His’ Peace Throughout Deadlines

His’ Peace Throughout Deadlines

Keeping God’s peace amidst fear, frustration, and failures of this fallen world.

For perfectionists, failure is not an option. Everyday we are bombarded with deadlines, and we try so hard to make things work the way they’re expected to be. 

Expectations can blow up your mind. Most of the time, we obey in order to get what we want, not because we love doing it. We are responsible because it is required of us, and all these labels placed on us can make us lose our sanity or more specifically, our identity in Christ.

Do you recognize and protect your true identity in Christ? Are you struggling with it? That makes two of us.

Everyday, Satan can take away our identity through our compromises, our anger and even in times when we focus on too many things. We focus on our work and not on our God. 

We all have a deadline, but how can we keep consistent focus on Him?

It’s not enough to meditate day and night because in the middle of the day, we give in to the fire, the tests that were suppose to build us, we perceive them as bringing us down. Because we do not recognize His face, His promise in all that we go through, we can’t go any further into accomplishing our deadlines. A lot of our motives of working explode in the moment that we couldn’t grasp what the Lord is trying to tell us in that situation.

Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Perfection is not success after the other, or as what a Christian with say victory after victory as you hear more good news about prayers getting answered. Rather, it is the confidence and peace of God that things will work out according to His plan, not ours.

Satan might have snatched our kindness or we might have failed to show kindness to another who has been cruel to us, or failed to respond with patience on a long journey or period of waiting, but He is there, God has always been there, isn’t that enough for you to respond in thanksgiving and gladness?

God is holy, and he desires us to be like him, so we go through these tests, only because we choose to be with him, when we were baptized by the Holy Spirit, and then baptized by water. 

Philippians 1:29: “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

Psalm 16:11: “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

It would be my greatest joy to share to you this song which explains the core of this message.

Your Presence is Heaven to Me by Israel Houghton

Philippians 3:6-7: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”


Serving God and Not Men

Serving God and Not Men

Don’t serve out of a need, but serve because you believe you have been God-sent to fulfill their need.

Colossians 3:23-24 says, ” Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Usher Ministry Pre-service meeting for Ministry Sunday

I remember deriving a piece from this verse for our speech choir presentation in the Usher Ministry. Being a doorkeeper of the Lord’s kingdom is tough, it takes a lot of humbling down to fulfill others’ needs. Our leaders in the ministry would always remind us of these, and I’m very much thankful I have a spiritual family apart from my own family. 

God handpicked us not to be one of his angels, but more than that, to be His child. And His children follow him, and so it is written: 

“Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.” 1 John 2:7-10

(Work photo covering a Lechon Fest (Work can have full of temptations to have more! Millennial Entitlement Mindset! πŸ˜”)

God’s mighty work in us cannot be completed if we do not learn to love others, and by others, it could mean people whom we totally don’t know or people whom we think we know, but just really didn’t take time to listen. I really hope that this blog would not just be an avenue for readers to be encouraged, to feel good and to get, but to be determined to share the love that God has given to them.

Aside from being a servant of God, he has called us to preach, to make disciples of His Word, and the reason for this became very evident to me in Psalms 78:4: “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might; and the wonders he has done. “

This was the confirmation I got from God when I asked if I should serve in the children’s ministry as well, and the meaning became so much more than that. 

Junior class in our children’s church (Crafts, the activity with their longest attention span! πŸ˜‚)

There was a big thought bubble in my head: “God could have just punished us and killed us with his justice, which could have been the end, or Jesus could have shown himself raised to life, floating in air among the presence of the Pharisees and governors and they could have all bowed them in fear, but because our Father in heaven loved us even when we rebelled, even when we know what is right and still doing the wrong thing, He sent Jesus instead to bear our sins.”

Jesus could have done the work of the disciples, in fact it would have been faster and easier with the greatest authority He has been given, but He let us partake in the work, because He knew and have accepted us to be his brothers and sisters. He loved us, and in this way, serving with God side by side and sending His spirit to watch over us, their love for us could be complete. 

Family! (The hardest most left out ministry! Guilt-trip 😁)

Befriending new faces. (Second on the list; we mostly look for people who like what we like; try to geniunely appreciate new faces and you’ll gain a lasting bond!)

This made me realize the importance of delegating responsibilities to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We love them so we have fellowship with them, we serve them, we fulfill each others needs. I’m not talking supplying them with a lot of things, but being there to listen to them, training them to be Christ-like and mentoring them for them to become a blessing to others. Just like planting seeds on good soil. 

Are you doing the work of Jesus’ Ministry?

iVolunteer or HisCalling?

iVolunteer or HisCalling?

I was cleaning the cabinet under the sink one day and noticed just how much filthy it was; there was just so much work to be done, that wiping it alone wouldn’t help much, it needed to be remodeled. 

Have you ever been through your day stuck up on tasks that need to be marked? There’s just so much chaos, that you needed to do it right away. 

This is much like volunteering. One moment you’re inspired to help, and the next day you see stones being thrown at you and yes, that’s what they call character building. Pessimism? Well this is reality. 


Problem Solving.

Give. Share. Feed. 

But no matter how hard you try, you can never satisfy yourself or others because true satisfaction is submitting to God’s purpose in your life alone.

Yeah, we get frustrated, weary, angry and all these whirlwind of emotions, but if you think you will be the one who to make the change, then you just might be thrown overboard into a sea of desperation and despair.

So many things to do, so busy cleaning up just like the mess from the kitchen cabinet under the sink, that’s what we go through most of the time. 

It can take forever, but if you know you’re loving and growing into that role no matter what life throws at you, then it’s a Calling.

A Calling is not limited to a religious pursuit, it’s not something you decided on yourself either, but it’s a strong conviction from the Word of God that this is what He wants you to do.  Sometimes we misunderstand this context. At times, we force our own dreams and use God’s Word to support it when it should be the other way around.

How can God use us if we have not totally surrendered our lives to Him? 

Mark 8:34-38, ESV says, “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, β€œIf anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

God doesn’t require us to just follow in His ways, He wants us to be bold in following His Word. We can do a lot of good things and be of great help to people, but if we fail to recognize God’s plan in our life and walk in it, we will be rejected on the day when Jesus comes again to bring judgment into the world.

 1 Corinthains 10:18-22, ESV “Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?”

You can’t choose both, we can’t serve two masters. It’s either we follow God and give up our fleshly desires or follow the devil and be on our way to the path of destruction. 

How is this connected to our Calling? 

We were designed to serve our King, to be an instrument of love, to be used by Him to glorify him alone. 

Examine your dreams, are they glorifying God in any way or have they been above our Calling as Children of God? Where does all your time go? To an idol or to God? Examine your heart carefully. 

Mark 10:21,ESV “And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, β€œYou lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Questions to God

Questions to God

Why doesn’t a person get satisfied with life even the abundance of blessings he/she gets?

Why do people especially those who are close to us, hurt us?

Why can a person get a bit bi-polar at times when asked about their personal struggles?

They say it’s okay, when really it’s not.

Maybe, we just need someone to really understand us. We ask a couple of dinner dates, lunch dates, anything with our favorite food, movies or places, just to be able to relate our sorrows, our joy, our piece of being to other people, but why is it so hard to relate to you?

Maybe, we’re too caught up with our own lives, that we forget about you. Truly, we forget to whom our lives belong to. 

Why do we forget what we love the most, and look to the things that need to be done? Why do we keep working at being good every single day, when you are the only thing that is ever really good in all God’s creation?

Why so you long to be close to us everyday, when we are so busy with a lot of things. 

Why is it we grow tired, we become weary, and turn away from you, but you come back to us every morning? Every nightfall?

God, there’s nothing we can’t do, but stick to you. That’s the only thing that will be left of us as we go through everyday. You first love us, you never left us, if that’s the only thing that’s left, so let it be so, because we have all in all. Greater than what we previously got. 

The Ministry of Commitment

The Ministry of Commitment

“So now finish doing what is well, so that your readiness in desiring it maybe matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable to what the person has, and not according to what he does not have.” 2 Corinthians 7:11, ESV

The “YES” word is like a controversy nowadays because it seems like there’s an expiry date or extra strings attached to it if you know what I mean.

By saying YES you open doors to new relationships whether work, personal or public; it could make or break you. I’m sure there are some bad decisions we made, and a lot of it sprang not from saying YES, but failing to do our YES consistently.

A lot could cause our commitment to back fire or dwindle down. One is relying on our own strength. 

Our human nature is to believe in ourselves, trust our instincts, but these are just lies from the enemy. 

Jesus is the source of life, the living water in which we draw our strength from. Through the Holy Spirit at work in us, God is able to do what humans believe is impossible to do. 

Ephesians 3:20 says, “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.”

Two is lack of equipping one’s self with God’s Word. If you’re going to conquer your day, start it with arming yourself with God’s Word. Start a habit of reading your Bible and lingering on God’s Word day and night. As for me, I always recommend the wee hours of night, when everyone is asleep and it’s just me and the Lord. Hard to do if you’re sharing a room though. πŸ™‚ I know some people pray loud, that’s just their way of talking to God, whatever ways God talks to you, listen to it throughout the day, and you’ll far exceed spending an hour of devotional. Totally an awesome and free feeling to just surrender everything to Him and trust in his obedience. God wants to talk to you, give you his unlimited power, He’s open to repairing your weaknesses; show Him you’re serious in getting right with Him. Listen to Him by reading His Word and Obeying Him and trusting in His plan for you, wherever He has placed you right now. It is His blessing just for you.

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” 1 John 10:27-28, ESV

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Romans 13:14

Three is compromising. At times we think it’s normal like stealing internet connection by getting the password without the owner’s consent. Compromising could even be exalting any thought or task higher than God and his commandments. 

Most importantly, commitment is not waiting for a sign from God or waiting to be blessed abundantly in order to give more. God already fulfilled an abundant life for me, for you and everyone around us —-eternal life which begins in having that vow to live for Christ. It all began with a YES to accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. Maybe you can’t explain how Jesus just started to work through your life, but He did through His Holy Spirit which is know at work in us, and continues to be. Don’t grieve the spirit but sinning, overcome temptations, ask God’s strength, feed yourself with daily bread which is His Word, do His commandments with sincerity. Whatever you have, whatever you’re going through, give it to God, offer it to Him, and you will find true satisfaction in Christ.

“My heart is restless until it rests in You.” – St. Augustine

Time Is In Your Hands

Time Is In Your Hands

I often hear myself and people say, “I don’t have time to do this or that…” It seems like it’s a common excuse or a sickness perhaps with more people wishing they had “more time”. 

It’s hard making a schedule and sticking to one, but I learned that no matter how hard you try to plan things, it won’t always turn out the way you planned.

Was there a shift in work schedule? An unexpected call? A visitor just happened to drop by? These are all a product of having time. Having time doesn’t mean your free. Human as we are, we always would want to fill up our day with the things that satisfy us, not unless we’re too tired or lazy to do anything! 

Time has always been on our side, it has never changed or ever stopped turning, shouldn’t we turn with it and not against it?

Imagine holding the famous “Time Turner” from Harry Potter as shown in the picture. 

Are you thinking of the things you want to go back and do differently? There’s a lot of regrets there, and that’s a waste of time thinking and doing something to change it. It’s already been done, but “you have more time to do better than the past.” You have time, don’t waste it thinking of what could have been done yesterday, spend it by thinking of today, what good can come out of today? You’ll see when you live for the moment, breathe and relax; time is in your hands. Produce something good out of it, and time will be kind enough to give you more!

Deuteronomy 4:39-40, NKJV: “Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”

Look to the Divine Maker, who hold your time. 

Why I Value My Parents’ Marriage

Why I Value My Parents’ Marriage

The pain was hard to bear that I wished they would just split, but it was part of God’s perfect plan.

I could think plenty of reasons why my parents are not compatible, and name countless experiences that made me discouraged on the value of marriage, just seeing my parents fight at each other and point fingers at each other, but as they say, it’s normal, and it’s a matter of whether you can endure it for long or you stop being married because the love is gone. What a total opposite of geniune love!

When the two decide to get married, they made a vow in front of the Lord and in front of witnesses that they’d love for better or for worse, in sickness, and in health… they married each other’s problems past, present and future, with the hope that their love will last forever! Then, all because of a trial, all because of a fight or a flaw in one another, the commitment becomes a grudging obligation, a rot to the bones, a great regret!

When you say yes to something, you forever live up to the decision, but some of us take it back so easily like “returning a child to its womb” something that excites us, something we value so much, yet we couldn’t take good care of the blessing that we try so hard to return to its original state, yet it’s so hard to bring it back to the way it was. Everything is just messed up!

How can I say things are going well when they aren’t? How can I say God is in control when you see things out of control? One thing He said, “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10, NLT

“For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.” Deuteronomy 2:7-8, ESV

How can you be still in a world bombarded with schedules? How can you survive another day? But the better question would be, “What better use will I be for you Oh Lord for such a time as this?” 

When I realized, my parents are still there, fighting—not against themselves, but for their commitment to work, in their weaknesses, they were able to love, love us, by choosing to be with us, my parents have not encountered Christ personally, maybe, that’s just what I think, but choosing to be with us over clearing themselves of parenthood responsibilities, that is love in itself, but it can only be manifested, when Christ is at the center of every relationship,  then the relationship would be fruitful and worth going through. 

He’s not yet done with me, he has put me where I am now to be a light to my parent’s marriage, true enough, God works for my good, and I only need to be still, know my place in His will for me by trusting and obeying Him always.