Sunday, December 8, 2013

Romans 4:21

and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. Romans 4:21 

Everything in this world is vulnerable and that includes us. 
I could just have been a figure right now, a part of that 5235 that Yolanda took.
But He chose to have me breathing even at this very moment.
To praise Him and honor Him and share His faithfulness in me who is undeserving of His love.

Looking back 30 days ago, I still could not fathom how gracefully I have survived Yolanda. One thing is for sure though, I never stopped believing that I have a God who is greater above all things, who is in control over things and I just need to be still and be awed by His greatness. 

He gave me that peaceful heart and protected it all through out the ordeal. I can remember how I cried out His name in prayer together with my roommate Ate Che as Yolanda attempted to intimidate the building and my Faith blow by blow. But He can not allow it to last more longer that He put me into sleep before the wrath of the storm became strongest and scariest.

I woke up only after Yolanda's devastation, I haven't had any meal yet because all those times I thought that everything will still be the same and will just eat outside the hotel after the strong rain. Only to be greeted by a muddy ground floor, displaced fixtures, broken glass doors, flipped-over cars and the realization that my car is nowhere to be found near where I parked it. Yes I was struck for a while, but He comforted me with a grateful heart. He tucked me in the hotel bed, comfortably lying in a soft bed with the clean luxurious linen to keep me warm. 

His provisions became more abundant as He sent food right before the night engulfed the whole city and left us idle in the abyss of darkness of the storm's aftermath. He strengthened me with the concern of my colleagues as they searched for me and Ate Che the next day. He sent us to where exactly we should be that very moment, He led us to Leyte Park where information for our Exodus was planted, He made us see what we need to fend that day to prepare us for the greater task in line. In the midst of nothingness, I am honored to be chosen to honor and glorify Him as I am called to be a channel of blessings to other as we searched for food, medicines and water. It was the longest walk I took in my whole life not until the morning after. 

On the eve of our Exodus, it was revealed to me that to get out of this ordeal as fast as I could, I need not think of myself first but instead He wanted me to secure the welfare of others before me, that I need not worry, that all I need is to just trust in His greatness wholly. I am even tested twice to leave the group and marched on earlier, ahead of the group to secure a seat in the arm force aircraft. I almost gave in twice too. But I hold on to His Promise and pursue with His purpose for me that very moment. He provided us the strength to press on that walk until the very moment that He answered our prayer the night before, a lift from where we declare it to be up to the airport. He easily provided us our seats in the aircraft  when it was very uncertain until that very moment our names got listed. It was only when I got out of that plane that everything sink-in to me, I am very vulnerable. I wept as I am humbled by how much He loves me.  Again, I still could not fathom how gracefully I have survived Yolanda but I am so happy to understand that because it was not me, it was all GOD and how much wonders He can do. 



    The gospel plan salvation is not difficult to understand if you simply read it as God inspired it. Just read the Bible and believe it.

    The Scriptures only get hard to comprehend when men distort, pervert, and misrepresent the clear teachings of the Bible. Man's opinion can and does make if difficult for many to understand God's plan of salvation.


    Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

    1. Who believes will be saved.
    2. Who is baptized will be saved.
    3. Who does not believe will be condemned.

    It is not difficult to understand.

    John 8:24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."

    1. If you do not believe Jesus is the Son of God you will die in your sins.

    There is nothing complicated about that statement.

    Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    1. Repent in order to have your sins forgiven.
    2. Be baptized in order to have your sins forgiven.
    3. After repentance and baptism you will receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit Himself.

    There is nothing unfathomable presented here.

    Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    1. You must acknowledge Jesus as Lord to be saved.
    2. You must believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead to be saved.

    Nothing mysterious about that.

    Galatians 3:26 You are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,

    1. Through faith in Christ Jesus you can become a son of God.

    Nothing troublesome in that statement.

    Galatians 3:27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    1. Men become clothed with Christ by being baptized into Him.

    There is nothing confusing about that.

    Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith---and this not from from yourselves, it is a gift of God.

    1. We are saved because of God's grace. No man earns his salvation.
    2. We are saved through faith.
    3. The gift that God gives is salvation.

    There is nothing enigmatic found here.

    Acts 2:47 .....And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

    1. The Lord and only the Lord adds to His church.

    Nothing inexplicable in that.

    Acts 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.'

    1. Saul was still in his sins until he was baptized in water.

    You do not need a degree in theology to understand that.

    John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

    1. Whoever believes in Jesus can have eternal life. Salvation is available to all who hear the gospel.

    There is nothing difficult about that.

    1 Peter 3:20-21...were saved through water. 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also---not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

    1. Water baptism is essential to salvation.
    2. Water baptism saves you if you have good conscience toward God.
    3. Without the resurrection of Jesus no one could be saved.

    You do not need a masters in education to understand that verse of Scripture.

    Is the gospel difficult to understand? No it is not. The gospel plan of salvation is only made complicated when presented using man-made traditions.

    1. FAITH: John 3:16
    2. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38
    3. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9
    4. WATER BAPTISM: Mark 16:16