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Scripture: Luke 9:18-27

     (18) Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

     (19) They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

     (20) "But what about you?" he asked, "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ (Messiah) of God."

     (21) Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. (22) And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

     (23) Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (24) For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. (25) What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? (26) If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. (27) I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

Observation

     When Jesus died for you and me, He wanted us to believe in Him & the love of our Father and accept His gift of salvation.

    As we have received that gift, we have surrendered the control of our selfish self to God and let Jesus sit on the throne of our hearts. Therefore, we are no longer the ‘lord’ of ourselves but Jesus.

     He also gave us a helper & companion to be with us always, we may call Him our ‘conscience’ but it is really the Holy Spirit. And as we spend more time knowing God by reading His word and praying to Him, we are strengthening the hold of the Holy Spirit in us.

Application

     And so, when trials and testing come our way, we can be sure that we do not have to face it alone. The Holy Spirit is with us, Jesus is with us, always. Now, these testing can come in so many ways so that we may develop our character in Christ. These testings could include the persecutions of people, because, God’s love is so palpable in our lives that these people, just could not help but notice it. They would notice the changes that God is bringing upon us so that we would become effective testimonies of His love to them! They notice because they are missing something great in their lives.

    In the persecutions of these people, we should draw closer to God and not be ashamed of Him. Instead of conforming to the norms of the world, stand up for what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, anything excellent & praiseworthy (see Philippians 4:8) in God’s eyes. Be strong and firm in your faith, we can do this with the help of our ever companion, the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

Father in Heaven, I confess to you that at times when people tease me for being your child, I fail to stand up for you. I am so sorry for this and for compromising even in the things which I thought are just small. Lord, I praise You because You never left my side. I praise You because You are with me always and that Your love is unending. I pray to You, Lord that when You are allowing me to face testing, You will strengthen me and my heart that I may hold on to You more. Help me to stand up for You and be a testimony of your love to the people who do not know you yet & are hurting. Thank you for allowing me to touch their lives, thank you for using me for them to know Your son, Jesus Christ. All these I ask and pray, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

#DailyDevotion

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-13

     (1) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance race marked out for us. (2) Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (3) Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

     (4) In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. (5) And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:

     ”My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, (6) because the Lord disciplines those he love, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” (see also Proverbs 3:11-12)

     (7) Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? (8) If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. (9) Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! (10) Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. (11) No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

     (12) Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees, (13) "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Observation

1. God is a very loving Father to His children, and we were only made His children through Jesus.

2. Since we are God’s children, we are called to be testimonies of His love & grace through our lives.

3. Let us all be encouraged through what Jesus has done on the cross for us to resist doing sin.

4. There will come a time, where we would fail God and disappoint him. It might be the “favorite” sin we just couldn’t stop doing or “little” disobedience, but because God loves us so much, He doesn’t want us to keep on doing it.

5. God disciplines us like how a father disciplines his child, lovingly. It might be very painful at first, but when we accept it and go through it with His guidance & grace, we will be at peace and grow more intimate with Him. Moreover, our character would have been strengthened after it.

Application

1. We are all aware when we’ve sinned because as God’s children, we already know what is right from what is wrong and when we are compromising; we also know that God loves us, and as our Father, He does not want us to keep on doing it. That is why, He takes away the people or the things that makes us keep on sinning.

2. When He does take them away, initially, we would feel pain & hurt. Instead of going away from God, we should be running towards Him. Crying & pouring it all to Him, because know that He loves you and He only did that because He wants what is best for you. And those things that He has taken away from you, are at most not part of His plan for your life.

3. God provides us with boundaries in order for us to enjoy & live life at it’s best. Being confident in this, God always has and will always be the best for you. Because He knows you even before you were born, He has already chosen you.

4. Now that you have come to realize this, when God teaches you a lesson, you do not have to face it alone. He is with you, run to Him, cry it all out to Him and read His Word. The Bible is filled with God’s truth and promises, therefore, we can be comforted by it, being confident that God will finish His work that He started in us.

Prayer
    Father in Heaven, I am sorry for the times that I choose to hurt & disappoint You. I am sorry for not obeying You and choosing the things that I thought was best for me. But I praise You because You did not let me be that way. I praise You Lord for You love us all so much. I praise You because You know each one of us, made us all very unique and have the best plan for our life. I pray that when You discipline me, Father, I would always run towards You & not away from You. That, Lord, I would listen to You & heed Your discipline. Help me to always have the mind set that You love me more than anyone & anything in this world that could make me feel loved. Thank You for reminding me of how much You love, Lord. Thank You for this time that I could just be filled with Your love and majesty. All these, I ask and pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

#DearMr.God

For the first 2 weeks of another academic year in my college life, You have never failed me. You are so good that sometimes I just could not help but cry because my heart is so full of Your love which I do not deserve.

     I have been excited for this academic year because during my 4-month vacation, You have filled me up, up to point of overflow with Your love through my family and friends in our new place. We have heard Your call for us to relocate, and although it was scary for us, we, as a family trusted You, because we believe in You and we hold on to Your promise in Jeremiah 29:11. Your plans are always for our best.

     And that is why, when You allowed me to have 0 units for my initial schedule for this academic year, I did not question You. I admit that I was hurt but I know that You will provide, because You kept comforting me through my family and my D-Group. And if You say that You will provide, You definitely will because You are faithful.

     Truly, You have provided me with 2 subjects that are essential for my course. They are foundational and fundamental, and because of this, You did not allow me to have other subjects that could disrupt my concentration and learning in both of these subjects. They scare me, because they are really a crucial & giant combination of subjects, but You are greater. And I know that full well, You allowed me to take my minors in my first 2 years, so that when my majors would come, I will only have to set my eyes on them. I will not only pass them for You but through You and Your power, with humility, hard work and diligence, I will reap the best & highest grades for Your greater glory alone.

    Thank You so much for loving me even though there are times that I am unlovable. Father, You are beyond words at how You orchestrate Your plan for my life. I love You so much but my love is nothing compared to Yours. I am at peace because You hold my future on the palm of Your hands. This semester is for You and You alone, Lord.

#DailyDevotions

I will be starting a new series, since, I have been in hiatus for a very long time for #DearMr.God. I’m still thinking of continuing it though :) Tell me what would you guys think?

Anyway. I would like to share my #DailyDevotions to encourage everyone and just to share God’s love. I hope you’ll keep reading. I am sorry for my sudden hiatus. :) I’ll try to at least post 1 everyday. God bless you!