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The Ruler

he dawns on them like the morning light,
    like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning,
    like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

(2 Samuel 23: 4)

People will always have something to say no matter how good or bad a person is. I reckon it is already in our nature to complain especially when it comes to the one who is ruling the country. Instead of supporting the people who are in authority, we tend to criticize their decisions and actions. And then, we ask for peace and security. How absurd the world can be!

The One who rules the universe, unlike man, is all powerful and all knowing. But despite all the good things that God has done in our lives, sometimes we still grumble. Petty life challenges make us question His plan. That should not be our attitude. If we really love and respect the Ruler of the Earth, we must put our whole trust in His hands. Just like the rain that makes the grass grow, God is the reason of our being. He is the light of our life and without Him, we are nothing. That is why we Christians must prioritize God above all else. He is the petroleum that fuels our lives. And without Him, we will not function appropriately until our spirit dies. So, beware and be mindful of who is ruling your life.

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Rock of our Salvation

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
 my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation,
    my stronghold and my refuge,
    my savior; you save me from violence.

(2 Samuel 22:2-3)

If there is one thing that I would like myself to be compared with, I would want to be a rock. I just admire how sturdy rocks are in standing the test of time. Certainly, rocks withstand strong winds, typhoons, storms, floods, earthquakes or even fires. No wonder most houses of today are made out of rocks and cement because of its proven sturdiness.

In the same way, our life as a Christian should also be anchored on the Rock of our Salvation. If our house gives us enough protection from the heat of the sun, the strong winds, and storms, our dear Lord protects us from the rock of their life find peace and quiet. No matter how hard life is and no matter where life will take us, as long as God is with us, it will be the best life ever. God’s shield will always keep us away from evil and harm.

 

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For death or for life


But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.” (2 Samuel 15:21)

Life is very vital. It is so ironic that while some are doing their very best to prolong life, expectancy, others just don’t care. There is an increasing number of individuals who are committing suicide. How horrible it is to know that a precious gift was gone in an instant because of the wicked world.

However, did you know that even we Christians will one day experience death? It is inevitable and we are not immune to it.  In fact, there are Christians who were killed while spreading the good news. Mr. Jim Elliot, the first husband of Elizabeth Elliot, died while on a mission in Auca. To the people who are unbelievers, it may be thought as unfortunate and risky but to us, to die is gain because death commences our new life with Jesus in Heaven.

Obedience to authority and most of all, to God’s words, is one vital part of Christian living. Do not worry about your life for God will take care of it.

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Time is running

Working as a nurse and dealing with terminally ill patients had proven me that life is so short. All of us will one day be buried six feet under. Our life here on earth is only temporary. The real deal is the life that comes after death.

Life is a gift from God and take note that we only have one life to live. Unlike earthworms which reproduce when cut into pieces, ours is very fragile. That is why we are always told to take care of our physical bodies. Regular exercise and healthy eating habits are fundamental. However, aside from the physical aspect, we must also aim to improve and prioritize our spiritual life. Because even though we are healthy physically,mentally, emotionally and financially, if our spiritual life is empty, life after death will be horrible.

God wants us all to be saved. He doesn’t want us to banish and suffer in the eternal fire. If you are certain that you are saved, well and good. Proclaim the gospel and share the good news so that many will also attain salvation. If not, time is running. Better make up your mind to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Tomorrow might be too late.

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Dirty Tactics

27 After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.

2 Samuel 11:27

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Due to our desire to attain happiness, success or pleasure, sometimes we doesn’t care even if it means violating or compromising the welfare of others. Just like King David who sent Uriah to a fight with a little chance of survival just to have the latter’s wife, we resort to dirty tactics even with the sake of other people just to get what we want. However, take note that the end does not justify the means and God is never pleased with wicked motives and actions.

Keep in mind that it is better to get low grades than to cheat. But of course, it is still best to study hard and prepare yourself for an exam. Same is true when it comes to work matters and other aspects of life. Notice that even the faithful servant of God like King David can still fall into temptation which means that we are at risk of doing things that are unpleasing in the eyes of God. Therefore, we must devote more time communicating with him and meditating His words so that the chance of doing things that are unrighteous will be lessened.

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Be Radical

 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

2 timothy 1:7

Did you know that it is our responsibility to share the gospel with the unbelievers? Did you know that it is your job to have those empty seats in the church be filled up? Why? Because God’s vision is our mission and that vision is salvation by bringing souls and making disciples.

Two things that prevent a Christian from sharing Jesus are fear and shame. For this day, I would like to focus more on fear. I am one of the many Christians who is not radical enough in proclaiming Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I honestly envy those youth who, at their very young age, were already courageous and bold enough to disseminate the way, the truth, and the life.

One of my most unforgettable moment was when I joined the house visit/ bible study of Jesus Christ the Great Shepherd Church. That day, we were tasked to visit reviewees who were about to take board examination that time. I was taken aback when my cell leader commanded me to share Romans 6: 23 to the three of them while she will share the same verse to another group. I thank God that I have prepared prior to the house visit. I was able to share salvation and it is an experience that is worth repeating.

God gave us not the spirit of fear so we must not be afraid of anyone or anything. Do not be afraid of rejection. Do not be afraid if the people whom you have shared the word of God is resistant. At least you did your part. It should be our love for God that will drive us to do our responsibility, our mission and not fear to control us. And when instances come that an individual is mocking or disrespecting our faith, remember that God gave us the power of self-control. Do not argue. Pause then pray for their enlightenment.

 

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When Love of Money is #1

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.

1 Timothy 6:6-7

(The story of a discontented dog)

A dog had just finished its lunch and was lazing in the garden, when it saw a cat on top of a high wall, “It must feel so nice to be high above the ground. If only I could climb!” it thought. This feeling of envy made it so bad-tampered, that it would not even wag its tail at its master who came to give it some milk.

It next saw some goldfish in the aquarium and wished that it too could live in water. The water would keep it cool, it thought. Envy made it angry once again. Just then it heard the fish say: “It looks so nice and warm on the grass. I wish I too could lie down on it.”

Shortly a sparrow flew past. Seeing the dog lazing around, it said aloud: “I wish I could play all along like this dog. I wish I didn’t have to build myself a house, search for food and tire my wings.”

Listening to all of them the dog realized how foolish it was in not appreciating what it had.

It is so ironic that a lot of people work night and day just to build a mansion but will end up sleeping in their cars or workplace instead of lying in their comfy bed at night. What’s more ironic is that most people who are working endlessly aim to buy expensive things to please the people whom they don’t even like! The sad part in this situation is that their love of money overcomes their love of God. The time that should be spent on God is already used for money-earning matters.

There is nothing wrong with working hard to earn money. Of course, we need money to buy our basic needs, to pay our bills, to survive basically. However, it is the love of money that destroys our relationship with God. When we prioritize money above all else, we forget who should be the center of our lives—JESUS.

Raise the standard of giving not your standard of living. There is nothing wrong with living a simple life in a simple home equipped with simple things. Be humble just like Jesus. Be content in what in what you have for it is in contentment that we find real happiness, the man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest (Henry David Thoreau). In fact, none of the material things will be brought to where we will stay forever, in heaven or Hell. But, if we utilize our money and resources to proclaim the word of God, we can bring our family, friends, or even the whole nation in the Kingdom of God.