When It Is Gone

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Scripture:

Even the beasts of the field pant for you because the water brooks are dried up, and fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness. – Joel 1:20

Observation:

Bakit kung kailan wala na, ubos na, sagad na, saka lang lalapit kay Lord? Sakit na yata ‘to nating mga tao. If there’s still food, we party. When it’s gone, we cry. Bakit ganun? Continue reading “When It Is Gone”

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Patiently Waiting

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Scripture:

Be patient, therefor, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until receives the early and the late rains. – James 5:7

Observation:

So waiting upon the Lord was likened to farmers waiting for harvest. Continue reading “Patiently Waiting”

Rebuild

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Scripture:

Solomon rebuilt the cities that Hiram had given to him, and settled the people of Israel there. – 2 Chronicles 8:2

Observation:

I love this word – REBUILT. It connotes courage and determination. In other books it was told that the cities were 20, and so this land that Solomon rebuilt is not just a small town, these are unproductive cities. So I imagine how tiring and painful it was. but as it was said, he settled the people of Israel there – so it means that it was rebuilt beautifully. From being unproductive land to worth living in towns. Continue reading “Rebuild”

Long Lasting Friendship

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Scripture:

“And they kissed one another and wept with another, David weeping the most. Then  Jonathan said, “Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord saying the Lord shall be between me and you, between my offspring and your offspring.” – 1 Samuel 20:41b-42a Continue reading “Long Lasting Friendship”

LEARN

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Scripture:

“I overthrew some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a brand plucked out of burning; yet you dd not return to me,” declares the Lord.. – Amos  4:11

Observation:

The Israelites didn’t return to God even after many plagues. Why? Because their hearts were hardened? Maybe. But I guess the most probable reason is because they didn’t really get what those plagues meant. And that’s simply because they don’t know God, they know have personal relationship with the God who was so faithful with them. Continue reading “LEARN”

It Doesn’t Matter

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Scripture:

“Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, ‘Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.’ – 1Samuel 14:6 Continue reading “It Doesn’t Matter”

Greater Purpose

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Scripture:

As for your donkeys that were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. – 1 Samuel 9:20

Observation:

Saul was just looking for the lost donkeys; never had he known that he will be anointed as king of Israel on that day. His journey of looking for lost animals led him to his journey of a greater purpose.

In life, sometimes we pursue small things, believing it is the ultimate purpose of our lives. Then surprises come and God just turn our world upside down. He amazes us with things He had for us. He continues to fulfill His promises. Truly, He moves in mysterious ways! Continue reading “Greater Purpose”

His Words [on the Ground]

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Scripture:

“And Samuel grew up, and the Lord was with him and he let none of his words fall to the ground.” – 1 Samuel 3:19

Observation:

Samuel was offered to the Lord and trained to be a priest/judge. Eventually, he became the last judge of Israel and used by God to anoint the first king of Israel – Saul; and the second and great king of Israel – David. Why he was used by God? Because he let none of God’s words fall to the ground. Continue reading “His Words [on the Ground]”

The Unseen Reward

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Scripture:

And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. – Ruth 4:17

Observation:

Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law who was then married to Boaz gave birth to a child and named him Obed, who fathered Jesse, who fathered the great king of Israel – David. Continue reading “The Unseen Reward”

Temptation Versus Conviction

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Scripture:

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. – Matthew 4:1

Observation:

This scripture says that the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. Why did the Spirit led Jesus to that place? To be tempted. At first, this may sound so absurd. Jesus is God. Is it just logical to think that He would surely overcome temptations? He is God and He doesn’t need to undergo that. But He did. He simply showed us that He is indeed a God who became a human being just like you and me. And He was intentionally led by the Spirit into that wilderness so that His obedience to God the Father will be tested. Continue reading “Temptation Versus Conviction”