On teaching, legalism, and young role models

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Most of my blog posts are birthed out from my devotionals, and sometimes I write them down as is. I’m not really good in fancy terms and words, and even not good in creating titles (haha). But I’m trying.

 

This one I wrote out of a growing burden about teaching and legalism inside the church. Continue reading

self-check (part 1)

Hi all.

Tis my first post for this year… been very busy these past months because of work (shifting schedules). Mamaya papasok ulit (panggabi). But after four weeks it will all change.. I think I will be going back to rest again.

As usual, kahit madaling araw na ay nagsusulat pa rin, gumagawa ng blog… really wanna update myself here, and wanna share some of my sentiments. Ngayon andami ko na namang katanungan.. medyo nagiging conflicted din ako sa sarili ko.

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Checking Myself

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After reading kuya Randy’s blog, chinecheck ko na rin ang sarili ko kung masyado na rin ba akong “extreme,” or parang nagiging Pharisee. Parang nagiging self-righteous. His blog narrates how God’s command to him is also similar when God told Hosea to take a wife of harlotry (prostitution). Continue reading

the ultimate reward

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. –Philippians 1:21-23, NKJV

 

Our lives, if we let the Spirit truly direct it, have two advantages. One is while we’re still alive and if we’re living in God’s holiness, righteousness, and living out His words and commandments, we can do more things for the Lord. Second is that after living according to His will and word, we then have the chance, finally, to be with the Lord. I think the greatest reward we could ever receive is to be finally with the One who created us. Be with the One who has forever truly loved and known us, since the beginning of time. Be with the One who has called us, though we haven’t seen Him, but because we live by faith, we know Him, we love Him. We believe Him whom we haven’t seen. That’s the ultimate reward we could ever have. To meet Him finally.

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close enough to hear

Come back to where and when you first desired God’s presence. It is not because you deserve it– the glory manifestation– but because God is a gracious God. You cannot add more to it. You are nothing without God. Always remember that. It is not by your own power nor your own strength, but it’s always by the Holy Spirit.

–written last April. I keep going back to my previous devotional writings and notes, because I know I can find wisdom in those posts. Some I just can’t believe that I wrote them down, or I’m not just aware (?), or I’ve forgotten most of it, because I keep on writing down all the thoughts. It’s good to look back and learn from the things God had spoken to me.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. (John 15:4)

I remember John the Beloved. Among the four gospels, his is the most unique one. My theory is that he walked, stayed, listened very, very close to the Lord enough to hear words of wisdom, truth, and revelations different from the other three. Well that’s why he is called the Beloved :)

May we always desire to abide in the Lord– an intimate relationship with Him ♥

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I just miss writing in my blog… ciao for now, off to team practice for Sunday worship service! Glory to God! :)

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Random notes..

 

“My life is coming to an end, and it is now time for me to be poured out as a sacrifice to God. I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith. The prize that shows I have God’s approval is now waiting for me. The Lord, who is a fair judge, will give me that prize on that day. He will give it not only to me but also to everyone who is eagerly waiting for him to come again.”  (2 Timothy 4:6-8, GW)

–Paul was assured that he’d given glory and honor to the LORD; he had finished well, and he was assured of the reward he had to receive.

Matthew 25:21 — “good and faithful servant
–Paul was certain that the life he lived for God was GOOD and FAITHFUL. Continue reading