Yesterday, January 31, 2011, at 3:00 in the afternoon, I attended an assimilation process about the “Ministry in Focus.” It was spearheaded by Pastora Edna Garces. There were seventeen of us who attended. It was a very enjoyable meeting and of course very rewarding. We had fun learning the realities when you are in the ministry and the many encounters when you are faced with the many “suddenly” in life.
|God made us a new Creation|
Becoming a Christian is neither walking in straight and unbarred paths nor a channel flowing with milk and honey. But there are hurdles to surpass and dark clouds to encounter. Rainy days will come and storms at times are on your way to put a stop on continuing to reach out the world for Jesus. At times, we may stumble . . . but this thing is normal. Because if we don’t experience failure, then, we will never grow. This is part of our Christian growth and testimony.
Dark days and much tragedy have encompassed this world, and the future may become darker before the dawning. The Bible strongly urges that all of us who have the light are to “shine forth as a light in the world, holding forth the word of life.” We can be the light to light the way for someone who walks in the darkness.
In the book of Matthew 5:16, it says, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.” It may seem easier to do but on our way are temptations, trials and dilemmas that are pulling us afar from God’s plan.
|Major hurdles in life|
Our past may seem very painful and less acceptable from the standard of other people. We may have been crestfallen and defeated so hard that standing up once again or over and over again would be so thrashing. That even the person closest to us, whom we think would be an instrument to make us well again is the one who pushes us to become more downtrodden.
But praise God! His word sets us free! We have a God of the second chance. He never ceases reminding us and He never ceases making every possible way to get us back to His fold. The kind of love God has bestowed in us and for us is so consuming and unconditional. The kind of love which forgets the wrong deeds after extending forgiveness.
The book of 1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God is faithful. He never leaves us even to the worst situation we are in. He ever clings to us, just waiting for us to come to Him with all our hearts.
|Sometimes we fall . . . hard fall!|
Living with guilt is a torturous existence. We can never be at peace with everyone around, much more with our life. We can never work well with what is present and what lies ahead of us . . . especially with the ministry God has prepared for us and that we wish to fulfill in life. There is still forgiveness for whatever action has brought us guilt!
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”