Month: March 2015

Trust The Father

by Sis. Kai Barnedo

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Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

This is my short prayer to the Lord that He leads me in His path, to mould me and walk beside me in my everyday life.

People think that they can do almost anything. We are really dependent on our own strengths and capabilities. Often times in my life, I’ve been deciding what I want and what would be good for me, confidently thinking that I can manage it all alone. Yes, sometimes, I consider other’s opinion before I make a decision. But how about God’s opinion? Am I considering Him? Where is God in my priorities? These questions remind me and truly rebuke my heart that I just remember to pray if I am too burdened by the situation. It is easy for me to say that I have a big God but not really putting my faith in Him from the beginning. We under estimate the power of God, as if we could do better without any help from Him.

This verse taught me how to remember the Lord even in a simple way, whether I am upset, nervous, smirking, anxious, excited etc. We should always plead to God for guidance because only God can give us a reliable answer to our questions and doubts. And also remember that the Heavenly Father is glorified when we totally depend on Him, in every circumstance of our lives.

This is my encouragement to all. Like how kid’s pray, let’s imitate them! The innocence of their heart leads to a genuine prayer.  If they are scared, they will immediately tell someone. If someone gave them a gift, they can easily remember to say “thank you Papa Jesus!” I’d rather be like an innocent kid, (depending only God) than to be in my age right now knowing all things in this world but misleading my way to our Father.

Wisdom From God

by Sis. Gigi Rabanal

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James 1:5- If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

James says that if anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask God. The wisdom James is telling us is the understanding and practical skills needed to live a life glorifying God. Likewise, it is the knowledge and the ability to make wise decision in difficult circumstances. We should ask God, who is the Creator and provider of every good and perfect gift.

God uses trials in our lives to draw us near to Him. Through trials, we are shown that we cannot do anything without Him. If we seek Him more in prayer, God will give us His wisdom. When we get wisdom, then we are able to handle those trials that come and will come upon us.

We should always ask wisdom from God so that all our actions will end up pleasing and glorifying God.

 

Following God

by Bro. Primo Jabilles

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Proverbs 3:1,3
1My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, 3Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.

I usually tend to just go with the flow in most situations and not think too much on things. I just face every situation up front and just let things happen. I am confident that it is all up to God’s will. The thing is, I just do it myself and often forget the teaching’s I’ve heard on Friday service, devotionals, and on Care Group’s even if I’m always reminded every now and then.

The above text tells me to bind around my neck and write on the tablet of my heart all of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. That wherever I go, I should have them, and whatever I will do, I should think of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness first before doing anything.

Wherever we go or whatever we do, we should always hope and pray that we will not forget the teachings that we hear and the Words of God that we have read ourselves. We can always look up to Paul the Apostle who has always been keeping God’s steadfast love and faithfulness wherever he goes to preach the word of God. We are always bound to fail and sin in our life but as we move along with this journey with Christ, we are to grow in our faith and follow Christ and be with Him in the end.

I pray that it will grow from inside of me and make it my lifestyle. It’s not going to be easy but we should strive hard and persevere as we are followers of Christ and we are all under His mercy and grace.

Oh Lord our God, enable us to follow your commandments. We are under your grace and mercy forever and let your steadfast love and faithfulness be with us always. Amen.

God’s Task

by Sis. Tin Valencia

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Acts 20:24, NIV) – “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

I remember when I enrolled myself to college way back then; there was an interview portion. One of the clinical instructors asked me “What is your goal for yourself?  What are your plans for your future? Where do you see yourself five, ten years from now? Our clinical instructor was simply assessing my answer if my heart really desires to be a nurse. Even my planned didn’t become a reality for me to succeed in becoming a nurse. I know God has better plan for it.

No matter what our goal we have set, we only have limited time here on earth. The oldest man recorded is said to be 122 years old. Some say “lucky” and some say “unlucky” that they didn’t live longer on earth. But, how old or young you may live isn’t important. The most important thing is to finish the race what God’s task has given to us, the mission of sharing the good news of God’s grace to everyone.

That “task” does not require you to become a nurse, an engineer, a teacher or whatever you’ve accomplished. This task doesn’t require you to make a lot of money or to give everything you own to the church or to achieve your dreams. It only requires an obedient heart, one that Honor God’s word and loves the Lord with all his heart, mind and soul. One with a pure heart, whether you  have the lowest position of job in your office, it doesn’t matter.

Our academic accomplishments and the riches in our bank account don’t matter to GOD. For the eyes of God, We are all the same! No one is less than anyone else. No one is greater than anyone else either. We were all placed on this earth strategically by our Father in Heaven, to do His will, not ours. He placed some of us in lowly positions, not because we are lowly, but because He knew we could do the most good in those places. And, He has elevated others so they can use their position to elevate even more people and to bring them closer to Christ. Unfortunately, where human nature is involved, some people fall back on their own free will and use their positions to better themselves instead of our Savior. We live in a broken world. However, it’s not so broken that it can’t be fixed. It takes just one person at a time. Like Paul suggests, our lives aren’t worth anything unless we use them in a way that brings glory to our Savior! Where do I see myself five years from now? I pray “I see myself a more closer to our Lord!”