I saw a painting of a large boat laden with cattle that were being ferried across an angry swollen river in time of storm. The artist had so cleverly pictured the dark, threatening clouds and the play of the treacherous jagged lightning that I immediately concluded that the freight of poor dumb cattle was marked for destruction. But the title on the painting was simply “Changing Pastures”.
Many times we imagine that God’s plans mean disaster and affliction, but he is simply “changing pastures,” for our good and welfare of our brethren.
Teach me your ways, O Lord that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honour you. With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You rescue me from the depths of death!
A prayer of David (Psalm 86: 11-13)
Friday afternoons were always a time to look forward to as a student at the Fiji Institute of Technology – School of Arts.Not because it was the weekend and classes had finished early but because you never knew what to expect during liberal class. The lecturers were such a blessing as they often came up with creative ways to motivate students into doing community work. Often there were clean-up campaigns organized down by the foreshore or at Suva point which was usually followed by touch rugby or a scrumptious lunch. There was even a time when students helped distribute second hand clothing to street kids. It’s always great fun doing such activities with friends. People you know well and enjoyed being around. Continue reading Love Until Your Hands Bleed
But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!
Romans 13: 11-14 MSG
These past weeks have really been very hectic and demanding as I was preparing this month’s issue of Ignited, I couldn’t help but keep my headphones glued to my ears; not only to drown out the noises around me but also the ones in my head. A song that is currently being repeated in one of my playlists is the title track on Citipointe Live’s latest album, Devoted. It has become my new anthem. The song begins with this line, “I’m losing my whole life, in your purpose and for your heart’s desire…” This I suppose is what Paul was talking about in 2 Corinthians 5:15 where he states. “And He died for all that they which live should not… live unto themselves but unto Him which died for them”. In other words he is saying that Jesus doesn’t often ask us to DIE for Him. He asks that we LIVE for Him. Continue reading DEVOTED