Monthly Archives: July 2011
What was the world said about sin? What are the pictures that it shows when it comes to sin? Simple. The world has give us the picture of sin: It is like the advertisements of alcoholic beverages on television. On those ads, we see party boys/girls, girls in swimsuits, and tough guys. One message that those ads are saying is this: “There’s nothing bad with these. Instead, these will make you cool, make you ‘in’, or it will make you ‘real men’.” But how the Word of God pictures sin?
Here’s the picture of sin from the Word of God:
When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
– Mark 5:2-5
For clearer picture, have you ever watched the movie “The Exorcist”? Did you saw the possessed girl and what she were doing? That’s the true picture of sin: Horrible and terrifying.
Sin is more of torture than pleasure; more of suffering than satisfaction. Sin is not a joke. First, we are all sinners (Romans 3:23); second, it separates us from God; and lastly, because of sin, we have only way to go when we die: HELL (Romans 6:23a). But here’s the Good News: God defeated sin 2000 years ago when Jesus carried all our sins and nailed it to the cross with Him. Through Jesus, we can now enjoy the true life without sin.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
– John 10:10
“Magbabago na ako.” – The number one line that we used to hear.
When we hear “change”, the things that pops-out in our mind are government, relationships, ourselves, and there’s a lot of things that we can associate with this. But somehow, still a lot of people don’t really understand its true meaning. Majority of them see the word “change” as an instant occurrence, like magic. That’s the number one reason why we always see people rallying outside. And in a relationship, when someone promised that, the other one became impatient and will say, “Akala ko ba nagbago ka na,” and another argument will start.
This is the time to break those mindsets. When we say “change”, this is not magic, instead, it is a long process, and it takes TIME. Just imagine this example: When you plant a seed, it will not grow fully with fruits in it overnight. Instead, we wait patiently for it to grow, and we shall do something just to grow it fully.
The same thing in our walk with God, when we give our lives to Him, that’s the time we undergo in a long process of changing us completely. When God change us, He will use some events or some people in it; maybe it is a situation that sometimes it’s hard to bear, or we will meet some people that will be a catalyst for us to change more. That’s what we called the “pruning” stage (John 15:1-17), yes it is a very painful process because God has to take away something in your life just to experience true change; but that’s necessary because you will be more fruitful.
Change is very vital. Therefore, surrender your life to God and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you will experience change; not instant, but you will be on the process of it. After that, you will enjoy its fruit.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
– John 15:1-2
When there are blessings in your life coming: New gadgets, vacation escapade, qualified for scholarship, allowance increased, and so many others, it’s so easy to praise God. But what if those gadgets are gone, your scholarship removed, your grades failed, no allowance, you can’t enroll for this semester, member of your family is sick, no food to eat, as in everything you had gone, is it easy to still praise God?
If you had experienced those, you are still blessed compare to what happened to Job. All his properties and his sons and daughters were all gone in just one day, plus boils covered his whole body. But what Job sustained him? He never quits to hold on to God.
But here’s my true point, yes there will be times that God will take away something in our life. One thing that He wants to see to all of us: Will you keep on trusting Him? Yes it is hard to hold on and it is hard to still praise and glorify God when those things come in our life, but by the grace of God, it will be easy for all of us. When you don’t understand, cry out to him, ask questions but don’t quit! When it takes too long, stand in your ground and keep on waiting. And when those bad things happen in your life, pray and worship Him.
Why it is so easy for me to say this to all of you? Because I am a living testimony in the faithfulness of God in my life. We are experiencing financial difficulties and I was stopped once again in my studies, but what sustained me is the overflowing grace of God. And that’s why I’m still here, still serving and worshiping God.
If you are in the situation where God doesn’t make sense, cry out, stand still, and just continue to worship Him.
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.
– Habakkuk 3:17-19
When we pray, we pray that those mountains in our life will be moved. Yes, God said that through faith, we can move mountains. But what if those mountains didn’t move? What if God doesn’t remove those problems, whether it is family, personal, financial, academic, or emotional problems, you are in right now?
Let us look back on the life of Abraham. God instructed Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Just imagine how Abraham felt, most especially when he and his son we’re climbing on the mountain where Isaac was supposed to be offered. Imagine the burden and the pain in Abraham’s heart. And it’s also hard to tell to his son that he was the one to be offered. And when they were on the summit, God stopped Abraham when he is about to kill his son; at the end, there was a ram and it was replaced Isaac as a sacrifice. (For more info, read Genesis 22:1-19)
Yes there are times that our faith can move mountains, but sometimes, God will not move it instead, he wants us to climb it. Yes people, climb those mountains in life. Just imagine if Abraham retreated when he and Isaac climbing the mountain, will he see the provision waiting on the summit? Once again, it takes faith for you to climb those mountains in your life. What are those mountains you need to climb? Those are your personal, family, financial, academic, and emotional problems. Look what Abraham declared when they were climbing the mountain:
Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
– Genesis 22:8
When you are on that certain mountain in your life, don’t quit! Don’t retreat! Continue to climb it, climb it with God. Cling unto Him, trust Him. Continue to climb with him and at the summit of every mountain, you will receive your prize.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
– 2 Timothy 4:7
For some of you who love to watch soap operas (Sorry guys, I hate those shows), you always see the main character always “abused” (That’s the term I can describe on that kind of scenes) by either their wicked stepmother, step sisters, or sometimes, the “third-party” in their relationship. And most of the time, you got carried away by that scenes that sometimes may result to a broken vase or a broken television.
You know what, our life is more than those soap operas. There will be people or events that always against you. Yes it’s very difficult. But hey! I have another Good News to all of you. It is all written here:
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
– Romans 8:31
Yes folks, whatever situations you are in right now, sometimes you can compare it to a soap opera, if you are with God, you are a victor! You are victorious over your situations, just stick with God. Jesus also demonstrated that to all of us:
They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
– Luke 4:29-30
Before you realize this, you already got the victory. Why? Because Jesus Christ won over all our sins by dying on the cross. We do not need to get battered just for us to rise up. God made you more than conquerors. He made all of us to be a winner, not a loser.