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.

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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!”

Why Worry?

by Bro. Coco Labrador

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Psalm 23:1 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

I still remember when I was young, during my elementary days we had this sort of year-end field trip with my classmates. The teacher handed me a consent form to be signed by my parents. I was so excited and I rushed home to ask permission. But my father was hesitant in signing the consent form and told me “Give me 10 good reasons why will I allow you to go?” Even though I gave 10 good reasons, it was not enough to convince him. And every year thereafter this was the same scenario. I’ve been asking myself why my father doesn’t want me or even my siblings to go in such a trip. Then I just realized that he was thinking for our own good. He is worried that something bad might happen to us.

Human as we are, we tend to worry about anything and everything. What to eat and drink, what clothes to wear, where to go this long vacation, what will happen to your unstable company, why they cut your salary, how to raise your child, which decision you will take, and so many other more concerns. Even us Christians, we worry a lot just like the unbelievers worry about the common things of life.

That is why David is reminding us that the Lord is my shepherd. When we see David’s life, he was the king who lived prosperously, peacefully, and enjoyed all the things he desires. Yet, he considers himself as a weak and defenseless creature. He takes God to be his Guide, Provider, and everything. He did not forget about God and acknowledge that he will be like a lost sheep without a shepherd. He delights himself to God, who is the author of all the blessings he enjoyed.

We can say that this looks easy for David because he has everything, we can think why will he worry about anything else? The truth is, it is even more difficult if we were in David’s situation. The time when we are experiencing little prosperity or let us say our lives are sailing smoothly or without any problems, we tend to forget God and we start to worry about everything. David did not worry. He humbled himself in need of the Lord as his guide, protector, and as His shepherd. David continued saying in that same verse “I shall not want”. According to John Piper, “He said this not because he has everything in this world but because (he never lacks anything that the shepherd thinks is good for him)”.

So whatever our situations maybe right now, whether we have a valley of problems or experiencing abundance of life, we should and must trust our lives to the one who holds the universe in His hands, the true Shepherd our Lord Jesus Christ.

So why worry?

PRIORITY ONE!

by Pastor Alfred Abadilla

Matthew 6:33 (ESV) –33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
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When my priorities are not in order, for sure my life will not be in order. For example, I received my salary from an ATM machine at the mall. I saw a lot of things that were very attractive to me. In no time, I just bought it without thinking if I really needed it. When problems come later on, then only can I realized that it was not my priority in the first place. Likewise, in my work, if I did not set which is my first priority, I’m sure it will be messed up.

Now the question is: what is my priority? Or what is your first priority?

More often, we prioritized others things rather than God. When someone is asking the same question to us, the first thing that comes in our mind is my family, my Job, my career, my saving, and other things. How about God? Sometimes we remember God only in times of troubles because we did not put Him as our first priority.

At verse 33” But seek first the kingdom of God”  

The word seeks means to “actively pursue” or “desire to obtain” In this verse Jesus already told us what should be our first priority. Every day in our lives, we ought to seek first the kingdom of God. In order to seek the kingdom, we must first seek the King. Because we cannot have the kingdom without king. Jesus wants to be our King on the throne of our heart.

Not only are we to seek His Kingdom but also to seek “His righteousness” not only are we to be seeking God’s control over us, but we are also to be seeking God’s character within us. We must desire it. Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Again the lord says that if you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all things will be added to you. Now what “things” was the Lord referring to? God doesn’t give us everything we want, but God always give us what we need. If you have a genuine faith seeking God, then all the pleasurable things in this world will not be our priority but only God who will gives us the real pleasure forevermore.

Allow Jesus Christ to be our Lord. Put Him first as our priority. Live every moment for Him, and He will take care of the rest.

With GOD, we are not alone!

by : Sis Vanessa Namoc

Hebrews 10:24 – “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (NIV).

Encouragement

Real friends bring out the best in each other. They encourage and motivate one another to reach their goals. Friends who will cheer you up on your success and optimistically support you on your failures.

There’s an old Zambian proverb that says, “When you run alone, you run fast. But when you run together, you run far.” The lifetime of God glorifying habits ahead of you — is not a 50-yard run. It is a marathon.

Marathon runners know there comes a point when you start getting a pain in your side that makes you want to give up. But if you have other people running with you, you can find the strength to continue to the finish line. The same is true in your journey to a new you.

I could really relate to this now, I’m now slowly immersing myself to the activities of the church in our aim to give glory to God.  I used to be just in the backseat and watch everything unfolding before my eyes. But now the tables have turned.

The same is true with my fellow batch mates. This is something new to us all and we journey on this together.

There are times when we feel tired in serving the Lord. Let us always remind ourselves of the cross and that this is nothing compares to what God has done for us. He gave His son up for us! Isn’t that mind-blowing?! With GOD, we are not alone! We know it will be ok because God is always there for us and I know He won’t leave us astray.

By God’s Grace, He is sustaining us day after day, giving us the wisdom to accept corrections from others and giving us strengths to do what we have to do.

One way we can all achieve our God-given goals is to have others involved in our lives.  Lets us encourage one another, pull each other up in the race for our joy.

Remember brothers and sister, the journey of serving the Lord is not just a one time-run in the park. It is a marathon.

I pray, that we continue to encourage each other and never lose the fire burning in our hearts for the Lord. He deserves all that we have! God bless guys!