Friday, January 1, 2010

Desert Experience



DESERT EXPERIENCE
We have come to a dead end. We thought that when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior and have been born again, our lives would be a bed of roses filled with blessings and abundance. But now, after the initial bursts of small miracles and favors from God and men, we find ourselves in the midst of a trial so burdensome that sometimes we doubt that God was faithful to His promises. Don't lose heart. We are just entering a phase of our Christian lives that all Christians have to traverse before they can reach the Promise Land. That phase is called the desert experience. This is where God subject us to the process of purification. It is just like a gold ore that must pass through fire so that the dross in it will be removed and the purest substance will remain as pure gold. Yes, we have been completely forgiven and even the memories of our sins were completely erased by God as though we never sinned at all. But the consequences of sins still remain. God's absolute requirement for justice demands retribution for all our transgressions. We are of little value to God if the remnants and residues of our sinful lives still remain clinging to our character. God wants to transform our character to approximate the life of Jesus so that His Son will be glorified in our lives.

So, if you are suffering pains and extreme trials although you feel that you are walking in the ways of the Lord, never lose heart. You have just entered a dark tunnel. But at the end of it, the radiant light of God's deliverance and blessings will come shining through like the luminous rays of the majestic sun. After the burdensome desert experience comes the triumph and deliverance on the way to the Promise Land.




Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Desert Experience, Promise Land, Dead End, Lord and Savior, Born Again, Bed of Roses, Blessings, Abundance, Process of Purification , Consequences of Sin, Requirement For Justice, Retribution, Transgressions, Sinful Lives, Transformation, Pains, Extreme Trials, Ways of The Lord, Dark Tunnel, Grace, Love, Joy, Peace, Eternal Life, Word of God, Holy Bible

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Philippines
Spiritual/Inspirational/Motivational

20 comments:

teJan said...

Amen.., God sometimes will let us be in the dark to let us know that He is the light! Godbless Mel and thanks for the reflection message!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi TeJan,
You are so right. God is always testing us if we are faithful to Him no matter what the situation maybe. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you always.

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

nice post..sa patuloy mong pagdaan sa kadiliman ay tiyak sa dulo ay may liwanag..

krystyna said...

Thank you so much Mel for all you do!

God bless you and your job!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Arvin,
Makata ka talaga Arvin, lol. Napaka meaningful nang comments mo. Salamat sa dalaw at komento. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
You're welcome my friend. That is the task I was assigned for. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Pinay Mommy Online said...

After salvation comes justification from glory to glory. Nice post Kuya Mel! Very inspiring.

By the way, thanks for following my other blogs too. Hope you can follow my main blog too, I already fixed the Google Friend Connect.

Happy New Year!!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Pinay Mommy Online,
Yes, you are so right. Yes, I already went to your blog and have already connected and followed you and have also invited you to be my friend. Thank you so much for honoring me with your visit here. You are always welcome to my blogs. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you and your family always.

Presiden Prabowo said...

how are you?

Dhemz said...

very inspiring and uplifting post once again kuyaMel....:)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Presiden Prabowo,
I'm very fine by the grace of God, thank you. Thanks for your visit and greetings. God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
Thanks for the compliments but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you all always.

shydub said...

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I already place you badge in my blog.

Pia said...

this is so timely. i'm going through something since yesterday. today is even worse but i'm grateful to have come across this post. God bless you, bro.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi sis Pia,
Yes, I will pray for you and if it's any consolation, you can share your burden with me through email if you want. I am always ready and willing to pray for you my sister in Christ. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you and your loved ones always.

kathy said...

Hello po kuya Mel! na-miss ko na po kayo pati ang mga posts nyo.. Pero maayos na po ang schedule ko ngayon... Maysakit pa rin si Fifi, at nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng prayers nyo... Prayers are always appreciated...

Very well-said po sa post nyo na hwag magtampo pag hindi masyadong magandan ang nangyayari sa buhay... Minsan kasi, we pray to get something not to praise HIM and to be thankful. Minsan din sinusubukan nya ang katatagan ng ating pananampalataya...

Katulad nyo po, kahit na may dinaramdam po kayo, hindi kayo kailanman nwalan ng pananalig sa Kanya ang that is a very outstanding way of showing us about the stregth of your faith.

Magandang ehemplo ang ipinakita Nyo po sa amin and it encourages us to do the same..

salamat po sa pagbisita at sana po hindi kayo nagtampo kasi hindi ako nkabisita kaagad...

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kathy,
Hinding hindi ako maaaring magtampo sa iyo o sa sinumang readers ko lalo na yung mga Christian brothers and sisters ko. Naiintindihan kong nagkasakit ka at magiging napakakitid naman nang utak ko kung sasama ang loob ko sa iyo. I will pray for the immediate healing ni Fifi. Paborito ko pa naman ang anak mong iyan. Alagaan mo siyang mabuti pati na si Andrea. They are God's gifts to you and your husband. I must admit that I live by the grace of God alone. But that is the will of the Lord and I bow down to His will in my life. Thank you so much for your visit. I always appreciate and look forward to it. God bless you all always.

Bambie dear ★ said...

I think this is my favorite post for this year. I really need to read this post and thank you coz it somehow gave me a relief. I think we are currently in the desert. But I still believe that we will passed this... Thanks for reminding me about the "dark tunnel"... hmmm i should not worry coz we will still see the light shining on us, we just have to keep on walking.. Thanks po for this talaga

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bambie dear,
Huwag kang magalala kung ikaw ma'y nakakaexperience nang desert experience. May katapusan din iyan. Para lang yang panganganak. Masakit sa umpisa at habang nanganganak ka. Pero pag labas na nang anak mo at nasilayan mo na siya ay napapawi lahat nang hirap at sakit na naranasan mo at nahahalinhan nang ligaya at kapayapaan. Sa dulo nang bawat tunnel ay ang busilak na liwanag nang kataubusan at isang umagang puspos nang pagpapala at biyaya. Salamat sa dalaw. God bless you all always.

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