WE’RE NOT IN CHARGE! GOD IS!
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” [Joseph to His brothers] -Genesis 50:20
God put Joseph in prison to promote Him! By the time Joseph was in jail, God was already on the move preparing greater things for Him! God used the pit and problems to place Joseph in charge of the palace. See the transformation God did to the life of Joseph: His brothers sold Him into slavery but God lifted Him above his circumstances until He became in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
His story motivates me to keep on even when life gives me a hard blow. By clinging to God, I will not be moved in place, not even an inch.
Life’s test is an opportunity to mature and grow in Christ. So do not be troubled when you have a rocky start. Satan is in the business of destroying you; confusing you; stealing your hope, your joy! But be reminded that the God who resides inside of you is wiser, stronger, greater!
God’s plan differs from ours. He has the master plan secured in His hands. You are not in charge of yourself. God is! Your job is to believe! And you do not need to see it first with your eyes to begin believing. Just believe!
JESUS [He’s a life-changer!]
For twenty one years, I lived a self-centered life.
I was busy enjoying every single thing this world could offer. I wanted every attention be focused on me so I kept on doing things that could please the people around me, even if it means doing the wrong things. I let this world consumed me.
I kept on pushing the Lord away. I was becoming worse each day. I went through countless of trials and never thought of calling the Lord for help. I tried to solve things on my own and each time I try to fix them, I noticed they were just increasing in numbers. TALK ABOUT THAT STONE-COLD PRIDEFUL HEART! MY LIFE WAS A MESS!
Then, came this day that made all the difference. It wasn’t just an ordinary day. It was the 7th day of February, 2010 when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. One tough decision. There’s no turning back!
That day, was the day I felt loved again. My path was redirected and I started living a God-centered life. I saw my real worth and why God had created me. And He created me for a purpose. I started serving Him and became a vessel of His grace and love.
Every now and then, a problem still tries to hit me, but it can never knock me down because I have a big God!
I was redeemed. Forgiven. Transformed. Saved by His grace!
#1 TURN ON: when a boy has a close relationship with God!
[Stop forming inappropriate relationships with unbelievers! -2 Corinthians 6:14]
Entrust everything to God!
A SINNER’S HEART
ME: God, I’ll be honest with you. Many times I feel totally unworthy of Your love. There are these days that no matter how hard I work, I still feel unproductive. Oftentimes, I will use my laughter to hide my pains. Whenever I close my eyes at night, all i can see are my past sins, my shameful life, my disappointments, the carelessness of my words and actions. I feel so far from You. I can’t even let go of my selfish ambitions in life and my prideful heart. I have a difficult time in forgiving those who have hurt me and still hurting me. I am angry and being impatient with these people. I let these temptations crawl over me again and again. There are days I am afraid to share my faith or belief to others. I let the words of others destroy me instead of listening on what You have to say. My body is weakening. And my mind is tired. So tired of the thoughts like “You do not deserve to be loved; You are causing too much pain to the lives of those that are around you; You are absolutely a burden!” These are lies. I know that! But I still let these thoughts consume me and I can’t do anything with it!
Oh yes! Definitely! I carry a sinner’s heart.
And that is heartbreaking!
JESUS: Daughter, I just want to remind you that I am here for the exhausted. For the prideful. Selfish. Unproductive. Unlovable. Unforgiving. Hurtful. Afraid. Weak. Impatient. Can’t you see? I am here for you. I didn’t came for the perfect. I came for a sinner like you. I am all you need. I so love you that I can turn your weariness into strength. Your fear into courage. Your disappointment into hope. I can heal your bleeding heart. You can find rest in my arms. I can remove your heart of stone if you will just let me. Can’t you still see? I can be everything you can’t be! So give it all to me. You need a Savior! Now, do not be ashamed of your bad works. Because I do not care about your past mistakes. I am here to love you completely!
(After that conversation with God, tears suddenly fell. And I felt loved again!)
God will surely do for me what He has promised to do. He will heal my wounded heart and will set me free!