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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?