God is in control of all!
When the hand of the Lord is upon you and you are exalted in the eyes of men, never claim the victory as something you have done on your own.
In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water
that he channels toward all who please him.
Lately God has been so gracious to me in the workplace. Though so much favor has been given, I am reminded that God allows these favors that I may glorify Him in whatever position I am in now.
God raised Esther up for a purpose of being a vessel for the salvation of the Jews. Esther found favor in the eyes of all, especially in the eyes of King Xerxes. In the book of Esther you will read on how Esther and Mordecai were used to save the Jews from annihilation.
Ezra and Nehemiah both find favor in the eyes of King Artaxerxes and were given blessing and provisions to go back to Jerusalem to build the temple and the wall. Both were able to do son because God’s was with them, and they found favor in the eyes of the king.
When we find ourselves in situations where we find favor in the eyes of our authorities, let us now wallow in out pride rather take that opportunity to ask God what He would like you to do for His glory.
Anonymous asked: hi DJ! i just read through your blog, its beautiful, just as you are! just wanted to know if there's anything in the Bible about what you can and cannot do in relationships by in physical means. i've been reading and reading and keeping my eyes open for passages, 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.
The Bible doesn’t have an exhaustive list of what couples should or shouldn’t do. But there’s a basic principle of purity that is repeated several times in different verses. For your reference i’ve listed some below:
- 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
-1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
-2 Corinthians 7:1
- Ephesians 5:3
The main principle is to know in our actions what is pure and what is impure. If our actions and thoughts towards one another is no longer pure, then we need to correct it immediately.
Is it wrong for a couple to kiss? The Bible doesn’t’ say anything. However I choose to save it for marriage. It’s not a law, but it’s a preference that I’m saving up. The Bible does say that we ought not to have sex out of marriage.
During the stage of being together but not yet married, we are often faced with temptations. God wants us to fight the temptations and to be pure in both our thought life and in our actions. This is where you list down the things you personally would do (not a law in the Bible per say) but things that would help you stay pure. As long as you follow the principle in the Bible you’ll be fine. :) Stay pure, and do what is honoring in the sight of the Lord.
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More than 2 weeks ago, I was in a very dark place. I was suicidal and depressed. I already had a suicide plan written out and was ready to take my life after the birthday of a very dear friend of mine.
I told myself that after the birthday of that dear friend, I would kill myself the very next day. But God happened, God came through and saved my life.
On that birthday itself, I was already putting my plans in motion. Telling people that I love them, writing goodbye letters ready to be sent out. But God had plans for me. Belle from church “forced” me out of my house and made me meet up with HauWei and Peggs at school. I didn’t wanna meet them but the alternative was them crashing my place and I wasn’t ready for that.
I went to meet them with a heavy heart. Determined to reject all their help and to push them away. Afraid of disappointments and being deemed a drama queen. Had too much of that in the past few years to stay positive, had too many people letting me down and abandoning me to have any more faith.
They broke me down. God came through for me.
I ended up telling them things that I never told any others. I told them my deepest secrets, my innermost fears. I crumbled and gave in. And it was that day which I realised that
"Every single person who wants to die, just wants to be saved."
If only there is somebody who is patient enough and determined enough to break through all the walls and obstacles put up to prevent more hurt and let downs. If only there is somebody who would love enough to continue loving, despite all rejections and difficulties.
And it has been awesome since then. Granted, there are times when I still feel down and alone. But it is normal and I am no longer afraid, cause I know that God is closer to me than my own breath.
Fill your heart with your love of God and you will never be alone. Fill your mind with the words of God and you will never be depressed. Open up your heart and your mind to God and let Him fill you with even more love than you could ever ask for.
I have seen visions of God standing in front of me, just beckoning me to come to Him and to hug him. God has promised that he will never let go of me and that he will never abandon me. God has spoken to me through many ways, letting me know that as long as I reach out I will be saved and that he has plans for me. He will take care of me.
There is still so much behind the story of how I came to know God and the long route I have to take to come home to God. I had many chances with God in the last decade but I never did come into the kingdom of God until recently. I believe there are reasons behind them, I just haven’t got the wisdom to understand all of them yet.
But in God, I trust. Live with faith, in revelation.
And I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me.
Anonymous asked: Hi DJ ! im just wondering if you can help me reflect on Mathew 10:7-13 ? cause you really make good reflections ! REALLY ! :) thankss !
New International Version (NIV)
7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven(A) has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
9 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts(B)— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.(C) 11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting.(D) 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
The context of this chapter is about the instructions Jesus gave to the 12 right after he called them in verses 1-4. Here we see Jesus set a clear instruction for His disciples to follow.
In verse 8 He says “Freely you have received, freely give!” Because God has showered them with his blessings, they too should do the same. This verse applies also to us children of God, we are blessed that we know Christ-therefore let us share this blessing that others too may know Him. It may be even through the way we treat others who don’t know him, through service, through encouragement, through being there and being a friend. Though we may not have the spiritual gift of healing, or casting out of demons, God has given us each our own Spiritual gifts that we ought to administer so that God may be glorified and others may be edified.
In the first part of verse 7, Jesus talks about a kingdom. This kingdom is not that the Jews were exactly looking for. In this time, when the people were looking for a Messiah they wanted someone like King David that would reign over them, overthrow the Roman government and lead the people. But Jesus had something better in mind. It was the unshakable eternal kingdom of God in heaven. We can all be part of this kingdom if we welcome Jesus into our hearts as our Lord, our King and our Savior.
In verse 10, the principle is really to trust God to provide what they will need. Not to stock up in excess but to live day by day by God’s provision. Travel light, for what the Lord needs is not an extravagant well paid person, but a humble man with a willing heart.
The disciples were also to go out and to look for someone who would welcome them in, if someone would do such then they should bless the household, otherwise they were to leave that house and find another. In this verse we understand that God uses other people to be blessings to his people in the ministry. Look for opportunities to serve God by helping his servants, you can pray about being a mission partner to missionaries, or if there is in any way that you can help others who are doing the work of the Lord. For we are blessed, therefor let us also bless our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Anonymous asked: Hi, I did something bad. A rumour went around about me a few years ago that I kept denying. Eventually I ended up going along with it. A lot of people thought it was true. It's a serious rumour. Even my boyfriend thought it was true. I was too scared to bring up the truth. But he found out and everything is going wrong. I shouldve said something ages ago. I just don't want to lose everything, and him over my stupid mistake. I pray every night that we'll get past it. I dont know what to do. help?
Someone once said that you can’t correct a mistake with another mistake. If you’ve been wrongly accused you should stand up for the truth. If you live in a lie, then it would be best to come out of it. I don’t know the whole context of your story, but usually things get messier when we don’t fix it as soon as possible. When we keep building up on the false things, we really just hurt ourselves in the end. If we keep brushing things under the rug, they never really go away and just resurface when the issue is brought up. Yes, there are risks to telling the truth, but it is really true that the truth shall set you free. I hope this can help, somehow. Feel free to message me again.
Anonymous asked: My husband and I both want children. We went through IVF and became pregnant with twins. I lost one baby at 8 weeks and at 5 months I gave birth to Julia Hope who was born sleeping? We are having a hard time coping with why this happened to us. I have heard and read that God doesn't take something away without replacing it with something greater. What could be greater than a child?
I know I will never be able to fully explain why God allows bad things to happen to good people. But I do know that one thing is for sure, God brings comfort to those in pain in ways that we may not even imagine. I pray that God would continue to encourage you despite your current situation. May you hold on to Him, and may your story be a blessing and encouragement as well to others. God bless!
So it’s been a while since I’ve really had time to maintain this site. But despite being so busy for more than a year, God has indeed been so good to me.
I realized just how crucial it is to know the Lord while we’re still students. It is during this time that we actually have so much time for growth and you should really maximize it. Now that I’m a working woman, it’s no joke how hard it is to make time for things. But it will really boil down to your choice if you will really make an effort to make time for the things that matters.
Despite one year of taking my quality time with God for granted, He has been so good and gracious not to let me go. This year, I really thank Him for filling me with the hunger and desire to really seek Him and study His Word again. And I’m excited to share with you the things I’ll be learning through this journey with God. :)
So how have I been?
Well, I changed my nationality from Filipino to Korean. (LOL! I’m kidding!)
Just celebrated 8 months of being blessed with my boyfriend last March 17.
Still love my job… and Lord willing, praying for a promotion. But in the meantime, I will enjoy what position God has given me :)
Being able to fill up my one blessing per day project for 2013
God is good… and this year will be a great one with Him. :) Have a blessed day!
Oh no! I’ve been away from Tumblr for so long… Will get to some message replying now :D hehe. I missed this!
Anonymous asked: You're so beautiful and your love for God makes you even more amazing.
AWWWWWW :”) Thank you Anon. <3
This morning when you woke up, what was the first thing that went through your mind? Maybe you have a deadline to meet or a to-do list a mile long. Maybe you are facing a challenge or going through a difficulty in a relationship that’s consuming your thoughts.
Today, I want to encourage you, instead of focusing on what your circumstances have to offer, focus on what God has to offer you. His mercies are new every morning, and His compassion never fails. He has victory in store for you today. He has provision in store for you today. He has joy in store for you today, and He has peace in store for you today. He daily loads you with benefits!
The key to “loading up” these daily benefits is setting your focus in the right direction. You can’t wait to see how you feel, what kind of mood your spouse is in, or what the traffic is like. No, you have to set your focus by saying, “This is going to be a great day. I am blessed and cannot be cursed! I know God is directing my steps and something good is going to happen to me today!”