This devotion is my documentation of my journey in pursuit of faith. Every day I read and reflect on a set of verses be it from the YouVersion bible or from any other source.
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Do you know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
1 Corinthians 3:16
It's very direct and straight to the point. It means God and the Holy Spirit reside in me.
- NIV Bible stands for New International Version
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
The Monday verse didn't really resonate with me as much as today's verse did. This verse highlights the unbreakable bond I have with God. It's the unconditional, abundant, and overflowing love that no one can take away from us.
In a world of technology and business, I find that efficiency and constant growth have been elevating me to so many levels.
However, the price of this is solitude.
I must be willing to go to places others aren't willing to in order to maximize growth.
I must be willing to let go of old relationships that are no longer serving me well to preserve my energy.
I must thread my life with maximum intention, prioritizing my own personal journey.
While this isn't necessarily lonely (I love my peace and quiet), it creates a certain degree of isolation. It's the price to pay.
But with God's presence and unbounded love, I am full.
I can keep my head down and get my work done without inhibitions because even if the world were to burn around me, God's love remains the same.
That, to me, is comforting and powerful.
- An apostle is a disciple of God
- The book of Romans was written by Apostle Paul as a letter. His intention was to ground the Christians of Rome into the gospel. It's basically preaching at scale.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.
Ephesians 6:18 NIV
I reflect on this as needing to constantly communicate with God about the different things that occur in my life because I hold a lasting relationship with Him. It's also a reminder to be loving to others and selfless by having them in your prayers.
However, I wonder, why this conversation was had with the Spirit and not directly to God.
Not unless you understand that life is war, you wouldn't understand what prayer is for. - Fares Abraham, Levant Ministries
- Ministry is a unit of people serving God in a certain way (e.g. Sports Ministry)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Matthew 28:19 NIV
This is very straight to the point. However, I ask: "How can I serve God and make disciples with my strengths?"
These days it's been incredibly polarizing to be in the world of tech and business, but at the same time allot time to uncover my faith.
It's incredibly difficult to revisit my figurative side when I've spent years working in a world of logic and efficiency.
Sometimes I still ask myself: "Is this really worth it? Or am I wasting my precious time?"
While this is indeed difficult now, I know it's going to get better by revisiting a very deep question: "Why does it matter that I live in God's presence? Why am I pursuing my faith?"
The answer? I'll have to see.
- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all One Being distinguished with responsibilities.
Today's service was all about David and his repentance.
The biggest takeaway is understanding that we are saved by God's grace and that grace is an undeserving favor.
An undeserving favor.
It means that to be saved isn't rooted in the good things you do, but it is rooted in God's abundant love.
My logical mind seeks efficiency and optimization. It's not attuned to the empirical nature of the world.
I find it incredibly difficult to reason with my faith because surviving my past struggles were all reliant on my ability to gather data, analyze data, take action based on data, and reflect on results.
I used to be someone who would find meaning in most things, but the past years have molded me into a warrior of logic. A vanguard of action.
I take life as it is and think of the next step with logic and data.
In the Christian world, this isn't the case.
It is grounded in Faith, a complete trust in something without any way of sense.
It's finding meaning or discerning lessons in life without relying on the 0s and 1s.
It's a part of me that I once was that made much of my struggles in the past difficult.
Am I willing to revisit it? I'm not sure yet.