What Do You Live For?

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Have you thought about the real purpose of your life? Why are you here? Why do you do what you do? Do you think this life is about you? Is it about helping others? Is doing good deeds for others good enough? Are you just one of the faces in the crowd that think getting famous will give sense to your life?

2 Corinthians 5:15 NLT says: “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

What do you live for?

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Ponder that question some more.

Please don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying I’m a saint here. Rest assured that I know I’m way far from being one; I struggle with being disrespectful of my parents, I spend a lot of time on social media, I can care less even when I know others need my help, I seldom appreciate what I already have, I can’t get enough of a lot of the things this world brings to the table, and at times I’m not grateful for the things I receive and for the good things that happen to me.

There are also times when I think and act like this life is about me. (Sometimes, consciously but most of the time, unconsciously.) Most likely, we struggle with the same things, and just like you and I, Jesus was once a human—flesh and blood (John 1:14). He felt what we feel (Hebrews 4:15). He even cried (John 11:35).

However, unlike us, He got out of this life without sinning. He was born to die—for you and me. Despite this reality, we need not mourn but rejoice all the more because the story did not end there.

After three days, He rose back to life. He overcame the grave! He is alive!

It is because of His death that we are alive.

Are you taking that in?

I’m imperfect just like anyone, but now I have the confidence to face everyone, for my Savior said: “It is finished. It is done” (John 19:30).

Habakkuk 1 – Debating God

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March 17
Oh how many times have we blamed God for every wrong thing that’s going on? How many times have we thought of God as unjust?

There really are times when we think we’re better than God, we think He’s not doing anything at all. However, we’re 100% wrong.

March 18
Habakkuk seemed to judge their enemies. He was filled with indignation, which compelled him to tell God what to do.

I got confused with this verse:

Habakkuk 1:6 NKJV
For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, a bitter and hasty nation which marches through the breadth of the earth, to possess dwelling places that are not theirs.

It made me ask: “Why did God raise up a bitter and hasty nation like the Chaldeans?”

March 19
This is the one question that we, like Habakkuk, ask God most of the time: “Why?” We always wonder why this and that happened. “Why did it have to happen to me? Why now?“ we ask. God has His reasons that at the time only He knows. However, we can rest on the truth that He’s got our best interests at heart. We have to trust Him because He is God.

This chapter reminds me of Ecclesiastes 3:1: “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven” (NLT).

March 20
What do we do when God seems silent?

In this chapter, the Prophet Habakkuk was very indignant. He couldn’t stand justice being overruled time and again any more. He wanted God to act, as if God was not doing anything.

Then I realized, yeah, sometimes God really seems silent but it doesn’t mean He is. He may also seem idle at times, but He never was. When hardships come, we have a choice. We can choose either to accuse God of being anything but compassionate or we can choose to trust Him that He knows what He’s doing.

BOOK REVIEW: Heaven, How I Got Here

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This is a very timely read, especially now that the Season of Lent has started.

Heaven, How I Got Here

I’m so glad and grateful to have read this wonderful book by Colin S. Smith. It reminded me of the sacrifices of Jesus, which the author vividly explained. It gave me a clearer view of God’s love, forgiveness and promises, Jesus’ role in the salvation of mankind, and the hope that is readily available for everyone. It also provided me with a different perspective concerning death.

It made me stand in awe of God’s radical love and inspired me through Jesus’ humility and obedience. It made known to me the depth of what Jesus endured in order to free us from the fate that we deserve.

It’s a short book that can be read in one sitting, but one that can’t be put down once you started reading. I admire the author’s courage to tell the story in first person. How the story was told was captivating. It answers the question: “Why does Jesus leave you on earth if it’s not to get better prepared for heaven?” and explains the difference between believing in God and fearing Him.

It made me appreciate the time I have to invest in the things of God, which the thief on the cross did not have.

I pitied the thief on the cross then, but this book made me envy him. If only all of us could experience being in the place of the thief on the cross, we would be able to clearly see God’s big heart for each of us despite our imperfections.

The truths contained in this book have given me goosebumps for a number of times I cannot count.

Even before I finished reading it, it has already become an addition to my favorite books of all time. I recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians alike.

The publisher, Christian Focus, has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through Cross Focused Reviews.

You can purchase it here:
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Jeremiah 38 – PROPHET’S PERILS

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March 9
What Ebed-melech did in this chapter was inspiring.

I also admire Jeremiah for speaking the truth even when he was put into a cistern for it. However, he gave in when he was asked by King Zedekiah to lie to the officials.

I could only imagine how hard it must have been for King Zedekiah to follow God’s command, which Jeremiah proclaimed. God wanted him to surrender and fall into captivity.

In our days, sometimes God asks us to do the same. However, unlike King Zedekiah, we let our pride take over us. We lean on our own understanding. We forget that God is God. The ending–regret and shame.

March 10

Jeremiah 38:20 ESV
Jeremiah said, “You shall not be given to them. Obey now the voice of the Lord in what I say to you, and it shall be well with you, and your life shall be spared.”

This still stands today. When we listen to and obey the voice of the Lord, we can rest assured of God’s protection.

Jeremiah 38:28 ESV
And Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was taken.

Here, the Prophet Jeremiah was so privileged to see the fulfillment of the Word of the Lord unfold before his very eyes.

March 12
How many times has God asked us to surrender everything to Him?

More often than not, we have a hard time giving in to what He asks of us. This is because we depend our decisions on what is at sight. When we disobey God, in effect we tell Him: “I don’t trust you that much.”

Indeed it was ironic when God commanded King Zedekiah to surrender so he could save his life (Jeremiah 38:17).

Here I was reminded to trust God no matter what it takes.