We do it in the Philippines

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Have you ever done it while passing Church – the ‘sign of the cross?’

It must not have been a deep matter for me but I’ve been asking myself if doing the religious-hand-motion is a right thing to do or at least significant.

Perhaps not  for me anymore but I did the gesture when I was a kid.

Aside from having the feeling of being obligated – doing the Cross sign as I saw it being done by people, young and old, I  copied it because it looked good to me. A common form of influence I think.

The privilege of  having time going back to place where we came from will offer us the opportunity to experience the things we used to do and see.

While I head myself to accomplish some government obligations, and though I wasn’t directly looking, a familiar move has caught my attention. I noticed the student sitting beside me pointing his fingers over his middle-chest down next his forehead then quickly cross it left and right. I thought maybe he just prayed but then another guy sitting on a passenger-seat just ahead our vehicle doing also the same thing. That’s when I realized we’re passing Church.

I wasn’t surprised to make it clear but it was indeed a refreshing one for me.

Probably not all but most people often follow traditions or likely behave to even simple ways of others they/we perceive right. Or good. Thus, conform into them.

When I  heard from a Priest the reason for the ‘ritual Crossing’ I stopped acting it. Other than the customary blessing, doing it implies your commitment or your belief in the acceptance of Jesus – of God, hence, your readiness in taking up ‘real’ Cross for Him, he said.

It is not that I don’t know Jesus at all but I know myself enough. That time I’m aware of how I can’t leave my life for Him, fearful, and so doing the Cross sign has no pledge-meaning yet as for myself.

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Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17

Prayer:

God our Father,  it is not because of our work alone that makes it acceptable to give You our thanks, love and praises, but through the mighty work of Jesus that You will be glorified. May all the glory be with You forever and ever, for yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory eternally. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

An impulse of belief

“Insomuch that the odds are against us, beyond doubt, we persist driving ourselves getting the things we want, or maybe need”.

Whenever people desire things like food, a new gadget, or simply visiting a place, the yearning is being prompted by our “no matter what” or “we just can’t help it” impulse.

Wouldn’t it be a good groundwork in a spiritual perspective to have these impulses integrated, whatever possibly the circumstances are concerning our faith?

Doubt was never an unusual word next to my belief but the last time it came to mind I was simply startled. I thought probably because that time was different as it happened while I was praying, and as blameworthy as I identify myself, words couldn’t just be shaped inside me.

“Was it really meant to happen? Is it Him, His work?” These were the uncertainties that struck and disheartened me after witnessing a gray-form of condition.

Every so often we thank God for all the blessings that He is pouring us, but we cannot also reject the transparency of hesitation if it’s the contrary. However, the mirror of confusions will always reflect a clear insight.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil”. – Proverbs 3:5-7

Our human approach to believing is that we first comprehend. But for the times on which things are seemed to be ahead of our understanding, instead of focusing with questions, we shouldn’t miss that these bring us the opportunity to draw ourselves closer to God, and that in trusting Him, we can never go wrong.

Prayer:

Father, sometimes we cannot understand Your ways for Your wisdom is without equal. Forgive us when we doubt and may you grant us the spirit of enlightenment in times when our faith is being tested, that when we can’t help ourselves getting occupied with questions, you will answer us with your merciful love, so that, no-matter-what, we will never forget to trust in You. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

p.s. in case you wonder about the relevance of the image above, well, that is a perfect antonym-picture of an odds for something the author decided not to further discuss due to its unsophisticated story behind. God Bless.

Little did I know

Often we convince ourselves and believe that things are right if they make us feel good. If not, ignoring them is our one quick silent escape.

As a child I used to not only cry and look shamefully ugly with a wet-dust on my frowned face but fight back with a worst word that I can desperately grab out of my emotion against a playmate. The denial of failure and claim of the opposite, by anger, feel so good to me. Thus, I always thought that doing so is just and right. Little did I really know that it wasn’t.

Rational indulgence to things we perceive good is considerable. Patronizing inspiring advises and expression of feelings and emotions could be undeniably helpful. But more often than not, we neglect to acknowledge the genuine mistake and ignorance behind.

To some, putting a middle-finger in the air or defining it with an f* word is an easy sort of relief to a bullying boss, an envy friend, or a bitter stranger, you name it, any compelling situation, all end up to a black-wishful-thinking. Angry or in trouble, people gone easy on releasing words. “I hope that he/she could just…!”, “Surround yourself with… forget/f* the people who hurt you!”

Matthew 5:44 – But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. We knew this right? But little did we know that? 

Words of expression are everybody’s all time tongue-habit because of their mind-blogging power to link response between conversations. Just like this overused example: “Oh my G*d! H**y s**t! He/she is so h*t!”

Exodus 20:7 – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

 Matthew 5:28 – But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 

People haven’t just thought about it, it was actually even expressed. Little did we know that?

Father, we thank you for giving us the opportunity to enjoy things in different forms, but most of the time we tend to be misled by our own actions and beliefs which are unpleasing to you. Forgive us for being so careless with our words and actions. Please teach and help us to be more humble in spirit. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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Passing at a red light

“Jesus is like a traffic light.

If you pass red signal

you risk yourself and others of being harmed.

Let’s say you did and nothing wrong happened,

be thankful if that’s the case, but remember,

you disobeyed rule –  God”

how it all started,

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Two months ago, a college friend of mine very close to me has sent me a message asking how am I doing, I miss her a lot and so I eagerly replied,

“Good, I’m okay,” Then I asked her the same question.

I was happy to know when she said she’s fine. I know how troubled her life was, struggling with her personal issues just like me.

We continued exchanging messages but as soon as she talks about God, bible, and stuff about Jesus I tried to ignore her.

Perhaps as you read through this you are starting to have the same thoughts just as what I had with my friend.

Hearing words like God, Jesus, bible, the kingdom of God, and this, ‘the good news,’ these honestly make me feel so bored, thinking that hearing them is not a “cool thing,” and if you do agree I must say I know exactly the feeling.

But (please don’t get me wrong here) this idea was when I ‘really’ do not know Jesus yet.

Probably my friend thought that I was in need of more input so the following day I received another message from her. She asked me to watch a video, a testimony lasting just about an hour so I gave it a try.

You are wrong if you think I was crying after watching it but this I will tell you, I was deeply moved.

How many times I’ve prayed to God and accepted Jesus in my life but that was not real, I thought it was.

God through my friend was by then successfully persuaded me, and that was the time I can say, I was saved.

Let me just say that pretty sure if the judgment day will be today I am not worthy going in heaven. I am so aware of my sinful life but I know and can attest that God through Jesus, through unexplained realization, has started coming into my life because I started “listening to Him,” he won’t just stop.

Immediately I told my friend about what had just happened to me and then she replied,

Glory to God!

(If I can remember it right, me, speaking through my heart,) Yes! My God, Glory be to God!

 

This was the reason why I created this. I wanted to do what’s through my friend was done for me.

You might not come back again reading in this blog but I know for sure that as you reach this part, the ‘Holy spirit of God’ has already worked on you.

And yes, Glory be to God!

Don’t let your heart grow dull. Read the scripture and you will know what I am talking about. I highly recommend the ESV (English standard version,) easy and clear.

 

“But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.”

– Matthew 13:16

 

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,

and all these things will be added to you.”

– Matthew 6:33

 

 

 

Yes, no! no, yes!

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In the workplace, we were confronted by our head for a work which was not done right.

I stepped forward to say that I was the one responsible for it but as she asked questions that was the time that, though my sense of right and wrong has been urging me not to, I still did, I started lying.

I felt relieved for awhile because I know that our boss still has a good impression of me, then something has circulated in my mind and it was a torment in my heart.

I realized that I was so mindful about keeping a good impression of myself to my superior and others while there is someone greater than anyone, above all, whom I was disappointing,

God in heaven.

That day I looked good to people whom I was so concerned about. But I am not.

It was a shameful act from me.

 

How about you? Have you thought of your lies deeply? Think about one and then pray.

God is a merciful Father, in Jesus name, ask for His forgiveness and to give you strength so that the next time you are in the same situation you will have the courage and will not have what I had in my heart.

 

If we confess our sins,

He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

– John 1:9