Thoughts about Fangs in my Heart

These are my thoughts about Fangs in my Heart – Part1 (TrueLoveWaits Philippines)

I was ONCE a fan of Stephenie’s books Twilight saga.  Although, I do have the the complete set of books (my brother bought it as a gift) I never finished reading it. Like the series of Harry Potter, I told myself that even I know it’s about witchcraft (or lets say its about vampires), my reason of watching is ONLY to entertain myself with its incredible story line.  It is clear to me that I’m NOT going to be a witch/vampire or would want myself to be one, but I never thought the danger of compromising  myself with these things of not eternal value.

From the courageous wizard Harry Potter to the dashing vampire Edward Cullen, both captured my eyes with their adventures and love stories.  And both distracted me from an extraordinary adventure and love story with my true Hero, Jesus Christ.

It took me a while to realize that engaging with these seemingly-enjoyable-entertainment  not only corrupts my character but my relationship with God.  It took me a lot of courage to say NO and really LET GO on reading and watching these kind of movies.

Compromise is not an option.  Why?

Paul said  “For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? (2 Cor. 6:14-15)

And “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them” (Eph.5:11)

Clearly these things DO NOT bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.   Vampires are evil and just because the story esteems abstinence from sexual relation before marriage doesn’t mean it is good.  Edward and Bella’s relationship only glorify sin and showcase selfishness, and not love.  Totally opposite to God’s pattern of love.

However, the enemies are clever enough to make things look pure and noble.  They strike the hearts of the people with the ‘I-cant-live-without-you’ kind of love that most of us long for. That love is not love at all. And it results to ‘I’ll-do-anything-for-you’ kind of love.

The Lord gives us His standard of what love is.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  (1 Cor. 13:4-7)

I hope(and pray) that we will be careful to distinguish the counterfeit version of love and happiness this world offers to the incomparable love of God.

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night. – Ps. 1:1-2

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Out of Love

1 John 5:3 “This is love for God: to obey His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome.”

One children song states  “♫♪Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe..♪♫”.  This is true.  But lets take a look at 1 John 5:3 version of that song,  ♪♫Obedience is the very best way to show that we love God..♫♪

It says the very best way to show our love (my love) to God – our Creator/Father/Master/ Savior- is through our obedience.  It is true that we ought to obey our parents, and much more our Father in heaven.  But obedience to God will be more easy, fun and from the heart, if we truly obey out of love.  Even we say that we obey God’s commandments, but if we just do it so that God wont be angry to us or for any other reason, it will just be an effort without happiness.  Have you ever thought of why dogs are so teachable and obedient? Aside from being loyal, dogs have genuine  love to their owners. On dogs perspective, obeying their masters are their happiness. I hope this will be the same for us. 

Obedience to God leads to joy when we obey Him because we are passionately in love with Him.  If love is the reason why we obey, it will always be easy to carry out any task assigned to us, even the difficult ones.

What’s amazing is not only obeying God’s commandments or statues shows our love to Him, but God assures us that what’s  He’s asking from us will not be difficult because He said that His commandments are not burdensome.  He didn’t give us His commandments to have a boring life, rather He gave it for us to have a fulfilled, satisfied and enjoyable life for His glory.  How awesome is that! 🙂

“When obedience to God contradicts what I think will give me pleasure, let me ask myself if I love Him. If I can say yes to that question, cant I say yes to pleasing Him? Cant I say yes even if it means sacrifice?.. yes to God always lead in the end to joy.” – Elisabeth Elliot (Passion and Purity)

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Looking Forward..

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom

Romans 8:24-25 
We were given this hope when we were saved. If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.

Key ingredients while waiting and looking forward to something:

1. Lots of patience.

Psalm 40:1 – I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 

2. Lots of  faith. 

Psalms 62:5 – For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is in Him

3. Don’t put your life on hold. Be productive. 

Hebrews 6:12  – We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

4. Pray for God’s will.

Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

 

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Graduation

No words can express how grateful I am to the Lord.  Truly all things fall into places if it is His will. After almost  three years of waiting and four years in the making, the Lord granted my prayer.

Before, I had this thought that what if I get sick again and never had a chance to finish college, or something will just happen and all this graduation thing will pass without me. Well, these thoughts only proved that I dont know my Father well.  That His ways are perfect. It only shows my lack of faith in Him. He who sustained me for four years (plus the rest of the years I have kept breathing).  Oh, how dare me doubt Him!  How dare me to think so little of Him!  Now is reality. God showed me that He can truly do what He says and I feel so embarrass to even think so little of Him.

Praise God for He is faithful even I’m not. Praise God for He is patient even I’m not. Praise God for He loves me so much which overwhelms me a lot! I love you my God! ♥

     

  

  

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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The Speech

The Lord challenged me today.  An act which seems so simple yet I suppose no one will do it on the spot.

Well, who would want to talk in front of an audience  without any preparation?

Suddenly, I remember God’s promise in Romans 10:11.   It says “Anyone who trusts in Him will never put to shame.”

So true!

When I stood up on stage, God gave me words.

Praise the Lord for I delivered my unprepared speech clearly in front of  LSPU-SPCC graduates.

🙂

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2nd Moonleaf

Is it possible that two people can be drawn together by two dozens of pencils?

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A Glimpse on a God-scripted Life Story

“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes I will remember your miracles of long ago.  I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” – Psalm 77:11-12

Remembering how the Lord have worked wonders in my life overwhelms my heart.  These verses some up all what I feel today:  blessed, amazed, wonder, joy, satisfied and love.  Looking back at the days where I doubt Him (if I can go a long way even I’m sick) is embarrassing to remember in front of Him.

I know, my family knows and even people around me know, that God has worked marvelously  in my life.  Though my physical body is weak, He used it to show His power, faithfulness and love.  How awesome it is because the strength He has given and is still giving me doesn’t run out. Though I didn’t complete my high school, He still made a way for me to get to college.   Though I’m stubborn sometimes, He still shows the right way with love.  Whenever I’m being disobedient,  He disciplines me with tender care for He doesn’t want me to go astray.  These are just few of the mighty deeds God has scripted in my unfinished story.  And though pain, suffering, rejection and even loneliness can mix up with  God’s written life story, the beauty of it will never fade.  Because who else can script a life story as beautiful as Paul’s, Stephen’s,  David’s and Job’s than the Author of all life.

This leads me to verse 13 of Psalm 77 Your ways, O God are holy.  What God is so great as our God?”.

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Two Lives in Two Sentences

“When we deliberately choose to obey God, He will tax the remotest star and the last grain of sand to assist us with all His almighty power. “ – Oswald Chambers

” If my life is broken when given to Jesus, it is because pieces will feed a multitude, while a loaf will satisfy only a little lad. “ – Ruth Stull of Peru

 

 

I don’t know the story of Oswald Chambers nor Ruth Stull of Peru, but one thing I know for sure, they both have a heart and life consumed by Christ.  Only people who have intimate bond with their Master will have full confidence in Him.  Passion for God with reverence, honor and faith echoes from their lives in just reading their quotes.  I can say that even I don’t know their life story, they both lived their lives fully surrendered to Jesus Christ.

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