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Numbers, Lying Indicators of Our Significance

1 Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and to the princes of the people, “Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan, and bring me word that I may know their number.” 3 Joab said, “May the Lord add to His people a hundred times as many as they are! But, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? Why does my lord seek this thing? Why should he be a cause of guilt to Israel?” 4 Nevertheless, the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Therefore, Joab departed and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem. 1 Chronicles 21:1-4 (NASB)

“Actually, God permitted Satan to prompt David to take a census of the people, and David insisted on doing it, contrary to Joab’s advice…Though not inherently wrong, the action demonstrated David’s reliance on numbers of warriors rather than on God….” Ryrie Study Bible, p. 635

God hates it when we measure our significance or power with numbers. The number of people we have in our lives should not make us, just like David, think that our strength, power or popularity depends on them.

The sad truth in this computer age is that we tend to get depressed when the things we post on social media get ignored or don’t get follows, likes and comments. We feel unimportant. We tend to compare ourselves with others and according to Paul, that’s not wise.

Admittedly or not, we also tend to feel famous because of the number of followers we have on our social media accounts. That’s human nature.

Looking at the verse we have today, we can learn that God wants us to fix our eyes on the fact that He is the Sole Source of our Strength in every accomplishment we have and we will have. He wants to remind us that numbers are lying indicators of our significance! We are important to Him because He loves us (John 3:16). He thinks about us. (Psalm 8:4-8) It was demonstrated when He sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay for the penalty of our sins in hell.

How do you measure your significance? Is God’s love your gauge of significance?

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your reminders. Thank You for your thoughtfulness of our daily welfare. Forgive us when we forget that fact. May we not lose our focus on You as the only source of our daily strength. Deliver us from the deceit that numbers indicate our significance. Thank You for Your love. In Jesus’ name, we pray Amen!

My Late Father’s Legacy of Wisdom

March 22, 2015 marks the twelfth death anniversary of my father–Philippine Marines Sgt. Major Rafael Rodrigo de Sagun.


Papang–that’s how we used to call our father.

All I can remember about him was his being a man of few words. Needless to say, he was creative, strict, smart, disciplined, selfless and most of all, a loving father. He was a teacher in and out our home. I have memories of him teaching us sundry life skills–riding a bike, playing volleyball, observing good manners, cooking and even sewing. My mother did teach us many skills too but I am pretty sure that people who know my father well would agree that  he was exceptional among other fathers.

His Words of Wisdom


As he aged, he suffered from many health issues which led to complications. He had bleeding ulcer, went through a surgery after having an inflamed gall bladder. He also had diabetes and high blood pressure. I cannot recall the precise number of the medicines he had to take but I knew it was a lot. His physical condition might have influenced his behavior.

Despite his physical sufferings, he struggled with life by faith. He remained supportive to us. He was not perfect. More often than not, people mistook his strictness as spitefulness.

I, as one of his children, understood well that his intentions were purely out of a desire to do things right as much as possible.

Yes, it’s been twelve years since my father passed away and I am writing this to share with you the words of wisdom that will remain inculcated in my heart:

  • “The sun doesn’t always shine brightly.”–There are days when we feasted on French fries, burger, pasta, and fried chicken and there were also days when we had to eat dried fish and rice or sometimes just rice and salt. He used to remind us that what’s on our table should not stop us from being thankful.

  • “Who are they?”–Other kids would bully you; that’s inevitable. They would criticize you, misjudge you, talk about you but who cares anyway? Their judgement would not make you less of a human. Go on and live your life. Remember how Jesus prayed for his enemies since they did not know what they were doing.

  • “Start and end your day with thankfulness”-After getting up or before going to sleep, he used to remind us to offer prayers of thanksgiving and prayers for our family, relatives and friends.

  • “Study hard so you can buy whatever you’d like to eat in the future.”–it’s self-explanatory. Hard work pays off. Most of the people who suffer financially suffer not because they don’t have a good fate. It’s sometimes a result of their inability to value their studies when they were students.

There are many other words of wisdom that my father taught us but I don’t want to take too much of your time reading. I hope though that I can teach those I mentioned above to my daughter, Joanna, as well.

My father may not have left us a big amount of money, a vast land and luxurious cars but he left us these legacy of wisdom which we can pass on to our next generation.

His Salvation Testimony

My father has passed away, but I am confident that he is with God the Father in heaven–it was not because of his righteous life. As I said, he was not perfect just like every one of us. I am confident that he is with the Father in heaven at the moment because two weeks before his death, right in front of me, he professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted him in his heart that he’s the One and Only Savior of the world and of him personally. He did that while he was bedridden. He went to heaven because he learned from the Bible that religion, good works and anything he has done would NOT save him from the punishment of sin in hell. He accepted that Christ’s death on the cross paid his sins fully–that’s it.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Matthew 8:36

Here’s the sad news my friend, you can have all the treasures of this world, and still remain unsure whether you can go to heaven or not when you die. Here’s the good news though, you can know how to get to heaven. 

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” I John 5:13

Now, would you like to be sure of heaven before you die? Kindly check this one out. You can also read my personal testimony on how I became sure of heaven here.

If you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, then remember to thank God for His gift of salvation.

To you my friend who haven’t made a decision to accept the gift of salvation by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, please don’t ignore this message. Life is uncertain and so is death. Be sure of heaven.


Good Works Cannot Save You, Only Jesus Can!

Many people around the world are yearning for peace–admittedly or not. Unfortunately though, they turn to money, fame and many other temporal things of this world to satisfy their empty souls. Needless to say, they also do good works here and there and think that it is sufficient to fill up the hole in their hearts and to cover the guilt brought about by sins. I was not exempted from the people I just described above until a turning point in my life happened.

It was April 11, 1999, a few days after my graduation from elementary school.  My mom was invited by an American missionary to come to a Bible Study in her house. My dear mom was interested to go to the said Bible Study, but was afraid that she would not be comfortable there. She then asked me to accompany her and so I did because I was also curious about what would be discussed in the Bible study. In short, we went to the Bible Study and at first, it was hilarious for me to hear some strange hymns. I found the songs funny not because they sounded like a tribal song or something, but because the melody sounded odd to me. The preacher then stood up right after the congregational songs and preached with boldness that no one can be saved through good works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Salvation is a free gift from God!

Those words sank into my heart which moved me to pay more attention to more biblical things he had to say. He added that everyone needs the Lord Jesus Christ to be right with God. Jesus in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The preacher then continued saying that not a single type of good work, any kind of religion can get anyone to heaven. Solely, a relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the only thing that can bring us to heaven. Eventually, the Bible study ended with an invitation for people to be sure of heaven by accepting the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ alone. I raised up my hand desiring to hear some more of the bad news (i.e. good works cannot get me to heaven) and the good news (i.e. I can get to heaven through Jesus Christ). The pastor’s wife brought me to the side and reviewed with me what has been preached and clearly showed me from the Bible that Jesus died to pay for my sins (I Cor. 15:3; Rom. 5:8).

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

What a great news to know that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for my sins! As she showed from the Bible, I also have to admit that I am a sinner and I need to confess all my sins. (Romans 3:10; 1 John 4:9)

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

1 John 4:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

It was evident enough that all I need to do is to accept my sinfulness, repent of my sins and believe on the Lord Jesus to be the only Savior and my personal Lord to receive eternal life as a gift.

That night of April 11, 1999, I recognized that I am a sinner in need of forgiveness of my sins, asked for God’s forgiveness of my wickedness and accept eternal life through Jesus Christ. After doing so, I went home confident of God’s forgiveness (I John 1:9) and also confident that God would keep us safe as we go home. Oh the joy and peace which the gospel (i.e. good news) brought to my heart is unutterable.

How about you my friend? Are you sure that your soul would go to heaven after you die? You can know how to get to heaven by understanding the gospel I just presented and doing the necessary steps of faith. May we not resist the mercy and love that God has offered us. If you found my presentation unclear, kindly refer to this link and take the time to absorb God’s message for you. God loves you, my friend. I am hoping and praying that you will receive this free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and enjoy a rich relationship with God.

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