How’s your relationship with God today?

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How’s your relationship with God today? Is it dull or intimate? Do you still remember your honeymoon stage when you first encountered His love? Do you still feel the same way now? Do you still feel the strong urge to fulfill your mission and to realize your godly vision now or is it long gone?

A lot of Christians go through this stage when they feel bored because there’s not much action (this is not true though as a lot of miracles happen everyday, we just overlook it or take it for granted sometimes). Although it’s normal, it doesn’t mean that we should not address it. Love is not just about feelings. It’s a commitment.It means to stay in the relationship through the ordinary and extraordinary, through the routine and the unusual, through the highs and lows, through the similarities and differences. It’s a piece of work but we need to trust our Potter to turn us from a simple pile of clay to a glorious work of art.

Most of the time, when our relationship gets boring or if we feel like His path is not where we want to go, we tend to run away from God. We don’t want to do what he asks us to do. We try to tune His volume down in our lives so we can live how we please. If we continue to do this, things might get dangerous. Consider the story of Jonah and how God pursued Him: Letting Go: Running Away From God.

So, what should we do if we feel like the fire inside us is burning out?

Pray Unceasingly. No matter how boring our prayer might sound like to ourselves, remember that our God is a very personal God and He is mindful of us. Communication is vital in any form of relationship and prayer is our main communication tool with God.

Keep Reading. Not everyone hears God audibly speak to us. Reading his Word would allow us to get advice and teachings from God himself without waiting to hear a thunderous voice from heaven. The Bible is our ultimate instruction and guide book that He left for us. Everything we need to know is already in here.

Stay Connected. Attend the church service, listen to podcasts, and catch up with your life group from church. Hearing God’s Words through godly people is a way for us to reconnect to God and vice versa. Remember, if you take a coal away from the rest of the burning coals, it will become cold. But if you put it back with the rest, it will burn again.

God never fails to provide and take care of us. He has given us a mission to fulfill in various areas of our lives. That should be enough to keep us from getting bored. Sometimes, the problem is that we don’t like the mission itself, thus, we ignore it and pretend nothing is happening in our lives which leads us to getting bored. It’s never gonna work this way. God gives us the opportunity to live a full and meaningful life but remember, it takes two to tango!

Faith for Deliverance: God Will Fight Our Battles in 2016

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And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:13-14)

Worship: “Our God (Is Greater)” by Chris Tomlin

Word: Exodus 14:13-14

Reflect: As we welcome 2016, many of us might be thinking about the battles that we may have to face this year — battles in our finances, health, relationship, etc.

Sometimes, we are like the Israelites, standing on the shore, just staring blankly ahead at the vast sea of challenges that we have to deal with this year. We know we’d be better off living “on the other side of the sea” but we feel like there’s just a lot of obstacles to overcome. How can we cross the sea to our “promised land?” Can we just stay where we are right now and not “move on?” But we know that if we don’t move on, the ghost of our past will eventually catch up on us. Do we really wanna go back to our old wicked ways? Do we really wanna go back to our old dark situation? What are we gonna do? The Egyptians are coming…

The good news is, our God is a god who delivers. When we face problems, He instructs us not to fear and to stand firm. He said that He will be the one to fight our battles and we need only to be silent. Then, we will see the salvation of the Lord. This is really good news, isn’t it? The question is: Do we have the faith for deliverance?

Do we have the faith to be silent amidst the chaos around us and believe that God is still in control?

Do we have the faith to believe that no matter how bleak the situation may seem, God has a perfect plan to deliver us from our troubles?

Do we have the faith to stand firm in obedience and wait on God’s salvation?

You see, the reason why sometimes our problems may seem too big for us is so that we won’t rely on our own strength but in His power to save us. We are not the superstars here, it’s Him. At the end of it all, He’s the one who will be glorified.

Respond: Be thankful for the times that God has delivered us from our problems in the past. Pray for the areas of our life where we need God’s deliverance and trust in His willingness and ability to bring breakthrough. Listen and be sensitive to the instruction of the Holy Spirit as we wait upon the salvation of the Lord.

In Pursuit Of The Meaning Of Life: What Are You Doing Here?

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Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?(1 Kings 19:11-13)

“What is the meaning of life?”

“What is my purpose?”

“What am I doing here?”

We often find ourselves asking these questions. Why? Because man is always in pursuit of purpose and reason. Through out the years, most people ran after meaningless theories and ideas trying to satisfy their need for purpose and reason. Why did I say meaningless? Because everything always comes to an end. Everything will be lost, deceased, destroyed, and forgotten. Therefore, everything is meaningless! (Ecc. 1:2) But have you ever wondered why we even ask these questions? Why are we always in pursuit of purpose and reason? If everything is meaningless, if we live today and die tomorrow, why are we still looking for the answers to these questions?

I believe it’s because a still small voice is always asking us, “What are you doing here?”  This voice prompts us to find the answer. This voice spurs us to seek. And this voice doesn’t go away, it’s always there, no matter how much we try to bury it into the depths of our hearts, it will always be there until we find the answer.

Whose voice is this? It’s from God. And only when we find Him, can we find our purpose and reason.

Purpose: God has put eternity into our hearts (Eccl. 3:11) and yet no one can give us eternal life but Him. He is our Creator and we are His creation—a Creator creates something for a purpose and I believe that the ultimate purpose of man is to have a relationship with God for all eternity. He has put our purpose into our hearts and to satisfy our purpose means to seek and find Him and to remain in Him.

Reason: If, then, our purpose is to have an eternal relationship with God, why do we still have to go through this mortal life? Why can’t we just automatically live with Him now? Why are we here? Actually, man once lived with God in Paradise until SIN entered into humanity when Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Gen. 3). Sin separates us from God, who is Holy, which means that He cannot tolerate SIN—therefore, He can’t tolerate a relationship with us. So, in order to bring us into a relationship with Him again, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and to pay for our sins, for the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). It says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” From this, we can conclude that the ultimate reason why we’re here, apart from being dead in sin, is for us to have an encounter with Jesus and to believe in Him, and as a result, it will lead us to fulfilling our purpose, which is to have a relationship with God for all eternity. For no one can come to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6) and I think no one can have an eternal relationship with an eternal God (Deut. 33:27) without having an eternal life.

Today, if you hear a still small voice asking you, “What are you doing here?”, I encourage you to try to find the answer for yourself. God said, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).

Have a blessed Sunday!!!


Fun Trivia: In John 1:1, we read the term Word as a reference to Jesus (Word of God). In it’s original Greek text, Word came from Logos which could mean logic, wisdom, thought, word, speech, principle, or reason. Since I wrote about our purpose and reason in this post, let us pick the word Reason as the meaning of the word Logos and put it in John 1:1 replacing Word with Reason:

“In the beginning was the Reason, and the Reason was with God, and the Reason was God.

If you’re looking for reason, look for Jesus!

So, You Don’t Believe In Miracles?

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Some people think that we live in the days when miracles do not exist anymore. How could this possibly be when every day, people continue to preach the gospel? Have we forgotten that “…it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes?” (Romans 1:16)

Every day there are souls being saved, there are changed lives! In this wicked and crooked era, people are still turning to God! And this, ladies and gentlemen, are the most frequent and wonderful miracle that happens daily.

Looking back, if I’m going to compare myself to what I was 8 years ago, I can’t even recognize any similarity. I was so full of hatred, despair, and vices before I met Jesus. I had no purpose, no joy, no hope. But ever since my personal encounter with Him, I was never the same again. The change in my life didn’t happen overnight. It wasn’t an easy process. I had to let go of things, of habits, of people — all those that became my idol.

But just like a pencil, my God had to sharpen me and take away all the things that are not beneficial to me. He needs to sharpen me, to make me useful, to help me fulfill my purpose, so that I can write my testimony about Jesus.

This is the power of the gospel: saved souls, changed lives. And just as how it is awesome to experience that power move in our own lives, it is also amazing to witness that happening to other people. So, the next time you want to see a miracle happen, share the gospel.

And watch the power of God unfold with your very own eyes!!!

Start Opening Blind Eyes and Deaf Ears By Sharing The Gospel!!!

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And I felt God speaking to me, “How can they see if they don’t believe? How can they believe if they don’t hear? How can they hear if you don’t tell them? Tell them the glory of God in your life so they can hear, so they can believe, so they can see.”

More often than not, we miss the opportunity to plant the seed of the gospel by sharing with others how Jesus has changed our lives. Our testimonies form a powerful evidence that will speak to people’s hearts that God is real and that He wants a relationship with us. As simple as encouraging someone who’s going through a difficult time by sharing how God has helped us through hard times will not just comfort them but will also allow them to have that yearning to connect with Him. 

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” (Romans 10:14-15)