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When was the last time you did something for the first time?

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When was the last time you did something for the first time?.

the cross

Everything in heaven is in awe of the cross. Everything in hell is afraid of it. Only men on earth have the attitude of ignoring its meaning. Second day of the year is not yet too late to recognize what Jesus did for you. He loves you, and he thinks you’re worth it, and so you are! Happy new day!

Merry Christmas!

There will be no need for Christmas without sin. And there will be no Christmas without a Savior. Christmas is one of God’s greatest ways of telling us that though we are totally messed up, He makes ways. Ways that are worth following through.

God did not want us to fall into sin. But we did. Yes, we did. So don’t ask yourself whether God created sin  or not. Because as far as sin is concerned, it is not really created. It is rather committed. And God cannot commit sin, because the very definition of sin is to miss the mark -which is God, the standard and the mark of all marks.

Sin does not leave us hanging. How I wish it does, but no! As a matter of fact, it won’t leave you at all! It will continue to pull you down, even up to eternity if you don’t know how to deal with it.

God was not powerless to stop us sinning, He was just faithful to Himself. God created us as free beings, and He does not coerce us to do the right thing when we choose to do the otherwise. Thus, we fall and make big mistakes that we can’t even fix.

But even though we’re messed up, He continued to be faithful to Himself. He provided salvation, Hence, Christmas -the answer. God’s sovereignty was clearly shown. His glory was completely magnified despite our sinfulness. And having known God’s sovereignty, It is indeed a Merry Christmas!

your weakness may be your strength

This entry does not mean aim for complacency, or don’t aim to change for good. Yes, for some extent they can also be the source of your strength, but this entry is not encouraging you to settle for the less.

You can also boast about your sins. You read it right, your sins. I do not mean boast about your present sins, or boast about it without repenting. I mean, repent -and boast about it.

Let me explain. It’s something new, and something people don’t usually do. Your sins might be your present weaknesses today. And if you really are repentant, God’s grace will flourish. Of course, the discipline is also in the process -but that’s the other side of the coin.

You actually don’t boast about your sins, rather you are boasting about God’s grace. Boasting not in a way that would make grace looks like a license for you to make another sin. It is the kind of boasting in a way where God’s grace is magnified. Where people will see that yes we are messed up -but it is the grace of God that qualifies us to pass the given standard.

Whatever weakness you may have in life, or you think you have. Boast about it -not in view of people. But in view of God’s grace. Not to please men, but to please God.

9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

What weakness/es you have in your life today that you think would magnify God’s grace in your life? Share your answer by leaving a comment!

Just a heads up

Dear friends,

 

I made a new blog. A blog that no one knows, probably no one might see. Just in case you don’t see me posting in new entries for the day, just assume that I am writing on the other one.

This blog aims to discipline myself to write everyday. At the same time, it aims to edify the believers. The other blog however is not for people, it’s for me. Kind of a “journal” thing. Every writer needs a place where he could put his ideas -yes even the crazy ones.

I hope you understand. God’s blessing be with you!

 

Jobet

Writing with heart

So it’s been 10 days since I started writing daily, and it’s somehow starting to be challenging. Not the writing part, because writing is easy. Writing with your heart in it is hard. I just know when my entries don’t have heart in it.

On the way to the office, the bus was showing the Fast and the Furious 5 movie. And there was this part where the police head asked for a newbie police to take part of the big case they’re handling. The superiors questioned him: “We have better and more qualified people sir, why her?” The answer was simple: “She’s motivated”.

I realized it’s not really about being good, or even the best. It’s about being great. It’s about doing the right job, and doing the job the right way. This defines greatness. Greatness that can only be attained when the one working is motivated.

Motivation gives the person an extra fuel that can make him run another thousand mile.

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