God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.

Whenever I read this verse, I always imagine myself trying a new flavor of ice cream. The moment of that first bite and then sweetness and creaminess comes right after. A burst of wonderful flavors in every spoonful, I could taste chocolate chips, almonds, cookie dough. Oh yes! What a pleasure to my palette! Then a signal to my brain will be sent saying “This is really good! I will definitely buy again!” This scenario is the simplest way I could express how this verse means, well, generally speaking.

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Psalms 34:8 (NIV)

Whenever I read this verse, I always imagine myself trying a new flavor of ice cream. The moment of that first bite and then sweetness and creaminess comes right after. A burst of wonderful flavors in every spoonful, I could taste chocolate chips, almonds, cookie dough. Oh yes! What a pleasure to my palette! Then a signal to my brain will be sent saying “This is really good! I will definitely buy again!” This scenario is the simplest way I could express how this verse means, well, generally speaking.

To taste the goodness of the Lord is undoubtedly inevitable but the devil has his ways of making us become blind. Unbelief has always been a part of my daily spiritual battles and to tell you frankly, it has contributed a lot to make me spiritually paralyzed before. I saw myself being tempted with what the world could offer, “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world; 1 John 2:16”,  and it occurred not only to me, but this actually happens to all of us, even our beloved Jesus Christ was tempted. In Matthew 4:8-10, it says that Satan tried to tempt Jesus, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”. Do not get me wrong, God created the world and everything in it displays is glory (Psalms104:24-25; Psalms19:1), but when we put God out of the picture, we give birth to desires leading to pride, greed, self-glorification, and lust that causes us to take pleasure in sin.

They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

Ephesians 4: 18-19

 

BUT DO NOT WORRY! This is temporary. We were never made to stay in darkness. Tests and troubles will always be here in our midst (John 16:33) but God will ALWAYS provide a way for us to see Him. We just need to do our part. Let me share my devotions about this wonderful word of God.

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Isaiah 42:16


Taste and See



Then God said “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole Earth and every tree that has fruit in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the Earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground–everything that has breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that He made, and it was very good. And there was morning–the sixth day.

Genesis 1:29-31

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I think it is safe to say that it is IMPOSSIBLE for us not to have tasted the goodness of our heavenly Father. In creation itself, the whole Earth was purely made for the our benefit and in our daily lives, we see God providing everything we “need”, may it be asked for or not. Every single thing is orchestrated by God himself so we could see His glory, resulting to our hearts being humbled and admitting that “apart from God, WE ARE NOTHING” (John 15:5)

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

Matthew 6:25-27


The Lord is Good



There are no words to express how good our God is. Most of the time, we see His goodness at every successful job interview,  in sickness that has been healed, in times of reconciled relationships, in celebrating a new birth and of course, Christmas bonuses. YES! This defines the human perception of “goodness”. It is everything that makes us feel happy, secured, loved and every nice feeling you could come up with. But what about those times when you lose someone you really love or in failed relationships especially in marriages and families, during times of abandonment and betrayal of a friend. Can we consider this a part of His goodness?

In typical movie plot, there will always be a character living a problematic life. His parents are separated, and he lives with his father whose always drunk every single day. He has no money for school, therefore he makes a living through selling drugs. Eventually, he gets involved with the wrong people and because of this, he will live out of shame, then he blames his parents and questions, “GOD! If you exist and if you truly love me, then why do you let these things happen to me?” It is a question that most of us have thought of. I did for sure. I never lived a perfect life. I had those days when I felt like, because I did something, SO WRONG, that maybe God is punishing me. I experienced those sleepless nights where I would cry my heart out to God just so He could take away my pains. Everybody hits rock bottom. No man is an iron man, we all feel pain.

Human nature may never grasp how He works in our lives but by knowing God, we can be assured that in whatever circumstances we are facing, He is always in control and He is always good. What He is doing is MEANT FOR OUR OWN GOOD, therefore, we just need to obey and TRUST Him.

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“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the Earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 58:8-9

The life of Jesus Christ is a perfect example of obedience in times of pain. He never questioned the will of God. He obeyed fully even if He was hated, persecuted, and crucified. It is not because He had superpowers not to feel pain, or that He is invincible and fearless. The bible shows that during the night before He was put to captivity, he was in great distress because he knows how excruciating his crucifixion will be.

And He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be troubled and deeply distressed.  Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch.”

Mark 14: 33-34

Further more…

He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

Mark 14: 35-36

If you and I were in that situation, we would be begging for the same thing. Worse, we will be overcome by our emotions. I may have escaped from that garden and run for my own life.  This is where “unbelief” and “lack of faith” comes in. It is hard to believe that situations that break and hurt us could be seen as something good. And if we do not know God, the devil comes in like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8) He bombards us with so many lies and deceitful words, we get devoured by our own emotions that lead to depression and anxiety. It causes our heart to turn away from God because we have doubted Him. This is unbelief.

Having said that, it is very important for us to know how to combat unbelief by genuinely knowing the God we serve. It is important for us to know Him as good and perfect, all-knowing, all-powerful, merciful and loving Father.  We should do our part as His sons and daughters, to know Christ by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior and by equipping ourselves with his word.


Blessed is the one who takes his refuge in Him


After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”

Genesis 15:1

What makes you feel blessed? Great health? A successful career? Sixty years of marriage? Seeing your sons and daughters to graduate? Having your own house and a car? Luxury? Being able to travel? All these things, we consider them blessings. But do we count having God as a blessing? The answer is WE SHOULD, and as matter of fact, Him being our refuge is the cherry on top of every blessing we have received in our entire lives.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines refuge as “a shelter or protection from danger or distress; a place that provides shelter or protection”. So what does it mean when we say that God is our refuge?

I’ve always seen God as my parent. This is how I make Him my refuge. He is my loving Father. A parent loves his son or daughter no matter what (including of all the headaches and problems caused by his child) and I could say that God is my perfect refuge. Here are some reasons why:

  • He never changes and He is always present. I call to my heavenly Father anytime and anywhere. He is everywhere. 

 

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

Revelation 22:13

 

“Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off? “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 23:23-24

 

  • He is Faithful. I have lived 28 years, 336 months and woke up to 10,220 mornings and not one of those days where in God did not renew His love for me. Praise God! Hallelujah!

 

The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassion never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

 

  • There is nothing He could not do. He has no limitations. He is the source of all wisdom and knowledge, strength and power. He makes everything new and beautiful.

 

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

 

  • He loves us unconditionally. I could give countless testimonies of His goodness in my life. You may or may not agree with me but this is what I chose to believe, that the God I truly serve did not deserve a daughter like me because I am sinner, but that did not stopped Him from loving me first.

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

This is the most significant reason why we are blessed to have God as our refuge. It is because of His unconditional love, and this explains my faith. Jesus loved us so much that he took our place to die at the cross. It brings me to my knees when I think of what He has done for me, despite me being a sinner. I praise Him because He has met my heart and I have come to accept Him as my Lord and Savior. I could not live this life alone. I am weak and fragile and I’m not smart enough to know what’s best for me. The need for a refuge is a must and maybe you are like me. You need someone to rely on, someone who could save you from all the confusion, worries, problems or you just need someone to save you from your own-self.

I would like to share the love of Jesus Christ to you. In Him, we are equal and there is no need to pretend. He sees everything even our deepest darkest secrets, knows our weakness, he keeps track of every tear you have shed and he feels your pain. He will turn you to something new and in His eyes, you are more beautiful than the glorious sky. Genuine Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ.

“He himself  bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

1 Peter 2: 24

Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 14:6

A Mighty Mountain?

Again and again He will let me witness a miracle that will come to pass.  Even though by man’s eye it is impossible for my son to get an extension.  His hand will always lead us and an extension will be granted for him.

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 “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it”- NIV

Have you ever tried to climb a mountain?  During my teenage years there is  a time that mountain climbing became popular.  There are a lot of shops that opened to sell gears and accessories so that your mountain climbing will be at ease.  Groups and organization were formed to help and guide for your adventure.

It is supposed to be a thrilling adventure of our life.  For those who are beginners there will always be caution while doing the trek. But as they are nearing the mountain top the adrenalin will pump up.  They will be pushing harder as they experience muscle ache, breathlessness and fear sets in.

They might think of giving up and just settled to where they are at the moment.   But their leader  will encourage them to go on for there is feeling of accomplishment once you are at the top. There is a saying don’t give up, just focus on the goal!  And true enough for them it is a breathtaking moment when they witness  the beauty of God’s wonderful creation.
There will be a time in our life that we have to face and climb the mountain that is set before  us.

It was in March 2016 when the mountain that I must climb came to me.  My son and my husband’s application for Long Term visit pass was rejected by the Singapore Immigration.

I felt crushed and devastated and fear sets in  into my heart and mind.  I was confused and asking God why this thing happened? What will happen to my son if he will not be able to have a visa?  I cried and called my husband about the news as he was in the Philippines at that time.

Although he has given me encouragement and prayed with me I still feel fearful and devastated in my heart.  It was then that I cried out my heart to God ask for his peace to come upon me.

As our God is faithful he has given me peace in the midst of the turmoil that is before me.  I have asked for prayers from my spiritual family and they have given me their encouragement and support.  God has given me the wisdom to apply for an appeal on my application.   I obeyed Him and did a re appeal fully trusting Him that He will make a way.
The months of waiting has taught me to wait upon the Lord and fully trusting Him that He is in charge of the situation.  As He has shown me so many times everytime I need to go to the Immigration and get the visa extension for my son.

Again and again He will let me witness a miracle that will come to pass.  Even though by man’s eye it is impossible for my son to get an extension.  His hand will always lead us and an extension will be granted for him.
Throughout the time that I am seeking and depending on Him , God has led me to this verse in Zechariah 4:7.  And every time I will have my devotion I will speak out this verse over my situation. And indeed our God is a faithful God.  It was after 5 months of waiting that God has grant me the answer. He has moved the mountain before me.  I have gotten the approval for the visa approval for my son and my husband.
I truly praise God for his faithfulness and love for us. I am thankful that Jesus has called me to his loving arms. I have a personal relationship with Jesus that I know His voice that led me to obey and be encouraged.  He is faithful and a loving God.  He wants to prosper us not just materially but spiritually as well and have a future that is blessed.

I want to encourage you to accept Jesus in your life as your Lord and personal Saviour.  For He is a loving and faithful God.  His name is Emannuel, Our God is with Us. He is JESUS. He is offerring us SALVATION!

YOU are an ever-present HELP! 

You know how to remember the promises You’ve made to Your people. Your concern covers all what it takes for You– Your Son, Jesus Christ bears the consequences of our sins just to complete the promise You’ve made to us!
He died and rose again; now, it’s Complete!

You are an ever-present help, Lord.

 In our groanings, You hear us. In our sufferings, You save us. In our inequities, You favor us. In our transgressions, You redeem us.

In times of distress,  You adore to Succour.
In times of sickness, You heal to Vigour. 
In times of trial, You stand to Reinforce. In times of trouble, You resolve to Restore

Oh God, You are Our Living Water –that waters the drought in our lives. The Bread of Life that feed, soul –that mourns. 

Your Faithfulness never runs out. Your plan cannot be Fathom out. Your Love abounds. Your Grace surrounds. 

You know how to remember the promises You‘ve made to Your people. Your concern covers all what it takes for You– Your Son, Jesus Christ bears the consequences of our sins just to complete the promise You‘ve made to us! 

He died and rose again; now, it’s Complete! 



(Inspiration and revelation from Exodus 2:24‭-‬25 NIV, “God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them. )

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Weight Loss and My Relationship with God

“Pumayat ka!” (You’ve lost weight.) This is one of greatest compliment I have received last month. Two months ago, I’ve decided to try shedding some pounds off since my weight gain from 52kg to 56 kg. I made a goal to reach the weight I had when I came to SG which was 50kg. I set goals, prayed for it and disciplined myself to eat a healthy diet in the way I possibly can. One morning as I pondered on my weight loss goal, I started thinking, “How you’re managing your weight now is actually similar to how you manage your relationship with God.” 

“Pumayat ka!” (You’ve lost weight.) This is one of greatest compliment I have received last month. Two months ago, I’ve decided to try shedding some pounds off since my weight gain from 52kg to 56 kg. I made a goal to reach the weight I had when I came to SG which was 50kg. I set goals, prayed for it and disciplined myself to eat a healthy diet in the way I possibly can. One morning as I pondered on my weight loss goal, I started thinking, “How you’re managing your weight now is actually similar to how you manage your relationship with God.” Here are a few similarities:

Setting goals.

We as believers should set goals with our relationship with God. Like asking myself what’s the weight I wanted to reach, we also should ask how far and deep we want our relationship with God to go? Are we satisfied with plainly knowing Him as the great and mighty God who made us and heaven and earth? Or do we want each day to be platform wherein we can see a different side of Him and His glory? He’s God! Our Lord has a lot of ‘characters’ that we have not even grasped. He’s our Lord, God, King of kings, Holy One, Redeemer, Savior, Abba Father, Almighty, Alpha, Omega, Rose of Sharon, Bright Morning Star, Rock, Fortress, Friend, Salvation, Bridegroom, I could go on and on. The Bible describes Him in different ways and He is willing to reveal Himself to whom He wills as Luke 10:22 (NKJV) says,

“22 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”

Praying for it.

Of course! I prayed for it. Weight loss is hard and I knew that by myself, knowing how lazy, undisciplined, easily tempted and impulsive I could be, I could not do it on my own. I literally cried to God, telling Him that I wanted to lose weight to be healthy. This desire was in my heart. Same goes with our relationship with God. We have to pray for it! Really, really pray hard for it.

Jeremiah 31:3b (NKJV) says,

“..Therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

and James 4:8 (NKJV)says,

“8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

Yes, God is the drawing force that pulls our hearts towards Himself but we, while in this fallen world, are easily tempted and distracted with other things. We are easily drawn away from Him with our own desires that this world offers like what it says in James 1:14 (NKJV),

“14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”

We must pray for our hearts to be changed and take delight in Him. He is the only one who can enable us to maintain a relationship with Him and not ourselves. We should pray to Him that He will always graciously bless our relationship with Him.

Discipline.

Ha! This is the one struggled with the most! I looooove to eat anything and any time! I love to cook and eat! And I love the feeling of a full tummy! But I hated the results of gaining pounds. I don’t want to be overweight. I’m not getting younger and gaining weight is not healthy for someone who’s gaining years. So I tracked and counted my calories. I tried to eat on time, three times a day, snacks in between if the goal calories permits.

Our relationship with God also needs discipline. We should discipline ourselves to pray to Him, read and meditate His Word. We should really set out alone time with Him, a date with God as my friend says. Yes, He will prompt us and the Holy Spirit will give us a nudge that we should be talking to Him this time of the day but we should also do our part to really make time for Him. Start by making a schedule early in the morning. God told Joshua to read His word and ponder on it day and night.

Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

“8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you [Joshua] shall meditate in it day and night,”

Daniel prayed to God three times a day knowing that doing so might precipitate to his death (Read Daniel 6).

Daniel 6:10 (NKJV)

“10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.”

Even Jesus Christ set an alone time with His Father when He was here on earth.

Matthew 14:23 (NKJV)

“23 And when He [Jesus] had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.”

It will not be easy at first. But as time goes by, as our spirits get full and full of Him everyday as we make time for Him, time would come that it will become a habit, a habit that we cannot get rid of. A habit that we would take delight in and crave for.

Eating nutritiously.

Besides my love for eating, I have a sweet tooth and loved salty food as well. I love chips, chocolates, pastries, cakes, bread, all UNHEALTHY UNSATISFYING foods which will eventually turn into UNWANTED UNHEALTHY fats! So I knew in order to to lose weight and become healthy, I needed to eat nutritiously. What I feed myself will ultimately dictate my future weight and body composition. So I started eating nutritious foods. I said no to chocolates and sweets.

In our spiritual life, we should also say no to a lot of things. What we feed our spirits will dictate eventually its future state. If we don’t feed our spirit, it won’t grow. Try saying no to social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.) and games, may it be mobile games or video games. Instead of wasting all our time watching videos in Youtube and keeping up with Koreanovelas in the web, we should try spending our time soaking in His Word. It has tons of benefits! As John Piper points out: the Word of God awakens and strengthens faith, sustains life, gives hope and more. (see Ten Benefits of Reading the Bible Part 1 and Part 2 by John Piper).  We should meditate in the Word of God as it will enable us the bear much fruit as Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV) says,

“1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
    Planted by the rivers of water,
    That brings forth its fruit in its season,
    Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.”

We should read books that can help our spirits grow and pray to Him more. We could also read biographies of saints and people like missionaries who can inspire us spiritually.

I’m not saying that doing the former is bad and latter is all that we should do. Rather, we must choose wisely what we feed our spirits and how our time here on earth is spent. The Bible says that we should spend our time wisely like what Paul said to his letter for the Ephesians in Ephesians 5:15-16 (NKJV),

“15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Just press on into His love and grace.

There were setbacks during this program and there will still be in the future. I would let myself eat sweets here and there at times. I would overeat. There were days that the weighing scale tells me, “No change today”. Some days it will tell me worse things like “Oops, you gained.” I knew I couldn’t keep up with it perfectly. I felt guilty and ashamed. However, I learned not to be too hard on myself and just let my mistakes be a lesson. After a mistake, I try to press on and go back to the diet plan.

In the same way, we will have setbacks in our relationship with God. We will neglect Him here and there. We will sin here and there, becoming a stubborn child who refuse to obey to his Father’s commands. By the time we realize the mistake we did before our Lord God, it would be too late. It cannot be undone. Shame and guilt will creep in and we would look at ourselves unworthy of His love. The good news is, God loves us and is gracious and merciful to forgive us through Jesus Christ as Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV) says,

“7 In Him [Jesus Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

Psalms 103:8 (NKJV)also states,

“8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”

We just need to acknowledge our sin before Him and ask for His forgiveness. He is faithful and just and will forgive us as  it says in 1 John 1:9 (NKJV),

“9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Maintaining and sustaining.

From 55kg, I am now 51kg! Finally!Now the real challenge is how to maintain this weight. I have lost and gain weight over and over again and I’m tired of the cycle. I’m now determined to maintain this weight this time by making the change in my eating habits and lifestyle permanent. I needed this permanent change to maintain this weight.

Our relationship with God will be maintained by His grace through Jesus Christ. We can do all of things above but without His sovereign grace, all will be in vain. We are like frail, weak branches getting our needs from the Great Vine, Jesus, and apart from Him we are nothing as John 15:5 (NKJV) says,

“5 “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.”

We need Jesus to sustain this relationship with God. We need to abide in Him and in His Word. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit. His gift of grace will be sufficient in our weakness as we go deeper in this relationship with Him as 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV) says,

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

It all comes down to His grace and His grace alone. We should do our part in this relationship and have faith that we are recipients of His abounding and sustaining grace. We may feel helpless and powerless at time but we must believe and press on that our God is a loving Father who is faithful and able to keep us His chosen ones in this relationship till the very end.

 

I pray that God has moved your hearts through thus article. God is our creator and He loves all of us. He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to died on the cross for our sins that ALL who believes in Him, Jesus, will be forgiven, reconciled back to God and enjoy eternity with Him. It is not by accident that you have come upon this blog. God is calling you right now. Let Him save you from your sins and reign lovingly in your life. If you want to know more about salvation and how to receive Jesus in your life, you can click on our ‘Jesus Offers Salvation‘ page. Just come to Him as you are. He will lovingly welcome you as His son/daughter. May God richly bless you! ❤️

 

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Children are L❤ved©

We have to understand that we are nothing wihout God. That our faith is as good as child-like. That pictures out as simple, helpless, trusting dependence of those who have no resources of their own. Have no achievements to offer or commend themselves with.

  “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,  but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 18:3‭-‬6 ESV

 

“Children, today is special day, because we are celebrating Mother’s day. We will make cards for your moms and later we will pass it to them.” 

Children start to sit down and comfortably positioned themselves to be ready in creating mother’s day cards for their moms, as materials for card-making had been distributed.

P5 & P6 girls – busy making cards for their moms❤

This was the scenario last Sunday in our children church, as we commemorate the existence of our mothers.  We made CYO mother’s day cards for their moms. Surprisingly, children were as creative as innovative as a poetic as they were.

I made rounds one-by-one to check on their works. And as I could not believe in my own eyesight that they are actually an artist in their own way. They were given an instruction of how to make a card and it was superseded in the results of their works.

Someone, drew and copy directly from the internet…

Copying the image from the internet👏

Someone, illustrates from her own imaginations..

Illustrates her fave from her imagination👌👏

Someone writes, who her mom is to her…

Poem for mother’s day❤

And this was awesome, a 3D card.

A 3D Card made by Sophia Ng❤

Here’s how creative and innovative they were with their cards while having fun doing it.

I intruded in the other sections, and found these cuties…

Iana and Bella❤
Bella on P1- girls. What an awesome message to her mom, my kumare Sissy Cherry❤
Iana- my inaanak❤ P4-girls

…and of course P6-boys would have a representative to stand for their flag. Good job! Even a boy like him, could be as creative as with the girls huh!

Handsome PJ strike-a-pose with his mother’s day card for his loving mom, Sis Eia for being appreciative of what she does to him. ❤

That was awesome! 🤗

I saw how excited they were to pass it to their moms when fetched from the service. Especially, students from P1 and P2. How excited and thrilled they were when they were doing it, as to how excited they were when they pass it to their moms.

I l❤ve children ministry. This could partly because I am a product of Children Church and has an impact in my former years of my life — that no regret had to be reckoned. Good job to my mom who relentlessly asking me to attend the Children Church whenever I don’t want to.👏👏👏


Childlike Faith

I love being with them; and it is cool to be with them, because they are de-stressors to me; it’s a joy serving God through them; it’s a delight seeing them grow in their faith.  I could see how God wonderfully moves in their lives with their faith, week after week or on Sundays that I will volunteer in Children Ministry of  Filipino HopeKids/ Hope Church Singapore.

It’s a two-way benefits in Children Ministry. As you served, you learned. Learning is fun with kiddos. It’s only through them that you will hear different answers that never heard before. But come to think of it, they, actually have their point.

They will think without any boundaries. They will speak their minds without any hesitation and say the truth. They will believe with what you’ve said (that’s why we have to be careful in committing promises to them). They are trusting. They are dependent.

And with these, I learned with them. They serves as a reminder to me. Our faith should be like them — Child-like.  It pictures as simple, helpless, trusting dependence of those who have no resources of their own. Like children, they have no achievements to offer or commend themselves with.  And that is what Matthew 18:3 is telling us,

and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  (Matt 18:3)

Child-like faith possessed by a true believer—that is Trusting, Depending, Relying and Believing. That #OnlyGod will Empower us;  will Extend His glory; will Resource for His Works ( Haggai 2:1-9). I like the fact that for our achievements, we thought  of we’ve made it through. But the real truth is, He is working behind the scenes for us.

I like what Ps Jeff Chong, Sr Pastor of Hope Church Singapore, used as an example how God is to us. When he shared about the 2017 Vision of the Church. He illustrates that God is like our father when we are yet to walk. Imagine that a father is playing with a child. Teaching the child how to walk, he will put the child’s feet on top of his feet, then he hold him by the hand and start to walk. The kid actually thought that he is walking by himself and made him amazed by his achievement. The fact is the father who actually walking and not him.

That is how God is to us. We thought of, with those achievements, successes, praises that we’ve received, is our own good dexterity. The fact is– our Father resources for it, for His purpose and glory. That is only right and is a must to always give back the glory and honour to Him alone!

We have to understand that we are nothing wihout God. That our faith is as good as child-like. That pictures out as simple, helpless, trusting dependence of those who have no resources of their own. Have no achievements to offer or commend themselves with.

Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven–Matthew 18:4 ESV

Glory to God❤



Friends,

I pray that you’ll be inspired by how God moves in our lives. No one can fathom out His plans for us. The only thing we know is, HE IS FAITHFUL. Especially, if we have a relationship with Him. It is more easy for you to hear His voice and He is more willing and able to show His Faithfulness to you. If you’d like to have relationship with Him, I will lead you in a short prayer. This payer is not a magic, but what makes it powerful is when you Believe in your heart and declare it with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord and He is your Salvation.

Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Dear God,

Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to wash away my sins. He is the sacrificial lamb. I believe that you rose him from the dead. Father, please forgive me. I fully surrender my life to you from now on wards. Lord, save me, I pray. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Hallelujah! If you have just prayed the Salvation prayer, you had made a great decision. Congratulations!

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Agape,

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Rebekah: The masterMind©

Did you know that God loves mothers and is closed to His heart? Most of the time, a mother is used by God as vessel of His blessings, and one prominent fact is — US — for His purpose and to His glory. In the family, a Mother is the master (vessel) and God is the Mind (brains) for the household to be intact and be in placed.

Genesis 24: 7 ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’—he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there.”

Who is Rebekah?

Who is she, that God destined her to be Isaac’s wife?

Genesis 24:12-16  Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” 15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16 The woman was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever slept with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.

She was the answered prayer, Abraham is looking for Isaac to be his wife. A woman of his own kind. She was beautiful, very clean and with a kind and generous and has a willing heart.

Her  Character and Attributes.

Genesis 25 and 27, reveals her character and attributes. Most especially on the episode of Jacob steals Esau’s blessing.  If we will read the story of Esau and Jacob, for the first time, we probably could not understand how she does things to be in Jacob’s favour.  For me, at first glance of the story, she was the villain who always stepped on the feet of the noob.

But why she does things in that way? A typical wife and a mother could possibly understand and relate to Rebekah’s character and attributes. She is a wife and a comforter, a teacher, a skillful household-maker, a strong-willed woman and a manipulative, and  a meddlesome mother. Meddlesome mother? Oh-oh! Sounds bad? Maybe for some. I believe, being a meddlesome mother to her children is one of a mother’s attributes, if not, I do not know how a mother will brought up their children. =)

A Wife and a Comforter. 

Rebekah became a comfort to Isaac, when Sarah passed on. Isaac, marry and loved her.

Genesis 24:66 ” Isaac mourn for his mother’s death, Rebekah act as his comforter”

Like Rebekah, we, as wives to our husbands, we should act as their comforter, especially, whenever they are down. We have to cheer them up. we should be as one flesh (Ephesians 5:31) — and unite our understanding, mutually.

A Teacher. 

Rebekah must be a good teacher to Esau and Jacob to recognised their inclination aptly. The boys grew up with their expertise being recognised. I believe as with her help and guidance. Uhm,  of course, not forgetting Isaac’s help and guidance as well.

Genesis 25:27 “The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents”.

For mothers out there, and also I am one in the group =). We are the first teacher of our children.  They will learn their first ABC… and 123…  at home. The Bible is one of the best platform, we, mothers must be guided on how our children should be brought up. We need to train up a child – starting  from their formative years,  in the way they should go.  Because in the time they were old, they will not depart form it  – Proverbs 22: 6 says that.

Our children need to recognise their inclination as early as possible. As I recollect, a mother’s ‘instinct’ will feel what their children’s future will be like according to their behaviour. Since they start to learned to talk, smile, laugh, sing or dance and the likes. A mother will start to think or even say, what or who they will be like in the future. I believe anyone here, who is also a mother could relate in these kind of scenes in their motherhood.  We need to guide and help them to recognised  their  future. But of course, with the leading and conviction of the Holy Spirit.

A Skillful Household Maker.

Rebekah is very good household maker. She knew  what is “yummy’ food for Isaac. She used her best skills to get her objective successful.

Genesis 27:9 “Go out to the flock and bring me two choice young goats, so I can prepare some tasty food for your father, just the way he likes it. “

A Strong-willed Woman and a Manipulative.

“Do what I tell you!” “Do what I say!” These, could be normal instructions for some mothers to their children, especially when in a hurry and would like to get an instant results of their instructions to their children.

Genesis 27:8 ‘Now, my son, listen carefully and do what I tell you: 

Genesis 27:43 “Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran.’

Rebekah, made it so obvious to be a strong-willed woman. Her determination, made it through the blessings Jacob had received. Part of being a strong-willed, is the chance of taking the risks, to the fact that she will own the curse that is accompanied her manipulation of stealing of earthly and spiritual blessings from Esau to Jacob — A motherly instinct just to give best for their children.

Genesis 27:3 “His mother said to him, “My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me.”

A Meddlesome Mother.

“Go and get them for me.” Maybe, at this juncture, Jacob was trembling to get the mother’s instructions be settled. Could probably his feeling was,  “Sigh.”  — with scratching of his head, and at the back of his mind,  was also fears, of getting the consequences, if being caught by Isaac. But to Rebekah was firmed. Because she holds of God’s divine appointment and promise to her twins, that the older will serve the younger.

Genesis 25:23 “The Lord said to her,“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”

This promise of God to her was without Isaac in the picture. When Lord revealed God’s covenant to her twins, she remembered it and she holds of it —That she must see it happened. But her motherly instinct manipulated her to make it happened in a deceiving way. It could probably because she knew that Isaac was more into Esau’s favour— and Esau made decisions that they hated and gave them disgrace. This was when he married Hittite women – (Genesis 26:34). Though it has with a deceiving story, God allowed it to happened for His plan and purpose. True, that in the Bible, Jacob became ISRAEL, despite deceitfulness. And this is because…

Romans 8:28 “God will cause everything to work for good of those who love the Lord according to His purpose.” 

Rebekah had a great role for ISRAEL. If not for her character and attributes of being a meddlesome, where could probably ISRAEL is, now. I believe if the story was not in this way, it would not  be as interesting as it was and as it is. THE STORY OF ISRAEL —REBEKAH  HAD MADE IT EVEN MORE INTERESTING and SHE WAS THE GREAT DIVINE ACCOMPLICE BY GOD.  She allowed God to used her in the success of the story on how Jacob became Israel. How God’s Faithfulness is revealed in this story — A promised by God  to Abraham, repeatedly to Isaac, and resulted to Jacob (Israel).

Though if you will notice in the Bible, Rebekah did not have a chance to see his beloved– Jacob. As no record of them  had seen each other.

Rebekah, was like our typical mom at home.  At times, we don’t understand how they decide for us– that makes us annoyed.  They are the real household-maker, they serve as the Salt & Light of our family. They are being used by God, on how a family will be tied and bonded. Come to think of it, a house without a mom, will not be considered- a home.

Did you know that God loves mothers and is closed to His heart? Most of the time, a mother is used by God as vessel of His blessings, and one prominent fact is — Us!– for His purpose and to His glory.  In the family, a Mother is the master (vessel) and God is the Mind (brains) for the household to be intact and be in placed. 

Rebekah with a jar— and so with her, REBEKAH: the masterMIND of the household of ISRAEL to be completed!  

 All glory be to God!

 

Friends,

I pray that you are inspired by how God moves in our lives. No one can fathom out His plans for us. The only thing we know is, HE IS FAITHFUL. Especially, if we have a relationship with Him. It is more easy for you to hear His voice and He is more willing and able to show His Faithfulness to you. If you’d like to have relationship with Him, I will lead you in a short prayer. This payer is not a magic, but what makes it powerful is when you Believe in your heart and declare it with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord and He is your Salvation.

Romans 10:9-10 says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Dear God,

Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to wash away my sins. He is the sacrificial lamb. I believe that you rose him from the dead. Father, please forgive me. I fully surrender my life to you from now on wards. Lord, save me, I pray. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Hallelujah! If you have just prayed the Salvation prayer, you had made a great decision. Congratulations!

(please leave us a comment with your name, if you had just prayed, so that we may pray for you continuously.)

Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟

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i am in Good Hands! (Secured Forever)

The main fact of this is, If we know our Shepherd; we know who is our Salvation; That we genuinely accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Our eternal life is our future! No ONE can snatch our Salvation from His hand. Only to Jesus.

John 10:27
Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice, I know them, and they follow me.” 

This verse, is one of the famous in the Bible. It is even memorized by many of us and, so myself. But my today’s devotion is different, it captivates my spirit even more. It strucks my heart. I stand still and in awe at the moment of reading this passage in my Bible. I continued reading, and it was supported with the following passage in…

John 10:28

 ” I gave them ETERNAL LIFE and they shall NEVER perish. NO ONE can snatch them out of my hand.” 

What a wonderful promise of our Salvation! Hallelujah!

 John 3:16 says,

 “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only begotten Son, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. ” 

This is a promise of God! The only required action that we need to do is to believe— genuinely! 

We have to Believe of He is who He is claiming to be…

John 20:31 NKJV

but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

And we have to Believe in what He did on the cross…

I Corinthians 15:3‭-‬4

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,

that when we Believe, His Power is at work in us…

Romans 1:16 NKJV

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

As believers and followers of Christ,  we know our Shepherd. We know His voice and we will follow Him.

In today’s life, we all know that it was not as easy as it has been said than done. We need to contnually commune with our Shepherd, through Prayer, Devotion and Focusing our attention to Him alone. So, that His voice will be vivid and tangible in our ears and hearts that we will clearly hear His voice. Clear for us to follow His Godly wisdom and decide in our lives.

The main fact of this is, If we know our Shepherd; we know who is our Salvation; That we genuinely accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. Our eternal life is our future! No ONE can snatch our Salvation from His hand. Only to Jesus.

John 14:6 says,

“He is the Only way, The Truth and The Life, No one can come to the Father except through Jesus”

Friends, 

This is the assurance Jesus is giving to us. He loves us. He is offering us a Relationship that leads to eternal life.  Acts 16:31 says, So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” As we understand what Believe means at the former, and you want to have a relationship with Him, I will lead you in a short prayer of Salvation. This payer is not a magic, but what makes it powerful is when you Believe in your heart and declare it with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord and He is your Salvation.

Romans 10:9-10 says,

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

If you want a relationship with Jesus, please follow this short prayer from your heart…

Dear God,

Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross  to wash away my sins.  He is the sacrificial lamb. I believe that you rose him from the dead. Father, please forgive me. I fully surrender my life to you from now on wards. Lord, save me, I pray. In Jesus’ name, amen! 

Hallelujah! If you have just prayed the Salvation prayer, you had made a great decision. Congratulations!

All glory to God!

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Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟

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Friendship is a Relationship!

Proverbs 17:17 – “A friend love at all times, a brother is born in adversity”
“Friendship should be the foundation of a long and sweet relationship. Just as who Jesus is to us. In no accident time, He found us. He want to offer friendship to us. If we will only give it a try to His offer. Our trust, our commitment and our faith will be fully developed, if we will take the offer of Friendship, He is offering us. Sooner or later, this friendship will become a RELATIONSHIP TO HIM!”

Proverbs 17:17 

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity

There was a 9-year old girl playing upstairs of their house while the television was switched on. She was enjoying her game, while she played alone in the room.The television was tune in to a Christian TV program — ‘Jesus the Healer’, when the Pastor was about to pray a prayer of Salvation, he invited everyone in the congregation to pray after him, if they want a relationship with Jesus.

Suddenly the girl’s attention was caught when the Pastor was talking to the televiewers, “you, who is watching right now, Jesus loves you. He want to be a friend to you. He is giving you life. If you want to have a relationship with Him, please raise your hand as a sign of surrendering to Him and repeat a prayer after me.” 

In no moment, the girl was found in tears and repeating the prayer of Salvation. Eventhough, she did not understand what will be the impact in her life of uttering that prayer. She just followed and let herself flow in prayer from her heart and puzzled herself of what made her tears to welled up continuously.

Apparently, the girl grew up without much closed friends. Her mother was a dress-maker, accepting dress repairs and dress-to-make at home. Her father was working abroad since she was two years old. Literally, she did not grow-up with a father-figure, only with her 4 elder brothers, and two elder sisters, with much age-gap with her —and she, as the youngest — her feeling was, all eyes were on her.

She was only allowed to play with her cousins and some neighborhood children— only with her mom’s permission. When she started to give her trust to consider it as friendship to her closest cousin which was two years older than than her, she found out that her cousin was not giving reciprocal of it to her, but to the other child of her same age — she felt being betrayed.

With that, she was afraid of giving trust, and the so-called ‘friendship’ to anyone she would have acquainted with to play or even in the school and children church. It was difficult for her to establish friendship, because for her, friendship is a deep relationship. Thus, effortlove, faithfulness and trust is given — once broken, it cannot be whole again. Possible to be mended but will just leave a scar. Whenever she will try to give it a chance, it would always be a failure, there was always a betrayal.

Her primary days and secondary was not like any other children with friends. They were allowed to sleep over, watch movies together, mall strolling and laugh as loudest as they want. She were just ‘need to be’ contented  with her cousins, and once in -a- while , with their neighborhood playmates or would just be playing alone at home. Until on her last year in high school. She had found, a friend.

They have common denominators which drew them to be closed- — the same church they were attending, same spirits, same hobbies and sports (they love volleyball) and both of them were always be late in school. For as long as she could remember, most of the time of being late, they will knock on the gate of the school, calling the attention of the “manong guard”  to open it.😂

When the gate opened, the OIC Discipline would welcome them with a stern face, and usher them in the quadrangle of the school where all students meet for the morning assembly. Since flag ceremony was over, all students were inside their respective rooms. The late comers would have to do their flag ceremony.  One would be the conductor while singing the National Anthem, and one would lead the Pledge of the countrymen, even though only a few of them. It looks  funny, but they were ashamed at that point of time.

After the flag ceremony was over,  the OIC Discipline  would lead them to her office and will pass them one set (5 sheets) each of writing paper.  They had to write, “I will not be late anymore”. It should be written full and back-to-back. The fastest it has returned to the OIC Discipline, the fastest they would be released from the Discipline Office. 👮

The punishment was a sort of strictness, because it happened quite a number of times.😂 They did not learn from it huh! Li’l did they know that it’ll be the beginning of their friendship; and in no accident time.

After high school, she thought of, it would last their friendship from there and,  it will just become one of the good memories of her Alma Mater. Nevertheless, their friendship remain the same. They still see each other from time to time — Her friend was welcomed at home and likened by her siblings and mom. There are times that that they will sleep over at each other’s  houses. They laughed at each other’s dumbness on wrong decisions they’ve made. They gave advises to each other and tell each other’s secrets. It became more deeper as they  went through ‘thick & thin’ together with their  ‘worst experiences’ outside their Universities and in their personal lives, they choose to become Best Friends Forever (BFF).

This girl was, yours truly. 🙊

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BFF since high school❤ BFF Didith (left)

We became BFF not because we like to become Best Friends. It has formed over a period of time. As we allowed ourselves to enter into each other’s life. We were tested through life experiences — we went through ‘ups and downs’. Trust has been established. Faith with each other has been developed.  Genuinely, we accepts  each other’s differences.  We know in ourselves, that there is someone who will support behind our backs. Our friendship were established because we allowed ourselves to give it a chance to be established, and is a relationship! 

Friendship should be the foundation of a long and sweet relationship.  Just as who Jesus is to us. In no accident time, He found us. He want to offer friendship to us. If we will only give it a try to His offer.  Our trust, our commitment and our faith will be fully developed, if we will take His offerring of Friendship. Sooner or later, this friendship will become a RELATIONSHIP TO HIM!

Like what He did to me, when He found me. I believe, it wasn’t any accident at all. He knew that I needed a friend and He offer me His friendship. He knew that I can fully give my trust, once friendship is developed. The only thing I did, was I allowed Him to enter into my life. In that simple following to that prayer the Pastor had uttered, was the beginning of our friendship, and it developed over a period of time, because I allowed Him to enter into my life. Now, I have a RELATIONSHIP with HIM. 

Friends,

I believe, sometimes, you have this loneliness, sadness and feeling void in your life. Jesus is offering you a Friendship, now.  You are precious in His sight.

John 3:16 says,

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.

God is offering us life through Jesus and this life is eternal as you believe. 

Romans 10:9-10 says,

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

If you want a friendship and have relationship with Jesus, just like mine,

please follow this short prayer from your heart…

Dear God,

Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross  to wash away my sins.  He is the sacrificial lamb. I believe that you rose him from the dead. Father, please forgive me. I fully surrender my life to you from now on wards. Lord, save me, I pray. In Jesus’ name, amen! 

Hallelujah! If you have just prayed the Salvation prayer, you had made a great decision. Congratulations!

All glory to God!

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Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟

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The AUTHORITY! 

Mark 1:21-26 ( Jesus drives out an evil spirit)

They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”   “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!”  The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

These passages in the book of Mark is where Jesus started to preach the good news in the synagogue in Capernaum. Verse 22, stated that when he teach, “he teach with authority and not as teachers of the law“.

Afterwhich, a man who is possessed by an impure spirit, cried out to destruct him. But what Jesus did? He replied boldly and sternly, “Be quiet!” “Come out of him!”. Then the impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.

Sometimes in our lives, because of our contained time, we forget that we are children of God- the Bible tells us that, in Romans 8:15-16 “ For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry “Abba Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Gods children.) 

We,  like Jesus,  have the same authority over evil spirit-  Romans 8:17a  says“Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,”

Verses 21 & 22 is where Jesus is doing great for God’s kingdom. In our modern days, it is where we are so focused to God. It could be when we receive blessing, or has  great achievement, or when we just want to do more for His kingdom. (V23-24) Then that is where, the devil will plot his plan to destruct us, as he is 24/7 active to steal the joy in our hearts.

When we experience trouble, problem, circumstance or even pressing trials in the peak of our happiness, just do what Jesus did. (V25) Be bold and say “Be quiet!” This phrase expresses our authority over this pauper spirit (devil)! The devil is so persistent to destruct and steal our joy. He will try at first how stern and resilient we are in our relationship with God. In verse 26-  the impure spirit “shook” the man violently. First, he is trying to infuse fear to Jesus, however, the moment Jesus commands, Come out of him!” , the devil came out of the man with a “shriek” 

With a “shook“- this action word represent devil‘s persistence to steal our joy.  The command, “Come out of him!” –  shows that our authority is irrevocable as it is a gift from God (Romans 11: 29 “For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable). The word “shriek” – this action represents that the devil is a loser and has no power over us!

So the next time that you may encounter, problem, trial, sickness and all destructions in life, better know your position in Christ Jesus- who are you as a child of God. Know your authority!  Tell the devil in full command and conviction,  “Be quiet! “Come out of him!” . The devil will just flee and will stay away from you, knowing that he is just a ‘nut’ to destruct you!

Be blessed and Know your position in Him!

All glory to God!❤

Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟

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Face the Giant of your life

He faced his giant by obeying, trusting, peristence to get his blessing and depending fully to God. His relationship with God made his giant gone. And made his giant as a channel to flow the blessings that is promised to him. He has won a renewed relationship with his brother and blessing along his way. Jacob has won his victory.

(Highlights: Gen 33:4)

Jacob meets Esau

Knowing the story of Esau and Jacob, Esau hated Jacob because of deception. Jacob deceived Esau twice. First, Jacob took Esau’s birthright. Second, Jacob has taken Esau’s blessing (Gen 27: 36). Esau held a grudge with Jacob, to the point that he wanted to kill Jacob (Genesis 27:41).
For many years, these two had parted ways. Jacob out of fear, left Esau without settlements. He ran to the place Paddan Aram, which he stayed with Laban, his mother’s brother. His life was a roller coaster ride with Laban. But for many years he had been cheated by Laban. With all his sufferings and pains under Laban, the Lord had protected Jacob and had settlement with Laban (Gen 31:24; Gen 31: 43-55)
As the Lord commands him to go back to his father’s land (Gen 31:3). Jacob knows that there was unsettled situation that he had to face in his father’s land.To face Esau’s anger. Therefore, he prepares to meet Esau. He ensured, Esau was meeting him (Gen 32:6)

In great fear and distress , Jacob prepares for the meet up: 

1. He strategized. Jacob knew that Esau is coming to meet him with 400 men with him (Gen 32:6). So he divided the people who were with him into two groups, and the flocks and herds and camels as well. He thought, “if Esau comes and attacks one group, the group that is left may escape (Gen 32:7-8)

2. He sought, prayed and reminded God of his blessing  and depend on God’s help (Gen 32:9-12). Out of his fear he knew that only God could help him. Gen 32:11 “Save me , I pray from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come and attack me and also the mothers and their children.

3. He planned to bribe Esau – a peace offering (Gen 32:13-21). He makes effort to find favor from Esau. Gen 32:18 “They belong to your servant Jacob.They are a gift sent to my lord Esau, and he is coming behind us.”

4. He wrestled with God to secure his blessing (Gen 32:22-28).  He made sure that he is blessed and find favor from God by chasing his blessing. As he wrestled with God, He was blessed with a new name- ISRAEL (because you have struggled with God and men and you have overcome -Gen 32:28 ) – The Lord blessed him with a new name- by giving him a new name, God is also telling Jacob that with all your struggles and have overcome it,  a new beginning is given to forget about the past and look forward what is ahead of him. 
When Jacob meets Esau, it was a different coin of story that he would expect. His fear was broken because a different expectation Esau had shown him. “Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept” (Gen 33:4). It was a heartwarming scene. That we could imagine. 

Even Jacob’s gift to his brother was  refused at first as Esau had enough,(verse 9- But Esau said, “I have already plenty, my brother. Keep what you have  for yourself.”) but because Jacob insisted it was accepted (Gen 33:9-11).

From that verse on wards, the two was seen reconciled  as brothers (Gen 33:12-17).

How to face the giant of our life?

 Jacob’s giant was his fear of Esau’s revenge. We could noticed that he planned, he strategized  and yet he was still in great fear and distress. He was uneasy. He sought God by praying and reminded Him of His blessing and promises to him by God and thus, he wasn’t stopped there, he continued to find God to bestowed His blessing to him until he wrestled with God to bless him – with a new name, then he’s ready to face Esau, his giant.

There are many things that we could learned from this story and we could apply in our lives and timely in our situations. This giant in our lives is in existence, it is the hindrance and obstacle  to get our victory- No other than our ‘fear’.

We all have giants in our lives. Giant of  being unsecured future. Giant in your marriage. Giant in your relationships with your children. Giant of unsecured job. Giant in your workplace- “what if I did not perform well”, etc. The questions in your mind that not has been answered. Giant in your ministry. Giant in your leadership. Giant of not levelling up with the society. Giant of failures. Giant of not to succeed in all that you do. And a lot more. Name it, and you could see that you have a giant in that situations.

Jacob’s story is a good platform of learning on how to face the giants of your lives. In all his sufferings, pains and turmoil, he learned not to depend on his own might and understanding. Though he became a deceiver by obedience to his mother, he also a dependent child. His dependency to his mother’s instructions made him dependent on God. He believed in what his mother would say and so him to God. He trusted with all his heart and fully did not depend on his own understanding- Proverbs 3:5-6. After all his planning and strategies using his own ability, he knew that he can’t rely on them. It seems lacking and made him not confident to face his brother. Jacob not only knows God, but he has established his relationship with him. He knows his position to God as His child. He knows his rights as a child. He knows that he is the bearer of God’s promises. 

He faced his giant by obeying, trusting, peristence to get his blessing and depending fully to God. His relationship with God made his giant gone. And made his giant as a channel to flow the blessings that is promised to him.  He has won a renewed relationship with his brother and blessing along his way. Jacob has won his victory. 

Friends, 

All of us has giant in our lives. It stopped us from doing great. If we will not recognize it on an early stage. But the mere fact of we have this, and understand it that we can not overcome it by ourselves alone. We need God to overcome it, as what Jacob did. He realized that his strategies, planning and prepartions is not sufficient to let his giant flee from him but to recognize that only God is able. Let us learn to have a full reliance to God. Have our relationship to God be established. 

If you want to have a  relationship with God, please follow this simple prayer of Salvation. This payer is not a magic, but what makes it powerful is when you Believe in your heart and declare it with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord and He is your Salvation.

Romans 10:9-10 says,

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

If you want a relationship with Jesus, please follow this short prayer from your heart…

Dear God,

Thank you for your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross  to wash away my sins.  He is the sacrificial lamb. I believe that you rose him from the dead. Father, please forgive me. I fully surrender my life to you from now on wards. Lord, save me, I pray. In Jesus’ name, amen! 

Hallelujah! If you have just prayed the Salvation prayer, you had made a great decision. Congratulations!

All glory to God!

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Agape,

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