When We Are Being Overwhelmed

Lately, there has been a lot of activities that are occupying most of my time. And because of those things, I wasn’t able to write a blog for as many as 6 months.  As I was checking the things that needs to be done, I felt really overwhelmed by all of the busyness that has been around me. It must have been caused by those times that I said yes to opportunities.

Yes, you heard that right!

At this moment, I am currently attending two subjects in my Master’s Degree, a weekly leadership class in Church, leading a short-term mission team from our church to India, and fulfilling my tasks and responsibilities at work. I realized that these were opportunities that we’re given to me and I didn’t object to some of it that would have been much less of a priority as the other things for this year.

And true enough, I am feeling all these unrelated craziness because of the so-many to do lists both personally and at work.

As a leader, I want to control everything: schedules, outcomes, lists. I want to ensure everything works out.

I want to take it all on.

That’s were the problem lies.

This is not sustainable nor realistic. As a leader, there’s only so much you can ever control. There’s only so much you can do.

The key is to figure out your part and do it the best you can with as much passion

But then, the Lord has His ways of reminding me and I thought I’d share this particular verse that struck me.

“So he said to me, This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

—Zechariah 4:6

As I meditate on this verse, it reminded me that I am not in control of everything. I have to acknowledge that the Spirit of the Lord has the power.

I may have roles that I need to do fulfill but it is not to be done by my might, but by the Lord’s.

As you are working this week? My prayer for you is that the power of the Lord would propel you to achieve all He has for you. God has great plans for all of us as we recognize the work of the Spirit in each one of us!

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What Will It Take You To Follow Christ?

Are you afraid to speak God’s Words into the lives of people?

Luke 21:15 says “for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict”

God’s Words enables us to be wise, bold and discerning in circumstances that deals with speaking the Truth.

What will be the cost of putting your faith in God, primarily in Jesus Christ?

Luke 21:16-17 says “You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers[a] and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.

People will oppose you even to the point of disowning and denying you because you decided to follow Jesus. Is that what God wants? to take away our loved ones because we chose to follow Him instead?  Let this words bring you comfort as you make an everyday decision in following Christ Jesus.

The value of the obeying Him is of far more worth than what you can lose.

But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.(Luke 21:18-19 NIV)

But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life.(Luke 21:18-19 NIV)

Our momentarily sufferings are just a temporary loss for a much greater hope that we will gain in Christ! 

Let the Real Driver take the wheel!

What The Church Needs To Know About Human Trafficking

Human TraffickingHuman Trafficking is more than just sex trafficking, and sex trafficking is more than women and girls. It’s a ONGOING PROBLEM. And when we don’t perceive a problem to be present to be in our neighborhood, it’s easy to ignore. And sometimes, we choose ignorance on purpose, shielding ourselves from the realities of complex, dark stories.

Human trafficking is one of the worst of these dark issues, because it consists of so many crimes wrapped into one—sometimes kidnapping, almost always rape, along with confinement, torture and coercion. I’ve met survivors whose victimization started as early as 10 years old and her story is as a grim as any other perpetuated crime.

Here in the Philippines, not all churches of aware of this issue, and even if they are aware, they can’t seem to figure out how they can of help to these issue. Many people think human trafficking only happens overseas. Trafficking happens in condo towers, malls, schools and even suburban homes. It happened at the local fast food KFC store beside the church where one of our churches has a congregation in Manila.

The real danger that Human Trafficking imposes to us is our apathy towards the issue because it doesn’t seem to be happening so why would we even bother?

I believe that God has an intimate connection with those suffering from violence, for each one is MADE IN HIS IMAGE.

What is God’s plan to stop violence?

WE ARE THE PLAN

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause (Isaiah 1:17)

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

The church is uniquely positioned to make a difference by doing the following:

  1. TEACHING

The church has the platform to engage Christians and communities about the reality of the violence that Human Trafficking brings and the heart of God for justice. I believe God uses the church to bring transformation and justice to a hurting world and we have to do our role as part of the body of Christ to fulfill this mission.

Just like we are tasked to share the gospel to the lost, we are also  commissioned by God to do justice and kindness and we can possibly do it by helping teach and raise awareness against human trafficking.

2.  INTERCESSION

Integral to the work of justice is prayer and it all begins  by it. As we seek justice on behalf of others, we rely on an all-powerful God to help us do what is only possible with and through him.

I remember one of our clients who happen to got rescued because she prayed the night before to be saved from her captors and lo and behold, our government partners were able to raid the brothel she was in and manage to rescue her!

That is my friends, what intercession is all about. Imagine thousands of people committed to praying for the end of human trafficking!

Pray for freedom for everyone currently a victim. Pray for physical, spiritual, and emotional wholeness for sex trafficking survivors, and for their continued safety and possible reintegration into their family or community.

God is in the business of saving people and these include human trafficking victims.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

– Romans 12:12

3.  GENEROSITY

It is the ability to make a difference brings meaning and purpose to our lives. Whether you are a parent or grandparent, child, humanitarian, co-worker, mentor, advisor, coach or friend, you have something to give—be it your time, skills, strengths, influence, wisdom or financial resources. Embracing a spirit of generosity is a way to live a more fulfilled, vibrant life and can trigger surprising ripple effects, transforming your life and the lives of others in ways you may never have imagined.

And your generosity can have a transformational impact on survivors of human trafficking. Explore and find ways of defining your own vision of  generosity for these certain individuals.

“A lack of generosity refuses to acknowledge that your assets are not really yours, but God’s.”

-Tim Keller, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Make Us Just

4. HUMBLE SERVICE

The work of justice requires long and tedious work which provides the Church with service opportunities that are not glamorous but are important to protect the poor from violence.

No matter who you are or what you do, God can use you to make a difference into the lives of these survivors. Whatever your talents are, they can be of great help if you give it as a service. And remember, that it is not how much one gives, but what one does with the gifts and talents that God gives you.

How Do You Worship Him?

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

Psalm 95:1-2

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Have you noticed yourself as you come into God’s presence whenever you have your personal time with Him?

Do you come to Him with joyful noise and declaring His awesomeness or you come to Him to ask of something?

Do you thank Him for all the things He has done to you, whether big or small? Or are you asking for more?

There are times that we tend to forget to proclaim His sovereignty and His power when we worship and pray to Him. Most of the time, we ask certain things to Him like our daily needs, solutions to our problems,  even strengthening.

It’s not wrong to ask of these things to God. in fact, Philippians 4:19  states that “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” But God despises those whose hearts are really far away from Him.

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. (Isaiah 29:13)

If our hearts are just focused on fulfilling our needs, then we are hearts are far away from God. How do can we obtain a heart that worships God? We must have a heart that lives by the spirit and truth. John 4:23-24 perfectly says it all:

Yet a time is coming and has now comewhen the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.

Check your heart today. Are you just after your needs or are you after in pleasing and honoring God?

Worshiping God entails a heart that is for God and is after His desire.

We must come to Him. not just only for our needs to be met, but to speak words of praises and thanksgiving to Him!

Our purpose is to worship and glorify Him!

Search Me and Know Me Lord

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. (Psalm 139:1-6)

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Lord, you know me better than I knew myself. You know my thoughts and what I am thinking at the moment. Please guide me act according to Your will and not on my own whim. I know that sometimes my perspective is not clear and I want you to lead me to the right path that  You that is best for me. Let me think with thoughts that are noble, pure,excellent and praiseworthy.

Lord, you know the decisions I made. Some are rushed and some are not. But please me to become more wise and discerning. Allow me to lean more into you and not on my own understanding. Help me to fear You more so I may gain a heart and mind of wisdom.

Lord, guide my words that I will utter. May the words that will come out of my mouth will be of love, encouragement, and faith. Remove malice and anything that is impure that would not glorify Your wonders in me. Search my heart and lead into righteousness.

So help me Lord. I do not know what the future holds for me. Yet I know that this will be one of the best. Help me to prepare for it. I am willing to do whatever it takes. Let this be a moment where I can proclaim Your goodness, Your promises, and Your faithfulness. Like Joshua, I will take hold of your promise. I am ready to cross the Jordan River. But help me along the way. I cannot fight my battles without You. Lead me into everlasting Lord.

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