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).

December 14, 2015

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I’m thankful for Julius’ message earlier today. I feel so blessed to have people like him around.

I’m grateful to own a copy of “The Unquenchable Worshipper” by Matt Redman via WeAreWorship.com. I’m so excited to read this one!

I’m thankful to have been able to free up some space on my hard drive. It’s freeing but painful…

I’m thankful for this stunning scenery I saw tonight!

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Whoa! It looked a lot more splendid in real life though…

I’m grateful for 1 Peter 1:6 (NLT):
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.”


How about you? What are you thankful for?

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:20 NLT

“That I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Psalm 30:12 NLT

November 26, 2015

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I’m thankful for the YouVersion Bible Plan: GOD’S DREAM FOR YOUR LIFE by Pastor Rick Warren. The devotion for today is very timely. Thank You, God, for speaking to me through it.

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I’m thankful for the exchange of funny messages with Deniz earlier today. The statement (pero mag-pinsan tayo…) which I used to utter to badger him into doing something for me backfired at me today. Now I know how it feels… Got a taste of my own medicine.

I’m thankful to be at home when Gaddy Bear (my nephew) threw up. As I wiped the white stuff that came out of his mouth, I realized that I really am not yet ready to have a family of my own. Nyahahaha…

I’m thankful to be able to pray for Deniz, Jason, Zyrelle, and my best friend today. I’ve sensed God’s presence as I prayed. Thank You, Lord!


 

How about you? What are you thankful for?

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:20 NLT

“That I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Psalm 30:12 NLT

November 25, 2015

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I’m grateful to have gazed at the moon for a number of times tonight. Full moon, it is!

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Oh… It’s spectacular!

I’m thankful to be able to join my churchmates for the Prayer Meeting.

I’m thankful that Darwin came just in time and was able to lead the exhortation instead of my replacing him.

I’m thankful to have played the keyboard during the church gathering tonight.

I’m thankful to have shared laughter with Michael and JhayZkie regarding a surprising change in who gets to pick the song for the call to worship these days ever since I started playing the keyboard. My bad!

I’m thankful to have started organizing the list of Operation Christmas Child recipients today even if I didn’t feel like doing it today.

I’m thankful to have read John 15:12 (NLT) again:

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.”

May I always remember to love as Jesus loved.

I’m grateful to have listened to Jesus Culture’s song: SHOW ME YOUR GLORY again. I heard it the first time during a JREV Night in Kawit, Cavite some two or three years ago. I especially love these lines:

I long to look on the face of the One that I love
Long to stay in Your presence
It’s where I belong.


 

How about you? What are you thankful for?

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:20 NLT

“That I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Psalm 30:12 NLT

November 24, 2015

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Today, I’m thankful because it’s my second time to express my gratefulness here.

I’m thankful because The San Antonio Spurs won during their matchup with The Phoenix Suns earlier today. Yiiiiiiiha!

I’m thankful for the songs of Elevation Worship particularly for THIS CITY IS YOURS. I’ve been reminded yet again of (1) what God wants me to do and (2) love as the perfect motivator in doing everything.

I’m thankful for being able to get a few hours of sleep in the afternoon. zZzzzz…

I’m thankful to God for letting me realize my weaknesses and reminding me that He is my strength.

I’m thankful for a family who always understands and never gives up on me.

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I’m thankful for my LIVE Bible! I looooove it!

I’m thankful for 2 Corinthians 4:17 NLT: “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”


 

How about you? What are you thankful for?

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:20 NLT

“That I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Psalm 30:12 NLT