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

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Are You a Worthy Replacement?

The full content of this post, unlike my older posts is copied directly from the book: Prophets and Kings, Page 588-589, by Ellen Gould White.

Satan has an accurate knowledge of the sins that he has tempted God’s people to commit, and he urges his accusations against them, declaring, that by their sins they have forfeited divine protection, and claiming that he has the right to destroy them. He pronounces them just as deserving as himself of exclusion from the favor of God. “Are these,” he says, “the people who are to take my place in heaven, and the place of the angels who united with me? They profess to obey the law of God; but have they kept its precepts? Have they not been lovers of self more than lovers of God? Have they not placed their own interests above His service? Have they not loved the things of the world? Look at the sins that have marked their lives. Behold their selfishness, their malice, their hatred of one another. Will God banish me and my angels from His presence, and yet reward those who have been guilty of the same sins? Thou canst not do this, O Lord, in justice. Justice demands that sentence be pronounced against them.”

But while the followers of Christ have sinned, they have not given themselves up to be controlled by the satanic agencies. They have repented of their sins and have sought the Lord in humility and contrition, and the divine Advocate pleads in their behalf. He who has been most abused by their ingratitude, who knows their sin and also their penitence, declares: “The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan. I gave My life for these souls. They are graven upon the palms of My hands. They may have imperfections of character; they may have failed in their endeavors; but they have repented, and I have forgiven and accepted them.”

Reserved

Proper Conduct is the first thing to be watched upon two Christians who are mutually engaged as friends.

“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” Titus 2:1-8

This part of the Bible is a great motivator to a struggling brother or Sister. Boys, remember girls are very emotional. Thus, be sober, slow to speak, fast to understand, control yourself, and be discreet always.

“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22

“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matthew 5:28

We must avoid the way we think because it will lead to an unchristian act. Did you know that our brain cannot determine if we are thinking a certain thing or we are doing it? Thus, the Bible is rational when it declares the fact that is written in Matthew 5:28. In the other hand, girls must observe proper dress code. They are not to let themselves be a stumbling-block for men. Letting so is a sin not lesser than the former.

 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,” 2 Peter 3:11

No Time for Corrupt Impulses—Our probation is short at best. We have no time to spend in indulging corrupt impulses. The familiarity of married men with married women and young girls is disgusting in the sight of God and holy angels. The forwardness of young girls in placing themselves in the company of young men, hanging around where they are at work, entering into conversation with them, talking common, idle talk, is belittling to womanhood. It lowers them, even in the estimation of those who themselves do such things.”—Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce, 245 (1888). {DG 151.1}

“Every unholy passion must be kept under the control of sanctified reason through the grace abundantly bestowed of God.” {CT 257.1}

Joseph’s Experience: “His soul thrilled with the high resolve to prove himself true to God—under all circumstances to act as became a subject of the King of heaven. He would serve the Lord with undivided heart; he would meet the trials of his lot with fortitude and perform every duty with fidelity. One day’s experience had been the turning point in Joseph’s life. Its terrible calamity had transformed him from a petted child to a man, thoughtful, courageous, and self-possessed.” {PP 214.1}

Now, let me ask you, how is your conduct towards the other sex? Remember: Don’t go to aimless conversations, fear not to refuse because you are RESERVED with the person whom God has given you/will be given upon you. You’re not to give your body before marriage, that’s not supported by God to be an ideal way to behave as Christians.

“Protected by a Sacred Circle of Purity—Our sisters should encourage true meekness; they should not be forward, talkative, and bold, but modest and unassuming, slow to speak. They may cherish courteousness. To be kind, tender, pitiful, forgiving, and humble would be becoming and well pleasing to God. If they occupy this position, they will not be burdened with undue attention from gentlemen in the church or out. All will feel that there is a sacred circle of purity around these God-fearing women which shields them from any unwarrantable liberties. With some women professing godliness, there is a careless, coarse freedom of manner which leads to wrong and evil. But those godly women whose minds and hearts are occupied in meditating upon themes which strengthen purity of life, and which elevate the soul to commune with God, will not be easily led astray from the path of rectitude and virtue. Such will be fortified against the sophistry of Satan; they will be prepared to withstand his seductive arts. I appeal to you, as followers of Christ making an exalted profession, to cherish the precious, priceless gem of modesty. This will guard virtue.” {AH 334.1 – 334.3}

“The guardians of the institution must ever maintain a high standard and carefully watch over the youth entrusted to them by parents as learners or helpers in the various departments. When young men and women work together a sympathy is created among them which frequently grows into sentimentalism. Young girls will lose their maidenly modesty and be led to act deceptively because their affections have become entangled.” {CH 294.1}

“How shall we search the Scriptures in order to understand what they teach? We should come to the investigation of God’s word with a contrite heart, a teachable and prayerful spirit. We are not to think, as did the Jews, that our own ideas and opinions are infallible; nor with the papists, that certain individuals are the sole guardians of truth and knowledge, that men have no right to search the Scriptures for themselves, but must accept the explanations given by the Fathers of the church. We should not study the Bible for the purpose of sustaining our preconceived opinions, but with the single object of learning what God has said.” {GW92 125.1}

“The Saviour’s entire life was characterized by disinterested benevolence and the beauty of holiness. He is our pattern of goodness. From the beginning of His ministry, men began to comprehend more clearly the character of God. He carried out His teachings in His own life. He showed consistency without obstinacy, benevolence without weakness, tenderness and sympathy without sentimentalism. He was highly social, yet He possessed a reserve that discouraged any familiarity. His temperance never led to bigotry or austerity. He was not conformed to the world, yet He was attentive to the wants of the least among men.” {CT 262.1}

Guard your thoughts, close the door to temptation. Do your work as in the sight of the divine Watcher. Work patiently, expecting that, through the grace of Christ, you will make a success in your profession. Keep up the barriers which the Lord has erected for your safety. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life, or of death.” {CH 341.2}

Yet we have a work to do to resist temptation. Those who would not fall a prey to Satan’s devices must guard well the avenues of the soul; they must avoid reading, seeing, or hearing that which will suggest impure thoughts. The mind should not be left to wander at random upon every subject that the adversary of souls may suggest. “Gird up the loins of your mind,” says the apostle Peter, “be sober, … not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of living.” Says Paul, “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” This will require earnest prayer and unceasing watchfulness. We must be aided by the abiding influence of the Holy Spirit, which will attract the mind upward, and habituate it to dwell on pure and holy things. And we must give diligent study to the word of God. “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word.” “Thy word,” says the Psalmist, “have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.”—”Patriarchs and Prophets, 460. 

Guard the avenues of your Soul. The mind is the greatest battle field here on earth that exist.

Don’t be Aloof, Stay social but retain your dignity and modesty. Stay Firm. Talk slow. Stay Bold. Be Biblically Principled. Walk the Talk.

Caution: Keep Distance

This blog has been created after being motivated by reading yesterday’s Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide together with my Adventist friends, with the topic:

God’s Will: Holiness (1 Thess. 4:3).

Holiness in all aspect is the focus of the lesson for this week, it includes wide range of branched topics in its context, but the topic about sexual immorality (fornication) had been the center piece of the discussion.

It took 1 and a half hour for us to share our views and motivational advises in the group.

Let me jump to the point, I don’t really like to spend much time to write long articles.

Then we came into the last question. This one excites me:

What choices can we make that will help protect us from the potential damage that abuse of this gift can bring?

MINDSET is the most important defense that has to be placed in our inventory as Christians. We need not physical items to secure our safety in this battle, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of darkness in this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Truly, sermons that are focused on relationships and are using sources from the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy books thus help us improved theoretically. Yeah! I’ve been through this, I’ve been watching and listening sermons about these topics,  but how high is the assurance for us to protect ourselves in the trending form of courtship and dating that involves kissing, hugging, and the like?

Remember that in school, there are two parts of study. First is in the lecture where theories are presented, second is in the Laboratory where application of the theories is needed to investigate on how high was your understanding on the previously discussed theories during the lecture time.

Most of the time, laboratory activities are more harder to accomplish than the lecture quizzes. So as to life.

We sometimes feel that we have all the knowledge to shield ourselves in the fiery darts of temptations of adultery and fornication that are thrusting towards us. Keep in mind, when you’re in the battlefield, it’s not 100% that the environment there is the same compared to the scenarios that are shown in the lecture.

My point here is we are very weak to resist the temptations when we are alone with the opposite sex in an isolated place. This means that (not most of the time but based on my own experience) even how founded are we in the counsels about the proper and modest way to behave and apply the ways of friendship and love with the other sex, we tend to behave the way we don’t want to be. Because of the improper time, inappropriate topics, and not in the right place with the opposite sex some professed Christians cannot handle with boldness the temptations that Satan had laid for them.

prevention is better than cure. 🙂

We must stand firm in every decision that we make, let’s walk the talk!

remember: FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD!

-I will be adding a new post that is related with this.-

God Bless! 🙂

An Unexpected Motivation

Today, when I had joined the weekly devotional of all Student Assistants of the Adventist Medical Center and College after the Sabbath, I was amazed by their enthusiasm. Most of them are away from their family and are only leaning their daily living from the wages by their own effort. Some had been a working student for almost 10 years, and some had just entered into this line of duty. Their bond and positive emotions despite of the trials they’re currently facing has given me a boost to strive harder in life, to stop settling from mediocrity when excellence is available.

The problem when we view common things that happened in our life is to view it as it is, common. No thorough view on what the situation was. This example had opened my mind into the obvious reality that I’ve been indulging not many years after my birth. The sense of being secured in life by the daily financial support of my parents had made me a spoiled brat. That attitude, as if it was a thing that needed not to be changed, has been creeping into my life since when I was a kid. A character that God doesn’t want me to employ in my life to come as a young adult and the life that is in heaven.

The motivation of being self-supportive or independent from the family help has keeping my perspective in life patterned and almost alike with those Students Assistants. This was a reality that I’ve been dreaming of to serve as a foundation in my quest of learning and applying the character of Christ in me. Surrounded by Student Assistants friends, I’ve been always instructed by them to create an attitude of making your own produce. Reaping what you sow and making something out of your own strength and effort is a great accomplishment for me, by the grace of God.

I’ve wanted to join their devotionals every Saturday night, because I admit it that I’ve learned many things from them. But for them it was just a common thing to have me there and listen to their century old testimonies and sermons. They are unconsciously influencing me by their positive look in the problems of life.Sometimes the least are the ones who’ll give you a lesson that has to be learned.

“Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:”-1 Corinthians 12:22 KJV

The most unexpected people that will appear in a particular situation are those that will help you a lot in your journey of finding and developing the character of Christ. If we’re just open minded in the reality that God wants to us, we could have been a better children to our parents. We could have strived our best in helping them from the simplest things into the most complicated ones.

“Whatever is done from love, however small it may appear in the estimation of men, is accepted and rewarded of God.” The Great Controvtersy, page 488 May God bless you after reading this note. ☺

faithfulness in little things is the evidence of fitness for greater responsibilities.

We, Christians, may improve our character not by a single moment of receiving the great light that we’re all dreaming of. It’s a day-by-day transformation, little by little so that we cannot be blinded by the intense light which God can offer through the Holy Spirit.

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. “(2Co 3:18 KJV)

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”(1Jn 3:2 KJV)

It’s very essential for us Christians to exercise daily the acts which God approves, an act that is beneficial to our selves and to others.

“And this service, while making us a blessing to others, brings the greatest blessing to ourselves.”-Education, page 16.2

One way to minister to others is by introducing the common yet less read holy writ, which is the Bible. Some don’t read the Bible not because of the availability of time, but by the fear of hearing the precious truths concealed in the old yet powerful set of holy books written by mortal scribes with the directed effort given to them by the Holy Spirit. It’s your choice of what form of instructions and principles you’ll give effort to learn and perform.

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”(2Co 4:4 KJV)

The sin that I’ve continually did transgress since my birth in this world, is the sin of unholy communication to my friends who thirst for the light from the Sapphire throne above. Instead of making myself an example, I’ve been an untrue minister. I’ve been a goat, not a sheep.

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”(Eph 4:29 KJV)

Change is a must for us who transgress the law unknowingly, remember:

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.”(1Jn 3:4 KJV)

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”(Hos 4:6 KJV)

“What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.”(Rom 7:7 KJV)

The lesson is for all. None can know what may be God’s purpose in His discipline; but all may be certain that faithfulness in little things is the evidence of fitness for greater responsibilities. Every act of life is a revelation of character, and he only who in small duties proves himself “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ” (2 Timothy 2:15) will be honored by God with weightier trusts.  {Ed 61.1}

No man can exert an influence for Christ, unless he is a decided and consistent Christian. Those who love and cherish the pure principles of Bible religion, will not be found weak in moral power. Under the elevating, ennobling influence of the Holy Spirit, the tastes and inclinations become pure and holy. Nothing will take so strong a hold upon the affections, nothing reaches so fully down to the deepest motives of action, nothing exerts so potent an influence upon the life, and gives so great firmness and stability to the character, as the religion of Christ. It is this which is lacking in the church. Many will be found wanting in the day of final accounts, because they did not possess real godliness.  {RH, June 20, 1882 par. 4}