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God's Promise of Shakings

I was reading Isaiah 51 during my time with the Lord this morning. From the text, it somehow answered the discussion my other brother and I were having last night. He was telling me about certain predictions concerning my country, the Philippines. I just told him about one Word that God the LORD gave three or four years ago that is coming true since then. It was the promise of God that He will shake what can be shaken.
Haggai 2:6: “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty."
Hebrews 12: 26-27: "And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, "YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN." This expression, "Yet once more," denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created t…

Death, Where is Your Sting?

Several people have gone from this world to the next with us noticing. The recent devastation in Yolanda has claimed a 5,000+ death toll. A rail station crash from New York claimed four lives. Just last night, my brother told me that American actor Paul Walker died in a car crash on Saturday. The Washington Post made a lovely and very nostalgic album of notable deaths in 2013. While I'm not particularly in joyful spirits to hear anyone's demise, the daily rate at which it happens this time can't seem to pass me by.

While browsing The Washington Post's collection of pictures of people who died that made a mark in different fields - actors, authors, journalists, musicians, people from the world of sports, I wonder to myself what my own obituary would be like without making a death wish. But in the reality of it without wanting to sound depressing, is death one of life's philosophy questions?

We may or may not have an opinion on death - philosophical or not - but it …

Revelation

The following is a series of random prophesies that I believe God is speaking to me and could be for other people. It is not arranged in a particular manner but is meant to flow from conversation as if He were Himself speaking.
Here it goes..
Jesus is in the reversal business. Reversing the enemy's work. Truth to lie, restoration to destruction, blessing to curse, peace to confusion, healing to disease, covering to disgrace, hope to hopelessness, life to death, immortality to mortality, prosperity to poverty, enlightenment to spiritual blindness, happiness and joy to sorrow, unity over division, courage over fear, strength for weakness, grace for condemnation, relationship over religion, worth over shame, godliness over unrighteousness, belief over unbelief, justice over injustice, love over hate, power over the grave, extraordinary over ordinary, intelligence over stupidity, wisdom over foolishness, perfection out of imperfection, control over chaos, character out of chameleon, sub…

Encouragement for the Angry

I wonder to myself what about the scene at the temple that Jesus saw that made him angry (Luke 19:45-47). And what about the scene at Calvary that made him compliant, willing and submissive even if He had every right to be angry. What was the difference?

And I understand it wasn't about the difference. It was about a common factor that each compelled in him different responses. Jesus was controlled by a common denominator called being submissive to the Father's will.

In the first scene where He threw over the merchandise of people selling in the temple, Jesus was angry because they were keeping His people and Gentiles from coming into His house by their overcharged selling of animals. He implied that His Father's house shall be a house of prayer, not a den for robbers. The people who were selling animals for sacrifice were not that honest, either charging big fees or selling sickly animals. And so Jesus was angry (Source: Victory Christian Fellowship).

In the second scene,…

When Does a Girl Become a Woman?

I have this question for women. When did you know that you were already a woman? That you're not a girl anymore, nor a lady, but a full-pledged adult female who has grown into maturity.

When I think of a woman, I think of my mom or the respected female leaders in society. My female bosses maybe. These women to me represent the golden age of womanhood - mature, maximized to their full potential at their chosen fields, women with dual roles and responsibilities.

I used to look at myself and consider the person I'm seeing in the mirror whether she's already a woman. And I thought before how the person I see in the mirror is still a girl, a young lady.

But all that has changed or will change beginning the past weeks. Just because God said so.

One day I was studying and refreshing up on my accounting at a coffee shop when the Lord called me from my heart "My queen." Before it was a princess or a bride, but now it's a queen. I wanted to make sure I was hearing corr…

'The LORD's'

My heart is to pray for those who have once tasted that God was real. Europe and the United States have had staggering believers once in history. Some data would infer that the numbers have declined, particularly for Europe.

Probably their families have once talked to them about God and what He has like. And I just wonder if people still have that memory with them.

The good thing about God as He reveals in the prodigal son is that He is a searcher. He is a seeker. He looks for people. He doesn't wait till people get to their senses or till people can change. He already knows you can't. That's why He seeks you. He seeks people. (Just read the Parable of the Lost Coin, The Parable of the Lost Sheep, and the story of the prodigal son). God is an endless seeker.

Last week, I thought I was alright. Trying to play it safe. Not do any heavy ministry for now. Sometimes the most faithful also turn to be the most whiny - sometimes - don't you think? =) God, I am too tired. I don…

Faith That Does Not Get Shipwrecked

The topic on faith today is taken from Paul's charge to Timothy, a young pastor and mentee of Paul, in 1 Timothy 1: 18-19:

"Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well,holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith."
1. Faith founded on sound doctrine
Paul is a defender of the gospel he clearly illustrated in Romans 3. We are made right with Christ not in keeping the requirements of the law but by placing our faith in Jesus Christ (v. 21). "And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are," he says in verse 22. The goal of the command to be grounded on the doctrine of righteousness by faith is love, not controversies, not endless discussions about the law which would go on about genealogies, but an emphasis on a "pure heart and a good conscience and a sincer…