How to Start a New Life from a Messed-Up Past

“I have messed up my life beyond repair.”

“I am a failure.”

“No one will ever truly love me.”

Nolo Lopez struggled with these thoughts before meeting Jasmine.

Perhaps, you have said these to yourself, too.

Nolo and Jasmine’s story was featured in this year’s Tanikala Special, Tugon, whose love story began after connecting through social media during the pandemic.

They, too, have their own fair share of failures and mistakes in the past, but have proven that God is a God of second chances.

Here’s how you can start a new life after a messed-up past according to Tanikala presents Tugon:

Tip #1: Surrender everything to God

Raise the white flag, get on your knees, and surrender.

In Tugon, Jasmine can be seen constantly asking God when the right partner would come. She surrendered her love life to God because she knows based on experience, that God will always show up at the right time.

Jasmine once tried ending her life. But when she was about to drown, something happened that saved her life. Right there and then, she knew that God can still turn her life around.

Surrendering doesn’t always mean it’s the end. Sometimes, it means you have accepted that you cannot be victorious on your own.

Many people may find this hard to do so, especially when they’re used to handling everything on their own.

But God wants to help you. It is said in Psalm 34:18 that God is close to the brokenhearted and to those whose spirits are crushed.

Instead of handling everything on your own and exhausting all the possibilities, surrender it all to God, even your messy past.

“This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him” (Psalm 91:2, NLT).

Tip #2: Rediscover your dreams and passions

Nolo always wanted to become a singer and an actor. Since he was young, he would accept gigs and projects, waiting for his big break to happen.

However, the pandemic struck just as he was about to have it.

He was depressed, brokenhearted, and lost. But when he saw Jasmine’s video on TikTok, and heard her sing, he was inspired.

Nolo started writing songs again and shared them with her. Eventually, the two connected more deeply because of their passion for music.

Rediscover your passion. Recognize the gifts and talents that God has given you. Recreate those dreams that were on hold because you think you have failed.

And remember who you are in God’s eyes: You are loved. God doesn’t look at you through the lens of your mistakes and failures. He looks at you with love in His eyes.

It was best shown by Him when Jesus died on the cross to pay for the sins of humanity.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NIV).

Tip #3: Believe that you can live a different life

Have faith that everything will gradually fall into place if you have made the decision to surrender your ways and rediscover God’s gifts and plans for you.

As for Nolo and Jasmine, they put the past behind them and put God first in their lives. In return, God led them to each other.

God is a good Father and He has wonderful plans for you. He can bring you out of the pit, out of the mud, cleanse you and turn your situation upside down.

He is more than willing to give you a new start, despite having messed up in your past.

The past cannot be undone, but will you allow it to define your future, when God promises you a new life?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV).

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Rediscovering Hope this Holy Week: 3 Lessons from Disciples of Jesus

Ever felt like life took an unexpected turn, leaving you lost and searching for answers?

In the aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion, His disciples scattered, wrestling with the weight of His death. Yet, in their darkest moments, Jesus met them, reigniting their hope and purpose.

Let’s journey through the experiences of three remarkable apostles and rediscover the hope that saved the world:

1. Peter

Imagine Peter, haunted by his denial of Jesus. Despite his guilt, Jesus sought him out and met him on the shore, just like the first time they met, reminding him of His love and forgiveness (John 21:12-17).

Peter’s transformation is a powerful testament to the boundless love and grace of Christ. Instead of drowning in guilt for your past actions, embrace God’s forgiveness and love for you. He awaits you right on the shore.

2. Andrew

Andrew was among the disciples who relished introducing people to Jesus, quietly guiding them to meet the Lord (John 12:20-23). When Jesus died and rose again, it revitalized his hope, revealing that his true source of hope transcends death (Mark 12:27).

After Jesus ascended to heaven, Andrew tirelessly preached the Good News along the shores of the Black Sea and throughout modern-day Greece and Turkey. He never ceased to share the message of Christ, even in the face of persecution, until his final moments.

Just as Andrew sought to spread the knowledge of Jesus wherever he journeyed, you too, can share God’s saving love with those around you.

3. John

When Jesus died, His believers retreated into hiding, uncertain of the future.

Perhaps John kept a low profile and became cautious during that time. Maybe they were thinking, “Who can defend us now? Who will start the revolution?”

But Jesus’ resurrection unveiled a deeper truth: His mission was to love and save the lost, not lead an earthly revolution. When John and the believer’s eyes were opened to this truth, he dedicated his life to building, planting the early church, spreading the Gospel, and sharing this truth despite persecution (Revelation 1:9).

When you can’t see the real meaning of things, ask God to open your eyes because He gives wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5).

In the stories of Peter, Andrew, and John, we find echoes of our struggles and doubts. May their journeys remind you that even in your darkest moments, hope endures. May you, like these disciples, find peace in the unwavering love of Jesus and courageously share that hope with everyone.

Seeking a spark of hope in your heart?

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Penitensya: God’s Sacrifice and Salvation in Today’s Time

Bleeding backs, sore feet.

People passionately walk kilometers to witness the senakulo. Men roam the streets and flog their own backs until they bleed, while some would even willingly nail themselves on the cross as their penitensya.

It’s a usual scenario you’ve probably witnessed as Filipinos observe the Holy Week, hoping to recreate or experience a portion of the suffering Jesus endured at the Calvary. In this tradition, devotees aim to show their love to God.

But what does penitensya (penance, atonement) really signify?

Why would devotees go as far as hurting themselves in sacrifice?

According to Asian Journal, this tradition dates back to 1955 wherein hooded men cut and whipped their backs, others would carry life-size crosses, and be nailed on that cross as an act of faith, repentance, and appreciation of Jesus’ sacrifice. All because of love for Christ.

As spectators, you can empathize with these spiritual acts.

But now, take a moment to revisit what Jesus endured and accomplished on the Calvary, the very first penitensya in history.

Imagine Jesus, walking humbly to His death. As blood mixes with sweat, the scorching sun burns the Messiah’s skin. The Jews shouting and mocking. Carrying His own cross, He was flogged, slapped, and shamed. At this point, Jesus’ face was beyond recognition.

The sound of the hammer, the wood, and the flesh filled the air. An innocent God was crucified and breathed his last thinking of you. A loving savior died in the most gruesome way – all because of His unfailing love, for you.

But, why?

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23).

Humans’ sinful nature separates you from God’s pure love. Making you deserve nothing but wrath, eternal death, and eternal darkness.

You were under the filth of your transgressions, but God – being rich in mercy, gave His Son, Jesus. He died and served as the ultimate ransom for your sins that you may come to your Father in heaven.

Amazingly, Jesus didn’t just die on the cross, He rose from the dead.

His resurrection destroyed the curse of your sins and breathed hope. When He defeated the grave, He also defeated your sinful past and strongholds.

It is finished. Your victory is won.

All you must do is to believe, accept, and declare that He is Lord and Savior. Accept the eternal life He freely gives.

Then, you would be dead to sin and alive in God (Romans 6:11), because Jesus bore the ultimate penitensya – the greatest sacrifice, declaring the greatest love.

More than 2,000 years have passed, yet God still offers the same love He offered on the cross.

Take a step closer to the love of Christ. He is more than ready to embrace you.

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3 Tips on How to Have Faith Despite Failures and Setbacks

“Lord, when will this end?”

When people encounter challenges and setbacks, they usually ask this question.

Do you find yourself asking this question, too?

We have three tips to help you grow in your faith in God, especially during hard times.

But first, let’s define what faith is according to the Bible.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

In the NLT version, it says, “Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.”

So, how can you exercise faith during hard times?

Tip #1: Focus on God

Life’s challenges seem small when you keep your attention on God because of how big He is. It’s not about denying your problems, but more about shifting your focus.

Focus on His Word, His promises, and His character.

This is what having faith in God means: Believing that He is greater and bigger than the problems you are facing.

For with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37, NKJV).

Tip #2: Invite God into your situation

Have you ever wondered why even after trying everything, still your best wasn’t enough?

Truth is, some battles are too big for you to handle so you need to invite God into your situation.

One important approach for overcoming setbacks and disappointments is to put more faith in God than in oneself.

According to YouVersion’s Bible plan titled Divine Time Management, “When people in the Bible trusted God, they experienced His best. When they trusted in anything other than God, they didn’t.”

“Share your plans with the LORD, and you will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3, CEV).

Tip #3: Understand the season of pruning

This might be a difficult pill to swallow, but God never promised that life would be pain-free.

In fact, it says in John 15:2 that for a person to be more fruitful, pruning, or facing a challenging season, is necessary. And this is a painful process.

“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:2, NIV).

Sometimes, God cuts off unnecessary leaves in a plant to stimulate more growth and for the plant to be healthier.

The same applies to a person who follows God.

Every time you go through the pruning season, understand that it’s not because you’re a failure. It’s not because God doesn’t love you anymore. And it’s definitely not because He has forgotten about you.

It’s because He wants you to prosper and live an abundant life.

Faith on! Because this, too, shall pass. The promise is worth it, and the Promise Giver is with you always.

Are you having a hard time believing in God amidst failures and setbacks?

This Holy Week, be inspired by people who continue to have faith in God during difficult times.

Watch CBN Asia’s Holy Week special, Tanikala presents Tugon, this Good Friday, March 29, at 5:30 pm on GMA!

5 Tips for Emotional Healing to Help You Move On in Life

If you bruised your knees, they could heal fast.

An emotional wound, however, could linger for a very long time.

A broken relationship, a traumatic experience, or a limiting belief in yourself could all add weight to your emotional baggage. They are absolutely hard to deal with and they can prevent you from living a joy-filled life.

While healing from your emotional wounds is a challenging journey, remember that you have the power to change your story!

Here are 5 tips to help you let go of your past and thrive your way through emotional healing:

Tip #1: Acknowledge your emotional wound

Do your emotional wounds hijack your creativity, productivity, and even the way you think? Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge and accept your pain.

Being honest with yourself and accepting that you have these painful wounds are powerful keys to your healing.

It doesn’t have to be a Level 10 kind of pain to be called difficult – it could be the little things: a childhood memory, stress at work, hurtful words, or just day-by-day problems that have accumulated and affect your mental health.

Today, may you have the courage to admit out loud that something has affected you. Have more “courageous conversations” with yourself and with other people as well.

Tip #2: Find rest and relief

How do you find rest? How often do you rest?

If you had a hard time answering those questions, then it is time to take a break from your pain and find relief, Psychology Today suggests.

Some people find relief in arts or sports, others feel rested when they travel or engage with nature. Some people find rest and relief from their wounds when they start to forgive.

Tip #3: Seek help

Someone is in deep anguish after the loss of someone or something very important. He’s been holding on to that emotional wound for months, to the point that he cannot eat or sleep. But when people ask him how he is doing, his answer would always be: “I am fine.”

His situation sounds familiar, right?

Most people have been like Someone in one way or another – saying that they are fine even when they are not.

You need some time alone to heal from your emotional wounds, but it is also important to allow other people to help you. Do not hesitate to reach out to your trusted friend or family member, or even seek support from mental health professionals.

Tip #4: Reflect and learn from your experience

Now that the event is over, give yourself time to look at the situation from a more logical perspective.

After going through a traumatic event, a stressful situation, or any scenario that caused your emotional wound, it is likely that you only thought of that experience in one way.

Try to understand your situation more clearly and consider the reality above any assumptions that you might have been making this whole time.

What was true? What was not? How did it play out in the end? What did you learn from the experience? Ask yourself these questions and discover new perspectives that you can carry from that event.

Tip #5: Allow God to heal you

You cannot change your past; it will remain the same. What you can change is how you look back on your past.

It might be difficult to let go and heal deep emotional wounds but with Jesus, you can get there.

Your Heavenly Father can lift you (Psalms 146:8), strengthen you (Isaiah 41:10), and heal your emotional wounds (2 Kings 20:5). Bring your burden to God and allow Him to help you transform your life for the better.

As Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Are you struggling to heal from your emotional wounds?

Watch CBN Asia’s Holy Week special, Tanikala presents Tugon on Good Friday, March 29,  5:30 pm on GMA, and discover how true restoration and healing come from God. For more updates about the much-anticipated telecine, follow @CBNAsia on Facebook, Tiktok, X, and YouTube.

3 Truths to Help You Trust God’s Perfect Timing

How’s your new year going so far? 

Perhaps you have already listed down new plans and goals you wish to attain this year. Oh, what a joy to pray for all the places you would love to visit, the people you want to spend more time with, or the career goals you aim to achieve!

While it is important to persevere to reach these life goals, it is also important to trust God’s perfect will and plan to not lose joy and peace while waiting. 

This 2024, here are 3 straight-from-The-Book truths to help you remember that God’s plans, promises, and purpose for your life will take place in His time:

Truth #1: God has a time for everything

Isn’t it comforting to know that there is a time for everything? 

You may have experienced a time of breaking down, crying, or searching – but God promised that there is also a time for building up, rejoicing, and discovering the great things He has in store for you. 

As you wait and pray and persevere, be ready to trust the One who knows all things. 

Ask God to help you to be more patient and more trusting that He has made everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). 

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV) 

Truth #2God’s beautiful plans for you will surely come

When plans do not unfold the way you hoped they would, frustration and disappointment could come knocking at your door. But do not fret – God’s clock is not broken. He already has an appointed time for you! 

As you seek His ways, He promised that the thing you’ve been praying for will surely come. 

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” (Habakkuk 2:3 ESV) 

Truth #3: God has already fixed the seasons by His own authority

Are you at the point of praying and asking, “God, when?”

When would you get that dream home? When would you get that long-awaited career breakthrough? When would that relationship start, grow, or be mendedWhen would the blessing arrive? When would healing come?

When these questions come up, be assured that God already has the answer. He already fixed the times and seasons of your life, as Jesus Himself said in the book of Acts. Wait and see how He is going to surprise you! 

Jesus replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’” (Acts 1:7-8 BSB) 

It’s good to have plans and timelines but it’s far better to trust God’s plans and timing. May these Bible verses give you hope that God’s plans and timing are always the best! 

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How to Find Joy and Peace This Christmas

Experience Joy this Christmas with these Truths about Jesus

This Christmas, take some time to slow down and reflect on God’s goodness and the precious gift of Jesus Christ—the real reason for this season.

Rediscover the true meaning behind this celebration and its significance in your personal life! Experience joy this Christmas as you ponder on these 4 truths about Jesus:

How to Find Joy and Peace This Christmas

Truth #1: Jesus is your Wonderful Counselor

Sin separated man from God (Isaiah 59:2). But God, who is so loving and merciful, wanted to reach out and save people from their sins and hopelessness. He sent his Son Jesus Christ—that whoever believes in His lordship would be reconciled with the Father and have eternal life.

Jesus was born in a manger, in a simple town, and to human parents, Mary and Joseph. Fully God and fully man, Jesus was able to empathize with people’s sufferings and heal and lead people out of despair.

“For 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 NIV)

Do you need wisdom and direction during this uncertain time?

Seek Jesus and He will generously provide you with the answers you need, He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:6). Through His wisdom and understanding, you can receive guidance, help, and deliverance for as long as you humbly come before Him and ask (James 1:5).

Truth #2: Jesus is your Mighty God 

People need an all-powerful God who has the authority to save them from their sins.

Jesus performed miracles after miracles that no earthly god has ever done. He conquered the grave and touches people’s hearts, leading them to believe that He is the Lord and Savior.

Jesus as the Mighty God brings a sense of awe and wonder. He is God above all things, without limitation! Yet He humbled Himself, came down as a man, and shed His blood on the cross so you can be reconciled back to Him—to offer you a free gift of salvation.

“But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12 ESV)

Truth #3: Jesus is your Everlasting Father

Do you feel alone and sad this Christmas?

Take heart! You have a Father in Heaven you can always approach with boldness and confidence. He is a father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5 NIV) who sees the joy and pain of His children on earth.

You might be going through a rough patch this season, or you may be in deep sorrow because of the challenges you have faced this year. Rejoice, because your comfort comes from an eternal God!

This Christmas may not be what you expected, but you can find comfort in this truth: No one can stop God’s plans, and His plans for you are good.

“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:20 NLT)

Truth #4: Jesus is your Prince of Peace

Here’s one beautiful reason why you can still celebrate Christmas regardless of your situation: Jesus came not just to give material gifts and blessings—He came so your heart will no longer be troubled.

It is through Jesus that you can be at peace with God, with others, and with yourself. He restores broken relationships, provides peace and order in your life, and assures you of eternal life.

“He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:17-18 NIV)

Life isn’t easy. In fact, God said that you will experience hardships (John 16:33). But you can find joy in the truth that Jesus can give you the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

In good times and in bad, in loss and abundance, God stands near and draws you close. Pray for His peace and joy, and you will surely receive—because He cares for you. He loves you.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 ESV)

Have a joy-filled Christmas!

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How to Find Rest amid the Hustle and Bustle of Christmas Season?

Christmas is just around the corner! 

Though it’s a time of joy and merriment, the hustle and bustle of this season can still take its toll on a lot of people. 

You, too, might still have a lot on youChristmas to-do listbuying gifts, organizing parties, and working nonstop to make sure that the holidays would be well-spent

But, Christmas is not just about gift-giving, festivities, decorating, and all that. Ultimately, it is about Jesus. 

Luke 19:10 says that Jesus’ goal is to bring salvation, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. And because He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6 NIV), He brings peace and rest to those who are weary. 

Accept the peace that only God can bring. Here are 4 ways to rest in Him this holiday season:

1. Remember God’s goodness 

Look back and recount all the wonderful deeds God has done for you. 

Yes, a lot has happened this year, but this time of rest is a chance to recall the things that you’re still grateful for. Make a gratitude list and lift all of those to God in thanksgiving! 

Allow yourself to be reminded of God’s faithfulness. Hearts are easily troubled when you lose that sense of wonder of who God is. As you fixed your eyes on Him, peace will reign over your hearts. 

Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all His benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalms 103:1-5 NIV) 

2. Express your neediness of God

Sometimes, Christmas preparations result to irritation and crankiness. Having a lot of things on your plate could snatch you away from the true essence of Christmas. 

Here’s the truth: Jesus is all you need. 

He is the reason for this season. Take time to reflect on who Jesus is because the more you see His beauty, holiness, love, and kindness, the more you’ll realize how desperately you need Him. Allow your need for the Savior to bring rest to your weary soul. Allow that truth to lift all the pressure off your shoulders.  

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NIV) 

3. Seek God’s stillness 

There is a chance that being busy is just a way to disguise deeper hurts.

You might unconsciously spend too much time filling the emptiness and holiday blues you feel through festivities and hustles. However, this can result to exhaustion which can prevent you from savoring the beauty of this season. 

Imagine what could happen if you incorporate Jesus in everythingSurrender your to-do list to God and allow Him to embrace you. Savor the beauty of His presence as you reflect on Him through devotion and meditation.  

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalms 46:10 NIV) 

4. Trust God’s faithfulness 

Financial stress, unresolved family issues, broken dreams, hidden hurts, loss, and other tragedies–these are just some of the many reasons why people do not have peace during this season.

Yet God invites His people to trust Him amid all these 

Trust Jesus, the Bread of Life, more than the bread you eat. Trust that He can mend and restore relationships. Trust that you are not alone because He is Immanuel (God with us). And trust God who can make your Christmas an enjoyable season to celebrate.  

God is trustworthy. So regardless of your present situation, lift all those worries to God and allow Him to change you from the inside out. 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1 NIV) 

Just as the psalmist said in Psalm 103, command your soul to rest in Him. Remember the good works He has done for you. Bask in the true meaning why we celebrate this season. Express your need of Him. And lastly, practice stilling your heart and mind before Him.

Jesus is the only reason why we can find true rest in this season. If you are longing to experience the insurmountable peace, come to Jesus fully and He will surely give you rest.

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5 Life Lessons You Can Learn from Superbook Season 3 Characters

Are you looking for entertaining Bible stories filled with lessons for you and your family? Superbook’s got your back!

Superbook is CBN Asia’s animated series that follows Chris, Joy, and Gizmo’s time-travel adventures as they witness the stories of people in the Bible.

Don’t miss the premiere of Superbook Season 3 Tagalog episodes on the Batang Superbook YouTube Channel starting July 8!

Read more to get a glimpse of 5 of the many life lessons in store for you!

1. Ruth’s love and loyalty to family

For Ruth, family always goes first. Despite everything she has gone through, Ruth chose to stay and care for her mother-in-law Naomi (Ruth 1:1 – 18).

Like Ruth, be loving and faithful to your family. One way to show love for them is to lead them to Jesus. You can express loyalty to them by staying with them in their most challenging times or comforting them whenever they feel sad.

2. Naaman’s humility

Naaman is the commander of the Syrian army. Even if he is a high-ranking official, he cannot find a cure for his leprosy. He showed humility by listening to his Israelite servant girl, telling Naaman to ask help from a prophet from their town (2 Kings 5:1 – 13).

Having a humble and teachable heart encourages others to express their opinions and suggestions, too.

3. Obedience of Eliezer, Abraham’s Servant

Eliezer followed his master’s order even though it was not easy. He trusted God and prayed for His guidance. Through the Lord’s leading, Eliezer was able to accomplish the task (Genesis 24:15 – 27).

Obeying God and relying on Him will lead us to His good and perfect will for us.

4. David’s merciful heart

Forgiving someone who hurt us is often easier said than done. David experienced this when he was being chased and threatened by King Saul. When he saw an opportunity to get even with the king, David chose to show mercy instead of seeking revenge (1 Samuel 24:1 – 7).

God forgives His children when they turn from their sinful ways and return to Him. May this truth remind us to extend mercy and kindness to people who have wronged us.

5. Daniel’s unshakeable trust in the Lord

Daniel believed that God would do something amazing in their hopeless situation. Though the task was difficult, he chose to seek God instead of worrying. Daniel prayed for the Lord to reveal to him what King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was and help him interpret its meaning (Daniel 2:1 – 20).

You can trust God in every situation, even when all hope seems lost. Rely on Him and believe in His mighty power.

Learn more important life lessons from the Bible by watching Superbook Season 3! All 13 full Tagalog episodes are available for streaming starting July 8, 6 PM, on the Batang Superbook YouTube Channel. Subscribe and watch with the whole family!

What Should We Reflect on During Holy Week?

Do you wonder why we commemorate Jesus’ death during Holy Week?

What does it mean for the world?

Is it still relevant today?

Every year, Christians commemorate Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection during Lenten Season, commonly known as Holy Week.

It is a time of reflection on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who came down from the heavens and freely gave His life to bear the sins of the world.

Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

God created earth and man. However, mankind rebelled against Him. As a result, sin and death entered the world.

As the perfect Judge, overlooking sins would make Him unjust. Thus, death became man’s consequence (Romans 6:23), and even good works would not suffice to make up for wrongs against Him. Everyone deserved death because of sin – the boundary and eternal separation between God and men.

But the Good News is that God loves the world, that we may ask for His forgiveness and receive everlasting life through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

Jesus is “the way and the truth and the life.” No one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6). By saying this, Jesus has declared that mankind may be saved from the eternal separation from God through believing in Him, as one’s Lord and Savior.

Jesus Christ is the only One who can save people. His name is the only power in the world that has been given for the salvation of mankind (Acts 4:12).

God declared that “without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22), but through the shedding of the precious blood of His holy Son, redemption for the world is provided. Sinless Jesus became the perfect sacrifice for our sins (1 Peter 1:19).

He promised that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but they will have eternal life (John 3:16). They are accepted, cleansed, and accounted righteous before God. Saved by grace, through faith in Jesus—not by good works.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV)

To commemorate Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death, here are 3 things to reflect on during this Holy Week:

1. Jesus died on the cross for you

Jesus is the Son of the living God. He is heaven’s perfect lamb for the sins of the world. He willingly gave his sinless life to save you from sin and death (1 Peter 3:18). Through faith in His name, you may be saved and receive everlasting life in His kingdom.

This is the Good News – He died for you so that you may have life in Him. Through God’s grace, salvation is given to mankind as a gift through Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2. Jesus has already trampled death and grave

Jesus Christ’s victory over death means that those who believe in Him have also been granted victory over death! (2 Timothy 1:10).

It is God’s promise for you. You will never be separated from His love – not even death can take away God’s love for you. In Jesus Christ, death and grave have no power anymore! (Romans 8:37-39).

3. Receiving Christ means having eternal life

When you receive Christ into your life, it means that you trust that He already paid for all your sins through His death on the cross, and He will reward you with everlasting life in His heavenly kingdom. He will surely guide you through the Holy Spirit as you embark on your journey of being His follower (John 14:26).

You can look to Him as your loving father, a faithful friend. Even though you are not perfect and there will be times that you may stumble, the Holy Spirit will draw you to repentance so that your close fellowship with God is restored (Psalm 51:7).

Do you want to know more about Jesus? Visit this page and learn how to receive His gift of eternal life.

You may also call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8-737-0-700 as we would love to uplift you through prayers.

Devotionals

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3

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What It Takes To Believe in God

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3you with unfailing kindness.

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The Fearless Life | God’s Word Today

His love for you is endless. That’s the kind that never fades. He reminds us all of his love for us in Jeremiah 31:3