My name is Emelita Luciano-Villamater, 63 years old, widowed for two years, with four children and six grandchildren and presently staying in Bayonne, New Jersey (since 1985).
I came to know the Lord at the age of 16 when my classmate invited me to their Bible Study group. My first time to hear about the good news of salvation, after being deceived by Satan of wrong doctrine, morality, religiously and knowledgeability. With a contrite heart, and a humble spirit, I surrendered my life to the Lord.
First, God gave me the desire of obedience - although oftentimes a struggle, because of my wrong perceptions - obedience will restrict my lack of freedom instead of applying 1 John 5:3 "This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome." For example in our tithing, do we give the whole tithe? Malachi 3:10 says, "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. Test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room for it."
Secondly, examining God's word and obeying His command with greater love and devotion, I responded "Test me." William Carey said "Attempt great things for God, expect great things from God." I have no idea "how" but I wanted God to use my profession for His glory.
One day, an elder of the church and a pastor approached me and offered their business place in San Andres, Manila. That was the start of my adventure. Jesus, my partner -- 90% for me and 10% for Him - was the deal. We started from the scratch: 10 tablets of Medicol, 10 tablets of Aspirin, 10 capsules of antibiotic, etc. I was really happy and I was able to witness to customers; hold Bible studies in different places, able to help my family and relatives financially and most especially we were able to start from Bible study group to fellowship to church. Additional drugstores were added from one to five drugstores motivated by GodÕs absolute power to pour His blessing.
I asked them if I could go with them. I attended worship service with them on July 16, 2010. Sister Nelly Murillo shared with me the Gospel, then I attended CLASS after that. I got to know God more through CLASS. I became friends with my classmates who now became my spiritual family.
One day, my husband and I lost our right perspective in life. Instead of giving 10% of our tithes, we started to compromise. We stole God's money by borrowing the 10% and using them to buy other goods for additional profit. We became inconsistent in our tithes and offering. We became greedy and materialistic - focusing on temporal things - instead of heavenly things which are eternal. We ignored God's warning concerning our disobedience. Then God disciplined us (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).
To make my life story short of how God dealt with our disobedience:
No discipline seems pleasant at this time, but painful. "Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it" (Hebrews 12:11).
Yes, God's discipline is designed to produce righteousness in us. When we're at the end of our rope, my husband and I examined our lives and realized that we have sinned against God. We decided to obey completely, God is a worthy Master.
Lastly, let me share with you the delights of obedience. Deuteronomy 28: 1-3 says "If you truly obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commandments I give you today, the Lord God will set you high
My husband dedicated His life for the Lord and was ordained a minister of the gospel of Fundamental Baptist of Central Jersey, now with a new name "Praise Christian Church" and God honored our most precious verse "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." God restored what was lost. All of my four children and their respective spouses are all professionals serving the Lord. From blessings of victories, prosperities and personal relationships imparted greater joy into my life. So last July, I decided to quit my job, leaving my 6-figure income and volunteered to a medical-dental mission to the poverty-stricken area of the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.
As a pharmacist, the best prescription I could give to my brethren is "Aspire to inspire before you expire."
God bless to ALL!