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Why God Hates Divorce

Malachi 2:14 says, “For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.” Matthew 19:7 says,  “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.” I just realized something why God hates divorce according to the verse above. It just suddenly came to my mind. This has to do with getting married in a “religious” environment such as a church or married by a spiritual minister. When a couple is married in such a situation, there is the implicit admission that you are asking God to witness and bless your marriage. Unconsciously or not, you are asking God to be in the middle of your marriage. Why get married at all in church and the ceremony officiated by a spiritual minister if later on one will have the intention of not honoring their covenant with God by divorcing their spouse–for that matter, here in the Philippines, separate legally or worse,...

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For almost three weeks now, I have had a fairly regular time of Bible reading. Aside from reading the Bible, I was also reading Reuben A. Torrey’s “How to Pray”. Its in Adobe Acrobat format that you can download free from here. As I read the book, which is surprisingly an easy read for me, I discovered a new dimension to the subject of praying. I do not call myself a very prayerful person. I pray before I go to sleep and usually ask God for a peaceful and restful time of sleep. I usually “converse” with God when Im walking. It is at those times that I can reflect on things that may be dealing with me. I also go to prayer meetings in our church or at our office. The book exhorts the read to make prayer time as a consistent, persistent, sleepless, overcoming prayer. I admit that I do not pray like this. And with people that pray this kind of prayer I am envious. I know that I should pray like this. Not because I read it in this book, but because God wants me to. I want to, but more often, i succumb to “slothfulness”. Because of this, I am deeply troubled. Compared many men of prayer, I am but an atom. I also read there that Jesus prayed even to the point of...

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Im writing this on the eve of my 41st birthday. If I will grade my 41 years of existence, I would say that I have a grade of 85%. Not too high and certainly not too low. I’m not a very ambitious person. I want to live a simple life where everyone in my family is safe and healthy. Is this what God wants for me? I need to know. I received Christ as my Lord and Savior in September of 1989, over 21 years ago. I went through valleys and mountains, the proverbial ups and downs as many also have. The usual stuff that comes a person’s way. I think there is more to my life than this. I live a relatively comfortable life. No huge debts, not starving, I help loved ones, lack things here and there, had more than others a few times. Nothing dramatic. The Apostle Paul said that “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” I am in no way complete. I am still being sanctified by Jesus. I am excited at what Jesus has in store for me and those I love. I know it will be good. Better than the last 40 years of my life. My God is faithful. He will allow me...

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The Blessing of a Being Truthful

I feel a renewed passion to preach and teach the Word of God. You see, I have a gift for preaching and teaching. I’m not really good yet, I will be sometime, but being able to serve and minister to God through the preaching of His word is an awesome feeling for me. I intend to become really good at sharing God’s Word, I know this is His will for me. I just pray that I will get more opportunities. Even with the busy schedule that I have, I know that I can and will always find time to preach. Back to the title of this post, the clear conscience I am referring to is the part where I was given the opportunity to be truthful about certain issues in church. I really felt that this caused a hindrance to my preaching ministry. As I became truthful, which took a lot of courage, I was released from all my worries. I believe I received forgiveness for holding back, and now am blessed to be given the chance to start all over again. I am not hampered anymore by  all the worries generated by not being truthful. I know that I can rely on God to continue building up my character and personality in line with His will. God bless...

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Burying My Old Life

I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior in September 1989. I cannot remember which day it was, but I’m pretty sure it was one day of that month. Its the present day and I come across a challenge by Oswald Chambers in one of his devotionals in Once you truly realize this is God’s will, you will enter into the process of sanctification as a natural response. Are you willing to experience that “white funeral” now? Will you agree with Him that this is your last day on earth? The moment of agreement depends on you. Read the whole devotional here. I thought about this. Have I “really” buried my old life, never to resurrect again? I reflected on my life and concluded that, no, I have not yet “buried” my old life. I realized that this was the reason my old life keeps haunting me. this old life actually wants to resurrect. But then… ..only Jesus resurrected! My old life should remain buried. Now how should I answer Oswald’s challenge. The most spiritual and logical answer would be, “NOW!” I also know myself…and I should not believe myself… but believe only in the one God who died for my sins and whom God resurrected from the dead that we may have eternal life. For He alone would give me strength to keep my old self buried....

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