Sabbath year

Dawn till morning of July 11, 2015, I got a very weird dream of young people my age which includes my schoolmates and classmates in elementary, high school and college falling in long lines (in queue).

I heard a voice saying, “After the Sabbath year (7 years of rest in the Lord), I will pour out my anointing to the young people, they will heal the sick…perform many miracles, signs and wonders in My name…(as of the great commission in Matthew 28)..”

Inside the running field, I noticed that my schoolmates and classmates in high school wore school uniforms and red IDs as I understood were in junior year. They got ready to form a long line like what some other age groups were doing who really need to pass in that area to be tested. I also saw my classmates in elementary, I started calling their names, so excited to see them again.

The queue has no end. The land area seemed so wide and huge. I see from afar young people performing, dancing on the stage. They wore beautiful clothes in white and red with angels flying above them. They looked so wonderful moving in perfect harmony.

I knew that it was year 2008. I travelled back in time so I added 7 years which results to 2015. So 2015 is a Jewish Sabbath year as confirmed. When I woke up, I checked the bible about it and learned from Leviticus 25: 1-7 about the Sabbath year.

(Still in my dream) I was in a huge white building with lots of huge rooms in different sizes, some smaller and others bigger and wider. Inside each room were my college schoolmates and others I don’t know doing different things. In a wide room, I saw a girl doing paper cutting works alone. In other rooms, I saw some other doing other task in pairs, and still in other room some were working by group. But when I entered inside the widest room, I saw a master bed with couples who were still at my age, busy mating.

I went to the other side of the room along the aisle and there I was taken to the open field with lots of young people. I even saw my former college classmates and my sister trying to do a team task not to break their lines. <The end of my dream.>

Points to ponder:

1. We’re given different tasks in this world. Each room with different sizes represents our status in society and how we live our life whether alone, with a partner or within a group depends on us by faith and God’s grace. To cast our cares upon the Lord still is our number one option if we can’t able to do the task by ourselves.

2. Flying angels above the performing young people represents the clouds of witnesses as written in the Scriptures that we are surrounded by clouds of witnesses…

3. Young people indeed are the future of a nation because of their strength. Needless to say, youth of these last days are called to be warriors of God and to be a warrior you must wear the whole armor of God. Read Ephesians 6:10-20.

4. The queue represents the race, our long journey in life and one of the fruit of the Spirit so essential to be developed in our attitude of waiting in a very long line, that is PATIENCE. A price in a contest is worth waiting and pay day is worth waiting and its along the road how we develop that attitude–patience and other fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, kindness..) versus complaining, worry, fret, anxiety, doubt, fear, sin, self-pity, blame, rebellion, self-will, excuses, injustice, guilt, wrong words, reputation…

MEMORY VERSE:

Philippians 3: 13-15 “…but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God had called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

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HANGING BRIDGE and the PINK BOOTS

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Three forty-five in the morning – I woke up from a very long adventurous dream. The last scene woke me up when I fell off from a broken wooden hanging bridge and was soaked on the water because of fear.

DISTRACTIONS and TEMPTATIONS ON MY WAY:

My vision in this dream began with very complicated scenes. We needed to really have to go to our beach trip though we’ve been delayed because of distractions—people along the way, unavoidable situations like I’m waiting for my relatives but they handed me my nephew who’s handicapped so I needed to look after him when I was so excited for our beach trip that made the wait longer; helped other relatives because they badly needed my help; been distracted by boys flirting on me; having a lot of choices which left me undecided; my sister’s issue: her slowness compare to my being so excited and quick; I was all packed with my stuff and ready to go; I was so mad at her unpreparedness which caused me to wait so long; I needed to escape from something until I reached to the point of deciding to left unprepared just to go to my dad’s house for I thought, all the rest left me and all I had was my dad. I arrived at his house in the middle of the night and was threatened by a dog. It pretended to be so brave as if telling me, “If you won’t get back on your feet, I’ll bite you off.” But I was not afraid. “You’re just a dog…I’m human and I’m your owner’s daughter so pay some respect.” Later my dad opened up the door and got me in. I slept that night in his house and had my plan to invite him on the beach trip.

I was already at the meeting place for that trip, I wore double sweater over my shirt which made them comment, “Hey are you really going to the beach or you’ll go back home?” When I am about to go because my mom was calling out, a friend who’s staying came out with a cup of ice cream which I first thought as lotion. We’re caught up because of its appearance. I tasted it out of curiosity and found that it tasted good. Then, when I’m about to go, the cup became a huge basin full of ice cream. I was tempted to eat because ice cream is one of my favorite. Some boys who were pursuing me approached that girl and ate some. They said, “Jenny, don’t you know that this was your uncle’s homemade ice cream?” It amazed me but I pretended to know. These were my distractions.

THE LAST SCENE:

Finally, I sprinted towards the hanging bridge where my mom was with my baggage and pink boats on my feet. I saw my mom approaching me and informing me that the rope was being used by the kids swimming in the waterfall. It’d be easy and safe for us to cross the bridge with it because we just needed to zip line since the bridge’s so slippery wet. I wonder how my mom managed to cross the bridge and went back so easily without the rope. It encouraged me so instead of waiting on her with the rope, I decided to just cross the bridge by myself. I wanted to prove something by my own strength and decision. I thought, she made it, I also can do it, there’s no harm in trying.

Then I climbed on my knees. It’s a bit shaky but it did not distract me because what I only seen was two spaces of horizontal wood creating a hole on that bridge. I told myself, “I have long legs, I can able to cross over.” So I continued crawling on my knees until I saw two young girls in the middle of the hanging bridge. They were playing, however when they saw me, they got alarmed because I couldn’t picture out the real situation in that bridge until I dared crossing it. They warned me and gave me some tips on how to cross the bridge but I did not listen. I was proud saying, “I can do it my own way, just look and see.”

When I passed the quarter portion and was about to get ready for another step, I was welcomed with some problem, the real hidden problem revealed after I got closer. I found that the hanging bridge had been cut in two. It was only supported by another bridge built across it, that’s where the two girls were. I realized they were purposely positioned there to support the bridge and to warn or at least help the passersby. Uh-oh! My weight seemed could not save me when I made it slowly part each other. It’s hard to balance.

The two girls said, “Whatever happened, just reach our hands when you got here and we’ll pull you over.” So I tried to be braver. Next thing followed so fast in seconds. Half of the bridge I’m on swayed so I needed to push forward. That means I needed to exert extra effort.

MY GIANTS:

I am already in the real situation wherein I needed to apply the theory I’ve learned. I wasn’t given much time to think before deciding so I’m in a losing-winning game. When I was in the climax of that story (in my dream) when I supposed to get excited and be braver and stronger to fight, that was also the time when I was deceived by my thoughts, “Remember that you’re afraid of water, of heights and specially on crossing hanging bridge…the water looks deep, if you’ll fall you’ll get drown.” These thoughts kept running on my mind, distracting and paralyzing me. My thoughts won eventually. Instead of using my precious time for leaning forward or reaching out my hands, or leaping, or get my brain cells moved right so I could move so to save myself, it was frustratingly stupid moments.

I was so frightened while looking on that situation. “I really can’t do it…,” my mind panicked.

“Come on…lean forward, push the bridge more so you can advance and we can reach your hand…,” the girls shouted at me. But I just didn’t try. I was so coward. I just watched and let the bridge swayed forth and back. I did not realize that pushing forward is a little slow than going backward which made me impatient, but the good thing about pushing forward is you’re given extra time. That extra time is for you to decide what strategy to use for fighting in the actual situation so there’s no turning back. In that dream, I did not turn back yet I wasn’t moving forward either. I simply just didn’t do anything. It’s like I was given two options. Option A is to move forward, to fight, to act, to be brave and to win, and option B is the exact opposite—to move backward, to give up, to idle, to be coward and to lose. But I was like “Don’t you have option C because I’m undecided?” My spirit is willing but my body is weak.

After the dumb moments, I watched how the hanging bridge swayed backward so fast for a short time creating a wide gap in between me and the two girls. They really felt sorry for me. I could have had took advantage of my chance. The motion of the bridge I’m on moved so fast that made it collapsed. I fell down straight cutting the water. I was so afraid of falling because I thought the water’s so deep. I was trapped between two woods that were broken out from the bridge, yet I successfully managed to disentangle myself, however I was so dismayed to find out that the water’s only waist deep. I climbed up the steps while gasping. Soon there were two guys running towards me. They panicked. They thought I was harmed but I’m all right, I just ended up wet, blaming myself while carrying my pink boats.

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LESSON LEARNED:

I don’t have to build my identity on others around me. It is okay to identify my weaknesses but it isn’t necessary to rest on it or always dwell on it, neither limit myself by it.

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Ephesians 6:15 is the Scripture directed to me by the Holy Spirit pertaining the “pink boots”. That if you have peace from Jesus, you can be able to get ready for the battle. And since in my dream, I climbed up the hanging bridge barefoot, I removed the boots because I thought they were just too heavy and slippery and I was so confident of myself that I can do it my own so the result was I didn’t have peace but fear when threats came in and I fell.

“Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your FEET FITTED WITH THE READINESS THAT COMES FROM THE GOSPEL OF PEACE….” (Ephesians 6:13-15)

“You will keep Him in perfect PEACE, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

Faith is energized by love. Love casts out all fear.

               “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:18-19)

It’s not my first time to have this kind of dream specifically on hanging bridges, mostly if I felt discouraged by what I see around me or hear from other people. I got warning from my Heavenly Father again. Honestly I was disturbed by few people around me these days especially from my own relatives’ opinions. I know which is right and I know where I was called to and I know what I am tasked about so at the end of the day, I would try to comfort myself telling, “Their opinions doesn’t matter…what matter is God’s…” But then again I would find myself complaining to God and acting impatiently.

I learned that hanging bridge symbolizes balance, journey and moving forward.

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Jesus is our bridge to the Father. He says, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one can come to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) He is strong and not shaky kind of bridge. You cannot have fear if you fully depend on Him. His structure and foundation is firm and strong. So I concluded, if only the hanging bridge (in my dream) was strong enough, whole and doesn’t have holes, I probably would just run through it without weary and would not fall. If we compare what kind of bridge Jesus is to the kind of bridge we used to pass through, we could closely figure out the difference. Sometimes we run to wrong people when we’re confused or down that we can’t see closely their holes which make them so vulnerable, too. And when they got to carry us, our weight (including our loads and burdens) are too heavy for them to carry that makes those vulnerable bridges (wrong people) collapse because they themselves also have their own weight to carry (including their loads and burdens). Only Jesus can satisfy.

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The human way is to worry. God’s way is to trust. “Come to Me, all you who labor and heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:5-7)

SEEING and BELIEVING?

In the book HEAVEN IS SO REAL, Choo Nam mentioned, “We have already been raised up, spiritually, to sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. The world says, “Seeing is believing,” but the Christian says, “Believing is seeing.” The true reality is spiritual, not temporal. Most people think the only reality is found in what we can see, hear, taste, smell and feel. But the ultimate reality is the spiritual world.”

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Horse is one of the most useful animals on earth because it is wonderfully made by God. Look at racehorses. They are blindfolded while they’re on the race because their eyes could rotate in a perfect 360 degree angle, thus they can be able to see the front, sideways and behind. In order to avoid distractions, their eyes must be fully covered with blinders so they’ll just focus on looking and running forward because they could not see other horses behind or besides them. Figuratively, horse race is our spiritual journey in life. We have lots of distractions—our past, our present situations and our fear to face the future. If only we developed in ourselves the attitude of a racehorse after been blindfolded, then we won’t be affected by what our eyes see (problems, our giants, dark clouds, or whatever you call it) only for a moment because we know that at the end, the finish line is waiting. Journey has an ending. And, we’re on the winning side.

Yesterday I was watching Joyce Meyer’s preaching about “Trusting God when you don’t understand.” It blew me up…whew! After all, this topic’s on time in my situation now. And, I remember one of our pastors’ preaching about Spiritual journey. He said, “It’s not about starting, it’s about finishing. Who cares if you messed up with your game at the beginning, what’s important is while the game is still ongoing, you have all the chances to correct your mistakes, advance, continue, give your best and not give up.”

FEW SCRIPTURES:

“We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.” (1 Chronicles 29:15)

“What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labor under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest…” (Ecclesiastes 2:21-23)

“Jesus said, ‘I give them ETERNAL LIFE and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me.” (John 10:28)

Our final destiny, our citizenship and our ultimate travel destination is HEAVEN.

“Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.” (Philippians 1:27)

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your things above (as citizens of heaven), where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, (as citizens of heaven), not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:1-2)

“All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be the citizens in the city of my God.” (Revelation 3:12)

“For it is by grace that you have been saved to be citizens of heaven through faith—and this is not from yourselves. This is a gift of God not by works, so no one can boast!” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

To God be the glory!

Lukewarm Christians

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May 28, 2014 —I woke up from a dream. It’s not a good one. We’re on a long journey—me, my dad, sister, relatives, classmates, friends and workmates. We dropped and went into different places, cities and provinces by bus. These events tapped or had touched my personal life which includes my sickness, healing, personal problems, career, personality, spiritual growth.

I’m going to start with…1.My sickness – It was represented by a former male high school classmate who tried to harm me. I was afraid of him when I knew he was demonically possessed. I screamed for help and so I was helped. I was being treated and was kept inside the house for so long to heal my emotional distress until all of them went away and left me. I decided to come out from my comfort zone though I was still in pain. Along the stairs, I saw the person who caused my sickness and pain. He also was being treated. The bad thing about it was I developed an arrogant character upon seeing his kind of healing which is more likely as punishment. He was publicly humiliated, was compelled to pray with his hands open sideways with candles around him and dead leaves. I told myself, “So I was right that he was really demonically possessed. There’s no reason for me to be guilty since I did not gave a false testimony against him.”

Thoughts to ponder: Beware of false witnesses.

Proverbs 12: 17, 19, 22 say, “A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.”

Proverbs 13: 3, 10; 16:18 says, “He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Attitudes to work with: lying, deceitfulness, arrogance and pride

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2. Then I went down to play with my cousins. While playing, I was trying to trick and deceive them by playing dishonestly. I told my aunt, “It’s okay for him cause were cousins.” I laughed. I thought, “It’s just a game anyway.” But my cousin did not respond; he kept silent.

Thoughts to ponder: Proverbs 16: 8, 9, 17 say, “In his heart a man plans his course but the Lord determines his steps . . . the highway of the upright avoid evil; he who guards his way guards his life.”

Attitudes to work with: dishonesty, unscrupulous, unjust

3. I was bored to wait for them because I was finished with mine so Ilay on the ground. I saw my dad and my deceased uncle. My uncle’s face was so pleasant. I call their attention by playing like a beggar. My dad approached me and gave me few peso coins.

Thoughts to ponder: Beware of love of money

Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income…”

4. We were told to go to other place so we must prepare. I was undecided to either fix myself or not because I was too lazy. We headed toward the airport. There I saw my former workmates. I start bragging to my seatmate telling, “Look at their outfit, they’re cool right? I used to wear that and do what they’re doing.”

Thoughts to ponder: If you are taking much importance with your job, work, career or whatever you call ‘em, I mean like if you prioritize them above God then you won’t be ready for the coming of Jesus. Many people,even Christians,nowadays are so busy with work and other stuff– can’t have the time to worship the Lord, prayand read or listen to His word; make excuses. We must not forget why and whom we are created to—that is to bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, to love Him and to do His will in our lives.

We must also focus on the present to move on towards the future.

Philippians 3: 13-14 say, “. . . forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Attitudes to work with: pride, boastfulness, slumber, unable to forget the past and move.

5. Along with us is my former high school crush who also had a crush on me but he did not talk to me.

Thoughts to ponder: We must not regret on our past mistakes. Instead, we must focus on the present to move on towards the future. If you are so much affected or too focused with your partner or relationships (friends, family, relatives, boyfriend/girlfriend…), you won’t be ready for the coming of Jesus.

Romans 14: 10- 13, 19 say, “You then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

Psalms 37: 1- 11, 39,40 says, “Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this; He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it only leads to evil.For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the Land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.

The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.”

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6. The bus we rode on passed again in a familiar place until we arrive in the bus terminal where a woman of sixties, who was escorting us and whom I thought was my relative went out from the bus to go to her canteen. My two former male classmates (the other one who had caused me pain and sickness) went with her. The two had to stay there while the rest of us must continue on our journey. It went long. I was bored waiting in the bus so I went to the canteen to check on them. There I found my two former classmates sitting on the chair. They seemed don’t know what to do. When I saw the situation, I had the urge to help though I was not asked. My relative knew what’s lacking and need to be done. She’s about to get mad at my classmates’ lack of initiative so I hurriedly ran towards the kitchen when I saw someutensils had lain on the table unsanitied. I took a pot and put the kitchen utensils into it. I then went back and carry with me a quarter gallon of lukewarm water.

Later I realized that those stuffs need boiling water to be sanitized but because I was conscious of the time, I simply ignored and was contented with the lukewarm water.

Time passed. I thought my relative will stay for another hour so I fix myself—went to the toilet, put powder on my face and even took a nap. I did not notice that my relative is preparing to go back to the bus when I saw her carrying a bag of rice for our next ride. I was told by my classmate that she’s about to go back but I was so slow in fixing myself and was busy with other stuff. I was about to run after her but I rememberedI left my things so I went back inside. When I get on my feet, I’m too far to be heard. I don’t want to be left out but I also don’t want to go unprepared, not even leaving my other stuff when I was stumbled by my slipper. I could have run barefoot but I did not. My mind was willing but my body is weak.

Thoughts to ponder: Matthew 26: 41 says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

2 Corinthians 12: 9 says, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weaknesses.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

 

7. Finally I went out and tried to call her to wait for me but I was made mute. I panicked as I was waving my hands hoping the bus driver or the passengers could see me so it would stop because I could see it pulling its wheels out from the terminal. But on my dismayed, I was left out.

Thoughts to ponder: Due to my eagerness to help others, I was not able to help myself nor by others. Due to my undecided, unwilling, unprepared spirit and too much love of my stuff (career, properties), I was left out.

Proverbs 14: 10, 12 say, “Each man knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

Matthew 7: 1- 5 say, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judged others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your own eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

 

This calls for warning to our spirituality…

The lukewarm water represents lukewarm Christians. Inorder to be much effective, we must be on fire, boiled in our Christian faith. We must not settle with lukewarm water that could not make our utensils clean and pure.

If we want to continue on our journey, we must leave behind our sickness, past hurts…Let us not make excuses of our sickness (emotional, physical…) for our inability to take action or make a move or to be used for God’s work. If we dwell on our problems, distresses, weaknesses, pains and sufferings, we’ll never move on to the next level or route of our journey.

If we’re given much time and chance, let’s grab it. Let’s not waste our time and slumber since the time is really running so fast.

READ: Romans 8:1- 16 says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, inorder that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful man is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.

You however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

Therefore brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”

 

Romans 13: 8-14 say, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not covet,’ and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

 

Romans 15: 1-3, 5, 7, 13 say, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: ‘The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.’ May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus.Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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the most important treasure left

 

Dawn of April 14, 2014, I dreamed of:

THE MASTER BED…

In my dream, we transfer dwelling with my mom and sister through an ocean vessel from Davao to Cebu. It was not a successful one in some ways because we almost lost all our properties along the way. I saw our paintings, furniture and other stuff left soaked because of the waves tossing the ship. The ship was not safe for cargo since it was loaded in an open space without roof and safety measures so most of our belongings fell and were swallowed in an open sea.

When we reached ashore, I checked the ship. I’m the only one who noticed the great loss of property because everyone was busy. Seeing me, the master bed jumped off from the ship and so I pulled it over to save it. The bed is so significant for me to save. I saw other stuff tossed on their post but I accepted the fact that we are losing them contented with the single bed I kept for ourselves safe.

Thoughts to ponder: The bed represents rest. Our God is our rest. In Him we find rest if we only surrender all our loads and burdens in His hand. Let us allow God to do its total healing in our lives by totally surrendering our lives to Him.

READ Psalms 23

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul,

He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

 

2 Corinthians 12: 9, 10 says, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That’s why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

 

FAITH…

While on the other ship, I and my sister were fixing something. Then I notice a green creature, a sea merman playing with the plastic container I just threw. He looked like a fetus by its size. I screamed and ran away. I was so discomforted. However, my sister befriends him. As I was trying to throw him out, I found out that his body is so delicate made of plastic cellophane. He can read my mind and said, “How could you ask question and then not believe the answer?”

Thoughts to ponder: I don’t see the event or the situation as significant as the question asked by that green creature.

Hebrews 11:1, 6 say, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see…and since without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

 

Hebrews 3: 12-19 says, “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you maybe hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion. . . so we see that they were not able to enter because of their unbelief.”

 

VOYAGE…

 We kept on our voyage. Suddenly, a huge colourful ship appeared right before our very eyes. It has words written on its body that I hardly remembered. Our voyage was so exciting. Big waves were everywhere until we saw an island which so amazed us.

Thoughts to ponder: In our journey, the road that we walked on may not be the same road every day. Sometimes, it’s smooth, other timesit’s bumpy and full of thorns or stones that stumble us, but take courage and persevere for in our journey, we’re not alone. We have an invisible and intangible companion that walks with us no matter how far or hard our journey is and helps us in times we get tired, holds us up so that we’ll find rest in His presence and the moment our rest is complete, we may be stronger than before to continue the journey with Him. That invisible and intangible companion isour Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:28-29 says, “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. For God knew His people in advance, and He chose them to become like His son.”

 

Galatians 6: 9 says, “Let us not be weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

 

IN THE GARDEN…

I was in the park. I saw my former workmates but they no longer recognize me. There was a beautiful garden inside full of flowers of different varieties and colours. I was walking along with it. I was even stepping, tramping my feet. Then I ran towards the open field where I saw some cut weeds and dried leaves purposely collected to make the soil fertile. I asked myself, “Why would they put those dried leaves and thrashes over those healthy grasses and flowers if they wanted to make that soil fertile?” In my opinion, the healthy plants get damaged if they’d be carried that way, just like a single rotten tomato could spoil all the good tomatoes in the basket.

Thoughts to ponder:

Matthew 9: 16-17 says, “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

 

2 Corinthians 6: 14-17 says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said, ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate,’ says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

 

MISSION FIELD…

I was confronted by a Muslim guy. He tried to trick me to find out my faith. I was a little afraid knowing that Christians are killed in their territory but before I could answer, I woke up from sleep.

 

Thoughts to ponder:

Matthew 10: 34- 39 The Lord says, “Do not suppose that I come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace, but sword. For I have come to turn a ‘man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household,’ Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

 

Matthew 24: 9 -13, Jesus says, “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed…nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom…then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”