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Jesus Willingly Taken

John 18:11

But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?”

Do you resist God‘s plan? Jesus who possessed supernatural powers didn’t. He could have fought for His freedom but, He decided to surrender to God’s will and did not resist.

Just yesterday, my laptop got busted. So, excuse me for now for I’m doing this on mobile. Nothing fancy for now. No photos!

As I was saying, the laptop just ceased to boot up. My cousin, a technician, said, “No POST!” Or, simply, hardware trouble. Now, I’m rationalizing to get a new one. Even if it means gettng a loan! Talk about trying to force your way rather than listening to what our Father is trying to say.

In today’s reading, our Father revealed to me to let go. Just surrender! Especially, when you’re about to sin.

In every event in our lives, our Father is telling us something. Are we listening? Or, are we too stubborn and simply do what our whims say?

When was the last time you asked for our Father’s plan? When did you or, will you completely surrender?

Glory to the Father!

 

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Signs and Miracles of Authority

Matthew 9:1-8; Luke 13:10-17

Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” – Matthew 9:2

Do you sometimes feel paralyzed because of your current situation? Have faith, call on Him for encouragement and pardon. Jesus has indeed authority over all our afflictions.

I sinned. I got in to debt. I’m slowly paying for it. Because of this bondage, I can’t move. I really feel like a paralytic! But, God is good. He offered a way out of it. He was Jesus. Just so I can go on living and move, I had to have faith in His Word and somehow get encouragement from it. Meanwhile, I also had to seek pardon and mercy from Him. Isn’t our heavenly Father awesome! Even though we are broken, we’re still given hope. Because of His grace we can move and have a life!

What’s keeping you paralyzed to do God’s work? Have you seek Him for encouragement and pardon? If not, do it now. May I suggest you allow Jesus to work a miracle in your life? And let everyone witness Jesus’ triumph over your failures.

Glory to God.

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The Promised King Is Born

Luke 20:1-20

but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!Luke 2:10-11

Lately, I’ve been slacking off with my daily devotions. Will you please pray for me? May our Father help us maintain our focus on being like Christ.

When I was a child I knew Sta. Clause more than Jesus. Christmas was celebrated by giving gifts to children like me. Though I know the story of Christ’s birth, my view of that season was obviously worldly. The season was really never about gift giving or the fat guy wearing a velvety red costume.

Ever since the fall of man, God promised a savior. He fulfilled it in Christ’s birth. Question is are we rejoicing or giving praise? If an angel showed up to tell you that your Savior is born, will you not rejoice? But, how will you rejoice if you put your focus on someone or something else? Santa, buying gifts, being worldly, and pleasing people you don’t even like.

Jesus was born to fulfill God’s promise and to save us. But, will we allow Him to save us?

Glory to God.

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An Eternal King Promised

Jeremiah 23:1-6, Isaiah 9:6-7, Zechariah 9:9-10

And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. – Zechariah 9:10

Where you there when Jesus arrived? Probably not. But, our Father promised us an Eternal King to rule all His people. Are you one of His people? Are you excited to welcome Jesus for His second coming?

I believe Zechariah 9:9 talked about Jesus’ first coming while Zechariah 9:10 talks about His second coming. What do you think?

Anyway, if Isaiah accurately predicted (500 years before Jesus came) Jesus’ first arrival, why would we doubt His second coming? Are you ready for His next arrival? Do you think the event would look like the photo above? Exciting, don’t you think?

What are you doing today to prepare for His next arrival?

Glory to God.

 

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Cycles of Disobedience

Judges 2:10-19

Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them. – Judges 2:18

How many times have we sinned? How much more of God‘s compassion do we need to seriously turn to Him? What do we need to repent?

I have fallen so many times. I am just thankful that God is patient and is full of grace. He has given me more time to repent and turn to Him. Are you doing the same thing?

I think I’ve said this before in one of my older posts. Currently, I am a bank’s slave. This is so because I turned away from God, followed my own appetites and got in to debt. I think I was serving the god of materialism. Now, I am crying out and turned to God so that He can free me from this bondage or slavery. I know I will be delivered soon. I just hope I won’t fall again in to the enemy’s trap. Will you please pray for me?

Are you serving other gods? Wouldn’t you want to be free? How can I pray for you today?

Glory to God?

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Fall of Humanity

Genesis 3:1-19

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. – Genesis 3:6

Ever wondered how we start to sin? In this verse, God revealed it all starts from one look. Here’s the anatomy of sin: S.T.A.G.

  1. See
  2. Think
  3. Acquire
  4. Give

Way back in high school or college. I remember myself watching pornography. At first glance (‘see’) it seems harmless. It’s just like any movie with people not having clothes on. The more I look at the photos or titles of the movie, the more I ‘think’ about it. After thinking about it and decided on a tape, (back then it was in VHS or betamax format) I decide to ‘acquire’ it and watch it. Anyway, after acquiring and watching it, I ‘give’ or share it with my buddies.

May God forgive me for all my transgressions! For I really don’t know how many times I’ve stumbled.

Now do you see how sin not only corrupts one person? Most of the time you take someone with you when you sin.

I pray you learned from my mistakes and vow to try not to sin again. It’s going to be difficult, but with God’s grace everything is possible.

Glory to God.

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Shepherd

Psalm 23:1-6

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. – Psalm 23:1

Isn’t it great if you knew someone in heaven is taking care of you? Our twisted earthly advisers taught us to be self-assured or confident. But what happens when everything falls apart and we have no one to lean on? If this happens, we blame ourselves, lose our self-confidence, enter in to depression and may even end up killing ourselves!

Since God so love us He came down as Jesus. So that we can follow and emulate Him. But, why are we so foolish like a sheep? Well in reality, we are like a lost sheep if we haven’t found a shepherd. I was a lost! I didn’t know I was headed to the fiery pit. Good thing I found a shepherd who owns and takes care of me.

Most people would suggest you find your self. Asking: “Who am I?” If you are still looking for some answer to this seemingly profound question, may I suggest you forget about it? Change your question to: “Whose am I?” Does the world own you or Does the Lord? I hope you wisely choose who to follow.

Glory to God.

 

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