Sunday, September 18, 2011

Harvesting Season




Last week, Pastor William exhorted, “The Joy of Enduring”. Today, he exhorted the continuation of last week’s message entitled, “The Rewards of Enduring”. If we are joyfully enduring our hardships in lives, we will reap our rewards, right?

Here are the Rewards of Enduring:
First, Growth of Faith. Our experiences in life are the things that increases our faith to God not the favors and blessings we are receiving from Him.

I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it's your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.
(1 Peter 1:6-7, TMSG)

Second, Strength of Character. Strength of character does not come from blessing and favor but of hardships and each and every problems we are facing has purpose to purify our characters.

And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
(Romans 5:4, NLT)

Third (last), Crown of Life. The people who only endured are the only people who will be crowned and who will be blessed by God. God does not want a quitter but a person who endure.

If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us.
(2 Timothy 2:12, NIV)

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
(James 1:12, NLT)

Remember, earth is for work. Heaven is for wages.

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Today's captured moments

L - R: Christi, Beth, Sette, Mie and Sheng

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God’s revelation

“For I am ready to set things right, not in the distant future, but right now!”
(Isaiah 46:13, NLT)

Wow! Thank you so much, Dad! I’m receiving “NOW” for 2-days in a row.


Let’s pray.

Dear Daddy God,

Thank you, Dad, for the great rewards you have for us. Jesus gives us the ability to endure patiently because we want to witness our harvesting time. Holy Spirit, guide and lead us. I love you, Dad. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!

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