Adulting 1 on 1 With God

Adulting 1 on 1 With God

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17

As a young adult, our Christian walk is just warming up. There’s always a thug-of-war between following our desires and God’s desires and if we are not knowledgeable of the Word, attentive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and declaring and living out God’s word constantly in our lives, we’ll surely take the wrong turn and hit a wall.

Here are some common dilemmas we all face as young adults and some very encouraging verses to practice saying and doing:

Flight or Family?

We want to minister to our family yet we leave for work, to be able to support their needs and for career advancement.

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you

Psalms 34:10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing.

Discern the things that will really please God.

Current Job Vs. New Job

We prayed for a job yet when our colleagues are against us, or we don’t like the system or people we’re working with and when we lose passion to work, we want to get out and get a new one.

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.

Colossians 3:22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

Ephesians 6:5 Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ,

Sticking to the pros and cons places us in a logical state of decision making and following our hearts are unstable foundations for our future. Our decisions should be based on God’s Word.

Pleasure or Commitment?

We put the best foot forward for the idea or person we want the most, but when challenges strike and circumstances change, we’re clueless because we have not consulted God, we give up too easily, we lose heart to keep it running.

2 Timothy 2:22 Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

Blessing Vs. Cursing

God has blessed us with power over sin and dominion over all creation and abundance of every good thing. We misuse and abuse them when we are filled with the sin of greed, laziness and disobedience.

Blessings are a gift and at the same time a responsibility. Blessings are meant to be channeled to those in need in order for God’s name to be glorified.Remember, blessing others doesn’t only mean blessing them with material things, but blessing them with your life. A life of purity is the best tool to bless others with.

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.””

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:26-28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭9:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth And multiply in it.””

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭9:7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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Love = Forgiveness

Love = Forgiveness

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

Mark 11:25, NIV

14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15, NLT

In the book of Matthew, apart from Jesus doing his ministry and reaching out to the sick, poor and lost, he had been sharing to the disciples of his death day. How he would be turned over to the Jewish leaders and suffer death on the cross and be raised to life on the third day.

Though the disciples were filled with grief on hearing this, they had missed out on the promise that “Jesus will indeed be raised to life on the third day.”

Jesus being in the likeness of God, already knew from the start his purpose and his fate, how he would be ignored in the midst of his sorrow, deserted and betrayed by his own disciples whom he chose.

But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Matthew 26:56, NLT

At some point in our lives, we have been misunderstood in our hurt and grief, deserted by the ones who loved us because they were afraid and humiliated in front of others. Why would someone whom we love so much do that? They said they loved us, but they left us behind, ALONE.

He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Matthew 26:37-38, NLT

Our Savior has been in distress as most of us have, there was so much distress that he asked for his disciples to keep watch with him, not watch over him or watch out for when the authorities arrest him, but guard themselves spiritually for Jesus knew the hour was at hand for him to experience death.

Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

He knew that the only way to deal with his distress was to devote himself to time in prayer to the Father and so Jesus prayed three times before he was betrayed with a kiss by Judas and arrested by the chief priests.

Even when He was treated badly, he responded with love. He did not complain against Judas, but instead called him friend.

“Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.”

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Matthew‬ ‭26:50‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Jesus didn’t react violently to the group that arrested him, but spoke to them in peace. He showed them love and that was equalled to forgiveness, even when he didn’t say it, his response showed how he was forgiving towards them by overlooking their offenses with words and gestures of friendship and peace.

Are you at peace and able to offer friendship still when you are distressed? What would it take to forgive a person? It would take God’s strength, God’s love, God’s grace to penetrate through every area of your life. The time it takes for God’s grace to affect every part of your being is up to you. Time will not heal any form of distress–grief, desperate need, rejection, abuse; but how you deal with the distress will determine your healing.

Choose to pray and respond with love over distress.

Cheer Up, He’s There For You

Cheer Up, He’s There For You

I miss a good conversation wherein you just don’t talk about problems but talk about life in general. I had a great time listening to my cousin, the topics were about bikes and videos. He can just go on and on. He was fun and interesting to talk to. The lady who sold lunch and the elderly lady who happened to be a student in our school was there too. We talked about food and life in the province. It was great. They were blessings. When I needed to ease my pain of not being understood and the feeling of being dead in an area in my life, they reached out to me in a simple yet relevant conversation. I’m thankful God just uses anyone, people to show me that I don’t walk alone. I don’t have to feel sad all the time, I don’t have to be pressured to make decisions because he is there patiently and cheerfully accompanying me as a friend.

Being with family and talking random stuff even if I hear their rants, make me feel at home. They are my home.  They are blessing from God. They’re not perfect, but they’re the ones who stick to you when you are sick and they’re the first ones who can sense if something is wrong with you.

What a great way to wait for sadness to disappear and allow God to work His plans for me.

I honestly cannot imagine what I’d think, feel and do without a God who guards my thoughts and my heart. Thank God for His Holy Spirit in me. “I can do all things through Christ who strenghtens me!” (Philippians 4:13)

No amount of going to church services or serving in ministry, work, counsel and advice could ever replace the comfort of having the Lord around and just allowing Him to speak to you in your daily quiet time with Him.

Fellowship is important, but prayer and a conversation with God comes first above all else.

Praise God for this season! Praise God for the gift He gave me to share to YOU!

Learning Repentance @ Recharge Camp 2019

Learning Repentance @ Recharge Camp 2019

Days before our church’s camp which falls every Holy Week, I was loaded with a week’s worth of work to finish and at the same time, preparations to lead a small group and assist in registration of campers. Other than that, I knew I had to say YES to sharing to Grade 10 students in my previous school. I also had to insert a few things, make sure I myself would be prepared spiritually, pay in full for registration in camp and prepare an anniversary gift. 😊

Hello eyebags!!!

Imagine just days before camp and I already lacked sleep, but I knew I had to prepare, I had to be ready, I had to set aside things that are distracting me.

I was about to back out on sharing to my school since there still was a lot to do, but then I remembered that I had already said YES, I had already committed, no turning back, so I continued.

First time and last time on stage hahaha!!!

I prayed for wisdom and was amazed at how I was able to compose a message quickly just two days before I was about to speak in our school. It felt very nostalgic, I remembered perfectly that in our high school retreat, I received the Lord there. I got baptized in water right there, I received His direction for my life as well.

Come day 1 of camp, I found it a bit messy in the registration part, but The highlight I was looking forward to was meeting ladies whom I would be serving for three days.

Most are first timers and during plugged-session, we each learned our names. I wanted to orient them of what will happen in camp itself so I shared chapters from the bible about the Work of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.

My devotional group 😍

I was even amazed how I became profound in explaining it, because I never, never actually thought my bible reading and journaling can be translated into actually sharing the Word in a level that anyone can understand. (Fingers-crossed, I hope they did!) It was the Holy Spirit leading me to turn to chapters and explain what God had told us.

I remember way back, asking for the gift of prophecy, as mentioned in the letter of Paul to the Corinthians. It was referred to as the gift that edifies the church. So Paul said in 1 Cor. 14:1 to “desire gifts of the Spirit especially prophecy.” In. Verse 3 it said that “the one who prophesies speaks to people for strengthening, encouraging and comfort.”

That night, I felt everyone’s hunger for the Lord. As Pastor Ru preached, the Holy Spirit just stirred up each one, some in surrender of all the burdens in their lives and some received spiritual gifts according to what had been given to them and a few were tense while some remained calm.

There I told God, “Lord I’m tired, are you pleased with that?” He replied, “YES” and there He comforted me.

Day 2 came and we studied Mark 2:1-12. I shared my burden of being one of the volunteers handling a lot of tasks, getting tired and asking God for committed people to run with the church. Quite similar to the story in Mark of 4 friends trying to help a paralyzed man get to Jesus. I challenged the group that if only we could be the 4 friends to some people we meet who really committed to bring the man to Jesus in order to be healed. Just a very interesting thought, before Jesus healed the man, He said, “your sins are forgiven.” What faith Jesus saw that He interceded with the Father and forgave his sin!

Same thing He did for us!

The man didn’t even ask for forgiveness, but he knew he had to go to Jesus. He believed there was something Jesus had that was bigger than what he was experiencing, and with the help of his friends, he saw Jesus face to face.

Whatever you are going through, good or bad, COME CLOSER to Jesus.

Grab every opportunity to see Jesus, but remember to take some friends who will walk in faith with you, so you will be successful in coming to Him. No one can do it alone.

Church was meant for people even to the most broken one, to come to God. Spiritual gifts were meant to glorify God, let people know of the second chance God gave us. The new life He promised us that “those who believed in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

In our last devotional, Luke 13:1-9, it spoke of repentance. That those who do not repent shall perish.

What did repentance mean in that story?

Repentance is coming closer to God in faith, believing He will forgive us, heal us, restore us, and with that faith working in us, the Holy Spirit will He himself bless us with all strength, power and wisdom to change our way of thinking, make our ways pure, if only we allow Him to. If we removed unforgiveness, doubt, fear, worry, hurt, bitterness, wrath and malice in our lives, then the Holy Spirit can work in us, day by day. Putting His righteousness in us is a process, and He said that those that persevere in faith will have complete joy.

So when you sin, come closer to God, when you are troubled, come closer to God, when you feel like a hypocrite, come closer to God. Walk towards obedience in His call for your life. Love Him, please Him, because He loved you first. ❤️ ✝️

📸 Credits to Jessa Taleon for the photos!

A Woman’s Pains and How God Protects and Loves as a Father

A Woman’s Pains and How God Protects and Loves as a Father

It’s difficult to be a woman. There are some things you just can’t explain. Everyday our body and mood is forever changing, but thank God He is a Father who protects and loves us.

 

I love how books and female Christian authors tag women as strong and spirit-controlled, even when celebrating International Women’s Month, women are now portrayed as independent, strong and successful winning challenge over challenge and conquering the world with their unique abilities, but sadly, not every woman is okay with the fact that she is struggling, she is weak and she is pained. Overwhelming situations like a break up, an illness, a loss of a loved one, an abuse, a wrong decision, a deep need for love are all hidden in the face of a strong, independent and successful woman. No one can really connect how deep the pain, fear and desires are other than our Father in heaven himself.

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God has been very faithful. Trying to get every woman’s attention today. Trying His best to divert us from life’s cares: our family, our relationships, our friends, our work, OURSELVES to His wonderful plans for our lives. From the moment we wake up, He is there calling us to spend time with Him in prayer and reading the Scripture. He is there in our work, trying to cheer us on when we think we can’t do it. He is there comforting us, when it feels very tiring and when people are against us. He is there encouraging us when we feel unmotivated and useless. He is there ready to redeem us when we feel like trash because of what we did, and all the more, He is there to HUMBLE us when we feel so proud of ourselves and when we think we have got to get everything in the snap of a finger to attain our so called SUCCESS.

 

God knows our thoughts and He protects us with His discipline, His rules, but He does not deal harshly towards us. He disciplines us in love.

 

Psalm 103
New Living Translation
A psalm of David.

1 Let all that I am praise the LORD;

with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

2 Let all that I am praise the LORD;

may I never forget the good things he does for me.

3 He forgives all my sins

and heals all my diseases.

4 He redeems me from death

and crowns me with love and tender mercies.

5 He fills my life with good things.

My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

6 The LORD gives righteousness

and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

7 He revealed his character to Moses

and his deeds to the people of Israel.

8 The LORD is compassionate and merciful,

slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

9 He will not constantly accuse us,

nor remain angry forever.

10 He does not punish us for all our sins;

he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.

11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him

is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.

12 He has removed our sins as far from us

as the east is from the west.

13 The LORD is like a father to his children,

tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

14 For he knows how weak we are;

he remembers we are only dust.

15 Our days on earth are like grass;

like wildflowers, we bloom and die.

16 The wind blows, and we are gone—

as though we had never been here.

17 But the love of the LORD remains forever

with those who fear him.

His salvation extends to the children’s children

18  of those who are faithful to his covenant,

of those who obey his commandments!

19 The LORD has made the heavens his throne;

from there he rules over everything.

20 Praise the LORD, you angels,

you mighty ones who carry out his plans,

listening for each of his commands.

21 Yes, praise the LORD, you armies of angels

who serve him and do his will!

22 Praise the LORD, everything he has created,

everything in all his kingdom.

Let all that I am praise the LORD.

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The whole chapter is very much essential in knowing our identity in Christ as women. He is not a God who pressures us to be perfect, He is a God who guides us a loving Father would.

 

If you have not experienced the love of a father or have experienced the opposite of love coming from your own father, well our Father in heaven is very different. He created us for good and He already set good plans for our lives. His goodness does not spoil us, but it does break our pride, our stature, our false hopes, even our good desires, so that we would see Him as the loving father that He is and that we would learn to cling to Him in every season of our life. He is not merely getting our attention, He’s speaking and doing I LOVE YOU to us everyday when we feel down, broken, lacking, fearful, pressured and confused.

 

Spend time with Him daily, hold fast to His Word daily and Obey Him daily. There is no greater love than the love of an Almighty Father.

Marriage from a Single Christian Millennial’s Perspective

Marriage from a Single Christian Millennial’s Perspective

I’ve been tasked to write about money saving tips for millennial couples and I came across how millennials co-habitate and put a hold on marriage for practical reasons.

I have family and friends who co-habitate, I have parents who fight over money most of the time, growing up I had a skeptic view of marriage, but it all changed when the search for where God is became my main priority.

I walked into this church hoping to find answers to my faith. Nervous and trembling I stopped by the center to ask where is the service then I was led by the guard to Waterfront Hotel where the service was held. My heart pounded faster as walked closer to the huge doors, and finally entered.

Not much going on, since I was late, I listened to the pastor speak. Fast forward, it took a lot of courage going back month after month until I decided to make it a regular habit to attend service, but it really wasn’t until I decided to serve in a ministry.

Thankfully, with the help of a co-worker and now co-minister and couple mentor, I was in the position I was in at the moment.

It’s a funny feeling getting immersed into a culture of acceptance of different personalities and excellence in serving the Lord through a change in our own character.

The best part of it all, was seeking God in my hunger, in my weakness, in my days of singleness. It was the best year yet.

I also found a beautiful union between married couples that served God. It was’t perfect, but the authenticity of what they did, admitting they were wrong in the past, choosing to be better, and the most challenging part of it all, inserting service in a ministry in their crazy schedules. If we though we were busy in our single status, how much more when we are married with children!

The cream of the corn was that God totally changed my heart with my view of marriage, I once saw a disoriented union from other people’s experiences, but He made me see something more, marriages break without Him at the center. Marriages were meant for His glory, and that when He has combined the two together, He himself will provide and nurture it.

I feel that I shared His hurt when people especially in our generation make it an “option” instead of a command that “marriage should be held in honor of the Lord.”

Marriage is a part of God’s work here on earth, yet people are turning it around by saying marriage can work without Him, or union can happen among two or more people, regardless of gender and without marriage.

There’s no commitment without a deadline and a focus on one. 

We always want to save up for the future, but if we don’t put a deadline to it, it will be just a task that is left undone. If there is no focus on one, then it’s not a main priority, then it’s not something important. We will just end up breaking each other when we are not committed to one and when we don’t set a plan for the things we said yes to.

There’s no love without respect.

How can a person say they love each other when in the first place they don’t respect God who made them? Respect is to honor God and everyone around you. Self-respect isn’t choosing what you want, it’s doing the right thing, even when it’s hard. You will reward yourself later with that.

In the end, it will always be our decision; I love how God gave us free will to make choices and the fact that he laid out the perfect guide on what we should do, and it’s all in His Word.

So what will you choose?

The Pain of Obedience, The Sufferings of Love

The Pain of Obedience, The Sufferings of Love

Love suffers long and is kind.

You probably have heard it a few times in romantic movies, “I’m afraid to love because I might get hurt.” As cheesy as this sounds, reality is that people do get hurt when they make the decision to love someone. It’s because we don’t have the perfect love. It’s because we want to be loved so much more than to love someone. It’s a bit of a selfish love, trying to outdo each other, trying to measure who’s better at loving.

Well, love isn’t a competition, it’s an acceptance of who the person was, is and about to become, and choosing to show patience and kindness even when it hurts. I don’t mean endure the sins of a person, but to correct them in love. (Refer to Ephesians 4 & 1 Timothy 5)

Reading through these chapters in Scripture, I’ve learned that the best way to speak the truth of God’s Word is not to tell it to them, but to show it to them. Show them the changed YOU, the CHRIST IN YOU.

Moreso, I fail often in showing the love of Christ to my family, but I’m resting in the my faith and hope that by God’s sufficient grace and diligence in meditating and obeying God’s Word and speaking to Him in prayer, they will experience the love of God!

How To Love Right?

Every verse in the bible was written out of love, whether it was to teach us, warn us, equip us, rebuke us and encourage us to live right with God, so the best way to love, is to know what love is and where it came from, and the source of it is God himself.

The Love Twist

There’s a twist to the greatest love story on earth between God and mankind, it was when Satan enticed Eve to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and she believed the serpent and sinned against God, out of shame, she and her husband Adam felt naked before God and went their way.

The Resolution

God was pained to see Adam and Eve drift far from Him, so did their children, He loved them so much, so He made a way for them and all of us to get back to Him through Jesus!

The Decision

Now the choice to love God is in us after knowing His truth, His sufferings, His sacrifice til the end, all to love us. Can we choose to grow and show love the same way as Jesus did? There will be times we fail, we get discouraged, we fear and we get hurt, but if we truly love the Father and the Father’s love is truly in us, we must decide to obey His greatest commandments, “To love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love others as ourselves.”