What to do while waiting for God’s promises?

In this world where making a pledge means nothing and giving a vow just cause severe damage. How can you cling to God’s promise when the world is telling you that His promises are just nonsense and non-existing? People make a promise and dont keep, in the end it leads to trust issue, misgiving and fuss. It happens because its who they are. But not with God. With Him a ‘yes’ is a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’ is a ‘no’, theres no place for ‘maybe’, ‘perhaps’ or ‘I’ll try’. With God his promises are sealed and are meant to be fulfilled.

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. -2Corinthians 2:20

What to do while waiting for God’s promises?

1. Pursue God in prayer
Prayer is spending time with God while waiting for the fulfillment of His promises. God is a gracious and generous God, compassionate and abounding in love. He can just give everything that you need but He doesnt allow it. He wants you to see Him as ‘Panginoon’ (Lord) not just ‘pahingi-non’. Men have tendency to seek God when they are in great needs and problems or during bad days, and forget Him in good days. God wants to spend time with you in prayer. Talk to him, lay down all your concerns and worries, share the deepest desire of your heart in prayer. The joy of being with you in prayer is what matters most to Him.

2. Develop a child like faith
A child has a strong confidence in his father. Knowing that his father will do what he promised. A child like faith is crucial while waiting, it drives you to move forward and keep the faith. Put your trust and hope in the Lord for He wont surely fail you. I remembered when I was little, every time I want something from my dad, I ask him to make a promise. If he thinks what I want is good for me he will say ‘yes’. In the same way, God is a promise keeper, that’s who He is and he cant disown himself.

2. Trust his timing
A God given promise will be fulfilled, not in your desired time but on his perfect time. Learn to trust his timing for he surely knows what’s best for you at the right time under the right circumstances. He has made everything beautiful in its time.

3. Love the giver more than the gift
More than what His hands could give, or the blessings that will overflow, learn to love the giver more than just the gift. He is not just a magical genie that once your wishes are fulfilled, no strings attach and you can go on with your life. God wants to gjve you a gift that will last a lifetime and not just for a short while. Dont be so overwhelm with the gift that we neglect the giver. God sometimes put you in a waiting situation to make you realize that it is Him who gave you the gift and you’re ought to appreciate Him and not just the gift.

4. Enjoy the whole process of waiting
Maintain your enthusiasm and just enjoy the whole process. Waiting produces in you patient, endurance and faithfulness. Enjoy the whole process of waiting and dont complain and dont waver. Have a humble heart to be teachable before God. He is teaching you lessons from even the most mundane things.

5. Know your identity in God
As a child of God, your Father in heaven wants the best for you. He reserved great things for you to enjoy.  He doesnt want to see you suffer or be in deep pain because it doubles the pain that he feels. Know your identity in Christ, believing that all things work together for good for those who love Him.

6. Have a revelation of who God is
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19) The level of you faith will just depend on your revalation of who God is. Do you just see Him as a powerless man hanging on the cross, a display who can’t do anything or just a mere man who just preach the gospel? Or a great God who holds the world on His hands.

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Tell the world your story: The Power of Good Testimony

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For other people who haven’t read the bible, your life is their clue. As a Christian, you create an impression in the life of other people in the way you act, behave, make a decision and even how you mingle with other people. It creates an impression in them. Your life will be under scrutiny because they are looking for traces, for a proof that will lead them to the truth.

More than the words you say, your actions speak louder than words. Your life is a letter from Christ. But it doesn’t mean you will fake your action or you will be a people pleaser. It must come from within, the truth you believe in must be written in your heart and imprinted in your mind. That’s who you are whether there are people looking or not. Tell the world your story, even a single voice creates a noise. If you want to create influence on the lives of other people, just fulfill you biblical duty and God will do the rest. How to have Powerful Testimony?

You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and  read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.-2 Corinthians 2:3-4

1. Let the Word of God become flesh in your life
The word becomes flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14). The word of God is not just meant to be read, listened or just heard, it should be applied. It should become flesh and be manifested in your deeds, words and way of life. Don’t be a hypocrite whose words and deeds don’t align perfectly, who said they love God but don’t do his commands. Let His Word minister to your life that will lead to a greater revelation.

2. Let the Spirit of God dwell in you
The Spirit of God will make it clear to you and will reveal to you the things of the Spirit. Let it dwell in you. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14).

3. Let His Ways be imprinted in your heart
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8). There are things that you desire but are not pleasing to God, you just need to submit your ways to Him, demolish every argument and take captive every thought make it obedient in Christ.

4. Let God mold you into a masterpiece
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him (Jeremiah 18:4). Like a potter working on his masterpiece, God will also craft your life into the best life that you could ever think or imagine. You might not understand it right now, there may be pain of changes, but it will all make sense when the whole masterpiece is finished.

5. Let God be God in your life
Let God be God and man be man. Submit to Him and he will make your paths straight.  God has come to give you life, a life to the fullest.  Apart from God, you can do nothing. Don’t live a life far from God and make so many futile attempts for it only leads to destruction.

Many people live to die, but I die to live.

What Waiting Can Do To Your Life?

Day 1 Quote

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Truth be told, I don’t like waiting (and I know nobody does!). My impatient self despise it when I need to wait extra minutes for the jeep to be filled with passengers, or wasting my precious time waiting for a friend who is late for our appointment or waiting for the result of job application, graduate school admission, scholarship grant feel like an eternity to me. In this world of instant everything, we don’t easily accept waiting in our vocabulary. But God allows us to wait because He has prepared a lesson for us to learn and somehow, He sees that its good for you to wait. What Waiting Can Do To Your Life?

Waiting test your perseverance

Waiting tests you if you will just settle for less or you will continue to hold on to what you desire. It will test your perseverance to what extent you can carry on. Several times, I found myself on that “waiting list”, be it in a relationship to the boy I like, a job, and even in my personal plans but I have learned to wait because I have known God as a promise keeper; I remained to cling on His promises – knowing that His words will soon be fulfilled on His perfect and beautiful time.

Waiting develops Patience

If something is worth having, it is worth waiting for. There are things more beautiful if happens at the right time. There’s always right time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. I have learned to respect life’s season and not go against it because if I do, I’m going against life in itself and it will just start to lose it beauty and splendor.

Waiting pushes you to keep on moving

Waiting is not the absence of action; rather it is waiting for the right timing, right moment and right person while not neglecting the value of time. It’s about being busy with the things that will bring out the best in you during the waiting process.

Waiting gives you time to think

This world of instant everything takes away the need to slow down and think. We want everything and we want it now. We hate delays and any interruption. And that lead us not to think with our brains and reflect with our hearts. In the end, our desire for instant everything produces substandard result, bad decisions, and lifetime regrets.

Waiting leads you to Trust God

Sometimes God work secretly and behind the scenes, but He will reveal His work when the time is right. Keeping the faith during the process and being confident that he who began a good work in you will carry it into completion.

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Thanks Ann Santos for nominating me for the three day quote challenge. You’re challenge indeed fueled me to write something worthwhile though my mind is clouded with deadlines. Well, challenge accepted!

My first quote came from my all time favorite author C.S Lewis. He was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He is best known for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.

I love him because his journey of faith is really inspiring. Early in my days as young professional, I met a lot of atheists and agnostics in the marketplace who challenge and question my faith because they simply don’t believe in the existence of God that somehow shaken my faith. But the work of C.S Lewis based on his experiences as a believer turned to atheist (someone who ​believes that ​God does not ​exist) to theist (someone who ​believes in the ​existence of a ​god or ​gods) back to believer again is really encouraging.

3 day

For this Challenge, the rules are:

  1.  Post three consecutive days.
  2.  You can pick one or three quotes per day.
  3.  Challenge three different bloggers per day

My 1st day nominees are:

  1. Stitches & Beyond
  2. Photo ni Ompong
  3. 25pesocupnoodles

When the feeling is gone..

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Is it really possible that a love so beautiful could end up so horrible? I remember what my mom told me when I was still a teenager that once the spark is gone in a relationship there must be something long lasting to take its place.

5 years ago I gave my heart to a man. I know what I felt at that time was real. It was true and pure. But slowly my love changed and diminishes with each passing day. The passion that had been so pervasive in the beginning gradually lessen. The excitement that each new day used to bring becomes just a dull routine. Slowly, I found myself falling out of love.

It’s not Him. Perhaps its me. My heart grew cold. A sheer of familiarity overwhelmed me, a slow growing apart make it even worse, bit by bit I’m taking him for granted. I became too preoccupied with so many things until I slowly found myself longing for other things and not Him.

What my mom said echoed through my ears. Perhaps it was the start. The ‘spark’ was gone, the ‘passion’ fades, my feelings vanished and my heart becomes numb. I asked myself so many times why it should end up this way? I didn’t  imagine that a love so beautiful could really end up so horrible. What I have is not a passionate relationship a wife has to her husband, neither  a romantic love of a girl to his long time boyfriend. Mine is a relationship with God.

I wondered where the spark has gone in our relationship? I was once on a spiritual high with all these spiritual endorphin shooting through my heart and mind, but after some time the high goes away. I felt weary spending time with Him. From a passionate and devoted follower to a lukewarm believer. It didn’t happened overnight. It was gradual, I didn’t wake up one day and just want to call it a quit. It’s the result of my day to day apathetic respond to God.

But I was won back by his perfect love, I was captivated by his relentless grace. His love is so unmoving and unwavering. He remains faithful, though I’m faithless. And most importantly He loves me anyway. If you found yourself on the same situation I once had. Here are the things that you can do to get back to that sweet spot in your relationship with God:

1. Spend time with Him

It doesn’t mean you know Him that you will stop seeking Him. Over familiarity kills any relationships. It is a disease of the heart and a dangerous spirit that must be avoided. The strongest battle is not fought outside but within. Don’t just act and look religious in public, but your attitude and respond to God is hostile and apathetic.

He doesn’t demand much from you. If you can finish a book in one sitting or check your Facebook or other social accounts from time to time. You can also set aside time daily to just be with Him to talk with Him and find out more about Him. Why not Give God what he deserves? “A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the LORD Almighty (Malachi 1:6)

2. Go back to where you started.

When you lost your way, just go back to where you came from and you will surely find your way. Being believer doesn’t mean that you don’t have any single doubt in your mind. Time will come that your faith will be tested. As Jesus was also tested in all points (Matthew 4:1-11) but he overcome because he has “it is written” imprinted in his heart.

Go back to where you started. Back in the day that you first fell in love with Him. You read His Word constantly, you were always talking to Him. You long for his Word.

3. Remind yourself of ‘WHY’

Going back at the foot of the cross will always remind you of your why. That was the first time I fell in love with Him. Not because of guilt but I was so overwhelmed that such ‘love’ can really exist. To this world that is so corrupt and lost He gave all He could give to show us the reason to live  A person unworthy as me, a sinner and hopeless was loved by God. That brought down me to my knees. After years of just existing, I finally found the reason to live.

4. Protect you relationship

The thief comes only to steal, to kill and destroy (John 10:10). Fight a good fight of faith.  Just like how we find special ways to maintain and protect relationships with important people in our lives, we need to be purposeful in protecting our relationship with God. Let no one separate you from the love of God. (Romans 8:38-39)

5. Ask for a new heart

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26). We’re the ones whose hearts stray which is why we must continually recommit ourselves to the relationship. We must continually keep repenting of our straying hearts and go back to the God we first loved.