How to Maintain Inner Peace

The morning of the day I planned to write this, a problem arose that would test exactly what I wanted to write about. This wasn’t the first time that it has happened – the testing before or after the writing. It is as if the real Author of all these Spirit-inspired written words are testing this writer if she could practice what she preaches, or walk in the way of what she writes about.

Early in the morning, my beloved husband learned that our company driver who was sent to the province with the delivery van was apprehended by the traffic police and without calling and informing his boss (my husband), he paid the police PhP2,000 just so, according to him, they wouldn’t impound the van and take his driver’s license. My husband at once got furious.

Why didn’t he call him about the problem and before he paid PhP2,000?
What exactly was the violation? Transporting a second-hand oven. (Huh?!)
Did he get a receipt for paying PhP2,000? No. It went straight to the hands of the enforcers. (What?!!!)
Did he get the names of the traffic enforcers who received the money? No, he did not.

My husband started to think that maybe the driver, who has been working for our company for eight long years, wasn’t telling the truth. He gave him PhP3,000 for gas and toll fees which was more than enough (the tank was more than half-full before the trip). Without going into much detail, he has reasons to think so. When he told me all about it, I myself was surprised. To be apprehended by traffic police for transporting a second-hand oven which sits inside a closed delivery van is very unusual. (We upgraded our kitchen and the old oven was going to a relative). And, being born-again Christians, it is our company policy never to give bribes for any reason at all.

The endless analyzing and discussing while temper is slowly brewing can sap one’s energy for sure. And I didn’t have my praise and prayer time yet! Which effectively brought to mind my topic for today. So, I told my husband this: “What has happened has happened and we can no longer undo it. If the driver is telling the truth, we have to accept it and move on (except of course, my husband has yet to discuss it again with the driver in person). If not, God knows it and He will be the one to do something about it. The thing is, there should be an end to all the angry talk and doubts.”

That is what I really wanted to write about today: Much of our problems are aggravated (if not triggered) by our incessant worrying, analyzing, judging, discussing, complaining, striving, and by often choosing the way of anger and dissatisfaction. This happens when we focus more our attention to the things around us – people, events, material – than focusing our eyes on God.

I remember the early days when the “new man” was a babe in Christ – fresh, yielding and with an undistracted, quiet spirit. We were on our way to a nearby province to attend a wedding where my husband and I were principal sponsors. We were traveling with a sister in Christ who was older than us, both in age and in years of serving the Lord. She and my husband were jovially talking about people and events, and now and then, joked and laughed at the stories they were sharing with each other. I sat quietly in my seat, not speaking a single word. I was revelling in the quiet of my spirit, soaking up in the peace that the Lord put in my heart. I would sometimes stroke the long strands of my hair while I looked out the window and gazed at the seemingly never-ending green fields and rolling hills in the horizon. Ah! What peace! What an invigorating feeling of fresh holiness! 

I have to be honest: I have lost much of that holy quiet and calm throughout the years as I wrestled with prolonged physical suffering and with the difficulties of trying to keep up with the daily grind, what with a body that easily gets weary and weak.

I grieve about losing much of that constant quiet glorying in the Lord, but I haven’t forgotten that day nor the feeling of basking in the Lord’s light, unmindful of the chaos in my surroundings, and I believe it is still possible. It is always possible.

Here are some ways to maintain inner peace:

  • Be mindful of the things we think about. Don’t let negative things play in our minds, endlessly and futilely wrestling with them.

Is there somebody in your life who hurts you with his or her rude or thoughtless behaviour? Don’t focus on it. It is not your problem. It has nothing to do with you. But you can pray for him or her.

  • Don’t weary yourself by endlessly thinking, analyzing, worrying, or discussing about things that you cannot change or have no power over.

Learn to accept the things that you cannot change. Hand all of them over to God. Let Him do the solving and fixing. He is a specialist in mending the broken, rearranging what has gone awry, and making all things work together for our good.

  • Fix your eyes on Jesus and stay under His light.

One day years ago, my husband walked into the room with the news that there was something wrong with the papers of one of our properties that we were planning to sell. I understood that I might not have transacted with the rightful owners when I bought it. When he left, my body at once reacted with the stress this news brought, but I raised my hands and prayed. I relinquished all control to God. I found peace also in releasing that material thing. Later in the day, my husband told me that there was just an error and everything was well.

Don’t let problems suck you up. But be sucked up in the Lord’s light. Under His light, we receive wisdom and the peace that comes with it. Away from His light, there are shadows and darkness and it would be easy to lose our way.

Additional reading: The Spirit Bids {Ways to Seek Holy Moments}

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My gratitude list – the gifts I received from the hand of the Lord:

  • My daughter Hannah lovingly offering to massage my aching legs; she did it well, inducing me to a sound slumber :).
  • Learning to photograph objects in motion
  • The peace that descends and covers my whole being after a heartfelt praise and worship.
  • The blessed celebration of my birthday: family, good food, love and laughter.
  • A nephew who helped me with all the preparations so that I was able to rest and relax.
  • Filled to overflowing for all the testimonies of God’s miracles that I heard in Church today during the 12th Victorious Mindanao Peace Mission Anniversary.
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The Benefits {and Birthday Giveaways}

Early-2008 photo of our family :).

A family that is not bound by the sanctity of marriage, albeit, love is present for the years of unholy union have borne children. Children that are hopeful for a happy and harmonious family and a bright future. But nowadays, it is becoming more apparent that there is something weightier than love. It is ambition. For a dream and an ambition, one would gamble all. And so, leaving behind a mother with a heart that’s torn and wide-eyed children whose future now looks dim – one would set out to pursue that dream. That dream would require a marriage to another, someone who could bring one to a land flowing with milk and honey. It is a marriage for convenience, people say. But in this case, the woman loves the man whose heart belongs to the mother of his children. But ambition is weightier than love…

This is a true story. There are others quite similar and they’re just near. The world is so broken but it can’t heal itself.

I think about these things deeply. I know that for most people of the world, this phrase has become so commonplace it has probably lost its power to them, but it is always true to me and I will not grow weary in declaring it: The Lord Jesus Christ is the only One who can turn a life around. 

What makes me think deeper is the question: How will a Christ-follower make one see that the Lord Jesus can fix a life – solve its problems and change its course? 

One hindrance that I see here is one’s belief that one is serving God from wherever one is, not knowing that one is in a place where Truth is not present. For if one were truly in the Lord, why is one still so lost? So, there is that belief that there is no difference whether one stays and serves God where one is, or seeks a more intimate relationship with Him in His Church.

My “remedy” for this is: see the benefits. There is a whole lot of difference between a life in the Lord Jesus Christ and a life that is in the world which falsely serves God (or serves a false god). Truth is, life in Him is incomparable. For how would one compare eternity with death, or heaven with hell?

The benefits of a life in Christ are summarized in this:

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. (1 Cor. 1:30)

Wisdom

Righteousness

Sanctification (or Holiness)

Redemption

All these things are absent in a life that is not in the Lord Jesus Christ. On the other hand, all blessings emanate from these. One need not wrestle to try to make life right and repeatedly fail. One needs only to surrender one’s life to the Lord Jesus Christ and He will make everything alright.

Endnote: Know the Keys of Salvation here.

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My gratitude list ~ the gifts I received from the hand of the Lord:

  • Sharing testimonies of God’s healing miracles to my sister so fervent that tears flowed freely. And the Lord touched and changed her heart.
  • Tim’s recovery from an asthma-like cough only through prayers.
  • Beloved pastoral workers coming at midnight to pray over and lay hands on him (bel. husband was away fasting and praying).
  • Bel. husband finishing three days of prayer and fasting at Pampanga Fasting House.
  • my life and the days and years He keeps adding to it
  • the love of my husband and kids – my treasure
  • our group hug as tears flowed and mingled and love is recommitted
  • laughters in the garden
  • cooking, baking, ice cream making!

My kabocha pumpkin pie.

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God’s Purpose Behind the Chaos

Just as things had settled in our household, that is, our new maids had been thoroughly trained, and we were starting to enjoy the peaceful flow of domestic activities, chaos suddenly came up on a morning I least expected. Just as we’ve got our household organization down pat, our momentary quiet was stirred by yet another domestic strife, and that came from our stay-out laundrywoman.

This laundrywoman who has been washing and ironing the family’s clothes for 9 long years had a controversy with one of the maids. One by one she enumerated all this maid’s faults and shortcomings, telling me that she did nothing but text and call with her cellphone. I knew that already and we had strongly reprimanded her about it. I was so provoked by these revelations that I.simply.forgot. I forgot to pause and think. I forgot to remember God’s Word (to draw wisdom from it) and to listen to the Holy Spirit before I opened my mouth to speak. Then, it was too late. Although I talked lengthily to the maid concerned and implored her to clean up her act to avoid conflicts, the laundrywoman had achieved her purpose and the maid decided to leave. No, there was no talking her out of it.

I closed my eyes as I struggled to breathe. All my baking ingredients and gadgets were spread out before me on my mobile kitchen, and no maid was on sight to assist me. Oh, God! When can we do away with maids? Tears of utter frustration fell as I tried hard to suck air from the electric fan.

Just as much as I want to not have any maids, at this time, we need them. I’m not well. I’ve an illness (I don’t have a name for it; the doctors weren’t able to diagnose it) that affects my autonomic nervous system (ANS), that is, my cardio, respiratory and digestive. I need someone to assist me from the time I wake up in the morning to the time I go to sleep at night. We’ve two kids. I can’t assist them except in school work. My husband manages our company. We need maids to cook (I only cook or bake when I’m well and I need assistance then), clean, and do our laundry. All these years, the Lord has been teaching us to be long-suffering, but until now, it still has its pain.

The next morning after the maid left, I resorted to the sanctuary. Hurting and with a heavy heart, I began to praise. I sang and prayed that the Lord will shed light to this yet another household problem. (My husband and I agreed that the laundrywoman will have to go, too). I wanted to have peace in my heart and be strengthened and inspired again to start anew. I needed the Lord so much. As I sang, His Spirit spoke in my heart.

You are My children and you walk in holiness. Therefore, be ye separate. They have to go because they don’t walk in the way of the Lord. 

The Lord reminded me that those maids cussed (they cussed when they’re excited and when they talked on the cellphone; it’s their normal expression) and wore indecent clothing and I had turned a blind eye and a deaf ear. Although I always reprimanded them never to cuss, they still did. I also brought up the possibility of them wearing maids’ uniform, but they didn’t want any of t. They wanted to wear their own clothes which were mostly tight-fitting and low-rise jeans that showed a portion of the underwear.

They live sinful lives. 

I learned that day that the maid who just left was living in with a separated but still very much married man back in the province. And sadly, it is the same situation with our other staff. Remember the article I wrote Hope in Marriage? In our country, there are many couples and families that are not bound by marriage because either or both of the partners had been married before and their marriages weren’t annulled. One doesn’t have to look far.

It is our practice to reject applicants from the agencies if they are living in with men outside of marriage. But sometimes they come from the province and there is no prior interview, and sometimes they don’t tell the truth. It is also our practice to share with them the Gospel and our testimony and other testimonies, and urge them to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. But we are not always successful. The past years, we’ve had maids who were converted and became born-again Christians, and now, they are blessed to be working abroad – praise God!

The Lord reminded me that He’s perfecting us in the way of holiness. That if these people who come to live with us reject the Gospel and don’t want to submit to our rules (not to cuss and wear indecent clothing and are dishonest), we must not compromise the way of holiness. He reminded me of Psalm 1.

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful. 
(Psalm 1:1)

He made me understand that all these painful processes and passages are for our cleansing, learning, growing, and perfection. That is, perfection in the way of holiness. 

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God(2 Cor. 7:1)

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My gratitude list ~ the gifts I received from the hand of the gracious Lord:

  • This song of the Finest Choir which beloved Leah sang, Mercy Saw Me, my theme song which brought back wonderful memories of God’s great mercy, tears of gratitude flowing once again.
  • Maid replacements who came from my hometown and are married with families.
  • Group hug with husband and kids in bed, so tight it suffocates! The kids enjoy it so!
  • The kids’ trip to Holy Carabao and Fun Farm on a wonder-filled Saturday afternoon.
  • This Banana Nut Caramel ice cream that I made and the love and laughter it brought once again around our table.

 

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Mortifying or Fortifying the Carnal Mind?

The Holy Spirit

When we received the Lord Jesus Christ and were baptized in water in His name, we received the spirit which is of God and not of the world (1 Cor. 2:12).

Renewing of the mind

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom. 12: 2)

The above verse contains three very important parts:

Renewing of the mind
Transformation
Proving the good, acceptable and perfect will of God

I believe most of us grew up being conformed to the world, that is, having carnal minds. The carnal mind is that which is worldly or earthly, adhering to the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). But when we receive the Holy Spirit, there is now a renewing of the mind from ALL that we’ve embraced and grown accustomed to to things of God. That is, spiritual things. A transformation happens in us as our minds are renewed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and by the knowledge of and obedience to God’s Word. Only when we are transformed can we know what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. And with this knowledge, we begin to walk according to His will.

Mortifying the carnal mind

To continue to grow spiritually, there is a need to mortify those members of our being, specifically the carnal mind, which adhere to sin.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. (Col. 3:5 NIV)

Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. (Rom. 6:13 NIV)

Schism in the Mind

Having received the Holy Spirit, yet from time to time, the mind yields to following the things of the flesh – there will be no perfect peace. For a carnal mind can never be reconciled to a spiritual mind, for what harmony can there be between Christ and the devil?

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. (Rom. 8:7)

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom. 8:6)

He/she who fortifies the carnal mind has not so learned Christ

I have chosen this topic today because of something I read on FB. It is about this trilogy of books (can grey have too many shades, even fifty?) that’s deluging America and the hearts of many around the world, mostly women, young and old, single or married (that is, from what I’ve gathered reading the comments). Although I knew I wouldn’t want to read it, I went to Amazon to know what’s the rave all about. I read negative reviews about the book (honestly, I always find negative reviews helpful), and there are lots of them. Even when I wasn’t yet a born-again Christian, erotica wasn’t my kind of a good read. And I had given up chick lit even before I graduated from college.

How could one profess to praise and worship God yet drinks in fifty shades of sexual fantasies to the full, filling the mind and  mouth to overflowing?

I wouldn’t touch this book, and anyone who does who has received the Holy Spirit is a fool. He/she is fortifying the carnal mind.

Called to Be Holy

For the true Christian has received the Holy Spirit and walks after Him; her mind has been renewed; her life has been transformed; her sinful nature has been put to death; she knows the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God and walks accordingly. She is in one mind, a spiritual mind.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Cor. 5:17)

2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:7, and Rom. 6:22 (there are still other verses) speak of the pursuit of holiness:

…let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.

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My weekly gratitude list ~ thankful to the Lord for:

  • amazing testimonies I heard today in the worship service that filled my mind and nourished my soul.
  • the magnificent display of His mighty power in Jesus Miracle Crusade Intl. Min. crusades held this summer throughout the country: salvation of souls, healing of diseased bodies, deliverance from vices and addictions.
  • the singing of The King is Coming by the Finest Choir which lifted my spirit to glorious heights and as my hands were raised and my eyes were tightly closed, I felt the King’s sweet holy presence and I sobbed in gratitude and joy!
  • for blessed days of writing with God’s wisdom and anointing, and cooking and baking for family – happiness!
  • for these sticky rice cakes wrapped in banana leaf lovingly made by a sister in Christ just for us. The Lord’s love is sweet beyond words.

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All Broken and Scarlet

I read her story, very briefly told, yet it didn’t fail to bless me. I know stories like that would touch a woman’s heart, whether to stir up wistful emotions or a feeling of deep gratitude to God, like what I had felt, for He turns ashes into beauty. Like what He had done to me.

This sister-in-Christ went back to her old hometown after several years and she shared how the sights evoked nostalgic thoughts. She reminisced how she went home after her sweetheart had proposed marriage to her, locked herself in her room and prayed earnestly, crying out to God to lead her to His perfect will. She had surrendered her life to Jesus years before and had been faithfully and fervently serving Him.

She married her sweetheart and they’ve been living blissfully together ever since and been blessed with an adorable daughter.

Such a beautiful story of a love that is chaste. This is how God has intended it to be: Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge (Heb. 13:4). But the moral standards have increasingly deteriorated through the generations. The sacred union that is supposed to be an exclusive act between a husband and wife has been broken. Pre-marital sexual relations are predominantly practiced in our societies, not to mention promiscuity.

Anywhere one looks, there is this brokenness, the splashing of scarlet. A sin so scarlet and yet, so well accepted by the mainstream. We don’t have to look far. It happens all around us. I had lived that way, too. Looking back now, I learned that it all happened because I didn’t really know God. My knowledge of Him was superficial. It is easy to get so lost in life just by mere ignorance.

But even those who profess that they really know God and diligently read and study His Word, yet, they fall. I heard a brother-in-Christ testify that before, while he was an instrumentalist in another Christian congregation, he was living-in with his girlfriend. If there was no true regeneration, true spiritual birth, the self remains powerless against the lusts of the flesh.

We were all born in the flesh. That is why there is a need for a second birth: to be born of the Spirit.

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:5-6)

Many profess that they love the Lord Jesus Christ but they live in an entirely different direction as His Word teaches. We are all broken and scarlet-tainted people, until we lay ourselves prostrate before the Savior and let His blood wash all our sins, as scarlet as they are.

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool. 
(Is. 1:18)

His blood, this scarlet flow that was shed in Calvary – it is the only thing that can wash away all sin, the only thing that can heal all brokenness. This scarlet flow washing clean our scarlet-tainted lives.

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. (Heb. 12:14)

Related:

(If you haven’t received the Lord Jesus Christ in your life and are not sure if you are saved and heir of eternal life, know the keys of salvation here).

My weekly gratitude list ~ thankful to the Lord for:

  • this video that Hannah made for me for Mother’s Day. To know that she’s been inspired enough to make one for me makes me think that all my efforts in rearing her in the way of the Lord are coming to fruition.
  • a happy celebration of Mother’s Day with family.
  • using difficult problems that bring heartaches to draw me closer to Him – humble, surrendered, and needy.
  • the fervent love of brethren-in-Christ, friends and family.

Oh, the Joy!

Do you have the tendency to compare your life with that of other people? To compete? Do you get that sinking feeling, or a whiff of sadness and discontent, when you see others, like friends, having the grandest time of their life – the grandest house, the grandest vacation, the grandest possessions?

I used to have these tendencies. I used to compare and compete. Oh, how I thrived in competition! But with the totally-surrendered life to the Lord are the priceless lessons that come with it. He just have to remove all these: lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh, and pride of life.

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. (1 John 2:16 NKJV)

For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (1 John 2:16 NLT)

And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:17 NLT)

The things that we lust upon and those that make us proud have no place in His heart, and if we embrace these, we just have no place in Him.

For if we look at the life of the Lord Jesus Christ, where does God’s glory rest? It doesn’t rest in palaces with shining colonnades and gilded thrones, but in a humble manger covered with hay. It doesn’t rest in bigger-than-life bronze or granite monuments, but on an old rugged cross there on top of a hill where blood and tears flowed and mingled.

But how did the Lord remove all that “pride of life” from me? It was a long process. At first, I only wanted to obey Him, so we got contented with our home and did not desire anymore to have a bigger one or with a sprawling lawn with all the embellishments of a fairyland.

Our Church promotes simplicity: decent clothing that reflects a life of true holiness and absolutely no jewelries. After three months of being saved, I put all my stash of jewelries – genuine diamonds of different shapes and sizes, pearls and gold – into a paper bag, including a jewelry box and gave them all as an offering. I pulled almost all of my expensive clothes out of my closet and sold them to our office employees and gave the proceeds to our Church.

I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. (1 Tim. 2:9-10 NIV)

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Pet. 3:3-4 NIV)

We learned to buy clothing that need not be expensive or “signature” ones and we learned not to buy too much. We sold a property (and one is still for sale) because we didn’t want to be hoarders. We learned to live in simplicity although there was that constant temptation to have more because by God’s abundant grace, we have the means, so we learned to cling to this as a constant reminder:

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Mic. 6:8 NKJV)

The Lord pried open our hearts to make us see the things that break His heart: souls that are needing salvation, stomachs that are empty and needing to be filled, poor children that dream of a bright future… We were taught to give, and to give generously, for the work of the Lord: the Gospel of salvation preached to all people.

Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Mat. 6: 19-21 NLT)

But there were still times that I felt a pinch in my heart whenever I saw people living the plush, sophisticated life I used to live. So I continued to pray that God will take away the temptations of this world from my heart and draw me ever nearer to His will.

One day, He showed it to me, as clear as noonday that I felt like singing and dancing and leaping! In this life that we are living, His presence is here, His wonderful blessings are all around, I only have to REALLY SEE! (Why do Christians sometimes have “far-sighted” vision?).

He made me see that THIS is the life He wants for us, and in it He supplies the daily joy and inspiration, AND HE IS ENOUGH. His grace is sufficient and in His presence is fullness of joy! Halleluiah! 

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So I’m basking in His light and I’m raising my hands and worshiping this wonderful Lord and celebrating this joy pure and true!

The song below is one of the praise songs that I love listening to and singing to the Lord in my private worship time. It speaks of the priceless presence of God in a Christian’s life. I pray you’ll learn it, too.

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Praise

Singing praises to God tops the list of things I love doing. Here are 7 reasons why:

  • Worship

As a child of God, I need to present myself before my Father and commune with Him, for my heart and soul belong to Him. My spirit must be one with His Spirit for me to have life. For He is my life, the pure air that I breathe. Since the One I worship is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, I approach His throne with a humble offering of songs of praise sung from the depths of my being.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4)

I need this constant holy communion [intimate fellowship, communication] with my Father, Savior, Healer, for He is everything to me, and without Him – I am nothing.

  • Sanctuary

When I start to sing in the quiet and privacy of our room, I feel like I am entering into a sanctuary [consecrated place; a place for refuge and protection] where the love of God covers me and His grace flows down and spreads to every part of me, and I feel safe and nurtured. This is the place I run to when things and events of this world overwhelm me. And here, I am always received with open arms.

…in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. (Psalm 57:1)

  • His Presence

The deep longings of my heart and the thirstings of my soul – these are all satisfied and quenched in the Lord’s sweet, holy presence. The mind’s disquiet is pacified with His soothing whispers of unfailing love, and the spirit receives wisdom and guidance. In His presence is joy that transcends sorrow and pain, and peace that’s beyond understanding.

…the upright shall dwell in thy presence. (Psalm 140:13)

  • Cleansing

I sing in the Lord’s presence as tears of adoration, thanksgiving, repentance, and earnest prayer flow freely. I bathe in His light that penetrates to every dark crevice of my being. And after this rapturous, holy communion, I feel as if a powerful cleansing has passed over me.

A holy life, really, is being near the One who alone is holy (Rev. 15:4).

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

  •  Strength and Growth

Like a plant that feeds on the earth’s nutrients and drinks of the dew of heaven so that it grows and bears much fruit, so does a Christian draw strength and gain growth by regular watering – communing with God and feeding on His Word – and God will give the increase.

  • Protection

When a distressing spirit would trouble King Saul, he would call for David to play the harp. And as David played and sang sweet psalms, the distressing spirit would leave King Saul and he would have peace (1 Sam. 16).

When ailments or afflictions come to trouble the children of God, powerful praising is a very effective tool in defeating the works of the devil. The enemy cannot stand in the midst of praising believers.

I have proven numerous times how praising invites the presence of God, and in His presence, no demon can stay long. That is what we do in our home – praising and worshiping God when there is sickness or trouble. This is practiced by all our beloved brethren in their own homes, for this is what our beloved spiritual parents have taught us.

During the times when I was struggling with my illness, and my beloved husband had to leave for work, I would listen to praise songs all the day, alternating with audio Bible. These would bring comfort to my body and lull me to sweet slumber.

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. (Psalm 32:7) 

  • Power

I have written how praise and worship is done daily, morning and evening, in all our Church pastoral and fasting houses. The main Pastoral House’s hotline receives mostly emergency calls from brethren and their families from all over the world requesting for back-up prayers.

Long, earnest, and powerful praising, with prayer and fasting, invites the Lord’s presence to come down, anointing and empowering the beloved workers and brethren, preparing them for the day’s battle: visiting and praying for the sick and the lost, and bringing deliverance to the bound and oppressed, ALL in the name of Jesus.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

This weekend, it’s my earnest prayer that those who have not received the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives as their Lord and Savior, would also be reached by His Gospel of salvation, whereas those who have would continue to seek the Lord’s face through constant and earnest praise and worship. Amen.

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This post is linked to Proverbs 31 Thursday, Brag on God FridaySpiritual Sundays, Time-warp Wife, Domestically Divine, Women Living Well, We are that Family, Women in the Word Wednesday, Raising Homemakers