Put Pen to Paper !!!

“I believe, whatever desires we may have in our hearts as Christians, the Holy Spirit has a big role to that. He will implant desires in our hearts–for His kingdom and purpose, but it is to Us, who will discern it and put it into Action.”

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Should I write? Yes.  No.  Yes.  No.  Yes.  No.    Yes!!!

I am a bit skeptical, when I started to write my first blog. It was just a trial-and-error kind of thing. When I created this blog site, there was a welcome message and it prompted me, with —‘start to write your first blog’-–that had enticed me to share what was in my mind at that moment.

I can’t think of anything, but a  thought came into my mind, was to write whatever satisfies me or urged my instinct to push my finger tips to move on the keyboard of my laptop. It was entitled, “Let me Start👍”; 12 January 2016 was my first ever post.

Blogging or writing a topic, events– and the likes, was one of my long-awaited desires in my bucket-list, and it was mentioned in my first “trial-and-error” blog.  BUT my skepticism was drawn from criticism.

“No one is perfect”, as I told myself. But it would not stop me of doing what is in my innermost  to do. But after a few months– I found myself of not writing. It lingered to my thought that that there were no subsequent article found from my first and last, as I realized.

What hinders me from writing? Nothing.  It came upon my thought that I have the courage to start it off, BUT, I must have the boldness to stay on the course. Boldness is the key for me to continue writing and stay on course, aside from the fact that I have the main topic for my site.

My boldness came from my desire to get the outcome of my goal–from the objective of what I want to happen in this site. Aside from the fact that I want to write, write, and write; I want to share the Word of God. And this desire does not come from  the thought that one day I’d like to share the Word of God.

I believe, whatever desires we may have in our hearts as Christians, the Holy Spirit has a big role to that. He will implant desires in our hearts–for His kingdom and purpose, but it is to Us, to discern it and put it into Action.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9  ignites my boldness to write. That the “One”  who is assuring me to be strong and courageous, is actually, my Creator Himself. He is telling me that “I AM at your back, at your sides and ahead of you” —full guarded. What a wonderful feeling to have a God who is able to do immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine,  according to his power that is at work within us (Eph 3:20)

The Holy Spirit that implants desires in my heart to write, had made me bold to continue doing what He had started. He is faithful to complete it ( Phil 1:6).  The main thing is, I choose to be bold and write His message. I choose to be a vessel of His Word to explicitly share it through writing. And “choosing” is not my will and power but it is the conviction of the Holy Spirit who lives in me.

I am delighted, that whatever He revealed to me through my devotion or whenever I am soak in His presence, literally, I will “Put Pen to Paper” to let it be shared to anyone who need Jesus. As He Offers Salvation. 

All glory to God!

Agape,

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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. )

Agape,

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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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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,

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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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