It’s Time

Deuteronomy 2:25   (KJV)   25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee.

There is a day for our miracle. Fully believe, patiently wait.

When God says it’s time, He will move people and nations, and if need be, heaven and earth, to bring about His plan for us—His people.

deuteronomy-2-25-its-timeWe’ve learned: God doesn’t violate our free will. How can He cause dread and fear in the hearts of people while preserving that principle? How can He direct a king’s heart like a watercourse to bring it to His expected end? Does He do it by orchestrating the course of nature and turn of events? Probably; those things don’t have free will to violate. We may not fully understand all of the divine dynamics, but this one thing is sure: with God, all things are possible.

Did you hear that? Cheer up; yes, God can always make things happen for us.

We have people who consider us as their enemies. We love them. If we’re faithful in our calling, our enemies can’t deny us our destiny. God’s in control of that. He can stop them, remove them from our path, cause them to respect us, or simply turn them into friends.

Why can we live without worry? It’s because our God is awesome in power, perfect in wisdom, and is constantly with us. We know He does whatever needs to be done to whatever situation and whoever is involved; we know His timing is impeccable; we know He’s with us through the entire process: beginning, waiting, and winning.

Two things “alone” are enough to awaken others to reality of our wonderful life: Who the God is Who is in us, and who we are in God. The first focuses on how awesome God is, the other focuses on how awesome God makes us and our lives to be. Heheyyy.

Persistent Pursuit

Mark 10:48   (KJV)   48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

There are those who are physically blind but who see with the eyes of faith. Bartimaeus recognized Jesus as the “Son of David”—a then-known title for the awaited Messiah.

mark-10-48-persistent-pursuitOppositions can arise in our pursuit of the Lord; pursue Him nonetheless.

Presence of oppositions and obstructions doesn’t necessarily mean being out of God’s will. In fact, hindrances and attacks may be positive indicators that we are on the right track.

Persistence is a virtue—if it’s for the good, right, and godly.

We’re not obligated to always listen to what the crowd says. Praise God we know Who to always listen to. He’s always right.

The majority isn’t always right. Remember, there are a lot more people who prefer to enter the wide gate and walk the broad way.

There are desperate times when we need to push harder and raise our voices louder.

God’s mercy covers not only our deep spiritual needs but more than all our needs.

Miracles Happen

Acts 12:7   (KJV)   And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Peter, a believer, an apostle of Jesus Christ was imprisoned. Unlike his co-apostle James who just got murdered, he was supernaturally and miraculously delivered through the agency of an angel. The foreboding atmosphere was suddenly saturated with light. The acts-12-7-miracles-happenchains that limited his movements fell off his hands without keys, without the use of force.

Persecution is real; enemies of the faith are real. There are people who desire to do us harm and there are times when they get to inch their way in and accomplish some of their injurious intentions. Deadly threats are real, but so is God, so are angels, so are miracles. It doesn’t matter how hopeless our situations may seem; we may feel like we’re stuck and we’re done; it may seem like those who treat us as their enemies may be winning, but our God sees every detail of our lives—more detailed than our perception and understanding of things.

While God exists, while He’s alive, we always have hope. Good News: God is real; God exists; God is alive, and He’s alive forevermore. This means we have undying hope. He can get us out of our hardest predicament. Just because it’s beyond our power and control doesn’t mean it’s beyond any power and control. God isn’t absent from the scene of our lives. One word from God and our situations turn around. One command and He can have an angel intercept any work of any enemy. Nothing scares us.

The Magi and the Star

Matthew 2:2   (KJV)   2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

The wise men sought for Jesus. They didn’t know His Name, but they knew that the King of the Jews was born. The sign they pointed to was unusual: a “star in the east.” Their motivation was pure; their purpose was on target: they came to worship the King. Both the matthew-2-2-the-magi-and-the-startheologically astute and the critics may question one aspect of the narrative: the inclusion and promotion of what seems to be a practice of Astrology—one condemned by the Scriptures.

Here’s my humble take. The magi weren’t just magi; they were magi earnestly seeking the Lord. They were wise indeed. Wise people seek God. The star wasn’t just any other ordinary star; it was a unique star; it was especial enough to let the wise men know that it was pointing to the birth of the King of the Jews Who we now know is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We have a special God Who does special things in special ways.

This isn’t a dogmatic statement, but just a humble opinion: the Lord saw the sincerity in the hearts of the magi. They were intently and industriously seeking God. God honored them and in some undocumented manner, He communicated with them to look for a specific kind of star as a sign for the birth of the King. That’s why they knew what to look for. And although explanations were given to give a “natural” flair to how the star led them, there really is no problem for God creating a star just for a particular group in a particular situation at a particular time for a particular purpose.

God will shake heaven and earth to be true to His promise to those who look for Him: But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29).  He seeks us; we seek Him. He finds us; we find Him. He draws us; we draw near; He draws near. However the divine dynamics are, we’re just indescribably overjoyed in being closer to and worshiping the King—our heavenly Dad.

God’s Plans, Our Plans

Matthew 1:20   (KJV)   20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

We have plans. The more important our decisions are, the more we think of them. We spend more time trying to see if our decisions are the right ones. And that’s good. God has wisely given us brains for us to use. But in our planning, we also have God’s plans to matthew-1-20-gods-plans-our-plansconsider—first and foremost. We know it’s true; we’re convinced it’s true: God’s plans are much better than our plans. But isn’t it interesting how there are times when people get a little shaken when He does things differently?

The thing here is, we have our comfort zones, and we don’t want our quiet, safe spaces to be shaken. People get rattled when this happens. And we’re just referring to situations when something else happens instead of what we expect. What if we add cases wherein what happens is beyond our control? Oh boy, the more people tend to get frantically alarmed. Do we ever consider the possibility that when impossible situations come, God may be setting us up for a blessing so especial, so life-changing, even earth-shaking, that when we finally find out about it, our mouths drop in awe? I do.

That’s how God often operates. He’s predictable in many ways, that’s why we can depend on Him. He has clearly revealed so many things in His Word, that’s why we believe what we believe and we behave the way we do. He does what He says He would do, that’s why we depend on Him. But then there are those “secret things” that belong to Him alone, and then there are those things that He reveals to us progressively. Joseph knew that a Messiah would be born, but He didn’t know that was it. Things went fast for Joseph, but the seeming drawback became perhaps the greatest miracle He’s ever experienced in His life.

We plan to the best of our knowledge and ability so that our plans are aligned to God’s plans. If God’s plans are different, we gladly surrender our plans to His. If necessary, God reveals His plans to us—even if they require miracles to do it. When He does, we see how life’s seeming “disturbances” are actually life-changing miracles and blessings. That’s how Christmas started; that’s what Christmas is: a series of wonderful miracles.

Jesus’ Return

Revelation 1:7   (KJV)   7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Our beloved Lord Jesus is coming back. We’re absolutely sure about this because He Himself gave us His promise, and He’s completely dependable. He never ever lies; there has not failed one word of all His promises; all His promises are yes and amen. When He comes, our faith will be vindicated. Although others don’t believe that our dear Lord Jesus revelation-1-7-jesus-returnreally died and rose again bodily, we do. Our hope and faith are anchored on His resurrection. There were more than five hundred eyewitnesses of his resurrection; they saw Him ascend above the clouds; they heard the comforting declaration that in the same way He left, He will come again.

Our heart breaks for those who still don’t believe despite all the convincing evidences of His reality and power. Our Lord Jesus is alive and He’s alive forevermore. One day soon and very soon, the clouds will break open and He will return in great splendor and glory. I don’t know what amazing miracle He will perform, but every eye from all curves of the world will see Him. This isn’t impossible for Him Who created our incomprehensible universe. What a glorious day of rejoicing it will be, but not all will be delighted. For some, it will be a day of utter horror and deepest anguish.

We continue to pray for the lost to be saved: our love ones, relatives, friends and neighbors. Anyone can be saved. Whoever wills may come and drink freely from the Living Water. We pray that none will remain lost, although truth declares otherwise. If our hearts are broken because of this fact, I can’t imagine the pain in the heart of our Father—He Who loves us most. But we’re steadfast; we keep on fighting, for ourselves, and for others. When our Lord comes, I pray that we take with us most of the people within our sphere of influence—our personal “worlds.” We get it: the road is straight, the gate is narrow, there’s only one door, only few find it and enter in, but our loving God has done everything He needed to do and is continually moving through His gentle Holy Spirit to woo people to Him. We take great joy and encouragement in this. We joyfully move with Him.

Have Faith

Matthew 14:31   (KJV)   31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

It’s our sincere prayer and deep desire for us to be men and women of faith—not just any faith, but a big, strong faith. That’s the kind of faith we as God’s growing children ought to have. A mustard seed-sized kind of faith is enough, just not any smaller. A mustard seed-matthew-14-31-have-faithsized faith in our Lord is enough to move mountains. We live by faith, not by sight, not in doubt. It doesn’t matter how bad situations are, we know that we know: our God handles them with no problem.

That’s it, for God no situation is a problem situation; situations are only problems to us—the limited us. But our trust is in the Lord. He created the entire universe. That’s why it’s easy for us to believe He can part the mighty seas; He can bring the dead back from the grave; He can heal the sick; He can walk on water; He can deliver us from any and every bondage; He can save us from and through any situation.

Doubt is a natural result of no faith or little faith. It indirectly magnifies the problem and assaults God’s ability. It is doubt in God Himself. But why doubt the Almighty, All-wise and All-present? God can make us walk on water; He can make us fly above the most trying and most adverse of situations. He can make us overcome and rise above whatever problem or difficulty we’re facing even now. We don’t doubt Him. There’s no need to look at the bigness of our problems because we’re focused on the bigness of our God.  Is there really anything, any situation, any enemy, any hardship, any trouble that God is unable to safely carry us through? We all know the answer. That’s why despite all the scorching heat of trials coming from unbelieving people and fallen world, despite the winds and waves brought by powerful storms of life, we live in untouchable and immovable inner peace.

Mighty to Save

Psalm 43.2 - Mighty to SaveIsaiah 43:2   (KJV)   When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Our God is able. He divided the Red Sea (or Sea of Reeds); He stopped the flow of the Jordan River; He quenched the violence of a fiery furnace. Through all of them, He saved His people. He is mighty to save. He has shown us repeatedly what He can do. He subdued kingdoms…stopped the mouths of lions…turned armies to flight. A young shepherd boy slew a battle-hardened giant, parents received their children back from death, powerful kingdoms were subdued (see Heb. 11).

This God is with us. We’re with Him. We live for His glory. We’re His people; through us other’s see Him and hear about Him. They see His uniqueness, His love, His power, His beauty. From generation to generation His reality is experienced. With all His awesome wonders, He still does new things. He’s God; He’s Sovereign; He’s free to do whatever He wants to do. His interventions in our affairs, His salvation, His miracles still abound.

He does things to us, in us, and through us. He has honored us with His covenant. He can do everything perfectly all by Himself, but in His love, He invites us to join Him. He wants His children to have fun. Our friends do not understand why and how we can turn away from our former ways. We’ve been unshackled; we’re free. What things still binds people have no more power over us. We testify; we gladly and lovingly proclaim God and His salvation. Some get saved; some go slandering us. That’s not something to cause us to give up all the wonders of life in Him.

Angels Watching Over Us

Acts 12:7  (KJV)   And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Peter was in prison. Herod wanted to use Peter as a form of entertainment. How? He was going to have him killed in front of an anti-Christian crowd. It didn’t look good for Peter. Herod had the power – a corrupted one. He just had John – another arch-apostle killed. That’s what actually led him to pursue the death of Peter; he saw the crowd pleased with it. Peter was securely guarded in prison – chains, gates, guards and all. It was impossible for Peter to escape, but escape he did – with a little help from his unknown and unexpected friend. The Lord’s angel rescued him: chains fell, gates opened, guards didn’t see. Peter was free. The impossible became possible. How? Through God’s supernatural delegates – His angels.

Angels are real. Supernatural world is real. Many of what we consider as impossible are impossible from the natural vantage point. But when the supernatural is involved, nothing really is impossible. I heard a “science” guy asked how any plant buried under water for a year could survive – attempting to refute the validity of Noah’s flood. That’s a good point – from an anti-supernatural perspective. But the answer is simple. He has forgotten that we who believe in the account of the Flood believe in the account of Creation. It’s obviously not a problem for our God Who created everything out of nothing, to revive the plants after the Flood. We are living in a material world, but we as believers aren’t limited to it; we’re living in a supernatural sphere as well. And God’s supernatural delegates are present. They’re powerful, they’re victorious, and they’re ministering to us. Wow. A famous singer sang “Angels watching over me.” That’s more than just a song; that’s truth. By the way, people often think that there’s a war between science and religion. Not so. Science simply means “knowledge.” The contradiction then is between God-denying, God-disbelieving, God-hating Science, and, God-affirming, God-believing, God-loving Science.

Our Creator, supernatural God and Father, nothing is impossible with you. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy the blessings of living also in the supernatural, unlimited realm. Thank you for sending us Your powerful angels to watch over us, and when necessary, to rescue us – even if it takes overpowering the laws of nature and physics – even if it would take a miracle. And when necessary, we may even see them. Hallelujah!!!

False Christs

Luke 21:8  (KJV)   And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.

One of the undesirable signs of the end of the age that Jesus pointed out is the rise of false Christs. It’s something that needs to be vigilantly watched because of its awful potential results – the deception of many. This will not be an isolated sign from a single impostor; many will try. The implication is that there will be credibility factor, perhaps presenting itself in many different angles. That’s why there will be a significant pull to follow them. But Jesus’ command is forthcoming: don’t follow them.

False Christs are already here. As the end of the age approaches, we can expect many more. It’s appalling to see how alarming numbers of people are blindly following. The present day false Christs don’t have marvelous miracles to show; they just have few remarkable achievements. Some don’t even have any achievements to show; all they have are their claims. As the end draws near, the enemy will empower his tools. They will be believable. They may even perform astounding feats – perhaps even miraculous. Sadly, if thousands are deceived now, we can only expect the numbers of the deceived to grow exponentially. Here’s where we have to be steadfast. Our Lord Jesus showed us how He will come back: we will see Him descend from heaven. It doesn’t matter how charismatic the personalities are and how wondrous and even seemingly helpful the works are, if they claim to be the Christ, that’s a non-negotiable indicator and a huge banner waved in front of our faces: “false.”

Our one true God, please grow our wisdom and discernment, and strengthen our resolve that we won’t ever be swayed by things we hear and see. May we be  guided by Your Word that we may know which ones are genuine and which ones are false, And may we be your voices to guide others as well.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.