Simone R. Leon, Author at Activate Your Faith
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Author:Simone R. Leon

In the Waiting Room

At some point in time in our life we are impatient. We become tired of waiting; waiting on the bus, waiting on a boyfriend to propose, waiting to get that job promotion. It is very frustrating to be just waiting for something to happen. I always try to be on time for all my appointments, even if I am meeting someone by the corner to pick up a parcel. I value my time and the time of others. Therefore, if someone is late, I am often irritated and become very agitated because I must wait.   But what happens when God makes us wait? What happens when God is late?   Are we irritated and agitated when we are waiting on God? Often, we are. At times we would pray for a situation and...

Stop and Listen

We are often distracted by many noises – yes, noises. Normally, we associate noise with a sound that prevents us from hearing clearly. In the physical realm, we are unable to listen attentively when the noise is too loud.  However, noise also occurs in our spiritual lives. A noise can be anything that prevents us from connecting with God at any given point in time. There are situations and elements in our lives that prevent us from listening to what God has to say.   The work we do can become noise. We have become so engrossed in the daily task of providing for our families and our physical needs and wants, that our job has consumed 80% of our time. Hours are lost in traffic going to and from a job....

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,  But the slow to anger calms a dispute.”   In computer science the term “garbage in and garbage out” is used to describe the concept of flawed, or nonsense input data that produces nonsense output or "garbage". Basically, it imitates the idea of when you put garbage into a garbage truck, all you are going to get back is “garbage”. A garbage truck is filled with waste, discarded material, debris or rotting food. We are often disgusted by the sight and smell of a garbage truck when it passes. It is a vessel that carries things that we no long want.   Many people are walking garbage trucks. Maybe this is an unpleasant thing to say; but sadly, it is the truth. Everyone would have dealt with...

God’s Peace

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)   Many strive to reach this kind of peace. They seek solace in different places looking for this “peace” that Philippians speaks about. People believe that having achieved a certain social status in life, exorbitant money in the bank or finding that perfect job would bring them peace. But though they may possess all these physical manifestations of wealth, somehow there is still unhappiness and unfulfillment that exists in their lives.   The perfect house, the perfect car, the perfect spouse, the perfect job and many “likes” on any social media platform will never replace the “peace” that God speaks about.   The perfect example of God’s peace is the story of Job.   Job was a very rich...

How to Walk on Water

For many years I have taken the bible story of Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14:22-33 for its literal meaning. Yes, I knew that it was a perfect example of faith; we can do anything once we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. However, as a young Christian I thought that “walking on water” really meant – walking on water. How can anyone have so much faith that they can actually walk on water? How can one’s faith be so big to move mountains? How can one’s faith destroy giants? How can one’s faith overcome the deadly poison of a serpent?   As I matured in Christianity, I realized that I was living a pipe dream. Water, mountains, Goliaths and serpents, just to name a few, seemed to be unbeatable adversaries....

Pray Boldly

Are we still praying the way our parents taught us when we were the age of three? Have we become complacent in the way we pray? Our payers, over time have become safe, unspecific and repetitive. In our prayer life, we have become lazy when we just simply utter prayers like “God, bless my family and friends” or “Thank you Lord for the day”. These types of simple prayer will give you a simple answer. What type of blessing do you want to fall upon your family? What are you thanking God for? Are you thanking Him for the ability to walk, talk or see? When we pray general prayers, we just simply benefit from general answers. Some of you would just leap out of your beds to kneel and...

The Den Isn’t Always filled with Lions

Many times in our lives, we may feel that all is lost. However, the story of Daniel in the lion's den tells us about the fulfillment of God's promises and the rewards to be received through faithfulness.   King Darius was the ruler of Babylon and had appointed several men to assist him in the governing of the kingdom. Daniel, who was appointed to be the leader of the advisors, was a man who believed in the God of Israel and followed His commandments. For this, the other men despised Daniel and wanted to destroy him.   The men plotted against Daniel. They told King Darius to make a new law that would put to death anyone who worshiped or prayed to other gods other than the king. If someone was caught doing this,...

Stop Crying to God and Start Moving

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on (Exodus 14:15)   We are all familiar with the movie the Ten Commandments. The movie depicts an abridged version of the movement of the Israelites out of Egypt and into the promised land.  Pharaoh freed the  Israelites after a series of plagues; however, he changed his mind and Pharaoh ordered over 600 of this soldiers and chariots to pursue the Isrealites. When the people of Israel saw the soldiers and their chariots approaching, they cried out to Moses. They accused Moses for bringing them into the desert to die. They had preferred to have remained in slavery rather than dying by the hands of Pharaoh in the desert. When the Lord heard these cries, He responded:   15 Then...