Submission

submission

Submission is a selfless act to devote all your energies into an entity you trust the most.

A person cannot, and will not, achieve the highest possible discipline of forming a perfect character by his own.

He may seem to see himself as perfect and as flawless in all his dealings with the world, but in the eyes of God he remains spotted with sin. He may see others with different defects of characters but not knowing he has the same weaknesses. He may be very diligent in most of his deeds, but a single faculty of self that is remained feeble gives a fatal blow to the chain of habits he dearly furnished.

With boasting of his capabilities, his trust to God is diminished. Giving an impression that all the cleverness he obtains does not need the aid of the invisible power from above. The view of the most intelligent and productive teacher that ever existed in the universe is clouded. The outlook of self is exalted. He then sees himself as a god, an unstoppable power that says “with this (my knowledge), I will never be lost”. (This cunning bogus promise seems so familiar, have you read it in the book of Genesis? Go now and read it. 🙂 ) By that thought alone, he sinned, and he is already lost.

Not knowing that a union more than he could imagine can elevate his senses higher even to the highest summit of knowledge a man can have. “As the will of man cooperates with the will of God, it becomes omnipotent. Whatever is to be done in His command may be accomplished in His strength. All His biddings are enabling.” – Messages to Young People, page 101

Here then we can see that we have limitless possibilities to attain the apex of godliness. Here then we can have an assurance of the life that is to come. Here then we can have a confident trust to the God we have known and believed. Here then we can prove that all the fable that is thrown to our greatest master is all but a lie. Here then we can see our weakness and His Strength amplified. Here then we could see that our citizenship is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20).

We could now see that in this world, if we are just to submit ourselves to God there will be no impossible thing before us. Forget the tradition and commonly believed notion: “Kay tao raman ta, dli nato na mabuhat”

Instead, take a grip on this: “Let no one say, I cannot remedy my defects of character. If you come to this decision, you will certainly fail of obtaining everlasting life. The impossibility lies in your own will. If you will not, then you cannot overcome. The real difficulty arises from the corruption of an unsanctified heart, and an unwillingness to submit to the control of God.” – Messages to Young People, page 99

All we need is submission.

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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.

A different view of the Social Media

In this point of our lives, we live in a generation where social media had us tied up. It has a lot of potential attributes to make our lives more productive and efficient. But is there a limit on how do we limit our use and our purpose in engaging in this new trend of personal satisfaction tool?

Admit it, even you uses social media to connect with people. To increase the traffic of pages, websites, and other web related stuffs in your work, school, church, personal ministry, or even for yourself.

But are we overlooking its worth? Are we treating it above the normal treatment we must put into it? Does our treatment then became the norm do we do in our life and to those who are before us? Have we made ourselves a slave into something that is created by fellow creatures? are we slipping our gaze in what is created by the real Creator? Does our limits been stretched into something that makes us blind into what’s real? Even this life that we now have is not yet the real thing, not the real place for us — there is heaven to look forward for — yet we forget about it. How much more are the things that are more essential for our development as mortals? Things that are important for our growth and preparation of the world to come. It has been forgotten.

The more we become social and open in the screen, the more doors remains close for us to have a life that our Creator desired. You can argue all you want, but look into the brighter side of this video and have time to think for yourself. On what’s real.

God bless.

Directed by: Gary Turk.