Nuggets – Inheritance in Our Father’s House-

“And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, Is there yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father’s house?” (Genesis 31:14)

This is the first mention of the word “inheritance” in the Bible, and, appropriately enough, its theme is the futility of basing one’s future plans on the hope of any earthly estate.

No earthly inheritance could ever compare with “the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:18), with one exception—one heritage that the Lord does grant in this life: “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3). This promise no doubt applies to spiritual as well as physical children, but nowhere else in Scripture does God promise any kind of material inheritance to His loved ones. The reason for this exception is that the only material blessing capable of sharing our eternal inheritance is our children when we lead them to Christ.

Our real inheritance is called an “eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15), an “inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled” (1 Peter 1:4), and a “glorious inheritance” (Ephesians 1:18). In one of the great Messianic psalms, the Lord Jesus, as the sin-bearing, suffering Son of man, testifies as follows: “The LORD is the portion of my inheritance….The lines [that is, the surveying lines bounding His ‘lot’] are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage” (Psalm 16:5-6). In fact, He has been “appointed heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:2).

We are sometimes better off with little or no earthly inheritance, but when we are born again through receiving the saving death and life of Christ, we become “children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16,17). In Christ, the Lord also becomes the portion of our inheritance. HMM

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 114

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My mouth

Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
    but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

What do I say? Do I say the Word in love, truth and mercy? Do I bring life to my hearers, encouragement for the day, words that lift up rather than press down?

What do I say too myself? does it say to bring life and not doubts and fears? Does it encourage me to live for my Lord with courage and strength that comes from above.

What do I say? Does it engender strife and disharmony in the family, among my workmates, between supervisors and supervisees, between me and my friends?

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Nuggets – The Scattering Hammer

“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)

One of the most picturesque of the figures used to describe the Holy Scriptures is that of the hammer striking and shattering a rock. In this text, however, the “rock” is literally a mighty rock mountain.

Furthermore, the effect of the hammer is to “break in pieces.” This phrase actually is a single Hebrew word that normally means “disperse” or “scatter abroad,” usually used in describing the worldwide dispersion of the children of Israel. It was used even earlier for the first dispersion at Babel: “So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth” (Genesis 11:8). Perhaps most significantly of all, it is used in the prophecy of Zechariah 13:7: “Smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.”

This verse was quoted by the Lord Jesus just after the last supper and applied to Himself: “All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad” (Matthew 26:31). Combining all these themes, our text really seems to be saying: “Is not my word like a mighty hammer from heaven that shatters the great mountain and scatters it abroad?”

Our text is inserted in the midst of a stinging rebuke by Jeremiah of Israel’s false prophets, contrasting their lies with the mighty power of God’s true Word. Perhaps it is also a parable of the living Word, who is also the great Rock of ages as well as the loving Shepherd. When the Rock was shattered, the living stones were ejected from the Rock. The sheep that were thus scattered from the Shepherd became the spreading fire of the written Word, and “they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). HMM

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 113

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Wink maliciously

Proverbs 10:10 Whoever winks maliciously causes grief, and a chattering fool comes to ruin.

What does a malicious wink represent? This is a sign of craft, malice, and complicity with other wicked comrades and causes trouble and grief. Stay faithful to your spouse. It has been said that adultery could begin with a malicious wink behind the spouse.

On the other hand the prating fool is the one who speaks whatever is in his mind without thought of consequence or impact on others, and ends in ruin.

Do not be hood-winked when you are away from home. Be careful little tongue what you say. Keep away from such crafty people who should not be trusted.

Lord keep me from infidelity and help me remain faithful to my spouse that my family will be a family who love You and will do what pleases You.

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 112

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Choose integrity

Proverbs 10: 9 Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Cheaters, liars, thieves, gossipers, slackers do not walk in integrity. They are not honest, and do not walk or talk straight. The truth will set us free and on the right path that leads to righteousness. We need not have a compendium of lies told for remembrance, we can live in peace and need not fear but feel secure. We need not fear being found out on the wrong foot. Praise God You keep me established.

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Going by Every Word of God—Really?

Immortality Road

Many Christians proclaim that they “go by every word of God.” But sadly, that is not quite true. A more accurate statement would be that they go by every word that they think they understand. They go by every word, except those passages in scripture not understood by them.

The danger here is that not-understanding-a-passage leads to ignoring it. For huge portions of the Bible just lay there, ignored by billions of professing Christians, just waiting to be read, understood, and believed. But the ignorers don’t have the keys that open up passages of scripture because the keys are found inthe books that are ignored.

Moreover, many dismiss entire books, especially from the “Old Testament,” saying that those books have no bearing upon born again Christians. And so they espouse the reading of the New Testament. But Christ’s word is a sword of sharpened irony. “Man shall not…

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Nuggets – Logical Milk

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” (1 Peter 2:2)

This exhortation is directed to young Christians who have only recently trusted God’s enduring Word, preached to them in the saving gospel of Christ.

Because of this miracle of regeneration just experienced, a new Christian must now “[lay] aside [the verb form here means to ‘lay aside once and for all’] all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies” (1 Peter 2:1) and partake—as babes—of the “milk of sincerity.” The word for “sincere” means, literally, “without guile,” so he/she must now build all future progress in his/her new life not on guile but on guilelessness!

The phrase “of the word” is especially noteworthy. This is not the usual word for “word” (Greek logos) but a closely related word (logikos) from which we get our words “logic” and “logical.” It is used only one other time in the New Testament, where it is rendered “reasonable” in the classic passage dealing with “your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).

Thus, Peter is talking about partaking of a spiritual milk that is both logical and without guile. This can be nothing else (as seen in the context) than the incorruptible, eternal, regenerating Word of God and the living Word (Jesus Christ) revealed therein.

Now, the Lord Jesus is surely logical, for He is “the truth” (John 14:6). In this same chapter, Peter also notes that Christ was without guile (1 Peter 2:22). These attributes must be equally true of His written Word. The Scriptures are not full of secret meanings that only specially trained interpreters can fathom. They are sincere, meaning precisely what they say! Neither are they naive and unscientific but fully logical and correct in everything they say. Therefore, they are genuine spiritual nourishment for babes in Christ and will certainly enable them to “grow thereby.” HMM

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 111

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Obey instructions

Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

In order to obey instructions to complete my job properly, I must be focussed on my work, listen to instructions and act according to instructions. I cannot follow commands if I continue to speak, and not listen and then rely on my own perception of what work I have to complete. I know that my performance will be good if I focus and not be distracted and minding other people’s business while the instructions are given.

Speak Lord, I am listening.

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 110

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Your reputation

Proverbs 10:7 The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.

Each of us leaves behind us a repution of blessings or trash.

I pray today that I will live a life of blessings to others in God’s name and for His glory.

I would not choose to have a useless life which leads to trash that is nothing worth remembering.

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Seek Hope

“IF YOU SEEK ME, YOU WILL FIND ME, WHEN YOU SEEK ME WITH ALL YOUR HEART.” JEREMIAH 29:13

It is so easy to be overcome

To lose sight of the Son

It may feel so hopeless

This world seems undone

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