Purity and Identity

 

 

Last month I got a chance to speak about Purity and Identity to our student leaders and while i have posted on how I came about the message which can be found on this link, I actually forgot to post the message of which I have promised on my blog. Last week one bold student reminded me of my promise and I’m really grateful she did- thank you Eunice Capili.

One of the biggest challenge for a woman for all ages is finding her true identity. Its as if the moment we are born to this world, we also are thrown on a quest to find out: Am I beautiful? Am I loved? Will People accept me for who I am? and the quest continues until the day we close our eyes.

But an ever greater struggle is knowing the Truth about who we are and not having the capacity to believe or utterly rejecting it because “its too good to be true” or “its too impossible to attain or live out”.

Such goes on the dilemma of knowing the absolute truth about us and not fully understanding the depth of Who said it about us:

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people.” Peter 2:9-10

CHOSEN. ROYAL. HOLY – They all sound so sacred, beautiful and pure that when we looked at who we are, we would never associate it with any of those words. That’s why I’m so much more in awe that God was the one giving it, letting us know: “Hey beautiful, this is who you are!”

Purity is not a shackle of do’s and don’ts we put on.                                 Purity is our God-given identity to live out.

CHOSEN ROYAL HOLY that’s you and me!

We do not earn nor deserve it.                                                                          Our only contribution to it is to believe and live it out.                            Can you see God’s kindness and love in all of this?

God has given us an identity.                                                                                                   He made sure we wont forget and has written everything about it in His word.       He sealed everything and put the stamp of Jesus blood.                                               Did you received this message about you?

I love this Dove beauty portraying us at our finest in forgetting who we are: When did you stop thinking you are beautiful?

When did you stop believing you are pure?

To be continued….

 

Better Together: Sharing Testimonies and Covenant Friends

The first Wednesday of the month is something I always look forward to. Monthly we have our Every Nation Philippines Meeting and all our campus missionaries Metro Manila gets to reconnect and see each other -the classic extrovert me is just super happy to see so many people.

But these women are some of those on top of my list of people to spend time with, why? because we have been sharing lives the past few years and we have grown better  just from sharing our pain together, our laughters together, life’s challenges and also its victory. We intentionally built relationships with each other and today we get to enjoy its fruit thru teaching and coaching one another and simply being covenant friends.

Every meeting was unique , but if there’s always one thing consistent with our meeting we never go home without bringing a peace of each other ‘s victory and powerful testimonies. Today I got to hear these stories of personal and ministry answered prayers from these women of faith:

  • a dream condo that is rented out at a super cheap rate:                           Renting a cheap condo in Metro Manila at the place nearest your work is a piece of heaven on earth if you know how traffic is in Manila. Finding a cheap one is almost close to impossible, so to have a couple personally approach you and say: we meant to buy this house and rent it out for business, but God is challenging us to partner with you thru this and rent in out at the cheapest possible rate. Now that’s close to impossible and you know its only God’s hand and favor working and did I say its fully-furnished as well? Keep on believing God for your dream house at an impossible price.                                                                                                                                                          
  • the joy of biking and moving on                                                                         A lot of students think that their campus missionaries are like super men and women, how we wish we really are like that and that we don’t get hurt, stumble or fall. But the reality of life is real and challenges are a constant reminder of how much we all live under the grace of God’s goodness. I love the fact that no matter how personal our story sometimes gets these women are never lacking in humility to share their vulnerabilities, to share their stories, to ask for prayers and to enjoy the comfort of spiritual family and love the freedom accountability brings.                                                                                   
  • the power of being a blessing to an establishment                                      With all the counselling and one on one discipleships we get to do every day, we cant help but sometimes really based our “office” on a fast food chain nearest the campus we are ministering to. But this campus minister took it to the next level when she started praying for that establishment, believing God that she’ll get to share our vision of reaching students to the owner. Lo and behold, she got to do that and beyond, she got so much favor that they are willing to rent out their function room for free so that a discipleship group could meet their once a week and pray for the campus nearby. Truly we serve a good of unending faithfulness and surprises, don’t be afraid to believe for the impossible.                                                                                          
  • the joy of celebrating new seasons and existing ones                            Whether you are currently super challenged in your transition or enjoying a new season, nothing beats celebrating and sharing its joy and pain to a  group of covenant friends-someone who have seen how you started, people that walk with you in this journey, the same people who’ll be celebrating with you or comforting you in succeeding and trying.                                                                                                                                             I guess this is one of most important aspect of this constantly meeting together, we learn about commitment to a person’s growth, we challenge each other to believe for greater things, we celebrate the diversity of each one’s strength and wintogether as they fulfil their calling. We open our lives to previous “strangers”, we intentionally build trust and ended up being friends. We share endless stories of God’s faithfulness and endless lessons from His word and are in a constant cycle of discipling others and discipling one another- Indeed we are better together.