Exhortation

Life Is Much Better With God

Life Is Much Better – Much Better With God

Life is much better without spreading misinformation or fake news, giving way to the truth coming out and exposing the wrongdoers to the public.  Our lives depend on our chosen religion, government, and political leaders who have evil plans of enriching themselves. These add to our family drama. Rules of don’ts are “do not do this and do not do that.”  For example, don’t be involved with others’ drama, don’t be influenced by others, don’t let others’ problems affect you, and all the don’ts we learned and are still learning from the Bible, including God’s Ten Commandments. The commandments begin with don’ts that we must pay attention to to learn what is revealed.  

I do not understand why a person chooses to have constant struggles in his life brought by people around him with a background and chaotic relationships with others. We are at peace when we let it go, and life becomes more meaningful. We must not let our heart decide by itself; as it says,  follow your heart’s desire.

According to Jeremiah 17:9, our hearts are deceitful above all things. They lied to us. For out of the heart comes evil thoughts. Why was David called a man after God’s own heart when David committed such terrible sins?  The majority of answers are found in Psalm’s verses.  David had absolute faith in God; he did whatever God wanted him to do, and it was proven when he fought the Philistine giant, Goliath, without having a second thought.  David was in total submission to God and fully aware that God was in control of his life, and he had faith that God would provide the protection he needed.

When we are in full submission it also involve our acceptance of the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Being obedient to the will of God must take place.

When King Solomon was in his prime, enjoying life as the richest and wisest man alive during his time with a harem including 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kings 11:3), these things influenced him to walk away from God.  What more could he ask when he already had it all?  Life without end?  When King Solomon was already an old man, he uttered, “All that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was vanity; nothing was gained under the sun.  Life is meaningless. Life is nothing more than a cloud of smoke; we have them in our time, but they do not stay for long.” As recorded in 1 Timothy 6:7, “for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.” Everything you gained stays in this world, and you cannot take it with you.” Naked, we came, and naked, we exited. At the same time, nakedness represents sin and its corresponding shameful acts, which is a figurative language. In other instances, it could also be considered an innocence.

If we let God control our journey on this troubled earth, we make the right decision using our minds and hearts. John 1:3 says, “Through Him, all things were made; without Him, nothing was made that has been made.” God has created all and is in all.  King Solomon suggested, and in an admission, that when he contemplate life all in all, “everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (2:11), a smoke that doesn’t last. 

The secret in life is to not worry about what tomorrow will bring because surely it will come. Instead, we must use the key to open our hearts and the door of our minds to fulfill what God wants us to be. When Solomon was old, his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David, his Father (1 King 11-4). Now the LORD was angry with Solomon because his heart turned away from the LORD… (NASB) 1 Kings 11:9-11

Building and maintaining our relationship with the Almighty Father is by actively communicating and doing the excellent work that will please Him. We must show the Father that our ultimate desire is to be with Him. 

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus
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