Conspiring Nations

Psalm 2:1-2 says:

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His anointed one.

At this present time, I believe that this is happening around us. Somewhere nuclear weapons are being built; a group of people wrecking havoc everywhere; God’s people are being attacked.

But verses 4-5 says:

The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. Then He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath …

Truly the Lord sees what is happening and He is in control. May He continue to protect us and give us hope. But we must not also forget that things are happening because they are bound to happen. It is already written and God’s Word will be fulfilled.

How Evil Can Be Working In Our Life

Evil is a spiritual power – the powers of this dark world & the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).

It started when the highest of all angels was cast from heaven “because of pride that originated from his desire to be God instead of a servant of God. He desired to be God & rule the universe.” (AllAboutGOD.com) So he was cast out of heaven as a fallen angel. We know him by the name of Satan.

He was also called the dragon in the book of revelations. “When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, … then the dragon was enraged at the woman  & went off to make war against the rest of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments & hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelations 12:13, 17)

So if you are a follower of Jesus, expect that the devil (which he is also called) will be working in your life. Some of his works might be:

1. Make you doubt about God & His word

He will be the voice behind your head that will ask you about what God really said and if you play with it in your head, little by little you will find that the deception will be the truth.

2. He will tempt you to misuse authority or power

“Then Jesus came to them and said ‘All authority in heaven & on earth has been given to me.'” So when we are in authority or power, we have to remember that it was just entrusted to us. But sometimes we get high because of success, when we know that people look up to us or if there are many blessings given us.

3. He wants us to hate God or turn our back to Him

Sometimes he also tests us somehow, inflicting pain or diseases and giving bad situations like what he did with Job. But we must remember that it did not happen without God’s knowledge. Satan’s purpose is for Job to curse God, but in the end the Lord made him prosperous again.

It might be truly difficult to really follow God, but it will not be wise also to side with evil because in the end, there will be punishment.

Restoration

In definition by Google, means the return of a hereditary monarch to a throne, a head of state to government or a regime to power.

In my case, it is simply, to return – to return to duty after one school year of leave of absence without pay.

I never thought that it is what I have to do. I have always believed that it was really clear to me – resignation & start a business.

Well, I was told that I missed some instructions from God. None of the business I tried to start succeeded. I thought it is because God was testing me since I read about having to step out of faith which I believed was the word for me when I was continuously praying about the step I had taken. That it is going to be difficult & a time of testing if I will continue to trust God. Then I have read about James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it’s work so that you may be mature & complete, not lacking anything”.

Everything was positive. I would always read about something encouraging from the Bible & other devotional materials. I also thank God for sustaining me the whole year.

On the month of February, I started praying again asking God for confirmation. I thought I received it but another member in my small group said otherwise so I prayed again. Then I read about Jesus’ reinstatement of Peter. I believe that’s it. So on first Tuesday of March I went to school & talk with my Principal. I worked on the papers I needed, asking God at the same time to change my heart because I really wanted to do something else already but then, teaching is a gift. Maybe God wanted me to use it to serve my purpose.

Finding Solutions for My Credit Card Debt

Well, I’m sure all of us can relate to this since I believe that nobody does not own a credit card anymore in this time and the debt I’m referring to in the title does not only mean the monthly bill I am paying but the amount that i can no longer pay.

My debt started to accumulate when I stopped paying my monthly bills because I don’t have money anymore for the reason that I don’t have salary because I am on leave of absence.

Anyway, i’m supposed to embark on a new career but when I started, anything that I did was not quite successful until the last quarter of last year that I also had to close my bank account. I had no more funds. i did not know what to do especially when the credit card company started to call me & texting me about my overdue account. Because I was not answering, maybe of shame or I really did not know what to say, i finally received a letter from them informing me that they will refer my account to the collection agency & later to a law firm. That was early this year. I still did not know what to do until, suddenly, I thought maybe I could write them a letter to request that I pay them with items instead. I also worked double time to really sell them in fact, I’ve bee trying to do that ever since I could not pay. It’s just that nobody buys them that’s why it came to this point.

A lawyer contacted me & I explained my situation. I was told that the credit card company can enter me into their payment program but I just have to pay for at least the minimum monthly amount. Fortunate for me, my sister bought one of the items & I was able to deposit a payment. It was first week of February.

When I learned about their program, I got disappointed because I am not qualified because the options are: 1. I have to issue post dated checks 2. I have to pay for a certain amount then they will just divide the rest of the amount in fixed monthly payment, without interest 3. I can waive all the interest but I have to pay the remaining balance in cash.

After telling them of my situation, they require me to release big amount. What kind of help is that? When I tried to call them again for reconsideration, they said that this is the only program they have & also their lawyer contacted me again. So I started to do a research.

Actually, when I got their “warning” letter I’ve learned that I should not be afraid because no one can be imprisoned for not paying the credit card but I have to face calls & court trials if it comes to that. They also cannot threaten us based on the law.

Another research that I’ve made recently is that I can apply for bankruptcy, which I will do when it becomes really necessary.

Anyway, I hope we will just be careful in using our credit card & hopefully, this does not happen to anyone.

What Happened?!

What Happened?!

Have you experienced making a decision because you are so sure that it was the right thing to do? And then you act on it even if you are unsure about tomorrow … now here you are like, nothing is happening as expected. I do believe that God has plans for us and that he is in control of everything. He knows all things as well. For a person who believes in Him, it is just appropriate to trust Him with everything that is happening in his/her life. If we have plans, it is just right that we surrender these to Him if it will agree with His.

We can ask God for confirmation

Normally, if I want to do something or there’s a desire in my heart, I would lift it up to God in prayer. Then I will wait for a confirmation. I am now in a situation where I prayed if I can leave my work to start a new one, maybe even a different career. I was so burdened with the workload, I think the schedules are hectic & I was not happy anymore. So I prayed … & waited. I even told my superior about what I want to do but I was told that I am effective with what I am doing. Then I think one year passed and I received a confirmation from the Word of God (during my personal Bible study when I read about Paul’s farewell to the Ephesian leaders). So I submitted a letter of resignation but our school Principal did not allow so I was given a leave of absence for the whole school year – without pay. The approval from the Division Office also came fast, without questioning my decision, like what the staff has told me. The more reason I think & felt that God moved.

God is moving in our life

It was almost summer & I thought that maybe I should start a business to finance myself. At that time I was also reading the Purpose Driven Life book and in a message, it says that we should step out of faith and also in James 1 that it will be a testing of our faith. Even up to now, any business that I tried to start does not become successful. So at present, I prayed to God & is waiting on Him about what I should do. But come to think of it, I started with my leave last March and until now, I never asked from anyone and my needs have been provided in many ways. Praise God!

I did have a confirmation about one business that I prayed for but it did not succeed and I really wondered what was wrong. I prayed to God and confessed my sins and made my heart right with Him. Later, I read in the Book of Judges that it also happened to Israel. They inquired God when they were about to fight the Benjamites and He confirmed but thousands were killed. They inquired for the 2nd time, God confirmed, again defeat came. The 3rd time they wept & fasted & presented offerings to God then He said that He will give them into their hands. So the Lord defeated Benjamin before Israel.

I know the Lord would give me success one day, I just have to trust Him & please Him in everything that I do. I know that “…in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 He may allow pain & hardships, but so that we can give Him glory in anything that happens in our life and “… so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4

This is not the end of my journey & I know God is with me. Thank God.

To Him be all the glory!

 

Grieving About A Loved One or Having Relationship Gaps with A Family Member

Have you lost someone you love? Did you do something or a loved one did something that created a gap in your relationship? How did it feel?

When things like these happens, we normally feel grief. We grieve for people because we love them. We grieve when we lost someone because we will not see them again and we feel that also when we have gaps in relationship because we have been hurt or we hurt them. Either way, it will be difficult for us because our communication is broken.

How can we overcome it? Let me share my insight

1. We have to admit it. It may help if we express our thoughts and feelings about it to someone we trust to help us unload the burden in our heart.

2. Accept the truth. If a loved one died, we have to face the fact later on that everybody dies so we have to move on but, of course it is also healthy that we mourn.

If a relationship was broken because of anything that has been done, We have to side with the truth and what is right. We should be humble enough and act on what we have to do.

3. Let us enjoy the moment with our loved one now. Learn to understand & accept them whoever they are. This is so that when it is their time to face the creator, we would not have any regrets. we also need to avoid conflicts as much as possible.

How Do I Know That I Am Making the Right Decision?

I am presently on/ a leave of absence from work. Before this, I wanted to leave my job because I think I will not be able to deliver for additional assignments. Besides the fact that they are beginning to be in conflict with each other and I am not getting the trust and support that I need from the administration.

So I prayed about it and discussed it with my superior. I was told that I am effectively doing my job, especially one of the two. But later on also, I read a confirmation from the Bible that I can leave and having mentioned it to my church leader, I submitted a resignation letter when the school year ended and of course after finishing all my work. Anyway, if I am effective with my job, I think I can still do it in the community.

I was not allowed to resign but thank God that the administration was gracious enough to allow me to take one school year leave of absence so I could try out things for me.

Now, I thank God again for the provision everyday.