May 27, 2012

The One You Are Looking For



As Christians, we often have favourite Bible verses for it suits with our situation or has a great promise that we would like it to become true. It is common for us to pick up and memorize that first and 'abuse' it in the context we like it to be. This article will emphasize on one particular verse which I also cherish a lot and abused it in the past :D It is 1 Corinthians 2:9. Sounds familiar?


But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him." [ESV]

We have tendency to 'abuse' this verse to be applied in context of soulmate, our dreams, and so on. I used to pick up this verse for claiming the promise of soulmate too haha :D But is it right or wrong? We'll see...


This verse raised up one big mystery: What has God prepared for those who love him? Some people have opinion that it is talking about our eternal life. Yet what I found has quite a disagreement with that view. Maybe we need to travel back to the past (Old Testament) to see it more clearly. Paul actually quoted this verse from Isaiah 64:4 ;)

Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who intervenes for those who wait for him.
Do you see that in Isaiah we find the answer? I find that what God has prepared for us which no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor heart of man imagined ... is God himself.

When I 'abuse' 1 Corinthians 2:9 to claim God's promise for soulmate, I thought that is is the soulmate God has provided for me that would be soo beautiful beyond imagination. Yet by this finding, it sounds like God is saying,
"I am the One you are looking for.
I am your first, true, and only love.
My love is sufficient for you."

We spend much of our energy to find "the one" somewhere on this earth while God is saying,

"Look up. What you are looking for is up there."



It goes the same thing with any other area for our lives. As we abuse this verse to achieve our goals and dreams, God is reminding us again "I am your goal and dreams. The best you can never imagine."

It is interesting to notice that God simply wants to be the one in our hearts. And other things we are looking for on this earth are merely the two :D

Do you notice that in Isaiah, God is giving the gift to those who wait while in 1 Corinthians God is giving it to those who love Him?
I find that this gives us some clues that this is a kind of love that waits. True love waits. We love by waiting in faith for him.

"Be still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10


You may think, " I know that God has told us to pursue his kingdom and righteousness first, but doesn't it sound a bit cliche? God is invisible, I need the visible one." Well, do you know that what is invisible always has higher value than visible ones? Your brain is invisible, yet it is the most important organ in your body. Air is invisible, yet it is vital to support your life. God is invisible, but He is the source of all things, the most important ones you can have in your life.

The most important thing in your life should not be seen with your eyes but felt in your heart.

And the meaning of 1 Corinthians 2:9 does not stop there. Let us go back to Corinth :) It is talking about the wisdom from God, His mystery, the deep things of God. They are the things that we need to pursue in this life. It gives clue to our relationship with God. How far have we known Him? For God reveals his secrets to merely close friend. Will you be his best friend?

God is so jealous to sit at the throne of your heart. He wants your undivided attention. He loves you til die for you. He is the one you are looking for. So what are you waiting for? Go, be still, and love Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. May you find pleasure only in him alone :)






May 24, 2012

The Three Types of Women



"Eve (and by extension, every woman) was created to fulfill a need in the man...she was created to be a blessing and help to Adam." To be a good, lovely help meet (one that is easy to love) takes lots of effort.

There are 3 types of women according to "Preparing to be a Help Meet" book by Debbie Pearl :


DREAMER GIRL

Dreamer Girls often like to create, sew, design, paint, or write. They also might get antsy when things don't happen as quickly as they think it should. It is important that these gals don't get caught up in projects that distract them from honoring and helping their husbands. These gals should spend their youth mastering their gifts and skills; so that they can one day bring honor to their husbands through them without taking away from their roles as a help
meet to their husband.

Tips to become a husband of dreamer girls :


Most prophet (visionary man) loves this girl. Just be an artistic man who loves everything about art. Then you have to make a fast decision in every aspects of your live. Why ? because this girl are impatient. Last, you have to speak about your vision because she will really happy if one of your vision is inline with her dream. Support her dreams and she will support your vision.


SERVANT GIRL



The Servant Girl is someone who enjoys being just that--a servant to others. It is important that they maintain their individuality and develop their gifts. Be an Encourager (someone who helps other to better themselves), not an Enabler (doing things for others that they should be doing for
themselves). Look for a vision and a purpose that is bigger than yourself for which you can strive towards. Prayer will be important on your journey. Two Scriptural examples of servant-types are Jesus and Ruth.


It is important for a Servant not to become a pitiful little brown bird person. Maintain your individuality and develop your gifts. Always keep in mind that it is good to be an Encourager, but not good to be an Enabler. An Encourager helps people better themselves. An Enabler does things for people that they should be doing for themselves, healing their self-inflicted wounds and sympathizing with their poor vices to the point that they are enabled to continue their negative behavior without facing the consequences or assuming responsibility to change. This simple concept could be key in your life.

Girls that are of the Servant type tend to become Hidden Flowers if they don’t stay focused on serving the greatest number. Keep looking for a vision. Get a purpose in life that is bigger than you, homeschooling and even family. Prayer will be an important part of your ministry.

An example of a Priestly/Servant type man found in Scripture is, of course, Jesus. The Apostle John must have been a Priestly type also. A female example would be Ruth who faithfully served her mother-in-law.


Tips to become a husband of servant girls :

Helping her do anything around the house. You have to be a a peacemaker, kind, and considerate. You have to be sweet and romantic too because she was known for being such a sweetheart. Dont't ever critize her "home-work" (such her cooks for you) because it will hurt her heart.


GO-TO GIRL


The Go-to Girl(Queenly) knows her place as a wife, but is also strong, capable, and gives a sense of caring for the greater number of people. They are well at organizing and have strong opinions. Be cautious in your confidence. In
Scripture, Deborah of Judges 4 is an example of a Go-to Gal; she was a judge in Israel.

Tips to become a husband of "Queenly" girl:

Be her friend, .Treat her with the respect. Do not try to change her instantly, just love her and be there for her when she needs you. If she is a queen type then she is most likely bored if she is at home a lot. She needs to be busy doing something worth while. That's why you have to be creative, ask her to travelling, routine dating. She
loves to hear "I love you" words because it means you still adore her.


No matter your personal "type", "power struggles still arise [in marriages[ especially when a girl has not been taught what God says concerning honoring her husband."
So why did God put men in charge? Well, He knew what he was doing... [the book explains this further by talking about men's nature and women's nature and how they need to blend together.]



Women were created to help and each woman/girl was created to suit a man's needs. 1 Corinthians 11:8-9 says, "For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man." The first command God gave to Eve was "Your desire shall be unto your husband, and he shall rule over you." (Genesis 3:16) Want to know more about the role of a woman in relation to her husband? Read 1 Corinthians 11:3, 7-9 and Ephesians 5:23, 32-33.


Debi Pearl says, "A wife's position under her husband is where God put her for her own spiritual, emotional, and physical safety."
Two genders were created to create the complete picture of the person God wants us to be and to bring balance as a couple in the struggles of life. It is no mystery that "opposites attract".

"In the end it is not so much what type you are as whether or not you are willing to place his talents and ambitions first and then utilize your gifts to assist him...a good woman serving him will bring out the MAN in him."


Here's a message to men:

Your woman is as beautiful as the way you treat her. As you marry her and then you find that she becomes worse that you dreamed of, then check yourself. Is it you who causes her to become 'uglier'? Partners in marriage will be like mirror. When you look at her, you look at your own reflection as well. That is why God says to men to love their wives as to love his own body. So love her deeply, intensely, and consistently. There is no woman who will not be beautiful when she wears the dress of love.


Above all, prioritize her needs above your own. That is what Jesus does to the Church. He sacrifices himself for us. A calling to become a husband is indeed a calling to lead like Jesus. It is a privilege, yet it also come with a huge responsibility. Please do not misuse the authority and power you have to destroy, but to build up what He has entrusted to you, His princess, your woman, your only wife.

Cheers ;)

Leticia Seviraneta

May 23, 2012

The Three Types of Men


from The Help Meets Journey
a book by Debi Pearl


To be a great helper is to know how to meet your man's needs in a precise way. In this book, Debi Pearl describes the three types of men whom we can identify and adjust ourselves accordingly. I find this article will be very helpful for women who wants to support her man as God intend her to be ;) Happy reading!



MR.COMMAND MAN


God is dominant — a sovereign and all-powerful God. He is also visionary— omniscient and desirous of carrying out his plans. And, God is steady — the same yesterday, and today, and forever, our faithful High Priest. Most men epitomize one of these three aspects of God. No single man completely expresses the well-rounded image of God.A few men are born with more than their share of dominance and, on the surface, a deficit in gentleness. They often end up in positions that command other men. We will call them Command Men.

They are born leaders. They are often chosen by other men to be military
commanders, politicians, preachers, heads of corporations, and managers of businesses. Winston Churchill, George Patton, and Ronald Reagan are examples of dominant men. Since our world needs only a few leaders, God seems to limit the number of these Command Men. These men see life as if they are looking from a high mountain, they see the big picture rather than individual needs.They are known for expecting their wives to wait on them hand and foot.

A Command Man does not want his wife involved in any project that prevents her from serving him. If you are blessed to be married to a strong, forceful, bossy man, as I am, then it is very important for you learn how to make an appeal without challenging his authority. Command Men have less tolerance, so they will often walk off and leave their clamoring wife before she has a chance to realize that she is even close to losing her marriage. By the time she realizes that there is a serious problem, she is already a divorced mother seeking help in how to raise her children alone.

A woman can fight until she is blue in the face, yet the Command Man will not yield. Yielding would be against his personhood. He is not as intimate or vulnerable as are other men in sharing hi s personal feelings or vocation with his wife. He seems to be sufficient unto himself. It is awful being shut out. A woman married to a Command Man has to earn her place in his heart by proving that she will stand by her man, faithful, loyal, and obedient. When she has won his confidence, he will treasure her to the extreme.A King wants a Queen, which is why a man in command wants a faithful wife to share his fame and glory. Without a woman’s admiration, his victories are muted. If a wife learns early to enjoy the benefits of taking the second seat, and if she does not take offense to his headstrong aggressiveness, she will be the one sitting at his right side being adored, because this kind of man will totally adore his woman and exalt her. She will be his closest, and sometimes his only, confidante.

Over the years, the Command Man can become more yielding and gentle. His wife will discover secret portals to his heart.If you are married to a king, honor and reverence is something you must give him on a daily basis if you want him to be a benevolent, honest, strong, and fulfilled man of God. He has the potential to become an amazing leader. Never shame him, and do not belittle him or ignore his accomplishments. Make it your life’s goal to become his queen.


MR.VISIONARY



God is a Visionary as seen in his person, the Holy Spirit. He made some men in the image of that part of his nature. Prophets, be they true or false, are usually of this type. Some of you are married to men who are shakers, changers, and dreamers. These men get the entire family upset about peripheral issues, such as: do we believe in Christmas? Should we use state marriage licenses? Should a Christian opt out of the Social Security system? The issues may be serious and worthy of one’s commitment, but, in varying degrees, these men have tunnel vision, tenaciously focusing on single issues. They are often the church splitters and the ones who demand doctrinal purity and proper dress and conduct. Like a prophet, they call people to task for their inconsistencies. If they are not wise, they can be real jerks who push their agendas, forcing others to go their way.Visionaries are often gifted men or inventors, and I am sure it was men of this caliber that conquered the Wild West, though they would not have been the farmers who settled it.

Today, Visionary men are street preachers, political activists, organizers and instigators of any front-line social issue. They love confrontation, and hate the status quo. “Why leave it the way it is when you can change it?” They are the men who keep the rest of the world from getting stagnant or dull. The Visionary is consumed with a need to communicate with his words, music, writing, voice, art, or actions. He is the “voice crying out in the wilderness” striving to change the way humanity is behaving or thinking. Good intentions don’t always keep Visionaries from causing great harm. They can stir up pudding and end up with toxic waste if they are not wise. An unwise wife can add to the poison with negative words, or she can, with simple words of caution, bring attention to the goodness of the pudding and the wisdom in leaving it alone.

Every Mr.Visionary needs a good, wise, prudent, stable wife who has a positive outlook on life. The wife of Mr.Visionary should be just a little bit reckless and blind in one eye if she is going to enjoy the ride. If this is your man, you need to learn two very important things (beyond how to make an appeal). Learn how to be flexible, and learn how to always be loyal to your man. You will be amazed at how much happier you will be and how much fun life can be if you learn to just go with the flow — his flow. Life will become an adventure. You will actually begin to feel sorry for the gals married to the stick-in-the-mud, steady type. And once you get it into your head that your husband does not have to be “right” for you to follow him, you will FINALLY be able to say “bye bye” to your overwrought parents, even when they are screaming that you are married to a crazy man. People looking on will marvel that you are able to love and appreciate your husband, but you will know better because you will see his greatness.Greatness is a state of soul, not certain accomplishments. Over time, this type of man will become more practical. If you are a young wife married to a man whom your mama thinks is totally crazy — then you may be married to Mr. Visionary. Right now, purpose in your heart to be loyal to him, and to be flexible; then, let your dreamer dream. Lean back and enjoy the ride; it should prove interesting.

Visionary Man will talk and talk and talk to his honey if she approves of him. He will be subjective, thinking about feelings, moods, and spiritual insights. One of his greatest needs will be for his wife to think objectively (proven truth) and use common sense, which will help keep his feet from flying too far from solid ground. He spends his life looking through a telescope or microscope, and he will be stunned that what he sees (or thinks he sees), others do not seem to notice or care about.


MR. STEADY


God is as steady as an eternal rock, caring, providing, and faithful, like a priest like Jesus Christ. He created many men in that image. We will call him Mr. Steady — “in the middle, not given to extremes.” The Steady Man does not make snap decisions or spend his last dime on a new idea, and he
doesn’t try to tell other people what to do. He avoids controversy. Being married to a Steady Man has its rewards and its trials. On the good side, your husband never puts undue pressure on you to perform miracles. He doesn’t expect you to be his servant. You do not spend your days putting out emotional fires, because he doesn’t create tension in the family. You rarely feel hurried, pushed, pressured, or forced. The women married to Visionary Men look at you in wonder that your husband seems so balanced and stable.

The wife of Command Man marvels at the free time you seem to have. If your dad happened to be a Steady Man, then chances are you will appreciate your husband’s down-to-earth, practical life for the wonderful treasure it is.
When you are married to a man who is steady and cautious, and you have a bit of the impatient romantic in you, you may not see his worth and readily honor him. You may be discontent because he is slow and cautious to take authority or make quick decisions. A bossy woman sees her husband’s lack of hasty judgment and calls her Steady husband “wishy-washy.” His steadiness makes him the last to change, so he seems to be a follower because he is seldom out front forming up the troops. There is no exciting rush in him, just a slow, steady climb with no bells or whistles. You wish he would just make up his mind, and that he would take a stand in the church. He seems to just let people use him. There are times you wish he would boldly tell you what to do so you would not have to carry all the burden of decision-making.Some women equate their husband’s wise caution and lack of open passion as being unspiritual. His lack of spontaneity and open boldness may look like indifference to spiritual things. However, he is like deep, deep water. The very depth makes the movement almost imperceptible, but it is, nevertheless, very strong.He will be confused with your unhappiness and try to serve you more, which may further diminish your respect for his masculinity. Disappointment and unthankfulness can make you wearier than any amount of duties. His very steadiness keeps him on his middle-of-the-road course, and it will drive a controlling woman crazy.This is why many disgruntled ladies married to Mr. Steadys fall victim to hormonal imbalance, physical illness, or emotional problems.


Know Your Man



Wives are very much flesh and blood, and as young women, we don’t come to marriage with all the skills needed to make it start out good, let alone perfect. When you come to know your man for whom God created him to be, you will stop trying to change him into what you think he should be. The key is to know your man. If he is Mr. Steady, you need to learn to be thankful and to honor him as the one created for you in the image of God. Your husband’s gentleness is not a weakness; it is his strength. Your husband’s hesitation is not indecision; it is cautious wisdom. Your husband’s lack of deep spiritual conversation is not a lack of caring; it is simply the cap on a mountain of intense emotions.If this describes your man, you need to learn how to stand still and listen; then let God move your husband in his own good time. Ask God for wisdom and patience. Seek to always have a gentle spirit. Stop expecting him to perform for you, to pray with the family, to speak out in witnessing, or to take a bold stand at church. Stop trying to stir him up to anger toward the children in order to get him to feel as though he understands how badly you are being treated. Let him be the one God made him to be: a still, quiet, thoughtful presence — for you!

A Steady Man likes a woman to walk beside him, yet grow in her own right before God and him.He needs a resourceful, hardworking woman with dignity and honor. It is important to Mr. Steady that his wife is able to be self-sufficient in all the mundane tasks of daily living.These men can be some of the most important men in the church, because their steadfastness is sure, and their loyalty is strong. They make wise, well-thought-out decisions.Typically, Steady Men do not become as well known as Command or Visionary Men. They are not odd or stand-out men. They are not loud. They are neither irritating nor particularly magnificent. Women and men alike envy and desire a Command Man. People are often drawn and compelled by the Visionary. But the Steady Man is taken for granted.

Much of this book has been written to help young wives learn to honor, obey, and appreciate the Steady Man just as he is.Mr. Steady will enjoy the company of others and be most comfortable spending time in small talk with whoever is around. Of the three types, he is the one that will be most liked by everyone. Mr. Steady is always in demand. He belongs to people. He does not focus on the eternal picture like Mr. Command, nor is he looking through a microscope as Mr. Visionary, but he does respect both views as important. His vision is as a man seeing life just as it is. He can shift his sights to the sky and know there is more up there than he can see, and he wonders about it. Or, he can stare into a muddy pond and appreciate that there is a whole world in there that he knows nothing about. In most of life, he is a bridge between the other two types of men. He is a very necessary expression of God’s image. Of the three different kinds of men, it is more important that Mr. Steady have a help meet who likes him just as he is.

So what is the type of man you have or you are looking for? Honor him with all his uniqueness as part of the image of God. Our role as a woman is not to rule over man but to support him to become what God intend him to be. Different is beautiful. Your man does not need to be just like you in order to make you happy. The dynamics we make in a relationship and the adjustment needed to meet two different personalities make us simply more like our Beloved Savior, Jesus Chist.

Cheers ;)

Leticia Seviraneta

May 03, 2012

While I Am Waiting ...


Many of us cannot stand on waiting (including me actually :D). Yet God reveals in the Bible there are so many things in this life which includes the waiting season. In Ecclesiastes 3:1, it is written:

"To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven;"





And then Solomon continue in verse 11:

"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end."

So what does it mean? God has a beautiful purpose for us beyond our imagination. Yet only a few who can only endure it to be accomplished because we are so lacking of patience in waiting the His plans unfold. Many people settle for the less instead of striving for the best. It happens in romantic relationship, our dreams, our choice of friends, and so on. Then, how can we wait?

Waiting is a season that can be endured when we have a clear purpose and the activities towards it. When God says, "Wait," it must be for our own good which we may cannot see at the very moment.


I would like to narrow this article by sharing the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) to show you how it works :) It is been told in the parable that the Kingdom of Heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. The five of them were wise, and the other five were foolish. Let's stop here and look deeper at these contrast adjectives ;) Wise and foolish. The wise listen and do the instruction for she knows it will bring her good. The foolish may hear the same instruction but may ignore its importance. She may obey it at first but when hard things come, she wavers. The other alternative will be that she doesn't care at all from the very beginning. Let's continue ...


Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slombered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming. Go out to meet him! Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give is some of your oil, for our
lamps are going out. But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you: but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went in with him to he wedding, and the door was shut. Afterwards, the other virgins come also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.



Jesus' Parables could be hard to understand. At that time, Jesus ministered to the Jewish people. He was in fact also a Jew. So there are many of His parables were in the context of Jewish culture in order for them to understand. For us as non-Jewish people, we have a homework to investigate the culture He was referring to in order to comprehend accurately the meaning of this parable. I found this parable was intriguing. At that time, as a Jewish man looked upon a Jewish woman he wished to marry with, he would immediately bring his father to meet the woman's father. The woman's father would ask for a precious treasure in return for his beloved daughter. It could be a cow, or other possession. But it didn't stop there. The woman's father would also ask the young man to build a home for her daughter. He said, "Build your home first before you can marry my daughter." And so did the young man go. If he could not afford to build the house, he may build an extension room in the woman's house for them to live together. But if he could afford it, he will build a home separately. He worked day and night, cutting woods here and there, and so on. He would not meet his beloved bride-to-be as He had not finished the home. And what did the bride do while her man building the home? Waiting. But she needed to light up the lamps in her room every night and day, as a sign that she was waiting for her groom to pick her up. Once the home was finished, the groom would immediately (without any delay!) come to the woman's house to pick her up. He would sneak into the woman's house even if it was 3 a.m. He would know where was his woman's room by seeing the lamp which kept burning at the moment he came. At last, the long season of waiting was ended on joyous celebration of wedding between the two of them.


Have you noticed the connection with the Jewish tradition and the parable of the wise and foolish virgins? What can we learn from it?

First, let us look from the perspective of man and woman relationship. There are so many wisdom which are so relevant until today ;)




#1 To man: Build your home first before you want to pursue a woman

Our culture today sees a relationship between man and woman as a casual thing that can be done without 'serious' intention. But in here we see a pattern of honor. As man honor the woman's feeling, he never plays with it. He even meet up with her parents to ask permission to marry with their beloved daughter. For sure, we will not do that exactly the same in this age. Each people has different circumstance. Yet it is important to make the purpose of relationship as clear as possible from the very beginning of the relationship. If you are determined to be a friend, act like a friend. If you are determined to be a potential spouse, treat her with honor and do as gentlemen will do. Meet with her parents? It is still a very noble and honorable thing to do :) And what does build your home first really mean? It shows how responsible you are as a provider-to-be for your beloved woman. Gentlemen do able to provide properly before he asked his woman to marry her. It also shows that he is already a mature and independent adult who can bear responsibility that a marriage would bring.

With such wisdom I think that will answer "When should I date?" question by itself. Ask yourself, are you ready? Make a wise choice :)



#2 To woman: Keep waiting patiently, faithfully, and dilligently.

It takes faith to keep the lamp burning day and night during the long season of waiting. You cannot see your groom-to-be in that season. You only know that he is preparing to be with you. It takes a dilligent action to put more oil regularly. So it does not mean that you are idle when you wait. How well you prepare will determine how strong your marriage will be. It will mean that we need to develop more noble characters, be more selfless, able to do housework, and keep serving along this season.

The very important hint here is that no woman pursues his man. For it will reduce her mystery which actually can make their love keeps burning. Man pursues, woman waits. Man initiates, woman responds. Man gives up his life, woman receives. The pattern is always like that.



Now let us combine the whole connection in term of our relationship with God :) Jesus always positioned himself as the groom and the church (belivers) are the bride. Now here are what I find:

#1 Jesus asks to marry you gently

Jesus always come as a noble guest at the door of your heart. He knocks. He waits upon the door. He never breaks out the door nor window so that He can enter your heart. He offers his love to you with honor. It is up to you whether you will receive his proposal or not.

#2 He is preparing a home for you in Heaven

In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you
-John 14:2-

As a responsible young man who is going to propose his beloved, Jesus promises to us that He will always be our Provider. He prepares a home for us. We can ask for everything we need (not what we wants) and he will provide for us :) What an incredible promise! Some people may think that, "Why does it take so long to prepare a home for us?" Well, because Jesus wants his home in heaven be filled with as many people as possible. Those who have been committed to be his bride to be and wait faithfully til the day he finished his work.

#3 He will pick his bride whose lamps are still burning

Our God, Jesus Christ, is holy. The lamps show those who are blameless and pure. It does not refer to be sinless for no human can ever be sinless. But it talks more about righteousness. How hungry we are for Him? How deep is our love for Him? We may rise and fall, but the true lover of Christ will keep to live in His commands. Not because of fear nor obligation, but because of love :) It also means that we need to 'pour oil' to our lamp consistently to keep it burning as Jesus comes. It means that we need to grow in our love for Him more, keep serving Him faithfully, simply enjoying and longing for His presence.

Jesus is light. He picks those who live in light. Those whose lamps have been burned out lives in darkness. He said that light cannot be united with darkness. So I think it is probably clear for us that God is not cruel to be so picky. He simply cannot deny for who He is. Holy and Light.

#4 As soon as the home is finished, Jesus will immediately pick us up

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
-Matthew 24:36-

The Bible says that no one knows when. So if we try to guess his return, we might end up in vain. But there are some clues: It will come like a thief when we least expect it. As the Jewish man who will sneak in to the woman's house with no delay as the home is ready, so will does the day of the Lord. It may be the moment when we are sleep (physically or spiritually). The key is "when we least expect it"




Are you tired in waiting? The parable teaches us not to. For there is a great reward when we can endure the season of waiting. Are you waiting for so long for a Godly man to enter in your life? Keep waiting and do your part. Keep loving and serving the Lord. He is more than able to bring His best in mind for you. Are you tired in your relationship with God? Today, we are being taught that we should be more dilligent to pour out the oil consistently so that the lamp will keep burning :) In whatever your situation, God asks us simply not to give up, not to lose hope in Him.

While I am waiting ... I will prepare as best as I can. For it is just a matter of TIME that God will bring up his purpose for each of us to become a reality.


God bless you all ...



-by Leticia Seviraneta