Sunday, November 13, 2016

What is our life all about?



In Job titles? Dream jobs? To your talents? Desired position that you really want to acquire at work? fame? how much LIKES you get when you post something on FB, instagram, tweeter or what have you? Or How much money you make? Possessions, Financial status? What people say about you? How cool you are to your friends?


Before we were born, God has appointed us already what our mission in our life is. He has placed it in our hearts. In Jeremiah chapter1: verse 5 Here's what God said to Jeremiah. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." He who has ears to hear, let them hear. The question is, are you going to evade your soul's purpose why you are here? just like how Jonah evaded God's assignment for him to preach in the city of Nineveh for repentance? ( Jonah chapter 1)You all know the story, how he tried to go to the opposite direction and got on to a ship heading to Tarshish instead of Nineveh. And look at what God appointed for him, a sea creature just for Jonah specifically, by the way, it was mentioned to be a big fish, it's not mentioned that it's a whale according to the scripture. My side comment to the big fish is: it was measured to his body specs so that when he is swallowed by it he will not die but just enough room for him to be humbled and enough size to transport him to his destination that the Father Almighty had prepared for him. In fact it made him prayed inside the belly of the big fish. Jonah eventually humbled himself and told the people in the ship he is on, to push him off to the sea so that they will not be continually hit by the storm. The key words are: he humbled himself, Humility comes first before obedience. As CS. Lewis said (author of Chronicles of Narnia) As long as you are proud you cannot know God . That is also why I think God made Moses to climb up Mount Sinai before giving him the tablets of the Ten Commandments. So that when Moses have come face to face in the presence of the Almighty and All powerful God he has been humbled by the mountains. When I was years younger, back in the Philippines I had experience climbing mountains in a place called Laguna and it is very humbling, in fact in the middle of our trek, going up, we were all so tired carrying our backpacks with clothes in it and camping gears and our food, that we would get lost and all of us will argue and fight which is the right way, to get to the waterfall which is our final destination. Because we would have to go through a long trek to get to it, 2 hours or so may be 3, plus it's elevated. As we go on a little further, less and less arguments happen because we are all tired, so tired you have no energy to argue. I guess that's when humility kicks in when you stop arguing. I am also thinking, God could have given the tablets to Moses without having to climb up to Mount Sinai.

I believe that if we rest our identity in Jesus Christ we can never go wrong. The stress of consistently carrying our job titles, posessions, fame, talents, dreams and personal aspirations IS very taxing on our health, and can cause distraction in worshiping the Lord. Because the Pride and Ego attached to it will eat us up in the end. Here's a scary thought; what if you get all the things in life that you want and you still end up NOT being happy, what now? When we were in kinder we say when I get to be in grade 1...then we will be happy ... when we get to be grade 2, then when we get to be in grade 3 and so forth … we will be happy....when we get to be in high school we will be happy...eventually halfway to our college years we say …..when we get a job we will be happy...when we get a nice car we will be happy.....when we get to have a gf of bf we will be happy.....when we get married we will be happy...when we get a house we will be happy....when we get a child we will be happy …..and then for some, unfortunately, they will have to say....when I get divorced, I wll be happy....There is no assurance of happiness that this world can give. The reality is when we get there it just vanishes away, that passion of that new thing is just a mirage, isn't it. It doesn't satisfy. Except the happiness and peace that the Lord Jesus Christ can and is willing to give. He said in John chapter 14: verse 27 I give you Peace not as the world gives. His peace has eternal perspective and to think, this world is quickly passing anyway.... Like Jonah we should be very sensitive of our “big fish” so to speak, the one that will take or draw us to our Savior.......i wonder, Who amongst us in here will NOT be humbled inside the belly of a big fish for three days?.... Our big fish could sometimes come in a person we just met accidentally, who will help us change our perspective positively, to some losing job, to some getting divorced, to some death of a love one, to some freak accidents or illness or any poignant situation that you can think of, that evokes sadness and regrets can be the turning point of our life. Remember, you are the one who will make that turn to the right path, because you will have to decide, not the situation itself, situations will only appear to be a suggestion to you, in re-aligning yourself to God. Why? Because you have your own free will, your free will is whether you will connect with God or not. Sometimes the “big fish” in our life is so evident and obvious but we completely ignore it because of our pride and ego or how we let our flesh dictates us to continue on living our old ways. God knows how to create certain scenario in our life that will catch our attention. So if we think we haven't encountered our big fish yet, may be, just may be, we are not really paying attention.

So I am suggesting to each and everyone of us including myself of course. To rest our indentity with the Lord Jesus Christ. As His follower and servant. I can assure you there's no false hope in Him. Just keep on exploring the scriptures. The whole bible is a pretty good and solid evidence that there is a loving God. And so, I acknowledge the importance of putting on the full armour of God as it reads in Ephesians chapter 6: verses 13-17 …..13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, 15and having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace 16 in addition to all taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God..... So in effect, putting on the full armor of God is an illustrative way of talking, in putting on Jesus Christ, Isn't it? He is our helmet of Salvation, He have said I am the resurrection and the life to Martha the sister of Lazarus whom he resurrected in John chapter11: verse 25. He said that Resurrection and life is not an event it is a person, it is Him. He is our breastplate of Righteousness according to Apostle Paul in Romans chapter 3: verses 21-23 or in 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 21. That our faith in Him is our righteousness of God. He is the belt of truth in John chapter14: verse 6. I am the way the truth and the life. So each time we deny the truth , each time we lie, we injure Jesus Christ because He is the Truth. He is our shoes of peace of the gospel, He is the peace that surpasses understanding in Philippians chatper 4: verse 7. He is our Sheild of faith, the author and perfector of our faith in Hebrews chapter 12; verse 2. and Sword of the word, the word who became flesh and dwelt among us in John chapter1: verse14. So whenever we pray for the full armour of God, we pray to put on Christ Himself. But wearing the full armour of God is not enough if we are not battle ready. Ready to engage face to face with our weaknesses, temptations and doubts.

It is a decision, and it is not something that you should take it lightly. You have to understand the minute you made that decision, it is not going to be easy. Also, it does not mean we are not going to falter. Fight a good fight of Faith as apostle Paul have said, it is a struggle. Because we will be focusing more on the condition of our spirit than of our physical body. Before, our priority is our flesh. Now, it is our spirit. Before, we ignore and deny our spirit to satisfy our body. Now, we ignore our flesh a little bit more. It's a big jump! but it's worth it because the payoff will make it worthwhile. In John chapter 6: verse 63 Jesus said: It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life..... So, it is not about us anymore, it is all about Jesus Christ. Even the content of our conversations, the topics we discuss with our friends and the way we evaluate it, you will be amazed how it will slowly change and more so, even the content of our jokes will begin to change too. It has to! because our awareness will be different. As it was said by the Apostle Paul in Romans 8: verses 6-8 for the mindset on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace, because the mindset on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

And so to sum it all up. What is the greatest pursuit in life? It is Knowing God. What is the greatest achievement in life? It is Serving God. If we still cannot figure out our purpose in life like I do, I think a good starting point will be serving God. I am not saying do not pursue your dreams, I am just suggesting not to forget your true identity, or maybe we can weave ambition with meaning together. Because the scariest thing that could happen to us as Christians is when we get to see face to face Jeus Christ himself and He will tell us... you are a phony! I do not know you!...isn't that scary?...So therefore having said all the characteristics of the full armor of God as putting on Jesus Christ. If we really are an obedient follower of the Lord Jesus and truly understand it, we will never become a burden to ourselves (in the form of addiction), we are not going to be a burden to our family and to others. For when we know the Truth, the Truth will always set us free.


Let us Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, We thank you for continually loving us inspite of our sinful ways. Forgive us from all of our sins. Create in us the heart and mind that you have planned for us even before we were all born. Help us in not allowing ourselves to mis-manage our time, the Enemy may not make us commit a sin when we are strong with the Holy Spirit but he will atleast convince us to waste our time. Instead may we serve you... nameless, faceless and selfless. Help us in building a life that will last forever according to You through your Son Jesus Christ. Remain to be our Protector, Provider and Counselor through the Holy Spirit. In this we pray, submit and proclaim in the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha Mashiach), the Alpha and the Omega (Aleph V tav), the I am that I am (Ehyeh asher Ehyeh), the Good Shepherd (Haro'eh Ha Tov), Jesus of Nazareth (Yeshua Ha Notzri). Amen

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Mga bagay na aking pinapasalamatan sa araw na ito.

Panginoon maraming salamat po sa biyayang ibinigay Nyo sa amin sa araw-araw
Salamat po sa pagpapatawad nyo sa aming mga sala ng walang sawa. Huwag po sana naming masagad ang grasya at awa ninyo sa amin.
Salamat po sa kalusugan ko na madalas kong kalimutan pasalamatan sa inyo
Salamat po sa lahat ng biyaya ninyo sa pang araw-araw na pangangailangan
Salamat po sa tamang pagiisip na may kapasidad na pumili ng tamang desisyon para sa buhay namin
Salamat po at nakakapag linkod ako sa inyo sa mga volunteer programs na sinasalihan ko, para lahat po iyong sa kaluwalhatian nyo magpasawalang hanggan
Salamat po sa mga oras na napapagaralan namin ang iyong mga salita para mahubog ang makasalanan naming kalooban.
at higit sa lahat maraming maraming salamat Panginoong Hesus sa pagbigay nyo ng buhay nyo para sa aming kasalanan. Kayo ang una at huli, Alpha and Omega. Ang bugtong na anak na Makapangyarihang Ama. Mahal po namin kayo! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Heavenly Father Thank you for this day! Forgive us from our sins. Forgive us on the times when you use the term "we cannot squeeze you in our schedule". It should not be like that at all, our priority should be your Will and everything else we squeeze in IF they fit in your Will. May the Holy Spirit guide us to remove the things of this world in our hearts and minds that does not fit to please you because this world is quickly passing away of it's sinful nature. We ask you to provide for us from this day on, guide us, protect us and our family. In the mighty name of your Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Amen 

Dark Knight RF

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Matthew 24: 34-42

Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. "Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. "For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be."Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. "Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left. "Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

These are the things I am thankful for

I am thankful for my life, for a conflict free life that I am having right at this very moment.
for the things I am learning through my daily experiences, other people do not have time to learn and just be mad at the whole process
for the meals I am having each day, other people do not have the privilege of having meals on a daily basis
for my senses and the strength to walk and to allow me to do the things I have to do, other people are fighting for every breath they take in a hospital
for the bed that I slept in last night, other people have no place to stay in
for the good night sleep, other people struggle in getting enough of sleep due to sickness or depression
for the great rapport I am with the people I live with, other people do not want to go home because of the chaos that are happening in their homes
for the daily provisions that makes my life comfortable, other people have no means to provide for themselves
Thank you God for your protection and guidance.

DarkKnight RF

Monday, February 16, 2015

Munting Panalangin ng Pag-asa


Ama namin na gumawa ng lahat, muli akong lumalapit sa inyo at nagpapakumbaba upang sumasampalataya at magpasalamat sa kung anong meron ako sa buhay ko sa mga oras na ito. Patawarin ninyo po kami sa aming pagkakasala. Patatagin Ninyo po sana ang kalooban ko na manatiling kumapit lamang sa inyong anak na si Hesu Kristo ang aming tagapagligtas. Sya lamang ang tamang daan patungo sa inyo wala ng iba. Sa kanya lang po namin makikita ang tunay na kahulugan ng aming buhay sa pamamagitan ng kanyang katotohanan. Bale-wala ang lahat ng meron kami kung hindi rin kami kakapit at aasa sa Kanya. Dahil po sa katapusan ng lahat, si Hesus lamang ang mahalaga. Kaya po itinataas ko sa inyo ang mga kapatid ko at ang kani-kanilang pamilya na hipuin mo ang kanilang puso at isipan upang magkaroon sila ng pagka-uhaw sa presensya ninyo. Unti-unting ilapit nila ang mga sarili nila sa inyo kasama ang kanilang pamilya para magkaroon sila ng tunay na kapayapaan at ilaw sa kanilang buhay, na sa inyo lamang matatagpuan. Sapagkat ang kapayapaan na naidudulot ng kamunduhan ay hindi nagtatagal at kayang kayang bawiin ng mundo sa amin. Samantalang ang kapayapaan na nanggagaling sa inyo na hindi maipaliwanag ng isip ay babantayan maigi ang aming mga puso at isipan sa ngalan ni Hesus. Maraming salamat sa buhay na ibinigay ninyo na syang nagtatalaga ng oras at panahon para ayusin ang aming buhay. Ikaw po Hesus ang huling hantungan ng aming desisyon na aming Diyos at tagapagligtas sa tulong at pag-gabay ng Santo Espirito sa araw-araw, mahal po namin kayo. Amen 

DarkKnight RF

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Which is weakness, which is wickedness

I just want to share something to you about my recent thoughts about a small topic I have encountered during a conversation. In understanding the difference between our weakness and our wickedness. A lot of times I myself is guilty of misusing or at the very least get confused in figuring out these two different things. It will be very helpful in the long run if we will catch it as early as possible if we are aiming to become better than we use to be. Hoping that you and I will learn something after pondering together this simple yet important topic for me.

According to dictionary.com the definition of weakness is : the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like. Wickedness is : evil or morally bad in principle or practice. I am sure there are a lot more suitable definitions out there that you can find better but let's just take this ones for now. Later on we are not going to take them by how the dictionary defined these words but we are going to compare their individual context in daily application. 

The importance of distinguishing our weakness and our wickedness is needed for us to have clarity in treading our daily journey. Not only we will open up ourselves we will also have clearer and easier way to identify the things we need to adjust in ourselves. 

In weakness we can easily say " I cannot do anything about it" because it is my nature. We sugarcoat it by saying that's how I am created. There is truth to that. Like for example if you have weak eyesight, speech impediment, learning disability etc. But in spite of having those weaknesses we still want to have some development for us to go about our daily lives. I have seen a lot of people achieved great things despite their disabilities. I am sure you did too.

Wickedness on the other hand is the part of our life that we can say "I can do something about it" because there is an accountability. If we happen to be authentic in using our soul as the umpire for our actions. Soul hinges ourselves whether we align our behavior in spiritual manner or body/fleshly/selfish inclined.

My struggle sometimes is that I tend to misuse in categorizing my wickedness versus my weakness. Looking back at the examples above if your eyesight is weak but you always have the eyes to see the bad/wrong in others then that's being judgmental and that is your wickedness not weakness. If you are weak in speech or have speech impediment but you always have the time to speak slanders, lies, insults, hateful words to others. That's not weakness that is your wickedness. Same thing with learning disability if that is your weak spot, but always have the time and ability to scam, manipulate, taking advantage of others. That is your wickedness not weakness. It's a clear cut. Being wrong has a solution, educate yourself to do what is right so that you will avoid what is wrong. Being bad however has no excuse. You can re-train your mind from doing your wrong habits. That's why it takes years and years to remove bad habits because it is intentional. Weakness is different from wickedness. Seeing things this way personally for me is helpful for our self and others. I believe that we influence others by our actions not by our words. As the old saying goes "action speaks louder than words". Maybe making a list of our weakness and wickedness won't be a bad idea to be more precise for our self improvement.

So then if you think that you are having the same mistakes as I am. It is something that we should all think about and be aware of. If you never had a problem like these in your life ever, then this article is not for you and I apologize for dragging you down to finish this thought that does not really concern you at all. Just keep in mind that judging others is only effective if you include yourself because everyone is guilty.

DarkKnight RF

Friday, November 28, 2014

Contentment is accessible


Contentment is the most neglected and/or the most difficult thing to accomplish. Not everybody can have it, but everyone has access. Some rich and famous people do not have it. It does not depend on how much you have, who you are with or what surrounds you. Even if you have achieved so many things in life in the construct of our society in the form of a trophy, medal, a big check, etc. It is still one thing that is so hard to grasp and take a hold of. It can be seen only in how you arranged your mind because there's a lot of different things and elements in our life that is moving around. Often when we get there, when we are suppose to be contented, we are distracted by other things that are happening. We miss to acknowledge it. Contentment is not the final destination but it surely is a place that is healthy for us to stop by every now and then. 

You cannot stay there because our aspirations has no ending. By the time you get the very thing you have been longing for, for a long time, you have another thing that you like to have. Sometimes halfway from getting your goal, you birth another goal. Life is not a snapshot its a continuous flowing movie that goes up and down. Acknowledge it when you get it, by means of appreciation for you to enjoy in the most truest way. You cannot grab and hold contentment in your hands to keep because life is a journey. 

If you are not authentic in appreciation you are coming from a discontented mindset and you will never have peace. That's the very thing why you are wanting to have contentment in your personal walk, to have peace.  Fabricating contentment is fighting against it. I guess the truest way to be content is through the nature of being thankful. It's not something that can be seen or touch but something that can be felt.

Dark Knight RF

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving us and understanding us in spite of our sins. Look at us under the grace and mercy of your son Jesus Christ. We ask for your forgiveness from our sinful ways. May you protect us and shield us from the evil plots of the evil one. May we continuously persevere in being kind no matter how difficult our situation maybe. Help us to be always humble to your will. Heal the people who are sick, depress, lost, angry and lonely, you are the only one who can fix the private matters in our lives. I submit to your authority in Jesus name. Amen

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A simple prayer

Heavenly Father Thank you very much for the life you have given me. I know that no matter what, you are going to be there for us. Help us to transform ourselves according to our purpose so that we will be able to fulfill our mission. I repent to you with a humble heart because I am a sinner. And may I forgive all who have wronged me. I lift up to you all of these in Jesus Christ. Amen

Monday, December 9, 2013

These are the things I Appreciate today

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I appreciate my breath each day, other people who are in deep pain in the hospitals are fighting for their breath every single moment
my sight to see what is good and nice, others never once have enjoyed the gift to seeing
my strength and complete body, others need to have special assistance in order to just move around
my preference in my life, others have to follow others with no choice
my chance to fix my life, others are in a difficult position to change their life due to poor decisions early on
my everyday provisions wherever I go, not everyone have support system in their life
my brothers and sisters that supports me, others have broken family
my savings and earnings, others have lost theirs for wrong reasons and some just not have enough
Thank you God! you are worthy of all praise!

Dark Knight R F

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Psalm 23 for Busy People Toki Miyashina


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The Lord is my Pace Setter, I shall not rush,
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness,
Which restore my serenity.
He leads me in ways of efficiency,
through calmness of mind; and his guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for his presence is here.
His timelessness, his all-importance will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity,
by anointing my head with his oils of tranquility,
My cup of joyous energy overflows.
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruit of my hours,
For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord,
and dwell in his house for ever.


Toki Miyashina

Monday, November 18, 2013

Greed means Stress

Compared to the people from the old times, the commoners who have to get water from the well and travels only by feet, who has only rocks to rest their cooking wares that is made out of clays to cook,  who have very few clothes to wear, who have very small space to live and very simple way of living. They must be envious of what we have at the present time because of the comfort of the Technology that we are experiencing. They will probably be surprised how comfortable to travel in different ways, how easy to cook, wash clothes, clean the house,  etc.  Yet I have a feeling that they will be even more surprised to find out how stressful our life still in spite of all the help we get from the benefits of technological advancement in our time. (Although there has to be some parts of the world that people are still living in a very simple life as described from the start, with no access to present time technology.)

There are times I envy people who have simple lives for having a simplistic frame of mind and they get to feel more and taste life more. Nowadays it's even a struggle for us to get a quiet time in these very loud and so many things to be busy about world, sometimes we even feel guilty for having to do nothing in laying low. Our mind runs hundred miles per second, very busy of wanting to do more, more achievements, higher salary rates, more collections, more clothes, more everything. But you know, at the end of the day what could have made our day complete are the simplest of things; harmonious conversations, laughter, personal connections, breeze of the air, the beauty of nature, quiet moments, enjoying our meals, etc. We underestimate the importance of the simple things that we can share (which is for me the true basis of happiness) and we overestimate the significance of material things that we keep for ourselves.

I am not saying having less means we will sin less. I get that we are all sinners and we are all captives of sin. I am just saying that with the help of Technology in our life these days it should have been a lot easier to find time to quiet our mind. It is surprising for me how we are still so burdened of so many things in this time of supposed to be more relaxed. Could it be that we are stressed out too much because of our greed to have more and more? Is it really going to make us happy? Maybe, just maybe, having less means peace.

Dark Knight R F


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Prayer for the Philippines

Heavenly Father Thank you again for this great morning that you are presenting to me today which is peaceful and wonderful morning. I often forget to appreciate small things in my life but to others it's big. I have come to realize that there are no small things because we owe everything to you. Compared to all the people who are suffering right now in the Philippines our country men, we have so much to be thankful for and so many reasons to be faithful to you. As we come to you humbling ourselves as sinners that confesses our sins on a daily basis. We ask for your forgiveness. forgive us from being so weak and selfish Lord. There must be a message behind this great devastation we have seen that is so obvious which is about the issue of transforming our hearts not only locally but worldwide not only within our self but together with our family. Help us to pay really good attention to it and take you seriously this time. Send us the Holy Spirit to guide us and that we may have the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We lift up to you all who were severely affected, the ones who have lost their loved ones, those who have lost their faith in you because of this strengthen them Lord, may the survivors rebuild their lives and family in the confidence of your Love and Honor. We ask all of these in the name of Jesus Christ our solid reality, King of kings, Light of the world, our sure Foundation, our Healing and Wholeness, our Savior and our Salvation, we trust in you. Amen
Dark Knight R F

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Things I Appreciate

Thank you God for guiding me when I am being tempted to do wrong things
for the strength to have self-control
for placing in my mind that I am coming back to you no matter how I flood myself with material things
for putting clarity on the values I believe in
for making me realize that my life is just a vapor might as well put purpose on it
for accepting me back every time I back slide
for providing me my daily needs: roof over my head, food to eat, water to drink, bed to sleep in, clothes to wear, job that sustains my temporal needs; family, relatives and friends
for my healthy body that stand as my vehicle
for the solutions even before the problems arise
I honor you and Appreciate you for giving us your Son, Jesus to fix us and save us

Dark Knight RF

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The Power of Momentum


There is one thing we should consider and be mindful of that we usually forget about. The importance of Momentum in our life. Whether you like it or not where you are, momentum has a great part in it. You did not get there overnight, if we are just going to humbly track down the direction of our decisions before we get there may it be great or small things in our life. I look at our decisions in life as a representation of a rudder. A rudder is a vertical blade at the stern of a vessel that can be turned horizontally to change the vessel's direction when in motion (dictionary.com). So to illustrate what I am trying to describe here, let's paint a picture of a sailboat as an example. Direction is very important in sailing otherwise you can easily get lost in the vastness of the ocean. You have to be fully aware in deciding where you want your final destination will be. Although I know that sometimes it's a great adventure to have a journey that is not planned, but somehow if we examine those type of situations there is still a goal, which is to just be happy and safe for not getting hurt. As long as the happy feeling is pure it will result to a wonderful unplanned journey. I think we can create a direction that will be fulfilling too through the power of our decisions.

Seeing the importance of a power of momentum has a great value. For every decision making we've made from our past, whether we have thought of it or not, have contributed where we are now in our personal private journey. I get that we should take our life not too seriously but when it comes to making decisions we have to make it distinctive if we are heading to clarity or just creating confusion. Going back to our illustration of the sailboat; first, you will never go out to the ocean without knowing your point of direction by making sure in having a compass to help you out to get to where you want to be. If you intend to go to the west and pointed the rudder to the east, is it logical to be upset after sailing for few days to be in the east instead of being in the west? We have to realize during that window of time that we are sailing we should have figured out through the help of the compass that we are in the wrong direction. The moment we started the sailboat and go we are creating a momentum already. If we got lost, understand that it did not happen in few seconds, there is a time period between starting the journey to getting lost.

The same thing in life, I believe. We cannot expect things to be clear if the paths of our decisions are based on confusion. If we start something in a wrong way, how could we expect right things to happen as a result? If we do not respect and honor our life, how can we expect to have a respectful and honorable life? If we do not respect and honor our relationship, how can we expect to have a respectful and honorable relationship? When we know that there is a Tsunami coming straight at us, would you pack up your important belongings and run away when it's ten miles away or when it's ten feet away? That knowing represents our inner compass, gut-feeling or conscience that should help and guide us in making our decisions. If we will take the time in learning how to listen to it. I believe that a Loving God will not create us and leave us out in the wilderness without giving us inner guidance.  That will be a complete disconnect from the picture of a Loving Creator wouldn't it? Maybe we are so egoistic about our own capabilities to move about in our lives that we regret listening to our spiritual compass. If we are also made out of spirit and we are now also spirit then the Holy Spirit can easily connect to us or vice versa. It may sometimes look like it is wrong from the eyes of many if we follow our spiritual compass in directing us, but i do not believe it will put us in a more problematic situations in our lives if we learn to seek it and listen to it.

Dark Knight RF

Saturday, May 18, 2013

My Birthday Prayer


Father in Heaven Thank you very much for this day. I am celebrating my 43rd Birthday, for 15,695 days you have blessed me with. I am grateful for my life because I know that it is your greatest expression of your love for me! Forgive me for the times I am not able to thank you and I have been doing my best for the past few months to make it a point that I say Thank you to you each day or each time I see provision. Forgive my immaturity Lord, maturity does not come from advance years but it comes from the Holy Spirit, I ask for your spirit to come to me. I invite your presence in my life through singing praise. I know you dwell in praise. I beg for your forgiveness for my perverted thoughts, lust, greed, hate, lies, selfishness, judging others, and when my spiritual convictions are compromised for my selfish desires. I know that in spite of all of my weaknesses you still accept me because your love is without condition. Help me to find the maturity that i need in my life. Let your light shine upon me so that i got to understand what really is important in my life. You are my only stronghold who will raise me up and can help me to unfold the other talents you have given me that I have yet to discover. Thank you for being there for me whenever I come to you in shame in failing to do your will. I know Father that you will never perform your last miracle, healing, forgiveness, guidance, favor and support in my life for your mercy and grace are unlimited. You are my infinite source. May I learn how to make my life be the answer to someone's prayer because I know that You use people to bless the ones that needs it the most. Pour my life with Wisdom, Faith, Hope and Love. May you bless my new place with peace, harmony, joy and abundance! I am a sinner and I am not going to fake myself in becoming a hypocrite, help me to be authentic in public and in my private time. I place my life to you, I place my trust in you, I love you. I am nothing without your son Jesus Christ, He is my savior, my friends, my treasure and my King. My priority is my connection to You. I lift this prayer to you God in the name of the Jesus Christ who lives and reign forever and ever with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Dark Knight R.F.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

My Affirmations for this day

Today I will be aware of what is going on all the time and  I will be using my time wisely
I make sure that I'm not going to suppress myself by devaluing myself
It does not matter if I have lost some opportunities because there are a lot of opportunities that will come along my way, God is unlimited and everything is possible
It does not matter how I could not know all the stuff I need to know because at the right time I need the knowledge it will be delivered to me, everything works out well for me
All I have is what I need, I am practical in spending my time, effort and my life to the things that will give me true joy and peace
I will never direct myself to the things that could only bring me to have empty goals but I direct myself in doing things that make sense and purposeful for having a simple and clear life
Every thought that I am going to have today will make me feel good and I will not welcome any thoughts that makes me feel bad
I will spend my time Appreciating everything I have and giving myself credit for all the right things that are happening to me now.
Appreciation gives me a glad heart each time I practice it.

Dark Knight RF

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Things I am grateful for

I am thankful for how the day was arranged for me today
for a peaceful and safe drive going to work
for my car
for the food that I had today
for the right amount of work that is enough for the day
for the good rapport with my co-workers
for the great projects I am working on
for the daily protection and provisions
for the good night rest I will have tonight 
I Thank you God for accepting me and forgiving me unconditionally 

Dark Knight R F

Saturday, March 9, 2013

What does it take to commit?

 
Commitment is a big word for all of us in any kind of relationship. Everyone gets nervous with this word. Most of us are scared, intimidated, insecure, while others are turned off with it because of the responsibility that comes with it. Others think that it is all about controlling the other person. We have our own justifiable perception of it related on how we have trained ourselves to see things. I am sure you have your own definition of it.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion as we all say it. I thank you for allowing me to share to you what I think commitment is for me. It is something that gives you encouragement rather than guilt. It is something that will help you to have a wider acceptance and understanding of yourself and others rather than being narrow minded and judgmental. It should be respected and not to be abused.

Anybody can be nice on the first five minutes upon meeting a new person. The crucial moment to establish yourself to begin a connection with anyone if you intend to extend a communication or pursue a relationship with that person in all aspect, may it be in business or personal. Even a rapist, a murderer, a thief, a con-artist, or what have you can present themselves to be nice and respectful from the start. We can keep it going and let the other person thinks that we are a good person. Until after a little while our true self will be revealed.

A good person for me is someone who can remain to react with a kind manner even in times of difficult situations. It is the truest test of a person's character because that is the time our hearts are being tested in the most authentic way that no one can fake. I have not known an examination or a test that will promote you intellectually, physically or related to your promotion in job that is easy. We handle stressful and difficult situations differently. In fact I believe that if you project kindness that is also what you are going to get somehow. Do we encourage ourselves or do we blame ourselves and put so much guilt each time we get to that uncomfortable place of not being able to perform right.

To me commitment does not mean you should not make any mistake. Everything can turn out very different from how we expect them to be. How you accept, admit and react to your faults is what really matter it's how you get up and bounce back. We all know that guilt and shame will take us nowhere because of it's negative effects. Who is perfect anyway? How can we become secure and at the same time hope to build a reliable commitment from an insecure way?

That's why I think some people (including me) who are trying to lose weight and thinks that they are really committed to it are failing. Maybe their foundation is guilt and shame, which can swerve to abandonment. Not because its easy to bail out but because they don't feel good and valued in spite of their efforts. I think we are more likely to survive in the presence of encouragement, understanding and love.

When you are saving someone you love who is drowning, would you say to him/her "you have hit me in the face three times already while I am trying to scoop you out! you're on your own"....? You see if you are really committed in getting her/him out you will not even feel how many times that person had slap you in the face while he/she is flapping his arms for his life. The person is pressured, lost and frustrated. You will not put guilt and shame while you are in the process of  getting him/ her out of it. This person who you are diligently and patiently saving in this illustration could also be you. You need to love yourself first so that the basis of your commitment is from encouragement and understanding and not condemnation.

Let me also relate this to Lenten season. If you are able to be that committed to others and to yourself, think how much more Jesus Christ is for you?  He said "I will give you rest". He is not to put guilt and shame on you, He is our savior. We need to seek Him not only for this season but all year round, because everyone is fighting a hard battle, and the battle ground is in our hearts. Let us encourage each other.

Dark Knight R.F.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My personal prayer

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Heavenly Father thank you very much for your unlimited Mercy and Grace. I should be appreciating my life more often than I do, forgive me for not doing so. Although my last day at work is this coming Friday due to the big lay off in our company, you have appointed a new job for me this Monday. I do not know how this kind of things transpired in perfect order in your time. Forgive me for not believing enough. Thank you also for supporting and guiding my friends and co-workers who got hit by this huge scale down of employees. Give hope to them especially to those who have family to support, to those who give financial support to their sick love ones, to those who are struggling to keep their houses, to those who are having emotional distress apart from having let go to work. You God never fail because you are the past, present and the future nothing and no one can intimidate your greatness and mercy, with you everything is possible. I know that there is a hidden message in this things that are happening. May we have the wisdom and courage to find the meaning of it all. We all know that you allow things like this in a more constructive and purposeful fashion not like our evil ways only for the purpose of destroying one another. This message of yours behind all of these as we find it will be very valuable in molding ourselves in becoming light hearted people. Your light is all we need in this day and age that is utterly becoming dark. Your light is the one that will give us strength to bounce back every time we give in to the deceitful ways of the world. You have not place us here in this world to have a life and be lost, but we are consistently receiving your guidance through our conscience. It's a matter of choosing the right time when to listen to it because often times we ignore it. May we stay connected to it and remain aligned to your presence, inspire us with your grace to draw ourselves closer to you. We need you, it is only through your spirit that we are all going to be filled and satisfied. We place our lives and trust to you, you deserve all the Glory and Praise. In the name of your son Jesus Christ with the unfailing guidance of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Sunday, February 24, 2013

How should I handle my Growth?

 
In this time of Lent we are once again being reminded of how important our spiritual growth is. We are so busy chasing after material growth overly concerned about it. Not to impose anything or to create arguments with my religion. In Catholic tradition we begin the celebration by putting ash in a symbol of a cross on our foreheads remembering from ash we came to ash we will come back. We enter life the same thing we will exit it, with nothing. Of course there is also giving up something that you are so use to have for detaching from it in respect to lent.


We have a saying in the Philippines. " Kahit isaksak mo pa sa baga mo yan hindi mo rin madadala pag namatay ka na". English translation is; "Even if you stick it in your lungs you will not be able to bring it with you when you die". It's all illusion, you think you have your name on it but then the deal is you cannot take it with you when your time is up.

Everything that gives me compulsion is not of my spirit, but of my flesh. Lust and Greed are the most evident examples of "I have to get it now or else....". Ego driven and tiresome if you keep on chasing it because the thought of having it will complete us, is less likely achieved especially when we become addicted to it. 

Maybe our hunger can be resolved in being fluent in the language of faith instead of a thing. By seeking the peace and joy that comes from God. Praying is a powerful tool in achieving the unseen things that could deeply satisfy us. Although sometimes the content of my prayers I must admit are not expressed in a faith based statements. Still struggling and working on it. As I slowly understand to persevere in coming to pray more often.

Why do we need perseverance in prayer if we have faith? Isn't faith enough? I think we persevere not because God fails, fails to hear us or fails to grant our request. It is us that fails because we are weak. This is where perseverance comes in. We focus on God's solutions that are coming from an effective and secure ways. Compared to our solutions which is insecure that needs urgency and desperate. In God all things are possible, He does not fail because He is eternal, He is not intimidated with time. He is the past, present and the future.

It seems like the growth that gives lasting joy is spiritual not material. If we can maintain our direct connection with our creator even if we fall we can see it in a different perspective. Yes, earthly possessions can fill me but maybe only for a short time, then I move on to wanting more of the other stuff that are no longer making any sense. In connecting to my spirit there is clarity. We will all end up as a spirit anyway. Teilhard de Chardin have said "We are not human beings having spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience".

Removing myself from a narrow egoistic eyes, I can see that sometimes growth comes from praying and reduction.

Dark Knight R.F.