Do You Trust God amid Scarcity?

Do You Trust God amid Scarcity?

Can you still give generously even in your financial need?

This seems impossible, but Nelia Ansaldo’s story is proof that you can with God’s provision.

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Nelia, a sales agent, and her husband, a mechanic, have done their best to provide for their family. However, even with all their hard work, they still struggled financially.

“It is so tiring to run after money. It is hard to see your family struggle in that situation,” Nelia said. There were even times when they had to borrow money from their neighbors just so their children can have their daily school allowance.

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Are you also in the same situation as Nelia?

Take heart! God is creating a way for you just as He had done for Nelia.

During those difficult times, Nelia watched television programs just to take a break from the stress brought by their financial problems. That’s when she stumbled upon an episode of The 700 Club Asia that changed the course of her life.

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She was touched by the story of generosity shared by someone who was able to donate despite their financial constraints.

“I was inspired when I learned that the donations given to CBN Asia are helping communities in need, through Operation Blessing’s wells projects. You can also help people who are affected by catastrophes,” she shared.

Nelia realized that she could be a vessel of God’s blessings to others. So, she began to trust that God will provide in the middle of their financial problems, and with a cheerful heart, she donated to the ministry.

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Few days after Nelia experienced the joy of giving, God’s provision followed.

Her earnings doubled and she was able to provide for all the needs of her family, including the educational expenses of her children.

“I thank the Lord for His faithfulness!” Nelia happily said. “I witnessed God’s continuous goodness to my family and our lives.”

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Are you also waiting for God’s breakthrough?

Have faith. Help is on the way.

Most of the time, God wants to teach you something first, so that when the breakthrough comes, your heart will be ready, just like what happened Nelia.

And just like Nelia, no financial constraints can hinder you in continuing the mission of paying forward the blessings of God through generous giving.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38 NIV)

Bless and be blessed.

Are you praying for God’s provision?

We are here to pray with you! The CBN Asia Prayer Center is open 24/7, just call 8-737-0-700 or send your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

5 Ways to Rebuild a Broken Relationship with Your Dad this Father’s Day

5 Ways to Rebuild a Broken Relationship with Your Dad this Father’s Day

Father’s Day can be a difficult holiday for many people, for many different reasons.

Most people grew up with a supportive, loving dad – which makes them eager to celebrate Father’s Day. However, not everyone is blessed with the same situation.

For some, the day serves as a painful reminder of years of neglect, abuse, and abandonment.

Here is the truth: All dads fail at one time or another. They are human, just like you. They make mistakes too.

But, find comfort that there is one Father who will not fail you – your Heavenly Father. The gospel of John says God is your father, “Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12 NIV)

When you accept God as your true and perfect father, it will change everything. He can help you see past your hurts and your tainted view of your earthly father. He can give you the heart to accept that, just like all of us, fathers are not perfect.

5 Ways to Rebuild a Broken Relationship with Your Dad this Father’s Day

The good news? It is never too late to rebuild your relationship with your dad!

This Father’s Day, here are 5 ways that can help you develop a better connection and restore your relationship with your father:

1. Ask God for a humble heart

If your relationship with your father has been broken or you just grew distant from each other over the years, it might be hard for you to reconnect even when you wanted to.

So, seek God’s help. Ask God to humble your heart and clothe you with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12).

When you humble your heart and choose to restore the relationship, then you have taken the first steps toward your healing and reconciliation process.

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2. Remove the root of bitterness

Bitterness hardens the heart. It is contagious and it affects not just you, but everyone that surrounds you. To heal, let go of bitterness and embrace grace.

The Bible gives both a warning and an encouragement about the root of bitterness.

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” (Hebrews 12:14-15 NIV)

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3. Forgive even if forgiveness was not asked for

Forgiveness is a crucial step to healing a broken relationship. Will it be easy? Not likely.

But, through Christ, you can be granted the grace to forgive. God loves you and has forgiven you so that you can extend the same love and forgiveness to your father.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV)

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4. Choose love

“Hurt people hurt people.”

Have you heard this phrase before? It is quite applicable to this situation. If you are struggling to forgive your father, chances are, he is struggling too.

Sometimes, it is hard to love. But love is the answer. Ask God to bless your heart with a love like His. Choose to love your father, just as your Heavenly Father loves you (John 13:34).

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5. Be thankful

The negative experiences that happened in the past do not diminish God’s purpose for your father.

Give thanks to God for giving you life through your father. Give thanks to your earthly father. Give thanks because it is never too late to restore your relationship. Pray and believe that God can turn everything into good.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)

5 Ways to Rebuild a Broken Relationship with Your Dad this Father’s Day

Are you struggling to forgive your father?

We are here to pray for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and visit The 700 Club Asia YouTube channel for inspiring stories of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Ready to Quit Drinking? Overcome Alcohol Addiction with these 5 Tips!

You drove by a liquor store and could not help but buy a drink. You went home and opened the first bottle, the second, the third… until you lost count. You have been binge-drinking for months and the quarantine only triggered your alcohol use.

Deep down you know there is something wrong – and you are struggling to stop drinking.

Do not worry, your help comes from God! (Psalm 121:1)

Here are 5 practical tips to help you overcome an alcohol addiction, from The 700 Club Asia and Beyond Small Talk host, Erick Totañes.

Tip #1: Surround yourself with the right people

Alcohol addiction could be an incredibly confusing thing. You need people who can help you set things straight.

Who are the people that you surround yourself with? Do they encourage you to curb your drinking, or it is the other way around?

Whoever they are and whatever they do, Erick has a suggestion for you, “Make sure that they will lead you to the right influence.”

Tip #2: Look for a church community that will journey with you 

The road to recovery is not a straight path. Temptations are everywhere so relapse could happen. The pandemic, along with other life troubles can make you seek comfort in a bottle of liquor. One wrong move and you are down the rabbit hole again. 

That’s why it is important to have a solid support group by your side.

These people who love you with the love of God will correct you out of genuine concern. These people will journey with you toward recovery. These people will let you confess your sins and weaknesses to each other and pray for you that you may be healed (James 5:16).

Tip #3: Be open and teachable 

Keep an open mind and be willing to acknowledge your mistakes – then forgive yourself. Ask God to help you accept criticism, advice, and wisdom from others.

“Humble yourself. We must have a teachable heart. When the people who care for us give us advice, let’s accept it,” says Erick, which leads you to Tip #4.

Tip #4: Listen and follow godly advice 

No matter what age you’re at, remember that learning doesn’t have to stop. You can learn, unlearn, and relearn things that will help you overcome alcohol addiction.

Erick realized the value of heeding godly advice when he himself struggled with alcohol addiction before becoming a pastor, “To the young people, follow your parents. To older ones, listen to the good advice of your friends and loved ones.”

Then, pray for discernment. Prepare your heart to receive, filter, and apply those words of wisdom to your life.

Tip #5: Start today 

Start seeking ways to overcome your triggers. And if you suspect that you are no longer in the driver’s seat of your life, start seeking medical treatment. Start changing your mindset and lifestyle. Start finishing your recovery by starting today.

How?

If you don’t know where to start, Erick affirms that you can always start with God, “If we come to God with humility, acknowledging that we are sinners and we have made a lot of mistakes, God is faithful to cleanse and forgive us from all sins.”

You can start today because there is a God who loves you. Nothing is too late nor too heavy for Him. Surrender your life to Him and He will do the heavy lifting of all your stress, troubles, and even alcohol addiction.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NASB)

If you want to break free from the shackles of alcohol addiction, we want to journey with you through prayers. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray for you.

Looking for more inspiring content? Catch the next webisode of Beyond Small Talk this coming Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 7:00 PM, on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page and YouTube channel!

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Are You Thinking about Suicide?

If you are, then you can relate to the story of Marinel Ulang. 

Depression was commonplace in Marinel’s world when she was first diagnosed with it in 2017.  

Thankfully, things got better somehow. She managed to overcome, but as the pandemic started to raze the country, Marinel lost her job as a freelance bookkeeper while her father was hospitalized due to severe asthma. 

Her father was placed under intensive care and was automatically tagged as Person Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 because of his respiratory illness. Jobless with an ailing father and increasing hospital bills, Marinel found herself slowly spiraling into hopelessness once again. 

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As days went by, her thoughts became darker. 

“I was thinking of ways to end it all. When I saw a knife in our house, I was back to the nightmare I experienced in 2017. I was back and I needed help,” Marinel said while holding back tears. Suicidal thoughts started to engulf her. 

At the seeming end of her rope, Marinel came across a post about the CBN Asia Prayer Center on The 700 Club Asia Facebook page. 

She tried to contact the Prayer Center through Skype and received a call that changed her life. 

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“I received a call from a prayer counselor. That time, my mind was a mess. But what she told me struck me. She said, ‘God loves you and you’re not alone in your struggles. God will send someone to help you. God is always there for you,” Marinel recalled. 

Who would have thought that because of those simple yet assuring words, Marinel will experience God’s love? 

It gave her the strength to hold on to life and believe that God has a greater plan for her future.  

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He surrounded her with people who supplied food and helped her settle their hospital bills. Through God’s grace, her father recovered and is now strong and healthy. Marinel is also blessed with a job that enables her to provide for her loved ones. 

It was the glimmer of hope that she’s been waiting for. 

“No matter how dark it is, God is there. He will send people to help you. My experience made me realize that God’s love will never forsake us, so why would I be afraid?” Marinel gladly shared. 

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Do you feel like you are at the end of your rope? Do you feel like you have lost all hope to live anymore? Are you thinking about suicide? 

Hang in there. 

No matter what you are going through, know that your pain is temporary, and God’s love is permanent. Wherever you are at right now, God wants to meet you because He knows your situation. You may not see it right now, but you have an assurance that He loves and cares for you, and He has greater plans for your future. 

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) 

Hope is God’s promise for you. 

Receive His hope by visiting this page or calling the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700. You may also reach us through Skype (The700clubasia), and we would love to encourage you through prayers. 

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Keep the Environment Thriving even during the Pandemic! Here’s How

Whether you’re a nature-lover or not, every person on this planet is called to care for the environment. 

So how should you care for God’s creation during a pandemic? How can you keep the environment thriving even when – and especially when – times are challenging? 

Consider these practical tips: 

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  1. Respect the environment like how you respect your body

There’s a greater connection between your body and the environment than you think. Both your body and the earth were made to glorify God (Proverbs 16:4). Likewise, both will perish one day. 

However, the end of your body and earth doesn’t make either of them worthless. Both will perish, but both are precious. 

That’s why it is important to take care of the environment the same way you take care of your own body – with love, accountability, and respect. 

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  1. Turn that respect into action

God is so good that He richly provides us with everything to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17 ESV). This earth – this home, is a good gift from above. Along with that gift is the calling to protect it for His glory and for the generations to come. 

So now is the time to take bold steps to protect this planet! If you have the heart to take part, the Earth Day organization suggests that you go plant-based, switch to green power, and lessen carbon emission by reading instead of streaming.  

Apart from these, you can start a mini garden in your yard, manage your wastes properly, and support environmental advocacies. The list goes on, but it all boils down to one point: loving God’s creation is not just a “thinking” thing – it’s a “doing” thing. 

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  1. Encourage others to do the same 

Due to the pandemic, families are stuck at home. However, the deterioration rate of your bigger home is ever-increasing. 

Thankfully, your influence can turn things around. Yes, you. 

You can stir up one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24 ESV). You can encourage your family and friends to love and do good things for the planet: introduce them to your favorite eco-friendly products, or share relevant content on your social media accounts. 

When this pandemic is over and you get to reunite with your friends again, let them see that you’re using reusable containers. The act may seem simple, but it can kindle a fascination and passion for the environment. 

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  1. Pray for the earth and every person on it 

God’s children are at a crossroads where they can choose to cooperate in saving this planet or carry on regardless. Sadly, not everyone is open to safeguarding the creation. 

In the words of natural historian David Attenborough, “No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced.” 

That’s why praying for the people’s hearts is essential. Pray that your brothers and sisters in Christ will also be moved to intentionally care for the surroundings. 

Pray that one day, the 7 billion people on this planet will wake up and see God’s love through the environment, and they will reflect that love back to His creation. 

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It may seem hard to save the environment, but isn’t it that success is the sum of small efforts done together by people who care? 

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you; 

    the birds of the air, and they will tell you; 

ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; 

    and the fish of the sea will declare to you. 

Who among all these does not know 

    that the hand of the Lord has done this? 

In his hand is the life of every living thing 

    and the breath of every human being.” (Job 12:7-10 NRSV) 

 

We would love to join you in praying for yourself and others this Earth Day. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and we would love to pray for you. 

If this article has helped or inspired you in any way, share it on your social media accounts so others will be inspired, too. 

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Feeling Stressed Right Now? Here are some Tips to Help You Manage Stress

Do you feel overwhelmed, burned out, or extremely stressed? 

If so, you are not alone. 

Many people, even those who identify themselves as Christians, can still have days that are harder than others. Some even feel a certain kind of guilt whenever they are anxious or stressed out, falling prey to the fallacy that once you become a believer or follower of Jesus, you will be spared from feeling stress or even sorrow. 

But truth be told, life has stress. And stress is a valid feeling! 

Thankfully, your faith can help you cope with stress. Here are some practical tips from the Word of God on how you can better manage your stress levels: 

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  1. Learn when to say “No” or “Not Now” 

Do you allow yourself to be dictated by the timeline of others? 

In John 11:3, Mary and Martha sent a message to Jesus – wanting Him to heal their sick brother, Lazarus. Although it was a clear emergency and Jesus loves Lazarus, Jesus stayed where He was for the next 2 days (John 11:5-6). Further in the story, Jesus brought Lazarus back to life. 

Stress mostly stems out from pressure or fear of disappointing other people. But like Jesus, the schedule and emergency of others don’t have to pressure or weigh you down. Simply saying, “No, I can’t do this,” or “I can’t do this right now,” will help you manage or even avoid stress. 

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  1. Remember your purpose and priorities

When you forget God’s purpose for your life in this season, life’s hurdles can easily overwhelm you.  

The crowd followed Jesus wherever He went because they wanted to hear His teachings and experience His healing. But in Mark 1:38, Jesus said that He wanted to go “somewhere else” to preach the gospel. He knew that is what He was called to do. 

“Jesus replied, ‘Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.’” (Mark 1:38 NIV) 

A pandemic, financial crisis, or family problem could single-handedly stress you out and even make you do things that are not related to God’s calling for your life. To manage stress, list down your purpose and priorities then ask God to help you focus on what truly matters. 

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  1. Seek help

Not wanting everyone to know your struggles or see your weak side is understandable. If you’re one breath away from burnout, here’s something to comfort you: You don’t have to go through everything alone. 

God wants you to seek help from others and trust that they can really support you. He showed this trait when He called His 12 disciples and gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease (Matthew 10:1 NKJV). 

Jesus could’ve done all the miracles but chose not to. Instead, He empowered His disciples to work miracles. In the same way, trust that other people can help you! Reach out to someone and ask for help when you need it. 

Above all, seek help from your Heavenly Father and trust that He will help you (Isaiah 41:10). 

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  1. Schedule your rest days

The Bible recounts a busy ministry time for Jesus and His disciples that they didn’t even have time to eat. Though there was still a lot to be done, Jesus did not force themselves to keep going. He took the disciples to a quiet place to rest. 

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” (Mark 6:31 NIV) 

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Jesus needed rest and so do you. So don’t stress that much! Schedule a time for rest and relaxation without feeling guilty. Go to your quiet place. Take days off and allow yourself to breathe, recharge, and rest in the presence of God. 

Rest is sacred, so rest well and rest intentionally! 

Are you stressed?  

Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 and our trained prayer counselors are willing to comfort you through prayers. 

If you are looking for a good docufilm to watch while you rest, we’ve got something for you! For your gift of Php 1000, you will receive exclusive online access to Whose Land Is it? – a two-part special examining the facts behind both the Jewish and Arab claims to Israel. Visit whoselandisit.cbnasia.org  for more details. 

Are All Human Lives Sacred?

What comes to your mind when you hear the word sacred?

What about when you hear people say that life is sacred?

For some, treating life as sacred is just about religion and spiritual inclination. It seems like mentioning the word alone puts the ball in the religious court.

This usually leads to century-old discourses: Are all human lives sacred, or is it only for those who believe in God? Does the sanctity of life or the right to life ends when free will begins? Is it just an issue of spirituality, or morality?

And if life is sacred, how should people protect it?

To help you decide where to stand, here are some eternal, Bible-based truths that paint a clear picture about the sanctity of life:

Imago Dei and the sanctity of life

Regardless of what the world believes, every human life is priceless in the eyes of the Heavenly Father. It is so valuable that unlike any other creation, man was intricately formed in the Imago Dei, the Latin translation of “image of God.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 ESV)

The beautiful story of creation shows that a man’s life is worth more than just a single cell. But as the debates go, when does life begin?

In a 2018 study titled, Biologists’ Consensus on ‘When Life Begins,‘ 95% of all biologists affirmed the biological view that a human’s life begins at fertilization.

The Bible reveals much more than that. It says that the fruit of the womb is a reward (Psalm 127:3 ESV) and that God knows and consecrates human beings before they were born (Jeremiah 1:5 ESV). These verses mirror that even before conception, God values human life and treats it as sacred – deserving of utmost respect.

Is the sacredness of life universal?

Here is a seemingly tiny yet very important detail in creation: all lives are sacred.

Genesis 1:26 NET confirms, “Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.’

It’s good to point out that the Bible did not say man alone or people who are good, wealthy, strong. It says humankind and that speaks volumes!

Some beliefs try to define a human being by various characteristics, capabilities, or functions, but the Creator Himself says otherwise.

So, whenever you are caught up in a discussion about abortion, euthanasia, suicide, wars, human trafficking, or any dialog about the sanctity of human life – whenever you struggle and question the value or sanctity of your own life – you can rely on the truth that God created each and every person in His sacred image, and that all lives are worthy of respect and protection.

God calls His children to protect life

Because God is the Creator of all life, He does not want anyone to destroy it.

This Day of Sanctity and Protection of Human Life, may you be reminded that you are called to protect the sanctity of the breath that you are breathing, the life that you are living. As a child of God and as one of His creations, you are called to restore not just the respect but ultimately, the love for life.

All human life is sacred. All human life, including yours, is priceless and precious. Not one exists without a purpose!

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13-16 NIV)

Do you want to experience a new life with God?

Visit this page to begin your journey with God today.

If you need someone to pray for you, do not hesitate to call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

 

 

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World Diabetes Day: Declaring God’s Truth Over this Disease

Diabetes is a life-changing disease. 

If not treated and managed properly, the chronic disease could lead to various complications in the body system.  

If you have diabetes, managing the disease could not have been easy.  

The “normal” you once knew had to change. Diet needs to be improved. Lifestyle needs to be reshaped. Restrictions need to be implemented. And your family needs to be equipped with your new way of life. 

Even though you had to go through major adjustments, the good news is, you are not alone in this battle. You have your family and the entire world to support you. 

Due to diabetes’ prevalent increase worldwide, the World Diabetes Day campaign was created to raise awareness and support for people with this disease. 

Organizations and campaigns are helpful to practically address this health issue. But aside from these, there is someone greater who can help you through this: God.  

Here are 5 truths about God that you can declare over Diabetes: 

1. God is your sustenance 

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. (Psalm 54:4 NIV) 

Because your lifestyle can easily affect your blood sugar levels, you have to be mindful of your food intake, physical activities, and medication.  

Whenever you come to a point of exhaustion from all these things, God is reminding you that He is the one who sustains your life. He will help you become disciplined with your routine so that you will not just survive but thrive in your battle.

2. God is your strength 

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isaiah 40:29 NIV) 

Though this disease may make you vulnerable, Scripture says that God is the one who gives you strength. He gives you the ability to be strong and face this head-on because He is an all-powerful God.  

3. God is your constant  

“For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6 ESV) 

The fact about Diabetes is that your blood sugar level has the tendency to drop abruptly or rise irregularly. And sometimes, dealing with these changes may cause you anxiety about what your future holds. But the Word of God says that though your situation may change from time to time, His love for you remains the same.  

Regardless of what the doctors have also said about your situation, God is reminding you that He is your sure foundation. He is the one who gives you the stability to live life victoriously even in the presence of any sickness. 

4. God is your satisfaction 

The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:11 NIV) 

At some point, you may have longed to get back to your old self—a life of limitless food options and activities. But the Bible reminds that God is your satisfaction. God knows what can truly satisfy your soul. More than the food or a disease-free body, it is a life that is deeply connected to Him. 

5. God is your restoration 

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10 NIV) 

Though you may have been suffering from this disease for years already, God promised to restore your earthly bodies into glorious ones for eternity. 

As you seek more of your Heavenly Father, may you find pure joy in his loving hands. God in His rich mercy would want you to receive the best healing for your soul right now. 

For now, as you battle this disease, surround yourself with people who can fight with you. Faithfully follow the medical guidelines to manage your health properly. Continue to hold on to God who is your ultimate healer.

But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, ‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.’ (Jeremiah 30:17 NIV) 

If you or you know someone who is struggling with Diabetes and would want to receive prayers of healingplease call us at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to the CBN Asia or The 700 Club Asia Facebook pages. 

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What Happened to Cancer Patients during the Pandemic? | Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“Our condition got worse because of COVID-19. This is how Mila Dollente, diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, described what happened to her during the pandemic.

Mila’s journey has been filled with rather grueling obstacles.

While Mila bravely faces her own battle, her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Both had to stop working due to their serious conditions – making it hard for the family to make ends meet.

Their eldest, who is a working student, helps in supporting the needs of their family. However, the lockdown caused by the pandemic affected their child’s job.

Due to COVID-19, it is especially hard for us to provide our daily needs,” Mila lamented.

Through the help of some neighbors and relatives, somehow, they managed to get by. Nevertheless, it was not enough to cover all their needs. Furthermore, they did not receive any aid from the government since the lockdown started.

On top of their existing medical conditions, the couple had to endure hunger so that they could prioritize her oral chemotherapy and her husband’s maintenance medicines.

Most of the time, we would just eat twice a day so that our budget could cover our other expenses,” Mila shared, whose only prayer is for her and her husband to live a longer life so that they could cherish it with their 2 children.

At the end of her rope, she decided to send a message to the Facebook page of Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm.

Operation Blessing came to the rescue and brought relief to Mila’s family. She received much-needed food items so that her family won’t have to worry about what they would eat for a week.

More than the material relief, Mila also got the chance to know and receive the saving love of Jesus Christ through the Operation Blessing team.

“Our whole family is so grateful for all the help you have given us, Operation Blessing. Because of your aid, we can now eat thrice a day. Thank you!” Mila ended, who is glad of her newfound hope in God.

Mila is just one of the many breast cancer patients who experience fear and endure hunger amid the pandemic. A lot of them remain unreached, needing assistance and encouragement.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Monthlet us strengthen our support for breast cancer patients. Join in the cause to help men and women in need today! 

Through Operation Blessing, you too can reach out to patients and show compassion and support toward affected kababayans.

You may give through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.

Banco De Oro (BDO) 

Peso Account: 003-000-055-279 

Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333 

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Union Bank of the Philippines 

Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9 

Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0 

Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

Metrobank 

Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4 

Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4 

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) 

Peso Account: 3001-0040-33

For more details on how to donate and make sponsorship, you may contact us at 09399215543 or 09189067753, or visit Operation Blessing’s website 

Meanwhile, if you are a breast cancer patient or you know someone who is battling against it, we want to journey with you through prayers. You may call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page. 

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God, Is My Life Still Worth Living?

While sitting in the dark corner of her room, Noreen Dela Cruz kept on thinking why she couldn’t get out of the black pit of depression and hopelessness.

Noreen harbored pain and sadness inside her heart while growing up and seeing her parents constantly fight against each other. 

She found temporary solace in the arms of her grandfather, but when the latter died, her life became even darker.

Grief overpowered the young and naïve Noreen. This is when she started looking for love in all the wrong places –partying all night, drugs, same-sex relationships, and casual sex.

“I would end my days drinking. I also tried drugs, but sexual encounters are what gave me fulfillment. Sex became my favorite drug. I thought it was the fulfillment of getting the attention I needed. My life became a cycle – a meaningless cycle, Noreen recalled.

Noreen continued to seek comfort, affection, and validation from other people. She would take any love she could get.

Her rebellion and vices continued until she entered into a romantic relationship while believing that with a man beside her, she would never feel empty anymore. 

“I thought he was the one for me, because he accepted me for who I was. We talked about spending the rest of our lives together. But, I found out that he was cheating,” Noreen lamented.

Despite trying so hard to find herself and what could make her happy, it seemed like nothing – and no one – could ever fill the growing void in her heart.

That really broke me. At that point, I couldn’t take it any longer. Nothing satisfied me and that’s when I started contemplating on killing myself,” Noreen recalled. For the first time, she cried out to God in utter desperation, “talked to God to prove to me that He is real and that my life would still be worth living.”

That night, sitting in the dark corner of her room, Noreen shed every tear she could. But those weren’t tears of hopelessness anymore. Those were tears of surrender to Jesus.

She never thought that God was already answering her prayers when she got invited to an outreach program and later on, a retreat. As she began to know more about Jesus, all the wounds she carry started to heal.

After hearing about the cross and what Jesus went through, I cannot reconcile how a God like that – holy and righteous – would sacrifice Himself for someone like me. That’s when I came to my senses. I thought this isn’t the way I’m supposed to be living my life! God created me for so much more than what I was running for, she said. 

Noreen accepted Jesus as her God and Savior and got baptized the next day. God also restored Noreen’s relationship with her parents and continued to use her in sharing His Word and His love to the hurting.

“The heaviness in my heart was taken out. There is so much hope. There is so much joy – the joy that I’ve been looking for so long, the joy that doesn’t go away because Christ is the foundation.

Like Noreen, do you want to break free from all the chains of your painful past?

Are you tired of looking for love, acceptance, and validation from the people around you?

Are you wondering if your life still has meaning and purpose?

Are you thinking of ending your life?

This World Mental Health Day, know that no matter how you feel right now, your life is worth living.

There is a mighty God who loves you perfectlyIf you’re on a rollercoaster of emotions, He is willing to give you comfort, joy, and peace. He has already set you free from all the bondage of your past, the weight of your current situation, and the worries you may have for your future.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 ESV)

Receive your freedom today.

Take a step closer to God by calling the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700. We would love to journey with you through prayers.