self-check.. is there love?

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing…13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 13)

 

verse 8

verse 8

Still Checking

Still pondering about God’s revelation on kuya Randy (blog)… Still checking within myself the spirit of Pharisee, spirit of legalism. Kadalasan, dahil sa kagustuhan kong gawin ang tama, by the rules, ay nagiging legalistic na ako. Minsan wala ng love. But what will abide is LOVE. What will still remain LOVE. It is how we’ve connected to people through Christ’s LOVE that will remain in the hearts of others.

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don’t wanna lose myself..

5:34 AM.

It’s Saturday, and dapat tulog na ko ngayon, dahil kararating ko lang kaninang 3 AM. Night shift ako this month, and next month day shift ulit. Haay, I so miss the sunshine. I so miss attending weeknight church gatherings. I miss everything I was doing back then before I was hired, pati nung pang-umaga pa ko. Nakakapagod man yung after ng work ay deretso sa church para gampanan ang ministry responsibilities, pero yun ang narealize ko nung naging panggabi na ko — ngayon ko yun mas naappreciate. Every day ng shift ko ay nami-miss ko ang mga church activities. Mas lalo kong na-mimiss ang presence ng Lord sa buhay ko. Feeling ko kasi detached ako.

When we finally have known our true identity– that is, children of God— we eagerly, zealously yearn to that day when we can be in our true Home, and to be with Him forever. Kahit na gumala-gala tayo at magpaikot-ikot dito sa mundo, huwag dapat mawala sa puso natin ang tunay nating pagkatao– our real identity is as God’s children, a citizen of Heaven, co-heir of Christ. And that’s what I’m always bringing to myself, because the world can make me lose myself. It can corrupt me. That’s why everyday prayer and meditating on God’s word is essential to His children, our great weapons whenever we go out into the world.

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! :)

the Word of God

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)

For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding. (Psalm 47:7)

read-the-bible-throughRealization 02: The Word of God

NOTE: this is like a continuation of the previous post; thus the first verse connecting to the love of God :)

In worship, I believe that it is essential that the worshiper is knowledgeable in God’s Word. Not just knowledge, but passion and desire in studying His Word. One must dig deeper into God’s wisdom and understanding. A worshiper must also know the attributes of God— who He is, and what He does– and His promises and revelations through His Word. So I believe that it’s important to familiarize (NOTE: not to take for granted;  we know that “knowledge puffs up, but love edifies” [1 Corinthians 8:1]) oneself in the Bible. Continue reading

all reasons fade away…

3905086_f260Father God, thank You for Your love… I thank You, for You love me inspite of my weaknesses, limitations, frailty, difficult behavior, even sometimes in the shallowness of my mind… You love me enough to rebuke me and discipline me, and always remind me that what had revealed in me about You and Your words are true and faithful, because You are True and Faithful. You never change, You are infinitely good and kind, faithful and merciful, gracious and loving. You even hear my faintest cry, every drop of sigh, every fall of tear. You really love me, and there’s no need to prove how much You love me. There are so many ways and reasons to explain and show why and how You love me; still all reasons fade away, because the reason You love me is too deep to measure and behold. Glory, glory, glory to the only King and Lord of my life! Jesus I love You! Father God I love You! Holy Spirit I love You! Your love is a fire that never dies out, a vehement fire that’ll never be put out.

Father, teach me how to really worship You, in spirit and in truth; how to worship You the way You want. Not the way I want, but the way You want.