Psalm 89:1 (KJV) I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
“I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” Isaiah 46:4 NLT
What are the things or circumstances that we are afraid of? Earthquake scare, end of the world apocalypse, loss of job, singleness, lack of security. All these things at one point of our life scare (or will scare) us – but what is so wonderful with God is that He will never leave us until the end of time. We may not see Him working, or not felt Him just what had happened to Job, and yet, God says in Isaiah that He will be our God until our lifetime. He will carry us until the end of time. I hope in this love song to our God, we come to acknowledge and accept the truth that no circumstance will ever make God abandon us – because He is our Faithful God.
“He shakes the earth from its place, and its foundations tremble.” Job 9:6 NLT
For the past three days, we have been literally shaken by the Lord God Almighty. Luzon Island was jolted last Monday with an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 and has recorded about 500 aftershocks. The next day, one of the islands in South Philippines experienced a 6.5 magnitude quake. And just as the country is still assessing the damage done by the two quakes, at least three quakes have been recorded in Mindanao (an island south of the Philippines).
My mom, sister and I were out when the Monday quake happened. We were in a public utility vehicle (PUV) when it happened. I thought that someone is playing a prank on us; that someone is shaking the vehicle. When we looked outside, other PUVs were also shaking and a realization came to us that it’s an earthquake. We saw people from afar, running into safety from a nearby high-rise construction. The earthquake lasted for about a minute.
I never thought that I would experience an earthquake again as it’s been a while since the last time I experienced an earthquake that strongly shook me (1999 to be exact). This caught me by surprise and physically, my knees shook when I saw how many people are outside of the building waiting for an update. But even if my knees were shaking, I was pretty much calm; because of the truth that whatever happens, God Almighty is in control. Just as what was written in the book of Job, God shakes the earth in its place and its foundation trembles. God is just showing to us His might and who can ever deny it?
These last three days have been an awakening for both secular and Christians. Some have been sharing some scary post about the Big One. The Philippines have been anticipating the Big One for quite some time now. According to studies, the Big One is an earthquake that will have a magnitude of 7 and would displace a number of buildings and people. With all the happenings for the last three days, there was a constant effort from the secular side, the government and the NGOs to be on the lookout for the Big One and to ensure the every Filipino family is prepared with a survival kit. With this in everyone’s mind, it also cultivates fear and panic to everyone. But as a Christian, God has prepared us for such circumstance. He gave us the truth that we will have troubles in this world. But we do not need to worry, nor live in fear and panic because we know that Jesus who overcame death, has overcome the world and all of its troubles.
One of my favorite verse in the Bible gives me and my family an assurance in all of this earthquake scare is that the Almighty God will hide us in the shadow of His wings to those who dwell in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 91:1). He will be our rock, our fortress and He will never be shaken (Psalm 62:6). And because my God is in control, a rock and mighty fortress that is unshakable, therefore, my faith and hope in God are unshakable.
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Today marks the world’s commemoration of our Lord Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross. I was reminded of the scripture from 1 Corinthians 13 that love never gives up.
I was reflecting on these words and realized that Jesus’ loves for us didn’t stop Him on fulfilling the scriptures.
38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” (NLT)
In Matthew 26:38, Jesus was in great distress and grief that He felt that He was almost at the point of death. But His love for us and obedience to the Father is greater than His grief and distress. I wonder what was going through Jesus’ mind at that time? I feel that at that time, all our names flashed through his mind and when He thinks of His love for us, it is what that kept Him for not giving up.
Jesus loves us enough for Him to endure the suffering and humiliation. His love for this world didn’t falter when all His creations shouted at Him to crucify Him. His love for us didn’t waver when He was hanging on the cross and being bruised and struck. His love for each one of us is unstoppable, unbreakable.
Lord Jesus, thank you for Good Friday. Indeed, you are a good God and that your love for us never falters nor it wavers. Thank you, Jesus, for dying on the cross for bearing my sins. Lord Jesus, this day I remember your goodness and love; teach me Lord your way so I could share your love with others. Thank you and I receive the full benefits of the cross.
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One would say, that all people have one great love. We often hear that cliche in movies, radio stations, books, and even blogs. A great love story would never be told like this:
A son of a certain man is so wicked. His thoughts, his ways, and even his breath are all about wickedness and his greed of fame, power, and money.
This man owns a number of farms around him. A certain farmer has a young boy working for the wicked son. One day, the wicked son burned up the village and the farms around him because he wanted to convert these farms into high-rise condominiums. A multitude of people was injured in an attempt to stop the fire from growing.
The fire was put down by the people with the help of the local police and firefighters. The police came and ask who was responsible for the arson that caused injuries to many people. Then the farmer came to the police and handed to them his young boy. The young boy was silent, being led by the police and verbally abused by the local villagers. The young boy was punished instead of the wicked man.
In this fallen and selfish world, no such story would end up where a loving father would give his son as payment for someone else’s wickedness. But our Abba Father is good, He gave his only Son for us as a ransom. Love came down and rescue us while we are still sinners.
One great love means someone is willing to take our judgment, not because we are nice or good or smart, but just because He loves us so much. Jesus became obedient even to the cross not because of our credentials, but because Jesus loves us. Jesus endured the suffering of the cross when He can actually cry out to God to take away all the pain and save Him, and yet He did it all just because He loves us. Jesus could have left us empty handed because we mostly choose ourselves above anything else, and yet He and the Father chose to leave the Holy Spirit to empower us because He loves us.
Prayer: Abba Father, thank you for your great love that you gave your Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross on behalf of my sins. It is with your great love that I am alive today. Jesus, thank you for your great love that you endured all those pains and suffering and even a short separation with the Father because of Your great love for me. Thank you also for the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit that keeps on revealing unto us your great love. Thank you, indeed you are a Good God. Amen.
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In His Fullness
One Great Love
Did you know that the Hebrew word “Hosanna” actually means “save now”? Today we commemorate the day Jesus entered Jerusalem seated on a donkey. Palm Sunday marks a significant truth that we all need saving and God did not disappoint us. He gave us His son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to save us, redeemed us and give us new life, therefore, we can rejoice in this truth.
Zechariah 9:9 – Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17 KJV
Many times we think that it is difficult to rise up and emerge from situations drowning us. It makes us think that we are alone in this world fighting our battle and we are losing our strength to stay afloat over our situations. But what a beautiful assurance that when we call out to God, He will surely respond and rescue us from the depths of our situations.
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers! Isaiah 65:24 NLT
I pray this weekend that may we have the rest we needed for the Lord our God is with us. He will fight the battle for us; He is our ever-present help in times of needs.
Call unto the Lord and surely, God will not disappoint us – He will answer. He will come to our rescue and give us rest.
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Came to My Rescue
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Jeremiah 29:11 – 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Psalm 150:1 – Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means “praise Yahweh”. Today is the first time I heard of this song and have meditated and reflected on the words. Singing “Hallelujah” despite our circumstances gives us hope that we will rise in victory, not because of our own strength but because God is going to fight the battle for us. Hallelujah also is a joyous boast of Yahweh’s great power and supremacy in our lives.
Bethel Community has also a powerful testimony on this when they were inspired to write the song. May this be the same inspiration to us all – those of us who are fighting our battles. God will not leave us nor forsake us – let us keep praising God for our help comes from the Lord the maker of heaven and earth.
Today, I speak blessings to all of us through this worship song and the testimony of the miracle healing of the baby Jaxon as we raise a Hallelujah to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Alpha and the Omega, the One who is and is to come forever and ever. Amen.
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I was in fifth grade when I started to be acquainted with a slam book. A slam book is a notebook or something similar that has a series of questions passed around with friends. Some of the questions that were asked were personal information, hobbies, favorite colors, and subjects. There are also cliche questions and one of them is ”What is Love?”
Surprisingly, fifth and sixth graders have answers to the very question. Some answered, ”Love is blind”. Others answered that ”Love is like a rosary full of mystery”.
I don’t know whether those answers perhaps shape some of our perspectives today about the real meaning of love.
A few days back, a lot of people have posted how they have celebrated the Valentines day with their loved ones. Some are simple and some are extravagant. But what I like reflecting on Valentines Day is what true love really means and what does the Bible truly says about it.
In 1 Corinthians 13, Apostle Paul enumerated what true love really means.
Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 TPT
How I loved the TPT version elaborate on the characteristics of what true love is. And thank you Abba Father that we have found our One True Love in Jesus Christ. The love of Jesus for us is what 1 Corinthians 13 is all about. And as Jesus’ believers and followers, we are to model how we love our family, special someone, friends, and enemies the way Jesus Christ demonstrated it. 1 Corinthians 13 is our model of what a Christlike love ought to be.
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