Friday, June 12, 2009
If you are out in the open seas at night, you will not be able to see anything except what the light of your boat cast upon. This is very dangerous especially if you are near
an island or an atoll since the shallow reefs can puncture your boat and you will sink. But one solitary harbor light gives light and illuminates the surrounding area of an island giving warning and directions to voyagers. That is also true in the spiritual world. Amidst the pervading darkness and evil in this world, one solitary soul who lives to please God and gives glory to His name is like a shining beacon of light that illuminates the darkened world and gives direction to lost souls. As the saying goes, "it is better to light a single candle than to curse the whole darkness." To a lost and darkened world where many fall down and are tripped by misleading pseudo lights and attractions, a single shining beacon of light pointing to the Gospel of salvation by Christ can save so many perishing souls. Nine out of ten people in the world comfort themselves by adhering to the established norms of morality thinking that numbers alone will assure them of approval by God. But God never looks at numbers. He looks solely at the heart to see the motives of men. And His standards never change since the day of creation to the final days of this world. Never compromise with the world. Never surrender your principles and scruples in life. It is better to be persecuted in this world for doing what is right in God's sight than be a part of the wholesale disregard of God's laws and principles by men. BE A BEACON OF LIGHT IN THE FIRMAMENT OF DARKNESS IN THIS WORLD.
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Beacon of Light, Darkness, Motives, Harbor Light, Gospel of Salvation, Perishing Souls, Hope, Grace, Love, Joy, Peace, Word of God, Bible
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Sunday, June 7, 2009
What is beatific vision? Simply, it is a glimpse of heaven while on earth. It is the embodiment of what Paul said in 1Corinthians 2:9, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." Visionaries, enlightened saints and those whose spiritual development brought about by great intimacy with God, are most likely the recipients of this great privilege. That was the reason why those who were crucified, burned at the stakes or fed to ferocious lions have that calm and serene look on their faces. They were already focused on the supreme ecstasy of meeting the Lord face to face and enjoying His presence for all eternity. They were already dwelling in the spiritual realm and no longer cared for their mortal bodies. If you are suffering from excruciating pain, have debilitating or dreaded disease and have only very limited time to live on earth; if you are saddled by a mountain of problems and could hardly bear the burden on your shoulders; if you feel that you are already at the end of the line and are already contemplating on ending your life, if so, you can turn to God and seek Him earnestly and He promised that you will find Him if you seek Him with all of your heart. You have only to be quiet and wait for the Lord. And He will speak to you in the stillness of your soul.
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Beatific Vision, Heaven on Earth, Kingdom of God, Ecstasy, Visions, Visionaries, Saints, Spiritual Realm, Intimacy With God, Waiting For The Lord, Stillness of The Soul, Joy, Love, Peace, Grace, Eternal Life
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla