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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Nuggets – The Return to the Upper Room

“And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room….These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” (Acts 1:13-14)

What a myriad of thoughts must have been swirling through the believers’ heads as they walked back to Jerusalem after Christ ascended into heaven. They had many enemies in Jerusalem, but they walked fearlessly because He who claimed “all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18) promised that “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (v. 20). They obediently assembled in “an upper room” (literally “the” upper room) to wait and pray.

Notice who is present. The list includes the 11 remaining disciples, reassembled after scattering. Peter, who had denied the Lord, had gained sweet forgiveness; doubting Thomas had his skepticisms answered; and John was there, the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” But even he had deserted his Lord in the garden as the soldiers came.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was there. She had raised Him as a completely loving and obedient child, only to see Him ridiculed and opposed. She anguished as only a mother could, to see Him hanging on the tree, but her anguish had been quelled. At least two of her other sons were there, presumably New Testament authors James and Jude. Earlier, they had scoffed, but now they understood. Other women were also present, those who were the last ones at the cross and the first to see Him once the tomb had yielded up its dead. The entire group can be pictured as a trophy of His grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

They gathered together in perfect “accord,” a common bond of faith and purpose, praying and petitioning God for His will and power. Might we not see many examples for our lives and prayers in these verses? JDM

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FILIPINO .ENCOURAGEMENT 109

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Blessings vs violent intentions

Proverbs 10:6 The godly are showered with blessings; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions

I will choose blessings meant for the godly today rather than have evil intentions that drive me to evil deeds. Be careful today for what I think and follow after will have consequences.

Lord help me be Your child today. Help me follow You and Your Word . Quench the bad intentions that may be seeded in my mind and help me resist temptation that spell bad for me and those I come across. Let there be peace in my life today and tonight. Thank You Lord Jesus. I accept Your blessings as I choose godliness. Amen.

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Nuggets – Understanding Management

“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.” (Matthew 25:14)

Several kingdom parables in the New Testament provide glimpses into two major principles: God’s provision and our management of His wealth.

In the parable of the talents found in Matthew, the “talents” (money) belong to the “lord of those servants” (Matthew 25:19), and he gave to “every man according to his several ability” (Matthew 25:15). Each steward had the master’s confidence and trust, and success of enterprise depended upon the servant’s productivity. Each steward received varied amounts of resources according to the master, and the reward was based on faithful use of those resources.

Luke’s parallel account (Luke 19:13-27) focused on the percent of return. In both cases, the stewards were essentially asked, “What did you do with what you were given?” Each had enormous freedom in his management and the opportunity to demonstrate his capabilities.

God funds His work through His people. The funding of the tabernacle building project (Exodus 35) is a good example. The Israelites were recently freed slaves who had all been given gold by the Egyptians until there was more than enough.

The funding of the temple during David’s reign (1 Chronicles 28 and 29) is another excellent example. The leaders gave vast amounts of wealth and building materials, setting an example for the rest of the nation. Though they did not actually build it, they had the vision for it, and their children eventually did it. God works no miracles to meet critical needs except through the miraculous giving of His willing people. HMM III

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 108

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Be in season

Proverbs 10:5 He that gathers in summer is a wise son: but he that sleeps in harvest is a son that causes shame.

Seize the opportunity – do the right thing at the right time. To do otherwise will bring shame and sadness and emptiness.

Lord help me seize the opportunities in my work today that I might derive the best results. Help me persevere in difficulties. Let me finish in time as You will be on time to help me get through. Let me not bring shame to my God and my family back home for not seizing the opportunities.

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ATB 58 Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

As this current year continues to move forward I have always been of the opinion that each of us will take some time to reflect back over the year that is winding down. 

All of us have said and thought at one time, how time does fly. It seems like the months pass by so quickly that before you know it one season has given way to another. 

Like most of us I can recall as a child how it seemed like time dragged on forever. It felt like one day would take a week to complete. But now as an adult like everyone else I am finding that the days go by much quicker, sometimes to the point where it seems that I’m not able to get everything done that I was planning to. 

More and more as the year does come to a close I find myself looking back at what has happened in my life during the year. Like all of us this concluding year has seen its share of ups and downs. There have been those peak days when I found myself thinking, it doesn’t get any better than this.  

Those days if I were to have my way would last forever.  But of course there were those days when it seemed that everything was falling apart. Nothing that I tried made them any better. Yes those days could not end fast enough. 

To this end I have been given thought to three separate things.  Three separate things that still none the less are interlinked together. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.

Yesterday. All of our yesterdays are of course a part of our past. They continue to grow one after the other. For some of us those yesterdays have reached a total that seems almost impossible to remember. They are an eclectic mix of experiences that have shaped and defined us to be who and what we are today.

In our Christian walk with the Lord there is in my opinion an importance in looking back. Looking back each of us can recall those times when it seemed that all was lost. Those times I sure left us thinking that there would be no way that we would make it to the next day. 

With the opportunity to look back we can see that yes we made it through.  But as well it is not by chance that we did make it through. It wasn’t us by ourselves or those that we know that helped us through. It was the Lord who was not only with us, but more often than not carried us through. How often can each of us attest to the essence of the poem Footprints in the Sand. So many times it has been the Lord who carried us through those days when it was truly a journey through the valleys. 

Our yesterdays serve as a purpose to not only reflect back but as well provides God with his moment to bring back to our remembrance just who he is and what his promise is to us. Isaiah 41:10 stands as our in case we forgot.  “Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am you God; I will strengthen you, I will help, I will uphold you with my right hand. “  

Today.  Wherever we are on this very day it represents the fact that we have made it this far. I am always reminded of that gospel song that states that we’ve come this far by faith, trusting and leaning on the Lord. The essence of our today is confirmation of the presence of God in lives. 

With the arrival of today comes a charge. A charge that we as the body of Christ are called to fulfill. We are positioned to share with those whom we come in contact with the goodness of God. We can share with people the life experiences that we have gone through and how God was with us every step of the way. 

Our today as we pause to look around us finds so much in a constant state of flux. Change that is swirling around us to the point where it leaves many unsure and certainly with a growing level of fear. Change that if we are honest it is more and more not for the better.

But in spite of the uncertainty that today may present as Christians we are to remain strong in our faith that just as God has done in our yesterdays, he will do so for our today.  For it from our yesterdays that we draw from a well of confidence that our today will find us with a sense of assurance that everything is going to be alright.

Tomorrow. As sure as we have our yesterdays and our today we will have tomorrow as well. All of may have a basic idea of what tomorrow will bring.  Those ideas are for the most part rooted in our daily routine. Routines that can lull us into thinking that each day will be the same. 

But for each of us we are a witness to the fact that truly no one can say what tomorrow will bring. There is in a sense a misty cloud shrouding the next day that leaves us with an undercurrent of anticipation. It is easy to be given to the temptation of feeling anxious and as well worrying about tomorrow. 

During those moments when we may feel anxiety and worry building up in our minds, we need only to turn to scripture to bring us back to an even keel. 

Matthew 6: 34 calls for us to not be anxious about tomorrow. For tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Nothing that we stress about will change anything.  Tomorrow will arrive and unfold accordingly. 

Each of our tomorrows is beyond our control. Each and every tomorrow is surely going to come. And with all of our tomorrows and with all that they will bring, as Christians we need only to pause and remember who holds tomorrow in the palm of his hand.  As God has done before he will do again. He alone is in control of tomorrow. Proverbs 3:5-6 calls on us to trust in the Lord all of our hearts, and lean not to our on understanding. 

Yesterday Today and Tomorrow. Uniquely different yet intertwined together. Each a precious part of our lives that serve as affirmation God’s presence and promise to always be with us.       

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Nuggets – Understanding Ownership

“The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1)

The doctrine of creation is not merely a “scientific” debate. The opposite concepts of natural and evolutionary development versus the fiat creation of an omnipotent, omniscient, and transcendent Being impact every facet of our worldview. God owns the earth; He is its Creator (Genesis 1:1Psalm 24:1-2Revelation 4:11; and hundreds of other passages throughout the Bible).

Christians who revere the biblical revelation of God are not to be in conflict with this most basic of all doctrines. God owns the living creatures that inhabit the earth (Psalm 50:10). He owns the metals that establish monetary value in the earth (Haggai 2:8). He claims ownership over our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19). He even states ownership of our very souls (Ezekiel 18:4). Nothing is excluded from the sphere of His ownership and kingship (1 Chronicles 29:11-12Isaiah 45:12Colossians 1:16-17). And we are to manage God’s resources as stewards of the Owner.

Lucifer’s error was that he thought he could become like the Owner, usurping all the rights and privileges of the Creator (Isaiah 14:12-14). Israel’s error was similar; they behaved as if their possessions were their own property (Malachi 3:8-10). The prodigal son claimed for himself the right of ownership and treated the money as if it were his own (Luke 15:12-14). The unfaithful steward made no effort to be productive (Matthew 25:24).

We have been delegated authority over the creation itself (Genesis 1:28), are required to be faithful with the “mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2), and are expected to administer “the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). May God preserve us from self-serving stewardship. HMM III

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 107

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Be diligent

Proverbs 10:4 He becomes poor that deals with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

The Word of God is true . It describes a slacker who slips into poverty while someone who is diligent will prosper. Today as I do my work, Lord help me be diligent. Let me not be dishonest to my employer by being a slacker.

Here’s a children’s clip which illustrates the results of being hardworking and slack. The lesson is for us as well as your children.

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Nuggets -Stewardship Conflicts

“Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:6-8)

The commission to rule over Earth was never withdrawn from humanity by the Creator. That dominion mandate implies authorization for the following human enterprises:

  • Discovery of truth—science, research, exploration
  • Application of truth—agriculture, engineering, medicine, technology, etc.
  • Implementation of truth—commerce, transportation, government, etc.
  • Interpretation of truth—fine arts, literature, theology
  • Transmission of truth—education, communication, homemaking

When that authority was first delegated by the Creator, Earth was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). However, Adam’s failure in his first assignment created an ongoing conflict with humanity’s efforts on every front. Now, the “whole creation groaneth” (Romans 8:22) as the very ground from which all things are made conflicts with the environment (Genesis 3:18). Sin and death are the conditions of existence (Romans 5:12), and ignorance of God’s ideas, apart from God’s revelation, is rampant (1 Corinthians 2:14). Humanity’s drive is to serve ourselves, not God or others (Ephesians 2:1-3), and the ability to obey comes only through God’s new creation (Ephesians 4:17-24).

One day, all these wrongs will be righted with the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Until that day, our mandate remains as stewards over Earth. HMM III

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