25 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
These are just a few verses that spoken to Joey and I today. So I just thought I might share it here and hope it will speak to you too. Might be a timely word for some of you out there as well.
The reason why these verses spoke out to me is because Joey’s first comment was “This is serious”.
That kinda jolted me awake. Because it made me realize I was just reading it as a list of negatives. Don’t this and don’t that. I was trying to think why is this bad, why is that bad. Making my own conclusions. WITHOUT taking to heart that it was about me. I was being a student learning about the sin without being a child learning about sin in my life.
I wasn’t putting my life under the spotlight and evaluating my actions, words, thoughts, and motives. I wasn’t repenting. I didn’t realize how seriously this scripture was speaking to me. It was serious.
Okay God. I repent. I was not meant to walk in the flesh. Guide me and lead me towards your path, your works and your character. I was meant to walk in the Spirit.
Joey Joey Joey! (Nice photo kan. Don’t kill me.)
I’m your second biggest fan! Your Biggest fan is God la of course. And as a fan, I really have so much I love about you.
(Warning: Take a deep breath)
I love watching you (creepy kan). I love listening to your talking voice. I love your singing. I love your advice. I love your love for everyone. Especially your compassion for the emotionally and physically needy. I love that you love to share. I love your confidence when there is a problem that needs to be fixed. I love (and also don’t love) your perfectionism. I love your hugs and support. I love to see you cry because it speaks of your attitude towards God and His people. I love finding comfort in holding your hands. I love to hear your laugh. And I love your lame jokes. I love that you’re so smart (you’ve taught me a lot of common and uncommon sense) (where do you keep all these information?). I love all your talents. I love it when you pray. You are so connected to God. I love when you get messages from God. That’s really a special connection you have. I love that you don’t reject me when you know my weaknesses, but rebuke and teach me and also follow up on my progress (you do get angry sometimes, which is also good). I love that you try to change yourself when others (or I) rebuke you. I love that you get excited for the right things. And best of all. I love that you love me.
This journey has not been easy for me and I think it’s been even harder for you. But I know for sure God’s hand is on you. And on me. And I do believe He’ll be the one to hold us together. And we’ll have the happiest ending in Heaven with Jesus for eternity (that’s a long time)!
Joey, please continue to love the Lord. No matter what. Because I will fail you. And you will fail yourself. But God won’t fail ever. Your obedience is all He asks for. Be obedient to God. Not to me. Not to yourself. Only to God. Whatever you do, bring Glory to Him.
I think God is so proud of you now actually. But you can still do more. You can still be more. As long as we learn to have less of us and more of Him. As long as we walk in His path. Then we’ll surely see Spiritual Growth and Perfection.
Lord take Joey again in your arms. Wrap her in Your love. Flood her with Your grace. Fill her with Your Spirit. Drench her in Your beauty and glory. May she always have great Christ-like Character; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. And Lord input on her great Christ-like Attitude; being kindly affectionate, delighting in honouring others, not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, always serving the Lord, joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.
Thank You Lord for birthing this wonderfully made creature and sharing her with the world.
And all those who love Joey say…
Spoiler Alert: I am not talking about Marvel Inhumans in any way. (Spoiler Alert II: I may in the future though)
Acts 1:3 During the forty days after [Jesus] suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God.
Joey has challenged me to blog my devotion again. So here it is.
Acts 1 is quite interesting. It reminded me that it was Dr Luke and not Apostle Paul who wrote this book. And that it’s written to an individual named Theophilus, not written to the early church. A common Aaron misconception.
This particular verse got me thinking 1. This really is Jesus who came back from the dead. Before Jesus died (you can find His story in the book of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John), you can’t stop Him from talking about the Kingdom of God / Kingdom of Heaven. And now that He’s back from the dead, what do you find Him talking about? The Kingdom of God. Yup, it’s Jesus alright.
But from that thought came this pretty opposing question: don’t people who come back from the dead become quite different people? At least that’s what I’ve learned from years of tv and movies. You’ve got to change after experiencing the horror of death and the grace of life. Also your perception of life and limited time will definitely change certain characters and attitudes you have. And I have read that when people have died and come back to life, even for a few seconds, most of them do remember some sort of otherworldly experience. That’s gotta change you somehow. Yet, Jesus didn’t change. My conclusion is, either He didn’t die. Or 2. He’s was God. Being God means He’s had the right perspective from the start. It wasn’t new to Him, nor it didn’t change His plan, nor did it shake His faith.
This again sparked another thought that 3. The Kingdom of God must be something worth understanding if you can’t shut Jesus up about it. I don’t know about you, but the Kingdom of God is not something that is easy for me to understand. I’m still learning, and I hope to know more and more each day. For now, I do know it is about God’s original plan for us to be in God’s house and in His presence, worshiping and being in His path and His plans. And being Kingdom minded is to be like Jesus. Always doing things for the benefit of God, and always loving people from God’s perspective, and doing everything written in the bible to be an effective and powerful Christian. No pressure. I’m pretty sure that’s why Jesus kept talking about it. Because it’s hard to understand (since it’s against our natural mindset), and it’s hard to do (so He had to be the living human example).
This Kingdom mindset concept has been in my mind these few weeks. I have to say, really having a Kingdom mindset means changing everything about ourselves. We will technically be superhuman. Do comment and let me know what you think about this.
Acts 1 is so interesting even at the first 3 verses. I hope to share my thoughts more often.
All of the world and
All of it’s powers
Couldn’t keep your love from me no
Couldn’t keep your love from me
Cause I need you
Like the dragonfly’s wings need the wind
Like the orphan needs home once again
Like heaven needs more to come in
I need you here like you’ve always been
A few big bad things have happened today. But I can’t complain.
Cuz the outcome is way better! And even more because through the exact way things worked for us, God’s hand is very clearly guiding the events.
Thank You Lord. I can rejoice.
But I know as they hammered those nails
Into your beautiful hands
Your eyes they tried to search for mine
But I look away
Now your eyes are the only thing that can save me