God’s purpose prevails

Growing  up as a kid, I had always had big dreams and goals. Goals I thought I could do on my own and dreams I thought were best for me. Many of us have been in a situation where we make plans, we succeed, but in most cases fail. You have probably asked yourself why your plans don’t work and why things don’t go in your way. Well, I have good news for you. You don’t need to worry about your future, so long as your life is surrendered unto the Lord. It says in Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” It means our plans will only come to life if they are in line with the purpose of God.

In 2015, I returned home after a year of work in Japan. I had plans lined up for me and my family. Hoping what I had saved would be enough to make those come true. But, everything just came back to where it used to be. I had to start from scratch and do hard work.

I remember I was lying in my bed on a dark, silent night praying to God, “Please give me a second chance.  Send me back to Japan and I won’t take it for granted. Please give my best friend a chance to prove herself. She is worthy of recognition. She doesn’t deserve so much pain.” Next thing I know, God has blessed us so much than what we had expected—a family in Japan we can call home, good friends, life experiences that have fashioned us into a better person and many more. But the best gift He has given us is God himself. It was God’s plan all along for me to have a heart to go back to Japan and bring my best friend with me. If it wasn’t for her we would still be living blinded and lost. If I hadn’t had the desire we wouldn’t have encountered the Lord. It is His will for us to be saved. I thought it was my desire and plan but it was actually His all this time.

Father God, thank you for the purpose you have put in our lives. We believe that only your plans will prevail. Help us to align our plans to Your plans, in Jesus name I pray, amen.

 

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Seek and Receive

Matthew 6:33 King James Version (KJV)

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 

When I was working as an Online English Tutor, I had a friend who’s a Christian and she told me every morning and every night she would read the Bible. At that time, I didn’t understand why and at the back of my mind I was like, “I tried to read the Bible but I just couldn’t quite understand.” In other words, I had no interest in reading it because it has “thy”, “thou”, “findeth” and the list goes on.

October 2nd 2017, Jesus saved me. He himself revealed His goodness, faithfulness, forgiveness and His love. From then on, I knew in my heart that I needed to know God more. I hungered and thirst for His word, His truth and His very nature. I attended bible studies, never missed Sunday Church services, and guess what? Every morning and every night I read the Bible, prayed that God reveal himself even more to me and His good will and purpose in my life. Jesus did not fail me. He never fails those who love Him and those who earnestly seek Him.

In my walk with God, I have realized that seeking Him is an everyday-routine, an every-moment connection. It has no end and no boundaries. We are ought to be committed in seeking the Lord because He wants a relationship with us and because He loves us.  When you have a deeper relationship with God, and the more you spend time with Him, you are giving yourself a chance to be more like Him. Seeking the Lord means allowing Him to take over your life, your whole being, being dependent on Him alone and when you do His goodness will rest on you. When you have Jesus in your heart, everything just works perfectly.  He takes away and adds to you.

When I surrendered my life to the Lord, He took away what I didn’t need and added joy to my life. Jesus satisfies my soul and He is all I will ever need. And by this, all things have been given to me.

Father God, thank you for your goodness in our lives. I pray that those who are seeking You, finds You. I pray this in Jesus name, amen.

Glory to God our Father in heaven!

 

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God’s love

Love. Hope. Faith. Among all three, love is the greatest.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5″

Faith and hope have always been significant in me. No matter what the circumstance I would always see myself win. Well, in some cases, figuratively winning battles. I would sometimes choose to be positive and let go. I have had my share of failures and heartaches. I had seen myself fall, cried a ton of tear, broken…

“Every thing has its end. It will pass.”

My head shouts those lines when I am in the most unlikeable or should I say destructible situations. Because I know I have someone, not in a way that I am aware of His presence but because He is gracious and favorable of me. He was, He is, He has been and He will always be there for me—God. God gives us joy, peace, comfort and love that no one could give better; not your family, friends and not even your significant other. And believe me, there’s no greatest feeling than having the presence of the Lord. Once you have tasted the goodness of the Lord and His presence, you will always come hungry and thirsty of Him.

God is the alpha and the omega. He is always the same. He stays the same. His love for us endures forever. He remains faithful, even though we don’t. God is love, love is God. How great is our God, how great is His love.

Before becoming a devoted Christian, I had always been a person who seeks goodness. To me, it was a criteria to whether be friends or not with people I meet. I wouldn’t usually show the best in me. I would often show the strong side of myself and be observant for a period of time until I am comfortable to open up. Being nice is easy but to love when you don’t receive love back was a big thing for me. It is not because I hunger for love. I am loved by people I care most; my parents, sister and friends have always shown their love for me. I am loved and needed all my life which maybe, in some ways taught me to value genuinity. I didn’t want to waste time speaking to someone, investing my all and later regret allowing them enter my space.

Love teaches us to be patient, understanding, thoughtful, be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, to be forgiving even though people are not worthy of our forgiveness, to love though they’re not deserving of love. Among all things, the Lord has taught me especially to be a loving person, which means I should love my neighbors in any way possible. This is the second ultimate commandment of the Lord. It is amazing how it sums up the 10 commandments of God. Obedience is the key. Let’s obey God the Father. Praise His name forever.

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. Mark 12:29” 

“Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8-9” 

Knowing His greatness and power, His love and mercy, His grace and forgiveness has changed my life drastically. It is so much easier to love the unlovable, forgive the unforgivable, and to speak blessing instead of an insult. It is FREEDOM in Christ Jesus.

Let’s all check our hearts for the Lord will bless us according to what we have done. Let’s do our best and picture ourselves receiving more of His goodness and kindness. To God be all the glory!

 

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The Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

I never really understand what this verse means until three nights ago when I had a fight with someone I value so much. For us two, it is always easy to argue than to make peace. I guess for most of us, pride and ego are inevitable. It is so much harder when we think it is us who is right.

God teaches us something every day. It is he who changes us into a better person because he is the lover of our soul and the perfecter of our faith. Indeed, when you have tasted the goodness of the Lord, you will never wander alone. He will always stand guard, be beside you every step of the way.

We would always not talk to each other for hours and even days after an argument but that night was different. We were guided. It humbled our hearts and we started praying for each other. And believe me, it is the best feeling ever—letting yourself drawn into understanding, kindness and goodness.

I would sometimes tell myself it is difficult to be a Christian because your greatest enemy is yourself. Once you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that’s when you will be tempted and tested the most. But God is true to his promises; you will always be convicted.  And you, being the warrior and follower of God must not let the enemy rule but stand firm with the law of God by the Spirit. I believe that if you let the Spirit take over, it will be so much easier to live the life God has given us. We must live by the Spirit and not by flesh. Let’s glorify the Lord by obeying the advocate he has given us freely by grace and mercy. Glory to the Father in heaven!

 

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I trust in You

“The true meaning of entrusting your life to the Lord is when you feel safe, secure, and free from the spirit of worries, sadness and what ifs of the past, present and the future. When you trust God with your whole being there comes PEACE, JOY, COMFORT and LOVE. God is love.”

To the one reading this, I pray that you feel the presence of the Lord, in time, according to the will of the Father. Wait patiently and PRAY WITH FAITH, in Jesus name, amen. 

November 14, 2017 Tuesday

God really is full of surprises. Well, it is not always a good one, most times some things are revealed to us in the form of trials, hardships or challenges. Which we, human in flesh, take negatively. Often times we ask, Why? Why is this happening to me? How am I going to get through it? What’s next after this? Am I going to survive? I am pretty sure I am not the only one who’s guilty of this. We worry and overthink.

Later last night, I wrote that quotation above. It is amazing how God has already prepared my heart. I thought for a second my job is at stake and that I would have a whole lot of stress because I will be teaching kids starting March next year. But God is so gracious, He let me ponder with the word from the bible which says, Submit to the authorities because God has placed them in position either to punish or reward someone’s work. It is the will of the Lord. 

Romans 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgement on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

Therefore, I know I am safe. My job is secured and the life of those whom I support back in the Philippines—my family. I trust God with my whole being. That one second thought faded easily as soon as I recalled what I had written last night. And like I said, sadness fades and when it does, there comes PEACE, JOY, COMFORT and LOVE. I love you Lord. 

 

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GOD WOKE US UP

November 6th year 2017

It has been about two months since I sincerely and faithfully accepted Jesus as my personal saviour and God. Each day is full of challenges, encouragement, revelations and feelings I never thought I would feel; it’s overwhelming power of God, the love of God. Thank you Jesus. As we continue our walk with you Lord, may the Holy Spirit guide us all the way to you.

We thank you Lord for the opportunity to praise and worship you again. Thank you Jesus for your overflowing love and presence yesterday. Thank you for letting us know the power of Sleep Fasting.

Truly, we need to keep pressing in and keep moving forward towards you no matter the situation and circumstances Lord. We thank you because we are not alone in this journey. You are always with us and you make sure that it is made known to us.

Just this morning Lord, you have given Josephine a gift, a gift she could use to empower our fellow believers. Thank you Jesus for the gift of prophesy and vision. It is indeed one of your promises to equip us so we may be able to help, encourage and edify oneself but more importantly the lives of our sisters and brothers. We testify to supernatural intervention, and we are honored to be blessed and be a blessing to other people. Thank you Lord Jesus.

Here is to what yet to come, the Holy Spirit of the Lord lives within us. I and Josephine shall not lose our way, rather, will find and lead the God’s way for his people towards life, into the arms of the holy one and only son of God, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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A NEW PERSPECTIVE BECAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST

September 8th of this year, I have decided to take a step towards getting closer to God. Motivated by my best friend, Josephine, I was able to do so. It was nothing like a simple decision this time, believe me. Why? Because I am a sinner. I had sinned for a decade. 10 years, I was blind. I could see but I chose not to see.

Now, with God’s command, I am choosing not to add more days to those sinful years. I am choosing to be better and free from ungodly acts; I am choosing God.

You wouldn’t believe that in just a short span of time, God has changed my heart and the way I perceive things. It’s so much different–lighter and full of life. Indeed, if you accept God in your heart, if you choose to love and not hate, know that Jesus saved us on the cross and washed away our sins, you will have a peaceful and joyful life.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit… God, I love You. I trust You. I love you with all my heart, my soul and my strength. I surrender everything to You. Because of You, my life has become a lot easier and lighter. I do not worry, I do not long for worldly things anymore, I don’t live for the future but I live only for today. I have seen earthly things in a different view. I know now what matters and what doesn’t. You made me glad, Jesus. You have brought joy to my life and to the lives of people whom I love. Thank you Jesus. Thank you for giving your life to save us. You are my good shepherd. Thank you for always showing light to my path, leading me to the light of life with no darkness. Thank you Lord. I will listen and follow your voice till the very end. This I pray in the name of Jesus our Savior, Amen.

 

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