LIVE IN MODESTY, NOT SCARCITY
I agree with the article I read lately as it is in time that we cannot just enjoy today and suffer later, nor trade our present for a bad future.
This is my principle, being modest today does not mean that I deprive myself.
It does not mean that we don’t trust God that He can’t provide all our future needs as his promise is sufficient for our supplication.
To live in modesty does not mean living in scarcity.
SEVEN YEARS OF FAMINE, SEVEN YEARS OF PROSPERTIY
Remember the time of Joseph when he interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh about the seven cows and the seven ears of grain. It’s about Egypt’s seven years of prosperity and after those follows seven years of famine.
We may be working for years enjoying the years of harvest of our labors.
We may be reaping now the harvest of God’s blessing while we are working as an OFW, as an employee as a businessman.
This could be the time of our prosperity.
But have we prepared for the years of famine?
If you lose your job today, how long you will survive without asking help from your neighbors, from your relatives or from your friends?
How long will your savings help you to survive before you find another job or recover from a major loss?
A SEASON FOR EVERYTHING
There is always season for everything. There’s a time of plenty, there’s a time of needs. A time for planting, a time for reaping.
We have to understand the God’s universal principle; we have to follow the law of the universe. When we oppose this law, then we are in trouble.
God has given us wisdom to understand this season.
Which means that in time of difficulties, we have to prepare ourselves.
In times of plenty, we prepare for the times of scarcity.
Remember what our grandparents saying “ Kapag may isinuksok, may madudukot” If we save something, then we have something to use in the future.
STERWARDSHIP AT PLAY
God’s blessing is enough that we could spare something in times of our needs.
This is where stewardship will come to play.
When it comes to our finances; stewardship does not mean only giving God what is due for Him.
Stewardship as well is how we manage the blessings we received after offering our tithes to God.
PLANT NOW AND HARVEST LATER
We love to enjoy the time of prosperity but often forgot to look for future necessity.
But it always takes two to dance a Tango.
We have to cooperate and be responsible with every penny we received.
Here in Dubai, we are being bombarded daily with advertisements, lots of discounts, easy access to loan and credit cards facilities and cheap offers to disperse our cash.
It’s really enticing! If we will fall into this trap, at the end of the day we leave this part of the world broke.
NO MONEY TO SAVE
The usual comments we hear from so many people is “no money to save”.
It does not take much money to start saving. It takes will and discipline.
Start little until it becomes our habit, until it becomes part of our life. There are so many of us have this scarcity mentality.
The moment we declare that we don’t have something to save, this creates a wall that becomes a barrier.
Start sowing now while you still have seeds to grow.
Start saving now while you’re still young and time is on your side.
Begin to live in modesty and reap the harvest plenty in years to come.
Start planting and enjoy the day of harvest.
Start now and may your happiness be full,
LIVING IN TRUE HAPPINESS
All of us wish to be happy that is why we resort to do things that will make fulfillment and satisfaction of our self that we may consider it as happiness.
Do we really find happiness in what we are doing?
Are we happy and satisfied with all the accomplishment that we achieved?
Do we feel happiness on every small achievement that we have?
Is your happiness really happiness or just a temporary feeling of satisfaction then at the end of the day you ask yourself why there is still something lacking?
Let God teaches us at the course of this article what true happiness really means.
WORLD DEFINITION OF HAPPINESS
We are all aware that even the most famous people who live on earth, even at the height of their success they discovered that contentment and happiness cannot be counted on the quality of life they have, on the numbers of cars they possess, on the position they have, on the stature of being known by everybody, on the amount of their deposits in the bank, and so on…….
We are misled by the notion that happiness can be gained by having it all in this world.
So day in and day out we work hard, burning our energy dreaming someday that we could rest and live a happy life. The thought that happiness can be found on the materials abundance but we forget to live our life the way it should be lived.
The world lure us on so many beautiful things that our eyes can see.
The picture that we perceive tells us that if we get all of these things, we will be happy.
This is what we call mental conditioning. Our minds responds to this condition.
HAPPINESS IN PARADOX
But Jesus teaching is contrary to what the world teaches when it comes to happiness.
HAPPINESS is finding satisfaction in everything that we do, in everything we achieve.
In Christ, happiness or the beatitude demands the CONVERSION of the HEART which can only come through the gift of the Holy Spirit.
How can we be really happy when we are in poverty, how can we smile when somebody is persecuting us, how can we be possibly happy when we lost someone, when we are in mourning, hunger and thirsty?
Many will tell that it seems quietly paradox as what the world teaches about true happiness is, but for those who learn this secret are those who truly enjoys this immeasurable blessings that comes from him alone.
CHRIST DEFINITION OF HAPPINESS
For God to be truly happy, we must develop a character that he requires.
That is the reason why there should be a conversion of heart. He wants us to be happy but we need a total and complete transformation of our inner self and everything will work auto magically.
Once we work with our character and heart transformation, we will notice that happiness and joy becomes alive and it comes naturally without noticing it.
What are those general virtuous that we need?
HOPE AND TRUST IN THE LORD
Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor, the Kingdom of heaven is upon them Mt 5:3
Christ on his sermon did not say that happy are you that you are poor instead he said happy are you that you are spiritually poor now. The Lord did not want us to be poor forever. But he specifically point out that if you recognized that you are poor now, and if you put your hope in the lord the kingdom of heaven is in you.
In Ps 1:1-2,3,4,6 Happy the man who has placed his trust in the LORD.
There is a future hope for those who trust in Him, it does not stop on things on this world but it is a hope for a future home. We may not find or experience richly abundance in this world but there is a promise kingdom that awaits us.
That is why in 1 Cor 15:12 says that if our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are the most pitiable of all people.
In Jer 17:5-8 says that “Blessed is anyone who trusts in Yahweh, with Yahweh to rely on. Such person is like a tree by the waterside that thrusts its roots to the stream, when the heat comes it has nothing to fear, its foliage stays green; untroubled in a year of drought, it never stops bearing fruits.
ATTRIBUTE OF HUMILITY
Happy are those who are humble, they will received what God has promised-Mt 5:5
For God for us to be blessed means we shall have a character of humility. Why?
His promise is like this; he will turn down the proud and will raise those who are humble.
Humility is one of the characters or attribute that God is looking in a person. Once we possess this kind of traits God is pleased and delighted in us.
Humility is considering yourself less and not bragging on the things you have but you count it blessings when you received something from the Lord.
Happy are those who work for peace, God will call them His children-Mt 5:9
To be happy means we should have this desire to work for peace or be peace maker not a trouble maker. Why the world is in chaos because we always want to put ourselves in trouble.
To be peacemaker means making no offense with other, we respect the right of others. We promote goodwill. We embrace unity.
Peacemaker when the love that God has put in us overflow and we want to share it with others.
If we are peacemaker, God will consider us one of his children. Who is happy?… a legitimate or an illegitimate son? A slave or a son? It brings more joy to know if God consider us as one of his children, Why? Because a son is heir of the kingdom. A son that deserves the right of a son.
If we are son of God why worry of the things we need everyday.
God shall supply my needs according to his riches in glory through Christ Jesus.-Phil 4:19
PURE IN HEART COUNTS HOLINESS
Happy are those who are pure in heart, they shall see God-Mt 5:8
Unless we become holy we cannot see God. Unless we have a pure heart then we cannot be considered as holy.
Holiness comes when we are in constant awareness on the state of our heart keeping it free from any sin that corrupt itself.
In Romans says, unless you are holy, you cannot see God.
INNER HUNGER FOR THE WORD OF GOD
Happy are you who are hungry now, you will be filled-Lk 6:21
Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Our body is created by God not only physical but also as spiritual being. That is the reason why even we filled our body with all the lavish food we ate, clothes our body with expensive adornment, threat ourselves in a glorious vacation we say it unless we feed our soul and spirit with the word of God that is the only time that we will attain great happiness, because we are truly satisfied.
We are spiritual being of which our spirits longs for the presence of God. Why? The Word of God is God itself. In John 1:8 before the world was created, the Word already existed; he was with God, and he was the same as God.
NOT AFFECTED BY PERSECUTION-ENDURANCE
Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them Mt 5:10
We have happiness when troubles and persecution does not affect us but rather we count it joy that we suffer with Christ.
We rather blessed those who don’t love us instead of cursing them.
Happy are those who’s greatest desires is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully- Mt 5:6
Righteousness is what it count for Abraham because of his faith to God he offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice as what God ask him to do.
As David says in his Psalm, If we delight ourselves in the Lord, God will give the desires of our heart.
To be righteous is to desire something good that can magnify God.
SORROWFUL FOR SINS COMMITTED-REPENTANCE
Happy are those who mourn, God will comfort them-Mt. 5: 4
When God says that happy are those who mourn does not literally means that better for you to mourn. But Christ knows that if you feel sorry for the sins you committed God will truly comfort us.
When we repent with our sins, we are in a state of deep sorry for we have hurt others, we have hurt God.
SHOW OF MERCY TO OTHERS
Happy are those who are merciful to others, God will be merciful to them- Mt. 5:7
May your happiness be full,