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Building in the Spirit


1. Building in the Spirit:

It is the spiritual ability released upon a man to penetrate into the spiritual world and open the heavens above him for ministry function. Man has supernatural ability to rise up in the Spirit world – get heavens open above his ministry so that he always has resource and connection to minister out of heavens life and power and grace.

If we don’t have heaven’s resources – we supply from ourselves. We have a tendency to become depleted, aggressive, discouraged because as a man, we are limited in our own knowledge and understanding. That’s why we need to tap into the “source”.

As illustrated in Jacob’s dream in Bethel in Genesis 28:10-12.

And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

Because of God’s encounter, Israel was born. Wherever we are, we can build in the spirit, changing an ordinary place (Bethel) into an open avenue of worship. We have to know how to touch the Spirit and build in it. It’s a “touching heaven, changing earth” concept.

Another example is Jesus’ encounter with Samarian woman at the well (John chapter 4). Jesus tapped onto supernatural, revelation flow – operating in gifts, revelation, speak about the heart of God – when revelation began to flow within His spirit – his whole body revived. What we receive from heaven – it is more than enough – All that God has is enough – our source is God, we need to connect to God thru Jesus. When we are tapped into supernatural source, our spiritual dimensions keep our mind and body alert – whole energy to the high level.

Our perception of self must be what God says about us – if mind is informed with wrong source then our perception to self and others is wrong. Like our morning service last Friday (from “slaves” to “sons”, from “fear” to “freedom”), the enemy don’t want us to know who we really are (Genesis 3:11). It’s really important to drink from a clean, uncontaminated well. We are the prince and princess of the kingdom, act like one!

2.  Supernatural Grace

It allows minister to bring the tangible presence of God to the people. Because man is connected to God, his ministry brings God’s presence to the people. We cannot preach what we haven’t experienced yet.

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” – 1 John 1:1

People don’t need sermons. They need the tangible presence of God – they need connection with the Father and Son – that’s what a man who builds in the Spirit does. It’s the supernatural ability and grace on man / the divine enabling makes him able to bring God’s presence down – near enough to people so they can be touched.

3. Manifested form of Jesus’ presence

It becomes known by asking why the man ministers. Ways and working of the Holy Spirit become identifiable – found when you sit with a man who is a builder in the Spirit. Man’s movement must represent the movements of the Spirit. Apostolic man must explain to the people what things are happening in the Spirit. We must direct the flow – teach ignorant people how to move in Spirit. Man doesn’t just manifest the Spirit but explain the workings of the Spirit. We all should be operating in the gifts of the Spirit – not just some, but all. We must explain the behind the scenes of building in the spirit, so people can follow. If we are being led, we must have clear tangible steps. Ways and workings of the Spirit must be identifiable so you can teach others, for example, we must know when healing anointing comes and work with it.

4. The longer people stay under this Spirit atmosphere the greater the change in their life

People stay under the presence to saturation, their spirit starts to move, to vibrate, to exercise – something supernatural takes place affecting behavior, emotions. They are no longer talking about knowledge but spiritual development. Training and development are two different words. Train people to stay in service long as the Spirit is lingering, not long-winded preaching, but if God turns up, stay! Development is focused to bring forth to the development and activating their spirits.. enabling them to pick up on a higher frequency. Then they will never want to settle for anything less.

5. There will be an outbreak of the miraculous when saturation point is reached.

Atmosphere gets more intense – things happen. Holy Ghost impartation takes place – people’s lives are changed even without laying on of hands. Different types of meetings require different types of messages – we must continually have a message. Don’t just go to a nation without a message – go with God’s Word for that nation. Miracles happen when you live at saturation point.

6. Retain what God had entrusted to you.

Seek God to expand your vessel to carry His Word inside of you. Whatever He deposited, live with it! The devil will do everything to steal it away from you because you are becoming a threat in him. Follow the spirit, not methodology (everything that you set up as a style, the devil will get around it – let God finish His work). Grow in His stature. Let your lifestyle speak of what you believe in. Wherever there is unnatural growth, demons will hide in the system. We need clear teachings so that nothing will get out of control.

7. Take a stand of what you received.

This is spiritual warfare. No excuse for us to fail if congregations are not participating. Jesus performed miracles with Pharisees and Sadducees, so we can bring down the presence of God even in front of the unbelievers. Deal with major areas. Build in the spirit. Don’t struggle on how to bring God’s presence in the congregation. Make an effort to build an atmosphere of worship – speak! This is the first-born anointing: “I speak, God comes down (synergy)” As illustrated with Elijah’s challenge against 450 false prophets of Baal in the Offering in Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18:21 onwards). Take note that he acted according to divine order.

1 Kings 18:31-38

And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water. And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

We have to prepare our hearts first to be an open avenue of worship. Build in the spirit. We are preaching God to turn up – preach Christ within us. Be real – don’t impress people with words – let Christ come out. Let the rivers of living water flow – river of life flow. First, provide what God has put inside us then God comes down with the other half-double portion. We provide altar and wood – God provides fire. You preach – God does the signs and wonders. We don’t have to perform, just live the life in the Spirit without any tension or struggle. We will ignite the fire in the hearts of the people and let God blast it all off!

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Myself


I am a man with attitude. People around me describe me as a “funny” person. I smile to everyone. I wave for no reason. I laugh so hard. I run like a freak. I talk too much, fast. One word – crazy.

On the other hand, I am a lighthearted person. Curse is tabboo for me. Yes, I did not curse. I lied. 🙂

Once, i was described as a tadpole, because I move jerkily (i’m not sure if my adverb is correct). Once I was described as “godlike” not because of my righteousness, but simply because “I’m everywhere”. People can find me here now and few minutes later, I’m on the other building. Magic!

Few people can see my “other side.” I am ruthless, merciless, rude, selfish, unjust. I’m describing my boss. 🙂

I am  simply emotional individual. I love to sing. For me, life is searching for the right tune for my voice, because it will take a lifetime to look for it. hehehe. I sing because I’m blessed with appreciative heart. I am quick to appreciate kindness, yet slow to cast judgment. Most of the time, when I am confronted with heated argument, I pause, and looking for possible reasons why we can’t agree. If I can’t find any valid reason, I casually give him a reason say “perhaps he’s having a bad day,” or “maybe he’s not in good terms with his mother-in-law.” (hey, it doesn’t have to be me! says my wifes’ mother) 😀

I love to dance when I feel so good. Life’s good.Instinctively, I dance when I’m tired. I’m cheering up myself thru dancing. I leap(literally) when I’m happy and excited. You might imagine how I reacted when my wife agreed to marry me. whoah!!

Morning sunshine greet me with radiance each morning. The coolness of the night comforts my weary soul. If there’s one trait of life I am so amazed of is that it never fails to surprise me. No matter how I predict the outcome of every endeavor, it has something out of its sleeve to slam before my very eyes. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure: I managed to come out of everything. Life is a puzzle. Hurdles, booby traps, blind curves, name it. Each and every scenario I am dealing with contributes to my growth as a man. After a major blow in my life, I come out as a fighter, more matured. Life’s cool.

I can live a miserable life, but I choose not to. I want to contribute to unwritten goal of men of good faith to make this world a better place to live in. I want to be a part of a solution, not a problem. I want to set an example in my time, and a legacy to the next generation. I respect every ideology, faith, stand, claim, sect, affiliation, beliefs, even superstitions of everyone all around me. I even respect people who read manga and talk about it like the next premiere in the cinema, people who act, dress (cosplay) like an anime character, perform various seals in front of me (talk about japanese anime). I trust you one secret, I’m one of them. 😀

I enjoy watching movies, following t.v. series particularly CSI (Las Vegas, Miami, NY), Grey,s Anatomy, Two and A Half Men, My Name Is Earl (my favorite), Heroes, The Vampire Diaries, Fallen, How I Met Your Mother, Legend of the Seeker – to name a few. I am  thinking of following the closed series of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Perhaps some other time. I want to watch 24, Lost, Prison Break, E.R., Big Bang Theory. Again, some other time.

I love to travel. But I hate to walk. I don’t want to climb a hill. Or maybe I’m not used on adventure. I set my foot on a beach when I’m already on college. I’m just lazy. Ironically, I am a nature-lover. I keep falling in love with mountain ranges, autumn leaves (as if we have autumn weather in the Philippines! hehe), green cliff.. I love to see cascades of water in a deep river, chirping of morning birds in the morning and serenade of cicadas in a long night. Oh, yeah, i love the moon. It’s fantastic! See the ring around the moon in a cloudless sky? unending tales envelope the moon with mystery: the “hare” in the moon (as told by my late grandmother), the “wolf theory” of the full moon, the “waiting for the witch” to pass through riding in a broom..It’s nice to be child again, isn’t it?

Oh yeah, I’m describing myself still – I’m childish. Actually, I’m lighthearted. I don’t take words and jokes sensitively. But my ears are sharp to distinguish between jokes and insults. I didn’t take any insult on myself. I am taking care of my name up to now, and I will never let anyone to bring me down. I hate allegations and accusations. I believe we can talk everything out without raising each other’s voices. I am gentle. Am I getting angry? Yes, I am. But I never let my anger wipe away my self-control. I am silent most of the time when I am angry. When I am fed up with everything, I simply go silent. I don’t want to speak in rage, I’m sure I will regret it afterwards.

If someone offended me, I forgive. But it takes time to be alright. Trust is earned, I can’t simply throw it away with a single dispute. But I have to set allowance for my self-preservation. Letting other people bring us down lowers our self-respect. I can’t allow that.

Oh, before I forget, I write. I spend most of my quality time writing. You’re reading the proof of my claim. 🙂

I’d shared one secret to you a while ago, allow me to share another: today is my day.

God bless you!

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A New Chapter


“A man just married few months ago, I wonder how to live this way.”

Allow me to tell you my life story, why I’d arrived in the statement above.

I’m working in international engineering firm here in Doha, Qatar for about five years. By the time I started working, I’m not yet married. Few years ago, I met a beautiful girl, and to cut the long story short, we got married eventually. That’s a turningpoint of my life. I know great change in my life had just began, and I am excited to welcome new change, new events, new life.

Being away from my loving wife is not easy. Lots of sleepless nights, long and lonely days, unending longingness – these fill my heart. But I know at the end of all of these, I will greet myself each morning with her smile. I know time will come that I will sleep in her warm embrace. I know things will turn the way I want it to be, the way we want it to be. I know that love, in the guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ, will continue to flourish and fill our hearts with gladness. I know, the fulfillment of each other’s life is in His awesome presence. In the love of God, we will stay so strong and be united. I remember one verse in the scripture that I love so dearly, saying:

“It was also called Mizpah, because he said, “May the LORD keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.” – Genesis 31:49

The Lord will surely watch between us. And having that assurance keep my heart at rest and my mind at peace. Until we see each other again, my love.

But that don’t stopped me from wonderin how to live this way. 😀

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God Reigns!


Word Of The Day:

“The Lord shall reign forever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.” – Psalm 146:10

If I will be asked how my life’s going on right now, I can say with full confidence that indeed, God reigns. I may not be abundant (it took me few minutes to find appropriate word) in every ways, but I know, God is in control of everything. I had asked God to reign in me, never will I hinder Him in renewing me everyday. My life is in His hands. I know that I have nothing to fear because He reigns in everything. The earth, the situations, the motives, the heart’s contents, the mindsets, the past, the future, and yes, the present. God is in control of everything.

One aspect in my life that I am not strong enough most of the time is the area of worrying. I know I should not worry. In fact, it’s directly addressed in the scripture. In Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” I have nothing to worry, because God reigns.

All I have to do is praise the Lord in my life. It’s how I walk in righteousness that I display the goodness and lovingkindness of my Lord. I am foolish if I will not let the Lord to reign in my life. As I believe that God is the God who reigns on the universe, then I accept His reigning in my life. Thru these, I am learning to trust Him and His ways. I will never get lost in the crowd or in popular opinions. I trust in the Lord in every way. I have to wait and see the unfolding of His marvelous plans in my life. There’s something is in store for me. I believe God will always be with me. He will guide and guard me.

God bless!

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The Price and Prize of Seeking the Lord


Word Of The Day:

“The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” – Psalm 34:10

The Lord filled the bible with His promises. He is Lord, and He will make His promises come to pass. Never in the history of mankind did He forsaken His people. God is God, and He is true to His promises. Then why did we want? Why did sometimes He allowed us to pass through circumstances we think bigger than we can handle? Let’s take a look at Paul’s experience.

 “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. – Philippians 4:12”

Even one of the greatest (and humblest) servant of the Lord did want! We are not exempted, indeed. As we learn to follow the Lord more and more, we are facing each day various circumstances and situations that sometimes we experience over and over again. We even asking God to “take away if there’s anything that hinders me to  overcome this situation.” I often come in that kind of scenario. Little did we know that it’s not all about what’s wrong with us, but it’s all about the process! Paul endured that, may it be our driving force to endure it, because as we all aware of, we are a living testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are bringing once more into life the marvelous power, guidance and provision of God that He showed among His people in every generation.

So I say, rejoice! If we suffer want, then it’s not all about our fault. Let’s realign our attitudes over it. Ask God to seek our hearts to see if there’s something that He don’t want us to have so that He may lead us to His righteousness. If we can’t discern any unrighteous attitude within our hearts, then it’s about time to accept that we’re under the process. Look it this way, then after all of these, we can encourage other people as well. That’s the testimony: displaying who is the God of your life.

That’s my God. I hope He is your God too 🙂

God bless you!

 

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i want to talk about myself


Well, it’s kind of weird at times like this that i am sitting in my bed. 🙂 I am just a man with vivid imagination. Yeah, i know that. 🙂 i am actually feeling “makwento” (a mood of want to talk).

I want to begin by time-travelling from here to the day I’d lifted up my feet from my homeland. I am working here in Qatar as expatriate. I’d got a descent job, slim salary, have a high morale, and safe and sound here. I’m encountering pressures side by side though. Most of the time I’m broke. Admit it, my friend. Lots of people are broke not because it’s their fault. Partly,perhaps, but it’s a learning process. How can i appreciate abundance if I’d never in my life wanted? I’m not having this poverty mentality that I am contented to what I am now. I’m just not getting into rush that I might forget learning important lessons in life. It’s better to learn few good things today, than to unlearn lots of bad things. Point taken, I’m getting there!

Few months had passed, and I am missing my wife even more! I miss those short moments we’d been together. As you might be aware of, we’re just married. I’d watched the trailer of Kung Ako’y Iiwan Mo, a soap opera shoot here in Doha, Qatar. The main characters have similar stories as I have. They just got married and the guy flew off from the Philippines to Doha, Qatar to provide immediate needs and secure their future. The sad part is that he’d fallen in love once again with his ex-girlfriend who happened to be there in Qatar as well. Coincidence? They call it fate, i call it storyline (kiddin’)

Man, I’m missin’ my wife. I guessed I’d just said that 🙂

All I know right now is that God, in His sovereign power and mercy, will guide both of us as we travel this road called life together. Yes, we’re geographically separated, but my prayers reached God, and God heard her prayers for me. And as these young prayerful married couple are traveling together, so are His blessings and goodness and mercy will follow wherever they will go. When God guides, He provides.

That’s all I know. Whatever the situation is, no matter how ugly it looks like on the outside, the inside of us that matters. God will decide the circumstances. I firmly believe that whether we believe or not, if God decided to crush you, then you will be crushed. However it takes faith to make things happen. Ironic isn’t it? But that’s the way of the Lord. Because we have to act on our faith. Pray, then work it out!

Am i going somewhere? I apologize this gettin’ nowhere. I just missin’ my wife (oopssie, did I said it again?) 🙂

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Rock Bottom…


Looking back 10 years ago, I’d been a radical Christian believer. I saw men and women running their race of faith. I’d even been an instrument to spread the Good News of salvation. I am a living witness of manifestations of God’s intervention among His people. I saw rise and fall of men and women all around me. I’d been aware of controversies and anomalies, politics so it’s called, challenges among leadership, flowing in different realms in the Spirit, twists and turns of events,  been rebuked and commended.. I’d got a lot of “been there done that” situations. In that 10-year period, God, in His grace and mercy, indeed been so faithful to me. I am facing troubles in each and every turns, but confident that He’s fighting on my behalf. Of course, I have to work it out (as faith without works is dead), nevertheless, it’s a relief knowing that I am not alone on this.

In His hands, i am safe and sound. I am destined to fulfill His mandate. I may not be able to change the world, but change will begin in me, and it’s a real deal! It’s not very easy to unlearn habits and principalities of life i’d learned through the years. It’s not easy to align my will to God’s will. But that’s just a start. Long way to go navigator!

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Contemplating Mode…


What if after everything that I’d been through and dealing with, people all around me did not appreciate my efforts and endurance? Welcome to the irony of life.

The real deal is that whatever they think I am doing, I know that I’m into my truth. People may think everything they want to think under the sky, but it’s undeniable that I’d picked a fight of faith! It may not be today, perhaps tomorrow. My longsufferings (indeed, this long!) will be over. It’s not for me to decide the length and weight I have to feel and endure. It’s for me to stand, remain standing, when people all around me chosen to turn their backs. The end will justify all of it!

“I’m not done yet,” says the Lord.