Saturday, June 8, 2013

Check Your Heart

TEXT: Psalm 2


a.       The nature of the ungodly is to rebel. -vv. 1-2

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

Humans are prone to resist authority. Our sinful nature, especially that of the unbelievers, keeps us from humbly accepting and obeying God's commandments. We tend to think that our own thoughts and ideas are always right. But our heart is deceitful and desperately wicked that eventually we find ourselves depending on our ways and 'following our hearts' rather than obey the Lord.

b.       God hates rebellion- vv. 1-4

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall have them in derision.

The LORD finds it foolish and ridiculous to rebel against him. He not only hate but deride those who do so.  Why would we rebel against someone we know is most powerful? Why would we rebel against our Creator and Savior? Why would we be foolish enough to think that lowly creatures like us are intelligent enough to be our own god? When we choose to follow our own will, we become enemies of God.

c.       God hates unbelievers because of their rebellion- vv. 1-2

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against his anointed, saying, the LORD against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

God hates unbelievers not because He just hates them but because they possess the qualities He hates. God hates wickedness, selfishness, rebellion, and pride and He can their hearts filled with such character.

d.       God punishes rebellion.- vv. 5, 8-9

He shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in sore displeasure.

God does not let such people go to continue their wicked devices. He who is holy punishes their sins to show them that it is not the right thing to do. 


Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are they that put their trust in him.

a.       The act of surrender is the wisest decision a Christian can make.
b.       God check the sincerity of the heart.
c.       God loves the submissive and surrendering heart.
d.       Trusting is an act of yielding.
e.       God blesses those who depend on him alone.

Conclusion: Serve the Lord with fear and right attitude. God hates rebellion in any way but he blesses those who willingly obey.

Making Right Decisions

TEXT: Psalm 1

Decision-making can be both complicated and dangerous. Our life is full of situations where we have to make decisions and whatever choice we make will result to what kind of life we will have or what kind of person we will become in the future. The righteous man in God's eyes wisely make choices according to God's will. Unlike the rest, he does not…

1.       base his decisions on what others think is right.
"walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly"---> He does not ask for the opinion of people who do not love God nor desire to please Him. He does not listen to those who choose to 'make their own rules' and 'be their own god'.

"I will listen to different opinions and see what is perfect for me."
"I will think of a way which suits me best or make me feel most comfortable."

2.      base his decisions on what others do.
"nor standeth in the way of sinners" ---> He does not do the same thing people who follow their own lusts do. (the majority rule) He is not someone who does not have his own ground and merely goes with the flow.

"What the majority does may be the right thing to do. I will do what most of them do."

3.      base his decisions on what others hate or find worthless.
"nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" ---> He does not listen to what others laugh about.

"They don't like me doing it. It must be wrong."
"They laugh at it. This idea must be ridiculous."

Decisions must be based on a solid ground, the Word of God.

"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."

1.       Turn to the Word of God.
This means choosing to meditate on God's truth instead of listening to different voices you hear (loved ones, peers,  society, media, your own ego)  and prioritizing to listen to God's counsel rather than friendly chats and advices.

2.       Delight in the Word of God.
This means enjoying the Word of God, from reading, learning, to seeking to do it. Delighting means having great desire to listen to God's say on the matter rather than the opinions of the rest of the world. It is a commitment that the Lord's voice is the basis of every decision one makes.

3.      Meditate on the Word of God.
Meditating is more than simply reading the Bible. It is more of carefully listening to what God has to say. This means not stopping until one understands what God wants him to do as well as His plan for his life.

The passage provides two choices: to choose your own will or to choose God's will for your life. If you base your decisions on yourself-- what you want or what others want for you--you will be like 'chaff which the wind driveth away'. Everything you do results to nothing. No matter how hard you work, everything becomes vain. Things become worse. But if you choose to carefully listen to the Lord's voice and understand that He has a plan for your life, just like the 'tree planted by the rivers of water', your decisions will be right and everything you do will prosper.

not mine :)

Friday, June 7, 2013

I Have Been Blessed

Another favorite of mine. This song always encourages me and telling me that I should always be thankful to the Lord.


When He moves among us all that He does
All of His mercy, all of His love
If the pen of the writer could write everyday
Even this world could never contain
I have been blessed

The warmth in the winter the flowers in spring
The laughter in summer and the changing of leaves
There's food on my table, a good place to sleep
Clothes on my back and shoes on my feet
I have been blessed

I have been blessed God's so good to me
Precious are His thoughts of you and me
No way I could count them there's not enough time
So I'll just thank Him for being so kind
God has been good, so good
I have been blessed.

Arms that can raise and a voice that can talk
Hands that can touch and legs that can walk
Ears that can listen, eyes that can see
Oh, I've got to praise Him as long as I breathe
I have been blessed

Father and mother who nurtured and raised
Brothers and sisters, memories made
Our pastor to lead us, this altar to pray
Stripes that can heal and a blood that can save
I have been blessed

He's my should to lean on when I am down
The rock where He leads me when I'm overwhelmed 
The place where He hides me under His wings
He's not just a song, He's the reason I sing
I have been blessed.

All Along

Have I posted this before? I want to share my favorite song. Or should I say the theme song of my life. I love my Lord for He's always there for me no matter how many times I fall...I know He loves me more, He loves me so much, and He's willing to transform me, change me, and conform me into His image, every time I come to Him and ask for His help.


Time just drifts away and as I look back on the years
Many years of happiness and bitter tears
Through it all there was a common thread that cannot be ingnored
You were there teaching me to be your servant, Lord

All along Your hand has been guiding me,
shaping my life to be a beautiful song
All along You've led me through 
the things that you do would make me strong
Your love has been there all along.

Every joy and pain has a reason of its own
Now I realize that I was not alone
The changing seasons of my life were not lift up to change
Lord I know you were working to fulfill Your plan.

Repeat Chorus

Tomorrow if I turn around and I look back at today
I will understand your purpose and my grateful heart will say...

Repeat Chorus

Thoughts...Realizations (During the First Week of Classes)

It's been a while since I decided to make this blog private for some reasons I no longer remember (hehe). Anyway, there has been a number of changes that happened in my life since then.

1. Yes, I successfully graduated from college this year by God's grace! Truly a blessing from above! Although there had been a number of people who helped me along the way-- my parents, my uncle, my friends, brothers and sisters in Christ who prayed for me, etc.-- there's someone whom I owe everything: the Lord Jesus Christ. He's the one who's been with me all along, through my pains, struggles, challenges, and through my successes, blessings, and joys. God has always been there and by His grace I believe I am so blessed. :)

2. I enrolled for a one-year certificate program (though still tentative) where I think will really be entirely upon God's grace. He will provide and suffice and if He wills me to continue, this might be one of the greatest blessings I've had in my life. There's much more that God has to purge and mold so that I may be able to conform to His image.

Training. Growth. Spiritual intimacy.

I do not desire for more, really. If there's something I really desire in my life, it's to (1) be able to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, spirit, and strength, to love Him so much that I'll always give Him the first claim of my life; to love Him so much that I'll desire to be in fellowship with Him every single minute of my life; to love Him so much that I won't dare hurt His feelings and that I'll do everything to glorify Him, (2) be more like Christ that when people look at me and my life, it's not me but Jesus whom they will see, that every time I do something, it will be for a blessing and of service to others; that my life will be focused outward, striving to honor God and minister to men in order to please Him; that in every character, every conduct, represents my Savior, my Lord; and that everything I do, there's a name who will be lifted up: Jesus, the sweetest name I know, and (3) be a virtuous woman, a woman God desires every woman to be, a woman who abides in the Word, who fears the Lord, who rests on His promises, who keeps His commandments, a woman who has a good testimony for the Lord.

There are many voices around me telling me what I should do in order to please men. Voices that tell me doing them means obedience...but the Lord speaks to my heart that no matter what happens, I should put Him first in my life. I should seek Him, and I should spend my time and resources for things that truly satisfy. It's so contradicting. Like the east is from the west. Things are not going my way. Things are going very unexpectedly. But God is able to deliver me, I know. He will give me wisdom to make wise and right do what He really wills. I am so weak yet He is strong. And the more I encounter difficulties, the more I think of Him, the more I feel weak and incompetent, the more I realize He's strong and powerful. I know that His grace is sufficient for me for His strength is made perfect in weakness. Most rather therefore will I glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me. To God be the glory!

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