[Month 1, Week 1: This post is part of the “6 Month Discipleship Plan” series]
I recently shared with you why I deleted my social media accounts altogether. God also recently confirmed to me why it was a wise decision to make. In a recent quiet time of mine, I learnt that God cannot use people who have idolatries in their hearts. For example, in 2 Chronicles 14-15, a leader named Asa was introduced.
Asa’s leadership was filled with God-ordained peace and victories because his “heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life” (2 Chronicles 15:17). He not only implored people to stop worshipping false gods but he also initiated to destroy all detestable man-made statues that were being worshipped. He also assembled and led people to repair the altar of the Lord and to only worship and obey The one true God. In a war against Zera of Ethiopia, he sought the Lord with a humble prayer. This personally blessed my heart.
“Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. Lord, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.” (2 Chronicles 14:11).
Sometimes, I wonder what I am missing out for not being on social media anymore. But the Holy Spirit would confirm to me that I am actually gaining more. As I am turning down idolatries in my heart, I am gaining more of God. When I quit being engrossed by social media, I have been able to spend more personal time in prayer and worship. And for that, I truly rejoice in the Lord.
Deleting my social media accounts may sound like a petty thing to do for some but to me, as God sees heart, this was part of a personal breakthrough. A week has passed and today, I would like to share with you some reviving stories I recently experienced.
I recently transferred to another ministry area of our church. When things are finalized, I hope I can share here with you my two-year journey prior to making this decision. But for now, I’d like to share with you the “baby” steps that God has blessed me with as I am transitioning to a new chapter of my walk with Christ.
God led me to a new place for the gospel, and gave me a revived heart to share it by faith.
For the past few days, together with Grace (who also decided to walk with me in this new chapter), I have been sharing the gospel at a park that God laid our hearts to. Grace and I would meet there after work, and though it would take us 1½ to 2 hours to get there from our workplaces (hello to the rainy season and the realities of Manila traffic!), God has been faithful in not only providing us with strength and safety; but also in Him being with us.
We met students from different schools and universities around the area and yes, from different walks of life. We are grateful for the conversations and the opportunities to share the gospel to them. In our fears, the Holy Spirit was our courage. In our hesitations, the Holy Spirit was our hope. And we know for a fact that apart from the workings of the Spirit, none of them would have heard and received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. To be honest, I am still uncertain where these beginnings would go but I am glad I can rely on the Lord as my assurance. He draws me back to my life verse and lately, He lovingly gave me the following promises from 2 Chronicles.
- “Those from every tribe of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the Lord, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the Lord, the God of their ancestors.” – 2 Chronicles 11:16
- “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” – 2 Chronicles 15:7
- “large numbers had come over to him from Israel when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.” – 2 Chronicles 15:9
Note: These were told by God in the midst of wars between leaders. Asa unfortunately did not end well because he eventually relied on things and people instead of God but this as well is a helpful warning for me.
God brought me to a cell group and allowed me to join nightly prayer meetings as well.
Last Friday, I was welcomed to a cell group by my discipler and by the 12 ladies she is discipling. Incidentally, they were celebrating two birthdays that night. We had home-made Korean dinner, the cocoa cake was really good, we prayed together and for one another, and we shared verses and gifts to the celebrants. It was a fun and fruitful night!
And now I am excited to share with you that I’ll be joining them every Friday night moving forward.
Last Tuesday, while waiting for Grace at the park I was telling you about earlier, I was suddenly reminded that the ministry area where I transferred to holds nightly prayer meetings at different areas in Manila — one of those areas is just five minutes away from where we are sharing the gospel.
I prayed about it at that very moment and consulted my discipler about it. She encouraged me to join. In light of the biblical basis and value of prayer meetings, Grace and I went.
That night, I was able to see two of my LDI batchmates that I have not seen in a long time. Grace also saw two of her LDI batchmates. We went home truly encouraged in Christ.
I was welcomed by the topic “Obedience in times of Trials & Sufferings” during my first Sunday worship service in the ministry area I transferred to.
Not only did the song “Grace to Grace” personally blessed my heart during our worship time, the topic shared to us resonated to me in so many ways.
In these trying times, I was reminded that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15).
In these times of uncertainty, I was also reminded of how Jesus “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death– even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8).
Finally, the Holy Spirit confirmed to me that day that letting go of anything that holds me back from following Jesus all the way, though scary, has to be done by faith in God alone.
Again, I am still uncertain where these beginnings would go but I am glad I can rely on the Lord as my assurance. If He brought me to it, He will bring me through it in Jesus’ name and for His glory!