Christ: self denial and dying to one’s self

To be like Christ, to die to one self is to accept the lordship of Father God in one’s life and to place an immense urgency to honor and obey whatever His will is without any regards to self and other people.. no ifs, no buts..

Self denial and dying to one’s self..

I thought I had a different understanding of what self denial and dying to one self means..

To be like Christ, to die to one self is to accept the lordship of Father God in one’s life and to place an immense urgency to honor and obey whatever His will is without any regards to self and other people.. no ifs, no buts..

Dying to onself is to be like..

Samuel who was the faithful priest who did all according to what is in the heart and mind of God (1 Samuel 2:35)..

David who was regarded to be the man after God’s own heart because he did all of God’s will (Acts 13:22)..

And

Jesus whose food was to do the will of God and to finish His work (John 4:34)..

So I urge you brethren, when we pray, let’s take heart and mean (with a humbled, accepting heart of submission) what the Lord’s prayer said:

Matthew 6:9-10 NKJV
In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

Unhindered, unopinionated
Absolutely good and infinitely wise will of our sovereign God

Psalm 115:3 NKJV
But our God is in heaven
He does whatever He pleases.

I pray that the LORD God Almighty bestow upon you the grace to desire to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Here’s a prayer for you.

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None like King Hezekiah (Part 1)

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Bible passages: 2 Kings 18-20, 2 Chronicles 29-32, Isaiah 36-39

*All Bible passages used are in NKJV

 

King Hezekiah, son of King Ahaz and Abijah, daughter of Zechariah, was the 13th king of Judah and the king who “did what was right, good and true in the sight of the LORD, according to all that His father David done” (2 Kings 18:3, 2 Chronicles 31:20) like some kings of Israel and Judah. I, as a kid, have known him for having an additional 15 years of life given to him by God when He prayed to God for his sickness (2 Kings 20:6) but never did I know that he was regarded as the king like no other.

2 Kings 18:5 says:

He trusted in the LORD God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor who were before him..

He must have been quite a king to be regarded as such! The king who trusted God that no king before and after him was like him.  Let’s look at some characteristics of King Hezekiah:

  1. He was zealous for the restoration of both Judah’s and Israel’s relationship to the LORD God.  2 Chronicles 18:3-5 says:

    In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the LORD and repaired them.  Then he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them in the East Square, and said to them: “Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.

    His first order of business as king was seeking God by cleansing God’s temple and urging the Levites to purify themselves before God. He unashamedly admitted before his people about the trespasses their fathers made before God by turning their backs from Him and forsaking Him that brought upon the wrath of God. He urged his people to come back to God as they were chosen by Him, as 2 Chronicles 18:11 says:

    My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to serve Him, and that you should minister to Him and burn incense.

    This king wasn’t afraid to admit their transgressions before God but instead he humbled himself and repented and then urged his people to do the same. He made them remember that they, the Levites, were chosen by God with a specific purpose for Him. After repenting and cleansing themselves, they worked on cleansing the temple, as 2 Chronicles 18:16 says,

    Then the priests went into the inner part of the house of the LORD to cleanse it, and brought out all the debris that they found in the temple of the LORD to the court of the house of the LORD.

    2 Kings 18:4 mentioned specifically that he abolished the pagan idols that the Israelites used to worship:

    He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.

    King Hezekiah led and commanded his people to worship only one God, “the LORD of hosts, the God of all the kingdoms of the earth who made heaven and earth” (Isaiah 37:16).

    2 Chronicles 29:29-30 says:

29 And when they had finished offering, the king and all who were present with him bowed and worshiped.30 Moreover King Hezekiah and the leaders commanded the Levites to sing praise to the LORD with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshiped

He even urged all Israel to seek God as 2 Chronicles 30:1 says:

And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the LORD God of Israel.

King Hezekiah recognized that knew seeking God and restoring their relationship with Him as one nation was of utmost importance and should be his foremost priority.

 

2. He diligently  and whole-heartedly obeyed God which resulted to prosperity and favor.

2 Kings 18:6 says:

For he held fast to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses. The LORD was with him; he prospered wherever he went.

Moreover, 2 Chronicles 31:21 adds:

21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.

Throughout his life, King Hezekiah was faithful in every work that he did for God and served God with all his heart. He and his people honored the LORD through worship, burnt offerings, devotions to the law of the LORD and the giving of “firstfruits of grain and wine, oil and honey, and of all the produce of the field”          (2 Chronicles 31:5). This was rewarded by God by blessing his kingdom.  King Hezekiah saw this great abundance as it says in 2 Chronicles 31:9:

Then Hezekiah questioned the priests and the Levites concerning the heaps.10 And Azariah the chief priest, from the house of Zadok, answered him and said, “Since the people began to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord, we have had enough to eat and have plenty left, for the Lord has blessed His people; and what is left is this great abundance.”

The people gathered the grain for four months. Before this, grains were already taken by the priests as tithes and offerings dedicated to the LORD and by the people of Judah as provisions for their families. Still after all were full, the left overs were still great in amount!

King Hezekiah had the favor of God and with it came the favor of men. As it says in 2 Chronicles 30:11-12:

11 Nevertheless some from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. 12 Also the hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart to obey the command of the king and the leaders, at the word of the LORD.

When the king sent letters to urge people all throughout Israel to come to Jerusalem to worship and keep the passover, some laughed and mocked at the runners carrying these letters (2 Chronicles 30:10). But God’s hand was upon the tribes of Asher, Manasseh, Zebulun and of course, Judah. He touched the nation of Judah that all obeyed, as one and with the singleness of heart, the command of the king and observed the passover. God blessed the feast with great joy and with a great number of people as 2 Chronicles 30:25-16 says:

25 The whole assembly of Judah rejoiced, also the priests and Levites, all the assembly that came from Israel, the sojourners who came from the land of Israel, and those who dwelt in Judah. 26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel, there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.

Abundance in grain, people, favor and joy! An overflowing abundance indeed!

 

Stay tuned for Part 2!

 

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.The Temptation of Jesus.

“Let us learn on Jesus ways on how he resisted temptation. He soak, fill and saturate. Early in the morning he will wake up to devote his time to the Lord. He will fast for him to regain the zeal of his commitment to do the will of God to him and to draw near to God.

Let us follow Jesus ways! Let he be our role model to resist temptation in this world.”

Matthew 4:1-11 NLT

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’ ” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’ ” Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.

When we are in this kind of situation, how is our respond will be like?

In the Scripture, Jesus was being tempted after he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. As human he was very hungry. His flesh was weak. Fragile — easy to break and need a rest and food to refuel it.

But his Spirit was full. He had God’s fullness at this time as he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. His Spirit was high with God almighty.

As tempter tempted him, first, he tempted his weakness— his flesh — his hunger. But Jesus thrown the tempter a Scripture “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Second, the temper tempted Jesus through his sound mind. “Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’ ” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’

Third, the tempter tempted Jesus through the lust of the eyes. “Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus. Matthew 4:11

How are we able to be like Jesus? Resisting the temptation in this fallen world?

We should be like Jesus! We must understand that in this Scripture, Jesus was still human. He had his weaknesses as well, but he resisted it.

How he can resist it? He resisted it by

  1. SOAK. Soaking his Spirit in the presence of God. The Bible said in Psalm 91:1 ” Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91:1‭, ‬3 NIV – The Devil will first target our weakness. But he know nuts! He thought that Jesus can fall as prey. The things that he was not aware was Jesus’ Spirit was strengthened and communing to God at that very moment. “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;” – Romans 8:26. Knowing that  God is already protecting Jesus at that very moment.
  2. FILL. Filling and knowing the Scripture by Heart. After Jesus was not tempted his weakness. The devil’s second target was his sound mind. Li’l did he know that Jesus is guarding his heart with the words of God. Jesus guarded his heart by believing the truth of the Word by heart. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Jesus’ heart was saturated with Word of God and as in everything we do it flows from our heart. Jesus’ heart was so strong as he had fasted because God made it strong and full of wisdom that directs and flows to his mind not to be warped by this world.
  3. SATURATE his Focus. Knowing where your heart is there your treasure is also. Jesus knows where is his treasure is. He knows his kingdom is not in this world but in the heavenly kingdom that the Lord is preparing for him. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19‭-‬21 NIV . Jesus knows by heart and mind that his kingdom was not in this world. He can never be deceived by this world’s deceiving glory. He set his focus in mind and heart to heavenly treasure.

Let us learn on Jesus’ ways on how he resisted temptation. He soak, fill and saturate. Early in the morning he will wake up to devote his time to the Lord. He will fast for him to regain the zeal of his commitment to do the will of God to him and to draw near to God.

Let us follow Jesus’ ways! Let he be our role model to resist temptation in this world.We need to have God’s fullness in our life daily!

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LIFE through CHRIST!

Because of Jesus’ obedience, we are saved. We are spared from God’s wrath. Only thing we need to do is to “believe” and to have faith in His blood that shed on the cross. 

Now, by believing in Him, we will have Eternal Life (John 3:16). This is the Life that we have through CHRIST. 

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Romans 6:23 & Romans 5:17

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 6:23 NIV

For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! –Romans 5:17 NIV

How wonderful and amazing the Love of God is to us. When we, humans are created, His main purpose is for humans to worship Him. Now, we all know that worship is vague– vague in its description, whether in acts, deeds or words, but main result or end goal is — to give God glory.

Since in the beginning, we are good and pleasant in the eyes of God as we are created in His own image and likeness (Gen 1:27). We are His masterpiece. He was so happy of our creation. It was all very good in His eyesight (Gen 1:31). Well in fact, because he was satisfied –He rested on the seventh day (Gen 2:2).

As we read Genesis, we can see that we are created out of Love, Passion and Determination.  When the “fall of man” came into picture because of disobedience (Gen 3), sin came to destroy our relationship to God — Our “nearness” to God blocked by sin — we are condemned! God’s wrath is upon us. We are dead. 

For thousands of years, we are doomed to hell as sin reigned in this fallen world. But because of we are created out of God’s great Love, His faithfulness supersede. He made it possible for us to be lift up from God’s wrath and condemnation. 

He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus (John 3:16).

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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

John 3:16‭-‬18 NIV

God made it easy and possible for us, to have our relationship to Him back

Because of Jesus’ obedience, we are saved. We are spared from God’s wrath. Only thing we need to do is to “believe” and to have faith in His blood that shed on the cross. 

Now, by believing in Him, we will have Eternal Life (John 3:16). This is the Life that we have through CHRIST. 

Jesus Christ paid the price that we need to pay. All because of God’s Great Love, Grace is given. For us to have Life through CHRIST!

All glory to God!💖

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Lyrics by: Thomas Chisholm

Music by: William Runyan

Great Is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Though changest not, 

Thy compassions, they fail not

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

Great Is Thy faithfulness,

Great Is Thy faithfulness,

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed Thy hand hath provided

Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer and winter, 

and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for Sin and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

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The Power of Praise and Worship

Praise and worship serves as a powerful declaration of who God, the GREAT I AM, is, what Jesus Christ did in us and what He can and will do in our lives through the Holy Spirit!

Praise and worship serves as a powerful declaration of who God, the GREAT I AM, is, what Jesus Christ did in us and what He can and will do in our lives through the Holy Spirit!

With worship we tap into the very power of His presence as His Spirit inhabits our praises.

Healings happen through and during praise and worship physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Filling and renewing of empty hearts and weary spirits take place as we lift and magnify the name of the Lord and dwell into His presence.

Walls are utterly torn down.

Bondages and chains are overcome.

Stoned hearts are broken and made flesh.

Evil and darkness are cast out as our sovereign God is glorified through our lips, tongues, hands, hearts and spirits.

As we see and adore His beauty, He reveals Himself to us in whispers, visions and revelations.

That’s the power of praise and worship.

Call and proclaim the name of the LORD all you people! Lift up a sound of praise unto Him!

 

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Long Way Round 

For us Christians, sometimes, when things does not happen to the way we want it to happen and it seems that nowhere our desire is to be found, we must know that God is leading us to the Long Way Round.

Because…

God knows we are not ready yet
God knows exactly what we need
God knows what is ahead of us
…and with that journey of Long Way Round —God is with us, that is the assurance! He planned everything all for His glory.

​When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.

Exodus 13:17‭-‬18 NIV

 

Crossing the Red Sea

When God took Israelites to exit from Egypt, God did not let them pass through the Philistine, though it was the shorter way. But else, God lead them to the desert road or  Long Way Round to go to the Promised Land.

Quoting Christine Caine in one of her teachings in Colour Conference 2016 in Sydney. She said the reason why God did not lead them to the shorter way to the promised land is because “they are still in their slaves mentality.”

That is true in our lives as Christians.  Most of the time, when things  not get right our side,  we tend to be in our  slaves mentality. Like Israelites, for 430 years of being slaves in Egypt,  it has made them think that their life was “ok” in Egypt being slaves. They are complacent with Goshen (Egypt)  and was thinking the place for them to live.

 

WHY ISRAELITES THOUGHT OF BEING IN A SLAVES MENTALITY?

1. They are Full of Fears and Easily Give Up!

Exodus 14:10 “As Pharaoh approached the Israelites looked up & there were the Egyptians marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. 

2. Narrow-minded!

Exodus 14:11 “They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in  Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing out of Egypt?”

3. Still Holding On The Past!

Exodus 14:12  “Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, “Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’. It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert. 

 

God took the “Long Way Round” because God does not want them to be in a slaves mentality. He wants them to know and prove to them that Israelites are children of God. He wants to tell them…

  • that “I AM, the Great I AM, is your Father and you are my children.
  • that  He is the Great provider
  • that He is faithful
  • that He will protect you 
  • that His love is unfailing
  • that Israelites are no longer slaves.

Exodus 13:21 ” By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so, that they could travel by day or night. 

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For us Christians, sometimes, when things does not happen to the way we want it to happen and it seems that nowhere our desire is to be found, we must know that God is leading us to the Long Way Round.

Because…

  • God knows we are not ready yet
  • God knows exactly what we need
  • God knows what is ahead of us

…and with that journey of Long Way RoundGod is with us, that is the assurance! He planned everything all for His glory.

Exodus 14:3-4 “3 Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ 4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.’

Exodus 14:31 “31 And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”

 

In conclusion,

When God took us the Long Way Round, we need to be ...

  • Bold!
  • Still!
  • Stand firm to what you believe in!
  • Hold onto His promises. Think about it. Live with it and Talk about it.

Exodus 14:13-14 “Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

When God took us the Long Way Round, He wants our faith to be deeply rooted in Him. He wants us to persevere, because as we persevere we will get the reward, and that reward is His glory through Christ Jesus! (Phil 3:13-14)

All glory to God!


 

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Yes and Amen!

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

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

2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hold on the meaning of His Promises

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

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

In Jesus His promises are fulfilled in us.

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

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

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

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

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

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All glory to God💞

Agape,

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Greater

This song was written by Jimmy and Anjou.  They had the first verse and the chorus, and I put in the rest.  

Listen to it here:

1:
Your love is all that I need
Your face is all that I seek
Your constant grace never ends
You are good
You are glorious

Chorus:
Greater is He that is in my heart
Greater is He that is in me
Greater is He
Greater is He
Oh Jesus Christ my King

2:
You are the joy of my soul
You are the one I adore
Your faithfulness never fades
You are God
You are glorious

Repeat Chorus, 2, Chorus, Chorus

Bridge:
The air I breathe
The song I sing
My every need, my everything
My soul at rest
Before You still
Oh Lord Your presence is my peace

Repeat Chorus

“In God’s will, by Faith!”

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

Proverbs 3:5-6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My Bible (TEB version)

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My small notebook, full of His words of assurance of my victory in His name.

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

Isaiah 55:8-9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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All glory to God❣

Agape,

IAMgoodstar🌟