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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.

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The Hidden Truth

So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden

1 Timothy 5:25

Be careful of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Be mindful of your frenemies. There are those who are kind when they are with you but stabs your back through words that destroy you. There are people who “love” to help others because they have something to gain in return. Be observant of those who do good works for a show.

On the other side of the coin, there are people who remain humble despite the number of good works they have done to their fellowmen. They never brag to the whole world that they were able to donate to the victims of the typhoon or that they were able to sponsor street children’s schooling.

God sees everything that we do. He knows our hidden motives. He feels what our heart says. Do not be dismayed if no one is noticing the good deeds that you have done because, at the right time, God will reward you. Do not get tired of doing what is right.

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Hope of the future

12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1 Timothy 4: 12

Teenage pregnancy, juvenile crimes, drug addiction, these are just some problems of the society that involves the so-called “Hope of the future”. It feels so sad to hear news about riots which involves these group of people. There are even cases of murdering and the suspect is not even feeling remorse. This is not the situation that the parents ever wanted.

On the other hand, there are youths who are going the other way. They are the ones who shine hard to finish their studies despite their financial or financial incapacity. They are the ones who have deep faith in God, who are not ashamed of the Gospel. It hurts to hear the oldies say “Kabataan nga naman ngayon” (Kids these days!) which connotes negative image to the youth. But I believe, there is still hope for the hope of the future.

 

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Youth, let us be a great example for the next generations. Dare to go against the flow. Save yourself for marriage. Do not engage in premarital sex. Focus on your studies and get a degree. Respect your fellowmen. Avoid people who influence you to do unlawful things.

Use your energy as a youth to share the gospel with your friends, to your family, to other people through text, Facebook, or twitter. Be a good example. Read your Bible. Prove that there still are youths of today who can become the inspiration of tomorrow because of Jesus.

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1 Timothy 2:9 Women

Likewise, also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire,

1 Timothy 2:9

The definition of being sexy and beautiful had changed over time. No wonder women have their standards when it comes to the beauty products and treatments they use. Before, swimsuits were considered improper because it shows too much skin, now, skimpy two pieces are sold out in the open and some beaches even prohibit swimming if you are not wearing one. How time has changed.

However, the standards of God will always be the same yesterday, today and forever. He looks into the heart, not on physical appearance. Better be a woman with modesty. Wear dresses properly. Remember girls, we have the responsibility of protecting the purity of our brothers and wearing too tight too short clothes will surely not do the deed. Do not spend too much money on gold jewelry or expensive bags and shoes. Rather, give to the needy, to the homeless, to the starving.

If we want to marry a godly man, be a godly woman while waiting for him to come along. Tell the world that there are still women out there who are simple but breathtakingly gorgeous because God is the center of their lives. There is no harm in becoming that woman.

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Blood Saves Lives

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

1 Timothy 1: 15

Dengue fever is one of the most endemic communicable diseases in the country. Because almost every family had at least one or more members who suffered from the illness, others take it for granted. For this very reason, a lot of patients who were rushed to the hospital were already at the worst stage of bleeding which leads to death.

My brother was one of the victims of Aedes Egypti, the mosquito which carries Dengue Fever. He was in elementary when he had the disease. His platelet dropped and blood transfusion was necessary. Glory to God, a kind donor donated his blood and my brother’s platelet increased thereafter. Today, my brother is now a Civil Engineer. Thanks be to God! Thanks be to the person who donated his blood.

Blood saves lives. Isn’t it that the blood of Jesus which saved us from the slavery of sin? All because of Jesus, who was crucified and died, we can inherit the kingdom of God and we can live in eternity. The wages of sin is death but God is so gracious, that those who believes in his son Jesus will be rewarded with eternal life.

Without the blood of Jesus, we’re all doomed to suffer in the blazing fire of hell.

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Overcoming the Flesh

But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3

Life brings us various types of difficulties, of different levels. Some are hard to solve while some only take time. For instance, addiction. When a person is addicted, may it be to computer games, to pornography, to eating, selfies, etc., there is the willingness to quit but the force of temptation is so strong. At the end of the day, the person will succumb to the will of the flesh. Another example is the problems we face in every step of the way. There are times when the enemy will discourage you. People will throw negative comments about you and your situation. And if you are weak, you might believe them.

Temptation comes from the flesh of man. As long as a man is in the flesh. There is the presence of temptation to sin. The spirit must be allowed to overcome the flesh. So, when we are tempted to surrender to our addiction, we know now what to do. We must allow the Spirit of Christ within us to be our Lord and guide us in everything. The Spirit will overcome the flesh and keep us from evil.

There are many who do not have faith in the Lord. These are people who speak what is opposed to the word of God. Be still. God is keeping His promises for He is faithful. When you have a problem, pray! God will guard you against the evil one. Choose wisely to whom you will voice out your concern because if you confess it with the wrong person, you might be doomed to something worse than your problem.

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The Other Side

             9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Living in a modern world has drawbacks. First, a lot of things snatch our attention. Instead of doing our daily devotion, we get busy in browsing social media sites. Second, the gap between the poor and the rich gets bigger and bigger as the later becomes more powerful and wealthier while the indigent stays the same way as they are. For this reason, crimes are very rampant and injustice becomes usual. Lastly, views, opinions, and beliefs change over time due to the influence of modern advancement. The ones considered immoral in the 19th century are now seen as rights of every individual. Lord, have mercy on us!

When the mind is clouded by worldly deception, it is hard to introduce what is true. For instance, Manny Pacquaio earned a flak after his statement in an interview about same-sex marriage. But it was really stated in the Bible that a man is for a woman. Marriage is a sacred union of male and female. However, to those who had already been deceived by such beliefs, it is your choice to marry who you want to marry. Love knows no bound, they say. Unfortunately, we live in this era where people enjoys pleasure with unrighteousness. There are countries and states which legalize same-sex marriage, abortion, divorce, pornography to name a few. What would be the next generation face in the future?

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. For us who surrendered our lives to Him, the Spirit lives in us which helps us decipher which is right or wrong. Therefore, we shouldn’t be confused to which side should we go. Be firm to make a stand. Be courageous enough to share the truth. The world may hate you for this but it shouldn’t matter. Our job is to please the lord and not mankind. Our job is to save the world not to live with the pattern of this world.

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Stand for what is Biblically right

5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— 6 since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you

2 Thessalonians 1: 5-6

They say that the only thing that is constant is change, however, Hebrews 13: 8 states that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

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Back to the old times, people live in the caves, hunt animals for food and wear fur as clothing. There was no technology yet. Communication was tough. Life was simple. As the years go by, people learned how to innovate. There come science and the new innovations. People learned how to build houses. People learned how to cook and how to make clothes. People discovered the use of letter as a way of communication. There was a continuous discovery of how to make things easier. Change is abrupt.

Yet simultaneous with these innovations is the evolution of how people speak and act. There’s a huge difference in the way people of today live compared to the past. These changes affect how people think, behave, decide, and live life. Customs and traditions are slowly fading away. Morality is gradually diminishing. Life became complicated.

One of the things that people wants to change is the Word of God. Abortion was legalized when the Bible says, “Thou shall not kill.” Divorce was allowed when it was stated in His words that marriage should be for a lifetime. Same-sex marriage is now considered as a right to gays and lesbians when God said that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman. And those who stand against the flow of this world are being mocked and bashed when all they wanted is to share salvation.

There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning. God will reward those who are obedient to his words. And those who believes in Him will receive an award of Salvation. However, those who afflict the children of God will be punished. Vengeance is in the hands of God.

So Christians, do not be afraid to stand what is biblically right. If God is with us, who can be against us?

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For What Should We Thank God For?

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

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Why should I thank God when things don’t go well? How can I give thanks in all circumstances? How can I thank God when we are indigent? How can I thank God when I am unemployed and broke? How can I thank God now that I have cancer? For what should we thank God for?

Thank God for the gift of life. Thank God for His amazing love and for salvation. Thank God for eternal life. Thank God for everything!

Joy Tan-Chi was raped when she was young but she did not turn her back on God. Now she shares her testimony that inspires a lot of Christians. Elizabeth Elliot lost her husband Jim while the latter was on a mission to spread the good news to the Auca of Eastern Ecuador yet she inspired generations of Evangelical Christians by returning to Ecuador with her toddler daughter to preach the gospel to the Indian tribe that killed her husband. Dawn Urquico was married to an adulterer but she did not give up on God. While her husband was busy with his mistress, she became more intimate with God. Through God’s intervention, the two reconciled. Now they are happily married and her once adulterous husband now lead a church (Pastor Danny Urquico) Their story of forgiveness had been shared and inspired a lot of couples.

As for me, if God did not allow me to become unemployed, I would never discover the world of blogging.Gratitude doesn’t make sense to those who are unfamiliar with the habit of cultivating a thankful heart. Be like a modern Job. Though He experienced heartache, adversity, physical pain and anguish, he was able to say THOUGH HE SLAY ME, YET I WILL HOPE IN HIM.

He knows better than I. I need not know the reason why.

Genesis 50: 20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”

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What Is Akatharsia?

For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you,

1 Thesalonians 1:4

 

Akatharsia is a Greek word used in Galatians 5 which means either physical uncleanness and moral uncleanness. Romans 12: 2 says do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Despite the increasing number of Christians, crimes, violence, fornication and adultery is still increasing.

Who among you can say that he/she is holy? Have you never ever committed any acts of sexual impurity? Have you not committed adultery or watch pornography? Have you not engaged in premarital sex? No matter how we guard ourselves, there are times that we succumb to temptations because of our weaknesses. Those times we stumble and feel unrighteous in the eyes of God. You may not answer yes to the previous examples I have cited but if you look at a woman with lust, you have already committed adultery in your heart. Girls, we are not excused! Same thing applies when we read erotic romance and fantasize about the hero or when we shout at the top of our lungs whenever we see washboard abdomens of our favorite actors.

How can we be holy then? Can we be holy despite what we have done in the past? What does it mean to be holy?

Holiness is being set apart to God from sin. God has set us apart from holiness. When we are abiding in His holiness, we become worn out. The sinful thoughts and habits that separate us from God must be discarded in the trash bin of life.

As believers, we need to be living by God’s standards and not of this world. How can we be holy? Holiness is a product of a right relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior. It is not something that we do but something that God does.

For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. Now we are free from the power of sin. The old is gone. All our sins were washed away. And we are becoming more holy each and every day by the grace of God and His power