Compilation of Bible Verses 2016

1 Corinthians 12:23 the parts of the body which don’t look very nice are treated with special modesty

We are all part of the Body of Christ and should help others without counting the cost nor expecting to receive just as one would not make the feet pay when the hand helps to wear a shoe.

John 1:2 Jesus’ mother then told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Though Jesus protested that his time had not yet come, Maty was the first to have had faith in Him and led Him to perform His first miracle and the disciples then believed in Him. Reminding us that our parents are here to guide us closer to God, as is the purpose for all human relationships.

Genesis 40:20 You plotted evil against me, but God turned it into good.

Everyone is given free will and thus it is possible for bad things to happen. However, Our All Powerful Fatger has His ways to turn it into good as long as we turn to Him and let Him guide us to fulfill His purpose.

For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John. – C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Malachi 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. 

In refining silver, the silversmith must be by the fire constantly as the silver will be injured if the time were exceeded by the slightest. He knows the process is completed when the silver shows his reflection.

John 20:11 Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net ashore full of big fish, a hundred and fifty-three in all; even though there were so many, still the net did not tear.

The disciples went back to fishing instead of preaching after the Lord’s death and yet He comes to them as He would come to find us, His lost sheep. The net also did not tear unlike before His death, symbolising that His death will enable salvation for all 153 fish (the total amount of species known at that time representing all humans)

John 21:15-17 Do you love me?

He asks Peter Do you love me thrice to close the distance created when Peter denied Him thrice. Even when we do not know, He comes to us when we have left Him. He is like Google Maps and no matter how many wrong turns we make He will just say ‘Recalculating..’ and give us directions to our destination on the journey to salvation.

Psalms 23:4 Your rod and your staff are there, to hearten me.

Sheep will not move to eat grass even uf the gate is open to a grassy field, they need to be prodded to do so. Just as humans are seemingly blind towards the path to salvation, thus the Lord guides us like the Good Shepherd He is.

There were more verses in my collection but I was tired already/ I did not feel like I need to share those?

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

 

Advent: A Time of Preparation

img_20161205_180016Making way for Jesus in our hearts.

Blessed Christmas! I did a fast on selected social media accounts. Especially those that brought a lot of negativity into my life. For example, snapchat where a certain friend is constantly wallowing in self-pity, or my private Instagram account which follows people who constantly rant etc. It only dampened my mood, and I was of no help as I couldn’t seem to empathise and only secretly thought of these people as making big issues of trivial problems. Since so, instead of doing no one any good while sinking deeper into sin due to becoming negative myself and mocking others struggles, I acknowledge my shortcomings in this area and evacuated losing battle grounds.

The grand problem is that of ‘Unselfishness’. Note, once again, the admirable work of our Philological Arm in substituting the negative unselfishness for the Enemy’s positive Charity. Thanks to this you can, from the very outset, teach a man to surrender benefits not that others may be happy in having them but that he may be unselfish in forgoing them.

Reminder that there should be a purpose behind fasting! Eg forgoing more negative platforms for more positive ones or using the time to help out around the house (which I didn’t do so much) or in prayer.

p.s. I’m quite amused by the fact that I broke my snapchat streaks to build a prayer streak with Him.

Ppppppp

 

Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Reflection

Horrendously disconcerting but genius and humbling. Good book for examination of conscience. Possible ways to fall into wrong, including during pursuit of righteousness are listed in avid detail for us to know thine enemy as we know thineself. Everyone will relate to different parts of the book more, depending on which act one is more prone to. It can be quite draining to read as well. Personally, I was close to tears at certain parts of this book.

*this is a reflection of takeaways from the book, meaning I won’t be quoting descriptions that were relatable to me personally or those that were good straightforward reminders because you can read it yourself, rather the more thought provoking ones and how I interpret it. Those that are too many sentences have also been omitted. Feel free to share your opinions in the comments!

“Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, “By jove! I’m being humble”, and almost immediately pride—pride at his own humility—will appear. If he awakes to the danger and tries to smother this new form of pride, make him proud of his attempt—and so on, through as many stages as you please. But don’t try this too long, for fear you awake his sense of humor and proportion, in which case he will merely laugh at you and go to bed. “

Certain sins are very hard to avoid by simply telling yourself to do the opposite. It is like trying to forget an incident by telling yourself “Do not remember that time when..”. Therefore, a more plausible solution would be to admit the mistake and leave the matter.

“Give without fail in your next letter a full account of the patient’s reactions to the war, so that we can consider whether you are likely to do more good by making him an extreme patriot or ardent pacifist”

Supporting a good cause with wrong intentions or reasons is no better than not doing anything. As in the story where the tempter wants the ‘patient’ to develop towards the ulterior motives under the pretext of these causes. HOWEVER, these reasons may be an easier way to lead oneself into wonderful things. (eg friends in church that make one want to go to church which eventually leads one to Christ)

“By this method thousands of humans have been brought to think that humility means pretty women trying to believe they are ugly and clever men trying to believe they are fools. “

Dishonesty to oneself is dishonesty no less. Furthermore, Genesis 1:31 God saw all he had made and it was very good. Why would His virtue ask of us to doubt His work?

“The Enemy wants to bring the man to a state of mind which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the fact, without being any more (or less) or otherwise glad at having done it if he would be if it had been done by another.”

And this, is the antidote to envy and the means by which to be generous with affirmation.

“For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity”

The present is the only point in time where acting is possible. And acting out our faith makes us closer to God whuch is eternity. Let us not be controlled by planning for the future, eg scrimping and being a Scrooge to have wealth in the future nor dwell on the past where there’s nothing to be done anymore, but to use the past as lessons for the present and only refer to the future enough to do what we ought now.

White Cloud Falls, Kubah National Park, 17 Dec 2016

 

Once a term luxury to be home where mountains are in abundance. Most relaxed hike ever. Gentle crunch of the trail, exhilarating rush of current, fascinating ways rocks stack — simple joys in nature 🙂 not forgetting quality time spent with fambam, or the shaky feeling and subsequent very slow pace at less stable trails or my screaming at every suspicious living thing! Of course all the photos turning out exceptionally good added to the satisfaction of this trip. Instagram story camera takes good quality photos.

Favourite Bible quotes will be out on (probably 31 Dec) because I want it to be a 2016 compilation. Meanwhile, drafting Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Reflection. Quite new to this so I don’t really know how regularly I can keep this up yet!

Camp Empowered 2016 Reflection

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stars visible above campsite @ Ranchan, Serian during a power trip, ©Hobart Kho

 

long story short: acting on knowledge and rediscovering how simple a relationship with Our Father in Heaven is. 

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

He is the One, all else are zeroes, the only zeroes that add value are those placed behind the One.

Focus on building a relationship with Him and from there one will be able to pull strength.

How to reach Him?

Hebrews 4:12 For the Word of God is living and active.

Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything.

Pray to build a relationship with God, one similar to any other human relationship. Tell Him about your day, beyond please, thank you and sorry. At the same time, Matthew 7:7 Ask and ye shall receive

On identity: Trust yourself to be moulded only by God.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world

John 17:14 I passed your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world.

He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him. – C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. – C.S. Lewis

On the body:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.

Finally, to ACT on these takeaways as..

Active habits are strengthened by repetition but passive ones are weakened – C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters

* will do a post on my favourITE bible quotes soon 🙂

* Been reading a lot of C.S. Lewis recently, excuse the lack if variety in quotes.