Glory

Not Our Work, But God’s Work.

Posted on August 23, 2010. Filed under: Children, Glory, God, VISION AFRICA-2010 JULY MISSION TRIP | Tags: , , , |

God created all of these children in His image.

7-19-2010

Each morning prior to going out into the field to do ministry, we gather at the Somebody Cares office for worship, prayer, celebration, and a time of devotion.  Today, at devotion, Theresa shares how we should allow God to guide us with His will and purpose and not our own.  She describes how each day we may be asked to do something that we do not desire to do or what we thought we should be doing, but rather what God wants us to do.  It is important for us to recognize a willingness to first seek the completion of His will in all things, including our mission work.  At times, if we are following our own will instead of God’s, he may rebuke us.  God may do this in order that we come back inline with His will.  We may not like how God disciplines us, but it is necessary so that His greater purpose is fulfilled.  It is important for us to remember this, it is Not Our Work, But God’s Work!

On a mission trip to Africa, there are many different types of duties to be completed.  It is always a good time packaging up bars of soap and sugar for widows in the villages, because we know the items are needed.  One of our teams will be taking the packages to the village of Njewa.  I am sure the widows will be blessed and very appreciative.

We are a little sad this morning, as we are told that of the widows died in Ngona on Saturday night.  We pray for her family and those who knew her.  It is difficult to comprehend the loss of life that happens so regularly among these village people.  The devastation of Aids and other diseases truly aches my heart as I meet people who do not have much time left in this life.  My prayer is that they all come to know Jesus as Lord and savior while they still have time.  When we arrive in Sichongo, Chief Kapudzama tells us that someone in his village had died during the night, and many of the villagers are at the funeral.  Again, I am stricken with grief and sorrow for the many who suffer.

In Sichongo today, a remote village about 30 minutes outside of Chikudzulire, we are greeted by most of the villagers on the side of a soccer field, which also serves as a gathering place.  We are given wooden chairs to sit in underneath a large tree.  The chief formally greets us with Ramsey interpreting his message.  Although Somebody Cares has been giving assistance and guidance to Sichongo, Ramsey tells us we are some of the first non-Africans to visit their village.  A sense of being distanced from the outside world overwhelms my emotions as I wonder about the isolation these people have been in for so long.  The beauty of us engaging with these people today in community and in the presence of our mighty God brings me peace.  It is obvious how the ministry of Somebody Cares is instrumental in bringing God into this community.  The ministry is not just about bringing them life’s physical sustenance, but also to teach them how to become a self-sufficient village.

Tyler and I play soccer with some of the youth.  These kids are very skilled at moving the soccer ball with their feet; I on the other hand am not skilled at all, and they no it, taking advantage of my lack of playing ability.  We play 5 on 5 on a smaller field, without any goalies, as we have make small goals about 4 feet wide, using bricks as the side markers.  There are 3 teams, which are rotated in after each team scores a goal.  One goal wins the game.  So, after each goal, we start a new game.  I play until I am soaked with sweat, and too tired to run any longer.  I am not 15 anymore, and these kids run circles around me.  Still, it is a huge blessing to be able to play soccer with these young boys on their turf.

Around 1 PM, several of us go with Ramsey and about 15 of the village youth and adults to the garden.  It is our job to give the garden it’s afternoon bath, or let’s just say we water the garden.   We dip and fill up the watering cans from a water hole and give the garden the much-needed daily supply of water.  This procedure is completed twice daily, once in the morning, and once in the afternoon.  The village has a starter garden, whereby they plant the seeds until the plants began to grow.  After the plants reach a certain growth stage, they transfer them to a larger garden so they can grow to their fullest potential.  Ramsey shares with us how proud the villagers are of their garden, and how they expect it to continue producing crops they can eat, sell at the market place, as well as produce more seed in order to continue production in the future.  Their goal is for their village to become self-sufficient and not rely on outside resources.

The medical team performs another incredible job as they administer examinations to 185 children, including dispensing medicine as applicable.  In addition, all the children are given medication to prevent them from having worms.  Unfortunately, there are still about 30 children who do not receive examinations today, as we run out of time in the day and have to leave to go back to COTN.  There is just not enough manpower or time to take care of all the children who need our attention.  Leaving some children without receiving medical examinations brings sorrow to all of our hearts.  But, we know we have given our best for the fulfilling of our mighty God’s divine purpose; we have to be at peace with that thought.  Also, we must remember it is Not Our Work, But God’s Work.  Amen.

I pray all of you are blessed by God’s Spirit,

Daryl Dho

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The Church Service In Malawi Is Spirit Filled and Long. AMEN!

Posted on August 19, 2010. Filed under: Faith, Glory, God, Grace, Salvation, VISION AFRICA-2010 JULY MISSION TRIP | Tags: , , , , , |

Some of my friends in Malawi; I love this picture.

The Church Service In Malawi Is Spirit Filled and Long.  AMEN!

7-18-2010 (Sunday)

As usual, today I wake up early long before the sunrise.  Every day since we arrived in Malawi I have been waking up long before my 6 AM alarm clock screams it’s nerve-wracking sound; today time is a 4:55 AM.  One of the best parts of my morning is having the opportunity to receive a hot, high-pressure shower.  Unfortunately, most days this is not a reality.  Today I am blessed with the warmest and highest-pressure shower since we arrived here at Children of the Nation (COTN).  I am pumped up that I have a hot shower, since it is cold in the morning and I truly did not want to take a cold shower.  But, as I said, today is going to be a good day, as I am starting off with a nice hot shower.  Yes indeed!

Now it is time to go and hang out at the gazebo for my morning devotional of prayer and reading God’s word.  Today I may be preaching at church, so I am praying for God to use me to speak His words and for His purpose.  As I seek Him this morning, I find myself studying in 2 Timothy.

After breakfast, we go to the office of Somebody Cares.  When we get to the office, we are told we will be going to End Time Pentecostal Church in Mtandire village to join them in their worship experience.  Keta calls me out of the van prior to our leaving and asks me if I could preach this morning, and of course I say yes.  I trust the Spirit of God will put the words in my mouth that He wants me to speak.  When we get to the church, Edward, who will be interpreting for me, takes my backpack and leads me into the church.   The church is packed full, with standing room only in the back and out beyond the walls of the spirit filled room.  I see about 200 people as Edward instructs me to sit in the middle seat of three directly behind a table with flowers and water on the stage.  To my left is Ramsey, the lead elder, and to my right is Edward.  Behind me sit 6 other leaders in the church, anxiously waiting for a morning filled with joyful singing, clapping, dancing and the teaching of God’s word.

The 2 hour and 45 minute service begins with one of the people from the worship team enthusiastically singing praises to the Lord.  At the conclusion of the first song, the rest of the worship team along with the keyboard player begin lifting up the Lord in song, as the rest of the congregation joins in.  In between many of the songs, Ramsey interludes with words of encouragement and introduces the next song.  We continue in musical worship with Ramsey sharing and blessing us with biblical stories.  The congregation is very joyful, holding nothing back in their celebration of the Lord.  As the service continues, I pray multiple times for the Lord’s Spirit to guide me in what I will say.  Since I did not have a significant amount of time to prepare for what I would teach on today, maybe only an hour, I realize I must rely on God to facilitate His will and purpose in what I will say.  I can feel the presence of God using me to speak words of encouragement and truth from His word, as Edward assists me in translation.

It is truly a blessing having the opportunity to preach in their church.   As I speak about how we need to be strong and faithful in the Lord, I am directed to share the need for all of us to persevere in this world for the cause of Christ.  God brings me to 2 Timothy 2:1-13 as the main body of text for my sermon, which we study verse by verse.  I feel God’s Spirit directing every word as I continue for over an hour preaching His good news.  Revealing Jesus as a model of strength, I notate how He persevered in fulfilling the will of the Father, and how we should live our lives in a way that emulates Jesus.  Edward was fantastic, as he translates my words into the Chechewa language.  At the end of the message, I share the gospel of salvation through the blood of Jesus with those who do not know Christ.  I invite those both in and outside the walls of the church to come to the saving grace of Christ, and to pray the sinners pray.  I do not know if anyone accepted Christ, but I do know that hearts were stirred.  I also trust God’s perfect plan of salvation and that His message will be received.

I must say, that the nearly 3-hour service was exciting and spirit filled.  The people of Malawi sure know how to sing praises to God in heaven.  If you haven’t been to a Christian church service in Africa, you haven’t experienced a church; the church service in Malawi is spirit filled and long.  Amen!

Now that church is over, we are going to Teresa’s house for a BBQ.  We have BBQ chicken, some type of sausage or bratwurst, rolls, nsima, spicy beans, and a fruit drink made with fruit cocktail.  In Malawi, it is important to eat everything you put on your plate, including cleaning off every part of the chicken from the bone.  Here is some good counsel; do not take more than you can eat.  If it is on your plate, you eat it, like it or not!  There is no wasting of food in Malawi.  This is a wonderful time of relaxation in the backyard and playing games, but mostly just hanging out and talking.

We come back to the Children of the Nation complex where we are staying around 5:30 and have down time for the evening, or so we think.  After the COTN students ate dinner, all 28 of them, we gather in the big gazebo and begin singing praises to God and dancing.  About 30 minutes into the dancing, the students line up in the middle and put on a performance of song and dance for us.  There is also a drama troupe, which perform a couple of very funny skits.  Next, we are blessed with a few testimonials about their early life and conversion as believers in Jesus.  It was a marvelous night.

I pray that your day is blessed by God and you are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Daryl Dho

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Arriving in Malawi

Posted on July 29, 2010. Filed under: Glory, God, VISION AFRICA-2010 JULY MISSION TRIP | Tags: , , |

The following is my journal of our July 2010 Mission trip to Malawi.  There were 19 willing servants of our mighty God who went to bring medicine, counsel, teachings, comfort, friendship, love, and compassion to the women, children and men we met in the villages we visited.  To God be the glory.

7-11-2010 (Sunday)

It has been an exciting, exhausting, breathtaking, and sleepless last 48 hours, as we have finally completed our journey to Malawi.  Now we must rest for the evening in order to be properly prepared for tomorrows first day as God’s hands and feet and ministers of encouragement and hope.

It seems as if the evil one is always attempting to sidetrack God’s work, and our adventure to Malawi was no exception.  Today was especially crazy because of how our expedition took a left turn and near miss in Johannesburg.  Upon our arrival in South Africa, it was necessary for us to get all of our checked luggage from the baggage claim carousel, plus our carryon luggage prior to checking in and boarding our flight on South Africa Airlines to Malawi.  It was part of our agreement with the airlines that each person would be able to check in 3 pieces of luggage plus have 2 carryon bags.  Those in charge the boarding and checking area of South African Airlines told us we could only have 2 pieces plus 1 carryon, charging us additional fees and nearly preventing us enough time to make our connecting flight.  It seems as if the airline can change their mind if they choose to, of course without any notice.  But in the end, God wins and we make our connection.

When we arrived in Lilongwe, Keta from Somebody Cares, the mission organization we are working with, met us with several drivers to take us to the location where we would be staying for one evening.  Our driver navigated through the streets of Lilongwe a little fast for my taste, as we nearly hit several individuals who were walking, on a bicycle, or driving down the road in a different vehicle.  It was a little unnerving, but I was in his country now, and I’m sure this won’t be the only thing that is different.

Making our way to the location where we were lodging that first day, I observed the following:

1. Drive way too fast; and crazy.
2. Drive too close to others.
3. Women carrying huge bundles of goods on their head; which is totally amazing.
4. People walking and riding bikes everywhere, because they do not have cars.
5. People looking around and observing all that is around them while walking, ride a bike, or driving.
6. Old beautiful trees and green plants throughout the city.
7. Billboard signs either deteriorating or no longer in use.
8. Children playing outdoors; this must not be ARIZONA!

See you tomorrow for our first full day in Malawi.

May God Bless Your Day,

Daryl Dho

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Please Help Pray For And Finance Africa Mission Trip

Posted on April 7, 2010. Filed under: Children, Faith, Family, Friendship, Glory, God, Justice, Love, Mercy, Sacrifice | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Recently, I was presented with the opportunity to go to Malawi, which is in the southeast portion of Africa.  It borders Tanzania on the East and Mozambique on the West.  My church, Mission Community Church, in partnership with the organization, Somebody Cares, has taken the approach that we truly are the hands and feet of Christ.  I am joining a team on July 9th through July 24th to help where God sees fit to best serve the needs of the people there.  Our destination is the village of Chikudzulire, where previous teams from our church have had the opportunity to assist in the completion of a well for clean drinking water and the construction of a feeding center and community center to provide for more than 900 local children who have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic.  There are many opportunities our team may assist with while we are there; for which our Trip Focus will include building relationships and to be a support with the people of Chikudzulire and other villages; and to address the issues widows, women and orphans face each day.  Our Trip Purpose will be to organize and conduct rape/crisis counseling conferences; and to teach and train on women’s issues of hygiene, sex education, childcare and other topics as needed; along with additional projects as directed through the staff of Somebody Cares.  Most importantly we’ll get to show the amazing love of Jesus to some of the most hurting and impoverished people on the planet. The trip will personally challenge me to things I’ve never dreamed of and surely will change my life forever.  

Each individual team member will need approximately $3,000 to fully fund this trip.  Any funds that are donated will directly help us to cover airfare, food, lodging and local transportation, as well as supplies for aiding the children in the villages that we will visit.   I have no idea how God will work to provide the funds for me, but I know He has something incredible to teach me while we are there and through the fundraising process.  He surely will provide.  I feel compelled to provide hands-on help to these children in Malawi, and I am thankful that God is opening doors to allow this to happen.   So, do you want to participate with me on an African Mission trip?

This is where you come in.  I am writing to all of you since you are my friends and already supporters of me personally in my life.  I ask that you would consider offering a financial gift, not because I need it; for God doesn’t need any help from you or I. I’m asking you specifically because I want to invite you to participate with me in this step of faith and see what God does with what you can give.  Equally important is prayer support for safety on the trip, the strength of the team, and the hearts of the Malawi people.  May God keep us safe and work through us and in the lives of those we go to serve. As the trip nears, I’ll provide further information where you can prayerfully follow along through an online blog and photo-journal while we are in Malawi.  Thank for your love and support for allowing your resources to dramatically change the lives of people in Africa.  All prayers and any financial support will be a blessing to the ministry.  Even as little as $10 can go a long way.

If you would prefer to donate securely online, please go to http://www.Africa.mission68.org and select the “Give” tab on the far right.  Set up a quick login account if you don’t already have one and follow the simple prompts.  Select the trip which I am participating and input my name, amount of donation and payment info.  If needed, please contact me for additional instructions or details about giving online.

IMPORTANT Please make all checks payable to “ Mission Community Church “ and leave the memo line BLANK, but attach a note indicating my name, Daryl Dho, so my account will be credited.  You can mail your check the following address:

Daryl Dho
10141 E. Kilarea Ave.
Mesa, AZ  85209

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

May God Bless You All,

Daryl Dho

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The Glory Of God; He Is Gracious And Merciful

Posted on March 29, 2010. Filed under: Creation, Glory, God, Grace, Mercy, Righteousness | Tags: , , , , , |

Glory

It is Monday, the dawn of a new week, and time for another installment of my discoveries of how I see God.  As I continue to seek God’s character in the Psalms, I am blessed from the time spent in my reading, reflection, and prayer.  My hope, is that all of you will take the time to engage in your own reading through the Psalms, in turn, enjoying the beauty of God’s word as it speaks to you in a personal way.

We should abundantly give our Heavenly Father honor and reverence for His splendor in creation, as His reputation stands tall; He truly should receive all glory for His greatness.  As our eyes marvel upon the sky, we note that the heavens declare the glory of God (Ps 19:1), which are above all the earth (Ps 57:5; 57:11; 108:5), and this is because He is above all nations and the heavens (Ps 113:4).  Therefore, we should affirm His righteousness, so that all the people see His glory (Ps 97:6).  We see so much evidence of God’s glory visible to us in His creation, almost as if to authenticate His creation, by giving us a signature for identification of His majesty.  It is no wonder why the Psalmist tells us of how the kings of the earth shall give thanks, for great is the glory of the Lord (Ps 138:5).  Waking each morning, allowing the day to sink in, I steer towards the understanding of my Heavenly Father’s glory.  The glory of God is evident everywhere, I just need to open the lens of my eye and take a wondrous gaze.  As I reflect on being in the presence of God, I realize I love participating in life with my Heavenly Father and visualizing all of His glorious power, might, wonderment, and love shared for His creation.

Gracious and Merciful

My Heavenly Father is full of grace and mercy, is slow to anger and abounding in unwavering love (Ps 86:15; 103:8), showing love and compassion to a continually rebellious world.  He has tenderheartedness towards us, desiring to show us grace and mercy.  He has caused His wonders to be remembered, and for those who follow His ordinances, He lights the way in the darkness (Ps 111:4; 112:4).  As God is good to all, showing His mercy in so many ways (Ps 145:9), I have become more humble in my life.  I appreciate His grace and mercy, and have gratitude for my salvation, provision, and forgiveness.  Each and every day, I am so grateful how my Heavenly Father, who consistently shares peace in my heart through the Holy Spirit, instills joy into my life.   I acknowledge God continues to show His grace and mercy to me daily, as I struggle with sin and fall short in my quest to live in a Christ like manner, including failing to love one another, as Jesus instructed.

Have a blessed day,

Daryl Dho

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Who’s The Boss?

Posted on March 25, 2010. Filed under: Creation, Faith, Glory, God, Heaven, Holiness, Love, Righteousness | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Who’s the boss? Are we the boss, or is our spouse, our employer, the government, or someone or something else the boss?  Or, is God, the creator of the universe as we know it, the boss?  If God is the boss, then who is He, who is God really?  This blog is the second installment of my search of how to describe God, based on what I read in the Psalms.

Is The Bible, or God’s Word, True?

A beautiful and integral part of getting to know my Heavenly Father better is to take comfort in the fact that God’s word, in the original manuscripts are inerrant.  We gain assurance of this in (Ps 119:160), which eternally blesses us with, “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever,” as well as (Num 23:19), for which we are told, “God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change his mind.  Has He said, and will He not do it?  Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it?”  In (2 Tim 3:16-17), we read, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”  As I explore the Psalms, in order to gain access to who my Heavenly Father is, knowing I can trust God’s word without question is imperative.

Holiness

My Heavenly Father is Holy in His ways; He is perfect in goodness and righteousness, He is divine and sacred, inspiring us to be in awe of His very being and worthy of our revering Him in our most humble posture.  He is Holy, sitting enthroned on the praises of Israel, the Lord our God is holy.  We can trust in His holy and awesome name, giving thanks, for in His holy name is glory.  All of God’s ways are holy.  As we are in awe of how the Lord our God is great, we are motivated to exalt Him and to worship at His footstool; yes He is holy.  In His holiness, God speaks to His people with trustworthiness; His character is pure, unwavering and dependable.  God’s holiness is consecrated in His sacredness, which is deserving of our devoted and affectionate worship.  What a wonderful and holy God we have.

Lovingkindness/Steadfast love

One of the beautiful aspects of God is His lovingkindness or steadfast love. Psalm 25:10 tells us all the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness, which gives us so much insight into His character, as this reveals his kindness, mercy, faithfulness, and goodness.  His lovingkindness endures all the day, is precious to us, and we are reminded of how His steadfast love extends to the heavens.  When we walk in faithfulness with the Lord, we can take solace in God’s steadfast love, which is before our eyes, as life’s struggles attempts to knock us down.  Because we know God knows our endeavors, we can rejoice and be glad in His lovingkindness.  In His lovingkindness and truth, we can persevere through life, knowing He is righteous, and abundant in mercy.

If we were ever to doubt whether or not our Heavenly Father’s love will cease, we can review the approximately 30 verses in the Psalms, which tell us of how His steadfast love endures forever (Ps 118:1-4; 136:1-26).  In these verses, there is a magnificence in knowing God is the Lord of lords, does great wonders, made the heavens, spread out the earth, made the great lights, told the sun to rule over the day and the moon and stars to rule over the night, lead the Israelites out of Egypt, struck down kings, gave their land as a heritage, rescues, and provides food to all flesh, all because his steadfast love endures forever.  Reflecting on how His lovingkindness is everlasting, we should render thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness and His wondrous works.  How truly blessed we are due to His steadfast love for us.

Tune in next time for a continuation of my search to describe who my Heavenly Father is.

May God bless your day,

Daryl Dho

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My Heavenly Father Is…?

Posted on March 23, 2010. Filed under: Creation, Father, Glory, God, Heaven, Salvation | Tags: , , , , , |

Who is our Heavenly Father? This question is one worth asking, one for which the answer appears simple, yet nearly unfathomable, due to the complexity of God and His attributes.  So, I have set out on a journey to explore the Psalms and discover what God’s word, The Bible, has to say about who He is.  Over the next several days, I will blog about what I observe from the Psalms, and how reading them has effected my perception of whom my Heavenly Father is.  Additionally, during this process, it was also my desire to become more acquainted with our God, for which I will share my results. So, here we go, my Heavenly Father is…

God inspired the writers of His word to eloquently describe Him in a way which enlightens us as to who exactly He is, what His characteristics and attributes are, and what His plans are for our salvation and for all existence in eternity.  Our discernment of how God chose to illustrate His characteristics in His word to us, should give us soothing thoughts, as we can better comprehend His grandeur and sovereignty.

Our natural instinct to appreciate and become acquainted with our creator is in our hearts, “for his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse (Rom 1:20 ESV).” Unfortunately, human beings have neglected the physical confirmation of God’s existence through His creation, instead failing to recognize the truth of God and participating in unrighteous living.  This Blog will serve as a declaration of what characteristics of God are evident to me through my study of the Psalms, giving a testimony of my thoughts, feelings, and assertions of how I would describe whom my Heavenly Father is to another person.  I will also identify which aspect of God’s character I discover personally means the most to me and which characteristics are experientially not a part of my relationship with Him.

My Heavenly Father encompasses so many characteristics in His being, it is at times, challenging for me to comprehend the vastness and complexity of who He truly is.  As I dive into to describe whom my Heavenly Father is, I must commence with the comprehension of the sovereignty of God, as (Psalm 103:19 NAS) states, “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens; and His sovereignty rules over all.” Within the perspective of a human being, I can understand boundaries given to me.  Considering God as the sovereign authority over all creation, of the heavens and ruler over all, gives me unquestioned satisfaction as I determine who is at the helm of this world.

If I compare God, as a ruler, to a governmental authority, parent, or employer, I should be able to grasp the importance of having a leader who can be trusted, understood, is consistent in power dictated, and one which shows compassion for those under it’s dominion.  Without God exercising His sovereignty over His created world, we would not have any hope of a future, there would not be any reason to consider our existence beyond what we can visualize in front of us. We would only regard as being parts of our life and worthy of concern, those things that we could consume, digest, and live for in our present state, therefore not giving any thought to what, if any, eternity might bring us. Our grasping, as truth, God’s attribute of sovereignty, should give us a positive perception of the complexity of His creation, as He is the only one who could rule what He has so masterfully shaped.  Until tomorrow, when we continue to evaluate who my Heavenly Father is…

Have a blessed day,

Daryl Dho

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A Good Reason To Smile

Posted on March 9, 2010. Filed under: Forgiveness, Glory, Salvation, Worship | Tags: , , , , |

Every day or night, when each individual on the planet makes that conscious decision to put their bodies and mind into a state of sleep, they do so with hopes and dreams of the possibility that when they wake up tomorrow, the day will bring them a good reason to smile. But, as we all know, some days we wake up not feeling much like smiling.  There can be many reasons for this, such as an illness, trouble at home, work, or school, or a multitude of other explanations for our not wanting to smile, but at the end of the day, I am hoping most of us would rather smile than not.  Maybe we all just need a different approach or outlook in our lives that will give us a good reason to smile.

It all boils down to where our focus is.  Most of us have problems and issues in life, for in this sinful world, there is trouble.  Our perspective concerning all of our daily situations and occurrences will determine whether or not we will choose to smile or not.  Based on the experiences in my life, I have found that when I concentrate my whole perspective upon the things of this world, I will be let down, and in the end, probably not smile.  Some times we just need a good reason to smile.

If we take the focus off ourselves, and change it to one another and their needs, this tends to give us a good reason to smile.  If we look upon our life in a way which gives glory to the creator of the universe, we probably will have a changing perspective concerning smiling.  If we begin each day with thoughts of God, and how we may please Him in our life today, then we most likely will come up with more reasons to smile.  We can always count on what God says in the Bible as being true, for as Numbers 23:19 tells us, “God is not man, that he should lie.”

We can take comfort that God genuinely knows what is on our heart.  Psalm 44:20-21 states, “If we had forgotten the name of our God, or extended our hands to a strange god, would not God find this out?  For He knows the secrets of the heart.”  God knows our aches, our pains, and our joys.  He wants us to remember Him each moment, hour, day, week, month, and year of our life.  If we take the time to personalize our relationship with the God of the universe, we should have a good reason to smile. Meditate upon Him, talk with Him, and ask Him to give you a reason to smile.  If you know him, His Holy Spirit will descend upon you in a way which gives you a good reason to smile. Just take the time to know God, the God of the Bible, the one who knows what is on your heart, the one who wants you to be at peace with whatever situation or circumstance you are in.  Take that time today, talk to Him, reach out to Him, receive the peace of the Holy Spirit and the salvation from Jesus Christ, for when you do, you will have a good reason to smile.

May the God of the universe bless you with a heart full of peace and a good reason to smile,

Daryl Dho

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My Most Holy God

Posted on February 18, 2010. Filed under: Faith, Forgiveness, Glory, Grace, Righteousness, Salvation | Tags: , , , , , , |

A Gift From Our Creator

My most Holy God,
My Creator,
My Savior,
To whom I bow before in faithfulness.

In the dawn of each day,
When I rise to your sunlit morning,
In faith, I give my life to you, O God,
To do the will of the one who created.

Unwavering faith in you I have,
For without it I am nothing.
It is futility to allege I know you, God
Without surrendered faith.

My most Holy God,
My Creator,
My Savior,
To whom I bow before in faithfulness.

You never leave me,
Nor forsake me.
You always guide me,
And direct me.

Your love is so wonderful,
As evidenced in your creation.
I long to be a beacon of your hope and love,
To a world so needing refreshment.

I am nothing without you God,
For you breathed life into me.
Although a failing sinner,
In you, I am a new life.

I am filled with your Holy Spirit,
But only through your grace.
I am nothing without my faith in you,
Through trust, and reverence I seek your face.

My most Holy God,
My Creator,
My Savior,
To whom I bow before in faithfulness.

I trust you in all things,
For you have made a promise.
I do not need to worry,
For you cannot lie, your word is truth.

I pursue only to fulfill your will, O Lord,
As my will only reveals selfishness.
Guide me to your ways, O Lord,
Bring me alongside your righteousness.

This world so desperately needs your love,
For your love is eternal and absolute.
Show me how share this love,
For without it I am nothing.

You only show concern for us,
Through your Son, you stayed the course.
Take away my own interests,
Humble me in my course.

My most Holy God,
My Creator,
My Savior,
To whom I bow before in faithfulness.

Your word is there to direct me,
The truth, you deliver for eternity.
My passion stills not for your unwavering love,
I long to carry it to a dying world.

Mold me, make me, and use me for you plan,
The Great Commission is at hand.
Give me the knowledge of your truth, O Lord,
Impute in me your faithfulness.

As you showed us, in your Son,
Your love never fails.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.

I give you my life, my faith, and my love,
Without you I am nothing.
Seeking now to share of you,
The truth I am so grateful.

My most Holy God,
My Creator,
My Savior,
To whom I bow before in faithfulness.

There are no others before you, God,
For you are everlasting.
I beg for your forgiveness, God,
I seek you each moment passing.

Through you faithfulness you give us your love,
There are no conditions.
Love one another, you command,
And through faith I am able.

I long to give all glory to you, most Holy God.
There are no others like you, most Holy God.
None can stand above you, most Holy God.
You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.

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What’s Faith Got To Do With It?

Posted on January 23, 2010. Filed under: Adversity, Assurance, Creation, Faith, Forgiveness, Glory, Heaven, Sacrifice, Salvation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Is there any person, material possession, circumstance, lifestyle quality, or concern in your life you would sacrifice or do anything for, even unto death?  And if there is such a thing, whereby you would sacrifice even unto death, is it a cause, occurrence, or person for which you have total belief and faith in?  Saying we would sacrifice even unto death is a substantial commitment, and is not a statement we should make lightly.  If we make an announcement such as this, it may be due to our having faith in whatever we would sacrifice for.  We may care so much about what we are sacrificing for, that we throw out the rule book, so to speak, when it comes to caring about our own needs.  Or, we may make such a sacrifice due to an occurrence which brings forth action without thought.  Most of us know and understand life is precious and short, hoping to have lives that are full of meaning, energy and vigor.  So, if we say we would sacrifice our lives for something, it makes sense to think we may have a considerable amount of faith in what we would be sacrificing for.

But, do we really need to believe in something prior to going to any lengths in order to sacrifice for it?  And do we need to truly believe in and have faith in what we will sacrifice for?  Certainly we need to understand what a sacrifice is, for many would have differences of opinions about what executing a sacrifice means.  One definition of sacrifice from dictionary.com is the following: “the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.”  I think our lives would qualify as a sacrifice, for as we are willing to give up our life for any cause or occurrence, then I would have to say it is truly a sacrifice.  I do not believe anyone would dispute giving up our lives is the ultimate sacrifice.  But, what’s faith got to do with it?

Unless one has faith in the cause, occurrence, or person, a sacrifice does not seem likely.  Putting someone else’s needs before our own can be a sacrifice.  We see it during times of crisis, when someone has been dealt a hand in life where they are at risk, such as in Haiti, due to the earthquakes.  People are giving money, aid, and even going to Haiti, in order to assist those in need, those who’s lives are in peril, who’s continued existence on this planet requires people to give of themselves sacrificing their own wants, desires, and possessions for others.  The video of Anderson Cooper was an example of heroism, and sacrifice.  As the boy, who had been hit by rubble thrown at him from angry looters, was down on the ground, bloodied and incoherent, Anderson Cooper rescued him, not giving any thought to his own safety, but only that of the young boy.  Caring and sacrificing for others seems to come natural for many, and can be a spur of the moment occurrence during times of tragedy for others.

But, what about when we discuss what a person believes in, their moral code, their ethics, and their character.  This area of life seems to be one that may shift like wind in a storm for many people.  Having a belief and faith in a way of life, one which directs our moral code, our ethics, and our character, is something many allow to be altered and shaken by what current circumstances dictate in their life.  In our, “what’s in it for me” society, we tend to let our moral code, ethics, and character process through a metamorphosis as our needs, or what we envision as our needs, go through this modification.

In general, is seems to me that many do not have a serious conviction about what they truly believe in, or quite possibly many do not know what they believe in when it comes to their moral code, ethics, and character.  Unfortunately, we are all failed humans, filled with sin, capable of hurting others with or without thought.  It takes a conscious effort, many times, to care more about others then ourselves.  It really boils down to whether or not we truly believe in what we say we believe in.  So, what’s faith got to do with it?

When it comes to christianity, many people are not willing to declare their faith, for fear of retribution.  Jesus said in Matthew 10:21-22, “Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”  What’s faith got to do with it? Faith has everything to do with my belief that we all are sinners who fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and my belief that Jesus came to earth, lived as a man, and died on the cross at the hands of his accusers, resurrecting 3 days later in order to bring us new life.

I have to be completely faithful to that belief, for if not, then what I say is inconsequential.  I have to be willing to sacrifice my time, my talents, and my treasures in order to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to a world which needs this truth.  I can not worry about retribution, about persecution, or about how sacrificing for the truth of Jesus will effect my own life.  Of course, I will fail, at times, in being the type of person Jesus would desire for me to be, because I am human.  Regardless, I certainly need to put forth all of my best in order to spread the word of Christ.  I can not consider if people receive this message positively or negatively, for it only my job to share the message.  If I suffer for this message, so be it.  My desire is to be 100% faithful to my Lord Jesus Christ, who made the ultimate sacrifice on the cross for me and you.

I do not want to waste my life with a minimal faith, but one which is all ahead full, seeking only to fulfill the great commission Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:18-20, “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.”  In order to do this, I must have a faith that is unwavering, can not be questioned, and a faith in Jesus that only seeks to carry His message to the world.  In that process, I can not worry, or be concerned about what negative effects this belief and faith will have on my life here on earth, nor be concerned about what the world thinks about me, for I am first a servant of God, and a servant of His kingdom.  So, what’s faith got to do with it? It has everything to do with it, everything to do with my belief in Jesus as Lord and savior, and with how I live my life.  Without a faith which puts Jesus and His message first in my life, and how I make decisions, act, and exist here on earth, then I might as well not even believe in Jesus.  I should never waiver about how I share the news of Jesus, never cower when speaking His name, or professing who He is.

What’s faith got to do with it? Everything if you believe in Jesus, everything if you take seriously the gospel of Christ, everything if you trust the Bible as 100% truth, everything if your desire is to fulfill the great commission of (Matt 28:18-20) and the great commandment from (Mark 12:30-31), which says, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”

If you are a believer in Jesus, please make sure your faith is overwhelming, that your faith is so strong in the belief that Jesus is your Lord, that you trust Him with everything in your life, every aspect of your life, every occurrence in your life, with your total being, both physical and spiritual.  Make sure you are so tenacious in your faith, regardless of either physical or emotional indifference from the world, that you will forge ahead on your quest to spread His good news, for their is no greater prize then the one which awaits us who believe.  The prize of everlasting life with the creator of the universe, the prize of being able to spend eternity with Him who created us in His image (Genesis 1:26-27).  Are still wondering what’s faith got to do with it? Faith in Jesus is the whole enchilada, and should encompass our entire being, for we should have no other way of living then giving our all for Christ.  Your reward for this will be in heaven.

May you have a blessed day,

Daryl Dho

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