PS. This is my last entry on Purpose and Destiny.
Purpose and Destiny:
Colossians 3:1 ISV
Therefore, if you have been raised with the Messiah, keep focusing on the things that are above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God.
We must not let anything else distract us for if we do we fall and fail. So stay focused and take courage from the Word of God. Arnette, who summited Everest on his fourth attempt in 2011 said this: Climbing a mountain “…brings into focus what’s important to you,” … “There are a thousand reasons to turn around and only one to keep going. You really have to focus on the one reason that’s most important and unique to you.
“It forces you to look deep inside yourself and figure out if you really have the … toughness to push when you want to stop,” he added. “When you come home, you realize you are able to face a wall and overcome that wall.”
There will be many as there are already many things that want to steal our focus in life. But as Paul’s letter to the Colossians says, if we have already claimed to have been redeemed and saved by the blood, we must know where to put our focus. We must know what our priority should be. We must focus on God.
Yes, there will be many walls, there will be many attacks and there will be many hurts but one thing we are assured of that greater is the suffering, the greater the reward and blessing from God. And as was testified even mountain climbers acknowledge this in their endeavor, they recognize that facing a wall and being able to overcome it is a great gain. All the pain and suffering you had to go through just to be able to overcome has been paid off when you reach your destination.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (New American Standard Bible)says that “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
And God never wastes these experience, this temptation that we have overtaken. For in the test comes the testimony, in the mess comes the message. Out of this pain will come deliverance. Joseph himself said, “you meant evil against me but God meant it for good…” It may have happened for a wrong or bad purpose but God will turn that wrong beginning into a message and into a testimony that will glorify His name.
As part of my testimony, I believe this will speak out to those who had started wrong and thought it was enough. So before really having a deep relationship with God my motivation for living and fighting depression was because, as I said in my journal, “I do not want to be like her. I do not want to end up like her who let depression take over her life which made her kill herself and her unborn child” (dated April 18, 2016).
I have greatly grieved the death of this distant cousin but her life became my motivation. So whenever I felt depressed and unwanted and unloved, I remember her. I remembered how her life was wasted because of that thought of people despising her because of what she was going through. I thought of how selfish her decision was of taking her own life. And it made me rethink of the bad things I wanted to do myself.
But that was then.
My focus was on the wrong reasons. Now I know Jesus and what sacrifice He truly did for me on the cross and it became my motivation. And His Word assures me that I have a purpose, my life is here for a purpose and I have something to fulfill that no one else can fill the gap. I am unique and loved and is continually loved by God. So, I no longer have the right to take my life away nor waste it for it is no longer mine but His to use for His glory.
Purpose and Destiny:
BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET TO IT
Hebrews 4:6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
We must have faith to do what we must do. It may seem impossible at times but Matthew 19: 26 NIV says Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Faith as the Bible states is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) We have heard the saying “To see is to believe”. Faith is the opposite of that statement. With faith, we first have to first believe so we can see what we believe in. Faith is never forgetting nor letting go of what you believe in no matter what circumstance you are in. No matter how hopeless it may be, faith assures us and gives peace to believe that there is still hope. Faith assures us that God is still there for us.
So when believe in His plan, God can pave the way and do the rest for us. Do not do God’s work because He can do it best.
All we have to do is do what we do and believe that we can get to where we believe we will get to. Have faith.
And remember, FAITH IS NOW!
Purpose and Destiny:
BELIEVE IN HIS PLAN
Isaiah 46:10 New American Standard Bible
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
I believe that God has a STRATEGY for our lives. He has an ultimate power plan on how we can climb the mountains in our lives, overcoming all obstacles and achieving all the goals we have in our lives.
Before we even started thinking of what we are to do, God already had an end in mind for us. Even in the beginning, God already knew our end, our purpose in life and in that purpose He has set a strategy, a plan for us to accomplish.
This is God’s plan to those who believe:
Jeremiah 9:11 New Living Translation
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
God knows what He is doing. He is the God of ALL PLANS and His plans are always for a BETTER future and a hope for all of us.
The Bible says God is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man to repent, if He said it He will do it. (Numbers 23:19) This is our assurance that whatever plan He has for us, it will be DONE no matter what happens, no matter what we want to do.
Believe in His plan and you will be prospered. (Proverbs 15:6; 13:22) As 2 Chronicles 26:5, “… as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.” So as long as we seek the Lord He will never leave us nor forsake us.
I have heard countless ministers of the Lord say that God has us always in His hand it only when we VOLUNTARILY move out of His hand that we lose His blessing. He will never evict us from His presence yet He gave us the choice to choose whether we will stay or move out.
So what do we choose? Do we choose to stay in His plan? Or move out of His perfect will for us?
December 14, 2016
Purpose and Destiny:
KNOW YOUR CALLING AND STAY ON YOUR CALLING
Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV
therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
STORY/ TESTIMONY: I remember a pastor, a called apostle of the Lord who ran away from his calling, a Pastor S. He knew his calling as God revealed it to him when he was a teenager. God revealed it to him and everyone knew what he was supposed to become.
But he went away from this God-given calling. He had let himself go away from his God-given destiny. So for more or less than 10 years he became an addict to the point that he would steal from his mother who eventually lost her house because of his addiction. Eventually he got convicted of drug use. In short he lived a life of misery. Until his late 20s when he had an encounter with God and God turned his life around.
A woman of God said this, “When Satan sees you, he sees DESTINY, not for who or where we are now but on who we are about to become, where we are about to go and what we are about to have.”
We go through what we go through because of the destiny coming up ahead of us. I believe that Satan knew Ps. S’s destiny, his calling in life and he also knew the potential he has in crippling the plan of the enemy for man. The enemy knew he has a God-ordained ministry and he was to do signs and wonders for the glory of God so because of that he did all he could to stop that from happening.
The enemy tried so hard to stop him from accomplishing his destiny as a pastor and he was able to accomplish it for 10 years yet because God has a purpose for his life God intervened and made a way for him to realize his errors and go back to God.
So, I believe with ALL my heart that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, GOD’S PLAN WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN.
Now Ps. S goes around the world testifying of what God has done and is continually doing in his life and his ministry.
This is a warning and a reminder to us all that life is not a simple thing to trifle with. Our lives are precious before the site of God. The Father gave up His Son for this life. Jesus died on the cross for this life. The Holy Spirit came for this life.
This life is not given to us to simply waste on trivial things. This life is given to us to BY HIS PURPOSE and FOR HIS PURPOSE.
We must make this our very purpose: to live and die for God.
ABOUND IN LOVE
July 20, 2016 (Wednesday)
[Updated July 26, 2016]
“12And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13But he endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24: 12-13 NKJV
This morning I was doing the inventory and while doing inventory I was also scanning parts of those books that I liked the title and/or author.(#Library things) The books I was able to scan was all about the end times, stories of prophecies and prophetic preaching on the end times. So that was when the pattern started.
And then in the afternoon, my internet connection was restored/ fixed after 2 days of no internet connection.(The wires for the internet was struck by lightning last Saturday.) When I opened YouTube the first video I saw was that of an end-time video collection. This was the second time for that day that I was faced with things about the end times.
The video was HARSH with all the bad things the enemy has done and is continually doing in the world. And another video was about a research institute that found/created an entry point at another dimension. I was not able to finish it but when I saw the next video I concluded that it was an opening to another dimension we do not know of. I don’t want to conclude but it might be a man-made gateway to something really bad.
After watching that I was very troubled and I felt my spirit was in an uproar.
While at the jeep (Philippines public transport), I still felt uneasy and I really wanted to read my Bible to encourage myself. We have a Midweek Service at church and I was assigned as a back-up worshiper. So “This can’t be happening!”.
At this moment God made me realize that my heart was not prepared to watch those videos (and I forgot to pray over it before watching, SORRY LORD!) so it made my heart really troubled.
When I arrived at church, I read my Bible on verses to encourage me and calm me. I read Psalm 23, Psalm 30 and other Bible verses about joy (since our worship songs were about joy). And that was not enough, I still felt uneasy although it calmed me down a little. So I went on the balcony and spoke in tongues because I believe that he who speaks in a tongue edifies himself (1 Corinthians 14: 4a New American Standard Bible) . So I declared on myself, I prayed for joy, for preparation, for peace, for calm spirit.
I needed to do that because I was going to minister in songs and I knew my heart has to be sanctified and prepared for worship OR ELSE I will not be a blessing to the Praise and Worship team but a burden. I did not want to be burden.
I continued reading the Bible and speaking in tongues while waiting for the service to start. So when the praise and worship started I was about ready. And I believe I was a partaker of that great move of God especially because I prepared more thoroughly because of what I felt a while back.
[NOTE for MYSELF:Now another challenge I have been struggling with is HUMILITY. Because I knew I was a partaker, I knew I was part and somehow the move of God was partly a response to my intercession. That was where humility comes in. I knew what I did, I knew what God was doing at that time and I also knew despite my efforts I CANNOT TAKE THE GLORY OF GOD FOR MYSELF. I had to give it all to God. (Ezekiel 36:22, Psalm 115:1) And that was my struggle. Because every time I remember that I was a partaker, my pride wants to step in and take the glory for myself. And so I had to constantly remind myself that it was NOT ME BUT GOD. I had to bring my focus out of my self-recognition and bring back my focus to God who I was singing praises to. And I know God will continually help me in this aspect of my life.]
After the worship, the opening verses were read and it was taken from Matthew 24: 4-13. And when I turned my Bible into it, the heading was “The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age”. WOW! I said to myself, I thought I was done with these things, I thought that was the end and that God was done with that topic for me for the day. But NO, GOD HAD MORE.
And God turned it around. Instead of that sharp and serious topic of the End of Age, it was a topic on LOVE. So all of that unsteadiness was after all a preparation for this word I was about to receive.
Matthew 24:12 speaks of the LOVE that would grow cold in these last days.
For me, after all the end-time signs I watched where LGBT mock Christians, where they cheer and clap and laugh at Christian antics and teachings like it was nothing. I felt disheartened and so discouraged with these people.But after listening to the preaching, or more timely, while on the process of making this devotion God reminded me of LOVE. God reminded me that these people may not love me, may not deserve love in my perspective, and may not love God but because God loves them despite their actions I also have to show love as He did no matter what. (John 13:15) And I cannot say that I know and am striving to know more of God if I do not show love because God Himself is love. (1 John 4:8)
So God said LOVE. Love especially those who do not deserve love. These people who blaspheme the Lord in their words and actions are still worthy of love. That I believe is what God wanted me to realize.
And Matthew 5: 43-44 says,
43” You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 “But I (Jesus) say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. NKJV
July 18, 2016
“24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their sense and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26 NKJV
“ITS NOT WHAT YOU SAY, ITS HOW YOU SAY IT.”
It’s my college teacher’s most famous quotation to us during our college days. She always said that in whatever we say even if it’s the most hurtful things to say it can come out okay, just fine (and not as unpleasant as it is) depending on HOW we deliver it.
And as I grew in faith, this statement came popping out again. It came out on topics of biblical confrontation (Galatians 6:1-4), discipline, correcting/reproof (2 Corinthians 3:16-17), checking and balance and many other things.
This means that we can still stand on the gap without destroying that line between sin and righteousness. We can always say that iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). It does always mean be FIRM but it does not mean be authoritarian. It does not mean that you have to really assert or proclaim that you are right and you SHOULD be this and that. Instead you have to lead them in humility, towards the right path that they should go which leads to God. You have to talk to them in such as way that they themselves will decide to do that for themselves. Rebuke with love and let love take over. (Proverbs 27:5)
All of us has the CHOICE to choose what is right from wrong. The people around us can suggest but it always boils down to the choice we choose. In whatever situation we are in I do not believe we never have a choice. Because whatever we do whether we like it or not, we have decided on doing it ourselves. And we did it with our own choice.
So as the one giving the the advice, the correction, the mandate from the Lord how we deliver that instruction is ALWAYS OUR CHOICE.
It’s never what we say, it’s HOW WE SAY IT.
A ROOM FOR GOD?
July 12, 2016 (Tuesday)
[Taken from Late Morning (10:30-12:30nn) Service sermon entitled POWER OF CHANGE delivered by Ps. Ana Karen Perez]
A man had a two-story house.
One day he heard a knocking, he opened the door and found Jesus.
And so he invited Him in to live in his house.
He gave him a room in the top floor.
No minding each other Lord. You stay there in the top floor, I stay here below. As long as you are in my house. BUT stay and stay put there at the top floor, Lord.
[Walang pakialaman bahay ko ito. Diyan ka sa taas, dito ako sa baba. Basta nandito ka sa bahay ko. PERO hanggang diyan ka lang Lord sa itaas.]
And so at nightfall as the man was sleeping, he heard a pounding on the door. He opened the door and the devil barged in. (Sinunggaban siya ng Dyablo) He had a terrible fight trying to resist the devil and his temptation, yelling out for help all the time.
But eventually he managed to throw the devil out.
So in the morning, he asked the Lord, “Why didn’t you help me last night Lord? Couldn’t you hear me calling for help?”
Jesus said, “The problem is you’ve got this whole big house to yourself and I’ve got only one room”.
In all of this big house, you just entrusted me ONE room while you had all the rest. You placed me on top, no minding each other you said. And so I didn’t mind you when you needed help. That was your space.
[“Sa buong bahay isa lang na kwarto and nakalaan sa Diyos. Nilagay mo ako sa ituktok, WALANG PAKIALAMAN sabe mo. Ede hindi kita pinakialaman.” Sabe ni Hesus]
“Ahh! I see your point Lord. Now you can have the whole floor, top floor and the main floor BUT the bottom (basement) is mine”, said the man.
Those things that are not seen by others. Your small simple and hidden things.
[Yung hindi nakikita]
And so at nightfall as the man was sleeping, he heard a pounding on the door. He opened the door and the devil barged in AGAIN. (Sinunggaban ulit siya ng Dyablo) He had a terrible fight trying to resist the devil and his temptation, yelling out for help all the time ALL THE TIME.
No help came still. But eventually he managed to throw the devil out.
He was able to drive away the devil but because he still had things hidden from God, God couldn’t help him. Thought he has able to throw away the enemy, he kept coming back. He became a REGULAR visitor with the same tactics and antics as he did the first time he barged. Temptation and Sin.
[Napapalayas pero bumabalik, REGULAR]
So in the morning, he asked the Lord, “Why didn’t you help me last night Lord? Couldn’t you hear me calling for help?”
Jesus said, “The problem is I have the top floor and the main floor but you still have the bottom floor”.
Though he surrendered most of his house to the Lord, he still left something out. And in that something, the man’s will still prevailed over God’s.
[Ikaw parin ang nasusunod]
“Ahh! I see what you mean”, the man said. “Now you can have the WHOLE HOUSE, from top to bottom is YOURS.”
Not until we surrender what we hold dear, until we still leave something for ourselves, even if that’s just a small thing, until we still have the lead of things in our lives, the enemy will keep coming back for more.
[Hanggat ikaw ay may hinahawakan, hanggang tinitira ka pa sayo, kahit maliit na bagay lang, hanggat ikaw ang nasusunod ay may bumabalik, bumabalik and Dyablo]
After that, the man was asleep. Then there was a pounding at the door again.
This time Jesus went to the door, opened it wide and stood at the doorway. And the devil looked at Him. The devil said, “I’m sorry but I think I knocked on the wrong door.”
When we let Jesus take the lead, we no longer need to face the devil in his temptation because Jesus will stand on the gap and fight the enemy Himself.
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!