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Righteousness, Sin and the Philippines.


I am not afraid to speak my mind and sometimes I need to get things off my chest. Also because God has put it on my heart to speak the truth in love. I want it to be known that I love the Philippines, it is a wonderful country full of hospitality and beauty. My wife is a Filipina and marrying her is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. However I need to say this.

There is a huge spiritual battle taking place in that country right now. I thought the portrayal of homosexuals in the media and how they are lifted up here in North America was bad. It is even more so in the Philippines and getting worse everyday. From a transsexual comedian called Vice Ganda to having a transsexual beauty contest during a noon hour show. These people are lifted up as top entertainers and role models by the media there. From there it flows out into Filipino society. It is an abomination to God. The bible says that Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34. Unless the Philippines repents and turns away From sin, not just homosexuality, but also corruption and the treatment of the less fortunate,the nation will continue to be hit with more disasters.

But at the same time I never seen a nation that is so open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Word of God is displayed openly and people are not offended when you talk to them about salvation. Churches are growing and God is raising up a mighty army in the midst of that nation. The Philippines has a chance to become a great nation that can touch the nations, but it will only happen when the nations leaders repent and`denounce sin and corruption. I pray for my beloved wife`s homeland everyday and weep over the mockery that the devil is trying to shove in God`s face. Pray for the Philippines and the continued move of God there. Pray for people like Vice Ganda and others that they meet Jesus Christ and be transformed into His image. Can a nation be changed in a day. Definitely, but only by prayer and repentance.

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Is Jesus Your Everything?


We live in a world where so much is crying out for our attention and usually the one who gets crowded out the most is Jesus. Yet He should the focal point of our lives. We should be beginning and ending our days with our hearts on Him by spending time with Him in the Word and in prayer. Between those times our hearts should be in a constant state of worship. He needs to be our everything. It is a constant struggle to do that because as Paul said;

The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. Galatians 5:17 (NLT)

We are pulled one way by the Spirit and the other way by the flesh. It’s a war. He says in Romans 7:18-24 (NLT);

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.

He continues in Romans 8 and gives us the solution;

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8:1-17 (NLT)

If we live in the Spirit we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh and the distractions of this world will no longer keep us from our purpose which is to please God. In putting Christ first in every area of your life He will set your life straight and He will indeed become your all in all, your everything.

 

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Here is a couple of videos I made with some songs I love. Enjoy

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