By: Sheriza Letran Yubal
Whom have I in heaven but you and besides you I desire nothing on earth.” Psalm 73:25
Desire is a powerful word. It triggers the impulse that shapes our actions; it’s the fuel that drives us to do our best every day. It’s the substance of our dreams, and the harder it takes to get it, the more satisfying it looks. Desires are vital for complete happiness in life. To different people, desires come in different forms. To those who are suffering, comfort. To the poor, abundance. Morbid people desire vigor and health. The unappealing desire beauty. Lonesome people desire company. And there are those who desire freedom –to express their passion for adventure, material things and pleasure.
But not every desire is from the Holy Spirit even though it seems right and good. It’s hard to be sure whether it’s a good spirit or a bad one that prompts us to desire something. Whatever your mind sees as good desire, in the fear of God and humility of heart, commit the whole matter to Him and say: “Lord, you know what is better for me; let this be done as you please. Deal with me as you know best. Place me wherever you want in your own time and way. Deal with me freely on all things. Not for myself do I desire to live, but for you so that I could live worthily and perfectly!”
By: Yohan Mao
But seek ye first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:23
God is a God of mercy and He is a great Giver for those who seek Him with the sense of great need of Him.
Step1: Seek First His kingdom
This is the first step for those who need great supplies from God because the last words assure us that, “all these things will be given to you.” These words signify a promise that will surely happen in the future.
In a kingdom, there must be a king, and God is the King who owns every good thing; therefore He can supply every person’s needs that come to seek His help. God is a generous Giver and He will give us anything without holding back that will bring us joy and satisfaction. We can surely have confident and trust in Him because He is the King that doesn’t alter His words.
Step 2: Seek His righteousness
The kingdom that prospers and has peace, happiness and joy is the kingdom that is well organized under the leadership of a good and diligent King. God invites us not only to seek Him but to learn also the knowledge and the principles of His righteousness, “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and Knowledge.” Colossians 2:3. He uses them for the prosperity of His kingdom as well as for His people to enjoy peace and happiness under His reign.
Step 3: All These Things will Be Given to You as Well
After seeking His righteousness, the King assures us that all the things that belong to Him will be given to us. It means that we are to learn the right ways of using His properties to supply the needs of His people that will bring them joy peace and happiness. We need to recognize that all the blessings given to us come from Him and we are to use them for His glory; thus, we are to use them to supply the needs of others as He did to us. If we understand the right method of using His blessings for us and use them for His glory, it will help us to grow like Jesus. We then can also help others recognize that God is the Source of all true happiness, peace, joy and prosperity. They will not only draw closer to Jesus but they will make room for Him to be the King who will reign in their lives.
By: Eselmae Hilongo
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and
protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
It was a freezing cold night. I was really tired that time and so as soon as I slumped on the bed, my eyes just closed and brought me to the dreamland. I was laying on my back with the Bible beside me. In the middle of my sleep, I got a very strange spooky feeling that I wasn’t alone in my room. Then I saw a shadow of a man standing beside my bed. I wanted to scream in fear but I couldn’t find my voice. The man leaned forward and I just felt his hand on my neck strangling me. I tried to fight back. I held his arm and pushed it away with all my might but he was too strong. My strength was waning and thought it was the end. Then I thought about God. I cried for His loving mercy–a miracle to pour on me in that very desperate situation. “Lord please, help me! Do not let me die just like this. Please, Lord have mercy on me. Save me!” And right away I gained back my strength and said, “My God is powerful and stronger than you are! I won’t allow you to win over this and I’m not afraid of you!” Then I remembered my Bible. And the moment I took hold of it, a fountain of relief swept over me for it was then that my eyes were opened and realized that it was just a horrible nightmare. With teary eyes, I immediately got on my knees and talked to God with a heart full of gratitude.
Life at times can be really surprising. While some surprises are surprising in a good way, some are not. Sometimes, life runs so smoothly like a sound and peaceful sleep until it bumps on to something you thought wasn’t there. It could just be a dream, but often times, it is as real as the air we breathe. Whether it’s a horrible nightmare or an unfavorably surprising reality, we should always turn to God to rescue us because as we know, He watches over us from the moment we open our eyes until we shut them.
By: Dulce Amor Pielago
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
There are 24 adorable 6-year-old kids in one of my classes. I don’t want to sound unfair but out of that number, there are really those kids that you just want to cuddle most of the time. And to be more specific, there are these two kids, a boy and a girl, who are especially liked by everybody, including me. This little cute girl, even if she just sits quietly at the corner, everybody seems to notice her easily.
This boy is the clear opposite. His name’s Ryan. He’s naughty but not the bully type. He just can’t pay attention in class; he’s everywhere in the classroom. But he’s a sweet boy.
Ryan used to sit on my lap, play with my hair–smelling and touching it. He also liked biting my fingers softly. “Painful Teacher?” he would ask. Sometimes I would tell him, “a little painful.” Then he’d smile at me and stop biting.
Later on, his bites were getting more and more painful. And his used-to-be gentle and playful touch of my hair had become painful as he would sometimes pull my hair hard and remove my hair clips or anything that was on it. I started to get irritated at him that every time he came to me, I walked away.
One day, as I was about to start my class, he came near me. He attempted to pull my hair again but before he could do it, I took hold of his arm to stop him, but he started kicking me. Both of us wrestled in front as I was trying to get rid of him.Then I said, “I’m already very angry Ryan, sit down!” I was in the brink of saying the three-word sentence a missionary should never say when he smiled at me and said, “I’m happy, Teacher,” and ran away.
That moment, I just absorbed everything, released the bad feelings through a deep sigh and got ready for my class.
Every day, I earnestly pray to God to extend my patience. Gradually, I can feel that the Holy Spirit is working in me.
Ryan still does it almost every day but I no longer respond to his action the way I did. Yes, we still wrestle sometimes but it’s more fun now than it was before.
By: Daylight Buhia
“Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.” Hosea 6:1
Starting a new life means to be born again. And to be born again is not easy.
Before joining the missionary movement, I was really engrossed with worldly things. Even though I was working actively in the church, it didn’t guarantee my faithfulness to God. That was the life I had before—loving the world.
I loved the world but it repaid me emptiness–emptiness that led me to seek the Lord again. I knew that only God’s love can fill my emptiness and bring me healing.
My new life started when God called me to be a missionary. My first mission field was in Batangas. I and my Korean partner had a difficult time to present the truth because they were prejudiced of our religion. Actually most of the people there were fanatic Catholics and would preferably stick to the religion they were born with. Despite the situation, we continued to work with a positive mind believing that with God, everything is possible. Indeed, it is! Praise God for the 51 souls who accepted Jesus as their personal Savior after a year of working faithfully for the Lord.
When my term ended, God called me again for the ministry here in Korea. I decided to go without any hesitation because I knew that I am not alone. I knew that God is always there as my faithful Partner.
I am serving Him happily. And soon, as we get home, I would love to hear His words, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Come and share your master’s happiness”. And I would love to receive also His reward. That amazing reward of eternal life!
By: Rachelle Ann Manalo Fabellon
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7
Have you ever thought about how wicked and sinful our world has become?
We now live in a world where the devil is everywhere spreading darkness to destroy us.
Every time I check the internet, there’s always bad news—armed robbery, gun attacks, war, rape, murder, earthquake, flooding, etc. There are so much evil out there!
Just last month, I remember how much we prayed for the increasing tension between North and South Korea. Threats of nuclear war caused alarm to us, to our loved ones in the Philippines and to the world. Thus, these days, we need to “Pray without ceasing”. (1 Thess.5:17)
We need to commit each day to God. Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”
The only way to be safe is by relying to the unfailing source of security; the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings who has delivered me (and I believe you too) from the “mouth of lions” and kept me safe under His wings. I have proven that His protection is far more reliable than the security alarm system of the three-storey building where I’m staying alone at night. If other means of security fail us, I am certain that God will not! Therefore, at night , we need to acknowledge and give Him praises for keeping us safe throughout the day. And before we sleep, we need to ask Him for the mercies of the night. He knows everything that is going to happen.
Always keep in mind that whenever and wherever you are, our Heavenly Father is the only unfailing source of security and that He is always there watching over you and me till we meet Him!