Wednesday, April 29, 2009
If you are suffering from all kinds of trials and persecutions, take heart, BE STRONG FOR THE LORD. God is shaking the world from its very foundations to determine who are His and who are not His own. The children of God who will remain faithful to the very end will be fetched by the Lord upon His return. In the meantime, we must stand our guard, ever vigilant against the wiles and unrelenting attacks of the enemy, lest we succumb to temptation and fall into grievous sin. No amount of temptation, persecution or trials can ever bring us down because God will always give us sufficient grace to triumph over them. We do not use our own strength and wisdom but we rely on the Holy Spirit to see us through every dire situations in our lives. Remember, "not by might nor by power but by My Spirit, says the Lord Almighty" (Zechariah 4:6b). We are pilgrims here on earth so that we look at the distant horizon to watch for the return of the Lord to take His bride- His church that is blameless, unblemished and wrinkle free. In the meantime, we suffer all kinds of trials to cleanse us from all impurities and vestiges of the world that are still clinging on us. It is best that we renew our mind by setting its sight on things above not on things below. We should live in order to please God and in everything that we do, we do it all for the glory of God. We surrender everything to God- our lives, our will, our destinies, our loved ones, everything we got, and trust the Lord that He will do what is best for us. We may groan from the sheer weight of the crosses we are bearing right now but in the end, the Lord will wipe every tears in our eyes as He beckons us to come and live with Him forevermore. So take heart and BE STRONG FOR THE LORD.
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Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Sunday, April 26, 2009
When I was a new Christian, a Christian relative of mine warned me by welcoming me to a new world of persecutions and trials. I remembered I shuddered just by the thought of it. But her words became prophetic. After the initial bursts of miracles and blessings, my family and I underwent our desert experience. It was so heart and strength sapping during those times and the thoughts lingered in our collective minds whether God was true to His promises. I became more active in my ministries forgetting all about our personal problems by immersing myself on the deep troubles and frustrations of others. Giving solace and comfort to others, I realized that we were not so unfortunate after all. God provided for all our needs during those trying times and lifted us to a more comfortable life. I realized then that God purposely permitted His children to undergo trials of all kinds so that their characters will be molded to the pattern He wants from them. Thus the suffering servants emerge triumphant, stronger and more resilient to withstand the storms of life. I gained comfort from the promise of God that His compassions never fail. They are new every morning (Lamentations 3: 22-23). I learned to trust God with all my heart and not to rely on my own strength and intelligence (Proverbs 3: 5-6). I surrendered every thing to Him, even my life. How many times have I been led to the portals of death? I lost count already. All I can say is that, whatever happens to me I am assured of eternal life with the Lord. AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.
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Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla