Monday, June 12, 2017

How Cool is My Father God?

The same God who flung the stars in heaven, is the same God who happens to be my Abba, Father. How cool is that? How privileged I am to be His child! May I remember all the time who my Father is specially in my times of insecurities, thinking of myself small, and unworthy. May I always remember how loved I am by the God who created heaven and earth.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

In the Name of Jesus

I grew up in a very religious environment, but no one ever taught me how important it is to come before God (prayer) in the name of Jesus — what is the value of His name.

I read the Bible few times when I was in my younger years and had so many questions. When I became an adult, I started asking questions again about the things written in the Bible. By the grace of God, He gently led me in little steps to where my faith is now. I personally believe that He likes it so much when we ask questions concerning His Word. I think it is because when we ask questions, it means we are interested in knowing Him. He so delights in it. What parent is not ecstatic when his/her child wants to know about him/her? That may not be our intentions at first, but He is faithful in leading us to get to know who He really is not only as Creator God, but mainly, who He is as our loving Abba, Father.

I am sharing this article, "In Jesus' Name" with a burning desire in my heart for those who grew up like me blinded by so many beautiful truths about God, and for those who don't know how important it is to approach the heart of the Father through His son Jesus Christ. His name is very powerful, and may we all take advantage of it all the time. I love you all! <3

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Moved with Compassion

Sickness is not from God. If we look at the life of Jesus on earth, He went about healing the sick. He never said "no" to anyone who came and asked Him to be healed. Even so, He was always moved with compassion, seeing people suffering from physical illness. His heart aches everytime He sees a sick person, that is why He cannot help Himself but touch the sick to free the person from the suffering. He just cannot stand it. He just cannot look at the person and do nothing. That is how He loves each and everyone of us. 

The Jesus who went around healing the sick before, is the same Jesus we have today. He is the same Jesus who cares for our physical wellness. Ask, believe, and receive His healing. He is waiting.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Where Do You Start Your Seach of God?

Where do you start your search of God? Instead of looking around and finding fault in people (specially those who profess they know God), many of us miss to look and examine our own hearts. We will never know and uncover God's truth if we continue to find Him in the imperfection and blindness of other people.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Goodness in Men

Whenever we feel the worst of ourselves, let us go back to this truth.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Need — An Expression of Love

Photo Credit: Flickr - Mike's Birds

"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" - Matthew 6:26 (NJKV)

If someone tells you, "I need you more than I love you," how would you feel? In human to human relationship, stones of judgment are surely be thrown at you. But you see, in God to human (or vice versa) relationship, it's the other way around. God deems and considers this statement differently.

One morning, while meditating on the Scripture I read, I heard my inner self told God, "I need you more than I love you." Immediately, I felt remorse. Guilt engulfed my flesh. How dare me say that to my God? As my flesh started to take pleasure on shame, I felt a big splash of cold water poured inside of me. My soul awakened. I felt God get ahold of that guilt in my heart, and flung it away. I sensed that He's not happy of the guilt feeling that tried to devour me. He spoke to my heart. I heard God say that I cannot outlove His love. He reassured me that He never mind me saying what I just said. He followed it up by telling me that my need of Him is a deep expression of my love for Him.

True enough. No one, even the most pious, devoted believer can outlove God's love for His children. Our love for God will never be deeper than the depth of His love for us.

God is the source of everything we need, physical and spiritual. When we tell Him we need Him, we are declaring dependence on His goodness and grace; an act of humility. Each time we grab the supply of our needs from His gracious hands, He doesn't think of us as selfish, greedy, self-seeking individual. Rather, He delights when we choose to regard Him as the supplier of our needs. Our need of the Father makes His heart smile. That's what He is,  God our Provider, our Jehovah Jireh. God enjoys providing for us. It's His nature. He is generous and kind. King David describes God in Psalm 103:4 as the God who crowns His children with loving kindness and tender mercies.

However, no matter how good God is, He cannot exercise His gracious nature if we don't ask. When His children opt to bypass His provisions, we're telling Him that we can do it on our own effort and strength. Not asking Him to provide our needs hurts the Father. Forcing our way out of dependence from His divine supply is totally contemptuous and insulting.

May we fully take advantage of everything that our Father has set on the table before us. As for me, I say, "I need Him because I love Him." Doesn't matter if my need of Him is more than my love for Him. He knows it, and that doesn't change a bit of His love for me. More so, He delights in my dependence.

Christ's Ambassadors

Let us not keep the Good News to ourselves. Rather, let us boldly share it to the people around us, so they too, will be reconciled with God and experience His unfailing love.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Gospel of Grace & Truth

 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. - John 1:17

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

When God's Heart Aches


She wanted to watch a TV show while waiting for her time to go to school. I suggested a different alternative of which she rejected with disappointment. She hurried into their room, face the wall with both arms crossed, and as expected, unhappy face. I followed her into the room and offered reconciliation. She was determined not to accept my peace offering after few attempts. I let her be alone to think things through so she can settle her emotion.

Couple of minutes after I exited the room, I heard wailing. She knocked her mouth on the bed's footboard as she attempted to climb. I checked and glad her mouth looked normal, no blood or anything to be alarmed about. I wrapped her in my arms, rocked her softly, whispering words love. She was quite concern of her lip, she asked if she can look at it on the mirror. Not seeing any hint of serious injury, I proposed she can use the standing mirror in the master's bedroom. So she went, while I paced myself to the living room.

I heard sobbing. Then, a cry. I found her on the floor, curled like a ball, one hand on her mouth, whimpering. The sight of her in that position just tore my heart to pieces. As I picked her up and carried her in my arms, questions kept popping in my brain. Why did she not yell for me (if she needed help)? Why did she choose to just lay on the floor and cry, instead of demanding for my attention? My heart ached. I felt like she didn't trust me. I felt like I was not a good enough of a mama.

While battling insecurity and guilt, God spoke to my heart, "The searing pain you feel in your heart, it's what I feel each time you don't ask me for help when you need it." I asked, "What???" I was confused. I didn't understand what He was talking about. Then, He touched my heart. His touch reminded me one very important truth: He is my Father. He is my parent. Of all people, He is the one who completely understands what I am going through. The pain He feels in His heart is more excruciating compared to how I feel when my children don't come to me for help. After all, He is the one who knows me the most. He is the one who fearfully and wonderfully formed me in my mother's womb. He knows my very soul (Ps. 139:14).

What a revelation for me not only as a parent, but most of all, as God's child. I  never saw this before. Never thought of it. I never knew how my Father felt those moments I needed help and I didn't seek Him to take care of me. I didn't know how much His heart aches everytime I take Him out of the picture during my times of need, from biggest to smallest.

I applied ice pack on her swollen upper lip. Thankfully the swelling subsided before she headed to school. All is well that ends well. After all what happened and got my mind cleared up, I realized that my daughter's choice of action didn't mean she didn't trust me at all. It is one of those times when instead of calling for help, she cries out loud to get her Momma's attention. I guess she likes the idea of her Mom running to the rescue because she regard me as her superhero.

On other hand, I need to practice reminding myself to approach my Father first when I need something. It doesn't matter how tiny or gigantic my need is. What matters is, who I go to (first) for help. As a human being, I tend to forget a lot. Along the way, I will cause Him heartache again. But His amazing grace through Jesus Christ will supply strength for my weakness. And no matter what, He will always love me.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Faith and Compassion

We either live in fear or live in faith. Be indifferent or be compassionate. We live by what we believe, and who we believe.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Come Home

To the weary, restless, wandering, soul. Jesus loves you. So much. What is keeping you from drawing close to Him? What are you afraid of? You do not have to be perfect. You do not have to be free of sin, for no one is. Come as you are. Jesus did not come to condemn. He came to save the lost, to give you life more abundant. Why choose to stay in the dark and torture your soul each day with restlessness, when you can have the Light who will give you peace and rest? Come home to love. Come home to the Father, the one who loved you first (and always). That is where you belong. He doesn't want heaven without you. Just come home.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

No Other Name

"Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you." - John 16:23

Monday, January 23, 2017

Day 2 of Creation: Separation of Water From Water

Photo Credit: NASA/ESA

It is so amazing how God sparks one's excitement that sprung from a curious heart.

It's one of those times when my Father God gave me a (tiny) glimpse of His awesomeness as Creator of  heaven and earth. While I continued to read the Book of Isaiah, something deep inside prod me to read the very beginning of the Bible: Genesis. I knew it's the Holy Spirit. Thankfully I listened and  followed His lead this time (because sometimes I don't).

My curiosity ignited while watching an episode of Praise from TBN, with their guest Pastor Samuel Rodriguez.  He authored a book titled, "Be Light: Shining..." and shared of how God inspired him to focus and write about the "light" than talk about "darkness." He mentioned the very beginning of Genesis when God spoke, "Light!"

My revelation does not have to do anything with what the guest talked about. It is something else. It was a personal, one-on-one intimate moment with my Creator.

I started reading Genesis 1. While reading verses 6-7, I had to stop and fully digest the description. I wanted to understand what it means. As I re-read the verses few times, I had to draw a picture in my brain the words being described. I was confused. I had to refer to other Bible versions to fully comprehend.

Genesis 1:6-7 says, "Let there be a firmament (vault of heaven; sky) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; " (NJKV).

 "Firmament in the midst of the waters." There's a vault of heaven in between the waters. Waters above and below. I have read Genesis several times, but it was only this instance where I had to stop to form a picture in my mind of what is described in this very specific verses. How I photographed this part of the Scripture before was, the water which is part of the earth was separated from heaven. I never pictured out a vast amount of water above the sky (too), which apparently I missed several times in my readings.

Yes, I've heard science's discovery of water on planets, but such information doesn't sound like it surprises the human race at all. So I asked God (He likes it so much when we ask questions). "Is there really water above the sky?" With that question, I meant, a colossal amount of water. Not just the ones I heard about water's existence on other planets.

God told me, "Search the internet!" Thankfully, Google is so handy. My search led me to this marvelous find (please read the articles yourself):
My mind is blown away with this new revelation. Oh those teeny-tiny details in the Scripture which we fail to notice because we think they're not as important. But I learned that it is in the very tiny details that God hides the mighty things. Unless our hunger for truth digs deeper into these small details, the wondrous ways of God remain hidden from us. What many treasures we lost.

The awesomeness of my God! I couldn't contain the swelling in my heart of what I just found out, I badly needed to share it with someone. Gladly, my husband was around :) Sharing to him helped a little to settle my burning emotion, but it was not enough. I had to let it out. I asked my Father, "Can I just cry?" several times, and went straight to the bathroom and burst. Moments like these are what I treasure the most. Times when I'm given this beautiful free gift to intimately commune with my Abba. It's my moment of "Heaven meets earth." How I desire for everyone to experience the same. How I long for you to taste the sweet, sweet love of the Father; to be in the "thin place" with God, not only once, but a thousand times.

I believe that  the discovery mentioned in the article is just a minute part of the undiscovered, the unfathomable things that God purposely hide. He only let us see what our carnal minds can handle. No human intelligence nor sophisticated technology can entirely seize the fullness of His creation. The good news is, one day in our glorified bodies, we will.

I am so grateful for science. It gives us mini peeks of who God is as the Creator. Every discovery science brings adds to the proof of God's existence for the unbelievers, and blessed hope for those who believed.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Light of the World

Jesus said so. We, the believers are the light of the world. Let us not hide our light, but let it shine to the people around us, so they too will see the goodness and the Father God's lovingkindness.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Grace, Not Work

It is the grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ that saved us, not our good, human effort.

Seeker of Truth

Do not stop until you find the Truth. When you find the Truth, you will have freedom from all bondage that this world throws at you.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Name Above All Names

There is only one name that can move heaven and earth, and that is the name of Jesus.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Gentle and Humble in Heart

Restless souls, how do thee find rest? I love how Jesus in this verse, encourages us to learn from Him. The all-knowing, Almighty God tells us to know, understand, and follow His ways. The most awesome thing about it is His assurance that He, the all-powerful God is "humble and gentle in heart." Doesn't that blow your mind? How He describes Himself in this verse gives us a picture of what compassionate, kind, gracious Father God we have. Not only that, He promised that when we learn from Him, we will find rest for our troubled souls. Let us continue to know more about Jesus and His ways on our daily walk with Him. Only in Him we will find the absolute peace we need everyday.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Immeasurable Love

Who can measure the love of God to us, His beloved children? Who can fully comprehend the depth of His love? If only many of us are "willing" to be under His gracious care, many broken hearts will be healed. Let us meditate on His love everyday, and share this knowledge to the people around us.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cure to the Lonely Heart

Somewhere deep inside the human heart is an empty space that only Jesus can fill, that only our Creator can and will satisfy.

Monday, January 9, 2017

More Valuable Than Any Other Creation

Among all of the amazing things in the whole universe God created, the human race is the most valuable to Him. He called us His children, and gave up His most precious treasure, Jesus Christ. And because He is our Father, He enjoys providing all our needs. Whatever our need is for today, let us not hesitate to ask Him. Most of all, let us not doubt that He will give what we ask for.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Good and Perfect Gift

Let us remind ourselves today and everyday the promise in this verse. What confidence and peace this truth brings to our hearts! Our Father only gives us what is good and perfect.