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NEVER GIVE UP!

Purpose and Destiny:

NEVER GIVE UP!

 

Romans 8:28 proclaims,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV).

A mountain climber said this,

“Climbing a mountain is the furthest thing from easy. Long stretches of constant vertical climbing can be the most exhausting and hardest thing you do. Not only the physical difficulties but also the mental difficulties will also test you… You will learn to never give up; to know that the reward will be worth the work it takes. It may take you several months, attempts and hours but you will take the time and you can achieve the climb. Once you make it you will realize what all the fuss is about.”

While another said

“Climbing captures the allure and mystery of life for me…. there is the challenge of taking a step on a steep slope knowing that a mistake could be deadly but the next step will be rewarding.”

Never give up! Persevere.

God knows what we are going through. God knows what to do but He will not stop us from moving forward, from moving upward. As the saying goes, “The teacher is quiet during the test”. We must not stop praising God because in the process we take a step closer to the peak where we really want to go, where God is waiting.

As for me, I have learned that the process is never that easy. Sometimes, you will feel happy and content and sometimes you feel bad and want to quit. When I passed the board exam (in 2014) we as a batch were half-hearted whether to rejoice or feel bad. We just finished a long way of reviewing and hard work. The waiting was excruciating. Then came the results.

We wanted to rejoice because we had 2 classmates who topped in the national examination and to be sad because one of us failed in the exam. Because of this experience, I came to a point to question why this happened. Why? Why her? She’s a Christian. She loves the Lord and she prays. And I thought surely God was on her side as He did with us who passed but why? What happened? Well this is the answer I got,

“God has a plan. He has a purpose for doing this. He wants to prove a point to her and to you her fellow believers. God wants to see her survive and move forward because despite it all God still holds the TRUMP card. He is still in control and this experience is going to make her stronger as a person and as a child of God” (May 07, 2014)

I believe she was placed in that situation where the Lord took her to a place where none of us could go. But as Romans 8:28 proclaims, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV) I believe this experience worked out for good not just for her but also to us her fellow believers. To us who realized that God can take us to different roads yet still reach the same location. The RIGHT location.

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STAY FOCUSED

Purpose and Destiny:

STAY FOCUSED

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.

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COVER UP?

COVER UP?

[The Story: July 18, 2016]

[Revelation added: July 20 & 22, 2016]

O God, You know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from You” Psalm 69: 5 ESV

Today at work, I was trying to fix the cover of a table since I tore the previous cover because it was already ruined. Although underneath that outer layer there was second layer that I just left there so that the students can still use it during the semester. I was just able to face fixing/ replacing that table cover since it was the semester break and I was not that busy and there were no students to disturb me nor use the table.

So here it goes.

The STORY

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At first I tried to cover up the table with its old cover still in it. But as I was looking at the cover I used to cover the old layer. IT DID NOT LOOK GOOD. I could still see the old cover at the sides of the table and it was making the table look OLD even with its new cover.

The REVELATION

I had realized this as I was putting on the new layer but I ignored it because I thought it would be just fine.

That’s where I was wrong. There is nothing hidden in the side of the Lord. No matter how hard we try to cover it up. He knows it all. No matter how we try to cover it up with “good things”, if its foundation is wrong then it’s wrong. Or when the foundation is not stable, then nothing will work out. If it’s sin then it’s sin. There are no white lies, whatever lies are lies. No small, no big, no white, no black lies. ALL no matter how grave/severe they are all EQUALLY LIES.

So I decided to take off the new cover as well as the old cover. So I discovered that the table needed dusting because the old cover was already damaged on the inside.

After dusting, I layered it with new covers and topped it with Christian quotations and Bible verses I saw at the stock room.

To preserve the cover and the table I covered the table with plastic cover.

After all the hard work, I looked at my work and saw that it was good.

Nor do they put new wine into old wineskin, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” Matthew 9: 17 NKJV

The REVELATION

Like the table, no matter how many layers of cover I place in it if I had not removed and cleaned the innermost layer, the outer beautiful layers are useless. The outer layers will only be destroyed faster than it should last. The table is not preserved because it was not thoroughly cleaned from the very base.

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Sin. Hidden sin is still lurking around finding a way to make it even bigger than it should be spilling the beautiful wine and wasting it.

Old wineskin cannot carry new wine. Because when we become careless and lazy and just do this and that without thinking over it, or without laying first firm foundation on it. That wineskin will surely crumble. The new things we try to instill to others will not remain but will break because, we did not first lay the foundation. It will break because we did not yet replace the wineskin with a new one.

So be mindful. Correct first the wrong mindset with the right foundations so as to set the new wineskin. So when you input and help build up others, the wine you pour out will not be wasted.

Pour new wine in new wineskin. Start your building with good foundation.

24Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine (Jesus), and does them, I (Jesus) will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 “and the rain descended, the flood came; and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock” Matthew 7:24-25 NKJV

 

 

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UNITY

UNITY

July 13, 2016

[Topic perceived through the Midweek Service 6-8PM today delivered through Ps. Jun Perez]

John 17:11-13 NKJV
“11Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave I have kept, and none of them lost except the one of perdition that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 “But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in them.”

When Jesus was about to be betrayed, He prayed this to the Father. Jesus prayed for His disciples whom God has given Him to disciple to be UNITED as He was about to go back to the Father in a little while.  He declared unity to them as He knew He and the Father are united.

We are the Body of Christ yet are each a member individually. (1 Corinthians 12:27) And though ONE BODY we are of different parts and different functions. (Romans 12:4) Though we are one body, we all have different unique abilities, gifts and talents yet with these different things God made us united towards ONE common goal- to worship and bring glory to His name. As one body, we cannot fully function without the others. We become incomplete and worthless without one another.

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It’s like this house floating through a number of balloons like the movie “Up”. If on the sky, the birds would pop some of the balloons that house has the possibility of falling down. Or if the wrong balloons are popped or the winds take come and blow some away, the house might slant and destroy what’s inside the house because of its imbalance.

We are like these balloons, if we don’t stay united, the birds, the winds would come and we would struggle and fall. We will not be able to reach the destination we want to reach; we will not reach the goal we want to accomplish if we are dis-united.

We need teamwork. And we cannot have teamwork if we are not members of any team. So we should find the right team where we can join in and be accepted and treated with respect and humility.

Find a ministry where we can serve and function as one unique part of the body.(1 Corinthians 12:27)

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A ROOM for GOD?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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RIGHT IDEA…WRONG FOUNDATION

800 years ago, the people of Pisa in Italy pisadecided to build a tower. The tower was to have bells that would ring out to the surrounding countryside as witness to the glory of God.

Things began to go wrong almost at once. After three stories had been completed, the tower developed an ominous lean to the north. Construction stopped for about 100 years. Then four more stories were added, built at an angle to shift the weight away from the tilt. But this caused the tower to begin to lean the other way.

Countless architects persisted with the curious structure for another century, trying to compensate for the ever-increasing tilt. The result was that the tower not only continued to lean, but took on a slight curve, like a banana.

The last story was added in 1372. Since then, generations of engineers have tried in vain to save the tower from its slow demise. World War II dictator Benito Mussolini ordered it to be straightened by adding hundreds of tons of concrete to the base. it only made matters worse.

The problem is the foundation. The tower is built on weak, unstable subsoil that could not support its weight. Sooner or later the tower will topple, although modern engineers have added 800 tons of lead to the base, perhaps stabilizing it for another 300 years.

Let’s hope so, because it is one of the world’s architectural treasures. But sadly, most people who see it don’t think of it as a building dedicated to reflect the glory of God.

Source:

Right Idea… Wrong Foundation. Grace Communion International (2016). Retrieved July 4,       2016, from https://www.gci.org/disciple/foundation

How I found this article:

I was searching the internet for stories which I can relate to FOUNDATION when I found this article on the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

REVELATION

What’s a FOUNDATION? When building a house, you FIRST have to build the foundation, right? So when there is an earthquake, what does it first hit? Is it not the foundation? This implies that we must be careful on where we put our foundation.

Foundation is important because everything else that is built with it will depend on its foundation for support. If the foundation is RIGHT then whatever you build in it will be right but if the foundation is wrong then whatever you build on it will never be prospered, whatever you build on it will easily stumble.

We must lay our foundation to Jesus because the Bible says,

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11(New International Version)

The TRUE foundation, that which cannot be shaken by anything is that of the foundation laid by JESUS.