The Lord is Close to the Brokenhearted

Psalm 34:18 (New International Version)
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

According to Wikipedia brokenhearted is defined as a common metaphor used to describe the intense emotional pain or suffering one feels after losing a loved one, through death, divorce, moving, or being rejected or neglected or other means. For me it can also be defined as a state of being discouraged and demotivated due to various reasons.

Can you identify with this feeling? Can you see yourself in this state right now? Or maybe a better question is have you been broken-hearted before?

The Lord through His WORD had said, "He is close to the brokenhearted". Praise the Lord!

That's one more promise that each one of us can cling onto. God is actually saying that when people reject you, when people leave you, when people neglect you, when everyone else deserts you, HE DOESN'T. When you feel like the world has left you all alone, He stands by your side.

Let's read a Passage from the Book of Acts to prove this point.

Acts 23:10-11 (New International Version)
The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.

The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, "Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome."

Paul experienced so much pain that even the commander thought he'd be torn into pieces. Now, imagine how painful that is! And God saw this and the following night, He stood near Paul to comfort him and give him courage.

In the same way, whatever you're going through right now. Problems? Trials? Please know God sees you. God surely will never leave you alone. He'd stand near you to comfort you and encourage you.

So the next time, we encounter situations that would tear and break us down, let's TAKE Courage and know that the "Lord is close to the brokenhearted".

Jesus: You are my bestfriend!

Here's one song from Hillsong that I have been personally blessed with. It just sends out the message that Jesus is our Bestfriend and NOTHING will change that. Which is soooo true.

The Bible says:

Romans 8:38-39 (New King James Version)

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

See, absolutely nothing can take us away from HIS love.

And when he's your bestfriend, you share everything to him, right? You tell him your secrets, successes and yes problems and struggles. A bestfriend would always want to listen.

The question is, would you like to accept his friendship? He's just waiting for you.

Best Friend by Hillsong (Marty Sampson)

Have you heard of the one called Savior?
Have you heard of His perfect love,
Have you heard of the one in heaven,
Have you heard how He gave His son'
Cause I found this love,
I believe in the Son. Show me Your way.

I believe in the One called Savior,
I believe He's the risen One,
I believe I'll live forever,
I believe that my king will come,
Cause I found this love,
I believe in the Son. Show me Your way.

Jesus, you are my best friend,
And you will always be,
And nothing will ever change that,
Jesus, you are my best friend,
And you will always be,
And nothing will ever change that.

Nothing will ever change that,
Nothing will ever change that,
Nothing will ever change that,
Nothing will ever change that.

You are a WINNER!

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed
2 Cor. 4:8-9


Here's one great promise we can hold on today. Whatever happens, the enemy shall never defeat us. When God is on our side, we are indeed more than conquerors.

It's like as if you are in a movie and you're the main star. Usually in the movie, there will be times that the main star struggle, suffer and even beaten but in the end you'd still emerge as the winner. Oh I'm not talking about tragic movies, alright? Our movies (lives) in the Lord are always victorious and happy endings.

So take heart, whatever you're going through right now, just continue to hold on. You'll soon win. As i always say, if you're not winning, the war isn't over yet.

Praise the Lord!

Bible Believer and Networked Blogs @ Facebook

I have started a new group through Facebook. It's called the Bible Believer. This is different from the Networked Blogs that this site has been registered in because through Networked Blogs, you'll receive notification of the recent and newest blog posts while this group, if you choose to be a member, you will receive Word of God everyday for you to meditate in and reflect on.

So if you have Facebook, please go ahead and join the group or better yet follow Your Daily Word through Networked Blogs. I would like to encourage you to invite others to join as well.

Here are the links:

God Bless you more and more!

Your labor in the Lord is not in vain

1 Corinthians 15:58 (New International Version)

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Whatever you sow, you reap. If you sow good works, then you will reap good works. If you sow honesty, you reap honesty. This simply follows the golden rule: "Do unto others what you like for them to do unto you."

To those who are working, what is your boss like? Is he understanding? Does he give you rewards and recognition? Does he give you rest if need be? Or does he keep on pressuring you to do something you think you're unable to do? Do you feel like your boss has asked you so much but is paying you so little? A lot of us my have very good bosses that some really are proud of maybe because he listens and is fair (always). But some of us also have bosses that are super strict sometimes (unnecessary strictness), unfair (those who have favorites), or maybe bosses who are indecisive and are driven by things said around him. We all have various bosses ranging from good to worst based on our standards. But I know a master who is the best master of all!

It's Jesus, of course. Who else? He's the most fair master in the entire universe. Romans 2:11 says: "For there is no partiality with God."

What does this mean?

Everything you do for Him will never be in vain. A whisper of prayer for your brother. A tap on the discouraged friend to encourage him. A smile to a person. A show of love to an "enemy". Being excellent in your job knowing that you're wokring for God and not for men. Giving to the poor. Praying for the needy. Living a life worthy of your calling. Being a blessing in more ways than one. In sharing the gospel. In being proud you're a CHRISTIAN and a bringer of His name. In not compromising your character. In not giving in to temptations.

All of these and more will never be forgotten by God. You may not be experiencing the "rewards" now but take heart "Your labor in the Lord is not in VAIN!".

Just continue. Keep on running the race. Soon you will reap what is due you. Know that God when he rewards, he rewards tremendously. Remain faithful and be expectant for that!

God bless you!

Who will stand in the gap of this land?

Ezekiel 22:30 (New International Version)

"I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none."

Now with A (H1N1) spreading somewhat uncontrollably and with the global economy dipping deeper down everyday, the best questions to ask are "Have you prayed for your nation lately?" and "Have you stood in the gap for your land?"

The Lord is looking for people who can stand in the gap on behalf of this land. And we are supposed to be those people. Especially in times like these we are to represent our countries in praying to God. It is by all means our responsibility to mediate for our countries, to pray for the government, to intercede for them. Yes, our countries are our accountabilities.

It is so sad that some of us just allow for all these things to happen and pass us by. When we hear news about people dying due to the A (H1N1) virus, we feel sad but that’s just it. We cannot take time to pray unless it’s already our family or a church member who is affected. When we hear people getting fired and companies closing down, we won’t care that much unless it’s already a family or a church member who is affected. Let’s all be reminded to pray and take part and do our role. Maybe we can’t help add jobs or create a vaccine for the virus but we can do MORE with our knees!

The Bible says

2 Chronicles 7:14 (New International Version)
"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Take this time now to pray for your country and the world.

Death is Inevitable | A look into Michael Jackson's Death

When everybody is still shocked with the death of the former Charlie’s Angel Farah Fawcett, another news broke out about Michael Jackson being rushed to UCLA due to cardiac arrest. And as of this writing UCLA had pronounced the Pop Superstar dead. When I first heard this, my first reaction was “Michael can’t be dead. He’s like Michael Jackson: the superstar!” I mean a powerful man as he is can’t easily die just like that. I hope you understand where I am coming from. But then again, we need to accept it he really is DEAD. Gone forever.

What’s my realization?

Death is inevitable! All of us will surely die in one way or another. Some may just go ahead of us but really we will just follow them. But you know what, God didn’t design this to be this way. God’s plan didn’t include death. His plan was for man to multiply and fill the earth. But when Adam and Eve fell, that’s when things got mixed up. That’s when things got deadly.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of SIN is DEATH.”

It was when Adam and Eve sinned that Death became inevitable.
But Romans 3:10 says, “There is none righteous, no, not one;”

What does that mean?

We’re all going to die.

What’s the point?

God has great plans for our lives. In fact his plan for you is not to harm you but prosper you and plans to give you hope and a future. It’s when we choose to do our own thing, that things get mixed up. It is when we listen to the devil, it is when we choose our own way and plans instead of God’s plans that things get messy. Just like what happened with Adam, Eve and the whole mankind at that, death then came in. It is when worry, discouragement, disappointment, unnecessary struggles, came into our lives when we live our live our own way.

What then?

Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Yes! You read it right. God’s will for our lives are good, acceptable and PERFECT for us! Wow! That is one great promise, don’t you think?

Here are the things that must be done for us to know the WILL of GOD:

- We need to seek that Will of GOD and DO it! And God said when we seek with all our hearts, we shall find it! Jer. 29:13.

- Jesus said “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. It takes for us to be re-birthed and renewed. Taking out the old mind and putting in the mind of Christ.

- Once we are re-birthed, we are no longer citizens of this world which means we should not act like one. Let’s not conform to the pattern of this world. When the world worries, we TRUST. When the world panics, we remain still and know that HE is GOD

At the end of the day, we are faced with two choices: God’s WILL or our WILL? What’s your choice?

It's TIME to Do Something

On great story of an Atheist who turned to God and believed! Indeed, nothing is impossible with the Lord. He always comes out victorious over AIDS, over Atheism, over anything. If we only allow our lives and ourselves to be used by God then more lives will be touched and changed, more people will be blessed, more souls will come to know Jesus Christ and more people will experience victory the same way this man has experienced it! Read the story and DO SOMETHING!

The story is something I have read from The High Calling Blogs. Actually, I hesitated in posting this as I have already posted the daily word for today. But I was so touched and moved by the story that I need you to read it as well. It's indeed the TIME to stand up and share the GOOD NEWS that we know.

Here's an excerpt from the post: Covenant Stories: Our First Funeral

Births, weddings, and funerals. These are hallmark events of any church. At Covenant we had seen a few births, including two of my own children, and a number of weddings. But as of 1997, there had been no funerals. The reason is obvious enough: our oldest member at that time was 53. New churches are often started by younger people, but I always felt a little out of balance in those days. In the churches of my youth, there were always plenty of gray hair in the pews. I asked Ben once what he thought we could do to attract some older people to Covenant.

“We might just have to grow our own gray heads,” he said. “And if the offerings keep looking like this, Luke and I will be our first.”

But, as we all know, the old are not the only ones who die. And so death made it’s inevitable first call to Covenant Baptist Church.

My wife met George Swisher at the hospital where she was working as a chaplain. George had AIDS and was in the hospital battling an infection of some kind. George was an avowed atheist. His father faithfully took the family to the Baptist Church on Sundays, but then he beat any idea of God out of George during the rest of the week. In George’s mind, his father, the beatings, and the Baptist Church were all rolled up together in a ball of painful memories. It’s not surprising that he hadn’t been in church for awhile.

One afternoon George was in a sleepy, drug-induced state and thought he saw Jesus standing at the foot of his hospital bed. He shook his head a few times and the vision of Jesus faded. About that time my wife walked into the room and announced that she was a chaplain. Normally George would have thrown her out, but the Jesus vision had spooked him a bit, so he let her stay. She did not push God talk on him. The two talked about life, laughed, and ended up becoming friends. I met George at a sandwich shop to talk, and in that conversation he confessed that he would like to come to church, but he felt it was a problem that he did not believe in God. I asked him why he wanted to come to church if he didn’t believe in God. He told me he remembered the hymns they sang in church when he was a boy. He thought he would like to hear that music again before he died.

I shrugged my shoulders. “Okay, come to church. People come to church for all sorts of reasons. Just sit there and sing hymns. You don’t have to do anything else. We won’t bother you or try to get you to convert or join or anything.” George was there the next Sunday, wearing jeans, black tennis shoes, a plaid flannel shirt, and suspenders. He sat in church, closed his eyes during the hymns, and sang along. He had a beautiful baritone voice, and within a few weeks, people were sitting near George so they could hear him sing.

I don’t have time to tell you how George became a Christian, and I don’t remember in any case. We never asked him. We just let him sing on Sundays and come to church picnics and be with us. We became his adopted family, you might say. One day George pulled me aside and said, “I think I’m ready to be baptized and become a Christian.”

“Really?” I said. I was surprised. “What happened?”

He scratched his beard. “Well, I don’t know for sure if there is a God. I still kind of doubt it, to be honest. But I started praying. I’ve been calling God ‘Dad.’ You know, like, ‘Hey Dad, can I talk to you for a moment?’ Do you think that’s okay?”

“Sure,” I said. “God, Dad, Father, Creator, Abba, whatever.”

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God Bless you!

The Lord's Prayer Explained

I was reading posts from other Christian blogs/sites as I usually do and I bumped into this one post that surely struck me. It's a post from Look to the Lord. I'm sure all of us especially our Roman Catholic friends know The Lord's Prayer. This is the prayer the Lord Jesus Christ gave when the disciples asked him to teach them how to pray. The story is written here: Matthew 6:9-13.

A lot possibly of us have memorized this and have prayed this prayer before but do we really know what every line of it means? Do we really understand what were praying or are we bordering in babbling words like what "pagans" do. Go over to her post here:
The Lord's Prayer Revisited where she explained each phrase in the Lord's Prayer in a wonderful and amazing way to make us understand what this prayer really is all about.

Today let us be warned and be reminded, that Prayer should ALWAYS be coming from our hearts and I'm talking not only about this particular prayer. I'm sure there are times that some of our Prayers have become "usual" that we can't help our tongues from saying phrases and words especially for those prayers before meals or even those prayers before we sleep. We are sometimes so used to these prayers that we can't help praying the same thing again and again. Imagine if you're talking to your wife or husband and you say the same thing again and again everyday! That must be so annoying and possibly irritating, right? In the same way, let's treasure every minute of our Prayer time with the Lord. Let's all be reminded that these are our EXCLUSIVE Talk Time with Him, our creator. Let's get rid of repetitive words and/or phrases instead let's focus on what our hearts really want to say to Him.

Here are some past posts about Prayer that I recommend for you to read:

TAWG: Time Alone With God

Answered Prayers: Shout All the More!

Prayers are Answered by God through faith

Pray the Prayer of Jabez

The Word of God enables us to do Good Works

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
2 Tim 3.16-17

That’s how important God’s Word is to our lives. If Schools have textbooks, Latter Day Saints have Book of Mormons, Muslims have Quran, we, Christians have the Bible. It’s very vital to our lives because after all, without God’s Word we don’t have any basis whatsoever to all that we believe in and hope for. Everything will just be meaningless and vanity. So why do we forget to even read it once a day? Why even though it’s that essential that we forget to bring it even to church services we attend? Why even though it’s very important that we don’t even bother to memorize verses? Why is it that we are just contented with reading the Word to fulfill our obligations as Christians and not even meditating on it? I can remember James, the brother of Jesus saying “like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”[James 1:23 – 24]

In Ephesians 2:10, the Word of God says “We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand that we should WALK in them.” As Christians, that’s what we claim to be we are supposed to walk according to the “good” works prepared by God for us. But how will we know what these good works if we don’t spend quality time in studying and meditating on God’s Word daily. Please mind the word daily. I have learned that a Christian life is indeed a daily walk with the Lord. It’s dying daily to one’s self and waking up renewed by the Lord. It’s living a life day after day with the Lord which simply explains why God’s faithfulness is new every morning. That’s also the reason why this site is called Your Daily Word.

In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he emphasized the importance of God’s Word and reinforced the basic purpose of it. It’s the Word of God that sets the standard on what’s wrong and what’s right. This is very important, people may have their own standards and do’s and don’ts but it can be settled when it’s brought back to what the Word of God says. All standards must bow down to God’s standards in His WORD. It’s the Word of God also that corrects and rebukes wrong doings in fact it’s likened to a double edged sword that will surely cut through each heart. Without it, we’d end up following the “norm” thinking that it’s right coz everybody’s doing it. It’s the Word of God that lists down everything one should and straightens out any confusion that may come up. For what? For us to be thoroughly furnished unto all good works. For us to be able to work out our salvation with fear and trembling which we have been called to do.

The point is simple, the Bible is our basis, our compass, our map and our standard in this Christian life and that it’s too precious, too essential to be neglected and forsaken. Grab your Bible now and meditate on it and be ready to be taught, rebuked, corrected and trained for the “good” life God has called you beforehand.

The Story of Father's Day

Here's a story of Father's Day I found in YouTube. It's a simple story yet worth knowing. For me, I think it just serves as a reminder to all of us that especially today, let's show our love and care to our fathers. Let's show them how we love them and appreciate all the efforts they do because we never know tomorrow may be taken away from us.

Happy Father's Day!

I recommend for you to read Father to the Fatherless

The Joy of Going to the House of the Lord

For this Sunday here's a song from the Book of Psalms for you to read and meditate.

It's all about David being glad with those who said to him, "Let us go to the House of the Lord". I'd echo that gladness here in this post. Personally I really love to go to church. I would never want to miss a Sunday Service. I even fore go some company outings and/or events so I can just go to church. Because I always think that God has given us 6 days in a week to do "our thing", he just asks us the 7th day for us to go to Him and worship him. Why don't we just dedicate Sundays to him?

Now, Why don't you join me? Let us go to the House of the Lord!

Psalm 122

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1 I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
2 Our feet have been standing
Within your gates, O Jerusalem!

3 Jerusalem is built
As a city that is compact together,
4 Where the tribes go up,
The tribes of the LORD,
To the Testimony of Israel,
To give thanks to the name of the LORD.
5 For thrones are set there for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
7 Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
9 Because of the house of the LORD our God
I will seek your good.

And oh if you want to check how my Church here in Cebu, Philippines looks like, click here. God Bless you more!

Word of God: Key to Success

I was browsing through my Devotional Notebook and I read my devotional for 09/09/08 and once again I'm blessed with what God had spoken during that time. That's how amazing God's word is. It's not limited to that day or to that situation only. I encourage you to take notes of your devotions with the Lord and even during Worship Services. You'll never know when God can use those very words again in your life.

Today, I'd like to share my devotion on Joshua 1:8.

Joshua 1:8 (New International Version) "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."

When everybody is running after and looking (desperately) for ways how to be successful and prosperous in life, I turn to the Word of God. His WORD has the answers. His Word has the Key. His Word is THE KEY.

1. "Do not let the Book of the Law depart from your mouth."
- May every word that comes out from our mouths glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. May it be a fountain of blessings and not curses, forgiveness and not hatred. May we never engage in godless conversation where the usual topic is to to talk about other people's lives. May it be an avenue instead for our mouths to be used to share the good news to other people.
- Aside from that, whatever we say also represents what we have inside our hearts. (Matt. 12:34). Let's all have hearts that follow and obey the Book of the Law no matter what. Let's all fill it with love, humility and let us take out anger, bitterness, jealousy and hatred.

2. "Meditate on it Day and Night"
- Close and Open your day with the Word of God. Let's all make it a pre-requisite. Let's all make it a part of our daily routine. This is the secret in living a righteous life and in not letting the Book of the Law depart from your mouth.

3. Lastly, "Do Everything Written On it"
- Actions. Deeds. They speak far more than words. As James, the brother of Jesus had said, "Let's show our faith with our deeds. Without it, our faith is not true and dead.

What's the point?

All three points are preceding verses of this statement:

"SOyou shall be prosperous and successful!" (Joshua 1:8)

Point: In reality, when you're honest, with integrity, honorable, excellent and God fearing, then success and prosperity will run after you.

When the world says it takes skills and brains to succeed, I say it takes the WORD of GOD (Wisdom) to work in our lives, and through our lives to succeed.

We're All In This Together

I first saw this video late last year. When I watched it again, it once has moved and reminded me that always, always and always we're each other's keepers.

Let's not just "keep" the brothers and sisters in the family of God or those who are members of our church but most importantly those who are not of the fold yet knowing Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost.

The message is clear: we're all in this together. We're all facing the same enemy. We're all in the same war.

Watch and "chew" this video and be changed:

He is MIGHTY to Save us

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 4:12 (King James Version)

Please watch this video from Hillsong entitled Mighty To Save!

Praise the Lord for the Salvation He has given us!

Praise the Lord for HE HAS CONQUERED the GRAVE so we may have LIFE!

Might to Save
by Hillsong

May God Bless you Today!

Why the hurry? Running after Time?

There is time for everything. Why the Hurry?

Ecclesiastes 3 (King James Version)

Ecclesiastes 3

1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

9What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?

10I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

12I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

13And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

14I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

15That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

16And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

17I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

18I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

19For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

20All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

21Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

22Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

Let's all be stewards of our time. Let's not allow it to control us but for us to use it for the glory of the Lord.

Time is God's gift to us. Let's use it wisely.

God Bless you!

God Gives the Increase

Wondering how to be rich and how to increase your fortune? Look no further, here's the answer:

1 Corinthians 3:6 (New King James Version)
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.

You read it right, it's GOD who gives the increase! In fact the proceeding verse is as such:

So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
1 Corinthians 3:7

Not you, not your company, not your investments, not your business, not your capabilities and "can do's", but it's all about God. Because at the end of the day, it's God who gives the increase.

But here's the catch, you need to plant and you need to water for God to do the "INCREASE". Don't take me wrong, your business or company or investments or anything can be used by God to perform the "INCREASE" in your life but what I'm saying our success and prosperity is not dependent on these but on GOD alone.

God said in His word,

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Gal. 6:7

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
Mal. 3:10

You sow you offering to the Lord. You never miss giving your tithes even if it would mean, you'd be out of budget. Always remember tithes are holy before the Lord. When we fail to give it, we actually hinder God from blessing us with the blessing He had prepared.

At the end of the day, let's praise the Lord for the INCREASE but let's never forget we are to PLANT and WATER before that happens.

God Bless You!

God's faithfulness is NEW every morning

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Lam. 3:22-23

Today is gonna be a GREAT DAY!

Pilipinas kong Mahal | God Bless the Philippines

111 years ago, the Philippine Flag was first waved as a sign of the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands. I want to praise the Lord as inI remember the soldiers who fought to death just to achieve the freedom we're enjoying today! My Prayer is for the Philippes to grow economically and spiritually. And that CON-ASS be done in the most self-less manner. And that the next President who will be elected next year be a man who is full of wisdom and fear of God. I also pray that Filipinos don't need to go outside of the country to work because their income here is already sufficient for them. I hope you can pray with me and stand in the gap for The Philippines.

Let me also take this chance to proclaim to the whole world that I AM PROUD TO BE A FILIPINO and I'LL ALWAYS BE no matter what.

Happy Independence Day Pilipinas kong Mahal(My Beloved Philippines)! God Bless You so much!

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A Father to the Fatherless | Happy Father's Day

Cyndi, a friend from God Nuggets Blog wrote about what she felt when she gave her pet cat a pink bubble gum which is the medicine to heal her from sickness. She felt bad seeing her cat not liking the gum. I'd agree with her, have you ever seen a cat eating bubble gum? That must have been weird for the cat. But here's where I have been blessed with, even if it was painful for the cat and even for Cyndi, she needed to do it because it's for the better.

"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:9-11

These are very words from the Lord Jesus Christ himself. And I'm sure he know what he's talking about because if there's anyone who knows the Father better than anybody else, it's Jesus because they are one! What a wonderful promise indeed! Good Gifts here are not necessarily good based on our understanding but good based on God. (Romans 8:28)

Indeed just like Cyndi, our Father God hurts when we go through trials and/or sufferings. Sometimes because of our own doing or even sometimes because they are necessary. (1 Peter 1:6) But at the end of it all, we are rest assured it's for the better. God loves us so much that He can only afford to give "good" things to us.

It's almost Father's Day and I'd like to take this opportunity to just Praise God the Father for HE IS A GOOD FATHER to us all! He loves us so much that he even gave up his only begotten son to die for us (John 3:16). He loves us so much that he won't allow anything or anyone to snatch us out from his hand (John 10:29).

My father died when I was 2nd Year High School. It was painful. Everytime I remember it, I always cry. Deep inside me, I constantly wish "What if, Papa is still here?". I'm sure he'll be proud of me and I'd promise I'll do everything to make him happy. I love him so much and I thank the Lord for giving me a father like him. He'd always be remembered.

But Praise the Lord still:

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
Psalm 68:5

Even though I no longer have my father, I have the Father in heaven who loves me so much as well.
I also want to praise the Lord for my stepfather: Dad Fortunato Panuncialman who had been there and I believe would always be there for my mom. Thanks Dad for supporting us, for making us happy and for being there for our mama.

To all of you fathers, God Bless you. I praise the Lord for the gift of fathers. To all of you children, don't forget to kiss your father today. and to all of you especially those who are fatherless, our GOD is our FATHER! Praise be His name!

Are you one of us?

Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.
Acts 16:16

The Book of Acts or which is sometimes called The Acts of the Apostles is a book about the "New Testament Church" and was written by Luke. The same Luke who wrote the Gospel according to Luke. Aside from that, I am no longer too familiar with Luke's background. You can read a background article about him in Wikipedia here.

Before the verse above, the Book of Acts was purely story telling of an author about certain group of People from The Pentecost, to Stephen's martyrdom, to Saul's Conversion to Paul and a lot more: everything was purely a story told by a third person/party.

Until we reached Acts 16:16 when the author said "WE". At first Luke was just writing and storytelling the story which was rightly so because he's a historian and a historian writes histories. But blessedly, he didn't stop to just tell stories and do what a historian is expected to do. He joined Paul and the rest of the disciples. He took part. He become part of them.

Let's try to ask ourselves, how many times do we limit ourselves to our skills, talents and profession that we forget that in the ministry, you don't do things alone or on your own in fact it's God who works in you and through you for His glory only if we allow him to. We therefore only serve as an instrument. Luke is a historian. He can just choose to write and tell history. Plus he's being used mightily in that area. He can just stay where he is. But no! He didn't stop there! He eventually joined and took part.

That's the beauty of it! Christians should always look for more ways how he can be used by God more. Not just what he has given now, but what more he can give for God's glory! That's exactly what Luke did.

Regarding the Great Commission which tells us to make disciples all over the world. How many times have we just given the responsibility to the few missionaries and pastors out there in the field to do the work? Let's ask ourselves: are we using our profession to join in fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord in our own little way? Let's be like Luke who was not contented in just sharing what he had seen but also joined and became a part of the History.

Yes! Let's all be history makers and not just writers.


We'll be at the TOP through Christ

I have posted about not allowing any circumstance to stop us from doing what God wants us to do. I have set the Cebu Inmates (from the Philippines) as an example. They as prisoners as they are have create one of the most viewed Videos from Youtube with more than 23 million views as of this writing. And now they have a new one for us to enjoy. Check it here: CPDRC Inmates Dancing

The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. You will always be at the top, never at the bottom, if you faithfully obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today.
Deut. 28:13

The verse above is a PROMISE by the Lord God himself. As I've always mentioned, this promise will remain to be a promise unless we live it and believe it.

I believed it! In fact, I constantly am declaring it! Yes, Lord! I'll be at the TOP and of course always through Christ Jesus only.

I'd like to testify on the goodness of the Lord as far this site is concern. Just recently, I got PageRank 2 from Google for just 2 months of blogging. I'm not sure if that is something I should be proud of but one thing for sure I am thankful.Thank You Lord!

I want to also thank the Lord for constantly increasing my Alexa Rank day after day. When I joined Alexa, this site was at 6 million ++ rank and now, as of this writing this site is now 347,218. Wow! That means out of million blogs out ther
e, this site is now the 347, 218th site! Still, it's far but I'm still very thankful.

In BlogCatalog, where I am a member I have a rank of 65.6. I'm not sure how they rank sites but I'm still really thankful because this site is above half of all the thousand blogger-members there.

As you can see in the uploaded pic, the site is #2 in Christian Topsites, #2 in Christian Blogs, #1 in TOP.ORG, and #1 in TOP Blogs. That's what "we'll be at the TOP" really means. This is not to boast but this is to praise the Lord even more! I may not stay on those ranks forever, but I praise the Lord for putting me there. It was only through Him and For him alone forevermore!

Why don't you share some good testimonies? How have God been blessing you lately? If you haven't been declaring this promise yet, start now and expect great things to happen in your Life. Not just in the blogging world but most importantly in your own personal life.

He Raises us UP to seat us with the Princes

Every Sunday in our Church, we always start it with Prayer and Praise and Worship to prepare and sanctify the place. I usually read a PSALM as I say my praises to the Lord. I have poste one Psalm for last Sunday which you can read here: The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God

For this sunday, here's the PSALM I have read and have been blessed with. I hope that it can work in your life as well by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 113 (New King James Version)

The Majesty and Condescension of God
1 Praise the LORD!

Praise, O servants of the LORD,
Praise the name of the LORD!
2 Blessed be the name of the LORD
From this time forth and forevermore!
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down
The LORD’s name is to be praised.

4 The LORD is high above all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the LORD our God,
Who dwells on high,
6 Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

7 He raises the poor out of the dust,
And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
8 That He may seat him with princes—
With the princes of His people.
9 He grants the barren woman a home,
Like a joyful mother of children.

Praise the LORD!

Here's the Promise: HE will raise us up from our poverty and our state of "being in need" and will have us seated with the princes! Yes! From poverty to royalty! Praise the Lord!

Happy Sunday everyone!

God forgives you even though He knows | The Devil and The Duck Story

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:1 (KJV)

There's nothing you can do to make Him love you more. There's nothing we've done that could make Him close the door. Yes, God forgives us even though He knows we're unworthy. Even though he knows most often than not, we'd sin again. Praise the Lord for his grace. Because of that grace, there is now no condemnation!

Let me share to you a story I got to explain this point further.

The Devil and The Duck

There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm.

He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods.

He practiced in the woods; but he could never hit the target.

Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner.

As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck.

Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head and killed it. He was shocked and grieved!

In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile; only to see his Sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch the next day Grandma said, 'Sally, let's wash the dishes'

But Sally said, 'Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.'

Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?'

So Johnny did the dishes.

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, 'I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.'

Sally just smiled and said, 'well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help?

She whispered again, 'Remember the duck?' So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's; he finally couldn't stand it any longer.

He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck.

Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug and said, 'Sweetheart, I know.. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.'

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done... And the devil keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.)...whatever it is...You need to know that:
God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing.

He has seen your whole life.... He wants you to know that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you.

The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness; He not only forgives you, but He forgets.

It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved.

Go ahead and make the difference in someone's life today.

Share this with a friend and always remember:

God is at the window!

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We'll be the Head and we'll be at the TOP | CPDRC Inmates dancing Jai Ho

The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. You will always be at the top, never at the bottom, if you faithfully obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today.
Deut. 28:13

I'd like to share a video of CPDRC inmates here in the Philippines dancing to the tune of Jai Ho
(soundtrack from Slumdog Millionaire). You may wonder why I'm posting about this. Let me share my point.

These people are inmates, prisoners and convicted of crimes. When I think about them (inmates and prisoners), I can't help but only imagine men with tattoos, men who are always angry with the world and men who seldom smile. (No Offense to them. God Loves them!)

But these Cebu Inmates are sensationally different.

They didn't allow their current situation to stop them from reaching the world and be
famous. They didn't allow what other people think of them to dictate what will happen in their lives.

They started dancing to the tune of Michael Jackson's Thriller and their video in Youtube had now reached a total of 23 million views. You can watch it here. It was through this, that they gained popularity.

Right now,they have their newest offering which is their Dancing Video to the tune of Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire. This video is one good thing to watch for anybody to be inspired and be encouraged to come out and spread one's true potential. For anyone to keep God's promises and are to not be dictated by people's words and expectations. God has promised we will be the Head and not the Tail. He promised we will be at the TOP not the Bottom. That's our potential! If we don't claim it, it would just pass us by.

Let us be like these prisoners who really confidently came out to show what they can do!
This one's entertaining and worth watching.

It is for FREEDOM | Happy Independence Day

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of Slavery.

Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

When our great grand parents, Adam and Eve fell we had been under the yoke of slavery ever since. As an example, remember how Adam blamed Eve and how Eve blamed the serpent? Remember how Cain killed his brother because of envy? All these are results of us being enslaved to this body and its sinful desires. All of us, including me and the “holiest” you know are slaves to SIN. And because of this sin, we are all going to die. (Romans 3:23)

Death is the payment for SIN.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites need to get the first born and unblemished lamb (no spots whatsoever) that will serve as their sacrificial offering to cover up and to die for their sins. But this kind of sacrificial offering only covers up their sin at that time. It is just a temporary redemption. Because the next day, people commit sin again.

That’s the cycle. People sin, they offer sacrifices to be forgiven, and then they sin again. Sounds Familiar?

Imagine if this is the case, we’d end up killing millions of lambs or maybe bring them to extinction just for all of us to be forgiven. Or somebody would die for us on our behalf.

That’s the reason Jesus came! He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29). We can’t break ourselves free from the cycle. We can’t escape from it. So God made a way through Jesus Christ!

He died for us to be set free from this slavery! And to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)

We no longer need to die because Jesus already died for us and whoever has the Son of God has life! (1 John 5:11-12). Praise the Lord!

Now will you take this free gift of Freedom Jesus is giving you? It’s a personal decision you need to make today!

This June 12 is the Independence Day of my country The Philippines while United States celebrates theirs this July 4th.

I’d like to take this opportunity to praise the Lord for everyone who fought and died to achieve this freedom we’re enjoying right now. These people deserve recognition and remembering. I praise the Lord Jesus Christ even more for it was Him who gave all of us the TRUE and REAL freedom that lasts not only in this lifetime but to a life everlasting as well!

Happy Independence Day! Happy Freedom Day!

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To Give is Better than to Receive

"...remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
Acts 20:35 (NIV)

I want to share to you two great examples of a Church and a Coffee shop who are strongly living according to this principle the Lord Jesus Christ himself had given.

First, a Texas Church (Cross Timber's Community Church) is giving money away instead of collecting money for the offering. yes. You read it right. They distribute the offering box not to collect but to give away. In fact, this church have given half a million dollars to all needy members who have been struggling financially for two months now. Now, that's amazing! Click Reverse Collection Plate for the video.

Source: My Christian Diary

The Storyville Coffee Company had given away all it's revenue for the month of May. No, they're not giving only their profits but they're giving theire ENTIRE Revenue to the International Justice Mission.

“International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to promote functioning public justice systems.” From the IJM website. Meaning for every coffee, you're actually donating to IJM. Now, isn't that one more blessed story?

Source: Provocative Christian Living

These two examples are so great that my prayer is for them to spread as pandemic. How about you? What have you given? Have you just been receiving?

Let me also take this opportunity to thank my dear friend Valerie of Simply4God who had given me an award. Thanks Valerie. May God Bless you more!

And I'm giving this award to the following people:


Jesus Knows You Best

The Surrendered Scribe

Just Be Real

Just a Thought

From the Heart

Radio Jingles

God Nuggets Blog

God Bless you guys and thanks for the inspiration!

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