Jesus

Overcome Shame

Text: Psalm 139:11-12

Key verse: I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night.

We are introduced to a world full of darkness in Genesis. But God separated it from light. In his wisdom he created lesser lights and stars to rule the night.

No matter the time of day or night, God is in charge.

When bad things happen, we begin to analyze it, playing it over and over in our minds. Sometimes we come up with regret that produces shame. Shame is feeling bad about who you are.

The feeling of shame makes you want to hide from people, and run into darkness. People will often refuse to open their windows to let the light in and when its dark inside, they avoid turning on the lights.

“But even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day.”

God sees you and knows what you are feeling. A.W. Tozer once said about the Lord Jesus, “He knows the worst about you and is the one who loves you the most.”

Quit running from God!

Maybe why you are uncomfortable still in darkness is because you are still not free from guilt. Guilt is feeling bad about what you did. Well, God has made provision for times when we willfully sin against others, ourselves and God, It is called repentance. Don’t just feel guilty, but go to those you hurt by your action and apologize.

Acknowledge you have done wrong, and regret your action. God will show mercy when we repent. Sometimes, people might take a while to accept our apology, but the repentance frees you up, and brings the whole episode to light. Jesus said, The truth will set you free.

“Darkness and light are the same to you.”

God’s love for you is the same, even when you have failed. You are still his child, in spite of what happened. Take a journey back home, to the loving embrace of a heavenly father, he will restore your relationship, giving you a ring, he will remove the garment of guilt and shame and clothe you with beauty and glory. Then, he will put on your feet new sandals that will keep you safe from harm.

God is here for you! Today.

Blessings,

Ada Babajide

Lagos, Nigeria

God with US

What a wonder it is for God who is from eternity entered history, and embraced the limits of being human to be with and for us. The divine is revealed in weakness of being human to live with and love us.

God has come down to serve the little people in the little places. He has shown that true success is in service. To be great is not going up competitively to the top to be looked up to. True greatness is the way of going down below to live with the weak and love them sacrificially.

God’s coming in His Son Jesus Christ is not just an event to remember but an experience to renew our lives. God keeps coming. He keeps visiting to deliver His people from trouble and tragedy they struggle with in this broken world. God always finds His way to walk with us.

With God with us, we are not alone. We are encouraged and empowered to keep on the difficult journey ahead. Suffering will always be around but the One who is ever present will save us.

Despite the Covid vaccine that is already on the way, Covid-19 will still stay for a while or even longer. Our confidence is in God who comes alongside us. The assurance of God’s presence is what empowers us to sing in the midst of sorrow, feel confident to face the uncertainty, and sleep in peace in the midst of a troubled world. With this perspective of Advent we can truly say: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Herman Moldez

Manila, Philippines

My Refuge

For a number of days I have been pondering Psalm 62 in light of our current political and and cultural difficulties. Here are a few verses that stand out to me.

“My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.” (Ps. 62:1-2)

“My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Ps. 62:5-8)

Take a minute to reflect on these verses and consider these questions:

1. What am I depending on?
2. Where is my hope?
3. Where does the Lord fit into my answers?

May you find refuge in the One who was, is and is to come.

Maranatha

Hope and Peace in the Midst of Hate

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We are bombarded by messages of conflict, hopelessness and hate. The media attempts to separate us and urge us to look with evil eyes toward the opposition. How do we maintain a spirit of hope when the world says there is none unless their party wins or all “unjust” past acts are rectified? Hope and peace are hard to find these days.​

Paul has some advice that is relevant today. Before you read this, please note that he wrote this while in a Roman prison.

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:4-9)

Take a minute to read this short passage. What is the Lord saying to you? How does He want you to apply this today? May He give you hope and peace in these days.

Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus)