Love Requires Commitment

So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of  oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.

I Kings 19:19‭-‬21 NKJ

Love requires commitment, and commitment requires abandoning our exit strategies.

One of my favorite examples of removing any exit strategy comes from the prophet Elisha. The Old Testament book of 1 Kings chronicles Elisha’s extraordinary story. God called Elisha into a life of ministry, but Elisha wisely understood that embracing his calling would mean letting go of his current career. He had to make a choice between his love for God and his need for the familiarity and financial security of his home.

Elisha was a farmer from a family of farmers. His cattle and his farming equipment represented his family trade, his heritage, and his income. Elisha didn’t want the temptation of a comfortable exit strategy in his mind on the days when his new life in ministry might get uncomfortable. Elisha wanted to go all in with God.

To simultaneously celebrate his new calling and publicly display his commitment to God, Elisha threw himself a very unique going-away party. He slaughtered all his cattle and cooked their meat by burning all his farm equipment. He was symbolically and literally lighting fire to his exit strategy.

As he celebrated his new adventure with friends and family that night, they all knew he wouldn’t be coming home, because he’d made sure he’d have nothing to come home to. He had removed the temptation. He had eliminated the exit strategy. His love for God moved him to make a dramatic commitment.

God honored Elisha’s commitment. Elisha went on to become one of the most significant spiritual leaders in Israel’s history. His love, faith, and commitment to God continue to inspire people around the globe.

Love thrives where love is rooted in commitment. Make sure your loved ones know your love isn’t just a fickle feeling; it’s a promise for your shared future. Embrace a deeper sense of responsibility for and accountability to your loved ones, and you’ll be cultivating fertile soil where lasting love can take root.

From: 7 Laws of Love ( Ptr Dave Willis and Thomas Nelson

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My 2016

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It’s been a while since I made my last post on this blog. Thanks to all the visitors who are still visiting my blog even though I have not updated this blog for a long time. I think it’s about time to start posting some new stuff here.

 Time really flies so fast! 2016 is over. 

2016 has been a challenging year not just for me but for my family as well. Ang daming nangyari, unexpected happenings and events in my life, family, ministry and love life!

 My younger sister got married.  Before the year ends, we rush our nephew (1 1/2 month old) to Hospital because of low platelets and was diagnosed na meron siyang Hemangomia, 3 times pabalik-balik ng hospital. And now, nagchemotheraphy siya para mas mabilis yong gamot niya, First week palang and according to the doctor aabot ng 3-6mons yong treatment. And we’re continually praying for God’s sovereign hand to be upon this child for his complete healing.   

 I thank God for the ministry that He entrusted and for the people na binigay niya and for surrounding me with people whom I know and have proven their commitment to God and to the work of His ministry. Hindi lang sila disciples, but friends as well. Siguro may mga umalis man or nagdecide lang sila with no clear reason, It is always my prayer na God will meet them in a very special way. 

Pagdating sa lovelife. I thank God for all the blessing na binigay niya. Hindi ko hinanap, or iniisip, but He reminded me of my prayers and desires when I was in my College days. Yes, nung nagsimula na akong mag-work, hindi ko muna naiisip ang mga ganung bagay and busy committing my life and heart sa ministry na bingay ni Lord. I wasn’t looking for love or someone special but God sent that someone at the right time and at the right season. Iba pag alam mo na kay Lord palang BUO ka na. (I do not encourage young people na pumasok sa relationship habang nag -aaral pa, so please, wait until you’re finish and may work na, at pag may Word na ni Lord). Will blog about this soooon.

Above all, still thankful for His love, faithfulness, greatness at sa mga gagawin Niya this coming new year. I’m counting on God. We’re counting on God. We believe that You are able to create victory in our valley, triumph in our trials and conquests in our conflicts.

 Expect something higher, greater and  SUPERNATURAL to unfold this year!

How about you? How was your 2016?

You Are Not Alone

 

You Are Not Alone

For He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5c)

On the morning of October 29, 2012, hundreds of thousands of people in portions of the Caribbean and the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States faced their worst nightmare … “Superstorm Sandy.” This post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds and its unusual merge with a frontal system affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and west across the Appalachian Mountains to Michigan and Wisconsin, leaving death, injuries, and utter destruction in its wake. Families everywhere, especially in hard hit New Jersey and New York, were jolted out of normalcy and the comfort and security of the homes and communities they once knew. They were thrust suddenly and unwillingly into the darkness and despair of loss.

If you and your family have ever been affected by a natural disaster like this, you may feel as if you’ve been abandoned by God. However, if trouble has hit your life in some other disaster, or form of tragedy—the death of a loved one, a dreaded medical diagnosis, the loss of home and property, or the loss of your job, you are experiencing your own superstorm. You may feel as if your whole world has been turned upside down, and wonder how you can possibly survive the loss. In times like these, you can feel very much alone.

But you are not alone. In the midst of unspeakable sorrow God is with you. Even if you do not feel Him near, God is there. He promises to never leave you alone. Therefore, wherever you are, God is. He is with you before, during, and after “the storm,” never losing sight of you, or your suffering. Even as you ponder how you will begin picking up the pieces of your life, God is there … loving you beyond understanding, holding you up, and making a way where it seems there is no way. Reach out for Him today. He is a very present help in times of trouble (see Psalm 46:1).

Taking back your life …

Psalm 139:7-10 says, “I can never be lost to Your Spirit! I can never get away from my God! If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, You are there. If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide me, Your strength will support me” (TLB). What assurance can you find in these verses of Scripture when you are feeling as if God has forgotten you?

In Psalm 23, David pictures the Lord as the Great Shepherd who provides for and protects His sheep (His children). In verse four, he says “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” A shepherd uses his rod to protect his sheep (by using it to beat off wild beasts), and he uses his staff to guide them. What comfort can you find in knowing that God will protect and guide you during this difficult time?

In addition to needing God’s presence in our lives, we also need each other. Talk with your family or friends about the way you are feeling, so that you can share one another’s burdens, and not feel so alone in your suffering.

  • Deuteronomy 31:8
  • Psalm 91:15-16
  • Matthew 28:20