Passion Manila 2010

“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws,
we wait for you;
your name and renown
are the desire of our hearts.”

Isaiah 26:8

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1. Religion tells you to do this and do that and try and try and try and try and try to be good enough… but you’ll never be. Why? Because our hearts are sick. But God did what we cannot do for ourselves and that’s GRACE.=)

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

2. We are all little seeds. Our lives remain meaningless not until we decide to leave our comfort zones (fame,money,career etc.)and bury ourselves into the ground (Surrender our lives to God). Only then we’ll grow into trees that will bear more seeds. And only then we’ll understand that “losing our life” for God’s sake  literally means “gaining it back”.

“He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:39

3. Our life here on earth is about HIS-story. From the beginning to the end, everything that happened,happens and will happen shall reveal God’s glory. The day we were born to the day we lost our way home, tells about not our mistakes or failures but reveals the Grace of God in every step we make. Once we accepted Him in our lives, we already play a role in His story. He is the starring role! We are merely extras. Our names won’t be included in the credits. Our lives should be directed,produced&written by God!

So, let me ask you, little seed, are you willing to lose your life and find purpose in the end? or continue to work hard for your so called life and lose it in the end?

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Treasure Hunting

On January 1, 2008, Keith Severin and his 7-year-old son, Adrien, agreed that they would spend at least 15 minutes every day that year searching together for treasure. Carlos Alcalá’s article in the Sacramento Bee described how they went out each day in every kind of weather to see what they could find. A year later their collection of coins, golf balls, recyclable bottles and cans, and various other items had yielded more than $1,000. In the process, they enjoyed many hours of companionship and fun.

If we decided to spend 15 minutes a day searching for treasure in the Bible, what would we find? Solomon wrote: “If you seek [wisdom] as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. . . . Then you will understand righteousness and justice, equity and every good path” (Prov. 2:4-5,9).

Growth won’t happen all at once. But gradually, day by day, we will be changed through reading God’s Word and obeying Him. And think of the privilege and pleasure of spending time with our heavenly Father.

It begins with a willing commitment, continues with exciting discoveries, and leads to the treasure of wisdom and life.  — David C. McCasland

Surrendering My All

2009 had passed and I still could not think of any word to utter but, “grace”. Looking back at all the trials,the weaknesses and the heartaches, I can not help but always ask, “What did I do to deserve a second chance?” Then the image of the cross flashes through my mind.

“Amazing Grace… How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me…” – Amazing Grace

“Who am I that You are mindful of me?

That You hear me when I call

Is it true that You are thinking of me?

How you Love me.. It’s Amazing” – Friend of God

Someone said that the 2 greatest days of a person’s life were the day he was born and the day he found out why.  The day I found out my purpose in life was the day I met my savior and the day I surrendered my life to Him. Since then, I live my life not by my own will but by His grace. Every blessing I receive, reminds me of my unworthiness and how God’s love conquered it. *Aah… the depth of your love Abba, indeed, no one can fathom.

This year,  He deserves more of our CONSISTENCY and OBEDIENCE. He deserves not just a 15-min. of our time everyday but He deserves to be worshiped 24/7. He deserves to be known through the testimony of our lives.. how we live, speak and act should mirror His love. His name deserves to be lifted HIGHER.

Let this be the start of the new year and the end of spiritual malnourishment.