Through the Dark Night

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Some can snore past through the night
While some can’t even sleep,
Haunted by an unknown fright
So lost in it so deep.
But there is ONE who’s called the Light
In search for all His sheep,
And through the dark and stormy plight
He comes to save and keep.

For none can ever separate
From this firm yoke of love,
And none can ever suffocate
From this new life to have.
A love and life that captivate,
A love and life from GOD above.

#JesusIs #ShepherdOfMySoul

Our world today is at its darkest hours, with so many broken hearts searching for hope but at the wrong place(s). Everything of this world is but a momentary pain-killer, and the groaning returns in the morning. If this truth is tugging your heart, just take heed of these words from Jesus – He who came to seek and save the lost, for eternity. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy & my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

[Psalm 23:1-6]

Please reach out.

Before You Stand Again

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Men occasionally stumble over the truth (sometimes really hard and painful!), but most would pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. This failure (or maybe pride) to recognize the fall and to realize the fault is the doom that darts them to a much worse stumbling. It is inevitable, and the backlash is more reprehensible. Nobody wants that, aside from the devil.

I’m not saying that the antidote would be to dwell in the ugliness of the past. By all means forget the past, but don’t forget what the ugly looks like! And on the way back up to your feet, understand what led you to defeat. For no amount of sobbing tears or fleeting words promises that the lesson has been learned. None!! But only time will tell of the fruits of the heart – be it of repentance or of defiance/arrogance/ignorance.

Whether 1 week or 2 months or 3 years ago – learn from [personal] history. NO EXCUSES. Get the message out of the aged mess. Please don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.

How to hear the voice of God

Know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

Rosette Ann

While I was in my social media website, I saw this video of people trying to call a flock of sheep to come to them but the more they called out,the more the sheep kept their distance away from the people who were calling them. Then the shepherd of the flock of sheep called out his sheep and they immediately approached the shepherd. I was amazed on how the sheep responded to the call of their master, the sheep know their masters voice and follow him.  This reminded me of the teaching that Jesus said in John 10 which is The Good Shepherd and His sheep.

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.16 I have other sheep that are not of…

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Good Evidence vs Unbelief

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If There is Such Good Evidence for God, Then Why Don’t More People Believe?

by Ronnie Littleton

 

Surgeon General’s Warning: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, and May Complicate Pregnancy. These alarming words are rarely disputed by normal thinking people. The evidence overwhelmingly proves that smoking leads to cancer and other illnesses. Even cigarette makers acknowledge this. Still, people choose to smoke. They treat the warnings like hoax or are blinded to the facts that they are addicted to nicotine. Some even smoke because they think it makes them look cool. They choose popularity over evidence.

The evidence for God’s existence is strong as well. The cosmological argument tells us that the universe began to exist and must have a cause. The moral argument teaches that there must be a moral Law Giver, or else there would be no moral standards. The teleological argument informs us that the finely tuned universe shows that there is a Designer. Other arguments pose equally convincing evidences for God. So the question remains: Why don’t more people believe?

The basic cause of all unbelief is a sinful heart. The Bible says we are all dead in our trespasses and sins before we come to faith in Christ (Eph 2:1). This means unbelief is our native condition. Belief goes against the grain and happens only when God makes us alive through faith (Eph 2:5). The question remains, with so much evidence for faith, why do so many people remain in unbelief?

One reason may be ignorance of the evidence. This is why it is important for Christians to study the evidence and be prepared to present it in a logical, gracious way. The Bible commands us to “always be ready to give a defense” (1 Pt 3:15) as you “go … and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19).

What about those who have heard the evidence but still don’t believe? Are they somehow smarter than believers, able to see holes in our faith? NOT AT ALL. When told about the gospel, some people realize that a life given to Christ will result in sacrifice and serving others. The idea that they have to give up their sin compels them to reject God no matter how good the evidence is. Still others say they reject God because they’ve seen Christians act sinfully. This amounts to using the sins of others to justify your own sins and unbelief.

Belief is a two-sided coin: on one side is the evidence; the other side is the will. Just as some people continue to smoke despite the evidence, some refuse to believe in God even when they know the evidence. Others remain skeptical, because they are steeped in a worldview that does not allow them to evaluate the evidence properly.

God gives us the freedom to choose or reject Him. It is important for Christians to live lives devoted to the truth of the gospel so unbelievers can see Christ in us. Also, we must study to know the most effective answers for the hope that is in us. There will always be unbelief in the world. Live in such a way that you can be used to overcome unbelief.

Curious or Not, Here the Truth Comes

mount everestBefore Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain??

Some may say Nanga Parbat or Annapurna, or just keep on thinking ‘til the answer is revealed, which is ……………………….. Mt. Everest. Surprise surprise! Then one may punt, ‘It just wasn’t discovered yet.

Life, in the same way, is a journey full of discoveries. But we can’t ignore the fact that it’s a rough road, because while the truth is beautiful, it has a formidable enemy adequate of counterfeit beauty – Lies. Yet the truth remains true – 100% of it.

To a person who’d been born blind, he may not accept what the seeing majority vigorously say – like the truth of the lavish green trees and natural blue skies, and many more – but though he may not believe, the truth remains that birds cherish the trees and the skies. He himself may even feel it deep within his heart. But genuinely speaking, it will require a miracle for that blind person to believe, whether he sees or not.

There are so many truths we have yet to discover, but we must abstain from the rampant illusion that keeps us from them. What are these illusions that keep us, limitations that bind us, lies that enslave us, great darkness that blind us from receiving the truth, just like the blind person I mentioned earlier??

HONESTLY, this question just came out from nowhere, so it took me some time before I had my answer. TRUTH is never original … it is discovered, not invented. I could have concocted another seemingly good answer using my brain, but it will not be the truth. I had to search myself, deep within my heart, and there the answer was found.

As one of my favorite songs says, “The world lies in darkness, lost in their sin, and they don’t even know the danger they’re in.”

SIN.

Such an ominous word turns us off. We don’t want to talk about it (or them), which is in itself an act of sin where we decide we don’t want to know. But we’ve gone too far! Let’s take heed of the wise saying, “Face the truth now so you don’t suffer the consequence(s) later.” Let’s not undermine the reality that there are dreadful consequences when we go against the truth, such as ignoring the laws of gravity and jumping off from a building. Only a fool will reject the truth!

Sin is a poison, an addiction, a prison. It is a curse, a transgression. It is iniquity, impurity, malignity, enmity. It is misbehavior, whether by commission or omission. It is REBELLION. To what? Or to who?

I cannot tell you of truth without leading you to the one where all truths converge, 100%, absolute … GOD.

Remember the blind person? That’s you and me. And God is the lavish green trees, the bluish heavenly skies, and much more than that. But because we are consumed by darkness, by our sins, we cannot see. And our blindness is leading us off the cliff, towards its horrible and ultimate consequence – death! Yeah, they say the moment you were born, you start dying. It’s not the physical death I’m talking about, but the spiritual death. The word of God says, “For the wages of sin is death, ” and “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Then we’re all doomed! If that’s the truth, then the truth is such bad news!? We’re so used to bad news, but are we just going to give up, especially that it’s a matter of eternity. ETERNITY!

Though we are in a losing end, an impossible situation, there is good news. God made a way. The word of God says, “… but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” and “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but everlasting life.”

The truth never contradicts itself. There is only the truth, and the absence of the truth. Life and death. Light and darkness. Hot and cold. Heaven and Hell. God and sin.

God is a God of justice[1], and we can say no otherwise because we’re unworthy. And because He is just, there is perdition to those who go against Him. But God is also a God of love[2], and in believing and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior from all our sins, and committing our lives to follow Him, we can stand before Him in confidence that we are forgiven and loved. And because He is loving, there is paradise to those who truly go with Him.

Friend, if you’ve gone this far, this message is not accidentally or incidentally for you. It is for you. That’s the truth I want to share, … the absolute truth that God is reaching out to you right now because He loves you so much. We are inherently curious (another word for seeking and longing) for the truth, and you’ve only found the beginning, just as I had. Join me on the way to discovering the top … of Mt. Everest.

God said: “Call to me, and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”

Pray with me this prayer, ”Search me, Oh God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts. See and reveal to me if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

You’re not alone now. We’re altogether, hand-and-hand and heart-to-heart, and the Lord is our shepherd. Don’t hesitate to reach me (in any way), or any of your beloved brothers and sisters in Jesus. We can help each other. 🙂

Share the truth of God, for the knowledge of the truth shall set all people free.

Sounding the Alarm

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Just a miniscule portion of “what’s happening today”

We need to understand the severity of these Days in which we live in. Diabolical and catastrophic events are taking place here and there, yet despite our awareness of such news or events, they don’t linger too often and too long in our thoughts. We are too distracted, de-sensitized, complacent, confused, and compromising, to sincerely ponder the significance of such human crisis. Think of that for a minute,… or is it too difficult?

Is it already too late to turn the tide of destruction we have brought upon ourselves, like in the days of Noah and of Lot? The real questions we should ask ourselves are personal ones:

ARE WE WILLING to learn that these occurrences are the consequences of our decisions, with the absence of God? God truly does not delight in the loss of any single life, even of the wicked (Eze. 33:11), for He created it with great purposes and destiny (Jer. 29:11). But we are putting judgment upon ourselves in abuse of our free will and moral choices.

ARE WE WILLING to humble ourselves, pray and seek the God who is loving and just, and turn away (repent) from our wicked ways (2 Chron 7:14)?

ARE WE WILLING to consecrate and sanctify our lives for God like never before?

ARE WE WILLING to trust and obey with all of our hearts, mind, and strength? To live by faith and in holy fear(Heb. 11:7)?

ARE WE WILLING to abandon our old lives and start walking seriously with God, just as Enoch and Noah did before the great and terrible Flood that wiped out all of earth, except for the righteous (Noah and his family) who found favour and salvation in God’s eyes (Gen. 6:9)?

“For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. (Hab. 2:3)” The Book of Revelations in the Bible speak of glorious and dangerous times, and we are in the generation who’s living in it!

If the answer is YES, then call upon the name of the Lord Jesus and be saved (Joel 2:32, Psa. 9:9-10, Psa. 46:1-3, Isa: 12:2)! He definitely hears, for “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.”

When you silence an alarm that is meant to warn and wake you up from danger, you keep sleeping … until it’s too late.

Finally, may we understand the psalm of David which speaks of a fine line between the future of GOOD & EVIL that we are seeing today:

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20 But the wicked will perish:
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22 those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
23 The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.[b]
27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.
32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
33 but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
34 Hope in the Lord
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.[d]
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future[e] for the wicked.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

Evasion or Encounter?

ALL THINGS RENEWED

549573_10151373704137907_442262122_nWhy did You make man forgetful Abba? Why do we have a brain that cannot function to the maximum of its potential? Or at least up to 50%? Why can’t we retain everything? Why do we forget the things You’ve done in the past? Even as short as this last minute? Why can’t we identify that the things we are experencing in this current breath, right at this very moment is something You’ve done before? Why do we forget the pattern of faithfulness that You’ve always shown? Why can’t we walk on the future promises we’ve made before You? And why do we forget Your promises? Abba, why do we forget?

Do we really forget? Is it really about forgetting? Or is it about losing focus? Could it be that we get overly distracted by the things around us? Could it be that we are being pulled in every direction…

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