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God’s Plan B

Plan A is defined as one’s original plan or strategy, while Plan B is defined as an alternative plan or strategy.

There are times when you may have decided on a Plan A. In addition, you may have prayed for God to work through your Plan A. Notwithstanding, this plan did not work out the way you had hope it to be. As a result, you may have been disappointed about this disruption to your plan. The devil can also allow you to think that God has forsaken you. However, you are reminded to be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).

You may also think that God is not in control of the situation. On the contrary, He is definitely in control of everything, despite what you may think. The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps (Proverbs 16:9). God is omnipotent, which means He has unlimited power and is able to do anything. Furthermore, the way you think is not necessarily the way the Lord thinks, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

The Lord is omniscient, which means that He knows everything, including the past and the future. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

All in all, God’s Plan B is always better than your Plan A.

Can Storms Last Forever?

Storms don’t last forever. It is scientifically proven that storms usually come to an end. The common idiom “after a storm comes a calm,” means that things will likely improve after a difficult and stressful season. Jesus did not promise that you will go through life on this earth without any difficulty. He reminded you that “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Therefore, if you are going through a difficult storm in your life right now, it will eventually come to an end. God is always on time, and He knows the right time for everything. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Although it may appear that Jesus is sleeping during your storm, it is crucial for you to have faith and ride out your storm with Him; because at any moment He can calm your storm. Mark 4:35-41 recounts the moment that Jesus was in a boat on a lake with His disciples. But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. During the storm, Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat. The disciples woke Him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are going to drown?” When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.

It is Finished!

One of Jesus’ last words from the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30) is an important utterance. After this utterance, he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. It was not to say that his life was over, as he would be resurrected on the third day after his crucifixion. However, it was an utterance to his father in Heaven to say that the purpose that he came to earth to accomplish was finished.

The Greek word translated for “It is finished” is tetelestai, meaning paid in full. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins. Therefore, because it is finished, this life on earth is not our final hope. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Happy Easter!

Today someone close to me witnessed a man on a bridge about to jump to his death. He said, “I can’t do this thing call “life” anymore.” Fortunately, the police came and dissuaded the man from jumping to his death. He was taken into crisis for evaluation and help. After hearing about this incident, I began to pray for the people who are in despair and feel hopeless because of whatever challenges or crisis that they are currently facing in their lives.

There are so many things that are happening in the world around us at this time. COVID-19 has devastated many lives and continues to have an impact on society today. There are natural disasters, such as tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, and volcanic eruptions to name a few. There is a war currently unfolding in Ukraine, as Russia invaded that country. Furthermore, the UN reported that some countries are currently facing famines.

Jesus spoke about the signs of the times and the end of the age, as he sat on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24). He told his disciples who asked him about the signs of the Lord’s coming and the end of the age that there will be many people who will come in His name, saying, “I am the Christ” and will deceive many (v. 4-5).

There will be wars and rumors of wars, but do not be troubled for all these things must come to pass. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows. Christians will be hated, persecuted and killed for His name’s sake. Many people will be offended, betray one another, and hate one another. Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But those who endure to the end shall be saved. And the Gospel will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come (v. 6-14).

In the midst of despair in this world, you can still have hope. This hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in your heart by the Holy Spirit who was given to you (Romans 5:5). Jesus comforted you that you can have peace in Him; however, in the world you will have tribulations; but you should be of good cheer, He has overcome the world (John 16:33). You are reminded to cast your anxiety on Him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5;7). In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

Disclaimer: If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or a crisis, please reach out immediately to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-8255, which is available 24/7.

It is sometimes difficult to give thanks in challenging circumstances. However, life is not without its fair share of trouble (John 16:33). Notwithstanding, when you look at the glass half-full instead of half-empty, you are inclined to give thanks in all circumstances.

 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV). Therefore, think for a moment, and see what you can still give thanks for in your life, despite any challenges that you may have overcome or may now be experiencing.

 

Jesus told his disciples, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

True peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God.

Alexander MacLare


Whom Do You Trust?

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God (Psalm 20:7, ESV).

There are two circumstances in life when you know who your true families and friends are:

  1. When you are going through trials and tribulations
  2. When God starts blessing you

When you are going through trials and tribulations, you will know who will stay true to you, as you ride out your storm. These people will be with you in the storm, and they will be with you after the storm.

When God starts blessing you, some people will be happy for you; however, others who have bitter, hateful, and jealous spirits will certainly not be happy for you. Jeremiah 17:9 warns that the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? These people do not care what you were going through while you were facing your trials and tribulations. Instead, they are looking at how God has begun to bless you, after you have passed your test and rode through the storm with Jesus alone.

That is why you should put your trust in God, because he never fails. In doing so, it will save you a lot of disappointments and heart breaks. You do not know what is ahead of you in life. Therefore, trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

What if an angel appears to you, and says, “Hail, thou art highly favored and the Lord is with you.” Wouldn’t this be the most happiest moment of your life? Yes, it should be, because God is getting ready to do something powerfully significant in your life.

This is exactly what happened to Mary, Jesus’ mother (Luke 1:26-38).  She was highly favored among all the other women, not only in her city of Nazareth, but the entire world. This is so, that God chose her to be the mother of Jesus. He made this decision, because He knows Mary would be committed to the task he had given her. He also knew that Joseph was the perfect man to be called the father of Jesus. Together, they would nourish the Christ child through all the obstacles they would go through, so that God’s purpose could be fulfilled on earth.

Don’t get this all twisted. God loves everyone, but He knows who He can trust and depend on. He knows who will stay faithful, even when things seem like they are impossible. Notwithstanding, the faithful and favored person still holds true to God’s promises. This person will not runaway from the task when things get rough, but allows God to work through the situation for His glory to be manifested.

Being favored in God’s sight means He can trust you. He can tell you a secret, and you don’t run around telling the whole world, including the devil. He also knows that you seek Him and His Kingdom first, over your own agenda (Matthew 6:33).

God knows that you are obedient, and will follow instructions, even when others think you are not doing the right thing. He knows that you are humble. Therefore, when He blesses and favors you, you will be a blessing in giving Him glory, and not boasting to bring glory to yourself.  He also knows that you are a sinner, saved by grace, but you try to walk in a holy manner.  Furthermore, He knows that you have built a rock solid relationship with Him. In addition, you stay connected to Him through prayer, fasting, reading His words and worshipping Him in spirit and truth.

With that said, finding favor in God’s sight is not rocket science. It’s about keeping a covenant with Him. He needs people He can trust and depend on.

By and large, this new year, think on what you can do for God’s Kingdom, by putting His agenda first. In so doing, all things that you seek, He will give to you.  Not only so, but He will bless and highly favor you.

New Year Message

We would like to wish you a Happy New Year, as you bid farewell to 2020. The year 2021 is a time to start fresh, despite any obstacles that you may have faced in 2020. If you have not come to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, 2021 is the time to embark on building a personal relationship with him. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV). Remember to use your time wisely, as life is short, and our days are numbered (Psalm 90:12). Finally, do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6, NIV).

Happy New Year!!!
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