Siblings, Thoughts & Answers

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My sister’s suitor was in our house last Saturday. We were waiting for my brother. He was at the gym. I came from Macapagal Avenue for the team bonding from people at work. We were scheduled to watch Night At The Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb. As usual, I was entertaining everybody with my hilarious jokes. But then..

My sister told us the story of one of her friends from Uni. She said that her friend apparently can see demon spirits. And that her friend was “gifted” with it. She wanted to know my opinion about it. She was curious to know how it must feel like to see such things. I told her I couldn’t believe that she was curious about it. I had to say it in a way that isn’t offensive since her suitor was there. We were all laughing. But I understood how serious this was. And so I was praying in my spirit to give me wisdom on how to navigate through it. Thank God he has given me the skills for it.

I told her that as Christians, we need to develop the discipline of knowing God more. He is a self-revealing God but if we choose not to know Him, we remain ignorant of the knowledge of Him. And that when we talk about things like these, we glorify them and not God. Spirits are everywhere. But what’s important to understand is that these demon spirits have no power. Satan was defeated more than two thousand years ago. The only thing they can do is to whisper thoughts in your mind to bring you away from God. That’s why it is of great importance to follow what the Bible says, “.. To capture every thought and make them obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). You need to discipline your mind. The battlefield is the mind. There’s nothing more they can do than to whisper thoughts that mislead you, confuse you and destroy you. That is why the Bible tells us, “… Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) Notice the words, ‘let God’. You have to make that decision to allow Him to renew your mind. Now, this story should come with the words, Spiritual Warfare but that’s for another blog.

I always had it in my mind to help prepare my siblings in every stage of their lives. When my brother was twelve, we talked about teenage life and love. I was actually surprised when he asked about it. I was telling him that he’s the man. He needs to be responsible. He needs to learn how to protect himself, us. He needs to take us to different places. Hehe.. But then he asked, “What if I fall in love, Ate?” Of course, it came as a shock but I had to make him understand things. So I said, “Then fall in love. (At that time, I’m still not sure about love.) I told him, “People say it’s a beautiful feeling. I can’t wait to feel it for myself. But don’t worry about falling in love. Even God won’t prevent you from feeling it. What’s important to understand is that falling in love is not an excuse for bad behavior. Or for being irresponsible. You’re young. You have your whole life ahead of you. There’s a time for everything. Fall in love but make that decision now to experience things. And to experience some things later. You’re very handsome. That means a lot of girls will be going after you. They will show you things you’ve never seen before. Offer things you’ve never heard before. But I need you to be responsible. Sex is definitely for later.”

As my siblings were growing up, we always told them, in fact, we kept reminding them: “The things we teach you here at home are deeply rooted in the Word of God. We may not be able to tell you all things but we will tell you everything you need to know about life. So you listen to us. And you listen good. Why? Because we will never tell you anything that will harm you. You may get hurt sometimes but those are meant to teach you. Understand that every time you step out of this house, people will try to convince you to believe them. Give you new ideas. Show you things you’ve never seen before. But I don’t care what shining, shimmering things they offer, if what they tell you is contradicting what we’ve taught you here which is based on the Word of God, you dispose of them. You forget about them.”

I told my sister, she can aspire for so many things. She can aspire for beautiful things. Anything noble, true, peaceful, heavenly things. Those are the things she should be curious about. Those are the things she should be thinking about. The Bible tells us, “… Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable.. think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8). As a Christian, if anything like that comes up again, she needs to step up and say, ‘Let’s talk about something else. Let’s talk about angels instead.’ Then I told her some incredible stories about angels. ‘Or talk about the stories of the Bible.’

I told her, ‘Jes, people perish for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). You are misled because you don’t know the truth. If there’s something you don’t know, you make it your business to know. If you have no idea what the Bible says about such things or anything, when that happens, understand that that’s the best time for you to find out. I can only say so much. We can only share so much to you. There’s nothing quite like a revelation from God himself. But I love that you came up to me about this. You don’t stop asking questions. That’s true for every thought that crosses your mind too. You ask if it is from God or not. Always.”

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Thank You, Revealer of Secrets!

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The choice to hide so many wonders from you is an act of love that is a gift inside the process of life. ~ Saruya (from The Shack by William P. Young)

There were lots of moments when I knew exactly what was going on and what was going to happen. But there were also days and nights when I didn’t have a clue. And when that happens – when you weren’t sure how things will be, when you can’t put a handle on things – that’s always scary. We are always scared of the unknown. These annoying secrets! But then…

But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets… ~ Daniel 2:28a

And I find comfort in that truth. It’s super awesome to know that we only needed to go to You for anything, any one thing we know absolutely nothing about. You will reveal them. You’ve revealed them. You reveal them all. We only needed to come to You. So while I badly needed to learn how to be patient – that really painful, excruciating word – I needed to be reminded of having faith in You even in the tiniest detail of my life. That part was such great fun for me. It’s amazing how You made that happen. I love Your ways!

You reminded me that You are a promise-keeping God. You promised that You are my Redeemer. You showed me what to do and how to do things for Your glory.

O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. ~ Daniel 9:4

I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the Lord. ~ Hosea 1:19, 20

I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings. ~ Hosea 6:6

The Lord says, “Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds… The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them.” ~ Hosea 14:4, 9b

That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping and mourning. Don’t tear your clothes in your grief, but tear your hearts instead. Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love…” ~ Joel 2:12, 13

For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. ~ Amos 4:13

Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living. ~ Amos 5:24

O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons. ~ Jonah 1:14b

If you would do what is right, you would find my words comforting… the Lord himself will guide you. ~ Micah 2:7b, 13b

… The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. … Fear the Lord if you are wise! ~ Micah 6:8, 9a

As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.

“Yes,” says the Lord, “I will do mighty miracles for you…” ~ Micah 7:7, 15

So, Father, thank You for all You’ve done in 2014. Because of all You’ve done I am now deliriously giddy today, high on the excitement of life for 2015! So looking forward to it.

I love You, Father. I love You, Jesus. I love You, Holy Spirit.

Your loving daughter and friend,

Angel