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Hellooo, I'm Andrew Cha. // This blog is simply to share the testimonies of how God is working in my life through any situation or problem this world may throw at me.

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likeisaiahh asked: Thank you so much Andrew... i didnt mean to stalk your tumblr but i am truly blessed from your thoughts and insights inspired thru/by God. =D

haha thanks?! I usually just post things close to my heart. :)

if you don’t mind me asking, who is this??

God’s grace is one big scandal.

It’s not that type of scandal that you’ll see on magazines or be heard on the news. and no it’s not degrading the grace of God, it’s simply.. a true statement.

I first heard this saying while listening to Hillsong’s new album and they had a song on there called “Scandal of Grace”. It was a beautiful song that really captures the love and grace of God. But it really made me think of what is God’s grace. Is there a specific definition? So I did my research, look throughout the bible and even Google! I found a common theme when searching for a clear-cut definition, “God’s grace are the good things that we did not deserve” or “God’s sufficient love” etc, just statements along those lines. It was just so many definitions, so many assumptions of God’s grace, it was a bit overwhelming..

I’m a believer that we’ll never fully comprehend or take in God’s love and grace. It’s just too big. Too much. Just like how God is just too big for this earth. We can only take a microscopic amount of grace compared to the infinite grace that He carries over us. It’s something that we can never comprehend or find logic too. But it’s something present throughout our lives and scripture. I’m not a pastor or some theological professor but I would think a pretty good illustration of God’s grace is how He brought His son Jesus Christ into flesh to live a perfect life and to be sacrificed so that we may be freed from the chains of sin that has grounded us. Now is that logical? To us, humans, it may not be. But for God? Who knows. Just cause something may not seem logical to us doesn’t mean the same in God’s perspective. 

These were some of the things that has been on my heart recently. These past few weeks, I was feeling guilt. I questioned why does someone so sinful like myself deserve to be in the grace of God. (because He loves us! I know. I know.) but ironically in these past few weeks, I found myself comforted by His grace. But because of that, I felt guilty! (i’m weird, i know..) I found myself lost in His grace. I wasn’t being stressed out from the weeks of full-time work and school. My personal life has taken it’s blows but nothing that really hindered me, but made me grow and think in more through God’s perspective! It was exciting, it was a blessing! I was consistently being challenged emotionally and I found myself falling back to His grace rather than relying on “physical things” to bring my mood up. But that’s where I questioned what His grace is.. what is it? What is truly His grace? Was it God’s grace that I found myself lost in? I was looking everywhere but I just couldn’t find it. But then I realized I was trying to control and define His grace instead of letting God be who He simply is; wonderful.

This is where “confidence in convictions" kicked in. Knowing that the love I felt was from God, that no human being could ever give me that kind of love that I received. But knowing that I can never fully comprehend it. Just like how you can know someone but never fully comprehend what they say or do. To me, it’s the same thing with God’s grace. We know of His grace, it’s all written throughout scripture. Especially in the New Testament. But to fully comprehend His infinite grace? I don’t know

Maybe it’s better to know that His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9), instead of questioning it. & instead of getting lost in His grace, maybe I should continuously find myself through it because who we are really depends on who we think God is.

Why is God’s grace a scandal? Because it’s hard to believe. It’s hard to comprehend. Because it’s always a shock of what it offers to us. Because it seems illogical to give such unmerited favor to such sinful people. But why did He do it? Because He loves us.

"Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." - 2 Peter 1:2

 ”For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people” - Titus 2:11

amen.

                                                                                               with Love,

                                                                                              Andrew Cha.

I’m the best.

I can testify and wholeheartedly tell myself and others that I am weak. That I am sinful and I believe i’m a lot lower than most. These things I can say with conviction.

So why is it that I can’t accept others faults thinking I am better than them?

These past few months, God shined His light on my imperfection that I had thought I had overcome. My lack of acceptance towards people. The lack of accepting people’s faults for what they are.. Because of the lack of acceptance, it has changed, altered, or destroyed my relationships. For example, I constantly discipline myself by in a more “radical” way and I expect the same out of other people. I create these expectations on people that I have no right to make.

We, as humans, are all different. We all act differently, some work well with others but there is one God that keeps us common. As it says in Psalm 139:14. We were wonderfully and fearfully made by our Creator. All HIS work are wonderful. 

So many happenings, scenarios, and emotions that God has implemented in these past few months that have really open my eyes to the reality and severity of these sins that I have completely ignored. It bothers me how my stupidity and selfish needs get in the way of my spiritual life. It bothers me when many efforts have been put to eliminate it but it continues to come again and again. I’m so observant of my surroundings and because of that I see many layers of people that others don’t see. I see imperfections and something clicks inside of me that triggers it. And that “IT” turns me into something I can’t be..

I see faults and I think i’m better than them. So much better that I shouldn’t be around them or affiliate with them. Which is so biblically wrong! In Matthew 7:1, we are told to not judge! We have no right to judge. As I judge, I see myself as the biggest hypocrite as I am still a sinner like everyone else… 

I tend to want to see things through my own perspective rather than the righteous one. I got way too complacent with my faith. I put my spiritual life on pause because I simply thought I further than most.

I saw the lack of maturity in spiritual and emotional life. & God has taken me to the deepest hole in order for me to recognize it.. 

I share this publicly simply because I want to show my brokenness. To show how the love and discipline of the Father can take us out of our comfort zone for our own good. God took me out of my spiritual fantasy and took me into a place of humility where it showed how much of a spiritual infant I am. Now I pray my butt off…

take control Lord..

I feel weak. Tired. Emotionally exhausted. Is this worth it? The confrontation? The perseverance for resolution? I’m just not a fan of all this negativity. This feeling of resentment. But I know in my heart it’s necessary.. right?

I’ve always handled these things with such immaturity. I essentially ignored it, put down others and even created other situations similar so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the current one. It’s pathetic, I know.. But I know in my heart, as a follower in Christ, and as Andrew Cha, I have to grow up. Mature so that my actions will give glory to God. Taking away the pride that I carry, to get rid of my sinfulness by addressing them; praying about them, and even risking relationships. 

I knew this was something that had to be done. Because of the amount of resentment that I carried in my heart, I couldn’t just let the sins be ignored. After weeks of praying and praying, I just knew I had to confront it. Now since i’m in the middle of it, it’s become a lot harder…

With my 20th birthday coming up, my growth as a man, and a follower of Christ has been exponential. But looking deep into my habits and current happenings in my life, it brought light upon the stupidity I still carry. The sins I still possess…. I got way too complacent of my faith and as I look how God has shined light on it, I look at it as a light of action. To act upon it… I simply need to mature

I need to calm myself. Be patient through the storm. Give absolutely everything to God so that He will have ultimate control. And with His ultimate control, His will, not mine will be done. Take me through the adversity and negativity through the comfort of Your grace.. God, be with me. 

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:17-32 NIV)

Lord, Abba, Father, let me take in these words from the scripture you have left us. To meditate upon them and act..

God, give me strength.

Amen.

I deserve death..

I don’t deserve this job.
I don’t deserve school.
I don’t deserve my life.
I don’t deserve the blessings You have given me.
I don’t deserve to be saved.

And yet, You have saved me.

Because of Your salvation, I shall live my life according to Your will. God, thank You for giving me this reminder. It has humbled me to submit to Your grace continuously through all the wear and tear that I may go through.
spiritualinspiration:

10 Great Quotes from Francis Chan
We say things like, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Then we live and plan like we don’t believe God even exists. We try to set our lives up so everything will be fine even if God doesn’t come through. But true faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God’s fidelity to His promises.
Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.
If life were stable, I’d never need God’s help. Since it’s not, I reach out for Him regularly. I am thankful for the unknowns and that I don’t have control, because it makes me run to God.
We are consumed by safety. Obsessed with it, actually. Now, I’m not saying it is wrong to pray for God’s protection, but I am questioning how we’ve made safety our highest priority. We’ve elevated safety to the neglect of whatever God’s best is, whatever would bring God the most glory, or whatever would accomplish His purposes in our lives and in the world.
Christians today like to play it safe. We want to put ourselves in situations where we are safe “even if there is no God.” But if we truly desire to please God, we cannot live that way. We have to do things that cost us during our life on earth but will be more than worth it in eternity.
To be brutally honest, it doesn’t really matter what place you find yourself in right now. Your part is to bring Him glory—whether eating a sandwich on a lunch break, drinking coffee at 12:04 a.m. so you can stay awake to study, or watching your four-month-old take a nap. The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift.
This is the God we serve, the God who knew us before He made us. The God who promises to remain with us and rescue us. The God who loves us and longs for us to love Him back.
God has allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great and that knowing Him brings peace and joy, even when life is hard.
A friend of mine once said that Christians are like manure: spread them out and they help everything grow better, but keep them in one big pile and they stink horribly.
It is easy to become disillusioned with the circumstances of our lives compared to others’. But in the presence of God, He gives us a deeper peace and joy that transcends it all.

spiritualinspiration:

10 Great Quotes from Francis Chan

We say things like, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Then we live and plan like we don’t believe God even exists. We try to set our lives up so everything will be fine even if God doesn’t come through. But true faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God’s fidelity to His promises.

Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.

If life were stable, I’d never need God’s help. Since it’s not, I reach out for Him regularly. I am thankful for the unknowns and that I don’t have control, because it makes me run to God.

We are consumed by safety. Obsessed with it, actually. Now, I’m not saying it is wrong to pray for God’s protection, but I am questioning how we’ve made safety our highest priority. We’ve elevated safety to the neglect of whatever God’s best is, whatever would bring God the most glory, or whatever would accomplish His purposes in our lives and in the world.

Christians today like to play it safe. We want to put ourselves in situations where we are safe “even if there is no God.” But if we truly desire to please God, we cannot live that way. We have to do things that cost us during our life on earth but will be more than worth it in eternity.

To be brutally honest, it doesn’t really matter what place you find yourself in right now. Your part is to bring Him glory—whether eating a sandwich on a lunch break, drinking coffee at 12:04 a.m. so you can stay awake to study, or watching your four-month-old take a nap. The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift.

This is the God we serve, the God who knew us before He made us. The God who promises to remain with us and rescue us. The God who loves us and longs for us to love Him back.

God has allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great and that knowing Him brings peace and joy, even when life is hard.

A friend of mine once said that Christians are like manure: spread them out and they help everything grow better, but keep them in one big pile and they stink horribly.

It is easy to become disillusioned with the circumstances of our lives compared to others’. But in the presence of God, He gives us a deeper peace and joy that transcends it all.

(via spiritualinspiration)