For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
on the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous stretch out
their hands to do wrong
My mom had told me before, while she was washing clothes, to separate the colored dresses from the white ones. She said, some colored shirts fade and that could ruin the pure colored ones. Because of that teaching, I always do practice separating colored and white dresses when doing the laundry.
After our Encounter God Retreat, we were advised in church to keep distance with unbelievers. When we had accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are turned as new creations, the old things had passed away. This means, we have to turn 180 degrees from the wicked things we did in the past.
If you are a Christian and your old friends saw you drinking in a bar, then there is no use of being cleanse if we turn again to our old ways. Stand for what is right.
Perhaps one of the reasons why we need to keep distance with unbelievers is because of the pressure of doing what the world does especially our peers. It is hard to live a new life if we are being surrounded by friends with vices, friends who go partying, friends whose language is cursing, friends who are hot-tempered, friends who love fights, friends who fornicate, friends who are bullies. God has made us pure again. Do not let wickedness stain us. Though these unbelievers are our responsibility, we don’t have to spend our whole life with them so as not to be saturated with what they do.
God hates sin. Do not be afraid to follow God and please Him even if it means giving up your relationship with unbelievers. Choosing God and righteousness is the best choice a person could ever make.
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth
Everything we’ve got comes from the Lord. We may have received it through various means but all of these means were just instruments used by God. Say for example a child who wants to have a new jersey. He had prayed for it every single night. Do we think God will send the jersey directly from Heaven and the child will just catch it with his two hands? Of course not. God could use the parents, siblings, or aunts and uncles to give the kiddo what he prayed for.
Our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. He knows our needs even before we ask Him. He hears every plea we utter.
If a person got toothache, will he go to a psychologist? If he got a disease, will he consult a veterinarian? If he wants to be counseled, will he visit an anesthesiologist?
Sometimes the reason why our problems are hard to solve is because we run to someone who is not expert in the field. If you are sick, go to the Healer. If you are in need, knock to the Provider. If you are lost, seek the Driver. If you want refuge, call upon the Savior.
Another reason is we tend to “self-medicate”. It’s comparable to the thought that you know everything. When we need help, we should ask for it. Do not carry the burden alone. Why should we make it hard for our self when the Expert is just a free call away?
Christians, we all do experience a tough life but God will always be there for us. In times that you wanted to give up, lift your head up high and know that there is God. Let us praise Him in the storm for He is who He is no matter where are we.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path
Despite the advances in technology, there are still places in the country that are not yet power generated. At night, the residents got no choice but to live in darkness. Children have to study early or if not, they have to persevere reading using a candle lit. Because these places are hard to reach, the residents keep waiting for someone to be notified about their situation, give solution to their problems and bring light to their dim place.
If the Word of God is light, that means there are still many people out there who, too, like those living in far flung areas without power generation are living in darkness yet? These are the unbelievers. These are the persons who haven’t accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.
We, as Christ’s ambassadors, have to be the instruments that these believers will be able to see the light and step out of darkness. They too, like us, should be able to experience God’s amazing, love. They should witness how God lights up their path and how He serves as lamp unto their feet.
When God’s words are shared, a soul can be saved and when that happens, thousands of angels in heaven will rejoice. God wants many to be saved. It is not the time to be selfish. Let us share the light to those who still reside in darkness.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man
Trust is such a pricey piece that should be given only to those who deserve it. The reason why it breaks our hearts to find out that the one whom we had relied on had betrayed us is because it seems like a part of us had been taken.
Man, in one way or another, can hurt his fellowmen. Sometimes it is intentional, at times it’s not. No matter how hard we try to protect ourselves from agony, it’s no way possible to live painlessly.
One of the reasons why a relationship ends is because of lack of trust. When you are a girl who is super deeply, madly in love with your boyfriend whom you had found out later that he is a cheating on you, I guess there is a valid reason for you to be pissed. This will cause damage to the trust you had given him which will eventually lead to break-up leaving two sweet lovers end up as strangers.
Humans are not perfect, we all know that. But never be afraid to trust again. If your heart has been damaged, know that you’ve got a Healer who can bind the shattered pieces. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and He will never ever destroy that faith. He is perfect. He will never make any mistake. In our life, it is He who calls the shots. Take refuge in him, He who rescues those who call unto Him.
I love the Lord, because he has heard
my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live
Being stuck in elevator for hours with no one who could hear your pleas and cry for help could be one of the scariest scenarios I wouldn’t want to experience. Sometimes, dealing with life’s circumstances by our own could be comparable to that. Furthermore, there are things we cannot share to others, secrets we cannot divulge. Man at times couldn’t be trusted enough to keep promises not to disseminate our biggest mistakes. It wouldn’t be certain that people will not judge us for choosing the wrong path. Even our closest friends whom we thought could understand us will sometimes condemn us or give wrong advices.
To such instances where you seem alone in the battle, do not hesitate to call your very best friend—JESUS! He hears our every plea. He listens to our sobs. He doesn’t condemn us for the wrong doings we had executed because He had already paid the price. He will not surely divulge your secret.
Do not carry the burden alone. Call unto God. Certainly He is all ears to what His sons and daughters are praying.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
To God be the glory!”–this is what Christians utter when they are complimented or when they have attained a great achievement. It is the simplified phrase for saying that God deserves the honor for without Him I would not make it. Without His love and faithfulness what more can we do? Apart from God, we are nothing.
The Bible states, ‘Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord”. Our Father never wants a conceited believer. If there is one thing to be proud of, that is our God and his works. He gave the talents and skills we have. He allowed experiences and challenges to mold us. He provided our needs. He made things possible for us.
Men when down most probably will draw closer to God and ask Him for anything he needs. When that request is answered, only few remember to thank God say for instance the story of the lepers who were healed. We should not be like those nine persons who left without a word but be the one who will turn to God and give Him what is due.
For everything that God has done, He deserves the highest glory and honor. Give Him what is due. Thus, when being complimented, smile and say Glory to God!
For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord
Hearing a bad news is like witnessing a bomb explode. It is never an exciting thing to see or even just hear it.It could make a day gloomy or it could ruin one’s life. I know no one who says, ‘Hey bad news come near me!’ because everyone wants good things to arise.
We do not have the control to manipulate things. Sometimes our plan doesn’t happen just the way we want it to be. Trials and struggles come the day we least expect it to make a show. During times of trouble there is just one thing we can do to survive it all and that is trusting in the Lord. Do not be moved by your big problems. Remind yourself you’ve got a big great God.
We, the sons of God should never be afraid of bad news or challenges. Life would be so boring without such. If we put our full trust in the Lord, whatever happens along the way, we will never be afraid because God is with us.
“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca
He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever
Blessed are we if we are eating three times a day, some even having six meals per day! But know for a fact that there are other people living in the different sides of this world who barely eat a meal per day. While some are wasting their foods, these people are working so hard to earn a penny for food. Some even resort to eating spoiled nutriments in the trashcan just to fill their empty stomachs.
If you belong to the group of three-meal eaters then be thankful to God. Never forget to utter a prayer before ravishing your meal. If you are one of those who always bug God to give you food, then keep praying. He was able to provide manna to the Israelites before, there is no way He can’t do the same thing in our time. He is our Great Provider. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He never changed.
Christ fed thousands from a child’s five loaves and two fish, why on earth won’t He do the same to us? If we just know how to ask. If we just know how to trust Him. We are Christ co-heir, grab that opportunity! We can request him to give our needs. He doesn’t want us to starve for life. He wants us to live a life worth living!
For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,
to save him from those who condemn his soul to death
Man will always have something to say to whatever you do. There will always be accusers, gossipers, condemners who will arise from nowhere to ruin you. Even if you have done righteous things one will always have a wrong interpretation of it.
We cannot please everybody. Though we are starting to walk in Spirit, the Devil keeps bugging us about our wicked past. There comes a time in a day when you recall what you have done that is unpleasing to God’s eyes years way back and you start to think I’m such a liar, a stealer, a coveter, a stubborn child, a deceiver, I don’t deserve God’s love. I am not good enough. In such times, the more should we draw closer to God. We need Him the most.
Who among the billions of people existing on earth could proudly say I am no sinner? None even one. We all have transgressed. Satan may use it to condemn us. but isn’t it that the reason why Jesus came is to save and ransom us from sin? He paid the price dearly with every nail that pierced His hands and feet and every slash that hit His skin.
Thus when we are being condemned, just look up to Jesus who made it possible for us to escape damnation.
With God we shall do valiantly;
it is he who will tread down our foes
When I hear the word “valiant”, the Biblical character that comes to my mind is David. He was determined enough to face the giant because He knew that God was with him. If we could be just like the little David, many experiences should have been tried, opportunities grabbed, fears were faced and many souls should have been saved if we aren’t so afraid to share God’s words.
Fear hinders a man to progress. Countless things could have been done if we are not so afraid to face it. If God be with us, who can be against us? If the Holy Spirit is leading us to this path then we should go. If God says go, who can say no?
Bravery is a matter of choice. The heroes who fought for our country opted to do so even if it will cause their life. The very best example is Lord Jesus who suffered and died to give us our freedom from sin and damnation. We need not be coward to fight for what is right. Never mind the foes who love to bring us down, our God will take care of them.
One of the things that we should do valiantly is to share God’s words especially to the unbelievers. Jesus had done His great part at the cross of Calvary, now it is time for us to fulfill what He wants. His vision is our mission. There is no need to fear rejection. God is backing us up.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt