Holier Than Thou

GRACE

 

I am a Christian. and I know my Bible. I was a missionary. and I did went to cells before, locked down inside and shared the gospel to inmates. And by the way I AM A WOMAN TOO. How about you?… What did you do to your “Christianity” that give you this right to judge Duterte? Even Christ said;

“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.” ~John 12:47 NIV
Let us not judge him and be guilty of the below sin;
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” ~Matthew 7:1
Let us not be greater than Christ. Instead, let us pray for Duterte that he will meet God and have a personal relationship with Him. With God everything is possible.
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Sunset in Malapascua Island, North Cebu

Sunset in Malapascua Island, North Cebu

Prov. 29:18

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WHEN GOD DOES NOT ANSWER PRAYERS

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For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. – Isa 55:8-9 NASB

 

Yesterday I attended a service  of dear friend’s wake. As I listened to the persons who honoured her, I laughed, and I cried in my heart with them. God gave me this verse that morning. But I guess I was too engrossed with myself and my feelings to even consider it. The fact is, I couldn’t accept it. “No, not this way and not at her age. Surely this is not from the Lord,” I kept repeating to myself. But everything got cleared when I heard what Ate Vicky, her leader, shared during the service. I prayed before that she’d be healed. That just like the story of Job there’d be a turn around. And I kept on claiming upon her the healing which was brought by the stripes of Christ… to no avail I thought. But now I understand. Her faith was tested. And so was mine. And who am I to question God if that is the way He wants her to finish this race? I never thought that I would think of it this way. But she DID NOT LOSE her battle against cancer. She fought the good fight of faith. She did not abandon God and accused Him of leaving her. She did not say all kinds of evil against Him when she could have because of the pain that’s waking her up in the wee hours of the morning and kept her awake for how many hours till she has no more strenght. She did not take her own life when there was so many chances to do it. SHE KEPT HER FAITH till the end. Indeed, for her, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

 

 “Phi 1:21 For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity].

 

And again;

 

“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” GOD’s Decree.  “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. – Isa 55:8-9 MSG

 

Thank you Lord for helping me accept this. I am forever grateful. 🙂

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Isla Reta Talicud Samal Island Davao City Philippines

Isla Reta Talicud Samal Island Davao City Philippines

Summer 2014 gateaway!

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San Carlos City, Philippines

San Carlos City, Philippines

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Sceneries

Sceneries

Luke 12:27-28

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!

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David Relying upon the Lord’s Lovingkindness by Bob Hoekstra

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Show Your marvelous lovingkindness . . . Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You . . . Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You . . .. Cause me to hear your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust.  (Psa_17:7; Psa_36:10; Psa_63:3; and Psa_143:8)

There are many reasons why David is a wonderful Old Testament example of God’s people living by His grace. Previously, we saw that David confessed the Lord as his strength and his refuge. “The LORD is the strength of my life . . . God is a refuge for us” (Psa_27:1 and Psa_62:8). In our present verses we see David relying upon the Lord’s lovingkindness.

Lovingkindness is an Old Testament term that is closely related to the New Testament term, grace. It speaks of God’s zealous, loyal, steadfast love toward His people. It includes the truth that God is merciful (that is, He provides a way to hold back from us the judgment that our sins deserve). Yet, it goes beyond that wonderful fact. Lovingkindness also includes God’s goodness (that is, His commitment to do good things for His children day by day, supplying whatever is needed in our lives).

Much insight into this word (and appreciation for it) is found in David’s frequent reference to it and reliance upon it. “Show Your marvelous lovingkindness.” David had a deep desire that the Lord would demonstrate the wondrous reality of His lovingkindness through his daily walk. He knew that the Lord’s lovingkindness was what actually made life what God intended it to be. “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.” David praised God for His faithful goodness toward him, which was far better, and far beyond, merely enjoying the natural things that life offers to all who exist. The Lord is good to all who live on this earth. “He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Mat_5:45). However, His lovingkindness is shown to those who have a true relationship with Him by faith. David wanted this goodness to be his ongoing supply. “Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You.”

David sought the Lord for the work of His lovingkindness, from morning time on through the day. “Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust.” As the Lord poured out His loyal, steadfast love, David gave glory to the Lord among His people. “I have not concealed Your lovingkindness . . . from the great congregation” (Psa 40:10).

Dear Lord of lovingkindness, I thank You for Your loyal, steadfast love toward me through the years. You have had mercy upon me. You have shown great goodness toward me. Help me to point others to Your marvelous lovingkindness, Amen.

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