Power of Prayer

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Communication is a key to any relationship. It’s the only way to grow relationships. We make effort to communicate because we value our relationships. If we want to be intimate, we must communicate. Communication is two way, we can talk to God in prayer and He can speak to us through His Word. Prayer, we talk to God through prayer. God invites us to come to Him anytime, we can go and approach Him, and He will come through to us. Though God knows everything about us, He still wants us to come to Him. Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

We can present our request to God, God wants that. But it’s also important to hear from God. We hear from God through His Word, the Bible. God delights in us most when we ask Him for instructions, His plans, His will, and His directions in our lives. Jesus says in Luke 11:9-10 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” If we continue to seek God, seek His voice, seek His good, pleasing and perfect will, He will reveal it to us. As we seek Him, our desires, dreams, plans and goals will be aligned to His, and the good news is we can trust Him and be secure because our Father knows best, Isaiah 55:8-9 says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” By learning Gods word and promises daily, we get to know God more, trust Him more, as we experience His Word is true and He is faithful to His promises. As we seek God, He will reveal more of himself to us. We get to know Him personally. The Lord says in Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” As we seek our Father’s heart, He will reveal His plans and will for us. God wants us to know His plans for us, He will give instructions and direction so we can get there. As we seek Him first, our dream and heart’s desires will run after us.

Our commitment in prayer and reading the Word is important to grow in our personal relationship with Jesus. Pray for grace that we will have the passion and excitement to hear Gods voice every day, to encounter Jesus. Pray that the Lord will stir our hearts to, know Him more, honor Him more and obey Him. As we make prayer and meditating God’s Word a lifestyle, we will have a more intimate relationship with God. And the natural overflow of our intimate relationship with God is our fruitfulness. There would be significant changes in our lives, our change lives will be a blessing to the people around us.

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Daughter of the King

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What a privilege to be considered as sons and daughters of the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. This truth about God as our father, and me as a daughter of the King, has been so true to me when I lost my earthly father. My manager which is also my mentor, encouraged me that since I don’t have father anymore, I can treat God as my Father, I can talk to God, run to Him, and have father-daughter relationship with God like what Tatay and I have when he was still alive. Because we are the King’s sons & daughters, we have an access in His throne anytime. Isn’t God gracious? The truth that “I’m a daughter of the King” gave me confidence in everything I do. The Lord, as our Father welcomes us in His presence, when we begin to pray and meditate on God’s Word we begin to enter into His presence. Since we’re sons and daughters of the King, we are prince and princesses. We can approach the throne of our King anytime, in prayer. Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

When Questions Are Answers

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Here are my takeaways from Victory series, when questions are answers, that I want to share to my readers.

Question 1: Why are you so afraid❓

This question was asked in Luke 8:22-25, when Jesus calms the storm. “Then he said to them, “Where is your faith?” But they were afraid and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him!” -Luke 8:25

I can relate to one of the disciples inside the boat, I’m sure I would react that way, I will be scared, fearful and do what I can to save my life. Oooopps, i missed my powerful God in the situation, i almost forgot that I can pray and seek God and save from this trouble. Storms will come thats for sure, it is part of life. But the question is, how do we face storms? Maybe you’re like me and disciple, afraid, stressed, because we’re facing the storm on our own.

️God allows storms to make something good out of us. 1 Peter 4:12 says “Dear friends, do not be astonished that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as though something strange were happening to you.”

⚡️After the storm passed and experience How God calms thee storm and how He’s been there for us during trials and pain. Storms bring us joy. 1 Peter 1:6 says “This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials.”

️Storms builds character. 1 Peter 1:7 says “Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away – and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

The god news is Jesus is with us to calm the storm! We just need to be

Quiet. Be still.

Mainpoint:

Jesus did not just calm the sea but He also calmed the hearts of the disciples.

Prayer:
Dear Father, You are bigger than any storms in my life, i trust you, you are faithful, You cares, You knows what we’re going through, You are in control, You see the bigger picture, You knows the end-to-end and You can calm every storms we face, today i pray, quiet my heart and mind Father, i ask for your grace to be still and know that you are my God. Amen.

-shared by Ptr. Ariel Marquez, Victory Weekend Service, Victory Alabang

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Desert Song

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THE DESERT SONG

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is a God who provides

And this is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flames

Chorus:
And I will bring praise
I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain

I will rejoice
I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

And this is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on it’s way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I’ll stand

Bridge:
All of my life
In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be emptied again
The seed I’ve recieved I will sow

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A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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Getting to Know God More

It’s been 10 fruitful years in a corporate world and I owe it all to the One who make my life exciting and fulfilling! Yesterday, I was asked to share God’s goodness to Canlalay Christian Church singles & youth and i’m humbled that God used me to encourage men & ladies whose been struggling in their career. And here’s what I’ve shared to them.

  • God is the ultimate dream giver. Its the first thing He does to build our faith. Like Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Esther, Nehemiah, God gave them dreams  and the same God who made it all come true. We must ask wisdom from God about our dreams, because dreams that comes from God will be always be so big in your life that you can’t do it on your own and will not contradict the truth. 

The Bible tells us that God “by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (Ephesians 3:20 LB).

  • God empowers us. Be the best person that you can be. God created each of us uniquely different from each other. He blessed us with talents, gifts, intelligence, strength and beauty to excel, to achieve our dreams. There’s a great potential that lies in each of us, all we have to do is to ask God to allow us to discover our potentials. How do we do this? Get out of your comfort zone, seek God and take risk, you’ll never know what God has in store for you if you never try.Image
  • He gives purpose to our lives. Ask God, Lord now I have dreams and bring on my talents, what do you want me to do? As Christian our purpose is to honor God and make disciples. We can honor God in everything we do, with our talents, work, money, time, relationships, with our whole life, and to share our faith with other people. But God called each of us into different path, some are called to be artist, nurses, teacher, engineers, government official, pastor, housewife, etc. Wherever God called you there’s always a purpose for that calling. Our purpose is more than just for us, it will always be something that will bless others as well. God says “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great & mighty things, which you do not know.” – Jeremiah 33:3
  • God reveals faith goals. Being a go-getter person, I started setting life goals since I graduated from highschool, my goals focus on what are the things I want to accomplish in college. Then when I was in college, I have long-term goals, what are the things I want to accomplish in my career, in my life. Mr Webster defined goal as the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; But 5 years ago, I’ve learned setting faith goals, faith goals are the things we’re believing God for in our life for the year or for the years to come. Faith Goals are not just from us but from God. Faith Goals will always be aligned with our dreams, talents, potential and purpose. Because God has greater plans for us Isaiah 55:8 says “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,   neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. And as we run towards achieving that goal God encourage us to endure, “And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.” Hebrews 12:1c (NLT). And like what God dis to Joshua and the Israelites. He also promise us that it will happened, it will come true, it will be given to you. “Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:45

 

Why talented people leave companies?

Largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization, Why do talented employees leave companies?

Come to think of it. This is almost 100% true. Read below & find out the answer.

Early this year, Arun, an old friend who is a senior software designer,   got an offer from a prestigious international firm to work in its India operations developing specialized software. He was thrilled by the offer.   He had heard a lot about the CEO of this company, a charismatic man often   quoted in the business press for his visionary attitude.

The salary was great. The company had all the right systems in place employee-friendly Human Resources (HR) policies, a spanking new office,   the very best technology, even a canteen that served superb food. Twice Arun was sent abroad for training. “My learning curve is the sharpest it’s ever been,” he said soon after he joined. “It’s a real high working with such cutting edge technology.”

Image Last week, less than eight months after he joined, Arun walked out of the job. He has no other offer in hand but he said he couldn’t take it anymore.  Nor, apparently, could several other people in his department who have also quit recently. The CEO is distressed about the high employee turnover.

He’s distressed about the money he’s spent in training them. He’s distressed because he can’t figure out what happened. Why did this talented employee leave despite a top salary? Arun quit for the same reason that drives many good people away. The answer lies in one of the largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization.

The study surveyed over a million employees and 80,000 managers and was published in a book called First Break All The Rules.

It came up with this surprising finding: If you’re losing good people, look to their immediate supervisor. More than any other single reason, he is the reason people stay and thrive in an organization. And he’s the reason why they quit, taking their knowledge, experience and contacts with them.  Often, straight to the competition.

“People leave managers not companies,” write the authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman. “So much money has been thrown at the challenge of keeping good people – in the form of better pay, better perks and  better training – when, in the end, turnover is mostly a manager issue.”  If you have a turnover problem, look first to your managers. Are they driving people away?

Beyond a point, an employee’s primary need has less to do with money,  and more to do with how he’s treated and how valued he feels. Much of this depends directly on the immediate manager. And yet, bad bosses seem to happen to good people everywhere. A Fortune magazine survey some years ago found that nearly 75 per cent of employees have suffered at the hands of difficult superiors. You can leave one job to find – you guessed it,   another wolf in a pin-stripe suit in the next one.

Of all the workplace stressors, a bad boss is possibly the worst,  directly impacting the emotional health and productivity of employees.

Here are some all-too common tales from the battlefield:

Dev, an engineer, still shudders as he recalls the almost daily firings his boss subjected him to, usually in front of his subordinates. His boss emasculated him with personal, insulting remarks. In the face of such rage, Dev completely lost the courage to speak up. But when he reached home depressed, he poured himself a few drinks, and magically, became as abusive as the boss himself. Only, it would come out on his wife and children. Not only was his work life in the doldrums, his marriage began cracking up  too.

Another employee Rajat recalls the Chinese torture his boss put him through after a minor disagreement. He cut him off completely. He bypassed him in any decision that needed to be taken. “He stopped sending me any papers or files,” says Rajat. “It was humiliating sitting at an empty table. I knew nothing and no one told me anything.” Unable to bear this corporate Siberia, he finally quit.

HR experts say that of all the abuses, employees find public humiliation the most intolerable. The first time, an employee may not leave, but a thought has been planted. The second time, that thought gets strengthened. The third time, he starts looking for another job.

When people cannot retort openly in anger, they do so by passive aggression. By digging their heels in and slowing down. By doing only what they are told to do and no more. By omitting to give the boss crucial information. Dev says: “If you work for a jerk, you basically want to get  him into trouble. You don’t have your heart and soul in the job.”    Different managers can stress out employees in different ways – by being too controlling, too suspicious, too pushy, too critical, and too nit-picky. But they forget that workers are not fixed assets, they are free agents.

When this goes on too long, an employee will quit -often over seemingly trivial issue. It isn’t the 100th blow that knocks a good man down. It’s the 99 that went before. And while it’s true that people leave jobs for all  kinds of reasons – for better opportunities or for circumstantial reasons,  many who leave would have stayed – had it not been for one man constantly  telling them, as Arun’s boss did: “You are dispensable. I can find dozens like you.

While it seems like there are plenty of other fish especially in  today’s waters, consider for a moment the cost of losing a talented  employee. There’s the cost of finding a replacement. The cost of training the replacement.  The cost of not having someone to do the job in the meantime. The loss of clients and contacts the person had with the industry.  The loss of morale in co-workers. The loss of trade secrets this person may now share with others.

Plus, of course, the loss of the company’s reputation. Every person who leaves a corporation then becomes its ambassador, for better or for worse.   We all know of large IT companies that people would love to join and large television companies few want to go near. In both cases, former employees  have left to tell their tales.

“Any company trying to compete must figure out a way to engage the mind of every employee,” Jack Welch of GE once said. Much of a company’s value lies “between the ears of its employees”. If it’s! bleeding talent, it’s bleeding value. Unfortunately, many senior executives busy traveling the world, signing new deals and developing a vision for the company, have little idea of what may be going on at home.

That deep within an organization that otherwise does all the right things, one man could be driving its best people away.

Source: Leadership Wired by John Maxwell http://www.injoy.com

A Promise After A Promise

“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find me, when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” – Jer 29:12-14 (His love is so amazing… dance)

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Knowing that we have this kind of God, who’s ensuring us that if we come & pray to Him, He will listen, if we seek Him with all our hearts, we will find Him there, right beside us, ready to comfort us. God revealed this verse to me last night and i’ve been telling this to myself before i go to bed, as i drive to the office this morning and even right at this moment and will claim this promise forever… so i blog about it! I’m surprised of the promise after Christian’s favorite verse “Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans i have for your, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – this is also one of my favorite verse… but the verse after this is also a powerful promise of God, which we can always remember, so we don’t have to fear or worry about anything. God can restore the joy in our hearts, He can gives us peace, provide our needs, restore our strength when we’re tired and weary. He is a God who knows and now preparing the best for us, wow! That is so amazing to know… so why should i worry… i better relax and put my faith in Him as He is in charge, in charge of everything.