Sunday, March 23, 2014 | By: Micah Orendain

That Ultimate Worship


I wanna fall down on my knees when I sing “We fall down, we lay our crown at the feet of Jesus”;

I want to bow face down when I cry “I’m not worthy”;

I wanna lift my hands up high in exaltation when I sing “Holy holy holy”;

I wanna shout “Hallelujah” when I hear “Power and Majesty praise to the King!”


I long for that Time when I am not bounded by men’s judgment anymore;

When I will not be limited by my weaknesses;
When I am not dictated by doctrines’ “statement of faith”;
When there will be only one Religion, not made by men, and tradition has no place;
When all around me will be in that ultimate worship;
When hearts just overflow with joy in the Spirit;
When I can see You in full glory with the Generation that seeks your face.

I will not just be in my own secret place, which is hard to find in this world, but I will be worshiping in Spirit and Truth with all your people – all nations, all tribes, all tongues. Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess that You are God!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | By: Micah Orendain

Are you writing your own love story?


          These are some of the best quotes from my favorite book about singleness and dating, "When God Writes Your Love Story" - by Eric & Leslie Ludy:)


          I do not mean to condemn that's why I posted these; instead, I want to encourage and inspire those heartbroken, or still-waiting. This is just a tiny bit part of what I want to tell to young people (or older people), or singles like me. I have one blog where there is a compilation of it: Posts to convict, inspire and challenge you. I do not like to put more words. Here are they, mostly photos/texts in photos: click here. I would like to recommend the book mentioned. Please read it: a wonderful book about singleness, dating and marriage. That's by the couple, Eric & Leslie Ludy. Also look for the bestsellers of Joshua Harrison and Elisabeth Elliot:)

          The question/title of my blog is, "Are you writing your own love story?"; Are you still unhappy and frustrated doing it? Maybe you're happy about it for now; But maybe it's time to let God write your own story:) Read the book and you'll be inspired and learn a lot of wonderful things.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | By: Micah Orendain

My Life Verse and Favorite Chapter in the Bible


You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11 (English Standard Version)

          Psalm 16:11 is my Life Verse because among all other verses it had a different rhema to me, and always, it speaks to my heart and soul. My life verse's version is in the ESV because of the tense used. "You make known to me the path of life." It speaks to me because God has made me known the path of Life - the path where I should walk. It is a past tense, at the same time in present and future tense. When I received Him as my personal Lord and Savior, He led me to the everlasting life, and it's a continuous leading of His spirit. Some versions say "Thou wilt shew me" (KJV)/"You will show me" (NKJV). But it still has the same truth to a Christian's life. If I'm in the crossroads again, in every decision I take, God shows me the right thing to do - the right "path" to walk on.  Second line says "In your presence there is fullness of joy." This agrees with 2 Corinthians 3:17, "Now the Lord is spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." It is in the presence of God do I find freedom; In the presence of God do I find true joy. Not a temporary happiness but eternal joy - something that cannot be stolen from me, though I'm in my worst circumstances. "At your right hand are pleasures forevermore." I like the word "forevermore." "Nothing can separate" me from the love of God. (Romans 8:31-39) for eternity! The most satisfying thing is being with him - at his "right hand" being held by his hand where there is safety and comfort.

On the other hand, my favorite chapter in the Bible is not the chapter where I got my life verse. It is Psalm 139. Another favorite of mine is Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd..." but I find Psalm 139 speaking differently to my heart, more personally; and Psalm 23 also supports what this passage says. This is why my favorite Bible version is NKJV: "Accuracy, Beauty and Clarity", as one publishing company described it in their different Bible version posters. Although different Bible versions tells the same word of God and passages do not have different meanings, I find New King James Version the best for this chapter.

1O Lord, You have searched me and known me.

You know my sitting down and my rising up;

You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How great is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!

Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.

20 For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.


There is a spoken word/song made out of this chapter, and it's really beautiful. It has become what I always listen to at night before I sleep and I can really feel God's personal salvation to my soul and his eternal guidance for me. I believe it will speak to every Christian whose salvation are truly being cherished. It is read by Sarah Reeves (with a beautiful fitting background music/song). Here's a youtube link; and its album, "Broken Things" on iTunes.
Friday, January 17, 2014 | By: Micah Orendain

Putting art and fun in your cats' face

          When I was at home for the Christmas break, my sister made these to our cats. I thought, "What are you doing with the cats??". Later, I was outside the door texting, (there's a wall fence in front of me) and there our biggest cat jumped up at the top of the fence. When I saw his face I laughed so hard. Evening came and every time he shows up his face is still funny. So maybe if you're bored, do this to your cats or other pets. I tell you it will lessen your stress;)





 


This one below, the kitten is cute, like giving a smooch, but I think the big cat is grumpy because he had ridiculous eyebrows ("finally removed"). x)

          Go ahead, caption them and share them. It's ok, as long as watermarks not removed:) Have fun:)
Friday, December 13, 2013 | By: Micah Orendain

History is His Story





“History is His Story”. It's mind-blowing, when I first saw this statement! A simple yet profound truth.

When you search for the real etymology of the word “history” it’s not really derived from “his story”, but I believe it's not coincidental. In a Biblical view, indeed, history is all about Him. And this history is the reason why we are here.

In the New Testament particularly in the very first book of the Bible called Genesis, we will find the history of the earth and everything in the universe. It says “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1). In the New testament (gospel of John), we can see the role of Jesus Christ “in the beginning” saying: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) You should continue reading the verses of the whole chapter to understand deeper. A supporting verse is Colossians 1:16 and lots of other content of the Bible: For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

It’s amazing to think that this God came in human form and “dwelt among us” (John 1:14) to save us from God’s wrath. His perfect blood was made atonement for the whole wretched humanity’s sins, and reconciled all believers to the Father (John 3:16) and even gave the right to be called children of God! (John 1:12)

Another verse I should have put on the typography (picture) above (but just a sub-supporting verse) is Matthew 1:21: “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." Take a look at “because he will save his people from their sins”! The God from the very beginning gave a new beginning, a new life to all sinners when he came in an innocent form of a baby and died on the cross and then rose again! He is the reason for the season – and in every season!

It doesn’t matter what’s the exact date of His birthday, but because God has let His Kingdom come on earth, He made His children celebrate and truly rejoice in what we call “Christmas”. And I believe He is very much pleased that in one season of the year, He sees the world a better place because of the remembrance of the promise He made for redemption, that is sending Jesus Christ, His only Son, in this season we call "Advent".
Monday, December 2, 2013 | By: Micah Orendain

How Do You Overcome the Battle When Your Enemy is Yourself? (For Single Christians)

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When our enemy is Satan, it could be easy to handle. We can fight him with our “full armor from God” (Ephesians 6:10-18). But when our enemy becomes our self, it’s like we’re nowhere to go. We're probably aware that everything is relative to our relationship with God; but if we speak about “emotions”, who among young single Christians are exempted?

There will always come a time when we make our own struggles. We can fight and win over our enemy, the devil, but how do we win when our battle is within us?

I am not very good at giving advice but this blog aims to somehow instruct, and I just want to give my thoughts, hoping also that I can give a little encouragement to my single fellas, who ask the same question. The title is sort of a rhetorical question also because I know most of my readers (single Christians) have the answer to this. "The Bible gives us all the answers."; may sound cliche, because our heart wouldn't agree.

I have had some friends coming to me, asking me to pray for them about their struggle – and I just can relate with them. They need no further explanation; I can feel their heart. I can see the battle in their eyes.

Sometimes you might just question your true position as a Christian, wondering if you are still in the faith. We know very well that Jesus told us not to worry; yet as human beings, situations happen, and sometimes here comes the feeling again you thought you’ve forgotten. When these emotions come, we feel helpless. We tend to lose our interest with some things. It steals us joy of the day.The good news is that God understands us. He’s been through temptations and deep loneliness so he can sympathize with us. He knows our weaknesses and He is always there; ready to raise us up from being down.


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Sometimes Satan has nothing to do with our problems (though he could influence us too; be on guard). We may try to rebuke the feeling, but it doesn’t go, because it’s just us. We keep on stirring up that loneliness. I wish we could say boldly and confidently, “I do not agree with my emotions.” and just move on with life. The Bible says that the heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9). Is the Bible lacking instruction and promises from God? No, but I have to confess I am also guilty of letting my “deceitful heart” affect me.

One night we were riding back home from an Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship anniversary in another city. The young people there with us were talking about relationships. A girl asked, “Who among here has a girlfriend/boyfriend?" (Amazingly nobody has, among us there). She said she just asked because she wanted to know how our leaders in our city-chapter talk about relationships. She said that in their chapter (city), the leaders are not only discouraged to have a relationship, they are not allowed to be in a relationship. A boy there added, “...they court and have girlfriends, and when they get heartbroken, the ministry is greatly affected…”

I should agree. It's true. If someone leads a ministry or even a small group in the church, and then because of an unpleasant event in one’s relationship, the ministry is affected. You can notice it. The leader stays away and you can just see it that he or she is going through something. I want to point out here that disobedience is one cause of the struggle: 2 Corinthians 6:14 says, we should not be yoked together with an unbeliever. In their policy, they said that if a leader chooses to be in a relationship, he/she should resign from his position and pass it to another one who will be committed to be a leader in the ministry. I am proud of their conviction. The best leader who can shepherd young people would be someone who can focus on his “sheeps”, without distractions.

Even engaging in a relationship with a believer cannot always be goodwhen not on the right time and place, that is; if it creates conflict more than harmony. The thrill of feeling in love... Imagine being filled with thoughts of your "love" while doing almost anything - being distracted in studies, prayers, service, meditation... If you're struggling with a decision about it, (“should this go on?”) then it’s definitely not God’s will. Maybe both parties must break free, until God confirms it's His will for both to be together already. (I know some people who confirms it prophetically from their brothers at church or they themselves, having amazing families today serving God - which I found rare and amazing). But even without friends with the gift of prophetic dreams or what, for confirmation, you will perfectly know it's at the right time. If it conflicts with your focus on your life today, it’s definitely not God’s will because one of the fruit of the Spirits is peace. Where does God want you to focus? Maybe God wants us to do something first. Maybe He wants us to discover things or wants to teach us something, being single. Elisabeth Elliot in her book Passion and Purity says it perfectly: “When our hearts are set on obedience, we can be sure of the needed wisdom to tell the difference between a conflict and a harmony.” Another quote I like from Andy Mineo in his song “Curious”: “It takes a moment to make memories, a lifetime to forget them.” If I have decided to be “alone” and still be alone until the right time comes, at least I have no regrets. Guys, "It’s better to be single than to be in a wrong relationship". Rushed things are usually mistakes. The song Curious continues with, “The secret is to learn what it means to be content. And celebrate what God’s given not the things He didn’t. Our heart is always longing for more and it wanna bug out, that’s why we gotta drink from that water that never runs out.” Andy Mineo was honest about still being "curious". But our response should be this verse, a solid reminder about struggles in our mind: "casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:15 NKJV)

If your problem has something to do with the past events in your life, get rid things that remind you of them. Here’s a link containing some hand-outs given to us free from a seminar titled “Winning the Battle inside”. Look for the "soul ties" part. Do what it says. It's very instructional and it can help you break free.

“What if I’m not heartbroken? I don’t have ‘pasts’, I’m just so lonely?” “The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.” Well I don’t want to give clich├ęs anymore which you hear a lot at church or from Christian friends. Let me just go with what I suggest you can do:

1. Avoid watching romantic movies – especially alone! What do you expect, it can cheer you up? It will trigger desires and sad emotions. If you really wanna watch, watch with your best friend so you can share your sentiments, and when you leave the cinema you don’t end up feeling miserable. Better yet, watch fun, wholesome movies. Hang out with your brothers or sisters.

2. When you’re starting to have self-pity again, Stop. Just say to your mind “Stop.", psychologists advice – continued with doing something resourceful right away. We don’t actually need that psychologist's advice. Jesus instructed as very well. Get out of your lonely room, take a walk outside, exercise, see the nature, walk your dog, shop sometimes…just do the things you love doing. You can improve your talents and skills. 

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3. Surround yourself with people who are hot in their faith. “Coals burn longer when they’re all together.” Create wholesome relationships. Avoid people who can let you feel that you’re being left out. Have fellowship with your Christian friends. We should strengthen each other’s faith always. Simple conversations, not necessarily from the Bible can be a great help to feel that we belong and removes our feelings of loneliness.

4. Read inspirational books about relationships. There’s a lot of wisdom and encouragement you can get from these authors catering to the young and the singles: Joshua Harris, Eric and Leslie Ludy, Elisabeth Elliot and a lot more. Go to the nearest Christian bookstore and look for their books. There are numerous things they can tell you which will inspire and motivate you in your life as a single. Bookmark/highlight, and reflect on some quotes/passages in their books you will find striking and talk to God about it as the Spirit touches you. You might have read some; consider reviewing them and you just might be reminded by good quotes you've forgotten.

5. While single, make this an opportunity to know yourself deeper, how you can know God’s will more in your life. Seek God daily and meet Him –every morning as much as possible. As you get more intimate with God, all emptiness will be filled.

6. Do not feel as if God cannot help you with your problem because the cause of your problem is just yourself. What kind of problem does God cannot graciously answer? By what Jesus did, we can come boldly to the throne of Grace! I always believed that I can’t even explain what I feel because I don’t know (understand) myself, but God knows me one hundred one percent! Tell Him, “Father, You know me better than I know myself. You created my whole being…” Cast your cares to Him because he cares for you. (1 Pet. 5:7). He said “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9). Read Psalm chapter 139. Make it a prayer. It’s a personal favorite.

7. If your spirit is dead, start singing a melody in your soul. Worship him in the quiet moment. Worry is sin. Just like psalmist David prayed, “Restore to me the joy of my salvation”. Rivers of flowing water should flow in our heart. Joy starts at praising. It’s like a spark that can make a fire. (While you’re single, why not learn to play a musical instrument? I tell you it’s way better to sing while you’re playing a guitar or a piano/keyboard! Or you can just play songs that can minister to you. God uses music amazingly for the touch of the Holy Spirit.)

After all has been said, it's very possible that you still experience these battles/struggles many times - especially now in the cold season. (I'm gonna brace myself for "forever alone" posts again...and probably I'll be one of them, lol, just for humor purposes). But shouldn't we be grateful that we are free to struggle and not struggle to be free? (Tenth Avenue North's "The Struggle" is a ministering song)

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"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him." (Psalm 62:1 NIV)


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Thank you for reading. I hope that in this post you were also encouraged about the good things about being single and guided by what you can do when the “battle” strikes again. I can just pray that you rest in the mighty wings of the Almighty when the struggle strikes. I’d like to mention a last quote,I forgot the exact words and who said it, but it goes like, "As water fills the deepest spaces, so the Holy Spirit can go deep within our heart and fill it when we offer it to him empty.”

Watch out for more of posts dedicated to my dear single Christian fellas. One is about some of words of inspiration from my favorite authors about relationship. I pray that as you lay your head on your pillow tonight, until you rise up in the morning, you'll be in love with HIM.