FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 29

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Wait

A short wait brings joy when the beloved one appears after a temporary separation.

A long wait could have a negative or positive end which affects hope, faith, trust, perseverance, patience, joy, celebration, sadness or sorrow.

Isaiah 40:31 ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Do I want to renew your strength? mount up with wings as eagles? run? not be weary?walk?

Then wait before the Lord with His Word, for His will, His time, His perspective in prayer and thanksgiving for “yes,” wait “and “no ‘ answers.

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Nuggets – The Finished Works of Creation

“For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 4:3)

Here is a strong New Testament confirmation of the Genesis record of a creation completed in the past—thus not continuing in the present as theistic evolutionists have to assume. Whatever processes God may have used during the six days of creation, they are no longer in operation, for “the heavens and the earth were finished,…on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made.…And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).

The record in Genesis could not be more clear and specific, but the fact that it is in Genesis tends to demean it in the minds of many scientists and theologians. So, they prefer to believe in a continuing evolution and long ages in the past. But the writer of Hebrews once again confirms the fact of a completed creation: “For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his” (Hebrews 4:10).

The writer is not trying to defend the completed creation as such but merely assuming it as a commonly acknowledged truth. In fact, God’s “rest” from His works of creation is taken as a prophetic type of the spiritual rest of a Christian believer when he ceases trusting his own works of legalism and relies fully on the finished work of Christ for his eternal salvation. On the cross, before the Lord had died for our sins, He had cried out, “It is finished” (John 19:30), and our debt for sin was fully paid. God’s great work of redemption was completed, just as was His work of creation, and now we also can rest from our “dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14). HMM

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 28

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Faith

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

I have many hopes for myself, my spouse, my children, my career, by extended family, These are for things that have not been realized but for which I aspire.

What assurance do I have for the realization of these hopes? I am assured that my Lord is in control of my past realized, my present being realized and future the evidence of things I have not seen. I know that all things work together for good to those (me) who love Godto those (me) who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. Our greatest hope is in the resurrection of Jesus and our eternal life when through our faithin the Word we realize our hope that is in Christ Jesus.

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Nuggets – Righteous Boldness

“The righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1)

A holy boldness is imparted to those who seek to speak the truth of God (Acts 4:31). The miracle of the Pentecost outpouring of the Holy Spirit was followed by several incidents where the various apostles and early Christian leaders spoke “boldly in the Lord” (Acts 14:3). Where does this boldness come from?

The Presence of the Holy Spirit: The Sanhedrin “saw the boldness of Peter and John” when they were dragged before them (Acts 4:13), after they had healed the lame man shortly after Pentecost. Peter was “filled with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 4:8) and boldly answered the farcical questioning of those self-righteous leaders, and they “took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). When we speak with God’s authority, we speak boldly.

The Words of God’s Word: The first church prayed “that with all boldness they may speak thy word,” and they were enabled to speak “the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:29, 31). When Paul was starting the church in Ephesus, he “spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God” (Acts 19:8). We should have boldness when we have opportunity to “make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19).

The Assurance of a Righteous Life: “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death” (Philippians 1:20). Several godly traits of righteous men are given in Hebrews, “so that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6).

These are from where that boldness comes. HMM III

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 27

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PRAYER

How long has it been since I talked to Jesus?

Have I just spoken to Him when I felt like it, when I am in trouble or do I have a healthy fellowship with Jesus? I deprive my self of spending time with Him and miss His precious presence with other things take priority over Him.

Have I not prayed because I feel guilty and have sin in my life, knowing that He is displeased by my disobedience to His Word? Have I preferred other people and attractions and pursuits over giving Him my time? Lord forgive me.

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

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Nobody is listening

“Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.” Mark:7:14

We’re in the mess we’re in culturally and socially today because nobody listens anymore. Oh, we hear each other ramble on and shout at one another. We hear protesters spew anger and frustration. We hear all the politicians ramble ramble ramble on communicating absolutely nothing significant. They’re all hearing but nobody’s listening.

Hearing is unilateral–it only goes one way. I listen to the radio.

Listening on the other hand goes both ways it is transactional. It requires a response. It requires one person to say something and another person or persons to respond–then “listening” has taken place.

But no one, no group, no faction, no protesters, no race, no religious group, no politician, no legislators–NO ONE is genuinely listening.

No committee, no symposium, no focus group, no town hall, no bi-racial commission will ever bridge the divide or solve the problems we face today. If we’re going to solve anything or make any progress at all it’s going to be one person at a time reaching out to someone different and truly listening to them. One on one. One person at a time.

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Nuggets – The Eternal Cosmos

He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.” (Psalm 148:6)

In this central psalm of the last five psalms comprising the “Hallelujah” epilogue to the book of Psalms, the entire physical creation is exhorted to praise the Lord, as all the universe is restored to its primeval perfection. All the people of the earth, all the angels, even all the animals, will praise the Lord.

Furthermore, in some way that can only be understood by faith, the entire inorganic creation—sun, moon, stars, mountains, winds, everything—will be able to praise Him. Even the primeval waters above the heavens (Genesis 1:7-9) will have been restored, and they will praise the Lord (Psalm 148:4-5).

And all of this will continue forever and ever! The new heavens and new Earth—that is, the renewed heavens and Earth, with the curse removed (Revelation 22:3)—the sun and moon and stars, with the eternal throne of the Lord Jesus established on the earth in the New Jerusalem, in the midst of all the redeemed men and women of all the ages—all of these will forever be a praise to God.

God is not capricious, and He does not fail. He will not “uncreate” what He has created. “Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever” (Ecclesiastes 3:14). The earth must yet be purged by fire (2 Peter 3:10), but it will be renewed in righteousness (v. 13) and without any evidences of the former regime of decay and death.

And then it will last forever. “And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever” (Psalm 78:69). “[God] laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever” (Psalm 104:5). “And they that turn many to righteousness [shall shine] as the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3). HMM

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Nuggets – No Stealing

“Thou shalt not steal.” (Exodus 20:15)

The word translated “steal” is the Hebrew ganab and is restricted to acts done secretly. It figuratively describes wind sweeping something away unexpectedly (Job 21:18; 27:20) and illustrates the thief-like movements of military deserters (2 Samuel 19:4). It would fit the term “burglary.”

Burglary was punishable on a graded scale. A 200-percent penalty was levied if the property was returned unharmed (Exodus 22:4, 7, 9), a 400- or 500-percent penalty if the property was damaged or destroyed (Exodus 22:1), and a 700-percent penalty if the property stolen was food (Proverbs 6:30-31). Personal indenture was enforced if the thief could not pay the monetary levy (Exodus 22:3).

The command extends to our care of the property of others. Loss due to negligence is considered stealing (Exodus 22:7, 10-13). This would also apply to unfair business practices that defraud either customers or employees (Leviticus 19:35-36).

In our personal lives, we are expected to repay our debts (Ezekiel 33:15; 18:7, 12, 16) and pay our taxes (Romans 13:5-8Matthew 22:17-21). Failure to do so makes us a “thief” in God’s eyes.

The Hebrew word qaba, on the other hand, is used to emphasize the violent seizing of property. It would fit the term “robbery.” This is the word used in the question “Will a man rob God?” (Malachi 3:8). We can infer that disobedience to tithing is a more dangerous infraction of the eighth commandment than mere “burglary.” May God keep us from either violation as we seek to please Him. HMM III

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The Blessing – Part Two

The Lord bless you and keep you … Numbers 6:24

The work “keep” is most commonly associated with protection, guidance and safety, but sometimes we struggle with our faith in God when bad things happen to us, our friends and even in the world around us.  While we can’t grasp the complexities of why the Lord allows (or sends) the things that He does, we can trust that He keeps us in ways we don’t always notice. For example…

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FILIPINO EXPAT ENCOURAGEMENT 26

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My Best Friend

I left my best friend in the Philippines. Now I am all alone with no friend to talk, share and fellowship with. I am a foreigner in a strange land, with many who do not speak my Tagalog,who I cannot share my joys and sadness, frustrations with.

But I have found my new best friend He is Jesus. He is with me all the time, and His Holy Spirit dwells within me. He knows my cares and concerns and is compassionate knowing my burdens as well. I can laugh and cry in His Presence and I am pursuaded He hears me when I call, and answers me when I make my requests are made to Him. It is not because being Omnipotent, (all powerful) Omnipresent(All present) and Omnscient(All knowing) He does not know. No, it is to my relief that when I call He hears and answers prayers. Praise Him. Hallelujah!

Psam 18:24 A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend (Jesus) who sticks closer than a brother.

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