Saturday, October 31, 2015
Christ our Beloved sets forth the grace to His church and always with them. Though He is in heaven literally right now, He is spiritually present where ever they are. He knows the color of our eyes, the numbers of our hair, our teeth, our mouth, lips, and everything about us. He knows are weaknesses and strength, our talents and skills, our maturity and imperfections, and He can used them for the glory of His name. The heart of Jesus is in His bride, the believers. We are His delight and treasures that can be used to fulfill all His excellent plans in this planet. The hedge of protection is made around us, so that even the devil cannot touch us. We are protected forever, sealed by the Holy Spirit to make us fruitful, so let us continue to follow our Beloved's path of righteousness... Reading: Song of Solomon 4, God bless.
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Friday, October 30, 2015
The Shulamite sought the king earnestly but she did not find him ((v1). She sought him in the city, in the streets, in the squares, and asking even the watchmen about her beloved. The Lord said that if we will seek Him with all our hearts, we will find Him. When we find Christ, we must take Him first to our hearts, then to our homes, that they too may be blessed and comforted. We should warned ourselves to beware of grieving the Holy Spirit, and provoke the departure of our Beloved. It is impossible to find Christ if He will not come into our lives and open our eyes. "Who is this coming out of the wilderness?(v6). This is a symbol not only of His first coming but also of the final revelation of Christ in the last days. Let's continue to seek His goodness, His righteousness, His love, His judgment and everything about Jesus, the Groom in the day of the marriage of the Lamb... Reading: Song of Solomon 3, God bless.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
The believers are God's beloved, they are beautiful, 'lily among thorns' and 'apple tree among trees of the woods.' It means they are different from among many, separated and holy, adorned with the grace of the Holy Spirit for her groom. The true believers are clothed with the righteousness of Christ and 'lovesick', always in love with Jesus. They pray and talked with Him in prayers, listen to His voice, worship Him every time, connected with His Body, and bear fruits. The daughters of this world who have no love to Christ are the thorns, worthless and useless in God's kingdom. In this group belongs the unfaithful, unfruitful, and carnal Christians, who cares only for themselves, and their own. The love of the Beloved was manifested by His death at the cross, and this is the banner of all Christians, willing to suffer for the sake of the cross... Reading: Song of Song 2, God bless.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Song of Solomon is a wedding song, composed by the king himself. It has spiritual meaning for God's relationship with Israel and Christ's with His Church; Jesus is the groom while believer is the bride. The love of God is more valuable than the best thing this world can offer. The 'kisses of his mouth' means the assurance of God's forgiveness and favor, filling us with joy and peace through the Holy Spirit. Those who love Jesus desire to share this heavenly love with their companions (v8). And to turn aside from Jesus is what they are afraid of more than anything else. "You are fair, my love, you have dove's eyes" (v15). It means the groom gives high favor to his bride, with ornaments and gold (v10), and spiritual gifts bestows on every true believers. Let us continue to desire and love Jesus in our lives... Reading : Song of Solomon 1, God bless.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
We should remember our Creator against our sins by repenting and seeking forgiveness. Remember also our duties and assignments by looking at Him for grace and strength. We should do this while our body is strong, young, and active; for time will come that we are no longer comfortable to do many things because the days of old age has come. We can't stop the time of aging, soon our body will be exhausted and pass away. Then our spirit will return to God in heaven, the place of our eternal home. Many people know about God, but they don't know Him in personal level, that's why we confess that Jesus is our personal Lord and Savior, and it requires miracles to make this possible. The Shepherd of Israelites is the Giver of inspired words and wisdom. He guides and teaches us in all of our ways to give Him importance than the vanities of this world... Reading: Ecclesiastes 12, God bless.
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Monday, October 26, 2015
As we don't know the direction of the wind, where it comes from and where it goes, so also the works of the Holy Spirit in the life of a person. We're doing our best to encourage the non-believers to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, or motivating believers to do the works of the ministry; however, unless the Lord grant them the grace and touch their hearts to move forward, our labors are in vain. As servants of God, we are to trust His words faithfully, and not to be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall all reap. Solomon encourages us to rejoice always and follow our desires, but be assured that God will call us into judgment (v9). "If a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie" (v3b). Like a tree, when soul falls to hell, that's his final destiny, no one can save to bring him up to heaven. So, hold on to the Savior while still on earth... Reading: Ecclesiastes 11, God bless.
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Saturday, October 24, 2015
A wise man has great advantage over a foolish guy who is always at a loss when he has anything to do. Sin is the reproach of fools and sinners, wherever they go they show their foolishness. Solomon cautions men not to seek answer or solution in a hasty manner, nor to yield to pride and revenge. But be patient and to keep from all appearances of evil. The happiness of a land depends on the character of its rulers; that if they are good people are happy, otherwise the opposite. Let's be thankful to God for giving us great King and Lord of our lives, Jesus Christ... Reading: Ecclesiastes 10, God bless.
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Friday, October 23, 2015
Good and bad events happened to all men, and we cannot explain all difficulties why, but Solomon said that the works of good people are in the hand of God (v1). And the vast difference of good and evil are their final destinations. As far as the hearts of all men are concerned, they are full of evil (v3), but God has provided solution on that big problem. When Jesus went at the cross, He brought us new life, and those who accepted Him will be granted to receive a new heart, a born again experience. In the eyes of God, we are brand new persons, wearing white garments in spiritual realm, anointed with the Holy Spirit (v8). Now that we belong to the chosen people of God, we use a new and living way in dealing with all kinds of situation, not the strength of this world, nor the worldly weapons, but the heavenly wisdom to combat all difficulties and trials in life... Reading: Ecclesiastes 9, God bless.
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Thursday, October 22, 2015
None of the rich, well-educated, and even powerful people can interpret the words of God, or teach aright from His truths and wisdom except those with the spirit of God. The Lord has kept away from men the knowledge of future events, that we may be always ready for changes. We will all die, and no one can prevent the departure of our souls. However, only the followers are Jesus Christ are prepared to meet this solemn day of summon. It will come to our lives slowly or may be abruptly, but it comes surely, since "no one has the power in the day of death" (v8). So, let us always pray that we may view eternal things as near, real, and all-important. Solomon recommends to enjoy life, eat, drink and be merry for this is a gift from God (v15). Enjoy the fullness of life with Christ... Reading: Ecclesiastes 8, God bless.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Solomon tells that honesty, piety, and the attitude of the heart is more desirable than all the wealth and pleasure in this world. It will do more good to go to a funeral than a feast, because humility can be seen in the funeral while pride and arrogance at the feast. He also said that it is better to be patient in spirit than to be proud and hasty in our actions, especially in time of troubles and pressures in life. Be not soon angry, nor quick in resenting the insult of others because vengeance belongs to the Lord. "Consider the work of God, for who can make straight what He has made crooked?" (v13). Some people think straight forward, others think foolishly that complicate simple matters. Those who truly fear God have one end to serve, and they act steadily. But those unstable in mind have divided loyalty between God and the world, and volatile in everything they do... Reading: Ecclesiastes 7, God bless.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Some people are living in abundance yet their souls find nothing in the wealth that they have to give them satisfaction. They still desire for more, covet more material things, and as if they don't enjoy the riches that they had. Solomon said; "All the labor of man is for his mouth and yet the soul is not satisfied" (v7). People are without contentment for the things present before their eyes. Natural desires are still returning and pressing, people want more because contentment is far from many of them. The Bible tells that godliness with contentment is great gain. Both body and soul will be satisfied if men will return to God, and trust in His mercy. The only One that can satisfy our desires is Jesus Who has the power to calm our worldly passion... Reading: Ecclesiastes 3, God bless.
Monday, October 19, 2015
People talk, make promises, make vows and commitments, but at the end they break what they say. The common statements are like this, "The Lord told me... the Lord talked to me... the Lord wants me to do this and that... God said to me.. etc..." At first they seem spiritual, however, the Bible has a message for this. "Do not rush with your mouth... let your words be few" (v2). A broken promise is a mockery to God, and it brings Divine displeasure. We need to keep the spirit of the fear of God so we can fulfill God's plan through us. Therefore, be careful with our promises to fulfill them (v4), and do not be like foolish men whose words are meaningless and empty. The truth is, the more we talk, the more we are prone to sin. Much is given much is required. So, when a person made engagements rashly, he suffered his mouth to cause his flesh to sin... Reading: Ecclesiastes 5, God bless.
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Saturday, October 17, 2015
The more men acquire wealth and properties, the more they wanted to have; having no enjoyment from what they possessed. Selfishness is the cause of this evil desire, and they never think they had enough. A selfish man or woman cares for nobody, and for this reason Jesus came to teach us to be content on what we have. "Better a poor and wise youth, than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more" (v13). The new but obedient Christians are far better than the old yet stubborn believers. The willing servants of the Lord rejoice in Him, and they will serve Him to all eternity... Reading: Ecclesiastes 4, God bless.
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Friday, October 16, 2015
Every thing is made by God, in His time with a purpose. Nothing can be added, and nothing taken away from it, because they are part of the whole creation. We are in error if we think we were born for ourselves, doing things that we only want to do. In God's perfect time, we were born in this world, later we were born anew in His kingdom, and now He made all things beautiful in our lives, putting us in the right place in order to do the purpose of our existence. With God there is a time to redress our past grievances through Christ who came to seek and save the lost like us. But this is only the beginning of a long journey with God, and no one can fully comprehend the eternity that God put in our hearts. Let our seeking for eternity be unstoppable since we have the Savior who called us from darkness to His eternal kingdom... Reading: Ecclesiastes 3, God bless.
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Thursday, October 15, 2015
The attitude of moving from one place to another, changing one job to another, one pleasure to another, are signs of men's restlessness and discontentment. This is merely human, according to Solomon:"As it happens to the fool, it also happens to me" (v15). Though obtaining knowledge is preferable than ignorance, he said that having wisdom is not a guarantee to make a person happy and satisfied. The truth is, even the most educated person who dies without Christ will perish equally in hell with the most ignorant man who is also without Christ in life. Solomon said that the best thing we can attain in this world is to allow ourselves a cheerful use of life, enjoy our labor whether jobs or ministries. Our
happiness arises not from the situation in which we are placed but only through Jesus Christ who gave His life for our redemption from all vanities... Reading: Ecclesiastes 2, God bless.
happiness arises not from the situation in which we are placed but only through Jesus Christ who gave His life for our redemption from all vanities... Reading: Ecclesiastes 2, God bless.
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
There is nothing new under the sun, since all things change but never rest. Sun, moon, wind, typhoon, and even people come and go, working and eating but find no rest on itself. Mans's desire, fear, complaint, and doubts are still the same. The statement of one brother or sister five years ago are still the same today, nothing is new. Solomon tried all things, and found them vanity. Even the pursuit of knowledge can be a source of wickedness and misery if not use for God. "What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun?" (v3). Everything that he has will not satisfy his wants and the desires of his soul. His wealth and good works cannot atone for his sins to save him from eternal judgment. Without Christ, a person is nothing. Reading: Ecclesiastes 1, God bless.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised" (v30). This verse is not only applicable to women but also to men. Ancient Jewish rabbis believed that Lemuel (means, belong to God) was actually Solomon, and the mother here was Bathseba; although lack of biblical support. Whether he was Solomon or not, what should be mattered to us is the content of the message and the attitude of our hearts. God loves honest, hardworking, consistent, joyful, willing, and undivided heart for Him.
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Monday, October 12, 2015
Solomon stated four things that are never satisfied in this world; grave, barren womb, earth for water, and fire (v16-17). Yet we can add more; the rich that are always coveting, the lazy that are always resting, the ambitious that are always aspiring for promotion, and the Christians that seek the kingdom of God and Christ's righteousness untiringly. I pray that God will grant us the grace to seek for more wisdom, and that, He may be glorified in our lives and ministries.
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Saturday, October 10, 2015
"A man's pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor" (Proverbs 28:23). The rules of the kingdom of God is exactly opposite of the rules of men. To be prosperous in the kingdom, it means you have to give. If you want to be great, you need to be servant. If you want to be honored by God, you need to exhibit humility. Jesus is given the name that is above all names, and He is exalted by the Father for His humble spirit and obedient heart. Our prayer: Lord grant us the grace to live according to Your will.
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Friday, October 9, 2015
"Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all" (Proverbs 28:6). For this reason, Jesus told His followers to seek the kingdom of God and righteousness, because a person who lacks understanding is perverse in all his/her ways. This kind of man or woman will only promote destruction, division, self-rightesouness, self-centeredness, and every thing that does not glorify our Lord.
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"As iron sharpens iron, so as a man sharpens the countenance of his friends."Proverbs 27:17) We are surrounded by people that can add, subtract, multiply or divide our lives.They may lift us up or put us down. If our goal in life is to be effective and efficient servant of Jesus and His kingdom, we are to encircle our lives with good and productive people that can influence us to make wiser and better person.
“As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.” (Proverbs 26:21) The argumentative person with no humility in his own heart will always cause division and separation. Jesus sent forth His spirit in order to bring understanding that can cause unity in the knowledge of Him.
“Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28). A person with uncontrollable emotion in time of distress is similar to a city without wall that can be easily penetrated by the invading enemies. Be on guard to your feeling always because the devil is ready to ruin our lives.
“For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety. (Prov. 24:6) Biblical wisdom and knowledge are important in making daily decisions. Reading, meditation and group study while seeking advices and pondering other's personal experiences can be good tools to lead us in safe living.
“Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding." (Proverbs 23:23) Buying truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding means to pay one's education, specifically to those that are godly. Most of the people are spending money for their secular education but never to sacred. God bless.
“Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men.” (Proverbs 22:29) Therefore let us be faithful to Him who sits on the throne in heaven who will come to judge the living and the dead in His perfect time.
“The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart" (Proverbs 20:27 ). Born again is not a religion, but a new birth in the spirit from God. We were once living in darkness, but the new spirit will give us light, and bring us into a new and living way in Christ Jesus.
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