29 October 2018

1 WL - Are You Offended with God?

And they took offense at Him [they were repelled and hindered from acknowledging His authority, and caused to stumble]. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house. And He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus). ~ Matthew 13: 57, 58 [Amplified Bible]

There are times when Christians who think they are faithful tend to be offended with God. However, the offense may be so subtle that they too may not be aware of this. It is important to examine our heart about the thoughts and feelings we have. The Bible says that we should “lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5.  

Let’s search for what the word says about offense and what holding offense against the Lord can do in our lives.

Matthew 13: 57 shares how when Jesus was alive, people in His hometown “took offense at Him”, meaning that they were “repelled and hindered from acknowledging His authority, and caused to stumble” from the path of faith.

What was the result of their offense? The very next verse says that He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief or “their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus.” 

Let us try and understand what we just read.

Jesus, Who had power to do great miracles and had a record of healing, raising the dead to life and multiplying food to feed people in thousands… came to His own hometown and wanted to do miracles for His people. But the people of this town refused to accept Him as He was and questioned His authority. They questioned His powers and did not trust and believe in Him. In doing so they restricted Him from being Himself completely in their midst and therefore… “He did not do many works of power there” and they did not see miracles in their midst.

How often have we wondered why miracles break out only in some places? Or why is it that only a few people seem to be able to receive miracles from the Lord? 

Believer, have you wondered why some people seem to have testimony after testimony but you don’t?

Well, today’s verse challenges you to check your faith, your beliefs and whether you lack acceptance of the authority that the Lord Jesus has over you and your life. Check if unbelief has kept you from seeing your prayers answered, seeing miracles and amazing testimonies from unfolding in your life!

In Acts 10:34,35 Peter says “God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons. But in every nation he who venerates and has a reverential fear for God, treating Him with worshipful obedience and living uprightly, is acceptable to Him and sure of being received and welcomed [by Him].” [Amp]

God is not unfair! If you open your heart to Him and revere Him, He will do great miracles for you too! 

Just like the father of the boy who was tormented by an evil spirit we too can cry out to the Lord saying, “Lord, help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) The Bible says that Jesus responded to his cry and the boy was set free. 

What is it you need from the Lord today? Pray in faith, believing that He has an answer and that He will do His best for you. When you don’t receive an answer – persist in praying, don’t give up! Luke18: 1-7 encourages us to keep praying and seeking till we receive an answer. 

Just like the widow who kept knocking on the door of the unjust judge till she got justice we can keep praying and seeking God’s intervention. Be open to receive the answer that God has for you as He assures us that He will do what is best for us. 

Words of Life! - a new section of Henrietta's Blog

Words have power!

Let us learn, dig deep to discover life-giving truths from the Word!

Sometimes we wander in life without answers just because we haven't asked the right questions. What is the point in spending years in the darkness just because we are familiar with it when one spark of Light can drive away all the darkness and refresh us with renewed energy and vigor for life!

Let's hunger and thirst for 'Truth' and find the answers that will bring us solutions to make our life better!

This part of my blog titled 'Words of Life!' focuses on the amazing truth I encountered while reading the Word or by learning from teachings shared by others.

I hope you will find it refreshing and helpful to you in your life-walk! I will add new posts to this section with a number and WL before the title so it is easy to identify. (1 WL, 2 WL... etc)

If you find these posts are helpful to you and would be a blessing to someone else, do share it with them so that they can also gain from these insights.

I welcome you to share your insights and experiences in response to what I have written. However, do understand that I won't be able to respond to each of them.

I understand and acknowledge that there will be comments and views that I may not agree with. For these I would 'agree to disagree' in a respectful manner and request that all of us maintain peace at all times. Every person has a choice to believe what they want to believe. While we may see the benefits of holding our own beliefs we cannot force anyone to accept them for themselves. Each person will eventually reach the point of understanding these truths in their personal journey as they keep seeking the Truth.

Also do understand that I do not have answers to all questions but I can pray for you and hope that the Lord will send us answers to our questions and concerns.

May all of us grow in our walk with the Lord God, our heavenly Father and become all that He created us to be! 🙏🙏🙏

~ Henrietta Decruz
29th October 2018

03 October 2018

Salaam Zindagi! – A Salute to Life

My life has come full circle
I started out with many minuses
There were many tearful years
But everything turned out beautifully for me
The negatives were dealt with
The positives I held on to
Became lifesavers… literally!

I am not saying I’m a hero
I am not saying I did it all by myself
I am not saying that life is a bed of roses
But I am saying that my life turned around!
My sadness and sorrow was turned to joy!
From living in despair not knowing my future
I have become a person who is happy and content.

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There was a time I stood at the brink
Not wanting to live
Not having a reason to live
There wasn’t a soul who knew of my predicament
No human soul…
But the God Who created me…
He knew and held on to me.

I cannot but stand in awe that…
This great God Who holds the universe in His hands
Should care so much for one tiny little soul
Like me.
Why would He stoop so low to touch the ground
Just to comfort one hurting soul,
One girl no one else wanted.

Yes there He was day after day,
Night after night… without fail
Patiently bearing with my unbelief
Waiting for me to look to Him with faith.
It took Him years but He got my attention
When it dawned on me
That I had been saved in every way possible. 

Today I know that no matter what
My God is for me, He is with me and will never leave me!
I can vouch that even in troubled times
He will always be by my side…
My biggest encourager, support, teacher and guide
My most gracious provider and protector
He even fights my battles for me!

Today I have no doubt
That anyone anywhere can make it
If they just give Him one chance
To touch their life.
The ever-loving hands of the great ‘I AM’
Are ever reaching down to hold a soul
To touch, to comfort, to fill their every need. 

This great Creator didn’t stay in a heavenly mansion
Cut off from the pains we endure as humans
Jesus instead chose to become man,
Live a life like us and become a sacrifice
So we wouldn’t have to suffer ‘forever’.  
His love for each soul compelled Him
To make the supreme sacrifice… So great is His love!

If you have doubts or fears
If your eyes are full of tears
If you have no source of joy or supply
Try Him! He won’t let you down 
If friends and family have abandoned you
In your most dire need…
Call Him! He will be there for you!

~ Henrietta Decruz