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Trials and Punishments

When I was younger sometimes I found myself hating my parents due to the fact that they were so strict.  I held this belief that somehow they’re there to get me and make things miserable for me.  I realize now all the rules and punishment was for my own benefit.  Wouldn’t be any different with our Heavenly Father.  I actually thought they never love me.  Now, being a parent I understand why.  I realize that they truly love me.  And I’m very grateful for that.

Nobody wants to go through trials but it is a necessity for growth and change.  We get fixated on the hardship that we’re going through.  We start doubting and ask God why.  Then the devil will start spewing lies.  Telling you that you are never good enough and God doesn’t care about you.  Whatever you do you’ll always be a reject and a failure.  Go back to the words of God.  Because it is the truth and that’s how you defeat all the lies the devil has planted in your mind.  Do not let your past and failure defines you.  It is not who you are.  You are a child of God.  There’s nothing you could add or take to gain favor with God.  You are under grace and God loves you just the way you are.  You have to keep believing in Him and let Him lead, surrendering every area in your life. When I say you’re under grace I hope you don’t go on sinning willfully.

I’ve been through a lot of trials myself.  The recent, my wife and I breaking up.  I never thought in my life I would get divorce.  It is painful and heartbreaking.  It’s been the reason why I haven’t written lately for the past few months.  Through this, it made me closer to God than ever before. It made me realize all the lies the devil has put on my mind.  My faith and understanding with God has never been deeper before.  I know the enemy had hope that it’ll be my demise and fall from faith.  I admit that for two weeks I was defeated but by God’s grace I was able to get back stronger than ever before in the entire history of my Christian life.  Then I look back all the  good things that this trial produce.  Like faith, obedience, perseverance, patience and peace.  I know it’s sound crazy but I thank God for it.

You’ll never know peace until you experience it in the midst of chaos and confusion.  Peace is not the absence of trials or problems.  Peace is when you know that deep inside God’s got you and He is always in control.  Remember Joseph and Job.  There circumstances were bleak and hopeless and yet  He can always make a 180 degree turn.  In the end everything will fall into place, it’s all for the Glory of God.

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Best Way to Worship God

What is the best way of worshiping God? Is it by lifting our hands, singing in praise? Giving our time and money to the church. Helping those in need?

As I sit here, I thought and wonder about Christ’s temptation, how the devil promise Him all the kingdoms of the world and all its glory so long as he bows down and worship Him. He didn’t even ask Christ or offer any conditions. Just bow down to me in exchange of material things. What an egotistical maniac. Sadly I found this often among us believers. We only know Him when things are good but when things are bad we tend to go back to the ways of the world. Try to fill that void of sadness and emptiness with alcohol, drugs, pornography, or whatever carnal things we indulge yourself into. Only to find yourself in the end that we are empty as ever. We are too blind to what God is doing behind the scenes, we are too ignorant that there’s a spiritual warfare going on. I know it blinded me. All I see is the hurt I can’t see anything else just pain and darkness. I am going through a storm right now but I’ll write more about that in upcoming posts. I ask God why, and as weeks go by I see myself closer to Him. And I thank God through this storm I’m going through He opened up my eyes and I had a chance to share the gospel among relatives which I haven’t done for a long time. One of the ways how mature you are as a believer is trusting God and entrusting everything to Him no matter how bad you are going through. So bad, that everything doesn’t make sense and everything is against you.

If you want to know what kind of worshipers does God wants, you don’t have to look any further. John 4:23-24 says, “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” And the only way to find the truth is to read His words and obey it. Mankind have this mindset that Christ’s words are burdensome, it is far from it. He Himself said, I came to give you life and to give you more abundantly. The enemy comes to destroy (John 10:10). Truth is the only one that will set us free from being slave to sin and it is only found in Christ Jesus.

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The True Measurement Of Courage

Scene 1

Somebody cut you off in traffic, you got mad and yelled at the person. As you drive away, you gave him the middle finger. Someone cuss at you, you cuss back and pick a fight. You don’t take any crap from any person. Always standing up for yourself. You drink, you smoke and proud to be a player to prove the world that you’re a man. This is what man makes a man you said. I’m bold, I’m brave and I’m no coward not like this fellow I work with, who shuns women even though they’re flirting with him.

Doesn’t drink, no vice, doesn’t want to go the strip club. What kind of man is that? Is he even a man? What a coward!! P—y!! Weakling!! I’ll do what I want, whenever I want. This guy need to have some courage. You gotta have some fun, you know.

Scene 2

You forgive even you’re not at fault. You desire to serve rather than  be serve. You don’t look at women not because they’re unattractive, but you know in your heart that you would be committing lust. And whoever looks at women with lust commits adultery in their heart. People view your actions as a sign of weakness. A pacifist. Deep inside you, you wanted to do what the majority is doing but you won’t for the simple fact that you ought to obey God not man. You follow Christ’s commandment not only for the sake of your salvation but because you love Him and He love you first even though you’ve failed and wronged Him so many times. So you made that decision. No more flirting with the world. No more compromising with the God’s word. Better to suffer in doing good than to suffer in doing bad. Day in, day out you struggle to keep your sinful nature from mastering you. It is hard, not an easy task. Just go through this day and finish it without sinning.

Sometimes when you’re lying there in bed. You’re heart beats faster like a locomotive train coming at you. Palms start sweating. You can’t sleep and you just keep turning. You hear this voice and it says, why don’t you go online and take a look. It’s free you know, a lot of fine women. Don’t worry if you fall you’re save by grace isn’t it.

But no, you must resist the urge. Ignore it, even though you’re shaking for resisting it so much. You had enough. Now, you must stand up and conquer it. When tomorrow comes you hope and pray that God will give you strength again. To nail your old self on that cross.

Which one do you think takes more courage to do? If you look at first scene, it is not courage at all but mere impulses and natural instincts of the flesh. It’s just a crowd mentality, trying to fit in even though you knew deep inside that it’s wrong. For all those struggling out there dealing with trials and temptations. Pat yourself on the back because you’re the one that’s courageous. Courageous, because you refuse to fit in and participate in this sinful lost world. If you find yourself falling into temptation get back up and live another day to fight the good fight of faith. Do not listen to the voice of the enemy that you’ve been beaten by succumbing to his plans. The only way he’s beaten you is when you stop fighting and trying. As long as you’re alive, as long as you have breathe no matter how bleak the situation is there is always hope in Christ and strength in His words. It’s been tried over and over again from the prophets to the apostles until today. So keep strong we might not see each other but God sees all our battles, and whether we fail or victorious Christ is there waiting for us to welcome us home.

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Living Without Sinning

Everyday I see people running and jogging. It’s good to see such individual taking care of their physical health. Technology has been such a big help that we can accurately track our progress. How much calories we’ve burned, how fast we were going and the distance we’ve traveled. Like any other human task we always strive to do better than the last time. By looking our previous performance we can see which one we have to work on more.

Why can’t we do the same thing with our eternal health. Do you think it’s impossible to have a sin free life? Beside we’re talking about eternity here. Isn’t that what grace is for, to cover our sin? Grace is not an excuse to commit more sin rather, it should be the reason not to sin. Yes I know it is very hard to do. It is close to impossible. People who wanted to lose weight said the same thing and yet they were able to achieve it. Beside Jesus Christ himself said, If you love me obey my commandments and why call me Lord when you don’t do what I tell you to do.

So, how about it? Start today or tomorrow, remember your eternity depends on it. Thinking of a good eternal exercise here. How about stop lusting. Stop cursing. Caring more for other people instead of me, me, and me. Being loyal to your spouse not only when they have money. Stop watching porn. Stop going to the strip club. Being kind to someone even though they’re mean to you. Read your Bible instead of listening only from the Pastor. If you’re worried about keeping track of your progress, don’t worry God is up their recording everything. We will all take account for every word we’ve said and actions we’ve taken.

You could do this once or twice a week until you get better that you do them everyday. Not only when you feel guilty. Sooner or later your peers, parents, co-workers even your pets will soon notice and say you must be a Christian!! Congratulations your achieve your goal and the eternal crown of life will be waiting for you.

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Let Man Be Man and Woman be Woman

Family is the basic cell of a healthy society. You want to destroy a country without actually waging a physical war, simple, destroy the family. No father to look up to, no mother to guide the home. No fear , no moral compass. Can not decipher what is right and wrong. No one to hold accountable to but only themselves. Majority of the empires fell and crumbled not because they were militarily defeated but because of moral bankruptcy.

And what better way to achieve this than to blurred the lines of what a man is and what a woman is. I probably be called a bigot or a sexist for writing this. I’ll write it anyway to show to you how you’ve been robbed of your innocence and purity. Blinded by this world. If you just take a step back and be the observer. Study every generation. Watch the classic movies and old tv shows and compare it today. Ask yourself how did we get in to this mess?

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They are characteristics that makes a woman for what she is, the same thing goes with man. They are made for each other, help each other, complement each other and eventually complete each other, not to outdo and use and abuse each other. Society always dictate through the media and learning institutes that women must be and surpass men. That they can do better than men. In reality they are just things that women can’t do that men can do and vice versa. That’s what make them unique to each other. Not some  kind of deficiency.

They’re is nothing more joyful than having a family. Having children and watch them grow. When I first held my daughter in my arms the day she was born, I would describe it this way, “It’s hundred times better than falling in love with the woman of your dreams.” You have achieve your career goals and all the material things you wanted. Everyday we’re getting old and clock is ticking. For all those singles out there I didn’t say this to taunt you but to encourage you. It is for those who have deferred time and time again to pursue the cares of this world. How much is enough and when is enough. Sooner or later you’ll grow old. Death will come eventually. On your bed you remember the words again empowerment and progressive. “To who you ask, to myself or to the god of this world.” You realize you’ve been robbed all along.

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Repentance

Going to church religiously
Listen to the Pastor attentively
With paper and pen on hand
Taking notes
Never miss a service
Or even late

Know the word of God
From beginning to end
Quote the word of God
Like the back of hand
Sing songs of worship
And praises
Feeling of euphoria
Soul uplifting
Tears roll down
On cheek
Feeling the love
That’s been freely given

Good and kind
In every deed
Help the needy, feed the hungry

Looks like everything is perfect
But somethings missing
You never repented
From your sins

You could worship Him
And read His words
Love both neighbor and enemies
Even forsaking the world

But without repentance on your part
The word of God
Is of no effect
At all

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Life Is Short

The day before Christmas eve, I found my self browsing through antique and thrift stores. Looking for anything that is of old, anything from the 18th to 19th century. To the 50’s until the 80’s. As the people I know from the older generation start dying one after the other. It dawns on me that sooner or later it’ll be my turn soon. I remember when I was younger, to just take my time. I had this sense of eternity and invincibility. Now that I’ll be turning 40, that isn’t the case. Those days were seem like yesterday. I found myself clamoring for the old things that I wish I could bring them back.

I had this sense of rejection of the technology we use today. Life was much simpler then. I start watching classic movies from the 50’s. I watched the 80’s music videos over and over to relieved all those good memories. Women were so beautiful in that time. Very classy and tactful. You could actually tell the difference between a man and woman. They were very pretty and the dress, don’t even start me on that. Sometimes I think I could travel back in time and live through their time. Not so today. Almost everyone is covered with tattoos or piercings. Just like what my brother told me,”You’re getting old indeed.”

Nowadays, I am always grasping for time. I guess you could say it’s one of the perks of being married and having a child. “Be careful what you wish for,” how many times I’ve heard that. I see many young people where I see myself in them during my younger years. The same advice I’m giving to them were the same advice that was given to me when I was at their age. I didn’t understand it then, now I’m living it.

Cherish the moments you have with your family and friends, people that’s always been there for you even though they’re not there with you. Don’t spend too much time on your phone or playing video games. Heck, don’t spend time at all with both of them. Because once a memory is gone it’s gone for good you can’t bring it back.

In spite all this observations, I don’t see the arrogance of mankind ceasing. But quite the opposite. Ever been proud and boastful. Having a sense of eternity and invincibility. Nothing is new under the sun, like the book of Ecclesiastes says.

In summary I leave you this verses:

“For the fate of the sons of man and the fate of the beasts is the same. As one dies so does the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. All go to the same place. All came from dust and all return to dust.” (Ecc.3:19-20 NASB)

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecc.12:13 KJV)

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Daredevils

Last night I was watching this documentary about freestyle motocross called Unchained on Netflix.  I love watching action sports because not everyone can do it and the adrenaline rush. I have a lot of respect for this guys the fact that no matter how many broken bones they suffered they’ll do it again.  One conversation that really hits me  was when they ask the riders why they do it knowingly that it’s dangerous and it could cost their life, living their wives’ widows and children fatherless. I mean this guys have multiple fractures, broken ribs, you name it they’ve been through it and the crazy part is they’ll do it again even they have full of doubts, fears and in pain from injuries.  Even the doctors advise them not to ride ever again.  To my amazement, they just don’t give up. So, one of the riders replied because it’s what they love to do.

This struck me  and I could relate with my walk with Christ.  I hope that we don’t follow Him not just because of the rewards but rather because we love Him.  No matter what we go through in life. In perils and dangers. I wish and pray we’ll get back up again for this is what we want to do. This is what we love to do, to follow Christ and to reach out to the lost and down trodden.