Encountering the Father

dadandkidI used to wonder how to relate to God as my Dad. I used to tell Him that it’s easy for me to regard Him as my God and Lord, ’cause He is big and that no one’s like Him and He alone is God. However, with all honesty and sadness, I told Him that it was a struggle for me to relate with Him as my Father.

See, I didn’t quite have that good start with my earthly dad (we do now, thank God). I don’t even want to put in here what happened as my respect towards my father. But we’re okay now. It sure was tough though. I harbored bitterness and hatred inside. The worst thing was it affected my relationship with my Heavenly Dad big time.

And oh He knows how to extend a helping hand.

I attended one of those PSALM leadership trainings many years back in Cebu. I remember that I was heavy hearted, depressed. I’d been like that for 2 years I think. One time, I went into the prayer room. There were a few leaders there… praying. I sat down and began to pray and told God again about my struggle and it was frustrating me.

I’ll try to describe what happened next.

I was just there… talking to Him… and then I sensed Him embracing me. I sensed this overwhelming peace and joy. I couldn’t help my tears. I cried so much… not out of depression and heaviness. It was different! Very different. Those were tears of joy and peace and freedom and lightness and all the good stuff. Haha. He was more real than the presence of those in the room.

I’ve realized…

He never left, but had been there with me all those times… and that He loved me simply because He is love… and that my depression and the strife between me and my father, and all the hatred and bitterness in me blinded me… and that He alone can set me free… He did set me free. 🙂

After that day…

I see things differently. I had learnt to forgive and let go. I no longer am depressed. I harbor hatred, no more.

I don’t think I know Him fully, but there’s been an in-depth revelation of how He loves me. I think, we all need a revelation of Him being our Abba Father. I believe we all need to EXPERIENCE who He is as a Dad, as our Dad. I believe that the Father’s love erases all the fears, depression, etc.

Our earthly fathers do their best to become good fathers, but our Heavenly Father is always a good Father. He is a perfect Dad. May His love be poured into each one of us.

Can you share your experience with our Daddy God as well?

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Marked

Ephesians 1:13-14 | NIV

13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:13

13 …When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

We need to KNOW who we are by the knowing whose we are. When we believed, we were marked in Him. We were marked in Him with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are His.

In this world where doubt and fear are present, we need to get this even more: we belong to Him.

We should pray like the Apostle prayed ever so constantly for the believers in Ephesians:

… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better (Ephesians 1:17)

 … that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened in order that we may know the hope to which he has called us, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, (Ephesians 1:18)

… that the eyes of our heart may be enlightened that we may know his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, (Ephesians 1:19-20)

 We are marked. We are His. We belong to Him.

Do We Really?

(Dan 6:6-9) The king just issued a decree that cannot be repealed: anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next 30 days, except to the king, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. (Dan 6:10) Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room…Three times a day he got down on his knees and PRAYED, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Daniel chose to honor God than men even if that meant becoming food to the hungry lions. He wanted to please God than men even if that meant dying. To us who say we love God, do we really? ‘Cause that means laying down our lives for Him…

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.
 (Matt 16:25)

Be Careful With Your Heart

More than a year ago, the Lord taught me a very important lesson that I pray I will never forget, ever.

I had always wondered why I was often overwhelmed about a lot of things. There was almost no day at all that I wasn’t worried and stressed out. Perhaps it could be because of my schedule, perhaps it was my job, maybe the energy suckers around me (hehe). I didn’t know why. Pretty soon, the weariness got a toll on my relationships, work, my behavior and literally everything connected to me. Something was just not right. Christians are supposedly the happiest people on earth. This was obviously not true at all in my life. Why? I was a serious Christian then. I was even an intern pastor!

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So Long 2013

The year 2013 was, I believe, an unforgettable year not only for me, but for every Filipino as well. I think we will never be able to forget the war in Zamboanga City, the 7.2 earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) which wasted thousands of lives in the Visayas region. But, what can we do? It’s always for the best to kiss the past goodbye, learn from it and move forward.

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My New Love

I never thought I would fall In love with you. Back in the day, I tried hard to go past you. You looked so wonderful. I felt it was impossible for me to have you.

I tried to look for others. The wondering never stopped. Could it be possible to know you more than this? Could it be possible to understand you? Even cherish you?

My friends say good things about you. I kept my pride though. I didn’t mind you. Who wants to fail anyways? I didn’t. But, I guess one will never know unless she tries.

So finally after years of going away I’m here. I’m here to stay.

Oh I never thought I would fall in love with you–cooking.