Darwin Cruz

My thoughts about God, Life, and Well-Being

Confronted with the truth

In Luke 4:25-28 KJV
“But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; [26] But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. [27] And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian. [28] And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,”

After Jesus read the scroll from the prophet Isaiah, the people already responded in disbelief. I believe Jesus knew that they will respond this way because they knew Jesus since childhood. This is the problem about familiarity. People sometimes can’t accept truths, rebukes, or correction from the people close to them.

-How about you? when we are confronted with truth, do we respond in honesty to ourselves or we also respond in wrath because we can’t accept it. They did not welcome change, because they didn’t welcome Jesus. If we resist change, that means we are resisting God’s power to change us also. If we resist the truth, we are also limiting ourselves to our old selves. Don’t resist the power of God to change us. Open your hearts and ears to all people specially the believers because God is using them to transform you into the person that He wants you to be.

Significance of the insignificant: The Manger

Luke 2:7 (KJV) “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Have you ever felt like you were chosen because of having no other option? Sometimes it hurts us but if we begin to understand the beauty of it, we may change it into a better perspective. The manger is really very insignificant at the most part, yet it was chosen to be a place where the Savior has been laid.

It’s the same as you. If you find yourself insignificant, remember this: God chose to lay on you. He is indwelling in you. He chose to love you and made His presence known to you. Isn’t it a privilege to know that you are CARRYING the presence of God in you?

Secondly, even the angels are talking about the manger for they said “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Lk 2:12) Something insignificant becomes significant because it became as a SIGN to the shepherds.

Have the right perspective when you look at the manger as you look at yourself. Something insignificant like the manger became significant, because the Lord Jesus Christ was laid there.

Disciplines of Promotion: Emotion

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1 Corinthians 6:12
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.”

As we serve our Master (Christ), we should not allow any other to rule over us – even ourselves. We all are still living in the flesh and part of the sinful nature. We commit mistakes, we still commit bad habits, we even have our own weaknesses. Yet, we should not mastered by anything in this world.

What controls you, means you are a slave of it. Even our emotions. Our emotions are the most part that rules over us. We even make the best speech we will regret when we are angry. We make bad choices when we are happy or too sad.

Remember, do not be mastered by your emotions but let our emotions be subject to Christ. We cannot control our emotions but when we ask God to fill us with the Holy spirit, we’ll be able to be on guard against our emotions.

Questions to ponder:
Do i speak a lot when I am mad?
Do i easily get hurt over things that sometimes based on our assumptions?
Do i speak negative words against myself whenever I fail in life?

Whatever God Orders, He Pays For…

Indeed, God is faithful in every season.

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I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. Psalm 37:25 (NIV) 

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. Psalm 16:5-6 (ESV)

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Give up your childish ways

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1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
(ESV)

There are a lot of times that we still inherit our childish manners like for example, winning an argument; complaining about things you cannot do something about; or even crying over spilled milk. We need to grow. It is a general and scientific fact that all living things are “growing”.

The apostle Paul said that when he became a man (a grownup), he GAVE UP his childish ways. What areas of our being childish should we give up? He shared three:

1. GIVE UP your Childish talk:
-Do you keep on complaining instead of praying? Do you keep on making up stories? Do you keep on telling lies (even “white lies”)? Do you keep telling rumors about someone just to pull someone down? Do you just say something out of emotion or base on facts?

2. GIVE UP your Childish thoughts:
-Do you live according to your own selfish gain? Do you consider others first before saying things or deciding on a matter? Do you think about the cause and effect of the things we are planning to do? Do we carefully consider Christ in our thoughts and plans? Are you a pessimist?

3. GIVE UP your Childish Reasoning:
-Do you think that you are always right? Do you always want to win arguments? Do you close your ears to people who gives you correction and instruction? Do you procrastinate? Do you always blame others when something bad arises?

These questions are just some checkup for us to check so that the Lord can help us give up our childish ways. As we grow in faith, it is God’s desire for us to be more like Him as He exemplified the way to live.

Respond to the Constant Love

Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

 
There are times of our life that we felt disconnected to God, yet we fail to recognize that it was actually us who
stop pursuing God. God never stopped pursuing us even during the time while we were yet sinners. That’s the love He demonstrated. Up to now He constantly pursues us. He pursues us whenever we go apart from Him. He constantly gets our attention. There are times that we ignore God’s efforts in reaching us, but I tell you IF you respond to God every time He catches your attention, that would be one of the most sweetest moments of our lives.
How about you? Maybe there are times God is trying to catch your attention and says, “Hey, my dear child, you are going afar from Me now. Come back to me please, will You?” God just simply desires our fellowship with Him. a time spent with Him. He pursued you before, constantly pursues you, and will pursue you forever, until you are able to respond in His love. He never changes. He loved you at His best that nothing you can do to make Him love you more, and nothing that you’ve done can make Him love you less.

Generation “SELFIE”: Where is the DISTINCTION?

Christians these days engage themselves to a LOT of forms of worldliness. There had been already an added word in the dictionary known as “SELFIE”. Isn’t it obvious that from the word itself, it promotes self-centeredness rather than CHRIST-centeredness? I am not against taking self-portrait photos, but indulging in the idolatry of doing it and always looking at the mirror or phone moment by moment, WORRYING too much on the way you look, I believe is very unhealthy for our spiritual lives.

There was this time that I was reading the news, and heard that the word “selfie” has been formalized and it was included in the dictionary. My initial response is I felt a little bit bothered. Personally, I feel a little bit annoyed with people who keeps taking selfies anywhere even on formal gatherings, on special events, and it’s not just it. They take selfies more than 4 times on the same location but just changing their facial expressions. Well, this is it. Welcome GENERATION SELFIE.

A lot of things has changed since the launch of the first iPhone followed by different trends. The bang of the social media affecting all of our lives, creating our own worlds in the social media. We even care more of the number of likes and comments or how did we made a trend on our new photos on facebook, or even having a lot of retweets on a trending hashtags on twitter. According to study, people these days socialize on their smartphones even they are in front of dining tables with their own families or friends. It is that social media and different multimedia  tools that are very accessible to us anytime, anywhere.

The social media gives most people the freedom to express their “EMOTIONS.” They can bash someone on the social media, say bad words, express their thoughts, their sentiments, make arguments, and a lot of stuff. Social media actually exposes the hearts of people. Their deepest thoughts, and who they really are. That’s why Facebook is like their own personal journal. They update their status whether they are happy or sad, posting selfies, promoting themselves. Social media, is like all about “ME” whereas if it’s all about you, actually, majority out of your thousand friends actually don’t care whatever you are doing that you also post on your social media. Social Media feeds your egoistic side. It also creates a world outside reality that what we invest is now everything “online.”

 

Thus, a lot of things had changed, drawing our attention from our families, our friends, specially to GOD. Having a right relationship with Jesus is the primary thing that we should nourish in our lives. How can we really say that we have a healthy relationship with Jesus when we spend 90% of our time on the social media, on the internet or even taking selfies. Does it really promote Christ whenever we post on Facebook about how bad or good our day was? Does it promotes love whenever we upload our selfies? Does it really edify the Church, whenever we post our PRIDE and GLORY on our social media status. Does it glorify God, not having time anymore with our families, for the church, or even our friends because we have created our own world somewhere else?

Social media could be God’s medium, or the world’s medium. The question is who’s side are you? What’s gonna happen in the next generation? Will they always seek the benefit of themselves? Change their looks just to feel accepted? Take cools selfies and always express their feelings on social media, whereas they should express their feelings to God then to their families instead?

Think about these things.

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Again, where are the Mighty Churches from Philippi, Corinth, Ephesus, Galatia, Colossia? Or is it that believers have no extra “distinction” from what we so called, the world?

Christians are called to be “SET APART”

 

Colossians 3:17

New International Version (NIV)

17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.