a simple girl who's trying her very best to serve God in every little way..Also, a student who is pursuing her dreams and aspirations,a politician(SK Councilor), a youth leader(Jesus-Inspired Valuing Eternity Youth), a knowledge seeker, a lovely sister,a friend to anyone, and a wonderful creation of God :)
This is one of my favorite songs of the new Hillsong Album. I love to know the "story behind the song" so I searched it out. This one tells the story of the worship leader on this song. It's amazing, heartbreaking, and an awesome reminder that worship is a lifestyle. Even when we don't "feel" like worshiping God, there's victory in worshiping when we can't see the light on the other side of our situation. My prayer is that you,too, will be blessed by this song.
Yesterday, our Pastor challenged us to personalize a chapter in the Bible and make it our personal Prayer. I am really touched by this chapter so I decided to share it to you. I am working on memorizing this so that I will never forget how God saved me from death and gave me a new and wonderful life.
Sin's Power Is Broken
6 Well then, should I keep on sinning so that God can show me more and more of His wonderful grace? 2Of course not! Since I have died to sin, how can I continue to live in it? 3Or have I forgotten that when I was joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, I joined Him in His death? 4For I died and was buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now I may also live a new life.
5Since I have been united with Him in His death, I will also be raised to life as He was. 6I know that my old sinful self was crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in my life. I am no longer slave to sin. 7For when I died with Christ, I was set free from the power of sin. 8And since I died with Christ, I know I will also live with Him. 9I am sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and He will never die again. Death no longer has any power over Him.10When He died, He died once to break the power of sin. But now that He lives, He lives for the glory of God. 11So I should also consider myself to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
12I will not let sin control the way I live;*I will not give in to sinful desires. 13I will not let any part of my body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, I will give myself completely to God, for I was dead, but now I have new life. So I will use my whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14Sin is no longer my master, for I no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, I live under the freedom of God's grace.
15Well then, since God's grace has set me free from the law, does that mean I can go on sinning? Of course not!16Don't I realize that I become the slave of whatever I choose to obey? I can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or I can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17Thank God! Once, I was slave of sin, but now, I wholeheartedly obey this teaching they have given me. 18Now, I arm free from my slavery to sin, and I have become slave to righteous living.
19Because of the weakness of my human nature, Apostle Paul is using the illustration of slavery to help me understand all this. Previously, I let myself be slave to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now I must give myself to be a slave to righteous living so that I will become holy.
20When I was a slave to sin, I was free from the obligation to do right. 21And what was the result? I am now ashamed of the things I used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22But now I am free from the power of sin and have become a slave of God. Now I do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Lord Jesus, You said in your Word that You are faithful to lead us on, to complete us. Lord Jesus, I'm praying that You will give me strength to overcome all temptations in my life. Oh God, give me a heart that is pure and teach me Oh Lord to deny my flesh so that I can completely follow You, Oh God. Jesus Christ, I will never stop thanking, praising and worshipping You for You have saved me when I was in darkness. I am able to love You because You loved me first. In Jesus name, I pray all these things. Amen.
This idea from ate Sarah is just in time because a while ago, I was thinking what to blog for this day. So, to ate sarah, thanks! :)
Honestly, I'm not into answering questions like these. :) But then, I believe this has a purpose. :)
Here goes the list of questions with my answers:
1. If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals, or are they members of your family?
Waah! I don't know what to answer. :) I don't like pets, but if I would have, I think I'll treat them as part of the family. 2. If you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?
I would dream about living in a mansion with my family.
3. What is the one thing you hate the most?
Hmmm. I hate (AS IN I HATE!) worms, anatomy :) , and spammers.
4. What would you do with a billion dollars?
Tithe, give to missions and start a Christian school. It is really my desire to put up a school since I am now starting to love teaching. :) Aside from that, I would manage a business, restaurant, in particular. The rest, I would save in the bank.
5. What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?
CHOCOLATES! ICE CREAM!
6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
Both.Loving someone and being loved by that someone, period!
7. What is your bedtime routine?
Telling stories to my younger siblings, reflecting on the things that has happened on that day, and talking to my boyfriend: JESUS. :)
8. If you are currently in a relationship, how did you meet your partner?
9. If you could watch a creative person in the act of the creative process, who would it be?
.Konrad Zuse- Inventor of first working programmable computer
10. What kinds of books do you read?
Bible. Right now, I am also encouraged to read Christian books such as "I Kissed Dating Goodbye".
11. Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
managing a pre-school :) still in the Philippines but staying in one roof with my hubby and beautiful kids :)
12. What’s your fear?
gigantic things, mannequins, statues, deep bodies of water and fear of rejection
13. Would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to visit outer space?
a big NO! :) Let me have my potato chips. :)
14. Would you rather be single and rich or married, but poor?
I would rather be married AND rich! haha
15. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Stretching :) Praying, then checking my inbox :).
16. If you could change one thing about your partner what would it be?
What do you want me to answer? :) I still don't know who he is. :)
17. If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?
Samantha Jean :)
18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?
I can't do that on my own. That's why I'm still praying to God that He would give me that attitude.
19. If you could only eat one thing for the next 6 months, what would it be?
I'm wondering why it only has 19 questions. If I were to add one, it would be "When do you feel most loved? When your partner spends time with you or when he/she says 'I love you'?"