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A Prayer To God

Posted on October 23, 2009. Filed under: Glory, Heaven | Tags: , , , |

God,
You created all things in a majestic way for us to marvel at, giving us a tiny glimpse of your magnificence and grandeur, as well as your character and presence of being. We are the crowning point of your created beings on earth, as you have given us authority over all other living creatures. We are to manage and subdue the earth we call home, which gives you pleasure. Your desire is that we are continuously in pursuit to closer communicate with and worship you. In doing so, you have given us authority over what is an unbelievably breathtaking and at times an incomprehensible creation. Yet in the beginning we failed as Adam fell to sin, perverting what was a perfect environment for our living in your presence. We were forever banished from paradise on earth.

As I scan across the canvass of your universe, gazing into the heavens that go beyond my imaginable vision and understanding, I fall to my knees humbly seeking your approval for my existence. I truly desire to gain a comfort in my relationship with you, seeking only to daily discover and comprehend the breadth and complexity of who you are in all your glory. Comprehending that I am a failed human, I bow down to your presence, asking for forgiveness for all of my failures.

In all that I do, I endeavor to be more like my one true holy mentor, Jesus. As he is the perfect example of righteousness and truth, wandering through my days, my desire is that each day I can get closer to living more like Him. I fail consistently as a man, feeling shame for things I think, say and do in this wonderful world you created from nothing. Colossians 1:15-17 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” As I contemplate about what your Word says in those verses, I am uplifted and somewhat overwhelmed by the plan you set in motion before time began.

That you saw fit to give all of us a way of redemption through the sacrifice of your only Son, the one who by His words creation came about, gives me passion to commit all that I am in my day to you. Although I am weak and fail in comparison to your awesome power, I continuously strive to be more like the image of Jesus, whom you had demonstrate how we should love and live our lives for you and your kingdom when He came into this physical world. I praise you for saving me from myself, a corrupt man, whose propensity is to fail in my quest to give you glory in all that I do. I know that I am forgiven for my failures, and I give you all the thanks, having gratitude for your grace.

Use me, oh God, as an instrument for your glory. Guide me in my days, in order that through my thoughts and actions, your kingdom will grow. Assist me in gaining more knowledge of your word, using me to spread the good news of your gospel. Keep me from the deception of the evil one, who lurks in every seam of life, waiting for the opportunity to drive a wedge between your good and his evil. Safeguard me, not allowing me to fail in my quest to be an acceptable symbol of the love of Christ to this world, ensuring that I am evidence of the hope that I have in you.  I treasure that you have chosen me to join you in your kingdom when I pass on from this world. For that, I thank you, asking for forgiveness in all that I fail as your servant. Finally, please use me as a vessel of hope and love to a world that so desperately needs you. Enable me to comprehend your word, so that I may continue to share with others the goodness of your saving grace. Amen

May the peace of God be with you all,

Daryl Dho

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What Would You Compromise Your Principles For?

Posted on October 14, 2009. Filed under: Faith, Forgiveness, Grace, Heaven | Tags: , , , , , |

Here is the situation, someone comes up to you and asks, would you steal a pack of gum for a million dollars? I will give you a moment to think about that. Well, would you do it, would you steal the pack of gum for a million dollars? I am guessing that many people would steal the pack of gum for a million dollars, thinking that it is only a $1.39 pack of gum, who cares. But is it really just a pack of gum, or are we talking about something greater than that. Are we talking about your integrity, or your moral view on things? That is really the challenge and debate, isn’t it? It seems like an easy enough question. I want to believe that there would be more people who would say no rather than those who would say yes to this dilemma, but would people really say no? So, you have to ask yourself the question, what would you compromise your principles for?

The real answer is that stealing is stealing, it doesn’t matter if it is $1.39 or a billion dollars, if you take something that is not yours, then you are stealing. If you turn the scenario around, and it was your merchandise on the shelf for people to buy, you would not want anyone to steal it, regardless of how much it is. Worse yet for the person who takes the gum, is the thought that they will always know, in their heart, that they stole something from you. Who cares if someone is going to give you a million dollars, or even a billion dollars to steal that pack of gum, for if you do, then you will know in your heart that you are guilty of stealing. Now you would be a thief, each and every day you would know and remember that circumstance in your life. As you think about that, ask yourself again, what would you compromise your principles for?

The world view of this would tell you to go ahead and steal the gum, because you are going to receive a million dollars in return for your act, plus it is only $1.39, so no big deal! What if you were told that you had to steal $1000 worth of merchandise, would you do it then? The costs of doing the crime just went up, or did it really? Regardless of the cost, stealing is stealing, and taking what is not yours is a crime both from a societal standpoint, and a sin in the eyes of God. Yes, the biblical view of this situation would tell you not to do it, “Thou shall not steal”; remember from the Ten Commandments? Yes, Exodus 20:15 is very clear, “You shall not steal.” But nowhere in that text does it mention anything about a minimum requirement for this type of act to literally be considered stealing. Therefore, since stealing is stealing, and you have to ask yourself the question again, what would you compromise your principles for?

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge what Jesus said in Matthew 5:27-28 (ESV), “You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Many times, we try to rationalize our deeds in a way as to think that we are not guilty of a crime, or a sin, because it may seem small to us like looking at someone with lustful intent, which according to God’s word is a sin regardless if we act on it or not. In the eyes of God, sin is sin, He doesn’t care how big it is, the facts remain, sin is sin. With the question of the pack of gum, this seems plain to me, we are guilty of the sin; plus the minimal dollar amount does not negate the fact that we stole. I don’t believe we can justify our wrongs. When we do something that is wrong, regardless of how big or small it might appear to us, it still is wrong and a sin in God’s eyes. When we sin, we are rebelling against what God wants us to do and separates us in our relationship with Him. We shouldn’t compromise our beliefs and principles for money.

The bible tells us in Hebrew 13:5, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” This is some clear counsel here on the subject that we have been talking about. If someone would fall into the trap of taking something that is not theirs for money, then they are guilty of the sin of stealing, of course, but they are also giving up a faith in the Lord’s provision. Understandably, we use money to purchase goods and services in our society. But, God blesses us with our provision, and we should not, according to Hebrews 13:5, care so much about money that it rules our life. We should not be concerned with money so much that it distracts us from having faith in the one who provides it for us in the first place, God. Putting our faith in God, knowing that he will provide for all of our needs, regardless of what we believe is enough or what we might require for life.

Think about this; you decide to take the million dollars after stealing the pack of gum. Then, God decides that it is time for you to die. Fortunately, you believe in Jesus, trusting Him for redemption, and because you are saved by the grace of God, you go to heaven. When you are entering into heaven, are you bringing the million dollars to help build more streets of gold? Guess what, the answer is no, God doesn’t need that money, plus you will have to answer to God about why you stole the pack of gum for a million dollars. He may even ask you why you decided to compromise your beliefs and principles for money, money that He would have provided for you if you would have been faithful. That’s right, we can’t take it with us, and God gives us enough to take care of our needs while we are here. We just have to be faithful and trust Him each and every day.

Let us focus on what Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” If we concentrate on these words and the rest of God’s word, then it is easy to make a decision about the gum, for we do not want to purposefully sin against our God. Considering that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), we certainly do not need to knowingly and intentionally sin against others or our God. Live the life worth living, with a biblical view, treating every moment as a glimpse of how God would want us to be, for we are made in His image (Genesis 1:26). Amen

Have a blessed day,

Daryl Dho

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Waste Not, Want Not

Posted on October 7, 2009. Filed under: Communication, Glory | Tags: , , , |

As we wake up every day, we should consider whether or not we are fully utilizing all that we have been blessed with in our lives. If we don’t, we may end up lacking what seems to be essential to us later on. Our culture conveys the impression that we tend to desire more than we require to sustain ourselves. I believe that most of us already know this to be true and would agree with my perception. We live in a society where we “throw away and dispose” of almost everything because we would rather buy new than use what is still left in our cupboard. Regardless of what aspect or material of our life we are discussing, we tend to not use all of it’s resources. The leftovers that we accumulate in our lives at some point become discarded, due to our lack of interest in them, desire for new, or because we are compelled to procure something fresh and pristine. My Dad use to say many old expressions that many of you may have heard; one of them that has always stuck with me is, “waste not, want not”!

Reflecting on my life as a child growing up in Southern California and Colorado, I believe that we did not waste much around the house, for the influence of that phrase “waste not, want not” resonated throughout our household. Maybe those were just simpler times with most people content with what they had, not all hung up on needing to obtain the next best thing as soon as it is available. I tend to believe some of this approach was due to our parents growing up earlier in the last century, before all of the technology, media blitz, and the like being so prevalent in our lives. So, maybe this conservative avenue which was more apparent in the past, considering a higher value on saving rather than spending, was just a part of our culture in those days.

But what about how we use our time. If we consider time as a commodity, then time would be another area that we should look at as something we waste a lot of. What “value” do we put on our time? There are 168 hours in a week, no more, no less. What we do with those 168 hours shows others what we put our “value” in. As we break the 168 hours down by the day, we have 24 hours to do complete all that we want to do, including eating, sleeping, working, learning, playing, etc. Whatever we do during those 1,440 minutes a day reflects upon where we put our “value” and our concerns. So, it seems to me that we need to take a look at our usage of time, because as the old saying goes, “waste not, want not.”

So, how do you spend your 10,080 minutes a week? Do you take advantage of most of those minutes wisely, or are many of them expended foolishly? Have you ever seriously given thought to how you use them? Let’s face it, we have many distractions in the wake of our day to take us away from what we may desire or wish to accomplish. Certainly, if we evaluate where all of the minutes go, I believe that most of us would have to agree that we probably waste a lot more of our precious minutes each day than we would like to.

One thing for sure, we probably do not educate or stimulate ourselves with enough learning, both from a practical and spiritual point of focus. God petitions us to take the time to spend with him both in a communicative state such as prayer and meditation, as well as reading His Word, The Bible. The Bible tells us in Psalm 1:1-2 (ESV) the following:

“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.”

We are instructed to spend the time reading, meditating, and delighting in God’s Word both day and night. If we misuse much of our time that is available to us, stating that we do not have enough time to spend with God and in His Word, then we may be guilty of falling into the trap of making excuses for our use of time, therefore needing to be reminded of the expression, “waste not, want not.” What are we doing with the 86,400 seconds each day that God gives us to use? 1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” If we are to do all things for the Glory of God as the scriptures say, then we need to be honest with ourselves in our evaluation of what we put “value” in and how we spend each second of our days. I am sure that most of us would admit that we probably could use our time more wisely. Certainly, we can afford a good portion of our 1,440 minutes per day to spend with God and His Word. As each moment of every day is a gift, we should apportion this gift of time with discernment, in order to get closer to our God, while understanding more of what He desires for us in our lives.

In our relationship with the creator, we can ascertain more about how to live in this life through an understanding and application of the principles inspired by God and written by men in the Bible. But, if we choose to make excuses why we cannot find the time to spend with God, then we will be left with a lack of understanding of His word. So, the choice is there for each and every one of us. Each 24 hour, 1,440 minute, and 86,400 second day is there for us to use as we please. My prayer for all of us is that we begin to use our time more carefully, in order to ensure that we are spending an adequate amount of time with the Lord, in His word and in meditation with Him. If we do, we are sure to incorporate a closer relationship with our creator and God, as He desires us to do. Remember, “waste not, want not” applies to the time we have available to us in our day. With that in mind, let us not misapply our priceless time, in order that we can fulfill God’s desire for us to do all things for His glory. Amen

Have a blessed and wonderful day,

Daryl Dho

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Sharing About God, Who’s Spirit Dwells In Me, With Others

Posted on October 2, 2009. Filed under: Faith, Grace, Salvation | Tags: , , |

Jesus telling the disciples in John 15:12 to “Love One Another” is a driving force for me to wake up each and every day, venturing out into the world as His servant. It is due to the ability that God has given me to have compassion for others, attempting to put them before myself, that I feel the urging of Him to aid me in my quest to satisfy His calling of caring for those who are in my wake of life. As I ponder this, I understand that sharing about God, who’s Spirit dwells in me, with others is what all of us should try do in our lives. Look for the opportunities that God gives you!

God has blessed me with experiences in ministry that have engaged me in almost every aspect of church life over the last few years. Digging deep into the wonderful world of God’s word with people who, in the beginning, could be called acquaintances and over time develop into a family, is very satisfying. As I am one who enjoys being around people, no matter what the situation, I can always find an opportunity to interconnect with them. So, regardless of the place of activity, I am best suited when I am able to have a conversation with those around me. If you don’t know me or the Lord, listen, this message is for everyone.

Knowing of the need to share about God with people, God has given me a passion for studying His word. Included in this study is the desire to share with those whom God puts in my path. It is part of all my waking moments, this hope to be able to have a conversation about the goodness of our God, the love from our God, and the care and concern that He has for every one of us. So much so, that almost all of my free time is used to develop that head knowledge about His word, in order that I may be able to give an answer for the hope that is within me. Going beyond what my natural abilities may be, I entrust God to gift me as He sees fit, as only He knows how I may best serve His kingdom.

I repeatedly see God’s hand at work in my life. He guides and directs me in such as way that He has put me in situations where, although I may have questioned in the beginning, finally realize that He is the master who knows what is best. It is part of my being that I have concern for others, compassion for their needs, as I am gifted with the ability to listen, showing love for one another as Jesus commanded.

God continues to orchestrate opportunities in my life to minster to peoples needs. As a Store Manager for CVS, I am able to talk to patients, care for them when a concern is expressed, and be a beacon of hope at times for those who enter into my path. As I contemplate on and discuss this, I realize how much God is in control of things, how He makes sure that we utilize our gifts while we are in certain circumstances and seasons in our lives. It is no surprise I work where I do, as He guides and directs me to share His love with many people that I come in contact with, from my employees to customers. This is a natural ministry that goes beyond the walls and halls of the local church that I am embodied with.

Giving back wherever possible, and in any way, both physical and spiritual, is key. I attempt to be the type of steward in God’s kingdom where I can be of most use. As I reflect more on recent opportunities to serve Him, I am certainly connected with children of every age group. As they are the future of the Kingdom, I feel it is essential for us to train them in the ways of Christ’s righteousness. So many homes are broken, awaiting the right glue to put their lives together. Peer pressure, lack of parental concern for their well being, and living in a society that puts an enormous burden on them to perform, makes working with youth such an important position in the Kingdom.

As I was not even introduced to the Gospel of Christ until I was 20 years old, I feel fortunate and blessed, holding a great amount of gratitude for my salvation that came at age 35. It is for this reason that I believe we should not neglect the youth in our community, we must draw them in towards the goodness of the Gospel. Regardless of which side of the street they live on or come from, all deserve and need to here the Gospel. If not for a few along the way during my 20’s and 30’s, at a time when I was on a path of depravity and destruction, I would not have come to know Jesus. What a shame that would have been, for now I long to serve Him at every moment. Someone knew it was important to share about God, who’s Spirit dwelled in them, with others; we shall all be reminded of this and continue the same. If you do not know Jesus, then continue to listen, He is knocking at your door now.

Coming from an alcoholic and drug addicted background, I feel charged to make sure that we do not neglect anyone, including the young, do not shun those who are in addiction, do not black ball those who may not think the way we do, for it is by grace we are saved. Ephesians 2:4-5 says the following, “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved.” We need to show the character of God, the loving compassionate character that Jesus showed to a world so desperately needing it. The people wait, we just need to be Jesus to the world, loving one another as he demonstrated and commanded us to do. People of the world are seeking hope, seeking something they can put their hands on, seeking a presence that they can absolutely know is real; one which can provide them with the fulfilling of their desire to be authentically, unconditionally loved. If you do not know Jesus, now is the time to seek and come to know Him.

My ministry passion is that all people have the same favorable circumstance that I did, finding Christ. We can leave none behind; we must go out and share the Gospel with all walks of life. Remembering that sharing about God, who’s Spirit dwells in us, with others is something that Jesus commanded us to do in Matthew 28:18-20, which says, “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Here I am, sharing with all who come to this place; please, if you do not know Jesus, go to Him now. Pray for Him to guide your life, forgiving of the sins you bare. Amen.

May you all be blessed by His Spirit,

Daryl Dho

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