1 JOHN 3:18 New Living Translation
Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
Yes. Love ought to be active. Not just in words but in truth and in action. It has to be shown. It must be expressed in a way that it is felt. It can be ignored, yes, but not always. This is the case only when the recipient is estranged or detached or totally alien to the feeling.
Love is something I would not normally define but something I’d do or show. Sinner that I am, I love those who love me…and receive love to those I love. Nothing, however, can compare to God’s love, to His command to love our enemy, To even pray for those who persecute us. Such love requires deeper intimacy to the Father’s love. Such is something you have to…
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This is what we are before –
From Head to Toe:
- We believe we are saved.
- We feel saved.
- We are richly blessed with good things.
- We believe we are good. We know in our hearts that we are good – we do not offend anybody nor do anybody any harm.
- We may also be holders of some title – and are also religious.
- We may have so many friends and is richly blessed with great success.
- We may also be in a state of so much problem, confusion, in deep hatred, lack of satisfaction, perplexion, lost (lacking direction), unsure of the future, hopeless (in a particular situation), feeling unloved or isolated or lonely, full of despair, always sick, is in fear of many things, tormented, etc.
The good news is this: No matter what we think or feel about ourselves or our state or even when we don’t ever…
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God is merciful. He made a way for us to be saved from our pitiful state in need of redemption.
Prophet Nehemiah has a lot to say about this when he prayed for Israel. (Bible reference is Nehemiah Chapter 9 starting from verses 6-31) There’s so much to learn about this prayer.
“May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise!
6“You alone are the LORD. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.
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Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool. – Proverbs 19:1 NLT
No matter the occasion, Filipinos almost always celebrate for a reason in a season. It may not be so in other parts of the world, but to a great majority of Christian nation, it is.
- Proverbs 18:16 New Living Translation
Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!
- Proverbs 19:6 New Living Translation
Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!
While we are commonly giving at a particular season, I am praying that we give cheerfully out of the generosity in our heart:
- 2 Corinthians 9:7 English Standard Version
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
…Not out of a wrong motive – to gain…
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A Spiritual Battle
Ephesians 6:11-12 New Living Translation
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Who is the enemy?
- the devil
- sin – know this enemy – for you might be allies!
- evil rulers and authorities (and someone you know comes to mind?)
- evil spirits
- manipulating spirits
- controlling spirits
- retaliating spirits
- mighty powers – this I know nothing about…for to me, God alone is mighty!
Mark 3:9-11 New Living Translation
Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him. He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people eagerly pushed…
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YOU are loved!
Note: NLT = New Living Translation is used on all the scriptures unless otherwise indicated.
God loved us first…then He forgave our sins to bring us back to Him through His only Son, our Lord Jesus!
Such an amazing grace. Even when we are sinners, Christ died for us!
From Sinner to Saved to Changed to Delivered to adopted Son of God!
Romans 5:8 New Living Translation
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
1 John 4:9-10 New Living Translation
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
We are doomed to death but…
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The verse that the Lord is telling us for this year.
New International Version
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
New Living Translation
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
English Standard Version
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever…
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Being a Christian means living our life in Christ. It is all about Hearing the good news, Believing in Christ, Receiving Him as our Lord, and Saviour, Repenting of our sins, Confessing, and Being Baptized. But how can anyone know of the good news if no one is proclaiming? How can anyone receive someone they cannot believe? What will they repent of when they have no idea that they even have committed a sin? Before the Son, the Father. But they are one and they have always been together since the beginning. Jesus, the Son of the living God is the personification of God himself. Let us explore the wondrous things about our God.
God is OUR CREATOR, our great and powerful God!
He is the source of all wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Who can reason with Him?
- ISAIAH 40:28 New Living Translation Have you never heard? Have you…
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We all have issues. Everybody faces different kinds of problems. Varied trials tests even the toughest. We are on equal footing when it comes to this. The big difference lies on who we put our trust to when trials come, and when we are faced with a very big problem.
Psalm 62:8 International Standard Version
People, in every situation put your trust in God; pour out your heart before him; for God is a refuge for us.
God is a refuge for us. A refuge is something that provides shelter. A protected place. No need to explain further since we already understood this. No matter what we believe, God is the same. No matter our situation, He is our refuge. But God is more than just a refuge.
The following Psalms are great references for the many things God is. And this is just but a few. The Book of…
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