Sa old testament, nahati ang karagatan para makatawid ang mga Israelis.
Sa new testament, si Jesus naglakad na mismo sa tubig.
Now, there are ships and airplanes so we could cross the oceans.
Is it God saying us He never gets our of fashion or nag-a-adjust lang Sya sa faith naten?
I don’t know, pero astig siguro kung lahat na lang naglalakad sa karagatan papunta sa patutunguhan. Ecofriendly pa! :)
Pero eto astig na gusto ko mangyari sakin, di na kailangan ng passport di ba?
When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
- Acts 8:36-40
Thinking about it, this means more pressure!!!
LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” —Joshua 1:9
As I said before, the only reason I wanna go to Ignite is because I want to worship the Lord. I don’t care if it is only for students, I’ll go there and praise God! I don’t have the desires to be ignited, for me what I know is already enough. I know God has a calling for me and I got a plan/dreams for that. God being so gracious even gave me timeline, but I know I got to prepare.
But when is the perfect time to prepare? Three days they have talked about the Holy God, His holy people and His holy calling. And so I realized there is no other perfect timing than NOW.
Three days I’ve stayed with disciples whom I only met there. But that three days is enough, in fact more than enough to give me conviction to fight the battles with them!
And this is my preparation for my soon battle, this is even the answer to my WHYS of the past.
I don’t want to regret the past anymore, I even thank him because even while preparing He’s gonna use me. What a gracious God!
I’m hating LIES right now. I hate it!
I’ve been a liar, not being true to myself, not being true to others.
I say things I don’t do, people gave up on me because of that.
But people are all the same.
They say things to me they don’t do, that’s why I want to give up on them too.
I now hate lies, that’s why I’m not gonna commit anymore, I hate lies and I won’t allow anyone to do that to me again.
And to the PERSON/S who have been true to me, I’m sorry because I have not been true to you. Sorry, because I don’t want stay anymore in the lies.
I just wanna share my life story. When I was still on my mother’s womb I was already dedicated to the Lord. In fact my name (reignieli) means “my God reigns”.
I regret that only lately I realized that his Holy Spirit was always with me. Even when I was a child, people led me astray but God guarded me with His wisdom and so I was saved. Those moments I felt I am rejected, I do not belong are the moments I knew I am set apart.
I was on my grade 6 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Immediately everything for me seems like heaven. I was so in love with the Lord, I don’t understand the feeling but I know it’s so powerful I don’t care what people told me. I just wanted to share Him to everyone, serve Him and live pleasing to Him. All I wanted to do is to put a smile on His face.
But life is hard, no one was there for me to help me grow my relationship with the Lord. I was afraid to tell my parents and everyone what I was going through so I kept it myself. I was compromised. I still remember the day I gave up…
Me: I’m not gonna do that because I want to live in righteousness.
Friend: Righteousness? Will that even give you passing grade?
I’m not a genius, even a passing grade is a struggle for me that’s why in that area of my life I was compromised. But it did not stop there, actually it started my “God will understand” and “Just this once” excuses.
My reserved self was given into the world, everything I thought I was changed. Especially with unfulfilled dreams, hating and cursing seems easy for me. My heart was filled with madness, to God, to everyone, to myself.
The time came when the subject of my hatred was gone, but I was not free. I was left with nothing, not even with dreams. I lost all the hope and aspirations and strengths I have.
In those times of emptiness I saw that there was still something in me, the only thing that is important: My relationship with the Lord. Through all those years, I even blamed Him for my failures, He never left. He surely fulfilled His promises to me, He never left me nor forsaken me, He have been with me where ever I was, He even went with me when I chose darkness.
That’s why I decided to seek Him again, to have more of Him. And what amazes me is that He got something so much in Him that keeps me wanting for more.
I love Him because He loved me first. His love never fails and it will never end. All I want to do again is serve Him and honor Him and please Him and put a smile, even a laughter to His face.
Samson, I think if I am from the bible I am Samson.
Samson was blessed to be born in a family that knows God, He didn’t struggle unbelief, He was never a lost sheep. He grew up knowing God and God has always been with Him. He was destined to greatness.
It started with my grandparents, they are a strong believer of Christ. Now my mother, when I was in her womb dedicated me to the Lord. And the Lord heard her. I grew up in the church, I know every character and every story. It wasn’t a struggle to believe that He lives, I knew He lives. And I also know that I am destined to greatness.
But as we know, Samson almost did not fulfill the purposes that the Lord had for Him. He got into a relationship with ungodly women and traded His covenant with the Lord.
I admit, like Samson I traded my covenant with the Lord. I allowed myself to be compromised, I allowed the world to change me.
But unlike Samson, I’m not gonna wait ‘til my sight fails me, I’m not gonna wait until my last moment before I surrender it all to Him again.
I resolve to live for His glory. I resolve to live by my passion which is to love God and serve Him.
God is holy, therefore we must revere Him.
We are created in God’s own image but sin took over. Good news: We are already made clean by Jesus’ words spoken to us.
We are holy too, just like our Father. We must not let the world defile us. I admit, I let the world consume me. But I’m deciding to allow it no more. I will live a life that reveres God, I will live life that honors His holiness.
This may be first and last time I will be able to attend IGNITE. It was my summer OJT during Ignite 2011 that’s why I’m not able to attend it. But it feels better to attend it not as one of the students. Why?
More than being encouraged to serve God, what I want to do is thank Him for what He had already done during my student life and what He is still doing for my professional life.
Also, God has answered half of my prayers already and it is good to give thanks to Him before the midyear ends.
All I wanted to do is bring back to Him all the glory. And I am thanking Him for allowing me to, I hope His Holy Spirit will be manifested on me later and all the rest of my life after this conference.
I get jealous of people na nakakapagserve kay Lord at subrang pinagpapala nya. I know I ought not to cause God has a plan, hirap lang unclear pa kasi yung daan. Pero really I believe na may plan sya. I will encounter more and more people, I hope I’ll see God’s grace instead. Open my heart God. In Jesus name, Amen.