CONSISTENTLY FAITHFUL

Have you ever been left out in the cold?

Has someone given you a promise, yet did not deliver?

Most, if not all of us, have experienced being let down by someone. And to protect our hearts, we either put up a bold front, strive to be accepted, or struggle to fully trust once more.

Until we open our hearts to that Someone who will never disappoint us or let us down, this will be a cycle we’ll always find ourselves in. Only God is able and willing to deliver on each promise He has given. 

God is not just faithful. He is consistently faithful. And His faithfulness does not depend on whether or not we’ve been faithful.

“God is faithful even if we are not.”

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SHALOM

Peace is not the absence of chaos, but experiencing wellness and wholeness in the midst of it.

We can try to muster peace with every ounce of strength we have or by positive thinking, but it will not last.

True and lasting peace can only come from God. And this peace can only come as we have peace with God.

So let us submit to Him and declare, Jesus is King. He is my Lord. Therefore, “It is well with my soul. I am going to be okay.”

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WHEN THE BATTLE IS LONG, GOD’S COMMAND IS TO BE STRONG.

We are in faith for a cure to COVID 19.
However, we are told that the vaccine could take about 18 months.
 
God sometimes takes us out of the storm.
But there are times God takes us through the storm.
 
Jesus healed Blind Bartimaeus.
But didn’t take Paul’s thorn out of his flesh.
But he did say “My grace is sufficient.’
 
But while we are in the midst of the storm, what do we do?
 
In Joshua 1:2-7, God was leading the Israelites into their promised land. Moses is dead. He was the one who led them through the desert for 40 years. Now Joshua, his assistant, has taken over as leader. They are facing giants in the land. It won’t be a quick take over. This took some time. There were miracles like the falling of the Jericho wall but there were still many lands and people groups to conquer.
 
We are in the middle of a pandemic and it seems like this may take some time.
 
In the midst of the battle, when it gets extended, what do we do?
 
When the battle is long, the command is to be strong.
 
How can we be strong in the midst of a battle?
 

1/ Hold on to God’s promises.

 
Joshua 1:3. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses.
 
We need to be familiar with the promises God has given us as his children.
And then hide them in our hearts.
It will get us through the hardest of times.
 
I remember going to Baguio with my family as a kid. Those days, we still didn’t have TPLEX and SCTEX, our nice highways. Thus, it would take 8-9 hours to get there. But the promise my mom gave was that I would get choco flakes from Good Shepherd. That kept me enduring through the gruelling journey.
 

2/ Be confident of God’s presence. 

 
Joshua 1:5. No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.
 
One thing is for sure, because He is with me, I going to be okay.
In fact, no one or no thing will be able to stand before me… not even this pandemic.
HE. IS. WITH. ME.
 
Growing up in an all boys school, fist fights weren’t uncommon. Especially during basketball games, we would get into fights. But as long as I had Bien, my team mate and good friend with me, I was okay. He was strong and courageous. Magaling manindak.
 
But we have someone way bigger and stronger than a team mate.
We have the God of the universe by our side.
He is for us and not against us.
 

3/ Embrace God’s precepts.

Joshua 1:7. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.
 
God has given us principles to live by.
Not because he is a cosmic killjoy.
He gave them so that we can live the full and abundant life he has prepared for us.
Sin will keep us from our destiny.
Disobedience will deter us from our purpose
But his Word will keep us aligned and calibrated that we may bring him glory.
 
As we study His word, it will do us well to obey his word.
We are commanded to obey His Word for our good and ultimately for His glory.
His Word is a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet.
 
His word doesn’t just teach us but also trains us for war.
This is so critical especially when times like what we have come, we can stand our ground and keep moving forward until we get to the other side.
 
When the battle is long, the command is to be strong.
Strong in his promises.
Strong in his presence.
Strong in his precepts.

DOES MY PRAYER COUNT?

We think that our prayers will be answered according to how good or Christ-like we’ve been.

But prayer reminds us of who God is.

“When we pray, we have the ear of an unimpeachable sovereign and unassailable master.”

Praying allows us to touch the heart of God. He hears us and is ready to respond. At the same time, God uses that opportunity to align our hearts to His.

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WHEN NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE

Forgotten, rejected, and abandoned – we all have felt and still feel these emotions at times…

They creep in when we least expect them, and we just find ourselves reeling and helpless from the intensity of them all. 

But as these emotions creep in, may we tell our hearts this truth —

There is Someone who deeply cares and who will always be there. One who won’t forget, one who won’t reject, one who won’t abandon us — our Heavenly Father. 

He knows exactly what we’re going through. And He is extending His arms right now to let us know that He will always love and accept us.

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THE ROAD I TRAVELLED

Have you ever done something that still troubles you today? Are you getting frustrated seeing your weaknesses?

We all have chosen paths to tread on – some ending in victory, some in defeat. Or so we think.

Be it an irrevocable or deplorable path that we’ve chosen, we have a loving Heavenly Father who’s rich in grace and mercy and can turn our weaknesses and mistakes into something beautiful.

“God redeems a failure of our doing to become a feature for His glory.”

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HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE VALLEY?

Valleys can either break your faith or bend your knee.

We may be facing different kinds of valleys: the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, unstable health, or relational rifts. Whatever it may be, these may cause us to be overwhelmed by fear.

As we walk through the valley, may we respond in faith by crying out to God for His hand to lead us and carry us when we feel like we can’t go on anymore.

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WILL YOU TRUST THE HAND THAT YOUR DON’T SEE?

It’s easy to hold on tight to someone you can see and touch.
It’s easy to believe the things that you understand.

But what if it’s something you can’t see?
What if it’s something you can’t understand?

Our Heavenly Father, who has seen all things and knows all things, is drawing us to Him. He’s inviting us to reach out and hold on to His hands and trust Him, even if we can’t see nor understand, simply because the God that we serve will always be faithful, sovereign and loving.

We are called to walk by faith and not by sight.

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WHO HAS THE LOUDEST VOICE?

There are so many voices around and inside us.

Who do we listen to or what do we believe as true?

May we listen and trust the voice of our Heavenly Father, because the one who holds the universe in His hands is also the one who knows what’s best for us.

“That which glorifies Him the most is what is done for my greatest good.“

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ARE YOU TIRED OF CHANGE?

Do you feel restless not knowing what the future holds?

Living in uncertain times makes us grapple for something that’s steady and stable. Something that will remain constant. As we continue to search, may we realize that the only thing that has remained the same and will continue to remain the same is God. He is our Everlasting Father who has always been and will always be loving, faithful, sovereign and good.

“In the midst of changing times, we can put our trust in an unchanging God.”

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