Today after we sent dad to airport, we went to church together. David, stephen & me, 3 of us drove to FMC for sunday service, it is Communion Sunday.
Rev Ampi teaches us the story of Joseph (Jesus's earthly father) in Matt 1: 18-25, who is a humble man for a heavenly mission.
the bible told us Joseph is an overcomer of trials & tests. God placed a call on him. The tragedy that marred his life actually marked his life. He is given a task by God that involved divine revelation- the birth of Jesus Christ. When Mary was pregnant, he actually wanted to divorce her quietly because he was a righteous man. He did not want to embarass Mary in publicity. But when he meditated in this sorrowful decision, during the time of shattered dreams, every plans seems to grain into sand. God sent angel Gabriel spoke to him. He learnt an amazing truth with a delightful realization.
God just transformed his worst nightmare into greatest blessing. He understood enough that he could put his shoulder to the God Lord to bear joyfulness.
From here, we can see the incredible testimony of Joseph that measures his life.
Joseph shows a testimony of unconditional compliance. He did what the angel of God command him to do, marry Mary. Besides, he also takes up the responsibility and commitment as a father to Jesus, taking care and raising him up as his child when the angel asks him to give name to the child as Jesus. In those days, giving name to a child carries a hidden meaning of responsibilty of care.
He sets out by FAITH to obey the Lord despite the fears & questions.
He wants nothing more than to do the Perfect WILL of God.
He did what God ask him to do!
This sermon actually speaks to me in how I respond to God when he ask something frm me/ when I am going through hard times, trials in my life...?!
Am I able to be like Joseph who STEP OUT by Faith to put his shoulder to God and obey him?
It is definitely a very good testimony for all of us to learn and see from Joseph about our attitude towards God!
God's words are the best daily bread for us to meditate, building our Faith & Believe in God.
The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:3 that as we grow in our knowledge of God, through his divine power he gives us everything we need for life and godliness. Jesus relied on the Word of God alone to overcome obstacles, including the devil. God's Word is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12), useful for correcting us when we are wrong and teaching us what is right (2 Timothy 3:16). So, it makes sense for us to carry God's Word in our hearts through memorization, to be ready to face any problem, every difficulty, and whatsoever challenge that life can send our way.
Continue to hold onto his faithful promises that he'll bless & give us THE BEST! Remember, our God is the high priest of hope & faithfulness!
He is our refuge, our shelters. Jesus says in Matt 11:28-30: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Jesus Loves YOU & ME!
He is our first love and the perfect love!:)
Continue to burn and love, hv the passion in Christ!
Princess JOYCE ^_^