Tag: Jesus

What is Your Name?

It’s a steady Saturday so I had time browsing on blogs and trying to create an itinerary, which I am still not in the mood completing. Guess I like the pressure of a few days left before I travel before coming up with something.

So because of this pleasant weekend (and a long one at that since Monday’s a holiday here in Manila), I had a chance to listen to music as well. One of them is Matthew West’s ‘Hello, My Name Is’.

Names have always been  special to me because my name doesn’t have a specific meaning. Yeah. :-/ And names say so much about a person eventhough most parents don’t really know what the future is going to be like for their children. A name is a declaration and a vision.

Have you been called names that have wounded you in the past and are still scarring you now? Has anyone called you something which you do not want or not true but is starting to take a toll in your life just because it was declared upon you? Someone has been through that; and it’s not just me.

“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”

– John 1:11 (NIV)

When Jesus was here on earth, everyone had been calling Him a prophet; the Messiah. He was popular. Everyone wanted Him and His miracles. But when events turned out as it should be, everyone had been calling Him names which He didn’t deserve until he breathed His last breath. And guess what? He endured all those name-calling and those condemnations you and I received (and still will receive) and those were nailed with Him on the Cross. Jesus restored our identity in the Father.

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—”

– John 1:12 (NIV)

And there was a promise. So whatever names your past, present, or future call you with, remember that you have a name which was already set for you by your Father through Jesus. You only need to believe it and live by it.


There is Power in the Name

I woke up too early today due to sleeping early the other evening because of the cold weather. After browsing some things, I decided to go back to sleep since I still feel a little sleepy.

Then I was in deep slumber.

I know I was dreaming. First dream is that I was in the house of one of my friends and we’re having some girl bonding.

Change scenes.

Next dream I was with my teammate. We were talking about baptism. I was explaining with her why in my faith, baptism is being done when you are old enough to understand because then you can decide what to believe in.

When I was about to explain why people are being submerged during baptism (see 2 Corinthians 5:17 for reference 😊), I felt someone trying to stop me and covering my mouth. I can’t open it and no words would come out! I felt something heavy in my shoulder as well! Now I know something is not right.

You know this is not the first time I dreamt of something like this. I used to just move around in bed trying to wear out whatever’s stopping me. I usually get out of the grasp but am too exhausted afterwards.

Earlier, as I was trying to “escape”, I was reminded that more than any power there is, Jesus’ name is more powerful. I rebuked the evil spirit in Jesus’ name! I can freely move afterwards.

Told this story to my sister when we both sat down. And she told me, yes, I was moving in my sleep, trying to utter words she cannot comprehend.

And I was fully made aware that now is not the time to be lax. Everyday is a battle for us. As Paul said in Ephesians 6:12: “For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

Which army are you with then?

What is a Testimony?

A friend came to me one time, asking me this thing, “How can you testify of God’s work in your life to other people if you have been a good person since you could remember?”

I somehow remembered, not once has it happened, that a person will come to me and tell me, “You’ve always lived straight since you were a child. You have never gone astray.” What they don’t know is I have.

Continue reading “What is a Testimony?”

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.


I have been reading the book of John as of the moment (but yeah, I should have been in Acts na nga e. LOL) and upon arriving to chapters 15 and 16, there have been wonderful promises and statements from the Lord Jesus Christ which I (and everyone else who believes) should always be reminded of:



vv. 4 “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”

vv. 7 “But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!

vv. 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.

vv. 15 “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”

vv. 16 “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.”

vv. 18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.


vv. 7 “But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.

vv. 13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”

vv. 24 “You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

vv 26 to 27 “Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.”

vv. 33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.


What wonder it is to read the Word as you discover that you are given these things! God is marvelous! He never leaves us hanging. We just have to be open to know what He has in store for us. 🙂


Passages were from the New Living Translation, taken from The Bible Gateway.