Train of Thought

Shifting one’s thoughts towards a more positive train of thought is such an effective antidote against discouragement. It is very consistent with taking thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. This entails arresting a thought (i.e. stopping it on its tracks), and rebuking it to align with Christ’s obedience, on the Cross, where His finished work was accomplished.

For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 AMP

Admittedly, this is a perennial problem of mine: I tend to dwell on the negative and rehearse worst case scenarios in my mind. Inasmuch as this tendency is fueled by some disciplines in my profession (my dad used to refer to this as foresight, but I’d rather adhere to my Abba Father’s truly strategic perspective as He knows the end from the beginning), I would like to believe that I am now less pessimistic compared to my emo highschool self. Yet, there are still times when I succumb to worry, which this stops me on my tracks.

In moments of uncertainty, such as our current challenge, I noticed that I revert to old tendencies. Yet, it is in these moments when I most need the power of the Holy Spirit to align my train of thought to God’s Word, so I can focus on His person (not on circumstances) and in so doing, lift Him up above any challenge. That said, our train of thought should be firmly aligned on the track of God.

By Christine Caine

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

You may have heard the phrase “train of thought.” It certainly is a very descriptive and accurate metaphor for describing the way our minds work. Our thoughts are just like a train; they always take us somewhere. If we want to change our destination, regardless of what area of life we’re talking about, we have to change the thought trains we board.

Often, we don’t realize that we have the ability to make a choice about what we think. But clearly we do, as we are exhorted to set our mind on things above and not on earthly things (see Col. 3:2). This doesn’t mean that negative thoughts won’t enter our minds—if that were the case, there would be no need to consciously choose to set our minds on the thoughts of God.

While I was learning to renew my mind, I discovered that many of the trains of thought I had at that time about God, the people around me, myself and my destiny were completely contrary to what God thinks. They were built on my experience rather than the truth of God’s Word. I knew that I had to make a change: I had to consciously choose what thoughts I would allow to pull into the platform of my mind.

Armed with this knowledge and a firm commitment to exercise my mind muscle, I was ready to go to work. Each time a train of thought that was contrary to the Word of God pulled into the platform of my mind, I would choose not to get on board. Instead, I would purposefully board trains of thought that would take me to the right destination.

This is why it’s so important to read and meditate on the Word of God. If we don’t know what thoughts are contrary to his, how will we ever know what trains to avoid? As I continued to renew my mind on a day-to-day basis (and often on a moment-by-moment basis), I began to notice a change. I started to see this mind shift begin to affect my external behavior and responses.

During this long and often arduous process of renewing our minds, it’s vital that we fight off the feelings of frustration that will inevitably come our way. If we don’t give up, in time we will experience the fruit of this process in our lives.

Point to Ponder

Are you ready to start responding to the circumstances of your life with the strength, faith, and confidence of Christ? Then it’s time to become rooted in God’s Word. When you have the mind of Jesus, you will naturally act like him, too.




I’ve been requesting prayers as regards our housing situation. I received a response from a well-meaning source, which brought a low to my spirit as I pondered more upon the message:


Was I actually deceived? Was it the enemy feeding on my earthly desires? Is it a mere earthly desire to earn a nice home? Does the Lord really just want me to work with my limited resources, wisdom and power or does “not by might, not by power, but by the spirit of God” apply here?

For some reason, reading this message plunged me into discouragement. Not because of a probable loss or a hopeless situation (okay, that too), but because I thought I’ve been abiding in the Lord naman, and I’m being led by Him. Am I not drawing more to Hm in intimacy? So did I hear wrongly? Were those remarks (or how they struck me) from the Holy Spirit or the accuser of the brethen / a religious spirit?

Admittedly, I am still learning how to discern what’s from the Lord and what’s not. I do know (and am affirming) that my greatest delight is the Lord. I believe with all my heart that when you delight yourself in Him, He gives you the desires of your heart.

In my case, deep within me, I’m just a simple little girl. I did not even aspire nor originally set out to be well-off or to have a nice house. I was not brought up that way. My upbringing, however, made me aspire to fulfill God’s purpose for my life, to fulfill a calling and in so doing remain integrous and be at peace with God and man. I know God is working through that little girl in me. I still see myself as a little girl seated at His feet, wanting more of Him…If He wants to give me more, as I am seated at His feet, I will be so thankful, but I would always want Him more. (Hence I shouldn’t feel too dejected, though pained, in case of turn-out that’s contrary to what I’m believing God for)

Having written that, I actually feel a bit better now compared to earlier this morning when I did not feel like getting out of bed due to discouragement. (Thanks to my husband’s encouragement and prayers too).

I just continue to put on God’s breastplate of righteousness. While I continue to ask for His wisdom, I admit that I really do not know what to do next and I somewhat feel discouraged. I lift up this discouragement to Him and pray for the restoration of the joy of my salvation as I abide in His love.

I have loved you, [just] as the Father has loved Me; abide in My love [continue in His love with Me]. If you keep My commandments [if you continue to obey My instructions], you will abide in My love and live on in it, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commandments and live on in His love. I have told you these things, that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy and gladness may be of full measure and complete and overflowing. – John 15:9-11 AMP

Right now the chorus of this song is ringing in my ears:

I receive Your love
I receive Your love for me
I receive Your love
I know I am accepted

Lord, I receive more of Your love. Could it be that You have allowed these circumstances to expand my capacity for more of Your love for me? Lord, You are my Shepherd. You have bought me for a price. You are in charge of my life and my affairs. You are my Jehovah Jireh. You are sovereign. You provide according to Your glorious riches and You love me. Lord, I plead for more of Your grace in this situation. Intervene as You want, Lord. Direct me with Your wisdom, Lord. Oh but till I receive Your instructions, may I just dwell at Your feet? At Your feet, I receive cleansing from Your most precious blood, in case of earthly desires. I lay down my cross, and just receive Your joy and comfort, Lord. Restore in me the joy of Your salvation. While there is uncertainty, I declare that You are my hope and You are the one who makes my feet sure. Thank You for ordering my steps and stops. And right now, may I just pause and be still in You?

A couple of hours after writing the above, I encountered the article below, through which the Lord seems to address my concerns. This reminded me of one of the podcasts I was listening to, as I drove yesterday: of how God can use our enemies or opposition to drive us higher, further. In my case, I guess that well meaning reply which struck me differently, inspired me to, all the more, directly seek God’s encouragement and instructions, instead of man’s.









A Song in the Desert

The message in tonight’s midweek service quenched my thirsty soul, as it spoke of joy regardless of circumstance. I am so glad we came. 🙂

Here are some of the points that just made me feel that God was especially speaking to me:

1. God is faithful. He makes all things beautiful in His time, and He restores. What the enemy meant for evil, God will turn around for your good.

2. Two tips for those who may be undergoing tough times:
i. See everything from the perspective of eternity. You have Jesus and that’s what truly matters.
ii. Take it one day at a time. God’s grace is sufficient for today.

3. God making a way is not what truly matters; it is His presence

4. An old person is one who is joyless. We want to be mature people who are joyful regardless of our years.

5. We have heard ” Nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa” but a far better version is “Nasa Diyos ang awa, na kay Hesus ang gawa. Sa taong nagtitiwala, sa kanya ang pagpapala.”

6. The cure to get your joy back is to get your focus back to Jesus, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10) Focus on feeding on Him.

7. ‘Joy keeps you young. The fountain of youth is the living water that Jesus’ presence brings.

8. When you spend time with God, you get both strength and wisdom. When you spend time with God who is eternal, you become eternal.

9. God renews your youth by restoring your joy.

10. He satisfies your mouth with good things. You’re supposed to be feasting on Him.

11. Guard your joy, do not let the devil steal it. How do you guard your heart? Guard your joy.

12. Keep your joy tank full by abiding in God’s love. c.f.: John 15:11 and Psalm 16:8-11

13. Hope causes us to see what’s ahead of us, and joy is the grace that sees each step and makes it enjoyable.

14. A word for those who have lost something:

Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry; But if he is found out, he must restore seven times [what he stole]; he must give the whole substance of his house [if necessary–to meet his fine].
Proverbs 6:30-31 (AMP)

The enemy is the one who steals, kills and destroys; but he has been found out and he is obligated to restore seven times. This is on top of God’s restoration.


Even during the offertory, the song sung just spoke so much to me, such that I have been singing praise along to it over and over again since we got home. Every line just resonates with my spirit

Regardless of circumstance, in every season, God gives me reason to celebrate. He is still God. I have a reason to sing, I have a reason to worship.

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 the 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 flame

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

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

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

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 received I will sow



God will make a way, even when there seems to be no way

We are currently in the middle of a housing transaction.

We first saw the online ad for that house in the first week of March.  It was a day when I got home unusually early and felt the urge to take a look at some model units.  I contacted the Broker and received an immediate reply.  At the onset, I asked if the Seller was willing to take our condo (with balance to pay in the bank) as the equity.  This was a huge load off our chests as this was one of the show-stoppers in our previously aborted housing transaction. (If we sell the condo earlier than a house purchase, we may end up homeless. If we sell it later, we’ll shoulder 2 amortization payments, which may be too burdensome for us, and not have enough to pay for the 20% equity required for any housing loan.  Timing is very crucial).

We took a look at the house and found it beautiful and relatively cheap for its size, aesthetics and location.  What struck me was the available space in the third floor (the upper room) and how it can be a venue for fellowships and gatherings.  Oh how we want to be able to offer our place and play host, but the size of our current place does not always allow us to do so.


It turned out that the property had a mortgage and BP22 (i.e. bouncing cheques) encumbrance in the title.  We assessed the risk. It helped that the controversy in the case was BP22 (not double sale), and that the amount involved in the controversy can be paid off through the loan proceeds.  For someone with a medium risk appetite and legal know-how, this was acceptable.

The Seller and Broker were very transparent and communicated responsively with us.  They provided us with all the documentary requirements for the transaction.  We prayed every step of the way for the house and the transaction, even as we prepared for the bank loan application. God gave us a go-signal through the following verses that we received through a message in church:

And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes), So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us. – Acts 17:26-27 AMP

Through those verses, just as we were requesting God for a go-signal, we received peace to move forward through this word.  It struck us as a “now” word that He has definitely determined our settlements, lands and abodes and allotted periods of time.

Each step of the way, there were answered prayers.  The Seller allowed us to haggle for an even cheaper price, and pay a remainder in installments for a 2-year period.  She did not hurry us for the reservation fee and initially agreed that we can pay the reservation fee after obtaining bank appraisal results.  She agreed to leave behind all furnishings in the first floor.  She was very transparent and linked us with her lawyer (si Panyero! Hehe. This is an endearment that old lawyers typically use for another brethren in the profession).  The bank also agreed to take out the previous mortgage on the property.  Eventually, we  discovered that the Opponent’s counsel in the BP22 case is the law firm of a good friend of mine.  This was such a breakthrough and confirmation, as I believe that the settlement of the case was expedited because the Opponent was readily able to verify that there was a willing Buyer in us.

In the middle of the bank loan process, however, the bank informed us that they cannot proceed with the approval and release of funds unless and until the Lis Pendens (annotation of encumbrance on the title) for the BP22 case was lifted.  Two days ago, we were informed that the Opponent has already signed the Compromise Settlement, and looks like it will be filed in Court soon, in preparation for striking off the Lis Pendens annotation on the title.

A week ago, Seller’s father died, and requested that we pay the reservation fee ahead of the agreed time.  Out of compassion, we agreed, and executed the Contract to Sell, with a proviso that the reservation fee will be returned if the Lis Pendens cannot be removed.

Yesterday, we received word that the bank appraised the property at an amount far less than what we were initially expecting, such that there is now a P2.8M difference that needs to be remedied.  We promptly communicated to the Seller.  She agreed that we can pay such amount through interest-free installments to her (we intend to pay within a 4-year period), provided the loan proceeds are sufficient to pay off her payables: the compromise settlement, mortgage (she did not specifically mention but perhaps such payables also include lawyer’s and broker’s fees).  I view it as an unexpected answer to our prayer that we can borrow interest-free, and hence have a lower housing loan with the bank.

This morning, admittedly, I began to worry as I realized that we can no longer proceed with the original plan to net off certain amounts from the loan proceeds for the purpose of paying miscellaneous fees (i.e., bank fees and transfer taxes).  I asked my husband, “did we make a mistake in proceeding with the transaction?”  My husband confidently answered that we did not make a mistake, and this was a far cry from our previous aborted housing transaction, where the Seller was pompous and did not communicate with us.

I prayed, “Lord, did we go ahead of You here?  I’m sorry if we did.  Lord, I really thought that You were giving us confirmations every step of the way.  But Lord, I will continue to trust You that even if I made a mistake, You will always be able to work all things, even this, for my good.  I just ask for more of Your grace, Lord.”

My husband and I began thinking of people that we can approach for a P600K loan for the miscellaneous fees, who will agree to be paid on the 5th year (of such loan). But we stopped the discussion to pray.  My husband led a prayer, through which I was comforted.    On our way to work, we worshiped in the car, and declared that we will lift up Jesus’ name in the midst of  all this.  Worshiping helped drive away the worry.  I prayed anew, “Lord, help us see things from Your perspective, as we are seated in the Heavenly Realms with You.  We ask for a way out or that You will direct us and tell us the way to proceed.”

A few minutes later, I opened my Facebook app and saw this post:

God will make a way

I believe that the post was an assurance from our Abba Father.  Yes, we may be unable to see how to proceed even, but God has a way…and we will continue to walk by faith and not by sight.

I don’t know what will happen next, but I know that my God, to Whom I cried out when I was reviewing for the CPA boards, when I had no money to buy books and feared being kicked out of the dorm for failure to pay dorm fees (and not having a good future), is the same God who heard my cries then.  He provided and made a way for me.  I look back at those moments and remember even how, just as my husband and I were about to leave and cleave (from his mom), I heard the Lord whisper as I prayed, “Anak, kailan ka ba naman nagkulang?”  (When have you ever been in lack?) He is still my Jehovah Jireh, my Good Shepherd who sees the end from the beginning.  May His name be lifted up and proclaimed above the bottlenecks, above the worries.  I surrender all to Him, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

One of the songs that we were worshiping along with in the car earlier is now ringing in my ears, as I write this post:

Should I ever be abandoned
Should I ever be acclaimed
Should I ever be surrounded by the fire and the flame

There’s a name I will remember

There’s a name I will proclaim
Let it be, Let it be Jesus

May this transaction just spell out J-E-S-U-S.

[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be. [Gen. 15:5.] He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb. [Gen. 17:17; 18:11.] No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God, Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised. – Romans 4:18-21 (AMP)

It just occurred to me that perhaps this is an answer to a prayer I had several days ago: “Lord, please give me something to write about, for I seem to be in a writer’s slump” (that notwithstanding the numerous advice, memos, position papers and pleadings that I need to draft at work).  Not only that, I know in my heart that God is preparing a glorious testimony.  Please pray along with us.  Blessings!  🙂


Stretch, smile and get ready for a comeback!





This morning, I witnessed this take place in my life, as I found myself in a capacity to help out a good friend.

We are in the middle of a housing transaction, in the midst of which I sense God giving ideas for us to save and/or earn more. One of these ideas is to look for parties who would be willing to lend to me at rates lower than bank rates (still looking and praying for this). Another idea was to “sell” my car to my current employer under the current employer’s existing car plan scheme. Under the scheme, the employer bought my car as a 2nd hand vehicle at market value. It will be charging back only 50% of such amount to me through monthly salary deductions in the next 5 years. The amount was released to me Friday last week. I thought I could deposit the amount to the bank which lent the car loan the following (last)Monday.

The following day, over lunch with a direct report and friend in my former employer, she told me of the opening in the former employer’s tax organization. The role is similar in rank to the post I left behind, but reporting to a different boss (a tax lawyer from whom I can learn) and work hours are normal. This piqued my interest because this was the role I originally wanted and also because this will improve our capacity to pay for housing amortizations. I immediately sent my CV through my friend, and was able to speak with my former HR account manager as well as the prospective boss middle of this week. The prospective boss disclosed that as part of the process, they need to source internal candidates first before resorting to external candidates, and that she originally preferred someone more mature (38 years old and above), before she learned of my interest. I kidded her that I am already 36…just 2 years away.

Gosh, I just pray that it will be considered. Admittedly, part of me is regretting having left the former employer because I know, had I not left I would’ve been a shoo-in for this role. Oh but my God is a God of second chances, and really, I just pray for a comeback.

Perhaps He just allowed me to have a detour in my current employer because my current role here will prepare me for that one. Well, I don’t really know. I could just speculate and even better, wait on the Lord.

Then again, because this matter is still pending, I decided to hold on to the money for the car until there’s more clarity on this matter. Of course, if this door opens, I will have to resign from the current employer, and return the amount. Might as well hold on to it.

Then this morning, a good friend of mine from law school messages me about an answered prayer – how she has been accepted to a master’s of law program in the US, which offers full scholarship – something that I’ve been standing in faith with her for. The answered prayer comes with a need for show money for US VISA application purposes so she can present a bank certificate with an ample amount during her VISA interview. She asked if I knew of folks who could lend for a while, at interest lower than bank rates. I recalled the verse I read this morning:

For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is complied with in the one precept, You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. – Galatians 5:14 AMP

It struck me that just as I was desperate for a lender (for the house), my friend was also desperate for one. I felt compassion, and realized that as I was still awaiting results to my own prayers, the Lord has also placed me in a capacity to be an answer to someone else’s prayers. And so after consulting my husband who agreed, I told my friend that I can help her by lending a portion of the amount for the car, which I may have to return to the current employer, if doors open for me in the previous employer.

I just feel overwhelmed…I thank Him that even as I await His answers to my prayers, He has allowed me to be part of the answer to someone else’s prayer. I know the Lord sees my heart that all I want, ultimately is to worship Him, to be in His presence 24/7, and that all my other concerns are just little things before Him, which I surrender. And this little act of helping a friend in need, I offer to Him as part of my worship.

On Tuesday, I’ll be meeting up with my friend and I pray to the Lord of the Harvest that I could also witness and minister to her. I told her that there were just too many coincidences, they had to be God-ordained, and that I believe it was the Holy Spirit which led her to be bold in asking me. She said that she has been praying about this. That friend of mine has been a seeker and may His Spirit just move in our meeting.


On a related note, sharing an extremely timely word shared by a friend. I believe it relates to my ongoing career saga and housing decisions:




Since Facebook asked me to write a comment (hehe), here goes:

Amen and amen to this! Decisions borne from a place of wisdom rather than fear! For wisdom comes from the Lord, but fear is not from Him. This made me remember a dream that I had around a month ago.

I dreamt that a tooth of mine got pulled out. When it was pulled out, I realized the tooth was hollow and transparent. It initially alarmed me, but when I looked at the mirror, I realized that in the first place my teeth were crooked (in the dream), and with a tooth pulled out, the rest of the teeth can come into alignment. I had peace and smiled as I looked at a mirror.

I believe that the teeth represents a shift in thinking (those times, I was getting affected of ongoings in the world, and fear was creeping in) – to not be focused on hollow thinking which purport itself as man’s wisdom. There was a needed realignment in thinking, and to not be alarmed. Our fears turn to peace and joy as we gaze at the mirror of God’s word and view things from His perspective.

And so I’m claiming this word, in Jesus’ name. Not holding back, but stepping forward in faith!

And till then, I will stay peeled for Your words and instructions, Lord. My eyes are on You, for I know You go before me, and I only want to be where Your Presence is, Jesus.



I am so excited to share a rhema word from the Lord about a strategy for battle in the midst of a wilderness season. This revelation was birthed out of the following 5-week roller coaster ride:

1. A week after joining my new employer, we were elated to receive the miracle of a positive pregnancy test result despite negative tissue cross-match results, followed by another good news of the presence of a gestational sac in my womb. Then for 2 suspense-filled weeks, we prayerfully awaited a heartbeat. On my first month anniversary at work, I started to bleed. On the same night, with immense physical pain and sadness, I experienced the miscarriage of our first and much awaited pregnancy in 7 years of marriage; and

2. We delighted in discovering a house suitable for us, as there seemed to be confirmation upon confirmation that it was for us. We excitedly paid the reservation fee, in good faith; however, recent developments (seller changing the payment terms, and us backing out of the transaction) just this week make us stand to lose the sizeable fee that we paid:

Thankfully, for some reason, there was a supernatural mantle of peace and joy that ushered us into this season. However, the mantle seemed to wane when I forced myself to report to work to beat a deadline. I started to ask God why He didn’t do what I begged Him to do; instead, one misfortunate heartache seemed to follow after another – a double whammy.

Upon advice of my OB, I decided to take advantage of a maternity leave to recover and rest, instead of forcing myself to work with mere half-baked recovery. Though the law allows a two-month leave, I’m just resting for two weeks, in consideration of my new employer. (Thankfully, my boss and HR are understanding). I used (am using) these two weeks to recover physically, emotionally and most importantly spiritually, and to just rest in the Lord,

In this two-week period, I initially found it a bit difficult to pray. I found myself confused, my heart burdened with unbelief due to seeming unanswered prayer. I realized that my faith was shaken. But God’s goodness prevailed. When I visited my OB, I was greeted with results that I expelled all pregnancy matter, there was no need for D&C procedure and since there appears to be no trauma to my uterus, we can conceive as soon as we’re ready.

In the days that followed, amidst the dismal developments of our housing situation, I continued to press on further in the Lord to battle loneliness and self-pity. I felt the Lord probe and cleanse my heart as I spent time with Him. Was I beginning to love the promise of God more than the God of the promise? As I reflected on that question and repented for being distracted, I felt the Lord shift my gaze towards Him anew. As I felt my faith failing, God revealed that there was a need to dig a deeper well of faith, for Jesus to fill with more of His living water.

I realized that I should not drop my faith and in so doing harden my heart with unbelief just because God did not give me “my heart’s desire”. What is my heart’s desire, anyway? Isn’t it Him? Ergo, with or without these things, I am complete because He is my heart’s desire. With or without these things, God remains sovereign, unchangable, unshakable, untamable, ever-faithful. His love for me has not waned. While He is enthroned in my heart, I cannot, however, dictate upon Him nor put Him in a cage. I can, but, agree with Him and His ways, whether or not I fully understand (for eventually, He does reveal, as needed…His words are indeed the lamp unto my path). I can enjoy dancing under the rain, with Him taking the lead. And with those realizations, I felt the Lord lead me to a new level of surrender.

With the new level of surrender came a new revelation of strategy.

Yesterday, I was chatting with a friend and shared a recent dream, that I felt described what we had recently gone through. She, in turn, shared what God impressed to her about it.


As I prayed after chatting with her, one of the questions I asked God was “so how shall this counter-attack look like?”

I was led to meditate on Psalm 91 and today, Psalm 18. Verses 1-3 of Psalm 18 struck me as a strategy on how we can be saved and delivered from our enemies [These enemies are those too strong for us, who hate us, confront us in the day of our calamity (Ps 18:17-18)

He delivered me from my strong enemy,
From those who hated me,
For they were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity,
But the Lord was my support.

And those are but typical characteristics of enemies, who are not of flesh and blood, especially since our battles / struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against dark powers of this world. (Eph 6:12) I believe that almost every dilemma or challenge in the natural has a spiritual dimension that we also need to consider.]:

Before I write the three-pronged (or four-pronged) strategy, here are the verses:

I will love You, O Lord , my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord , who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies. – Psalm 18:1-3 (NKJV)

I realized that Lord saving us from our enemies is a natural consequence of the following things that we ought to do (as David did) in our wilderness experience:

1. Love the Lord (Ps 18:1). Ps. 91:14 (AMP) says that He delivers us because we have set our love upon Him.

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness–trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

In the midst of a wilderness season, do not allow your love for the Lord to wane. Set your love, your passion, upon Him. Return to your First Love. Delight yourself in Him, who first loved you.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. – Psalm 37:4 AMP

2. Trust in and acknowledge the Lord.

Trust and faith go hand in hand. God empowers us to stir deeper wells of faith as we trust in Him. What are you trusting the Lord for?

Acknowledge God as our Rock, Fortress, Deliverer, Horn of Salvation, Shield and Stronghold (Ps.18:2). Acknowledge His presence, as well as His character and nature, in the midst of our situation and in all our ways. In so doing lift up His name…yes, lift Him up, above the changing facts, for He alone is unchanging.

3. Call upon Him with praise(for He is worthy. Worship indicates that we know His name, His character, as in Ps 91:4 (Ps 18:2)

And so shall we be saved from our enemies. (Ps 18:3). He sets us up on high (Ps 91:14), enabling us to overtake the enemy, lifting us above them, even (Ps 18:48),

He delivers me from my enemies.
You also lift me up above those who rise against me;
You have delivered me from the violent man.

Not only that…the Lord will lead us to broad places, as He enlarges our path so our feet will not slip. (Ps 18:19 and 36)

He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.

You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip.

…such that we’ll even have double for our trouble (I read this earlier in FB)


In wilderness situations, we ought not to struggle, but instead learn how to increasingly love God, trust and acknowledge Him, and call upon Him in praise. This strategy may be quite basic, but in the difficult times, we tend to forget, and hence must be reminded.

Applying such strategy, in my own wilderness situation, I am now beginning to see my situation shift. With eyes fixed on the Lord, He is enabling me to see how He is moving…and I know that this is just the beginning. As I told my friend yesterday:


(Sidenote: I still do not know what exactly those strings represent…they may be self-sufficiency stemming from pride, doubt, idols in the heart; and perhaps the way to cut those strings is through the above strategy.

As for the “pagkukulang sa diskarte”, I admit to that, as well. What an unforgettable lesson to lean not on my own understanding…to acknowledge the Lord and His ways, to benefit from His direction of our paths.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord ,
Nor detest His correction;
For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights. – Proverbs 3:5-12 NKJV

With all my heart, I shall trust You more henceforth, Lord. Thank You, Abba, for teaching and correcting me. Next time, we shall be more shrewd, not taking for granted reliance on You, every step of the way)

The enemy may have meant to inflict a double whammy, but I trust…I know that the Lord will give us double (whatever You want, Lord, I shall not limit You.) for our trouble. Regardless, we have peace knowing that God is sovereign and that we are but stewards of everything He is giving. Even that reservation fee is His, just as I heard a whisper from the Lord (while praying on the day that the miscarriage was to take place) that the baby is with Him. When He gives us a child (or children), as well as a house, we remain mere stewards.

His restoration is coming. Some may call it “karma”; I call it: Counterstrike.


Needy of Your Grace




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