A Seed of Happiness

One of my mantras lately is “I choose to be happy“. We have been given the gift of free will. We can freely choose to do anything that will satisfy our desires. The same goes for happiness–we can choose to be happy. People look for happiness in a lot of earthly things. Like love, happiness should come from ourselves.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 6:33

Seek first the kingdom of God. Seek first the Giver before the gift. Seek the Healer before the healing. True happiness can be found in God alone. And if God resides in our hearts, we only have to look inside us to find true happiness. But people will say, “But I have a lot of problems and they’re too much to handle. Being happy is very difficult.”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6

These mountains are our problems and our challenges in life. If we have faith the size of a mustard seed, then we can move these mountains and move on along the this road called life. No matter how stressful and depressing things may be  around you, if you can find within yourself any reason to be happy, no matter how simple and little that reason may be, it can and will make you happy. Like any seed, if you’ll nurture it, it will grow and will be very strong. If you nurture that very small reason to be happy, if you nurture it, it will grow and fill you with happiness, and it will surely last the whole day or even longer. The key to happiness is that simple and yet not that obvious. Come on guys, what is the middle letter in the word “happiness”?

So if you’re down in the dumps, just go say to yourself “I choose to be happy”. Find that reason to be happy within yourself, nurture it, and be filled with happiness! =)

The Hand Prayer

In today’s reading in Henry & Richard Blackaby’s Discovering God’s Daily Agenda, it talks about the importance of Prayer or Praying and that we should make it a priority. Kinda funny really because I thought of not making an entry today because I’m too sleepy already.

To me, this blog site is sort of a prayer, my prayer. It obligates me to make an entry and because of that, I get to reflect and learn something. I maybe just forcing myself to reflect but the end justifies the means–I get to reflect and pray. To my surprise, a lot of good things happened to me this past few days since this blog started but i’m sure that pretty soon, I’ll be tested and it won’t be all just fun anymore. I will be lazy, I will be busy, I will be tired, I will be discouraged. Even so, I hope that those reasons won’t be enough to stop me from praying.

B.U.S.Y.  –  Being Under Satan’s Yoke

God knows the desires of our heart. For most of use,w e pray because we want something from God. But if the first statement is true, why do we have to pray? There are a lot of reasons and one of them is Intercession–we pray in behalf and for others. We show our love by caring for others, by wanting to know their concerns, and by praying for them. That is the reason why in The Hand Prayer, we pray for others first and ourselves last.

The Hand Prayer is a guide we use in our ministry. Here’s how the guide works. First, join your hands, as if you are praying, but don’t interlock your fingers. Now, place your hands near your chest. You can see that it is your thumbs that are closest to your chest, next your pointing fingers, then your middle fingers, followed by the ring fingers, and lastly, the pinky. Each finger represents a group of people that we should pray for, namely:

  • Thumbs – they are the people closest to your heart. For example, your families and friends.
  • Pointing Fingers –  our enemies, who point out our mistakes and flaws. It could also be our teachers and bosses (not saying that they should be our enemies or are our enemies) .
  • Middle Fingers – Our elders and leaders, the people we greatly respect and follow.
  • Ring Fingers – are said to be the weakest fingers. They represent the fortunate, the sick, and dying. It could mean people who are sick and dying, not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.
  • Pinky Fingers – being the last, it represents yourself, putting others before yourself. Even though God knows what we desire, He wants to hear ti directly from us, telling Him what we want. Telling Him shows our great desire for those prayers to be heard and answered.

So next time you pray, you might want to use this guide. The more you care for others, the more likely God will reward or bless you by answering your prayers, or maybe giving you something better than what you prayed for. So why don’t you stop for a while and pray.

Or are you too B.U.S.Y.?

Devil May Try

Filled, Led, and Protected — Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit…was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. (February 24, Discovering God’s Daily Agenda by Henry & Richard Blackaby)

The first thing that came into mind, while reading this scripture, was the time I was baptized in the Holy Spirit at our ministry’s Life in the Spirit Seminar Proper back in the summer of 2004.

I can’t seem to remember any part of the proper except for the baptism and exhortation parts. During the baptism, when I was prayed over by my shepherd, I can still remember how cold it was in the room. It was raining outside with howling winds same as how the apostles experienced it during the Pentecost. Amidst the loud voices of other shepherds around, I can hear the quiet and calm voice of my shepherd, reminding me to give it all up to God, telling me to say Hallelujah over and over again to prompt the gift of tongues, and reminding me to ask for the Gifts that I asked God for. Little did I notice, I was falling into this relaxed state, as if I were in a quiet room, slowly drifting away. I never felt so peaceful and relaxed. I don’t even remember falling backwards. That’s how I felt being filled with the spirit. I became conscious of my surroundings a few minutes later. I could hear people speaking in tongues, people praying in loud voices, people singing in front. Later on, we were asked to stand up and join in on the worship.

Matthew 12:44-45 – Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

Before LSS Proper, my shepherd warned me that after the baptism, we would be attacked by the evil ones, trying to convince us that we didn’t receive the empowerment of the Spirit. I found that to be true during the exhortation. I had a hard time focusing on the worship. I wondered why I wasn’t able to speak in tongues like my co-lambs. That thought bothered me till I got home. Later that night, I texted my shepherd that something’s troubling me and then he called me on the phone. He comforted me and  reminded me of the warning he gave before the Proper. So we prayed on the phone and I was able to rest peacefully somehow that night. The gift of tongues manifested 2 years later, just before I was called to be an under-shepherd.

The devil will try everything to make us feel unworthy, that we are not capable of great things, that we aren’t lucky or blessed, that we can’t change, that we can’t be good or we’re not good. The devil trying is not the problem but the moment that we succumb to him is. We have to remember the promises of God, that He will never leave us, that He won’t let anything bad happen to us as long us we put our trust and faith in Him. We should make God our foundation because He is firm and solid. If God is with us, who can be against us? But in case we give in, know that God is very forgiving. But let us not use that as an excuse to easily give in and sin. The devil may try to tempt us but we could also try to be better Christians–strong Christians.