I’m so blessed by this testimony: when I am weak, I’m strong

1. Being strong or trying to look strong is overrated. It takes a big man to say “I’m sorry…” or say, “I have problems.”

You are coward or weak if your covering your weakness by saying, “I’m ok.” even if you’re not.

Sometimes trying to hide our weaknesses is our biggest weakness. Our biggest strenght is talking about our weaknesses. Apostle said, “I delight in my weaknesses, hardships, insults,….” because he is a freeman, he can talk about his weaknesses.

The more we recognize our weaknesses, the more we see God bigger,more, mightier, our dependency on Him increase. And when you come to that place, you’re at the beginning of your healing.
2. Somebody does something so small, but if your reaction is so big..then there’s something else..inside of you, hidden, hurt or bitterness or pain…then here it comes…is called transffering of anger. Hurt people wanted to hurt people intentionally or unintentionally.

3. To give up on something is so different with surrendering.
You can surrender to God acknowledging that He’s bigger than your circumstances. You can not surrender to your problem or ran away from it or trying to cover or ignore it, that’s not facing your Goliath (giant), however you can surrender them (your problems or your giants) to God.

To God be the glory!

The blessing of family

Days ago, one of my 5 month old kitten died. She’s the closest to me, to the point that she sleeps with me during the night and woke we up at dawn so she’ll poop or pee outside the house.

So eventually, when she got sick, 4 days of not eating anything.. I talked to God. I told Him, “Here we go again Lord. The last time you take all my kittens I knew it because they became my idol. They occupy more of my waking time. But this time, are you dealing again with me? Why is that every time I overly loved my pets, they’ll die?” Then I cried and prayed for my cat, I lay hands to her and speak life to her. But I knew it. She’ll die. God put it in my heart. I knew it, so I was able to accept the fact. God is a jealous God, you know. The problem with me was I’m just too occupied with my pet.

Then 2 days ago, I saw my mom by the gate waiting for me. And I knew it. So I asked her, “Is she already dead?” She’s a little reluctant to answer me, because the last time she saw me cried so much is when my pet cat so dear to me died, that was last year, which I also featured here. I knew that my cat died not because it’s unusual for my mom to be awake by the time I arrived home from work, nor because it’s also unusual for her to stay outside late at night waiting for me. I knew my cat died because the Lord put it in my heart, “She’ll die.”
So what more could I do, but to accept the fact. So I bury her, my mom had just cried. She was surprised by my reaction cause I show no single pain in me. There was even joy inside me. I was released even before the day she died, because Jesus conditioned my heart the time I cried to her asking, “not again Lord..” but He’d answer back, “She would die.” So that news was no surprise to me anymore. He had spoken.

Why people grieve….
It’s not wrong to grieve. In fact, it’s biblical to grieve for your dead loved one, and to cry is a medicine to the soul. The thirst washes the pain away.

However, I learned the fact that the reason why people grieve is because they can not accept the reality of the person’s or any creature’s death or lost yet.
…hence, it’s easier on my part because I accepted the fact, God told me beforehand. Can I reason to Him?

Everything is a matter of decision…
You decide to act on something, telling yourself to do this and that. Like last week, one of the speaker in the bible class I attended to shared on how quick she forgave her dad for murdering her mom. It’s because she decided to forgave him, to act on it by faith. If she didn’t put her faith on God that she’d forgive her dad, she couldn’t look at him directly to the eyes nor could have lived with him peacefully in the same roof.

When I asked my cousin how come he changed. He no longer smoke nor drink. He said, “I just decided. It’s a choice.” Folks, everything is a matter of faith. You put your faith to Jesus, that He’d take care of the things you decided on doing, that He’d help you to consistently do it by renewing your mind, because on the first place He’s the first one to want you to do it.

Since this week’s theme is about family and marriage…allow me to share this.
Last night, my mom confessed to me, “Do you know why you did not grieve for your dead cat? It’s because the moment she died, I prayed to God that He’ll take care of your emotions, that He’ll let you accept it easily and not to grieve over it.” Honestly, I was touched by that motherly confession.
Many times my mom saved me from heartbreak by praying to God to take care of me. That’s moms for! That’s our parents. How many of you did not know that many times our parents are praying for us even it seems they didn’t? That’s how we’re blessed to have parents, so let’s continue honoring them.

To God be the glory!

Testimony: the power of bible declaration–Psalms 91

Last week while my mother was travelling back home from an island to attend a family reunion, it was raining that day, the road was slippery, on her way while riding a motorbike, had met an accident. The driver including the 3 other passengers were bruised, wounded and badly hurt. But on my mom’s amazement, she hadn’t got even an inch of  pain though she also fell on the ground. That’d probably be the hand of God, His protection on my mom.

The power of praying bible verse declaration…

As a personal testimony, I’d declared the whole chapter of Psalms 91 (A prayer of Protection) the whole week including before my mom left home to travel. These includes my family, my property, and anyone I could think of whom to pray for protection…in this prayer declaration.

While my mom’s on her way to that small island, I received in my spirit a warning….I knew that was the Holy Spirit speaking to me beforehand to pray in the Spirit for my mom.

Lesson Learned: It’s very important in these last days to listen to what the Lord Jesus or the Holy Spirit’s promptings, so we can  move the angels to work on our behalf. Our only task is to pray.

To God be the glory!

I hope you declare this everyday, too.

Psalm 91 New King James Version 

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

finding the love of your life

This week, the Holy Spirit impressed me to focus on a particular subject
on family and marriage to write in my blog. It’s been a long while since I
last wrote here.And, I’m thinking what to write. Suddenly, I bumped into
this video preaching by Rick Warren. A pastor writer and a world renowned
author of the bestselling book “The Purpose Driven Life” and “The Purpose
Driven Church”.

I mind you check it, too and since I do find it sensible and helpful in
biblical perspective, I list some important points he mentioned here that
you would ponder on about “Who you should or not Marry with”.

Two choices in life
1. Will I ever get married?
2. If I do, who’s it gonna be?

God can’t move a parked car, it must be moving. God leads, guides us …if
you say, “I’m just gonna wait and wait, nothing’s gonna happen.It’s your
choice, God leads us, guides us and gives us guidelines, but ultimately
it’s your choice.

Myth
1. There ISN’T only one “right person” for me!
2. Love alone is not enough reason to marry

God doesn’t tell who to marry but He’ll give you the description of the
kind of person He desires for you to marry.

And if you want God’s blessing, protection, and success on your marriage
which you do, then better listen to Him about the kind of person He tells
you to marry.

Deal breaker list.
(If you don’t match on any of this, you better not marry a person)

1. WE MUST HAVE SPIRITUAL MATURITY
God designed marriage to be like a three leg stool – wife, husband and
God, with the absence of God or any of these leg, would make the stool
unstable.
READ: 2 Corinthians 6:14- 15; Romans 1:12

How can you help each other if one of you has no faith?
2. WE MUST HAVE LIFE PURPOSE COMPATABILITY
READ: Amos 3:3
You’re not ready to marry until you know the purpose for your life. What
is my purpose? What is my
mission? What is my calling? What is my
vocation? Why did God put me here?

Ephesians 2:10

When you die and face God, He’d ask you two questions:
1. What did you do with my son Jesus?
2. What did you do with the gift I gave you?

He’d ask you if you’d fulfill your purpose and not, “Who did you marry?”
1 Peter 4:10; Hebrews 3:1 …”to be partners in God’s calling.”
You can ask this: Do we have the same purpose?
If you could match his/her purpose to yours then you’d aligned these
purposes and become one, then the result is… that gave impact.
A bad marriage is a thousand times worse than staying single for the rest
of your life.
When your purpose is aligned, it’s enormous power and fulfillment.

3. WE MUST BOTH BE EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY
4. WHOEVER I MARRY MUST HAVE NO UNCONTROLLED ANGER
Prov 22:24
5. WHOEVER I MARRY MUST HAVE NO ADDICTIONS
Prov 23:20
6. WHOEVER I MARRY MUST HAVE NO BITTERNESS

Whatever you resent, you begin to resemble.
I’m never gonna be my mother. oh really?

The more you hammer a nail, the more it goes deeper into the wood. You
stop to resist it, then you’ll release it.

Heb 12: 15

How do they treat their parents?
You don’t marry a person, you’re marrying a family.
Prov 20:20

7. WHOEVER I MARRY MUST NOT BE SELFISH

READ: Prov 18:1; Proverbs 28: 25 “Selfish people cause trouble.”

8. WHOEVER I MARRY MUST NOT BE GREEDY
READ: Prov 15:27; Prov 23:6

9. WHOEVER I MARRY MUST BE GENEROUS AND KIND
Prov 11:25 “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will
himself be refreshed.”

Prov 11:17 “A kind-hearted woman gains respect…and a kind man benefits
himself, but a cruel people brings trouble on themselves.”

10. WHOEVER I MARRY MUST TELLS THE TRUTH
READ: Prov 20:7

Love is base on trust and trust is base in truth.
If you don’t tell me the truth, how can I trust you, and if I can’t trust you
how, how can I love you?
Guys, if you lie to a girl you are dating, then you are going to lie to
your wife later on.
Girls, if the guys you’re dating is lying to you right now, he will lie
even more when he is married. Don’t marry to those who doesn’t have
integrity.

As you notice in the entire list, there is no one word about appearance,
about how they look, about how sexy..

Our culture teaches us the exact opposite of what the bible teaches us
about who to marry…our culture teaches you that the number 1 you need in
marriage is that you need to be sexy, good looking. Our entire society is
built on the idea that you marry somebody beautiful. And if you marry
somebody who’s attractive then your marriage will going to be great and
you’ll be happy and you’ll going to meet every need in life. Then if that
would be true, the marriage that will last the longest would be hollywood
marriages, because they’re all better looking than all of us. Is that
true? Do the best looking people had the longest lasting marriages? Ask Kim
Kardashian. Not a chance. It has zero to do with the success of your
marriage. I tell you this, you’ll not going to stay sexy forever.

The hollywood myth is that all you need to get married is romantic
feeling, sexual attraction, who can get rid of your loneliness, and
that’ll be it. No it won’t. These are not good reasons to marry. You may
be tired of being notice or not notice and you wanna be noticed.
Somebody’s paying you little attention and you’ll say “I would marry this
person who’s giving me much attention.” No. Do you have spiritual unity?
Do you have life purpose compatability? Are they emotionally healthy?
Then you’ll ask, “T’m not sure if I could find anybody who could fits
this..?” Oh really? I did, and I know you can, too. God always gives His
best to those who leave the choice to Him.
I wanted God’s best.. in my life and I got it.
The longer you date somebody, the more painful it’d going to be
to breakup.
Try to figure our that when you do have the 1st 2 days of your date, look
if they fit any of this (in the list)..look for this things I suggest that
in the 1st early dates you have, spend time talking than watching
movies…because if you get into a relationship over a long period of
time, the more painful it’s going to be to get out of it. So you wanna
find out quickly. Do we have spiritual unity…and so on? But he had
biceps, she dresses nice..forget it! That’s all he’s got.

Prov 6:2-4 “If you have trapped yourself in an agreement and are caught by
what you said—quick, get out of it immediately!…Swallow your pride; go
and get your name released. Don’t put it off! Do it now! Don’t rest until
you do!”

Prov 28:23 “In the end, people appreciate frankness more than flattery.”
Don’t prolong a relationship that you know is going nowhere. Don’t
continue it.

“Do you have uncontrolled anger?” – “No!!! I don’t!!!”
“Are you selfish?” — “Can we talk about me?”
“Are you greedy?” — “Would you pick up the cab?”
You can figure this one up pretty quick.
If you wanna get married. God bless you. The bible says, “He who finds a
wife, finds a good thing.” It’s a blessing of God. So you need to begin a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ yourself. You need to be
spiritually connected to God to get that 3rd leg of the stool .

To God be the glory!

The King of Glory and His Kingdom

king-of-glory

A Psalm of David. (Psalms 24)

1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?

Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. 

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!