Friday, January 18, 2013

Awesome examples of changed lives

(Note: This blog post is quite video-heavy.  I suggest that before you read on, you scroll down to the videos and start the streaming by pressing play then pause so that you won’t have to wait.  I strongly suggest you do not miss or skip the videos, as they are very, VERY powerful and this blog entry revolves around them.  Big thanks.)

My favorite movie of last year was probably The Avengers, and one of my favorite scenes from that movie was when Loki, after shouting at the Hulk that he is a god and would not be bullied by a “dull creature,” gets totally and pathetically mauled, his deity made totally helpless by the latter’s overwhelming brute force.

But let me ask you something: is the God that we worship a “puny god”?  Is the brute force of our circumstances too overwhelming for Him to handle?

Short answer:  No.

Long answer:  No, but then many believers often (mistakenly) think so.  Yet, our view of Him, whether He’s big or puny, affects our actions and decisions.

I propose (well, I got this from recent Sunday messages) that our Heavenly Father is not a “puny god” but the God of the HOW MUCH MORE.  

Now, you may be saying, “Look, Mr. Lessons Of A Dad, you don’t know my situation.  It’s just too dire!  There’s absolutely no hope for me!!”

You’re right.  I don’t know the troubles you are going through.  But, I DO know that Jesus knows...and if you're His child, then He has promised you peace, because He has overcome them.

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

To illustrate my point, allow me to show you the first video.  Ariel had it really rough.  He was frequently molested as a child, then he became a drug addict, then he became a prostitute, then…something beautiful happened.

Folks, our almighty God is sooooo far above our “puny” circumstances.  I believe that with all my heart.  But wait, there’s more…

If you’re His child (John 1:12), you can experience His blessings, and oftentimes this comes in the form of God amazingly changing your life, doing so waaaaaay beyond what you could ever do under your own power.  I’ll give you a verse:

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”  (Matthew 7:10-11)

Here’s another story that loudly gets this point across.  Dawn was a sad victim of an unfaithful husband.  He was totally unrepentant of his infidelity, to the point that he even said, “I love you” to his mistress right in front of his wife’s face!  But, as you will see, the story of restoration is beyond jaw-dropping.

If your life is a MESS, I’m convinced that God can turn that into a MESSage.  Going through a TEST?  Let God turn that into a TESTimony.

That is, if you allow Him, and I strongly suggest you allow Him.  Both the videos above were results of a big, big God overcoming their puny problems…and I’ve seen many such testimonies in my personal life and circles as well.  Why can’t He do that with yours?

All CCF churches nationwide (including us in Cagayan de Oro) just had our prayer and fasting.  It was a powerful week where all church-goers prayed and fasted with incredible fervor, asking the God of this universe to be the God of how much more in our lives.

Then, the new direction of the church is to make praying, fasting, and fellowshipping a regular yearlong culture in the congregation, not just a one week in a year thing.

We’ll need it, too, because there will be LOTS of soul-blessing activities in store for 2013.  Of course, I’m going to inform you through my blog.  One event that I’ll mention now, though, is that two of the best parenting speakers in the country will return to Cagayan de Oro!!  I made a blog entry of their previous visit 3 years ago, which you should check it out.  This new event will be called “ParenTEEN” and it would be in June 22, 2013.

(UPDATE:  ParenTEEN is moved to Sept. 7, 2013.  I shall make a blog entry about it soon)

So stay tuned to Lessons Of A Dad, because these awesome examples of changed lives are just the beginning.  May the God of the how much more bless you mightily this year.

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  1. whoohoooo... God is really soo great. We just can't get enough. Kudos carlo! Blessings! - Ea Mcpush

  2. I like this: If your life is a MESS, I’m convinced that God can turn that into a MESSage. Going through a TEST? Let God turn that into a TESTimony.

    I will share this to my dad! :D

  3. Its really good to see and hear testimonials like these. It uplift the readers hearts. So heart warming and inspiring..

  4. God really is the way for a better life! He has great plans for us. We might have been in the darkness, but in return, it is God who helped us return to light. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. our God is forgiving God, He wouldn't judge you and wont look at your past ugly life, instead he helps you move on and be a better person

    1. Oh He WILL judge you. Don't underestimate that part of His character. Thing is, He also sent His Son so that when we are to give an account, we found out that Someone has already taken our place.

  6. I like that scene in the Avengers movie too. It's inspiring to see change lives and makes you feel that everything happens for a reason and God is always there in these changed lives.

    1. Yes, He changes lives...if we let Him take the wheel (pardon the song reference)

  7. Inspiring message to remind us that our lives, no matter how challenged it may look, always have a Big Guy watching over us :)

  8. Continue the good news. Continue praising God. All things on earth are temporary, HE is eternal.

  9. This is just proof that we should never lose hope in anything problem because SOMEONE UP THERE! is always on our side


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