And he said, Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:
1 Kings 8:23
Sometimes, we tend to question God why other brothers and sisters in Christ are more successful, more progressive, richer and healthier than us. We think God is playing favorites. However, He among us is fair. One of the reasons I see why other Christians are having a good life better than us is because we are not contented with what we have. It can also be due to our partial obedience or disobedience.
Put your feet in the shoes of a teacher. Are you going to reward a student who is always late and lazy? Those who are obedient and hardworking students will always be the one who receives higher grades and incentives from their professors. In our Christian walk, it is those who obey the work of God who always reaps blessings. If you walk with God, no matter how difficult the road is, you have that certainty in your heart that the best is yet to come.
There is no other God that can love and forgive us the same way our Father God can. Do not be a skeptic. Put your whole trust in Him.
3 The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel.
2 Chronicles 17:3-4
A very common problem in the family is favoritism. Between siblings, rivalry is usual especially when one of them thinks that their parents love their brother/sister more than them. Instead of voicing this out to dad and mom, kids seek attention and advice from friends. Some even choose the wrong way and rebel. Will the parents be happy with this? Probably they are showing more attention to one child because that child is obedient and kind. Parents love their children fairly but of course, it is those who follow their commands that make parents’ hearts glad and proud.
Examine yourself. Are you the obedient kid or the rebellious child?
In connection, our Father in Heaven is also fair when it comes to His children. However, if we seek someone or something else, we will not be attentive to what He is saying nor we take His warnings for granted. And we wonder why life has been so problematic when in the first place, God commanded us to obey His words!
On the other hand, those who seek Him will find Him. If we draw closer to God, He will draw closer to us as well. To those who prioritize Jesus, the best is yet to come. If God is with us, we are sure that whatever trial this world brings, we will overcome.
Prayer: Lord, remind us to seek You first above all else. Convict us when we are going the opposite path and doing things that are not according to Your will.
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.
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.
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.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
According to Wikipedia, it was stated in the Book of Genesis in the Bible that Jehovah Jireh was a place in the land of Moriah. It was the location of the binding of Isaac, where God told Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham named the place after the Lord provided a ram to sacrifice in place of Isaac.
I know you’ve been used to my testimony of finding a job as an example (if you’ve read my other articles) that’s why I will use another story.
My aunt and her husband got married when I was in high school however, few years had passed and they were still not able to conceive a child. They have prayed to God so hard, every day for my aunt to conceive. After 8 years, God answered their prayers. Now, they are living a life with joy having three kids—two princes and a princess! Amazing! God was able to supply their need to reproduce.
The story of five loaves and two fishes reminds me of how magical is the power of God, it seems impossible yet it is real. Every single tear you cry is a diamond in His hands. He knows what you’ve been going through. He knows what you need. He is our Great Provider. And there is nothing in this world that He cannot do. So, let’s run to Him and He will ran to us.
“So you, by the help of your God, return,
hold fast to love and justice,
and wait continually for your God.”
Have it ever entered your mind what causes man to do wicked things? Have you ever asked yourself the reason why you have learned to disobey the commandments of God? Isn’t it that when a baby is born, he is blameless? He is innocent. He doesn’t know what is right from wrong. As he grows up, he learns to imitate what the people around him are doing.
Our environment is a big factor that influences us. It is very vital to reside in a place where right manners and good conduct are taught. Although we cannot choose whom we meet and cannot stop inevitable situations from happening, knowing what is righteous in the eyes of God aids us to do things according to His will. Do not go with the flow of your wicked environment. Be an agent of change that many if not all, will turn back to God.
Life is tough. Aside from our surroundings, sometimes difficult situations push us to do unrighteous acts that are unpleasing in the eyes of God. Say for example, fire consumed your house including your neighbors. The temptation to get valuable things of other persons while people are busy saving themselves is so strong that other persons succumb to stealing the properties of their fellow victims. This example and other instances where we did something wrong is not hidden in the eyes of God. However, He is willing to forgive us if we repent. But no matter how difficult your situation is, it shouldn’t be an option for you to take what is not yours or to gain something from other people’s expense.
The name of the game is faith and trust in God that He will provide and that He will not leave you nor forsake you. It is not yet too late. Let us ask for God’s forgiveness. Practice the art of loving not only yourself but also your fellowmen. Do not let hard challenges to push you in doing unrighteous deeds instead, it should draw us closer to God and make us realize that life without Him is nothing.
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
Going to church every Sunday and giving our tithes and offering, do you think these is enough? Many Christians, you might observed, are physically present but mentally absent during church services. Offering our tithes is a responsibility that we must participate but it should not be enough for us. We should give only the best for our God.
God sees the heart. No matter how we try to hide our motives and wicked actions, He can see them all. If our only aim of going or attending services is for other people to see us, then we are just fooling ourselves. God wants us to be real for He is the truth. He didn’t even made giving tithes and offering compulsory. We can give what our hearts wants to give for He doesn’t look at the amount. Again, He looks at the heart. So if you are giving a big sum to please other individuals and to be recognize, better change your thinking.
Do not be a part time Christian. Walk in Spirit even if it is not Sunday. Live like Christ did when He became a man. Always read the Bible and meditate on it day and night. Be wise enough in knowing God’s desires. He is not a kid who will be glad enough to receive a toy in exchange of his parent’s lack of time and care. He does not prefer our monetary sacrifices in lieu of living righteously with him as the center. Spend every day involving God in all your doings. Be a full time Christian. Be a Christian in your heart and soul 24/7 not just during Sundays.
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I will return again to my place,
until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face,
and in their distress earnestly seek me.
Each one of us has their own unique personalities. There are jolly, talkative persons while others are timid and shy. One type of personality that I admire is that which is slow to anger and possesses strong self-control. I am trying hard to have these qualities and slowly I know I am getting there. My younger brother is one of the coolest person I know. He is patient and has a good temperament. He seldom gets angry but when he is pissed off, it’s like having a volcano erupting nearby.
As we all know, our God is slow to anger. Many times we had failed Him, disobeyed and displeased Him and yet He is still there for us. However, there had been times that He had been upset and punished His people. All of it were documented in the Bible. He became angry with Adam and even when the two had eaten the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden and He commanded the two to leave the paradise. He sent big flood to earth that had drowned thousands of people who do not know how to listen to Him saving Noah and his family only. He was displeased with the unfaithfulness of David. The fruit of David and Bathsheba’s wrong relationship died thereafter.
Know therefore that God will never tolerate our wrong behaviors. He has to correct and punish us to become better and to learn a lesson. We have to realize that life without God is worthless and meaningless.
Let us not wait for God to do the same to what He did with Adam and Eve and the others. Acknowledge that we are sinners and had done wicked things. Repent and ask for God’s forgiveness. Always seek his kingdom first and be assured that whatever situation you go through God will always be there for you.