7 Steps in Growing Spiritually as a Christian / Mature in faith

Looking for ways to keep the faith that you started with Jesus? New converts in the kingdom of God often force themselves into the wilderness of no growth. They are compared to chaffs in the wind without direction of getting forward for the journey. For a brand new Christian, taking the right steps will hasten him in knowing the Lord better and sweeter each day.

Step 1 – Daily Bible Reading

A part of the lyrics of a children’s song goes like this, “Read your bible…everyday…” The Word of God or the bible is the food of the spirit. There’s no way to grow up without taking a passion to read the bible in a consistent and habitual basis. Look for a bible reading plan that fits you. Though many suggested to start with the book of John when you are a new believer. Then, you can add up two chapters a day on Psalms and a chapter a day on Proverbs. “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (1 Peter 2:2) Once you make bible reading a habit, you create an atmosphere of prayer. You can use the MPCWA method of devotion for this part.

Step 2. Daily Prayer

To grow as a Christian is to know the Lord in a deeper way. Such can be done through the inner chamber. Set a time to meet the Lord daily. This is the time to open your heart to God. Prayer is honestly telling God what you feel of Him. Tell Him that you love Him. Tell God about the concerns of your life.

“praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” Ephesians 6:18.

A daily relationship with God is available through direct communication in prayer.

Step 3. Worship the Lord with spiritual songs

The Word of God and prayer create the atmosphere of worship. Just after reading the bible and prayer, never leave your room without worshiping the Lord. It is important to express your worship by singing a song unto the Lord. In worship, don’t be afraid for tears to flow.

“speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,” (Eph. 5:19)

Step 4. Attend Sunday worship services

To be strongly connected with the Lord, meet with other believers every Sunday. Keep Sunday as your Day to express your love to God. Meeting with belivers on Sunday (Hebrews 10:25) is for teaching, fellowship, worship, communion, prayer and to build one another up in the faith (Acts 2:42-47).

Step 5. Join Christian smallgroups

We call it Lifegroup but is popularly known cellgroup. Ask for your pastor if they have lifegroup that is near to you. In school, there are campus smallgroups to strengthen you in the Lord.

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts…” (Acts 2:46)

Step 6. Get involved in the ministry

To be part of a lifegroup sharpens your walk with the Lord. Find your place in the smallgroup and aspire to be a lifegroup leader. Be a witness for Christ as lifegroup brings that chance to you. To be active in the Kingdom of God will always maintain that relationship.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Step 7. Obedience to God

As you find your way in the ministry. Obey the Lord and apply the biblical principles in all areas of your life. Following the Master keeps a person away from sinning.

 

You will enjoy   your journey as a Christian by doing these steps.

How to Make Money Online Blogging in the Philippines

 

 

Back in 2004, I started blogging using my AOL account. Given the privilege to live in the land of “opportunities” called the United States for nine years, I installed the AOL CD which I usually found it on our mailbox. I knew I can write but I had a hard time getting my posts live. I stayed with my AOL blog until I found a better platform which was the Geocities. I can still remember my url: www.geocities.com/gbaybayan. Because of the floating ads at the right side of my blog, I desired of finding another platform, blogger.com. I never dreamed of making money through my blog. I always wanted just to express myself through the articles and hopefully find some audience. I spent about four hours a day just mastering the blogger or blogger platform at that time. Here”s one of my blog at blogger: lastdaysnow.blogspot.com. It came to pass that within blogger is the “heaven sent” Adsense in which it opens my eyes that anything is possible under the sun. I promoted my blogs though forums and messageboards at that time for those are the only ways I knew. Blogger is the gateway for me to meet friends and to buy my own domain.

To make money online is not an overnight success. It takes time and effort to fully understand how it works. When I kept publishing my articles, I saw some $0.05 per click in my Adsense earnings. It took me about a year to get the $100 threshold in Adsense back in those days. I never gave up and I continued believing that I am going to pursue blogging as my part-time job.

Once your blog is running and you are publishing articles, you can make money online in many ways by placing ads such as:

1. Adsense – Many publishers find Adsense as the best way to earn money online. By placing Adsense in the blog, the maximum possible earnings is on the way. Adsense is easy to incorporate it in your blog. Just copy and paste the code and it is set to go. However, many complain about the difficulties in entering into the Adsense program. Back in the days, it”s was just easy to get approved. Nowadays, it’s like threading a needle. But as long as you have the traffic and the contents, you will get approved in Adsense.

2. Infolinks – It is a compliment to Adsense. It”s easy to get an account. It allows you to integrate ad unites into your pages. Infolinks is the best partner of Adsense through my experience. As a publisher, you will get the payment through Paypal. Though some of the readers are annoyed by the Ads, it is still a possible alternative to utilize your content to make money.

3. Private Sponsorships – As your blog becomes authoritative because of your great content, company’s will contact you to place their ads in your blog. Sometimes big companies approaches you to offer certain amount just to place their ads in a given period of time. Sometimes they will ask you for a month just to test if it’s worth their money. If they found out that your blog has great traffic, they acquire ad placements for a year.

4. Affiliate Programs – There are plenty of affiliate programs that a blogger should try. In affiliate programs, the visitors of your blog will be a potential buyer. Once a visitor purchases a product through those programs, you will get a commission. Amazon is one of the most popular affiliate programs today yet you can also try CJ and ShareaSale. Most of the advertisers want decent amount of traffic before you get their approval.
5. E-Books – Using your blog as an avenue to sell is one of the ways to make money. Blogging is giving up free information to your readers. But to write your success story and sell it through your blog is another side of the coin. It mean”s that the E-Book is unique and you haven’t shared yet in your blog. Many bloggers write E-Books on how they build their blog and found success.

6. Sell Your Blog – If your blog reaches into a full proportion, many rich people will notice about your traffic. They will see the potential of your blog and they will just contact you to buy your blog. Your blog is a great possession like a real estate that others want to have.There are many factors that will contribute to the success of your journey in blogging. Just take it one step at a time.

10 Reasons why God wants you to prosper financially

One of the challenges of our generation is live in prosperity. With the changing economic atmosphere, our financial status are affected quickly. Everytime the Federal Reserve do something, all the economic experts of the world watch. In just matter of hours, stocks plunged deep.

While we can trust on our country’s economic strategies to uplift the lifestyle of the people, let us be reminded that we have a God who wants to prosper us regardless of the economy. God desires His people to experience financial freedom. He loves to see His children living abundant life.

When it comes to financial prosperity, there remains two worldviews that entangled Christians most of the time. However, I already leaned on the other side believing that God wants us to be rich. God has plenty of promises about financial prosperity for His children.


Reasons God wants to prosper you


1. He is the source of all good things

“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11. Our Father in heaven is the giver of good gifts.

Romans 11:36 says, “Everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory” (NLT). Clearly, everything comes from the Lord.

 

2. He loves blessing His people

God delights to see us living in prosperity.

“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” Psalm 35:27.

3. Jesus redeemed us from financial curse

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” (vv. 13–14).

In Deuteronomy Chapter 28, there are curses and blessings. In breaking the Law or God’s commandments, there’s a threefold curse: spiritual death, sickness and poverty. Under the new covenant, the blessing given to Abraham also is threefold: spiritual, physical and financial. Christ became a substitute at the cross to redeem us.


4. Jesus came that we might have life more abundantly

In John Chapter 10:10, Jesus tells His disciples, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (NLT). Jesus came so that we live with abundance.

5. God wants to bless us to be rich to show forth His glory

How can we say we have a great and mighty God if we are living in poverty?

1 Thessalonians 2:12, “You should live in a way that proves you belong to the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory” (GW).

6. God’s promises must be fulfilled

The reward of a seeking believer is for God to take care of us.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33.


7. God wants to bless us financially to help spread the good news

“You know the grace shown by our Lord Jesus Christ. Even though he was rich, he became poor to help you. Because he became poor, you can become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

“But remember the Lord your God. He gives you the ability to produce wealth. That shows he stands by the terms of his covenant. He promised it with an oath to your people long ago. And he’s still faithful to his covenant today…” (Deuteronomy 8:18)

8. We are not the tail but the head

Deuteronomy 28:10-13 “So all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will be afraid of you. 11“The LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.

12“The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13“The LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully, 14and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.


9. God wants us to honor him through financial blessings

Proverbs 3:9-10
Honor the LORD from your wealth
And from the first of all your produce;
So your barns will be filled with plenty
And your vats will overflow with new wine.

We can honor God through our finances by giving our tithe faithfully. (Malachi 3:10)

10. Even the prodigal son gets the best when he returned to his Father

No matter how far a person has gone away from God, when he returns he will get the best. God wants the best for His children.

Luke 15:22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet…’

After presenting to you the 10 reasons why God wants to prosper you, it is up to you to live by it. Your life will never be the same again if you fully understand that God wants to prosper you.

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3rd John 2 (KJV).

How to Choose the Right Partner for Life: 7 Simple Steps

“Humanap ka ng panget at ibigin mong tunay” or “Find a homely  and love him/her sincerely?” One of the Filipino songs in the 90”s that changed the perspectives of millions in terms of loving others. It tells the lover that it is not outside that matters most but deep within the person. Though in part it is a right but something is better.

God intends for an individual to have a life-time partner. It all started in the garden of Eden when He gave Adan a partner named Eve. It wasn”t sufficient for a man to be alone that he must have someone to live with.

Life is worth living for with a partner for life. It”s not good to be alone in facing the struggles and turmoils of life. “Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor” Eccleciastes 4:9

Let”s look at the Seven Steps in How to Find Your Right Partner for Life.

 

1. Pray to God

 

Who is the greatest Match-Maker? There”s no way a true Christian can find his/her right partner without adding God into the equation. God is the giver of all things, that includes your future mate.

 

Ask God to give you the right person and as you serve Him you will meet him/her. Seek His will wholeheartedly so that you can have the patience that He will provide what you ask in due time.

 

2. Find Someone whom you have the same faith

 

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14.

 

A verse that Christians usually break because they neglected the First Step. It is a biblical principle in the Bible that must be obeyed. This is a command that Paul writes. It must be followed to have an effective search for your life-time partner.

 

Open yourself to fellow Christians who are single. Involve yourself in church programs and attend other Christian activities like seminars, prayer meetings, conventions and the like. By going to these activities, you let others know you and you allow yourself to know others.

 

3. Find someone whom you are attracted to

 

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. In all the single Christians that you”ve met in attending those activities, were you attracted to someone? It”s unthinkable to find your potential partner without being attracted to him/her. Thus, you have these Christians whom you are attracted to. Again, let”s negate those of different faiths in this conversation. When I say “attracted to”, I am saying only those believers. Find someone who has enough “appeal” to you. This is not about the outside look but more of the personality of that person.

 

4. Set standards

 

There”s nothing wrong in setting standards. It”s the measuring stick of your prayer to God. When you pray to God, be specific of what you want. What do you like that your potential partner possesses? Examples below:

Matured Christian / Mature na Kristiyano
Handsome “Guwapo” / Beautiful “Maganda”
Tall / Matangkad / or Five footer
Working “Nagtatrabaho” / Kahit walang trabaho
 Is he/she with the same age with me?
Christian parents / Kahit hindi ba?

You can set more than what is written above. Always remember you are like in a hiring mode with heart and mind open for your potential life-time partner.

 

5. Look for the person with the same interests as you

 

It would be impossible to keep a relationship long without the two persons having the same interests. Find a person who shares common interests with you. If you followed the first four steps, the Lord’s ministry can be the common interest. If you don”t share common interests, one will have to sacrifice his/her own just to satisfy his/her partner in the future. It would be very difficult to take that sacrifice.

 

6. Got to involve intellectual capacity

 

This may not sound perfect in your eyes. Yes, you must have the same intellectual capacity with your potential partner so that there will be life in your conversations. It can be boring if his/her thoughts are a lot deeper while the other has lower understanding of the matters. He/She must be able to grasp the essence of your conversations.

 

7. Spend time with your potential partner

 

I must be careful in dealing about this matter for I have conservative views. I would prefer to use “spend time” in the sphere of friendship only and not dating. Get to know your future life-time partner through friendship by visiting her at their house with her parents around. Spend time with him/her in a group.

 

Note: It is the best way for a Christian to find his/her right partner when he/she already finished her college degree. It is still the best way to maintain a holy life by living out Psalms 37:4 which says “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”.

 

 

MPCWA first, coffee or tea comes next

Are you doing your MPCWA diligently? What is MPCWA? MPCWA stands for Message, Command, Warning, and Application. Numbers Christians are now utilizing the MCWA method in their daily devotions for it is easy to follow.

To be a strong Christian, the devotional life must be maintained daily. Just as the body needs food, the spirit man hungers for the Word of God. The spirit man must grow deeper in the knowledge of Christ to be equipped in all things. Through a habitual devotional life, a believer can dig deeper into the Word of God until his soul gets near to his creator.

For a Christian to effectively conduct routinely his time with the Lord, MPCWA must be applied. It is vital for a believer to be aggressive in his growth. MPCWA has been tested and proven to bring forth that growth

Notebook, ballpen and bible are needed for the devotional time. Using devices such as PCs, tablets and smartphones in recording can be pursued.

How to do the MPCWA devotional method

1. Find a place

For the mind to absorb the Word, a quiet place is needed. If you can find a place where you can be alone, then this is the best place to read the bible. Doing it early in the morning when everybody at the house and neighbour are still asleep. Feed the spirit first before the body in a still place provides room for the Spirit to penetrate.

2. Have a daily bible reading plan

Using a daily bible reading guide is advisable. There are so many daily bible reading plans available for Christian through the internet. There’s the downloadable daily bible reading from Philippine Bible Society.

3. Read your bible

Pray for the Holy Spirit as you read the bible with comprehension. Start jotting down what God has for you through the MPCWA method. Through the help of the Spirit, you will be able to write His:

Message

What is God’s message to you through those verses in the bible. What is the specific verse? Are  messages that God wants for you throughout the day?

Promise

What are His promises to claim? Write down what God has for you. Always remember that what God have spoken He has never broken. The promises of God are for you to live an abundant life.

Command

What are God’s command to obey? As a Christian, God wants us to learn about his statutes. He wants as to be obedient to His words.

Warning

God warns His people through the Word. In order for us not to go astray, His words are like signboards with warnings so that we will not go in harm. What are the warnings to heed?

Application

Apply what everything that you have written above. Write down personally what you are going to do.

Are you doing your MCWA first before drinking a cup of coffee?

Causes of Heart Attacks

 

Unfortunately, there is no simple test which can be used to detect coronary disease in the way that the chest X-Ray can be used to detect lung cancer. To be effective, such a test would have to be simple, quick cheap, safe and very reliable.

A lot of effort is going into ways of devising a suitable method, but at the moment the only methods we have are the electrocardiogram, the exercise test, isotope techniques and arteriogram. The electrocardiogram measures the heart’s electricity but although it invariably becomes abnormal after a heart attack, it is often normal in patients who have angina, let alone those with no angina whose arteries may be narrowed. An improvement is stressed by physical activity, when some of the heart’s reserve is being used. This test it still a poor indicator of those with incipient trouble, however, and can even be misleading because in those with no symptoms the test is falsely positive more often than truly positive; in other words, it may suggest an abnormality where none exists, more often than suggesting an abnormality where there actually is one. This is because the flow of blood through the arteries may not be significantly reduced until the artery is narrowed to about 60 or 70% of its cross-sectional area, and because abnormal electrocardiograms can be caused by other types of abnormality.

Isotope techniques are more reliable but they are expensive and need complex equipment. Minute amounts of radio-active materials which localize in the heart are injected into the blood stream during exercise and the heart is then “imaged” with a gamma camera. Because of its expense and complexity it cannot be applied to routine screening for people without symptoms, and although better than the exercise electrocardiogram this is also not foolproof.

The final method is the coronary arteriogram in which the coronary arteries are visualized by injection of X-Ray opaque fluid during cine X-Ray filming. It is very reliable but it is an “invasive” test requiring the passage of a fine tube (catheter) from a blood vessel in the arm or leg into the heart.

It is an uncomfortable rather than a painful test and may carry a very small element of risk. In certain circumstances it is essential, but it can hardly be used as a screening method where the suspicion of coronary disease is not very high, not only because of the risk but also because it is time consuming and expensive. It is likely that in the future ways will be found of imaging the coronary arteries in similar fashion non-invasively without the passage of a catheter.

Heart Attack and Family History

 

There is some tendency for arterial narrowing, involving especially the coronary arteries and the cerebral arteries (which feed blood to the brain and whose narrowing causes strokes), to run in families. There is obviously not a great deal that can be done about this. If you have it in the family you may be stuck with it! A family trait however is not especially strong so there is no need for undue worry, but it does mean that attention to other risk factors is even more important.

On the other hand, if the family trend is very bad, for example several members of the family having or dying from heart attacks at a young age, and especially if it involves several generations and women in the family (in which it is unusual before the menopause) it may be due to a profound abnormality of blood cholesterol or related body fats, which can be diagnosed easily in a blood sample taken after fasting. Such people may have a very high blood level of cholesterol or the related substance triglyceride, and it is now known that treatment with a diet, drugs, or both, can have a favorable effect on the risk of coronary attacks. It should be emphasized however that this type of abnormality is very rare.

Raised cholesterol as a risk factor, except in those very profoundly abnormal patients, is of doubtful importance. Quite a lot of publicity has been given to it over the years, but it is still controversial whether the small rises of cholesterol and triglycerides which are found in many people are of any significance. Many doctors nowadays feel that its importance has been overestimated and that attempts to decrease the intake in the diet are not all that helpful. It seems surprising that although many years of research has been carried out the answer it still not clear cut Many feel that in this current state of uncertainty it is wise to adopt a so-called “prudent” diet where the in-take of certain dietary fats – particularly saturated fatty acids is reduced.

The diet involves the reduction of animal fats and dairy products. Fat on meat is reduced and vegetable oils used for cooking. Special margarines which are rich is so-called polyunsaturated fatty acids are used, and a reduction is made in the amount of milk, cheese, cream and eggs. The evidence that taking this diet to extremes is helpful is really lacking, but for the time being diets of this type is considered “prudent”.

My first post!

Blogging has been part of my life in the past 10 years. It has been my outlet in expressing my thoughts on sports especially the National Football League, which is my favorite sporting event.

I attempted to launch several blogs that would publish my thoughts to the world but I have failed to maintain those. While I am writing everyday, I just couldn’t push myself for continuity.

Today, I have decided to relaunch this blog praisingfool.com, which I actually owned it before. I even have praisingfool as my Twitter name long time ago. I hope and pray that God will bless this website.