Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Do you TRUST me enough to OBEY me?

Honestly speaking, trusting God is easy to say and do when we have an abundance. But when testing of faith comes and struggles, trials, problems, and hardships strike us, our faith and trust in the Lord are shaken and sometimes become questionable. Week 4 brings a lot of memories about struggles and trials which made me question God and why He let me experience those things. I complained and questioned Him a lot. But He is not a deaf God. He answered me through His Word in James 1:2-4 – “Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produce perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you maybe mature and complete not lacking anything.” This led me to question myself, if I really do trust God no matter what the outcome may be. It’s hard to say yes when I’m not in a hard situation, but I know God is not done with me yet. I am still a work in progress. Every day God is working in me.

Jhing--  Samar-Leyte

Monday, March 27, 2017

Original Language:
Sometimes I ask myself kung pano ko ba malaman ang boses ni God kasi minsan di ko alam kung pano ko maramdaman na nakikipagusap Siya sa akin. Katulad ni David, noong hindi pa sya ang hari Israel, malaki talaga ang tiwala niya sa Panginoon. Kahit anong ginawa ni Saul sa kanya, hindi parin siya naging marahas sa kanya at  yong pananampalataya niya at higit na paglapit sa Panginoon ang nagbigay lakas sa kanya para matiis ang mga paghihirap nya. Ang pagiging close niya sa Panginoon ang nagtulak din sa akin na patuloy akong maging close sa Panginoon.
At doon ko nalaman ang kung paanong maririnig ang Panginoon at lalo ko pang pinagdasal na sa bawat araw ay bigyan ko nang oras ang Panginoon  para lalo ko pang makilala Sya sa pamamagitan ng pagbasa ng biblia at pagdadarasal sa kanya.

James wearing yellow
Sometimes, I ask myself “How can I know that God is speaking to me?” because there are times that I cannot sense it. Like the story of king David, before the time that he was enthroned as a King, Saul did many degrading things to humiliate him thus, this became his stepping stone to be a Great Ruler of Israel.  His faithfulness and his good relationship to God gave him strength to endure those hardships. Because of this it encourages me to continue walking in my Christian faith with Him. Finally, I now understand how can I hear from Him and I’m praying even more that each day I may give quality time to the Lord so I would know Him more through reading His word and praying to Him.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Original Language:

Ang gisulte sang Ginoo sa akoa pinaagi sa pagtuon nako sa Experiencing God nga "Ang atong relasyon sa gugma tali sa langitnong amahan maoy naghatag kanatog kusog sa atong paglatas sa pait kaayong kahimtang”.Apan dili kinahanglan aduna ka gayoy buhaton aron bation nimo ang katagbawan kay diha sa imong relasyon sa Dios anaa sa imong katagbawan.Mao kini ang hinugdanan nganong mahinungdanon kaayo ang relasyon sa gugma tali sa Dios. Gihigugma ka Niya. Kasayod siya unsay labing maayo lang kanimo. Siya lamang ang magiya kanimo sa paggasto sa imong kinabuhi sa mapuslanong pamaagi- kini nga paggiya moabot samtang ikaw maglakaw kauban niya ug maminaw kaniya. Mao kini ang gipahinumdom sa Ginoo sa akoa ug nakapadasig kaayo kanako tali sa akong paghigugma ug pakigsuod sa akong relasyon sa Ginoo.


This week, God spoke to me through our devotional book- Experiencing God- that Our love relationship with the Heavenly Father sustained us through a very difficult time. You do not need to be doing something to feel fulfilled. You are fulfilled completely in a relationship with God. This is why a love relationship with God is so important. He loves you. He knows what is best for you. Only He can guide you to live your life meaningfully as you walk with Him and listen to Him.This reminds and encourages me that His love is the one that sustains my relationship with Him.

-Julito  21- Mt. Carmel

Saturday, March 25, 2017

 “Men who go after the Sauls among us often crucify
The Davids among us.”

We were born with these two characters which leaves us with a choice to either be a Saul or a David. These two great kings were both anointed by God  but with the choices they made left two different trails for the new generation to choose from. 
There is Saul, who once submitted to God’s authority but later on was eaten by greed, pride, and jealousy. 
 And there is David who chose to rely on God rather than on himself. He chose not to be blinded by power, fame, pride, greatness, nor pain etc. He chose not be Saul even though many times he was tempted.
 These 2 characters create a big impact in our lives. Obedience requires a choice. Let's not  allow the Sauls among us crucify the Davids among us.
 Don’t let power, fame, success, pride  or hurt overpower you. Always remember that in every CHOICE there comes a consequence. The choice is YOURS, so choose wisely.
 I too have a choice to make. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your path straight.” –Proverbs 3:5-6

-Jeniffer Kate 23- Samar-Leyte

Friday, March 24, 2017

Original Language:

“Hinumdomi ang inyong mga pangulo kaniadto nga misulti kaninyo sa mensahe sa Dios. Palandonga giunsa nila sa pagkinabuhi hangtod nga namatay sila ug sundoga ang ilang pagtuo”
–Hebreo 13:7

Dako kog pasalamat sa mensahe nga gipadangat sa akoa karon nga mao ang pagpamalandong sa pulong tinuod gayud nga adunay panagsa dili ako magtan-aw sa nga karaan nga mga tinun-an pero sa dihang nila nga makahatag ug inspirasyon. Dili jud sayon ang mag baktas nga layo ug bag-not kayo pero naremind ko sa mensahe nga kini among gibuhat kulang pa sagibuhat sa mga karaang mga tinun-an. Dako usab ang akong kalipay sa diin nagsimbalay kami ug daghan pud ang nag-adto. Dako jud kog pasalamat sa Ginoo nga bisan sakit akong ulo pero siya jud naga tabang ug naga protekta sa amoa.

“Bulahan kadtong naningkamot pagtuman sa kabubut-on sa Dios kay tagbawon nila sila.” J

-Mateo 5:6


"Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith" Hebrew 13:7

I praise and thank God for the message of this verse. As I meditate on His words, I learn that I should not look on how the Apostles lived but rather on how they walked in faith with the Lord and indeed, it inspires me.It is not easy to walk a long way from the Training Site going to the community on a trail through a deep forest,  but I was reminded that what I am going through would not even compare to what the Apostles experienced. I am more than glad to see that a lot of people attend House Church. Even though I suffered from a headache, I thanked Him a lot for He still helped and protected us.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be filled."-Matthew 5:6

-Ireneo Jr.21- Mt. Carmel

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Consider it pure joy…

  Being a servant of Christ is not easy. There’s a lot of persecution, frustration, and temptation but the Scripture says Consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3NIV). These words give strength to people who face a lot of trials -- this is what the believers in the small village we are reaching out are going through. Sometimes in our Bible studies, they just smile at us and give no answer to the questions we ask about the Bible stories. Their smiles seemed to hide the pain from the trials they are going through. My team continues to encourage them with scriptures and remind them of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Let’s Keep Advancing for the Kingdom!  Glory and Honor belong to our God!

-David Jude 20- Samar-Leyte

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I pray to stay

The Lord has an assignment for me. Yes. I’ve got things to do too like Abraham, Moses, David, Paul, Peter and many others whom we know from the Bible. You, me, and all believers along with our forefathers were given a special task to accomplish. It is thrilling and exciting to imagine how and why a mighty, sovereign and powerful God would choose to use me.
I need to be fit for the role and, therefore, I must enroll in a course called character development. There will be  tests to pass, people to face, trials to overcome, battles to win and hardships to endure. It is sure to be difficult for it will burn me, smash and crush me---me and my pride, my hatred and my impure thoughts to name a few. He knows what to do with me more than I do. He is the Wise Teacher and Skilled Potter. He wants me to be a broken vessel. More than skill, He wants character.
It is His reminder to me every single day. It is and will be uncomfortable but I pray to stay.

-Pauline  26- Bicol