Our Abba Father

Series #3

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God is merciful. He made a way for us to be saved from our pitiful state in need of redemption. 

Prophet Nehemiah has a lot to say about this when he prayed for Israel. (Bible reference is Nehemiah Chapter 9 starting from verses 6-31) There’s so much to learn about this prayer.

“May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise!

6“You alone are the LORD. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.

7“You are the LORD God, who chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed him Abraham. 8When he had proved himself faithful, you made a covenant with him to give him and his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites. And you have done what you promised, for you are always true to your word.

9“You saw the misery of our ancestors in Egypt, and you heard their cries from beside the Red Sea.c 10You displayed miraculous signs and wonders against Pharaoh, his officials, and all his people, for you knew how arrogantly they were treating our ancestors. You have a glorious reputation that has never been forgotten. 11You divided the sea for your people so they could walk through on dry land! And then you hurled their enemies into the depths of the sea. They sank like stones beneath the mighty waters. 12You led our ancestors by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night so that they could find their way.

13“You came down at Mount Sinai and spoke to them from heaven. You gave them regulations and instructions that were just, and decrees and commands that were good. 14You instructed them concerning your holy Sabbath. And you commanded them, through Moses your servant, to obey all your commands, decrees, and instructions.

15“You gave them bread from heaven when they were hungry and water from the rock when they were thirsty. You commanded them to go and take possession of the land you had sworn to give them.

16“But our ancestors were proud and stubborn, and they paid no attention to your commands. 17They refused to obey and did not remember the miracles you had done for them. Instead, they became stubborn and appointed a leader to take them back to their slavery in Egypt! But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love. You did not abandon them, 18even when they made an idol shaped like a calf and said, ‘This is your god who brought you out of Egypt!’ They committed terrible blasphemies.

19“But in your great mercy you did not abandon them to die in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud still led them forward by day, and the pillar of fire showed them the way through the night. 20You sent your good Spirit to instruct them, and you did not stop giving them manna from heaven or water for their thirst. 21For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out, and their feet did not swell!

22“Then you helped our ancestors conquer kingdoms and nations, and you placed your people in every corner of the land.d They took over the land of King Sihon of Heshbon and the land of King Og of Bashan. 23You made their descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and brought them into the land you had promised to their ancestors.

24“They went in and took possession of the land. You subdued whole nations before them. Even the Canaanites, who inhabited the land, were powerless! Your people could deal with these nations and their kings as they pleased. 25Our ancestors captured fortified cities and fertile land. They took over houses full of good things, with cisterns already dug and vineyards and olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate until they were full and grew fat and enjoyed themselves in all your blessings.

26“But despite all this, they were disobedient and rebelled against you. They turned their backs on your Law, they killed your prophets who warned them to return to you, and they committed terrible blasphemies. 27So you handed them over to their enemies, who made them suffer. But in their time of trouble they cried to you, and you heard them from heaven. In your great mercy, you sent them liberators who rescued them from their enemies.

28“But as soon as they were at peace, your people again committed evil in your sight, and once more you let their enemies conquer them. Yet whenever your people turned and cried to you again for help, you listened once more from heaven. In your wonderful mercy, you rescued them many times!

29“You warned them to return to your Law, but they became proud and obstinate and disobeyed your commands. They did not follow your regulations, by which people will find life if only they obey. They stubbornly turned their backs on you and refused to listen. 30In your love, you were patient with them for many years. You sent your Spirit, who warned them through the prophets. But still they wouldn’t listen! So once again you allowed the peoples of the land to conquer them. 31But in your great mercy, you did not destroy them completely or abandon them forever. What a gracious and merciful God you are!

Another prophet who has prayed an intercession for God’s chosen people is Prophet Daniel. Chapter 9. Verses 3-19:

3So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes.

4I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed:

“O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. 5But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. 6We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land.

7“Lord, you are in the right; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, including the people of Judah and Jerusalem and all Israel, scattered near and far, wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you. 8O LORD, we and our kings, princes, and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. 9But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. 10We have not obeyed the LORD our God, for we have not followed the instructions he gave us through his servants the prophets. 11All Israel has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice.

“So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin. 12You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned. Never has there been such a disaster as happened in Jerusalem. 13Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the LORD our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth. 14Therefore, the LORD has brought upon us the disaster he prepared. The LORD our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey him.

15“O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness. 16In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors.

17“O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary.

18“O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy.

19“O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.”

In every prayer we must make confession, not only of the sins we have been guilty of, but of our faith in God, and dependence upon him, our sorrow for sin, and our resolutions against it. It must be our confession, the language of our convictions.

Afflictions are sent to bring men to turn from their sins, and to understand God’s truth. Here is a believing appeal to the mercy of God. It is a comfort that God has been always ready to pardon sin. It is encouraging to recollect that mercies belong to God, as it is convincing and humbling to recollect that righteousness belongs to him. There are abundant mercies in God, not only forgiveness, but forgivenesses.

In all our prayers this must be our plea, we must make mention of his righteousness, even of his only. The humble, fervent, believing earnestness of this prayer should ever be followed by us.

His prophets and the major characters of the Bible tells us of God’s mercy, His great and gracious mercy and compassion!

  • Psalm 78:38 New Living Translation
    Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins and did not destroy them all. Many times he held back his anger and did not unleash his fury!
  • Numbers 14:18 New Living Translation
    The LORD is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected–even children in the third and fourth generations.
  • Deuteronomy 4:31 New Living Translation
    For the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon you or destroy you or forget the solemn covenant he made with your ancestors.
  • Lamentations 3:22 English Standard Version
    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; – This is a popular song!
  • Psalm 103:10 New Living Translation
    He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.

The Lord God himself say who He is.

  • Exodus 34:5-6 New Living Translation
    Then the LORD came down in a cloud and stood there with him; and he called out his own name, Yahweh. The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.

We ought to be merciful to others – especially the poor who has no one to cry out to but to God. We ought to be merciful since our Father, our God, is merciful.

  • Proverbs 21:13 New Living Translation
    Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.
  • James 2:13 New Living Translation
    There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.
  • Matthew 5:7 New Living Translation
    God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
  • Matthew 6:14 New Living Translation
    “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.

It’s a call from God, an order for us to follow, in our relationship to others:

  • Ephesians 4:32 New Living Translation
    Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
  • Colossians 3:12-13 New Living Translation
    Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
  • Mark 11:25 New Living Translation
    But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
  • Luke 6:37 New Living Translation
    “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
  • Jude 1:22-23 New Living Translation
    And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
  • Zechariah 7:9 New Living Translation
    “This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another.”

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God’s love abides in mercy.

  • 1 John 3:17 New Living Translation
    If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion–how can God’s love be in that person?

What can we call ourselves when we refuse to be merciful? If our loving Father is merciful and we are not, what does that make of us? 

We should rejoice about our loving God’s mercy! We should be jumping and shouting with great jubilation of His tender heart! For our many offenses, He forgave us. For our shortcomings, He looked on us with love, and compassion, and care.

Time to start thinking and reconsidering our ways. Let us renew our mind. Mercy!

by Mar Marilag 7-February-2017

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Our Battles

A Spiritual Battle

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Ephesians 6:11-12 New Living Translation
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Who is the enemy?

  • satan
  • the devil
  • darkness
  • wickedness
  • sin – know this enemy – for you might be allies!
  • evil rulers and authorities (and someone you know comes to mind?)
  • evil spirits
    • demons
    • manipulating spirits
    • controlling spirits
    • witches
    • retaliating spirits
  • mighty powers – this I know nothing about…for to me, God alone is mighty!

Mark 3:9-11 New Living Translation
Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him. He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people eagerly pushed forward to touch him. And whenever those possessed by evil spirits caught sight of him, the spirits would throw them to the ground in front of him shrieking, “You are the Son of God!”

Mark 5:6 New Living Translation
When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him. With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.”

Their shrieks are always loud! Unpleasantly loud – like their disgusting looks!

Mark 9:25-26 New Living Translation
When Jesus saw that the crowd of onlookers was growing, he rebuked the evil spirit. “Listen, you spirit that makes this boy unable to hear and speak,” he said. “I command you to come out of this child and never enter him again!” Then the spirit screamed and threw the boy into another violent convulsion and left him. The boy appeared to be dead. A murmur ran through the crowd as people said, “He’s dead.”

Matthew 12:43 New Living Translation
“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.”

Matthew 13:37 New Living Translation
Jesus replied, “The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels. “Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world.

Mark 4:18-19 New Living Translation
The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced.

Proverbs 23 – (I believe this is not a literal saying. Seek the Lord’s revelation on this one)

1While dining with a ruler, pay attention to what is put before you. 2If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat; 3don’t desire all the delicacies, for he might be trying to trick you.

James 4:17 New Living Translation
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

Who or what do we battle for?

  • We battle for our salvation!
  • We battle for our loved ones!
  • We battle for the unsaved and the oppressed and the prisoners!
  • We battle for our destiny!

2 Corinthians 4:4 New Living Translation
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Acts 26:17-18 New Living Translation
And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’

Why? ☕

  • See John 10:9-10 New Living Translation
    Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Anyone who has experienced a heaven’s tour will understand this. (Jn 10:9)

We are victorious in Christ! God always win a battle!

How?

  • BE HUMBLE

James 4:7 New Living Translation
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  • DO NOT SIN IN ANGER

Ephesians 4:26-28 New Living Translation
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.

  • DO NOT WORRY

1 Peter 5:7-9 New Living Translation
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

Luke 21:34-36 New Living Translation
“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”

  • FORGIVE

2 Corinthians 2:9-11 New International Version
Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven–if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

  • CARE

Luke 3:11 New Living Translation
John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”

  • FAST

Isaiah 58:6-11 New Living Translation
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the LORD will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the LORD will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply. “Remove the heavy yoke of oppression. Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors! Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.

  • PRAY

James 5:16 New Living Translation
Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

  • Genesis 20:17
    Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children.
  • 2 Chronicles 30:20
    So the LORD heard Hezekiah and healed the people.
  • James 5:17
    Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!
  • James 5:18 Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.

Prayer moves the heavenlies! When we pray, God not just listen but takes action according to what we pray. He commands it and it is done. He wills it, and it happens.

The fate of the enemy

Exodus 15:6 New Living Translation
Your right hand, O LORD, is glorious in power. Your right hand, O LORD, smashes the enemy.

This is a literal smash thing. If you have experienced a battle in deliverance, you will understand this! It’s a battle scripture – on spiritual warfare. Ask me how!

Psalm 11:6 New Living Translation
He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked, punishing them with scorching winds.

Psalm 18:14 New Living Translation
The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded amid the hail and burning coals. He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies; his lightning flashed, and they were greatly confused.

Psalm 140 NLT

6I said to the LORD, “You are my God!” Listen, O LORD, to my cries for mercy! 7O Sovereign LORD, the strong one who rescued me, you protected me on the day of battle. 8LORD, do not let evil people have their way. Do not let their evil schemes succeed, or they will become proud. 9Let my enemies be destroyed by the very evil they have planned for me. 10Let burning coals fall down on their heads. Let them be thrown into the fire or into watery pits from which they can’t escape. 11Don’t let liars prosper here in our land. Cause great disasters to fall on the violent.

This is worth trying. 🙂 More weapons, the better! (Again, this might not be understandable to someone who has not experienced deliverance and warfare.)

1 Samuel 2:2-10 New Living Translation
No one is holy like the LORD! There is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. “Stop acting so proud and haughty! Don’t speak with such arrogance! For the LORD is a God who knows what you have done; he will judge your actions. The bow of the mighty is now broken, and those who stumbled are now strong. Those who were well fed are now starving, and those who were starving are now full. The childless woman now has seven children, and the woman with many children wastes away. The LORD gives both death and life; he brings some down to the grave but raises others up. The LORD makes some poor and others rich; he brings some down and lifts others up. He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor. For all the earth is the LORD’s, and he has set the world in order. “He will protect his faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness. No one will succeed by strength alone. Those who fight against the LORD will be shattered. He thunders against them from heaven; the LORD judges throughout the earth. He gives power to his king; he increases the strength of his anointed one.”

All glory to God in the highest!

by Mar Marilag 3-Feb-2017

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On Angels and Demons

New Things To Us

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The world has instilled fear and gave a boxed explanation for each one. In truth, things are not as obvious to the naked eye. However, there are those who, after receiving Jesus Christ and accepting Him in his life, and making Jesus as King and Sovereign Lord, have received the Holy Spirit – and the Holy Spirit gifted with the eyes to see the Spirit realm. Such people can see anything and everything spiritual. This would include the following, but may or may not be limited at all:

  • angels
  • demons and evil spirits
  • works of the demons
  • movement of demons and evil spirits
  • weapons of the warrior angels
  • what they are wearing
  • the color of what they are wearing
  • the Lord of all!
  • God’s mighty hand
  • God’s throne
  • paradise
  • heaven’s gate
  • golden stairs, golden lampstand, golden cup, golden book, golden pen
  • silver things – swords, shields, etc.
  • waters – all forms
  • other many things…
    • people
    • their location
    • what is happening to them
    • attacks on them
    • spirits around them
    • disgusting faces of the evil spirits
    • horrible sight of the demons
    • witches and their doings

Now let us explore this, and clarify things:

  1. You are unbeliever like me before. Sinner. Disobedient. Unforgiving.
  2. You encountered the Lord – you received Him and make Him King and Savior!
  3. You got saved. You were given more knowledge – to know what is right and wrong
  4. You desired to know the Lord more, and in the process He revealed the Father – by the power of the Holy Spirit. More likely, you became prayerful, and a reader of His Word – the Bible.
  5. The Holy Spirit enabled you to change, and be holy and righteous – to be able to enter the Lord’s presence. More likely, you were delivered from filth and you repented of your sins.
  6. The Holy Spirit enabled you by giving you a gift. And there are many gifts.
  7. You received the ability to see the Spirit realm.

Now that you are a believer who received the Holy Spirit, you are now empowered.

Mark 16:17 New Living Translation
These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.

Believers of Jesus Christ. Can speak tongues (an oxymoron). It’s actually a spiritual thing – speaking something no one can understood except the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the living God – our Sovereign Lord. If the few words before this sentence doesn’t make any sense to you, this writing is not for you. Note that you can only cast out demons in the name of our Lord Jesus – no other name is given.

Bear with me. Know the following scriptures, for your own sake. :

Acts 4:12 New Living Translation
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

1 Timothy 2:5 New Living Translation
For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity–the man Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians 8:6 New Living Translation
But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.

Matthew 11:27 New Living Translation
“My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

Matthew 28:18-19 New Living Translation
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Mark 16:15-16 New Living Translation
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

Ok. Let’s munch on this:

  1. One Savior
  2. One God, and One Mediator
  3. One Lord
  4. One Lord with all the authority in heaven and on earth
  5. One Lord who instructs all to :
    1. Make disciples of all nations
    2. Baptize the disciples
  6. One Lord who ordered to preach the good news around the world

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Now, we are an empowered believer of Christ Jesus – a disciple baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

What happens now?

Our lives change. We are living daily for Christ. We are in constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit – the mighty Spirit of the living God, our Sovereign Lord! Going back – the Holy Spirit gave us gift to enable us to do things – for the glory of God!

Acts 1:8 New Living Translation
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 2:4 New Living Translation
And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

Acts 19:6 New Living Translation
Then when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in other tongues and prophesied.

The tongues is a very powerful gift. And there are many gifts. Prophesying is another one.

1 Corinthians 12:4 New Living Translation
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.

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Luke 11:13 New Living Translation
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

Now this is worth noting. Ask for the Holy Spirit and our heavenly Father will give. But we are past that. We are already empowered believer (Christian) of Christ – able to do things by God’s grace.

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Romans 8:15 Berean Study Bible
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

And yes, to our great joy, we are adopted sons of God! We can always call to our Father any given time. He always watch us. He never leaves us. He protects and shields us from the enemy – and there are many!

How do we know we are God’s children?

Romans 8:16 New Living Translation
For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

Romans 8:14 New Living Translation
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

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Who aids us – as children of God? His ministering angels!

Hebrews 1:14 Berean Study Bible
Are not the angels ministering spirits, sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Hebrews 1:7 New Living Translation
Regarding the angels, he says, “He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire.”

Psalm 103:20-21 New Living Translation
Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands. Yes, praise the LORD, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will!

Psalm 104:4 New Living Translation
The winds are your messengers; flames of fire are your servants.

Psalm 148:8 New American Standard Bible
Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

1 Peter 3:22 New Living Translation
Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

Our God is indeed just!

2 Peter 2:4 New Living Translation
For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.

Jude 1:6 New International Version
And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling–these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

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Beware of worshipping the angels. Only God is to be worshipped!

Luke 4:8 New Living Translation
Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve only him.’

Colossians 2:17 New Living Translation
For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.

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We are already in the last days. Expect the unexpected! The knowledge of God increases! He reveals new things about Him and His power. We ought to seek Him more now for His revelations. He alone can enable us to endure. He alone can rescue us in the coming tempest – for He alone knows everything.

Acts 2:17 Berean Study Bible
In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people; your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

All glory to God, our loving Father – our Abba Father!

by Mar Marilag 2-Feb-2017

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OTHER IMPORTANT SCRIPTURES:

Hebrews 2:1-4 New Living Translation
So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.

Romans 12:6 New Living Translation
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.

Luke 9:1 New Living Translation
One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases.

Luke 20:35-36 New Living Translation
But in the age to come, those worthy of being raised from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage. And they will never die again. In this respect they will be like angels. They are children of God and children of the resurrection.

1 Corinthians 10:18-21 New Living Translation
Think about the people of Israel. Weren’t they united by eating the sacrifices at the altar? What am I trying to say? Am I saying that food offered to idols has some significance, or that idols are real gods? No, not at all. I am saying that these sacrifices are offered to demons, not to God. And I don’t want you to participate with demons. You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too.

2 Corinthians 6:15-18 New Living Translation
What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.”

Mark 3:13 New Living Translation
Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him. Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach, giving them authority to cast out demons.

Matthew 4:24 New Living Translation
News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed–he healed them all.

Battle Axes and Sword

Psalm 24:8 English Standard Version
Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!

Exodus 15:3 English Standard Version
The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name.

Isaiah 42:13 English Standard Version
The LORD goes out like a mighty man, like a man of war he stirs up his zeal; he cries out, he shouts aloud, he shows himself mighty against his foes.

Isaiah 26:11 New Living Translation
O LORD, they pay no attention to your upraised fist. Show them your eagerness to defend your people. Then they will be ashamed. Let your fire consume your enemies.

Revelation 19:11 New Living Translation
Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war.

Revelation 3:7 New Living Translation
“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Philadelphia. This is the message from the one who is holy and true, the one who has the key of David. What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open:

Matthew 16:19 New Living Translation
And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

John 20:23 New Living Translation
If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Hebrews 10:27 New Living Translation
There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume his enemies.

Hebrews 12:29 Berean Study Bible
For our God is a consuming fire.

Deuteronomy 4:24 English Standard Version
For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Isaiah 30:7 New American Standard Bible
Behold, the name of the LORD comes from a remote place; Burning is His anger and dense is His smoke; His lips are filled with indignation And His tongue is like a consuming fire;

Psalm 97:3 New Living Translation
Fire spreads ahead of him and burns up all his foes.

Psalm 50:3 English Standard Version
Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest.

Isaiah 66:15 English Standard Version
“For behold, the LORD will come in fire, and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

Psalm 22:27 New Living Translation
The whole earth will acknowledge the LORD and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him.

Psalm 66:4 English Standard Version
All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” Selah

New Living Translation
Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs.” Interlude

Isaiah 33:4 New Living Translation
The sinners in Jerusalem shake with fear. Terror seizes the godless. “Who can live with this devouring fire?” they cry. “Who can survive this all-consuming fire?”

Psalm 103:1 English Standard Version
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

Psalm 105:3 English Standard Version
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

Psalm 100:4 English Standard Version
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

Isaiah 59:1-2 New Living Translation
Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

Numbers 11:23 New American Standard Bible
The LORD said to Moses, “Is the LORD’S power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.

Psalm 32:7 English Standard Version
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

Psalm 121:7 Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life.

Psalm 91:2 New Living Translation
This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

Psalm 91:10 Holman Christian Standard Bible
no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent.

Isaiah 1:15 New International Version
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!

John 9:31 New Living Translation
We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.

Glory to God in the highest!

by Mar Marilag 2-Feb-2017

 

 

Loved and Forgiven

Note: NLT = New Living Translation is used on all the scriptures unless otherwise indicated.

God loved us first…then He forgave our sins to bring us back to Him through His only Son, our Lord Jesus!

Such an amazing grace. Even when we are sinners, Christ died for us!

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From Sinner to Saved to Changed to Delivered to adopted Son of God!

Sinners Saved

Romans 5:8 New Living Translation
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

1 John 4:9-10 New Living Translation
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love–not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

We are doomed to death but He saved us. We are condemned from the start. But thank God! By the hearing of His message, the Word, by moving us to accepting His Son, we are redeemed!

Romans 10:17 New Living Translation
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Mark 16:16 New Living Translation
Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

  1. 1 John 2:23 New Living Translation
    Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
  2. John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.
  3. Galatians 3:26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

It’s a harsh reality. Refuse and be condemned. Do you have any idea where you will be condemned or how?

Acts 2:38 New Living Translation
Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

No repentance, No turning to God, No baptism, No forgiveness of sin = No gifts from the Holy Spirit.

Acts 16:31 New Living Translation
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.”

Romans 10:9 New Living Translation
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

1 Corinthians 12:3 New Living Translation
So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 1:18 New Living Translation
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

Mark 8:38 New Living Translation
If anyone is ashamed of me and my message in these adulterous and sinful days, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Romans 1:1 New Living Translation
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes–the Jew first and also the Gentile.

1 John 3:24 New Living Translation
Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.

1 John 4:15-21 New Living Translation
All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first. If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.

1 John 5:11 New Living Translation
And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.

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If you believed and accepted Christ, He will live in you and you will be a temple of God.

1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

2 Corinthians 2:15 Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.

Romans 8:9 New Living Translation
But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)

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Towards the Family

Ephesians 5:25-28 New Living Translation
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.

1 Peter 3:7 New Living Translation
In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.

Colossians 3:18-21 New Living Translation
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

Ephesians 6:4 New Living Translation
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.

Proverbs 22:6 New Living Translation
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Deuteronomy 11:19 New Living Translation
Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

Isaiah 38:19 New Living Translation
Only the living can praise you as I do today. Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next.

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Towards the People

John 8:47 New Living Translation
Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”

Acts 10:34-35 New Living Translation
Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right.

Romans 10:12 New Living Translation
Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him.

1 John 2:5 New Living Translation
But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.

1 John 3:19 New Living Translation
Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.

1 John 4:6 New Living Translation
But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.

Questions

1 John 5:5 New Living Translation
And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

Romans 8:32 New Living Translation
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

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The Greatest Commandment, Towards Others

Galatians 5:14 New Living Translation
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

James 2:8 New Living Translation
Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

1 John 4:11 New Living Translation
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

Matthew 7:12 New Living Translation
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.

Luke 6:31 New Living Translation
Do to others as you would like them to do to you.

Romans 13:8-10 New Living Translation
Owe nothing to anyone–except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These–and other such commandments–are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.

Galatians 6:2 New Living Translation
Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

Galatians 5:14 New Living Translation
For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Doughnuts, Towards Others

Levicitus 19:18 New Living Translation
“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Proverbs 20:22 New Living Translation
Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.

Doughnuts, Towards Ourselves

James 4:11 New Living Translation
Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you.

James 1:22 New Living Translation
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

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Be Kind, Be Merciful

Proverbs 11:17 New Living Translation
Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you.

Matthew 5:7 New Living Translation
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 18:33 New Living Translation The words of the master
Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’

Ephesians 4:32 New Living Translation
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Colossians 3:12-13 New Living Translation
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

James 3:17 New Living Translation
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

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Control & Overlook

Proverbs 19:11 New Living Translation
Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.

Proverbs 14:29 New Living Translation
People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 New Living Translation
Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.

James 1:19 New Living Translation
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

Romans 14:1 New Living Translation
Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 New Living Translation
Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

What You Might Miss

John 3:36 New Living Translation
And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”

Matthew 7:24 New Living Translation
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

Proverbs 12:7 New Living Translation
The wicked die and disappear, but the family of the godly stands firm.

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Towards Our Loving Father to Ourselves

Luke 6:36 New Living Translation
You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

Ephesians 5:1 New Living Translation
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

Matthew 5:47-48 New Living Translation
If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 7:11 New Living Translation
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

Psalm 84:11 New Living Translation
For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.

1 Timothy 6:16 New Living Translation
He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honor and power to him forever! Amen.

John 1:18 New Living Translation
No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

John 6:46 New Living Translation
(Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only I, who was sent from God, have seen him.)

John 14:7 New Living Translation
If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”

Exodus 33:20 New Living Translation
But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.”

Towards Others : Vengeance is of the Lord’s

Romans 12:17 New Living Translation
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.

Romans 12:19 New Living Translation
Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the LORD.

1 Peter 3:9 New Living Translation
Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 New Living Translation
See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.

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In Every Opportunity, Towards Others

Galatians 6:10 New Living Translation
Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone–especially to those in the family of faith.

Proverbs 3:27 New Living Translation
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.

Luke 6:35 New Living Translation
“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.

Proverbs 25:21-22 New Living Translation
If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the LORD will reward you.

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Blessing Others

Romans 12:14 New Living Translation
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

Luke 6:28 New Living Translation
Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.

Matthew 5:44 New Living Translation
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

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Matthew 5:9 New Living Translation
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

Philippians 2:14-15 New Living Translation
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

1 John 4::7 New Living Translation
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.

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Proverbs 3:12 New Living Translation
For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

Psalm 94:12 New Living Translation
Joyful are those you discipline, LORD, those you teach with your instructions.

Job 5:17 New Living Translation
“But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin.

Lamentations 3:39 New Living Translation
Then why should we, mere humans, complain when we are punished for our sins?

Hebrews 12:5-6 New Living Translation
And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

Hebrews 12:11 New Living Translation
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

Revelation 3:19 New Living Translation
I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.

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The GODly

Proverbs 10:3 New Living Translation
The LORD will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.

Proverbs 10:25 New Living Translation
When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.

Psalm 31:23 New Living Translation
Love the LORD, all you godly ones! For the LORD protects those who are loyal to him, but he harshly punishes the arrogant.

Malachi 3:18 New Living Translation
Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”

Psalm 34:9-10 New Living Translation
Fear the LORD, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing.

Psalm 37:28 New Living Translation
For the LORD loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. He will keep them safe forever, but the children of the wicked will die.

Psalm 84:11 New Living Translation
For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.

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Everything We Have is a Gift

John 3:27 New Living Translation
John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.

1 Corinthians 4:7 New Living Translation
For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?

James 1:17 New Living Translation
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

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The Love of the Father

This is an entirely big topic to talk about. However, you may not experience or comprehend His love unless you open your mind and heart, and your whole being to Him, and let the Holy Spirit of the living God fill you, and the Lord Jesus to reign in every aspect of your life.

John 14:23 New Living Translation
Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.

John 15:9-13 New Living Translation
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 16:26-27 New Living Translation
Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.

Romans 5:5 New Living Translation
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 New Living Translation
As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation–a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth.

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Romans 12:3 New Living Translation
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.

Romans 1:21 New Living Translation
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.

Hebrews 6:4 New Living Translation
For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened–those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come–and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.

2 Peter 2:20-21 New Living Translation
And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before. It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.

Luke 11:26 New Living Translation
Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.”

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The Unforgiveable Unpardonable Sin. BEWARE!

Matthew 12:31 New Living Translation
“So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven–except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven.

Luke 12:10 New Living Translation
Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

Mark 3:28-30 New Living Translation
“I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”

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About Forgiveness

Matthew 6:14 New Living Translation
“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.

Luke 7:47 New Living Translation
“I tell you, her sins–and they are many–have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

2 Corinthians 2:10 New International Version
Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven–if there was anything to forgive–I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake,

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Prayer Points

Acts 26:16-18 New Living Translation Saul’s conversion to Paul
Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. You are to tell the world what you have seen and what I will show you in the future. And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’

2 Corinthians 3:14 New Living Translation
But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:4 New Living Translation
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

2 Corinthians 4:6 New Living Translation
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:18 New Living Translation
Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.

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Prayers

1 Thessalonians 2:16 New Living Translation
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.

Romans 15:5-7 New Living Translation
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

Ephesians 1:18 New Living Translation
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called–his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

Ephesians 3:16 New Living Translation
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.

2 Corinthians 13:14 New Living Translation
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

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By Mar Marilag 1/31/2017

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The 30th of January 2017

Woke up late. Cyril is having a fever since last night. We prayed for him on different times. The Lord’s healing is upon him now. He is up and about when I left home at past 9:00pm.

I went to the office, signed some docs, bought paper towels, bought lunch, paid the utilities, bought some groceries, ordered pizza for Czarina Joy.

By the time the pizza arrived, we’re ready to eat. We celebrated Czarina Joy’s 17th Birthday. We have pizza, mojos, chicken and cake. 🙂 All glory to God.

After dinner, we prayed. Chloe James present this time.

The Lord’s mighty hand moved mightily.

All glory to our living God!

by Mar Marilag 1/30/2017 11:03pm

The 1st Shabbat Night of 2017

We are still in awe of the last Shabbat of 2016. It was full of new experiences to the majority of the members of CLSF Paco House of Prayer. See the old post here.

This night is expected to be exciting.

Ate Yollie wrote something for reading. It was given to her by Ate Eda.

“Äko may sakit ang pakiramdam ko, attack lang ng enemy…pero alam ko na makakareceive ako ng healing as we do our shabbat night”

“Ito yung purpose natin bakit tayo nagsha-shabbat”

After the Tzedakah, an opening prayer by Ate Yollie:

‘Lord, we thank you. We thank you so much as we start this year 2017. Salamat Panginoon na we can celebrate shabbat. We honor you at this time, father God. We thank you for the benefits of shabbat. We thank you na hindi lamang nare-recharge ang aming spiritual batteries but also you strengthen our divine connection with you. And thank you for that benefit that we will have a taste of paradise as we do this shabbat this day. We welcome you, Holy Spirit. Be the one who direct and inspire us tonight…even the songs that we will sing kayo po ang magbibigay sa amin ng direction. And pati po yung aming sharing time kayo po ang magdirect nito, Holy Spirit. We give this time unto you, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”

Kuya Eli and Ate Au lead the Shabbat Prayers.

Ate Yollie: “Lord, we thank you this offerings. Let this be the fund for the needs of the center….kayo po ang magmultiply ng blessing sa lahat…in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”

Ate Yollie while blessing the Children: “…lalong-lalo na po ang malalim na relasyon nila sa inyo, lalo nyo pa pong palalimin, iinspire, ienergize na gawin po ang lahat ng mga nararapat upang mas makilala po nila kayo. Lord, we just speak blessing Lord, dito po sa last year ng kanilang semester. We pray Lord, that you will bless them sa kanilang thesis, bigyan po sila ng guidance, and that you will be glorified in each one of them. We give you back all the glory in Jesus’name.”

Proverbs 31:10 declared by the students for the wives and their mothers.

Psalm 128 was declared to the Husbands and Fathers – including spiritual fathers.

Ate Yollie: “Sa monday merong Nazareno. Sabi may threat. Pagpray natin kasi ang daming tao nyan. Yung possibility na may mangyari. Kaya Lord, kaya sabi ‘may you see manila prosper, and be kept safe, especially on Monday – the day po ng Nazareno. Hindi lang sila maawaken spiritually, but also keep them safe. At tsaka wala pong mangyaring terrorists attack. Lord, we charge your angels. Yan ang pinakamahalaga. Open their eyes and spiritual understanding, to the truth na mali ang kanilang ginagawa at kailangang madirect….In Jesus’name we pray. Amen.”

We then proceeded to singing of songs -in worship:

We do not have a guitar this day.

These are the numerous songs we sung:

  1. Times of refreshing Here in your presence 🎵 No greater blessing Than being with you 🎵 My soul is restored 🎵 My mind is renewed 🎵 There’s no greater joy, Lord 🎵 Than being with you – Lead by Ate Au. She just prayed for the group afterwards.
  2. 🎶 You are beautiful beyond description, Too marvelous for words 🎵 Too wonderful for comprehension..- Started by Ate Eda
  3. I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned 🎵 In awe of the one who gave it all .🎵 I’ll stand, my soul, Lord to you surrendered all I am is yours…🎶
  4. 🎵 I love you, Lord 🎵 And I lift my voice 🎵 To worship you, O my soul rejoice. 🎵 Take joy my King 🎵 In what you hear 🎵 May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear. 🎶
  5. Come Holy Spirit, fall on my now 🎵 I need your anointing 🎵 come in your power 🎵 I love you, Holy Spirit, you’re captivating my soul 🎵 and everyday I grow to love you more 🎵🎵 I’m reaching for your heart 🎵 You hold my life in your hands 🎵 drawing me closer to you 🎵 I feel your power renewed 🎵 Nothing compares to this place 🎵 Where i can see you face to face 🎵 I worship you in spirit and in truth…- Lead by Elijah
  6. Holy Spirit you are welcome here 🎵 Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere 🎵 Your glory God is what our hearts long for 🎵 To be overcome by your presence, Lord 🎶 – Lead by Ate Cora
  7. The more I seek you 🎵 The more I find you 🎶 The more I find you 🎵 The more I love you 🎶 I wanna sit at your feet 🎵 Drink from the cup in your hand 🎵 Lay back against you and breathe 🎵 Feel your heartbeat 🎵 This love is so deep 🎵 It’s more than i can stand 🎵 I melt in your peace 🎵 It’s overwhelming 🎶 – Lead by Khaye Anne
  8. 🎵 All I want is just to know your heart and would you keep me here until were one…🎶
  9. My soul sings 🎵 My soul sings 🎵 My soul sings 🎵 How I love you 🎶

Ate Myles prayed a short prayer, then we greeted each other:

” God loves you! May the peace of God be with you always! Shabbat Shalom!” 

What happened next is an anointing. We all lined-up, as instructed by the Holy Spirit. Elders first. Diego was first among the students and Cyril was last.

Ate Myles prayed for Ate Yollie and Kuya Joe:

” Lord, we release your blessing. Let there be…wisdom, double-portion of anointing. Let there be rejoicing in their spirit, and may they see the harvest, the fruit of their hands. So Lord, continually bless them O God, in all the things that they need physically, spiritually O Father. Thank you so much that you have given us leaders O God. Lord, thank you for Kuya Joe. for Ate Yollie, even for TJ and Joshua and Elijah. Thank you, Lord for this family. Lord, embrace them O God with a full blast of blessing that is coming from your throne o Father. Thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen!” 

Ate Yollie: One last song of rejoicing sa Lord!

Ate Au lead: Shout to the Lord all the earth let us sing 🎵 Power and majesty praise to the King! 🎵 Mountains bow down and the sea will roar at the sound of your name. 🎵 I sing for joy at the work of your hand 🎵 Forever, I love you! Forever I’ll stand🎵 Nothing conpares to the promise I have in you 🎶

Ate Myles prayed: “Lord, we seal all the prayers, and all pronounced blessings, the giftings, the promises you have given to each one of us. Let it not be taken by the enemy but by the blood of Jesus, seal it O Father. Father, we rejoice in your goodness, we claim all of this, claim it O God, and it will come to pass. I even pray Lord, dun sa food na kakainin. Maging strength po ito ng katawan namin, at pagpalain mo po ng todo todo ang nagprepare nito. We give you glory. We give you praise, O God. Thank you for your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen”

We then partake of the meal. Ate Yollie ordered a pizza. I did prepare a rice meal.

Sharing started as soon as everyone is settled.

I started the sharing, followed by Diego. He mentioned John 15 about bearing fruit – the fruits of the Holy Spirit. My wife, for the first time, sang songs for the glory of the Lord! Scripture Song Isaiah 43:1-3. She also mentioned Luke 13 about a woman who was set free from her infirmity. Diego mentioned Galatians 5:22. Ate Au shared the healing on her leg pain. Jthan mentioned something about new things – about looking forward to every shabbat now. Ate Yollie mentioned something about the Taste of Paradise. I related how I saw everybody looked like a candle with the flame for our head. Ate Cora shared something about Cyril’s gift, a small harp! Ate Yollie talked about the youth being unleashed during the last CLSF Worker’s Camp. Diane shared a verse from her quiet time: 1 John 3:10 and John 1:39. Kim shared about his struggle on his quiet time. He also said that we Should establish ourselves in the Word of the Lord. Kuya Joe closed the shabbat with a prayer.

All glory to God, the Almighty!

by Mar Marilag 01/12/2017

 

 

The 5th of January 2017

It’s already 10:40am. I’m on my 3rd cup of coffee. ☕☕☕ I just had my lunch and it’s so good.

However, my day started late. 🙂 Late at work. I didn’t hear anything from my alarm. Sun is already up when I get up. Funny…very funny.

Coffee Counter as of 1:18pm … 4 – ☕☕☕☕

2 Owl Coffee / 2 French Roast w/o Sugar

Went to Madocs. Wife and kids went ahead of me.

We expect to have the cast on her left foot remove.

By about 4:00pm, the Doctor called us in. After a few questions, he removed the cast. Fast and smoothly done.

All glory to God! 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

Our great joy on the way out of the hospital.

We took a ride to Robinsons Manila then straight to home.

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After a nice dinner, I wrote an update of a blog long overdue.

Add 1 more ☕ over the 4!

All glory to God for this wonderful gift!

by Mar Marilag 01/05/2017

 

2017 WORD

The verse that the Lord is telling us for this year.

Ephesians 3:20-21

New International Version
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

New Living Translation
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

English Standard Version
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Berean Study Bible
Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

It’s not just how the verse is translated. More importantly is how are we to make sense of this verse in our life. What possible way can we benefit from it?

The Apostle Paul in this epistle is simply giving back all the glory to Him, our Father in Heaven thru Jesus our Lord. He, however, inserted a quality or characteristic of our loving Father, the God of all creation.

The message ought to be clear to us.

  • God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask
  • God is able to do immeasurably more than all we imagine
  • God is able to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask
  • God is able to accomplish infinitely more than we might think
  • God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask
  • God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we think
  • God is able to do infinitely more than all we ask
  • God is able to do infinitely more than all we imagine

There might be a big difference on word choices for each translations but the same is true for all: GOD IS ABLE.

  1. IMMEASUREABLY = Incapable of being measured. Limitless!
  2. INFINITELY = Having no boundaries or limits; impossible to measure or calculate.
  3. ABUNDANTLY = More than adequate; oversufficient, abounding

God’s ability applies to 2 things here:

  1. ALL we ask. Including what we might ask. Yes, even the possibility of your asking is accounted for. You might, but then, you didn’t ask. See just how great our GOD is?!
  2. ALL we think. Including what we might think.Yes, even the possibility of your thoughts. You see, sometimes, you may just not thought of something that you should have.

Now, what will you be asking the Lord in prayer?  What will you be thinking of? Careful not to doubt. He knows. He sees. He understands.

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In other epistles, Apostle Paul wrote the following verse, a cross-reference to the one above:

2 Corinthians 9:8

New International Version
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

New Living Translation
And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

English Standard Version
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Berean Study Bible
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Underscoring and italics are mine for highlighting the point.

No doubt about what the Word of the Lord is saying. It is now up to us to believe. Let God who is able, hear our prayers and let our thoughts reach Him. He never fails for His love endures forever!

All glory to God! Amen!

by Mar Marilag 01/02/2017