Whole Again

“I praise the love that makes me whole again”

I come before the throne of God
My kneeling soul is filled with wond’ring awe
As the Savior’s tender mercy
heals the wounds of all my sin
I praise the love
that makes me whole again

I come in hope; I come in faith
To feel the touch of His redeeming grace
As I offer him my broken heart
He heals the hurt within
And I praise the love
that makes me whole again

Alleluia! my healing spirit cries
As He reaches out his hand to bid me rise
Alleluia! praise the Healer of all men
Who makes me more than what I was
And sees beyond what I am

And when I fall He lifts me up
Restores my soul, removes my bitter cup
For He heals my every heartache,
and He carries all my pain
And I praise the love
that makes me whole again

10 Days of Prayer

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“If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
(2 Chronicles 7: 14)

The General Conference has launch the 10 Days of Prayer worldwide. This year’s theme is “Experiencing the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.” The daily readings, prayer suggestions and guidelines on how to do the 10 Days of Prayer are available in the website www.tendaysofprayer.org

Early 2015 Miracle

In November 8, 2014,  I found used books in eBay that I wished to buy. I was excited and was about to purchased the books when I saw the unbelievably high shipping cost! 😦  Disheartened, I posted the photos of them on my Facebook with the caption that they were on my forever wish list.

Late that night, a friend in the US sent me a message asking for the link of the “eBay books.” I thought she also wanted to buy the books. But when I asked her, she simply said, ” I want it for you…”

Heart palpitating…..

You cannot imagine my reaction that time. It seemed that the world suddenly stopped for a moment to give me time to process what I’ve just read. She wanted to buy the books for me!

She bought the books, waited for them to be delivered, and 46 days later, the books were sent to me.

13 days later, I received the books.

I was floating in the air while I was driving home. I couldn’t think of anything else but to open the package and embrace all the contents.:-)

UNBOXING!

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I laid them all on the floor just so I could enjoy looking at all of them.:-)

Who would have thought that the simple wish would come true? I never thought or expected that God would grant me this wish immediately and in this manner. If that isn’t a miracle from God, I don’t know what it is. I’m very much convinced that God hears and cares for the little things that concern me/us. God really surprised me!

This is my best post-holiday gift ever! Thank you, Lord!

A Week of Prayer: Day 5 – Do We Really Have to Kneel When Praying?

“Both in public and in private worship, it is our privilege to bow on our knees before the Lord when we offer our petitions to Him. Jesus, our example, ‘kneeled down, and prayed.’ Luke 22:41.”

“Where have our brethren obtained the idea that they should stand upon their feet when praying to God?”

“Do not stand up in your Pharisaism and offer your prayers to God. Mistrust your own strength. Depend not in it; but often bow down on your knees before God, and worship Him.”

My answer to the question is Yes and No. There are numerous examples of people in the Bible who knelt when they’re praying.

Jesus Kneeling and prayingKneeling down is a the natural position when praying. As defined in my previous post, reverence in having a sense of God’s holiness. To have this sense would be enough to bow our knees if we could and if there are no other reasons not to kneel.

Pharisees in Jesus’ time loves to stand and pray aloud in places where a lot of people could see them. Jesus, on the other hand, withdraw Himself from the multitudes and seek solitary places to pray on His knees.

We need to kneel when in:

  • Private and personal prayers
  • Small groups or Bible studies at home
  • Church services
  • When we are able to kneel

Let us always learn from our Bible heroes and from our greatest example, Jesus. Bowing our knees is a privilege and should be natural for us when we approach the Majesty of heaven.

We need NOT to kneel when:

  • Having business transactions
  • Transit or inside a vehicle
  • Walking or on the street
  • Working outdoors
  • Sick or unable to move
  • Health problems that may cause pain or discomfort (especially for elderly people)
  • Public or crowded places

“We cannot always be on our knees in prayer, but the way to the mercy-seat is always open. While engaged in active labor, we may ask for help; …The Christian can and will find time to pray. ” ~~ Counsels on Health, p423, 424

Although kneeling is the appropriate position when praying, there are circumstances that is just impossible for us to kneel. But it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible for us to pray.

“Pray without ceasing…”~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Otherwise indicated, all quotes are from, Power of Prayer, by EGW. 

Walk By Faith, Not By Sight

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“Those who defer obedience till every shadow of uncertainty disappears and there remains no risk of failure or defeat, will never obey at all. Unbelief whispers, “Let us wait till the obstructions are removed, and we can see our way clearly;” but faith courageously urges an advance, hoping all things, believing all things.” 

~~Patriarchs and Prophets, p290

A Week of Prayer: Day 4 – Thanksgiving and Rejoicing

“The melody of praise is the atmosphere of heaven; and when heaven comes in touch with the earth, there is music and song — ‘thanksgiving and the voice of melody.'” ~~ Education, p161

 “Song is a weapon that we can always use against discouragement.” ~~ Ministry of Healing, p254

My eldest brother once told me a story during a blackout. I was young then and was all ears listening to the story. Little did I know that it will turn out to be a scary one that made me scream and cry. He was reprimanded by our aunt for making me cry.

From then on, I hated scary stuffs. He also told me that whenever I am scared, I could just sing religious songs to drive away the bad angels.  I thought that was just an excuse so he won’t have to get up and go with me whenever I want to go to the bathroom at night.

I grew up and learned that it is actually true! Whenever we are happy and rejoicing in God’s love, the enemies are driven away. They just couldn’t bear to see and hear us praising God in songs and in prayers. Thankfulness is the melody of our prayers. It is a sweet music to the ears of God, and it pleases Him.

Let rejoicing, thanksgiving and praise set the tone of our prayers.

 

A Week of Prayer: Day 3 – Humility and Reverence

“True reverence for God is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and realization of His presence.” ~ Education, p242

“Humility and reverence should characterize the deportment of all who come into the presence of God…” ~ Patriarchs and Prophets, p252

phariseeAndTaxCollectorWe can come before God in confidence that He will not forsake anyone who comes to Him in humility and faith, but we must not approach Him in arrogance or with presumption. We are not to treat Him as though He is on our level. It is sad to note that there are people who approach and address the omniscient, omnipotent and holy God, as they would approach their fellowmen or those inferior to them.

The seraphims and angels in heaven veil their faces when they approach God Almighty. Yet, the fallen, sinful human race, come before Him with proud countenance and arrogance. Demanding and expecting God to give them whatever they ask Him as if God is a genie in a bottle.

Whenever we come before God to pray, that time is sacred, because God is there. Our demeanor and attitude towards prayer should be that of utmost reverence. Oh, that we may be cautious when we speak God’s name in prayer!

The first condition required to those who approaches God in prayer is humility and reverence. It is illustrated in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18:9-14:  Pharisees were Jewish spiritual leaders and were respected by people as holy men. While tax collectors were labeled as outcast, sinner and hated by the people.

Both men went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee boasted to God his perfect obedience to the law and self-proclaimed righteousness. The tax collector on the other hand, cannot even lift up his head but is ashamed of his sinfulness, asking God to forgive him.

Jesus said in verse 14, “I tell you that this man [tax collector], rather than the other [the Pharisee], went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” emphasis mine.

May we take this in our hearts and remember the next time we pray.

A Person Who Has No Talent(s)

As I was commenting on one of the blogs I visited, a certain phrase caught my attention and the 26 letters of the alphabet came flying and swirling all over my medium-sized brain.  “A PERSON WITH NO TALENT(S)”

i-have-no-special-talentsI, myself, for half the years of my existence, was convinced that I have no talent(s). That’s the main reason I hated “Talent Night Show” in school or church programs. While most of my friends could sing, dance, play musical instruments or tickle everyone’s funny bones, I couldn’t do any of those.

As I live and explore life, I met talented people. Exceptionally talented ones. I’m surrounded by friends who have not just one, but more talents than an average person has. My self-esteem lies just on the drainage level. I was envious of those who can confidently do a lot of things. If only they could give me one of their talents, especially those who doesn’t appreciate it, I’d be the happiest person in the world!

Sometimes you’ll be in a situation where “you gotta to do what you gotta to do” or simply, “you gotta to do it because no one else will do it.” That’s when I started to discover what I’m capable of. At first, I cannot call it a talent, just a passion. I love doing and learning things about it because it’s what makes me happy and feel accomplished. I began to do it effortlessly that others began to notice. Those who noticed were the ones who actually said that it is my talent.

A new dawn has come. 

I discovered my talent!

 

The  more I use it, especially to help someone, that more I learn and became good at it. Others may call it a skill, because it is something I’ve learned to do. But for me, it is also a talent because it is not only how you do it, but why you’re doing it.

Jesus-Christ-and-the-parable-of-the-talentsThis reminds me of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25: 14-30: Three persons were given by their Master, talents or in Bible times, money. To one, he gave 5 talents, to the other, he gave 2 talents, and to another 1 talent. The Master went away on a journey. While he was gone, the person who received 5 talents went at once and put his money to work and gain 5 more talents. So did the person who received 2 talents. But the one who received only 1 talent dug a hole and hid it.

When the Master came back, he asked about the talents he had given them. The two persons brought the talents they received and the amount they’ve gained.  The Master was delighted and put them in charge of many things. But the one who received and hid his talent was afraid and gave back the 1 talent. The Master was angry because he was lazy and didn’t use what he was given. At the end, the 1 talent that he had, has been taken away and was given to the one who previously has 5 talents which became 10 talents.

MORAL LESSON: Whatever God entrusted to us, we should use it, not for our own glory but to glorify the one who has given us. The more we use our talents, the more it will grow. If we don’t use it, we will lose it. Think of an investment. The more we invest, the more we’ll gain. In the end, God will hold us accountable for what He has given us. What have we done to the things He has entrusted us. Are we using it for His glory or for exalting ourselves?

Now, I do believe that ALL of us have a talent or two. Some may have discovered it at an early age, others may not just be aware that they have it. One thing I know, for sure, the more you use it, the more it will grow. If you’re not using it, it will be taken away from you.

So, what’s your talent?

 

 

 

 

A WEEK OF PRAYER: DAY 2 – Seeking God in the Morning

“The very first out-breathing of the soul in the morning should be for the presence of Jesus…Consecrate yourself in the morning; make this your very first work.” ~~Power of Prayer, p11

Mornings represent new beginnings. The grace and blessings it brings are as fresh as the morning dew. What better time to renew the heart and mind than in the early hours of the morning? It’s like starting on a new clean canvass and yesterday’s failure has no part in it. 

When I start my day with God, the duties and responsibilities of the day seem lighter. The usual trials are still there, but they have less power over me because of God’s grace. The mood and disposition are brighter and I do things more with love and cheerfulness. The opposite is true when I start my day without a prayer.

Let’s begin each day with prayer — with God, surrendering all our plans for the day to Him, that it would be “carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate.”  

“Let gratitude to God fill your hearts. When you rise in the morning, kneel at your bedside, and ask God to give you strength to fulfill the duties of the day, and to meet its temptations. Ask Him to help you to bring into your work Christ’s sweetness of character. Ask Him to help you to speak words that will inspire those around you with hope and courage, and draw you nearer to the Savior.” ~~Sons and Daughters of God, p199

A Week of Prayer: Day 1- The Privilege of Prayer

7dayswithoutprayermakes1weakThere is nothing more important than prayer. It is the life source of our soul. Just as  temporal food is necessary for our physical health, so is prayer necessary for our  spiritual well-being. It is the secret of spiritual power.

With that, I decided to post something about prayer for a week. It’s more like a personal retreat and reformation through prayer.

Come! Join me and let’s strengthen one another through prayer!

Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend.” ~ Power of Prayer, p1

Oftentimes, we feel weary and heavily laden with insurmountable stress, anxiety, and problems that seem to be of no end. These burdens somehow makes apparent our survival or existence instead of living. We resort to things or people hoping they would be the solution to our day-to-day problems. We don’t realize that the shortest distance between our problems and the solution, is the distance between our knees and the floor.

We are left comfortless because we do not bring our worries to God. Prayer seems to exist only when we or our loved ones are in a very serious, life-threatening situation. Jesus bids us to bring to Him even are smallest cares and worries. Be it about what clothes or shoes to wear, tuition fees, mean boss, the dirty laundry, untidy house, a broken toy, a broken heart…

We cannot weary God’s ears in listening to our prayers. It is His delight to listen to what concerns us. Prayer is our direct access to God. Whenever we are assailed by temptations or feeling the grip of hopelessness, remember that it is our privilege to call upon Him for strength and that we posses the power to move heaven~~~ just PRAY!

“We may bring Him our little cares and perplexities as well as our greater troubles. Whatever arises to disturb or distress us, we should take it to the Lord in prayer.” ~ Power of Prayer, p2

Personal Prayer:

Our Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for the abundant blessings, grace and love that You are giving me, Your undeserving child. I thank You for giving me the privilege to talk to You through prayer. Thank you for always hearing my prayers, even the unspoken ones. I humbly submit myself to you and ask You to cleanse me from my unrighteousness. Please create a new heart in me and renew my spirit. Take away the sorrow and pride in my heart and teach me how to be humble and meek like Jesus. Give me grace that I may learn to walk in His footstep. Help me, Father, to live in such a way that the world may see Jesus in me and not myself.  And in times of trials and temptations, embrace me with Your sufficient grace that I may not sin against You. Thank you for Jesus. Thank you for loving me, despite how sinful I am. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!

 

Landmarks of Prophecy Series

Landmarks of Prophecy : An Epic Bible Study Adventure has started! I highly recommend that all Bible students watch these series, regardless of your denominations or profession. All topics that are discussed here are things that would help us understand more about Bible prophecies.

Visit their website to watch previous and current episode at www.landmarksofprophecy.com

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Now is the perfect time to open our Bibles and study, to prepare ourselves to that glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Chiang Rai SDA Church Outreach Report

Our Church is a mission-oriented church. We believe that our spiritual growth and nurturing is not limited to the four corners of the church building, but on a wide and vast mission field outside. Reaching out and sharing God’s love to the people around us, especially to children, is one way to follow Christ’s footsteps and example of ministering to His people.

 

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” — James 1:27

“…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” — Matthew 25:40

“The mission of the church is missions” – Oswald J. Smith

“It’s not that God has a mission for his Church in the world, but that God has a Church for his mission in the world” – Chris Wright

Wasted Knowledge

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Matthew 2: 1-6

 I’m rereading my entire Bible and I am now in the book of Matthew. This morning for my devotional, I was reading this passage and there are 3 verses that struck me the most.  Even though I’ve read this passage unnumbered times since I was a kid, something in these verses captured my attention unlike before.

 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

 

Pharisees with King HerodSo these so-called learned and educated men knew when and where Jesus would be born! And yet they didn’t even welcome Him with joyous heart and glad tidings. Their pride must have been soaring high that they would never acknowledge that the King of kings and Lord of lord was born in a humble manger. Blessed are the three wise men whom they termed as heathen for they discerned the times and they are ready to welcome the Messiah. The Savior of mankind was welcomed by  heathen and lowly people but rejected by His own people.

“These learned teachers [priests and scribes] would not stoop to be instructed by those whom they termed heathen. It could not be, they said, that God had passed them by, to communicate with ignorant shepherds or uncircumcised Gentiles. They determined to show contempt for the reports that were exciting King Herod and all Jerusalem. They would not even go to Bethlehem to see whether these things were so. And they led the people to regard the interest in Jesus as a fanatical excitement.” ~Desire of Ages, p.62, 63

 What a wasted knowledge! These learned teachers of the law have all the access and privilege to study and be acquainted with the prophecies about the coming Messiah. The very ones who were to be the vessel and keeper of truths failed to discern the times of His first advent.

 Are we in the same peril?

 We know many things about God than other people, yet we fail to witness to the family next door.

We can easily pull out from memory Bible verses anytime, anywhere, yet in times of problems we lack faith.

We can explain the most difficult and complicated Bible prophecies. — and yet we fail to discern the will of God!

We boast of our degrees and expertise in religion, and yet look our neighbors with censoring eyes.

Surely we do lack ONE thing!

 LOVE

Consider what Apostle Peter says,

 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:2

 

All we need is LOVE.

When God Accuses Us

The book of Malachi is a very interesting book for its different from the other books written by minor prophets.

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Meaning of the Name

The name Mal’aki means “My Messenger” and likely is an abbreviated version of Mal’aka (“Messenger of Yahweh”). In addition to Malachi being a messenger of God as a prophet, his message speaks of a coming messenger (2:7; 3″1). Although the Greek Septuagint translates the prophet’s name in 1:1 as “by the hand of his messenger,” its title is still Malachias and Maleachi in the Latin Vulgate. source: The Remnant Study Bible.

Reading the book of Malachi, a repeated pattern can be seen: God accuses His people Israel – Israel asks or verify God’s accusation – God explaining His accusations.

 

God’s Accusation

Israel’s Question God’s Explanation
  1. I have loved you Mal. 1:2
Wherein has thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob…
  1. If then I be a Father, where is mine honour? And if I be a Master, where is my fear? Mal. 1:6

Wherein have we despised thy name?

 

 

And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.

Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

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  1. Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar. Mal. 1:7

 

 

Wherein have we polluted thee?

 

 

But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.

 

…and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering:

Mal. 1:12, 13

 

But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi,

Mal. 2:8

 

Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

Mal. 2:11

  1. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Mal. 2:13
Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Mal. 2:14-16

  1. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Mal. 2:17
Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Mal. 2:17

  1. Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. Mal. 3:7

 

Wherein shall we return?  
  1. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. Mal. 3:8 

 

Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Mal. 3:8

  1. Your words have been stout against me. Mal. 3:13

 

What have we spoken so much against thee? Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

Mal. 3:14

“Noah: The Movie” Released Today On YouTube

A must-see movie! You’ll miss half of your life if you won’t see this.

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“Noah: The Movie” Released Today On YouTube

        Living Waters uploaded Noah: The Movie on YouTube today. It is about 30 minutes long and talks about what the Bible says about Noah and the Flood and gives some reasons to consider it as a fact, and explores some Bible prophecy for today, as well as a Gospel presentation. Hope all my readers will check it out.

Feel free to comment about this movie below!

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