Looking Back At 2014 and Looking Forward To 2015

What a year! For everyone really. The news was filled with injustice and controversy. The world watched with anticipation on multiple occasions as news unfolded, wars, diseases, terrorism, calamity….

Like every year, 2014 was filled with ups and downs and in-betweens. For me, it was a year of learning, a year of experiencing, a year of journeys, I wrote this little nugget down in my journal on 2nd day of Lunar New Year (The year of Sheep).

  • May 2014 – I joined Chotot.vn, this decision brought me to a new journey with full of challenges and learning,

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  • June 2014 – Another family trip in Bali

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  • September 2014 – First time to explore Thailand, a very exciting country I have never been before with a lovely sister

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  • December 2014 – Wrapping up a year with Hong Kong trip

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Travelling more than years ago, moved out parent house, fellowship time lesser, I seem don’t really have a balance life between work and personal life. Friends told me that many changes. Some people are happy, some are not.

Even sometimes I have doubted myself that this way is a right or wrong way day by day and tormented myself about this thought. Truth be told, you can’t berate yourself into a better version of yourself.  And even though I know this, I sometimes still fall victim to my own negative thinking.  Sometimes I’m downright rude to myself.  I make a mistake, or fall short of my own expectations, and instead of treating it as a learning opportunity; I beat myself up about it.

I suddenly realized there were people, who needed me to get back up, and infinite reasons and ways to do my very best with what I had.  So I started giving up all the negative things I was thinking and doing that had been holding me back; and then I took a bold step forward, and another, and another.

And I’m happy to say 2014 was a year to make my life more independent, more confidants, and knowing exactly what I need to do for my life.

What a year! 2015 here I come. Full force. Taking no prisoners. Not becoming a prisoner of circumstance or situation.

I’m taking another year of joy, of good health, of helping others, and of unwavering faith.

Here’s 2015 to be bolder and stronger! 🙂

The call in May

In these days, I was studying about Ezra, Nehemiah… these books display the return of the Exiles and rebuilding the Wall of Israel.

The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah are two parts of the same story. They tell us about the time when the *Jews returned from Babylonia to their own country called *Judah. Babylonia was about 4 months’ walk east from *Judah. The *Babylonians had defeated the people in *Judah. The *Babylonians had forced most of the *Jews to go to Babylonia and to live there. After many years, the *Persians defeated the *Babylonians. Then Cyrus, the king of Persia, allowed the *Jews to return to *Judah.

The Book of Ezra is the first part. It tells us about the first two groups of *Jews who returned to *Judah. The first group returned about 70 years after the *Babylonians had taken the *Jews into *exile. The book also explains how the *Jews built their *temple again. Then, many years later, a man called Ezra helped the *Jews. He helped them to know God’s commands and to obey them.

The book of Nehemiah is the second part. It tells the story of a man whose name was Nehemiah. He was a very important official who worked for the king of Persia. God sent Nehemiah to *Judah in order to do a special task. Nehemiah would help the *Jews to build the walls round Jerusalem again. He arrived in *Judah about 13 years after Ezra went there. The king appointed Nehemiah to be the ruler of *Judah. Nehemiah, like Ezra, helped the *Jews to obey God’s commands.

What I learned from these books

“While the reading and studying these books, I was taught about the God’s sovereignty and the urging to rebuild again my spiritual temple, with His mercy and forgiveness. “

Just want to show here the relation between: Physical temple and Spiritual temple

1 Cor 3:16-17(NIV) Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

God, through His Word, says that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit!

If God says that you are something then:

1. You ARE what He says you are. and…

2. You should want to KNOW what you are!

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(the image which I collected from bible study web)

The first is a diagram of the tabernacle (temple) that the lord gave Moses detailed instructions how to build.  The reason the plans were so detailed, was that Moses was to build an earthly representation of the real temple in heaven.

The second diagram is of the tabernacle (or structure) of man (the Temple of the Holy Spirit).  Notice the remarkable analogy between the two.

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Now I go back to my learning points

  •     God’s sovereignty

The first six chapters of Ezra, which I read last week, recount the first return under Zerubbabel in 538 B.C. Chapters 7-10 give the account of the second return, led by Ezra in 458 B.C. The Jews’ return from exile in Babylon is presented as a second Exodus and the primary theological message of the book is that God is faithful to His covenant promises. God orchestrated the exile into Babylon and God has orchestrated the return from exile. God displays His sovereignty by using a pagan king (Cyrus) to deliver His people and return them to the Promised Land. Amazingly, God had foretold this deliverance over a hundred years earlier through the prophet Isaiah when He declared that Cyrus should command the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple (Is. 44:28).

Even the pagan nations around Jerusalem recognized that God must be causing the work to be done for it was not possible though man alone. The rebuilding of the walls was a physical means to a spiritual end. They were intended to bring allegiance back to Him, a reminder to all of His Sovereignty.

How do I recognize the work of God in my life? Is it in the form of a crumbling life that am I encouraged to rebuild through faith? Is it returning lies and misdeeds with truth and love because it’s how God commands us to deal with our enemies? 

I knew that God was ultimately in charge. I have to acknowledge His sovereignty, His wisdom, and His great love. I’m so thankful and believe that it’s the call for me to rebuild again my spiritual temple for Him as He is allowing me to do it, forgive all my mistakes, my sins..

  •     Confessing, worshipping and praying to God is the best way to do

Nehemiah 9 talked about Israel Confesses Their Sins

  • An assembly of humble repentance: V.1 Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads.
  • An assembly to separate themselves: V.2 Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.

The apostle Paul also nailed this down in Romans 2:4. “Or, do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” It is our deeply held belief in God’s goodness that makes our sin hurt so much. To whatever extent we appreciate God’s goodness, to that extent our sin leads to shame and confession (see Ezra 9:6). The reason for all genuine repentance and confession is, the personal, all-powerful, perfectly good God who loves us. He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance,” and so He sent His Son that we might have a good life and an even better eternity.

I want a explicit and honest view of the guilt of my sin . . . I desire greater discipline to prevent sin . . .

Spend more time getting acquainted with God and mediate more on His goodness and mercy. Pray for wisdom and strength and let not one sin go without full confession and repentance. The goodness of God, well considered, is the key here.

1 John 1:9 tell us “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

  • An assembly to hear God’s Word and to worship Him: V.3 And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for one-fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.

I begin the Christian life through repentance and faith (Acts 11:18; 16:31). If I have not repented of our sins, I have not truly believed in Jesus Christ in a saving way. Colossians 2:6 instructs us, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” Since I received Him through repentance and faith, I should walk in repentance and faith. Ongoing repentance should mark believers in Christ. 

Again, it is certain that man never achieves a clear knowledge of himself unless he has first looked upon God’s face, and then descends from contemplating him to scrutinize himself. For we always seem to ourselves righteous and upright and wise and holy—this pride is innate in all of us—unless by clear proofs we stand convinced of our own unrighteousness, foulness, folly, and impurity. Moreover, we are not thus convinced if we look merely to ourselves and not also to the Lord, who is the sole standard by which this judgment must be measured. (John Calvin)

Work my way through Nehemiah 9 and see as in a mirror my own heart. God brought Israel out of slavery in Egypt through His mighty power. But as soon as they encountered trials in the wilderness, they wanted to go back to Egypt. Even so, even though I have experienced God’s salvation, I’m all-prone when I encounter hardship to think, “If this is how God treats me, forget it! I was better off when I was in the world.”

The chapter goes on to describe the abundant blessings that God provided for His people. But in spite of all of His goodness, “they became disobedient and rebelled against God, and cast law behind their backs and killed prophets who had admonished them” (9:26). So God delivered them over to oppressors. When they cried out to Him, He mercifully delivered them, only for them again to do evil. This cycle was repeated many times (9:27-30). Again, read it and see my own heart in the mirror. In spite of God’s repeated and abundant compassion on me, the sinner, I am so prone to lust after the things of the world rather than to be satisfied with the supreme blessing of God Himself.

Ongoing repentance takes sin seriously and takes the necessary steps to break from it. True repentance accepts responsibility for sin and does not blame God. As they prayed (9:33), “You are just in all that has come upon us; for You have dealt faithfully, but we have acted wickedly.”

Finally, I want to remember these two things

  • GOD’S ABUNDANT MERCY IS PRIMARILY SO THAT HE WILL BE GLORIFIED AND ONLY SECONDARILY FOR OUR BENEFIT.
  • GOD’S ABUNDANT MERCY DOES NOT COME TO US THROUGH ANYTHING IN US, BUT THROUGH HIS FREE GRACE IN CHRIST.

And the journey has just begun again for me to be with Him and love Him everyday

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P/s:

By the way, while I was writing this post, my prayer is answered. I have just received the offer from the company I had followed for last few months. The one I wish to work for as the environment, development chance, good benefit…. Exactly and even more than what I have asked my Father when I start the journey to find a new job. I still praise Him whatever happens, and with this thing I want to praise Him more and more because His love His faithfulness, His generous and patient for me.

(Studied and collected from bible org and commentaries)

What I think about Noah story of Hollywood

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“That’s is Hollywood, only them can do it in this way…hehe.” That’s what I want to talk about this movie.

They are telling a Noah story of Hollywood, according their imagination, their knowledge and their taste. This is not Noah story of the Bible.

Because this is a Noah story of Hollywood, it’s naturally to be different with the true story, so that I mustn’t have to list here many many wrong things in the movie (called it Unbiblical) as many websites, writers, they wrote about it already, if you want to know about it, here are some ref for you:

 12 Reasons Why The Noah Movie Was An Epic Failure

Some funny things I realize from the Noah story of Hollywood

  • The very first thing said and repeated later is “In the beginning, there was nothing.” Now folks, Aronofsky is an atheist. He is subverting your Creation narrative that says “In the Beginning God…” not “Nothing.” Atheism believes that everything came out of nothing. And they say Creationists believe in irrational anti-science fairy tales!
  • Rock People. They are supposed to be the Watchers that fell from heaven and took on cooled magma as their bodies, and now they are helping Noah. But they look like goofy ancient Transformers who, instead of transforming into cool cars and trucks, just transform into – well, rocks. They completely make you suspend your suspension of disbelief because they are so goofy.
  • Even in the end, Aronofsky’s humanism subverts God when Noah has his revelation about God’s purpose. Why didn’t God tell him whether or not to kill those little granddaughters so that the human race would never again corrupt Mother Earth? He kept asking, but God was silent. His daughter-in-law tells him “because he wanted you to decide if man was worth saving.” You see, it’s all up to man. God is not the one to decide if man is worth saving, MAN is. Because of course, in Aronofsky’s humanistic atheistic universe, God is only a belief, not a real being, and man must make the ultimate decisions of value and dignity.

=> Maybe Aronofsky is a crypto-Christian who is secretly trying to show that atheist environmentalism is obviously insane and immoral and leads to murdering humans in the name of compassion to animals and the earth.

Some misunderstanding I feel I will have after watching this Noah story

1. The global flood of Noah’s day was the direct judgment of a just God. Some people today are offended by the flood story, saying it is proof of God’s injustice, arbitrariness, or just plain meanness. They accuse the Bible of promoting a temperamental God who judges indiscriminately and say that only a bully would drown everyone, including children and all those innocent animals.

The truth is: This is the story of a loving and patient Father whose children, created in his own image, bring him pain, anguish, and grief through unmitigated rebellion.

God’s response is judgment, bringing universal death through the flood. But the flood, although deserved, is powerless to wipe out sin and provide a new beginning for a righteous humanity in a new garden.

Interestingly, God’s first response to sin is not wrath or anger. Noah and his family were saved by grace. God’s grace extended into His damaged, sin-stained creation and preserved one man and his family. In so doing, God preserved the whole human race through the godly line of Seth. And, in bringing the animals into the ark, God also preserved the rest of His creation. So, God’s judgment was not a total annihilation; it was a reset.

2. In the Noah story of Hollywood, God chooses Noah because Noah supposedly has the strength to do away with all of humanity. I think God chooses Hitler version 1. J

The truth is: In the Biblical narrative, God saves Noah because he is not immoral – because he walks with God. (Genesis 6:9) and in the previous verse that tells us, “but Noah found favor [literally grace] in the eyes of the Lord” (Gen. 6:8). Noah was a righteous man, but by grace and not by works.

3. Noah has a blind faith, in the movie, nothing related to conversation between God and Noah, everything is shown like a dream, and hallucinations and Noah try to convince him that this is his mission to be done even to be a killer.

The truth is: God talked directly to Noah many times (Genesis 6:13-21, Genesis 7:1-4,… ). When God saw the wickedness that prevailed in the world (Gen. 6:5), He told Noah of His intention to destroy the ancient world by a universal flood. God instructed Noah to build an ark (a large barge) in which he and his family would survive the universal deluge. Noah believed God and “according to all that God commanded him, so he did” (Gen. 6:22).

And “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7) Noah didn’t need to “test” God before going into action; God commanded, and he obeyed. Noah’s trust in God was such that he promptly obeyed. Noah’s blameless life is made manifest as he obeys the Lord in light of the approaching day of wrath.

Other things:

  • The movie captures a visual picture of the Flood that has never before been captured. But I am not a fan of the violent stabbing scenes even they are try to show people as really evil so they deserved to die. That’s true. (Even though the evil is really more about meat-eating than anything else.)

This is my personal recommendation about this movie:

  • DON’T WATCH IT IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A NOAH STORY OF BIBLE.
  • DON’T WATCH IT IF YOU DON’T REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE NOAH STORY
  • DON’T WATCH IT IF YOU’RE ARE AFRAID OF VIOLENT STABBING SCENSE
  • BUT YOU CAN WATCH THIS MOVIE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS HAPPENED IN THE MOVIE THEN DISCUSS WITH YOUR NON-BELIEVER FRIENDS TO HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE REAL NOAH STORY.

Here is more truth about Noah story of Bible:

9 Things You Should Know about the Story of Noah – from thegospelcoalition.org

while I’m unemployed

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One: What I feel?

There’s something about being unemployed that takes it out of a woman. The days drag on. You lose motivation to do the simplest chores. Inevitably you start to feel like a failure.

While I was working toward my passion, my dream I was confident I’d find a job quickly. Why? Because I’ve always trusted that God has a plan for my life. Sure the job market is tough these days, but somewhere out there is a position where God wants me to be. I figured that I’d look for a week or two and then find a job by an amazing act of providence. Some place would be looking for someone like me at just the right time and place. I was confident that it wouldn’t take long for God to put me to work.

Yet here I am, almost three months after my resignation, and still jobless.

It had been three months. Three months.

That’s the reason I’m having a crises of identity. I always knew what I was: a servant of God, and a willing one. I’ve always been confident that God would find a place for me to be useful, a place where I could work hard and provide for my family and for those in need. Now my faith is wavering. Was there ever really a plan? Did I do something wrong? Did I make some huge mistake somewhere and I’m on my own now? These are frightening thoughts.

I remember reading about this phenomenon before. About someone becoming depressed and facing a crisis of identity when unemployed. I always assumed that wouldn’t happen to me. People who get depressed about not having a job put too much of their importance and identity into what they do. I know that life is more than what you do for a living, and that we have purpose and value regardless of whether we’re working or not. Yet now I find myself unemployed and I’m feeling the same sadness, the same troublesome identity crises. I think I know why.

Two: What I  will do?

+ I choose to be thankful in those days,

Be joyful always. Pray continuously.  Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

I must remember to keep my faith. God has not abandoned me. Really it’s silly to have a crisis of faith (even a minor one) over this. I have money in the bank that will keep me afloat for another three months or even a year and I have friends and family who can help me out if things get bad. When I think about all the people who have gone through far worse struggles, who have lost everything they had and kept their faith in God’s goodness regardless, I feel ashamed. If God wants me to be unemployed right now then this is the best place for me to be. If God wants me to be a pauper then I would not become a millionaire for anything. If God came down and told me that his plan for me was that I would lose everything (my money, my things, my family, my friends, and my health) then I would accept that plan as cheerfully as I could. God can see the whole picture of life; I can only see a tiny piece. I trust that his plan for my life if the best plan.

I’m not worthy for anything, but because of His grace and His mercy, I’m what I am, I have what I have …

I’m thankful for:

  • His GRACE, MERCY, and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
  • the friends that God has blessed me with at different times in my life
  • God’s provision in every area of my life
  • how God continues to teach me new things about Him
  • how God patient with me, to shape me every single lesson to be humble before Him

+ I choose to live wisely in those days


The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. Proverbs 13:4

Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before unknown men. Proverbs 22:29 

Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established. Proverbs 15:22

I’ll keep applying to jobs, and in the meantime I’ll try to

  • Study deeper the Word of God
  • Help to teach the Word of God to children
  • Looking for opportunities to serve others by my time, my hands
  • Visit relatives, friends I haven’t meet for long time as busy life before
  • Continue to write blogs to glorify Him
  • Get my driver license

That’s something useful I can do to glorify Him right now. Who knows? Perhaps I’ll get a job offer tomorrow. Perhaps I never will. Either way, I can take comfort in knowing that I am a servant of the highest God, and that he is a wise and caring master.

Three: And what God promises to me?

Every day it’s a battle just to surrender it all back into His hands. There is nothing I can do to change my circumstances. He promises to take care of me. He feeds the birds of the air. How much more is His love for me!

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

(Matthew 6:26) 

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.


Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.


Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass…


I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.

(Psalm 37:3-7, 25)

Throughout this very long season, I am learning the true art of “rejoicing in all things”. He has always been faithful. I simply must rest in that truth and focus on what He’s already done. This gives me fuel for tomorrow. He desires to pour forth His goodness. So I press on, putting one foot in front of the other, running to the rock Christ Jesus for strength every day!

Ten Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year

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Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality in light of what God had told them.

Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It’s so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and where we should be going.

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?

8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?

9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?

10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in 10 years? In eternity?

In addition to these 10 questions, here are 21 more to help you “Consider your ways.” Think on the entire list at one sitting, or answer one question each day for a month.

11. What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?

12. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?

13. What’s the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?

14. What habit would you most like to establish this year?

15. Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?

16. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?

17. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your work life this year?

18. What’s one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year?

19. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?

20. What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?

21. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?

22. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?

23. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?

24. What’s the most important trip you want to take this year?

25. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?

26. To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?

27. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your commute this year?

28. What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?

29. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?

30. What’s the most important new item you want to buy this year?

31. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?

The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. For example, just by articulating which person you most want to encourage this year is more likely to help you remember to encourage that person than if you hadn’t considered the question

(from Don Whitney – Christianity)

My 2013 in review

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I love new years resolutions.

I am one of those people who is motivated and excited by accomplishments and achievements.  I make lists for everything; and everyday I savor the moments I complete an item on the list.

And new years, like birthdays, are a chance to think about the future and plan for what lies ahead – and normally this consists of creating a list of goals and an action plan to meet each one.  But this year, I decided to do something a little bit different.

When you think of what you want to do in 201, it is easy to get caught up in the usual set of goals to gain weight, save money, get promoted,

etc.  However, for me, when I looked back over 201 I realized my normal goals (even the ones I accomplished) weren’t the events or memories that really stood out.  Take some time to go through these questions and reflect on last year (I spent several days mulling over my answers but you can do it in a few moments if that is all you can spare).

  1. What day were you the happiest?  Who were you with?  What were you doing?  Why was this the happiest moment all year?
  2. What was the best meal you had?  Why?
  3. What was your favorite purchase (something you paid money for)?  How much was it?  Why is it more significant than everything else?
  4. What was the greatest gift you gave all year?
  5. What achievement(s) are you most of?
  6. Looking over the last year, what are the moments that shine the most?  What times are most significant and what made them special?

So once you have thought through your responses, gather them into themes.

  • What stands out?
  • What is missing?
  • How do the resolutions or goals you set last new year fit with what mattered?

For some inspiration my answers and reflections are below!

The true gospel

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Following the latest post about The prodigal son – Luke 15. I was taught about Galatians – a very powerful message about Gospel and Faith.

Gospel or Law? Faith or works? These are key questions in the life of every Christian. In the book of Galatians, we are assured that keeping the law, even the Ten Commandments, cannot save us from our sins. Instead, we find freedom and salvation through placing our faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

1. Gospel or Law?

Have you ever noticed reading through Galatians how many times Paul uses the word “gospel” in chapters 1 and 2? He mentions “gospel” ten times in these chapters; only twice in the rest of the book (3:8; 4:13). Why does Paul give so much attention to the gospel in these chapters? The Galatians were in danger of leaving behind the most important thing given them – the gospel – for something else – the old law.

Paul insists that the gospel that He preached was the very same gospel that Jesus Christ brought and preached. What was the gospel that Jesus Christ preached?

Clearly, Christ preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God (compare Mark 1:1, 14–15; Matthew 9:35; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:11; Acts 1:3).

It was the same gospel that Paul preached (compare Acts 14:21–22; 19:8; 20:25; 28:23, 30–31).

Finally, it is that same gospel that is to be preached to the world just prior to Christ’s return (compare Matthew 24:14).

I just want to quote from John Piper for my understanding about gospel: What’s the gospel? I’ll put it in a sentence. The Gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy. That’s the gospel.

The true gospel is about the gospel of grace revealed by Jesus. No plus and etc….. Nothing else.  ONY JESUS.

So that the Christian way of life requires growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

The message that we must have faith in God and His power, because it is impossible to please God without faith.

2. Faith or Works?

As the apostle Paul continues his argument for salvation by grace through faith, he is going to paint a beautiful portrait of how true faith impacts the life of a believer

  • HEARING WITH FAITH – Galatians 3:1-7
  • HOLY BY FAITH – Galatians 3:8-14
  • HAPPY IN FAITH – Galatians 3:15-22
  • HEIRS THROUGH FAITH – Galatians 3:23-29

Paul reminds the Galatian Christians of God’s miraculous work in their lives so that their faith will be renewed. His questions call for a reaffirmation of faith. The alternatives are posed so that Christians will be compelled by their own experience of the Spirit to choose the right answers: “Not by observing the law, but by believing what we heard about Christ crucified!” “Not by flesh, but by the Spirit!” This clear choice will break the spell of any bewitching influence. It is a choice that needs to be reconfirmed every day.

Keeping the law does not save us. Paul countered the claims of Jewish teachers that we need to obey the law in addition to faith in Christ. The law serves to reveal our inadequacy to obey.

Faith in Jesus Christ alone saves us from our sins. Salvation is a gift from God, Paul taught. We cannot earn righteousness through works or good behavior. Belief in Christ is the only way to become accepted by God.

The Holy Spirit works in us to bring us to Christ. Salvation is not by our doing but by God’s. Further, the Holy Spirit enlightens, guides, and empowers us to live the Christian life. God’s love and peace flow through us because of the Holy Spirit.

Summary for these chapters (1,2,3) of Galatians:

I have possibly used this Scripture more than any other in these Bible studies.

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

This tells exactly what happens to the believer in Christ. My flesh must be crucified that my spirit might live. My own personal belief is that the real me is spirit. That spirit took up a dwelling place in my body. The soul is the will. My spirit and my body are constantly fighting for control of my will. When I become a Christian and make Jesus Christ Lord of my life, my flesh loses this battle. The Spirit of the risen Christ takes up abode in me, and He is in control of me. I have turned my will over to God. It is my faith in God which gave me the confidence to turn myself over to the will of God. Christ lives in me to the glory of God. There is no need for me to worry, because He has everything under control. Temptations fade away, because I have turned the decision making over to Him. Christ in me, the hope of glory.

All by God’s grace as His gift, and not anything you have earned by your works; and now if you continue overcoming, growing spiritually—and all this actually through God’s power—you shall inherit the Kingdom of God, and be made immortal to live forever in happiness and joy!

(studied and quoted from biblegateway commentary and John piper)