Monday, July 26, 2021

In Jesus, I Can


Happiness is a result of what happens to you, not what you do. When you know and please God with your life, you are blessed. It is God's promise to you that you will be fruitful, vital, and prosperous. The only thing you need to do is to keep your eyes on Jesus. Resolve to live your life with Jesus at the center of it. Our greatest need is not happiness nor contentment, but rather a relationship with God. Forgiveness is our most pressing need. As a result, we are in need of a Savior. Jesus is the climax of history. All of God's promises have been fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus is not only the historical completion of the Old Testament story; He is also the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies and all of God's promises.

You got questions. 

You got concerns. 

You got complaints. 

You got dissatisfaction. 

You got impatience. 

You got a lot of things to say.

What did you do to and through all of these? To whom did you address all of these? Instead of laying them all down to the Lord, we exhaust our might devising our own plans and finding answers in our own way. Even rebel against God until we become disobedient and allow all the chaos to blurry our vision.

A person who sows to the flesh is likely to reap from it, as well. Christians and unbelievers are both subject to the same law of sowing, pruning, and reaping. As long as we are in this world, there will always be tests, suffering, persecution, discontentment, sins, and temptations. Your life will be poor before God if you live only for the things of this world. As sweet as sin may taste in your mouth, it's not so sweet in your stomach. 

Everything in this world is not perfect. Even the most faithful person in the world is not perfect or even exempted from failures and tests. Even the most intelligent person doesn't know the will of God. Even the most efficient person couldn't decipher the plan of God in our lives.

Why not work with God, not against Him? To fight God is utterly pointless. You may think you can get away with your plan. Having a place to call home isn't the most important thing in life, but being at home with God's plans.

God is not the author of pain and suffering. Everything is a result of freedom. The consequences of our own choices. When we go our own way, we never get what we wanted and we pay a high price. However, when we align our thoughts, actions, words with God, He moves on them mysteriously. When everything goes wrong, we are not alone. God always goes before us and works on our behalf. He knows what we can handle. God is in control and able. He is busy directing and orchestrating the details of our life and as always, we are created for a purpose. 

God is pleased with all of His creations. God loves us completely, unconditionally, and indefinitely. Everything we have and everything we are is a gift. Sending His only Son to save us is a great testament to His love for us. Jesus is the fulfillment of all history, prophecy, and promise. In Jesus, I have found the fulfillment of my entire life. Jesus completes every aspect of my life, including my work, family, friends, memories, and dreams. I need to take some time to relax and appreciate what God has created. In my work and the outcome of my work. I don't have to be satisfied or happy with everything in this world. I just need to focus my eyes on Jesus. 

In Jesus, I am forgiven. 

In Jesus, the promises are fulfilled.

In Jesus, I am loved.

In Jesus, I need not seek resolution from others. He is the only answer. My One and Only portion.

In Jesus, I am victorious.

In Jesus, I have freedom.

In Jesus, I have peace.

I am much grateful because I have You, Lord. I am always reminded of Your faithfulness and goodness to me. I always see you triumph over my human tendency. You have shown me your wonders. My faithfulness to You even grew stronger. I can always see you working before me and in me. Though what lies ahead is unknown and my human heart falters and becomes a little worrisome, yet I know, you hold my life in the palm of Your mighty hands. Your promises live on and thrive. I know You created me for Your higher purpose. Your grace and strength will always be sufficient for me. My heart, my mind, my eyes, and my plans are on You, Lord. You are the Lover of my soul. The Perfecter of my faith. The Author of my life and the Only Source of my Joy.

Monday, April 12, 2021

A New Life From God

 It is never too late to restart your life. In God, nothing is too late or too early. It's a cliche but it is the truth, in Him nothing is impossible. The story of Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio is a story of how it is always possible for God to give chances to people who are seeking a new life. Most of these perspectives are from her personal testimony of God's grace in her life.

Brokenness is not always caused by a failed relationship, broken family, or life circumstances. There are some instances where we are too driven by the world and influences around us. We would tend to seek remedy from what the world can offer us. Alcohol. Parties. Prestige. Relationships. Sometimes we enter into a commitment that is so difficult to break.

The wholeness that we are looking for is not a result of realizing an ambition, getting into an ideal relationship, or marrying a person you have prayed for. None of them could make you complete. We have to understand and be firmed that only God can make us whole.

Restarting our lives is not easy. We need to give up a lot of things or even everything. We need to let go of those things that keep us from letting God in our lives. We need to be empty to be filled. We need to recognize that we are broken to be whole again. It is easy to come to God when we see our brokenness. 

Moreover, restarting your life would have a lot of hurdles. One of them is the view of people who are around you. Those who have seen you in the past. These people would remind you of who you were before. As the famous line says, "The enemy knows your name but calls you by your sin. Jesus knows your sins but calls you by your name. So come as you are."

You just need to know that you can come to God anytime. Whatever you did. Whoever you are. You don't need to be perfect to be welcomed by the Lord. You just need to come to God no matter how imperfect or sinful you are. Just come to Jesus and He will perfect you with His love. His grace is sufficient for you. 

We all have the same God but a unique story for each of us. That story, you have to walk that yourself. You can't walk somebody else's story. He didn't prescribe one identical path for everyone. He uniquely weaves each of the milestones and life experiences we have.  If you feel discouraged and disoriented, remember that God can keep you even if you cannot keep yourself. Even when you are too lost or broken, God can still keep you together. It gives you the confidence that even if you can't fix everything, you can let God do it.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Ep. 5

1st day of home quarantine. An early surge of disagreement and concerns. Unanswered questions. Complicated situation due to senseless decisions.
As I face the unknown again, instantly, You reminded me of Your faithfulness. Your timing is always perfect. I may have nothing in my palms right now or on the days that are coming, yet Your peace envelops me which makes me feel secured. 

Monday, April 05, 2021

Ep. 4

 The situation now is alarming and can totally cultivate the ugly triplet chain of fear, worry, and anxiety.

In times when I feel like drowning from these thoughts and emotions, I would look up to You and call on You. It is always comforting to know that I can fully unload all of these to You. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Sunday, April 04, 2021

In the World Today... Remembering You

 Is anger enough reason to take the life of someone? Could the continuity of your own life be more important than that of the other? 

In just a short span of time, a few people have lost their lives. A food delivery personnel. A lad who just wanted to help. A pregnant woman and her stillborn baby boy. They didn't lose their lives because of COVID-19, but because of human's uncontrollable tendencies. Again, could it be enough reason? 

I brave myself to go through the videos about them, trending online. All of them brought me to tears. I just couldn't bear watching or even finishing them. The third case brought me to so much anguish and heartbreak. Yes, I may not know the complete details of them all, but does it really need to go that far? If it is painful to me, how much more to the immediate family? It brought me a memory. That one that I thought would not hurt me anymore upon remembering it. I know I let everything to God. However, my human heart just can't conceal it. I know in the deepest of my heart, a part of me wants justice to be served. Yet, instantly, I would be reminded that justice belongs to God alone.

"Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord." Romans 12:19