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Ignite 2013 DAY 1

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I thank God for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Three-Day Every Nation Asia Campus Conference (though mostly are still Filipinos), Ignite 2013. I was able to attend the Ignite 2011, and it was fun, as usual. But this time, GOD revealed Himself in a different way “again”.

I was late for the First session because it started at 6PM but I went there at 6:45PM. I went there from school, so I finished all my classes before going there (hashtag: Know Your Priorities). The moment I entered Cuneta Astrodome, I was overwhelmed with the great number of crowd in front and beside me. I was informed that there were more than 9,600 people present during that time that would hear God’s Word. Different campuses from different nations worshiping and praising God is simply overwhelming.

From where I sit, these are the people beside me on the left.

On the first day of Ignite 2013, from what I could remember when I got there, seeing every arms raised when praising Him made me gaze at the crowd in awe. I could feel the excitement within me, and my thoughts running, “All of us will truly encounter God in a spectacular way during this three-day conference!” And I was right because God is truly amazing.

On this day of the conference, everyone was asked to kneel in accordance with the verse in Exodus 3:5 – “God replied, ‘Don’t come any closer. Take off your sandals – the ground where you are standing is holy.'” then the “Revelation Song” was played by the Music Team while we’re all kneeling. The feeling of being in His presence is so indescribable. As I closed my eyes, I imagined God seated on His throne while I’m in awe and in a humbled state, knowing His holiness that surpasses my wicked and sinful being.

I remembered these words (not the EXACT words) from Pastor Olajide Pariola (he talked about Joshua) that you being holy is not only about being in a state of holiness, but also we should remember that holiness can be seen through our actions. We are consecrated. Holiness is lived. It is who we are by faith.

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Thank God He has given us our new identity (which I suddenly thought that it was and should really be our identity that’s found in Him): Holy and Righteous in His sight. Thank You, Jesus!

Promise

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First, let me give you a brief background about this verse. Every verse has a background why such words are placed there. Everything has a purpose, anyway, and God is a God of Order. This was the time when the LORD told Moses to “choose a leader from each tribe and send them into Canaan to explore the land” He is to give to the Israelites. If one would remember, they had twelve (12) tribes, so there were twelve leaders. When they went back to report what they have seen at Canaan, the land that God has prepared for them to give, they reported negatively. They got a fruit from the land, and it was big. They reported that the people who were living there were strong and that their cities were walled and large. But Caleb, on the other hand, said, “Let’s go and take the land. I know we can do it!”

When God says that He will give it to you, He will really give it to you. Do you trust Him? We also need to have faith in Him, and make an effort. How did Caleb had such boldness and confidence that they will really overcome that land? He had faith in God. He knew that God is true to His Words. Are you also declaring His Words and Promises in your life?

Accept the challenge, and let Him bring your faith to the next level.

Caught Between His Arms

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Have you ever felt confused? Feeling like you’re lost, not knowing where to go? Heart throbbing, harder breathing… Is that how it feels? If it’s so, I have felt that, and I’m feeling that now.

But you know what? All of this is a lie. A fantasy. A reality? It could be, because we’re in a real “world where happy-ever-afters don’t exist” (a not-so-exact line from Enchanted). A modern world that was perverted, and still it is being done, maybe more perverted now. Should we conform to this world? To the pattern of this cruel, very cruel world?

Now that He has caught us in His arms “as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings” (Matthew 23:37), should we still hold back from this love that He offers to us? Isn’t His love enough for this crooked heart and mind of ours? This confusion in our head, is mere confusion. It doesn’t make any difference in the world we live in. We may say that justice still isn’t served in this world. We may say that acceptance isn’t found in anyone’s hearts in this present day. It’s our own mind that says all of these things. But what about God? What can He say about this cruel world where we live?

Isn’t it so beautiful to think that despite of this cruel world, God has “set eternity in the human heart” (Ecc. 3:11). There’s this piece of peace in us, piece of joy, a piece of beauty found in us. Search from within. “Your heart will always be where your treasure is.” (Matt. 6:21). Find time. Take time. God has given us 24 hours a day, and isn’t it enough to search from within?

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When you feel lost and confused, remember : “Stay put. He’s holding you in His arms. Feel Him. Be silent.”

A Christmas Blog Entry : YOU MATTER

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Not because it’s Christmas, I’ll post something about Christmas (though it’s not Christmas day anymore). I greeted Merry Christmas once only out of my will, not because I was pushed to do so because someone greeted me. Anyway,  I badly wanted to make a blog entry again because it’s been weeks since I last made a blog entry here.

I’ve been reading this book by Philip Yancey entitled “The Bible Jesus Read” and I’m so glad that God led me to read that book again. I attempted to read it, but I stopped because I haven’t read the book of Job (which is not an excuse, but I wanted to understand what I was reading anyway). Why did I open up this topic about the book? Because I learned a lot from it! God has so many revelations about Him, and I’m so glad.

God loves us so much. Don’t take His love for granted. He has emotions. God is also a Person. He created us so it’s possible that He understands us fully. And He’s the BEST One Who can understand us. While reading the second to the last chapter of the book, I cried because of too much joy and love that I felt about Him. The second to the last chapter talks about the books of the Prophets in the Old Testament of the Bible. I got the idea of the author that God speaks through the prophets. But I don’t have to give you the idea about the prophets that look and sound weird for most people. I wrote this blog entry to let you know that YOU MATTER to God.

Christmas talks about Jesus’ birth. It’s not that I’m saying I don’t believe in Christmas or what, but I believe in the birth of a Savior. Why did God sent His one and only Son for us? He knew that we needed acceptance and forgiveness from the sins we did from the beginning. “Jesus” or Yeshua (His Hebrew Name) humbled Himself and became human like us, not a God like Father. He would’ve chosen to kill the soldiers all at once, but He chose to be killed, to be tortured. The line by the deceiver in the movie (though it may not be the exact words), “Passion of the Christ” struck me, “No man has ever endured the burden of sin.” He (Yeshua) chose to “let His Father’s will be done” unto Him. Instead of us enduring the burden of sin (which leads to DEATH), He did it for us. He came for that.

I remembered what our Senior Pastor said during a service, “When Jesus was 2 years old, I wonder if He already knows what will happen to Him in the end.”. I pondered on that thought. I think He knows it already. It’s hard to know that your future leads to such a cruel death, but He chose to do it for us. It’s not really ABOUT US, but it’s always ABOUT GOD. He may have did it for us, but He did it really for God. A Father sacrificed His own Son to die for sinners : killers, rapists, cheaters, liars, wicked people, proud, every dirty kind of thought you could think of a human being.

When you court someone you like (for girls, please bear with me), you don’t want to be rejected. Who wants to be rejected, right? But God accepts every hurt and pain He receives from us. HE HAS NEVER GIVEN UP ON US. He has made every impossible way to bring us back to Him, even giving His Son for us. Who would even sacrifice his son for a group of people who would soon persecute him (the son)? He’s none other than God.

His grace abounds in our lives, in the whole universe. Are you ready to be soaked in His presence and in His grace forever?

As he explains through Isaiah, he has no choice: if a world refuses to learn righteousness through grace, he must resort to punishment.

-Philip Yancey

Rediscover You

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I don't own the picture“Rediscover You” is a title of a song played by a Contemporary Christian band named Starfield. I really like that song because it reminds me of the times I experience when I feel so lost, especially when I simply feel exhausted and down, like no one is there (even God) to help me out of this trouble I got myself into.

For these past few days, I have been feeling so burned out in school. Not only in school, but I am sure that there’s something that keeps me burned out for long now. Bad things happened in school, and the worst is that I don’t even know what to do about it (what I know is to pray for it). Then a loved one of mine died. That’s how my week went last week. I didn’t even understand my Math lessons (which made me frustrated), and we will be having three major quizzes about Politics and Governance on Tuesday (along with the Math lesson I didn’t understand a bit), wherein my reviewer was lost. Okay. It happened for only two days. And then, I also felt condemned with what I was doing lately. I wasn’t reading the Word that much anymore, and it’s because I didn’t want to. Am I becoming stubborn already? Did my isolation with people around me gave me this status or condition in the present? I simply hate feeling like this (who would even want this kind of feeling).

You know that kind of feeling when you think you are doing the right thing, yet people around you sound or think as if it’s the wrong thing that’s why you feel so bad about what you’re doing? That’s how I feel these past few weeks. I am not even sure if I really am hearing from God. I haven’t been so sure ever since last two months, honestly. I feel like crying all the time, and if you would permit me, I would cry all day. I’m sure God hears me every day. But I don’t know why I feel this way. I’m sure this is a lie, but why is it that I still run in circles, not getting out of this mess in my life?

I believe that He’s still with me though I’m experiencing this. I believe that I need a little faith to believe in Him more this time; a new level of faith. It’s painful. It’s painful to be molded by God. You know what is also painful in this process? CHANGE. If you have to let go of things, you have to, so that God may completely change what is needed to be changed in you. Don’t force Him to remove “that” something needed to be surrendered or else you’ll be hurt. Just imagine a child who hugs his favorite teddy bear but was snatched by someone who knows him best for his good. A child won’t understand the situation, but that “someone” understands. So why not let go anyway?

“Rediscover You” also talks about rediscovering Him like it was the first time you surrendered to Him. That day when you totally surrendered to Him upon knowing who He truly was in your life, you let go of yourself. He is continuously giving us chances to let go of the things He needs us to let go of. As what I read in a picture last time, “Don’t pick up what God wants you to put down.” Admit it, if we’re too attached to something, it really is hard to let go. That’s why we have to be careful on how we are living today. How we live today determines how we are going to be tomorrow. Our habits mold our character (an idea from Joyce Meyer).

Right now, I seriously and honestly want to surrender EVERYTHING to Him again. I seriously and honestly want to be EMPTIED by Him. I want to learn how to be satisfied in Him alone, trusting Him alone, and to focus fully to Him. I’ve always wanted someone to talk to. I believe that God has provided people for us to talk to, not only Him. Why did He create Eve if He knew that Adam can live alone? He created people who will support us along the way. Don’t live alone. He knows that we are too weak to live alone. Admit that YOU ARE WEAK.

Thank you very much for taking your time to read this entry. I actually cried while typing out the words in this entry. 🙂 For you, the reader of this entry, it is a help to me already. I just need a helping hand this time. Thank you~ ❤

I Surrender!

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I Surrender!

Surrender. What does it mean? According to Mr. Google (as I searched the word), SURRENDER means to “cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority”. You stop resisting yourself from the enemy, and submit to their authority, huh?

I honestly can’t remember the time I surrendered my life to God. But I believe it was somewhere in April 2010 (wow, it has been 2 years). I remember those days before surrendering my life to Him, I used to cry to the songs played in the Sunday services we attended at. I used to pray to God, but thought that He doesn’t answer me. All of my wrong thoughts about Him turned upside-down because of His LOVE and GRACE for me.

Surrender. Better stop trusting in yourself, but start trusting in the One Who loves you the most, to the One Who created you, to the One Who holds your life. In Psalm 118:8 (ESV), it says, “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.” It is true that people can’t be trusted. I’m not saying that we should not trust anyone else already because God doesn’t want us to be independent in our lives. We should put our full trust in God and in Him alone. Yes, we trust men, but don’t expect much from them (includes me). Change is constant in us. We are never satisfied, accept that fact. When it’s hot, we want something cold, but not too cold because we’ll demand heat again.

Surrender. It meant to cease resistance from the enemy. Is He our enemy? You define it before you knew who He was in your life. We were once slaves of SIN, our ENEMY. God hates sin. He sent His Son to die on the cross and raised Him to life after three days to defeat DEATH. Death is the penalty of sin. That’s how He showed how serious He is about sin. He sacrificed His very own Son to “die” for us.

Why surrender to Him? KNOW WHO HE IS THROUGH READING HIS WORD. 😉

Surrender. Are you ready to surrender everything to Him?

 

Embrace Your Dreams

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“Embrace your dreams.” are the very words Angeal said to Zack in the Action-RPG game, Final Fantasy VII : Crisis Core.

I didn’t understand at first why God let me play a New Game for Final Fantasy VII : Crisis Core when I actually played it thrice. I obeyed, then He pushed me to type this entry.

I should’ve posted this weeks ago (okay, not again). Out of my busy schedule, I made it, at last, to make a blog entry again! *dances and celebrates* Okay, sorry for overreacting.

To start with, I have been thinking about shifting to another program next year. I’ve been praying for it and asking God to lead me to the right direction. As I sought Him through prayer and reading the Word for weeks, He revealed to me lots and lots of things about it.. And especially about me.

While I’m riding an FX home from school, I was praying that time, “God, what should I do? Should I shift from Arts Management (current program) to Multi-Media Arts? I really wanted to draw, but I feel so discouraged with my drawings. When I see people who draw professionally, I get discouraged very easily. I don’t know if I have to pursue drawing. I don’t know if I should be an artist in the future.”. A lot of my girl friends told me the same thing, “Follow what your heart desires.”, “I want you to shift to MMA!”, “Shift before you regret finishing the course you didn’t really want.”. Those thoughts ran through my mind while listening to the song of Britt Nicole, “Set The World On Fire”. Then I saw a sentence written near the bumper of a jeepney, “If I Can Do It, You Can”. I believe that it was God was speaking to me already. I was in deep pondering that moment. I wanted to be used by God in an extraordinary way, so why not be an artist? I should not be discouraged by the people of this world anyway. And as what my dad told me, “Artists aren’t born. They’re made.”

My dream was to continue my dad’s dream as an artist. Should I hinder myself from doing it by being discouraged from them? I have a big God! I have to make my plans big. 😀 Nothing is impossible with Him, anyway.