KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Have we properly thanked God? PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 December 2014 14:03

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel… he will be called… Mighty God, Everlasting Father…” (Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, the Holy Bible).

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GOD IS IN CONTROL OF OUR LIVES: Here’s a repost from December 30, 2010: “Stephanie Kho, a former member of the Rotary Club of Intramuros, Manila, under Rotary International District 3810, posted in our e-group a very nice piece entitled `Handy Little Chart’, detailing Biblical verses that confirm God is in control in many of the problems in our lives.

“I am reproducing the first part of that piece here as a timely message for all our readers. The article: `HANDY LITTLE CHART - God has a positive answer: You say `It’s impossible’; God says `All things are possible’ (Luke 18:27).

“ `You say: `I’m too tired; God says: `I will give you rest’ (Matthew 11:28-30). You say: `Nobody really loves me; God says: `I love you’ (John 3:16 & John 3:34). You say: `I can’t go on’; God says: `My grace is sufficient’ (I2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

“You say: `I can’t figure things out’; God says: `I will direct your steps’ (Proverbs 3:5-6). You say: `I can’t do it’; God says: `You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you’ (Philippians 4:13). You say: `I’m not able’; God says: `I am able’ (2  Corinthians 9:8).

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CHRISTMAS STORY: ACCEPTING JESUS AS GOD AND SAVIOR: From December 24, 2013: “This is not to discourage those who are now furiously celebrating Christmas, but, all of us must take time out to pause and consider: why are we even remembering Christmas every year? Because of the extra money brought about by bonuses? Or of the new clothes, new toys, new acquisitions, and other new material possessions?

Partly yes, but then, in the mad scramble for these material blessings, almost all of us seem to have already forgotten that we are celebrating Christmas because it is the greatest evidence of all that God dearly loves us, so that, to save us from the penalties due us for our persistent sinfulness, He Himself came down from heaven and already paid for those sins by his crucifixion and death.

He Himself did this so that no one who will accept Him as God and Savior will ever have to go to hell, but will have a chance to live in Paradise with Him, for all eternity. This is the real message of Christmas, and this is the message that we should all be proclaiming and telling others—that God so loved the world He assumed human form, teaching us that His name is “Jesus”, to allow us to be with Him in heaven despite ours sins.

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HAVE WE PROPERLY THANKED GOD? “Therefore, as we celebrate Christmas 2013, we must ask ourselves: have we already thanked God for His decision to come here on earth to save us from hell? Many of us will say, yes, we have already thanked God, but then, have we thanked Him properly, in the way that the Bible says we should thank Him?

“As far as I am concerned, thanking God properly means recognizing, believing, and accepting Jesus as God and Savior, and, thereafter, endeavoring to listen to His Word in the Bible, and obeying all His commands. This is the real thanksgiving that we must do, the real celebration of Christmas that we must carry out not only annually, but even daily.”

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REACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook.com, mmauriciojr111@gmail.com, and batasmauricio@yahoo.com.