Hope and Patience

Hope and Patience goes hand in hand together because hope requires patience. It’s a thing unseen that we know it will come in the future. Where there is hope, there is not only patience, but faith in God as well.
Abraham and Sarah waited for 25 years for the promise of God to give them a child. However, Sarai became impatient and cannot wait to have a child, so she gave Hagar, her slave to Abram to bear a child. Abram, still was patient though and trust in what the Lord had promised him-God will give him a child with Sarai and his generation will be as many as the stars in the sky. So after 13 years of the birth of Ismael (his child with Hagar), Isaac was born. So, Isaac was the promised of God to Abraham. Ismael was the result of the way of Sarai and Abram, not of God. When Isaac was born God gave new name to Abram and now became Abraham and Sarai to Sarah.
As we become impatient in our hope for something, we tend to do our own way. Normally, our own way of doing things always resulted to another problem. Ismael was actually the result of division between Muslims and Christians. Look at what happened to the Israelites in the dessert, instead of 40 days of travel to Canaan, it became 40 years. People became so impatient that they always tested God’s truthfulness in His promised. Ganun din tayo di ba? Sila nga nakakita ng lahat ng himala ng Dios, but still they became impatient and lose hope of the Promised Land. When we asked the Lord for something, we tend to believe at first, however after a long period of wait, we seem to think that God is not hearing us and tend to do our own way. Why not let God do it His way because His way is always the best. How we will know that if it’s God’s way. We just have to wait patiently, do nothing and the Holy Spirit will be your guidance. Di ba sabi ni Jesus the Holy Spirit will always be with us to guide us. You will know it by instinct once as it gets unfold.

Testimonies:

There was one member of our church who testifies about this message which was very true in her life. Her family used to rent a small room near the subway street which they have a small furniture business. Her situation lasted for so many years and she always cried out to the Lord to alleviate their situation. Her trust was in the Lord that one day their life will change for the better. And it did, because she put all her trust in Him and holding to the promises of the Lord. Now she owns a 2 storey house of which some rooms are for rent and she owns a small sari -sari store.

This was also very true to me. I graduated from college in 1979. After I graduated, I searched for a job, but was not successful. I only got a job in 1991. So it was almost 12 years before I got my first job. I was no Born Again Christian during that time, however, I prayed every morning looking up the sky crying out to our Father to give me a job. My hope did not lose my patience to wait for His answer to my prayer. I did not do anything. Everything was unfolded to me. It came in a dream (perhaps because I was hoping for it) then to reality. It was a surprised one day when my sister told me that her client (she and her husband were masseurs of rich people) needed an assistant to work with them. It started from there till I reached a job I so desire -to work in a hotel where I met different nationalities and where I found my best friends who until now we meet twice a year for bonding.
Despite the adversity of our circumstances and some people have absolutely terrible situations God still promises good. Our sense of goodness, however, may not be the same as God’s. Getting what we want immediately may not be best for us. Sometimes waiting is the best thing because it helps develop the character of God in us.
Do you have any situation where hope and patience plays part, because you Trust and have Faith that God answers our prayers? Your testimony gives delight to our Lord God. It’s a form of praise to Him.

Jeremiah 29:11 (CEB) I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the LORD; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope..

A PART OF ME

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I never thought I would be friendly as I was never before. I used to be aloof of people. Since I was in my elementary days up until I graduated college, I would never talk unless somebody asks me a question. That’s how damn shy I was. I was bullied by one of my classmate, but would rather keep quite than complained about him to my teacher. I persevere it till I graduated in elementary. How I hated that boy -nigger, ugly as he was.

I started having crushes as early as my 3rd grade. I never knew about it -crushes- since this certain guy stalked on me. He was cute for me though, but I had never have this kind of feeling after I learned it. There was also this one guy, not cute but quite a bit smart boy during my  5th grade. Still, even those guys around me vying for my attention, I never had any close encounter with them. Just because, I was so aloof, so shy and so naïve.

On my secondary schools, I still have with me this introvert attitude. I maybe have a very low esteem, though I look physically good. Again, just like during my elementary days, there were some guys around the class vying for my attention. They would surprised me with letters in my bag upon arriving home. It would made me smile. I had one crush on this guy in the other section whose name was Marlon.  I cannot forget how he plays the guitar and his tantalizing eyes that attracted me to him.

During my college years in a big famous school in the city, there were lots of beautiful faces. My aloofness persevere, however there was one lady who sat beside me ,  whom I became close with, and  whose name I can no longer remember. I smiled when she said I was one of the most beautiful faces in the school. Despite my shyness, I joined musical group because I really love to sing. There were lots of lovely ladies and cute handsome boys, but I never had any attraction in any one of them. I  actually participated in one of the school contest, not as a contestant, but as an introductory surprised number to render song. There was the famous actor, composer , Ronnie Henares as a spectator in that event.

When I’m alone looking at the window staring afar, these episodes of my life sometimes comes to me with a smile.

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE

What happened when we die. People who had experienced death for a short time period or near death said that there is life after death. According to the Scripture when people die, there are only two doors for them to enter: either the narrow which is heaven or the wide which is hell.
In Matthew 7:13″Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Also, in Luke 13:24 24″Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
 In Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,105 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten.6 Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun Also in Psalms4,” When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.”
Death is like a very deep sleep. There are no thoughts or emotions, and without thoughts or emotions there can be no consciousness. In death you are asleep in the grave, without knowledge, without emotions, and without consciousness. Therefore, when people died they know nothing whatsoever is going, for they are in deep sleep. However, upon the coming of the Lord or on the Judgment day, every death people will be alive and will be judged accordingly either to hell or to heaven. So, purgatory is not true at all.
Just imagined you died a murderer, adulterer sexually immoral, etc.  without making atonement for your sins and make the changes in your life before you died.  If people say, you can pray for the death so their soul can be saved, what is it’s fairness to the people who are still alive and making repentance for their sins and trying hard to make amends on their inequities. God is always just. So, where is justice if that happens. There was never an instance in the bible that says about purgatory. Kung ganun e kahit magkasala pala ako, basta ipanalangin ako ng aking mga naiwan , maliligtas ako. Brothers and sisters, that so unfair sa mga nagsisikap magpakabuti habang sila ay buhay pa…di ba?
That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 5:29-30,29If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
Why would Jesus said this if there is a chance for you to be saved through prayers by your loved ones if you die a murderer, sexually immoral, killer, idolater, etc.
One time during my reading, when I was so immersed with the words, God made me feel how much He loves us and how much He we have hurt Him. It was like seconds of deep sleep. When I came to myself it was like a dream. During that time I can feel so much empathy and pity to people, pero nung mabalik ang pagiisip ko, bumalik yung dati-yung may kinaiinisan, pero not to the point na gusto mo siyang mamatay hanggat di nabago(nandun pa din yung pagiisip ko ) I’m telling you this to warn you. I’m not a prophet ,I’m a sinner just like you all. We all sin, because we have this sin innate in ourselves and our only way to get rid of is to pray hard for it. And, the only salvation is through Christ Jesus, our Lord: Repentance and Acceptance or Declaration that Jesus is Lord and Savior.
PSALM 21:13 Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might.

SHARING WORDS OF GOD

2 Chronicles 20: 7 and 21-22

17  You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.’  

21  After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” 22  As they began to sing and praise, the LORD set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated

Above verses were messages of God to Jehoshaphat when they were about to face a battle with the vast armies of Amon, Moab and Seir. They seek the Lord’s help and asked God what to do. God answered them in the above verses.

 I was asking the Lord about my heart’s desire. I have been waiting for such a long time. I asked Him some signs. Asking signs from the Lord for your question is fine with Him. The above messages was what I got.

 When we ask something in prayer, we must focus and look forward to it. We must not wave on it, because sometimes when we experience that we think it’s almost impossible for our wish to come true, we tend to be discouraged. So, just have the faith that it will come true and we just need to sit down and do nothing, because God will show us the way through the help of the Holy Spirit who will guide us what to do. You see before they went to the fight or on their way to the battle, they were singing songs of Praise and have done fasting, too. That’s what we also need to do, Praise Him in prayers and songs and did  fast which glorify the Lord, our God.

 Jeremiah 33:33  ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

 One good verses from Book of Jeremiah. If you call on God, search and seek Him, you will find Him and will get to know Him and will provide you things that you do not know. This was very true to me.

 

How I Came to Know God

HOW I CAME TO KNOW GOD

Losing a job is not easy especially for a single mother like me. However, losing my job was the only way for me to get closer to God. Have I not lose my job, I would not be able to know God up close and personal. Some people actually resigned from their job to serve Him. Sometimes I would think that I was chosen by God and it’s my destiny to serve Him. We can also serve Him everyday, however we would not be able to know Him better, if we do not have time to read the Bible. Before, reading the Bible was a burden for me and I know most people have the same feeling as I was before. Remember Satan does not understand the Scripture. Therefore, if you are still not interested in reading the words of God, you are still of the world. Satan is of this world and is deceiving people since he was cast down to earth so he can bring these people to his eternal damnation where he belongs -Hell. If you read the Bible and understand it, it will transform you: your belief and outlook in life as a whole.

MY GRATITUDE WITH GOD

It’s only now that I realized, God had taken care of me all the time. Imagined I never expected to have a child – a child, who I can be proud of. I know my uterus was introverted when I had a checked up with an Ob-Gynecologist during the time I was married for 5 years and did not bear any child at all. I got pregnant at age 39 with  a different man. I was on a caesarian operation when I delivered my child. During that time, I was on maternity leave and didn’t have enough money for the operation. The maternity clinic where I had an operation, as a policy, does not accept patient who never had any records with them. I was really lucky to have been accepted by the maternity clinic. It’s only now that I realized, it was not luck, but a help from God.

I had worked for 12 years in a hotel which became my second home. There I met friends and whom my relationships are getting stronger each passing year. They are friends indeed, and still are close friends until now. It’s very rare that you can find real friends. And again, God blessed me with real friends. I enjoyed working in the hotel, because I love the people who I worked with. However changes were unexpected. There were a lot of things happening and things went against me and the reason for my resignation. I received some good amount of money when I resigned which had helped pay some of my debts and shared some to my mother. I also used some to get a call center training and for applying a job. Luckily after two months, I was able to get a call center job. I was on and off the call center job; however during the time I was jobless God still sustained our daily needs. To add more to the graces of God to me and my family, was when my mother died. We didn’t have money for the expenses on funeral and the burial. There were lots of people who attended the wake which lasted 7 days. We also have to pay those caregivers of my mother when she was still alive and was still assisting us, during the wake. However, God provided it all. In fact, there were excess money which we used for her 40 days and payment for electric and water bill which was really huge. What was more surprising was that, during those times nobody at home had a job. My sister, who was working abroad had arrived November of the past year, had no more money when my mother died the next year. I, in fact resigned because of my mother’s death. Now, I am jobless again but, still God provided all our needs by using my sister who was working abroad to supply our needs. My sister old already old at 55 and was sickly. God took care of her health and job because He knows we were dependent on her for our needs. At first, I was desperate to get another job and felt so dismayed not getting it. However, I am now at peace, not bothered of anything like fear or worries, because I believe God is with me all the time. I know and trust that God has something greater for me and am patiently waiting for it. I am so grateful for all the graces and love, God is giving me.

I also had experienced some miracle that I would like to share. It was a near accident which happened twice. While I was on my way home on a bus, I saw a red car traveling fast and a truck opposite our direction. I was near the driver seat and the bus was driving fast as well. I closed my eyes and whispered the word” God save us”. The red car zipped between the bus I was on, and the truck. The car exacted the space between the bus and the truck. It was amazing! There was another one along the South Superhighway. The driver lost its brake. It’s good when it happened there were no vehicles passing by. The driver pulled the jeep on the right shoulder, however while the driver was trying to pull it, there was another jeep that we would come crossed with. Again, I closed my eyes and uttered the magic word” Jesus save us”. The driver was able to pull it without hitting the other jeep. When we reached the right shoulder, vehicles started passing by very fast. God had again saved me. Amazing!

OUR WORLD TODAY

Sometimes I would think I was given the Power of Discernment. About 15 years ago, I went to a popular book store. It was Valentine’s week and there were valentine’s decorations all over malls: small and big. In that bookstore, there were decorations of 2 cupids facing a heart at the middle, of course, in red color-if you look at it with the naked eye. However, I can’t seem to understand why it looks like a skull for me. I closed my eyes and stared at it again and still saw the same thing. Same thing happened when I and my friends visited the Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan. We bought some stuff, like pictures, frames, rosaries, oil and the like. As soon as I arrived home, I checked the frame with the image of the Lady of Manaoag, which I bought. To my surprised, when I looked at the crown at a different angle, I was seeing a skull. In fact, I showed it to one of my friend and she saw the same thing. Don’t you think that signs and symbols in our environment have an effect on one’s personality or character? I can say “YES”. I was born in the 50’s and I noticed that each passing decade a new trend comes up which makes people’s attitude to become worst. You will notice changes in music, languages, fashion, electronics, etc and the environment as a whole. A lot of teenagers today are proud to wear shirts with pictures of skull, demon like faces or with nasty, cocky words. They use sign languages which they think are “in “however are signs and symbols of the devil. Look at the famous and popular performers specially group musicians: they create songs that are lewd, worldly songs (talks about power of money, beauty, fame, frustrations, depression, sorrows, etc), used a lot of heavy metals, they shout, take out their shirts while performing. Many people specially teenagers, follow them and admire them. If you just notice most young people of today are impolite and are very gross in manners of speaking. One of the most wickedness of man today which has been widespread is same sex relation. Same sex relation is spread all over the world. This is a lie and a deception from the devil, because God did not create them. Look at these words of God in Romans 1:27 in the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

However, some people would give justifications on their situations. It might be unfair for these people, but God has the power to change people. Is there anything hard for God? If you are a believer, hard thing for God does not exist at all. He is an all powerful being whose power is unimaginable. The devil loves destruction, noise, ugliness, lewdness and everything that gives pleasure in this world. Don’t you think they are representing the evil unwittingly?  I think so, because have they read the words of God, they would have the fear to do it, and will aspire for transformation. I therefore conclude, that with the worldwide spread of signs and symbols of Satan (which includes the images of idols), man has become nearer and more like the devil and the reason man has disregarded the words of  God and has turned away from God. Look at these words from the Bible- 2 Tim 3 There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. but they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

There are a lot of religion all over the world that did not come from God. Filipinos claimed to be Christian; however their practices and beliefs are of the pagans. These I observed in the Roman Catholic and used to be my religion.

MY WEIRD EXPERIENCE

I had a strange experienced that I want to share. I used to go home early morning when I was working in the hotel. My office mates and our boss were fond of drinking after work. Sometimes we would do it outside the hotel, or in one of the room in the hotel. So, normally I would arrive home late night or midnight. Our house is very far from my workplace and it takes more than an hour travel time without traffic. I have to walk half kilometer from the highway going to our house. One night, I got to our place past 2 AM. I was surprised when none of the dog seemed to see me as I passed by. Going home at wee hours is dangerous; however I seemed to be quite protected by some sort. There were lots of dogs along the way from the highway, however they were quiet and seemed not seeing me passing by. It was really an amazing weird experience I cannot forget! I think one of the angels of God was with me. Amazing!

IDOLATRY

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From the very beginning God hated the people for turning to idolatry. Idolatry has several meaning in the Bible It not only means other gods, but any images created by man either with the used of woods, carvings, etc. It also means things that man focus himself to except God.

Here are several verses from the scripture about idolatry. You could find almost every thing about idols and idolatry in the words of God to the Prophets.  

    Deut 4:15” You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire: male or female. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, So, God did not show any images of Him.

     Deut 6:10I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.8 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments- This is the very first commandment of God Almighty.

      Ezekiel 14: 3-4Son of man, these leaders have set up idols in their hearts. They have embraced things that will make them fall into sin. Why should I listen to their requests?

  Isaiah 45:20″Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood, who pray to gods that cannot save.-Catholic do this

Isaiah 46:7″They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move. Though one cries out to it, it does not answer; it cannot save him from his troubles.-Catholic do this

Isaiah 65:2-4All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations—a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick; who sit among the graves and spend their nights keeping secret vigil;-Catholic, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism do this: in short these are pagans practices

Jeremiah 2:25″Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry. But you said, ‘It’s no use! I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.‘-these are gods aside from the Almighty God.

   Exodus 20:4″You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.– These are practices of the Pagans. Catholic does this-they create images of Jesus Christ, angels. Most people do believe in astrology such as: Chinese, Koreans, etc.

Jeremiah 8:2″ They will be exposed to the sun and the moon and all the stars of the heavens, which they have loved and served and which they have followed and consulted and worshiped. They will not be gathered up or buried, but will be like refuse lying on the ground.-these are for people who refer to Horoscope, astrology, tarot reading, etc.

Habakkuk 2:18 “Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.

    Jeremiah 17:5″ This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.-this also implies you can depend on God for any illness in the body if you just trust the Lord and always depends on God for any help. Some men would refer to herb doctor or faith healer for the healing of illnesses.

Act 17:29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone–an image made by man’s design and skill.-See, people make images from gold, silver and or decorations of gold, silver, etc. on their idols.

Let me ask you some question? Are you sure that the image you are venerating which you kneel down in church or at home where you made altar is really Jesus Christ? Let me tell you this word of God in Isaiah 53:2-3 He grew up before him like a tender shoot and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

So, the picture of Jesus Christ we are seeing all the while was exactly the opposite of what He really looks like. I believe that the picture of Jesus Christ came about from the Shroud of Turin, which man created out of imagination and technology. I think the one reason why God doesn’t want us to kneel, pray before idols, because Satan can use these idols. Remember Satan can also make miracles in 2 Thess2″9-10 the coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

 While being under the influenced of these idols you will never find the real path to the true God, our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus, I could say religion can never save us, because these are part of religions practices. See this message of God to the people who idolize or who are into idolatry-“They perished because they refused to love the truth to be saved in 2 Thess2:10 (I was before) Now, I know I am walking the truth in Jesus Christ which I know is the true path. It is no a religious group, but a fellowship of knowing Jesus as our true God and only Savior.

Those are only a few examples. There are lots of them of which God spoken to His prophets about idolatry. You see the very first commandment of God was “Love your God above all things”. Our God is a jealous god that doesn’t want to share His glory to anybody. Therefore, believing in idols and other forms of idolatry is abominable to Him. Recently, a Sto Niño from Romblon which they called “Sto Niño de Romblon was given honor by the people. If you just look at the procession in honor of that idol, you will be disgusted on how they honor it. Can you really feel that that idol is God? Take heed from the Words of God for you not to be deceived and not be separated from the true God. Let’s not also venerate Mother Mary or any saints. Mother Mary did not tell us to venerate her. Mary was blessed because she was chosen by God; however, she did not come from Heaven. She was a woman on earth that God created. God, the Father did not give any authority of His glory to anybody except, Jesus Christ. He neither gave authority to those saints who were canonized by the Vatican. There was no such authority from Father in heaven for people to do such things. These dead people were not resurrected by God, while Jesus Christ came from God and was resurrected by God. Remember those important things for you not to be deceived. Therefore, it’s only accepting Jesus as your Savior is the true path to God.

To God Almighty Father, All glory, majesty, honor , power and authority through our Lord Jesus Christ, through all ages now and forevermore. AMEN.

 

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Sabbath

The Sabbath is one of the bone of contention among Christians. Sabbath was a covenant of God to Israel and should be handed down from generation to generation. In the Book of Exodus 31:16-17 God said, 16 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. 17 It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.’ ”

Therefore, it is a day of the Lord, wherein Israel people should gather together to praise, glorify and talk about God. If Sunday is the first day of the week, then this should be Saturday. God said, that He worked for 6 days, and on the 7th day, He rest. God wanted us to do the same, but put the rest day as a day to worship Him. It is indeed, to be the day of the Lord. However, during the reign of Constantinople, when Christianity was declared as the national religion, they changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. Since Romans were pagans, they changed the Saturday to Sunday to still incorporate their worship to their Sun god which they do during Sunday. That’s actually the origin of the day Sunday, in honor of their Sun god. Among Christian church today, Sunday is the day of the Lord which is called Sunday Worship to include Sunday school (talk about words of God base from Scripture), Praise and Worship, and Words of God for the day. Actually Sunday worship today is align with today’s contemporary world wherein Sunday is the rest day of all working people. However, still according to God’s word, Sabbath should still fall on Saturday. Let us not forget that God is an Omniscient God who knows the past, the present and the future. As long as you will give one day for Him, you are still following and being obedient to His command.