Ruled by Peace

One of the first phrases Jesus released on His disciples after His resurrection is peace. It may be due to Him knowing that the believers were not at rest that time. Their leader has just been sentenced to death and most of the disciples are either in hiding or was arrested as well. Their world has fallen apart.

The world today, is stressed. We see this word in almost every diagnosis of the doctor. We see this on the faces of our leaders, parents, and random people we bump into the streets.

When a person is stressed, focus is lost. It affects the trains of thoughts, the general health, appearance and productivity. Worry keeps our minds busy and our makes our bodies weak. Worry paralyzes us and stops us from living out a victorious life.

Our prayer for you is to find peace in Jesus Christ. Know that He who holds everything in the palms of his hands is never surprised nor is ever unprepared. He promised to never leave you nor forsake you. Trust him today. Choose to rest, knowing that He can turn things around in the blink of an eye. Believe that His favor rests on you.

May you be filled with peace today!

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God’s Providence

Throughout the bible, we see men and women of faith who were tasked with what seemed like impossible projects.

For Noah, it meant building an ark despite not being acquainted with rain and flood. For Moses, a whole slave nation had to be rescued from Egypt. For Joshua, it is taking hold of what was promised. Out of all these stories, we see a glimpse of the heart of the Father: He is a Father who makes a way, a Father who provides what is needed for tasks he has given us.

Jesus assured the believers that “whatever is asked, it will be given.” No matter what circumstance we are in, God has already paved the way. All we needed to do is to step in faith and in confidence that He who promised is faithful.

Our encouragement for you today is to keep pursuing that God-given dream in your heart. Never let the petty details of life throw you off-track. Let us keep our eyes fixed on the One who has overcome, on whose resurrection we were raised up as victors.

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Living Hope

Hope is a very powerful idea. It enables a sick man to recover. It energizes the dying to keep holding on and it fuels the billions of people around the world to keep fighting for their dreams.

For Christians, being alive in Christ means being “born again to a living hope”. All that we are before we met Christ are things that pass away; things that we may spend the our whole lives here on earth but have no value in eternity. Through Jesus, we are “born again to a living hope.”

For some reason, we stopped measuring our lives through the lens of mortality. We press on for pursuits that have eternal rewards. We endure trials with the idea that we have overcome world in Jesus. We have hope.

Through this hope, the manner through which we present ourselves in this world also changes. We do not settle for the fleeting pleasures in this life. Our joy is deeply rooted in the promise return of our King.

Today, our prayer is for you to be rooted deeply and to be established in love. Anchored in hope, may your pursuits lead you to rewards that do not rot and joy that does not fade.

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Courageously Humble

Humility is one of the core teachings of Jesus in the Gospels. We read about Jesus telling the crowd at the Pharisee’s house  that “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). One of His disciples wrote later on quoted one of the most famous proverbs ever written, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5)
It is our hope and prayer that we will be active in showing the world the value of true, biblical humility. As the body of Christ, we are to demonstrate to the world what it means to be humble. Christ was willing to let go all forms of being a God to be one us; to redeem us from the perils of sin and its consequences. 
True humility begins in surrendering one’s all to God. It is acknowledging and believing that God knows what he is doing and that His plan is perfect. It is understanding that we are under His authority and guidance. On the other hand, it allows us to speak the truth in love. It opens doors to deeper and more open relationships. 
Most important of all, humility respects the process each of us is going through. We become humble enough to admit that we commit mistakes from time to time, and are not afraid to be called out and corrected. It teaches us to accept that just as we speak the truth in love, we also receive correction and admonition in love. 
May we all continue to walk in humility before the Lord and before all men. 

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