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Ma Olivia Jill Temporal is the founder of Uncontainable Musings.

Life-Changing Encounter with Jesus

Undeserved Love

I lay on my bed as steady stream of tears flowed down my left cheek soaking my hair and pillow underneath. I was alone in my unlit room but I clutched another pillow to my face muffling my sobs. No one else would resolve my problems but I.

As I close my eyes, I found myself alone in a place of infinite darkness. There were no walls around me that I could lean on, no roof above me to provide shelter, and the floor I stood on was hidden from my sight. I had no one to turn to, nothing to hold on to and nowhere to go.

I resigned from an Events and PR company in exchange for a higher-paying job in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry. Prior to my resignation, my dad got into an accident and couldn’t work for a few months. I decided to forget having a career in events or in media production. I had hoped for an exciting job but it was also my dream to provide greater comfort for my family, and I figured it may take a long time in a local company.

June 2007, I went to my final appointment with a recruiter. As I scanned the contract, my eyes grew wide when I saw the start of training: August 2007! But I can’t back out now, this is the company I want and the line of business (LOB) I want. I signed it but I was preoccupied with finding a solution on how to fill the two-month gap.

In my ignorance and rigidity, I considered unemployment as incompetence or laziness or both. Even with a definite job waiting for me, it was still unacceptable. I cannot be unproductive for two long months.

Of course, there were a lot of activities that could keep me busy. I could read, study, research, learn a new recipe, a new skill, a new language, etc. One can never run out of things to learn or do.  But it doesn’t change the fact I have two months of unemployment in my résumé!

I searched for a part-time job but found out I needed to commit for at least six months. I had no choice but to wait.

I thought I’d go crazy! Two months of unemployment was like losing what I valued the most – my work – which signifies my usefulness, purpose, value, security, and success.

Having no source of income also defeated my goal of providing for my family. All the emotional and financial stress soon resulted in a conflict with my mom.

Everything I could have held on to and sought after was either gone or distant. For the first time in my life, I experienced how it felt like having nothing. I had nothing I could call my own, I had no one to turn to, nowhere to go and nothing I could do to resolve my problems.

But there’s one last Person I could turn to — Jesus. He had often been my last resort. There was nothing else I could do but pray. I flooded my bed with tears as I recounted all my misery to Him.

I know I had committed a grave sin when I deliberately continued my affair with a married man. My relationship with my family was dysfunctional. Most of all, I was jobless which meant: no achievement, no purpose, no value, no success, no money and I cannot even help my family.

I was alone. Useless. Wretched. Wicked. Worthless. Helpless. Hopeless.

Then, unexpectedly, He spoke to me in a soft and gentle whisper, “I love you.” His voice was not audible yet was very clear.

“But You love me.” I echoed to Him, relishing each word.

After telling Him all my offenses and uselessness, He responded with I love you? Despite my wretchedness, wickedness, and worthlessness, Jesus loves me?!

I never doubted this truth I learned since childhood, but hearing it from Jesus Himself at that moment made it real and relevant in my life. How could He love me even when I was at my lowest and had nothing to offer except my sins?

At that moment, I remembered those times in college when I noticed God answering my prayers. His work was evident because they were desperate prayers of a student asking help from Jesus who had often been the last resort. Jesus is the only one who comes to my rescue, even in seemingly impossible situations. He is the only one who has seen every detail of my life and has stood by me in times of grief.

I grew up self-reliant and I find it difficult to ask for help or entrust other people with things I consider important, such as school or work. Other people, even my own family, have their own responsibilities and problems to attend to, so why and how could they help me? I can never tell if others could help me at the time and the way I need help. There were also instances when I desperately asked for help and was disappointed.

So I learned not to expect help from other people with things I consider important.

But Jesus has always been present every moment of my life, I just didn’t acknowledge it because I was too busy directing my own life.

I remembered a Bible memory verse that was made into a song:

And He said
‘Cast your burdens upon me
Those who are heavily laden
Come to me all of you who are tired
Of carrying heavy loads
For the yoke I will give you is easy
And My burden is light
Come to Me and I will give you rest.’

I have been carrying all my burdens by myself because I knew no one can truly help me the way I needed. But remembering everything Jesus has done helped me understand that I needn’t carry my problems by myself. He has proven Himself ever-present, trustworthy, and dependable. It was no longer just a concept or lesson in school, He showed me through my experiences and His evident answers to my prayers that He truly cares for me.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)

Life-Changing Truths

Jesus used this low point in my life to help me realize that everything I valued in this world, all I have acquired and worked for, everything I do and have achieved, even my knowledge, capabilities and vigor, and everyone I cherish can be taken from me in an instant.

However tightly I hold on to anything or anyone, God is still ultimately in control; the One who gives and takes away. It dawned on me that I cannot define myself with anything in this world because they are all temporal. Once they’re taken from me, they will cease to define me.

After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. (1 Timothy 6:7)

The only thing I can eternally hold on to is Christ’s love which will never be taken from those who truly belong to Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him.

Jesus opened my eyes to see the truth:
who I was — no one
what I had — nothing
what I valued — empty and fleeting
how I lived — sinful
what my condition was — alone and wretched

And there is nothing I can do to save myself from my wretchedness. Jesus is my only hope. He alone can save me.

In my wretchedness, Jesus spoke tenderly to me and told me He loves me. His love for me is not dependent on what I have done (good or bad), nor on what I can do. He doesn’t need anything I can give Him; He is God. He doesn’t love me because I am worthy of His love, I will never ever be worthy, rather He loves me because of who He is.

None is worthy before God. There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.

There is nothing in us that would merit salvation. Because everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. His standard is perfect holiness.

When people sin, they earn what sin pays—death. This death means punishment with eternal destruction; forever separated from the Lord and from His glorious power. Therefore, man is condemned to eternal death and punishment because of sin.

But because of God’s unfailing love for us, He made a way to reconcile us back to Him. God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, humbled Himself, came into the world, lived a holy life and willingly sacrificed Himself on the Cross as payment for our sins. So that everyone who believes in Jesus and trusts in His sacrifice on the Cross as payment for sins shall have eternal life.

Eternal life through Christ Jesus is a free gift of God. Salvation is not earned by our own effort or merit. It is a free gift by God’s grace (undeserved favor) in response to our faith in Christ. For if keeping the law (following God’s commandments out of our own strength) could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

It was Jesus, not us, who fulfilled God’s requirement for a holy life and He is the only perfect sacrifice given by God to pay the penalty for our sins. It is all achieved by Jesus, not by us. So none of us can boast about it.

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? (Matthew 16:26)

I planned my activities to fill those two months of unemployment. There were a lot of things I thought of doing, but for reasons I didn’t realize then, I did not do what I would have typically done. I became curious about things I never paid attention to. I was busy with school and then with work, so I didn’t have time to stop and think about life.

Is there more to life than this? Is there more to life than being born, growing up, studying, graduating, working, making money, getting married, raising kids, growing old, then dying? Is that all there is to life? (To be continued next week . . .)

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 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. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:15-17 NLT)

(This story was first published on August 7, 2017. Rewritten in August 2019)

A personal testimony of Ma. Olivia Jill Temporal. Learn more about her on the Author’s page.

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Love Is a Decision, Not Just a Feeling

Falling in Love

During summer before our final year in college, we had our On-the-Job-Training (OJT). I met a guy who eventually became my boyfriend. Six months into the relationship he told me he is married. Though I only saw myself being with him for a few months, I was still devastated. I was furious I wanted to hurt him. I was angry at him for lying. I was confused how I got into that situation.

Every night, I cried to Jesus remorseful and ashamed for committing a grave sin. At that time, I thought merely dating a married man already constitutes adultery. I considered it as one of the gravest sins because of the Ten Commandments. I was also afraid I could get imprisoned and would be considered a criminal.

I thought asking forgiveness from God through prayer wasn’t enough. I needed to do something to make amends with Him. So I went to church to participate in the sacrament of confession hoping it would help me find favor from God and be forgiven. It wasn’t easy to confess my sins to a stranger; I was grateful the confessional box provided privacy. After confessing my sins to the priest, he told me to pray three Our Father, three Hail Mary, and three Glory Be. I lingered a few seconds waiting to be counseled, admonished, or even scolded, but that was it. I felt like I was just given a prescription. I followed what I was told but everything felt routinary and void of meaning.

Our relationship went on and off. I wanted to end it but I couldn’t.

Love Is a Decision, Not Just a Feeling

One night, I cried toJesus asking why I couldn’t get out of that sinful relationship. Every direction I took was painful.

I was surprised God answered me right at that moment: “Because you chose to stay.”

This was the first time I heard God’s voice. It wasn’t an audible voice but an answer through reason. I knew it didn’t come from me. I didn’t know the answer and would like to understand, hence I asked. I even thought it may be God’s doing I got into that relationship and continued to stay. In the first place, I didn’t know the guy is married; God knew yet He allowed it to happen. Secondly, I tried so hard to end the relationship but I couldn’t.

But God’s answer made perfect sense! I realized, contrary to what most people say, love is not just a feeling; it’s a decision.

I didn’t “fall in love” like it was out of my control and volition. It didn’t “just happen” as if I couldn’t do anything about it. From the beginning, it had been my choice. I chose to allow that guy to get to know me. I agreed to go out with him. I decided to be in that relationship regardless of what I know or didn’t know. I had the choice to leave or stay regardless of what I felt. And I couldn’t get out of the relationship because I chose to stay. Being faced with difficult or painful choices doesn’t change the fact I have a choice. It was my decision from the beginning.

So I prayed to God, “Jesus, please help me move on even as I stay in the relationship.”

(Word of caution: Choosing to stay in a relationship most probably won’t help in getting out of it. The only way to end it is to end it.)

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)

It was my final year in college so I got busier as months passed. After graduation, I was determined to get employed within a week, and God answered that prayer. My primary goal was to be successful in my career in the shortest possible time. And I didn’t want anything or anyone to hinder me from my goals.

I got busier and so did he. Our dates became less frequent but also became more intimate.

He brought me to a motel. “How cheap! What do you think of me?! You think you’d get what you want by bringing me here?!” I said to him, but only in my mind.

The mere act of him bringing me to a motel felt disgusting. It was not only offensive but demeaning and shameful.

I will not do it! It is already a sin having a relationship with him; should I commit further sin by giving myself to him?! And then what? A temporary pleasure with permanent consequences? He’d rob what belongs to my future husband!

But I also couldn’t deny I wanted to be with him. The more he brought me to private places, the less degrading it felt, and the more I longed for him. Allowing him to bring me to these places only meant putting myself in a more difficult situation.

If it were not for God, it would’ve been so easy to follow my sinful desires. God used a lot of reasons to keep me sober. The possibility of getting pregnant is a consequence I never ever want to risk.

So I kept telling myself: Learn from other people’s experiences. Do not allow history to repeat itself; do not allow mistakes from the past to happen again. Remember your goals and aspirations; one mistake can ruin everything. Would you allow an unworthy man to ruin everything you’ve worked hard for? What example are you setting for your siblings? Do the right thing, if not for yourself, at least for your family. One mistake may affect a lot of people, even those yet to be conceived.

On our 3rd year anniversary, I called him to plan for a date. He said he was busy. I wasn’t, so I demanded. But he was firm. I got angry and ended the relationship over the phone.

It was out of whim so I thought it was just one of those temporary break-ups. Days passed, I shed no tear. I did not miss him. I got tired of him, of our situation and of all the emotional roller-coaster. I felt relieved I was finally out of it. So I took that opportunity to completely free myself from him and stay away from him.

True Love is More than a Decision

I realized how easy it is to follow my sinful desires, and how difficult, even impossible, it is to obey God. My own desire, strength, and decision to obey God will never suffice. On my own, I will never be able to adhere to His commandments. Even religious traditions and practices were routinary and void of meaning. None of these brought me out of sin.

Despite my sinfulness, God answered my prayer. He helped me move on by tiring me of my pointless relationship. I was freed from that sin and was prevented from committing further sin not because of my own self-control, determination or sobriety but because of God’s enabling power, faithfulness, grace, and mercy. God’s protection and preservation of me all those years, even up to this moment, made a permanent imprint in my heart because I know it would’ve been so easy for me to commit further sin.

If loving God means keeping His commandments, then it is impossible for me to love God according to His righteous and holy standard out of my own decision alone. It is also impossible for me to truly love others out of my choice alone. There is more to love than emotions and decisions. We cannot truly love God and others without God’s enabling power and grace.

We cannot truly love God and others because of our sinful nature. Man’s nature is centered on self, not on God. The Bible says: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

And when people sin, they earn what sin pays—death. This death means punishment with eternal destruction; forever separated from the Lord and from His glorious power. Man is condemned to eternal death and punishment because of sin.

But because of God’s unfailing love for us, He made a way to reconcile us back to Him. God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.

Eternal life through Christ Jesus is a free gift of God. Salvation is not earned by our own effort or merit. It is a free gift by God’s grace (undeserved favor) in response to our faith in Christ. For if keeping the law (following God’s commandments out of our own strength) could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.

It was Jesus, not us, who fulfilled God’s requirement for a holy life and He is the only perfect sacrifice given by God to pay the penalty for our sins. It is all achieved by Jesus, not by us. So none of us can boast about it.

When we repent of our sins and turn to Jesus Christ alone for salvation, He promised to give us a new heart. Only then will we be able to truly love God and others through His power and grace.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

June 2007, a month after God removed me from that sin, He gifted me the greatest love anyone could ever have: an unconditional, faithful, steadfast love that belongs to me for all eternity — knowing Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

During our new product launch event in Puerto Galera, Philippines.

A personal testimony of Ma. Olivia Jill Temporal. Learn more about her on the Author’s page.

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Rescued from Rebellion, Shaped for Submission

Rebellion against Authority

All throughout my teenage years, I was rebellious. I was disrespectful and often talked back to my mom and aunt. I challenge the status quo. I defy rules I find unreasonable or irrelevant and follow only those I find beneficial. I did things on my own and made decisions for myself. I became independent and self-sufficient. I do what I want not what adults want or what popular opinion dictates.

When I’m told to do something and I don’t find reason to it, I’d do the exact opposite. My mom suggested me to take an in-demand course to have an opportunity to work abroad and get higher pay. I wasn’t convinced so I chose a completely different field of study. And because I know a lot of Filipinos who want to work or live out of the country, I was adamant in staying. There were times I’d go against the flow for the sake of defying social norms.

Many times I planned to run away from home. But considering the possible consequences, especially in my studies, I resorted to postponing it until I graduated and had my own income.

My best friend. She passed away at 18. I think this is the only picture I have of her.

My rebellious attitude wasn’t apparent because I was studious and goal-oriented. My life revolved only around schoolwork and the most important thing in the world for me was my grades. I prioritized learning and personal development over building relationships. I preferred studying and reading more than spending time with family and friends. I even considered interpersonal skills as the least important skill needed for success. Because of this, I found it difficult to empathize with others.

I was a perfectionist and attentive to details. And I imposed my standards to my family. I easily get angry when things are not orderly or when chores are not done the way I wanted. I was blunt, inconsiderate and insensitive. And I became more assertive when I started working.

During the latter half of college, my usual drive to study waned. One time, my friends and I skipped classes to go out of town. In other occasions, whenever our professor in a boring minor subject was late, a close friend and I would skip class, buy snacks, spread out some university newspapers on the football field, and spend the night having picnic, chatting and stargazing. At the end of the semester, we both got an FA (Failure due to Absences). I had to retake the subject I dislike! What foolishness and lack of foresight.

With high school friends.

Submission to God’s Reign

My rebellion didn’t stop at teen. I’m still very much a sinner. Whenever I sin, I rebel against a holy God.

Rebellion is opposition to authority. The ultimate authority is God, Creator of all the heavens and the earth. The LORD is God, and there is no other; apart from Him there is no God. Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.

Rebellion is against God’s rule and control over all things. Man always resists God’s rule because he wants to rule over himself. Man wants to be his own god and be able to do what seems right in his own eyes. He wants to be free to do everything he desires without accountability to the Creator and His laws. This is the fallenness of every man, not wanting to submit to God’s will but following one’s own desires. This is man’s rebellion.

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21:2)

Whenever we choose to take control of our own lives, we do what we think is right and best for us and fail to realize that our knowledge is limited and what we see is only here and now. We fail to recognize the truth that the Lord is God. He alone is sovereign and all-knowing. He knows infinitely more than what we know and sees from beginning to end. Therefore, the only wise thing to do is to have Him take control of our lives.  His plans for us are for our welfare and not for evil.

Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:6-7)

With college friends.

Power in Meekness

After graduation, I soon found myself in the corporate world. My character in youth molded me into young adulthood and I brought with me those characteristics I thought would be helpful for my career advancement. I was driven and didn’t want anything to hinder me from achieving my goals.

The first time I got employed in a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company, we had a Communications and Culture Trainer whose character made a significant impact on how I view Christianity.

He introduced himself as a Christian. He didn’t share a lot about his religion, I don’t know whether religion and politics were prohibited topics, but he often shared his life story.

He shared his life prior to being a Christian. He told us about the sins he committed especially to his wife and his family. He told us how he lived his life before. It was quite surprising and unbelievable to hear. First, he doesn’t know us personally and would train us only for a few weeks yet he entrusted us with his life story. Second, he was our superior yet he presented himself in meekness and vulnerability by sharing even the sins he committed. Third, what made the most impact on me was the man he was talking about was a completely different person! The man he described was vile but the person talking to us was gentle, kind, humble, considerate and unpretentious.

He also told us about his son Mark Welson Chua. He was a student of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) who was brutally murdered for exposing anomalies in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) unit of the university. I think it was all over the news when it happened although I first heard it from our trainer. He never spoke any grievances toward anyone or any institution. He only recounted the events of his son’s death. There’s a video on YouTube about this news and in the interview, his wife questioned Welson why he hugged one of the convicted murderers of his son and forgave him. The offender also couldn’t believe he was forgiven by Mark’s father.

I remember the time when we visited Welson at the hospital a month after our training. We saw him standing in the hallway. Everyone immediately went to him, greeted him, hugged him, comforted him. I didn’t know how to comfort a sick person. I didn’t know what to say, what to do or how to empathize so I stood a few steps away looking at him. In my heart, I was sorry for him and I sincerely hoped and prayed for his healing and recovery but I didn’t know how to tell him.

When he noticed I just stood there, he approached me, quickly hugged me and patted me at the back. Oh my gosh! I was embarrassed and amazed at the same time! He was sick yet he was still thinking of other people? For most, my action would have been taken as apathy but he responded with concern and humility despite his condition. He did for me what I was supposed to do for him!

Small acts of kindness from a sincere heart goes a long way.

I’m unsure whether we were his last batch of trainees because he didn’t recover from his sickness and passed away three months after our training.

With Welson, our trainer, and fellow trainees.

Prior to this, I often hear people describing Christians as the “Alive, Alive” group. On Sundays, we’d hear them sing in the covered court of our subdivision and I’d picture them singing and dancing “Alive, Alive” with hands raised, swaying from side to side to the beat of the music. 

Before my maternal grandmother passed away, she sternly warned me not to change religion. This confused me because of the timing of her advice and also because it had never crossed my mind. There was no reason for me to change religion.

It was because of our trainer’s life story and character that made me view Christianity differently. It made me consider that they may have reliable character contrary to what others say and therefore may have valid claims in their beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible. Almost 2 years later, this paved the way for me to ask questions and seek help from Christians.

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XM batch 3.2. Convergys Philippines

By God’s Grace Alone

There’s a popular Tagalog song in the ’90s that says: “Gusto kong bumait pero diko magawa.” I want to be good but I can’t, which implies difficulty in achieving it.

It is indeed impossible to be good in God’s standard on our own strength. I don’t think our trainer had a complete change of character out of his own discipline and willpower. I’ve met and talked to a lot of religious leaders in school and in church but his gentleness and kindness was different; he was sincere.

It isn’t in man’s nature to be good. On the contrary, it is in man’s nature to sin and rebel against God.

The Bible says: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

And when people sin, they earn what sin pays—death. This death means punishment with eternal destruction; forever separated from the Lord and from His glorious power. Man is condemned to eternal death and punishment because of sin.

But because of God’s unfailing love for us, He made a way to reconcile us back to Him. God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, humbled Himself, came into the world, lived a holy life and willingly sacrificed Himself on the Cross as payment for our sins. So that everyone who believes in Jesus and trusts in His sacrifice on the Cross as payment for sins shall have eternal life.

We cannot save ourselves by being good because God’s standard is perfect holiness and that is fulfilled by Jesus Christ alone. It is for this reason that Christ came into the world. For if keeping the law (following God’s commandments out of our own strength) could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. 

Therefore, a person’s obedience to God is only because of God’s grace not because of one’s own goodness or willpower.

God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Rescued from Rebellion, Shaped for Submission
With college friends.

A personal testimony of Ma. Olivia Jill Temporal. Learn more about her on the Author’s page.

Read the whole series about her life story:

A Child’s Thanksgiving

Created for a Purpose

When I was a new Christian, a friend lent me her book “A Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. Reading a devotional was very useful when I didn’t know how to study the Bible. This helped me understand Biblical truths that were too complicated for me to chew by myself.

An excerpt of Day 2 devotional says:

I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born (Isaiah 44:2a – CEV).
You are not an accident.
Your birth was no mistake. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did.

Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. You are alive because God wanted to create you! “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me.” (Psalm 138:8a NIV).

Because God made you for a reason, he also decided when you would be born and how long you would live. He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death. “You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book!” (Psalm 139:16 LB).

God also planned where you’d be born and where you’d live for his purpose. Your race and nationality are no accident. God left no detail to chance. He planned it all for his purpose.

Nothing in your life is arbitrary. It’s all for a purpose.

God decided how you would be born. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you. While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children. Many children are unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God. God’s purpose took into account human error, and even sin.

God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistakes. He has a reason for everything he creates. Every person was designed with a purpose in mind. God’s motive for creating you was his love.

I didn’t know I needed to hear these words from God. His gentle reassuring words resonated in my heart and comforted my soul. His Word healed a wound I never thought was there.

I am the only child of my parents. I didn’t ask but I knew they didn’t plan or expect me. I cannot say I was unwanted because of the love, care, attention, and provision they lavished on me. But I was conceived out of sin and was born as a consequence of it.

We were taught in school and in the church that God is love. But we were also taught that God hates sin. So I wasn’t aware that in my heart I thought God loves me because I was already born and He had no choice. It’s not like He planned for man to sin so children would be born. And if my parents obeyed God and didn’t sin, I wouldn’t be born. So how could He have loved me before the world began yet hate the reason I was conceived? I didn’t know that because of the complexity of God’s sovereignty and man’s free will, I felt I was only an afterthought for God. But His message to me during my personal time with Him allowed me to understand that in His providence, He makes everything work out according to His plan. Nothing happens apart from His will.

With my mom, aunt and siblings.

Abundance of Love

From the day I was conceived, my dad provided for all my needs. He frequently visited us and took care of me. He never failed to provide for me until I was 3 years old when my mom decided to end the relationship and cease all the communication and provision. That was the only memory I had of my dad — from stories. I was 13 years old when they told me that one of my godfathers is actually my biological father.

After ending the relationship with my dad, my mom eventually met my stepfather and they got married. Soon my siblings were born. When our youngest brother was still a few months old, our dad went to work in another country to provide for us. He kept constant communication with us. He would often send photos, postcards, letters and calls us during weekends. My mom also sent him photos of us, letters and recorded messages on cassette tapes. But we were like most children of distant parents: either we don’t have anything to say or we don’t know what to say; so our messages and phone conversations with him were short.

My mom worked in a government institution in Manila. Since we were living in Laguna, she had to leave early in the morning and often comes home after our bedtime. So during weekdays we’d sometimes see her a few minutes before she leaves for work. Our grandmother and aunts took care of us and attended to our daily school activities.

So the Lord has given me 3 fathers, a mom, and 3 motherly figure who took care of us. I have my biological father, stepfather and my adoptive heavenly Father. We have our mom, grandmother and 2 aunts. God showed His love and care for us through them

Our paternal grandparents and relatives in Iloilo. Our grandfather is at the top center wearing a blue polo and our grandmother is sitting down wearing a green polka dot dress.

Life Stories of Old

Growing up, adults in the family often tell us stories of their childhood. I find them interesting because their experiences were very different from ours. Their life, as they described it, was difficult yet fun. Telling us their story was their way of teaching us the realities of life we were unfamiliar to and showing us the importance of education, hard work, perseverance, and determination.

Our grandparents were hardworking and persevering, and they instilled these values to their children. At a very young age, our mom and her older siblings had to do all household chores and take care of their younger siblings while our grandparents work on the farm. They were trained to do their tasks swiftly. They had to wake up early to get to school on time since it’s of significant distance and they travel only on foot; at times they’d walk barefooted because they didn’t want their slippers to get worn out or soiled with mud. Even on weekends, they can’t be seen sleeping or still lying down when the sun has risen. Sometimes they’d help tend their farm animals, and plant or harvest crops.

When they had to leave the farmlands, their life became more difficult. There were times when they had nothing to eat. They’d go to school with only hot water for breakfast and hope that our grandparents would bring them something to eat for lunch.

When my mom graduated in high school, they immediately moved to Manila to work and study. They got employed in various kinds of jobs to support themselves, their studies and our grandparents.

A Child's Thanksgiving
Our maternal grandparents

Despite all their hardships, I never heard my mom and her siblings complain or speak ill of our grandparents. Instead, I only hear their fondness of them. My mom is grateful that, though provision may sometimes be lacking, our grandparents’ support for them had been abundant.

If they had all their basic needs, they may not have hoped for a better life. If they had owned even a small land in the province, they may not have gone to Manila and pursued a college degree. Their hardships fueled them to persevere. They’re grateful for everything they went through because these brought them to where they are now. And without their determination, we also wouldn’t be where we are now.

Fruit of Perseverance

The blessings we have received were not because of our hard work and perseverance but because of our parents and grandparents’. We have been enjoying the fruit of their perseverance.

We were brought up in a comfortable and sheltered life. We never experienced having nothing to eat; we were provided meals according to our preferences and were even brought freshly cooked lunch in school. I needn’t watch over my younger siblings because they each had their own nanny. We were never required to do household chores because we had helper/s until I was 29. We never went to school barefooted because all our needs and even wants were well-provided for. We never experienced going to school on foot, except when it was just in our neighborhood, because either our aunt or uncle drives us to school. When I was in first year college, they even thought I’d get lost going to Manila because I only learned to ride public transport when I was in high school. We weren’t allowed to work until we graduated. We never lacked anything.

They not only supplied our every need but also provided us comfort and convenience, not to mention all the support they have given us. This was how they showed their love and care for us. They didn’t want us to experience the hardships they went through so they gave us what they would have wanted for themselves.

6 out of 7 siblings. My mom, uncles, aunts and their spouses. Their youngest sister passed on years ago.

The life I’m living now, rescued from a life of chasing after the wind, without fear of death, and certain of eternity, is also a fruit of another Person’s perseverance, sacrifice and unconditional love — Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God but He did not think that His being equal with God was something to use for His own benefit. Instead, He gave up everything, even His place with God. He took the humble position of a servant and was born as a human being. During His life as a man, He humbled Himself by being fully obedient to God. He lived a holy life and willingly sacrificed Himself on the Cross as payment for our sins so that everyone who trusts in the finished work of Christ alone shall not perish but have eternal life. He did this not because we are good or worth saving but only because of His love and mercy.

The Bible says: Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. And when people sin, they earn what sin pays—death. Eternal separation from God and eternal punishment is the penalty of sin. It is for this reason that Christ came into the world. For if keeping the law (following God’s commandments out of our own strength) could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. We cannot save ourselves by being good because God’s standard is perfect holiness and that is fulfilled by Jesus Christ alone. So that everyone who believes in Jesus and trusts in His sacrifice on the Cross as payment for sins shall have eternal life.

A Child’s Thanksgiving

A Child's Thanksgiving
A photo taken by my biological dad 30 years after he last saw me.

Whenever I think about God’s faithfulness in my life, I can’t help but remember everything God has done in our family, beginning from my grandparents. My grandmother almost died when she was pregnant with my mom. My parents didn’t plan about me but God foreknew and created me for His purpose. He has been protecting and blessing my family, He gave me an opportunity to live and now He even adopted me so I can be called His child. How gracious are You, Lord? Thanksgiving is even a pitiful response for everything You have done.

This is how You have been taking care of me. You have placed me in a family to be my shelter, to protect, love and care for me. This is how You have loved me, this how You fathered me. You sheltered me, protected, cared for, loved, provided for and sustained me. You never missed a single moment. You are always present every second of my life. You are my Parent who cherished me as a child. You said, “I have carried you since you were born; I have taken care of you from your birth. Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you.” (Isaiah 46:3-4 NCV). How sweet are You, Lord?

Who am I that the Lord of all the earth, Creator of the universe, majestic and all-powerful God would be mindful of me? I’m just a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes! Yet You chose me and called me Your own.

Because of Your unfailing love and faithfulness, there’s no other fitting response but to serve the purpose of my existence, to be how You intended me to be and do exactly what You purposed me to do. And that is to know You more intimately each day and to proclaim Your Name to all the earth so that others too may know of Your greatness and bring You glory! You have created us in Your image, and Christ’s sacrifice is for us to be reconciled back to You and be conformed to His image.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

A Child's Thanksgiving

A personal testimony of Ma. Olivia Jill Temporal. Learn more about her on the Author’s page.

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Request for Constant Prayer

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Ephesians 6:10- 20

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

While I am aware that we are in a spiritual battle, I used to think that the battle is only about our sinful nature. Then in January 2019, I read this article that says:

When God Moves, Satan Responds

The consistent pattern throughout the Bible is that every significant move of God is preceded by a season of increasingly difficult, discouraging opposition. And if we take Ephesians 6, Daniel 10, and other warfare texts seriously, we can understand why: God is invading what Satan considers his territory. God’s kingdom is breaking through the lines of the domain of darkness (Colossians 1:13).

If we are not encountering opposition, it’s likely we are not attacking a strategic location. But if we are, we are on to something. Where the enemy is fortifying his forces is where we must focus our assault.

And where the enemy is fortified, there is going to be a fierce fight if we are going to achieve a breakthrough. We are going to receive volleys of flaming darts (Ephesians 6:16). We are going to be attacked on the rear. There will be spies in the camp. There will be jeering and intimidation and accusations. There will be efforts to destroy our morale and determination.

A Call for Breakthrough Determination

So this is a call for holy determination. Keep praying and don’t lose heart (Luke 18:1). Just like in any large-scale war, there are many battles. Some breakthroughs are achieved relatively quickly; others require long, persevering endurance. But either way, breakthroughs require a determination to keep up the assault.

Usually breakthroughs are not achieved by prayer alone — there are works to be done and courage to be exercised. But real spiritual breakthroughs are not achieved at all without prayer. Concentrated, specific, persistent, prevailing prayer, often engaged in by two or more (Matthew 18:19), is needed to weaken our spiritual opposition. And fasting is a wonderful help. “Fasting tests where the heart is. And when it reveals that the heart is with God and not the world, a mighty blow is struck against Satan” (A Hunger for God).

So if you’re praying for a breakthrough and not seeing it, and in fact experiencing more temptations to discouragement, frustration, weariness, doubt, and cynicism than before, do not give up. Increasingly intense fighting always precedes strategic breakthroughs. Strategic ground is not yielded easily. You’re up against more than you know. But “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). He has overcome the world (John 16:33) and he will give you justice (Luke 18:8).

Don’t lose heart. Grow determined. There’s a breakthrough ahead.

Source: “Praying for a Breakthrough” by Jon Bloom. Desiring God.

It was because of this article and a prayer that the Lord placed in my mouth that made me understand everything I have been going through since 2017 is because of the war I am waging — proclaiming the Gospel.

The Lord is doing something great; there’s an incredible story I had only been sharing with my family and friends but the Lord wants me to share it to the whole world through different media platforms. And He promised an abundant harvest. This promise is actually more unimaginable for me than the story I’m about to share. And it is the only goal I’m looking at, it’s what fuels me in everything I’m doing now — God’s promise of an abundant harvest.

The war is fierce; everything came unexpectedly for me and once it’s revealed it may shock everyone. Although it’s nothing compared to what the apostles and the first-century church experienced or even what Christ went through. Every day the Lord upholds and encourages me. Yesterday He told me what Paul and other apostles went through to encourage me from their example, a lot of believers experienced greater sufferings than I have, and to teach me how to respond, which I find more difficult than persevering:

We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment. (1 Corinthians 4:10-13)

I also read a post on Facebook about last Sunday’s sermon where our senior pastor was tagged: Don’t Shut Up! (pertaining to the proclamation of the Gospel). I decided to attend the Tagalog service with my mom hoping she’d no longer sleep during the sermon and I barely got anything. 😭 But this short encouragement from the English service filled me. 😁 And I’m excited to watch it online. It’s exactly what I need in moments when professing Christians are hounding me to stop what I’m doing without realizing it meant stop sharing the Gospel! It’s obvious where that came from.

It’s only now that I realized I am in the frontline of the battle. Flaming arrows are coming from every direction and they are either distracting or slowing me down from the task. I’m not used to sharing my spiritual journey in public because I consider it an intimate portion of my life, neither do I share prayer requests with strangers and I rarely share my deepest prayers with anyone. But now realizing I am in the frontline made me understand I badly and urgently need someone to constantly pray for me, not just me praying for this alone. Sharing this is even difficult for fear that it may offend but God is continually training and teaching me to speak boldly, and reminding me that my allegiance is to Him alone.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Thank you. I greatly appreciate your prayers. God Bless!

This is just a quick note and isn’t part of my weekly blog, I hope to publish this week’s post tomorrow.

Christ’s Righteousness Not My Own

I’m an adventurous yuppie who loved going to places, trying new things, and having fun. I often went to parties, bars, and celebrations. I embraced this kind of lifestyle because it’s the reality in my work industry. Having fun was very important for me because it was my way of relieving stress from work and other frustrations. I’d have fun even if it hurts or offends others. I’d make inappropriate jokes, selfishly caring only about what I think and feel. I was inconsiderate of other people.

I was self-righteous. Going to church regularly has become a deeply embedded practice for me since childhood especially having gone to a school that imposes church attendance on Sundays. As an adult, I would go to church every Sunday only to fulfill my duty and feel holier and superior to others who don’t go to church. Then I’d go back to my old lifestyle. And because I regularly go to church, I don’t care what other people would say or think of me. Going to church every Sunday already makes me a better person.

Rone Jayson Mariazeta / UncontainableMusings.com

One day, a colleague invited me to an event called “Agents Day”. He said it’s a breakfast gathering of call center agents. I consented. My boss implied that I was too polite to agree, which gave me the idea that it’s an activity of a different religious group. But since I was adventurous, I went and tried to see what it was about.

After the event, a white guy shared the Gospel to me. I was established in my religious belief so I just listened but never agreed on anything he said.

He told me that: Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. We cannot save ourselves by being good or doing good deeds because there is no one good or righteous before God and His standard is perfect holiness. The wages of our sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus paid the penalty of our sins so that whoever trusts in His sacrifice on the Cross shall not perish but have eternal life.

Afterward, the same colleague invited me to attend a Bible study. Adventurous as I was, again I said yes. I was really curious about the setup of this “Bible study”. At first, I was uncomfortable because I didn’t know anyone in the group, and also because they have a weird personality and were too spiritual for me. But I continued to attend and eventually made new friends.

Rone Jayson Mariazeta, life testimony for Jesus, Bible study group, uncontainablemusings.com
This was the first time I attended a Bible study.

I found it interesting to see how they study the Bible. They also desire and strive to follow the teachings in the Bible which, at first, got me scared because it was uncommon and contrary to what I was used to. Gradually, I came to know them more and learned more about the teachings of the Bible and Jesus Christ.

What touched me the most was seeing how selfless these people were serving one another and those who are in need. Praying with other people is one of the most moving experiences I ever had; it was the time when a group leader wholeheartedly prayed for me.

Surrendering my life to Jesus was a gradual process. Being with people who have a different outlook from the world and striving to submit to the teachings of the Bible, knowing more of Jesus and His sacrifice on the Cross as payment for our sins, learning about the character of God and being confronted of my sins through our Bible studies, eventually made me decide to surrender my life to Him.

By God’s grace, He is changing me from a self-righteous, insensitive person, to a disciple who loves serving other people. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

God faithfully continues to guide me. I still stumble and fall, I still have selfish motives and actions. But now, Jesus my living God and Savior reminds me to repent of my sins, turn to Him and to always seek Him for guidance. He continues to change my heart and mind day by day to become the person He desires me to be for His glory. Thank You, Lord!

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

Rone Jayson Mariazeta, life testimony for Jesus, uncontainablemusings.com

A personal testimony of Rone Jayson Mariazeta, a coach in a Business process outsourcing (BPO) company. He assists in leading and teaching an adults Bible study group in Greenhills Christian Fellowship.

He’s fond of watching travel vlogs. He’s interested in learning about other cultures and international cuisines. He loves trying out new food. He also gives importance in taking care of his body with balanced diet and exercise. He’s into Pilates, yoga, HIIT, and soon Taichi.

Du Må og Skal Angre Dine Synder og Tro på Evangeliet

14 Kort tid efter blev Johannes sat i fængsel af kong Herodes, og Jesus begyndte at gå rundt i Galilæa og fortælle om Gud. 15 „Nu er tiden inde!” sagde han. „Nu er Guds rige kommet. I skal ændre jeres indstilling og tro på det glædelige budskab, som jeg bringer jer.” (Markus 1:14-15)

Hvem er Jesus Kristus?

Jesus er fuldt og helt Gud. Bibelen lærer at der kun er én Gud, der evigt eksisterer som tre forskellige personer – Faderen, Sønnen og Helligånden. Jesus er Guds Søn, treenighedens anden person.

Kristus er Ordet fra Gud. I begyndelsen var Ordet. Ordet var hos Gud, og Ordet var Gud. Ordet var til fra begyndelsen, sammen med Gud. Alt blev til gennem det Ord, ja uden det blev intet af det til, som nu findes. Ordet havde Livet i sig, og det Liv blev menneskenes Lys (Johannes 1:1-4). Vi kan se den usynlige Gud ved at se hans Søn, som er Herre over alt det skabte. Alt i himlen og på jorden blev til og eksisterer ved hans medvirken og for hans skyld, både det synlige og det usynlige, inklusive alt, som har magt og autoritet i den åndelige verden. Han var til før alt andet, og alt eksisterer i kraft af ham (Kolossensern 1:15-17). „Jeg er Alfa og Omega, den første og den sidste, begyndelsen og afslutningen” siger Gud, Herren. „Jeg er den øverste hersker, den som er, og som var, og som kommer.” (Aabenbaringen 1:8; 22:13)

Jesus er fuldt og helt menneske – men uden synd. Han var lig med Gud, og havde ret til at fastholde den lighed. Dog gjorde han ikke krav på sin ret, men gav afkald på sin guddomsmagt, tog tjenerskikkelse på og blev menneske. Han blev undfanget ved Helligåndens kraft og blev født af en jomfru. Og som menneske blev han fristet på alle måder – som vi – dog uden synd. Han var fuldstændig lydig mod faderen og levede et helligt liv. For i Kristus er hele Guds væsen åbenbaret i menneskelig skikkelse. Fornedrede han sig selv, så han blev lydig indtil Døden, ja, Korsdøden. Han døde og blev begravet, men tredje dag steg han op fra de døde. Herren Jesus Kristus har sejret over synd og død!

Derfor har Gud ophøjet ham og givet ham et navn og en position højt over alle andre. Alle kommer til at bøje knæ for ham i himlen og på jorden og under jorden. Og alle skal erklære til Gud Faders ære: Jesus Kristus er Herre! (Filipperne 2:1-11).

 

Hvad er Guds gode nyheder?

Det glædelige budskab (Evangeliet) er opfyldelsen af Guds løfter, som han for længe siden talte om gennem sine profeter, og som er nedskrevet i de hellige skrifter. Profeterne forudsagde, at der skulle komme en Frelser, og det er Jesus, Guds Søn og vores Herre. Det indeholder en guddommelig kraft, som er i stand til at give evigt liv til alle, der tror på ham.

Gud er hellig. Det bibelske udtryk der bliver oversat som “hellig” (qadosh på hebraisk, hagios på græsk) bærer en stærk sekundær konnotation af moralsk renhed. Men ideen bag begrebet hellighed er “adskillelse.” Dens mest grundlæggende betydning er at være “adskilt eller afskåret.” Gud er adskilt eller afskåret fra alt, hvad der er syndigt og ondt. “Thi du er ikke en Gud, der ynder ugudelighed, den onde kan ikke gæste dig, for dig skal daarer ej træde frem, du hader hver udaadsmand.” (Salmerne 5:4-5) Han er uden synd og kan ikke tolerere synd.

Mennesket er syndigt. Alle har jo syndet, og dem fattes Æren fra Gud. Det fremgår også af følgende citater fra Skrifterne: „Ingen gør Guds vilje, ikke en eneste. Ingen er forstandig, ingen søger Gud. Alle er kommet på afveje, fordærvede af synd. Ingen gør det gode, ikke én eneste.” (Romerne 3:10-12) Som urene blev vi til Hobe, som en tilsølet Klædning al vor Retfærd. Vi visnede alle som Løvet, vor Brøde bortvejred os som Vinden. Gud godkender os ikke gennem gode gerninger eller god opførsel, fordi hans standard er hellighed og fuldkommenhed – hvilket er umuligt for os at opnå. Da vi syndede mod Gud, blev vi adskilt fra Gud.

Gud er retfærdig.  Han straffer synd. Synd straffes med døden (Romerne 6:23). Denne død henviser til åndelig død, som betyder evig adskillelse fra Gud. I stedet for at have et evigt kærlighedsforhold til Gud vil vi blive straffet med evig undergang og adskillelse fra Herren uden at få del i hans herlighed og magt. Dette er sandheden om menneskets tilstand. Vi har syndet; derfor fortjener vi retmæssigt Guds evige vrede.

Gud er kærlighed. Men på grund af Guds store kærlighed til os gjorde han en vej, så vi kan forenes tilbage til ham. Men Gud viser sin kærlighed mod os, ved at Kristus ofrede sit liv for os, mens vi stadig var syndere. (Romerne 5:8)

Menneskesønnen er jo netop kommet for at opsøge og frelse de fortabte. Han levede et hellig liv og ofrede sig selv som betaling for vores synder for at enhver, der tror på ham, ikke skal gå fortabt, men få det evige liv. De, som tror på Jesus, er ikke retfærdige i sig selv, men Gud har lagt dem i Kristus. Så når Gud ser på dem, ser han Kristi retfærdighed. Gennem Guds nåde kan vi blive helliget og forliges tilbage til Gud, ikke på grund af os selv, men på grund af Jesu hellighed.

Jesus sagde: „Jeg er Vejen og Sandheden og Livet. Ingen kan komme til Faderen uden gennem mig.” Der findes ikke frelse andre steder end hos Jesus, for der er ingen andre i hele verden, som kan frelse os mennesker.

Frelse er kun ved Guds nåde ved at redde tro på Kristus alene. Ved Guds nåde er I frelst i kraft af jeres tro på Kristus. Det er ikke jeres egen fortjeneste, men en gave fra Gud. Det er ikke en belønning for gode gerninger, og derfor er der heller ingen, der har noget at prale af. (Efeserne 2:8-9)

Derfor fatter et andet Sind og vender om, for at eders Synder må blive udslettede, for at Vederkvægelsens Tider må komme fra Herrens Åsyn. Den, der dækker over sine fejl, får aldrig fremgang, den, der erkender dem og lover bedring, får en ny chance.

„Nu er tiden inde!” sagde han. „Nu er Guds rige kommet. I skal ændre jeres indstilling og tro på det glædelige budskab, som jeg bringer jer.” (Markus 1:15)

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