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Selfish Prayer

Lately I’ve been noticing the way I pray. Most of the things I’ve been praying are things that everyone wanted. A better job, higher pay, better living standards. I pray about it hardly that I can’t help but notice that what if I pray like this for someone who is lost. I said to myself how selfish I am. That I am so blinded by the cares of this world. “I must have this, I must have that.” Blinded by all the distraction, from social media to every entertainment that bombards us where ever we go and the busyness of our careers. The smart phone that always quietly screaming at you saying, “Hey, check me it’s been five minutes since you last held me that’s too long, you don’t want to miss what’s going on.”

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For every situation I encounter in life. I always like to compare it during the time of the Apostles or the New Testament believers. How would they react if they’re in my situation right now. What would happen if I pray so hard, so passionately for those who are lost just like the way I ask God whenever I need something. Could you imagine that? You’ll probably say, “Hey, prayers don’t work.” Let me tell you this, back when I was in High School I would pray for my whole class for their salvation. Sometimes I would even name them individually in my prayer. Fast forward today, I found a couple of them on Facebook. Guess, what? Both of this individuals have their own ministry. I can’t believe it myself.

Once you’ve become a Bible believing Christian, it doesn’t stop there. We are commanded by Christ himself to make disciples and preach the gospel to every corner of the world, which is the great commission. Step back a bit and let’s re focus on what our mission is in this world – the preaching of the gospel. Remember when you look at someone, that individual would spend eternity somewhere.  I don’t have to mention those two places, you already know.

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Blessings, To Acquire or To Accept

My daughter told me recently that she’s bored  watching tv and playing on her tablet.  I wanted to find some activity that doesn’t use electricity and where the whole family could play together. It is disheartening to see today that technology is destroying family bonding. Either you’ll see your son playing games in his room and  daughter texting on the living room, while you’re wife on Facebook and you checking and writing emails.  Board games came to my mind.  If you were born in the 80’s you know what I’m talking about.  So I went to yelp and found out there’s some few around my area.  To my surprise there’s a few of them and some of them are quite pricey.  I thought they would’ve been gone with all the technology we have.  From gaming console to mobile games.

I went to this local store and bought this game called  “Ten Commandments.”  When you accumulate all ten commandments, you win as long as you’re the first to land on a yellow tile.  Some of the tiles reward you with food baskets which are olives, grain, fish and grapes.  Some you’ll get silver.

SONY DSCMy daughter never won a single game against me.  Because she was focus on accumulating more of the food baskets than on getting all the commandments.  I ask her why and she replied, “So I’ll never be hungry, forget the commandments.”  I replied back, “Well, in order for you to win one of the conditions of the game is to acquire all the ten commandments.”  Then she just look at me with a grin.

I said to myself in my mind, “Wait a minute, don’t some of us behave like that.”  We are so focus on acquiring material things.  We tend to forget God’s laws even to the point  that we start to compromise our faith without even knowing it.  It is a very dangerous road to travel to, because later on it would eventually lead to the abandonment of one’s faith.    All we want is more.  Not only we want more but we want it at the very moment.  As soon as our desired is fulfilled, all we feel is just emptiness and wanting more.  With all the things that the world has to offer, you would think that it would satisfy  every needs.

It is not against God’s word to have material things.  Our focus must remain on Him and Him alone not the blessings he showers us with.  Let’s not be blinded by them.  Use  it for the expansion of His kingdom and glory not only for our happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Salvation of Fear

Fear has never been so abundant this days.  From conspiracy theories to bible prophecies.  We are inundated by it everyday.  You could do a search on you tube on how many of this so-called prophets and claims that God spoke to them.  Remember Y2K2012 or whatever they come up with depending on the month which is base primarily on speculations.  They would set dates that some event will happen.  Only to wash their hands when said event didn’t come true.  I am not here to mock or make fun of such individual, rather to examine our hearts.  To ask our selves what really the motivation behind.  Is it to bring glory to Him or to gain recognition? Is it monetary?  Only God knows the heart.  Deuteronomy 18:22 says, “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.” (NASB)

We become obsess with it that we share and preach God’s word through fear instead of sound doctrine, love and kindness.  Do we want to be love because of fear?  I certainly don’t want to.  That’s not love at all.  2 Timothy 1:7 says,“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”(NASB)

It replaces the purpose we are called and chosen for – to fulfill the great commission.  They are a lot of good authors whose books are well researched.  I’ve come to a point where I grew weary waiting for such things.  Do we look at  rapture as a way for us to leave this world behind because every one loves the darkness?  We should view it as promise  not as escape.

We must be on guard and always watching, you’ll say.  Nothing wrong with that.  Every church age has their own view of the end.  From the time of the Roman empire through the past two world wars, everyone thought that the end is near, until our present age.  I don’t know when Christ returns.  We must always be ready.  Let us not be sidetrack by fear.  The Lord’s prayer mentions “your kingdom come.”  Not, get us out of here.  Jesus Christ himself said on John 17:15 “I do not ask you to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.”

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Act of Kindness

The Christian doctrine revolves around love and kindness.  The love it preaches is beyond any human’s grasp.  For one, to love someone who doesn’t love you back is just absurd and crazy.  Yet, one of Christ’s teachings is not only to love your neighbor but to love your enemies as well.  Most believer could probably do the first one but never the latter. How could you love someone who hates you, to the point that individual wishes you harm.  Looking back before you become born again, we were all enemies of God because of our sin and unrepentant nature and yet God didn’t stop loving us. He love us so much that He sent his one and only Son to save us from His wrath.

I was browsing through my facebook.  One of my friends shared this article, about a guy named Carl Panzram. This guy was so vile that I’ll share two of his quotes.

“I am the man who goes around the world doing people good. My motto is: Rob em, ***k em and then kill em. That’s me.”

 

And before his death, “Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard, I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around!”

 

With those words, right before his death.  I see a person who is full of hatred and vengeance.  I also see a man who is crush, broken in spirit, helpless.  That all he wants is just to end everything, not an act of cowardness  but rather a means of escape from a world of abuse, torture and pain.  All throughout his life only one man showed him kindness.  His prison guard Henry Lesser.  They became friends eventually and he convinced him to write about his life.

We often see outlaws only through one side of it.  We never ask why how such an individual became one.  I am not defending such individual, no matter what one went through. Regardless of what the factors are the  choice is still up to us. What if someone showed him kindness when he was a boy? That there is a life after this world.  Jesus Christ tells us to become the light of the world.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 5:14-16 NASB)

Yes, it is easy to judge such an individual.  However the grace  and love of God knows no bounds.  For the word of God is like a double edge sword.  Besides we all have one thing in common, we’re all sinners.