Wednesday, August 11, 2010
FOCUS ON JESUS
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2a). Why are we admonished to fix our eyes on Jesus, and why is He the author and perfecter of our faith? Because Jesus Christ is the embodiment of all the promises of God from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Our mind is very active and we receive countless messages and influences from the outside world, most of which are on the subliminal or the subconscious level. The prevailing moods and mindsets of those around us affect us in more ways than we can ever imagine. Sometimes we feel irritable and moody where there is no logical reason for it. Sometimes lustful thoughts just flash in our minds like grease lightning and if we are not careful, seeds of sin will be implanted in our minds to germinate later on. Sometimes our minds wander off to a distant past and resurrect ghosts of old pains and hurts thus resurrecting the spirit of bitterness in our hearts and minds. To counteract all these negative tendencies, we focus our minds on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. There is always an appropriate verse or promise of God to counteract all negative thoughts. In times of scarcity, when our minds are diverted to thoughts of lack and poverty, we can always recite Philippians 4:19 to picture God's divine providence in our lives. "But my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). It is best to memorize key Biblical verses that we can use to counteract all the attacks of the enemy and any negative developments in our lives.
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Philippians 4:19, Divine Providence, Thoughts, Ideas, Biblical Verse, Promises of God, Author, Perfecter, Faith, Subconscious Level, Spirit of Bitterness, Gospel, Word of God, Holy Bible
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Sunday, August 8, 2010
It is beginning again, my journey of pain. I am suffering again pain in my lower back because of acute scoliosis of the lumbar 4. To those who knew me just recently, I was supposed to be operated in my spinal column at my lower back because of the collapse of my lumbar 5 to my lumbar 4 due to deteriorating scoliosis. That was almost 4 years ago before my wife went to the US to work. Aside from my spinal column, I was also supposed to be operated for acute hernia and prostate gland and for inflammation of my thyroid gland. But because my wife had to surrender her medical card because of her resignation from work, I decided that I would not undergo said operations for lack of money. Since then, I surrendered my life and health to the Lord. I survived almost 4 years of those illnesses plus my hypertension and diabetes. Two years ago, I had this terrible and excruciating pain in my lower back that rendered me almost immobile and caused so much extreme pain that I almost ended my life if not for the fear of the Lord and my being a Christian. Three days later the pain left by the grace and mercy of the Lord. I have been in and out of the portals of death so many times that I lost count already. But in all these trials, I always left my fate to God who have been so gracious to me. Now I live just by the grace of God and I offer my pains as a burnt offering to His all encompassing glory. In life and death, I will always love and serve the Lord. If I can just bring one more soul to the Lord to be saved, then my life would never be in vain. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). TO GOD BE THE GLORY NOW AND FOREVERMORE.
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Journey, Pain, Trials, Persecution, Scoliosis, Lumbar, Acute Hernia, Prostate Gland, Thyroid Gland, Hypertension, Diabetes, Grace of God, Mercy, Compassion, Christian, Divine Healing, Restoration, Joy, Love, Gospel, Word of God, Holy Bible
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla