Our Heavenly Home

Our Heavenly Home

A lot of times I think, “God would you please comeback here or could I just come to you, so I’d be done dealing with struggles here on earth,” but then he said, “I gave you life, so that you may have it abundantly.” 

John 10:10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Life was not meant for survival or a bootcamp in any way; it was meant for praise, not because we have these blessings around us, but because His presence supersedes the petty things we worry about, and for those who believe in Him, we go up to another level until we become like Christ. A heart like heaven, never offended, never looking down on one’s self and other people, but always looking up to The glory of His Father. 

Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Life was meant for praising God, in every season of life, so smile, pray, and worship God in His holiness!
Psalm 29:1: Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.

The purpose of praising God is knowing He is there with us in joy or trials, in times of loneliness and when we are overwhelmed. To those who trust Him, there is great comfort, peace and love that you cannot help but praise Him for all His wonderful works towards you.
This is the reason why you and I can truly share Jesus to others. He has given us all that we need, and that is His presence out of His unfailing love for us.

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24/7 Praising God

24/7 Praising God

1. Praising God does not hype up on a Sunday and fall short on a Monday. Instead it continues to rise with each passing day.

2. Praising God is not removing yourself from the world, rather being joyful in a world where God placed you to be a light of his glory.

3. Praising God is being convicted of sin and being able to see and stay in his mighty grace.

4. Praising God is recognizing that you can only be right with God when you run to Him for counsel.

5. Praising God is knowing He loves you and does not count your sin. His steadfast love is forever.

6. Praising God means obeying His voice and keeping His promises.

7. Praising God is rejoicing in His plan even when it hurts inside. He is working in us, so everyday we are being freed of pride, lust, selfishness and entitlement, so we can receive his heavenly inheritance fully.

8. The world is passing, and yes, problems pass, but praise be to God whose love never fades.

9. He is perfection. He allows pain designed for growing your faith, one of the things you prayed for.

10. Praise God for everyday miracles, for every day I am by His side, not lacking of every good thing. 

There is power in His love. His love is too mighty, to big for me to contain, so I’m sharing this to you!

A Friend Closer Than One’s Brother

A Friend Closer Than One’s Brother

He gives me breath and I rise from my sleep.

His goodness plays like a tune in my mind.

Though I fathom what the day brings,

He is quick to forgive.

He knows that I am weak, like dust blown by the wind.

 

As I go on with my activity, He waits patiently.

Finally, I sense with my ears, silence

with my eyes, solitude,

But in His eyes, I need no excuse not to be with Him every single second.

 

His spirit is with me, guiding me.

At times I may grieve when pain surrounds me.

But in my weakness, He strengthens me.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33, ESV

There is a friend that loves at all times,

a friend who sticks closer than a brother,

a man who is King yet acquainted with our sorrows.

“He is a hiding place for me; He preserves me from trouble; He surrounds me with shouts of deliverance. Selah [a pause]” Psalm 32:2

Therefore, all the days of my life I will walk abundantly lacking nothing.

I will give praise to Him!

“For He is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2

“But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children.” Psalm 103:17, NLT

Jesus is my greatest friend, a friend who sticks closer than a brother, who endured death on the cross so that we may be reconciled to our Father in heaven and receive new life through His Holy Spirit and live with the newness continually and share it with others.

Have we let Him in? Have we received him in our hearts?

Have we let go of our past and embraced the present?

No turning back.

The Lasting Benefits of Truly Caring for One’s Self

The Lasting Benefits of Truly Caring for One’s Self

Stress is an unavoidable physical condition that makes us physically, emotionally and spiritually imbalanced.

It is not treated with temporary pleasures like food and all sorts of activities designed for fun, yet it is fought with a wholesome habit of being a better version of yourself.

To be able to take that step to a better you, you must be able to take that leap of faith and trust God to transform your lifestyle.

I had been living with eczema or skin condition characterized by itchy and inflamed patches on your skin which can spread to your head down to your toes. Some even have it worse, but the key to it is managing stress the right way.

After years of going to the doctor and receiving steroidal medications, I gave up because of the pricey medications and looked for alternative methods that were affordable for young professionals like me with the same effectiveness as those pricey medications.

At first, I tried expensive branded topical creams and supplements to boost my immune system since my condition is an immune system defect; it worked but I just didn’t think I was a good steward of my finances knowing I had bills to pay and people to help out.

I decided scrolling on Pinterest for natural remedies which worked for awhile, until I noticed that the results were different from using a product backed with quality research and government approval.
What worked well for me which I still used up to today are organic products HALAL and BFAD approved products from Aromacology. I roll on the tea-tree oil on affected areas of my skin, and I found that it’s great for treating pimples and pimple scars too. 🙂

The Aromacology Scrub Bar is also a good facial scrub. It has eight kinds—Cacao, Seaweed and Peppermint (for nourishing and deodorizing), Pineapple (for whitening), Almond Coffee (which I’m currently using that is for Exfoliating), Soya Milk (for moisturizing), Lemon and Tea Tree (for acne treatment), Grape Seed (for anti-aging) and Virgin Coconut Oil (for multi-purpose use). It gently removes dust and oil from your skin while moisturizing it.

I learned it from a friend which is truly a blessing to me. Maybe you’ve recently given up on answers for healing your own illnesses. It may not be a physical illness, it may be something emotional, and that itself is what is causing stress that is too hard for you to bear.

Examine yourself. Are you constantly drained of energy because of the lack of joy? Joy isn’t temporary, although it may be synonymous to happiness, joy is felt even when things don’t turn out the way you want them to. You still go on rejoicing over life, because there is contentment inside of you.

To be joyful is the secret recipe to a better life, and it starts with you!
Truly caring for one’s self is recognizing someone greater than you and all the stress you’re experiencing right now. And that someone is a God who loves you and cares for you!

We have been given everything by Him to permanently deal with the stress of this world and that is God the Father’s son, Jesus Christ. Jesus makes a way for us to deal with stress. In my case, it was through a friend who introduced me to an awesome product.

Maybe this blog is God’s way of encouraging you to truly take care of yourself. If so, I’d love to hear from you. Comment below!

Apart From Love

Apart From Love

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18, ESV

It’s easier to love someone you like or love when you are in good terms, but how do you love when you disagree with what you believe?

It almost looks hypocritical to love others and not love your own family. To love God, and not forgive others. It requires a dying to self.

I totally disagree with what my family believes in, that’s why I am so driven to make our city a Christian city, but the change has to start with me, you can’t call it a city of Jesus by a common church with similar beliefs; it can only be recognized as such if Jesus’ followers actually live in the same way that God wants them to live.

Most of the time, emotions felt like irritation, anger, and tiredness get in the way of truly following Jesus. I quote Snapper in Super Girl when he said, “If it’s a half-truth, then it’s a whole lie.” Definitely what we as Christians need to do; to live the whole truth, and that is to love as Jesus loved his church and gave himself up for them.

At the brink of our passion to serve him we forget that “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5, ESV

But all of these is only possible through faith in the Lord, and not by our own strength.

Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”[a]12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit[b] through faith.” Galatians 3:11-14, ESV

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5, ESV

And with these words of God in mind, both faith and good deeds are needed, but it can only be attained through God’s love. Your body, soul, and the Holy Spirit in you need to work together to attain the highest calling of serving God, and that is loving Him, loving yourself as His new creation and loving everyone whom He died for, whom he forgave, whom he remembered and included in his great inheritance, to be heirs of His kingdom, not of this world, but of eternity in heaven.

How great to have such a loving Lord that everytime we sin, we can freely come to him and ask forgiveness and He makes your life new again! Don’t wait for him to come back again, so you can ask forgiveness, come back to Him at this very moment, he is reaching out to you, ready to listen, ready to accept you. Surrender and His spirit will abide in you for you to do the greatest miracles with His love.

 

When God Tells You To Slow Down

When God Tells You To Slow Down

You lose track of God’s grace when you’re always in a hurry.

The whitetail deer can run 40 miles per hour and swim at 13 miles per hour, but during the winter, they slow down to store up more energy to keep them warm for the season.

Like the deer, God’s creation is made to obey Him in the season that they put them into in order for them to grow.

Let me tell you a bit about my experience.

I’ve tried freeing up my schedules just to cope up with serving the Lord, but I didn’t realize it was slowly eating up my time with him.

We’re passionate about a lot of things, building dreams and following visions that God wants us to do, but I remember what He said in 1 Corinthians 13:3 (NIV), it says: “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but I do not have love, I gain nothing.”

This love does not only refer to loving others but loving yourself first.

That took awhile for me to learn when I was sentenced to a “forced break” a.k.a bed-ridden for two days because of sickness.

In the most little things, in a subtle manner, God speaks to us about taking care of what he has given us—our body, our emotions, our finances and our relationships.

He is the one that brings order to all these things we constantly worry about. To worry is a sin, but to confront sin with Him and do continuous acts of repentance is the most important thing to Him. and it doesn’t get fixed by magic; it needs time.

Sometimes we fast track on solving our problems, we speed up trying to make our dreams a reality; we do all sorts of things to make us instantly happy, but know that it is important for us to STOP, THINK and FEEL anger, grief, sadness and SURRENDER them to God and let His Word bring light to every situation.

Nobody likes to struggle, but it’s reality. Everyone who believes in Jesus and those who don’t, struggle with sin in their lives. The only difference with those who believe is they affirm “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided that we duffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:16-17

All those who believe and keep God’s commandments and confess their sin and repent go from glory to glory.

 

1 John 4:15-17 (ESV)

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.

1 John 5:3-5 (ESV)

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Distractions, Demands & Discipline 

Distractions, Demands & Discipline 

You miss out on the things God wants you to hear and do because you allow yourself to. 

I quote entrepreneur, preacher and life coach Chinkee Tan in his book, “Chink+” with this line: “Decision is the starting line, Discipline is the guiding line and Determination is the finish line.”
This article is made up of a lot of D’s that we’re fighting for and it could be decisions whether good or bad that we’ve made that is affecting our lifestyle.

As an event planner, it’s so easy to plan what, when and where, it’s so convenient nowadays to write down the perfect plan, but it’s downright difficult to get things going once you’ve launched it. Want to know why? Because our own stubborn and selfish freewill gets in the way. Don’t get me wrong. Freewill is something God has given us to take care of, to be a steward of.
He said in Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'”

Basing on what I see at present, we’ve destroyed half of what the Lord has blessed us with and did the opposite of what He said in verse 28: “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

We were suppose to grow and multiply what God has freely given to us, yet in our selfishness and pride, we forgot how all of these things we think we own; we think is “OUR” life meant so much to God. 

Our work, our family, friends, even enemies and adversaries, the food on our table, the home we sleep in, everything we have right now, is all because of God’s goodness towards us. 

Most of the time, I get distracted with other things I wish I had and idealisms of what seemed perfect to my flesh. All of it was vanity. 

“I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.” Ecclesiastes 1:2-14

I lack discipline, the desire to keep going despite pain. I dispose my faith too easily by filling it with doubt. Anyone else feeling this?

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

Nevertheless, God has promised that through His Holy Spirit, our weaknesses will be replaced by His glorious power. 

It is not by our own will that we will be able to endure all kinds of suffering, but by the power of Christ that rests in us. 

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

The demands of being a True Christian can go on and on, but if we know that our strength comes from the Lord and we have devoted our lives to serve Him, we will never fail in living out His purpose. 

Let Jesus Reign Forevermore In Your Life!