Nowadays, people have become confused about what prayer is really about. Sometimes, people portray it to be a holy act reserved only for clergymen. Sometimes, we limit it to litanies and memorised religious poetry. Sometimes, we think it’s some kind of skill that only some people can do. Like a balancing act or a note only certain vocal chords can reach.
The moment you recognize that you cannot achieve God’s standards of holiness and look to Jesus as your Savior, God marks you with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit guides, reminds and speaks to the Father on our behalf.
Along with the declaration of our limitedness, we begin to open our spiritual eyes. We begin to experience the Holy Spirit moving in our midst. From then on, the Holy Spirit indwelling in us does not change. Either we harden our hearts and feel a gaping distance or we humble ourselves and experience the Holy Spirit fully, but the Holy Spirit does not leave us. On some days we become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit compared to other days. But it doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit’s presence fluctuates based on our feelings and whims.
Don’t give in to the lie that the Holy Spirit has departed from you. Instead, believe in Him and ask for more faith.
I was browsing through old notes and unfinished write-ups where I found this and decided to complete it:
This morning I woke up, opened my laptop and tried to open Facebook as I usually do. But today there’s a pop-up on my laptop saying I owe 200 pesos to my service provider, hence my internet connection is “restricted”. I had to pay the remaining amount so that the connection could be returned.
Fear strips away God’s lordship over our lives. Instead of God being at the throne of our hearts, fear usurps God, manifesting in our loss of faith and surge of doubt. When we allow this illegitimate sovereignty of fear to continue, fear has the power to silence our faith. To exile faith into the deepest dungeons of our mind.
Man and Woman of God, don’t let fear rule you. Fight for the position of God in your life.
Ask mo si God.
Pray about it.
Quiet time ka muna.
This attempt at art, which is watercolor on sticker paper, became a way for God to reveal a lesson from the book of Ezekiel. I’m already 23 chapters deep into the book and all I can get out of it is about sin, rebellion and judgment.
Many times people said “Jesus–the only one who died and rose again.” I silently questioned this since may mga binuhay si Jesus, diba? So how could they say he was the only one who rose again? Pero tonight, nareveal lang din sakin na “No one else has been able to predict his own ressurection and then accomplish it.” Oo nga naman! Siya mismo ang bumuhay sa sarili niya, I mean, by God’s power. Hindi siya binuhay ng ibang tao. And when he was predicting this, He was very confident that He was telling the truth, that He will really live through His crucifixion and death. And true enough, He lived through that death and He still lives now in Heaven! Wow, God!
Some people live through a really bad car accident. Some people live through a major operation/surgery that could have cost them their life. Some people live through years of cancer. Some people live through the worst murder attempts. Some people live through paranormal experiences. And they all live to tell the story. They all claim to have had “the near-death experience” but at some point they still have to meet the kiss of death. No one lives forever.
But who is that one person who lived through death itself and now still lives at the right hand of God, in heaven, the kingdom believers will someday inherit?
No one else but Jesus, the living God! 🙂