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Thursday, August 04, 2005
I'm Preparing to Live
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

It was two years ago, when I felt to ended my life... My Fiance died and as I looked at the world around me, I was so depressed by the moral and political chaos. There seemed to be no reason for me to go on, nothing for me to do.

I was into agony and indeed suffered so badly on what happened.. I was not hurt that he left me but I am so hurt on what he left me... The incident shaken my world and weaken my confidence into my self... I never know after all this time... and not until he is no more to explain to me the things that needed an explanation... things that I need to know.. things that needed to clear, things that is so absurd and things that I really can't comprehend so easily... All I am asking is WHY? I am not asking why did he died.. of course it is too obvious that it is God's will... and now that he is gone there is no one who will answer me... [deep sigh] Those were the days were I cannot make my self walk straight and think straight... where my world is so gloomy that I my self could not see the hope and that there is still a brighter tomorrow ahead of me...

At a church gathering one afternoon, I sat next to my youth Pastor who sensed my dejection. He asked me are you still mourning? I just gave a quick smile, shaking my head. Then he asked me "WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST CONCERN?" I gave a deep sigh and I didn't gave him any answer while in my head I answered him "I'M PREPARING TO DIE,"... then he shot back "WHY NOT PREPARE TO LIVE?" surprised on what I heard... That was the question I needed to hear to break the deadlock in my life. Then from that time on I began to see that God wanted me to live and to touch others for HIM. My attitude changed in my outlook in life, though not that easily but I know it is the Lord who is working out on me during those times.

I was not blaming God and who am I to blame HIM? He's my creator and the only reason I lived is to worship HIM.

Life can seem overwhelming at times, but God offers us hope. Apostle Paul wrote, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13).

Regardless of your age or circumstances, don't despair and "prepare to die." Believers in Christ can prepare to live filled with hope, joy, and peace.

The hope we have in Jesus Christ
Peplaces all despair;
He fills us with His joy and peace
And shows His love and care.


Posted at Thursday, August 04, 2005 by Star-Tariray
LeT mE kNoW UR tHoUgHtS.......  

Tuesday, August 02, 2005
"His word was with authority"

Luke 4:31-37

   31 And he went down to Caper'na-um, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath; 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 "Ah! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God." 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And when the demon had thrown him down in the midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, "What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out." 37 And reports of him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

   How do you respond to the word of God? Do you hear it with selective submission or with the full assent of faith and obedience? When Jesus taught he spoke with authority. He spoke the word of God as no one had spoken it before. When the Rabbis taught they supported their statements with quotes from other authorities. The prophets spoke with delegated authority -- Thus says the Lord. When Jesus spoke he needed no authorities to back his statements. He was authority incarnate -- the Word of God made flesh. When he spoke, God spoke. When he commanded even the demons obeyed. If demons, the fallen angels, have faith in the Son of God, how much more should we believe the gospel with the full assent of our minds and hearts and entrust our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ? If we approach God's word submissively, with an eagerness to do everything the Lord desires, we are in a much better position to learn what God wants to teach us through his word. Are you eager to be taught by the Lord and to conform your life according to his word?

   "Lord, your word is power and life. May I never doubt your saving love and mercy, and the power of your word to bring healing, restoration, and freedom from sin and affliction."

Posted at Tuesday, August 02, 2005 by Star-Tariray
LeT mE kNoW UR tHoUgHtS.......  

I'm StruGGling
I do not understand what I do.  For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. (Rom 7:15, 18,22,23 NIV)

Prayer:   LORD, the struggle within me feels so intense at times, and I feel so bad when I fail and do what I do not, in my heart, want to do.  I am grateful that You understand and that I am not alone in this struggle.  Help me to surrender my feelings of failure and condemnation to You and trust that, as I confess my failures,feelings, and struggles to You, You do not hold them against me anymore.  Thank You for loving me unconditionally, and for understanding me, even when I do not understand myself.  In Jesus'name, Amen.

Posted at Tuesday, August 02, 2005 by Star-Tariray
LeT mE kNoW UR tHoUgHtS.......  

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