WILL GOD FOLLOW THROUGH ON HIS PROMISE?

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Blog Banners.001I really wanted to get a Matchbox. Not the one that starts a fire but one that was similar to Hotwheels (the toy car).

I was in Grade 1 and we were on our way to Baguio. Those days, imported goods such as Matchboxes were only available in stores where they sell PX Goods (Philippine Exchange). This blog will date me as Jurassic but I do have a point.

My uncle promised me that when we get to Dau (Pampanga), he would get me one. I was excited, thrilled and so looking forward to playing with my anticipated gift. I was sitting in the backseat of our green Toyota Corolla smiling. Dreaming of what I would be doing with the yellow, Corvette I was going to receive.

We got to Dau. Everyone bought they needed to buy, visited the rest room, jumped back into the car. In a few minutes we were on route to Baguio. I sat in the backseat toyless, depressed and dejected. Long story short, my uncle forgot.

I didn’t enjoy the whole time we were in Baguio to say the least. I was hallucinating on the thought of playing with what could’ve been my Hotwheels. I could almost feel the wheels run through my fingers. But all those thoughts remained as thoughts. It never turned into reality.

At the end of Joshua’s life, he reminisces on all that God released as a promise for him and for the nation God was building. He recounted every single one of them, concluding with this declaration:

“Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:45)

Our God is also our Heavenly Father. As such, He desires what is best for His kids. The promises He released for each and everyone of us are as good as done. The only issue is timing. Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity in heaven. (Ecc. 3:1) Our thoughts are not His thoughts. Our ways are not like His ways. And our timing may not necessarily the same as our timing.

But this is what we are sure about: God is a Promise Keeper!
What He says, He does.

As you begin this week, may this be the prayer of your heart:

Lord, thank you that I can trust in Your timing. Because You are a Promise Keeper, what You say, You will do. My only prayer is that I will accept the timing of the events You are orchestrating for You are able to cause all things to work together for my good and ultimately for Your glory. May this week be a week to express to You my trust that whatever happens, I am right in the palm of Your hands. You will never leave nor forsake. IN JESUS’ NAME. AMEN.

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WHO I AM IN CHRIST

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Knowing who we are in Christ is so critical.  Many of us still think, speak and act as if we were living in “Egypt.”  But the Bible says that we have been set free in Christ.  If anyone is in Christ, he in a new creation; the old is gone and the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Below is a list of who we are in Christ.

Special thanks to Freedom in Christ Ministries for this list.who-i-am-in-christ


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A DIFFICULT QUESTION JESUS ASKED

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Blog Banners.001“Do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15)

Jesus asked Peter a poignant question. This was the first time some of the disciples were going to see Jesus after the resurrection. It was a whole day without catch and when Jesus told them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat, the command was too familiar not to be reminded of who said that before.

They confirmed it was truly Jesus when they cast the net on the right side and the Bible says that they had a net full of fish. After hauling in the large amount of fish, they went to the beach side and started to grill some.

It was here that Jesus asked Jesus, “Peter, do you love me more than these?”

What are the “these?”

It wasn’t clear what Jesus was specifically referring to but Bible scholars surmise that Jesus was pointing to the fish, the nets and their fishing equipment. It was as if Jesus was saying, “Peter, do you love me more than what you have now?”

Boom!

Life pulls us into way too many directions and throws us a curve ball here and there to the point that our love and devotion to Christ can get affected.

Do you love me more than these?

What are the “these” in our lives that Jesus is asking us to evaluate in terms of love and devotion towards Him?

These blessings?
These things that you possess?
These open doors for work?
These ministry opportunities?
These provision miracles?
These people that you love dearly?

Take time to assess. Jesus said to love God with all of our heart, all of our mind, all of our soul and all of our strength. And the main reason why we can love Him is because He first loved us. Out of the love that flowed from Calvary is the primary reason why you and I can love Him with great intensity.

Lord, we thank You for your love for us. It was clearly demonstrated at the cross. But Lord we realize that life can pull us in a thousand different directions and our affections can be influenced by another. We repent if something or someone else has taken captive of our affections when it’s supposed to be directed towards You. Thank You for Your amazing love for us that continue to pull us back in. May our lives reflect the love that You’ve shown to us each and every day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR STRENGTH?

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Blog Banners.001By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (John 15:8)

Our deepest desire as Christ followers is to glorify God. But it is possible that in our attempts to do so, we end up doing just the opposite? We try to glorify God but it results in giving credit to ourselves because of self-effort.

Jesus said that He is the Vine and we are the branches. We cannot accomplish anything apart from Him. When we are connected to Him, there is life. When we abide, we bear fruit – fruit that will last. On the contrary, if we are disjointed from Him, we may bear fruit, but unfortunately, it doesn’t last because we do it from the energy we conjure on our own rather than life that streams from the main Vine.

And this is the promise as we abide:

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7)

I pray that as we begin our week, we will abide not by our own strength but by the strength we are able to receive because we are connected to Jesus. Connect to Him by reading the Word, by conversing with Him through prayer and by walking with men and women who do the same.

Have a great week ahead!

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW

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Worldviews are what dictate how a person behaves. It is our life lens. If we wear sunglasses that are blue, then everything around us will be blue-ish. Having a Biblical Worldview is having the Bible as our life lens.

When my daughter was 8 years old, we were in an amusement center whereParenting World Changers.001 they gave tickets to get prizes like stuff toys. When we got to the Skee Ball, beside our machine was one that had a bunch of tickets unclaimed.

When I saw it, I told her, “Look, free tickets!”
She stared at me with a weird look and said, “Dad, if you get what isn’t yours, isn’t that stealing?”

She got me.
“I was just checking, honey.” Haha.

I grew up with a worldview of “finders keepers.”
Hers was “getting what is not yours is stealing.”

The Word of God has the power to shift our mindsets to right thinking.
And right thinking leads to right living.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

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