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How much do you worry about your life? Do you worry about your daily needs? Do you worry about not being where you want to be in life? Do you worry about the unpredictable future? (Read Mark 8:14-21) If you were one of the disciples and you were there when Jesus fed four thousand people with seven loaves of bread and was able to collect seven basketfuls of leftovers, and when Jesus fed five thousand people with twelve loaves of bread and was able to collect twelve basketfuls of leftovers, would you still worry about how one loaf of bread will feed all 12 disciples and Jesus? We have seen and experienced how God has been providing for us and protecting us all these years. Why do we still worry when we know that God loves us and that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deut. 31:6)? Have we quickly forgotten what God has done in our life and doubt His promises, thus worrying about the things we wish we had? We are too pre-occupied with our current problems and worries that we fail to see or forget what’s more important, which is God’s presence, His provision, and His perfect will for our lives. Always remember that our God is faithful. Let us surround ourselves with God’s love and peace, and stop allowing our fear, anxieties, and frustrations keep us from trusting in Him. ‪#‎qtwn‬

Mark 12:31 “The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

Is it easy for you to obey this second greatest command? If you ask me, my answer would be sometimes, depends on who the person is. Of course it’s easier to love those who love us back, those who are good to us, and who we have a personal relationship with (e.g. family and friends). But to other people, it is so easy to give reasons why it’s difficult or it doesn’t sound right to love them. Why would I love others who haven’t done anything good to me? Why would I love those who wronged me in the past? Why would I love others who do not deserve my love? This verse challenged me two ways. First is to love everyone like Jesus. We do not deserve anything from God, yet He still showed His favor on us. Who are we not to reflect the love and grace we experienced from God to the people around us? We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). Second, to love others as myself. I believe, the word ‘love’ has lost its true meaning today, we use that term very lightly these days. We get away with showing we love others by saying we do, and by doing a small act of kindness and that’s is, like you have reached your quota for showing love to others. I’m not saying that it doesn’t count, but is that how we want to be loved? Didn’t God tell us to love others as ourselves? I’ll admit, this commandment sounds overwhelming and impossible because if our selfishness and pride. I can’t even imagine the change and sacrifice I have to go through. But you know what? It is my desire to be like Christ. And I believe that God will give us the strength and patience to do it if we ask Him. ‪#‎qtwn

Mark 14:30 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

Jesus knew that Peter will deny knowing Him three times. If you were in Jesus’ shoes, and you knew that someone you are very close to you, someone you disciple, someone who spent so much time teaching, and someone you have allowed to witness miracles, would still be filled with fear and deny you when trouble comes, what would you do? I would probably banish him from the group, or never even ask him in the first place to be one of the disciples. Reflecting on this makes me appreciate God’s amazing grace more and more. This verse reminds me of the many times I have and will fail Jesus, and the times I have and will disobey Him. Jesus knew all of those from the beginning, yet He still chose to die on the cross to redeem us and free us from the bondage of sin. Praise God for His love for us is indeed unconditional and indescribable. I am forever thankful for His amazing love and grace. ‪#‎qtwn‬

Joshua 1:9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

As we stand and face decisions, there is a space between you and the point where God is calling you. You often find fear and discouragement lurking in that area in-between, keeping us from taking the first step. We all have fears and things that keep us from doing what we want or should do. If we know that what we have to do is the right thing and it is what God is calling us to do, regardless of what other may think of you, answer God’s call and endure the process all for His glory. Along the way, there will surely be pain and disappointments, but we need not worry or fear, because our God is with us wherever we go. We may be weak, vulnerable, and doubtful, especially when the world is against us, but you know what? There is no need for all that because the Lord is our strength and shield – if God if for us, who can be against us? ‪#‎qtwn‬