Sunday, October 30, 2011

Consulting GOD



In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
(Proverbs 3:6, NIV)

I have a question. Does in everything you do, you always consult or inquire our God? Honestly, I’m guilty about this. I rarely ask for his guidance that most of the time I always consult my friends every time I’m dealing something in my life. But now, I’ve learned my lesson.

Why we need to be constantly consult with the Lord?

First, in consulting our Lord, he gives us success. Let me give you an example.

Uzziah sought God during the days of Zechariah, who taught him to fear God. And as long as the king sought guidance from the LORD, God gave him success.
(2 Chronicles 26:5, NLT)

When we are seeking God’s guidance, he will only give the best for us. He will never fail us.

Second, in consulting our Lord gives us rest. Because we are rest assured that everything will fall into their places and all good things will work together for us.

I pray that we will be like King David because almost on all occasions, he consulted the Lord. He won’t go in a battle without consulting our Heavenly Father. That is why during the time of his reign there is peace and prosperity in Israel.


Let’s pray.

Dear Daddy God,

Father, we pray that we will be like King David that we will consult or inquire you on all occasions that we will not only lean on our own understanding and as well as to other people. Father, we thank you that you are always available when we want to consult and inquire you and also for being the best consultant. We bring you back all the praises, glory, honor, blessing and power. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!

Encounter God Retreat

We just had our 3 day Encounter God Retreat last October 27, 28 & 29 at Mount Peniel, Capas, Tarlac. The name was derived from the passage Genesis 32:30, “So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."

Here are the lessons they discussed during the EGR.

I. Zacchaeus  
In here, they discussed on how Zacchaeus and his household was save due to their encounter with Jesus. Like us, Zacchaeus also encountered lots of hindrances when he encounters Jesus. First, the wall. These are walls of rejection, doubt, unbelief, fear, bitterness, dishonesty, materialism, insecurity, pride and many others. Second, “short”. In Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Third, because of the crowd. Admit or not, we love to please the crowd. To tell you, we are called to pleased God and not man. Last, fast/former life. This is the strongest hindrance for us to have an encounter with God. We always think of the bad things we did. Good thing is God set us free from our guilt and condemnation and because of that He gives us a successful and fruitful life.

If there are hindrances in encountering God there are also blessings when we encounter God. First, we will be filled with excitement, with overflowing joy that we’ve never experienced in our life. Second, we will not mind what people will say. Lastly, we will have a life of righteousness – a changed life!

II. God’s Fatherly Love
Read Luke 15:11-24. Our Daddy God is also like the Father in the Prodigal Son. He waits for us every day to comeback; we only have to renew our minds, make the right decision and to confess our sins. The most surprising to our Father is that he is compassionate and merciful to forgive us and to welcome us again as if we did not do anything wrong to Him.

III. I’ve sinned against the Lord
They illustrate King David’s sin here. When he commit adultery to Bathsheba and let Uriah the Hittite be killed during the battle. (Read 2 Samuel 12:7-15)

There are consequences when we sinned against the Lord. 1. Financial blessings stop (v.8). 2. The doors are opened to a spirit of violence (v.10). 3. It brings a curse (v.11). 4. We are exposed to public shame (v.11-12). 5. A spirit of infirmity and death comes upon the family (v.14-15).

David is not aware about the sin he committed until Prophet Nathan confronted him. That confrontation brought conviction of sin that his confession to our Lord was genuine and he wrote about it in Psalm 51.

Years later, David wrote Psalm 32 and he remembers that because he confessed his sins he was forgiven and sanctified, and from that moment forward he had the certainty that no trial or adversity would touch him.

All of us have had sin against the Lord, big or small. But when we repent our sins to Him, he completely wipes away all the sins we committed.

IV. Seeing God Face to Face
Jacob is the main character in this discussion. Read Genesis 32.

V. Faith to Heal our Souls
Rejection is the most painful feelings and there is no question to that, right? All of us hate rejection. Who wants to be rejected by someone we love or someone we trust? No one.

There are consequences of rejection and it really affects our characters and personalities. Here are some consequences of rejection: Fear, shame, a sense of failure, loneliness and sadness. If there are consequences, there are also reactions to rejection: discouragement, sorrow, depression, emotional paralysis, bitterness, denial, vengeance, rebellion, inferiority complex, distrust and jealousy.

I admit that I suffered to these consequences and reactions of rejection. During those days, I tried to end my life due to sorrow, depression and bitterness. I also hated God because of rejection because I thought he also rejected me because of the adversities I experienced in my life. But I’ve learned that even the whole world (family, friends, etc.) leave me, my God will never leave nor forsake me.

VI. Seeing What Jesus has done for you at the cross
We all know what Jesus has done for us at the cross, right? He died to save us, to wash us, to unite us with our Heavenly Father. I know that you know that we are the one who nailed Jesus at the cross, right? We nailed him because of our sins, our stubbornness and all.

VII. Living in Victory
So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Galatians 5:1, NLT)

Through Christ we are more than a conqueror, we are a champion, we are victorious, etc. Let us leave our defeat attitude behind.

VIII. Baptism of the Holy Spirit
I baptize you with[a] water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11, NIV)

And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. (Acts 2:4, NLT)


The retreat is super worth it! God exceeded my expectations and He really surprised me.  Do you want to know what surprised me during the EGR? God confirmed my desire and I only have to believe and receive it. (In Jesus’ name, I RECEIVED!) Aside from that, he also answered my question. He told me that he is delighted to the things that I do and for being an enthusiastic. He told me to keep my heart burning on him.

Now, if there is someone who invites you to join an EGR, do not hesitate to come. God will exceed your expectations and he will surprise you what he did to me.

Here are the captured moments during the retreat.









New sisters in Christ. From L-R: Me, Jessica, Tita Mai, Lorraine, Ida and Ate Rosette

More photos? Click here...


Let’s pray.

Dear Daddy God,

Thank you for the renewed strength and spirit you have given me. Thank you for your promise to use me mightily in spreading your good news to other people and to other nation. Father, I believe and receive it, in Jesus’ name! I believe when that day comes, your Holy Spirit will give me the enough wisdom, understanding, strength and courage that I need. Lord, guide and lead me in my preparation period for I know the enemy will do everything to bring me down. Thank you, Dad. In Jesus’ most precious name. AMEN!
Saturday, October 29, 2011

Desert Song Lyrics



DESERT SONG

By: Hillsong

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that's within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

This is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am conqueror and co- heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I'll stand

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

All of my life in every season
You are still God,
I have a reason to sing,
I have a reason to worship

I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I'm filled to be emptied again
The seed I received I will sow
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Learnings

Whoaaah! It’s been a week since I last updated this blog. I hope you are all okay with the grace of our Father. Our 5-days Trade Fair ended last Sunday and I’ve learned a lot during those days. Let me enumerate those learning to you.

First. Satan knows our weaknesses. He knows when to attack us especially when we are idle and we are spiritually weak. That is why 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) reminds us to Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” Honestly, during the course of the fair, I felt emotionally and spiritually weak. I missed our life group, youth gig and Sunday celebration. Satan took advantage of it. He kept on feeding my mind of negative thoughts. What I did is I look for a place where I can have a one-on-one conversation with our Father and I cast to him all my worries and rebuke the spirit of worries and fears in my system.

Second. When you are claiming something make sure that your thoughts and hearts are aligned. Before, I claimed something that my heart is not sure if I really wanting it. My thought says, “You need the promotion” (If you remember I applied for the Cashier I Position in our office, that’s it.) But my heart says, “I don’t want to leave Ate Grace and my work in BDD.” God knows my desires and heart, He did not give the promotion to me but I know in His time He will promote me professionally.

Third (Last). God will give you the strength you need in times of troubles and adversities. Use biblical scriptures or verses to motivate and to inspire you when you feel you are weak.

That’s it for now. I’ve been waiting for this day to come (October 27, 2011 in our time). Why? Today is the day of the Women’s EGR in our church. It’s my first time to join this event and I can’t help myself to get excited! Wooohooo!


To view the LCL 2011 pictures, click here.


Let’s pray.

Dear Daddy God,

Father, thank you for your faithfulness and goodness in our lives. We know that most of the time we fail you but you are gracious and merciful enough to pick us up again. Father, sustain me with your love and grace that I won’t be satisfied with the relationship that we have today. That I will seek you more, know you more, and love you more and more. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!
Sunday, October 23, 2011

Until the Whole World Hears

Until the Whole World Hears
By: Casting Crowns

Lord, I want to feel your heart
And see the world through your eyes
I want to be your hands and feet
I want to live like a life that leads

Ready yourselves, ready yourselves
Let us shine the light of Jesus in the darkest night
Ready yourselves, ready yourselves
May the powers of darkness tremble as our praises rise

Until the whole world hears, Lord, we are calling out
Lifting up your name for all to hear the sound
Like voices in the wilderness, we’re crying out
And as the day draws near
We’ll sing until the whole world hears

Lord, let your sleeping giant rise
Catch the demons by surprise
Holy nation sanctified
Let this be out battle cry

Ready yourselves, ready yourselves
Let us shine the light of Jesus in the darkest night
Ready yourselves, ready yourselves
May the powers of darkness tremble as our praises rise

Until the whole world hears, Lord, we are calling out
Lifting up your name for all to hear the sound
Like voices in the wilderness, we’re crying out
And as the day draws near
We’ll sing until the whole world hears

We’ll sing until the whole world hears
We’ll sing until the whole world hears

I want to be your hands and feet
I want to live a life that leads
To see you set the captive
Until the whole world hears

And I pray that they will see
More of you and less of me
Lord, I want my life to be
The song you sing

Until the whole world hears, Lord, we are calling out
Lifting your name up for all to hear the sound
Like voices in the wilderness, we're crying out
And as the day draws near
We'll sing until the whole world hears

We'll sing until the whole world hears
We'll sing until the whole world hears
We'll sing until the whole world hears
We'll sing until the whole world hears
We'll sing until the whole world hears



Use me, Dad for your greater glory and help me to be the person you want me to be.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Strength will rise

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
(Philippians 4:13, NLT)

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
(Isaiah 40:29, NIV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
(Ephesians 6:10, NIV)

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
(Isaiah 40:31, NLT)

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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
(2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
(Psalm 28:7, NIV)

The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. 
(Habakkuk 3:19, NIV)


If you notice the scriptures above, they are all about strength. Why? Our Likha ng Central Luzon Trade Fair started yesterday and we (TPOs) are physically and mentally tired due to the preparation of ingress and opening. Aside from that, our trade fair will run for 5 days and it is being held at SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, and that is a 3-hour drive from our province.

We are praying that our clients will be satisfied to the results of their sales because some of them were affected by the typhoons that hit our country 2-3 weeks ago. Also, we are inviting you to visit the fair to see various and unique products from Central Luzon.


Let’s pray.

Dear Daddy God,

We praise you and we glorify you, Father. We are dedicating to you our Regional Trade Fair and give us the strength, understanding and patience that we need in organizing our fair for I know that we will be facing adversities all throughout. God, I also pray that we may learn to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry at all times. Bless the TPOs, bless our clients and bless the buyers, Dad. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. – Romans 11:29, NIV

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