Sunday, June 17, 2012

Promise #167

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Another confirmation!!!! #Pambihira

Ephesians 3:20 WEB
Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly 
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

Promise #167: I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine.

After you read this promise, take a moment and try to imagine the biggest, out-of-the-box thing that you could possibly think of for your life. No matter how big you think, God's plans for you are way bigger! The NLT Bible translates the bigness of God's plans as 'infinitely more' and the NASB Bible says 'abundantly beyond'

No matter what version of the Bible you choose to read this Scripture in, God is able to do way more for us than we will ever be able to comprehend according to His incredible power that is at work in us...right now! When I think that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in me and how that power is greater than any other power in the universe, it simply amazes me!

Unfortunately many of us limit the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives by what we have experienced thus far. If we haven't seen too many miracles around us, we don't expect to live a miraculous life. It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will give us the power to take off all of the limitations that we have placed around ourselves so that our Papa can show us the incredible bigness of His plan and purpose for our lives.
May each one of us open our hearts and minds to things that are exceedingly abundantly beyond what we could ever dare to ask for. Are you willing to ask God for a revelation of His great power that is already at work in you?

Batch Pambihira Graduation

The C101 & D201 Trainings has come to an end. The trainees reap the fruit of their labor last night during the graduation.

Our Senior Pastor gave us 3 instructions during the ceremony. These instructions are shallow yet they are profound.

First, Godly Training.

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7-8, NLT)

Second, Fan Into Flames.

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:6-7, NLT)

Lastly, Preach the word.

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2, NLT)

Here are some of the pictures of the graduation.


The Perfect Attendance Awardees

Perfect Attendance!!!!

Receiving the Certificate with Pastor Jerry, Pastor Ru, Mai and Pastor Anthony

With Pastor Dan, Beth and Sette. More photos? Click here.

Praise God for giving us strength, wisdom and understanding during the training. I believe that this training will help us in our Christian walk and leading our own disciples.

I am Glaiza Samson. I am a catalyst. I am equipped to Love God, Make Disciples and Impact our World.
Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Daddy Who Loves Me

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A Daddy Who Loves Me 
Sharon Jaynes

Today's Truth
"I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters," (2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV).

Friend to Friend
One of my favorite retreat topics is from my book, 5 Dreams of Every Woman...and How God Longs to Fulfill Them. In this book I talk about five dreams every little girl has: to have a daddy who loves her, to be a bride, to be a mommy, to be beautiful, and to have a best friend. For most of us, we get to a point in our lives and realize life has not turned out the way we thought they would, especially in those 5 areas. But the good news is, God has a wonderful plan for you!

In talking to women all across the country, I have seen eyes fill with tears when I talk about the dream of having a daddy who loves me. But the tears are not for me, they reveal the longing in their own hearts. Butterfly Kisses is a song by Bob Carlisle that climbed the charts in 2000. It received international recognition in both the Christian and Secular music industries. The song was about the tender love between a father and his daughter, starting from her birth to her wedding day. Mr. Carlisle said, "I get a lot of mail from young girls who try to get me to marry their moms. That used to be a real chuckle because it's so cute, but then I realized they didn't want romance for mom. They want the father like the one that is in that song, and that just kills me."

In the Old Testament, God has many names.  He is Elohim – the Creator, El Elyon – God Most High, El Roi – the God who sees, El Shaddai – the All-Sufficient One, Adonai – the Lord, Jehovah – the Self-Existent One, Jehovah-Jireh –the Lord Will Provide, Jehovah – Rapha – the Lord who heals, Jehovah—Shalom – the Lord is peace, Jehovah-Raah – the Lord my Shepherd, and many more.  His covenant name with the people of Israel was I AM. J.I. Packer, in his book, Knowing God, said, "He is: and it is because He is what He is that everything else is as it is." 

In the New Testament, Jesus introduced a new name for God – Father. It is the name that Jesus referred to more than any other and the name that He invites us to use to address the Creator of the Universe. Just stop and think about that for a moment. The God of the universe who created the heavens and the earth, who always has been and always will be, who is all-knowing, all-powerful, and present everywhere at once – that same God invites you to call Him - Daddy!
When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, He said:
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This, then, is how you should pray: 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name....' (Matthews 6:6-9 NIV).

Packer went on to say: "For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new and better than the Old, everything that is distinctly Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the fatherhood of God."  All other religions demand followers to worship created beings (Mohammad, Buddha),  but Jehovah the Creator, the great I AM, invites us to crawl up in His lap, become His child, and call Him Abba, Daddy.  He said, "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters,"  (2 Corinthians 6:18 NIV).

This Father's Day, no matter what your situation may be with your earthly dad, always remember that you have a Heavenly Father who loves you dearly and has your name written on the palm of His hand.

Let's Pray
Dear Lord, Thank You for being a Father who loves me as His precious child. How amazing to think that the God who created the universe and all it contains invites me to be His child and call Him Abba, Father. I do not take this invitation lightly, but cherish it with all my heart. 
In Jesus' Name,  Amen.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Promise #164

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Matthew 17:19-20 WEB
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately, and said, “Why weren’t we able to cast it out?”
20 He said to them, “Because of your unbelief. For most certainly I tell you,
if you have faith as a grain of 
mustard seed, you will tell this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Promise #164: Nothing will be impossible for those who have even a little faith.

In this promise, Jesus tells us that even if our faith is as tiny as a mustard seed, we are able to tell a mountain to be thrown into the sea. Since I haven't seen many mountains hurled into the sea lately, I often wonder what Jesus meant when He said these words to His disciples.

Of course we all have many figurative mountains in our lives that we face on a daily basis. Perhaps it isn't the literal mountains around us that need moving, but these figurative ones? Maybe one day we will see literal mountains cast into the oceans, but in the meantime, what are the mountains in your life where you need a miracle? I love the fact that Jesus encourages us that we don't need much faith at all to make a big impact.

From what I understand, a mustard seed is a very small seed, yet Jesus says even if our faith is that small, nothing will be impossible to us. Maybe it is time to start exercising the faith that you have? Start speaking to the mountains in your life with a childlike simplicity, just believing that they have to go away in Jesus name. Who knows what may start to happen?

When I think of this promise, I am reminded of the man who came to Jesus to ask Him to deliver his son and Jesus asked him... "Do you believe?". The man responded "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!" Jesus didn't rebuke the man for this response but healed his son instantly.

God understands our frailty, yet He continues to encourage us to simply have faith and watch what happens. Today I am going to speak to the mountains in my life, how about you?
Monday, June 11, 2012

Identity Lyrics

By: John Waller

You are love
So I am love
You are joy
And so I am, joy
You are peace
So I am peace
Lord everything you are
Now becomes me

Pre Chorus:
The line between
Where you begin
And where I end
Is gone, now I’m in…

You, I know who I am
You’re my true, born identity
I’m not the one I used to be
For now there is no separating
You… from who I am

You are strong
So I am strong
You are power
And so I am… powerful
You are mercy
So I am mercy
Cause everything you are
Has now become me

Anything less is not us
Anything less is not us
Anything less is not who we are
Thursday, June 07, 2012

On Getting Married

I read an article yesterday entitled, “When is the Right Time to get Married?” Honestly, I was not surprised on the facts stated in the article because I already heard those things through my friends.

In the article, they cited things when you should get married.
   - When you are totally, madly, completely, head-over-heels in love.
   - When you are mature enough to understand what marriage really means.
   - When you are in a real relationship where both of you are level-headed people,
     who respect each other.
   - When you feel you’re ready.

But I believe that they missed mentioning one thing in the article and that is “do you see yourself with that person for the rest of your life” because “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Mark 10:9)

We know that “divorce” is not new to us. There are lots of couples around the world experiencing this situation. So, how can we avoid this?

First, put God at the center of your relationship. Let God be the third party in your relationship, not other woman or man. When you make God your top priority, everything will be well.

Second, Commitment. I like what Pastor Ru shared during a youth gig last year. He said, “When the feeling is gone, commitment begins”. Maybe there will come a time when you will feel that you no longer love your partner but always remember the promises/vows you declared to each other.

Third, Open Communication. There is a saying in the Book of Proverbs that I always say to my friends and siblings, “An open rebuke is better than hidden love!” (Proverbs 27:5) If you have something you do not like to your partner, say it immediately to him/her. Maybe you only misunderstood her actions and words. Also, a relationship with an open communication can help you know your partner more.

Fourth, Forgive. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32) When your partner confessed his mistakes/faults, talk to him/her on how to solve it; do not argue. Issues can be settled if you have a forgiving heart.

Fifth, Appreciate your Partner. A simple token or a word of appreciation can mean a lot to your partner.

The things that I shared above are just my own opinion. I know that there are lots of successful married couples out there who can counsel and help you when you are experiencing this kind of situation in your marriage/relationship. As doctors always say, “prevention is better than cure”.

I also want to share this quote from my mentor/leader, “Love is a choice. Not a feeling.”

Praise God for the gift of marriage!

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

FYI: I’m not yet married, but I’m looking forward for it. *wink*
Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Work for the Lord

I love writing. When I am depressed, angry, afraid and in love, etc, writing is my channel to express my emotions. Today at work, I was tasked to write an article for our “Invest Digest”, the newsletter of our office. The problem is, I don’t feel like doing it.

Wanna know why? Because the task given to me is different from the things I want to write about. I only write because my heart is overwhelmed with the situation. The heart matters.

BUT in times like this, I remind myself on what Paul said in his letter to the Colossians, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”. (Colossians 3:23, NIV)

Paul knew that we will come to this point—we will become weary and we will lose
our passion in our work—so he reminded us in advance to do our work for God
because he knew that we will exert great effort when it comes to God.
Sunday, June 03, 2012

Thirsty? Drink the Living Water

Three weeks ago, my friend gave me a tumbler, a Nalgene Tumbler. Since then I challenged myself to drink at least 4-5 liters of water every day to lose weight.

I told my friends about the challenged I set for myself, and they have informed me that water has many health benefits. Some of my friends told me that water could make us look younger and can make our skin healthy while my aunt added that it was vital for efficient digestion.

I strongly agree with these comments. The most common fact about drinking water is that it can heal us. If we could still remember, our parents and grandparents told us to “drink plenty water” when we are sick because they knew that water possessed healing properties, and it can avoid dehydration.

Aside from the “literal water," I would like to talk about the water that only Jesus can offer to us, the living water. Read John 4 for reference.

When Jesus met the Samaritan woman in Jacob’s well, He asked for a drink. However, the woman was surprised on what Jesus asked from her because in their time, Jews refused to have nothing to do with the Samaritans. Then Jesus replied to her, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10)

What does Jesus mean about the “Living Water”? He explained that “Those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (John 4:14) After hearing what Jesus said, the Samaritan woman asked Jesus to give him the water. He is telling about so that she will never be thirsty again.

Maybe you are asking what the “Living water” Jesus is offering to us. In the Book of John 7:37-39, Jesus enlightens us about it.

“On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)”

Yes, the Living Water is the Holy Spirit, and He lives in us. If the living water is already in us, does it mean that we will never be thirsty again? As Jesus promised, we will not be thirsty again. But we should always fill ourselves with the Holy Spirit through continuous “drinking” by singing hymns, praying, reading and hearing the word of God.

If the literal water has many benefits for us, the Living Water also has many benefits. It quenches our thirst such as our need for the love of God, and so on.

Surely, both literal and Living Water has many benefits for us. I pray that we will never take it for granted because they will always be for our own good, physically and spiritually.

The Halgene Tumbler

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank you for the literal and living water that you have given us. Help us to appreciate and use it with care at all times. We love you. We bless you. We honor you. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!

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

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A seeker and lover of our Lord Jesus Christ. A favored princess who is patiently waiting for our King’s promises comes to pass. A child of the Most High God who is hungry and thirsty to our Abba Father’s words. A person who wants to be the person God wants her to be.
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