Reflection

RELY ON GOD- He Knows Best

RELY ON GOD-HE KNOW’S BEST

Rely

In a small community, there was a parish where everybody knows who their neighbors are. After a Thanksgiving mass, children one by one give gifts to their Parish Priest. As the children came with their gifts, the priest told them to halt for a while as he will guess what’s inside the box. A child came and the priest said, “That gift  are loaves of bread!” When he opened the gift, it was bread and the children were stunned in surprise as the priest has been able to guess what was inside the box. He told the children, “Your Father knows best!” The priest knows that the child is a son of a baker.

Another child came, the priest told the child “inside that box are eggs” because he knows that she was a daughter of a farmer. The children clapped in surprise and the priest said to them “I told you your Father knows best!” then the last child a son of a winemaker came and the priest told him, “Boy I know that your gift is a bottle of wine!” The boy said “No Father”. He handed it over to the priest and the priest holds the box, shake it and touch something is wet underneath. “I told you it is a wine!” The boy nods his head. The priest tastes it and he said: “this is not a wine!” He tastes it again and he said it is neither a brandy nor whiskey also. Then he asked the boy,” what is this little boy?” the boy said, “Father that is a puppy”.

How many times we commit mistakes and wrong decisions in life? Maybe not once.

The reason is that we usually rely on our own understanding.

We always thought we can do it in own, but realize at the end that we fail.

Why? We rely upon and presume we can do it. Maybe because we know we have connections, we know people who can do it for us, we have enough resources and we are equipped with much knowledge to do it.

But the truth is, apart from God we cannot do anything.

Not by might nor by power but by spirit said the Lord.

We have to rely that our God is able to do exceedingly beyond what we can do

In Proverbs, it says, the mind of man plans his way but the Lord directs his steps.

To rely on means:

1.         REMEMBER the good things He has done.

We have to always remember what the good things God has done in us.

Count the numbers of blessings we received and you will be relieved from all your worries and fears.

When David presented himself in front of King Saul to fight Goliath, King Saul told him that he is just a boy, so small to face the opponent. But David reply that how God delivered him from the paw of both lion and the bear, God will deliver him from the hand of this Goliath as well.

David remember what God has done to him

When a thought come to me that I need financial blessings, I just remember the times when I was an ice cream vendor. In spite of rainy days, His blessings were abundant even in rainy days.

Whenever I am sick, I just remember the time that I was once afflicted with skin disease and God healed me.

When we start to count our blessings, we will never stop. Have we counted our blessings lately?

Remember always the bigness of God rather than the bigness of our circumstances.

He is bigger than any problems and circumstances we are facing.

2.            EXERCISE our FAITH 

Faith is a gift that we need to exercise. Picture out that the answer to our prayers is just right there. It is seeing things that cannot be seen by our naked eyes.

Rely that God’s answer is just right here. It’s available and you have received it. In prayer, we have to thanked Him for the answered request.

Six years back, me and my wife pray for a baby boy and these was what we wrote always in our prayer request. Every time we visit the clinic for check-up and ultrasound, the doctors always told us that it was a girl. The image they could see was a girl. To be sure, we even go for a 3-dimensional scan and expect what? The image says that it was a girl.

On the day that Jona delivered, we were amazed because it was a lovely, healthy baby boy and we named him Michael Gabriel.

Logic says that to see is to believe. If our eyes can’t see, our mind tells us that it does not exist. Faith is seeing beyond what our eyes can’t see.

But God’s principle is different. Believe and you will see. Believe and you allow Him to work wonders in our life. Abraham believes and it accounts him for righteousness.

The more we exercise, our muscles expand. The more we practice our faith, the more our trust in Him grows.

Exercise our faith, there’s nothing to lose. 

3.            LEAN NOT ON OUR UNDERSTANDING 

To fully rely on God, we lean not on what we know. We lean not on what we can do or what others can do to us.

It does not mean that we don’t trust ourselves.

Nor we have a low self-esteem and lack self-confidence.

It does not mean that we don’t trust others ability to help us.

Our plan is different from His plan. Things work according to His divine plan and purpose.

Things we might not understand, but He has a greater purpose.

We don’t boast or brag about what we can do.

King Saul thought that his sword and his armor would help David defeat the enemy. Saul thought that Goliath, a veteran warrior since his younger age would be enough to win.

Humble ourselves before God because he knows best. 

4.            YEARN on His power to do

David used his sling and five smooth stones he took from the brook to defeat Goliath.

Moses used his stick to perform miracles. Joshua and his men use seven trumpets of ram’s horn and their shout to trample the wall of Jericho.

Jesus used mud to heal a blind man. He used the five loaves of bread and fish to feed thousands of people. He turned water into finest jars of wine.

God is able to do in His power to use whatever we have.

He can turn even our difficulties into opportunities. Our suffering into blessings. Our weakness into a strength.

Never focus on our fears as fears defeat us inside. The soldiers were already defeated even they have not yet fully engaged with their enemies because by their fears already crushed them.

But David won the battle  because he don’t rely on his power but on the power of His God.

Our God never change.  He is the same God who can turn our fears into power.

Rely on what He can do. God is able.

May your happiness be full.

Mike Sendon

 

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Live in Modesty, not Scarcity

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

 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,

Mike Sendon

Inspirational, Reflection

LIVING IN TRUE HAPPINESS

LIVING IN TRUE HAPPINESS

LUKE 6:17,20-26

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.

PEACEMAKER

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.

EXERCISE RIGHTEOUSNESS

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,

Mike Sendon