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Success of Duterte’s changes must depend on God

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added unto you’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 6:33, the Holy Bible).

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TRUSTING IN ONE’S STRENGTH IS MISPLACED: It is perhaps good that an old advertisement promoting a particular brand of rubber shoes by the phrase “impossible is nothing” is no longer being run, especially because it seems to give the impression that man has the ability to do even the most impossible things.

With  due respect, this kind of an advertisement was misplaced, and truly failed to recognize the true source of victory in any given undertaking. The Bible, in its Deuteronomy 8:17-18, clearly tells us that the ability to succeed in anything, particularly that of acquiring wealth, comes from God.

For the record, Deuteronomy 8:17-18 has this to say about the real source of success and prosperity: “… You may say to yourself, ` My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’  But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…”

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IGNORING OR FORGETTING GOD’S ROLE IN SUCCESS AND PROSPERITY: If God’s role in the success or prosperity being enjoyed by anyone is ignored or forgotten, destruction is sure to follow, according to Deuteronomy 28:11-14, 19-20: “Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.

“Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God…

“If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.”

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SUCCESS FOR THE CHANGES DESIRED BY THE DUTERTE GOV’T MUST DEPEND ON GOD: Many will surely scoff at my insistence that God be placed at the center of the Duterte government, and His Word fully utilized as a firm guide for official governmental action, to assure that its directions will succeed, and they would have plenty of plausible reasons for doing so.

But then, at this stage of our history as a nation, it is clear we have already tried almost everything to succeed and lift our people from poverty and want. Yet, success has successfully evaded us for quite a long time now. Perhaps, it is time to try one approach which, despite our colonization by Spain for 400 years, was not really tried before.

This is the approach of spirituality, of submitting everything in our lives to God, knowing His Will and His Word, and obeying His command truthfully and sincerely. Who knows, we may yet turn this nation around!

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