anywho, I do tell people that the way I think is most meaningful way to show that I care for someone is by spending time with that person. Quality time. And I appreciate time spent by people to hang out with me or do things with me. I mean, I even like it if we can just sit around and be bored yet not feel uncomfortable or awkward at all. That is the definition of Ohana. Ohana means Comfortable. I’m sure you knew that quote from Braveheart. And guess what? Waking up feeling good just cuz of a dream like that just confirms my suspicions of my love language. Less than three.

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Here’s a totally unrandom fact for some of you Bunnies out there. I like metal. Not metal as in FeMale = IronMan. Nope. i’m talking about the Music genre. Metal isn’t really a popular genre. Especially among Chinese who live in Malaysia, or Christians,  or comic nerds,  or Sudoku fans,  or people who have no fashion sense, or owners of pink cars. And I am the combination of all that (except the pink car part. My car is Magenta). Yet, I find myself oddly attracted to Metal Music. Especially Christian Metal. Because they actually have good music. Yes, it’s not just the usual stuff made from the same beat and the same four chords with the same lyrics as anyone else. It’s music to my ears. For those of you who want to try Christian Metal, here are some of my favs. Blindside, Emery, Love and Death, Underoath, P.O.D., and now I’m really getting into The Devil Wears Prada. I have to say in advance to those teens or parents who sit in my car, I’m really sorry for confusing your ears this way. People have told me that they didn’t like ‘noisy’ music. I find that odd. But I can’t totally disagree either. My musical ears haven’t really gotten used to Death Metal yet, so I’m not into that. Yet. Maybe.

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Here’s a verse that has been repeated to me this week. It could not have been a coincidence, so let me share it with you.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

P.S. I need to do an extensive study on this verse one day. P.S.2 Virtue is a powerful word.

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Okay, enough about me. Let’s hear from you. If you could control an element, what would it be? I’d like to be able to Lightbend. Oh yeah, total control over the spectrum of light. Give me that, or give me Heatbending. Heh.

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Sorry I haven’t been blogging in a while. I know you hope I’d shut up already.

Onara!

There, I said ‘Onara’ like you told me to.

Let’s Not Talk About Girls

Justin shared this on FB. I think it’s really funny. “A shepherd was out in the field with his sheep and counted 99 of them, but when he rounded them up, he had 100.” It’s a maths joke too.

My parents filled up my petrol just cuz I let them use my car. Thank you! This was a huge relief for me because I was getting worried about how I was going to fill it up. My parents are better than yours.

Remember when I tried to find apps to update my WordPress on my Nokia Lumia phone? Well, conclusion is: I don’t like any of the apps I’ve found. So I deleted them and spent my time playing mind games and reading Marvel Comics.

On another note, I promised myself to update every night that I’m at home (when I’m not out). And, it’s been going good so far. I have another two blogs that I’m also trying to redesign and start writing posts in. Been kinda fun. But difficult.

Found an online Christian radio station today. It has my type of music. Rock & Hip Hop. YES! It sounds good btw. Real good. It’s called NGEN radio. Real good for rocking out, doing homework, writing blogs, facebooking, and working out yeah!

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Alrighty then, that’s the end of my ‘no girls’ update. See ya next time. Whazzahhhhhhh

GOOD. Fine. Good. FINE!

Good. What is good? Good is good.

Welcome to the show! So I have a friend (Hi Edmond) who tagged me in a 15 FILMS THAT ALWAYS STAY WITH YOU tag… type thingy (What are these officially called anyways? Tags?). And because I was very entertained with his ‘answers’, I shall suffer his request but do something totally different altogether. Haha. I shall do a few mini-descriptions of 8 GOOD things (hey, this is starting to sound like another one of those tag things going around lately) in my life, but on totally different aspects. Here goes.

A Good Movie.

Because Edmond got me going for this blog post, I shall talk about a movie first. A good movie that I’ve watched recently is also the most recent movie I’ve watched which is also the movie I just watched last night which is the movie called Source Code. And wow I gotta say, it was mind-blowing. I’m actually not easily impressed when it comes to movies. In fact, if I expect a movie to be lower than my taste, I will just make myself enjoy a movie for the sake of enjoying a movie (That’s what I watched that movie for in the first place right?), I mean, for entertainment sake stop complaining. This movie, however, had high ratings, and had a great opening scene. So, naturally, I was hoping it was good. It blew my mind.

A Good Joke.

I love a good joke. In fact, it’s been a part of my life since I was very little. My dad loved to make me, my siblings, and my friends laugh. I loved laughing and seeing people laugh. So I learned the art and started doing it in kindy. Anyways. Here’s a good joke copied unrightedly by my friend Justin (he’s been mentioned before on this blog). “Death is not something to be taken lightly, unless it is suffocation by Helium. That is a noble death.” He likes puns. Especially if it tests your ‘nerdiness’ (or more properly known as ‘general knowledge’), I think. Or maybe he just likes smart puns. I’m not really into puns in particular. But this was a good pun.

A Good Sport.

Hello. My name is Aaron. I come from Malaysia. My favorite favourite sport is Ultimate Frisbee. I like Ultimate Frisbee because it is fun and interesting and I get to count to ten! But, I did not play it recently. Yesterday Yesternight, I played Badminton. It was good. Good for my soul body. It made me sweat. It flexed my tensed muscles. Today, I woke up feeling refreshed.

A Good Girl.

Ariana Grande. Is not good. I used to like her a lot. Not anymore. What shall I do with my life now??

A Good Habit.

Thanks Athena, for reminding me about saving money. I truly believe in saving money. It’s a good habit. I’m totally not doing it. But, it’s good. Save money please.

A Good Music.

Lots of people can’t believe that there are good Christian music out there. Especially the younger ones who only listen to Hitz.fm (Not that I hate this radio station. I just have a very low opinion of them). I had one teen listen to a Rap song by Lecrae in my car once, and he was soooo convinced that he heard a cuss word in there somewhere haha! Let me clarify some things with all of you. THERE ARE GREAT CHRISTIAN ARTISTS OUT THERE. WAY BETTER MUSIC THAN THE ‘HITS’ THEY ARE SHOVING IN YOUR FACE. To be honest, every time you hear the word ‘HIT’ on the radio, on MTV, or on the news, replace that word with the words ‘most expensively marketed’.

A Good Work.

What’s worth fighting for? I’d say: opportunity. This year, my youth group (yes, church youth group) has been raising funds for less fortunate Native teens to be flown to West Malaysia to attend a nationwide camp, called Teenstreet. So we’re paying for their camp fees and their air fare. That’s not a small amount to raise by teenagers. But God is good, and His hand is very obviously moving among the Native Christians in Sabah. So we’re just going with the Flow. We have enough now to fully sponsor 16 teens! Wow. That’s too crazy. I can’t even raise funds for myself. This is a good work worth working on.

A Good Sleep.

I shall go to sleep soon. ‘Soon’, as in after I’ve caught up with some X-men comics and finished a level or two on the Logic Games app. I’m currently reading the MARVEL – THE END alternate endings series. So far, I’ve finished The Hulk, Spider-Girl, Iron Man, The Punisher, Fantastic Four, and Wolverine ‘endings.’ Mostly are tragic (as in death) and sad. This X-Men ‘ending’ I’m catching up on now is really going on a deep downward spiral very quickly. On another tone note, if you are using a Nokia Phone or an Apple device, download Logic Games. It’s fun… in a very nerdy geeky stressful way. The puzzle set I’m currently on is called Disconnect Four. It’s the opposite of Connect Four. Haha, that’s all there is to say about it. Okay, time to “sleep.”