Christ is Enough

“God will strip you off until you have come to nothing, and when you have nothing you will have God, and when you have God you have everything.”

Every life tells a story. Every person has a story. You have your own stories about parents and grandparents, family members and others. Some of them are good stories that you are proud to recall. Others may not be so memorable, but they all combine into the intricate weave that forms the pattern of life.

I am glad to share with you the story of one of the closest persons in my life. I have known her for almost a year and as my ministry leader, she influences me to my passion and especially to my spiritual growth.  I see her as a cheerful and simple woman who is devoted serving with His Master, yet behind those sweet smiles, she experiences a lot of struggles, personal problems and challenges. I never know her deepest life story until she allows me to write and share to the world how God directs her journey.

“Growing up in a broken family is not so easy. There have been times I feel a great loneliness and longing. Sometimes I asked, “Bakit sila may mama at papa? Bakit ako wala?” I compare myself to others and I feel that I am not complete. LOST.UNLOVED.REJECTED

As a child, I went through life searching for love because I was empty inside. Because of that, I actually look for someone I could love and loved me back. I’m always searching for love. I feel like my life is an endless loop of unhappiness. Lagi akong tumatanggap at naghahanap ng satisfaction sa ibang tao. Akala ko masasatisfy ako sa ibang tao, sa ibang bagay o  sa mga pangarap ko. Yes, I feel relieved and happy at some time, BUT after that, still I always ended up being hurt kasi iniiwan din ako. Ika nga “there is no such person or thing as permanent in this world, everything passes away, everything changes” – (walang permanenteng tao o bagay sa mundo, lahat nawawala, lahat nagbabago ). A true-life word! Paulit-ulit lang na bumabalik sa ganung sitwasyon ang buhay ko. Pauli-ulit lang akong nasasaktan.

Until one day, while listening to a youth pastor, she said that, “God will strip you off until you have come to nothing, and when you have nothing you will have God, and when you have God you have everything”. And that makes a big impact to my life. Sabi niya aalisin ng Panginoon lahat sa buhay natin hanggang sa wala nang matira sa atin, dahil sa sitwasyon na walang wala na tayo doon lang natin makikita na may Diyos na sapat sa buhay natin.

Then God gave me the thought to comprehend what the pastor said.

  1. First, God wants us to empty ourselves so that He can fill us and He can move to our life. He wants to LIVE with us but He wants us also to LEAVE every pain, bitterness, anger, and all the junks in our hearts. Sometimes we are not aware that our lives had already contaminated with so much pollution from this world that we do not even have the space for His word and for His presence. For God to enter our lives fully, we must be ready to create space: longing opens the heart to receive (Psalm 63). The door to our inner self, heart, and mind must be opened. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). God needs openings in our lives to get through to us, to communicate with us, to stretch us to greater growth, to nourish us, to revitalize and renew us with love.
  1. We need to TRUST in Him. “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes” (Psalm 118:8-9). On our own, we are not strong enough to bear our burdens. On our own, we won’t be able to endure the trials set before us. In every storm, He is always beside us.  He is never too far. People may disappoint us but God will never and only God can satisfy the longing of our hearts, our mind and our soul.
  1.  We need to be DEPENDENT only to God. It is not bad to be open to someone, but we ought to be more dependent to God. Sometimes if we depend on others, we end up being hurt because no man is perfect, everyone has flaws and not all the time people will be with us, they might leave or they might change but God promised us “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” He will never leave us in every season of our lives.

I have learned that the greatest things in life are not things. Everything I need can never be found from this world because the world can never complete and satisfy my whole being.  Only when I find the Author and Finisher of my faith, I have found real LIFE and LOVE. Though I’d failed to have a perfect family, I thank God for giving me the most wonderful people—my spiritual family. They support me in every way, help me and mold me to be a good and faithful servant of our Master. So now, no matter where I stand, what I face or where I’ve been or who I am, Christ is enough and He is more than enough for me! Jesus Christ is my EVERYTHING! He keeps showing me He is good. I trust Him to carry the burden. I trust Him to carry me. I believe no matter what else happens in life—He is all I need!”

Above all those words, I want to share with you the song that motivates me to write and tell my story to many people. Just remember Christ is enough to fulfill all He has planned for you. I hope even in the small piece of my life story inspired and blessed you! To God be the glory!

Christ is my reward
And all of my devotion
Now there’s nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy

Through every trial
My soul will sing
No turning back
I’ve been set free

Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need

Christ my all in all
The joy of my salvation
And this hope will never fail
Heaven is our home

Through every storm
My soul will sing
Jesus is here
To God be the glory

I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back
No turning back

The cross before me
The world behind me
No turning back
No turning back

Listen to the song “Christ is Enough by Hillsong”. Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9fTw9MLKAo

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤

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9 Steps for Avoiding Temptation

Avoid temptations

Avoid temptations

Temptation is something we all face as Christians, no matter how long we have been following Christ. There are a few practical things, however, that we can do to grow stronger and smarter in our struggle against sin. We can learn how to avoid temptation by practicing these nine simple steps.

Time Required: A Lifetime

  1. Write down five (5) temptations or more you never want to give in to.
  1. Tape your list to the inside cover of your Bible, to your dresser or to the inside of your locker door. Just put it someplace where you’ll be reminded often of your commitment.
  1. Give a copy of your list to a trusted Christian friend. This person could be your youth pastor, the leader of your Bible study group or your best friend. Ask this person to keep you accountable by praying for you and by asking you regularly if you’re staying true to your commitment.
  1. Remember two important facts:

a) Merely being tempted isn’t a sin—even Jesus was tempted;

b) Temptation becomes sin only when we give in.

  1. Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13: You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptation” (Contemporary English Version). As you trust God and walk with Him, He will deliver you from your temptations. It’s a truth full of hope.
  1. Memorize more of God’s Word. Don’t stop with 1 Corinthians 10:13; make Scripture memory a priority in your Christian walk.

Remember: Jesus countered Satan’s tempting lies by throwing Scripture in his face (Matthew 4:1-10); we should be able to do the same thing. (See also Psalm 119:11.)

  1. Replace don’ts with do’s. God doesn’t simply say, “Don’t do that!” He always gives us something good to replace the bad.

Check this out: “You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

What does this mean? Let’s say you realize the lyrics of certain bands drag you down, so you decide to stop listening to those bands. Then replace those old tunes with some cool Christian alternatives. Or let’s say you decide to rid your life of “putdowns”; commit yourself to saying something positive about someone every day. For more practical help, see Ephesians 4:25-32 and Colossians 3:5-14.

  1. Stay away! The best way to avoid temptation is to not even get close to it. When it comes to avoiding sin, the Bible has one great word of advice: “Flee!” (See 1 Corinthians 6:18, 10:14; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22.) If you’re tempted by pornography, stay away from the magazine counter— and the Internet. If you’re tempted to drink, stay away from parties where there will be alcohol. If a certain group of friends drags your language into the gutter, don’t hang around those friends.
  1. Pray. Shortly before His arrest and crucifixion, Jesus told His disciples, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation” (Luke 22:40). And in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus instructed us to ask God to keep us safe from temptation (Luke 11:4). Prayer is absolutely essential in our battle against temptation.

Tips:

  1. Choose a Bible Reading Plan.
  2. Develop a Christian Friendship—Someone to Call When You’re Feeling Tempted.

What You Need:

  1. A Bible
  2. A Bible Reading Plan
  3. A Christian Friend

 

Do you have any other tips to add to this list? Let us know in the comments. God bless you!

 

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤

Lose myself to find Christ

I was inspired by this song, “Lose myself by TobyMac” and God revealed a lot of things to me. So here’s the lyrics:

Take all of the good and all of the bad
‘Cause all of it’s on me
Take all of my ways, the things that I chase
The things that control me

And all that I hide, could You bring it to life?
Could You open my eyes and show me?
Take all that was me and shape it to be
Reflecting You solely

I wanna lose myself, lose myself to find You
I wanna lose myself, lose myself to find You

I don’t care how it sounds
Burn it up to the ground
Your kingdom, my desire
I wanna lose myself, lose myself to find
To find You

(I need to find you/I need to find you)

As all of the fates, I’ll be on my way
The wreckage behind me
My feet on the ground, two hands reaching out
The future is blinding

So what is stirring in You? May You stir up in me
All the dreams that You placed inside me
Take all that You see and shape it to be
The story You’re writing

I wanna lose myself, lose myself to find You
I wanna lose myself, lose myself to find You

I don’t care how it sounds
Burn it all to the ground
Consume me with Your fire
I wanna lose myself, lose myself
To find You

I need to find you…
I need to find you…
I need to find you…

I need to find you…
I need to find you…
I need to find you…

So do not hide your face from me
Do not hide your face
Do not hide your face from me
Please don’t hide

I’m gonna lose myself, lose myself to find
To find you
I need to find you…
I need to find you…
I need to find you…
I need to find you…

So do not hide your face from me
Do not hide
So do not hide your face from me
Do not hide

I need to find you.

So do not hide your face from me
Do not hide
So do not hide your face from me
Do not hide

So do not hide your face from me
Please don’t hide your face

Here’s the link of the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o113pk2cC9I

Songwriters:

GARCIA, DAVID ARTHUR / MCKEEHAN, TOBY / STEVENS, CHRISTOPHER E.


 

What does it mean to ‘lose myself to find Christ’? In Matthew 10:29 NLT it says,

If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for Me, you will find it.

If we cling to the world, and the ways of the world, we will lose the abundant life that was meant for us to live.  Living in the freedom that Jesus meant for us to live means not living according to our fleshly emotions and the standards of the world, but instead giving up those things of the flesh and trusting God in the midst of them.

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. – Romans 8:5 NLT

We were intended to live higher and to be spiritually-minded—not to live carnal or according to the flesh.  Oh, there is SO MUCH FREEDOM when we choose to live as God intended for us to live and not live according to our feelings. Most importantly, we can only do what God calls us to do through His strength and not our own.  It is then that we lose ourselves and, instead, truly find and live in freedom.

 

My personal prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing those things that are hindering my walk with You and for the strength and the courage to lose myself so I may find You. I thank You for the life of freedom only found in You. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

Your sweetest Melody, ❤