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Lessons Learned From Mistakes


A lot of lessons are being learned as we go along with our lives. We know that every decision we make follows the cause-and-effect motion. Sometimes, we’re prepared for the drawbacks. Sometimes, we don’t see ‘em coming. There’s much more things to learn in this life. There’s much more efforts to give for us to live an exciting, successful life. Let’s lead our lives to the fullest potential. Keep our eyes so sharp and let’s expand our sphere of influence and fill every gap we roll on along the way.

I’m learning my lessons very well in three different ways.

Firstly, I’d learned from the mistakes of the past. The generations ahead of us demonstrated the effects of every decision they made. Haven’t Jonah disobeyed God’s instruction to preach to the people of Niniveh, he will not stay on fish’ belly for few days. Haven’t Saul burned the offering, he wouldn’t been dethroned. That area of learning experience is very helpful for us to avoid committing again the same mistakes they had made. We will be foolish if we casually say that we will yield different result this time have we made the same mistakes they made.

Secondly, I’m learning my lessons from the mistakes of others. I watch some people falling on my left side, and some people falling on my right side. I know that have I not make the same mistakes they made, I have a high possibility of winning. Every person’s life is a testimony. We can’t just mess up with ourselves and casually say that “it’s my life, you have nothing to do with it!” Actually almost all people around you have something to do with us. And we have something to do with them. Life is a series of interpersonal – interrelational – interpersonal cycle. We do what we think, and we react by what other people do. If I manage myself to come clean and never go to prison for whatever crime or violation, then I have a high possibility of living a quiet life. If I manage to control myself, then I might save myself from lots of troubles.

Thirdly, I’d learned from my own mistakes. I knew I have to go through the process for me to grow into maturity. I have my own version of disobedience at times, and I have my share of doubts. I have my room of insecurities and inferiorities. I have my own fears and anxieties. I’m struggling in some areas over and over again. What I’d learned here is the willpower. There is something inside every man the will to rise up after the falling. That something is the guts that we all possess. We are aiming into higher heights. And I am learning through the series of mistakes I’d made. I know, right after every process I’m experiencing, something good is going to happen. Something beautiful is on it’s way!

Let’s weigh everything in a fair perspective. Somehow we have to understand that it’s normal to make mistake. We’re on the process. If we fail, let’s not fail to learn a lesson out of it. Before we knew, we are more careful and cautious. We can’t control to what extent the impact of every decision we make, but we can control how to decide. We can control ourselves.

Finally, friends, let’s not settle in a fallacy that if you are wrong, then I am right. What if both of us are wrong? Then we’re in trouble. 🙂

God bless you!

-albert2jc / 25th august 2011

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Half-Filled


This is a concept of having different perspective in every situation. When we see a glass half-filled with water, do we see it as half-filled or half-emptied? Of course, we’ll say that it’s half-filled as it looks that way. But how many of us in real life are sulking for their half-filled glass, thinking that it’s half-emptied?

Let’s practice the “half-filled glass” principle. It’s half-filled because we are supposed to fill-up the gap. That’s our part. God, in His sovereignty, poured out His love and provision for us. Let’s work out the remaining half.

Our glass is not supposed to be filled-up for a long time. When we are filled-up, let’s pour out our love and compassion for other people. We are called to glorify God through our lives. Let’s not sit back and relax, enjoying the luxury and pleasure of being blessed. Let’s share our blessings. A lot of people are needed to be filled up. Let your joy be shared with the sorrowful. Let your laughter be shared with those teary-eyed. Accompany the lonely, comfort the grieving soul. Lift up the frustrated spirit. Be a blessing to others. Life goes on and on, and each day is unique from each other. Who knows, time will come that you’re having the half-filled glass for so long, that people will come to you to fill-up the gap. Then you will be filled with joy and gladness.

Let’s go with the purity of your water. Make sure that what you are sharing will benefit the recipient. If you harbor peace and joy, then you are creating a water of life and blessing. Never share negative emotions like hatred, envy, and self-centeredness. These will not ruin yourself alone, but also those who are receiving your water. Keep your glass so pure. You’ll never know the effect of sharing negative emotions to others. Instead of worrying how these negative emotions can ruin people’s lives all around you, let these negative emotions die down within us. If we are going to share these to someone, let’s make sure the recipient is strong enough to handle these negative emotions. Let love conquer all difficulties.

On other perspective, let’s spill off those that are not beneficial. Let your glass carry sweet, pure water of life. Let His Word be shared from one glass to another. Keep ourselves so pure. Keep sweet. Stay happy. Let the beauty of His holiness define us.

-albert2jc / 25th august 2011

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Battlecry


Something good is in store for us. Everytime we open our mouth in utterance in the spirit realm, we are being equipped with power from above. At the same time, it’s our battlecry against the forces of darkness.

It’s odd to say that we say we’re in the battle if we did not set our boundaries! We’re getting tired defending our territories against attacks of the enemy. What are we waiting for? We are called to move forward, not stay put and maintain what’s left for us. The mind of a strategist is to conquer, to break down the wall, to tear down strongholds. The good thing about our fight is that we’re just claiming back what is once ours. In recent eras, empires are conquering land that is not theirs, but they conquered because of their power. We are fighting to regain our possession. Let’s advance our boundaries. We may not claim back everything all at once, but we’re patient. We will increase our land!

Let the whole earth sit down, relax and die like the rest of this dying generation. But as for us, we are committed to rise up the standard of holiness, to carry the goodness and mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, in His sovereign mercy, will wipe out tears of frustrations, and tears of awe in His presence will prevail in His household.

There is an expiry date in the works of the enemy in our lives. Jesus said, on the cross, “it is finished.” It’s up to you to believe, or being deceived by devil that it’s still there. Most of the afflictions we are experiencing are self-inflicted. Begin to sit down and think how everything gone wrong, and accept that there’s always a way for a brand-new start. It’s about time to come out clean. We are commissioned by God to preach the gospel, and to dedicate our lives with Him, to walk fasted life. The moment we grumble or complain, then we have a problem. The moment we elevate our own agenda and motives on top of His purposes and plans in which we are gearing up, then conflict will arise.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.-2 Corinthians 10:5

Some cry out “halt!” Some cry out “retreat!” Some cry out “surrender!” But we cry out “attack!”

A lot of people are trembling with fear seeing they are surrounded by the enemies. They think that everything is crumbling down on them. They feel succumbed by the circumstances. But we are God’s army, and we are supposed to be surrounded! Why? So we can strike in every direction!

Let’s not draw courage on numbers. Strength lies within us. Trust the Holy Spirit that God, who called you on this battle, is able to bring you into victory! We are called to finish what He’d started – and we will finish strong!

-albert2jc / 20th august 2011

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Makes Me Wonder


Think of all the joy you’ll find when you leave the world behind and bid your cares goodbye. –Michael (Peter Pan) #disneywords

Somehow, I am thinking of how many sleepless nights I’d got, how many years of tiring thoughts I’d inhabited inside of me. Then at the end of my story, I am going to die and will leave them behind.

The first time I’d read about the preacher in the bible (ecclesiastes) regarding vanities that’s happening under the sun, I don’t understand much about those. I just nod in agreement, saying “yeah, he have a point..” As I grow older, and being exposed in the complexities and controversies of this life I am walking, I just want to think that when I die, I will not take these worries in my head.

How about sweet memories? Those wonderful moments when I was a child tasting nectar dew, running towards my mom, embracing my dad and bringing his slippers. Such wonderful memories are priceless! How about my family, churchmates, friends, enemies (er!), all those people who contributed their parts in making me who I am now?

I’m going to leave this world behind anyway. Perhaps I don’t have to be worried anymore since worrying is when I am still alive. I guess it won’t work in the afterlife.

 Perhaps, I have to worry first of how to live this life worth leaving? 🙂

Not to be religious, but I knew I have to be good here, so that I will have a nice afterlife experience. No one got scolded by our teachers when we were a child because we share our lunch, right?

I guess I have to enjoy this life, and let these worrying do their tricks on me and I will take time to spend with those I care of. So when the time arrives, I am ready.

-albert2jc / 19th august 2011

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Making a Point


People are entitled to see for themselves what they want to see. They are privileged to comment and say what they want to say. I know I am still on the process. I have lots of room for improvement. I have lots of “growing-ups” to do. But let no one hinder me from boasting of the goodness and mercy of my Lord Jesus Christ. As I’m wearing a garment of righteousness, I am aware if someone tries to throw mud of dirt in me. And I am very annoyed. Not to be self-righteous, but I want people to be considerate not to treat me as they see “me”. I am not who they think I am. I am walking in righteousness, and if they have a problem with that, let it bothers me no more. I know God will make a stand for me. I know that there is in store for me a crown or righteousness. It’s not superficial accomplishments and limelight that matters. Those hidden smile of a wicked, those praises from a tongue used into lying, those lips that trashtalk without hesitation, those who are turning their backs from their friends without regret, those who sin in their anger, those who are proud of their wrongdoings. The clock is ticking. I still have a heart for them. Even they’re accusing me of acts that in fact, they’re the one doing those (I am laughing now). I know and I believe that God will stand on my behalf. And I am still praying for God to spare them in His judgment. I still have a heart for them. When God strike them, may they still have grace to turn their backs on their evil ways and go back to the bible, to the righteousness of God.

 

-albert2jc / 17th august 2011

Posted in Devotions

Bloom Where You’re Planted


Word of the day:

“The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,   the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.” – Isaiah 35:1-2 NIV

Ever wondered why there are some points in our lives that we are experiencing drought? Mostly because of our disobedience. As in the previous chapter in Isaiah (chapter 34) where God brought His judgment to the nations. After that dreadful period, God is raising up His people in abundance and prosperity. Sometimes, we are into the “wilderness experience” not because we’re living in sins, but it’s God’s way of displaying His might and love for us. Moreover, our hearts are most likely be exposed under pressure.

God is a God of impossibility. And His majestic works will be displayed in very special ways, far beyond human comprehension and understanding. He can turn our dry land into a valley of gardens. He can overflow water on the rock, He can even give hope to the hopeless, understanding to the simple, and ignite the fire of a prayerful heart. We have to trust Him in every ways. We are called to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Let’s submit our spirit in Him. Let’s walk in righteousness, ‘til our seed of faith grow in our hearts, bursting into bloom. When people are beginning to be blessed through us, then we are displaying the fruits of our faith. Let’s grow through process. It’s never been easy, but it’s worth.

The key to survive in this dying generation is to live for the glory of God. God bless you.

-albert2jc / 08th August 2011

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Open Avenue


Word of the day:

“He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” – Genesis 28:12 NIV

It’s man’s desire to reach God, to worship Him, and to be with Him. The Tower of Babel is a classic example of men’s effort to reach God. Their action may not be right, but their determinations and unity into one goal is unquestionable.

To get closer to God, we have to accept that we’re sinners, as we are. No superficial presentations, no other requirements. We have to accept that He is our Saviour and Lord. We have to allow Him to move in our lives. We have to surrender our will.

Let’s open our hearts to Jesus. That’s God’s way to reach us. The Holy Spirit cannot dwell in a closed heart. Allow our hearts to be sanctified day by day.

It’s all about tuning in to His will. Just like an old saying that to “whatever well we are drinking will confirm our nourishment.” Let’s tap to the Source, our God. Let His ways cleanse us from our sins and iniquities.

Let our hearts be an open avenue of worship – where we receive God’s love and instructions. Just like a worship song that we are singing:

“…in this place, dreams are made. In this place where You are..”

As we bow down with reverence before our God, let’s allow God to deal with every issue within us. Unless we arrived in unity with Him, we can never let our lives be an open avenue of worship. Let no one hinder us from communicating with the Father.

The key to survive in this dying generation is to live for the glory of God. God bless you.

-albert2jc / 07th August 2011

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mga napulot na jokes sa fb stats. :)


ANO’NG SAGOT?

Ang mag ina
nanay:anak halika n at mgumpisa n tayo mgaral
anak:cge po inay
nanay:ok umpishan ntin s math ha?
anak:opo inay
nanay:gnito ha binigyan k nt tita mu ng 2ng mansanas at 2ng saging
anu ang sgot?
anak:salamat po tita.ahahahaha….

SA ISANG LIBLIB NA BARYO:

Bata: tAtanG, pwde po mgtanong?
TataNg: ano un ineng?
B: saan po papunta itong daan na to?
T: alam mo ineng, mtagal n q dito pero hnd ku pa nktang umalis yang daan na yan..

SA ISA PANG LIBLIB NA BARYO:

Bata: Lolo, iniinom po ba ang tubig dito?

Lolo: nasasaiyo yan amang, kung ngunguyain mo.

RACISM 🙂

Ibang Lahi: is that an apple you are eating ?
Filipino: Yes.
Ibang Lahi : you know, in my country only poor people eat an apple.
Filipino: oh really? is that a banana you are eating ?
Ibang Lahi: yes.
Filipino : you know, here in Philippines only Monkeys eat bananas 😀
HOUSE ON FIRE…
Nanay: naku! Anak! Lumabas ka dyan sa kwarto! Nasusunog ang bahay natin!johannah: waaaah! Nay,! sandali lang! Ipopost ko lang sa FB!Nanay: bilisan mo! At buksan mo na din account ko.. share mo!!
–hahahahah, adik s fb ung mag ina…..hahaha

PICTURE TAKING…

Biglang kumidlat,Anong ggwin mo?
GENIUS:Takip tenga,Kukulog ee!
PLAYBOY:yakap shota.score e!
ASTIG:Wala.Matapang ee!
BOBO:Ngingite.:D…………Pi​cture taking eh!

WISH…

isang araw naka pulot sila ng lampara…
kinaskas nila ang lampara at nabigyan sila ng tatlong kahilignan…..
boy1:sa na po maka balik na ko sa pamilya ko
(naka balik nah)
boy2:sana po makabalik na ko sa pamilya ko….(naka balik na rin)
boy3:ahhhmmm……ano kayang magandang hilingin na bobore na ako d2 ehh….ahhh alam ko naH!!!!
IBALIK NYO NA LANG YON DALAWA KONG KASAMA!!!
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God Factor


Word of the day:

“The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130 NIV

As we understand His words, our mindset is being shifted from “selfish” to “selfless” paradigm. We are gradually moving deeper into service for the Almighty. There are lots of concepts that we think “seems right” that when viewed in the scripture, will be given another interpretation.

But how do we gain wisdom?

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” – Psalm 111:10

Fear God. Seek His laws. Find what is right, and how to do things right  – in His eyes.

One of my brothers in faith stated this:

“People are convinced that what they’re doing just right, but when the “God Factor” is being considered, it’s another story.”

Meditate on wisdom. Go back to the bible. We only have one life, seems too short. But when we spend it wisely, one life is enough. May His wisdom guide us.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” – Psalm 119:105

The key to survive in this dying generation is to live for the glory of God. God bless you.

-albert2jc / 06th August 2011

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When We Have Nothing To Lose


Word of the day:

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:21 NIV

Ever wonder how a man behaves when he has nothing to lose?

I’m taking a shower this morning when God told me about men who have nothing to lose. There are two ways in which a man got nothing to lose – first, if everything have been taken away from him, or secondly, if he have something that no one can take away from him.

On the first case, people who got nothing to lose are those who were seeking for revenge or justice. Either they’re looking for ways to bring back things they have before, or they want to be justified. Most of these people are those who commit suicide or so desperate that they’re losing their grip on the edge. Beware of these people. They got nothing to lose; they will do everything they are thinking of regardless of how those acts affect people around them. Their focus is fixed on one goal, and they will do everything to get that. Let’s not put ourselves in that situation.

Secondly, people got nothing to lose if they have something that no one can take away from them. They possess the same drive, passion, and determination to finish the goal. They are so confident that no one can snatch it away from them.  Let’s have this passion. Let’s have this drive.

I believe that in Christ, we have everything.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5

As we walk in the Light, let’s put sins away from us. let’s throw off everything that hinders (see July 27th). As we run this race, see you on the top.

We got nothing to lose, for God is everything, in fact, He is all we’ve got, and He’s all we need.

The key to survive in this dying generation is to live for the glory of God. God bless you.

-albert2jc / 05th August 2011

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God’s Sweet Promise


Word of the day:

“As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and My words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord. – Isaiah 59:21 NIV

 

Let’s desire this promise. This will preserve us each day. Of all the promises we’d received, this is the promise that meant to prevail all the days of our lives. As the song goes: “I can only imagine,” we can only imagine how He move in our lives, as He purifies our heart and renewing our minds. We can only imagine His provision work in every aspect of our lives. Let’s walk in His righteousness, and let His Spirit guide us through.

The key to survive in this dying generation is to live for the glory of God. God bless you.

-albert2jc / 04th August 2011

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Discernment


Word of the day:

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”” 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV

 Our Lord is looking on everyone’s heart. Let’s purify our hearts by the renewing of our mind, so that we will find favor in His sight. Let’s have that character, let’s look deeper than a skin deep.

Our body is equipped with five senses, known as common sense. These are the sense of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. These are the “gates” that we have to be taken care of in order for us to stay pure and blameless in this world. A phrase “guard your eye gate(or ear gate)” is a casual reminder of our pastors and elders in church for us to be cautious of what we see or hear. Remember the good old days when we used to sing:

“oh, be careful little eyes what you see…for the Father up above is looking down with love, oh, be careful little eyes what you see..”

But we did not stop there. In the Spirit, there is only one sense that is prevailing: a discerning spirit.

“And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” – Malachi 3:18

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. – Hebrews 5:14

The enemy is crafty. He lures out people by feeding on the blind spots of their senses. But we are not ignorant of his schemes.

“…in order that satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” – 2 Cor. 2:11

For having a discerning spirit, we see from afar what’s coming, hence, we can prepare and not be surprised by the tide. Instead, the tide will be surprised that we’re ready! We are meant to advance, not to retreat. We are meant to overcome! We’re not here to defend our territories, but to conquer!

The key to survive in this dying generation is to live for the glory of God. God bless you.

-albert2jc / 03rd August 2011