THE BOOK YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4 NIV)

Imagine you’ve read thousands of articles and blogs, studied hundreds of books, and watched hundreds of movies, but have not read the Bible as a whole. Have you really live?

If you think the Bible is just one of the great books, Jesus thinks you’re wrong. It is the greatest book ever because it gives eternal life.

It doesn’t matter how many books you’ve read, movies watched, or audiobooks heard, even if these are good. The Bible is the book you can’t live without. Read it and find life.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018

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SHINE LIKE THE SUN

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” (Matthew 13:43 NIV)

Some people see a day, thus, living just for a day. Sadly, some just see their past, thus, imprisoned by their yesterdays.

But to those who envision the future, destiny is theirs. For we become what we desire to be, especially our eternal destiny.

Friends, never limit your dreams until twilight. Hope for the dawning of the sun for it is certain to come.

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FIELD OF FAITH

“Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.” (Matthew 13:30 NIV)

If you have been in the Lord’s work long enough, you know some evil persons implanted to meddle and plant weeds. Don’t wonder when good ministries are taken over by wicked ones.

Jesus Himself said that we have to let the wheat of goodness grow, while the weeds of darkness grow too. Growing together is simply a process, not the end result.

Ultimately, God will reveal all kinds of persons and deeds. He will gather the wheat of righteousness and reward it, but judge the weeds of wickedness and burn it. So, stay faithful always.

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CHRONIC DECEPTION

“Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him. Jesus replied, ‘Do what you came for, friend.’” (Matthew 26:49-50 NIV)

The problem with cyclical deception is that it is often coming from people you least expected.

What if you’re following a leader without a clue? And not knowing why you do the things you do?

What if you assume a Judas-lie to be true? Following that path with others who do without a clue?

Seek the truth and the truth will set you free. Do God’s will and you’ll find what He has purposed you to be.

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WHEN MONEY WORKS FOR YOU

“So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’” (Luke 19:13 NIV)

Lots of people are working for money rather than having money work for them. Either they trade their time to earn wages or make money as their motivation factor.

But Jesus teaches the secret of the truly rich people—they don’t work for money, instead, they put money to work for them. Jesus’ parable showed it clearly.

Those who waste or work for money will remain poor, while those who wisely put money to work for them will be enriched. Are you handling God’s resources and business properly?

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IDOLATRY OF LOVE

If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26 NIV)

Jesus didn’t taught hatred to our family. But He does judge the way we love them. Do we idolize our family?

The moment we value our loved ones more than we love God or Christ, that’s idolatry. Stop idolizing your parents or family. Only God deserves our utmost love.

How will you know if you idolize your family? The moment you respect or value them more than you revere God or follow Christ, then ask God’s forgiveness.

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COUNT BEFORE YOU CONSTRUCT

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” (Luke 14:28 NIV)

Obviously, before one takes a project, calculations must be made. Do you have the optimal resources needed to finish the plan?

Rough estimate is better than none. You don’t have to have the perfect timing, people or provisions, but you must judge the value of what you’re doing.

That’s why Jesus asks. Before you consider following Him, count the cost because you really have to pay the price.

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THE PURSUIT OF LIFE

“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39 NIV)

What is knowledge when you don’t have the wisdom of God? What is wealth when you don’t have His treasures?

Or pleasure apart from His joy? Or fame without His affirmation? Or power without love? Above all, what is the meaning of life without divine purpose? Nothing at all.

In all of these, everyone must have an anchor to hold and a compass for guidance in life, lest all of us will be just drifting in a sea of pursuit to nothingness. May the grace of Christ lead us always to live with purpose.

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ARE YOU WHAT YOU SAY?

“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” (Mathew 15:18 NIV)

From the biblical point of view, you are not what you eat, but what you speak. For what comes in would come out but what’s within, certainly, expresses without.

Yes, there are times people say what they don’t mean and one could be insincere or sincerely wrong. Still, it is a matter of the heart.

For God, your words stemming from your heart reveal who you are. If the heart is right with God, your words would be right with God. If not, your words simply demonstrate your state of heart.

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WHAT’S TO WORRY ABOUT?

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” (Luke 12:25 NIV)

The truth is no one can add an hour of life by worrying. In fact, worry can shorten one’s life, causing emotional distress, physical sicknesses or even death.

Anxiety is a spiritual symptom. It often arises from one’s unhealthy desire for control of everything in life. It is unrealistic and very unspiritual.

Worry weakens and worsens life. Be careful when you’re anxious for things you should not. Have faith; don’t fret.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2018