Give God the glory with your #myVictoryStory!
Starting July 7, every Monday for the next five weeks, we will ask a question, based on the preaching topic of the week, on our Facebook page. Anyone can answer the question on their blog, or by replying in the Comments section of the question on Facebook.
This week’s question is: What was your toughest Lordship decision that turned out to be worth it?
Here’s a round-up of several of the stories shared over the course of the week:
- Lordship Is . . . Pastor Paolo Punzalan sets the context for our Lordship discussion by discussing Victory’s core values, giving some insight into our history, and summarizing what Lordship means, using a L.O.R.D. acrostic.
- Jesus As Lord. Pastor Ferdie Cabiling shares a blog post about the Lordship of Christ.
- Jesus is Lord over my Love Life. Pastor Joseph Bonifacio describes what Lordship entails, sharing his love story with his wife, Carla, and what he went through when God told him it was not yet time to pursue a relationship. In the end, God gave Joe everything he’d asked for, and more.
- Lord and Lordship. “Jesus is not Lord when there is no Lordship.” Carla “Rica” Peralejo-Bonifacio puts a thoughtful spin on Lordship in her blog, Wanders and Wonders.
- One Tough Decision. Pastor Dennis Sy shares in Act Like A Man about the skeletons in his closet, and what it took for him to establish Jesus Christ as the true Lord of His life.
- Releasing Forgiveness and Putting God in Control. Fiona Alvero shares a deeply personal story in Journ-ey, writing about how a high school teacher wounded her emotionally, and how putting God first enabled her to forgive and move on.
- Chapter 2. Bethel Ann Mercado shares her thoughts on Lordship, specifically some solid points on the Lordship discussion of ONE 2 ONE, on this blog, He is Less Than 3,
- Lordship Stories. Several university students share their toughest Lordship decisions were, and compiles them in this blog entry on DoCampusMinistry.com.
- When Obeying Meant Letting Go. Val Baguios III of BrokenMindset.Org discusses how his relationship with God became the top priority over other relationships, and how God honored that Lordship decision with a relationship that would change his life.
- His Higher Ways. Karess Rubrico shares how she gave up her biggest dream to pursue God’s ways—and the rewards and benefits of that decision.
- Passion for passion. Ganns Deen writes in GannsDeen.com about giving up his passion, his friends, and his career in one blow, to follow Christ. He was never the same.
- Lordship? BIG WORD!. Jek Valle discusses Lordship—and shares his own testimony—in this surprisingly serious blog entry from this Christian comedian.
- The Only B Student. Nate Punzalan writes about how Jesus matters to him more than high grades, and how he had peace despite getting lower grades than a few of his classmates.
- The Pride and the Sea. Sofia Paderes writes in her blog, Sofiyichka, about stubbornly pursuing her ballet dream despite a horrific injury, and what happened after she finally put God, not her ballerina hopes, in control.
- I Love You! Joy Buena writes about God’s love, and the role it plays in allowing Him to be the Lord of her life.
- Better than Paella and FC Barcelona! Campus missionary Perci Paras recounts his personal Lordship story on choosing God’s calling over his own plans.
- He Broke Me. Dr. Neslie Buena recounts her story of obeying and submitting to God’s will for her life.
Sandy Santi of Victory Zamboanga also recounts a testimony of Christ’s Lordship over his life and family:
I got saved in Victory Quezon City, went home to Zamboanga after graduation, and right away was connected to our Victory Zamboanga church. The church was relatively small then, so we pretty much knew everyone. We were like family. On what was to be my first day of at work, my dad had a stroke. In the hospital, Pastor Ritchie Llanto was able to share Jesus to him. My dad passed away soon after. The comfort of God and my spiritual family was what got me through that difficult time. I was still able to attend Sunday service and worshipped Jesus, even during my dad’s wake. I remembered thinking then that if God fulfilled His promise of salvation for my dad, then He will always always be true to His word—and He still is 13 years after.
Jasmin Estinozo of Victory Novaliches also shares her Victory story in her marriage with her husband, Exyl:
If I’m not mistaken, OURS was the first wedding that was held at Victory Nova.
Exyl and I were in a “live-in” setting for about four years. It was a topsy-turvy relationship. We did everything to stay together, but we found ourselves frustrated, exhausted, restless, and defeated. God’s Word indeed rings true: “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)
Then God’s radical love found us. We were wed on April 1, 2010. It was the day that His radical love ended our foolishness and made us wise.
This wedding was made possible by a lot of people, like our relatives, friends, and our Victory Nova family. This marriage would not be possible without our house builder—the Lord Jesus Christ. This is my Victory story.
July 11 update:
We’ve also received more Lordship stories for this week’s #myVictoryStory blog roundup! Here are a few more that we encourage you all to read and share on your social networks:
- The Bishop and his Lord. “Lordship is acknowledging that Jesus is Lord of heaven and earth by virtue of His death and resurrection.” Pastor Manny Carlos shares his Lordship story in DoCampusMinistry.com.
- Pastor Carlos Antonio shares his Victory story in “Absolute Surrender,” a heartfelt story of a mother’s stubborn persistence, and how God orchestrated an incredible series of events to transform one man’s life forever for the glory of the gospel.
- The Ultimate Trophy.Yrose Lacerna writes about giving up her dreams and surrendering to God’s ultimate will.
- Is it him or Me? Dr. Catherine Deen writes about how God challenged her to give up her relationship with a man who didn’t share her faith, and what He did after she chose to obey.
- Lordship: The Life After. Tin Ginete shares her own unique Lordship journey. Know how God’s love proved more enduring and valuable to her than any relationship she’d ever had, and how ultimately her confidence and image rests in how God sees her.
- A Love Problem. Em Gomez writes a thoughtful post about how Lordship is a love problem. It’s “always difficult to do something,” she says, “when it is not done out of love.”
- Win or Lose.“A year and a half ago I chose to run for council even if I dislike politics. It turned out to be worth it because it became an open door for me to share my faith to my org mates and slate mates.” Elle Cabiling shares her Lordship story on taking risks.
- Out of the Shell. Ann Luna recounts how she overcame her introversion and surrendered to Christ. Now, she is enjoying fruitful relationships with people she now calls her friends.
Thanks for sharing your Victory story with us! Keep posted for next week’s question on Evangelism. Like us on Facebook for more info!