Walking in God’s Word: My 10 Favorite Verses

Let me say right up front that it was hard to narrow this list to 10, so I’m sure I’ll share a few more in the coming weeks. I really love the scriptures! It’s my 3rd year of being a true follower of God. I have grown more in love with the Bible each and every day. However, even though all Scripture is inspire and profitable, I decided to list down only the top 10 bible verses that have impacted my life and really helped me grow more and more in my faith in the Lord.

1. Romans 12:2  

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Vinz’s Note: Every time I’m in a situation where my faith is compromised, I always meditate on this verse; and I always remind myself to stop conforming to this age, but continue to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. Typically, when we think about this verse we think of transformation as something we do. But Paul is clear in using the passive voice stating that this is something already done by God. We cannot do enough spiritual disciplines to bring about transformation. We cannot pray enough, study enough, or even earn our transformation by the sweat of our brows. It must be done to us. Again, this was done by God, through his mercy.

2. James 1:12

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

Vinz’s Note: I remember one commentator who said that this verse doesn’t say “Blessed is the one who is never tried”. In reality, there is an element of blessing which is experienced in this present life. However, the “bulk” of the blessing is looking toward our future life with Christ. Let’s always trust our loving and sovereign Father to use trial as a faith-growing test and source of a reward in the future.

3. Ephesians 4:29

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Vinz’s Note: Paul’s concern for a personal ethic that reflects our unity with Christ and our new life in him comes down to the kind of words that we use. Following the teaching of Jesus, Paul teaches that out of the heart comes the words we use, and this is an evidence of the presence of Christ, or of a sinful rebellion against God. This life is lived out through spiritual battles. The spiritual entities that control this world set themselves against the Christians. So, in our lives, families and relationships are living out a battle. It is a battle where Christ is the victor. Please be reminded that our choices and actions have real meaning and significance for the glory of Christ and our loyalty to him.

4. Matthew 6:9-13

“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”

Vinz’s Note: This verse made a big impact in my prayer life, In the context, after Jesus had been out praying, one of his disciples came to him as he finished and they asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. There is something different in Jesus’ way of praying that’s why His disciple asked to teach them. As with any relationship, if you want to get the most out of it, you must first understand the dynamics which make it work. What is, or is not, expected. A relationship with God absent of prayer is like a marriage without love. Form, but no substance. Saying the words, “I love you,” but never displaying affection. Think of what your relationships would be like if nobody paid attention to you. Prayer, simply stated, is talking, or conversing, with God. And yet as simple as this may be, it is one of the more difficult areas for Christians to deal with. Prayer should be our lifestyle.

5. Jeremiah 29:11-12

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

Vinz’s Note: This was the very first memory verse that I memorized when I became a believer of Christ. Every time I have a problem, this verse always pops in my mind and motivates me by reminding me that God is always there for me regardless of how bad the situation I am in. But as I learned the word of God deeper, I realized that I have taken this verse completely out of context. The verse means is that God has plans only for a specific group of people, namely the Israelites. And if we read the Scriptures, we will find that this promise has already been fulfilled: The Israelites who were in exile that time finally returned, and the nation of Israel was restored for a time. God made this promise through the prophets, and that promise came true.

6. Colossians 4:2

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

Vinz’s Note: This sort of “earnest” prayer is important, but it does not come easy. Earnestly in prayer speaks of a great effort steadily applied. “Heaven’s gate cannot be stormed by just one weapon, but by many. Spare no arrows, Christian. Watch and see that none of the arms in thy armory are rusty. Besiege the throne of God with a hundred hands, and look at the promise with a hundred eyes. You have a great work on hand for you have to move the arm that moves the world; watch, then, for every means of moving that arm. See to it that you ply every promise; that you use every argument; that you wrestle with all might.” (Spurgeon)

7. Psalm 150: 1-6

“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!”

Vinz’s Note: In this verse, each of the last five Psalms begins and end with “Praise Him”; And each psalm increases in praise, love and joy, unto the last, which is praise celebrating its ecstacy. If you analyze this verse, you can see that the elect soul, the heir of God is like consumed by the love of God. He begins every sentence with Praise Him; and his sentences are very short, for he is in haste to utter his next Praise Him, and his next, and his next. This verse always reminds me that God deserves the highest praises a man can give. Not an obligation because He is God.

8. Ephesians 2:8-9

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Vinz’s Note: For so many years, I believed that the only way for us to get to heaven when we die is by doing good works here on earth, by doing the right thing or by obeying the commandments of God. But the Bible clearly stated that it is only by the grace of God can we be saved through faith; and not by works.

9. Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates his own love for us, in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Vinz’s Note: I still can’t comprehend why God really loves me despite of my sinful nature, He chose to take that cross and die in a painful and cruel death which He didn’t deserves.

10. John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Vinz’s Note: If you are a bible-believing Christian, I’m one hundred percent sure that you already know or have even memorized this verse. This is about the great love of God; of how He gave His one and only son for us to have a way to get to God the Father.

Your turn… What are some of your favorite bible verses?

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Story of God’s Faithfulness in my D-Group

August 15, 2010 – When I visited CCF Alabang for the first time for a Sunday service, two weeks after, I signed up for a D-Group Placement and after two days I received an SMS from someone from CCF whose name is Ian Paculan which happened my mentor, friend, dicipler, accountability and a brother up to now. He invited me to have a one-on-one talk and to get to know each other, I was hesitant, but at the same time excited. It was September 11, 2010 when we finally met, he just explained what D-Group is, what they usually do in a D-Group , meeting time, etc., and the end of our conversation he asked me if I already know where will I go if I die today, it’s either heaven or hell as it was stated in the Bible, but honestly I have no idea and not sure where will I go and then he shared to me the Gospel, which is the great Love of God: that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sin, He was buried and after three days He rose again. After hearing this good news, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord Saviour. It was the happiest day of my life. If you want to know how God is so faithful in my life. Here’s My Life Story of God’s Faithfulness in my Life that I wrote a month ago. I want to focus this entry with God’s faithfulness in our D-Group.

As I looked back three years ago after I joined a D-Group. I’m still in awe of How God is so gracious to all of us. We are only three members that time that meets every other Sunday after service to study the word of God and every time we have this discussion, I am always blessed with every thought they have and every testimony they shared within a group. I’m always excited whenever we have a D-Group meetings. And, I found myself craving to His word and little by little my faith to Jesus Christ is growing especially I started to experience mocked by friends and sadly even my family because of the new faith I have. But God is faithful that He used my D-Group and encouraged me to walk in faith blamelessly.

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Two months after, it was November 2010 when “The Best Question Ever: Single’s Retreat” happened where I joined the same break-out group under Ian, but this time there are additional members in our group that are first time to attend the retreat as well. It was fun and I feel so blessed that God allowed me to experience what heaven looks like because of the people that He used on that retreat. For three days I am surrounded by Christian friends and I really felt the peace in my heart. I loved our discussions, sharings and fellowships. I am amazed by their testimonies and how God’s amazing grace saved a sinners like us. After that retreat KC Cheng and Carl Eleazar, two of our break out group members joined our D-Group officially. But this time we consistently meet every Sunday for our D-Group Bible study. In December 2010 we had our very first D-Group Christmas party that was held at Platinum Bar in BF homes, we had our devotion, sharings, videoke fellowship, etc.

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As days goes by of continue growing in faith, I realized that Christian life is not easy and it is impossible. I experienced to fall into temptations again, encountered difficulties in life and tempted not follow Jesus Christ anymore, but God didn’t allow that to happen, He used my D-Group to encourage, motivate and love me unconditionally. Luke 9:23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”.

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As our relationship with the Lord grows, our relationship as a group grows as well to the point that God gave me a burden to pray for all of them, to check them always and I started to love them as if they are my real family and became passionate to serve them through admin works especially when we have events. I commit to the Lord to serve them as long as long as I can as a sign of my love to them.

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Years passed. After attending different Bible studies, retreats, fellowships and bridging events, I never imagined that we will grow not just in faith, but in numbers as well. I am encouraged to see how passionate these people are as we practice becoming Christ-like and being matured in faith. I remember one time when our dicipler Ian Paculan has to leave us for six months because of his job that he needs to assign to Thailand. It was the most challenging years to all of us. I am afraid and sad because he mentioned that we need to transfer to other group so that someone can supervise us. Honestly I am a bit dependent to group that time. But God didn’t allow things to happen without purpose. He allowed Ian to leave us, but God is faithful because for the first time we experienced how to facilitate a group individually. Each week someone is assigned to facilitate and share his devotion. God speaks to me that I should not be dependent on anyone because time will come that they have to leave us. Nothing is permanent in this world. They are like a flower quickly fading, here today and gone tomorrow. But the Love of God is the only unchangeable things.

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It’s been three years now since I started to join a D-Group and I witnessed how God moved in the life of each member, how God is in control of everything, how faithful He is, how powerful He is and how incomprehensible in some ways, but God is God. I witnessed how all of us surpass all the challenges of life and God made us strong and even better.

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And now as we open a new chapter of God’s faithfulness in our group, I’m just lost in His great love towards us. Some of us is now serving the Lord through ministries, using our God-given talents all for His glory. And, it is more exciting and refreshing to see new members that are on fire in serving and following the Lord. My prayers to all of  them are to maintain that fire in their hearts and focus to God as we take part and fulfil the God’s great commission.

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As I was writing this, I can’t control myself not to become emotional because I am amazed of How God moved in the life of each member. I just want to give all the honor, all glory and all the highest praises to God alone, that is faithful from the beginning and continuously revealing His sovereignty in our life.

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We are called to belong, not just believe.

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“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:1-17

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Intimacy Through Obedience

Why do you call me, Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46 Many people think they are demonstrating obedience to God by helping others occasionally, avoiding temptation, and attending church every Sunday. Some people believe by going to Bible studies and seminars, God is pleased with them. But these is much more to obedience.

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True obedience to God means doing what God says, when He says, how He says, as long as He says, until what He says is accomplished. Unfortunately, this concept is often rejected in today’s culture. Our society is corrupt, and as a result, we have rationalized obedience to the point of missing the best of God’s blessings,

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If at present, you are experiencing great spiritual frustration, there may be an area of disobedience in your life that you have not dealt with. Perhaps God has asked something of you, and in response, you have either ignored His words or done only part of what He asked. If the Lord is bringing something to your mind right now, consider this; it could be that you have been living in that same situation for years because at some point, you chose to do things your way instead of God’s way. Understanding this key distinction between our way and God’s way can make a tremendous difference in every believer’s life. We must place obedience at the top of our priority list.

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The principle to understand is this: Obedience is the way to increased intimacy and enjoyment of God. “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15 Keeping a commandment is different from having a commandment. After all, anyone can own a copy of the Bible and therefore read God’s Word. But it is a different decision to take hold of God’s Words, vowing to obey them. The test of real intimacy or real love to Jesus is whether we keep His commandments or His Word. Are you living in obedience and keeping God’s commandments” If not, what changes can you make? Jesus makes this promise to those who obey Him. “All who love Me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and We will come and make Our home with each of them.” John 14:23, Jesus promises a new fellowship with the Father for those who obey. This is not like a piece of candy that is offered as a bribe to entice a child to behave.

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Have you ever experienced a time when you feel God wants you to do something but it is inconvenient or difficult and you don’t want to do it? A battle goes on in your soul. Finally you decide to do what God wants because of your love for Him. Afterwards, you feel terrific, close to the Father than even before, joyful you did what was right. That’s the principle in operation here. Every time we disobey we cut ourselves off from fellowship with the Lord, we erect a barrier. This barrier hinders the warmth of His love, the enjoyment of His person, the closeness of His presence in one’s life. The goal of obedience is not material blessings as some would seem to indicate. The goal of obedience is an increased intimacy with the Father. This is a much better motivation than any truckload of material things.

Where are you in following the commands of Jesus? Some may say, I have never really committed myself in following Jesus the way He wants me. Or I have followed some but whenever convenient. If that is the case, now is the time to declare you willingness to the Lord that you want to be intimate with Him. You want to enjoy His presence in your life. You want to be obedient to Him in all aspects in your life. Then you can experience the joy and peace that comes from trusting Jesus and yielding to His will.

Humility: The Pathway to Significance

James was the first apostle to write about humility. In his letter to Jewish believers who were forced to live outside Jerusalem, he writes these words, “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4:10) The believers were struggling with discouragement and fear. They could not understand why their faith was being tested in such a severe way. This meant humbling themselves under God’s hand and allowing Him to raise them up to greatness and significance at the proper time. They also had to learn that significance from their perspective was different from God’s viewpoint.

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Humility also changed the way the apostle Peter viewed God. He learned to submit his heart to God instead of pushing his desires or viewpoints to the forefront of his life. It also changed the way himself as being more important, but he saw himself as a servant and many times less than others. This does not mean that Peter had a low self-esteem. But instead, godly humility taught Peter how to evaluate his life from God’s perspective.

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An example of this is in John 13, when Jesus looked that the disciples’ feet were not washed and no one was there to do it. And so He got up and washed their filthy feet. This is the Son of God who put that garment that fits all on and tied the knot in the slaves’ apron and bent down and washed their dirty feet. The apostle Peter probably remembered when the Lord put that on and when the Lord did that. We need to clothe ourselves with the attitude of a servant toward one another. Here are two principles that we can learn about humility.

GOD WIL RESIST THE PRIDEFUL IN HEART

1 Peter 5:5, “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble“. Pride is not only dangerous, it is tremendously destructive. Proud people always think that others are talking about them. Somebody said proud people are self-centered, and self-centered people are usually miserable. They seldom apologize because in their minds they are always correct. Self-centered people will hardly approach somebody and say, I am sorry. They’re just too proud.

Nowadays, we see people stumbling around all the time trying to fix their life, looking for a solution or some kind of therapy or counseling that will work. They read a lot of books that they think will deliver them from their supposed dilemma and the bottom line may be there is no freedom, because they don’t want to humble themselves before God. Because of their pride, they are feeling the opposing hand of God in their life. Always remember that God opposes the proud but He gives grace to the humble.

GOD WILL REWARD THOSE WHO ARE HUMBLE IN HEART

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time. Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” Pride is at the root of most of our anxiety. Proud people think it’s humiliating to cast everything upon God and be cared for. Humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God means we must relinquish control of our lives to Christ. Humility gives us the means to trust Him by casting our cares upon Him. In other words, humility is perfect quietness of our heart.

Don’t ever think you will be easily humbled, it takes much prayer for the death of pride. It also takes much rejection of praise and much confession of sin. Lastly, it takes much confidence in a caring God. If our lives are earmarked with the grace of humility, everyone we meet will know that we are intimately involved with the Saviour. Humility is something that God develops within us through the power of His Spirit. It is the fruit of the Lord Jesus Christ’s redemptive work on Calvalry’s cross, manifested in those of His own who are definitely subject to the Holy Spirit.

Meditating on our Wonderful and Awesome God

Psalm 8 tells us that God created everything (the moon, the stars, the sky, the earth, human beings, animals, plants and all living and inanimate things on this earth). His creation tells us that He is powerful and awesome. Through His creation, His majesty fills the earth and His existence is undeniable. He is glorious and deserves all praises and honor. He is also a thoughtful, loving and caring God.

“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers. The moon and all the stars you have set in place.” (Psalm 8:3) Let’s ponder on these facts: There are more than 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe. Each galaxy in turn in composed of billions of stars. Our galaxy (Milky Way) is 100,000 light years wide. A single light year is equals to six million miles. The galaxy nearest to us, Andromeda, is 2.5 million light years away. The most sophisticated telescope can pick up approximately 100 billion galaxies but beyond that, no one knows how many galaxies make up the universe. Can you even begin to imagine and visualize the vastness of the observable universe? Yet despite its unimaginable vastness Scriptures tell us in Isaiah 40:12 that God measures the universe in the span of His hand!

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“You put us in charge of everything You made, giving us authority over all things.” Psalm 8:6 God gave us authority over the sheep and cattle, the birds in the skies and the fishes and everything that swims in the ocean. Many of them are a delight to the eyes because of the variety, colors, details, and such intricateness. God is truly awesome and wonderful and without a doubt a great architect and artist.

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Now consider another creation of God, the human being. Davis states that men or human being are mere mortals created by God. Yet God made human beings only a little lower than God and crowned him with glory and honor. Of all of God’s creation God created the human beings in His image and likeness. We are the only creation with intelligence and more importantly a soul. “For You made us only a little lower than God. And You crowned us with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:5.

Do you know how sophisticated and complex the human body is? Do you realize that just living or existing for one minute may feel like the simplest thing but what goes on inside our body is wonderfully complicated? Do you know that our body is doing a million different things to help keep us alive and we are not even aware of it?

David gave utmost praises to God because his heart and mind had marveled at the limitless grandeur of God and had given serious thought to the One who is self-sufficient, yet nevertheless was mindful and cared for man. And David’s meditation on God and on the universe cause him to exclaim, “What are mortals that You should care for us?” (Psalm 8:4) It moves us to think, who are we that God should care to know our name and would care to feel our hurts. Who are we that after seeing the sins in our hearts God would choose to look at us with love? Compared to His other creation we are insignificant.

As one song describes us, we are but like flowers that here today and withered tomorrow. We are but like vapor in the wind, Yet despite our sinfulness, God hears us when we call and He catches us when we fall. Despite our sins, God picked us up so we can rise again, for we are His, because He has redeemed us with the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ,

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” But who are we that God should sacrifice His only Son to die a painful and cruel death so that we may have eternal life?

When we think of God’s creation we are reminded of how miniscule and insignificant we are. But when we think of what Jesus has done to redeem us from our sins so that we can enjoy eternal life with Him, we are truly, truly awed and humbled. it compels us to say, “Oh Lord our Lord, truly Your majesty fills the earth and You deserve nothing but praises. Glory be to Your name forever and ever. Amen.”

Anong Halaga ng Boto Mo?

Kaliwa’t kanan ang pangangampanya ng mga tumatakbong pulitiko sa kani-kanilang mga lugar, kamayan dito kamayan doon, mga mukang makikita mong nakadikit kung saan-saang parte ng inyong kalsada, mga parapernalyang nakadikit sa mga sasakyan, mga  damit na personal na ginawa at nilagyan ng kani kanilang mga muka at pangalan, kanya kanyang bisita sa mga bahay ng bawat mamamayan sa kanilang lugar, mga meeting de avance na nagsasabi ng kani-kanilang mga pangako. Lahat ng ito ay kanilang mga estratihiya upang makuha ang nag-iisa mong “BOTO”. Lahat sila nangangako ng ikagaganda ng inyong lugar, tama nga naman diba? bakit nga ba sila tatakbo kung mangangako lang sila ng kapalpakan sa inyong lugar? Ikaw iboboto mo ba ang ganitong klaseng tao kung puro kapangitan ang plataporma sa inyong lugar? diba hindi? Ikaw alam mo ba ang halaga ng boto mo? kung para saan kung bakit ka boboto?

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Napakahalaga ng boto mo, isang boto na maaring magbago ng inyong hinaharap, isang boto na maaring mag alis sa atin sa kahirapan, isang boto na maaring magbago ng di kaaya-ayang sitwasyon sa inyong lugar. Ikaw natanong mo ba ang sarili mo na tama ba ang desisyon mo sa taong iboboto mo? O isa ka maraming taong walang dignidad na para sa isang daan o dalawang daang piso ay mabibili ang napakaimportante mong boto? Naisip mo ba na yang isang daang piso na yan na maaaring napunan ang inyong kalamnan sa isang buong araw ay sana nagdala sayo at sa inyong pamilya sa isang mas mabuting sitwasyon kung mayroon ka lang sanang paninindigan na iboto ang taong karapat-dapat sa inaasam nilang isang boto mo?

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Ngayon, buong katapatan kong sinabi na isa ako sa mga taong nawawalan ng gana na bumoto ngayong halalan dahil sa wala namang progreso akong nakikita sa aming lugar. Taon taon nalang inaalala ng bawat daan daang pamilya dito sa aming lugar ang walang humpay na pagbaha, hindi lamang tipikal na pagbaha ngunit pagbahang minsan ay lampas tao na at higit pa roon ang baha ay nananatili sa loob ng dalawa hanggang tatlong buwan bago tuluyang humupa.  Taon taon ganito ang nangyayari sa aming lugar at dahil dito maraming residente ang nagkakasakit at nakakaawa pa dito ay puros kabataan, marami ring estudyante ang nahihinto ang pag-aaral dahil sa mga eskwelahang okupado ng mga residenteng nag evacuate dahil apektado ng pagbaha, maraming kabuhayan ang nalugi at pamilyang nagutom. Karamihan sa ilang myembro ng pamilya ay napipilitang lumisan at mangupahan sa ibang lugar upang hindi maapektuhan ang kanilang trabaho kahit ang kapalit pa nito ay pagkahiwalay sa kanilang pamilya at isa na ako doon. Tuwing katapusan ng linggo umuuwi ako upang makapiling ang mahal na pamilya, babaybayin sakay ng mabagal na bangka para makarating sa tahanan at tuwing mapupunta ako sa ganitong sitwasyon hindi ko mapigilan ang maluha dahil sa awang nararamdaman sa bawat pamilyang madaraanan mo na walang pagpipilian kundi ang magtiis sa kanilang sitwasyon dahil sa kahirapan. Hindi ko nais na umalis sa aming bayan dahil mahal ko ito at dito na ako pinanganak hanggang magkaisap, dito na ako namulat sa lahat ng bagay sa mundo. Ngunit sa panahong katulad nito na wala ka ng magawa at gustuhin nalang na lumipat ng mas maayos na lugar.

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Naglakas ako ng loob na isulat ito dahil nagbabaka sakali akong mapansin ang hinaing ng aming lugar na taon taon nalang pinoproblema. Nakakasawa ng bumoto kung wala ka namang nakikitang pagbabago sa inyong lugar. Minsan nga natanong ko sa sarili ko kung talaga bang binabalewala nalang talaga ang ganitong problema sa aming lugar. Isang simpleng maayos na drainage lang naman ang inaasam namin hindi nyo pa mabigay? Para saan pa ang mga tax na kinakaltas nyo sa amin buwan buwan kung sa isang simpleng hinaing hindi nyo pa masolusyonan? Para saan pa ang boto ng bawat isa sa amin kung naluklok kana sa pwesto pero walang pagbabago?

Ikaw para saan ang boto mo?

My Life Story of God’s Faithfulness

Before I came to know the Lord, I grew up in a simple life. We had a small business of shoe manufacturing and I studied in fine schools. From the world’s standard, I knew I am religious and devout but tolerant to other faiths. Growing up, I remembered I went to mass every Sunday. I experienced serving as a sacristan, a passage reader and a commentator for our school mass and even a member of a choir team. I followed numerous church traditions like praying the rosary, attending prayer vigils and religious processions and making offerings to icons. In the eyes of the people around me, I was a good child, responsible and trustworthy, but at the back of this good image is a child that was longing for something more.

Year 2001 was when China products entered the Philippines and overwhelmed the footwear industry. This unfortunately had a big impact on our lifestyle. We lost our income and because of this, almost every day I would hear my mom and dad yell at each other.  I would see my mom crying and I saw the changes in my dad. He started coming home drunk and the fighting would start again. I started to hate my dad. Because of the financial difficulties, I started to work to help my family when I was in Grade 6. Every afternoon after school, I would go to the market to sell footwear. Lucky enough I would sell one to two pairs of sandals. Just enough so my siblings and I would have food to eat in school the next day.  This situation lasted until high school.

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In my college days, I learned different kinds of vices. From smoking, alcohol to immoral sex. There were times that I would even spend my tuition fee on my vices. Year 2008, after I graduated from college, something happened that I will never forget. My older brother was accused of rape. Because of fear in the hands of police, our family decided to keep my brother in province. It’s hard for me cause that meant I will never see my brother again. A year after, my other brother was accused of a murder. But because of lack of evidence from the accusing party, the case was dismissed.

I started to work in Alabang for a BPO Company. Since I really wanted freedom from our problems in the family, I rented a boarding house and decided to live away from them. That was the time I experienced coming home almost every day drunk. There were times I would go to work drunk or sometimes I would even miss work because of alcohol. I thought I could find the happiness in my vices. I never visited my family, not even on weekends and I became irresponsible, not just with them, but with my work as well. One time I decided to visit them, and I never imagined that I would hear these words from my dad. “Wala kang kwentang anak, dapat hindi kana umuwi dito”. It was then that it really hit me hard. I asked myself, what then is the value of my life?

August 15, 2010, I was invited by one of my boardmates who was working at CCF to attend their Sunday service. September 11, 2010 for the first time I met my Discipler. He shared to me the gospel, the love of God,  John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. and I realized how sinful I am Romans 3:23 say “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. I cried everything to the Lord and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. After I accepted Christ I went home and talked to my family and asked for their forgiveness. My life became different and Jesus Christ filled the void in my heart that all of my life I have been longing for. But the consequences of being irresponsible came and the company decided a force resignation to me. I put my full trust on the Lord and prayed. I believed that He had a plan for me as stated in my life verse Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

And God has been faithful to me because on my last day at that company, I got news that I was to start my new job the day after. God blessed me with a high salary, position and time. I was given the chance to attend Wednesday bible study. I also joined the ushering and prayer ministry. I started discipling other men from tagalog youth.ImageImageImage

But Christian life is not easy. I lost the job that I dreamed of because of my prideful heart. I resigned even though I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. I failed in my test of faith. Those times I would feel the anger in my heart and I lost my confidence with God. I started to live based on my own decisions, financial problems with the family followed and it was then that I felt hopeless. I lost touch with the singles ministry. I stopped attending service and dgroup meetings, and my disciples moved to other groups because I didn’t have time to them.  I was jobless for almost 6 months and I really thought I would never find a job. For the longest time without praying, without talking to God, without reading His word, I decided to talk to Him in prayer and ask for forgiveness. I recommited my life to Him and after 6 months I got the chance to go to CCF again one Sunday morning. Indeed, we have a God that gives many chances.

After a few days, I accidentally saw one of my boardmates and we talked. He said that the company where he finished his OJT was hiring. I prayed about it and applied and I praise God that I eventually got the job offer. I also included in my prayer that He will send me to a company where I can be with fellow believers. And behold, God answered my prayer beyond my expectations Almost all of my co-workers are Christians and all of them are being used by God to grow more in faith. Psalm 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”. Today, God is still faithfully using me in the ministry where He placed me before, which is the ushering and prayer ministry. And it is my heart’s desire to lead my own small group again in God’s perfect time. I praise God as well for blessing me with a wonderful D-group who’s always there to support, encourage, guide and prays for me regardless of the circumstances. This is my life story of God’s faithfulness. My name is Vinz Salvador, A lover of God and a sinner saved by His amazing Grace. To God be all the Glory.

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