FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 41

FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT

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Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 –““But the fruit of the (Holy) Spirit, [the work which His presence within accomplishes] –- is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness; (Meekness, humility) gentleness, self-control (self-restraint, continence).””

I should be loving, joyful, restful, patient, kind, good, trustworthy, humble and disciplined. This is the fruit I should be bearing. These are the graces which should characterise me as a Christian. Which am I missiong today? I must ask God for them .

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Nuggets – No Adultery

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)

This commandment’s obvious application is for marital fidelity. God created one man and one woman for that union (Genesis 1:26; 2:18; 1 Corinthians 11:9).

Adam recognized the sanctity of marriage (Genesis 2:23– 25). Christ verified and reaffirmed this fidelity (Matthew 5:27; 19:4-6). Adultery “murders” a marriage and was punished with the death penalty (Leviticus 20:10).

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The Blessing – Part Three

The Lord make His face shine upon you … Numbers 6:24

The “face of the Lord” is commonly associated with His approval.  It speaks to a sense of His nearness, and the reality of His presence.  While there are many people who talk about sensing the presence of God, the scripture is clear that He doesn’t regard everyone in the same way. In Psalm 34 and 1 Peter 3, it says “The face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” But don’t be tricked into believing that you can just do ‘right’ things and be worthy of being in the company of the Lord.  You can’t.

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Nuggets – No Murder

“Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13)

The basis for murder is hatred (Deuteronomy 19:11Exodus 21:14). The use of a weapon identifies murder. It may be a lethal weapon, like an “instrument of iron” (Numbers 35:16); a weapon of opportunity, like a stone or club (Numbers 35:17– 18); or merely the use of hands (Numbers 35:21).

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 40

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From your lips to His ears

“jesus” the name sent from your lips to His ears, brings His immediate response to the crisis of danger or when you are afraid, which stops the evil hurled against you and keeps you safe and whole. How many times has Jesus responded to my call.When I call Him I acknowledge He is the Christ the Son of the Living God. He is God at whose name every knee will bow on earth, in heaven and under the earth. Jesus never fails!

Philippians 2:9-11 ESV Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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THE Way

Jesus proclaimed in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes t0 the Father except through me.”

He didn’t say, “I am a way.” He didn’t say, “I am the best way.” He didn’t say, Why don’t you try my way and see if you like it”

Heo said, “I am THE way. Period. Do not pass go and collect $two hundred dollars. He is the ONLY way.

I know folks, I have family members and friends who say there’s several ways to get to heaven. They can’t explain what they are, but they are sure there are some.

I have a close relative who asks me,”What about Buddhists and Muslims and harry krishnans” This is a popular secular defense against hearing or believing the Gospel or admitting that Jesus is the only way. When I hear this defense I respond with a question, “What about them?” They change the subject. They don’t offer any defense for their supposition.

The bottom line is: Jesus said it and He is truth. So I’m going to go with Jesus. Some day soon it will all be over. And we’ll find out whether the world was right and there are lots of ways to get to heaven; or Jesus is right and, like He says He is the one and only way to spend eternity with him and the Father in heaven.

I’ll choose Jesus every time. How about you?

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Nuggets – Honoring Parents

“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” (Exodus 20:12)

This is the “first commandment with promise” (Ephesians 6:2) and starts the second set of instructions in Exodus 20 for godly living. While the first four commandments focus on our relationship with God Himself, the last six are designed to protect and enhance our relationship with each other.

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What is hope

For more than a year I’ve been in a quandary about understanding the true meaning of hope for the authentic follower of Jesus. I’ve read a book on hope, I’ve read scripture on hope, I’ve listened to messages on hope, I’ve read teachings on hope.

I’ve finally found an explanation of authentic hope I can embrace and claim as my own. I found it in a book by Lloyd Ogilvy, A Future and a Hope.

Some folks water down hope and use it in a purely worldly way– “I hope I pass my English test.” or “She’s lost all hope.” or “We hope the future will be bright.

But here’s the definition I found in Mr. Ogilvy’s book

Authentic hope is a gift from God through Jesus Christ that produces a confident, unshakable trust in His timely interventions in keeping with His gracious promises to us. Authentic hope is always a bi-product of a personal relationship with God. It comes from knowing God (not knowing about God). “Authentic hope is a confident expectation that God is going to do exactly what He says He is going to do.” Lloyd Ogilvy.

And that will work for me every time.

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 39

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Compassion

The elderly and young children who may be totally dependent on my care need my compassionate care especially when they are difficult to handle and require extra patience and perseverance when I am tired and overworked. I may adopt an attitude of just doing my work, and not giving that extra effort to meet their special needs. Is this acceptable to the Lord? Jesus was my example for being compassionate.

Matthew 9:36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.

Perhaps at times my dependents at work are distressed and dispirited and become unappreciative or very difficult, and unco-operative. Then I have to claim the love of Jesus to fill me so that I can be compassionate beyond my natural response. Jesus, please help me. Amen.

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Nuggets – God’s Rest Day

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8)

The Hebrew word shabbat is found 108 times in the Old Testament. The basic meaning is “intermission” or “break.” The term never means “Saturday” or “seven.”

The pattern of resting every seventh day–night cycle was established by God at creation (Genesis 2:1-3Exodus 20:11). God “made” (performed activity) for six days and rested and ended His work on the seventh day.

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