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Not I, but Christ

16 Jul

I threw myself to the bed at the end of the day. I was exhausted physically and emotionally. I asked myself, “Is it worth it?”

I had to finish two papers, prepare for a debate, a report and make much much research but I can’t start working on any of them because I need to meet someone who needs me. Three hours passed before I got to go home. I prayed, “Lord, is it worth it?”

Early this year, I realized I don’t really know how and what love is. I wanted to know what love is and I want to know how to love. So, where else should I turn to but to the God who is love? I prayed to God that He will teach me. I prayed that He will teach me to love like He does and so He did. He taught me not only through the Bible but as He teaches me through His Word, He also put me through everyday circumstances where I can practice what I learn.

The process is enlightening but it is also painful. I didn’t only learn what love is but I also learned about relationships, priorities, motives, words and actions. So far, the most difficult thing about love is sacrifice. There are times when sacrifices are worth it. It’s those time when I enjoyed the fellowship or when God replaces what I lost with something better.

However, that is not always the case. Lately, I asked God and myself if my sacrifice and suffering are worth it. Then I saw this verse, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me (Gal. 2:20).”

I asked myself “Is it worth it?” I’ve forgotten. This is not for me and this is not about me. This life I live, I live in Christ. I may lose this life but I’ have eternal life. So I pray that I’ll be a bridge of His blessings, love and His grace. I’ll pray that my hands will always be open to receive and give what God gives me. And when this life comes to its end, I’ll go home to God’s embrace and enjoy Him forever.  Will it be worth it? A thousand times YES! ^_^

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The most important thing about you is your perception of who God is

9 Jul

I’ve Learned

26 Jun

I’ve learned…that when you’re in love it shows.
I’ve learned…that just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.
I’ve learned…that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
I’ve learned…that being kind is more important than being right.
I’ve learned…that you should never say no to a gift from a child.
I’ve learned…that I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.
I’ve learned…that no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
I’ve learned…that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
I’ve learned…that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I a child did wonders for me as an adult.
I’ve learned…that life is like a roll of toilet paper. the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I’ve learned…that we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.
I’ve learned…that money doesn’t buy class.
I’ve learned…that it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I’ve learned…that under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I’ve learned…that the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
I’ve learned…that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I’ve learned…that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that
person continue to hurt you.
I’ve learned…that love, not time, heals all wounds.
I’ve learned…that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with
people smarter than I am.
I’ve learned…that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I’ve learned…that there’s nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling
their breath on your cheeks.
I’ve learned…that no one is perfect until you fall in love with him.
I’ve learned…that life is tough, but I am tougher.
I’ve learned…that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
I’ve learned…that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
I’ve learned…that I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I’ve learned…that one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I’ve learned…that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
I’ve learned…that I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.
I’ve learned…that when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.
I’ve learned…that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
I’ve learned…that it is best to give advice in only two circumstances: when it is requested and when it is a life-threatening situation.
I’ve learned…that the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

SOURCE: FEBC Philippines

Never Give Up on Yourself

25 Jun

Only for Him

10 May

While I was reading Unlimiting God by Richard Blackaby, I encountered a very wonderful description of the intimacy God and Moses shared. Such intimacy is something to be envied. And yet, God didn’t allow Moses to enter the promised land. We know God is merciful. We know He is gracious. Yet, He didn’t allow Moses to see the completion of his life’s work. It will leave you wondering.

Of course, God is still sovereign. Our finite minds can’t completely understand His infinite wisdom and His perfect will.  What if we didn’t see what God sees in Moses’ heart?

We can read how Moses obeyed God, how he faced the most powerful ruler during those times, how the Red Sea didn’t stop him but when God told him that he will not enter Canaan, he pleaded and asked God to change his mind not just once. Our desires are powerful tools. It can bring us closer to God but once spoiled, it will be our downfall.

Still, I praise God for the ending of Moses’ story. His story showed a jealous God. He prepares us only for Him.

Love is spelled as D-I-E

7 Mar

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… discovering new and difficult aspects of love along with the question “How should I respond to God’s love for me?” (a question that popped on my head while having my quiet time on the beach) …

How should I respond to God’s love? Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching…” – John 14:23 God wants us to respond to His love by obeying His command. What then is His command? “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” -John 15:12 Jesus commanded us to love one another as He loved us.

How did He loved us? “Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down his life for His friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” -John 15:13-14 To love is to die. This is true love. God sent His Son because He loved us. Jesus so loved His Father that He obeyed His Father’s will even if His Father’s will brought Him to the cross.

Love. akala natin ang simple lang gawin, ang dali lang intindihan. hindi natin alam, sobrang misused at misquoted na pala. Love. akala natin ang sweet, nakakakilig palagi. pero feelings lang pala. Love. hindi lang decision at commitment to accept a person no matter what we see in them. dahil yun ay kulang pa pala.

Hindi natin kelangang mamatay sa katawan at magpaka-martyr para sabihing nagmamahal tayo. Jesus loved the world even before He reached the cross. He loved by dying on Himself everyday. He loved when He put other’s need before His. He loved when He humbled Himself to serve the people and His disciples. He loved when He minister to the sick and the hungry even if His own physical body is weak and hungry. Love is dying to yourself for the sake of others everyday of your life.

But, this shouldn’t depress us. Jesus encouraged us.

“Do not let you hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” – John 14:1

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” -John 15:11

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart (note:exclamation point) . I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

The Importance of Personal Purity

13 Dec

Disclaimer: The video is property of Christ-Commission Fellowship – Ortigas, the church where I’m serving during the weekends  I’m staying in Manila.

For the past few weeks, the Lord is dealing me with purity. Purity has been the topic in our DG at church, DG at campus, spiritual conversations with friends and now in our Sunday Service. I pray you will also learn the importance of personal purity and God’s real heart about sin.

(Soon, I’ll write down what I’ve learned from this week about purity. )