When God Speaks Through a Song

Sunday morning. I was in the bathroom getting ready for church. Like what most people I believe, do in the shower, I began to sing. It was a song we use to sing at the church and sometimes, during Monday devotion at the office. I couldn’t remember the lyrics that morning.

Into your hand, I commit again

With all I am…

Sunday morning, we arrived at the church while praise and worship was on going. Then, as if the Spirit of the Lord had spoken, one of the songs in the line up was my song at the shower! This is the whole lyrics of the song:

Into Your hand I commit again
With All I am For You Lord
You hold my world in the palm of Your hand
And I’m Yours forever

Jesus I believe in You
Jesus I belong to You
You’re the reason that I live
The reason that I sing with all I am

I’ll walk with You wherever You go
Through tears and joy I’ll trust in You
And I will live in all of Your ways
Your promises forever

Jesus I believe in You
Jesus I belong to You
You’re the reason that I live
The reason that I sing

Jesus I believe in You
Jesus I belong to You
You’re the reason that I live
The reason that I sing with all I am

I will worship, I will worship You
I will worship, I will worship You

The song is about a believer in Christ, or a Christian who probably went a little cold about his faith and ministry. This Christian then declares and surrenders his heart again to Jesus.

Photo from Relevant Magazine

I felt like crying through that worship! I tried my best not to let my tears fall but I couldn’t sing most words of the song. I know that the Lord personally spoke to me and asked me to give back my heart to Him again—in full surrender. And I’m telling you, it doesn’t happen to me every single worship time. When you sing and worship from your heart, then you raise your hands up to heaven, you will really feel the power of the Holy Spirit coming down to you.

I go to church every Sunday. I pray every day. I have my quiet times (though I fail sometimes on this). I give my tithes and offerings (Sadly, I fail on these, too). Why will the Lord ask me to commit myself again to Him? I know the answer. Even if I do all these things, I still have cares and worries. Someone said that when you have all these fears, doubts and cares in your heart, you are insulting the ability of your God. I am aware that I am not obeying everything He wants me to do even when I say, “Jesus, I will follow you.” When you surrender and commit yourself to God, you give everything to Him: your family, friends, joys, tears—everything. He is God, remember? Everything belongs to Him. He knows what to do with all these things. We only have to trust Him. We have to obey Him.

The best thing we can offer the Lord is our heart. Let us give our hearts to Jesus. He will take care of you and me.


Here’s a link to the song, “With All I Am

Oktober Praise 2014: United as One (Malabon Edition)

Are you ready to rock for the LORD?

Official Oktober Praise Malabon poster (Photo from United Youths of Malabon Facebook Page)

Another successful year had been celebrated at Malabon City last October 24, 2014. Dubbed as Oktober Praise 2014: United as One, musicians and young artists from different churches joined together to blow the house for a concert, all in the spirit of praise, worship and evangelism.

The whole concept of Oktober Praise began as early as 2006. This was a response to Oktoberfest, a global event wherein there is a festivity of rock music and overflowing booze. October, has been known as the feast of barley, the main ingredient in making beer. As early as 12 years old, youth around the world had been involved in drinking and partying. Continue reading

Facing the Big Boss

For us who believe in eternal life or the life after death, we know that we will face the ultimate Judgment before (Hebrews 9:27) we can be with God the Father forever. To be with God is our goal that is why while we are still here on earth, we try our best to please God by being obedient with His Words. While good deeds, repentance and faith in God are required of believers and those who follow Him, remember that it is only by Grace that we are saved. (Ephesians 2:8)

Supposed then that we are to face Judgment now. I have always wondered how it would look like to appear before that most awaited day. How should we feel? Will we be happy and excited because finally, we have arrived at the “finish line”? Will we be proud of the things we have done when we were alive, with big smiles on our faces and heads up? Say, the Gate Keeper has a handbook of the things that we should have done, according to His Word—will we be able to say, “Yes, I’ve done this, I’ve done that, and I love the Lord!”?

Or, will be feeling and reacting the other way around? I wonder if upon facing Judgment, we will be walking with our heads bowed low, not sure if will be allowed to enter the Holy Gates. How many points will we get if the criteria contain the number of things the Lord asked us to do? Are we even allowed to say, “I’m sorry, I wasn’t able to do that,” or “I’m sorry, I don’t know that I should have done that”? What if the Gate Keeper says, “How sure are you that you are welcome here—you’re not even aware of what the Bible says?” Because for all we know, the Bible tells us everything about God.

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Let us try to picture the day of Judgment as a job fair, where the believers are about to be interviewed by the Gate Keeper. Now, this Gate Keeper is the HR manager and God the Father is the Big Boss. Just like any other job hiring, we have to go through a series of question and answer portion first with the HR manager before we could face the Boss and land the job.

The HR manager in Heaven will of course, browse through your resume. So, is your name (resume) written in the Book of Life? What have you accomplished? You would be answering with quite a list of worldly and spiritual tasks. But surely, the HR manager knows all of those already. It would only be a confirmation for you will not be able to lie on that day (Revelation 20:12). You cannot be somebody that you are not, unlike when you’re only having a real job interview on earth. At the end of that interview, will you be able face the Big Boss? Will you make it to Heaven?

The difference, my dear friends, with landing a job in this world and entering Heaven is this: in this world, you have to be qualified to get the job. You have to prove the boss that you are worth the job and make sure in yourself that you don’t get fired. Whereas in Heaven, God has called you already, though unqualified and unfitting, to become part of His Kingdom. It is therefore, our job to prove ourselves worthy of this calling so at the end of our lives, we will reap this reward of being with God, the Big Boss, forever.