Monthly Archives: June 2011

Distractions, Distractions

We have a lot of happenings in our life. Sometimes, it’s all the good ones, and sometimes, the bad. And as those things came in our life, we don’t know what to do. Sometimes, we intend to ignore, and yet it still overpower us.

When people got overpowered by the things surrounding them to be specific, there’s a lot of mixed reactions. Some people are just ignoring them and go with the flow. But others are became so distracted by those things. And the result: Stress.

I’d like to share a Scripture to all of you, and I hope God will speak to you:

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,  but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

– Luke 10:38-42

God is calling you now (A double call). God is telling you right now that do not be overpowered by the things surrounding you. A lot of things from Him may lose if you intend to focus on the things in front of you. God is giving you a bigger picture of His promises, if you were distracted, how can you see those?

If you are in this point in your life, focus on Jesus, surrender those things that distracts you, and seek Him. No more busy times, for every moment is an opportunity to seek God, and every moment is an opportunity for us to receive revelations from Him.

When you are being distracted by the things around you, “U-turn” back to God, and fill yourself with His Holy Fire.

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

– Psalm 62:8

The Importance of Prayer

Have you ever heard this statement, “Dasal-dasal pa, wala rin namang mangyayari!“, or “Kaya walang nangyayari sa atin dahil puro kayo dasal eh!“. Maybe, you also said that before. Here’s the question: What prayer can do?

First, I will say this to you right now: YOU CAN NOT MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN. By the power of prayer, you can make it; however, it’s not you anymore, it is now God will do it for you. Just like what Jesus Christ said:

…apart from me you can do nothing.

– John 15:5

Yes, “bayanihan” will somehow help us, but that’s not enough. What we need is a divine intervention from the Lord in all the things that we do and for those things that we need. Its a matter of prayer that we need.

Second, God is alive. If we know that God is with us. There must be a communication. Prayer is your hotline to talk to God. If you have trials, talk to God, and raise all your questions to Him. If you have needs, open it to God. It is your way to go to God. If you will be confident enough, you can enter to His presence through prayer (Hebrews 4:16).

And lastly, since God is alive, He wants to talk to us. If our spiritual ears become sensitive, you will hear His voice whispering in your ears. And how you will respond? By means of prayer. As what was written above, It’s your communication between you and God. And as we pray, be sensitive in His presence, because He wants to say something to you.

How can your prayers will be more powerful? Share it to others what you are praying for. A best way on sharing your prayers is through you Victory groups.

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

– Matthew 18:20

Its a matter of faith why we are praying. When you pray, don’t doubt. Instead, claim it and declare it boldly. And learn to wait patiently for His answers. I tell you this, a single prayer, by faith, you can turn the world upside down.

Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.

– Matthew 21:21

A Life Without "Plan B"

Just imagine your life where all things are all instant. When you pray for something, that thing immediately comes. When you need tuition fee, just pray to God, and in a matter of days, the money is already there. Or, maybe you are praying for a perfect partner, and as you open your eyes, he/she is in front of you.

But life is not always like that. Sometimes, when we pray for something that we need, it takes a lot of time, how many of you will grow tired and weary? Some of us are willing to wait for those things as they pray. But, as we see, most of the people are getting so impatient and they want to get the things that they are praying for at once. And that’s how “Plan B” sprang-up.

When we say “Plan B”, it means we want to get what we are praying for in the other way. In other words, COMPROMISE. Just look in our society today, we see a lot of people, sometimes we also see ourselves, compromising anything just to get what we are praying for. For some students like me, whey they grow weary waiting for their tuition fees, they chose to join networking.

And what’s the result of “Plan B’s”? Sometimes, it will result more disaster than blessings. Just look back on the life of Abraham, when God promised him having a son through his barren wife Sarah, he waited for 25 years. As he wait, he grew tired and weary. What they did? Sarah brought her slave named Hagar to slept with Abraham just to have a son. And what’s the result? When Ishmael was born, Hagar and Sarah’s relationship shattered. And Abraham failed the test of fatherhood. (Read Genesis 16)

When we are praying for something, take hold with it and anchor those things to God. Wait patiently and pray harder. When it takes too long, just wait and continue to press on to God.

There’s no such thing as “Plan B”, it’s always a “Plan A”. What’s that “Plan A”? Trusting God and continuing to press on as you pray. It’s a matter of faith. Know God that is more powerful than your circumstances. And take note, God paid a very valuable price just for us to be saved: The blood of Jesus. And those things that we are praying for, it’s just a piece of cake for God.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

– Matthew 6:25, 33-34

Don't Miss a Moment

Victory is now on a discipleship series entitled “Ordinary”. This three-part series will tackle three ordinary people in the Book of Acts who had an extraordinary purpose.

In the first part of the series, it tackled about the encounter of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch.

All of us want to be used by God. But sometimes, we have a lot of excuses for us not to do His will. most especially when it comes on sharing the Gospel to your friends, classmates, and even to your family. We always saying to God, “Lord, dyahe naman eh! For sure, i-insultuhin lang ako ng mga classmates ko kapag shineran ko sila ng Gospel.”, and a lot of other excuses.

Let us look back on the encounter between Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. Prior to the encounter…

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”

– Acts 8:26

As he was on the road, he met an Ethiopian eunuch came from Jerusalem, and the Spirit told him to go near the chariot (Acts 8:27-29). And during that brief encounter, he shared the Good News about Jesus Christ to the eunuch (Acts 8:30-34). After that, the eunuch ordered to stop the caravan in an oasis for him to be baptized (Acts 8:36-38). What’s the result, the eunuch went home full of joy (Acts 8:39).

What does Philip wanted to say to us?

Even you are an ordinary person here, you can make an extraordinary impact to others by sharing the Gospel. no matter what your past is (Philip and the other apostles didn’t have any formal education), but look on their impact. Because of them, the first church was established.

And the most important thing he did is this, he grabbed the opportunity to share the Gospel to the eunuch. He just followed the chariot and that’s it. What’s the connection of his actions to us sharing the Gospel? EVERY MOMENT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE GOSPEL. You do not need to be a pastor or an expert of theology for you to share the Gospel, a single encounter with God is enough. And the good thing here is this, because of that, YOU CAN BE A VITAL LINK TO OTHERS WHO WANT TO KNOW GOD.

Grab every moment to share the Gospel to your classmates, friends, and to your family members. Do not be afraid on what they will say and will do to you, for God will give you the power to overcome those. To those FB addicts like me, use your Facebook to share the Gospel. Don’t miss a moment, maybe tomorrow is too late.

Yes we ‘re just an ordinary person, but an ordinary person like us can make an extraordinary difference.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

– 2 Corinthians 10:4

Now GO!

Who wants to be used by God? I guess a lot of us want to be used by God. Next question: What if God will put you in a place that will shake your comfort zone? Will you still go?

This scenario will come when it comes on sharing the Gospel to others. Yes, we want to be used by God. But when God has called us to preach the Gospel, excuses, excuses, and excuses. This always occur when God calls us to preach the Gospel on a person that will totally shake our comfort zone.

Let us look on the life of a disciple named Ananias, who God called to preach the Gospel to Saul (This is the time when Saul already met Jesus on the road to Damascus):

In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

– Acts 9:10-12

Look what Ananias said:

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

– Acts 9:13-14

But God said:

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.

– Acts 9:15

How can we be used by God? Simple: GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE and trust God. Stop trusting on what you can do, instead, trust God for He will give you what to do; and by the power of the Holy Spirit, even you will be awestruck to the power in God vested in you.

When it comes on doing the will of God, it’s not all about you anymore, it’s all about God now.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

– 2 Corinthians 10:4

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