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Forty-five days ago, I walked down the aisle to start my life with this wonderful man God has blessed me with. But as the pastor talked about covenant and lifetime commitment, I knew that this was more than that. For me, walking down that aisle represented my long walk towards the promised land, after being drenched by my Savior's powerful blood that not only bought me out of my life-long slavery, but also, as it dripped down to the ground, has washed out my shame-soiled garment clean as white as snow. His wounds has become my healing. His death and resurrection became my life and hope. Behind me was the defeated Egypt -- my land of death, sin, and shame. My Redeemer has proven Himself true to His Word -- He has taken me out of Egypt and has immediately begun His good work of taking the dross of Egypt out of me. 
This was only the beginning. 
Forty-five days ago, I walked down the aisle stretching out my hand to hold the stronger hand that awaited me. Forty-five days ago, I knew my …
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One thing I learned throughout years is that, yes, personal testimonies are very encouraging to listen to, but they do not compare to the encouragement I get upon hearing (or reading) the Word of God. In fact, I could learn a lot and be encouraged from the lives of those in the Bible.
I had my fair share of listening to pastors reading a verse in the Bible, followed by their anecdote and how their experience related to that Scripture portion. But what a great difference it made when I started working for RBI*, where my boss would always begin the week with a Bible study and group prayer. We'd study the life or Apostle Paul or of Joseph, the Dreamer, or of John the Baptist for weeks -- just going through the Bible, knowing these people, and thereby, knowing the GOD whom they worship. Nothing strengthened my faith more than knowing that I am worshiping the same God that they did!
I am blessed that God led me to a new church (Harbor Of Grace Reform…

KATRINA

Fancy how a young timid girl who once contemplated taking her own life after seeing no purpose for it, thinking that people live only to die, would eventually mature into womanhood knowing now that every breath that puffs out of her lungs each morning is but God’s mercy and grace. Every single day now comes with a battle for holiness – a war between a redeemed soul against flesh accursed – yet never fearing, never losing hope for, as promised, the battle isn’t hers but of her King who has already overcome the world. Every single day is like being thrown into a fiery furnace heated seven times, yet not scorched, rather she’s being refined, and her Savior is with her at all times. Every single day now comes with a glorious hope, that after being redeemed from Egypt, everything of Egypt will be stripped off of her, although painfully so at times, until she is made worthy to enter the Promised Land and dwell in the presence of her King.
Yes, fancy a young timid girl who had no purpose –…
If you have been truly born again, if you are truly God's child, He WILL change you and make you holy. The Holy Spirit will convict you of your sins, reveal to you your spiritual depravity, He will break you. And as you look up from your nothingness, you will see the very essence of the Cross, the redemptive work of the Lamb of God. And on that Cross, in Christ, you will find your hope! If you are truly God's, He will change you! He will sanctify you. He will not share you with this world. He will prepare you for eternity. He will make you holy for He is holy.

Restrained

As I witness some great men fall as a consequence of the bad choices they've made in the past, I thank the Lord for keeping my hands from wrongdoings, for not letting me walk in the way of the wicked, for keeping me from the love of money. I thank the Lord for the many things He didn't allow me to do. I thank Him for giving me grace to swim against the current of this world, keeping me from bringing shame upon His Holy Name.
I praise You, O Holy One, who owns me.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,…
"Each one of us has been commissioned to see to it that Christ's banner is raised on every distant hill in every faraway land. If we are not called to go, we are called to stand behind those who do, with equal sacrifice." - Paul Washer

I've been reading and hearing so many news on persecution of Christians worldwide, specifically of missionaries being tortured, beheaded or crucified for the Gospel of Christ. May we, who are in our comfortable homes, always be FAITHFUL in PRAYER for them and SUPPORT them in every way we can.

God Can Be Found

I've been guilty of these two things -- because of my ignorance of the Scriptures (1) I embraced every teaching of the pastors I grew up listening to, took their words as truth without checking if their teachings align with what the Scriptures say; and (2) I shared the Gospel as I've "heard and read" these preachers present it, inviting people to repeat the "sinner's prayer" with me and "declaring" them saved/born-again in the end, not knowing that these aren't found in the Scriptures at all.
I praise God for my friend who replied, "I don't know" when I asked him if he believed he's saved after my erroneous gospel presentation. I thank God for the fear that the Spirit has brought upon my heart, leading me to question my own faith and salvation. I praise God for drawing me to seek Him. I praise God for being true to His promise that those who wholeheartedly seek Him will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). And I praise God for th…