A Beautiful Life
Pastor Arnold Francisco
Posted 30 Jun 2013
Despite our bad experiences and miseries in life, God can transform us if we connect our life to Christ and let Him be our Lord.
Romans 8:28 tells us that "all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose". We are God's masterpiece and He wants our lives to be beautiful for His glory.
The Bible is replete with many examples to illustrate how God transforms a miserable life into one that shines for Jesus.
Ruth: A Woman of Honor
Ruth, a Moabitess, is known as the daughter-in-law of Naomi who decided to go with the latter when she decided to return to Bethlehem. Thus, her famous statement in Ruth 1:16-17: "Stop urging me to abandon you! For wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you live, I will leave. Your people will become my people, and your God will become my God. Wherever you die, I will die - and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I do not keep my promise! Only death will be able to separate me from you!" Ruth refused to leave Naomi when her husband, Elimelech, and their two sons died. Ruth went on to glean in the fields, where she met and eventually married Boaz. Though not of the chosen race, Ruth became the great ancestress of David, and of 'great David's greater Son'.
A Bleeding Woman Healed
A woman had been bleeding for twelve years, enduring a great deal under the care of many doctors and spending all that she had for her healing. Instead of getting better, she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she immediately came up to follow Him and touched His cloak, saying "If only I touch his clothes, I will be healed". The bleeding stopped and she was healed of her disease. Jesus said in Mark 5:24: "Daughter, your faith has made you well".
Paul: Transformed by God
Saul, a tentmaker by trade, became a notorious persecutor of Christianity before his conversion on the road to Damascus. A light from heaven flashed around him and he became blind. Saul's vision of Christ led to his conversion and call as an apostle. The Lord Jesus restored his sight so he may "see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 9:17). Saul, now called Paul, became a church leader, its widely travelled spokesperson and an inspiring New Testament writer.
Only God can transform a miserable life into a beautiful and wonderful life. The lives of the people featured above were not good. However, when they encountered God and connected their lives to the Lord, they were transformed and let their lives be used by God to build up, and touch and lead other to Christ. That's the beauty of life!
Life After Miracles
Pastor Norlyne L Gagarin
Posted 6 May 2013
Satisfaction in life does not end in us experiencing the miracle from God. You and I must complete the process by doing our part.
Challenges and Trials in Life
Exodus 14 describes the Israelites as being chased by the Egyptians when they were wandering in the desert. Who would not be terrified when they were actually pursued by hundreds of Pharoah’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops? Surely, the Israelites felt helpless and hopeless – with no one to turn to.
Like the Israelites, we also pass through phases of “Egypts” in our life, where slavery, bondage, oppression, hardship, harassment, suffering and persecution are experienced.
Israelites’ Problems and God’s Responses
Exodus 14:10 highlights that the Israelites needed a miracle from the Lord as soon as they realized that many Egyptians were marching after them. They badly needed someone to rescue them, and they cried out to the Lord. In situations like these, the Lord gives a reassuring answer: “Fear not for I have redeemed you…When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:1-2). The Lord also reminds the Israelites in Jeremiah 31:3-4: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. I will build you up again, and you will be rebuilt.”
The Israelites also grumbled and complained, blaming Moses about their desperate situation. When they could not drink Marah’s bitter water, they asked Moses what they should drink. And the Lord showed them a piece of wood, which, when thrown into the water, turned the bitter water into a sweet one (Exodus 15:25). Indeed, as the Lord has promised in Jeremiah 31:25, He will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.
How Should We Live Our Lives After the Miracles?
If we have experienced the Lord’s touch and miracles, how then should we live our lives? Our gratefulness to the miracle-working God ought to be manifested by pursuing a life that is pleasing to the Lord. How? By keeping the commandments of God (Proverbs 3:1; Proverbs 4:20-22; Exodus 15:26), and walking uprightly before God.
Satisfaction in life does not end in us experiencing the miracle (in whatever form) from God. You and I must complete the process by doing our part: bring back the glory to God by paying attention to His commands and keeping a good testimony for others to see God’s light in us.