Posts Tagged ‘trust God’

The Running Man

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There’s this new craze that’s been trending online called “the running man challenge”. I’ve noticed a lot of people posting videos of themselves doing this. Maybe one reason why this is so popular is because just about anyone can do it. And it seems like fun :) But aside from this dance craze, what comes into my mind why I thing of a running man is Jacob.

Jacob is a character in the bible in the book of Genesis. He is the second son of Isaac and Rebekah and the brother of Esau. God did a lot of great things through Jacob. Not because Jacob deserved it, but because God is gracious. Jacob is far from perfect. In fact, even though he is one of the bible’s great characters, he had many faults and made a lot of wrong choices. Just like you and me.

When Rebekah gave birth to Jacob and Esau (they’re twins by the way), God promised to build a nation through Jacob. But even with this assurance, Jacob still chose to take matters in his own hands. At the prodding of his mother stole Esau’s birthright by exchanging it for a bowl of lentil soup. When it was time for Isaac to bless his first son, Esau, Jacob also stole his blessing by disguising himself and pretending to be Esau. As a consequence, Jacob had to run away to Paddan Aram to escape from Esau’s wrath.

It was at Paddan Aram that Jacob married and started his own family. Through the years that he worked for Laban, his father-in-law, God blessed him generously and his wealth increased. Eventually Laban came to resent him for this and started to treat him differently. So Jacob did what he did best. He took his family and all he had and ran away again, back to his fathers land.

Jacob was a man blessed greatly by God. And yet many times in his life, instead of trusting God to work, he ran away. I can relate to Jacob because there were times in the past that I’ve been tempted to run away from my problems. There were times that I just ignored them which is equivalent to running away. But running away wont solve anything. Sooner or later, it will come back to you. Wouldn’t you rather deal with it now rather than later?

Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Dealing with your problems head on takes courage. But you don’t have to deal with it on your own because you can always call on God to sustain you.We are never alone because God is always with us wherever we go.

Facing problems can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, but at least you’ll have peace of mind. I can’t imagine staying in a foreign land for 20 years because I cant go home for fear that my own brother might kill me. This is exactly what happened to Jacob. When you refuse to confront your problems, you rob yourself of a peaceful life. Imagine spending your next 20 years having to continually look over your shoulder. That’s not the kind of life I want to live.

Anyone can run away. But facing your problems – that’s what makes you strong.

What problems are you running away from now?

Remember that no trial is bigger than our God because we have a great God. The best way to face a problem is to find a way to solve it. Let’s do our best and trust that he’ll take care of the rest.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

Don’t Doubt, Trust God

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This was the message on the first ever SNL (Saturday Night Life) for this year. We say we trust God, but when problems arise, doubt comes rushing in like a tide of water in a sinking ship. I’m sometimes guilty of this. I try as much as possible not to worry, but there are times that I still do.

For the past week, I’ve been worried about this deal I was working on with one of my partners in Truly Wealthy. I was set to close this deal on Monday. The buyer was already ready with his payment and the attorney had already been scheduled. Everything was already set. Yet, the seller was refusing to hand over some documents because he was having last minute doubts.

The message at SNL reminded me that God has been so amazing to me since the beginning. He has always come through. How could I let something like this sway me? This is nothing compared to the grace He has showed me many times in the past.

How could I forget all that he has done for me? But I’m like that. Yes. I’m forgetful. Just like the Israelites who ended up wandering in the desert for 40 years. It took them a long time to reach the promised land because they grumbled, complained and doubted God. They forgot that God led them out of Egypt, that He saved them from the Egyptians, that He parted the Red Sea for them. Despite God’s amazing grace in my life, I often forget what he has done and what he can do.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your path straigt.

-Proverbs 3:5-6

So I prayed. Fervently. A night before the deal, I talked to my client and explained the whole process. By God’s grace, he understood and agreed to hand over the needed documents. Just in time, too! I stayed up till dawn finalizing all the paper work. We were able to close the deal. I was even able to share the gospel to my client over lunch after.

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The truth is, there will always be times when trials and problems come our way. We have a choice – we can either doubt Him or Trust Him. When we choose to trust Him, our faith grows a little every time. We can allow each moment in our lives to increase our faith in him.

Don’t allow unbelief and doubt to blind you to the truth. Just like a glass filled with impure water, you can let his grace overflow in you to displace all sin, doubt and uncertainty.

Don’t doubt. Renew yourself in the Lord.

 

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When times get tough, remember the moments that God intervened on your behalf. When He saved you from a precarious situation, when He sent people to rescue you, when He drew you out from the darkness and into the light. Remember your Red Sea moments with Him.

Trust Him.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

PS.

SNL is a weekly event that happens every Saturday, 6pm at CCF (beside Redtail LImketkai). We tackle different topics each week such as leadership, team work and success. If you are interested in growing yourself and meeting awesome people, we welcome you to join us.

Let Go and Let God

 

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There is true freedom in surrender.

Too often in life we are tempted to want to take control of everything, especially for those who are “doers” like I am. I am the type of person who can’t sit still for an extended period of time (unless I’m reading a book). I always want to move around and do something.

One thing God has taught me this past year is to be “still and know that He is God.” There are times when the best thing to do is nothing. For some, doing nothing may be easy. But for me, that’s a challenge. Waiting and doing nothing does not come easy to me because when a situation arises, I immediately want to do something about it.

It was only last year when I realized that waiting is not only about being patient, it’s about being faithful. God will reveal to you his perfect plans in His own time – and not before that.

 We are here not to be successful but to be faithful. And if success comes with your faith, then praise God. – Mother Theresa

I’d just finished reading a book entitled Unstoppable – The Incredible Power of Faith in Action by best-selling author and speaker, Nick Vujicic. Nick was born without limbs. And yet that did not stop him by living life to the fullest and sharing God’s amazing love. I look at Nick and marvel at God’s incredible grace, at how He has used this man to inspire millions of people around the world to embrace life and accept Jesus. There are many people who have a complete set of limbs yet they wallow in self-pity and focus only on themselves. I look at Nick and am amazed at how much he has done for others. However, he wasn’t always this way. There was a time in his life when he tried to commit suicide because he didn’t want to burden his parents anymore. It was only when Nick finally let go of his doubts and insecurities that he started being able to inspire people and make a difference. God used an imperfect man (a man without limbs!) to fulfill His perfect plan.

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Sometimes we focus too much on ourselves that we fail to see God’s amazing plan for us. Had Nick focused on his “disability” he wouldn’t be the amazing author and evangelist he is today.

When I started Truly Wealthy Realty with my partners three years ago, I was focused solely on becoming a successful real estate broker. But when I started attending bible study and church service at CCF, I realized that there are things that are more rewarding than financial success. Of course, I don’t discount that. I still fully intend to be financially successful, but that desire has now come second to serving God. He will always be first with me. The moment I decided to let go and let God, tons of blessings seemed to pour into my life. Truly Wealthy got an exclusive contract with a developer to market a project in Iligan, I became Top Broker of the year for 2014 and this year, I’m finally starting my own bible study group together with a good friend from church.

I’ve never been more inspired and in love with God as I am today.

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God is more than enough for me and all I will ever need. Everything else is just a bonus.

What about you?

Do you feel like you are always striving to achieve an ever-elusive goal? Do you feel like you’ve been working hard but nothing is coming out of it?

Action is important. But there comes a time, when we have done all we can,that we sit back and let God move. The ability to let go and let God, allows our faith to grow. We need to fully trust in His plans for us for they will always be good, pleasing and PERFECT.

Let go and let God.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

You Are My Strong Tower

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Life is full of twists and turns. It goes up and down, it turns left and right. One moment we are up – happy, fulfilled and confident. And in an instant, everything can change.

Last year, my friends and I went on an Asian tour: Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand. On our first day in Vietnam, we went to Cu Chi Tunnels. It’s an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in Ho Chi Minh City, the base of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War.

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The tunnels were 2 hours away from our hotel, so we had to take a van along with other tourists to get to it. On our way back from the tunnels, I fell asleep on the van. When we got back to our hotel, I discovered all my money was gone! Don’t ask me how much it was, but it was a LOT of money because it was for our entire 9-day trip.

I know now I shouldn’t have brought it all. I shouldn’t have fallen asleep. I should have been more careful. A million “I should haves” flashed through my mind. But what’s done is done. It was only the first day of our vacation, I couldn’t dwell on that loss for the entire trip! I didn’t want to ruin our vacation. So after about 2 hours of moping around, being comforted by my friends and feeling depressed, I made up my mind to get over it and enjoy the rest of my trip. Whoever took my money probably needed it more than I did. So I “give” it to them freely. Anyway, God will return it to me a hundred fold.

Nothing is permanent. Everything can change in an instant. And when that happens, how you react is your call. As for me, the trials I encounter are just an opportunity to trust God more. Every loss, every heartbreak, every disappointment brings me closer to God. He is my strong tower, my refuge, my source of strength. He has never let me down and I know he never will.

What about you?

Do you feel frustrated, angry or confused with life?

Turn to God. He will comfort you, guide you and show you what to do.

He is my strong tower and He can be yours too.

When you can’t see God’s hand, trust His heart. -Emily Freeman

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex