“WAIT.”

“WAIT.”

“Let your heart hold hold fast to my words, keep my commandments and live.” Proverbs 4:4

 “Suddenly, I woke from a bad dream.” This was how I clearly describe situations that I just let go and let God be in control. 

Nightmares will always haunt us when we ponder more about it, feed it with our fears. I don’t claim to be the person free of fear, because it was programmed in us whenever we disobeyed, whenever our hearts do not agree with our mind, a case called neurosis.

What could have Adam and Eve felt when God spoke to them of their disobedience? Shamed and afraid for sure.

Their minds must have been playing with them and negative connotions like “We are done for!” or “this is all your fault!” Must have crossed their minds.

Let’s put the story in a different pace. What if Eve waited for God to arrive before deciding to eat the apple herself? That could have spared both of them. Then again, we can’t put the blame on the first human beings on earth for creating such chaos today, we have to make the right choice to press forward and set things right with God. Yes, WITH HIM. We can’t ever do it without him, we are nothing without him, we have to WAIT ON HIS GOOD PLANS FOR US. 

“Wait for” and “Wait On” are two different things. If you say wait for someone, that’s just letting the person pass by you, so you get to go with that person. Waiting On is holding on to what’s good, pure and lovely for you. Philippians 4:8-9, NKJV says, “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” God is with you all the time when you meditate on His good Word, and act on it. We seem to get a grasp of His Word and forget so easily when pain, struggles and disappointments or even desires and satisfaction beset us. This reveals how much of a hypocrite we are when we already know what God is, what His son Jesus did for us in the cross and what He can do for us, and still forget, doubt or worse, turn away from His commands.

Yet in our rebellion, he still finds a way to run to us, to embrace us just like what He did for Adam and Eve and their offspring including us. He gave us grace, forgiveness, abundance of eternal life even when we didn’t deserve it! What love would be so reckless and at the same time so complete that there is just peace in our hearts?!

God is love. God forgives. God saves. He indeed ran to us and embraced us despite of our shortcomings. What could fill your heart with joy even more? It is only through the love of God that we are saved and granted entrance to his Kingdom. 

Wait on Him, keep His commandments and live! Stay in His protection, A new heaven filled with bliss is coming down to earth and those who trust Him will inherit this.

Share the Word with love. Keep doing what’s right in His eyes while we wait on His promise. 

Strengths of True Leadership

Strengths of True Leadership

Everyone has definite strengths to lead, it is each one’s willingness to uncover the gifts or abilities we possess so we create a better environment for others to rise up and be inspired to lead as well.

Willingness to lead includes an affirmation to take on the responsibilities and the commitment to press on to whatever it takes to establish a better outcome of the relationship whether organizational or personal, that you agreed to be part of.

Ever had a toddler who doesn’t listen to your command, but copies exactly what you do without you even telling him to do so?

The same case goes to aspiring leaders in the field. If you are a decision maker at home or in an institution, you have probably informed your family members or colleagues of the rules, yet they still manage to break it, yet if you do it a hundred percent, with them observing you everyday then they’ll certainly follow what you do.

What are the strengths of true leadership then?

• True Leaders Obey Their Own Rule.

The golden rule for true leadership is once you’ve set a sacred rule, you have to be the first one to do it.

Let’s say you started a burger franchise and you imposed the rule that there must be at least 1/8 cup of oil on the grill only. How do you know if your employees will do it exactly as told? Will you be placing CCTV cameras for you to see what they’re doing? Heck NO.

You’ll have to visit them regularly, and show to them what they should do. The key to getting their commitment is establishing that relationship with them. If you’re a huge company and you’re at the top of the hierarchy, identify a key person who could become that powerful influence to them. It could be your company’s supervisor, team leader or the like. Train them to be people of integrity not just in the office but wherever they go.

• True Leaders Know How to Lift Up Another Leader.

Leadership Expert and New York Times Best-Selling Author Dr. John Maxwell says, “Great connectors find common ground and lift the person to higher ground.” That’s something we need to do once we have established a relationship with people.

It’s a bad reputation to see staff leave because they feel that they have not been appreciated much or they’re worth has been thrown off course, but it’s actually a positive sign of growth to see employees persevere and excel in their work then move up to a career or institution they desire in the long run because fact is, they are growing. You’re companies values have molded them.

It may be heartbreaking to see an outstanding employee go, but one thing’s for sure, true leaders don’t keep a collection of good followers; they reproduce great leaders.

• True Leaders Fight to the End.

This statement may sound cliché but it holds true for leaders who want to stay committed. The more you go up to your goals, the more challenges you will encounter. True leaders know that if they are alone, they will never succeed, but if they have the right mindset, knowledge, attitude and people behind them, they can fight to continue what they’ve started.

Leaders are true to themselves and to the people around them regardless of what situation they are in and the criticisms they receive. Will you choose to be that truthful leader?

Love is War (Part 2)

Love is War (Part 2)

Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Matthew 9:13, NLT

Some of us tend to withdraw from challenges and commitments when we believe we can’t do it anymore. To simply put it, you quit.

What is your view of marriage? I used to think it was a “get out of the contract if you can’t get along” kind of endeavor, but the word of God proved a greater purpose behind marriage than simply just to “marry and be with the person you love.”

That greater purpose is to fulfill his ministry of sharing the the love of Jesus Christ with others that we encounter, but in order to do this, we need to be constantly be aware of His presence in our lives, so we can carry out the work that he engraved in our very soul together.

How can we do that if we continually create our personal desires? Maybe you’re feeling off track, too fearful to commit and get hurt or just persistent in believing your way is right, but know that Christ wrote this command:

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24, ESV

I’m not talking about how you get along with your spouse, I want you to know that everyone of us has been created with God for his sole purpose. As Christians, we have made an unbreakable pact with God when we received him as our Lord and Savior.

No earthly or demonic power can ever separate us from the love of Christ, but ourselves.

“He taught me and said to me, let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.” Proverbs 4:4, ESV

If we decide on quitting, if we are in the verge of giving up our identity in Christ, if we turn aside, know this that He has never stopped loving us and never left our side. If we depart from him, we will be lost in the unending flood of sorrow, depression, dissatisfaction, envy and desire for more tangible things that burn with just a toss of a match stick.

Do not let your anger, pride, personal desires or lust consume you, focus on Jesus Christ, who works for your good, who keeps your soul from perishing. Everyday is a war, and you need to stand tough and equipped for battle. Put on the whole armor of God, never underestimate the power of prayer, surround yourself with people who will encourage you and pray with you, always be in fellowship with the word of God every single second. Choose to do what’s right in His eyes rather than what your friends or anyone would think.

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“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31, ESV

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23, NLT

Never give up on loving Him because His love for you never ends. If this means forgiving those who have hurt you, breaking free from a bad relationship, replacing a bad habit with a good one, leading in the ministry or doing spiritual fasting in order to listen more to God, go do it for His glory.

Love is War (Part 1)

Love is War (Part 1)

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23

Everyday is a struggle, but it’s a choice to stay down or to get up on your feet.

Everyone of us is going through something, but there’s always that person carrying the most painstaking situation, desperately gasping for air, or just waiting for the volcano inside them to burst.

How much do you love? Better yet, how prepared are you to love those kinds of people?

Sad, broken, angry, arrogant, clueless, and “impossible” people which you interact with eight hours or more daily? It might be your co-workers, business partners, volunteers, or a family member.

These people or situations exist not as a BARRIER, but an OPPORTUNITY to LOVE, but like a prize, we have to FIGHT for it.

Everyday is a war, and only the toughest soldiers get to conquer the promised land. There are different kinds of soldiers according to Job chapter 39.

  • Wild Donkey (v. 5-8)

God has saved you yet you complain and do not obey, and search for his own prosperity.

  • Ostrich (v. 13-18)

The proud or one who regards himself highly, forgetting God’s wisdom.

  • Horse (v. 19-25)

The powerful who charges in battle and rejoices in his own strength, but actually tied to the rider.

  • Behemoth

A mighty animal that totally relies on God’s power.

  • Hawk

Flies to its purpose at God’s direction.

  • Eagle

Who builds nests for God’s people at God’s command, and resides in the place he has been appointed to while supporting the young in the nest.

 

Will you choose to be the behemoth, hawk or eagle? Or, will you chase after the wind like the donkey or be selfish like the ostrich or boast in your earthly riches like the horse?

2 Corinthians 10:4 says: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.” Galatians 5:24

The only way for us to defeat the enemy and conquer every test that comes our way is to consistently know and to persistently follow our identity in Christ, and that comes by hearing and doing God’s Word.

His greatest commandments were these: “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love one another just as you love yourselves.” Matthew 22:37-39

— to be continued —

Training a Leader

Training a Leader

Create in me a clean heart O God; and a renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10, NIV

Why lead?

We lead because God has led us to His way, and to partake in the riches of his glory.

What do I need to lead?

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:13-18, NLT

The Leader’s Challenges

When you lead, there will always be oppositions, whether from yourself or from others, and there will never be a day that we won’t feel lack or hurt, because we’re all humans. We’re not perfect.

To recognize we are fearful and we are at lack is not a bad thing, but to own it like there’s no other hope is the bitter part of being a leader; to own the objections and reject the proper corrections are even worst.

It happens most of the time, that when you’re in a group, and someone is asked to pray, they’d push around each other to see who will volunteer to pray.

A leader steps up when someone else is in need, a leader is not defined by a title, by age, by head knowledge, but by the strong desire and commitment to do something unusually different  that benefits one or more people. Leaders humble down wherever and whatever they are doing. They love to obey, love to do good, even if it costs them their time, money, effort or even their life. They admit that they are no good, but they have a God who is good, and His power rests in them, so that they are made strong in their weaknesses. They boast not of their own, but of their Creator who made them and gave them the freedom, a freedom not based on doing what they wantbut doing what they ought to do. They understand that the will of their Father is perfect, nothing can be added or subtracted to it, so every struggle, every test laid before us is God’s training for us to be more like Him everyday, and to share in the riches of His glory. The challenge is: “Will you be joyful at all times?”

There is Joy in Struggle

There is Joy in Struggle

To be happy and to struggle are two opposite descriptions of life, but to combine them together makes one beautiful purpose.

I remember the last time I jumped into the seawater despite of my mom telling me not to go because of the strong current. Out of stubbornness, I drank a lot of seawater that day and even held onto the hairy legs of a complete adult stranger. (HAHA) That was just some of my struggles as a child.

Do you know the moments I anticipate as a child? It was my two favorite days of the year: Christmas and my birthday (GRINS) because of the gifts I would receive. (Silly little me.)

As we grow older, we start accumulating problems in the process because we realize how imperfect our world is, and we start to compare. Even when we call ourselves Christians living not of this world, we are still a part of it. We live in it, it is simply impossible to isolate ourselves with the world.

Jesus came to the world as a baby and experienced what it was like growing up simply and even got bullied. The interesting part of His life is, He dedicated himself to the Father’s work for humanity even at such a young age, He spoke to ministers at the temple when He was 12 and moving forward, He taught a huge crowd, feed the five thousand, healed the blind and lame and drove out demons. He was even tempted in the wilderness, but the only time I really heard of him struggling was when He prayed to God in Gethsemane as He was about to drink the cup of God’s wrath which was supposedly on us!

What does this situation tell us Christians? “Happily share in God’s work for more people to be saved, and pray hard if your are struggling.”

Let’s face it, we’re not perfect, we struggle in a lot of things, it’s like drinking a lot of seawater — drowning. But what do we do to swim back to shore, when the world is just to loud and pulling us down? Cling to Jesus. He knows exactly what you should do. 

Find out about Him as much as you can, and that way, you will find joy, and that’s something long lasting.

Jeremiah 23:13 says “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”

 Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lordand he will give you your heart’s desires.”

“Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life.” Ecclesiastes 7:14

The good and bad happen to all those who follow and don’t follow Christ. That’s just life, but it’s not something to be bitter about. We can be happy for a moment and then sad the next day because we focus too much on solving our problems when we should be focusing on God, so He’d give us wisdom to solve our problems. A problem is placed there, so we couldn’t find out God’s best future plan for us. That’s the joy of believing a God who gives us surprise blessings!

Our problems are like Mathematics, when we have the right formula or process to solve them, we get a high score, but if we use the wrong formula or even sit idle or pass on the question, we lose our chance to get a high score.

Don’t lose sight of God’s blessings, which are the fruit of his promises. Don’t lose it and become bitter, don’t take pride in the things you do. Always stick to God’s plan and you will be blessed beyond measure. Just remember to share those blessings. 🙂

 

 

 

Enduring Pain and Depression

Enduring Pain and Depression

We go through different stages of pain that sometimes we tend to shut down ourselves.

But what you’re feeling today, doesn’t amount to what Christ felt while carrying the cross from Golgotha to Calvary, and the mockery and whipping before that.

And imagine Him being spat on, yet Christ didn’t say a word against them, He didn’t even complain once. He endured it to the end. It was the Father’s will for Him. He did it so you and I would be saved.

Someone or a lack of something might have brought you to the lowest point in your life, but know that it is not God’s punishment toward you.

You’ve done good, yet you feel a great lack; deep inside you feel empty, but you are actually full of adversities that make your strength fail.  Know that familiar feeling? You need to surrender that to Him.

Bury your worries, complaints, fears, discontent and self-assurance to the ground and step out in faith. That is what Jesus wants you to do first. Pain is always there especially if you want to grow in the Lord.

The Lord was judged without cause, beaten and nailed to the cross, so that He could carry out the Father’s will, and that is to save us from our sins.

Even as Christ was suffering, He never stopped showing love even to his executors, and to those whom he healed before, who even turned against Him.

That may be your pain, when people have turned their back against you, when you have been through so much that you can’t help it, but shut down and wallow up in discontent — get depressed.

Depression isn’t a feeling, its a decision of shutting down or responding to bad and even to good things.

If it’s a decision to shutdown, its opposite would be to begin again. When you begin again, struggles will continue, but you don’t have to live your old life or your old way of doing things. Embrace the new. The new life God has given you. Living in His purpose, choosing to walk in His ways, gives you light in every dark situation whether past, present or future.

Would you want to experience fullness of joy that never runs dry?

Have a relationship with Him. A real one. Don’t get discouraged with relationships you have, because it is far different from having a relationship with Christ. Open your heart and read His Word. Find your purpose in Him, pray that you may start that habit, get help from those whom you know will guide you to Him.

Will you decide to turn your life around and seek the light of Jesus?

“But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:13-14