Posted in Advice For the Young at Heart

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)

Posted in Lift up your head

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.

Posted in Be a Berean

Living Godly

Whenever I tried to get close to God or strive to follow Him more, for some reason a lot of things would go against my way. Even when I write on this blog it feels something or someone is trying to prevent me by putting  obstacles on my way.  Either God is testing me or the enemy is mad at me. Anyways, I was reading my daily devotion this morning and I ran across this verse on 2 Timothy 3:12(NASB), “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”  Take note what he says that not just living godly, but living godly in whom? In Christ Jesus. And it says will be persecuted not maybe.  So if you’re wondering why, don’t be shock.

 

Posted in Lift up your head

Come Home Backslider (A follow up to Backslide)

A lot of the things a new believer encounters are very common in the Bible. If you take your time and do your own research. However, it is very compelling and surprising with the amount of information the word of God gives you that pertains to every aspect of human life. I’ve been a believer for quite a while and I’m still finding things in the Bible that often surprise me. Like, the apostles being homeless. You name it, whatever struggle and problems you’re facing right now it’s there.

Coming from a family that’s devotedly Roman Catholic, even the tradition and education that molded me who I was. I had to make a choice whether to follow Christ or break away from tradition. I choose the first. My parents, weren’t happy at all. So are my teachers, and some friends. It was hard and heart breaking at the same time. Here I am, thinking families, friends and love ones should be happy that you finally found the truth. Quite the opposite. A lot of Catholic schools have a Religion class, I would get excluded from class discussions because I would challenge what’s being taught. Explaining that it contradicts the Bible. The hardest part actually was with my parents, I mean they suppose to be there to back me up. Isn’t it that’s what they wanted? For me to be a better man? It broke my heart. The way they treated me change so rapidly and I wasn’t prepared for that. Then one night I was at a service, the Pastor mentioned that even Christ close relatives doesn’t believe in Him. Telling Him that He should show himself to the world (John 7:3-5). Christ even defined who are His brothers and sisters. And those are the ones who hear and does His words (Luke 8:19-21).

It’s not easy being a Christian and I guarantee you. You’ll burnt out, to the point that you’ll be all alone, betrayed and forsaken. You’ll cry out to God and all you hear is just silence. You had enough that you beg God to take away your life. Elijah (1Kings 19:3-4) and Jonah (Jonah 4:8) have been through it. So is Job.

I hear a lot of preaching today that material wealth equates God’s blessing and favor. You’ll be prosperous when you become a believer but Christ and the apostles never preached such thing. There was only one individual who promise prosperity to those who follow him. Remember, when Jesus Christ was tempted in the wilderness. Yes, the devil is the only one who promise prosperity in the entire new testament (John 4:8-9). If you decide to follow Christ, do so because you love Him, because He love you first. I asked my brother once, why I can’t be as succesful(materially) as other people. Am I curse or just keep making the bad choices? And then he told me this verse, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you (John 15:19).

If you find yourself alone. Beaten and treading life by its own. You are not alone. The apostles and disciples of Christ have been through it. Even Christ had to go through it. He could’ve change the situation if He wanted to. And yet He chose to stay with us and be a man to suffer and die as a man. It’s nothing new you’re brothers and sisters in Christ have been through it. So rise up, repent and come back. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

In closing, I leave you this.

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “for your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Posted in Advice For the Young at Heart

Backslide

They are numbers of reasons why a believer backslides. Some they miss their old ways. Some couldn’t handle the pressure of being set apart from the crowd. Of being make fun of, ridiculed and the isolation not only from your peers but from you friends, and worst of them all from your own family.

The most common of it all is the promise that everything will be better, once you become a believer in Christ. People get disillusioned, then discouraged and eventually abandon their faith. The truth is your problems will be magnified ten to twenty times. You’ll feel persecuted from every side. The things that you didn’t care before now it bothers you. Before when you get up in the morning, all you do is eat breakfast, take a shower, brush, change and then off you go to work. Now you have to devote a time for God in the morning. Which means getting up earlier. And nobody wants to get up earlier.

Your heart has change. The things that you don’t care start bothering you now. You stop cussing. You don’t go out partying anymore. You stop lusting at that lady next door. Everything is brand new. You feel invincible with that newly found conviction. People start noticing and look at you weird. So weird, that people start distancing themselves from you and to make it even worse your own family start persecuting you. You didn’t get the promotion because everybody thinks you’re a bigot. Your phone start ringing, a call from your significant other telling you that she found someone else. That you don’t fit in her lifestyle anymore.

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Pressure start building up, you become overwhelmed and start to ask God why? You’re mind is full of doubts. Contemplating if you should continue on. You have lose so much, there’s a lot at stake. Is it worth it? You feel drained and abandoned. And with all your might you just broke down in tears. You remember about what the Pastor said that things will get better, that he will bless you with such and such. Then a turn for the worse, you went back to your old self. Now you don’t have to worry about anything. You’re free at last. Or so you thought.

It is heartbreaking when a believer backslides. Is there hope? It is nothing new or uncommon. It happened to myself. One way or another we have steered away from our faith. I’ll be doing a follow-up post on this one and share with you my own personal experience on how to avoid the pit falls and getting your faith back.

Posted in Be the light

Selfish Prayer

Lately I’ve been noticing the way I pray. Most of the things I’ve been praying are things that everyone wanted. A better job, higher pay, better living standards. I pray about it hardly that I can’t help but notice that what if I pray like this for someone who is lost. I said to myself how selfish I am. That I am so blinded by the cares of this world. “I must have this, I must have that.” Blinded by all the distraction, from social media to every entertainment that bombards us where ever we go and the busyness of our careers. The smart phone that always quietly screaming at you saying, “Hey, check me it’s been five minutes since you last held me that’s too long, you don’t want to miss what’s going on.”

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For every situation I encounter in life. I always like to compare it during the time of the Apostles or the New Testament believers. How would they react if they’re in my situation right now. What would happen if I pray so hard, so passionately for those who are lost just like the way I ask God whenever I need something. Could you imagine that? You’ll probably say, “Hey, prayers don’t work.” Let me tell you this, back when I was in High School I would pray for my whole class for their salvation. Sometimes I would even name them individually in my prayer. Fast forward today, I found a couple of them on Facebook. Guess, what? Both of this individuals have their own ministry. I can’t believe it myself.

Once you’ve become a Bible believing Christian, it doesn’t stop there. We are commanded by Christ himself to make disciples and preach the gospel to every corner of the world, which is the great commission. Step back a bit and let’s re focus on what our mission is in this world – the preaching of the gospel. Remember when you look at someone, that individual would spend eternity somewhere.  I don’t have to mention those two places, you already know.

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Tying the Knot

Marriage is one of the major events that we go through in this life. It could turn out in bliss or total disaster. I don’t consider myself an expert but having been married for fourteen years, I’d like to share some of the things that I’ve learned. ‘Hoping that it’ll help you along the way. You probably find this harsh but hey, so is life. Marriage is not a laughing matter or a joke.

Be Yourself

This doesn’t have anything to do with marriage itself. Rather leading to it. Show your true attitude. Do not try to impress each other, being careful not to offend each others feelings. Be honest and be blunt. Marriage is all about trust. If you like to fart, fart don’t hide it. Just reveal the true you. Don’t think that he or she would be turned off. Don’t do it on your first date though. See, what happens if you let those barriers go down after your marriage. You both will be asking what happened and realize that everything change once you got married. Let it out . Don’t be afraid. If you drool while sleeping let her see it. If you can’t control your fart let him hear it. It is better to find out the things that annoys you while you’re dating than later on after your marriage.

Don’t Marry for Love Alone

There’s a saying “Love is Blind,”. Yes, indeed love can blind you that you overlook the other important things. Remember you are going to be with this individual for the rest of your life(‘hope so). Love alone cannot put food on the table. Make sure you’re both financially stable and responsible. Sooner or later, you’re going to have children. And having children is costly. Marry someone that’ll be there to help you and not totally depend on you or just let you do everything.

Character Before Appearance

Again, you’ll be with this individual 24/7. It’s not only about sex. Physical appearance wears out eventually as you age. Character does not. Be with someone who you have something in common with. Otherwise you’ll end up contradicting each other all the time. Marry someone who shares the same believes and faith – I cannot stress this enough especially if you are a believer in Christ.

Good luck out there. Have fun, and if you do get hurt. It’s fine, its called life. Let time take its course and heal up. You’ll be ready again for this race called life. The goal is not to win but to finish it.

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God is Love

As I drove on the way to work. I can not help and fathom how our society is plunging into darkness. What use to be bad is now good. What use to be unnatural is now natural. When is society going to wake up and see the fruits of its wickedness. Families are being torn apart. When families are destroyed, society is too. Because the family is the basic cell of a society.

As I think of this, if I am God I don’t think I have all the patience and endurance He have. Seeing how people constantly mocked me and reject me. I would pour out my wrath instantly. So what’s the main quality that make God, God. Is it because he is all-knowing. Is it because he’s always in control. Is it because he created you and I, the whole world and everything in it. Is it because he has the power to life and death, that at this very moment I could’ve drop dead if he says so.

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Remember God sees everything. Both good and bad. Pleasant and unpleasant. Being blamed for everything, even though not a single word you’ve told them to do weren’t being followed. And yet they have the audacity to blame you. Forgetting even that the one they’re speaking to is the very One who created them. Having power over their life, body and soul. Imagine yourself in His shoes. Your heart and soul would be torn apart, and I bet that you won’t be able to contain yourself to take action. To exact judgement and punishment.

In spite all this God sent His one and only son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. Take a moment and close your eyes and imagine how he felt when he made that decision. Knowing that they would still reject Him and His Son until this day.

So what makes Him God? His unconditional love for us. No other individual in the world has that kind of love. Loving someone who won’t love you back. Now that is what I call true love to which there’s no such law.(Galatians 5:22-23).

So remember this next time you put the blame on God. I don’t know who you are and what your situation is. He is waiting for you, all you need to do is read His words through the bible. Repent while there is still time. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Don’t believe the lie that God doesn’t care or that He doesn’t exist because you’re still sinning and enjoying it. And God wouldn’t do a single thing about it.

The truth is He is giving you a chance to change and to repent. To come back to Him.Do not wait. Do not postpone. Life is too short and eternity is too long.

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If I, Would You?

If I tell you that
Christianity  has to nothing to do
With worldly prosperity
Would you still wan to be one

If I tell you that
The path is narrow
That leads to heaven
Would you still be interested

If I tell you
That to follow Jesus Christ
Means to deny yourself
To serve rather than to be served
Would you still
Have the ears to listen

If I tell you
That to be a Christian
You would be rejected
And forsaken by the people close to you
Because you offended them
For speaking the truth
Would you still keep the faith

If I tell you
That you would be beaten,
Spit on, curse upon, forsaken,
Jailed and even death
Would you still proclaim the gospel?

If I tell you that Christianity
Commands you to love your enemies
To bless those
Who curse you and pray for those
Who spitefully use you
Would you think that would be insane

And yet that’s what Christ exactly did
For every sinner
That includes you and I
And every living soul on earth

Now
Would you still
Want to be a
Christian?