Jabbok is a place of crossing. And it must be crossed alone.
How He ruthlessly perfects, Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him.
In my younger years, I have judged those whose fashion statement is different than mine — lalo na yung mga kabataang nakikisabay sa uso. I called them lovers of this world, hindi totoong Christians, and other judgmental thoughts that I will be too ashamed to say in public.
What would you do, what would you feel, if one day God told you to do something considered inappropriate in your Christian community?
Could it be that all these are happening because one Church declared a “Revolution of Righteousness”, and the Devil was furious, and so he launched a full-scale attack to counter this revolution?
After posting my blog about my view on daily Christian struggles, this great blog post seem to echo the very words and cry of my heart. I would love to highlight a few words that struck me: We must realize that knowing we’re messed up and knowing that we’ve failed God are tremendous blessings……
Perfection is not the goal. Knowledge of Jesus is.
When God takes us to a place to be alone, it is often the time we are painfully confronted by the realization of our own limitations, of our own imperfections — a time we see how our accomplishments fall short before God.
Pastor Paul Tripp shared his struggles: There are only two places to look. I will either get my identity vertically, from who I am in Christ, or I will shop for it horizontally in the situations, experiences, and relationships of my daily life. This is true of everyone, but I am convinced that pastors are particularly tempted to seek their identity horizontally.
We cannot put God in a box; there’s no assurance He would ALWAYS act in ways we expect or predict. Just because it happened to us, doesn’t mean it will also happen to other people.