It is hard to say no when we are faced with
temptations and evil thoughts, but we must not
dwell on them.
Three Areas of Attack from the Devil
How strong is your resistance to temptation?
Do we allow our problems to eclipse the face of God in us? Don’t quit, don’t give up.
All of us will experience crisis. Even saints underwent crisis. St. John of the Cross and Mother Teresa called it darkness of faith. They came to the point of seeing the darkness in our faith life and they realized that they saw the darkness because there was a spark of light at the end, middle, and center of the darkness.
Reflection: How do you get energized when you are discouraged and want to quit?
Nothing energizes our lives more than developing a prayerful life.
When we encounter life challenges and troubles, let us be inspired by the Lord’s Word to Joshua:
Even though it was the Lord talking to Moses, he still had apprehensions about going to Pharaoh and leading God’s people out of Egypt. He was afraid to follow God for he had the spirit of inadequacy. In the Bible, God chose no one who was already great. All that He chose relied on His instructions.
Reading: 1 Sam. 15
Saul’s hardened heart and casual attitude toward the sin of partial obedience led him to disobey God and face the disastrous consequences of disobedience. This caused him to be rejected as king and eventually lost his kingdom and life.
A lot of characters in the Bible were imprisoned like St. Paul and St. Peter. The Lord does not want us to be in prison. He wants us to be free. It was why He died on the cross.
Reflection: Are we free? When God calls us, are we free to immediately respond?
When Jesus walked on this earth, many of the women He encountered were mothers of great strength, courage and faith worthy of high esteem and emulation. The ways He treated these mothers were great examples that we all should emulate as His followers. Jesus valued motherhood so much that He regarded mothers with very high esteem and compassion. Since motherhood is the normal result of marriage and not of pre-marital teenage pregnancy, it has a direct connection with the importance and sanctity of marriage which Jesus emphasized in Matthew 19:6.
Walls are barriers that are found inside living things and non-living things. It draws a line between cells to define the shapes of its parts , to balance and control the flow of fluids, nutrients, oxygen and electrolytes for life to function well. Similarly, walls are solid structures that define, divide and enclose an area for privacy and security of a house, a city, a country or a state,
For Catholics, the cross is the centrality of our faith.
“Whoever wants to be my disciples must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ, one should deny oneself and decide to carry one’s cross.
Anger is an emotion that affects one’s physiological and spiritual being. Varying in intensity, anger is synonymous with rage, fury and wrath and can be tormenting and enslaving. It is somehow associated with aggression and uncontrolled behavior, rooted on lack of understanding and forgiveness of self and others and unconfessed sins.
In John 3:14-15, Jesus said “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” In saying this, Jesus was referring to an event described in Numbers 21:4-8.
Mathew5: 43-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Be holy as your heavenly Father is holy.”
James 1:1-12 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you
To succeed in whatever field, we need discipline. Therefore, a committed servant of God must have discipline. A true committed servant cannot just do whatever he wanted or attend to the Lord’s work whenever he felt like it. If he did whatever he wanted to do, he is not disciplined but a rebel.
The doors that lead to eternal life are narrow. If we fail to live properly these aspects or areas of our life, we will not be able to enter the narrow door to eternal life. As Jesus said, in Mt. 7:13, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”
The First Call to a Life of Faith and Friendship with God our Father. Before the coming of Christ, the most remarkable trial of faith in the salvation history happened to Abraham who was regarded as the friend of God because of his trust and obedience to Him (James 2:23).
Testing of Character and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit – Rom. 5.1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access in this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of glory of God.
TESTINGS are experiences of inconveniences, seemingly unjust difficulties and sufferings and long waiting that may hit us rock bottom or lead us to hopelessness if we put our trust in ourselves or if we hold on too much to our “Isaac’s” for power, courage and strength.
The disobedience of our first parents in Gen. 3, which caused them and all their children to lose paradise, exhibits the high cost of disobedience. But, because of the second Adam, Jesus, as stated in 1 Cor. 15, paradise and heaven were opened to us again. Clearly, disobedience has corresponding consequences
When we decide to follow Jesus, we must count the cost and be willing to abandon everything else that may distract us.
Our theme for this year is “Awakening from Spiritual Slumber or Spiritual Sleep.” There are different types of sleep. Some people in our church and in our community are already in coma, which means that he or she had been sleeping for a long time.
Life is empty without Christ. But, with Christ, you are satisfied because Christ has everything and, when you are with Him, there is nothing you shall want.
Jesus emptied Himself and obeyed the Father until His death. Jesus’ life is a very beautiful example of obedience and because of this, God greatly exalted him. So, have the same attitude of Christ and be like Him.
So, faith without action is dead. Now, let us talk about real faith.
Money is one of the greatest tests of character and faith.
God wants to see how much we love Him. He wants to know whether we will trust Him no matter what happens in our lives.
We should all ask God for His unconditional love so that we too may experience conversion and spend all our energy for the Kingdom of God.
Integrity means deciding to integrate my heart’s value into my daily actions.
Let our presence be felt and give realistic and meaningful service to the poor.
The first step towards victory is to acknowledge that we need to renew our renewed lives. We need to once again ask the Lord to send forth His Holy Spirit upon us so that, once again, we may experience a new Pentecost to renew our renewed lives.
We should always be ready to fight against the schemes of the enemy (Satan) and we should be firm in trusting the Lord.
Learn the principles/steps to know If your decision Is the will of God.
Our birthdays provide a lot of opportunities to enlarge our vision in becoming Christ-like. Another year in age does not equal another year in growth. Have we been growing in maturity?
The journey and the work on the road to brokenness will begin when we ask the Holy Spirit to be our travelling partner.
Let us always remember to ask the Lord for wisdom before we say something.
We are always admonished to avoid making mistakes. One way to do so is by learning from the mistakes of others.
Let us admit our sins and recognize our need for forgiveness from God. Let us ask for mercy from Jesus, the Lamb of God who died for us and redeemed us from our sins.
If we do not like a person, let us look at ourselves first. Have we not done something wrong ourselves?
Relationships, not achievements or the acquisition of things, are what matters most in life.
They are made sharers in Christ’s priestly, prophetic and kingly missions. This means that lay persons are consecrated; they are set apart for God. We often think that when someone is consecrated, he is a priest or a nun. It actually means he or she is being dedicated to God.
We are not waging the war alone against Satan; God Himself is in the forefront of the battlefield!
Contentment is recognizing that what I have is sufficient and then making the most of it.
It is placing always our complete trust in our Lord Jesus Christ who never fails us. It is a grace from God. It is also a human responsibility.
The Lord’s Prayer is a complete prayer. It is a means of raising to God our past, present, and future. It is a prayer that only real disciples can pray. Jesus chose these words to teach us how to pray as we ought to do so.
The proof of our love of our Lord is tested on how much is our willingness to sacrifice for Him. Let us love Jesus with our sacrificial love and please His Father!
God often acts in ways that are the exact opposite of what we expect. We think that God only wants to use our strength, but He also wants to use our weakness for His glory.
God never promised that we would live a problem-free life. In reality, we all experience problems – financial crisis, illness, and even death in the family. The good news is that we can defeat these problems.
The Bible-based laws of relationships with people around us require us to bless our enemies, to be sensitive of the feelings of others, to be in harmony and have the same regard with others, to be kind to all, and to be humble.
Let us develop a diligent spirit that can help us establish a deep and personal relationship with the Lord.
Let us develop a diligent spirit that can help us establish a deep and personal relationship with the Lord.
We have personal authority and power to fulfill our purpose in life.
What is discipleship? Discipleship is the way of following the Lord Jesus.
We have personal authority and power to fulfill our purpose in life. What is happening in our life is within our personal authority and power.
Living a life that matters does not happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance, but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.
Never should we hinder to growth of our church.
We should not be like a barren fig tree that if it is not going to bear fruit, then it’s better to cut it down.
How should we use our power to bless? How can we be responsible with the words that come out of our mouth?
Don’t look at the problem but think first of the solution who is JESUS.
But if by faith you look at Jesus, then, like David, you will encourage yourself in the Lord.
Learn to fight back frustrations in a positive manner.
Have you been unfaithful or irresponsible? Are you tempted to quit?
How does love heal? What are the major factors affecting our state of health?
Speak God’s words of healing and faith. Speak of the goodness of the Lord. Believe in the power of blessing. Speak a blessing. There is miracle in your mouth!
It is important to accept our life situation and believe inour self-value. Someone else does believe in our value – God.
The Lord God created man in his image and likeness. Since He is a perfect God, He created man to be perfect like Him. So every person is a perfect image of God – a perfect maker, a perfect creator.