Being a longtime user of secondhand computers has taught me two important lessons: 1) don’t depend too much on the computer (as if my entire life would come to a halt if it breaks down), and as much as possible, be always prepared to transfer my work on another unit; and 2) always have backups of my important files, both in USB drives and DVDs.
Furthermore, being a longtime Windows user has taught me another important lesson, and that is, to never build some important works that are fully dependent on the operating system itself (and other commercial applications). And that is because, some years down the road, the OS will inevitably and drastically change (and so do the applications built on it), and it will most likely leave my works obsolete. (Therefore, all my investments of money, time, energy, and creativity will be lost!) Mind you, I’m not a power user or a programmer, but this affects me as a regular user nonetheless. Just imagine the vast amount of computer programs ever written (and all that went into producing them) that have become unusable because the systems they were built for are now no more.
The Christian has this one great assurance from God — an assurance for victory — an assurance that is, unfortunately, often under-estimated and taken for granted. And that is because, let’s face it, he is God, and he is “supposed to be” perfect — any good thing that he does, or any good thing about him, are all a given.
However, to the one who has experienced rejections and betrayals in the hands of people, even the Church — to the one who knows what it means to be alone, helpless, and hopeless — this assurance is precious. Priceless. Worth fighting for. Worth sacrificing for. Definitely worth our lives and loyalty.
As Moses said to the Israelites as they were preparing to conquer the Promised Land, “Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid or scared of them, for Yahweh your God himself is who goes with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 WEB).
My friends, I’m talking about the faithfulness of God.
Hello friends. Since my blog for Swordsman of the Word is temporarily unavailable, I’ve republished here in Swordsman Beginnings the ministry’s New Founding Documents. You can find the links below. (Note that there is a last essay I haven’t written yet.)
Running this Blogging Race Once Again (Dec. 27, 2019) — Despite all the energy, time, and tears I’ve already spent on this blog, I’ve still waited on God — for him to prove to me that he really wants me to spend a significant part of my life blogging for him.
A God-Centered, People-Oriented Blogging (Feb. 8, 2020) — I’ve been redefining the ministry in the light of who and what I am now as a Christian… and also in the light of my experiences and the results of my efforts since I started this blog….
*Adopting TGC’s Confession and the Creeds (Jul. 2, 2020) — Before I resume writing for this blog, I would like to settle first one necessary foundation, and that is a clear declaration of my theological position and convictions.
A Hard-Won Triumph of My Faith (Aug. 9, 2020) — I never thought that the next two years would turn out to be such a struggle getting this ministry off the ground, and that they would bring me — in addition to the blessings — much pain, hardships, and regrets.
A Vocation That Is Like No Other (Sep. 30, 2020) — God has ordained it that I, Arjay, would not stand among them — other believers — but to stand a bit separated from them. On the boundaries. At the gates. I am a Swordsman of the Word, and I stand at the gates.
We Christians often speak about how BIG our God is — how powerful, how awesome, and how mighty he is. And because he is that, we can dream about doing great things for him, and we are assured that no matter what kind of troubles we might find ourselves in, he is able to defeat our enemies for us. We proudly speak that with him, with our powerful God, nothing is impossible if we believe.
All of these are true, of course, with this one caveat that anything is possible with God only if it is according to his will. (Because God is not our personal genie.) And yet… how many of us Christians truly live our lives in the light of this magnificence and almightiness of God? How many of us do attempt to accomplish seemingly impossible things? Not many I would say. Because here is the catch: For God to be powerful in your own life, you have got to have faith in him. In his perfect character. In his sovereignty. In his very nature as God. The faith to follow him in his difficult ways, and to obey his Word. The faith to risk everything in exchange for his blessings.
To live our lives so that we don’t regret anything — this is what some people believe in. And yet, regret is not just that feeling of sorrow or despair over something that we should have or shouldn’t have done. It is also that pain over some wrongs that have been done to us.
I had a few regrets of my own over things I’d done these past several years; however, these were regrets I easily made peace with. And that was because I’ve done my best in following God, and I’ve done my best in keeping my faith, and so whatever mistakes I’d made, I was able to forgive myself.
But what of the other kind of regret? Well, I do have plenty of that, and I’m still limping even now, and I still sometimes bleed because of wounds that are taking a long time to heal.