A New Job During COVID-19 Outbreak – A Testimony

The news about COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore (where I am working) and whole world spread and caused great fear to everyone. It has a lot of implications in the economy that can caused work retrenchments up to closing of small businesses. A low economy may mean a hard time to get pass approval in Singapore. But I was surprised at how God moved in the middle of all of these things happening!

In the beginning of 2019, I have been praying for a job that will not just be a source of provision but a place where He will let me “sit beside quiet waters”.

I can vividly remember the day when God dropped me a date “March 17”. During that time I was asking God about the significance of the message I received and His reply was, “Trust Me and wait patiently.” March 17, 2019 came and nothing happened so I told myself that maybe the message was not supposed to be for me but was meant to be released on other people.

Days passed by until the calendar flips into another year – 2020. I received a phone call from an HR Manager in another company and was asking me if I am available for an interview. Right at that very moment, I was so puzzled because I cannot remember sending any application to that specific company. What puzzled me even more was the remark of the HR Manager when I asked where did she get my number and she said that someone recommended me to them for that position. That elevated my wondering even more!

So I prayed and asked God during that lunch time if I should go for it. There are a lot of worries and hesitations deep within me that time, and it seems to be that I cannot hear God at that very moment. “Old Comfort” was so resounding that a new opportunity should not be considered. But there is a big urge inside of me to go. It was very timely that our Pastor Christie [our dear Pastor in HOPE Filipino Congregation] was sharing about Joshua and Caleb spying the promise land which God promised to be “flowing in milk and honey”. When they return to the wilderness after seeing the land, they brought back good news! It was the first confirmation.

Pressing on prayer, God reminded me that I have been praying for a job last year but passively turning it down because of some obligations I have to meet for my family – so any chance to be jobless should not be an option for me. Then, He reminded me a memory of me praying for a new job during the teaching about the prayer of Jabez during the Leaders Camp 2019 – He has heard my prayers.

January 16 – I went down for interview. I was excited and full of expectation. I was like Caleb marching towards that office expecting what God has promised. After the interview, the HR Manager told me that she will call me if I have been short listed and set schedule for the final interview. The office ambiance was very peaceful and the people are cheerful and very welcoming. The receptionist even asked me if I want a cup of coffee while waiting for the interviewer.

The news about COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore (where I am working) and whole world spread and caused great fear to everyone. It has a lot of implications in the economy that can caused work retrenchments up to closing of small businesses. A low economy may mean a hard time to get pass approval in Singapore. But I was surprised at how God moved in the middle of all of these things happening!

January 23 – The HR Manager called me and asking for some details because she has been processing my pass application. I was so surprised about the news! I cannot describe that moment but I was so thankful to God and merely laughing at how silly I was not to trust His words.

February 3 – The pass was successfully applied and pending for MOM approval.

February 16 – The pass was approved by MOM. I tendered my resignation the following day.

February 25 – I officially signed the contract. I will be working Mondays to Fridays (office hours) with a favourable salary and allowances, with sufficient number of annual leave for family time and mission trips, with sufficient benefits to cover me as an employee. I underwent medical check up.

February 27 – The result of medical check up was released and I am fit for work.

March 17 – My last day at workplace. For me, this was the promised date of the Lord. The same as when He promised Joshua and Caleb that they will step into the promise land.

March 23 – I will report for work.

The Heart of the Father

“Communication” or “the way we interact with someone” (this is done by talking, facial expressions, hand gestures, and in our generation today we do communications through Facebook, sending SMS, voice call and even video call). The way we communicate with someone determines how we value them.

Examples:

We can talk freely with our friends and laugh about funny and silly things.

When we talk to our parents, teachers or someone older than us we always talk with respect.

When we talk to God, we talk through “Prayer”

“Prayer” is the way on how we talk to God when we thank Him for good grades, nice toys, and all the blessings He has given us. In the same way prayer is the way when we ask God for something that we wanted.

“Prayer is the way on how we talk to God”

We can learn through the Bible that Jesus talks to God the Father through prayer. In fact, Jesus taught us how to talk to God the Father in our prayers. Let us all read Matthew 6:9-13

A. God’s Word

Matthew 6:5-13

9 “This is how you should pray. Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,
12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation but rescue us from the evil one.

B. Teaching

As we talk to Father God in our prayer, we are looking into the good heart of God who hears all our prayers. By knowing His heart, we get to know His character as our Father which Jesus revealed by teaching us how to communicate with God through prayer.

Today, we are going to get to know the character of God the Father by looking into His heart through our prayer.

1. Key Point 1: God the Father is Powerful

“Power is the capability to do something.”

Who among you watch Marvel movies? Alright, the characters in different movies have their super powers that enables them to fight the bad guys. (Side note: But among them there One and Only Super Hero that saved the World, and His name is Jesus)

Most kids consider their father as “super heroes” or “super daddy” because of the strength that they can see from them. Our fathers are strong. They can lift us up and carry us in their arms. We often ride on their back and ask them to run around while they are carrying us.

What does the Bible teach about Father God’s being Powerful?

9 This is how you should pray. Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10 NLT)

Have you noticed how Jesus addressed God the Father as “Our” this means that we share one Father (with Jesus) who is in heaven.

Father God is so powerful (Jeremiah 10:12 NIRV “But God used His power to make the earth”) that by His spoken words He was able to create everything. In Genesis 1:1-2 NLT it is written “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

“But God used His power to make the earth” (Jeremiah 10:12 NIRV)

There are a lot of stories in the Bible where God showed his power. God even parted the Red Sea so that His sons and daughters, the Israelites can escape the chasing Egyptians.

Guide Question:

1. We all know that God is powerful, and He created everything that we can see around us. Name 3 of God’s creation which you like the most. Share why you like it.

2. God the Father is Provider

Can you still recall a moment when you ask something from your father? Like a new toy, a bicycle, a chocolate, or even a day in an amusement park?

We all grow up knowing that our father wakes early in the morning because he prepares to go to work. But have you ever wondered why he is doing all this thing? It is because he needs to provide for you.

Jesus showed how praying to our Daddy God connects us to him not because we need something but because we know that is our Great Provider (Jehovah Jireh)

10 Give us today the food we need (Matthew 6:11 NLT)

I remember another story in the Bible when it was evening, and there were a lot of people following Jesus. So, Jesus told his disciples to look for food, but they said that there were no nearby store and even if there is, they need to spend big amount of money to feed the people. Until one child offered his 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Let us look into the Bible what happened.

20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of left (Matthew 14:20 NLT)

Guide Questions:

1. Can you still recall the time when you asked from your father something? What was that thing? Did he give it to you?

2. What are the things you are asking Father God right this time? Share it to your life group and find a partner to pray for it.

3. God the Father is Protector

Our father is our life time protector. A “protector” is “someone with the ability to keep us secured against any harm or danger”

A “protector” is “someone with the ability to keep us secured against any harm or danger”

This photo of the father protecting his son went viral because of the great love of the father to protect the son from getting wet because of the rain.

This is the same love is what God is giving to you.

13 And don’t let us yield to temptation but rescue us from the evil one (Matthew 6:13 NLT)

Whenever King David is in trouble, he writes a Psalms to God to show how God protects him despite there are a lot of troubles. In one of his Psalm, he wrote:

2 “The Lord is my protector; He is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and in Him I am safe…” (Psalm 18:2 GNT)

Guide Questions:

1. Your father loves you so much that’s the reason why he protects you. What are the usual things that your father protects you from? Do you follow him? If yes, why? If no, why?

2. What are the things that makes you sad or worry? Share it to your group so you can pray for one another.

C. A Short Story About Father

Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says, “My dad writes a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it poem, and they give him 50$”

The second boy says, “That’s nothing. My dad writes a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100”

The third boy says, “I beat both of you. My dad inspired other men to write down on pieces of paper. Those pieces of paper is what we now call “Bible” – His name is God!

Father God is a Forgiving Father

God’s character does not stop in just being a Powerful Father, a Great Provider and an All-Time Protector but He extends His love by forgiving our sins through Jesus Christ who save us all by dying in the cross for our sins.

12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. (Matthew 6:12 NLT)

Looking into the heart of the Father, we can see that His Power, Provisions and Protections are not because He is able but rather to keep us in dwelling in His Presence to satisfy us. Satisfaction is knowing who He is and His plan for our lives, especially His salvation plan for us.

ARISE

HIS CHILD.

HIS BELOVED SON.

HIS BELOVED DAUGHTER.

‘Tis a wonderful and great moment when the Christian understands and firmly believes his/her identity in Christ as a CHILD OF GOD!

Once he/she takes hold of it and its implications, he/she will be irrepressible!

There will be no fear, no doubts, no worries.

No lies from the enemy will be able to deceive him/her.

The enemy cannot have a foothold on him/her!

For what the Bible says about him/her, it is so!

Not buts, no ifs, only, I AM A CHILD OF GOD, PERIOD.

So dear brothers and sisters, KNOW AND BELIEVE that YOU are A CHILD OF GOD.

HIS CHILD.

HIS BELOVED SON.

HIS BELOVED DAUGHTER.

YOU are GREATLY LOVED by the SOVEREIGN KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS.

YOU are HIGHLY FAVORED by the GREAT ALMIGHTY CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE.

YOU have the HOLY SPIRIT IN YOU who is GREATER than he that is in the world.

Set and fix your eyes on your FATHER GOD and CHRIST JESUS!

Dwell on it each and every moment!

Preach it to yourself!

Live it for it is the amazing truth about YOUR BEING IN CHRIST JESUS!

Step up! Arise!

Don’t let the enemy tell you otherwise!

Arise!

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Forgiveness

It turns out decisional forgiveness, as the department of psychology at the University of Munich refers to it, is necessary, but it’s not enough.

Moving forward requires our emotional forgiveness, which is bad news for those of us who have trained our emotions to wipe their feet at the door and stay out of logic’s way.

– Kayla Yui

For the whole article, please visit:

www.intouch.org/read/magazine/faith-works/what-you-dont-know-forgiven-supposedly

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No Longer Slaves to Fear. I am a CHILD of GOD!

Romans 8:15

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:15 NLT

I have found my journal. A journal that is different from my normal journal with writings of my messages to God and His message to me. In this journal, I had compiled His promises in a form of drawings or sketch or what you could say it as an art (whatever 😂😉😳).

I found this verse in one of the pages

I love this verse. I love it the most when I understood it intently. God position us to the safe place, the moment we believe that He raised Jesus Christ from the dead. We are released from God’s wrath.

At the cross, Jesus took our infirmities; Jesus took our condemnation; Jesus took our sicknesses and diseases. Jesus redeemed us and saved us from our sins. He delivers us. Jesus is the main bridge for us to call God our Abba (Father).

Because of Jesus obedience we can live the life that is full of grace. The Grace which everyone is undeserved to possess it.

But God is a gracious God. His goodness is can not be measured. His intelligence is can not be fathomed. He is the Sovereign God.

He had given us the sonship through Christ Jesus. What a privilege to have that.

Let He be a Father to you. A Father who will do everything for His son own good sake. A Father who is so generous when you ask. A Father who is so so good. Because that is who He is!

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Learn through the PROCESS

Because through the process, the Lord is with us. Though the process, in our ups and down, the Lord is with us. Through the process, on our bumpy road, the Lord is with us!

His promise is true!

His promise is perfect!

His promise is sovereign!

His promise is irrevocable!

Whomever are Christians here believes that we are Victorious in Jesus. In fact that is true. We believe because of our faith.

Our life our secured. We are set apart. We are justified. We are glorified. This is the promise the Lord our God had bestowed upon to those who believes in His Son Jesus Christ and are saved, that’s John 3:16 had emphasized.

However, the promise of Victory is the end result. The Bible does not tells us that we will have a smooth sailing life while we are still here on earth.

The promise in Jeremiah 29:11 of plan to prosper us and not to harm us is true and for our own good sake, but it does not constitute that everything will be straight and easy for us.

How about in times of we look forward to victories and triumphs in our life but it doesn’t happen the way we want it to be? Perhaps, we have disappointments. Anger. Hatred. Sadness. It will start to move down. Temporarily, you will stun and ask yourself, why? What happened?

That’s normal. We are still human.

Don’t fret. The promise is still powerful! We are still victorious and triumphants through Christ Jesus!

But how are we able to avoid these disappointments, anger, hatred, sadness if it doesn’t go on the way we want it to be? And this what the Lord had revealed to me … ENJOY THE PROCESS, LEARN THROUGH THE PROCESS!

His message for 2019

Because through the process, the Lord is with us. Though the process, in our ups and down, the Lord is with us. Through the process, on our bumpy road, the Lord is with us!

His promise is true!

His promise is perfect!

His promise is sovereign!

His promise is irrevocable!

Because what the Scripture says that

Deutorony 31:8

“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41:10-13

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lordyour God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

So therefore, during the process let us enjoy it. During the process let us learn through it because He is IMMANUEL even through the PROCESS!!!

Glory to God.

My Silver and My Gold

“Silver and Gold” were used by the ancient civilizations for trade and commerce. Having more of these denotes that someone is powerful, coming from a wealthy family, and with great authority. Because of it’s significance it is highly valued.

What are your silver and your gold?

A. Priorities: My Silver and My Gold

“Silver and Gold” apart from jewelleries which we may be wearing either in a day-to-day basis or in an occasional basis, it can also symbolize to our priorities in life.  As people during the ancient times work for silver and gold, this means that it is of great importance. We will not set something as a priority if it is not important. In a day-to-day life we categorize priorities as either – high, medium or low. We as humans have our “free will”. The Bible teaches us that we are called to be free but we should not use our freedom to indulge the flesh (Galatians 5:13a)

“Indulging in the flesh” means satisfying our personal, worldly desires over that will of God in our lives. Sometimes we indulge in our flesh to easily resolve matters that bothers us without even consulting God.

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh”

Galatians 5:13a

B. Achievements: My Silver and My Gold

In the Book of Exodus, the Lord said that He will send the first plague to Egypt which will set them free from captivity (free from bondage), the Lord also instructed them to ask for articles of silver and gold. (Exodus 11:1-2).

Now the Lord had said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. After that, he will let you go from here, and when he does, he will drive you out completely.  Tell the people that men and women alike are to ask their neighbours for articles of silver and gold.”

Exodus 11:1-2 NIV

The first thing I asked was “Who will freely give his/her silver and gold to his/her neighbour?” Our silver and gold may symbolize our achievements in life. Most of the time we take the glory for ourselves and we tend to become so forgetful to our Jehovah Jireh. Why? Because it has been our bare hands who worked, it is our minds that strategized, and it is our passion that drove us.

But wait! Who gave the power to our hands so we can work? Who has given us the wisdom to strategize? Who puts empowerment in our hearts to continue? Only God! 

What was the origin of this order?

In Exodus 3:21, the Lord said that He will make the Egyptians favourably disposed towards the Israelites so that when they leave Egypt, they will not go empty handed.

“And I will make the Egyptians favourably disposed toward this people, so that when you leave you will not go empty-handed.”

Exodus 3:21 NIV

Everything is God’s perfect plan! As it is written in the book of Prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” God always looks after our prosperity, hopes and future. This implies that even before we worry over matters, God has already provided an answer!

How did the Israelites managed their silver and gold?

In Exodus 32, when the people no longer see Moses they asked Aaron saying (in verse 1), “Come make us gods who will go before us”. The next day they sacrificed burnt offering to the image of the golden calf.

Despite all of God’s supremacy and sovereignty over the matters that troubles our heart, we still seek to find answers and see the answers by our own eyes, personally. We have embraced “To see is to believe” nature. We tend to set our personal, worldly priorities as a high priority and we even set our achievements as something attained out of our own capabilities.

I pray that we will always look after the gracious state of God which shall drive us to make Him as our silver and our gold. Jesus is the true vine, keep yourself connected to Him and you will get a kind of silver and gold that last for eternity.

The first step in making Jesus as your silver and gold is to accept Him as you personal Lord and Saviour. Come to Jesus with a willing heart that sees no fault nor flaws but love. He was not sent by the Father into the world but to save the world through Him – He is our salvation.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

John 15:5-8 NIV

Reflection Question: What are your silver and gold, and what are you doing with it?

Why Choose To Forgive?

Were you offended by someone? Either intentionally or unintentionally? Did you choose to forgive, or you are still carrying on the burden of offense brought by the incidence? If you do, this Bible-based blog about choosing to forgive will surely encourage you to choose forgiveness over unforgiveness.

Offense means annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself. An offense is part of an everyday experience, in schools, in workplaces, in our circle of friends, in our family and even in social media – the most common and noticeable way is through “bullying”.

Alexander Pope mentioned that “to err is human, to forgive is divine” in one of his creation entitled “An Essay on Criticism”. Humans’ initial reaction to an offense can be described in Newton’s Third Law of Motion whereby it states that “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. As we get offended, we jump into a state where we get angry! This can go deep down into our senses for some time if we do not know how we should handle such situations in life.

In the book of Genesis, God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27). This means that we also possess the characteristics which God has and God expects that we will imitate the same – such as “forgiveness”. We will be able to live out the life with forgiveness as we continue to walk with God, read and meditate on His words, and praying.

As God wants us to live a forgiving life, He always serves as the best example.

  1. Adam and Eve

God created the first man and woman in Adam and in Eve. And He made them rulers in everything which He has created (Genesis 1:28). But the Fall of Adam and Eve happened when they were not able to overcome the temptation brought by the serpent (Genesis 3:1), and they ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge (Genesis 2:17). This made them know the difference between the good and the bad.

God got disappointed with the situation and gave His rightful judgment to the serpent, to Eve and to Adam (Genesis 3:14-19). But one noticeable event after God made His judgment is when He “made garments for Adam and His wife and He clothed them” (Genesis 3:21) God remains to be a good Father to His creations, especially to Adam and Eve whom He created from His own image. God chose to forgive.

It is written in the book of John saying that If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10)

2. Jesus at the Cross

Being crucified at the cross can be considered as the worst way to die for a criminal during that time. This feeling is magnified towards the crucifixion – from the moment when Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus over thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14). Jesus predicted Peter’s denial (Matthew 26:34) and it all happened.

Jesus was mocked, insulted. His blood flowed in every stripes He received. He is God. He could have summoned the angels to fight back. But Jesus is “forgiving”.

Through Him we entered a new covenant of grace that will surpass all the laws. The Bible says that we have been saved “by grace”.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

In a day to day basis, I always sing the song entitled “Build My Life” every morning:

Holy, There is no one like You

There is not besides you,

Open up my eyes in wonder

Show me who you are and fill me

With your heart and lead me

In your love to those around me

This psalm is very powerful to me as it declares the sovereignty of God on the wonders that He alone can do. And as we really dig deeper into the revelation of who God is in our lives, there is faith (assurance) that God will fill us with his heart that is compassionate to other people – a heart that chooses to forgive and love.

God wants to bring back the relationship with us and restore our identity as His sons and daughters. We may think that God will not care for us for so many times we have offended Him through our sins. But very truly I tell you that Jesus is a forgiving God and apart from it He wants to give us the assurance of salvation.

Jeremiah 29:11


 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

         Jeremiah 29:11 

 

IMG_6531It took me almost 29 years to actually and genuinely understand what it means to trust God. During my early years of existence, I thought I was able to really grasp the content of Jeremiah 29:11. When I was younger, everything was easy. I go to school, do my best, behave properly and making my parents proud was more like the routine that I got used to and apparently, I was doing a pretty good job mastering this. But came my 20’s, everything changed. This was when I got the true taste of reality and confusion started to hit me hard. There were moments that I would cry at night praying and hoping that Jesus would just make all the pain go away in an instant because I could not take it anymore. And looking at my past, I could say that everything happened because Jesus was showing me what it really means to put my WHOLE TRUST IN HIM, and in HIM ALONE.

As you could see, I have placed different colors in the verse so I could share to you how I have come to truly understand Jeremiah 29:11. Without a doubt, Jesus is still continuously showing me the beauty in his word. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12)


 

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord..”

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This part alone has so many reasons why God wants us to put out trust in Him. God deserves every bit of our trust because He is our Creator. He is our loving Father and He loves us as His sons and daughters.

 

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 

                                                                    Psalm 139:13-14  (NIV)

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. 

                                                                                               Isaiah 49: 15-16 (NIV)

Because God created us, therefore, He knows every single thing about us. He is an OMNISCIENT God. He sees everything, hears everything  knows everything, from past, present to future.

“Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the LORD.

                                                                                                                               Jeremiah 23:24

          Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.

                                                                                                                                    Isaiah 40:26                                                                              

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

                                                                                                                              Matthew 6:31-32

All knowledge came from Him and His knowledge is perfect. He alone is perfect, and therefore,  His will and plans for us will never fail. Just like what He planned for our Lord Jesus Christ. Dying on the cross was not a failure but was the greatest success and the most beloved gift, a Father could ever give to His son and daughter.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

                                                                                                                                     John 3:16


 

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you…”

I believe that everything happens for a reason, and in this life that we have, its not always sugar, spice and everything nice. It is true that God is a God of love (1 John 4:8) and knowing that makes it hard for some people to understand why God would allow us to lose someone we love, or go through all kinds of pain and hardship.

When I have come to know God, I was able to understand that the world that we live in gives us a huge misconception about having a prosperous life. This world is always about having all the wealth, ageless beauty and health, unbeatable success etc.  The word of God clearly says that God made this world, but the spirit that lures around it is not from God. All the lust, greediness, anger and hate. These are far from God.

For everything in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life comes not from the Father but from the world.

                                                                                                                                     1 John 2:16

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

                                                                                                                                  Romans 12:2

purpose

Despite all that, we must remember  that the road to a prosperous life is not about being born having a silver spoon in one’s mouth.  It is about having Jesus Christ in our lives. God, in all His ways, is leading us nearer to Him. His purpose for our lives is for us to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and to exalt His Name, offering our lives as a form of worship so that other people will come to know Jesus Christ. This is the only way for us to understand how God works in our lives, may it be in ups or downs, in joy or in pain. In whatever circumstances, putting our trust in God will never lead us to any form of harm because we will never be apart from Him.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

                                                                                                                         Romans 8:28

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33


“plans to give you hope and a future…”

Now your asking, “Why do we need a Savior?”. This may sound very bold to you, but the simplest answer is this: Because we are SINNERS and sin SEPARATES US FROM GOD. It is not because sin is more powerful, but because GOD IS HOLY.

But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

Now, why would I put my trust in God knowing that I, having a sinful nature, will never be good enough for Him? Because again, God’s plan to give us hope and a future has been fulfilled many years ago when He gave His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you and me.

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Luke 19:10

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

1 John 3: 1

The truth is, He loved us first. We do not deserve to have a loving Father like Him, but still, HE LOVED US FIRST. And because, His love for us is so great, He sacrificed His son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross, for you and me. Isn’t that enough reason for us to our trust in God? He is so faithful and so merciful that my mind could not even comprehend why He would do that for me. Again, it all comes back to His Love.

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Jesus Christ took all the sufferings and punishment that was supposed to be imposed to you and me. If Jesus did not died on the Cross, we will not be living under grace right now. So could you imagine the extent of His love for us? Its too much for us to bear, but, I am thankful to have come and know what Jesus did for me. And having Him in my life is the greatest gift I could ever have. I know have someone whom I could trust, someone who knows me and have good plans for me, someone who wants to prosper me in every way and will never put me in any harm, someone WHO BECAME MY ONE AND ONLY HOPE, so I COULD HAVE A FUTURE.

 

Hallelujah! All Glory to God!

 

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Writing for Jesus

Due to unavoidable life circumstances, we recently had to move to a new place. In the process of moving, I encountered some notebooks and journals I had accumulated through the years, some of them I had already forgotten (out of sight, out of mind). Some brought back nice, feel-good memories (hello scrapbook of pictures put together from scratch from my very first sheep Chloe, look how thin I was!).

But some of them made me cringe. As in literally, the hairs on my arms stood up, and I felt the blood rush to my face. Did I really write these? Who was this person who wrote these words? And why was she so mad sometimes?

notebooks(I forgot how much I used to rant and rage on the page, using it as an outlet for things I would never say out loud. And the cursing! Goodness, I didn’t even remember I could think those words, much less write them down. Shaking my head at you, Janice from 15 years ago. You were brutal.)

Words are mighty powerful indeed. Just with a few short sentences, great authors can evoke strong emotions that last.

But it was only a few seconds of heartache, a moment of unbidden nostalgia, and I was brought back to the wonderful (if chaotic) present. Now, writing is still a release, but I am not the angry person I was before. Now, when I write, it is always with the knowledge that I have Jesus in my heart. And out of the abundance of my heart, my heart will speak (Luke 6:45).

I am still an ocean of words. They will still pour out of me in one way or another. But now I use my words to bless instead of curse. And they will not just stay in old notebooks with lousy chicken scratch handwriting. They will be shared so that God will be glorified.

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