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Never Give Up, and Quitting Is Not An Option!

Posted on November 5, 2009. Filed under: Adversity, Assurance, Faith, Heaven, Sacrifice, Salvation | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I was watching part of the Phoenix Suns game tonight, while taking a break from reading and doing homework, when the announcers talked about how Wayman Tisdale had died earlier this year. I remembered when Wayman played for the Suns just a few short years ago, so I decided to google him to find out how he died, as I had not heard the news. I discovered that he died from cancer, as I read some articles and watched some videos. There was a 9 minute video that particularly intrigued me about how he had first ascertained that he had the disease after a fall he took in his house, breaking his leg, followed by his ensuing recovery. While I watched the video, I was overtaken by how strong he seemed, and how his smile never eluded his persona. Remembering when he played, I recollected how he always engaged in the game with such a zest for life, including his abilities as an award winning jazz musician, which I remember he included in his bio. Near the end of the video, as Wayman described how he was persevering during adversity (he had to have his right leg amputated), he said something that I will take with me, “Never give up, and quitting is not an option”.

That phrase really struck me, because how many of us give up on so many things in life? Big-small, tangible-intangible, work-play, friends-foes, husband-wife, parents-children, healthy-unhealthy, all of these contrasts here are events, people or seasons in our lives that we must confront at one time or another. Because life is full of questions about the unknown, we have to make a determination about how we will deal with each and every event, whether to accept our circumstances as they are, make an effort to change them, or dwell on how the situation we are in is not the way it should be. Which way we choose to decide will usually determine our level of peace and happiness in the situation. Wayman chose option 2, and made his best effort to persevere when things got tough, all the while smiling, because you see, he believed that we should “Never give up, and quitting is not an option”.

Each and every one of us has predicaments that come up in our lives that we would rather not go through, up and including when we die, but the facts are that we will all have trouble in our lives. From what I read and viewed, Wayman was a faithful man of God, which I believe is one reason he was so positive during his adversity. He obviously struggled as a man, but knew that giving up would not help him or his families situation. He was dealing with it head on! As I contemplate about this occurrence in the life of Wayman Tisdale, I am reminded of another man named Jesus, who had to endure great suffering. I can only imagine what would have happened if Jesus would have decided not to go through with what God the Father willed Him to do. After all, Jesus is God, he could have done a great many things to prevent Himself from being brutally battered, whipped, and nailed to the cross that He carried up the hill, all bloodied and weakened from the torture that was brought upon Him during His mock trial. As Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane, He knew what time it was, and that these terrible occurrences were inevitably going to happen. But, during His darkest hour, I believe that He had to be thinking something similar to what Wayman said in his video, Jesus must have realized that He could “Never give up, and quitting is not an option.”

Wayman loved his wife and 4 children, caring for them until the end. Jesus, God in the flesh, loved all of us on that fateful day 2000 years ago, caring for us until His final hour, enduring all of the pain and suffering, while preparing to encounter the weight of all the sins that He would bear upon His death. But, even in His darkest hour he cared for others, as He told one of the thieves hanging next to him in Luke 23:43 (ESV), “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” God doesn’t give up on us, He loves us for eternity, and took on the ultimate penalty of death on the cross for all of us. As we come to know Jesus through our acceptance of His forgiveness by grace, we should be reminded of what He said in John 14:26-27, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. The Holy Spirit, God in spirit, is here to help us through our troubled times, we just need to reach out to Him. We are not alone, and we need to remember that Jesus served as an example; for He “Never gave up, and quitting is not an option.”

Jesus never quit on us, He never gave up on the responsibility that God the Father gave Him. After all, before the beginning of time, He was our redeemer. Upon His death, while receiving the penalty for our sins, temporarily separating Himself from the Father, He felt the pain of the millions of sins upon Him, yet never waned in His loving, caring, sacrificial attitude. When the time came to conclude His life as a man on this earth, while fulfilling the scriptures, He said in John 19:30, ““It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. We are blessed that Jesus believed in this philosophy, “Never give up, and quitting is not an option.” For that we can all be eternally grateful.

If you want to view the video of Wayman’s story, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ4DaBVn4Uk

May you all have a blessed day,

Daryl Dho

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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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Even God Took A Day Off To Rest, So Go Rest Man, Just Rest!

Posted on August 8, 2009. Filed under: Creation, Faith, Forgiveness, Heaven, Salvation | Tags: , , , , , |

I am a prime example of taking everything to the max. I push myself as far as I can go, believing that I can go harder, farther, and faster than anyone, but you know what, even God took a day off to rest, so go rest man, just rest! To me, in my mind, I am confident that I can keep going at light speed to accomplish all of the tasks that are on my plate. But, the fact of the matter is, I should realize that even I can not complete all of the missions that I have given myself. So I need to temper down what I feel is necessary to complete, managing my time a little differently, in order that I may find the amount of time essential for my mind, body, and soul to refresh itself.

There are many people in the world today, just like me. I am just an example of a culture that puts so much pressure on itself to complete 25 hours worth of “stuff” in a 24 hour day. Several people have asked me recently, how or why I try to accomplish as much as I do sometimes. They asked me this question because I work full time as a CVS store manager, go to Phoenix Seminary, write this Blog 4-5 times a week, serve in the children’s ministry at my church, and try to spend quality time with my wife and adult kids; which to them appears to be a ridiculous and almost burdensome amount of responsibilities to complete. I answer them in this way, I do all of those tasks because God has called me to serve Him and His people as best I can in this culture, today and in the future. That is why I go to school, to learn more about God’s word, why I write this Blog, as a ministry to others, and why I serve in the church, for the needs of the children. But still, even God took a day off to rest, so go rest man, just rest. We all need to remember that, we need to take the time to rest, recuperate, relax, and enjoy a significant amount of downtime. If not, at some point we will potentially crash.

A true leader, leads by example, and God is no exception. In Genesis 2:2 (ESV), the Bible tells us the following, “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.” God too, realized that it is important for us to “rest”, and leading by example has shown how. He has given this great creation to inhabit, wanting us to work hard, but also to enjoy our freedom, while we rest. We do not always have to be on the go, go, go, as it is suitable for us to have fun time for ourselves. Remember even God took a day off to rest, so go rest man, just rest.

God’s desire for us is that we take a day of sabbath, a day where we do not work, He wants us to have time to be with Him in fellowship, worship, prayer, and fasting. This is a time we gather as our family, sharing each others company, caring for one another, and worshiping the Lord together. In Exodus 20:10, God’s word tells how we should set aside the sabbath day, “but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.” We need to give time to God, time to our families, and time to ourselves.

Jesus reveals that when it comes to our souls, we can take rest in Him, knowing that He will comfort us, forgiving our sins, as He states in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” This is a very important verse to contemplate about, for you see, we can not, nor should we want to worry about where we will spend eternity. Jesus is giving us assurance that He will take on our sins as we follow Him, and He leads to eternity with Him, cleansed of our sins. While meditating on that for a moment, we can take comfort in knowing that the yoke of our life is guarded and attached to His eternal wagon.

If you are not riding in the wagon with Jesus, then take the time now to ask Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, and to be your Lord and savior. For with Jesus, the comfort in knowing that we can go through eternity with the captain of the ship, freely, is there for the asking. In John 14:6, Jesus makes this profound statement, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He is the way, and gives us rest from the burden of worrying over our soul. As I conclude, I am on my 6th day, close to my day of rest. I will be taking tomorrow off, for even God took a day off to rest, so go rest man, just rest. Yes, I think I will, for ME, because if I don’t then I won’t be fit for God’s service, which would not be good for His kingdom!

Have an awesome and blessed day,

Daryl Dho

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We Can Take Any Punch The World Can Throw At Us!

Posted on July 28, 2009. Filed under: Adversity, Faith, Heaven, Salvation | Tags: , , , |

It is a tough world out there; that no one can deny. But, that fact of the matter is that we have to come to the realization that there are forces waging a war against us all of the time. The world is an enormous place with nearly 7 billion people constantly interfacing with their own ideas and sins all at the same time. Naturally this creates issues within itself, as some people are going to do things that may be wrong or sinful, while still others are accepting the sinful action of the first. The key is knowing that we can take any punch the world can throw at us!

Then there is the spiritual warfare going on against those who are attempting to do Gods work, to be faithful to the call, steadfast in their lives for the kingdom of heaven, all to the chagrin of the evil one. So the evil one plots and plans against us, in order to further his plan and to bring us down, leading us into sin or negative actions. People try their best to lead lives that are good, but as we know, we are all sinners, and the evil one uses his plans to further make us feel as though we are not worthy for the kingdom of heaven. The evil one is wrong, we are all worthy, and we will not let him bring us down, because we can take any punch that the evil one and the world can throw at us!

The Lord Jesus does not want this for us, as He has other plans. 1 John 5:1 (ESV) states, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.” This passage is a reminder of to us that if we believe than we have faith, and faith is a key element in our ability to overcoming the world. In 1 John 5:4-5 we are taught the following, “everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

How wonderful it is when we think that when we have faith in the Son of God, Jesus that we can overcome the world. Nothing that the world can throw at us will knock us down, and if it does, it is only temporary. We can get all worked up about what is going on in our lives here on earth, but these things do not count but for a blink of an eye in eternity. Our jobs, the clothes we are wearing, cars, who really cares, because does it really matter? What counts is our relationship with our heavenly Father, and those around us that we need to guide and direct in a way so that they may come to know of the hope that we have in Jesus Christ (1 Thes. 1:3). The good news is that God gave us a blessing in His son, as 1 John 5:11-12 says, “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

We can know this; there is nothing that we can’t overcome in the world as long as we stay steadfast in our faith in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We can overcome the world through Him. We can take any punch that this world throws at us, because we have the Lord at our side. That is the message today, we need to have faith in Him, Jesus is our guide to overcoming adversity and sin in this life.

Have an awesome and blessed day,

Daryl

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