Song-Filled Life

Psalm 59:16   (KJV)   16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

We have so many reasons to sing for;  imagine starting out our days with it.

Psalm 59.16 - Song-Filled LifeEvery new day we’re given is a demonstration of God’s bountiful mercy, amazing grace, and unfailing love.

We have many enemies—starting with our own flesh, then there’s the world, then there’s the devil.  All we need is one Ally.  For us believers, He’s already in us.

We face troubles, tests, trials, and temptations daily.  Many of them are beyond our power to solve and overcome.  Not for God.

God has always carried us through. He hasn’t failed us, and He won’t ever do.

Move On Despite Grief

Mark 14:34   (KJV)   34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.

Sadness isn’t sin—even the deepest kind.

As believers, there are times when we get overwhelmed with sorrow, deep distress, and troubles. We’re real people with real emotions. But we don’t allow ourselves to get paralyzed by them.

mark-14-34-moving-on-despite-griefPeople can betray us; we can’t stop them no matter how hard we try if they’re absolutely determined to doing so. We can’t control them, but we control ourselves. We do what we need to do. We move on.

More often than not, it’s a waste of time trying to justify ourselves when we’re not in an official trial. It has been repeatedly said: “In most cases, it’s easier to build than to repair.” So, we keep on with our journey: regardless of people’s take on it, we do what’s good, right, and godly.

There are people we can’t convince no matter how obvious the proofs and how numerous the evidences. Some enjoy being biased; some choose to be blind because doing so caters to what they enjoy believing—no matter how flawed. We let them be; we pray for them, and we keep living in and pursuing the light of truth.

When God asks us to face our own cross, no matter how hard, no matter how sad, we don’t have double thoughts about it. We have a choice, but as believers, we choose only one: obedience.

We do what we need to do when we can do something about a situation. Otherwise, we accept it; we learn from it; we find ways and means to grow and be stronger from/in it.


Hiding Scared

Revelation 6:15   (KJV)   15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains

People of all status, position, and power, even those who arrogantly and proudly oppose God will finally see and recognize the true and awesome power of God.

Those who challenge God now will cower before Him then.

Never equate God’s love to weakness.

Never think for a moment that the love of God reduces God’s essence and renders Him incomplete. His love doesn’t erase His ability to be angry.

Men’s most extreme hatred for God doesn’t scare Him a bit. It’s a totally different picture when God pours out His wrath.

Heavenly Surprises

Revelation 4.8 - Heavenly Surprises

Note:  Grateful for the pic, but the actual will definitely look so much more majestic and awesome.

Revelation 4:8   (KJV)   8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

The eternal, supernatural realm transcends even the limits of our imagination.

No verbal or visual form of communication is sufficient to perfectly describe all that heaven is like.

We children of God, citizens of the Kingdom, despite all the special blessings of wisdom, understanding, insights, illumination, and revelation we receive from our Father, are still in for a huge indescribable pleasant surprise.

If we all draw some of the heavenly beings based on how we understand and picture them, there’s a big probability that we’ll all come up with very different images. Oh, heaven will be weirdly awesome.

Being in God’s presence, we’ll be surrounded by sounds of praises emanating from all of heaven’s inhabitants and reverberating all throughout. Praise is one of the most heavenly acts we can do.

We will have a totally different praise and worship experience in heaven. It won’t be an event, if will be a consistent, constant, and continuing lifestyle.

God’s holiness, almightiness, past, present, and return are more than sufficient reasons for unstoppable and unending worship and praise.

Here for the Brokenhearted

Psalm 34:18   (KJV)   18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

God is as close to us as could possibly be; He’s with us; for believers, He’s in us. But somehow, there is still a special kind of closeness we experience when we’re brokenhearted.

When we’re brokenhearted, that’s when we need comfort the most; that’s when we need someone to be with us the most. We rest assured; we can always count on God. He never disappoints us. He never leaves us.

It’s possible for believers to be brokenhearted and to be contrite in spirit. It’s also an experience unbelievers go through. The difference is, we are aware of His presence, and that’s the difference between peace and turmoil.

His nearness and his salvation are more than enough assurances for us to brave broken heart and extreme pressure.

There is no time when we go through our troubles alone. There is no time when God doesn’t save us.

Let’s Eat

John‬ ‭4:34‬   (‭KJV‬‬)   Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

Doing God’s will is our food; that’s why we hunger for it.

Doing God’s will becomes our complete meal when we finish His work.

Our food is already served–big; we just need to partake of it. His will is for us to harvest as many precious souls as we can, and to do it until the end. The harvest is plenty, and they’re ripe and ready.

Faith or Fall

Hebrews‬ ‭10:39‬   ‭(KJV‬‬)   But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Drawing back because of suffering is a step to greater suffering.

The antidote to backsliding, drawing back, or turning away from God is faith.

The sufferings we experience for being Christians tempt us to fall away; the indescribable rewards we receive and will receive for living by faith as Christians encourage us to be stedfast. 

The greatest reward of living by faith is our ultimate salvation. 

The greatest blessing in our salvation is our Savior.

Fulfillment of the Law

Romans 13:10   (KJV)   10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

If the commandments having to do with human relationship is summed up to loving our neighbor as ourselves, loving them has largely to do with not harming them.

Not doing ill or harm to others is great; doing good to them is as great or even greater. We’ve heard the saying “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you;” the Lord Jesus told us to “Do unto others what we want others to do to us.”

Loving others is a debt we have to pay; it’s a debt we’re actually encouraged to have.

Of Faith and Works – 2

James 2:18   (KJV)   18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

There is no contradiction between faith and works.

We have faith; we have works too. Faith is important; so is works.

We’re saved by grace through faith—faith that’s evidenced by works.

The comparison is between faith without works and faith with works. Faith is the given.

Faith is the root, works is the fruit. A person truly saved by faith will have works to show it. And yes, by their fruits, we know them.

Pursue Unity

Ephesians‬ ‭4:3‬   (KJV‬‬)   Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Unity takes work, but it’s a work we need to take.

We may need to work on our attitudes if unity is to happen.

Humility is an ally of unity, pride is an enemy.

Our similarities ought to unite us, our differences ought to complete us.

At times, unity necessitates peaceful dialogue. 

Peaceful dialogue matters most when there’s openness on both sides, with willingness to really find the truth, and to willingly and gratefully change when wrong.

Unity is kept when peaceful dialogue is done not as competitors but as a team, not as enemies but as allies, both desiring the best for the situation.