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Psalm 25:21

“Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait on you Lord.”

Real Christian maturity shows up in the tiniest bits of your actions. That’s true. God loves you so much. He cares about you a lot. He likes thinking about the every single detail of your life.

If you mess up, stumble and fall, just stand on your ground and draw near to Him. As long as you repent truly and with your heart desiring to be corrected, God would still forgive you. So what should be our response to God’s everlasting love and forgiveness? Let us uphold our integrity and uprightness. Let us desire for Christian maturity. Be Christlike.

Christian maturity doesn’t come in an instant. It is a process. It shows up in the tiniest bits of our actions. At first, people might not notice your maturity or Christian growth. They might still see your old self. They might magnify it in your face. That situation could possibly weigh you down. But then, let integrity and uprightness preserve you. God sees every effort you do. As the old saying states, “Do your best and God will do the rest.” Do your part in your Christian maturity. God will not let you do all the work. He is always helping you through. Do it and strive harder all for Christ. Then you’ll see the end result: Christlikeness.

It doesn’t matter if people might not see it. What matters is, God sees everything about you. Be encouraged by the fact that He sees every single effort you do, small actions that contribute to your maturity. Just remember, do not waver in doing right things. Always be at your best. Only for Christ! God enjoys you. He enjoys every good thing you do. Quit pleasing people. Start pleasing God.

This should be your prayer:

“Lord, I desire to become the reason of your smile.”

“Psalm of a Creation”
(January 20, 2013)

The psalm of my heart is to hear Your voice
In my desperation, I choose to trust You
To love You is a feeling incomp’rable
Sadness comes, but my joy is found in You

Amazing to think, as I open my eyes
Miracles are done, angels sing praises
I move toward You, to know You, my King
Every detail of me, I owe to You

In my weakness and poorness, be glorified
Let my nothingness confess Your power
Let me serve my purpose, to proclaim Your Name
To share the Good News to every lost soul

You, O God, exist to proclaim your glory
Your holiness, it brings us to our knees
I am created because of Your mercy
Your grace is enough, it keeps me breathing

To suffer is to experience Your goodness
To mourn is to be glad by Your comfort
I am secured for You’re guiding me always
With my whole being, I will praise you, Lord

Words aren’t enough, You’re indescribable
I will join with Your creation, they’ll sing
Hallelujah! To You, O Majesty
My life be surrendered to You, Lord of hosts

“Trapped”
(January 18, 2013)

I’m afraid of everything
Everything that is so true
So serene, so calm, secrets
Truest of me? It’s unreal!

Thoughts are floating in the air
Feelings are hidden deeply
Actions, they’re always controlled
Limited! Chained by motions.

You’re talking, words just fall down
Just as the air, you’re moving
You’re felt, yet nobody cares
Desperate sounds, no one hears.

Here we are, hear the unvoiced
Young people under pressure
Oh, listen! We are lighted
Yet darkness is upon us.

Darkness, gloom, chaos, free us
Our hearts, broken and shackled
Sep’rated from the real world
Lives with unclear purposes.

Pretension! Life’s a big stage
We laugh, we cry, we get mad
Battling everyone for fame
Competing for attention.

A life cycle of drama
It’s time, we need to end this
Compassion, rise up, be freed
Save the earth, rescue yourself.

Yes! We’re trapped to prepare us
For a fight, yet to unfold
We’re trapped by wrong emotions
Trapped by unsettled motives.

O, my friend! Be freed, be freed.

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I’m still working on. I’m not yet so good on writing poems but I’m still working on it. You know, the old saying goes like, “Practice makes perfect.” I’m now interested on it. It’s something different. So, here is my second one. I hope it would sound a lot better and more dramatic than the first one. I love to hear your comments. Criticize it, please!

“Christian Brothers” by Heather Arnel Paulsen

(An Excerpt from her book Emotional Purity; chapter 15, Dating Done Differently, pg. 130)

Paul wrote some wonderful advice to Timothy (a young man) on how to treat younger women—“like sisters, in all purity” (1 Timothy 5:2). The Greek word translated “all” is pas, meaning all things individually and in their totality. A man must treat a younger woman like a sister and “in all purity”. How does a brother treat his sister? I do not have any brothers, but I know that in all family situations brothers and sisters do not pay attention to one over the other, communicating feelings of “you’re special,” nor do they step over the lines of physical intimacy. They also generally have no hidden agendas; where they stand with each other is clear. Do brothers and sisters know one another? Yes. Do they care for one another? Yes. So what is Paul talking about? Paul stated that all women with whom a man comes in contact must be treated with “all purity”. Only God can give the green light to take the relationship to another level of intimacy. And when God gives the green light, purity remains in its proper place.

(You can read chapter 1 of the book for this part)

Some of you may say Mike treated Tracy as a sister, but did he really? He set her apart, made her feel special, and without even knowing it took over her thought life. IN A PHYSICAL SENSE HE DID TREAT HER PURELY, BUT WHAT ABOUT HER EMOTIONS? He was not up-front with his intentions. If he had been, she might not have become so taken with him. Now Tracy allowed herself to become worked up with Mike, so we cannot put all the blame on him. She could have ask him to define their friendship. They had CLOSENESS but no COMMITMENT. He was taking away emotions that should have been saved for her husband.

Since the husband is the head of the wife, he is responsible for sticking his neck out and being held accountable. When an unmarried man sticks his neck out with a young lady, he is preparing himself for the role God has assigned to him IN MARRIAGE. Christ put His life on the line, with no guarantee that we would respond. What a great life lesson men can learn in taking the initiative in relationships.

Securing an Undivided Heart to the Lord

By Joshua Canlas

“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them: I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” – Ezekiel 11:19 (NIV)

“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth: give me an undivided heart that I may fear your name.” – Psalm 86:11 (NIV)

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Many are asking, “How will I find the one I’m waiting for if I will restraint myself from having boyfriend-girlfriend relationship?”  There is no quick answer for this question that’s why I opened my Bible and God led me to this verse, ““I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion (or heart) to the Lord (secure an undivided devotion to the Lord).”  1 Corinthians 7:35 (NIV: emphasis mine)

Its message is securing an undivided devotion to the Lord. It asks us the following questions:

“Do you really love me?” “Yes Lord, I’ll do anything for You!” “Well then, can you abstain from having a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship for one full year to focus on Me?” God is asking us to enter into a covenant with Him. “Yes Lord, I will not enter into a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship for one full year as a sign of sacrifice, love and commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Maybe you are now asking, “Wait, wait, wait Joshua! Your introduction might be wrong. You said our topic is about the undivided heart. But right now, you are talking about love, romantic dating, relationship. What do they have to do with the undivided?”

They have a big part to have an undivided heart to the Lord. Let’s wait and we’ll just figure it out later.

God said from Jeremiah 29:11-12, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.’”  These coming years that God has prepared for us are years for great outpouring of miracles and anointing.  We’ve got to be ready for those greater miracles as we prepare the way of the Lord.  That’s why I praise God more and more for giving us these words, “I will give you an undivided heart” to prepare us for these coming years.

When the great outpouring of blessings has come, God said, “You need to have an undivided heart”. A heart that is not distracted a heart that will never compromise, a heart that will remain focus on God. A heart that is willing to give up anything, any person, any relationship because this heart is so focus, so in love with God. It is called the undivided heart.

Biologically speaking, the heart is the organ that pumps blood throughout the whole body. Simply means, the heart is the center-most of our being. It is the core of our deepest intentions and thoughts. The heart means a lot to the other parts of the body. The bible says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart.” This means that we should love Him with everything we have, our whole being. Because the heart represents the whole that whatever it dictates, the body just omits, the body obeys. “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) The issue of the heart is an important issue.

The heart means everything to our body and the situation of it can affect us spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. “Above all else, guard your heart.” Maybe the bible said that because the devil knows our weakest point, and it is the heart. The devil can give us heartaches, disappointments, struggles, hassles and more that can cause us to be broken. Physically, we can carry on. But emotionally, we won’t be able. With those struggles, they can affect our devotion to the Lord. An undivided heart will be soon divided.

Physically, emotionally and spiritually, once a heart is broken into pieces, it does hurt you, of course. A broken heart is a divided heart already. And that kind of heart loses it purpose. It will be dead. It won’t pump blood, it won’t beat, it won’t feel and it won’t be devoted to its Creator because it’s dead. But one great thing is for sure, God hears the cry of the broken. Ask Him to restore your heart and use it again for His purpose. Once He restores and heals your heart, present it to the King again. Present it as whole and without any distractions. Start securing an undivided heart to the Lord. “Above all else, guard your heart.”

One of the biggest steps of the devil to keep us from having an undivided devotion or heart to the Lord is the impressments of the wrongly-mannered, wrongly-idealized and wrong-timed boyfriend/girlfriend relationships. When you enter into that kind of wrong-timed relationship, though you may not know it, but you are already setting God aside and placing the person you thought you love to the place where God should be. Voila! You now have a divided heart. You will now start looking out for comfort, contentment, joy, crying shoulders and peace from the person (your boyfriend/girlfriend) instead of looking out for those things from God. God has been replaced.

One good thing that we can do is, we quiet our hearts, feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and spend time with Him. Well, why do we need to quiet our hearts? It is because the Holy Spirit sometimes speaks in whisper; so when our lives, minds and specially the heart are busy, it can be hard to hear His voice. Allow God to show you how He feels about you. Seek Him first, not a mate. Give Him your heart, your undivided and fully devoted heart, and His blessings will follow your obedience.

You may have all the riches in life, all the wealthiest friends and all the relationships in the world, but this is my assurance, you will never be completely happy and contented with your life and with what you have. The truth is, there will still be a part in your life that can never be replaced or filled by anything in this world because only God can fill those emptiness and restore the broken. Pray to God to give you a new heart of flesh, an undivided heart.

For us teenagers, it may be difficult to secure an undivided heart to the Lord and enjoying life as singles. Insecurities and discontentment may still arise. But if we said we encountered God and have experienced His grace in an extreme way, we will be decided to keep an undivided heart to the Lord and enjoy this period, our single years to devote ourselves to God alone. A heart that is focus to God only.

If you are having difficulty to do this, seek advice from the people you trust, and allow yourself to really listen to their advice and assistance. God will give them wisdom to help you in making a decision, and I know He has put people in your path to help you along your way.  Remember this, “Boyfriend-girlfriend relationship is a preparation for marriage.  If you’re not ready yet, go for friendship.”

Asking God to prepare ourselves as He gives us a new and undivided heart is not just a request, not just a prayer. It’s an action. It takes place, it moves. Being singles and securing an undivided heart and devotion to the Lord should take place by our actions. One purpose of being devoted to God by being single is that it helps you discover the value of having the right priorities in life, upholding purity and rendering service to God and other young people. By encountering God and asking Him to give you an undivided heart, you can make a potent decision that can change your life forever.

“Lord, I will do anything for you. I will secure an undivided devotion to You. I will not enter into a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship until your perfect timing has come as a sign of sacrifice, love and commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Please say this prayer:

“Lord, help me prepare my whole being as you give me a new and undivided heart as you have said in Ezekiel 11:19. Help me to secure an undivided devotion to You. Give me the sufficient strength to strive to become emotionally and physically pure. Lord God, as I enjoy my single years, please use me within this period mightily and prosperously. I am longing for Your guidance and presence. This is my prayer, in Jesus Name, Amen!”

“Your Present Situation”

Hey! I have something to tell. There’s a letter from your friend and you need to know it.

I know almost all of the things about you and those things that surround you. I know those times when you were sad, mad, happy, hesitating, tired or anything. I know the time when you needed someone to talk with or to lean on. That’s why I am here with you. I can be that friend that you are looking for.

When you are with your family, what do you feel? Are you happy with them or not? Maybe you’re sad, really sad. Maybe you belong to a broken family, that’s why. Maybe the love you are getting from them is not sufficient. ” Palibhasa’y napakaraming mag-asawa ngayon ang naghihiwalay.” Many youths are growing in this society with a single parent only and that is a very difficult situation.

How about the way of discipline from your parents? Can that affect your emotions of attitudes? ” Masyado ba silang mahigpit o ‘di nama’y maluwag?” Are you experiencing emotional, physical, or mental abuse from them? Do you ever feel inferior? Do you feel that they treat you as their child or just like any other kids in town? Maybe they are just thinking that you need money and you’re okay, another difficult situation. ” May pera ka nga, but you’re still broken.” Too many questions, ha? These questions can help you think about your present condition in life. I want you to cry.

How about, hmm? Why don’t you check yourself? Is it okay that you are always alone? I know many teenagers that they look at themselves as no one, no identity—that they are not happy, that they are already content with what they have or what they do, that they think that they’re okay when they are really not. And these are the reasons why they put their attentions on these things—computer, cellphone, iPod, and other gadgets that they think can fill up their brokenness and loneliness in life. You know, it is really hard to look a friend that you can trust about your secrets and brokenness. Also, it is not that easy to find an opportunity to talk with your parents maybe because they are just too busy about their jobs. This letter can help you realize that you are not alone.

Many youths today are directly hurting or abusing themselves in able to express the thing that is inside of them. They cut, bite, or burn their own body, I hope you will not do those things. Don’t ever do it unless you want your life to be ruined. If you do those things, you are already testifying that you feel nothing or no one. We have our own purposes to do.

Remember, there will always be some circumstances that you will feel inferior, lonely or broken. Well, you still need to force yourself to be happy in order to lessen your sadness. Express yourself in as good manner and understand the situation of your parents.

Bare in mind, you are not the only person in the world who’s experiencing those things, ” Marami tayo.”

PROBLEMS—they are allowed by Jesus Christ to happen to prove our trust or faith in Him.

There was a moment in my life when I was alone in the house and I was staying inside my room. I was doing nothing, just staring at the ceiling because I was at my bed at that time, suddenly, the tears dropped down from my eyes. I was surprised. I felt that there was something inside of me that wants to explode. It was like…I just really wanted to cry.

Maybe I was crying because there were just too many things that I was thinking of. Past life, experiences, struggles, etch. Well, I’ve got no one to talk with.

Could you be my friend? Could you be that somebody that I could lean on? I’m hoping for that.

” You are too weak for it!
You don’t have the guts to pursue your dreams.
He will definitely not make it, trust me! ”

These are just some of the words that create pressure inside of me. Anytime, it could explode and as expected, it happened. I created a mess. I got mad, angry at the spur of the moment. That thing put a heavy weight on my shoulders. That pressure inside of me created anger and defeated me. I cried hard because of that. I told about this thing to a person that I trust the most.

=+=: Go on, cry. I will let you cry.
+=+: This must not happen. I shouldn’t let this to happen.
=+=: There’s nothing wrong about what you have done. Remember, we are not perfect or good enough to stop our
anger. Even the Lord got mad for once, says in the bible. But the good thing here is, at least you tried to stop
your anger.
+=+: Thank you so much. I feel better now.

It is my weakness when I get mad. There was again a moment in my life when I was inside of my room and of course, being a drama actor again. There was a voice inside my head and said,” Why don’t you try to cut your pulse? Just one time only. ‘Bakit si *** nagawa iyon’ and nothing happened to her. Go on, try it. You will not die with just one slash.” And it happened, I bought a blade at the store near our house, got back inside my room and prepared myself in cutting my pulse. I did it. As I were looking at my bleeding wrist, I felt like along with it was my problem pouring out of my body. I felt like I was really happy in doing that thing. I just don’t know why I allowed that to happen.

There were so many things that I realized because of what happened. You cannot live in a place by just being alone or isolating yourself from others. Look for a friend, the real one. How foolish am I? The friends that I was looking for were already there, waiting for me to approach them. I was just the one who’s hiding. Maybe I’m nowhere right now if I didn’t find them.

Anger is not a bad thing. Being angry is also not bad. That is a natural sensation. The bad thing here is when we do not know how to control or place our anger. The worst will surely follow and we can get our life a big mess. I just have a message for all those people who are in the same situation. Oh please! Do not be a big —— like me, do not be a big fool. Find someone to talk with about something. You know, I really get emotional when it comes about my life. Behind this happy face is another face of mine, meet SADNESS.

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This is not a real story.
I just created it from the experiences of my friends.
I’m happy with my life.
A close friend of mine read it and said,
” Creepy! Don’t ever do it for any reason.”
I just smiled at her.