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Dear Brethren and Friends,
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We should praise and thank God for His faithfulness. There are times in our lives that we fail Him yet He remains faithful to us. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:26–28). When we are truly born-again by sincerely repenting of our sins and wholly believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, the Lord will never forsake us. Paul continues to comfort us with this truth in Romans 8:33–39, “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
There are times in our Christian lives that we are deceived by our own desires and dreams in life. We become entangled again with the things of this world. However, God will not allow His children to continue on sliding down into that slippery road to hell. The Lord Jesus told Peter, “…Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:31–32). Peter went to deny his Lord three times, but the Lord’s prayer will always be fulfilled. Peter repented and was restored back to the Lord. Instead of being paralyzed because of that shameful act of denying His Lord and Saviour, he went on to labour for the Lord. He led the disciples to obey the Great Commission of the Lord for His disciples. He continued on to serve his God even unto martyrdom. According to tradition, Peter was crucified upside down because he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as his Lord Jesus Christ.
Aprilaiza Sible graduated from FEBC on May 2019 and was working with us in Philippines Missions Bible Center in Bukidnon for one year. She started the translation of the Cebuano RPG and was instrumental in our first translation project on Salvation Q & A into Tagalog. She also started working on the translation of the hymns to Cebuano. She left the work on June 2020 for some personal reasons. Yet God was merciful and faithful to open her eyes to see the right way. May the Lord open doors for her to continue on serving the Lord. Let us pray the Lord will keep her because the enemy will always find chances to cause God’s children to stumble. May the Lord preserve her for His glory and honour. – Bro Jose
The Lord’s Faithfulness to His Children
by Aprilaiza Sible
It was the same year, 2019, after my graduation, that I let someone come into my life again. He was the one I've been trying to cut off from my life. Yet, everytime he came and talked to me, I easily got distracted. I've been told to apply biblical separation, and said yes, but I didn't do it. What did I do after letting him come to my life again? I cut off the people who are dear to me, instead of him. I cut off my fellowship with the people who can actually help me grow spiritually. Most specifically, the work that God entrusted me with. I left the mission station here in the Philippines. I thought, I could do myself no harm if I choose Ajay (a student from India who was in FEBC for a few years but eventually moved to Emmanuel Reformed Bible College with faculty members who are opposed to the doctrines of Verbal Plenary Inspiration (VPI) and Verbal Plenary Preservation (VPP) of the Bible – ed.) over them. I thought, he's the one for me. I thought he'll help me grow spiritually but, I was grievously wrong. As our relationship became longer, it becomes colder. Attitudes changed, then I knew I over loved. It was no longer Christ-centred relationship, because it has never been. So I felt depressed, longing to come back to those people dear to me. Also, when I was sure that our relationship was not God honouring anymore , I started to pray for the Lord to bring me back into His way. I prayed, “that if, You Lord show a way for me to come out from this relationship, I will gladly do it”.
When Kuya Loreto (Pr Yubat) came back from Singapore, I visited his place. He brought me to his friend who worked with him in the Lord. Then I met Ambo, while Ajay and I were still in that long-distance relationship. Ambo and I became friends, I've known him as he is, a loving person: to his family, to his friends and most of all, he loves God and fears Him too. I admired him for that, yet friendship still continued. Our group of friends go together to encourage other friends in the faith. Little did I know, that it was God's way for us to also know each other more, and I know it is God's way that I fell in love with him. I just admired him, because everything that comes out from his mouth, was either to praise the Lord, or encourage others in the faith. It was a blessing to know him.
So it was December 1 that I asked God, for the courage to cut off my relationship with Ajay. I called him and calmly asked him for “freedom”. After the call was cut, I blocked him and was no more in contact with him. What other reasons did I break up with him? Firstly, I don't want to leave my ministry here. I want to stay in the Philippines and serve the Lord here. God has entrusted me children to teach. I cannot leave them, because if I do, no one will be there teaching for them. Secondly, I am no longer happy with our relationship, thirdly is that I already found Ambo and admired him so much. So much so, that night after I broke up from Ajay, I asked Ambo from God. A prayer to God saying “God, give Jameslee Simborio (his complete name) to me, because I know for sure that there's nothing wrong if you'll give him to me, we both are your children, and that both of us fear you.” Not as a replacement but because God already prepared my heart to cut off something that burdens me. It was December 2, that God answered my prayer. It was fast. Ambo was actually praying for me for quite long already, because he also desires a woman who loves to serve the Lord and fear Him. It was actually God who made him admire me too. It was God's working that things happened that way. Everything just fell into its rightful place.
There are lessons I've learned from this experience of mine. First, never limit God with what He can do for you. I was limiting God back then. I wasn't submissive unto God. Secondly, trust God and obey Him, because man cannot know his future but God can. Thirdly is to wait, and be prayerful. Surely God will be there to help. Fourthly, there is someone “best” that God prepared for you. This “best” will help you in the faith and also pray for you. Now I can fully tell, that Ambo is the “best” for me. Now he prays for me, and also encourages me to be prayerful too, to love God and serve Him and he tells me also to never prioritize him but, to put God first. Now I know for sure that our relationship is built upon the Lord. I can see God's hands upon us, helping us both to grow in the faith. God gave me the courage to break something, but God also replaced it with something better to help me back again into God's way. I am so happy even though I've been through wilderness because of my wrong decisions in life. For that thought means, that if we are God's children He will never leave us alone.
So I thank God for everything I have now. For peace of heart and mind, for the joy in serving Him, and for someone who is always there to pray for me. All these things, I give back all glory and honour unto our living God.
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