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Many Christians today think that changes are dependent on the circumstances in life. They easily change jobs because of a greater offer. They easily move house because of the proximity of the school they desire for their kids. Many even easily jump from one church to another for convenience’ sake.
These changes are highly volatile because they are not anchored to the Rock of Ages who is the Lord Jesus Christ, the very Person and Theme of God’s Word! He said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life (John 5:39–40).” Jesus is our Foundation and we can only be established in Him through His Words in the Bible. As the psalmist declares, “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7–11)
Below are testimonies of some of the members of the FilBF of how God’s Word has changed their lives. May the Lord be praised and glorified as we recognize that only Him and His Word has the power to change us today and even for ever and ever!
I grew up in a Christian family. My parents introduced me to the Word of God including, praying, and going to church every Sunday. I was once an active child in our church, every time our Sunday school teacher asked us who wanted to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, I would always raise my hand, but then I was not serious at those moments. I probably just raised my hand because that was what my friends did. When I became a teenager, I was wondering why my heart was still heavy and not contented after hearing God’s Word. I realized that I still had not accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour seriously into my heart. I realized that I must also understand what I was reading in His word. After I prayed the “sinner’s prayer” I was enlightened and fully understood that I now belong to Jesus Christ.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2
His word is my guide all the days of my life. Even if sometimes I have a lot of struggles and difficult circumstances in life, however, God’s Word is “a lamp unto my feet and a light into my path” (Psalm 119:105). His Word is helping me to understand why Christians are still suffering and need to undergo the trials in life. There was a time when I felt like I conformed to worldly things. I was convicted and resisted it with the help of God. I suddenly remember the words from Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” I thank God how He is always there to remind me and help me to resist the many temptations.
Fast forward, during my college years, I experienced a lot of trials in my life. I thought I could not finish my 5–year course just for one mistake. It happened when I let my friend copy my answer during our final semester examination. When my Instructor knew it, he was very angry and felt insulted for what we did. Consequently, he did not release our grades and he called our attention to his office. I was so scared at those moments, because of the fact that I really needed my grades for me to process my graduation papers. I prayed to God and asked forgiveness, I realized that I must not tolerate sin. I was thinking that in order for her to pass the examination I allowed her to cheat. God taught me a lesson from that situation. “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee” (Psalm 5:4). Therefore we both suffered the consequences we deserved. I only received a grade which was far lower than my actual grades. But I was still thankful, because God allowed me to finish my 5-year course in college. Without Him, I could not have done anything.
And above all, His Word changed my life. It makes me realize the things which are right and wrong. God’s Word serves as a light in my life each day. His word helps me to continue living and not to get discouraged. Let us allow His Word to dwell richly upon us!
I was a pessimistic person. I tend to lost hope and get distressed easily. Whenever I faced trials and tribulations I wallowed in “self-pity” thinking that my life is worse than everyone else. I asked questions like, “Why they are so lucky while I am not.” “Why does God allow bad things to happen to me?” “Does He not love me?”
One day I was reading the Bible and I came across these passages in John 16:33, (Jesus said), “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”; Joshua 1:9, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest”; Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Reading these passages of the Scriptures made me realize that no matter how big my problems are, my God is greater than all my problems combined. As long as I have God in my life and in my heart, I will not falter, I will not fall.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
I think it is human nature to be judgmental. And sadly, I am one of them. I loathe myself for being such a person and I know that I am not perfect. Romans 3:10, “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” I have no right to judge, only God can. Matthew 7:1–5, “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.” These passages clearly state that God is the sole ruler that can judge us in everything we do. God’s Word helps me to change for the better, to be more sympathetic and understanding for I know that I also have flaws and imperfections that other people have to bear.
Forgiving can be hard when someone hurts us. On my part unfortunately, I hated my Dad. I blamed him for my Mom’s early demise. But now I know better. It was not all his fault. Everything happened and God allowed it for a purpose. I believe He has plans for allowing those things to happen in our lives.
Forgiveness is about how God forgive us, but also about how we forgive each other. Matthew 6:14–15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
We all have experiences of failures and deceit in our lives. And sometimes we act thoughtlessly or selfishly towards the other person. Every day is a struggle for me to keep my anger away. That even in the smallest/petty things I lose my temper. Sadly, I often hurt the people closest to me, especially my husband and my son, when I am tired and stressed about work and financial woes. I vent my anger on them. While I could have simply flip a switch and turn off my anger. I just surrendered to the Lord and asked Him to help me walk in obedience, to give me patience and understanding. Psalm 37:8–9, Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”
The Bible tells us that it is a sin to worry. Life often presents us with stressful situations. And it is easy to allow ourselves to succumb to fear, worry and anxiety. I worry about many things. I just cannot help it. Moreover, I am away from my family, and I worry for their safety and their health. But thanks be to God! He is my ultimate Source of peace, hope, strength, courage and joy amidst all the trials! I trust in Him to supply all my needs and calm my anxious heart. Psalm 9:9, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
When we swear and curse, we are giving evidence of the sin polluting our hearts which must be confessed and repented of. The evil in the heart comes out through the mouth in curses and swearing. But when our hearts are filled with the goodness of God we are filled with praises for Him and love for others. Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
I came to understand that prayer is not just asking for things. Prayer is talking to God, thanking Him for His goodness and praising Him for His greatness. It is getting close to Him, getting to know Him better, seeking Him and spending time with Him. It is acknowledging Him as the Source of power upon whom I can depend on. Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Jude Thaddeus Gabales
I was named by my mother as such because of my Roman Catholic background. My parents knew the various saints introduced by the church and one of them is Jude Thaddeus.
In my younger days I was inclined to think about supernatural things and events especially to the occult. Then, I wanted to be a priest when I was still in my younger days, as a Roman Catholic. During high school, I served the Lord as an altar boy under the tutelage of the school where I studied and learned about God. However, I still did not understand how I could be saved in Christ. I was taught that once I got baptized (water baptism) in the name of Jesus only under the Roman Catholic Church, I would automatically be saved. Without the correct teaching of the doctrines of Christ, I was side tracked and took things for granted. I thought I was saved but I did not know that I was nothing but filthy rags in the eyes of God. Eventually I was drawn into the vices of this world. I became a wine-bibber, a chain-smoker, a liar, a fornicator, an adulterer, an idolater (which I did not know because I was in an idolatrous church), and even defied God and denied His existence. It probably was due to the hardships I faced in life. I had questions and sometimes asked why I was born into this world. For what purpose? To eat, sleep, and be merry for tomorrow I die? To labour, face difficulties and hardships, and even suffer with what I see and experience all around me? I did not understand why but it seemed to me that maybe there is no God for why would He create me and only give me difficulties in life? I had no answer and I eventually set it aside.
When I was in my mid-twenties, I became a free-thinker. I still kept thinking of answers to my questions. I have read a few worldly philosophies here and there, but they were just temporary circumstances in my life which had no relevant impact to my way of thinking. In reality, I was a worldly person enjoying my own life in worldly entertainment, wretchedness, and having the love of money which made me greedy of worldly treasures. I wanted to work because the rewards can provide me something good for myself. I was selfish and full of myself. Later on, I was introduced to an occult religion which is a part of the brotherhood of Masons but was inclined more to the esoteric knowledge, the Kabbalah, Hermeticism, alchemy, and mystical Christianity. So, I joined the “Rosicrucian Order” or the “Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis” (AMORC). Their rituals involved deep meditations, some chanting, magic rituals, and others. They taught me that humans are gods but only that no one knows our own potentials. They even told me that Jesus is highly divine and more heavenly because he came from another plane of existence and taught us how to become divine like him. Fortunately, I did not have any endurance to learn of their so-called secret knowledge and left; but sadly my eldest sister remained with them until now.
Sometime in 2007, I went abroad to work and to earn more than what I had in the Philippines. I was stationed in the Republic of Maldives constructing resorts. I was lonely and far away from my family, but I replaced it with temporary happiness through drinking with my colleagues and having different sorts of fun. Eventually I came to Singapore in May 2008 and started working here. Moving forward in 2012, I became weary and tired of work, of the hardships I faced each day, of being away from family, and of the feeling that things are repeating over and over again. Just like the writings of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 1:8–9, “All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” All is vanity. They gave me weariness not just the kind that I felt from my physical body but something deep inside of me has grown tired. Sometimes I just asked God to end the world so that all of my sufferings would be gone. Then I remembered what Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30). God’s answer to the weariness I faced did not easily affected my life. I let time run its course for I did not know that God was working in my midst.
In August 2016, I became acquainted with Bro Deccarlo Igot from work when he recently joined us earlier that year. We briefly discussed about spiritual things and I told him that I tried to read and understand the Bible because I wanted to learn spiritual truths, since I did not truly understand from my previous quests in different religions. It once passed in my mind to go to India and learn of the spiritual teachings from yogis. Of course, it did not happen but Bro Deccarlo suddenly invited me to go for a Bible study in the following month so I told him, “Sure, why not? I wanted to hear what they can say about it.” So I joined the then Filipino Bible Study and True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church’s worship service consecutively. I became convicted upon hearing God’s Word not just in the Bible studies and worship services but also when I attended night classes during that time. Because of this constant hearing of God’s Word, Praise the Lord, Bro Deccarlo and I, repented of our sins, confessed, and received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour on 1st December 2016. I was baptized under True Life BP Church on 16th April 2017 together with 5 other Filipino brethren.
However, a week or two before my scheduled baptism, while happily informing my wife of the said event. I was shocked when she angrily rebuked me accusing me that my newfound faith disrupted our relationship and family; that we did not understand each other anymore; and that any important plans for our child’s future might be prevented. She threatened to file a divorce if I did not give up my membership with the church. Then after that, she gave me her silent treatment. I did not understand why she did that. So even though I was sad, I continued to entrust it unto the Lord; never doubting in Him. I knew then that this was a trial to test my faith. Nobody noticed how sad I was because I was happy to be baptized in the name of the Triune God. I did not want to give up my faith just like that because, like the parable of the ‘Prodigal Son’ (Luke 15:11–32), I also was once lost but now that I am found, I am not willing to give up my faith in Christ. “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him” (2 Samuel 22:31). Indeed, God’s way is perfect and tried! A few weeks after my baptism, my wife called me like nothing happened. It is always a blessed assurance to know that with God, nothing shall be impossible (Luke 1:37).
Come unto me, all ye that labour and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28–30
After I said my sinner’s prayer and was baptized, did I experience miraculous signs? No. There was nothing but the most special part was, I knew that I am saved by Christ’s sacrificial blood, for He is “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). And I knew that something in me has started to change. One of those things was, I am burdened to share to my relatives how God has saved me. I was like that man in Gadarenes (Luke 8:26–40), whom Jesus cast away a legion of demons and told him to return to his own house and show to his family, relatives, and friends, what great things God had done to him.
After I received Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord, I went back to the Philippines on early part of 2017 for a vacation. At the same time, it was my very first evangelistic mission for my own family back home. With the help of Rev Reggor Galarpe of Gethsemane BPC-Cebu, we arranged for a Bible study with my mother, my siblings and their families, my wife, and my daughter. I gave each of them a KJV Bible and that night was full of the study of God’s Word through Rev Reggor. It was the first time that a Bible study was conducted in my old home with all of my siblings around and their families. I thank the Lord for His guidance and giving me the zeal to boldly open up to my family about my convictions in Christ. During the Lord’s Day, my wife and daughter went with me to worship the Lord at Gethsemane BPC-Cebu. I was so blessed of what the Lord did to my family that they may also be delivered from the bondage of sin and depravity. I know that this burden for my family to be saved is of the Lord. It is my duty as a Christian and I pray the Lord will not allow me to be discouraged as I strive to persevere in bringing God’s Word to my family. I trust the Lord will not permit me to give up but to continue on instead.
The second opportunity given to me was when Bro Deccarlo invited me to her daughter’s wedding sometime in November 2017. As a principal sponsor, I had to give an advice to the newlywed couple and this was a great opportunity for me to share God’s Word, from Mark 10:6–9, not just for the couple but for all who were there, especially my wife. The next day we had a discussion with my wife about what I had shared. I thank the Lord that He enabled me to openly share God’s Word with my wife.
Another opportunity came when a dozen of Bro Deccarlo’s relatives were baptized early this year (2018). The FilBF proposed a series of Bible studies in Cebu City, to teach God’s Word to our own families. I shared to Bro Deccarlo’s relatives and to my own family when I went back home during the Chinese New Year holiday. I felt very nervous since it was my first time conducting a Bible study. I knew I was not ready and worthy, but I believe it was the will of the Lord for such a wonderful opportunity. God led me to share, the “Fundamentals of the Christian Faith”. This was followed up in April 2018. I still felt that I am unworthy and unable to do these things, but I needed to follow God’s will! Thank God my wife at this time was very supportive and even encouraged our daughter and my step-daughter to attend our Bible study. We also attended the worship service at Gethsemane BPC-Cebu. They even came here in Singapore to attend Calvary Tengah’s Church Camp last month and attended the worship service at RELC and the Filipino Bible Fellowship. Truly, blessings are received and prayers are answered if we put our faith in God.
There is still a lot of work to do even for my own family as they have not yet confessed and accepted our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. But I am constantly praying for that time to come and I fully entrust everything to God as I continue to strive and obey His Word. Please help me pray for my family’s salvation.
I am thankful to God our Father for the blessings he has given me. In the form of trials and suffering in my life, He is teaching me to persevere and endure with prayers, supplications, and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). Praise God, for His guidance. My wife is now very supportive of my faith in Christ. I guess she now understands that faith in Christ is the only sure way of salvation. God works in mysterious ways. I hope and pray with joyful forbearance as I continue on with my faith in the Lord that it will lead me to a fruitful life in Christ and eventually will lead my whole family to serve our Lord as one.
Nabago ang pananaw ko sa buhay sa pamamagitan ng salita ng Diyos. At nagagamit ko ito sa araw araw. Minsan, may mga bagay talaga na di inaasahan mangyari pero nangyayari, gustohin man natin o hindi. Dahil dito nasusukat ang ating pananampalataya sa Kanya, o ang totoong relasyon natin sa Kanya. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Panginoon sa kanyang bawat gabay sa akin at sa pamilya ko. Nakakaranas man ako ng mga pagsubok, subalit hindi ako nag aalinlangan na sabihin ito sa Kanya o tawagin ang Kanyang pangalan. Nakakaranas din po ako ng galit, depression, stress sa mga bagay-bagay pero di ako nagdadalawang isip na tawagin ang Panginoon. Indeed! He takes over my way or sa pamamagitan ng mga tao sa paligid ko nararamdaman ko ang presensya nya na sobrang sobra... Yung mga gawain dati ang hirap gawin pero dahil sa Kanya (prayer) napapadali at napakagaan na. Minsan magugulat ako sa mga blessing along my way at mapapaisip ako “salamat Lord!”
(There came a change in how I look at life because of God’s Word and I experience it every day. Sometimes, there are things that we do not expect to happen but they happen whether we like it or not. It is because of these things that our faith in God is tested for the genuineness of our relationship with Him. I thank the Lord for every guidance He gives to me and my family. Although I sometimes experience trials in life, I do not hesitate to tell these to Him or call upon His name. I also experience anger, depression, and stress in many things, but I do not think twice to call on Him. Indeed! He takes over my way or through many people around me, I felt His ever abounding presence… The labours that I felt very difficult to handle before, because of Him (through prayer), these things are made faster and easier. Sometimes, I am just amazed of the blessings along my way and these thoughts came to my mind “thank you Lord!”)
May I listen, trust and obey Him always!
Jermaine Pearl Encarguez
Greetings to all! I am grateful to share this testimony to you of how God works in my life and how He saved me by His grace.
I came to think that the things of this world are great, that everything is possible in all my ways if I believe that I could do it. I embraced the uniqueness of the world and its flaws, not knowing that there is One greater above all these things.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: No man cometh unto the father, but by me. John 14:6.
When I was a child, my parents taught me about God, His wonders and how to pray. I was very inquisitive of why I needed to pray and who God is to our lives. I only thought about how people know it too and why they entrust their lives to Someone who does not exist. Years had passed and difficulties in life became greater. I started to question Him and it built doubt in my heart. I turned back and started to believe in myself again. Those times made me feel empty and anxious to face the day believing that I could not overcome any trials without asking for others’ opinion and support. I was blinded by all the negativity that led me to forget God’s promises. When we did our first devotion, when I read His Word it convicted my heart and realized how blind I was. I felt guilty and ashamed when I knew that God is the reason for my existence. On the other hand, I felt grateful when His Word changed my outlook in life. I realized how great and powerful He is as I lived in this world and how blessed I am to know Him more. Though I experience ups and downs, God is my source of strength to overcome all of these. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” This was the first verse that encouraged me and gave me comfort whenever I felt distressed.
As I came to Singapore, God led me to know His words through my brethren who shared to me about salvation. I realized that I was not fully worthy to call Him my Father. In John 14:6, Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Studying His Word is indeed a great challenge, there was a lot of things that I needed to consider and change my perceptions in order to follow His will. Romans 12:2 also taught me that I must avoid conforming into this world for everything is just temporary and this world is full of temptations that may influence me of becoming a part of it. I was scared to fall into the trap and would be unable to get out, but since God’s word says from Matthew 3:2, “Repent ye: For the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” I started to believe in Him that nothing is impossible if I have faith and accept Him as my personal Saviour. Studying about Fundamentals of Christian Faith helped me to gain wisdom and taught me on how to become worthy in the eyes of Christ. However, studying His Word is not enough. According to His Word from James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Application is also a must and it challenges me on how will I do it considering to be true in all my ways and not to act just to please others. But because God says from Proverbs 23:26, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways…” It helps me to know the right ways through observing and listening to my fellow brothers and sisters who are serving the Lord in all their ways.
I am very grateful that God cares for me, His presence gives me the strength to build confidence and perseverance to do my work and His Word taught me on how to deal with different occurrences every day. It somehow measures me of how long my patience is in dealing with students and tests me if I am willing to forgive people and forget what they did to me. Consequently, I was able to build trust in the Lord that He will change me to be reliant on Him in any decisions that I will make.
At last! I was born again and became one of God’s children. How wonderful and satisfying to feel that I am secured in God’s loving hand. It gives me joy knowing that I am now a Christian and I shall continue to spread the good news and be a testimony to others who are still longing to be in the presence of God. May I give back all the glory and honour to His name! Amen!
Deccarlo B. Igot
The Word of God changed my life especially when I knew the truth about salvation (Romans 10:9) and also when I knew from the Holy Scripture itself and firmly believe that our God is a living God (1Corinthians 15:4). Knowing God’s word gives me a great hope that my life is not only until my physical death but unto eternity if I believe in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Besides, what a joy in knowing the truth that the spirit of Christ dwell in me (Romans 8:9) if I walk not in my fleshly desires but in the spirit. Also, if I love him and keep his words (John 14:23) God will love me and abide in me. Knowing the truth of God’s existence and his love for me makes me so inspired and ever joyful especially when I feel and believe that Christ is in me (Colossians 1:27) or liveth in me (Galatians 2:20). This means I never walk alone.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:9
Moreover, the Word of God totally changed my life’s perspective. Yes, we all agree that in this life nobody is perfect. But Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). This gives me hope of perfection in life, it is not in the physical but in a spiritual sense. This made me also fully understand the reason why I need Jesus Christ in my life. I am not perfect and to be saved is to be with God but God is perfect. However, thanks be to God that He sent his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who is sinless and perfect whom by His grace and mercy saved me and took me out from the bondage of sin and gave me the opportunity to live a perfect life in Him. Now, I am very hopeful that I can always be happy which means to rejoice in the Lord always by praying without ceasing and by giving thanks always in everything, in good times or in bad times, believing it is the will of God in Christ concerning me (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).
Finally, for me this perfection in life is having a blessed hope of eternal life after physical death, being ready and thankful to whatever life may bring and believing that God is with me all the time. This faith gives a tremendous change in my life upon knowing and believing the inerrant, infallible, perfect Word of God, the Bible. Truly, God’s Word is holy and a living.
Jose Trinipil Lagapa
There are many things that cause changes in our lives. We change physically because of the things we consume. We change emotionally because of the things we experience in life. We also change in our ambitions and dreams in life because of some opportunities or hindrances that comes along our paths. All these changes, however, are temporal and matter only while here on earth.
There is a change that will never be reverted back and could not be thwarted because it is final and eternal. That change is the effect of God’s Word in my life. For me, God’s Word changed my destiny. It affected my perception of life and influenced the great shift of direction for my earthly life.
I used to believe that it was through the Roman Catholic Church that I can earn heaven and life forever. There was no talk of salvation but going regularly to mass and being devoted to Mary and the saints promised me somehow of a shortened stay in the purgatory. When I was confronted with the vile and terrible sinfulness of my life, fear of death came. It was at that time that the most familiar verse, John 3:16 was read to me. It was the first time I understand the verse which I used to memorize and sing, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” It struck me and I came to understand it was only by believing that I could be delivered from hell and it gave me assurance of life everlasting in Christ.
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matthew 4:19
I remained in the Roman Catholic Church and was still caught up with the Charismatic influence and the Pentecostal gusto of my heart in fast-paced worship of God. It was in a Bible-believing church meeting that the Word of God pointed out to me the error of my ecumenical spirit. The Missionary Pastor explained John 19:30, how Jesus cried on the cross, “It is finished.” I professed to believe in Jesus Christ, however I still trusted that I could contribute some good works to my salvation and the charismatic experiences somehow added me the feel of security in Jesus. I thought the Jesus whom all Christian churches worshipped is the same Jesus. But the verse opened my eyes to know the Jesus of the Bible is very different from the Jesus I worshipped in my former churches. He died for me and He paid it all. “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).
As a husband and a father, all I desired was to provide at least most of the material things my family could desire. I loved my work and strive hard to get more personal and material gains. However, in one of our nightly family devotions the call of God to serve and to leave my profession was impressed through our Bible reading. The Word of God says in Matthew 4:19–20, “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.” It was so clear to me that I wanted to run away from it. But God’s call is irresistible and I thank the Lord for His grace that caused me to obey and follow Him. Indeed, God’s Word is “… is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
I praise and thank the Lord for His infallible Word that guides and teaches me what to do and where to go. It is not a blind faith but a wise faith for it is dependent upon the wisdom of the All-wise God who is sovereign over all!
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
I thank God for saving me at the age of 8 years old. Growing up as a Christian was a great blessing to me. Though I grew up in poverty, but by the help and grace of God I always have had the assurance and security in life. The Word of God is a light unto my path. It is the Lord God, who leads me and preserves my life. Reading and meditating of His Word had helped me to grow spiritually, and also by attending services and fellowships in church. When trials come, God reminded me of His words in James 1:12–13. When facing difficulties and stormy days in my life, I am always comforted by God through His Words in Romans 8:28, Philippians 4:13, Psalm 37:4 and there were a lot of verses I recited when life was tough. The Word of God convicted me every time I sinned. His words helped me to become sensitive of sins.
The Lord God and His word is everything to me. Without God I am nothing. No matter what will happen in my life. I have nothing to worry about, because I know God is with me. He will guide me along the way. He will protect me. If we love and obey the Lord God we are complete in Him, because God is everything we need in life.
To God be the glory. “Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Dako ang akong pagpasalamat sa Dios sa Iyang pagbag-o sa akong kinabuhi. Ako nalipay sa kinasingkasing og huna huna nako kung giunsa ko sa Ginoo pagbag-o, likayan and pagbuhat sa dili matarong nga mga butang labi na ngadto sa ubang tawo ingon man sa akong kaugalingon usab. Ug nagalaum nga uban kaniya ako pagabayawon sa langit, kung ako mosunod sa Iyang mga Balaang Pahimangno kanako subay sa Iyang kabubut-on. Nag pasalamat ako sa pagkakaron tungod kay diri nako makit-an na may direksyon and akong kinabuhi kay nakabalo ko na ang Ginoo dili ko Niya pasagdan sa kung unsang mga problema naa Siya kanunay naga gabay kanako og Siya lang akong alagaran hangtud sa kahangturan kay nagpakamatay Siya sa krus tungod sa akong mga sala. Kay tungod ako Iyang anak, Iya kung giluwas sa tanang makasasalang buhat og mao kana ang pag-bag-o sa Ginoo sa akong kinabuhi. Mapagmapasalamaton sa tanan, mag-ampo usab nga mao na makapalig-on sa akoa ilabi na kung adunay kalisdanan. Salamat sa Ginoo sa kabag-ohan nga akong nadawat gikan Kaniya pinaagi sa iyang Pulong kay Siya and akong Ginoo.
(I thank God greatly for changing my life. I truly rejoice in the Lord with all my heart and mind for how the Lord renewed me. How He keeps me away from doing unrighteous deeds unto other people as well as to my own self. I read the Bible and pray as a child of God and I am hopeful that I will be with Him in glory in His heaven as I obey and keep His holy instruction from His Words towards me, to walk according to His will. I thank the Lord because it is in here that I was made to see the true direction of my life because I know God will not forsake me in spite of whatever problems He has promised in His words that He will help me bear as I serve Him alone even for eternity. He died for me on the cross because of my sins. For because of His son, He saved me from all my evil deeds and that is how the Lord changed my life. I am thankful to all and I am praying that this will strengthen me especially in times of difficulties. Thank God for the renewed life that I received from Him who is my Lord.)
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul. Psalm 19:7
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