WINNING AND LOSING

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     To our Almighty GOD, the formula and equation for success and failure is nearly the same. That’s why, He really doesn’t require us to be successful. His only requirement for us is to be obedient and faithful… Success is His concern while faithfulness is ours. Whether GOD gives us success or not, it’s still within His wise discretion and prerogative. Anyway, success is not our very goal in life because we’re already successful in Christ. Our ultimate goal is to please Him. How would you rate yourself, then? Have you been pleasing Him so far?

 

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. – Hebrews 11: 13

7 REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS DRIFT AWAY (Part 3)

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For the past few days, we’ve brought into light the first four (4) disturbing decisions some believers chose to follow which drove them to drift away from the fold of faith. Now, let us proceed further with the remaining subtle causes:

 

Less-prioritized Devotion:

 

In today’s fast-paced, modern, and busy world, the most neglected Christian practice or virtue is prayer. Just like Martha in the scripture (Luke 10:41), we are pre-occupied with so many good things that we can no longer sense, determine, or discern if these good things are really the right things for us. Just because an act is good doesn’t necessarily mean that the act is right. Mary, however, did the right thing (Luke 10:42).

 

I once heard a minister who said, “Prayer is the most important activity of men, yet it is the least activity that men performed.” Sir Francis Kong is right when he said, “Never let the urgent take over the important. Your work is urgent but your God is important.” Remember that God doesn’t want you to pursue your church’ mission and vision at the expense of your intimacy with Him. In other words, God doesn’t want us to pursue God’s work at the expense of our intimacy with Him.

 

In spite of its myriad of definition, in my opinion, prayer is simply an act of humility that we choose to perform to commune with God acknowledging that apart from Him, our own strength, ability, and wisdom, even our whole being, can do nothing.

 

“For it’s not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit, says the LORD.” – Zech. 4:6

 

Prayer speaks of an intimate fellowship and communication with God. The Holy Spirit inspires us on what we ought to pray and He, likewise, uses the scripture to convey to us God’s message assuring us of its authenticity and void of mistake.

 

A believer’s faithfulness in prayer establishes his/her intimate devotion with God. Unless we give priority on this matter, we can never see nor gaze upon the awesome beauty of the LORD, but instead, gaze upon the deceiving beauty of the world. Consequently, this will lead us to gradually drift away.

 

“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” – Psalm 27:4 (ESV)

 

Lack of Knowledge of One’s Purpose:

 

“The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me.” – Psalm 138:8(a)

 

God did not choose and save us just for us to go to heaven. This is a selfish motive. We have a purpose to perform. The time we entered His kingdom through the born-again experience, He has already in mind what we are here for. This is the very same purpose He had before we were created.

 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” – Jer. 1:5

 

Just like Jeremiah who had been purposed by God to be a prophet, you, too, have a specific assignment for you to perform. As one minister wisely says, “You were not born just to make a living. You are here to live out an assignment on this planet. You were born to make a difference in the world.”

 

The scripture reminds us further as it says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” – John 15:16

 

Unless we have a clear understanding and grasp of our purpose, any problem that we may encounter along the way would seem to appear so big and insurmountable kind of an obstacle. The slightest offense done against us or the most trivial mistake we see done by our brethren could be a potent catalyst to drift us away.

 

“We make it our goal to please Him …” – 2 Cor. 5:9(a)

 

The Need for Genuine Love:

 

On the other hand, if the love of Christ is in our heart, no amount of obstacles can deter us from fulfilling our purposes in life. For love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. – 1 Cor. 13:7-8

 

The world has a lot of interpretation about love, but the fact of the matter is that genuine love only rests in Christ. In my opinion, love is a very powerful arsenal in the world. Love actually emanates from the kingdom of God and penetrates the world to sustain its existence. Had it not for love, the world has long been in jeopardy.

 

You might be surprised on hearing this, but love has its limitation, too. It can only manifest its full force when properly reciprocated. You see, because of God’s love, He gave us a gift. But the Gift, Jesus Christ, could not bestow His wondrous intent unless the receiver, the world, accepts the gift.

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

 

A person can only benefit from God’s ultimate expression of love when he/she responds accordingly by accepting the Gift.

 

“Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12

 

In the same way, there is also a need for every citizens of the kingdom to respond appropriately. The book of John is clear by saying, “If you love Me, you’ll obey what I command” – John 14:15. The same is true on a succeeding verse which says, “Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me. He who loves Me will be loved by My Father and I, too, will love him and reveal Myself to him” – John 14:21.

 

We can really determine the gauge of our love for the LORD by the gauge of our obedience to Him. Unless we capture this solemn truth, anyone among the citizens can be a candidate to drift away from faith.

 

Finally, let me emphasize what the Word of God says in the book of James: “remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins” – Jas. 5:20.

 

God’s love and mercy offers us bountiful hope for us to return back to Him once we found ourselves drifting away from Him. These will prompt other believers to summon us, with power, to come back to the fold of faith… Good to us if we could be the one leading others back.

 

“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” – Hebrews 2:1

 

Have a blessed day/evening to all!!

7 REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS DRIFT AWAY (Part 2)

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We have been through discussing the first two (2) subtle reasons by which Christians drift away from faith. It was last Friday that we’ve mentioned how unresolved questions and the alluring nature of the world contribute to the believers being swayed to get out of the track. Now let’s move on to the succeeding reasons.

Wrong Company of Friends:

It is really true that as long as we are still in this world, we will always be mingling with people. People with different beliefs, principles, philosophies, and religion will always be just around the corner. They are in our workplaces, schools, neighborhood, communities, and in every places we go. We always meet them and find some as well-meaning individuals and we even befriended a few, if not, a lot of them.

While it is true that we always meet them almost everyday, we shouldn’t be caught off-guard of the way they could possibly influence us one way or the other. We shouldn’t be unaware of the fact that people around could impact us either positively or negatively. The truth of the matter is that, if we couldn’t influence them, we end up being influenced by them. That’s the sad thing.

That’s why the scripture is prudent in admonishing us by saying, “Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character” (1 Cor. 15:33).

I don’t really know how the world does it, but our unbelieving friends have ways of tingling our emotions that we sometimes find them more meaningful and enjoyable to be with than our Christian friends are. This is especially so when they are there around to console us during our deepest moments where they make us smile and laugh.

I’m not saying here that just because our friends are unbelievers, they are entirely bad. No! In fact, we should be grateful that because of God’s bountiful love for us, He even uses our secular friends to minister and comfort us. This may even be a way for us to share our faith with them because, in the first place, they wouldn’t even have the guts to help us if they hadn’t seen anything positive in us. Unless, of course, if they do it with ulterior motives.

Similarly, we also need to consider what the book of Proverbs remind us when it says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Prov. 13:20).

Does it mean we can be perfectly sure that we will be in good hands when our friends are those who are completely Christians? Far from that. Not all who professes Christianity is genuinely real. There are those who really exploit others to execute their ploy of deceit, and there are also those who are still struggling for changes from their old sinful lifestyle accidentally affecting us.

But the bottom line here never changes. We need to be prudent in our choices of our inner circle of friends. Since friends have the capacity to make or break us, we need the help of the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and discernment in making authentic friendship, so this would not drift us away from faith simply because of a mere dismay brought about by either professing believers or alluring secular friendship.

Lack of Fellowship with Genuine Believers:

A burning piece of coal slowly diminishes its light all alone by itself but miraculously glows all the more when joined together with other burning coals. This same principle applies to every citizens of the Kingdom. Whether we believe it or not, we really need one another to thrive in our Christian lives.

The Holy Spirit desires every believer to be His channel of blessings. He doesn’t limit Himself by working only in just one individual person. He loves to use each one to bless each other. That’s why it’s so wise for us to deliberately enlist ourselves and look after a good life-group network where we could regularly fellowship together with other believers.

There can be no other source of authentic encouragement, comfort, wisdom, insight, motivation, enlightenment, and inspiration except for an individual or group where the Holy Spirit works abundantly. The Source is so rich that He never runs out of plentiful supplies, just like a fresh, crystal clear water freely flowing from a prosperous river.

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” – Jesus (John 7:38)

A believer who withdraws himself/herslef from joining or fellowshipping with other Christians will slowly experiences decreasing desire to further yearn after it, and instead finds himself/herslef seeking it from people outside the Kingdom. When this happens, his/her own judgment will dictate him/her erroneously that the secular world’s companionship is more likable.

“He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.” – Prov. 28:26

A Christian who finds himself/herself in this situation must immediately conduct a deliberate turn-around, coupled with prayers, to deter any attempt of the enemy to drift him/her away from faith.

(To be continued..)

A blessed day/evening to all!!

7 REASONS WHY SOME CHRISTIANS DRIFT AWAY

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Last Tuesday, we’ve delved into the likelihood that we’re now on the verge of witnessing the most exciting and equally horrifying experience that men would ever encounter on this planet earth.. The rapture!

 

One positive sign of this claim is parallel to what the book of Matthew says, that on the lasts days, “… Even the very elect can be deceived” (Matt. 24:24). Please bear with me as we dig further into this.

 

We’re always been familiar of stories where we heard of fellow Christians drifting away from faith, and this occurs even in our own very churches. We are caught surprised to find out that friends and even relatives whom we esteemed highly succumbed to this dreadful dilemma. More disgusting, of course, if we find ourselves to be in their shoes.

 

How, then, can we identify the snares so we can avoid or warn others about  them? Here are seven (7) potent reasons to consider, so we can keep ourselves or others away from the bait:

 

The Alluring  World:

 

The world has myriad of things to offer to sway us away from faith. It tempts us to feed our sinful desires of things that are appealing to the eyes.

The world has a way of convincing us that there are more pleasures readily available on their side of the fence than it is with the other. It lures us to believe secretly that our faith has a way of depriving us of things we should be enjoying about. Just like a sheep, we tend to foolishly separate ourselves from the flock believing that we could have better things to enjoy if we do it our own way.

 

The lures of the world is so cunning and deceptive. It capitalizes it sting from the human’s inherent desire to seek for comfort, leisure, pleasure, and enjoyment. People almost always prefer to satisfy these desires at the expense of truth and what is right. It is worthy to note, however, that God does not really deprives us of anything that gives us enjoyment. In fact, He actually wants us to enjoy life. The only difference is that, our own perception of this thing is so shallow compared to God’s genuine desire for us to enjoy by staying in the faith. What seems to be appealing is actually disastrous, and what seems to be forbidding is actually glorious.

 

Unresolved Questions in Life:

 

Unbelievers have questions which they find it hard to look for gratifying  answers because of their unbelief. This skepticism caused them failure to capture the truth. The book of Corinthians perfectly conveys it right when it says:

 

“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” – 1 Cor. 2:14

 

In like manner, believers who have unresolved questions in their hearts tend to lose heart and doubt God’s goodness and fairness. This is especially so when a believer encounters test, sorrow, and pain brought about by a loss of a loved one or anything they treasured so dearly. In their pain, they accused God of being unfair or out of control. When not addressed properly, these unresolved questions and pain could drift away from faith even the most unsuspecting believer.

 

It is necessary to understand that God’s love for us never changes regardless of whatever adverse circumstances we find ourselves into. He feels our very pain, and though He may not always give us an explanation for every pain and trials we face in life, He promises never to leave nor abandon us. The God who sees the bigger picture never exempts us from experiencing pain, especially that we are still on this planet earth which was marred by sin and Satan. Nevertheless, God has a way of turning our sorrow into joy.

 

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5

 

Similarly, the book of Genesis assures us that, “What the devil meant for evil, God meant for good.” – Gen. 50:20

 

The love of God for us is so powerful, intimate, and unfathomable that there is never yet a question that could ever conquer it.

 

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Rom. 8:38-39

 

(To be continued..)

 

A blessed day/evening to all!!

DAWNWATCH: PREPARING THE WAY FOR THE RAPTURE

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Early this morning, we’ve just finished conducting our second day Dawnwatch prayer meeting. It’s really a great privilege to be a part of a church which has a heart for prayer.

 

Before I involved myself in the ministry just a year ago, I’ve learned that they used to conduct this kind of prayer only once each month. I’m so grateful that God gave us a pastor who dared to challenge the conventional by making our Dawnwatch to be a seven days a month prayer meeting. What blessings we may have missed if she did otherwise and just retained the usual one.

 

Prayer, really, is a very crucial aspect of Christian life, which must be cherished intently by every believer, especially at this very critical period of human existence. I believe that the words of St. Paul admonishing us to devote ourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful (Col. 4:2), is primarily directed and intended to the Church at this very generation of the 21st century.

 

A closer look, investigation, and observation of what’s currently happening around the world would lead every careful observer to the reality that the much-awaited hope, the glorious return of the Messiah, otherwise known as the Rapture of the Church, is about to unfold to the great amazement and bewilderment of the entire human race.

 

“I (Jesus) will come again, and take you unto Myself.” – John 14:3

 

Every believer should never be found innocent nor caught unaware of this very truth. No specific date and time was given by the scripture as to when this inevitable event will take place, but nevertheless, time and date are of lesser value as long as we’re prepared for this glorious event. Just like an expectant mother who is about to deliver her much-awaited baby on a time she doesn’t know, we too, must be ready for the occurrence of this blessed hope that will transpire at anytime we also really don’t know. At any rate, almost all the signs were already been there, so we must be on guard.

 

Being just informed of this fact is one thing, but being watchful is another and the most important thing of all. We cannot afford to stay passive and just merely wait. We need to take our stand to reach out, pray, intercede, and stand in the gap in behalf of God’s people. We are already been warned that in the last days, the love of many shall grow cold because iniquity shall abound (Matt. 24:12).

 

“… Even the very elect shall be deceived.” – Matt. 24:24

 

The need to pray for the leaders of the church, workers of the vineyard, loved ones, relatives, friends, neighbors, people in the government and the marketplace, the nation, and all the unbelievers, is of utmost importance at this point in time. We need to implore with great lamentation that God would carry out supernatural divine interventions so that countless people should come into repentance and enter in the kingdom and loving embrace of the Savior and LORD, Jesus Christ.

 

In the meantime, we should remain steadfast, responsible, accountable, and do other important aspects of the normal life, but this time, we will be more prudent and focus all the more on the things of the above rather than the things below. We will continue to fix our eyes on the Author and Finisher of our faith, knowing that in no other way can the entire human race be saved except through Him alone (John 14:6).

 

Meanwhile, let us reserve every controversy to the doubtful, but for us as believer, we will continue to pray, obey, and keep praying until we can pray no more because we are already caught up with Him in the clouds.

 

Have a blessed day/evening!!

HOW EASTER HEALS MARRIAGE WOES?

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Just yesterday, me and my wife, Olive have gone through some sort of petty argument over something which made us not talk with each other for a while. You know, we’ve been married for almost seventeen years now and I’ve already discovered that marriage life is not always that smooth every day. Though we’ve always wanted to, things don’t frequently come that way. Irritation do really come, and I surmise that’s just part of God’s way in making relationship grow and truly work as long as everything is seen in the perspective of love.

 

Thank God that as of this writing, everything is getting better and things were all settled by now. Consequently, the incident inspired me to write something about marriage.

 

Experts say that there are about eight (8) wonders in the world today. As we all know, among the list is the Great Wall of China, the towering pyramids of Egypt, another two (2), of course, here in the Philippines, including the Rice Terraces in Banaue, etcetera.

 

Authorities may be right, but would it be fair if I give my side preference by saying that there are actually nine (9) wonders in the world today? And the last but not the least, please fasten your seatbelts, is the union of two (2) persons, male and female, in marriage.

 

What are you talking about, Mr. Ed? How could that be since such union is normal and just a usual occurrence anywhere in the world since time immemorial? Well, you might be right in that observation but would you believe if I tell you that the woman was actually a part of a man, a part of his ribs, being taken by God and formed into a woman predestined to meet the man, who owns her, at an appointed time? Are you now wondering of what I’m talking about here? Well, I suppose this is a mystery.

 

To make it clearer, I now invite to the scripture where it says, “So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” (Gen. 2: 21-22)

 

Mr. Ed, if you’re accurate in what you’re saying, why is it that lots of marriages now-a-days end up in failure and turned out to be unsuccessful? Well, that maybe what makes it as the ninth wonders of the world I suppose.

It is really amazing to think that since marriage is divinely orchestrated by God uniting two souls to be one, why is it that successful marriage is still elusive considering that it should be perfect already since God, Himself, designed it?

 

Marriage is supposed to be one of the most wonderful gift of God to man. It is through this union that the divine purposes of God for both the husband and wife could be achieved easily and smoothly assuring them of attaining complete meaning and fulfillment in life. However, because of the ultimate mistake committed by the original couple, Adam and Eve, this original intent of God for bliss in marriage was ruined. The original couple committed treason against the Lord by virtue of disobedience thereby giving access for the enemy, the devil, to cut-off the stream of blessing from the LORD and further giving him license to sow discord in marriages.

 

But thank the LORD, for God is still God! Nobody could ever thwart His purposes and original intent. In the book of Isaiah, it says, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’” (Isa. 46: 10)

 

Though the man had committed an ultimate mistake, God in His loving mercy, made the way to resolve the issue by making an ultimate remedy, a complete answer, to restore God’s original intent for both the husband and wife.

 

When God incarnated Himself through Jesus Christ, a great rejoicing of heavenly hosts was exhibited in the heavenly realms, and it was during the Easter that God made a fatal blow upon the head of the serpent that crushed his head and lost his grip and power upon the affairs of men especially of those who declared their allegiance in the lordship of Jesus Christ.

 

Finally, it was during the resurrection that the ultimate victory was manifested. The works of the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy, was finished,  because the Son of God brought back life once again in its full abundance in favor of the children of God.

 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – Jn. 10: 10

 

The good news now is that the benefit of the Easter has also paved the way to bring life again to every married couple whose relationship had been marred by the enemy’s deceitful schemes.

 

My friend, the word of the LORD says in Ecclesiastes, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccles. 3: 1). This is now the time and the right season to re-dedicate your marriage to God. His plan is to bring life again into your marriage and having it to the full.

 

Married couple, may I ask you to join your hands together as I usher you to utter with love this simple prayer:

 

“LORD Jesus, we humble ourselves before You, acknowledging that it is only through You that life can be restored in our marriage. Forgive us from all our sins, and as we surrender our lives before You, we ask You to bring complete healing to our marriage. And right now, we do believe and claim the full benefits of Your resurrection. Amen.”

NO NEED TO PUNISH YOURSELF

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The Lenten season is one of the few things cherished by most Filipinos. It is during this period that they take a long break and enjoy their vacation from tedious work especially that this season falls right during summer. They love to spend the holiday in beaches, resorts, and other pleasant places where they invest time with their families, friends, relatives, and loved ones.

 

It is also during this season that some Catholics, tourists, and observers throng in known places like Pampanga to witness the traditional re-enactment of the passion of Christ. They enjoy seeing plays that portray the suffering Savior represented by individuals who made a pre-arranged vow to be beaten, whipped, hanged, and nailed on a tree/ cross. Other devotees visit familiar places like Pangasinan to pay homage on what they believe to be of sacred value. These practices, along with other rituals, were believed to be observed to gain favor from Deity.

 

I don’t want to question the motives nor prejudge the intention of my fellow Kababayans (Filipinos) who regularly observe certain rituals as mentioned. I love my fellow Kababayans so I don’t want them to be deprived of this opportunity to point out some valid reasons as to why certain practices are being observed, thereby giving them a fair chance to evaluate some matters and find a cordial middle ground where, in one way or another, truth may come into sight.

 

Why certain rituals are observed?

 

  • Most rituals are generational in nature. They had been passed from generation to generation, and things of these nature were believed to be good and acceptable regardless of the source of its origin.

 

  • Leaders, priests, and elders who happened to be the spiritual figure of the community can evoke strong influence to the people that every word they say is considered true and acceptable.  

 

  • People are comfort-oriented by nature. They love to stay in a familiar tradition and what is conventional rather than try the new but unfamiliar one. Truth is based solely on tradition and on what is customary.

 

In this regard, can we really blame the people for observing certain rituals and practices considering that everybody does them anyway? Just because everybody does certain things doesn’t necessarily mean that such practices are right. We still need to make careful study based on what is really authentic and true, so that people may truly be enlightened and released from the bondage of wrong belief.

 

In the book of John, the scripture says, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” (John 8: 31(b) – 32)

 

The truth of the matter is that, the Lenten season should be the time for us to ponder, meditate, and appreciate the goodness and love of God for saving us all through the death and resurrection of His dear son, Jesus. It really doesn’t matter whether you commemorate it at home or anywhere else you want to, as long as you can internalize and capture the real essence and meaning of the season, that we may now live a fruitful and abundant life by surrendering our lives and allegiance to the only Savior, Jesus Christ, who sacrificed His life because of His wonderful love for the whole of humanity.

 

There is actually no need for us to succumb ourselves to pain by duplicating, imitating, and repeating what Christ did on the cross, believing that by doing so, we can gain special favor from God. This is a blatant lie considering that Jesus Christ has already offered the ultimate sacrifice for the salvation of mankind and no other sinful human being can impersonate what Jesus did, for He is the only Savior and Lord.

 

The book of John is clear when it says, “I (Jesus) am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn. 14: 6)

 

The time to gather our family and friends together to celebrate the season is laudable and good, and we can do better than that by not forgetting the real significance of the season and not just use the occasion for mere vacation, relaxation, and worst, dwell on unfounded beliefs brought by tradition.

 

The time to visit sacred places and witness Lenten plays is quite admirable. But why not consider doing a better option, by praising, worshiping, adoring, and thanking the Man of the Season, no other than Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God!

 

Have a blessed Lenten Season!!

BRO. EDDIE FOR SENATOR

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In a free nation like U.S. whose government embraces Democracy, it’s really a great privilege for the citizens to choose their leaders to run the government by exercising their right of suffrage through election. Through this event, the people shall have the opportunity to vote for leaders of their choice. This is also the chance to remove from power politicians who were proven incompetent and ineffective. Citizens are hopeful that through this exercise, their lives will get better once the leaders they elected got the majority of the votes, declared winners, and shall soon govern the nation.

 

But what are the usual scenarios once the election has been held and elected officials already sat in power? At first, the people’s expectation is high, confident that the promises made and given to them shall be delivered. But unfortunately, sooner or later, promises made to them become all fairy tales, broken, and they end up frustrated, exploited, and disappointed.

 

This summer in May, my beloved country, the Philippines will have the privilege for its citizens to take hold of the benefit of Democracy through the historic election. Filipinos will once again have the opportunity to correct their mistake of the past by a wrong choice of candidates elected for position of offices. This is now our chance to be more prudent in our selection of future leaders who will not pretend to be somebody they are not, thereby

betraying the trust of the people. God-and-nation loving Filipinos shall now ensure that they are fully aware of their eternal accountability should they be negligent, indifferent, and self-serving on their choice of leaders in this coming election on May 13, 2013. It is now time for Filipinos to rally behind justice and righteousness in governance, and this can only start out through the sanctity of the ballot.

 

I just remember the book of Proverbs, which says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Prov. 14: 34, ESV)

 

It is in this context that I, a retired military, support a certain candidate on his senatorial bid. This man is known for his love of God, country, and the people. Though he didn’t make it to be in the Presidency during the last elections of 2004 and 2010, divine intervention, coupled with his tenacity, placed him officially to be in the senatorial race. And I’m very confident and hopeful that this time, Eddie Villanueva (a.k.a. Bro. Eddie) is going to make it and will be able to join the core of senatorial winners who will shape the nation for the next six years.

 

Bro. Eddie, if elected as senator, shall satisfy the aspiration of the people, whom their expectation will not be placed in vain. As one traces this man’s track record, it will be found that his competence and integrity shall not be questioned. He shall be a catalyst that will boost the nation to move forward in genuine progress.

 

As the election draws nigh, my team, led by a former lady school teacher, continues to storm our town, Bgy. Villamor, campaigning for this man whom we know shall not betray the trust of the people.

 

Bro. Eddie’s winnability for this coming election is not far from reality for we, ourselves, witnessed the positive comments and affirmation of the people in the community. I still vividly remember one comment from a retired Colonel who quipped, “Pasok na ‘to!” which means that this is now the time for this guy to win. I also overheard a lady saying, “Pasok na pasok na ‘to si Bro. Eddie!” which means that the guy will now surely win.

 

People are now tired of broken promises made by traditional politicians, and this election in May shall be the answer for the people’s dream to come into fruition.

 

Consequently, we will continue to work campaigning for Bro. Eddie, as though everything depends on us. And we will also pray as though everything depends on God.

 

In the meantime, we humbly ask all our friends around the world to support us in prayer so that this election will be peaceful, honest and orderly. We may also solicit for your help to, likewise, ask your Filipino friends to support Bro. Eddie for Senator.

 

God bless America! God bless Israel! God bless the Philippines! God bless all the nations of the world!

 

Viva Villanueva!! 

THE DIRECTION YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

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The story is told about a certain lady named Mila. Mila is working in a company for two years. Sensing other opportunity outside, she resigned from her job and grab the one opened up for her. After a year of working from this job, she again left her second job and look for a third one, then for a fourth one, fifth one and so on.

 

Not finding real satisfaction from her job as an employee, she put up her own business and started out excited as an employer. However, after less than a year of running her business, Mila wants to leave and go to work again as an employee.

 

Anyone you know like Mila? The story looks familiar, isn’t it? In fact, there are a lot of Milas in the world today, running from one job to another. After encountering a little hardship here, a little friction there with their boss and co-workers, they immediately run. A little irritation would trigger them to escape and take the shortest route. What they thought to be an easy road,

however, would actually turn out to be a “rotunda” circle giving them no direction at all.

     

On the other side of the coin, there are those who stayed on a job they do not like. Even if they don’t love it and are not really enjoying it, they have no other recourse but to stay on it. Their main reason for remaining is because the job provides for their needs, so they would just bear all the unnecessary stress just for them to earn a living. When opportunities arise for a change, they won’t venture out for the unfamiliar.

 

Both of the above cases are the condition of a lot of people today. They are really confused, burdened, dissatisfied, unfulfilled and without direction.

Just like a roller coaster they just keep on rolling and spinning in the avenue of life, going nowhere.

 

If you find yourself in the same condition, don’t worry! Don’t lose hope! Rejoice! It may be that the Providence allowed you to find this blog for you to find your niche in life. You see, a lot of people today have lost their track especially now that emerging gurus are proliferating everywhere giving advice of various kinds causing people to sway from what is really intended for them.

 

You are not alone this journey. In fact, I, myself, have the same experience

before. That’s why I’m so eager and have the courage to share with you what I did to find the right direction again.

 

You see each individual person is created unique and especial. Whether you believe it or not, you have a purpose especially intended for you and until you find that purpose, you’ll never find the right direction, the way towards a fulfilling in life.

 

Just like any gadgets you have in your house, the manufacturer has intended a purpose for each of them. You will only find the exact and complete purpose of a gadget through its manufacturer. There is no better way who could guide us accurately except him.

 

Just so with us as human beings. There is no other way we could ever find our purpose except through our Manufacturer, the Sovereign Lord. I might be sounding religious here but that’s the way it is. No other option could lead us towards an authentic direction.

 

In the book of Matthew it says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Matt. 6:33)

 

I firmly believe without any iota of doubt that the Sovereign Lord, Himself, is the way not only towards heaven but also the way towards our life’s purpose, direction, and the elusive fulfillment in life.

 

If we can really capture this Truth, everything else in our life will fall into its proper places… Why not ask Him?

 

Have a blessed day!

GOD LOVES TO SPEAK

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GOD is really good He uses various ways to speak to us and give His message to His people. Usually, God speaks to us through His Word in the Bible and sometimes He taps other people to bring to us what He wants us to know. In other times He even utilizes dreams to make us aware that He has something important to tell us.

 

Just while ago I was awakened by a dream. In my dream I was in a place where I was taking a course/ schooling along with my friends/ classmates. As we were taking our break for the next subject, I noticed that it’s already time for us to proceed and attend the class but to my surprise, some of my classmates, in fact majority of them, did not even lift a finger to show that they will go and attend the next class.

 

Five minutes have passed and they are still busy doing their own thing seemingly unmindful that we were on schooling. Another five minutes have passed, and this time I decided to go ahead of them and attend the class, anyway, even without them.

 

As I was walking towards the place, I was suddenly awakened realizing that I was only dreaming. To tell you frankly, I was a little bit upset over this, shall I say, cut-off dream. Who would ever want such, anyway. I think, not even you.

 

As we were taking our breakfast with my kids, Johanna & Caleb, I told them about this dream and jokingly related to them that maybe there is a moral story here. And truly indeed, there was and it was not only a story with a moral sense but in fact … the LORD seems to be speaking here.

 

It’s good that I could still chew my food while contemplating about what the LORD seems to be saying here. And thankfully, I got the message as I excitingly told them to my kids. This is the message:

 

Sometimes, God will bid us to do something that doesn’t make sense with our friends, peers, churchmates, and even loved ones. These are things that seem to be awkward to them at the present. However, if we have the conviction and the confirmation that the thing is really from God, we shouldn’t allow these well-meaning people to deter us from obeying Him even if we are the only one to believe and do it. Oftentimes, the LORD is in the minority and not in the majority… I am just reminded of what the apostle Paul has said to the Galatians:

 

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” – Gal. 1: 10 (NIV)

 

Have a blessed day!