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, limitless.

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 Timothy 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. It is very important that you read the Words of God-Bible.

HOW I CAME TO KNOW GOD

When I lost my job, I felt with dismay, however it was only temporary. Still, I don’t have a job, but I believe in God’s promises. According to His word “My Strength is perfect in your Weakness”. I felt some kind of relief when I realized that God is using me for His purpose. I tried to know Him deeper and the first step was to read His word -The Bible. Not everybody understands the Bible(remember Satan does not understand the Scripture), but God gave me wisdom to understand it.Understanding the Bible was not easy. You have to read and reread. To enhance your knowledge about it , you should be filled with Holy Spirit. This can be done through powerful meditation on His Words. Singing hymn to the Lord helps you , too, empower your holy spirit. Reading the Bible comes with  responsibility. Remember the Lord said” Go, and make disciples of nations”. Matthew 13:8 -Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown., which means once we heard of the good news(words of God and salvation) we have to spread it to other people so they, too would be saved. You can do this if you are also an epitome of the words of God. I think this is the reason why a lot of people go on the streets, televisions, on transportation to spread the words of the Lord, because once you know the words of God it comes with responsibility. That’s what I’m doing now.

I remember ( when I don’t know God yet), I prayed every now and then. It may be just habit that I formed for long time. I still recall, I was saved twice from a near accident along the road while on a passenger transport. The only words I uttered on those 2 accidents was ” Jesus save us”. I used to be a great sinner and still sin today. Sometimes, It’s hard to follow God, because we have attitudes that has grown with us since our childhood which was hard to change. I believe one day, I’ll be fully transformed. Knowing God not only means, praying , going to church every Sunday or some people would say ” as long as we do not oppress, offend or treat others unfairly”. Those things are not enough to become God’s disciple. You will come to know Him by reading the Scriptures. Reading the Scriptures will also tells you the truth about beliefs and practices of people. You have to read from cover to cover to fully understand it.

My great thanks and gratitude to Lord God, for giving me a good home, a family, a son ( I didn’t expect), talents, job, keeping me and my family in good health , a good appearance, sustaining me and my son even in times that I am jobless,  and of course real friends who I can trust in times of needs and who embraced my weaknesses.

LIVING WITH GOD

Sabado, Pebrero 16, 2013

LIFE WITH 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