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From dawn to 5 am today—I dreamed of:

Two spirits (one from heaven and one from earth) trying to reach each other’s hands to join force that if joined together could result to great/ very strong force…so powerful. Until, their hands met. They hold hands tightly though there’s unseen force trying to separate them—until their hands parted…got separated. Instantly, when that happened, a fire from heaven hit the earth killing some people. In the physical realm, I could see this as shooters or terrorists enter a school and started shooting the students. This means, what will take place in the spiritual realm will also happen in the physical.

I could see the very spot in the middle of the campus with a swimming pool, a fire from heaven hit the ground burning people standing, leaving no trace of their bodies…totally burned!

Then, chaos took place. People panicked. I could see bullets flying in the air, people are being hit and killed. But, we couldn’t see the shooters. I wanted to escape so I prayed to God, “Lord protect me and get me away from here.” So, I crawled while the bullets and bombs are still pouring from the sky. Good thing, I reached a gate at the back of the school. Look like an exit gate for me. However, there are strict guards/ armed men positioned there. I prayed again and they were blinded just like what happened to Peter in the book of Acts. They couldn’t see me coming out through the gate. Amazing! Then, I immediately managed to take a ride away from that place.

Eventually, out of my control, I was transported (by unseen force) like what happen to Philip in the book of Acts, back to the school where chaos is happening. I was told by the Holy Spirit to rescue those who are trapped there who was His.
Then, my body was transported back to the place I saw a fire come down from heaven like a time travel. This time, it was different. While the chaos continues, a mat and pillow cases suddenly appeared right on the spot where heaven and earth collides. I just knew in my spirit that I need to pray with them in that very place though bullets and bombs dropping could be seen everywhere. Hence, by divine intervention, we are not harmed. We are shielded by unseen force from heaven.

Next, I lead few young people to escape. We headed to the front gate. Though there are requirements in order for us to successfully exit in a legal way, and that is to bring a black marker to write something. If the bar code will turn green that means we can’t go out, since green means CR (comfort room/bathroom). So, we looked for the nearest comfort room to relieve (throw off the dirts from our body like urine, etc.)
As we’re heading back to the gate to flee for safe refuge, we prayed. We thought if the bar code turned RED that means STOP and we can’t do our safe exit. So as we pass through the X-ray as of airport X-rays with NUPs (non-uniform personnel) eyeing on us, the bar code turned black which coincides our marker. Finally, we’re safe away from that chaotic place.

WISDOM:
1. Our prayer is our shield.
READ

Ephesians 6: 16

, “16Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

2. Our prayer is like an umbilical cord connecting the physical/earthly realm to the spiritual/heavenly realm because in

Philippians 2:9-11

, it says, “9 For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus [b]EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.”

3. Our constant prayer could be a strong force like a fuel for company of heavenly armies in the spiritual realm against the enemy/evil forces.

READ Ephesians 6:18

“With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”

READ

Ephesians 6:12

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

4. We must be cleaned, relieved from all the dirts inside of us to come out safely.

READ

Mark 2:22

“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.” -ESV

5. The wisdom of the marker (black marker and the GREEN bar code which signifies to relieve from dirt in my dream) revealed to me quoted in ….

Revelation 21:27

“Nothing that defiles or profanes or is unwashed will ever enter it, nor anyone who practices abominations [detestable, morally repugnant things] and lying, but only those [will be admitted] whose names have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

To God be the glory!

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man vs beast

At dawn until morning today, I dreamed.
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In my dream, I was in a farm under the mango tree. In front of me is a rice field with farmers working. Suddenly the carabao, a water buffalo turned towards me and is about to attack me. It is trying to knock me down but I was so strong to fight against its strength. We’re like in a sumo wrestling. I look like David and that beast seem to be Goliath.
It takes couple of minutes and no one between us fall on the ground defeated.
 
I motioned to the farmers to help me, but they could’t care enough to help. I thought, “What’s wrong with you people? I’m a lady and this beast in front of me is about to swallow me.”
 
In an instant wisdom came telling me, “why don’t you grab that beast’s horns and twist them to knock it down..?” which I did. On my surprise that beast fall on his knees been defeated. It was an extraordinary strength a lady as I am to defeat a strong beast as a carabao (water buffalo).
 
AS I woke up from bed. The Holy Spirit spoke to me, “I have given you the power and the authority to trample the enemy by your hands and under your feet. All you have to do is believe, have faith..”
 
#for our battle is God’s battles!
 
To God be the glory!

AMERICA, PLEASE TAKE TIME TO WATCH AND SHARE.

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At dawn-2am today, I dreamed of the TRIBULATION in the book of Revelation, of the anti-Christ…
a. we’re inside the airport. Workers though worked in different airline companies, made an oath to kept in secret their identity (including their faith) because we’re all living in the same house. Inside the house, we’re one but in our workplace, we act strangers to each other.
b. suddenly there’s a drill for (war/ terrorist attack, famine) inside the airport. We’re asked to participate, everyone of us.
When I hid inside the blanket, I was told, “That’s not safe, flying bullets can surely kill you.”
So, I change position and hid behind a very thick white wall. And finally I was told, “Now, you’re safe.”
c. I went to my birthplace but I was welcomed by strong and huge militant dogs.
They’re about to attack me but I was protected by unseen thing, a divine intervention…which blinded them. I was not harmed.
d. Inside my house, the anti-Christ entered with strong men. By force, like others, he wanted to mark me with microchip (666) and he’s carrying a sharp object to cut me and get my blood, but I tried to escape by flying and floating into the air. He did not stop chasing me. And I was so quick to escape from him which seemed like there’s a strong hand and power helping me to move quickly and even fly and float into the air to run and escape. This is the POWER OF THE AGE TO COME. I was not caught until I woke up exhausted.
When I waited in the Lord in the afternoon, I saw in my vision, large numbers and multitudes of militant groups marching. They look powerful and strong. Brave and united. I saw Israel. And others become unclear….
I was directed by the Holy Spirit to browse the internet and here’s the first thing my eyes caught which is closely related with my dream and vision today is this video.
To God be the glory!

21 days in war zone

Before you start reading this, I would apologize for lots of dates mentioned here.

February 17, 2015 was the end of my first monthly medication so I went to the hospital for my final lab test. It was on the 19th of February that our family doctor gladly informed me of my fast recovery. My entire laboratory test went normal. He concluded, “The medicine just suites you, it’s so effective for you…you must be so lucky it’s not Hepa B (Hepa B is deadly) but only Hepa A…” I responded, “It’s just because of many prayers I received from my loved ones and colleagues.”

On the 20th of February 2015 I got ready, packed my things for Midsayap, North Cotabato. At first, my uncle as my direct guardian due to my parent’s absence didn’t allow me to travel far with my physical condition especially in critical places where guerillas (rebels, terrorists) highly mobilize. However, I insisted knowing I was tasked by God to position in prayer in those places and to relay His message. Finally, my uncle did allow me after hearing me say, “It’s only a week and it’s a safe place.” Yes, a prayer house consisting of a training center for missionaries, intercessors and God’s generals is indeed a safe place in spite of its location in the middle of a war zone because our BIG GOD is its defender and protector.

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Soon, we hear alarming news about wars nearby and civilian mostly Muslim brothers and sisters evacuated with numbers growing up to 4,000 and rebels camouflaged themselves with army uniforms. We corporately prayed unceasingly for 48 long hours pleading to God to have mercy on our land. Our corporate worship guided and manifested by the Holy Spirit becomes our Spiritual Warfare against the rulers, principalities of this dark world and of the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Our trainer later commented, “These young people could not feel tired, their so highly spirited…” while I myself was blowing the trumpet and others playing tambourines, guitar and beat box. All were just flowing in the Spirit. We groaned, we laughed, we danced and sang spiritual songs and prayed in tongues unceasingly. Our voice displayed weariness but our minds and hearts were on fire for God, enjoying His presence.

While the days passed, I was reminded by the inner voice within me to relay the revelation I got from the Lord—the main reason I was brought in that place.

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The later month of 2013 while I was still in Cebu, I dreamed of a very large and vivid letters and numbers which formed NOVEMBER 13, 2014. It was a significant date for me. I wonder what will happen on that day. I waited and fasted for 60 days since October 19 – December 18, 2014. And guess what, I almost forgot that significant date (November 13, 2014) because my focus was on my fast. Nevertheless, I woke up from a dream at dawn of November 13, 2014! At first I couldn’t remember of it but when I checked on my journal, I found the date which so surprise me.

This dream went like this:

Date: November 13, 2014

I was told by God Himself that Mindanao particularly Central Mindanao, North and South Cotabato’s in danger of war like how Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed. So I asked Him, “Is there any warning? How about the innocent people, the pastors and ministers living there, can’t they be spared?” The answer was uncertain whether the pastor and ministers’ family can be spared or will be given time to flee.

So I concluded, this calls for a collective prayer.

January 25, 2015- news on TV about the encounter between SAF police force and the MILF and BIFF with regards to terrorist Marwan and Usman so disturbed me. 44 police officers were killed which raise the public syphathy.

THE RESULT OF OBEDIENCE AND DISOBEDIENCE

DAVAO city—on my bed while I was still packing my things for a three hour travel to my “Jerusalem”(my birthplace), Kidapawan city, to go to the hospital and visit some friends and relatives, I was told by the Holy Spirit to bring more clothes because I’ll proceed to Midsayap, North Cotabato after I could finish the hospital transaction. I was reluctant of the Holy Spirit’s promptings thinking I’ll only visit my colleagues there so I’ll probably would stay 1 week. So I disobey and brought clothes enough for 7 days! When I arrived in Midsayap, the host and our trainer was not happy of my one week stay. She said, “This is no hotel for you to spend time to get well or to have a vacation, this is a training center!” so I asked for a sign knowing that she wanted me to stay longer. During that time, there was no evidence of rain for the whole week, so I asked for a rain as a sign and it did rain! Then it was confirmed that God really send me there not just for a week but for weeks! As a result, I have to wash my clothes every day because of my disobedience.

The training was no joke. It’s no easy. It hits five aspects—physical, mental, emotional, economical and spiritual. It’s training for God’s generals! Many times I wanted to give up and go back home. One scenario as I was having my individual worship, we call it there “Jehoshaphat praise” which last from an hour or more, my right leg got numb. When I tried to take away the guitar and stood by my feet, I lost my balance and slipped on the floor and got ankle sprain on my right foot. That was after I thought and decided to go back home at my own will.

Second scenario happened a week after my sprain got well. As usual, I went upstairs to have my Jehoshaphat praise. Afterwards, I went to the garden, it’s about 4:30 pm, to water the plants and other vegetations. While I was doing so, my mind was running, I was planning to really go back home but I didn’t want to tell them. I wanted to escape. While still in the garden, an accident happened. A large nail which was stuck on a piece of wood, made its way to kiss my right foot. Half the size of the nail entered the back of my foot and badly wounded my flesh. Still I was able to remove it away from my foot. As I remember it’s the same foot that receives the attack every time I wanted to escape or go back home when it’s not yet time to go home.

LESSON LEARNED: I appreciated more the importance of our beautiful feet every time I had to crawl on the floor helplessly, almost crying from the pain. I could hardly walk and had to raise my heel every time I walked. They said, it’s the attack of the enemy because on that day we’re about to start our heavenly revolutionary prayer, a 48-hour corporate prayer and worship. I confessed, “Yes maybe because I go against the will of God…I wanted to shortened the length of my stay in that training because my mind is telling me to rest, telling me that I have a special sickness, which is a fact but never the truth since I am healed by the blood of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. It’s only I to claim my healing.

During the night, the wound was excruciatingly painful that they need to run me to the hospital. I received 3 injections. For six days, I was excused from my heavy loads and considered to be helped by my co-trainees. I felt like I was a burdensome to them. I cried out to God out of self pity, guilt and repentance. I learned a lot from that incident.

In spite of the peace, joy and comfort I received, there’s still something inside my heart that shouts, “I need to go back home…” but my mind was saying, “you have to finish the training.”

On the 10th of March 2015, three missionaries have to bid goodbye for Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia. We’re sad, we’re left, and we also wanted to go with them…

On the 11th of March 2015 before 12 noon, I woke up from a dream. A very vivid MARCH 13 was shown in that dream with me packing my things, going back to Davao city and happily welcomed by my mom. I was happy with that dream but a little sad. At first, I did not believe my dream; they told me to hear more from God. I actually ignored that dream but on the 12th of March while everybody went to the farm except those who were having 40-days fasting; a prophet was sent to me. She asked me to pray to her. While I was praying I saw a vision, a light exploding. Then I told her of my dream with regard to March 13. She paused for a while and told me that she received a number, 21, through a vision I don’t know, she only asked me to count 21 from the day I arrived and found that March 12, that particular day was my 21st in that prayer house/training center. So it was confirmed that I had to go back home on March 13, 2015.

It was so amazing how her feet were guided by God to approach me and since I was asking the Lord for a confirmation and I was answered.

There’s so much joy in my heart not because I had to go back home but because it’s the sovereign will of God. I’m afraid to disobey Him again or to go against His commands. Twice I disobeyed by tying to escape and my right leg was struck twice,too.

LESSON LEARNED: Not to be another prophet Jonah.

MIRACLE HAPPENED…

My 21st day of stay in PH (prayer house) was a celebration. It coincides with a birthday celebration of our colleagues’ mom, the owner of the whole lot we occupied. My desire was even met by the Lord when they cooked special vegetarian spaghetti. As I remember I said, “I wish before I go back home I could eat Abby’s special spaghetti.”

I was comforted by the Lord many times while I’m in pain; my desire was met couple of times. I remember of wishing to eat a vegetarian meatball three days before I went back home. I almost lost hope of eating that vegetarian meatball because we’re so busy that day with our reading materials and we had to stay late to make up of our deadlines. We usually had our dinner at 5:30 to 6:00 pm and there’s no meal in between as part of our training to maximize our corporate reading, no such thing as midnight snack as we Filipinos usually have. So when our trainer announced that there’s a vegetable meatball prepared for us to be eaten at 10:30 that night, my eyes grew wide out of surprise. I did not even notice they cooked it. Or maybe I was somewhere else when the cooked had prepared it. The next day, I don’t want to call myself abusive of God’s mercy when I had wish to eat a noodle, any noodle or pasta, a soup or dry noodle does not matter as long as it’s a kind of noodle. My co-trainee agreed. She also desired to eat such. And guess what, less than 10 minutes after, the cook arrived from the market with the noodle, we call it “bihon”, because it was one of the admin staff’s birthday. We don’t even know there’s a birthday celebration on that day. We laughed so loud about it. It’s so amazing how fast and immediate God answers prayers.

And finally, on the 12th of March while we’re busy preparing for the food, I did a lot of chores and of walking. As a result, my wounded foot got so painful to the extent that I cried to God, “How could I go back home with this physical condition?”

At dawn on the 13th of March 2015, I woke up from a dream. In my dream, God showed me my feet and told me to stand on my feet flat on the ground and start walking normally as if I don’t have any wound. I did so and instantly, the pain was gone and I was healed and was able to walk normally in my dream. When I woke up, I wept. The dream seemed real. God talked to me like a father talked to His child! So I excitedly rose and slowly stood by my feet for the first time since I got wounded, making it flat on the ground. And my dream came true! The pain was gone as if I didn’t have any wound. So I removed the bandage telling, “I don’t need you anymore.”

Early in the morning as we gathered for a film show, I gave a testimony about a miracle that happened to me.

LESSON LEARNED: All things work together for good for all those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes. . .and faith without action is dead. Many times I declared I am healed but because of the pain, I was still limping and could not walk normally but when God intervened for me to put my faith into action, I was instantly healed.

MY FINAL TASK

Anyway, before I went back home on the 13th of March, I received a revelation and was confirmed by another prophet. I saw a scroll in my vision while I was praying and was told to go to our co-missionary who was confined in the hospital because of her Mayoma bleeding. They said ‘scroll’ represents a Word of God. So before heading to Davao, I dropped by in the provincial hospital in Kidapawan city to visit her and pray for her. While praying, I saw a vision: Psalms 23 and Muslim brothers and sisters. So I told her to meditate and declare Psalms 23 and to share the gospel to the Muslim brothers and sisters and later found out that she have Muslim in-laws. I was told she did not brought any Bible so the other Bible which I intend to give to my dad, I gave to her instead. I realized the perfect timing why that large Bible was left in that prayer house for so long and was brought back to me again was not for I thought it intends to be. God had used it as instrument to mend broken hearts, healed wounds and reconcile broken relationships. That said missionary had hurt me a lot. I already had forgiven her. But as I laid my hand on her to pray, I learned to love her more. It is in God’s word as the Israelites fasted, He said, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”

These days (since we’re in the last days), you could no longer play church or play to God because He is so serious dealing with us. And it’s just so amazing how He uses and connects different kinds of people to be His vessel to accomplish His purposes.

To God be the glory!,

WHAT IS VAIN GLORY?

While I was waiting on God, I was told by the Holy Spirit to write an article about vain glory.

All the glory belongs to God. From suffering to glory.

Straight to the point, vain glory is the tendency for a Christian to develop the pride and boasting spirit in him for being so spiritually gifted. It’s a feeling of being so important and special about his self after performing signs, wonders and miracles forgetting that God had performed it through him and that he was just an empty vessel used by God.

Do all have it? Can both Christians and non-Christians have the tendency of acquiring it?

“I’m better than him.” “I’m a better preacher than him.” “I’m the most anointed evangelist since I can perform a massive healing crusade with lots of sick people got healed.” “I’m super-talented since I can play all musical instruments and got the brilliant voice to song lead.” Have you been there? These were just some of the common thoughts and lines of evangelical Christians whether actively or non-actively participating in the ministry or mission field for God’s work. Nothing is hidden in God’s sight. He knows our thoughts even the hidden secrets of our hearts.

Matthew 12:36 says, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will account of it in the Day of Judgment.”

Let us be careful with every word we utter. In James 3:1-12, Apostle Paul talks about how hard it is to tame the tongue.

How about these lines? – “He’s too sinful to be my friend so I must avoid him.” “Only with the same religion/ church/ denomination are welcome here.” “I must always stick to my over-religious friends and have nothing to do with bad-influenced group of people. I will just pray that someone might be used for them so they’ll be reformed.” “I’m not the right person for them, our characters don’t fit and I’m not ready yet to share the gospel and I’m afraid I might be influenced by their bad habits. So it’s better to stay on the safe side.” How hypocrites are we if we are thinking like this! We’re not only violating the “anti-discrimination and anti-favoritism law when it comes to our relationship with our fellow believers and non-believers in Christ. Apostle Paul explained in James 2:1-12 the topic about “Favoritism Forbidden”. As he emphasized in verse 8 and 9, “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing right but if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.” Let us be reminded that our neighbors are not only those who are law-abiding citizens but also those who are not. And whether we like it or not, we can’t pick or choose our neighbors. We can’t say, “Oh I don’t want them to become my neighbors because they’re not pleasing, not friendly and not kind to me.” Remember the story of a Good Samaritan.

Vain glory associates with hypocrisy, self-righteousness, self-seeking, boastful and pride spirits. It also includes condemning and judgmental spirits.

Why do I have the burden to come up with this topic? Simply because, most Christians are unaware that they have this kind of spirit. We’re too focused of becoming holy explicitly not implicitly. Most churches do have church-going members who are unaware that they are demonically oppressed. However, church leaders don’t know how to deal with it because they look plain to them. So these leaders will just conclude that there’s nothing wrong with their members.

7 Capital sins  :Pride- Lucifer, anger- Satan, envy – Leviathan, avarice – Mammon, vanity/ sloth – Belphegor, gluttony – Beelzebub and lust and perversion – Incubi and Succubi

We’re used to the seven capital sins as major deadly sins. We’re too focused to them but are ignorant that little sin is still a sin. It’s the same as white lie is still a lie.

We must know who our enemies are. Our enemies are not our brothers, not our sisters, not our parents, not our kids… Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” <READ further: Eph 6:10-20>

Lucifer was thrown into the lake of fire through eternity because of his pride. We must not be like him because we are created in the image and likeness of God. We are inheritants of His promise to be with Him in heaven through eternity, not in hell because hell was created for falling angels who disobeyed our almighty God.

What to do:  We must counterfeit the spirit of pride with the spirit of humility. Our best example of humility is our Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross, though he’s innocent, in order to pay the wages of our sins.  “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life.” (Romans 6:23) God don’t want us to suffer from eternal damnation so He sent His only Son Jesus Christ because of His great love for us. <READ Colossians 2:14>

Humility is not necessarily doing what exactly Jesus Christ did of dying for our sins on the cross. So you don’t have to physically inflict pain on yourself or nail yourself on the cross just to minimize your sins because it only takes an innocent blood without stain and blemish who could wash away all our sins. None of us have that kind of blood, not even the animals offered as sin offering in the Old Testament…no one but only Jesus’ blood is clean, pure, without stain and blemish. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says, “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

Humility is admitting that we are sinners and without Jesus Christ as our personal savior we can do nothing.

Humility is reporting to our captain that we’re done with our tasks and say, “We’re just doing our work so we don’t deserve applause.”

1 Peter 5:5 says, “…God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

All the glory belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ, not to us. We don’t even have the claim to His glory, not even sharing it to ourselves for we are only filthy rugs-servants of God. We’re only empty vessels used by Him so that His works will be accomplished to His people. Bond-servants obey without questioning. They don’t have the right to say “no” to the command or put on limits to their obedience neither put on terms on when, where or how to obey. They don’t have the right to retire or resign from their duty. They don’t have the right to demand wages or incentives. They will serve their master all throughout their lives. See the humility the bond servants have. According to Neville Johnson, the only passport to enter heaven is the bond-servant relationship with the Lord. Are you serving the Lord? If you are, then what kind of servant are you?

Finally, I wanted to share this video entitled “Christians Who Ended up in Hell Because of Willful Sin thought they were going to Holy Heaven”.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxCFIjLsHU0

 This is about a particular minister of God about his travel-experience in hell. He said that God gave him the chance to let him know and for him to share to others that He is not the God of liars, fornicators, adulterers, murderers, proud…This minister’s supposed to be in hell because he have the spirit of “vain glory” since he undermined and belittled his pastor. He thought he had done lots of mighty works (wonders and miracles) than his pastor in his ministry.

God is our rescuer and redeemer. He’s a God of chances. If He would have not let me watch that testimony of him, I possibly would have developed vain glory against the pastor who used to disciple me. And I was wrong…so wrong to think that there’s nothing wrong with that. Who are we to brag about the gifts God gave when in fact He is just being so gracious for giving us such whether we deserve it or not. It’s not about us being so special among others. It’s about how fair Jesus is. It’s about how loving and merciful He is for choosing and calling us…back to Him.

Although we think we are living a holy life in this world but still failed to a single aspect of purity in God’s sight, like for instance, we’re not able to forgive someone before we die, so we’ll still end up in the flame of hell. While alive, we still have the chance to repent and be forgiven. Repentance is a daily basis. It can’t be done in a single or 2-minutes professional prayer like what we usually do when we pray before we eat. You have to tear your heart and cry out to the Lord.

Revelation 21:27 says, “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Vain glory is just one of the impurities we have to deal with and asked the Lord to wash away with.

Since most of us Christians don’t know who our enemies are, not fully equipped with the armor of God and we’re always on the defense instead of the offense, we must at least know our enemies’ tactics. John 10:10 says, “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill, and to destroy…” Everything nowadays becomes ‘hi-tech’ so does our battle. We know that servants of God like apostles, pastors, evangelists, teachers, prophets, missionaries are labeled as FAVORITE in our enemy, the devil’s ATTACK list. So we must always pray for them. Let’s not let our enemy took advantage of the breaches or the holes on our walls. We must be upgraded with our tactics to fight against our enemies because in the spiritual realms, there is a constant battle happening that directly affects our physical realms.

True intercession or spiritual warfare could be done even if you’re alone provided that your heart and mind/soul are one, been united. Then that’s the time the Holy Spirit of God took hold of you tightly and together you’ll pray with the Holy Spirit interceding for you with groaning that words can’t utter. Romans 8:26-27 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”

Friends, let’s not lose heart because we’re on the winning side. In Hebrews 13: 5-6 “God said, ‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” <READ further in Revelation 20:1-10 about Satan’s doom >

To God be the glory!

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THE LAST WILL

 

(First published in Cascade magazine- vol.23 no.2; March 2008)

Havoc. Pandemonium. A gory queue. Trucks loaded with behead. A storm of agony. The jeering of the foe, scurrilous and defiant, aggravates. It is soul wrenching to witness those slain being mustered to funeral. The families excruciatingly circumvent the coincidence of their grape. Homes at the wake of smoke amalgamate its remaining breath that was slowly turning into coal. Children are no longer confident to play, never with rifles and machine-guns. Birds were even stranded at the safe sky, forever….

How prone are the innocents for possible confusions and misleading! The Book of Revelation prophesies this similar scenario to nothing more but doom. But, God take some considerations. That’s why grants are given as corporal rewards for those who are willing to pay upon their deeds. And, one of that is to be goal-oriented. Intuitions opt which one is the very purpose of things’ existence.

There are these LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONG-SUFFERING, GENTLENESS, MEEKNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, HUMILITY and SELF-CONTROL as what Galatians5:22 tell us what the fruit of the spirit is. But first, let’s  focus with Peace.

Peace starts where the war ends. Peace harmonizes with hope, unity, faith, love, freedom, happiness and good. Peace isn’t hard to find but hard to complement. Peace is in every tongue. Peace is a goal. Peace may be forgotten, for a while and from a distance. Peace may be the product. Peace may be the reason why they created war. Peace satisfies…and it will start with you.

Long way, peace—the idea itself is as old as human civilizations, written in books and passes from generations to generations. The Old Testament enumerates the word peace, its usage, its beginning and its end, or to correct, it’s never ending. The New Testament on the other hand, tells us that war was created as a way of punishment to the evilness of man. However, different religions with different doctrines have their own dogmatic claims on the word “peace”. Each claimed that it is the absence of war, its counterpart. Of course, who would want destruction? Who would want untimely tragic death…Even the subject itself hates its opponent—war, which in its eventualities often receives more attention. The favourite topics of peace-oriented entourage are the guns, bullets, bombs, battleships, missiles, armed forces, bandits and those killed. Why aren’t they talking about peace without having its opponent as tail? Is the sound of gun complements peace? Does explosion runs a mile of peace? Are those resting in peace victims of war really are in peace? Do they really define what they believe and fought for? How about those innocents who choose neither peace nor war?

Conflicts starts with differing opinions, racism, cultural differences breeding suspicion, misunderstanding and conflict itself. Economic conditions also stand as one weighty ground. Third word-countries struggled for complete control of vital natural resources. Then, there will be a fight. Under international law, wars are legal because they represent what has become an acceptable practice of nations protecting their states. Yet, debatable obstacle relates to the widespread belief that wars are the means of solving problems. Was it really? Or we’re just flocking at the wrong site…

War was created because people want peace. They want fair justice. Aye! We achieved freedom and independence because of our heroes and heroines shedding blood in the battlefield. A loser they may be but our country sings its anthem, a victor! People give way to celebration and rejoice. However, they often ignore the long-term consequences where one generates a later one, then another, a seized fire, resume, and again. The property, money and lives are the vital capitals to invest both a winner and a loser. Otherwise, the profit would be both.

There ever been an agreement on how to achieve peace. Some preached a doctrine of universal love. Some visualized brotherhood and renouncing against international violence of any type refusing on the basis of religion, humanitarian, philosophical or social justice principles. Then, the Nobel Peace Prize was born: the annual awards to men and women who confer the greatest benefit on mankind in any fields of scientific studies and mostly those who has greatest contributions to world peace. The peace prize starts at the founder’s death. It was Alfred Nobel who is considered the father of modern dynamite and other explosives. Hence, he was responsible in the worldwide fatal accidents of his time. It was he who generates more destructive force intensifying warfare. It was by his idea that continues to experiment and innovate more powerful weapon. It was by his great wisdom that people find ways to eliminate fatal accidents through explosives. It was by him that people make aware of protecting themselves and their property. If we will spend time studying the life of Alfred Nobel, we can relate why he did experiments and inventions, which could do nothing good to man but destruction. At first, he was degenerated by his personal interest ignoring million lives killed and more still at stake. But, as he grew older, wealthier, weaker, uncontended and unhappy, he realized that nothing can satisfy man’s thirst for wealth, not even the wealth itself. Same as nothing can dictate death when it will come. Nothing can stop it when it is time. His life could have been spared if he only let the physicians cure him with Nitro-glycerine, a chemical substance that made up his greatest invention—dynamite. He said that letting the very substance which killed million lives enter his body is likely to prolong his life at the expense of those killed. Alas! It was by him that people realized how to communicate peace. Violence could not be the answer to violence or threat to threat. The solution may be the problem itself but we have to pore on different angles. Was it necessary? Or we are just used to.

There were exact explanations why these things happen and the consequences may be good or bad. Let’s just embrace the fact that perfection is hard to find in this vast world. For me, peace dispels superfluous assurance. Walks of life found it literal, concrete or abstract, with different levels. Peace for others may be if they succeed. Peace may be if they deemed desirable. Peace for others may also be if they give, share and forgive. Peace starts at home where there was a total absence of violence and conflict but the presence of love and fear of GOD, living and doing HIS will. How prosperous and peaceful our country is if having citizens like these! (Jenny Nalzaro)