Eternal Investments

ETERNAL-INVESTMENT

As for this moment, where do you invest your money, time, strength, intellect, devotion, and attention? Will that investment last for a long period of time? Will it last forever?

Let me ask you a question, is wealth and happiness connected in a way where one increases and the other does so? Well, the answer is NO. A study shows that their connection is weak and is concluded that money doesn’t really assures happiness at all.

The Bible being as the book above all books, has something to say about the secret of happiness; and investments that will last for eternity are the keys to garner it. Let’s start to unravel them.

Here are the 7 ways to invest everything you have for eternity. These investments are not about storing but about giving.

1. Food
He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. – Proverbs 22:9

2. Clothing
He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. – Luke 3:11

3. Money
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee. – Deuteronomy 16:17

4. Word of God
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. – 2 Timothy 4:2

5. Time
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. – Acts 20:35

6. Tithe
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. – Malachi 3:10

7. Life
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16

If the list lacks, you can add some in the comment section below.

As we can see from above, what we can give are not only the material things that God has given us. It also includes time, attention, our life as a whole. It is also stated that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13

While your are yet in your prime; physically, mentally, spiritually, offer everything you can into anyone that is in need. Do it daily so that it will become a way of living. Your acts will then be whole-hearted and without grudge.

Be reminded by this line from the book, Our High Calling: “Life is not made up of great things alone; it is the little things that make the sum of life’s happiness or miseries. It is the little things in life that reveal a person’s real character.”

As a start, i would like to encourage you to be a partner/donor with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thousands of children will be given care together with their other needs without any payment.

Start giving now. Start sharing what you can share and always pray for God to give you endurance and a sense of commitment in this noble work. That will help you direct your paths in your investments straight up into eternity.

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” – Colossians 3:1

10 Things To Do Before You End Each Day

There are a lot of things to be considered in your daily life. But when you have a specific target in which to perform your daily tasks, you can achieve an effective result. Both beneficial for yourself and for others as well.

Your list can go down as many as you want, but i have my own here to help you generate it. All of it has its Biblical origin and can be an aid in your spiritual and mental progression.

So let’s start.

1. Pray
(1 Peter 4:7, Matthew 21:22, Matthew 7:7)
Prayer is an example which Christ Himself performed daily while He was here on Earth for over 2,000 years ago. He prayed to the Father before taking any great action in the course of His mission in the saving of souls. He is sinless in his stay in this world, yet He prays constantly. How much more are we, mere mortals with a sinful nature infixed since the fall in Eden, ought to pray to God? We must first seek Christ above any other chase of activity daily.

Above any other this must be the first in the list. Without this, no communion with the Savior will be launched, no consecrated activity done.

2. Personal Devotion
(2 Timothy 2:15)
Now, prayer is not enough without digesting healthful spiritual food from the Bible. It is wise enough for you to continue a study of a certain topic in the Bible, contemplate from it, and pray for it to have it performed and fulfilled in your life.

3. Be Happy
(Proverbs 17:22)
Yes, a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.

Smiling is one of the physical signs of a happy person. Smiling does releases endorphin, the happy hormone. It will relieve you from stress and gives you a surge of energy. Being happy then will bestow a fresh and energetic start everyday.

Why don’t you give a smile for that? 🙂

4. Define Your Purpose
(Romans 12:1-2)
Your purpose in life might be too broad yet can be summarized by using this single verse. But in the scope of this post, we are talking about your daily purpose.

With this wider aim on Romans 12 serving as our foundation, defining our specific intention must be within its range. You must have a goal to look forward to, to keep yourself going. Without a goal, you will be direction-less swerving into the tides of uncertainty and crushing into the rocks of failure. So never let your eyes detach from it.

If you believe that you can do your purpose, then you’re halfway there.

5. Be Grateful
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
To find everything as a blessing is very difficult, it requires a mindset that must eliminate all bitterness in everything. Make your thankfulness be as specific and as deep down into the smallest blessing that you can notice around you and within you. Yes, as small as being given a space for parking, seat in your class, time with your siblings, a simple hello from a colleague, and so on. Don’t just settle to be grateful in huge events and happenings. Those little things are what really builds the blocks of a happy and satisfying life.

If happiness relieves your anxiety, gratefulness gives a glee into the recipient.

6. Work With Excellence
( 2 Corinthians 8:7, Philippians 1:9-10, Philippians 4:8)
Christians might be viewed as a group of people who excel in their spiritual life…only. But what the world are preconceiving is not what really happening. Most of the Christians are excellent in the field in which they are engaged; Engineering, Science and Mathematics, Education, Programming, Social Science, Accounting, And a lot more. It is your duty to be excellent too!

If your teacher has a higher level of educational completion, do you trust him more than those who attain of a much lower expertise than him? Most of the time, yes.

So the higher your achievements are, the broader will be your grasp of the souls to be ministered upon and the more trusted are your words will be.

So in everything you do, do it with excellence!

7. Be Honest
(1 Peter 2:12, Philippians 4:8)
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. ~Edgar J. Mohn
Although lying sometimes keeps us away from situations we don’t want ourselves to be cornered with, honesty do bring us to the most distant place and time possible to man. Although how slow and tiring it is in achieving such success, honesty can bring us there.

If we would practice in using it in our daily lives, we would then be confident in all of our dealings with life. There will be no fear and insecurity circling around us. We would live comfortably and work systematically. No lives will be hassled.

A saying says:

Be honest even if others are not.
Be honest even if others will not.
Be honest even if others cannot.

8. Repent
(Acts 17:30, Revelation 3:19)
If we would repent, there is a renewal of spiritual vigor within us. There is a satisfaction once greatly admired, now obtained.

By repenting in our mistakes, we can regain the trust of others whom we associate and work with. Also repentance will lead us into confession and forgiveness. These two will then be the final recipes of our daily routine of things to be done before each sunset.

9. Confess Your Sins
(James 5:16, 1 John 1:9)
Confession will heal us. Most of the time, of emotional disputes between our friends and family members.

It will help us release our hidden hatred and every form of sin to the person that we are in a cold oppugn. Confession of sins binds each others emotional thread and in most cases leads to forgiveness. That is why confession is important to be daily practiced.

10. Forgive
(Ephesians 4:26, Matthew 6:14, 1 John 1:9)
In Christ’s example while he was on Calvary, he forgave all the malefactors that had done wrong to Him. He never hated them.

Look at your own selves, how do you treat each circumstance in your life where a person sinned against you and never asked for forgiveness? Or if he does not confess his sin whole heartedly, would you still forgive him or do you demand for a much more heart felt confession and forgiveness? If your answer is yes, then think again.

Based on the verses above about forgiveness, you must not let the sun go down with your wrath still inside you. You must not also forgive only those who are worthy but also to those who are rude and never offers forgiveness.

We must always forgive so that our Father in heaven will also forgive us.

Of all the steps above, when this last part is lacking, there will be no mediation and reconciliation declared between you and God. In that way, there will also be no assurance of salvation in your part.

Salvation is a daily search. Forgiveness is a daily act. Obedience is a daily routine. Only in that is where grace received.

When there is grace in your life, then there is Christ abides in you.

Your daily life then is well lived in the eyes of both men and God.

God bless. 🙂

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Beholding Constantly

beholding-constantly

Have you experienced something that whenever you gaze into the sun and direct your view away from it, you still see its image imprinted in everything which you look upon?

This is a metaphor of what Christ can amazingly do in your life. A constant and devoted effort to learn about His Sovereignity and His unlimited grace. His words and deeds can be copied if you let your self to be occupied by it. Feeble yet effective reflections of His character will be reflected to others. By doing so, you’ll help them improve their conception of Christ and in return you will be enriched by such an amazing knowledge for now and eternity.

Every opportunity to learn more of Christ must not be shunned, it must be willingly studied, selflessly practiced and heartily shared. Every branch of Science and Literary study that can help your understanding of Him must be took upon, nothing that will be unvaluable for the afterlife is worthy to be invested by your time. Time is golden and must be used in the most useful work available at hand.

Now, be honest to your self, that proncrastination is a global phenomenon, and we must put into our mind that there are no peak time to do the work all at once. All must be done in order and must not be done in a rush. Even in the most simple practice of studying God and His written Word must not be seasonal. You must be very zealous everytime in everything. That way, the consistency remains and our gaze to the Sun of Righteousness will became a habit.

By beholding contantly, we will be beheld. We may be weak in our own eyes, our faith may be that small in our own estimation, but our God has that geniune faith and believes more than you think yourself can accomplish. Learn of Him and practice every knowledge learned, and unconsciously your worth will be seen. Others will then be following the God that you worshipped, sharing the Message you’ve scattered, and keeping the Faith that you are living.

Have a life, a life that prepares you for a life eternal.

Start it here, start it now, start it by beholding Christ constantly.

The Least of These

For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” – Matthew 25:35-40

That genuine act, however small, above your line of duty; by walking that extra mile, doing that extra effort, giving that extra time is where your true character seen. Beyond public applause, under no ones watch, but God.

Let’s do the same, now is the time.

DA, page 370

The Reformat

This is what we are.

Personal Computers, we can coin a lot of definitions about it. But following the principles of Simile, all of us humans are Personal Computers.

As we daily boot our system, we are capable to work in a wide range of operations, if not unlimited. Our purpose is unto us unknown. But our Creator and Inventor knows what. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

Despite His unmatched intelligence and love to maintain us functional in this Laboratory called Earth, we computers does not really appreciate His presence. We are lured by the fancies that is available over the Internet and other useless Applications developed and installed within us; a delaying strategy to degrade our full capacity as computers.

But is this really the way we must bring ourselves in this laboratory? Where constant breakdown of other units are present, a reality in which only time separates to every computer. The user manual that was presented to the Technician named Moses and is written by our Creator almost four thousand years ago has been kept aside. With it containing the ten most important instructions ever presented to us. It is important to review every command printed in it. However, dust has covered its superiority.

So as with our Hardware. Fans, Hard drives, casings, Speakers, and Built-in Cameras has been dried from the Dove’s power to cleanse. A life focused in useless and aimless idle moments are practiced each day. A cleansing is needed.

Since the 1,260 days of the scheduled cleaning of all computers has commenced, one by one we are tested, one by one we have given the opportunity to be cleansed. Are we willing to accept such free gift of self-renewal? He who created us, sent His own Son and whosoever believed in His skills will be brought into a much more modern Facility, a facility where electricity is not present and is projected to operate forever. Where well trained maintenance men are very excited to meet the newest computer units in this Modern Laboratory called Zion.

A probation has been given, signs has been delivered, but no specific time has been stated to when this cleansing will end. Are the dust too thick for us to believe that we can still be repaired? Are we to continue our downward slope to destruction? Or are we willing to let the Expert, the One who made us to remake us? To improve our hardware and reformat our software.

Are we just bound in this Laboratory where life is limited? Or are we to look upon the misplaced manual and study on how can we become a part of that great culmination of all computers and join the last delivery into Zion.

He who created us knows how do we function. He alone can help us understand ourselves and our mission. He is offering the last and only chance of salvation. Will you accept the offer?

The choice is yours.

RGB

In Electronics; Red, Green, and Blue are the common colored lights to be used as a backlight for an LCD. A combination of these will emit countless of colors. But if the emission pattern is properly combined, a certain color is formed. That is the white light.

In our lives as Christians, we operate distinctly as where are we assigned to.
“But now are they many members, yet but one body.”
Sometimes we get discouraged when we look to our work as inefficient and non-valuable.
“Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:”
Our simple positive acts of accomplishments, small as it is, if combined with other members’ labors for the Lord, will have a great impact to His ministry.

We might be a Red light teachers in Universities that instructs the young in their daily struggles. A Green Light church choir member that offers heart warming messages through songs. We can also be a humble Blue Light student in our different schools, preaching and sharing to fellow students the salvation that God has freely offered to humanity.

Whatever may be your position you have in your life, if you prayerfully optimize every opportunity that comes, you can become a candle not hidden under a bushel.

A proper emission pattern is needed to produce the supreme color of all, and if we do reflect the correct pattern, however diverse we are, we could produce such wanted light: The white light.

Italics: 1 Corinthians 12:12, 22.

Persistence

persistence

The lack of knowledge about different things are caused by our lack of effort to explore more.

Our brain are designed by God to be a database of massive information. It is only by our choice of what information are to be stored in there, if we let it so.

The story of Dr. Ben Carson is an example of a life of a person who persistently learn of what is unknown. His life is full of discoveries. Discoveries that are attainable by every human that are willing to learn. He inspired me, by the grace of God, to be an excellent student even though the circumstances are unfavorable. He shows passion in his career! He aims for learning and not for grades — it will just follow actually.

If we focus ourselves to our goals then the defects of our character will be done away. Not for the single moment of our decision in its pursuance, but for the little acts in achieving the purpose, consistently with perseverance. It is those little things that matters. The extra effort in every problem and circumstance. The desire that will drive your every action. And the knowledge and faith of the Infinite God that keeps you persistent in learning the things you thought unattainable.

You might have believe, maybe one moment in your life, that almost everything seems unreal because of the fact that it is beyond your reach, at least for a moment. It is only by faith when you can see things for real. When you know that everything is possible. And when you know that this physical world is actually spiritual.

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”Hebrews 11:3

Thus, make a persistent effort to learn more things that are unseen, because it is in those things that men will be able to get the highest possible wisdom available.