Category Archives: Personal Cultivation

He Has Sealed Us

“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (2 Cor 1:21-22)

The promised Holy Spirit is a seal. God gives His Holy Spirit to His believers as a guarantee of our inheritance from heaven. The fact that God has chosen us to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and poured out His promised Holy Spirit on us as a seal and guarantee is a powerful testimony that our hope in Christ is sure.

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He Is My Portion

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lam 3:24-26)

Being a child of God is blissful. We are blessed, protected, and guided by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Yet we may encounter difficulties and sickness throughout our journey of life. As every morning is new, God’s grace is abundant. We still have hope when we are in distress. Facing the pressures and difficulties of life, why not try to seek peace and rest from prayers, adjust our emotions, relax oneself, and find the strength to start again.

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A Promise and a Warning

“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire (is) for you, but you should rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7)

A rejection. A murder. A curse. These were the series of events that spell out the tragedy of Cain: a man of pride, jealousy, and ungodly character. The account of his broken relationship with God in Genesis 4:1-16 is a powerful reminder of the gravity of man falling into sin’s control. But amidst the drama lies an important promise complemented by a warning. God promises to “accept” us – lift and exalt us – if we do well. God warns that sin can readily ensnare us if we do not do well.

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He Was the Rock

“and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” (1Cor 10:4)

The word “rock” is often used metaphorically in the Bible to speak of God and Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, it often uses rock to prefigure the Messiah – Jesus Christ. In the New Testament, Christ is the spiritual Rock from whom the water of life flows.

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Swift to Hear, Slow to Action

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”

(James 1:19 NKJV)

To be swift to hear and slow to speak is a message that many of us are familiar with today. It is commonly interpreted to be swift to hear what someone has to say and slow to speak in response. Jesus when faced with the problem of an adulterous woman in John 8 did likewise. He was quick to hear the problem, but slow to respond and took time thinking about what he was going to say.

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