Category Archives: Encouragements
Expect for those “Then suddenly…” moments in the middle of those enjoying moments in your life because that’s one way of God’s testing your faith to the next level.. Just like what happened to me: My schedule and subjects are already prepared, only the down payment is what I was waiting for me to be enrolled for this sem. Then suddenly, my mom told me a while ago that I will not be able to go to school again this sem. But unlike what I was feeling in the past, there’s peace in my heart.
When those moments came, will you still worship God? Will you still honor Him?
One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”
In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
– Job 1:13-22 (NIV)
Few weeks ago, I texted my friends with this question: “If you will be given an opportunity to travel back in time, and you appeared to the time when Jesus was being crucified, what will you feel and what you will going to say?” One of my friends said, “Deep joy, shame…[My heart] filled with gladness…and great honor for Jesus because He saved me.” Another one said, “I will bow down to Him and I will [give] thanks and praise Him for dying for me.” But this answer struck me for this past days, “..nung time na pinapanood ko nga lang [yung] crucifixion ni Jesus sa Passion of the Christ umiiyak na ko eh what more pa kung babalik ako sa past and knowing na para sayo yung ginawa niya.”
Why the last statement struck me? Because if you will just watch the movie “The Passion of the Christ”, you will see the re-enactment of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus, which is close to what’s really happened to Him two thousand years ago.
What I’m trying to point here?
Very simple. Once you feel like temptation is crawling over you, when you feel abandoned, when you feel like you’re a failure, when you sinned against God, when you are bitter, when you are broken, just imagine the suffering of Jesus: He was beaten; got lashed with a whip that has shrapnel-like stuffs at the end, tearing His back; the crown of thorns that has 2 or 7 inches of thick thorns, puncturing His brain, making Him disillusioned; forced to carry a very heavy cross that was made not from smooth wood, but with the rough one; walked almost a kilometer carrying that cross; when they came to Golgotha (Calvary), the huge nails were driven to His wrists and feet; struggled for three hours just to catch a breath; after that, He died.
While He was enduring that kind of inhumane suffering, He was thinking of you and me. He was thinking during that time, “I love you, my son/daughter.” “It hurts me a lot when you are in pain, I’m going to shoulder it here.” “I don’t want you to suffer like this in Hell, I’m going to receive all of these for you.” He suffered like that BECAUSE HE LOVES US!
What God has revealed to me is, we do not need to travel back in time just to see how He suffered because of His love for us, just live with the new life that God has given to us through the cross two thousand years ago. Just live on what Christ did. IT IS DONE!
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead…Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
– 2 Timothy 2:8: Hebrews 12:3
Are you praying for something will happen to you or praying for something…or someone? Just like my friend, Creza Songsong, written in her note, “He already knows what we need, what we desire pero nagfocus muna sya sa issue ng heart natin.” And I’m gonna tell you this now in your face: Before you get it, God has to deal something first in you. How? I don’t know. Maybe its an issue of hidden sin, wrong attitude or mindset, but the most common, YOUR HEART. And God is very creative in dealing on you, there are times that He will do unexpected…yes, unexpected…things.
Did I say “UNEXPECTED THINGS”? You read that right! If we go back to the complaint of Habakkuk to God (Yes, you can also complain to Him, BUT DO NOT QUIT!), we know that he is complaining about what is going on in Jerusalem. Habakkuk, expecting that God will answer, “I will redeem your nation,” but God answered the way he didn’t expect (Read Habakkuk 1:2-11). It doesn’t make sense, right? The same way in us, God will going to use the unexpected to prepare us.
Before I went back to school (I was stopped for one year), God dealt so many things in my life, especially in the area of my emotions. And God worked the way I didn’t expect to the point that I almost stumbled in my faith. But on the long run, I completely realize that those kind of situations was just God’s way on dealing on that area of my life. When that area got completely secured and other stuffs settled, I had returned to school and now currently studying again.
When unexpected things came, do not get weary. Look at yourself in the mirror first, ask God what are the things that He’s dealing right now in your life and wait for the Lord to work in your life. This is also a long process, it takes time for God to mold you. The only thing that you need to do is TO BE STILL. And when God had finished dealing on a particular area, what you are praying for, you will get it.
Prepare for the unexpected, for it will be God’s way to deal something in your life.
All of us will experience trials, whether we like it or not. Our common thing that we do when trials in life come, we are finding someone who will comfort and encourage us in the midst of these situations. That’s why we have friends, right? But hey, our friends are not here all the time. And the worst situation is some of them (Sometimes, ALL OF THEM) will leave you in the middle of nowhere when the time comes that you need them. I’ve been there also before. When I was in my one of the difficult situation in my life, I felt that all my friends left me, especially the person that I looked and treated as my best friend.
For some of you who are in this situation right now, you need a single hit on your head! WAKE UP! If you’re thinking right now that you are all alone now and all the people left you, you’re mistaken my friend! There’s one person who never left you for forsaken you all the time. And who’s that? That’s God. Really? I will share to you this Scripture and I hope that it will boost your faith:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU”
– Deuteronomy 31:6
How can you be sure that God will never leave you nor forsake you? We all know that the Word of God is alive and the Word is God (John 1:1), but here’s the twist: That promise was written THREE TIMES. It was written first in Deuteronomy 31:6, that promise is also at Joshua 1:5, and in Hebrews 13:5. Why it was repeated three times? Just to show you how serious God is in His promise to you!
When I read that promise and when I knew that it was written three times, that changed my thinking and I said to God, “Thank You for not leaving me. Hold me now and never let me go.”
Friends, God is always be at your side. When all the people who you are holding on left you, He will never do it. Even though you left God, He will never leave you nor forsake you. I pray that when you read this article of mine, you will realize that only God will never leave your side when all your friends left you and I pray that you will be secured in God’s promise in your life.