Tag: Faith

Risks

While doing my morning ritual of checking out the Tweets that I follow, I stumbled upon Sitti‘s and one of her updates says, “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” This was inspired by the verse from Ecclesiastes 11:4 (Let me use the version from The Amplified Bible) which says,

He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

Too many times, we came across circumstances where decisions are necessary; and not just simple decisions as what color of flip-flops you would wear or what hairstyle you would have today. Sometimes, decisions which we have to make is a matter of life and death (Yeah, exaggerated maybe.) – Life and death of a career; life and death of a relationship; life and death of a breakthrough.

Most of the time, we calculate too much – looking at our surroundings, checking if each strand of eyebrow is at place or if our shoes are well-polished, not knowing that there proves to be situations when getting caught open and willing to change and motion bears good results.

Waiting for the perfect time to come may not happen if that’s what holds you from doing whatever you need to do, or want to do. Unless you make an action or two, given the circumstances where you’re in, you could never move from where you are now.

Don't be afraid of crossing the other side of the street... Like a kid, there is Someone who could guide you through until you can do it yourself πŸ˜‰

Taking risks may cost you something, right. But would you rather learn from it or play it safe, waiting for the perfect time until never finding out what could have been? Your choice.

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PMS and other Randoms

I feel so emotional since the other evening I just want to cry. Maybe because a lot of things are happening to me as of the moment. Not to worry, though, I am don’t want to cry because I am sad. The occurence of different events might have been just so fast yet so slow and I was so overwhelmed that I don’t know what to do. Hehe.

Today, though, I suddenly remembered that I am feeling a sligh pain in my lower abdomen. Yeah, my time of the month might be happening sooner. Hehe. Maybe, too, that’s the reason for my being too emotional the other evening. Waaah!

Anyway, well… I want to make carpe diem! my motto every day but I don’t know if I could live it out. Grabe as in capital G! 😦 (See how emo I am now… :P)

The other evening, too, I was reading my Bible and got this message form the chapter I left out Friday evening because I fell asleep (I know, I am bad.) It goes:

Nevertheless, in [the plan of] the Lord and from His point of view woman is not apart from and independent of man, nor is man aloof from and independent of woman…

1 Corinthians 11:11, AMP

My Bible’s NLT but I decided to post the passage from the Amplified version since it is clearer (I got it this morning from The Bible Gateway) Thank God for His message. I want to say I don’t get it but yea, I do.

Secured

This morning, while I was fighting over going or not going to work, I browsed through my phone and found a draft containing the verse Psalm 16:5. Didn’t bother looking at it as I returned to sleep. When I finally got up, I checked my phone again and passed through the drafts folder, and there, I get to see Psalm 16:5 again. Then I decided to browse through my Bible and here’s what I found (Got the NLT version):

“Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.

You guard all that is mine”

Most of the time, I worry a lot on what is in store for me in the future and what is about to happen with my immediate involvements. But God has assured me that my future is well taken care of already, and with this promise, He has assured me more that everything, as in EVERYTHING – every single promise that He is bound to let flow in my life,Β  is in the palm of His hand. πŸ™‚

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Walking Your Talk – Living your Faith even if it is not Sunday

I am down with the third book for the year (Waaaah! It’s just the third book I have finished so far and still a lot more to go!!!) and am currently reading Xtreme Faith by Kelly Carr. It is a compilation of stories shared by different teens regarding their faith.

One quote taken from Brennan Manning caught my eye and made me ponder on how my life is in the eyes of other people. It states:

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyles. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

We are God’s representatives in this world, and our lives are the best representation we could have of Him. If we live differently from how we confess Him, then, who would ever believe? I bet I, myself wouldn’t.

This challenged me. I hope all else who declare to be believers of Jesus Christ would be, too.

Running Away, Offering Up, Surrendering Yourself

I. RUNNING AWAY

I am currently reading Elisabeth Elliot’s book Quest for Love (a wonderful book containing a collection of stories, both good and bad, about romantic relationships) and got to this chapter on Temptation. Being a book about relationships, Elliot mentioned that for us not to get into temptation is to stay away from all possible sources of it. “We need to… renounce sometimes even the legitimate things in order not to be taken by the evil that lurks at every turn”, she mentions.

Often, I hear people say that they were not able to get over a situation because everything “Just happened. I was not able to resist.” But resistance is a choice. Elliot also mentioned in her book, “Be on alert. Be honest about your weakness. Stay clear of the thing that tempts you.” As Paul told Timothy, “Flee the evil desires of youth…” (2 Timothy 2:22, NIV) Being an action word, fleeing is something to be done – with initiative.

Mythological character Ulysses acknowledged the possibility of falling into temptation by tying himself up and plugging his eardrums with wax as his ship passed by the Sirens’ area. Joseph ran when Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him, knowing that what she wants would not be right in the eyes of his master and of the Lord.

Running away is not always for the coward. Most of the time, it is courageous men who knows how to do it.

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II. OFFERING UP

Practiced with the worship team earlier for tomorrow’s service. Before stating with it. My friend, Roy, was the one who shared and it was about Abel.

Now Abel pleased God by offering up to Him the best of the flock. He was not hesitant in giving it to the Lord.

In our daily life, we should not be hesitant in offering God the best of what we have. It doesn’t just have to be money but time, effort, talents, worship, even our troubles. God asks for it, not because He wants to deprive us of the best but because he will work on it to give you the best-est best. πŸ™‚

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III. SURRENDERING ALL

Had a really cool devotion the other day.

If there could be anyone in the Bible who has showed me the best example of obedience, that would have to be Jesus Christ. In John 6: 39 – 40(NIV), Jesus readily obeyed his Father and knows what He is here on earth for, the lost.

From the passage, two things I learned: 1) When we obey we lose nothing (vv. 39); and 2) Obedience gives us the desire to do good, not only for our own benefit but for others as well (vv. 40).

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Have a blessed weekend and a wonderful Sunday morning! πŸ™‚

Faith In Spite Of

Last evening, I was given an opportunity to share in our weekly young adults’ small group meeting (Our leader, Ate Merly went out with the other ladies from the women’s network for a day out that’s why I was prompted. Nyahaha!)

Anyway, even if that was rushed a bit (I was informed yesterday morning), I did not decline since I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to share a topic I was supposed to share a few weeks back but was not able to due to weather changes and other natural occurrences I have encountered (LOL).

I talked about faith. Few months back, I began reading Philip Yancey’s book Disappointment with God and gained a whole lot of insight on a lot of things, particularly when God doesn’t seem to show up when we need him most. I was particularly moved on his discussion on where we should base our faith.

As I began with my sharing I asked, “Yes, we know that it requires faith from our end to receive God’s promises, but what if we don’t receive anything that we hope for? Should our faith waver?”

Hebrews 11 has always been the best reference for the men and women who exuded faith despite their circumstances. Before, I thought that all these people were blessed from the beginning of their calling up to the end of their lives; I thought wrong.

Yes, there were mighty men and women of God who were really blessed. To quote from vv. 33 to 35a:

“… who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again.”

But then again, not everyone did. Some experienced the worst; others don’t deserved what they have gone though. To quote a passage from Hebrews 11, vv. 13 says:

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.”

Some people who were heroes of faith did not receive everything that God has promised; they even received the opposite. To quote further vv. 35b to 37:

“Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated…”

Yet, these people, who were tagged heroes, held on to the promise that God had for them. These promises may not be right away given to them, some were not of this lifetime, but for sure, those promises that they held on to were those that will SURELY happen. They viewed disappointments as something temporary and a preparation for something better. They understood that they are strangers of this world; they knew their identity that’s why they did not lose hope; further, they did not lose faith in God.

Hebrews 11: 39 to 40 says,

“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

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After my sharing, I gained really important and true insights from the people in the group but these two stood out:

  • God answers us not based on what we need but what He wills. This is not to power trip on us but because He knows what’s best for us. He wants us to be excited for what He has in store for us; and,
  • Faith as we know it, is not just trusting God; it is something far greater than any discouragement, than any persecution. It is constant. It does not depend on circumstances. It does not depend whether God answers our heart’s desires or not; but it makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.

So everytime I lose hope, oh well, what more proof should I need? Faith is not an excuse for me to force God to do what I want but it is a hope on what He has promised me. After all, I am not called His daughter for nothing. πŸ™‚

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Bible passages from Bible Gateway

Disappointments

Let me share to you, guys what I have talked about in our dawn watch earlier. Practically, it was based on the current book which I am reading: Philip Yancey’s Disappointment with God.

Of course, I believe that each one of us came to a point when we asked God for something and he gave an “otherwise” result – that is if He ever gave a result.

How do we react then? Do we say God is unfair for not giving us that something simple we’ve been asking for when all the while we’ve been the “good” little kiddos we could ever be? Now we should learn a thing or two from Joseph.

If there would be anyone who has all the right to come to God and demand something from him, it had to be this young kid full (literally and figuratively) of dreams. What has he done to suffer, a) Being sold by his siblings to be a servant to the Egyptians, b) Be thrown to jail for doing something which he has not really done (i.e. done something bad to Potiphar’s wife), and c) Be forgotten by a friend whom he helped inside the jail?

If we would take a look at Joseph’s life, we can see that he walked his path straight and remained faithful to the Lord all throughout. Did God hid from Joseph all through his life?

Some of us might have experienced what Joseph went through; been the goody-two-shoes all your life yet it seems like it’s no good after all. But like what happened in Joseph’s life, God wants us to put our trust in Him – not on what we have done or who we are. And even if we don’t see Him, God is working big time behind the scenes – like any production crew in your very own biography. He wants us to grow in our faith, day by day, one level to another. God allows trials to come our way to show us that in spite these trials, He is there to pick us up.

There are still more rocks on the path we are journeying but in encountering each of these why not remember what Joseph told his brothers,

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Genesis 50:20