Genesis 3:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all he peoples on earth will be blessed through you”
I’m not fully aware of the full details but the gist is Palestine petitioned to expand it’s borders taking part of Israel. UN now has the decision to vote for Palestine or against Palestine.
I got a text today saying the Philippines is voting FOR Palestine. IF THIS WERE TRUE…I wouldn’t be surprised that the storm named Pedring is a result of utter disobedience by voting towards dividing up the land of Israel.
Joel 3:2 “I will father ALL NATIONS and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgement against them concerning my inheritance, my people ISrael, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.”
Lord we can only pray for our country, that You would forgive us and that You would heal this land and shed light upon those in authority.
Anon Asked: Just wanted to know if there’s anything in the Bible about what you can and cannot do in relationships by in physical means. Because i’m in a relationship and i’m not sure where it’s going from here, and whether the Bible had any teachings on right from wrong in a situation like this.”
Proverbs 18:22 “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.”
Relationships are wonderful gifts from God. Romantic relationships can be both wonderful and at the same time a distraction. Courtship is intended for marriage. If you are in a relationship and without the intention of one day marrying that person then you have to think twice.
Genesis 2:24 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh."
I do not know any exact verse that talks directly about courtship guidelines, what boyfriends and girlfriends ought to do (well there was no boyfriend girlfriend back then)—-but I can share some verses with important principles behind it.
Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an EXAMPLE in speech, in conduct, in love, in PURITY.”
Purity is one of the major issues a pre-marital couple has to deal with. Purity is not simply putting off sex til marriage, it is respecting each other as your siblings in Christ, to guard your heart and thoughts form lustful thoughts, from avoiding excessive physical contact. One key to this is SELF CONTROL.
Titus 2:12 “Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live SELF-CONTROLLED, upright and godly lives in the present age.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality, that each one of you know to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do now know God.”
Draw close to God and you will draw closer to one another. God should be your primary love, not your lover.
1 John 5:21 “Dear Children keep yourselves away from idols.”
No I don’t mean having a picture of the one you love, setting up an altar and worshipping him/her. Idolatry is a thing of the heart. It is when we begin putting other things or other people before God. The principle is if you both draw near to God you will be amazed how you two are drawing near to each other. This of course is not possible if the one you love does not love God.
2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? OR what fellowship has light with darkness?”
Take Solomon for example, he was the wisest, richest, most powerful man alive. He practically had everything! Yet because of his intermarriage with women of pagan beliefs his heart was led astray from the Lord’s. Samson fell in love with Delilah, and she became his downfall.
Haha this should actually be RULE NUMBER 1 NON NEGOTIABLE. You can’t yoke together two animals with different strengths cause they’ll wear each other out. Same with marriage, you try marrying one who doesn’t believe in God and you’ll be so worn out.
I want to close with this, for those who are eager to jump into a relationship:
Song of Solomon 2:7 “Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.”
I believe that in God’s time He will reveal the one for you. But you have to also wait on the Lord, and by waiting I don’t mean sit and do nothing… I mean the proactively seeking the Lord and growing in the Lord while you are still single.
Besides singleness is a gift. It is a time where you can live a life of undivided devotion to the Lord. (See 1 Corinthians 7:25-35)
At Shangri-La they hire PWDS/People with Disabilities. This includes deaf/mute, crippled, etc. It’s something I randomly realized lately that I seem to be drawn towards them.
Back when I had my training in Edsa Shangri-La, I worked in the pastry department with a woman with no hands. Maricel’s was attack back when she was young her uncle was killed while she survived the attack but when she woke up her hands were severed. Dorothy is mute. Jasper is partially deaf. Arnel is deaf mute. I dunno the names of the others, but they’re all awesome people.
I do not pity them. I am in awe of them. They are a constant reminder that anything is possible if you really want it. There’s this Filipino saying that goes like this
"Kung gusto maraming paraan, kung ayaw maramign dahilan."
If you really want it, there are so many ways to get it done. But if you don’t really want it, there are so many excuses. Haha sounds better in Tagalog.
I remember reading one of Maricel Apatan’s interviews. Someone asked her if she ever blamed God for what happened, she said she doesn’t and that she thanks God she’s alive.
When people are born with these disabilities it’s not really God to blame. Rather God ought to be praised that He still gives lives, that He has breathed us into existence. Life may not always be butterflies and sunshine, we may not always be as well off as others, you may seem “disabled” in the world’s standards, but I believe it is not sufficient for you to stop dreaming big.
I wanna learn sign language. I wanna learn from them. I am humbled by them. I want to hear their stories. I think people with “disabilities” are really awesome people :)
Matthew 11:28-29 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Before when I read this verse I was puzzled why would Jesus ask us to carry a load when we’re already tired, why not just go to Him and not carry anything at all—-wouldn’t that be easier? Jesus tells us He will give us rest then He tells us to TAKE HIS YOKE? It sounds a bit ironic at first…
The things about a yoke used for plowing is it is share by two bulls/ox as to share the load of work. God doesn’t always take away our problems in life, but He does promise to be there with us all the way carrying part of the burden, but not always the entire burden. If God never let us carry anything we would remain weak and unable to carry greater things. You see, it is for our own growth that we must carry a load, but the beauty is we never carry it alone.
Deuteronomy 22:10 Do not with an ox and donkey yoked together.
The ox and donkey are not of equal strength. To yoke them together is to to waste the strength of the ox and to wear out the donkey. When Jesus commanded that we take His yoke He also said to LEARN FROM HIM. As we walk through life Jesus will be there to guide us on how to go about, but we must be willing to learn it HIS WAY… not out way. Don’t try to force your way, be humble enough to learn from Jesus.
Just because you have problems doesn’t mean you can’t have peace. Go to Jesus, learn from Him and let Him walk with you throughout your life :)
Hey do you know any good verses for really bad days? So far my week has been crap and i'm starting to feel like i should shut up and just give up.
Hey Anon! Don’t give up okay? Every dark cloud has a silver lining, and in every moment we feel crappy, God still loves us despite it all.
Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
Deuteronomy 31:8It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 20:1 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble, May the name of the God of Jacob defend you
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. they shall mount on the wings of eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
If there’s any specific thing I can pray for i’m just a PM away alright?GOD bless you :)
super galing lang ng posts mo :) super inspired by God. I really love how you celebrate and share to everyone your faith :) so refreshing. reading your posts is inspiring, i bet having a real conversation with you is 100x better :) thank you :)
hey DJ, I have a few questions for you today: On judgement day, how is the judgement of Christians (who have already been forgiven?) going to go? Are we going to be judged and "excused" or are we going to appear clean because of Christ's sacrifice? Second: I woke up the day after my close friend's funeral with a feeling and almost a distant memory that he and Jesus came to me - I can't remember any words spoken, just a feeling of comfort. Would the Lord allow this, or was it maybe just my brain?
Those who have accepted Christ are not judged for their sins, rather for how faithful they have been with the things God has entrusted to them. You can look at the parallel in the parable of talents. We are wear the holiness of Christ, and so we won’t be judged for all the mistakes we’ve made. Those who were faithful with what has been given to them shall be entrusted with more. :)
Second: I cannot say and limit how God reveals Himself to people. He can use dreams, or whisper audibly, or He can speak directly through the Bible. God can allow it to comfort you :) But it doesn’t also mean that what we think in our heads are always from God :)
In the beginning of the book of Job is the scene where God tells Satan about Job, “there is no one like him on earth, he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8)
What I want to stress here is God’s amazing faith in man.
Many times we consider it something great for man to have faith in God, yet I find it more amazing that God has faith in man. Beings so sinful, so imperfect—-yet someone God chooses to believe in. It’s just mind blowing.
Indeed 1 Corinthians 10:13 speaks so powerfully about it. “…and God is faithful, He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.”
God has faith in us that we can overcome out current trials. Many times it seems hopeless and impossible, and that the easy way out is to do the wrong thing. Yet God—-this HOLY PERFECT RIGHTEOUS Being believes in us unfaithful, messed up, sinful, imperfect beings. That’s right. GOD BELIEVES YOU CAN DO IT! And that’s why He allows you to go through it.
If God knew something was too great a trial for you He wouldn’t allow it to happen. And if you think your problems are bigger than others then you SHOULD rejoice because God has entrusted to you with bigger responsibilities.
No wonder James said to consider it pure joy whenever faced with trials of many kinds. You see trials are not just “Growing ground” but a constant reminder of God’s faith in us to overcome :)
Working woman. It’s really been a tough adjusting period for me. I barely touch my Facebook and Tumblr. I’ve got pending messages that I have yet to answer (hopefully I can do it over the weekend, sorry to those I haven’t answered)
Travel time ranges from an hour to two hours. Work environment is a bit hostile at times. Work load is very demanding. No overtime pay. And other issues here and there.
But what I keep in mind are a few things. 1-God brought me here, and it’s super duper clear that God placed me here… I do not see the exact reason why yet, but I am 100% sure that He placed me here for a reason. 2-Pains and difficulties are great opportunities to praise and worship God regardless of circumstances, plus it’s a great opportunity for spiritual and emotional growth.
I’m currently in the book of Job now, and well life is not without pain and trials. But God is faithful because He is with us. And i find great comfort in this truth: If God is for us who can be against us? Indeed when you have God, you lack no good thing :’)
Abraham along with his servants and his son Isaac went on a journey. Abraham knew that at the end of the journey he would have to kill his son. Yet at his greatest moment of trial he called it worship. (Genesis 22:5)
Job just lost his children, his servants, his riches and when all of this was reported he fell to the ground and worshipped. (Job 1:20)
When Paul and Silas were thrown into prison, they sung praises and worshipped. (Acts 16:24-25)
Trials and testings aren’t just for the moulding of our character. It is also a wonderful opportunity to worship God.
Our worship should not be environmentally sensitive that our worship depends on how we feel. True worship is giving thanks despite the circumstances. You can still worship God when you feel like you’re at your worst.
Our attitude should be that which we praise God simply because He deserves to be worshipped.
Don’t just worship when you feel good. Worship God because He is always good.
Are u sayin that wearing shorts is a sin? What if d person is really comfortable in that? Wat about culture? I am just wondering where u draw the line between ur own perceptions and wats Biblical in topics such as this. Thanks
Wearing short shorts is not a sin. But it can cause others to sin. What I do want to stress is propriety. I see a lot of girls wear short shorts and tank tops to church, and personally i believe there is a time and place for everything. For example you wear shorts to the beach or hiking shorts it’s perfectly fine. You can wear a swimsuit when swimming or going on the beach and it’s perfectly fine. But to post photos of yourself in a bathing suit is another thing because some guys can view those photos in the privacy of their rooms. This is not me stressing legalism, but rather I stress protecting yourself as a woman and protecting guys who struggle with lust.
(Anyways there’s Biblical support on dressing modestly :)Check out 1 Timothy 2:9 )
With regards to drawing the line between what is Biblical and what is cultural, you can always cross check what the Bible says. Bottomline is culture should not be what dictates our standards, God’s Word should :)
One of the most common justification people use is pointing out that everyone else is doing it. But as Christ’s HOLY people, we are set apart from the norm and we live according to a higher standard than that of the world’s.
The book of Deuteronomy lists the laws that the Israelites were to abide to. As exhausting as the list may seem, these laws are actually for the betterment of the people of God.
For example in Deuteronomy 23:17-18 God forbids prostitution. This is probably obvious to us in our generation, however to the Israelites it wasn’t. Prostitution was a key ingredient in other pagan religions. They had shrine prostitutes, and they would have sex as part of their worship. Everyone else around the Israelites were doing it, and God clearly told them that they should have no part in this.
In our days prostitution comes with a repulsive image, and for one to partake in such a detestable thing is seen as such an abhorrent practice. However there are many other sins in our generation that are slowly creeping in and being accepted by society.
Take pre-marital sex for example: the world will tell you it’s okay to have sex with anyone as long as you “love” the person. In other cultures, being a virgin before marriage is something to be ashamed of. And teen-pregnancy is so widespread. However the Bible is clear that sex is made for marriage ONLY.
Piracy is a sugar-coated sin. It is an accepted form of stealing. We would never rob a bank, but we would rob an artist by downloading their music for free on the internet.
The rate of divorce is rocketing these days. Divorce is allowed but definitely not encouraged. God’s design for marriage is for man and woman to become one, and only through death are they parted. Marriage is not a pair of jeans that you outgrow and replace. It is a lifetime commitment.
Immodest clothing is now the in-fashion. Sometimes women are not even aware of how “damaging” their short shorts can be. Pants are getting shorter, and tops are getting shorter, it’s like the world is running out of cloth or something!
You see, to live in Christ is to live according to God’s standards. God’s rules are not really stifling. They are not made to strangle us, rather they are made to protect us. God wants us to live holy lives, lives that reflect His character, lives that glorify Him, and lives that attract others to Him.
Just because everyone else is doing it gives us no excuse to conform to the patterns on this world. You are set apart. You are Holy. You are God’s. So live like one.