It’s all about You, Jesus.

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It’s not about me, it’s all about Him. As I finish reading my first Max Lucado book, I was reminded of a lot of things. Most importantly, I was reminded that in all things it is God’s name that must be glorified. Here are some points that I really appreciate and I’m glad I was reminded of:

1. As I claim to be a child of God, it is my response to make His name known to people who doesnt yet. It is a priviledge for me to exalt His name and be an ambassador of His love here on earth. I must be reminded that I am not doing this to earn salvation, but I am doing it because He already saved me and because of it I was given the grace to glorify His name and make His good works be known to men. I also would like to share to you that the things that I’m doing now, it’s not my self deciding to do it, it is the Holy Spirit leading me and leading me to do what is right and what is according to His word. I still sin but apart from God I am nothing but a total wreck, so I praise God for loving a disaster that I am. Praise God, He is merciful and He doesn’t keep records of wrongs. I hope that as you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior that you would accept His spirit to lead you on, move your life and live it for His name.

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. Continue reading

Amazed and thankful.

“It’s amazing how God works into people’s lives.”  – A sentence I always say when I hear stories of miracles and answered prayers, how God worked into the lives of people I know. And it’s always overwhelming when it happens to me, too. Every time God reveals a part of His greatness it really humbles me and fills me with awe. It amazes me that truly the God we serve is the God of all, and nothing is impossible for Him!

My last post was a bit sad because I was going through a tough time, but even then I wanted God to lead me on. It was hard battling with yourself when you know how you really wanted to handle a problem with your own ways. I almost wanted to take control of the situation and let my feelings affect what I do, so I asked for God’s help. I prayed that He’d help me overcome this problem I was going through. I prayed that my actions would not be based on how I feel but be based on what He wills. Right after I prayed, I asked God to be with me because I know I can never do the right thing without Him with me. So by the grace of God I was able to do what is right, I apologized to the person in my family whose feelings are affected by what I have said and did.  And without pretensions I was forgiven, like nothing happened.

God removed all the guilt and bitterness in my heart. God blessed me with the peace and joy that comes with His love. I’m grateful, I’m grateful that God who made the universe does not ignore my petty issues. He cares for His people. I’ve always been saying how amazing God works into people’s lives, but then I kind of forgotten to praise God  on how amazing He worked and how He is continuously working in my life. This period of my walk with God reminded me to have a grateful heart. Indeed, I am grateful… thankful for every wonders and everything that He has blessed me with. I’m grateful for the things I get to learn when He makes me experience times like I just did. I’m grateful because God sent Jesus to save us from our sins. I’m grateful that Jesus came into my life and saved me from the dark.

PSALM 118:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

The Battle Within

Lately I’ve been having problems with my family, I’ve been here before and my old ways are starting to creep into my mind tempting me to do things that would not do any good but will only make me drown in an ocean of bitterness and resentment. It actually is starting to get into me. It feels like darkness, it is darkness… and I don’t want it to control me. I want God to lead me every time, at all times especially during these times that I need more faith to hold on to Him. I felt like I’m going back to the way I used to be and fighting what I’m feeling makes it easier for my old nature to sink deep into my heart.

It’s not easy, in fact it’s a lot harder today than it is before. I’m on a battle with my self; my biggest enemy that I cannot seem to get an escape from. Then I got reminded of Romans 7 and 8.

In Romans 7: 15-20 Paul said: I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate to do. And if I do what I don’t want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is no longer myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. Now I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  He is struggling, obviously. This part of the Scripture speaks to me right now. I know what to do, I know that I should do the noble things but somewhere inside of me is the sin that stops me in doing what is right. And then I get ashamed, I get confused and I get frustrated that it hindered me from asking for my Father’s help which is another thing that’s making me sad. I desperately want to talk to Him every moment especially at times like this but my guilt stops me from doing so. I wanted to focus on Him yet I get fickle minded, like something inside me is shouting that He is not going with me on this for I have sinned against Him. Yet again His Word is powerful and full of hope, in Romans 7:24-25 “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through JESUS CHRIST our LORD!” Isn’t it enlightening? That He who knows our sins also is the only one who can save us from it and He actually already saved us, we just needed to put all our faith in Him. It doesn’t end there Romans 8:1 says “Therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  Then it hit me, I shouldn’t feel ashamed for Jesus would not condemn me. He already paid my debts and I need nothing more to do but fix my eyes on Him and solely trust in His name. I’m grateful, beyond grateful that Jesus found me and is continuously giving me His strength and peace.

Now I have to admit I still am a bit confused right now and I still can’t figure out when this problem is going to get done. But I know and I am confident that my God, my Father got it all under control and as long as I’m with Him, everything is going to turn out fine. It might get painful in this life but God knows it all and I am sure that if He allows me to get through this, it’s only because He wants me to grow in faith and learn from it.

I am thankful that God never leaves my side. I go frustrated and rude yet He loves me anyway. Also, I thank Him for His people who are always there to encourage me and remind me that He is faithful and there is nothing He can’t do. I thank God for people who do not give up on  reminding me to do what is right and do it not just for the sake of doing it but to do it because I am loved by a great God who gives it all for me.

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Mere Christianity

Today I finished reading this very amazing book that is Mere Christianity.  C.S. Lewis will always be one of my favorite authors.  I cannot put into words the lessons I have learned from this book. I also was reminded of a lot of things.  All I can say is you gotta read it, too.

In Christ a new kind of man appeared: and the new kind of life which began in Him is to be put in us. -C.S.L

Galatians 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.