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Thursday, May 29, 2008

I Searched For You In Heaven

Last night I dreamed I went to Heaven
My time on earth was through.
And as I admired God's glorious land
I began to look for you.

I knew that before I was called home,
Your time had come to die.
But as I searched in every mansion,
In helplessness I asked Him "Why?"

I began to remember how close we were
When in this world we lived.
But then I remembered that never once
Did we talk about God's Gift.

Then in an instant I was transferred
To a place that was void of God.
The screams and cries got louder and louder,
The flames were high and hot.

Then a voice said "You desired to see
The friend that you once loved.
He's down here with Satan where people go
Who knew not the Lord above."

Then I saw you walking through
The flames that leapt so high,
Picking up bodies by the head
And looking them in the eyes.

Someone said you were looking for
The preachers who lied to you.
Then I remembered how you went to church,
At least a time or two.

Then I went back to where Jesus was,
And cried that now I knew:
You'd spend forever in a place called Hell.
If only I'd witnessed to you!

Then I awoke and realized
It all was just a dream.
Now I have another chance;
It's not as bad as it had seemed.

God said "I've told you what to do.
Go and share My Word.
One can't have faith and believe
In something they've never heard."

I thanked Him for another day,
An opportunity to serve my Lord,
And a chance to do what I neglected
All the days that went before.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

When Our Faith Wavers

READ | James 1:1-8

The Bible warns against “wavering faith.” This is the attitude of someone who goes from feeling certain that God will answer a prayer to merely hoping that He might or becoming convinced He won’t. Of course, since we’re human, we all experience periods of doubt. But what Scripture warns against is a lifestyle of spiritual disbelief.

Wavering can have many causes. For instance, one might fail to see God at work in a situation. Or he might worry that trusting Jesus in that predicament conflicts with human reasoning. Another believer, focusing on circumstances rather than the Lord, may allow feelings to overcome faith.

A person, who is “driven and tossed by the wind”, may lose confidence in God and find his spiritual growth stunted. He can become a “double-minded man” because even as he prays, he tends to jump ahead of the Lord’s timing to manipulate a situation for his own desired outcome. When a Christian pays attention to his doubts in this way, he’ll often make costly, wrong decisions. After all the maneuvering, he will frequently end up dissatisfied with the results and bothered by his lack of peace. Even worse, his faith may diminish.

Wavering is dangerous, so believers must develop confidence in the Lord. In Mark 11:24, Jesus says, “All things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” The closest we get to perfect faith while on earth is the ability to trust that what we ask in God’s will is as good as done.


Sunday, May 25, 2008

I Was There…

I was there on the day you were born,
And I gave you special gifts to last a lifetime.

I touched you, made you smile, helped you grow
And watched you take your first steps.

I even reassured you that everything would be okay
When you lost your first tooth.

I saw you off on your first day of school
And I lingered by your side the whole day.

I was there to console you everytime you cried,
And I held you everytime you fell and scraped your knees.

I was there everyday all through the years,
And I always strived to give you direction.

I helped you every step of the way into adulthood,
Bringing you daily gifts of inspiration, hope and love

And I gave you trials so you could grow
Into the warm and beautiful person you are…
But I never abandoned you to them.

I’ve never, not for a single second
Turned my back on you when you needed me---
Even when you thought that you didn’t need me.

I heard you everytime you spoke and I answered every prayer---
Though sometimes, for your best interest,
I didn’t answer them the way you hoped I would.

I’m still with you through your joys, your hope, your tears, your dreams…
Through the bad days, the good days---through everyday of your life.

And I will be there in the end to give you comfort and to see you safely home
Where you’ll sit beside me in all the glory of heaven.

---Love God

I hope you'll remember today that God is there, giving you His love and care. He's lending you His strength, sending many blessings your way, and giving you the gift of a bright new day.


Saturday, May 24, 2008

What Is The Unpardonable Sin?

READ | Matthew 12:22-32

No one today can commit the unpardonable sin. According to the Bible, the only action God will not pardon is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, committed by the Pharisees. The Jewish religious leaders were shown compelling evidence that Jesus was God's Son. But they chose to undermine Him in hopes of maintaining their own power. After witnessing Christ's miracles, the Pharisees blasphemed by claiming His supernatural power was from Satan. In Matthew 12:22-32, Jesus responds to their sin by warning that whoever spoke this way against the Holy Spirit wouldn't be forgiven.

People today don't have the undeniable physical presence of Jesus Christ in the world. So they can't recreate the Pharisees' sinful event. But it's still possible to end up in an unpardonable state. This happens when a person rejects the Holy Spirit's call to salvation and holy living, and then dies in a condition of unbelief.

The stages leading to an unpardonable state are simple. An unbeliever chooses to sin, even though he knows it's wrong. He resists the Holy Spirit's gentle prompts toward conviction and salvation. Over many years, this hardens his heart against God. A time comes when the Holy Spirit makes no impression. Any desire for the Lord has dried up. No sermon or song can move him. His heart is hardened to the Gospel.

No sin can separate you from God's love. Only a conscious decision to reject the Lord can result in your spending an eternity apart from Him. Don't wait another minute to receive His offer of salvation.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

MIND

A negative thought came to my mind.
He wore a charming smile
And I was sorely tempted
to invite him in awhile.
And as I hesitated,
He tapped softly on the door
And whispered through the keyhole
As he'd often done before.

He said, "I'll help you hold your grudge,
I'll help you sing the blues,
It seems like all your folks and friends
have turned their backs on you."
He said, "You've been misunderstood,
Mistreated and maligned.
I'll help you cry your heart out
If you'll let me come inside"

But, I kept my windows fastened
And my doors securely closed,
For I knew I'd be the loser
If I let him take control
For negative thoughts can multiply
And crowd the positives out
And make the mind a cesspool
Of anxiety and doubt.

And so I told the negative thought
I could not let him in.
He went his way, but I am sure
That he'll return again.

But no more will I greet him
With a welcome or a smile
And never will I entertain him
Even for awhile.
I'll fill my mind with positive thoughts
And on the door install
a sign which reads, "DO NOT DISTURB"
when negative comes to call
For tho' he knocks a thousand times
And yet, a thousand more
He cannot dominate my mind if I don't open the door.


Saturday, May 17, 2008

Forgiveness

It's really hard to forgive others who did us wrong especially if that person is one whom you consider as a friend.

I used to have a neighbor who came and cleaned the house three times a week. She did some house chores like vacuuming, mopping, washing dishes, dusting, throwing out the trash and cleaning the bathroom. She worked for me for seven months and we became friends. She's the first Mexican woman who became my friend. Before she starts her work, we go out walking first for our exercise. While we were out walking, I asked her to take photos of me with the nice sceneries that we passed by with my digital camera. Everytime she make tortillas she gave us a bunch and she even showed me how to do it. In return I gave her lumpia and pancit whenever I cook. I also tried to witness to her about the Lord Jesus Christ and invited her to church with her 2 grandkids. After 5 months though, I noticed that some of my jewelries were missing. The diamond ring that my hubby gave me and the matching necklace and earrings were not in my jewelry box no more. So I asked her if she's seen it because nobody go in and out of our room except her besides me and my hubby. She said she didn't see it and didn't take it. So I just let it go just like that though those jewelries had sentimental value to me because the diamond ring was hubby's gift to me when we repeated our vows here in Texas and the matching necklace and earrings were hubby's gift to me on Christmas 2005. She still continued cleaning our house. After 2 months since that incident, my digital camera was nowhere to be found. I searched and searched but I can't find it. I called her on the phone to come and help me find my camera. She came and we searched all over the house but unluckily we didn't find it. I told her that since she started cleaning the house, most of my valuables were gone. I told her that my digital camera is so dear to me because I bought that with my salary from my first job here in the US. Though I haven't seen her stealing my things, she's the only suspect I have since she's the only one coming in our house. I really felt so bad, tears started to roll down my cheeks. Though it hurts me to fire her, I had to before all my things will be stolen. I even threatened her to report to the police but she hung up on me on the phone. That was the last time I talked to her. I haven't seen her since then because they moved to another house which is 3 blocks away from my house a few days before I discovered that my digicam was missing. That night I can't sleep thinking of my camera that was stolen. My hubby told me not to think about it so I can sleep. He said it's just a piece of metal and we can't do anything now to find it. He told me to forgive my suspect, the person I considered as my friend. Well, though I wanted to, it was really hard at that time. I was still hurting and it caused me some sleepless nights and I felt hatred in my heart. I had to do a lot of praying to the Lord and asked Him to give me a forgiving heart.

My hubby had bought me a new digicam to replace my stolen camera. A few months had passed and I can say that I had already forgiven her. They said that time heals all the wounds, but for me, it is God who heals all the wounds. Though she didn't ask forgiveness, I chose to forgive her. How can my Heavenly Father forgive me if I don't forgive others who wronged me. The Bible says that we should forgive others 70 times seven which means always. No matter what others did to us, we must forgive them because it is the will of God. Forgiveness will release us from the bondage of hatred and bitterness in our hearts.


Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Bible And The TV Guide

They lie on the table side by side
The Holy Bible and the T.V. Guide
One is well worn and cherished with pride,
Not the Bible, but the T.V. Guide

One is used daily to help folks decide
No, not the Bible, but the T.V.Guide
As the pages are turned, what shall they see
Oh, what does it matter, turn on the T.V.

So they open the book in which they confide
No, not the Bible, but the T.V. Guide
The Word of God is seldom read
Maybe a verse before they fall into bed.

Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be
Not from reading the Bible, from watching T.V.
so then back to the table side by side,
Lie the Holy Bible and the T.V. Guide.

No time for prayer, no time for the Word,
The plan of Salvation is seldom heard.
But forgiveness of sin, so full and free,
Is found in the Bible, not on T.V.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

You Can Be Forgiven

READ | 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

If you feel guilty about past sins, the Scriptures have a reassuring message for you. The Corinthian believers were struggling, too. And, in First Corinthians 6:11, Paul offered to them-and us-this counsel and hope: "Such [sinners] were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God."

In the verses preceding these encouraging words, Paul lists some disgraceful lifestyles that continue today. Every week, pastors hear from people who ask whether the Lord can forgive them for adultery, abuse of family members, a homosexual lifestyle or other offenses. The answer is yes. He can and will forgive every sin, just as 1 John 1:9 says. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Until believers understand how the Lord forgives and removes sin, they'll carry guilt. Promises to do better simply don't work. Forgiveness is based only on the shed blood of Jesus Christ. He took your sin on the cross and died in your place. When you recognize that Jesus alone can make you righteous before God, you're set free. You receive a new mindset, one guided by the Holy Spirit to focus upon the things of God instead of sinful desires.

Don't wake up tomorrow morning to face another day of dragging your guilt around. You don't have to. Psalm 103:12 says the Lord is waiting to take that load from you and cast it as far as the east is from the west. All you need to do is hand over your burden and receive His forgiveness.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

How To Honor Our Mother

READ | Leviticus 19:3

The Bible says everyone is to honor his or her mother, and God is pleased when we take practical measures to fulfill this command.

Children of all ages should Love their Mother unconditionally. We are to care for Mom no matter how she carries out her maternal responsibilities. Some women will do better than others at living up to their God-given role. But all children are called to love their mother simply because the Lord has placed her in their lives.

So, be attentive to Mom’s needs. Starting in infancy, kids are accustomed to taking from their parents. So it can be easy to forget Mom and Dad have needs too. Stop and consider what your mother might appreciate. For example, household help offered cheerfully is usually welcome. As Mom grows older, she may need assistance for her physical or emotional well-being. Some women desire only that their children express gratitude or care.

Live righteously. Proverbs 23 says the greatest gift we can give a godly mother is to surrender our life to Jesus Christ. Even a mom who isn’t a Christian will no doubt take pride in a believing child whose life is filled with love, kindness, and charity.

And, pray for Mom. Nothing is more practical than prayer. Talking with the Lord about Mother, both privately and in her presence, reminds her that she is important and loved. The specific ways you cherish your mother will depend upon her personality and yours. But Mother’s Day isn’t the only time to show her your love and gratitude. Honor her every day.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Three Bullets

*With God all things are possible*-Matthew 19:26

There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat. He had an old rifle and three bullets. So, he decided that he would go out hunting and kill some wild game for dinner.

As he went down the road, he saw a rabbit. He shot at the rabbit and missed it. The rabbit ran away.

Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at the squirrel but missed it. The squirrel disappeared into a hole in a cottonwood tree.

As he went further, he saw a large wild "Tom" turkey in the tree, but he had only one bullet remaining.

A voice spoke to him and said, "Pray first, aim high, and stay focused.

However, at the same time, he saw a deer which was a better kill.

He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer. But, then he saw a rattlesnake between his legs about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot the rattlesnake.

Still, the voice said again to him, "I said, 'Pray, Aim high, and Stay focused."

So, the man decided to listen to God's voice.

He prayed, then aimed the gun high up in the tree, and shot the wild turkey.

The bullet bounced off the turkey and killed the deer.
The handle fell off the gun, hit the snake in the head, and killed it. And, when the gun had gone off, it knocked him into a pond.

When he stood up to look around, he had fish in all his pockets, a dead deer, and a turkey for his family to eat.

The snake (Satan) was dead simply because the man listened to God.

Moral of the story:

Pray first before you do anything, aim and shoot high in your goals, and stay focused on God.

Never let others discourage you concerning your past. The past is exactly that, "the past."

Live every day one day at a time, and remember that only God knows our future, and that He will not put you through any more than you can bear.

Do not look to man for your blessings, but look to the doors that only He has prepared in advance for you in your favor.

Wait, be still, and patient: keep God first, and everything else will follow.

Don't worry about tomorrow, God is already there!!!


Thursday, May 1, 2008

YOU ASK WHY I FOLLOW THIS JESUS?

You ask why I follow this Jesus?
Why I love Him the way I do?
When the world's turned away from His teachings
And the people who serve Him are few.

It's not the rewards I'm after
Or gifts that I hope to receive
It's the Presence that calls for commitment
It's the Spirit I trust and believe.

The Lord doesn't shelter His faithful
Or spare them all suffering and pain,
Like everyone else I have burdens,
And walk through my share of rain.

Yet He gives me a plan and a purpose,
And that joy only Christians have known,
I never know what comes tomorrow,
But I do know I'm never alone.

It's the love always there when you need it;
It's the words that redeem and inspire,
It's the longing to ever be with Him
That burns in my heart like a fire.

So you ask why I love my Lord Jesus?
Well, friend, that's so easy to see,
But the one thing that fills me with wonder is
Why Jesus loves someone like me.