“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
― Aldous Huxley
We couldn’t agree more!
Here are 5 ideas on how to improve yourself:
One of God’s blessings - 51Talk.
Mission to….? Lord, what are these three years of my life compared to what You have given me…an eternity with You.
Even though I spend all the years of my life serving Him…it is only right! Right to give Him all my days, my years, all my time.
Why do I think that I’m doing You a
favor? What are these comforts Lord, what are these…
…money, work, family, friends?
What are these compared to Your salvation? Compared to the value of the souls perishing because they don’t know You?
Oh, Lord. Send me!
This is my final cry of surrender. I am tired battling. I am tired resisting Your Will. I surrender.
Thank You Lord. It is only now that I fully treasure what You have given me. This calling Lord…the call made possible by Your redeeming blood.
Oh, life is a joy Lord. It is full of joy if we walk with You…if we follow in obedience.
May I find joy in dying to myself! Consecrate me in Your service Lord…so that these hands will be pure to do Your work, this heart will be clean, and these feet will be willing! Break all my barriers! Bend this iron will so that it will be pointing to You! Bend it to Your plans! Destroy this pride Father.
What am I? Flesh! Deteriorating, weakening day by day…
Why will I not obey You Lord…You, the eternal One? Are my plans higher than Yours? Are my thoughts bigger than Yours?
Why is myself, the self magnified more than the image of Calvary?
Behold the unwillingness and ungratefulness of a redeemed one! Oh my God, my God, you did not turn Your ears away from my plea because You turned Your face away from the Son when He cried, ‘My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?’
You heard and answered all my prayers!
I am still basking, still tasting the sweetness of Your salvation.
Lord, many people are perishing. Why am I blind to their wretched state, why am I blind to their cries? Yes, they don’t know it yet but soon, and very soon, the hour will come! They will all perish and go to eternal damnation!
And why am I discouraged to learn their language? Are You not worthy of all my efforts, all my strength? Anybody can go to missions! But who will stay? Who will really stay out of love for You?
Are You not worthy Lord? Are You not worthy of all my efforts, all my strength?
OH LORD, WHAT IS THIS SELF COMPARED TO YOU!
Break me Lord, break me until there’s nothing left in me but You! Break me until all the plans that I have for myself will turn to dust. Break me until I behold You in all Your glory, calling for me to go there. Break me Father into FULL SURRENDER!
Lord, let me not think highly of myself. The years are passing. While I am still able physically, I will go Lord. I can go Lord. I will go.
I am not my own. I am ALL Yours. I will now lay down my arms, all that armor of the self. I will lay down whatever I possess to be filled by You..
You have broken my kingdom Father. You laid it to waste. Not anymore will I think ‘My kingdom come’. Your Kingdom come, Lord! Let that ring in my ears as I go.
I know…they will think of me as crazy but Lord! I don’t want anything from this world! Yes, I’m grateful of Your blessings. I’m grateful because of this comfortable life You have given me since that time You let me see the light of day. But Lord, I don’t want to get used to these!
I want to be used by You. I want all of my members to be at Your command! Not doing so will be a waste. This transitory life will be a waste if it’s not surrendered to You.
I’m thinking Lord of just becoming a missionary here - the place where I’ve grown up. But there are many Christians here already. If they really have that desire, we will cover the whole country - there will also be extra people who can go out.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
There are so many young people attending banquets, assemblies…there are so many seminars going on. So many things, events, church programs and presentations!
Young Christians are moved to go to banquets, to the Keswick here in our place, but are they thinking of the Great Banquet in Heaven?
Are they thinking of their families and friends who will not be there?
Oh my God…forgive us for exalting ourselves! When can Your commands be treasured in our hearts? Why don’t we cherish Your call?
I cannot simply imagine. YOU called us! We should be shouting for joy!
This calling, salvation, and service to which Your angels look upon with envy…Lord, why is it nothing to us?
May my desire and affections be given to You - only to You!
The times when I have given my all to You, without regards to the self, to someone, or anything else…are the times when I was most joyful. And I will continue doing just that….GIVING ALL.
Lord, help me.
Are we keeping ourselves back from the Great Commission? Are the world’s trifles now
so precious to us that proclaiming the Gospel of Christ is now reduced to nothing but an added burden to our “Christian” lives?
Have we lost sight of the precious blood that redeemed our souls from an eternity of suffering? Can we not hear the cries of the lost anymore? Are we aware of the souls that will soon go to condemnation?
Those have been my thoughts these past weeks. The thoughts kept bothering me. My contemplation on these things started when I realized that there are so many Christians in our place who are doing nothing. Yes, I’m blunt about that.
Churches are planning, making, and launching attractive programs which they think will encourage the ‘world’, the unregenerates, to become members of the now rotting congregation of so-called followers of Christ.
I know. This hurts. It also wounded my heart.
But think about it. We are planning assemblies, seminars, young people fellowships, banquets, and conferences that make people feel good about themselves - those that make them comfortable of what they’re doing now. They are contented while in reality, they are keeping themselves back from the One who gave His all!
We are now turning churches into clubs that cater to the needs of the self for belongingness. We seldom hear about opportunities for Christians to die! Death to self, death to the world, death to desires!
Where is the weeping for souls? The mission field lay bare just because people are feeding the needs of the self first! What a selfish, selfish display before God.
I heard about many places that are in need of workers. And where do you find us Christians? In the comforts of our earthly kingdoms! We are expanding territories, establishing social ties, furnishing our dream houses, and planning our futures.
But guess what? We have work to do! I don’t know…do Christians still value the Great Commission? Maybe it can now be rightfully called “The Secondary Option” - not just an option but more so, a secondary one at that…or a third or a fourth.
Why? You may ask. I am obeying God. I am doing Christian things. I pray. I go to missions…ON WEEKENDS. And that’s enough for me I guess…SINCE I SACRIFICED A GREAT DEAL OF MY TIME. Really? You sacrificed?!
What are these about?
Let me make one thing clear. I am not looking down on things done for God. What I’m concerned with is whether we still have that vision. Whether it is still engraved in our hearts…in our minds.
I plead in this. Is your heart not beating for the Great Commission? Isn’t there a desire to reach out for the lost? Are you content in attending and congregating with other believers during your AVAILABLE time while you spend the rest of your days in a week serving the self? Is your life more important than Him, the Giver of it?
This is a bloody Gospel! Christ didn’t die for our comfort! Oh my Lord, forgive us.
Brother and sister, if you can only contemplate this for a minute. Think about the goodness and the great mercy of our Lord! I cannot really comprehend, with my limited understanding - how deep are the mercies of God for humans like us!
If I look back in my life, I can’t help but cry for all that He has given to me…and those promises fulfilled when I rest in His mighty bosom, the place of endless rest.
I cannot fully comprehend how I, in my humanity, can be loved and cared for by Him. Oh my Lord, Lord of everything, why can’t this heart obey You fully? Why can’t this soul give endless praise because of Your glory - because of the display of Your magnificence in a life like mine?
Did I really die to self? Am I dying to self everyday? Is your call clearly heard? Do I still have reservations that hinder me from following the way of suffering….oh…those wounded, bleeding feet on their way to Calvary. How can I take your call for granted.
Do I still love the world? Am I still fascinated by it?
Lord, forgive us. Forgive me.
I ask myself again Lord. Do I really love Thee? Do I adore Thee? Am I still afraid to let go of these comforts?
Dear brothers and sisters, I am praying that you will understand the value of the call - the price of this. Let us not establish and fortify the flesh further. Why are you going back to your wretched state? Why are you still loving your defiled nature which has been redeemed and bought by the precious blood of the Crucified?
Talking with my student. Our topic is happiness.
Remember my blog post about my frustration on getting a job? Well, yesterday, the company FINALLY e-mailed me regarding my training. And the hopes are high! I need to undergo training for three days and an OJT for another three days. By God’s grace and God’s strength, I can do this!
And God also revealed His purpose in giving me this job. A sister asked for counseling yesterday and I found out that she’s very discouraged in everything. She lost interest in school, in attending church, prayer meetings, fellowships, and missions. And the reason? She might not be able to attend college because of financial problems. That thought turned her world upside-down. Imagine not going when your peers and everybody around you are already forming their beautiful future. I understand that.
And I believe, God will help me get this job in order to help her! I didn’t like to tell it at once (because landing that job is still uncertain) but in order to give her hope, I told her that I will be paying for her tuition fee and that I will give her a little pocket money everyday as long as I can. God will not withhold good things from His children. And even if I will not have this job, I will look for another in order to support her.
Her mother is widowed. They have no other means of support when their father died. God’s Word says that the church should care for the fatherless.
Thank You Lord!
I am really tired, stressed, anxious, angry, and irritated today. Mother is pressuring me again to submit my application to City Hall in order for me to have a real job instead of being a church worker…Oh Lord, give me patience to share my feelings lovingly.
I know that they will never understand my decision to serve full-time in the ministry. It doesn’t look like a promising job to them. I understand them. That it why it is all the more frustrating to deal with the situation. I am feeling guilty because they cared, provided, and gave everything that I want in my twenty-one years of existence. And I still had that thinking that I am ungrateful for not giving what my father wants - that is, to become a lawyer.
I know and I can feel how disappointed he is. I know God will provide…but I’m thinking of this, am I feeling this way because I am still not ready to follow God’s will? What if I tell my family that I really want to serve in the church…can I face the consequences? Is that what God wants?
Oh Lord, help me discern Your will in my life. This has been my prayer for seven months already - for the Lord to give me a job that offers flexible working hours in order for me to concentrate in the ministry. Lord, my heart is failing. Hold me, Lord.
A part of the church program I’m making for tomorrow. :)
"My friend, wait on the Lord. Pray and serve Jesus. If you have a sincere desire for marriage, you will one day be married. Then you can serve Jesus as a team. Be patient and don’t rush into marriage until you’re mature and ready. Make sure your future spouse is totally devoted to the Lord. It’s a good thing when you find the right person but tragic when you rush into marriage too soon and encounter problems from the start. My point is no one should be pressured to marry or to remain single. A God centered marriage is God’s will from the start. Paul was single and greatly used of the Lord. Peter was married and greatly used of the Lord.”
"DO YOU WANT A GODLY HAPPY MARRIAGE? If you say ‘Yes’ then you better make sure that you are totally devoted to pleasing and living for Jesus Christ ‘right now' as a Christian single. Plus that person you are 'attracted' too - What is the 'main attraction'? If they are not fully committed to loving, obeying and worshiping Jesus above all things then you will not have a godly happy marriage!!!”
"If you think,’Well I can change him’ then you are making a big mistake. That person must be growing and changing and becoming more like Jesus and expressing more of the fruit of the Spirit because they have that inner desire to, not because of your pleading for them to change. The person you ‘like so much’ what is the burning passion in their life? If he is not serving the Lord with all his heart then how can a future marriage glorify the Lord? A
self-centered person will make a horrible husband or wife! They must be Christ-centered!”
"Each person should seek God’s will for their life concerning marriage or living a single life in Christ. For some, this will lead to a godly marriage. For others, it will lead to a godly single life in Jesus. In either case we are called to live godly and be content in Christ. Single or married, our purpose in life is to honor and serve God and to minister to others. And before you do get married make sure you are content in being single and that you are serving the Lord. Being
discontent as a single Christian means something is not right in your walk with the Lord.”
"Elisabeth Elliot "Unless a man is prepared to ask a woman to be his wife, what right has he to claim her exclusive attention? And unless she has been asked to marry him, why would a sensible woman promise any man her exclusive attention?”
Serve the Lord in your singleness! Be fully devoted to Jesus. Give Jesus your full attention. He rightfully claims it for He is your Lord and Savior.”
- David Jesus Follower Cooke
Real Christians are known by their fruits. I have realized that those who labor alone for the Lord (because no one will go with them), those whose efforts are not recognized and who are not fully supported - are the ones ready to stand for their faith.We can live the “Christian life” easily by going to seminars with other believers, attending fellowships, banquets, and youth camps but is the purpose really pure? To serve God and not to call attention to the self and enjoy worldly gatherings with worldly “Christians”? Young people, wake up! You are not called to be comfortable! Make the best use of your time by devoting every moment to the Crucified!