When God answers differently

Hi there.

Ever feel like God is silent in your life? Ever feel like He’s been MIA? Well, I have one question: How is your quiet time? How is your relationship with Him?

Seek Him First

First things first. Relationships go both ways. You can’t keep on “crying out” to God and not spend time to wait for His answer. You can’t keep on praying and complaining (or maybe even grumbling), “Where is Your promise?” if you haven’t been reading your Bible and actually seeking Him. Now, I hope we don’t do it ONLY when we are asking something from Him. The famous verse from Matthew 6:33 says this “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” It may sound easy, but when God tests you of your faith and what you really want in life, are you still willing to seek Him with ALL your heart, soul, and mind?

God’s “silence” might make us impatient and unfaithful at times but remember that it also reveals something. Silence or the absence of something doesn’t actually mean there’s nothing there. Sometimes it is necessary for us to be able to listen closely to what really matters.

1. Silence Reveals Our Hearts

Few days ago, I was having this battle in my heart of where should I belong. Now, we all have that question or questions like “Why am I here?” “What am I doing with my life?” “Where should I go?” “What should I do with my life?.” (Or am I the only one? If you have the same question/s as I do, then keep on reading.) Back to the questions at hand, I was actually questioning God. I have to say that I’m not proud of that. But it’s human nature to question things “why,” “why not,” or “how.” And do you know what happens when you keep asking these questions? It burdens you! It weighs you down and it is not healthy for all the aspects of your life, especially spiritually. It happened to me. Where’s the faith in there?

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’
and not do what I tell you?” Luke 6:46.

When we ask God for something and He doesn’t respond in a way that we want to, what does that tell us about our hearts? What does that reveal to us? I hope and pray that whatever it is that you’re praying for doesn’t reveal “worldly” things. I hope that it doesn’t reveal our bitterness and dirty attitudes. However, the good news is even though it reveals those things in our hearts right now, He is more than willing to cleanse our hearts so that it He may reign over our lives once again. Whatever it is that you’re praying for and God’s response isn’t something you were hoping for, I pray that you’ll have a change in perspective about it. That you would see things the way God would want you to. I pray that you will be grateful for all the answers God has given you, whether you liked it or not. I pray that you will see things through God’s heart for you.

2. Silence Reveals God’s Glory in Our Lives

Whatever it is that you are going through right now, God is telling you:

“Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;” Psalm 55:22a

Is it that simple? Yes. In fact, it’s all He ever wants us to do. We have to acknowledge in humility that we are weak so that we may experience God’s strength and glory over our lives. This season will pass. Whatever trials you are in right now, it will pass. Embrace that season of hardships because once you get through that, His glory will be revealed and then all the more that we will realize that we are indeed NOTHING WITHOUT HIM. All the more that we will praise Him in every trial that we are going to face because the moment we realize in our hearts that we need Jesus, we are never going to stop praising Him for everything that we are going through. We have to know in our heart that as Christians, we must reflect God’s glory and character in us so that people who doesn’t know about Him will be amazed at who He is. And God is more than willing to guide us through that. He is more than willing to pick us up every time we fall short of His glory. He does not condemn us of our sins but He forgives and He loves us no matter what we have done against Him. And when we experience that love and forgiveness over our lives, He wants us to show others of this great love and forgiveness that we have experienced.

“Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
    and sinners will return to you.” Psalm 51:13

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I prayed and asked God for certain things, yet He gave me so much more of what I needed and wanted. He gave me Jesus and indeed, He’s all I ever need.

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Today, I choose to praise.

How many times have we waited till we can’t do it ourselves before we come and kneel before God? How many times do we have to cry out by ourselves before we cry out to God?Why does it take us so long before we draw near to God? Why do we have to burden ourselves with worries before we surrender it all to Him?

Have we ever tried praising Him in the midst of all the hurt and pain? In the song, “Even When it Hurts,” there’s a line there that says:

“Even when my strength is lost, I’ll praise You. Even when I have no song, I’ll praise You. Even when it’s hard to find the words louder then I’ll sing Your praise.”

Then it goes on to say:

“Even when the fight seems lost, I’ll praise You. Even when it hurts like hell, I’ll praise You. Even when it makes no sense to sing louder then I’ll sing Your praise.”

Have we tried this? Praising God despite our defeat?

Personally, that is one thing I thought I can never do. How can you thank God that you’re hurting? How can you praise Him when all seems not to be the way you think it would go? How can you remove all the worries and fears, then still praise Him?

Lately, my situation has been all sorts of turns and no matter what angle I look, I am just defeated by my fears and doubts. It’s so exhausting to try to do everything with your own might, you know! But one thing God keeps on reminding me is that everything is going to be okay because He has already taken care of it. I just have to trust Him.

“But, but…how, Lord? I can’t find joy in my situation much less praise You for something that I’m hurting.”

One thing God told me, “Surrender them all to me my child. You have been carrying so much weight on your shoulders when you know that my burden is light. Surrender it all to me.”

Then it hit me.

I’ve been doing it the wrong way all along. I’ve been looking at my situation from my perspective, not God’s. No wonder I was hurting myself more. I wasn’t trusting Him enough that He could redeem me from this situation. I was relying on myself and what my mind can perceive of what will happen. All  I have to do is to surrender everything!

As easy as that may sound, it wasn’t. It was a week of tug of war between God. Trusting Him one minute and then doubting the next. It was so exhausting! But once I understood that God is sovereign over all things, it wasn’t as hard as the first time. The moment I realize that I’m just a mere human without all understanding of God is about to do, it was easier to surrender it all to Him.

Sure, there has been doubt that creeps along the way but God keeps reminding me that He got this. He has taken care of it. All I have to do is praise Him in this situation even though I don’t understand what is going on. I have to choose to praise Him or else I’m going to be fed up with lies of doubt, fear and worry.

The moment I chose to praise Him is also the time where I experienced peace and joy through His presence. It was magnificent. It was a refreshing feeling. My heart is full of joy once I started to chose to praise Him.

Whatever your situation is right now, God is telling you that you have to stop doubting Him and start trusting Him. He is sovereign and you may not understand what is happening right now, there may be feeling of hurt, pain and betrayal, God is our redeemer. He will restore you with so much gladness in your heart that even in the midst of trial, you still can’t help but praise Him with so much joy!

Whatever is your struggles, surrender it all to Him. It may not be as easy as it is, but once you acknowledge that only God can bring you out of that pit, once you surrender every little thing of your life to Him, He will take care of it.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a]for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

You’ve got nothing to lose when you choose to praise Him right now. Instead, you will be filled up with His wonderful presence.

 

What’s the next step?

Recently, I posted this tweet:

I’ve been thinking so much lately about what is my next step. I thought getting a few months off after graduating and passing the board exam would give me time to think. Apparently, I have too much time to think, leading to overthinking. Sometimes, thinking too much could cloud your thoughts of who really should be in the big picture; and that is the glory of God.

It’s never about who you are or what you’re capable of but about what your God is capable of. I’ve been a lot of things that God has worked miracles in my life with, am I going to start to lose faith now? NO. I have yet to see how great and awesome my God is and He knows what’s best for me.

The best thing to do right now is trust His will. It’s going to be a long and bumpy ride, but as long as I don’t look away from Him, I’ll be okay. And I’m looking forward to years from now and realizing, “That’s all I ever need to do! To trust Him!” All I ever need to do is trust Him.

I might lose heart sometimes, but all the goodness that He has done in my life would make me see (again and again and again) how He has been faithful to me, even when I’m not. So yes, I’m going to trust in Him on my next step. Just as what the Bible says,

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

Now that is some good news! I know that whatever plans I may make, He will guide me to the right path. All I have to do is have faith in Him!

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My God is great. Why am I still doubting?

If you know you are serving an awesome God, do you have any room for doubt? In fact, it’s simple. All you have to do is trust and obey. Stop worrying and doubting and asking God so many “why’s”. Stop thinking what might go wrong. You’re God is all-powerful and all-knowing. The key is to know God every single day. You’ll be amazed at His surprises and promises for you.

Doubt is there. Sure. Let it last for only a second and realize how great and awesome the God you are serving. The more you know Him, the more you realise that, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10. Even “…long ago”, he already has plans for us. For sure, it is pleasing and perfect and also will glorify Him only. Besides, aren’t we living for Him and not for ourselves? When was it ever about us?

Sometimes doubt is just a way to test our faith. When you doubt about what God has planned for you, think about this, “Is your doubt greater than your faith? Or is it the other way around?” Knock, knock: reality check! It’s like setting aside your 10% for God but also at the same time thinking, “I could use this for something else more important. I’ll just tithe next month.” See the faith in there? The Bible says that even though our faith is as little as a mustard seed, it’s enough. How much more if our faith is bigger than our boulder-sized doubt?

Everything happens for a reason and that is God’s pleasing and perfect plan for us. He already planned it. Meaning, everything is already laid out in front of us. It might be a little unclear to see right now, but that is the whole point of faith. It is looking at Who holds your future, not What your future is ahead of you. If you can see everything right now, where does God fit it? How does His glory shine in your life if you do not experience everything in details?

If we can see what our future holds us right now, we will be complacent knowing that that’s our future. But if we do not know yet, what’s in store for us, we would be holding on to God every step of the way. We would experience Him in hard times and in good times. We would be able to see God’s glory in every ups and downs in our lives. We would see clearly how incredibly detailed His plans are for us, and we would experience it on the front seat.

Trusting God is more than just trusting Him. Trusting him is faith, discipline, prayer and obedience wrapped in one. Trusting Him is not only knowing that He has perfect plans for us, but trusting Him is experiencing how great He truly is! It’s your relationship with Him that’s strengthened. It’s knowing that although at this point in time everything is not making sense, you know that with God, you are okay and not alone. It’s not a journey all by yourself.

God is there to comfort you when you’re brokenhearted, to provide for you when you’re in lack, to be with you when you experience joy (even though sometimes we forget to thank Him) and so much more! He is basically with you every step of the way, sometimes we don’t notice it because we get too consumed with earthly things. If we learn to focus our eyes on things above, other things won’t matter anymore because we know we are secured in everything as long as we trust God.

So here I say to you…

Trust God and keep that faith firm on solid ground.

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Love never-ending.

How much could you really love someone?

Whenever you tell someone, “I love you very much”, how much is very much? I believe we never could really love someone so much until we know the Author of love himself. There’s so much satisfaction and fulfilment once we get to know Him. Aside from that already-beautiful thing, there’s so much to learn from Him. Everyday is different, everyday is like falling in love again and again for the first time.

Now imagine all this love inside you.

You can’t wait to share it to others, right? Because of its overflowing power, you are capable of loving others just how Jesus loves you!

This is the goal of my [new] blog: to talk about pretty normal stuff happening in life, and in the process learning what is in that situation that God wants me (us) to learn. I know I’m not perfect, I will have some rants posted here but in the end it’s all about Him and how can we learn to respond to situations given to us.

See you around!

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His thoughts are higher than your thoughts.

After writing a reflection of what God is trying to do in my life right now, God answered me with this:

“If we depend on God, He will give us favor and make things easy for us when we seek Him and His perfect timing. He leads one step at a time. If you take one step forward in the wrong direction, He will let you know before you go too far. Be aware that His thoughts are above your thoughts. He sees the end from the beginning. All His ways are right and sure. He knows what makes sense for your life and He can make it happen.” -Joyce Meyer: Promises for Your Everyday Life – a Daily Devotional

God is truly the God of comfort!

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“I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me…”

How sweet it is to be loved by God! No matter how stubborn we are, no matter how disobedient we may be, he is just always there to embrace us in His love. His promises are just sooooo full of grace and love, no matter how much He hates the attitude that we are giving Him.

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you. Isaiah 44:22
This promise just makes me cry a bucket of tears. And if that’s not heart-breaking (in a good way) enough, he says:
Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted, you who are now far from my righteousness. I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion, my splendor to Israel. Isaiah 46:12-13
Ahhh! God is indeed the best lover of all! He gives us this promises that no matter how broken, how wretched, how dirty we are in front of Him, He is still there for us! Now, where in the world could you find such love? He just loves us so much to the point that He willingly gave His Son for us to be saved! This just reminds me that we can never find comfort in the company of friends, even our our family, but it is only in Him that we can find rest and peace in our lives. So soak in His presence, meditate on His Word at all times, and you will find the best comfort and the best resting place in the world and you would never want to leave Him.
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Holding On to the Only Constant

God has yet reminded me again that nothing beautiful will come out of disobedience.

“How many times have I told you that things, when rushed not according to My plan, will become painful? I have tried to save you from the heartaches that will happen, but no, you continued to disobey. But, My child, do not be dismayed for I am the Lord your God, the greatest Love of all. If you seek Me first and allow me to mold you, I will give you the desires of your heart.”

I’ve been reading Isaiah for the past few days and I never realized that God was preparing me for this until now. God’s people disobeyed and disobeyed and rejected Him, but in the end, He was all but a loving and merciful Father.

Sometimes we get sidetracked by the things that seems “pleasurable” and things that looks nice in the outside because it may be coated by all the verses that we thought please God. Unfortunately, that’s not the point. The point is it should be something that He gave us. We may see things that looks pretty and nice but we have to discern which one is from God. And if we seek Him first in everything that we do, He will give us answers that may hurt us, but it will create in us a new heart.

Maybe God allows things to happen to break us and crush us because He wants to remind us that nothing in this world is worth holding on to. God is peeling the outer layer of our skin at the same time chiseling us to become the person He wants us to be. It’s never about us, anyway. People are temporary, even feelings are sometimes. They hurt you, they break promises, and they will continually fail you at all times. We have to always and keep coming back to the Person who will never let us go. God wants to remind us that He is the only faithful and constant in this world and that is worth holding on to.

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Wait.

Isaiah 3:10

“Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.”

Isaiah 7:4
“Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do not lose heart…'”

Isaiah 7:9b
“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”

Isaiah 7:25
“As for all the hills once cultivated by the how, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns; they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run.”

Isaiah 8:17
“I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, I will put my trust in him.”

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