CHRIST died for SINNERS, like me.

Thanking God for loving me. Thanking God for His Grace. Because of His Grace, His  kindness felt prominently that lead me to repentance. I am so blessed. Knowing the power of the cross take us to redemption. IT IS FINISHED! 

CHRIST died for the sinners – like Me.

 

6-8 Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

Romans 5:6-8 (MSG)

Because of God’s unmerited favor called – Grace. He gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus to die on the Cross, as the “Sacrificial Lamb” so that we may be redeemed from our doomed in sins.

Jesus died for everyone. However, only those who believe in His blood that shed on the cross through Faith, shall receive righteousness in the eyes of God (Romans 3:22). For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus ( Romans 3:23-24). And it is not  by your works that are credited to it, but by trusting God who justifies the wicked, like me, through the redemption of the blood of Jesus – then we became righteous (Romans 4:4-5)

Now, for those who “believes”  you may now call yourselves — “BLESSED”.  David says  the same thing when he speaks of the “blessedness” of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.

Psalm 32:1-2

Thanking God for loving me. Thanking God for His Grace. Because of His Grace, His  kindness felt prominently that lead me to repentance. I am so blessed. Knowing the power of the cross take us to redemption. IT IS FINISHED! 

Now, walking in this ground –  Grace,  I have …

  • LIFE
  • SALVATION
  • FREEDOM
  • RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • RECONCILIATION TO GOD
  • FELLOWSHIP TO GOD

I am BLESSED. I am FAVORED. I am ANOINTED.  Because I received the spirit of “SONSHIP’ through the blood of JESUS (Romans 8:15). I can call Him, Abba Father.

Thank You, Jesus. Because of You, I became “Child of God!”

Tears welled up! I can’t contain how blessed I am!!!

I am no longer a slave to sin! I am a Child of God!! 

All glory to God!

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Being “IN”-style

“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

Following a famous celebrity? Adapting a famous Koreanovela in your life? Thinking to sink and absorb the way society goes today? Desiring for a white skin tone? Aiming for a slimmer and fitter body?

Our values and spirituality are easily infected by the ‘world’. It is like a ‘cancer cell’ being ignored after detection, and letting it spread in the system.
You can always examine the food before you eat, even chew it before you swallow. And spit it if it is not good. Most of the time, we look into the packaging because it is attractive, but have we ever asked questions like:

  1. Is it good?
  2. Is it pleasing?
  3. Is it perfect?

‘Be transformed by the renewing of your mind’ by setting your sight to the things that are in heaven. The world may rebuke us thousand times, but whats the value of those rebukes when we are standing for the truth in Jesus?

Yes and Amen!

Likewise with God’s promises. It is alive. It is living. It is His Word. It has its meaning to us. Though some of His promises was spoken according to the history, was to the people of Israel, God will make it sure that He will make it happen to us as well. His promises will never be in past tense. It will always be in present and future tense. That is how faithful He is. 

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

These words “Yes and Amen!” are commonly heard from Christians. You will hear them saying all God’s promises are Yes and Amen. 

How are we able to hold firmly to God’s promises without wavering? 

God is sovereign. God is omniscient. God is omnipresent. God is omnipotent. These are all God’s characteristics. These powerful  words  of characteristics are more than enough to grasp the understanding by a human mind. But sometimes people are to over think of a simple phrase or words therefore, words became difficult to comprehend.

God’s promises is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever. 

God’s promises are made to fulfill to all God’s children may it be to Israelites or to Gentiles. But some of us will say, that we are now living in the New Testament. Whatever God promises written in the Old Testament that is for Israelites only. Only?

We must to understand that God is a faithful and just. He is fair. He made NO distinction over His children. May you live in Old Testament or now in New Testament. He is forever the same.

“God is the same yesterday, today and forever” Hebrews 13:8

 

Hold on the meaning of His Promises

God speaks to us through reading the Bible; Through the passages of each chapter, there comes a revelation to us; has its meaning according to our situation. That is how magnificent His words are to us. Because God’s Word is alive. It is God’s breath.

Likewise with God’s promises. It is alive. It is living. It is His Word. It has its meaning to us. Though some of His promises was spoken according to the history, was to the people of Israel, God will make it sure that He will make it happen to us as well. His promises will never be in past tense. It will always be in present and future tense. That is how faithful He is.

In Jesus His promises are fulfilled in us.

God loves us so much, that He gave His only begotten Son–Jesus. His Agape love to us is tangible and as crystal clear through Jesus. We don’t deserve our Salvation but He freely gave it all to us through Jesus.  Now and forever.

So for so many,  God had said His promises. Promises had mentioned and declared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and to Israelites–though were mentioned in the past in history. Its meaning, its effectiveness, its revelation, God will make it happen to us. As long we believe in His Son, Jesus. We have His Blessed Distinction!

Because the Bible says, that God’s promises is always “Yes” in Christ Jesus. And  so through Jesus, God’s promises is fulfilled and we say “Amen“, God gets the glory.

These “Amen/s” from us,  as we utter it is a song to God’s ears, because it is a sign of hope, trust and dependence, and looking forward for the future. That God is faithful to fulfill His promises in us through Jesus!

God, thank you for Your Son, Jesus, because of Him, I have life, hope and a future. I have Your promises. I will hold on to it!

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All glory to God💞

Agape,

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“In God’s will, by Faith!”

“In God’s will; by Faith”. Knowing that “God’s will” to me is always Victory, Triump, Success, Favor, Anointing and Blessing in His name. 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to Him,
    and He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 was the first long verses that I memorized  in my Sunday School in my younger years. Long because it was 2 verses. Normally, our Sunday School teacher would then encourage us to memorize  one verse per week by giving it as an assignment to us and when we comes back to Sunday School on the next Sunday, we will recite one-by-one in front of the class.  I remember, the first verse that I memorized was John 3:16. 😉

So, as a Sunday School kid, we are taught just to memorize the verse and hold its meaning to have a meaning in our lives. It was deep for me to understand what my teacher is saying but I just followed. But then I asked her of what is the meaning of Proverbs 3:5-6.

It was one of the fondest and simplest memories, if I can recall in my Sunday School memory lane. With this simplest way of memorizing  longest verses I ever had first time, that had made a good impact in my life– physically and spiritually.

Let me tell you a story why? Since August is a National Day-month of Singapore. My story will be in tune with Singapore. Salute to this Country. All glory to God for this Nation❣

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22 July 2005, was my first overseas trip. It was not a leisure; it was work for an instance. Anxiousness and fear of the unknown thrilled my innermost. The only thing I knew and would always keep in my mind and my heart was I have a God who will always lead and guide me. It will always be “In God’s will, by Faith!”

Working abroad was possibly one in the list Filipinos may have. But not for me. I am just satisfied to stay in my homeland, having a middle-income salary for a living. Having a considered happy and contented family, dreaming of a small but decent house which will fit in an 80 (sqm) piece-of-land, in a low-profile but safe-sounded subdivision in Bulacan, Philippines, which actually, the first land property we bought as husband and wife.

Things that we want and we plan in our lives where not meant to materialize as exactly as it was, and it is. If not, you’re the best planner that God created in this planet Earth🤐  For me, to tell you honestly, I don’t plan for my life or for my family. What do I mean by this?  I do not plan according to 5 years, 10 years or even 20 years, of what I want to have or I am a successful or even an achiever of something — No, I don’t plan like that.  Seriously, I am working best on what is on my current plate. Leaning to rely and look forward on what is ahead of me along my journey.

When I was considered to work overseas, as an assistant manager in one of the F&B organizations in Singapore. I was excited. It was my first time, to go abroad and board to an airplane; to see and explore other country; to work in a diversified culture. Curiosity of “What’s in it for me in Singapore?” was my feeling before taking off.

The excitement was changed when I touched down Singapore. I was talking to myself and in my heart, that I am far off from my family. Homesick attacked my core 😦 — waters from eyes was starting to well-up. I became teary-eyed, while I think of my family. However, I made myself busy looking at the beauty of the surroundings of Changi Airport and I moved on. I focused myself to be excited in the new job that is waiting for me.

My two months of on-the-job-training was good.  I passed the assessments. Two months after, a pressing culture-shock, emotional disturbance had haunted my daily, whenever coming to work. It was a journey of bumps and rough roads as the culture was totally different. I had sleepless nights. Reaching home from work, straight to my rented room crying at my bed and just talking to God about my pains.

During those moments, God led me to my devotion daily, mostly in some passages in the books of Jeremiah, Isaiah and Psalms.  He comforts me. He reminded, He encouraged and He assured me of His Love, Faithfulness and Goodness. I penned down and journal my devotions, knowing “in God’s will, by Faith!” He will make me surpass all these trials and pains, that actually I am a Victor in His name!

I found my Bible and my small notebook to journal His great assurance of His faithfulness in my life.

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My Bible (TEB version)
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My small notebook, full of His words of assurance of my victory in His name.

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It was indeed one the most treasured notebooks that I had. This small but terrible notebook was God’s epistle of His Faithfulness to my journey in Singapore. He is able to bless those who follow and believe in Him. I continued to rely on what was ahead that He has set before me, thus,  I can’t fathom out His ways and plans for me.

Isaiah 55:8-9

 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Six months after, was a different kind of ball of game. I had learned the Singapore way of living and working in a diversified culture. Gave my excellence in everything I do, knowing that I am working for the glory of God.

It wasn’t easy to live and work abroad, but with God on your side, every mess and unclear path ahead of you, will just magnificently will fall into places. My career was blessed. 12 years with my organization now and still counting. He had blessed me with achievements, promotions and the job role that I prayed for — as a trainer.(He knows my heart’s desire why?☝️😉) He is marvelous!

If I could have recall and look back how “in God’s will, by Faith” expression of my life had made me stronger and taught me to depend and rely on God alone.  It was the Proverbs 3:5-6 had summarizes it all; from the first longest memory verse that I had memorized from young that became my guiding principle in life. 

In God’s will, by Faith”  was my expression of faith. From the time that my Sunday School teacher explained it to me that Proverbs 3:5-6 is a “total dependence on God”. She had put it in a layman’s term for me to understand at a younger age on how to have a total dependence on God,  is to let your will depend on God’s will, that it will be by (your) Faith, God will answer your heart’s desires; that,  by (your) Faith, God will bless you even more; that,  by (your) Faith, God will move in your life even more tangibly—that in any problem, circumstance or messy situations I am in; and no recourse of human knowledge and might could have solve it, it was my dependency and reliance on God will come into picture.

In God’s will; by Faith”. Knowing that “God’s will” to me is always Victory, Triumph, Success, Favor, Anointing and Blessing in His name– in any seasons of my life

I praise God that I choose to depend, rely and trust “in God’s will; by Faith” , because when I flew to Singapore,  He has not blessed us physically, But most importantly, He has blessed our Spiritual life, even maturely through Hope Church Singapore!

This month of August is 52nd birthday-month of Singapore and 12 years of it was my journey of gratefulness to this country and most importantly to God; and will be counting for more. That I have a God who always lead and guide me. That whatever way will I take, it will always be “in God’s will; by Faith”; because “in God’s will; by Faith”, there is only One Way, through JESUS!

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All glory to God❣

Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟


Blessed Assurance

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

 
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

 
Perfect submission, perfect delight!
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

 


Perfect submission, all is at rest!
I in my Savior am happy and blessed,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

 

by Fanny Crosby, 1873

 

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Be Still

Jehovah Shalom – God is Peace

During the very first Hope Church retreat I attended in 2007, my then care leader asked me what my objective was, my purpose for going to the retreat. I was brand new, I didn’t know what he was asking exactly. To be totally honest, my first reason for coming was because it was my first trip to Batam, Indonesia. It was a short vacation. I just wanted to go to the beach.

Just to get him to stop talking, I said the first thing that came to me. I said I was praying for peace of mind. And then I walked away.

But God moves in mysterious ways indeed. What I thought to be just a throwaway statement became my personal theme for that retreat. It turns out, I really, truly did need peace of mind (and heart, and soul) at that time. He knew the exact thing that I needed even before I knew it for myself.

I felt He led me through the rest of that retreat, and prepared everything just for me, so that I would receive and understand the personal relationship that He wanted to have with me.

It was the very first time I encountered and was touched by this favorite verse:

“Be still, and know that I am God”
Psalm 46:10a NIV

It tied in to His message for me right then. Through these words I realised all the things I had to let go of: my anger, my pride, my resentments, my personal slights both real and imagined. I had to let go of all the “my”s in my life, and replace it with what is “His”.

His love. His grace. His faith. His Word.

In the same retreat, they played the song Still, by Hillsong United. After hearing the words, I was shattered. It was the last straw. I wept. I shed tears I didn’t know were inside me, for reasons that I didn’t even understand completely.

All I knew was my need for the peace that only He could bring. Mind, body, heart, and soul — I wanted all parts of me to be filled with His peace.

(I found out later that it wasn’t even part of the lineup. A guitar string broke, and the band had to switch to a song that had more keyboard parts in it. So they played a song that became my anthem for a very long time in 2007.)

Fast forward to today, and I have to teach on Jehovah Shalom. God is Peace.

And in making the lesson, I was refreshed with that memory of my new believer self, all of ten years ago.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:7 NIV

Peace that transcends all understanding — this is true. It’s been a decade, and I’m certainly not a new believer anymore, but until now I still hold to the indefinable, awesome quality of God, the wonderful reality of His peace.

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Take My Life and Let It Be

Take my life
And let it be consecrated,
Lord, to Thee;

by Ernie Rettino & Debby Kerner Rettino

Take my life
And let it be consecrated,
Lord, to Thee;
Take my hands
And let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet
And let them be swift
And beautiful for Thee;
Take my voice
And let me sing always,
Only for my King;
Always, only for my King

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my will and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my life,
Let it be consecrated,
Lord, to Thee!

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Failure: A positive note!

This is how 1 John 4:4 manifests in our lives as Christians.” That greater is He who is in you than who is this world. ” We will overcome this failure by running unto God; by relying unto Him; by trusting unto Him. That is how Great He is in us!

Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

1 John 4:4 ASV

Recently I am in the midst of trembling situation. I felt overwhelmed with all the deadlines or meeting timelines at work. This made me focus at work and de-focus on my spiritual life. However, I am aware of my situation, but my flesh tends to rely on results of my work then I will be at peace. This is me being human–afraid of failure.

At least most of us are afraid of failure. If we encountered failure, some of us tend to lose self-esteem. Some, tend to fluctuate their confidence. Some,  tend to be hiding. Stuck in one corner, even, do not want to come out. Felt ashamed. No face. As if being swallowed by the land.

Failure makes us trembling. Hearing someone is a failure, we belittle the person. People start to talk about that person and became a busy body on finding out why that person is a failure. In your workplace for an instance. A big project had been assigned to you.  If the result were not successful, despite efforts, hardwork, sweat-and-blood given, you are a failure. Failure. Failure. Failure

But why we fail? What is the measurement of failure?  You lose money in a business? You did not pass the exam? You did not finish your studies? You failed in your presentation and interview? You failed in your marriage? You failed in your relationships?  Because no good results were produced! And this how we measure it—This is reality in this world. We gauge it with results. 

Reading  1 John 4:4  had given me great leap of faith in facing failure in this world. That this word-trembling, sucking self-esteem — failure is actually a positive note for Christians. That when we look upon our situation and seems nothing could be done,  that is where we get down on our knees and pray to God. 

This were we started to rely, depend, trust unto God. We are only human. When things seems right. We are ‘ok’ with God. The feeling and relationship with Him is ‘ok’. But when things is bad, we are ‘best’ with God. We run to Him, we cry out loud unto Him and pleading unto Him for a help. The feeling is unexplainable when we are satisfied in His presence.

All along God is with us. This is where He will made His distinction between His people and of this world (Exodus 8:23a). Christians when seems failing; the instinct is to run to Him. 

This is how 1 John 4:4 manifests in our lives as Christians.” That greater is He who is in you than who is this world. ” We will overcome this failure by running unto God; by relying unto Him; by trusting unto Him. That is how Great He is in us!

All glory to God!💞

Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟

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Blessed is She

Glory she will not give to another,
Only unto her sovereign King.

Blessed is she who depends on the Lord.
She neither sees nor knows her future;
But peace rests in her heart
That in deep unfamiliar waters
She lifts up her eyes
Upon her loving Father.
He takes her by the hand,
Leads her and directs her path.
He takes her to the very purpose
He had for her.
There she will walk in His wisdom
And depend on His grace.
Then she will be filled with praise!
Her joy will overflow!
She will stand in awe
In amazement
As she beholds
The glory of her Savior.
Glory she will not give to another,
Only unto her sovereign King.

 

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Life of a Christian

We can’t blame people who tagged Christians as hypocrites. They don’t even know what they are saying. Love them anyway. They do not understand that Christianity is a life-time process. It grows. It blossoms. It functions. It is an organism. Life of a Christian mature.

To be a Christian is not an easy way of living; it’s not a trademark to be famous; Or even a superior status quo. Christian not even a brand to look for and get it. It is being quoted as hypocrite(s). It may have been off for those Christians who will read this article and may even not to accept it,  especially the latter. But this is true which perceived by some non-believers and even the socalled professing christians—But! Read through.

Many at times, people around us, if they knew you are a Christian, they will  assume–you are gentle, kind and easy-to-believe. If these were not seen from your gesture and action. Judgement is served—you are hypocrite; and these were only a few of their criteria.

It’s true that it is difficult to have it said and done. “I am a Christian”; “I am a Christ follower”; “I am a Believer”. We are all attune to have these identity. That when you said it, you have to display it.

Come to think of it. Do they have sense in that saying? Yes. I believe so. It is time for us to wake up in our slumber, Christians. Rise up and Walk. Christians who say it by mouth must have it in his heart. We are tagged how Christ did here on earth. But isn’t true? We proclaim that we are Christ Ambassadors. But, what we say is different from the way we live.

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.  

Matthew 12:33‭

Jesus speaks about the tree and its fruit. It is how we, Christians identified. We can’t run away from it. It is difficult to commit to the standard of God because we are only human; and if we tend to rely in our own might and power.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

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But if we will abide in Him, and He abode in us, it is now the work of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. It is not by our might nor by power, but it is by the Spirit of Lord,  Zechariah 4:6. This how He worked in our Spiritual life.

If we will allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, we will realize His amazement. The normal things that we used to do when we are in our own might will not be normal anymore. You are more careful as the conviction is prominent whether it is aligning to God’s will. The reality is clear to you, that you are no longer in a physical realm but  in spiritual realm.

That’s where life as a Christian mature. When we understand that our physical body is in a spiritual encounter. It matures when his faith became child-like. When he give his full dependence on Him. Trusting on Him. Relying on Him. 

We can’t blame people who tagged Christians as hypocrites. They don’t even know what they are saying. Love them anyway. They do not understand that Christianity is a life-time process. It grows. It blossoms. It functions. It is an organism. Life of a Christian, mature.

Let them understand that Christianity is a relationship; a relationship to our Creator. The deeper we establish our relationship to our Creator; the deeper we know Him; the deeper we will walk in Spirit and in Truth —and that is His amazement.

Let us continue to walk in His presence. As the road in this world is rocky. Even turmoil is present along the journey of our faith. But we will conquer it, because in Him, we are more than Conquerors – Romans 8:37.

All glory to God!💞

Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟

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