Butterfly in the Spring

Journey of Healing

You’re The Subject of a Documentary

Did you know that the show, Candid Camera —-the American hidden camera reality television series— started as early as 1948??  I wonder how many people had television sets then to watch it.  The genre of reality television as we know it today started around 1991 and these shows that document “unscripted situations, actual occurrences, confessions”… have since “become a fixture” of TV programming.  They highlight personal drama and conflict to a much greater extent than other tv shows. Critics, however, complain of scenes “being staged” (Wikipedia).

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You and I are on some kind of reality TV show too with some sort of “hidden cameras everywhere” and God has all the footage.  Hebrews 4:13 says “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Jeremiah 23:24 (NIV) Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord.
    “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.

Proverbs 15:3 (NIV)  The eyes of the Lord are everywhere,  keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

Psalm 139:2-4 (MSG) I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too— your reassuring presence, coming and going.

While we are on some kind of reality TV show because God sees everything, He isn’t impressed with putting on of shows or drama queens. He has x-ray vision up to the heart’s motives.

Matthew 6 (MSG) The World Is Not a Stage
6 “Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.

2-4 “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

I guess the reality of it is that the genre of what you and I might be in if life were like tv, is less of reality tv and more of a documentary.

Dear Lord,

We need You.   Please instill in us the right fear of You.  Please empower us by Your Holy Spirit to live our lives in a way that we can face You when the inevitable time to account comes in Jesus’s name amen.

 

 

 

Shall I Belong to God or Shall I Belong to the Enemy?

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God’s power is available to us. We are given a choice. Let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us into living the life that is consistent with belonging to Jesus Christ, following His example, being led by Him in every part of our lives, bearing the right fruit of the Spirit, not the fruit of evil opposed to God which is from the enemy.

Dear Lord,

Apart from You, I can do nothing. But the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness as He pleads for Your people in harmony with Your own will.  It is your will and You have called for us to be holy. Please help us to live out our time as foreigners here on earth in reverent fear of You for we know that we are not destined to be here forever but our citizenship is in heaven with You.  Please open our eyes to the schemes and traps of the enemy through unforgiveness and getting stuck in the evil desires of youth.  Please help us grow in fear of You which is the beginning of wisdom.  Please help us to live as wise, not as fools so that Your victory may be upon our lives in Jesus’s name and for His glory amen.

Gal 5:16-25 (NLT)

Living by the Spirit’s Power
16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

4 Ways to “Walk By Faith”

bits walk by faithMy friend, Lillian, sent me a list on how to “walk by faith”:

1. Obey

2. Be diligent

3. Let go of past

4. Forgive

These evidences of faith were demonstrated in the life of Joseph (the favourite son of Jacob).  God had a great plan for Joseph’s life and He gave Joseph this vision through a dream.  But the circumstances that Joseph found himself in were farthest from anything like a good God plan. Didn’t look like a good God nor a good plan:  His brothers plotted to murder him.  His brothers sold him as a slave. He lived the life of a slave, was wrongly accused of rape, was imprisoned.  He thought the cup bearer would remember him and help him get out of prison (Gen 40:14) yet the chief cup bearer forgot him (v23)

For someone in Joseph’s circumstances who might have been praying for God to show a sign of His goodness, to make Himself real, to show His favour, to hasten in delivering him from his terrible ordeal and yet not see the light at the end of the tunnel, it would be easy to be bitter and angry against God and other people who were instrumental to cause those circumstances.  As the pitiful details of the life of Joseph unfolded, you would see the verse “The Lord was with him.”

Joseph continued to walk by faith. He continued to be diligent in the tasks he was given to do. He rose up as head of Potiphar’s household (Gen 39:2-6).  Even in prison, Joseph responded to his circumstances in a godly way that he continued to prosper and Joseph was put in charge of all the prisoners by the chief jailer (Gen 29:22)

Until that one day (after God’s training through suffering) when the vision God gave Joseph came to pass.

Gen 41:41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put the gold necklace around his neck. 43 He had him ride in his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, “Bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”

Joseph was now in power.  He could have used it to get back at those who caused him to suffer. But Joseph continued to walk by faith.  When they finally met, Joseph told his brothers that it was God (not they) who sent him to Egypt for the saving of many lives. Joseph saw his life from God’s point of view.

Gen 45:4… “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life…7 God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. 8 Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10 You shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have. 11 There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished.”’ …14 Then he fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. 15 He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him.

Joseph let go of the past and forgave the brothers who betrayed him.  It wasn’t just a verbal forgiveness.  Joseph blessed the very brothers who betrayed him and harmed him. After their father died, his brothers were afraid that Joseph would finally retaliate but Joseph maintained:

Gen 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.

I invite you to listen to this message at CCF given by Pastor Peter Tanchi, “Walk By Faith.”  The message summary is:

To walk by faith is to trust God and know that He is greater than our past, present and future.

In what ways is God asking you to walk by faith today?

Worship Wards Off Wandering

Francis Chan said that we can’t sin and worship at the same time.  This morning, I started to grumble in my mind and then I remembered the line, “I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross” from the song, “Here I Am to Worship”.  Thinking of the lyrics of that song nipped the rumbling grumbling. By mid-morning, my friend Poshan sent me this perfectly timed photo via Viber: IMG_6463   Last Thursday, I was trying to send my friend, Fe, Philippians 4:6-7 about not being anxious after I learned that her son, Gabe, had an injury across the miles but the verse that my mind could think of  was Philippians 4:8 so when I looked it up, I read the latter verse: Phil 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Thank You, Lord, for reminding me that when I guard my mind with thoughts of You, when I fix my eyes towards thoughts that worship, praise, and thank You, the mind-wandering towards grumbling, complaining, dissatisfaction, and sin are warded off.  By the power of Your Holy Spirit, please enable me to guard my heart and mind in Jesus’s name amen.    Oh, and dear Lord, I ask for Your all-powerful, all-loving hand of healing upon Gabe from the inside out in Your name, amen.

Event: Don Moen Concert at CCF

The sound system for the mic and musical instruments died on the third song but that didn’t dampen the Spirit at the Don Moen concert last night at the CCF Main Center.  Unfazed, Don spontaneously walked in front of his keyboard. His accompanying vocalists, Lenny LeBlanc and Rachel Wilson Robinson (Thank you, Joel for giving me her name) joined him and they continued to sing in the expanse of the three-level hall  without a mic.  After a few songs, a small backup amplifier with a single mic was brought onstage while the audience, by this time up on their feet in unison, continued to sing along.

When the sound system came back to life (we are Resurrection People after all), Don said that if the sound system doesn’t work again, they still have a hundred other songs that they can sing. “Remember, before all this technology, we used to sing with just a guitar!” he quipped.

This man of God who is a recipient of a Ray DeVries Church Ministry Award and Dove Award is  a songwriter, worship leader, businessman, producer whose self-confessed God-given purpose is “To be an architect who designs products and events that help people experience God’s presence in a new and fresh way.” [from his website, donmoen.org]

In between songs, he gave messages of encouragement.  He spoke of the times when he gave up a secure job to do what he felt called out to do [what he's doing now], when the checks stopped coming in, when he and his wife of forty-one years, Laura, were waiting on the Lord to give them their first child [before the Lord gave them five children in seven years!].  He spoke of storms, prayers that take long to be answered.  He prayed for the people present… those who were wanting to have a child, for those who wanted healing, for those who wanted to give their lives to the Lord.  This is no ordinary concert that you bob your head up and down to and then forget once you get past the last song syndrome.  Don Moen succeeded in making this an event where the audience experiences God’s presence in a new and fresh way.  With God’s Word as the basis for the messages and song lyrics, they are seeds planted in hearts that will accomplish the purposes for which God sends them and continue to work in hearts even after the music has stopped.

Isaiah 55:11  (MSG) So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

He sang one of his most popular songs, God Will Make a Way.  Here is a previous post about the time he wrote that song when his nephew died while their family was driving home from a ski trip.  He said that it was a song to give “hope in a hopeless situation. But it is not a song of desperation but a song of declaration that God will make a way.”

I’m glad I stashed my face towel in my purse as I dashed out of the house last night;  it was handy to do a quick cleanup to avoid switching to a racoon look on the way home from this moving worship concert.  Don Moen’s medley of “How Great Is Our God”, “There Is None Like You”, “Still”, and other favourites was a reminder of the times God ministered me out of discouragement through music like this, based on Scriptural Truths of who God is, of how real and alive He is, how He speaks His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, healing, redemption, and freedom.  Add to that the fact that praise and worship are victorious weapons of spiritual warfare, it was time well spent!

Praise God for people like Don Moen who use their gifts to edify the church. Beloved, I invite you to listen to the Scriptural messages in the music. After that, here is a good reflection question to ponder: what spiritual gift do I have and am I using it to edify God’s people?

Event: An Evening with Francis Chan

The strongest believers are those who go through trials. – Francis Chan

Death is what we Christians are living for” – Francis Chan

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If a voice could carry passion, you would feel that with a sense of urgency when Francis Chan said, “I beg you to get alone with this book…only you, God, and His Word. Don’t just believe eveything you hear out there [in the world].”

I’m all for dressing-becoming-of-an- ambassador of Christ but when he walked onstage garbed in a collarless t-shirt, jeans, and thong slippers, the phrase  “Not even Solomon… was dressed in one of these” (when Jesus was talking about seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness foremost) came to mind.  This  unspoken message seemed to be part of his message. [I think this is fine for an audience of believers.]

Someone from backstage delivered a timer on the podium.  Francis Chan then said, “If I’ll see God in thirty minutes, I don’t care what you think of me afterwards.  I’ll say anything He wants me to say even if it offends you.  Don’t fall for ear-tickling, getting information while nothing changes in your life. It is the Holy Spirit’s power who changes us.  Radically change your life tonight or your ministry and believe it’s possible.”

His opening prayer:  “God, stir something in us. Guide us. May You be honored. May You Be worshiped. May people think of the power and name of Jesus. When people pray to you, fire would literally come out of heaven, seas part, the earth  shakes, armies fall, the most amazing miracles happen.  Can we get taste of that tonight?  Grace us with Your presence and power.  Purify us by Your word.  We worship You tonight.  You are holy and good in Jesus’s name amen.”

Message 1: OBEY GOD

He talked about the interesting event in 1Kings Chapter 22 with the main reflection questions being:

- If four hundred prophets had a unanimous declaration, could I be like Micaiah who would tell what I know to be what God says even if it is different?

-Am I a woman of God to say I know what God had said I will not budge, I don’t care what all prophets say?

He goes on to say that he sees what scripture says in Matt 7:21 “Not everyone who says ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter heaven but only those do the will of the Father.”; Everyone who says he knows God but doesn’t obey is a liar; The person who has Holy Spirit will become righteous and won’t continue on in sin. Going to church is not always the same as obeying God; The Bible is supposed to radically alter our lives— for our actions to be aligned with God’s revealed will in His Word.

He said he heard that here in the Philippines, it’s a cultural thing  to go to church, just tradition, going through the motions.  [That's a painful thing to hear but if it's the truth, we need to hear it.  We are supposed to be a Christian nation but does it show in our actions?]

Message 2: YOU AND I WERE CREATED FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE.  THE TRAUMATIC CIRCUMSTANCES OR THINGS WE DO NOT LIKE ARE PART OF THAT PURPOSE

There was a plan ahead of time.

Jeremiah 1:5 “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.”

God was not mistaken when He created us, when He allowed circumstances in our lives. He has a specific purpose for each one of us. God thought about how we was going to make each one of us for that purpose.  Francis Chan shared that his mother died giving birth to him, his stepmom died when he was eight, and his father died when he was twelve. He [could have turned away from God with bitterness if he really wanted his own way but God gave him the grace that he] saw his situation from God’s point of view.  He came to understand that God  wanted him to think eternally, that we can’t take any day for granted. [He has been sharing this death-aware urgency for us to understand God's will.] God has designed from eternity past the good works that we are supposed to do.

Message 3:  ALL-KNOWING GOD WASN’T MISTAKEN WHEN HE MADE YOU AND ME.

You are not an accident.  God didn’t mess up.  In Exodus 4 when Moses was doubting he could do what God wanted him to do (from fear that people will not believe him, because he is slow of speech and tongue), God told Moses, “Who gave human beings their mouths?… I will help you speak and teach you what to say.”  In our weakness, God’s strength is made perfect.

Message 4: THERE WILL BE TIMES GOD CALLS YOU TO STAND ALONE.

Jeremiah 1:17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.  18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

There will be times when people will hate you because of God’s Truth that you share.  Don’t be afraid.  When you die, you will not care what other people think but you will seriously think what will God say when He sees you.  Will you hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.  You did what I made you for”?  Francis Chan says, “Is there anything on this earth that you want more than hearing God say that?”

He prayed, “Lord, please show them what they have been afraid of.   Give them the boldness to make the change they need and say ‘God is with me.'”

QUESTION AND ANSWER

1.  Q: How can one be sure of God’s specific will?

Francis Chan (FC):  I don’t think you can.   99.9% of things are the things I read from the Bible.  I need to respond to the Word of God.  If you wanna hear from heaven,  you can… you have the bible.   We are told to test the spirits.  Apostle Paul was headed a certain direction but the Holy Spirit stopped him.  David thought of building the temple but God told him that it was not his calling. It was his son, Solomon’s.  Sometimes Christians get paralysed because of not being sure if it’s God’s will, so they just do nothing until they hear from heaven.  But no voice from heaven says to open a Facebook account but we go ahead and do it.  We do a lot of things without hearing a voice from Heaven.

2.  How do you deal with lust?

FC:  We are told to flee youthful lust.  There was a time when I was in college when it is most difficult to fight passions. When I gave in to temptation, I fasted the whole next day. Starving reminded me that it wasn’t worth it.  I ended up losing 15 lbs. Still there were times when my eyes wandered and the moment I go there, the word “worship” comes to mind.  I can’t worship God and sin at the same time. It’s a continual melody of Ephesians 5 (Holy Spirit-filled person).  Sometimes we can’t get rid of stuff; we need to replace it with something.  For me, that’s worship and constant thanksgiving.

Francis Chan’s simple final prayer:  Lord, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, make us Doers of the Word.  We’ve talked enough.  We’ve listened enough.  Make us Doers of the Word now in Jesus’s name amen

Song: I Will Say (Lou Fellingham)

Would like to share with you this worship song.  The first time I heard it, I put it on Repeat on my iTunes. Oh, about thirty-eight times.  Lou Fellingham’s sweet voice delivers the beautiful melody and powerful Scripture-based lyrics to the heart.

The song talks about God in the ongoing action of giving rest to the weary and bringing strength to the weak.  The repetition of the word “wait” is a reminder to allow the Lord to do what He— the faithful, All-knowing,, All-wise All-loving, Everpresent Alpha and Omega— is doing.

Before, during, or after any circumstance that makes us weary, weak, anxious, there is an advanced choice regardless of feeling that “I will say”.  The advanced decision is to praise and worship the Lord and declare Him as my personal Refuge (where I feel unsafe from danger, pursuit, or trouble); my personal Strength in my weakness, my personal shelter /shade/safeguard/defender/shield/cover from harm.

And Who is this God with whom we can have a personal relationship? He is The Source of All Creation, He is the One who gives living water from the well that never dries, He is the One who won’t grow tired. This is The One we can wait for.  How can any other one or thing compare?  Who do we hope in? Who do we wait upon? Who are we seeking help from? Is it The Lord?  Are we waiting on the Lord? Are we waiting for His instructions? Are we waiting for His confirmation? Are we responding to people and situations with Him foremost in our minds?

I Will Say
by Lou Fellingham

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by Lou Fellingham

You give rest to the weary
You bring strength to weak
As they wait in Your presence
There is grace for their need
So I’ll wait, I’ll wait
Yes I’ll wait for You
I will say of the Lord ‘He is my refuge’
I will say of the Lord ‘He is my strength’
I will say of the Lord “He is my shelter, my hiding place’
I will come to the source of all creation
I will drink from the well that never dries
I will draw from the one who won’t grow tired, the Lord of all
You can come in the silence
You can come in the noise
Bringing peace in a moment
Bringing comfort and joy

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Dear Lord,

Only by Your grace can we walk in step with You.  Apart from You we can do nothing. Please help us to always wait upon You always in Jesus’s name and for His glory Amen.

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Psalm 27:14(NASB)
14 Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

Isaiah 40:31 (NASB)
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

Psalm 91:2 (NIV)
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Isaiah 40:28 (NIV)
28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.

Have You Ever Thought That Following God Is In Vain?

Today’s Verse from YouVersion

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Written by Asaph, he expresses “Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure” (Psalm 73:13 NIV) when he saw that those who openly rebelled against God were doing terrific.  Perhaps in today’s terms it would be like you paid your right taxes and had to tighten your belt then you see corrupt government officials’ luxurious spending; maybe you studied so hard for an exam and you find out that people paid the teacher for the answer key and the cheaters aced the exam;  you tried to follow the rules and someone blatantly commits repeated treachery in response and, seemingly from a human view, get away with it.

In the MSG translation, it says “I’ve been stupid to play by the rules; what has it gotten me?” (v13)

But when Asaph entered the presence of God in His sanctuary, Asaph’s eyes were opened to the big picture, the reality that the end for the rebellious is certain.  He pulled himself together and remembered that his intimate relationship with God, God’s counsel, strength, and promises are his and nothing on earth can compare!

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If you have always read this passage in the NIV version, here’s the Message Translation written by Eugene Peterson in an attempt to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original ancient Greek writing to capture its conversational feel [explanation of MSG Translation from YouVersion NavPress Publishing Group]:

Chapter 73 (MSG)

An Asaph Psalm
73 1-5 No doubt about it!
God is good—  good to good people, good to the good-hearted        
But I nearly missed it, missed seeing his goodness.

I was looking the other way, looking up to the people at the top, envying the wicked who have it made, who have nothing to worry about, not a care in the whole wide world.

6-10 Pretentious with arrogance, they wear the latest fashions in violence,
Pampered and overfed, decked out in silk bows of silliness.
They jeer, using words to kill; they bully their way with words.
They’re full of hot air, loudmouths disturbing the peace.
People actually listen to them—can you believe it? Like thirsty puppies, they lap up their words.
11-14 What’s going on here? Is God out to lunch? Nobody’s tending the store.
The wicked get by with everything; they have it made, piling up riches.

I’ve been stupid to play by the rules;
what has it gotten me?

A long run of bad luck, that’s what— a slap in the face every time I walk out the door.

15-20 If I’d have given in and talked like this, I would have betrayed your dear children.
Still, when I tried to figure it out, all I got was a splitting headache . . .

Until I entered the sanctuary of God.
Then I saw the whole picture:

The slippery road you’ve put them on, with a final crash in a ditch of delusions.
In the blink of an eye, disaster! A blind curve in the dark, and—nightmare!
We wake up and rub our eyes. . . . Nothing. There’s nothing to them. And there never was.

21-24 When I was beleaguered and bitter, totally consumed by envy,
I was totally ignorant, a dumb ox in your very presence.
I’m still in your presence, but you’ve taken my hand.
You wisely and tenderly lead me, and then you bless me.

25-28 You’re all I want in heaven!
You’re all I want on earth!
When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,
God is rock-firm and faithful.

Look! Those who left you are falling apart! Deserters, they’ll never be heard from again.
But I’m in the very presence of God— oh, how refreshing it is!
I’ve made Lord God my home. God, I’m telling the world what you do!

 

Make Choices With Eternity In Mind

Esau succeeded in gaining pleasure, possession, power, popularity—- worldly pursuits.  But Esau was considered a profane and godless man who was drawn to what was immediate, temporary, and convenient.  Despite achieving what the world looks up to, Esau’s legacy was godlessness.

Heb 12:16 16 that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal.

People around you may succeed in the worldly sense.

Proverbs 24:1 Do not envy the wicked, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble. By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.

Wanted to share with you excerpts from Pastor Bong Saquing’s message yesterday at CCF Main on Genesis 36 from the life of Esau, “LIVE FOR THE BEST.”

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Worldy success is temporary. Godly success lasts for eternity.  Godly success is rooted in what God calls us to do, what God authorises us to do; it is rooted in our relationship with Him.

John 17:4 (Jesus speaking)  I have brought You glory on earth by finishing the work You gave me to do.

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Be encouraged, Beloved, what You choose for God as unto God may not be recognised by the world but it matters in eternity.  If you had a billion votes but did not get God’s approval, of what use would that be?

Pastor Bong’s  Full Message:

Healing Through 700 Club Asia TV Prayer: Malu Tiongson-Ortiz

Malu Ortiz, author of “Embracing God’s Purpose for My Special Child” and “Ikaw Na Ang Maganda”, told me that she got healed through the “word of knowledge”  from Kata Inocencio, host of the 700  Club Asia TV program she watched one day. [I learned that the word of knowledge is a spiritual gift.  The bible-believing team of 700 Club Asia prays and The Lord reveals to them circumstances of people and they release His Word of hope, healing, or comfort through the program.]

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It happened last February when Malu was with her sister, Lysa San Agustin, for a vacation in Boracay.   Lysa was standing by to be interviewed through phone patch by Kata on the program so the sisters were tuned in.  Malu had a terrible migraine.

After Kata interviewed Lysa on the air, Kata moved on to the prayer portion of the program and said, “Merong nanonood ngayon dyan na merong migraine, ang sakit sakit ng ulo nya. (Someone with a migraine is watching right now). But the Lord is telling you that you will be healed.”

Malu and Lysa in Boracay

Malu and Lysa in Boracay

Lysa said, “Malu, para sa ‘yo yon! (That’s for you!)” It caught Malu’s attention. Her headache went away!

Right after that, Kata started to pray and she said, “There’s a person watching right now who’s hurting in her marriage. The Lord is saying you will be comforted, that He hears your prayers.”   Malu received by faith that godsent word of hope. She texted Kata “You know, I’m listening to you right now and I think that your message is for me because I was having a migraine and in fact, I’m hurting because my daughter was supposed to be with me in Boracay but my husband took her to Hongkong so natapon yung (thrown was the) plane ticket for my daughter and her yaya (nanny).” And Malu was healed of her heartache indeed!

I was amazed to hear how God really sends His Word of healing to specific people through TV! I used to watch 700 Club (back when I used to watch a lot of TV) and hear similar prayers for people but only this time did I hear the side of the prayer recipient!

Some time after, when Malu and I watched the Jimmy Needham concert, Kata Inocencio was there with her children. Malu told me, “You should hear and feature her testimony!” Malu then arranged a meeting for me to interview Kata.  That is coming up soon!

To Be Continued…

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