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The Finding

Then he removed him and raised up David as their king; of him he testified, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish.’ Acts 13:22

He found Peter, with his brother Andrew, fishing in the lake.

A little farther, he finds another pair of brothers, John and James, helping out in their family business, again, doing fishing.

Levi was sitting on his tax post when Jesus found him. After that, he stood up for him.

He saw Zacchaeus sitting on a tree before he called him to dine at his home with his friends.

He found Mary Magdalene about to be stoned, which was  indefinitely postponed, and gave her the love she has not experience before.

He found the Samaritan woman fetching water, she ended up taking the Living Water.

He found his disciples afraid and terrified, about to throw in the white towel, as the waves throw their boat.

He found more than five thousand people like a sheep without a shepherd thus he fed their hearts and their stomach.

Again, he found Peter…sinking in the lake after taking some steps walking on the water and Jesus reached out to him.

Before all these, he found David. He finds a lad running, not in a race, but after God’s heart. He finds a man in love with him.  He finds him thinking about him. He finds him singing psalms for him. He finds a man not after earthly treasures, not a man after a position with power and authority, he finds a man living to please God alone. A soldier who will fight giants for his King. A servant who will do his master’s commands.

Reflect on this…what will God find when he finds you?

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In Between

For I know my offense; my sin is always before me. Psalm 51:3

Let’s try to dissect David’s statement. What did he mean when he said about knowing his offense, and his sin is always before me?

When you sin, you know you sinned. You can deny it before your family and friends. You can keep it to yourself. Nobody might know it or not. Or nobody don’t care if you did it or not. Or maybe people may not come up to you to confront you about your wrongdoings. But between you and God, you know you have sinned. There is no denying the fact you step out of bounds in your relationship with the loving Father.

So when you know you sinned, your sin will always gives you this conviction that you have done it. You always see it before you. It will bug you. Is it guilt or shame? It’s up to you. When you look in the mirror, you see the sin you did. When you are before your friends or family, you have this wall, your sin, in relating with them. It’s just not the same stuff. Your sin may not be publicly exposed yet your mindset in your eyes see that sin in front of you.

Most importantly, when seen is before you and when you come in God’s presence, there’s something in between you and God. Sin. This is will turn out to be good or bad.

Bad because if your heart is hard to repent from the sin, the gap before you and God stays. You can’t see God fully as the sin blocks you. You know the sin gives you a certain distance from God yet you allow it to remain.

Good because if you are confessing the sin to God, you are asking for forgiveness from Him, you are exposing the sin to the merciful Lord. You are not denying it. You are being true to your weakness. You are saying you can’t do it alone, asking for his strength. You are being confident of his mercy. You are allowing him to renew you and restore you.

So, today, dissect your heart. Examine your life. You know your offenses. You see your sins before you. Decide to confess and repent.

With God and you, don’t let come sin come in between.

 

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Heart’s Joy

But you have given my heart more joy than they have when grain and wine abound. Psalm 4:7

What gives more  joy to your heart?

More than having a good and well-rounded family. More than having a faithful and loving spouse. More than having a secured promising job. More than having a tremendous healthy body. More than having a bright future. More than having a circle of loving and supporting friends. More than having our pockets full. More than having life at peace. More than having to achieve. More than having the approval of your managers. More than having a community of brothers and sisters who are around when needed. More than having honor at your name. More than being read and being praised. More than having abundance in life.

These things are to be desired. These things are noble. These things give joy to the heart.

David sung God gives joy to the heart more than having grain and wine. More than.

May our lives sing with David.

May our hearts find joy in God more than anything else.

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Yes Bo, We Are Parasites

“Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory. For all in heaven and on earth is yours; yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty; you are exalted as head over all. “Riches and honor are from you, and you have dominion over all. In your hand are power and might; it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11-12

Bo Sanchez, a popular preacher and financial freedom mentor in the Philippines, sent an interesting email to all subscribers of his soul food. Since I’m an email subscriber I received the said email. In this message, Bo details how one relative would come to their home to ask for various financial help. Tuition fees, house rent, utility bills, school projects, dental expenses, and school shoes are some of the items this relative would cite to gain aid from Bo’s mother.  When the parent became old, the daughter and her son took the role of coming over to enumerate their financial woes which Bo’s mother would mitigate by helping out.  Bo points out that these dole outs turned their relatives to become parasites. Always on the receiving end but not on the giving end.

David, a popular Biblical hero and king, sent a message to God’s people twenty centuries ago, “Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory. For all in heaven and on earth is yours; yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty; you are exalted as head over all. “Riches and honor are from you, and you have dominion over all. In your hand are power and might; it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all.” 1 Chronicles 29:11-12. This is clear – all in heaven and on earth is God’s. This is crystal – riches and honor are from God.  Everything we had, everything we have, and everything we will have comes from God. Our financial prosperity comes from God alone though we work our butts out yet our skills and talents which we use to get compensation belongs to God. His strength is the strength when we apply our education. His wisdom is the wisdom we share to innovate. God’s resources are the resources we have in order to do work may it be to provide food for your family or to spark inspiration to your brothers and sisters. All achievements and credentials which give you honor comes from Him.

We are at the mercy of the Owner. We depend on His dole outs. We are always at the receiving end and never on the giving end since anything we give to Him is from Him.

Yes Bo, we are parasites.

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