Inspiration of the Day

2020

11 February 2020 Word by Honorary Pastor Rev Alicia Teo

Today's Inspiration: In the light of today's global health crisis, God is challenging you if you could see Him at work in the whole process-His purpose, plan and will that are unquestionable. Isaiah 46:9-10, He states that He is God and there is no other. From beginning to end His counsel shall stand and He will do His pleasure. Joshua at the end of his life declared that all the promises of God that were spoken came to pass. Not one word has failed. Joshua 23:14. Perhaps you need to examine yourself and your thoughts in the light of these scriptures of your walk with God. We need to look at the crisis from God's perspective and not from our own carnal nature that inflicts fear in our sphere of influence. Do you see the crisis as a giant that is insurmountable or an opportunity for God to show His greatness and achieve His purpose?

David did not see the Philistines and Goliath when He confronts Goliath. He sees God working with him to defeat Goliath and defend God's army and emerged victorious.

Seeing God involved in our process of testing is getting self out of the way. As long as self rules, we tend to justify ourselves before God like Job when questioned by God in Job 40:8. We normally cannot see our true self because we are blinded by the enemy and have no insight of what God was doing. Job saw his own works, his righteousness without seeing from his perspective on the trial, thus blocking his view of God's greatness. We tend to justify ourselves before God and see what we want to see or educated to see. We boast about knowledge of God and think we know it all like his friends who assumed God was confronting Job's sin. Throughout the book, it was not sin that deserves the trial. Many of us are like Job's friends without knowing God has a higher purpose to demonstrate His all awesomeness. We should view God's word in His perspective.

There is no end to learning in a Christian Life. It takes great discipline and determination to study scriptures, pray and meditate over them to break out the carnal mode of thinking.

Job thought he knew God well until God reveals to him from Job 38 onwards that his knowledge of Him was so little. In his suffering, agony and pain, he threw great direct challenges to God in an effort to justify himself or try to understand why he was going through the trial. It's only from chapter 38 that God showed him the significance of His greatness. Despite Job's extensive knowledge of God, He did not see Him as sovereign, and all powerful as well as His plan and purpose. It was not sin that God was addressing. There was certain amount of fear but more significantly it was God's purpose that counts. God has a right, the will and loving nature to do everything He pleases to anyone at any time but ultimately It will lead to victory and maturity in the person. God was sharpening Job's insight of Him in all His majesty and glory.

We just have to remember His promises and testimonies of the past. Our focus must be on the spiritual insight of what God is doing in our life and to the Nations in the battle against the present health crisis. We need to see from God's perspective that His will and purpose will finally stand. We need to see God and believe in Him confidently that He will ultimately bring out His highest desire to fruition. We must always remember that everything is oriented and directed by God. We need the wisdom of God to draw out the Revelation of the Truth.

In conclusion, our vision of God must daily be upgraded, refocused, and visualised as reality before it can bear fruit. Let our thoughts be centered on His thoughts that we might know Him deeply. We must see Him as our God of impossibilities and of vital importance in our lives.

Jesus rebuked his two disciples on the road to Emmaus as slow of heart to believe the prophets in his conversation with them. Luke 24:25-26. Though they have first hand knowledge of scriptures through Jesus, they did not have insight of them. They did not recognise Him even though they walk with him for three years. Many a time our thoughts are too ingrained with habits and traditions that we cannot see God even if He is walking with us. We should stop justifying ourselves but instead allow God to be totally involved in our lives. God will only do it when we allow Him to do so. He respects our choice. God be praised!

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