We are natural painters of our own lives. The moment we are conceived the journey of life starts. A blank canvas is what life is. Every stroke corresponds to every act we do in life. Colors vary and styles differ as things are done individually. Yes, we are free to paint the way we want our life to be because we are privileged with freedom from our Life Giver.
But we have learned that painting this canvas excluding God’s mentorship will definitely lead to disappointments and revisions that never end. There are always these frogs of life that want to be part of the painting too, they even want to control our hands and creativity as we strike the canvas with the brush. Should we let these frogs affect our mood, decisions, and eventually our character?
These frogs are the sins that entered this world since the fall of Adam and Eve. They are older than us. They are wiser than us. They know our weaknesses. They mastered how to trick us. These frogs became part of our lives because we allow them to live with us. We know them. Most of the time we feed them. Their annoying sounds became cute as we let them settle in our lives.
Not giving up
The sad part of life is the fact that there are lots of people who are giving up. Others lose their hope without even trying to solve the problems. When the sight of frogs comes, their nerves break down and most end up feeling helpless. People search for answers everywhere; they come near, far-seeking help in all places. Some rely on their own skills and abilities, while others depend on external help; but still the result is often a clear failure.
What is it to be feared of the frogs? Life must go on and the painting must continue because Jesus is our Mentor. Frogs of life are not to be dreaded of because Jesus is alive to help us. Why search everywhere or beg others if the answer is just a prayer away? Who was able to get rid of the vast and countless frogs in Egypt? Nobody, not even the wise men of Pharaoh. It’s only the hands of the Almighty God who can do it.
The experience of having thousands of literal frogs in a household was recorded In Exodus 8. This number was in the household of Pharaoh alone, but the plague actually hit the whole land of Egypt. How many frogs must that had been?
“I belonged to a wonderful school family!”
I really want to say thank you to everyone for the past two years that I have studied at BAIS. I feel at home when I came to this school. The warm hospitality and the love that they showed to me made me feel that I belong to a wonderful school family that love and care for each other.
Small steps to God’s Kingdom
Parents, along with the Sabbath School teachers and adult fellow believers, can help pattern the growth of these children according to how “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” (Luke 2:52)
Countdown to that Glorious ‘Fireworks’
Like the display of new year fireworks anticipated by the massive crowd, the majestic coming of Jesus is also assured.
We know the answer, but…
“So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to – the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.” Ephesians 4:22-24 GNT
Without God’s help, there’s no way to escape these frogs. They come suddenly, and often strike enormously. What could possibly be done then?
Pharaoh knew how to get rid of the frogs. In verse 9 of the same chapter, he called Moses and Aaron to plead to God to remove the frogs by which Moses quickly asked:
“When do you want the frogs to go away?”
Pharaoh’s response is what most of our answers too. God asks us when do we want to get rid of the sins in our lives, and our answer is, “Tomorrow.” That’s how stubborn we are, and that’s why our painting has no direction and is always messy.
How to get rid of these frogs?
We know that there’s a solution to this problem, and that solution has a name: Jesus.
In this sermon by Pastor John Mordhorst entitled “One more night with the frogs” which eventually ended with “No more night with the frogs”, he shared to us three things to exterminate these frogs in our lives. These three keys were based on his personal walk of turning back to God. At the end of the sermon, he also shared the two words that motivated him to start dealing with the frogs of his life.
What are these tips? Please watch the video and kindly use the comment box below to share to our readers those motivational tips from the testimony of Pastor Mordhorst as presented in his sermon at Bangkok International Church of Seventh-day Adventists.